Thursday, 20 July 2017

Dress My Craft Floral papers + Colouring

Hello Everyone!

Manu here and I'm back with detailed post focusing on coloring with the Dress My Craft Floral papers. I played with a lot of distressing in my earlier post with these absolute gorgeous papers, you can find the post here. I'm more oriented towards colors and hence this post focuses on what all mediums of coloring can be done on these papers.

Distressing is one form and I will again emphasize that these papers are a delight to work with distress inks, no blotching or marks are left on these papers, both Exotica and Oriental. Well, Distress oxides have hit the market, but if you still have the inks, you can try using these papers with them.

I have a couple of projects, all considering the various coloring mediums :  watercolors, paints, distressing, water crayons etc. I have not concentrated on the sprays for this post !

Project 1:

I love doodling and thought why not!!! Doodling was found everywhere on my notebooks, books especially on the corners during the college life and it sure made life quite bright!! I'm quite smitten with the doodles that Alisa Burke makes and she is absolute smashing at making these doodles!

Here's what I made, I initially wanted to make an A5 size card, but then went on to make two A2 size tags!

Quite bright and cheerful!! The best part, the doodle is all hand drawn and then cut out!

To make these tags:
1. Take the Floral Exotica paper and cut two A2 sized panels. Apply a coat of Gesso and then some random tissue to give it a texture. I used a page from an old novel. Once this dries out, apply another coat of Gesso to smooth out the writing on the page. Give a base coat of the color of your choice to the tags. I chose green and blue.
2. Take another piece of the paper and draw the doodles. Cut them out and adhere them to the tags as per your choice of arrangement. Once done, lets color.!!!
3. I colored the doodled elements using the Portfolio water soluble oil pastels, these are intense, very creamy water based oil pastels. You can use any medium for coloring, watercolors being on of them.
Once the pastels dried a little, I tried adding a little detail using the white gel pen, but that didn't worked out, so I added the details using the white paint. Also smudge a little black color at the edges of the doodled elements to even them out with the base color. Also added a few paint droplets to the tags!
4. Finish off with a sentiment. Have used quite a bold one for the tags.

Checkout a few more closeup of the tags!

Project 2:

Another card totally made with the distressing and water coloring and loved it!

This is the front of the card!

This is how the inside looks!

To make this card:
1. Take Floral Exotica paper, I took a 3*12 inch panel and colored it with yellow and orange hues lengthwise.
2. Take another A2 size panel and distress it using the Peacock Feather's Distress ink. Can you make out if the base card is made totally using the distress inks?? That's the beauty of these papers, the distress inks works like butter and not a spot here or there!!
3. Using the MFT high rise alphabet die, I die cut the following sentiment ' I JUST WANTED TO SAY, I LOVE YOU'. My idea was to just make a card using this sentiment. Adhered the die cuts using a foam tape an a few Clay heart sequins!!
Gorgeous outcome!!

Project 3:

Here's another watercolor mini album and I also have a video of  how I colored the circular die cuts. I really wanted to try out the watercolor on the Floral Exotica paper since its water absorption capacity is high. Of course it's NOT a watercolor paper and the watercolors won't dance around or spreads out that easily, but I just wanted to see how much of a watercolor effect the paper gives and much to my surprise, I was quite happy with the way my doodled watercolor flowers turned out to be!

I had a few circular and star shaped die cuts and I just tried doing the watercolors on those, once done, I just made it into a mini album using the binder rings and added a few embellishments.

The quotes are stamped on pattern paper, fussy cut and adhered to the panels.

Here are a few more pics!
Kept it very simple because I wanted the watercolorists to be the focal on this mini, Embellishments also included a Dress my Craft sequins and the bubblegum accessories also.

Here is the link to the video. Apologies as I didn't came to know that the video stopped recording after sometime but the video below has the major aspect on the watercoloring part. 

I hope you liked the project and I'm sure would love to experiment with the papers and would look no further for the perfect paper to make cards, flowers, card base or be it anything!

Thanks for staying till the very end!!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Hello Everyone,
Navjot Gujral here again, this is my second post for the same month.
And still I am very excited because the products we chose for this month are my Favorite, Favorite and Most Favorite.
Hope you are following the posts from our talented DT members and you know we are working on Papers and Tools.
Yes Dress My Craft’s Paper- FLORAL EXOTICA & FLORAL ORIENTAL (285gsm)
THESE AWESOME PRODUCTS ARE MUST HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION. Yes if you are a Paper Crafter and you don’t have these in your stash, go and grab yours as soon as possible.
These papers are perfect for making any kind of projects, and today I am here with articles which are perfect for upcoming festive season. I am showcasing today some BOXES that I made with FLORAL ORIENTAL PAPER. To me, giving gifts is one of the most exciting parts of festivals. This is the perfect way to show friends and family how much we love them. And the best part is if you made something special for them, it is icing on cake.
So Let’s Start,

Have you ever needed a quick little gift? I have the perfect solution for you, make a box and fill with chocolates, muffins, brownies,  jewelry, wallets and belts, anything. Every delicacy needs a packing styled festively… . ………..  or just the box also.. LOL!!
I want my boxes to be strong, sturdy and everlasting. For all die cutting, stamping, distressing and Flower making I used the same paper. 
For the first box, I also used newly launched Paper Pack from Dress My Craft- HYDRANGEA LAWNS.

Wooooowwwwwww what a add on. Stunning paper stack that increases the beauty of my box 100 times.
Here I made handmade flowers also with the same paper and tool.  

Loved the outcome. It is really fun using all awesome products together.

For the next two boxes, I drew templates. I adjust the boxes size so it would fit my sheet perfectly. Knowing how to fold a paper gift box is an important tool to have in your crafty arsenal. Once you know how to do it, you can make one in any size and style.

 After that, I cut my templates. Score and fold them and erased the pencil marks.

The inks blend smooth on the paper effortlessly. How beautifully this paper absorbs inks and gives such a stunning effect, can’t even imagine this was actually white paper.

Than I colored my flower petals with Distress Oxides again. And with the help of groove golf tool, given the desired shape.

When my petals are ready to assemble, I sprinkled SPARLKIND DUST randomly to edges.

Now the third one. Wow, actually these papers are to versatile. Believe me, have a look. Stencil made out of DMC paper. Yes it is a leftover sheet after doing diecutting, and here I used that as a beautiful stencil.
I have made a Pillow Box this time.

This festive season bring along blast of creativity and colors, with DRESS MY CRAFT Products, mesmerizing the viewing audiences. Try it and tell us about your experience in the comment section.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Floral exotica paper wonders

Hi everyone,
Hope you all are doing great. I am back with a new post today where you can find some beautiful and soft colors used to blend with Floral exotica papers to make a three in one card.
Well, nowadays everyone is aware of distress oxides and that's something hitting the market today. But my today's post is based on Floral exotica papers, DMC sparkling dust and distress inks (Old is gold). Believe me guys, these papers are way too awesome to blend with distress inks, sprays and water. How beautifully this paper absorbs inks and gives such a stunning effect. If you see the peeled paint effect on the very first layer, you will be able to notice how nicely the ink has taken the torn edges of the paper giving you proper shade on your background.
There are some images at the end of this post where you will be able to find that all the pages inside are glossy since I have used clear texture paste on every page. You can also find some crackles here and there on the pages which looks and feels really beautiful when you have it in your hand. I really couldn't resist myself from using these papers. These papers are perfect for making any kind of mixed media projects, cards layouts and scrapbooks.
This card has given me so many ideas to use this paper in so many different projects in future. And you gotta stay tuned for many more inspirations coming from our talented DMC team.

Hope you liked my three in one card!
Stay tuned for more!


Friday, 14 July 2017

Money wraps with floral exotica

Hey Creative Peeps !

If you have been following the posts from our talented DT members then you know we are showcasing the highly recommended papers from dress my craft this month. Floral Exotica and Floral Oriental are premium quality papers launched by dress my craft , they have superb water absorbing quality making them fit for any project that uses any sort of ink or color mediums. Floral exotica are more water absorbent than Floral Oriental , so your choice of paper would depend on how much blending of colors do you want or how well do u want to mould the paper, since oriental absorbs lesser water it becomes stiff compared to exotica.

Both the papers will solve all your crafting needs under the sky ! Be it scrapbooking, card making, money wraps, mixed media, die cutting and oh yes paper flowers, Dress my craft papers have got it all covered.

I'm showcasing today some money wraps that I made with Floral Exotica paper using distress inks. The inks blend smooth on the paper effortlessly, I have also used Dress my craft sequins to finish my projects.

                              The crisp die cuts are achieved with Floral Exotica here.

List of supplies used

Floral exotica paper

Dress my craft sequins

That's all from my side today, check out these papers for all your paper-crafting needs and I'm sure you won't look any further.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Floral Oriental Paper with Sprays and Oxide Inks

Hello everyone!!!!!

Hope you are all having a great time crafting with  raindrops creating music on your window panes. Well !!!! That's exactly what I am doing !!!

So here I am with new projects and talking about the versatile FLORAL ORIENTAL PAPER.

This is a smooth matt finish 285GSM card stock , acid free and lignin free and a good absorbent of water making its fibres soft enough to mold but strong enough not to tear.
That is why it is ideal for Flower making and Mixed media.

But one question needs to be answered first !!!!

When you are paper crafting , What is the first thing that comes to your mind ????

I'll give you my answer .
When I start with my project, I want my base to be strong and my projects to be sturdy and ever lasting .....So what comes in is Paper Play and for that no other paper is as best as the Floral Oriental Paper----a one  stop solution for all your crafty needs be it die cutting, stamping, distressing, mixed media and creating 3d projects or album making.
So you see there lies the beauty of the Floral Oriental paper....

Ooppssss !!! I forgot Flower Making ..... Its the BEST paper in market for Flower making and once your flowers are made with this paper, I can bet.. You will not look at any other paper.

But today, I will highlight its nature with Sprays and Inks.

Many times you find that the paper, softens, warps or fades away inks and colours...but that is not so with the Floral Oriental Paper. And that too without GESSO!!!
So here are my projects followed by a video tutorial.

So grab some tea......and relax.

I have made two tags and a Distress Oxide ink card.
The tags highlights the use of Sprays and inks along with modelling paste.
The card highlights the texture of embossing on the paper and the super blends of oxide inks.

Here the roses have been made with Floral oriental paper.

Here is the video showing how to create these tags

For this card, swipe a card panel on distress oxide ink, sprayed with water on a craft mat. Dry and pass through an embossing folder in the die cutting machine. Then add colours in the above manner till you are satisfied. Keep drying in between the layers.
See how prominent is the embossing effect on the oriental paper. It is also a wonderful paper for die cutting, giving crisp and hassle free die cutting.

Other products used

Cosmic Sheer Spray
Modelling Paste
Chip board
Embossing folder
Distress oxide inks-worn lipstick, fired brick and vintage photo
Mulberry flowers

So that's all for today!! Do visit the DMC store as there is a whole new range of products like the new Fashion Accessories and the Bubble Gum Accessories!!! These are really beautiful.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!!!