Saturday, 30 July 2016

Raksha Bandhan Cards + Tips on creating cards in bulk!

Hello friends,

This is Ujjwal and I am bringing you some more inspiration for the upcoming festive season! Raksha Bandhan is an important festival in India that celebrates the beautiful bond between siblings. And if you have your brothers/sisters living away from you then these cards would definitely brighten their day and make it much more special.

The sketch print style stamp set "Raksha Bandhan" is one of my favorites from the July release and it so perfect for this festival.

I chose traditional colors for this card. I, first stamped the images using waterproof Archival Black Ink and then colored the images using Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils. Then, I used my waterbrush to go over the colored image. And then I used some Prima Mica Powder to add shine to the elements. Next, I fussy cut the images. For the background, I used similar shades of Gansai Tambi Watercolors to match the elements and created a fun background. I also added some splatters to add more interest. Then using foam adhesive, I adhered the elements in place. I then stamped the sentiment in blank ink and mounted it onto a yellow note card.

And then I used the same stamp set to create another set of cards. This time I went for a white on gold color scheme. I thought that added a festive touch and elegance to the cards.

For these, I first cut out some tags using vellum. Then I stamped the images using Versamark Ink on the tags and heat embossed them using gold embossing powder.  On a white layering panel(3.75"X5.5"), I splattered some brown watercolor and let it dry. I rolled up some gold thread between my fingers and stapled them along with the tag onto a white layering panel. Next I used foam adhesive to mount the panel on to a white note card. I also gold embossed the sentiment and adhered them with foam adhesive. To finish the card, I added some sequins for more interest and design.

These cards were so quick and easy to mass produce. And since we always need more than one card on festivals, here are some of my tips on creating cards in bulk.

Tips of creating card in bulk

  • Simple Design
               Keep the design simple because no matter how simple the design looks when you are creating one card, it can become a huge task when you are mass producing, say 100 cards. 
  • Easy to find supplies
               When you are finalizing the design, make sure to check your supplies and see if you have enough to create the number you want. Or if you'll be quickly able to replenish them in case you run out of a material in between.
  • Compartmentalise
                Compartmentalization is very important. It not only makes your tasks easier but also faster. So in case I would want to replicate the gold embossed cards, my first step would be to cut and fold the white note cards, then cut all the white layering panels and then all the vellum tags and so on.
  • Use tools
                Crafting has been made so easy now. You have tools for everything which let you work faster and more accurate. You might not need a trimmer or a score board when creating one card at a time but when you are creating in bulk, tools really help. Consider buying a electronic die-cutting machine than a manual one, invest in an envelope punch board and buy that stamp positioning tool.
  • Involve Friends and family
                 This is the most fun tip that I could ever share with you. When you are creating in bulk, involve your friends and family and let them help you. Not only you get to spend time with your family but your work gets done faster. Plus, they start respecting handmade more. It's a win win.

So I hope you have fun creating loads and loads of cards for the upcoming festivals and send your dear ones a little bit of sunshine. Have fun creating.

If Interested, you can buy Mudra stamps from any of the following stores:

Keep watching this space as we have loads of inspirations lined up for you!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Mudra + Papericious Collaboration Bloghop Day 6

Hiya CraftyFriends!

This is Sathya here hosting Day 6th of Awesome Collaboration between two Wonderful Indian Craft Companies Mudra and Papericious. Am sure you are delighted so far with the collaboration projects. There is lot more on your way. So stay tuned, comment and Win exciting prizes too.

Its great pleasure to welcome Manu from Papericious to present her beautiful projects for the bloghop using Mudra and Papericious Products. Am sure you all will be blown away by her Wonderful package of Projects here today :)

Now, Over to Manu!

"Hello Everyone!

Manu here from Papericious. This month we are teaming with the amazing Mudra DT team to get you some real fantastic inspirations and a super fun blog hop. All through this month you will witness loads of inspirations from both the Papericious & Mudra Design Teams. We promise to bring you some real fun projects making use of the amazing papers from Papericious and the pretty stamps from the first stamp company of India, Mudra!!

I received some pretty amazing stamps from Mudra and the first thing I loved about the stamps (apart from their quality, which I’ll come back to) was the packaging. No fuss and neat and clean packaging, I totally loved it. The stamps are amazing to stamp with crisp and clear stamped images and perfect see through. Khudos Varshitha for bringing out amazing stamps which are sure pocket friendly too and not to mention MADE IN INDIA, something that I’m very proud of and love.

Well, Papericious this month has launched some very pretty papers. Do have a look!!!

For my blog hop creation, I have made two projects, both are kind of complimenting each other. With Rakshabandhan around the corner, I have focused my creations around this festival which symbolizes of the pious bond between a brother and a sister. The first is a Gift Card which can have a chocolate concealed inside and is made in a form of a blazer. The other is a wallet style card which can hold a few pictures and some small itty bitty memorable things. I’ll call it the brother-sister Duo gift !!

I hope you all liked my creations and don’t forget to check back each day for the inspirations posted for this blog hop and stand a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Happy Crafting -- Manu "

Thank you Manu for such Fabulous Projects using Mudra & Papericious Products!

Dear crafters! There are Prizes to be won. So Check every posts and comment at every stop to stand for the chance to win the prizes from both the Collaborating Companies :)

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Mudra Guest Designer - Sucheta Paithankar


I am here with a Lovely Guest Post by Sucheta Paithankar

Suchi creates beautiful and elegant cards. Her cards are mostly Clean and Simple! I always admire her cards. And the day, when i discovered the Artist in her, what more could i think of, Other than stamp designs from her. Yeah!! She designed Humming Birds for Mudra’s July Release. Working with her was a breeze. She has a great flow in drawing. An amazing artist to work with. 

I enjoy to see the Inspirations Cards/Projects from stamp designers. Gives a perspective to the stamp set!!! Lets get inspired!

Lets hear more from her and see the beautiful cards... 

"Hello Dear Friends! 
I am Sucheta- Crafty friends call me Suchi. I have been painting and crafting since my childhood. I am working in an IT firm. I have been married to a wonderful guy since 2013.
My Craft work includes mainly Cards-CAS cards amaze me. I have an inclination towards layered and CAS cards. I am trying my hands on new techniques each day and learning new things! I have also tried albums, mixed media & interactive cards.
Blogging has made new friends and it is a unique platform to share my creations with you all! :)

Mudra Craft Stamps has given me this amazing platform to show case my drawing skills! Thanks a lot Varshitha for believing in me and giving me this boost in my Crafting career! :)
These are my Blogs:
1. Suchizcardstock -My Craft Blog (Super active)
2. Suchizpallete -My Art Blog (Has been inactive for a while but you can check my work there)
If you like my work feel free to leave some love on my blog.

My Stamp Launch:
When I got hands on these stamps- the first thing I noticed was the high quality of packaging! The stamps inside are again high quality with translucent material of stamps but good to see-through for stamping!
The stamping is perfect and very neat. The quality of stamping is excellent- they give very crisp images!
I am so proud to be a part of First Stamp Company of India! Hats off to you guys! Varshitha maintains a very good quality before the launch of her products and sees to it that the designers are satisfied! :)
(Please note- I am neither paid extra nor asked to say all this. :P It is voluntary)

My Post:
As you know, this is my first stamp design, I am pretty excited to show you all my work using it! The stamp set is ‘Humming Birds’!

My First card:
I have used water coloring and embossing to make my first card! I heat embossed using white embossing powder and then water colored the Humming bird and Fuchsia flowers.

My second Card:
I made this using no-line water coloring technique. This is one layered and CAS. I gave depth to the images using Hickory smoke distress ink. :)

My Third Card:
This one is layered and masked. The masked the fuchsia flowers and stamped them thrice. The little humming bird were colored and fuzzy cut.

List of Supplies:
1.Mudra Humming Bird stamp set
2.Mudra Linen Blooms stamp set
3.Distress inks
4.Water colors
5.Ranger’s white embossing powder
6.Versa mark"

So beautiful and elegant cards! I totally love the uplifting sentiments from the Humming Bird stamp set!!"

Did you see Papericious and Mudra blog hop post yet?  See the first post of our Blog hop with all details HERE. 


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Papericious & Mudra Blog Hop ~ Day 5 "Sneak Peek"

Good morning friends!!
     Pon Malar here today for the Day 5 of Papericious & Mudra Blog Hop. Don't forget to check the lovely works of our creative team as part of the blog hop & leave your love :)
     I'm happy & excited to be a part of this blog hop & to play along. And I love both Mudra stamps & Papericious collection.
     I made 6 cards using Papericious pattern papers & Mudra stamps. And here they are....

     Oh well, that's just the sneak peek ;) You can check out the cards here at Papericious blog :)

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

Pon Malar.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Brothers are special! Some Traditional and Retro Rakhi cards!

Hi All,

It's Priya here from Priya-n-papers. I am here today to showcase some inspirations for Mudra's new release. Since It's Raksha Bandhan next month, I decided to dedicate this post to that special person in your life who teases you as well as protects you all your life! I have some traditional as well as cool retro cards.

Stamp Highlight : Brother 

This one stamp set is dedicated to Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, a festival that celebrates the bond of brother and sister. It's a beautiful stamp set with a mix of sentiments and images that are so apt to make Rakhi cards.

Card 1 : Rakhi card with Blue ombre background

Procedure :

1. Take a watercolor paper and blend distress inks of same color family. I selected blues.
2. Let the panel completely dry before heat embossing.
3. Heat emboss with white embossing powder by stamping rakhi at the top and randomly stamping 2 small images.
4. To give depth to rakhi, I pulled off little color by adding little water inside the open spaces of rakhi stamp. It fades the color a little. I also gave a little shading to the bottom of rakhi and thread with green zig clean clear brush pen

Card 2 : Rakhi card with Damask pattern

Procedure :
1. On a piece of watercolor panel, heat emboss the rakhi, sentiment and Damask image from the damask background stamp.
2. I repeatedly stamped the damask image to continue the design on the border. Believe me, it came out perfectly on the 1st attempt.
3. Now color the rakhi image and the damask border by any coloring medium of your choice. I used zig brush markers here. Don't forget to stick a post it note or washi tape before coloring the damask border

Stamps Used :  Brother and Damask Background Stamp

Stamp Highlight : Decorative Alphas Stamp set

This is a really cool alphabets stamp set to make your own sentiments. Since this post is on Rakhi festival, I made some cool rakhi cards. This stamp set is really versatile as the possibilities with the sentiments is endless. You can make any sentiment with this. I am showcasing 2 such possibilities here.

Card set 3 : Happy Rakhi

Procedure :

1. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to make 3 backgrounds. You can use any watercolors for this.
2. Align the rakhi alphabets on your stamping tool. I cut "happy" from happy father's day stamp to add the word happy to the sentiment.
3. Now heat emboss the sentiment by using white embossing powder after stamping with clear embossing ink.

Card 4 : Best Bhai Ever 

I call my brother "Bhai" so is the sentiment :D you can make any sentiment like "Best Behan Ever" or "Cool Bro ever" etc etc..

Procedure :

1. Take a watercolor paper panel to create 3 strips of different colors. Mark the paper at each inch on both sides. This will act as a guideline on where to stick the post-it note for masking the space. Make sure to mask both sides of the strip.
2. Blend some distress ink of your choice and repeat the masking process for all 3 strips.
3. Now align the alpha stamps to create the sentiment. I heat embossed one word at a time.
4. For "ever" word, I had to emboss the e,v,r first and then second "e".
5. I finished off the card by creating a border and adding a mustaches from "The Man"stamp set.

Stamps Used : Decorative Alphas and The Man stamp set

I hope you liked all the cards I made using stamps from the July release. If interested, you can buy Mudra stamps from any of the following Indian stores :

1. Lulupu The craft Lounge
2. Craft shop
3. Anandha Stationery
4. Craft Adda

Keep watching this space as we have loads of inspirations lined up for you!

Happy crafting!
- Priya

Monday, 25 July 2016

Papericious + Mudra Collaboration Blog Hop - Day 4

Good Morning Everyone!

Shalini here from PapericiousWe are teaming with Mudra Craft Stamps to bring you a fantastic blog hop that you won’t want to miss! There will be abundance of inspiration, and of course opportunities to win prizes! and this blog hop is till 8th Aug. 2016 and don't forget to comment below to win some awesome prizes!!

So, here's my project ;
A Box of Love

We are entering the month of August which is also significant in many ways for all of us. Besides the month marking the day of India’s independence, it also marks the beginning of the months of festivals with RakshaBandhan, Janamshtmi, Onam, Eid ul-Adha all being celebrated within a month of each other. And perhaps this is the most apt time for Papericious and Mudra stamps to also have a unique bondage this month.

Today, I present to you a unique creation symbolizing the pious love of a brother-sister. This piece of art however can be adapted in any of the festivals occurring this month. I have hence called this card which also has a box containing a mini album and memoir – “Box of Love…”

The top of this “Box of Love”captures the basic theme of the festival. I have used the new awesome Papericious Pattern Paper The Gentleman. The quotes and lovely fussy cut on the top highlight the theme of the box.

As you flip open the top, a small lovely memoir box is revealed inside. This box can house three wallets which can carry your choicest collection of photos for the occasion, along with lovely stamps of Mudra specially being released for the festive season ahead. For Raksha Bandhan (as example) you can paste old pics of yours and your brother which would symbolize the purity of your relation and strengthen your bond of love. It can also carry your special message for your brother and the love thread which would bind your brother to the spiritual love and care of all sisters…

So this festive season, prepare such a lovely gift for your loved ones, to elate and surprise them with your innovation and exclusivity of gift. Let them feel special and cared for.

I hope you all  liked my project and would love to hear your comments...

Products used


What is a blog hop without prizes, right?
We have TWO  prizes up for grabs. Yes, that's right. There will be TWO Rupees 1000 vouchers up for grabs EACH to Papericious and Mudra Craft Stamps. Winners will be picked randomly from the comments left across both our blogs in the hop. Winners will be announced on the Papericious and Mudra blogs once the hop is over.

But, wait. This is NO Normal Blog Hop. We will NOT be giving you the Blog Hop List. You will have to check the Papericious & Mudra blog everyday and comment on the posts. The posts will be going live ONLY on these two blogs so you have to keep an eye out. ;)

Today is the 4th day of the Hop and this will go on till the 8th of August 2016, so keep checking!

So, get, set, go! Do leave us a comment below so that you can win the fabulous prizes!