crafts, paper craft, tutorials

Easy gift card holders

Hey there!

This month, I have sent out a lot of discount vouchers for local meetups and events. Every time I wanted it to match the event and have a little edge to them to set them apart from other vouchers. Being a handmade business made it very easy for me.

I made card holders in the shape of little purses for a meetup that is to happen this month for mothers with postpartum depression.

Here’s how I made them. They are super easy and quick.

I used pink card stock, scrapbook paper, ribbon, double sided tape, score board, cutter.

For these purses, I used pink in two different shades and textures. Cut them in to rectangles measuring 5 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches.

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Now comes the scoring. Place the card horizontally width wise and score at 2.25 and 4.5 inches (see the attached picture below)

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Turn the card length wise and score at 1/4 of an inch on both sides (see the picture below)

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Once you are done with the scoring, you need to now trim off the extra flaps. Trim off the 1/4 inch flap length wise. See the attached picture. Now you will have flaps on one part and the other two parts(including the smaller part) will have no flaps.

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Your base card is ready.

Take the scrapbook paper 1/4 of an inch smaller than the card dimensions and stick it using double sided tape or glue. You can also cut the paper into three parts and stick each one separately for a more neater look. Punch holes on the smaller part’s score line. This is where the ribbons will be added to form the handle of the purse.

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Apply adhesive onto the flap, fold it and stick it to the middle part forming a pocket.

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This is how it will look after all the gluing and folding. Add the ribbons now and any embellishments that you want to add. Add Velcro or magnet dots to close the front flap and you are done! Easy peasy isn’t it?

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They are wide enough to hold your business card and a similar size voucher.

Happy crafting! 🙂

Sana.

 

 

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tutorials, Watercolors

How to paint an amazing painting using only a single technique.

Hey there!

Blessed Friday y’all!

Today I have for you a very simple technique that you can use to create amazing artwork.

Flat wash!

Flat wash is a simple, single color paint that you put on the paper. There are no gradients, no color mixing…. just a simple solid color wash all over.

Sounds boring?

It is the total opposite! 😀

Let’s get started with the tutorial.

You will need:

  • watercolor paper
  • black acrylic
  • Yellow ochre watercolor
  • white acrylic
  • a flat round tip brush (I used size 12)
  • a 0 round brush
  • palette and
  • water

Secure the paper on to your working board and draw lightly.

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Using a size 0 brush, start outlining the illustration using black acrylic paint. Take your time with the line drawing. You don’t want to mess this up.

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Once you are done, let it dry.

Dilute some yellow ochre in your palette using clean water. Do not dilute too much as it will create strokes on your paper.

Now start painting the background, avoiding the flowers. You can apply a second layer of paint if you want to darken the color. A few things to remember to make sure you don’t get strokes:

  • Use a big brush.
  • Make sure the paint is not too thick or not too watery.
  • Don’t let the paint dry while you are still working on it.

If in case, your paint seeps in to your illustration, just use a clean rag to dab it off and then using a clean brush, wipe the paint off.

You can also do the finishing touches using white acrylic inside the illustration to fix it.

make sure you use a transparent color for the wash. A staining color will not be easy to lift off in case you make a mistake.

And that’s it!

😀 Here’s how mine looks like…

 

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Try it !  You will love it ! 😀

Sana.

 

tutorials, Watercolors

Paint your own landscapes part 1

Apart from crafting and running a full time art and craft business, I teach watercolors too. I have a group on Facebook with a close knit community that are mostly beginners. So, here is a tutorial I prepared for them and hopefully it can inspire you too 🙂

Silhouette paintings are probably the easiest and most fun to do… 🙂 you don’t have to worry about the tiniest details and you can build up your confidence from them and then move up to more detailed ones.

I have used Reeves watercolors as they are easily available here and pocket friendly too.

Here is what you will need:

Reeves watercolors in,

  • cerulean blue
  • medium yellow
  • ultramarine
  • orange and
  • payne’s gray

you’ll also need a flat 1 inch brush, round brushes in 12 and 4, a palette, rag or kitchen roll, water and last but the most important…. watercolor paper (I cut an A4 sheet in half and used that)


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Tape the paper using masking tape on to a board.

Using the flat brush, wet the paper completely using clean water. Make sure not to create puddles on the paper.

Start with applying cerulean blue on the top of the wet page. Let the colors flow on their own.

Add yellow and let it mix slightly with the blue. Make sure you work fast enough to not let the paper get dry. If it dries up, just wet the paper again using clean water and brush.

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Add orange now. Create a little ‘cup’ (see picture) and paint slight lines horizontally. That’s where the sun is going to be.

Use cerulean blue under the orange and then let it dry a little.

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You don’t want the paper to be completely dry. It just has to be dry enough so that the next line of ultramarine does NOT blend and spread like the rest of the colors.

This line of ultramarine is our horizon.

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Now comes the last layer of cerulean at the very bottom of the page. Your painting at this point might be giving you doubts by how weird it looks. Just trust the process and keep going.

Once all the levels are done, let the painting dry completely. It should be bone dry when you start with the next step.

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Before I set the painting out to dry, I added the sun using the same yellow. The ‘cup’ would now start making sense to you. 🙂 hehe

When the painting was dry, I drew a basic outline of the tree and where I wanted the leaves to be. Then I started painting the silhouette using Payne’s gray. I painted the beach and then I painted the tree.

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Continue painting until you are satisfied with the painting.

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Once you are done with the tree, paint the reflection on the water using white acrylic. Simple white dotted horizontal line on the bottom cerulean blue part.

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And that’s it! You’re done! Remove the tape and congratulate yourself for painting a beautiful landscape. 😀

Here’s how my painting looks…

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I hope it was a helpful tutorial. I would LOVE to see your versions of it !

Happy painting! 🙂

Sana