craft show, crafts

How to make the most of your Craft Show

Okay, So you have booked your table/booth and you are busy preparing your products for the upcoming show. BUT…

Have you thought about how to go about the event with minimum hiccups? Each craft show is different and you have to prepare accordingly. I have a few tips for a stress free craft show and these are tried and tested tips and tricks that I go by myself too.

PRE-EVENT TIPS

  1. SIGNING UP: Only sign up for an event when you are completely sure about taking it all the way through. Most of the craft shows do not refund the money and the table is non-transferable too. So, it is always a good idea to think it through.
  2. INVENTORY: There really is no rule for this one. You need to make enough to cover up the cost of your booth at the event, the conveyance, the raw material, your time and effort that went into making your products. Check the footfall of the previous events by the same organizers. You’ll get a rough idea. A variety of products is always appreciated, but don’t get carried away with it.
  3. STATIONERY: Have your business cards and brochures and banners ready. You would be amazed at how many people ask for your business cards!
  4. ADVERTISE: You have to make an effort and get out of your comfort zone and really post your event on all suitable places. Reach your target audience through social media, flyers, posters, word of mouth, messages and invites. Try to get to as much reach as possible.
  5. MOCK DISPLAY: The organizers give out the size of the table at the time of registering. So it is a very wise to do a mock display of that size table or booth at home. Try working around the space to make the most of it. Take pictures of the displays that you are thinking of going with, so it is easier to remember. Invest in trays and racks for the display. Go with a theme and stick to it.

AT THE EVENT:

  1. THINGS YOU NEED TO BRING: bring change, a table cloth, the display racks, shopping bags, mirrors if you are selling jewelry or clothes and snacks. I will be posting a complete check list soon.
  2. PUT THE PRICE ON: Put the price on everything or have the price on display, which is clearly visible to the customers.
  3. DON’T UNDERSELL: You have worked hard on your product. Endless hours of pure frustration and joy and stress got you to this point, where you are standing at an event proudly selling your brand. Respect yourself and other vendors around you. Don’t undersell! Even if the show is going slow. If you won’t value your product, don’t expect other people to do it too.
  4. DISPLAY: Your booth or table should not be too empty or too crowded that it gets difficult to have a look. Make it easy for the customers to move around. Keep the display neat at all times. Arrange and re-arrange.
  5. DO NOT USE MOBILES: You really need to be attentive towards the people coming in and going. Don’t let them find you distracted or busy somewhere else and unreachable. Greet them. Smile. Do offer help, but don’t be too clingy.
  6. KEEP THAT SMILE ON!: Your day won’t be all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to customers. You will get some really amazing comments and feedback that will make your day and some people will be rude and pass on nasty remarks. Be the bigger person here. Smile and be professional and handle the situation gracefully. Be prepared for remarks like “This is too expensive” “ABC makes this for half the price” “Oh I could make that!” and make sure you answer them tactfully.
  7. DON’T BE LATE: Arrive early and put up your table as early as you can. Help other vendors around you. Be courteous. Don’t leave early. Stay there for the time you paid for. I have had customers come at the very last minute to buy ‘that one last thing’ many times!

Here are a few photos from a recent successful event that I participated at.  I hope they give you some inspiration:)

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And at the very end, Enjoy your day and be proud of yourself!

Have a successful day!

S.

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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.

 

 

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

 

card making, crafts, greeting cards, tutorials

How to make a quick greeting card

Hello!

Blessed Friday y’all!

I recently made a greeting card for a challenge and I wanted to share it with you. It was simple, quick and easy 🙂

The challenge was to use an intricate die to make a card. No shape dies or ornate frame dies were allowed. Here’s what I made…

I took a 5×8 inch card sheet and folded it in half to make a card of 5×4 inches. I used black card stock.

Next I cut out a mat from DCWV’s “everlasting love” .25 inches short in length and width

I then cut out a glitter sheet .25 inches shorter than the mat I cut out earlier. This made 2 layers of the card. See the image below.

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Then I punched out a few flower shapes and leaves out of red and green card sheets.

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They need to be shaped. I used my good old embossing tool for this.

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I also snipped off the leaf punch to make two bunches of leaves.

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I glued the layers of the flowers together to form a flower and added some beads for the centers of these flowers. Then I attached the leaves to either side of the bunch and Ta Da!

😀

Here’s how it looked once I was done embellishing it.

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And here’s another angle.

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So, what do you think? easy ..right? 🙂 The camera was unable to capture the bling of the glitter sheet and the metallic sheet properly. It is sparkling like crazy I tell you!

Have an awesome weekend!

Sana.

 

crafts, paper craft, tutorials

How to make the easiest gift card holders

Hey there!

I have been away for a while, seriously focusing on expanding my small business. I have been posting ads online, networking, handling orders and doing loads and loads of discount vouchers for people attending the meetups throughout the country. Hectic eh?

And when I am doing nothing of that, I am writing blog posts (like this one!) and creating more awesome products and making them more and more professional looking.

So, today I am sharing with you, one of the simplest designs I had to whip up in a day for a meetup happening this weekend. I was really stretched for time and I had to get them out or they would have never made it to the meetup.

Here’s what I made…

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I cut out the card sheet into 4 x 3.75 inches. I then embossed all of them with the polka dots folder.

Once that is done, score at .25 inches at the 3.75 width and the 4 inch height.

Score again at 2 inches at the 4 inch side. See the image below.

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Snip off the excess flap of the 2 inch part like shown below. Mitre off the corner for easy folding.

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Apply adhesive of your choice on the extra flaps, fold and stick them to make a pocket. It should look like this. (see below)

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Using a circle punch, punch out semi circles from the open side to make tabs. This makes it easy to take the cards out.

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The base is ready. All you have to do now is to decorate them just the way you like them. I used all my scrap punches and die cuts to decorate thirty of these. Here are a few…


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What do you think?

I shall be sharing more ideas for gift card holders in the coming days. Stay tuned for more.

Have an awesome day!

Sana.

tutorials, Watercolors

How to use the masking fluid in your paintings

Masking fluid is the best thing to ever happen to a water colorist. It protects all the tiny fussy areas that you want to keep unstained with the wash being applied. It also gives you the peace to quickly paint an area that can be quite frustrating to manage with all the tiny details that you want to paint around.

Just like any other medium, masking fluid comes with a few do’s and don’ts and a few tips and tricks can get you to make the most of it.

1. Application:

Keep your good fancy brushes far far away from this bottle. You have been warned!

Use your old brushes that are not in use anymore. There are plenty other things that can be used to apply masking fluid. I usually use skewers, old brushes, tooth picks, old tooth brushes etc.

DON’T leave the bottle open while you’re applying the masking fluid on the paper. Just take a little amount out in a cap or your palette well and use.

If you find your masking fluid a little thick in consistency, just add a tiny bit of water and stir the bottle. Diluting the fluid makes the application easier.

2. Drying:

It literally takes five minutes or so to dry (unless it has been applied thickly, in which case you might need up to 20 minutes), so don’t try to speed up the process by using heat. The fluid will stick to your paper and will tear it when you take it off.

Don’t leave the masking fluid on for too long. I’m talking days and months here. You’ll destroy your painting.

Remove the masking when it is completely dry. Also don’t remove the masking when the paint around it is still wet. Patience is the key here.

3. Removing:

Masking fluid is very easy to remove. You can use a stump or an eraser or simply your finger to remove it.

Masking fluid leaves quite strong, hard edges when it comes off. Unless it is what your painting calls for, you can always soften the edges with a damp brush.

 

Masking fluid is seriously awesome. Once you get the hang of it, you wouldn’t want to work without it.

Have fun !

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card making, crafts, greeting cards, paper craft

How to make a quick and easy Gate fold card

April is a month of many birthdays. I literally can’t keep up with the amount of cards and handmade gifts that I have to make for my friends and family!

Here is a card that I made for a dear friend of mine. I just love the grandness of gate fold cards, so I decided to make one for her.

Here’s how I made it…

You need a deep pink card stock which measures 8 x 5 inches.

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Now score the card at 2 inches and then at 6 inches. Check the picture below.

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Now take 2 mix and match patterned paper. You’ll need 2 for the front flaps and 3 for the inside.

For the front panels cut them out at 1 7/8 x 4 7/8.

The inside slim panels will be the same size as above but a different patterned paper.

Cut the middle panel at 3 7/8 x 4 7/8.

Here’s what you will have once you are done with the cutting.

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Using a strong adhesive other that liquid glue, stick them on the base card.

Your basic card is ready! 😀

Now to make it pretty…

You’ll need a few embellishments … It’s totally up to you how you want it decorated. Here’s how I embellished my card.

I used the same pink card stock to make the flower and the panel. I used metallic silver sheet to add the extra bling to my card.

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And here’s how it looked like when I was finally done jazzing it up!

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And another angle…

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So.. what do you think?

I really hope she likes it… 🙂

Happy crafting y’all!

Sana.

 

Watercolors

How to make beautiful paintings using basic watercolor techniques

What were the most basic things you were taught when you started painting? and if you learned painting yourself, what were the first things you learned or tried?

Primary and secondary colors?

Color wheel?

Textures?

Techniques?

I bet you know these things and they must be second nature to you if you paint regularly.

So, I wanted to go back to the basics and try making artwork using the very basic of colors and techniques.

I tried the cling film technique. Here’s what I did…

I took a heavy watercolor paper and wet it completely using clean water. Then I painted random strokes of magenta, pthalo blue and Cadmium orange on the paper, covering it completely.

Make sure not to let the paint dry.  Work quick. Once the paper is completely covered with paint, put the cling film on and leave it to dry.

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Once the paint is completely dry, remove the film and start looking for any shapes that you can find that were formed with the contact of the film and the paint. You might have to rotate the paper to find them.

Once you find them, start painting around it in a darker color, so that the shape you first found pops up. Do the finishing touches and you are done.

See what my painting turned into.

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Try it. I’d love to see how yours turns out.

Happy painting!

Sana.

card making, crafts, greeting cards, paper craft

How to make stickers from scraps

Let’s face it…

If you are an active painter, then you would be having a stack of failed paintings hiding somewhere. Similarly, if you are an active crafter, you will definitely have thousands of little scraps left over from the projects you have done. I can not make myself throw away even the tiniest piece of pretty paper… i just can’t.

So what do I do?

I try utilizing them in every way possible. My scrap stash would be the first place I look into to make use of the little bits and pieces. OR …

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I make STICKERS!

I make stickers and I make loads of ’em! They are easy to make and add a cute little dimension to my paper crafts. Here’s how I make them.

You will need:

  1. scraps
  2. double sided tape
  3. paper punches

All you need to do is stick the tape onto the back side of the scrapbook paper like shown below.

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rub it a bit to make sure the adhesive sticks properly. You  can use a wider tape for bigger punches.

Now turn it over and punch out the shapes. It’s THAT easy!

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you can also fussy cut out the shapes from the scrap book paper if it has any.

Now here is how I used my stickers 🙂

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This is a 5 x 4 inch card that I made using the scrapbook paper from my stash. I added a little glitter to the panel on the left. The strip in gold, the little hearts and the butterfly are all stickers that I made using the technique above.

And that’s it!

I hope you try making your own stickers…oh! and you can use them in your planners too… 😀 how cool is that!

Till next time…

Have a creative day!

Sana.