Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Mudra Guest Designer - Ruchi from Ruchi's Crafeteria!

Hello,

Today I would like to welcome a dear friend and an amazing crafter Ruchi from Ruchi's Crafeteria as a guest designer for Mudra. This sweet girl makes amazing doodles and we are lucky to have a lovely stamp set called Wild Florals designed by her for Mudra Stamps. Today she is sharing some inspiration using the same set and I am sure you will love them all.

Over to Ruchi !





"Hi.. 
This is Ruchi here from Ruchi’s Crafeteria. I’m very happy and excited to be a Guest Designer for showcasing my first ever designed stamp ‘Wild Florals’ for Mudra . When Varshitha asked me to design stamp for her, I was jumped on my seat and just said..why not!! She worked so hard to change my design into stamp. It turned out perfectly the way I imagined it. 
I personally like Mudra stamps designs and when got mine one in my hand started liking the packaging and quality of the stamps too. Very crisp lines and properly packed. Well done team Mudra.. 

So…do join me here for few minutes and check out my creations with my designed stamp. I shared how I made these step by step in my post too.

Card 1

  • Did masking technique on a watercolor paper to create a garden scene.
  • Colored with Zig Clean Color Brush pens with water and give strokes with my painting brush   in flowers.
  • Created stitch border around the edges with help of my die and created one more white and distressed it.
  • Adhered both of them on a pink CS and added sentiment. That’s it!!



Card 2
  • Started with heat embossing on vellum sheet. Used gold embossing powder for it.
  • Fussy cut all the embossed flowers and leaves and glued them creating a bouquet on velvet blue CS.
  • Adhered this panel on a gray CS and added sentiment and tiny golden half pearls. Sentiment is also heat embossed in gold. That’s it!!



Set of Tags

  • For these used Kraft color tags and did masking with the stamp set.
  • Heat embossed with white embossing powder and just gave strokes with my white gel pen.   See the pic above.
  • Then started coloring with Zig brush pens but this time didn’t use water.
  • Glittered it here n there and added sentiment. Just cut them separately and pasted on tags in no particular manner. Sentiments are also heat embossed with white EP.
  • Added Baker's twine and done!!

Set of Note Cards



  • Took white CS and just started stamping with Black ink. Didn't do masking just stamp here n there using all the elements of this stamp set. 
  • After creating a scene started coloring with my Faber Castell watercolor pencils. 
  • Gave pastel look to my cards using lighter shades of my pencils. Added sentiment and done. 
Hope you like my cards and tags along with my designed stamp. Do leave some love here and keep crafting!!

Ruchi”

Wow!! Don't you love how beautifully she used a single stamp set and created so many variations? I absolutely love the Wild Floral Stamp Set for it's versatility . Thank you Ruchi, for inspiring us with your beautiful creations!
We have tons of new things happening behind the scenes and we'll be able to share them with you all soon. So keep watching this space!

Mudra stamps are now available at
  1. The Craft shop
  2. Lulupu
  3. Ananda Stationery
  4. CraftAdda
       
Have a good week ahead!

Monday, 27 June 2016

It's Bookmarks & Tag Time!!!!

Hello friends,

This is Gayatri, back with another set of creations with stamps of Mudra May release.

I have made few bookmarks and a tag. So let us get straight into it.



  Bookmark - 1

  • Stamped the image with Memento Black ink onto white Bielo CS and colored it with Zig color brush pens. Took another strip of CS, stamped sentiment with Memento ink, folded the end at 1/2 inch and stuck to the main panel. Layered the panel with Blue Fabriano Elle Erre CS. 


      Bookmark - 2

  •  Stamped the sentiment with Memento Black ink. Made a negative masking by cutting a square with die and inked with DI wild honey. Stamped the image randomly around the sentiment and added a yellow CS a bit longer than the bookmark. Cut the edge of the yellow CS with design scissors and added a tassel at the top to hold the the two pieces.
 Corner bookmark


  •  Made a corner bookmark. Stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Inked the area with DI twisted citron on side and candied apple on the other. Lightly buffed the stamped area to remove any ink on the embossing. 

Stamps used


Ria

This stamp is so beautiful and perfect to be used in MM, cards or tags. I tried a shabby chic/ mixed media tag with Ria.








I stamped the image with Memento black ink. Colored her hair with Zig color pens. For her dress I used Derwent Inktense pencil and Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to get a sheen on her dress (unfortunately effect not captured on camera). I took a Prima tag and cut it required size, layered with different design paper. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI. Added a die cut, lace and word embellishment. I colored flowers from dainty blooms with Zig color brush pens, fussy cut them and added them to the tag. Added a polka dot organza ribbon to complete the tag.

Few more pictures in order to capture the shimmer..... 


 Stamps used

            

 Hope I have inspired you enough to grab Mudra stamps and let your creativity flow. Mudra stamps are now available at

  1. Thecraft shop
  2. Lulupu
  3. Ananda Stationery
  4. CraftAdda 
       
 See you next time. Happy crafting!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Building a scene around stamps!

Hello,

Did you get a chance to lay your hands on the Mudra May release? If not, I highly recommend you to give them a try. The designs are unique and absolutely amazing.

Today, I wanted to show how to build a scene around your stamps and make them come alive. I am using the very beautiful Ria stamp. I love that it's a big size stamp and would work well for scrapbook layouts, albums and even canvases as the design team member Pon Malar showcased earlier this month.

Here are the steps I usually follow while building a scene but you can always experiment and do it the way that you are comfortable with. I always start with a little plan for the scene in my head and often draw the scene on a scrap piece of paper before starting on the actual project. 



Once I have the scene all planned, I start by stamping the image. I used the Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to stamp so that when I watercolor the scene, the image outline would be softer and not harsh.


I then used the Nirmal Transparent Watercolors and a waterbrush to color the image.


Next, I used a pencil to lightly draw the scene around the image. 


And then I water colored the sketched scene around the main stamped image.



And then I just hand wrote the sentiment with a regular pilot pen and also added some highlights and finishing touches to the whole scene.



And there you go! Here's the complete project. I decided to go with a cityscape as my background but you could experiment with a garden background, picket fence or anything else you can think of. I think with Ria stamp, anything will look wonderful. 


I hope you try building your own scene using Mudra Stamps and share with us. You can find Mudra stamps with the following retailers,
Also, we have the Design Team call running till 26 July 2016. If you feel you'll be a good fit for the Mudra Creative team, don't forget to apply.




See you soon again!
Love,

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dreamy Blooms & Retirement Dreams

     Good morning friends :)
     Happy day!! PonMalar here today with 3 cards made using 2 stamp sets from the May release of Mudra stamps.

Card 1



  • I used the layered floral stamps from Botanical blooms stamp set to stamp the flowers using distress inks in shades of blue. Distress inks don't give a crisp stamping & that was what I was after. 
  • Then used my TCW stencil & sponged around the flowers to create some background text. 
  • Then sponged blue & vintage photo distress ink all around to create a border. 
  • On the main blue card base, I smooched the vintage photo ink pad directly at angles to create a grungy background & then adhered my front panel to finish my card.


Card 2



  • Decided to create a card with layers using the layered blooms.
  • Stamped the flowers & leaves from Botanical blooms set using distress inks in shades of purple & green respectively. 
  • I lightly sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink to create a slight vintage look. (Couldn't capture that in the photos!!)
  • Then fussy cut those flowers & leaves and kept them aside.
  • Tore a piece of kraft card stock & sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink. Heat embossed the sentiment using brown pigment ink.
  • Used a kraft card stock for my main panel & sponged the edges with vintage photo distress ink. Also added few splatters of the same to create some interest to the background.
  • Finally adhered the flowers & the sentiment using double sided adhesive & foam tapes.



Card 3 




  • A CAS Retirement card using an element I designed, yay. 
  • I cut out masks for the ground from a scrap card stock & used green distress inks to create a landscape.
  • Used the same technique to sponge the sun using yellow, orange & red distress ink.
  • Heat embossed the beach chair in black & fussy cut it & pasted it on the front panel using a strong liquid glue.
  • Finally stamped the sentiment in black archival ink to finish my card.

Stamp sets used: 




     That finishes my cards for today & did you hear the happy news about Mudra stamps being available at one more online craft site!! Yep, Craftadda is also housing our stamps now. Isn't that wonderful :) <3 Do hop on to check our collections at.....
And don't forget about the DT call for Mudra Creative Team!! Only 4 more days to go & do apply if interested :) 


♥♥ Dream, Create, Inspire ♥♥
Thank you so much for your visits & comments, they mean a lot to us ♥

Love,
Pon Malar.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Mudra Guest Designer - Pooja Duddalwar

Hi Friends, 

Its a great pleasure to welcome here today, my favorite artist/crafter Pooja from Reusing and Quilling as Mudra Guest Designer :)

She needs no introduction in Blogland, as her creations speaks loads of the Innate artistic talent this crafter has in her. Am super happy to welcome here to showcase her talent. As always, she has blown me away with her projects. Keep Rocking, Pooja!!

Over to Pooja :)




"Hello Friends!! 

Pooja here (From Reusing ,card and Quilling ) I am very excited to be Guest Designing for Mudra Stamp Designs. Can you imagine my surprise when Varshitha offered me this opportunity? Like all of us, I am also a Big fan of Mudra stamp designs and never thought I would Guest design for its blog.
When I received the stamps I instantly fell for them start from the packaging to high quality material and When you see "Made in India" written on it Makes you feel proud! Enjoyed working with Mudra Stamps, each one is so thoughtfully designed brings outs the Best in a card maker /crafter. I will share my experience of using stamps as I share my cards.

Card :1




Let’s start with “Dream catcher”. The theme and words in the set are so encouraging and what I loved most was the number of small n medium size stamps, solid n outlined feathers, dot, hexagons, circle which can be used separately in number of ways as well as combined together. First thing that came to my mind after seeing this set was watercolors!! This stamp set works fantastic with all types of inks I used it with DIs,pigment ink, Archival ink and every time got a sharp n detailed image.

 It is very Quick and easy card.
  •  I followed the technique shared by Jennifer McGuire. First the image is stamped with distress inks, then spray generous amount of water over it allowing the inks to bleed and after drying stamp once again to get a clear image.
  • I stamped the dream catcher and feathers on Brusto Watercolor paper with DIs and later stamped with Memento inks.
  •  Stamped the doily design with light blue ink and then stamped the words on it with black dye ink.
  •  The central portion of dream catcher is cut out and adhered directly to the card base while the remaining portion is adhered with foam tape.
Card: 2





I loved this set some that could not stop at one card. Created one more with my favorite technique Faux-Chalkboard.

  •            Started with a panel of black cardstock and roughly marked the areas where I wanted the stamps to be.
  •            Next I stamped the images with white pigment ink and then heat embossed them with white embossing   powder.
  •       Then I used white color pencil to fill in the details and created Chalkboard look. Colored in some feathers.
  •      For the bg I used a stencil and color-pens to draw the lines in rainbow colors and adhered the black panel over it.
Card : 3

Next stamp set I worked with is Dainty blooms, the flowers in this set are prettiest! There are so many delicate details in this stamp and It’s Deep Etching ensures that even the thinnest line is stamped clearly, I used juicy white pigment ink and you can see the details clearly on the flowers.




  • I stamped the flower bunch on water color paper with white pigment ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
  • Colored the flowers n leaves with mix of traditional water colors n DIs. Applied a bit of LSG magical for some shine.
  • I cut out a window in a dry embossed panel and foam mounted it on card base. Arranged fussy cut blooms n leaves adhered some with foam tape.
  • Stamped selective parts of the sentiment on vellum and adhered it to the card base and glued vellum butterflies.
Card :4

You can never have enough of floral cards can we? You guessed it right.  One more card with dainty blooms I combined it with Special Birthday set.






  • Did no line coloring for this card .Stamped the dainty blooms on watercolor paper with peacock feathers Distress ink and used the same for coloring along with mustard seeds n salty oceans for leaves.
  • Stamped the Special Birthday sentiment with black Archival ink on smooth cardstock and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. You can see how clearly the fine lines in Birthday are visible even after heat embossing! Speak of Quality and clarity.
  • Layered colored card stock and a die-cut lattice on card base. Adhered the sentiment label with foam tape.
  •  Arranged the fussy cut blooms and adhered some with foam tape to create a floral spray. Glued a small butterfly and finished off the card.
Card :5

I have used different technique for each card and for the last one I did Heat embossing on vellum.




  • Heat embossed the special Birthday sentiment on vellum using white embossing powder.
  • Used a lightly textured card base and loosely painted strips with watercolor. Made splatters with black paint.
  • Then layered a pp and colored cardstock below the vellum piece and attached them with a wooden clothespin.
  • Embellished the card with glittered stars and few gem stones.
Last but not least thing about the stamp is They don’t stain much even with pigment inks .If you are quick enough to clean them then the stamps are good as new!


This Brings to the end of my Guest Post. Hope I haven’t disappointed you all. A BIG THANK YOU to Varshitha and Creative team for giving me chance to share my cards on Mudra Blog!”

Gosh!! Did you all see the awesomeness churned here by Pooja. She is one of those artist, who brings the best use of stamps in a very artistic and clever ways as well. Thank you so much, Pooja for sharing your talent here.

Stay Tuned Guys!!!

Several interesting news in pipeline in coming days!!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

DIY embellishments using stamps !!

Hello dear friends,
    Riswana here with you today. Hope you are enjoying & getting inspired by the awesome array of posts by my teamies :)
    Today I'll be sharing a different project than usual.. How to make your own embellishments using stamps and also a very basic tutorial on how to make a shaker element as it might be helpful to beginners.

Here's the shaker "watch" I've made ;) 


Begin by stamping the watch image from the "Dad" stampset on a piece of cardstock with black dye ink & fussy cut it.
This is going to be our base. You can make as many as you need and make them look different like I'll be showing later on.

Adhere some plain white tissue paper with diluted white glue on the strap area. It's better to use a old paint brush so as to create more wrinkles & textures.Once it is completely dry, Color with any medium of your choice.


Make a slit in the center of the dial area and cut it out. Heat emboss the rim area around the empty space with platinum embossing powder. 
Stick a piece of transparent sheet on the 'back' side of the watch covering the space.
Now add a layer of foam tape on top of it around the rim. 
The trick here is to peel off the backing sheet of the foam tape so that you can manoeuvre it easily to form a circle.

Place tiny beads inside the foam circle. On a co ordinating pattern paper, Heat emboss the dial image with platinum embossing powder & fussy cut it. Make sure it is slightly larger than the dial and place it on the foam adhesive to cover up the whole shaker element.


There you go, a cute shaker watch :)

A worn out style watch


For this, I colored the  textured strap area (with tissue paper) using black inks, added a thick coat of Distress clear rock candy crackle medium.
 After it dried, smeared white pigment ink on top & sealed with gel medium. I absolutely loved the textures.!

A retro style watch,


 I colored the textured strap with vintage photo DI & versa color Champagne inks. I heat embossed the center piece in gold on a pattern paper. 
Added glossy accents in the center to look like the old watches with a dome.!

Denim watch

For this one, i used pattern paper for the strap & dial. Colored the rim with black & gold gel pens & added glossy accents on top.

Super simple chic style watch,


 I colored the strap with Zig clean color Real brush pens, paper pieced the center with the beautiful prima epiphany PP & added wink of stella clear glitter. The shimmer is more gorgeous in person.

Oh yeah I used the back of a paintbrush to curve the strap a bit which adds to the dimensional look. Here's a round up of all of them.


I wish  I could wear them all & that they were working, greedy me :D You can use them in a variety of projects like scrapbooks, layouts, cards etc. Well, I decided to make these bunch of ATCs with them.


 I've used layering stencils & decoupage napkins for the background & added some lace & gauze cloth to finish off the ATCs.
Stampsets used:


Am sorry but this super lengthy post is not over yet :P It's Father's day and I wanted to share a card as well, using this gorgeous stampset & also the very beautiful "wild florals" stampset designed by Ruchi :)


I painted the bg with distress inks (salty ocean, broken china, shabby shutters, mowed lawn) on Brustro watercolor paper.
Went around the edges with tea dye & vintage photo DIs.
Stamped the flourishes with memento summer sky ink on the blue area. Did "repeat stamping" with the "your love is timeless" sentiment stamp to add some text elements..

For the focal point, I stamped the flowers & leaves from wild florals stampset on the watercolor paper.
Colored the blooms using distress inks (fired brick, black soot) & gelatos (cherry red, lime) Stuck the elements & sentiment using foam squares.


Stampsets used:
 


Hope you liked my projects. 
You can find Mudra stamps in the following stores.

There's a DT call from Mudra for all of you talented artists out there.! Please do apply if you are interested. You have one more week's time to do so.


Best wishes 😃
Happy stamping.!


-Rhiz