Saturday, 19 August 2017

Spotlight Technique using stencils

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have been enjoying all the fantastic inspiration our Team has provided in relation to the Spotlight Technique - have you tried it yourself yet? We have some lovely entries into our challenge already, and we can't wait to see more!

Today, I am sharing two more cards with this lovely technique, but in both cases - instead of die-cutting the spotlighted element - I used layers of stencils. Let's have a look!

Card 1

1. I started with stencilling the Retro Curves onto black cardstock, using white pigment ink. 
2. Once the pigment ink dried, I placed a circle stencil (which I made myself, using some cardstock scraps & circle dies) over the black panel, and sponged the Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink on top. 
3. I also sprayed the whole panel with water mixed with Perfect Pearls, for some additional sparkle, and to "activate" the Oxide Ink. 
4. On a piece of vellum, I heat embossed the lovely Mudra butterfly in gold, and fussy cut it. 
5. I used the same embossing powder for my sentiment, which I placed within one of the circles. 
6. I ran the whole panel through my die-cutting machine, to add some stitching & scalloped edges. 
7. Finally, I adhered the panel to a card base, and adhered the vellum butterfly.

Card 2

1. This card was made in a similar way to the first one, with some slightly different steps. 
2. I started with sponging grey ink onto the whole card panel, using the gorgeous Floral Abstract stencil. 
3. Without removing the stencil this time, I additionally placed my home-made circle stencil on top of the Floral Abstract one, and sponged on Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks where applicable.
4. Not to have such a stark white background, I lightly brushed over the whole panel with grey ink, using stencil brushes - this ensured a very delicate layer of ink. Since I used Bazzil cardstock, which has a slightly uneven surface (it's not fully smooth), brushing over the panel with the ink gave a nice "marbling" effect. 
5. I stamped the sentiment with black ink, and added a few enamel dots in matching colours. 
6. Finally, I slightly trimmed the panel on the edges, and adhered it to a pink card base. I really love how this turned out!

Card 3 - revisiting the distress watercolour lifting technique

1. I covered a panel of watercolour paper with various greens and blues from my Distress Ink collection. 
2. Next, I stamped some images from the You Are Sweet set onto the panel, making them look like little sweets. I used Versamark Ink, and covered it with clear heat embossing powder, which I melted. 
3. Once everything cooled down, I brushed a lot of clear water all over the panel, to lift the colour off the paper - where the images were heat embossed, the darker colour was "trapped", and everything around faded down... 
4. I ran the panel through my die-cutting machine, to add the stitching detail. 
5. I prepared a strip of vellum, and stamped the sentiment. I combined words from the Wishing You and the You Are Sweet sets, in order to make the sentiment applicable to the card. 
6. I wrapped the strip of vellum around my card panel, and adhered it all to a navy card base. 
7. As a final touch, I adhered a few small sequins by Mudra here and there. 

Hope you enjoy today's cards. Here's what I used to make them:


Please don't forget to participate in the current fun challenge - Spotlight Technique.

Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

The Craft Shop
Crafts Need
Anandha Stationery
Hindustan Trading Company
Kat Scrappiness
Art and Craft Store - Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka
Papercurves, UAE

Scrapbook Boutique, Australia

Have a great day,


Friday, 18 August 2017

Fun and Frolic

Hello friends, Piyanki here welcoming to another post with some some fun cards, coloring, fussy cutting and background stamping.

I have 3 cards today to share with you all. I have used most of the new release and enjoyed thoroughly working on them.

Card 1 & 2

Used the above two set to design the below 2 cards. While one of the hot air balloon is in mid of the clouds and the other is about to take off. Its a very beautiful set and can create multiple possibilities.

Card 3

I always loved any small stamps that can create backgrounds for my cards. This set is perfect for creating any form of background for your project.I have used 2 shades of Archival ink and repeatedly stamped. Later die cut the window and place it for the sentiment.

Would love to see what your create with these stamps. Also loving all your creating in our monthly challenge thats going on.

Mudra Stamps are available at the following retailers

The Craft Shop
Craft Adda
Crafts Need
Anandha Stationery
Hindustand Trading Company
Kat Scrapiness
Art and Craft Store - Noida
Hindustan Trading Company, Chennai
The Craft Store, Srilanka 
Papercurves, UAE

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Three Bright and Happy cards!!

Hello friends!! This is Kanan and today I have three cards which are pretty easy to make yet it involves few techniques which can give your simple card a very fun look.
So, lets get started.

First Card -

  •  I stamped few images form the "Ferns & Leaves" set on a watercolor paper using some Distress inks (Barn Door, Picked Raspberry) and went over the images with wet brush for some watercolor look.
  • On a separate watercolor paper I colored the background using Distress inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Shaded Lilac) and stamped the camera image from "Capture" set and fussy cut it.
  • Adhered the camera image on the ferns and flowers images background.
  • Added some splatters and sequins. 
  • It is simple to make yet all the bright colors and placement of images makes huge difference to this card. Love all he bright colors on this card.

Second card (Spotlight Technique)-

The current monthly challenge is about  "Spotlight Technique". I have made two cards using this technique. I tried to achieve different look using the same technique in my cards.

  • I masked the card base with The Mudra Masking sheet and inked it using some Distress inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers)
  • I wanted to create a scene of ocean where sunlight is passing through the water.
  • Stamped the cute whale image from the "Whaley Love" set. Also, stamped the little fish from "Mermaid" set.
  • I colored all the image separately and adhere it on the card base. 
  • This is super quick card yet it involves various techniques which can make your card look more interesting. 

Third Card -

  • I white embossed the images from "Persian Elements" set on a black card panel.
  • I white embossed one of the flower on a patterned paper and fussy cut it and adhered it on main card base with some dimension.
  • Added the sentiment from the "Purely Sentiment - Labelled"   
  • Lastly, added some matching sequins.
  • The embossing technique and combinations of bright colors against black panel looks gorgeous and there are so many possibilities using the same technique with different embossing powders or watercolor or any color medium. Each time you can achieve great result.

Hope you will like my cards. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment.

Also, don't forget to play in our current monthly Mudra Challenge #12 - Spotlight Technique


 Products Used :-

 Happy Crafting!!! :-)

Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

Art and Craft Store - Noida
Hindustan Trading Company, Chennai
The Craft Store, Srilanka 
Papercurves, UAE

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Spotlight Technique Pictorial & more inspiration

Hello Everyone,

Today I am here to share a Pictorial for our on-going challenge and some more inspiration using different technique. Let me start with a brief introduction about Spotlight.

In general words, Spotlight means: a lamp projecting a narrow, intense beam of light directly on to a place or person, especially a performer on stage.

The same way we highlight a particular object, character in our stamping, which is known as Spotlight Technique in card making.

Now, I will show you a small pictorial for my card. Let’s start,


A step by step process for first card, as below:

Products I have used here are:
  • Butterfly flutters and Wishing You Stamp Set
  • Masking Sheet
  • Impresso Acrylic Block
  • White Texture cardstock and Bielo Cardstock
  • Archival Jet Black Ink
  • Steadler Luna Watercolour Pencil
  • Sugar Plum Mix Sequins

Step 1:
  • First I took Masking Sheet and a white texture sheet and stamped largest butterfly from “Butterfly Flutters” stamp set.
  • Next I have colored one butterfly which is stamped on white texture cardstock and Second butterfly I fussy cut so that I can use it as a Mask.

Step 2:
  • For creating a background, I have placed coloured butterfly on center of Bielo cardstock and mark lines around butterfly.
  • Next, I have placed Butterfly Mask at same place where the colored butterfly area marked.

Step 3:
  • Then I have stamped the same butterfly on left and right side of the center butterfly.
  • Now moving to next butterfly stamping. I have removed center masked butterfly and placed on left butterfly which is just stamped.
  • And then as same as earlier, I have stamped another butterfly. (Note: I have placed rough white printing paper under my working cardstock so that my mat won’t stained due to archival ink).
  • I temporary attach my colored butterfly to see how it looks.

Step 4:
  • For creating Spotlight technique, I have colored or make the background grey wash (colored with black and grey color pencil) so that it look alike darker background.
  • Then I have placed my colored Butterfly and adhere it at the center of the cardstock.
  • Embellish it with “Wishing you” stamp set and Sugar Plum Sequins.

That’s it. Some More Photos to show you.


Some Brief Info, how I have made this card.

  • As you can see I have used Distress Oxide Inks ( Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Blue Print, and Iced Spruce). I smudged this inks on an acetate sheet and spray a lot water to give a watercolor background.
  • The Wreath I have made using "Ferns and Leaves" Stamp set (July Release) using different Distress Oxide Ink. I just love this stamp set.
  • Fussy cut the outer side of the wreath and for the inside part I have die cut using circle stitched die and stamped using "Wishing you" stamp set. And adhere the fussy part with foam double sided tape and die cut adhered flat with tacky tape.
  • For the sentiment I have use the same stamp set (Wishing you) and adhere it with foam double sided tape.
  • To complete my card I have used Harvest Sequins.
Some more photos

Now Lets move to my last card,


This is one of my favorite card. A simple and elegant look.

Some brief info about this card:

  • I have started with stamping "Fancy Flourish" stamp set using versamark clear ink and sprinkle silver embossing powder and heat it with heat tool.
  • For flower arrangements I have used "Wild Rose" stamp set, stamped with black archival ink and give a grey wash color with steadler luna watercolor pencil and fuzzy cut it.
  • Then for some die cut I have took circle stitch die and border die-cut from silver mirror paper and a circle from bielo cardstock (Stamped using "Universal Love" and another is  "Wishing you")
  • I have adhered both frame and circle die-cut with foam double sided tape. And with the same manner I have adhere and arrange "Wild Roses" on a left side of the circle.
  • To finish my card I have adhered some heart die-cuts.
Some more photos

I hope I have inspired you today. There is a still time to participate in our challenge. For more inspiration and tutorials , follow MUDRA Blog for daily updates. 

 Challenge #12

See you soon with some more tutorial and inspirations till then happy crafting.

Products used:

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Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

Art and Craft Store - Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka
Papercurves, UAE