A Letter Holder by Tanvi Shah

Hello, this is Tanvi here with my first post this term.

Have you seen the new range of decoupage papers? Morning Glory & Knighthood? There are colors & designs for almost all moods…….be it vintage or shabby, browns or blues, brights or pastels!

I particularly loved this set from the Morning Glory collection, bright & yet pleasant soothing colors & the water color like texture lends it such a rich artistic look!

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Here is the letter holder I made –

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Some close ups –

Look at the gorgeous blend of paints here to match the paper! I am in love with this combination & am sure to use them in some more projects!

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The design has so many layers, colors & textures that I chose to leave this letter holder rather simple.

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Tanvi 🙂

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Desk Organizers decoupaged by Tanya Cloete

Hello Scrappy Friends,

Tanya here with a Stationery Desk oganizers using the stunning Soo Shabby decoupage paper collection by Bob n Betty..!

I’m quite new to decoupage but trust me it was so simple to achieve this beauty with these decoupage specialty papers and I thoroughly enjoyed making this project.
This collection is beyond stunning and has all my favourites’ clocks and flowers, a perfect combination!
So I decided to make a set of boxes for my desk in my craft room for all my scrapbooking tools, scissors, rulers, adhesives and ink pads etc.

I painted each of the boxes with white acrylic paint. I then cut the sheets from the collection to fit each box and decoupaged all using mod podge.

Hope you like this as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Scrapping!
Tanya

An Old Typewriter, Upcycled by Roshni Gupta with Decoupage Specialty Papers

Hello everyone ,

Roshni here with an awesome project to share with you all. When I think of decoupage I look for the old and ignored objects lying at my home to give them a new life completely. So I had this typewriter at home, that I planned to decoupage and turn it into a beautiful piece of art.

For this project I have used Bob n Betty’s “Vintage Wheels” decoupage specialty papers, and they have gone sooo well with the theme. These papers are quite easy to work with as they are so thin yet sturdy that makes it easy to fold them in almost any shape, hence the risk of damaging your project is almost zero…..they are a must buy for newbies.

For my project, I first decided which paper I wanted to use on which part of the typewriter and then I traced that part and cut the paper accordingly. Once the cutting was done I simply started applying mod podge and sticking the paper alongside. Once the glue dried, I filed the edges using sand paper and applied a coat of vanish over it.

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There comes the most interesting stage….I embellished it with flowers , micro beads, mica flakes etc. .. and my completely new yet vintage typewriter was ready … it not only looks good but is completely functional too 🙂

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Though it was difficult to fit the typewriter in the frame I have tried my best and have filmed this video showing the transformation. I hope you all like it….

Love
Roshni

 

Decoupage Trays by Jaanhvi Hinduja

Bonjour Buddies!

Winters have almost set in and isn’t the cold weather crept up on us and it feels like we’ve had to dust off jumpers and jackets overnight? Fortunately there are plenty of things you can do to get your home ready for a cozy Winter – and I’m here with some gorgeous shabby chic style home accessories, that will help you beat off the cold, dreary months in style.

Winter mornings call for something relaxed. Perhaps in bed before the day warms up. What can be better than hot coffee or tea served in a warm shabby chic tray?

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So let’s get started to create some old cottage style accents, which are trending in a big way this season!
‌Bob n betty’s Soo Shabby and Coral Cluster range of papers are perfect to achieve the country style, soft pastel floral decor.  I began with choosing the prints of my choice and then painting the trays with a base colour. This is the colour that you want the cracks and the worn out parts to show through. After the base coat dried completely, i applied the clear crackle medium unevenly around the edges. This coat again needs to dry for about 30 minutes. Next, I chose the final colour and painted the whole tray with it and left it to dry over night. As the paint dries, the crack appears. Then, I sanded off edges and to give it a rustic, worn out look. Finally, decoupaged the base,

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did some shabby script stenciling and sealed the tray with varnish. Further, I rolled some jute twine around the grips to complete the rustic look.

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‌So, how did you like it? Try it out with patience and do share your projects with all of us!

‌Till then,
‌Happy winters!

Decoupage on Seashell by Roshni Gupta

Hello Friends,

This is Roshni with a new project made with the Soo Shabby Decoupage Specialty Paper series from Bob n Betty. This time I’ve tried my hands on beautifying a seashell.

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Well, who doesn’t love seashells, all of us love to collect them…isn’t it?

So here I am with a tutorial on how to do decoupage on a seashell. I must say this is the best way to give a new life to the seashells you must be hoarding since ages 🙂

Do watch the video and share your opinion.

Thanks
Roshni

3D Decoupage Wall Clock made with Blazing Bunches Paper Pack, by Anita Kejriwal

Hello Friends,

Anita here with another project made with Bob n Betty’s “Blazing Bunches” paper collection.

This time I have created with Wall Clock, using this mesmerizing collection. Memories become a treasure with Time. Time has wonderful ways of showing us what really matters and the memories that we cherish become priceless with time. So here I am with this beautiful project using the 3D decoupage technique on a Wall Time Piece. I have layers of flowers fussy cut from the paper pack itself, with wood graining in the centre to highlight the beauty of the flowers that are strewn throughout the paper collection.

Here are some close pictures of the Time Piece.

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Hope you all loved this creation.

Do leave your comments. I love hearing from you. Thank you.

Anita

 

A Festive Lantern designed by Jaanhvi Hinduja

Hello Buddies!
Just a day to Diwali, and for your last minute preparations, I am here to share a tutorial on a paper lantern. Let me admit when I saw this particular decoupage paper, immediately i thought of making a Diwali lantern, but just got a little delayed amidst multiple tasks.

We need very basic supplies for this – a set of decoupage paper, card stock (500 gsm is good), glue and thick thread.

  1. Cut the papers into two equal halves – horizontally.
  2.  Cut the cardstock – 5.25″/7.75″.
  3.  Mark 0.75″ on the card stock on all sides and cut the card stock to make it a frame.

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4. Stick the cardstock frame on the reverse side of the paper and fold the edges and glue it neatly.

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5. Punch equidistant holes on the edges of all four parts, lengthwise.
6. Join all four parts, one by one by passing the thick thread through the holes in a criss-cross manner.

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‌….And its ready! If you choose to hang this lantern you can attach threads on top to do so.  You may also add some hanging pearls in such case.  I wanted to use this as a table lantern so I only finished it with some gold 3d outliner.

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I am happy to have my own handmade lantern for Diwali. The beauty of this is,  you can fold this and keep it to reuse whenever you wish to:)

Do try this and please your guests! Alter sizes and make a set!

Have a very happy and safe Diwali. Keep crafting.
Jaanhvi

A Key Holder made by Jaanhvi Hinduja, using Decoupage Specialty papers

Good morning folks!

Hope the festival preparations are in full swing…!

Bob n Betty has released some awesome masculine decoupage specialty papers this season, and I am totally in love with each one of them. I personally feel that its a challenge to work on masculine projects, after all aren’t men themselves a challenge to be with 🙂 Haha..jokes apart – let’s get started with the project. I’ve made a vintage masculine wall organizer that can be used in multiple ways – to hang keys, glares, belts etc. Isn’t it good to see and find things at their place?

Now to create this organizer we will need a wood pallet (I’ve made my own – instructions provided), decoupage specialty paper of your choice, a candle, modpodge, distress ink, wood varnish and some hooks.

‌I began with preparing my base, i.e. the wood pallet. I’ve cut six strips of about 8″/1.75″ each and two strips of 11.5″/1″ each. I use a jigsaw cutter to cut my wood.  However, it is recommended that this should be attempted only after practice. You could alternatively get such pallet made by a local carpenter. I wanted to give the pallet a very raw and vintage look, so I didn’t pay much attention on getting clean edges.

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Next I assembled the wood strips. Lay the 6 strips with about three mm space between each. Little here and there is just fine! Stick the longer strips that we cut on top using the hardware fevicol. Let it dry for about an hour.

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Then screw all pieces together. Refer pictures for clear understanding.

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Then I took the decoupage paper and burnt the edges with a candle. I made the pallet according to the size of the paper so no cutting was required. Be careful with this step.  Keep a rag with you, burn and quickly rub against the rag to avoid burning the paper completely. Please clear your craft desk and remove all papers, inflammable materials etc. before beginning this step.

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Next glue down the paper on the pallet using fevicol. The wood that I used was unfinished and uneven. So the unevenness shows after sticking the paper. This is what I wanted, nothing very neat this time. Then use a paper cutter to cut between the pallet gaps. Use a sanding paper to remove extra paper.

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‌Distress the wood edges and the gaps with vintage photo distress ink and coat the pallet with matte modpodge.  Allow it to dry.

Coat with wood varnish once the modpodge layer is completely dry.

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Drill and fix hooks in the lowermost strip. Fix hooks behind to hang. And its ready 🙂
‌tip-you could put handles on both side of such pallet and convert it into a tray. Or fix clock and convert it into a wall or table clock, use your imagination to create! Adjust the size of the pallet according to your project.

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Leave a comment for any clarification you might need.

Happy crafting till we meet next time 🙂

Jaanhvi

Pillar Candles adorned with Decoupage Specialty Papers, by Jaanhvi Hinduja

Hello Buddies!

Aren’t the festive releases by bob n betty super awesome? I have been thrilled to have worked with these great papers – super quality, unique designs and amazingly versatile! Diwali is round the corner and this is the second year of diwali for me since I started crafting.  So, have been looking forward to making my own gifts this time!

Diwali – can it be complete without lights, candles and diyas? Of course not! So I’ve made some gorgeous candles with Bob n Betty decoupage specialty papers. And trust me they look as amazing as the ones I’ve been buying from the lifestyle stores each year. So let’s get started and spread some handmade goodness.

We will require pillar candles (if time permits you can make these yourself with very basic supplies. I have purchased from a friend who makes these), decoupage papers, heat gun or hair dryer, a large bowl of water, kitchen paper towel and varnish (optional).

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We begin with cutting the papers as per the size of the candles.  Next, we will dip the cut paper in a large bowl of water, wait for about ten seconds or so and then take it out.

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Keep the paper between the kitchen towels and press lightly to soak excess water. Tip- this makes the paper super soft and easy to fold.

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Before the paper dries completely, fold it on to the candle and use your heat gun to stick it. Do it in parts. The heat will warm the wax and stick the paper on it. Patience is the key to get creaseless result. (I didn’t have a heat gun, so I used a hair dryer. It will take longer with the hair dryer). Keep straightening the paper with your finger while doing this. Do not apply too much pressure, this might dent your candles.

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And you are done! To give it waxy shine i coated the candles with varnish.  Trust me they look printed! I finally wrapped them with clear cellophane and finished with some ribbons for few and jute twines for the others.

A box of homemade sweets/chocolates with these gorgeous candles – a gift that can’t go wrong!

Do try them out and share your experiences. Feel free to comment for any clarification you might need.

Happy crafting till we meet again 🙂
Jaanhvi

Decoupaged Coasters adorned with Floral Nymphs Paper Collection

Hello Folks,

Have you ever thought of giving a creative bend to your table placed at home? Why not add some fun element to your home by incorporating a décor scheme to your table? This idea enthralled me and I decided to use it in my project and ended up making the decoupage coasters to beautify the table appearance in my own creative way. The project reflects coasters which can be used as an exclusive home décor item.

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For giving the perfect shape to the coaster, I used the gorgeous pattern papers collection of Bob n Betty, Floral Nymphs. The papers are beautiful amalgamation of vintage and vibrant flowers. It was the best choice for my project. There are so many elements which can be used giving a different dimension to the coaster.

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The base is of MDF, which was coated with gesso. The pattern papers were cut into the shape a little larger than the MDF blank. I used decoupage matt glue to stick the cut out pattern paper onto the MDF blank. Once the glue was dry I used sandpaper to smooth the edges and remove the excess of the pattern paper from the sides. The sides of the MDF blank were painted with black and yellow acrylic colors.

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I used co-coordinating colors of distress inks to give it a vintage look. I then gave 2 coats of decoupage gloss glue and then gave 1 coat of Varnish to seal the creation!!!!

Hope you too liked the outcome.

With Love
Pratyusha