Monday, 3 September 2018

New Creative Team Member - Gayatri Murali


I am Varshitha here, with second post for the day! All excited!!! Yay! We have a new Creative Team Member! Gayatri Murali. A Stamping Pro.  She has been crafting since 15 years starting with scrapbook and slowly moved on to card making, she explores various techniques and gets the best from a stamp set. Her cards are colourful and fresh. We are really glad to welcome Gayatri to our 
Creative Team.  

And we have some more updates in our Creative Team, Zalak Mandal will be our Video Crew and Sharada Dilip Acharya will be our Social Media Coordinator. So the team is getting cool with all awesome changes! 

Here is Gayatri's first post for Mudra, lets see what she has for us...


"Hello everyone,

This is Gayatri Murali here with my first post as new design team member for Mudra. I am super thrilled to be part of the team and design for an Indian company - Mudra!

Today I have two cards to share with you. Both the cards use the same stamp set called Simply Florals. This set caught my eye first when I was browsing the store. I love the striped details on the flowers and leaves. Such a beautiful set. I wanted to colour them of course! So instead of just stamping and colouring, I decided to add couple of techniques and also compare the difference between distress inks and distress oxide inks as backgrounds.

The process for making both the cards are exactly the same. But the inks used, colours and floral clusters stamped varies. First up I will share the card where I have used distress oxide as the background.

Distress Ink vs Distress Oxide for background

On watercolour paper, I smooshed distress oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Seedless Preserve, Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick colours.  I smooshed each colour, dried the colour a bit and then another colour. I repeated the process until I had a smooth blend of colours on the water colour paper. Then I left the paper to air dry. 

In the mean time, I stamped the large floral image and the smaller flower from the stamp set on Mudra's masking paper using black ink and hand cut them out for masking. I also white heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set on to a black cardstock strip and trimmed fish tail banner on one end.

Coming back to the watercolour panel, I stamped the large floral cluster from the stamp set first using Versafine Onyx Black ink, masked the image, stamped the smaller flower, masked and stamped the leaves and other images to form a large cluster. 

To colour the cluster, I used copic markers. Any alcohol markers will do the trick. The colour for each image is picked from what distress oxide colours are on the background already. I am only making the background colours brighter using copic markers. For each colour, I used three shades to add shading and depth.

I trimmed this panel to 4"x5.25" in size. Then I added a lot of spatters. I added black spatters using black watercolour. Once dry, I spattered with white watercolour. Then came back again with gold spatters as well. I adhered this panel on a cream card base using foam adhesive and the sentiment also using foam adhesive as shown. Finally I added some sequins from Mudra's collection to finish off the card. Here are some closeups of the card.

Now for the second card,  I used similar process to see the difference with distress inks. 
And here is the card.

On this card, I smooshed Twisted Citron, Seedless Preserve, Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade. The Seedless Preserve was very intense, so I did not use the Tumbled Glass on this background. Same process as before. drying between each colour before leaving the panel to airdry.

Then stamped the floral cluster using masking technique using Versafine Onyx Black ink and coloured them using copic markers. Then spattered with white, black and gold. The panel is trimmed to 4'x5.25' and adhered using foam adhesive on the cream card base. Similarly I white heat embossed another sentiment from the stamp set on to a black cardstock, trimmed with fish tail on one end and adhered as shown. Again a few Mudra sequins to finish off the card. Here are some closeups of the card.

This card turned out vibrant compared to the previous card. Distress oxide inks have the chalky finish to them when water is added, making their colours softer, while the distress inks still remain vibrant. I love both for different reasons but favour the distress ink card a bit more because I love vibrant colours. Which one is your favourite and why? 

Thank you very much for having me on your team, Varshitha! I cannot wait to share more with everyone. Until then, have a wonderful day!"

Supplies Used:

Did you see our monthly challenge theme for September! Layer up your project with more than one layer and get a chance to win amazing prizes. To participate click here.

Starbox, Chennai
Nagashri Arts, Bangalore

The Craft Store, Srilanka
Scrapbook Boutique, Australia (Exclusively for International Customers)

Happy Crafting!



  1. Congratulations to Mudra Craft Stamps for bringing on the always amazing Gayatri Murali. Her work is always stunning! Gayatri - both of these cards are beautiful but I agree with you, the Distress Inks come out so much more vibrant and stunning. Both the Inks and the Oxides have their uses but I always favor the vibrant lol. Thank you for introducing us to Mudra Craft Stamps, I always love seeing new products and doing a little shopping hehe. I look forward to seeing more brilliant designs in the near future.

  2. Wow..congrats Gayatri..and awesome project❤️



  3. Congratulations and welcome to the team. Both the creations are awesome and love how you play with bright colours <3

  4. Congrats dear...both cards are lovely with bright and cheerful colors

  5. wow! beautiful cards :) warm welcome to the team, always love your work xx

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