Sunday, 23 September 2012

Tutorial Monday : Handmade Watercolor Embellishment

Hi PPS folks ......

Riri is here with my very first ever tutorial .... (It is really first time, ok!), so be gentle with me guys ... :P :P

Perhaps all of you have seen this pretty embellishment for Amy Tan Sketchbook line, right ? It looks like this

I also like this one below which is available at the shop. I got at as part of the beautiful Ramadhan journal kit.

So its all started when I make the Ramadhan journal, I want lots and lots of embellishment but don't want to make it out of place with the Amy Tan embellishment that I already have for the minibook.

and that's when I have ideas of making my own embellishment, which more or less in line of Amy Tan embelli, as you can see in my Ramadhan Journal.

First of all, you need the below equipments, watercolor and crayon which are available at almost any supermarket, embossed powder and staz on available at Pretty Paper Shop. Basically you need ink that cannot be diluted by water as we are going to use watercolor later.

And you also need Versamark ink, and any suitable stamp, I forgot what brand of stamp that I used below. :)

Basically I am using three method of making images for the embellishment:
  1. Stamp using versamark and embossed it using embossing powder and hot gun, as you can see in the mason jar image below, also there are two white embossed flower image but you could not see it as they are in white color
  2. Second, using crayon, again, I used crayon because it is not water soluble (well, there are water soluble crayon out there in the market, but those certainly not in the category of 'normal' crayon. :) ) You can draw anything you like, no need to be perfect ..... you know that perfection is overrated right? ... hehehe
  3. Third using permanent stamp ink. I used Staz On for the 'Ramadhan Kareem' and 'Eid Mubarak' below.

The above are the images that I have stamped, embossed or hand draw with crayon. I used white cardstock as the base paper as cardstock will absorb watercolor nicely. You can basically used any paper as long it is not the glossy type. The best is white cardstock as it is thick enough to give the 3D effect.

After that, start painting your heart away!!!

You can use any color, any mix, basically anyway. I was having really good time watercoloring this. Take note that my number two son, the one that consider himself as the artist in the family was complaining nonstop in the background as I was coloring outside the lines!!!! Also using unusuall color for the flower!!! ... hehehehe it is just WRONG!!!! he said... hahahahahaha

So below is the finish product, Picasso won't be proud of me, but I am proud of myself of these ..... :P

And come the hardest part, cutting the images .... hehehehe

So here they are ..... your own embellishment ...!!!!! I love the embossed one the most!!! ... it looks so beautiful!

Then start using those, play time!!!!!  Kinda messy card down here ... hehehehe ... could not be compared with the amazing card by Donna ... but a happy girl right here ..... happy trying !!!!!!

Supplies Used
Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Bits Die-Cut Shapes
Eid Mubarak Stamp Set
Staz On Jet Black
Veramark Clear Ink Pad
Zing White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Daffodil Layering Paper
Pebbles Hip Hip Hooray 12x12" Patterned Paper (Cardstock)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Ramadan Journal - Riri Mahadi

Hi! Neelu here sharing the journal Riri Mahadi made using our Ramadan Journal Kit

I'am in love with her embossed and watercoloured flowers. Just gorgeous!

I happened to see this journal in person and it looks way better that way! It's chunky, full of memories and adorable photos. 

This journal kit can be used for anything - not just Ramadan. And you can also purchase items in this kit individually now. 

I'll be back soon with Shruti's take on this kit. Until then, stay inspired and creative. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Let us make a Notebook - Tutorial

Hi, this is Jo for my first tutorial with PPS. 

I love a pretty notebook.  I have notebooks and planners EVERYWHERE, and they all have a different purpose.  A notebook in the kitchen for writing down, well, things - one in my craft room for jotting down my "To-Do's" and notes on projects/blog posts - A Project Life planner, a Blog Planner and my day to day planner (yes - 3).

Today I would  like to share a notebook I was asked to do a tutorial on for Pretty Paper Studio.  I feel this would be nice as a gift (teacher's for example) or just to have around for your daily notes...


2 sheets 6"x6" printed paper for the cover, embellishments and chipboard letter of your choice along with :-


1.  2 pieces of chipboard, cut to 6"x4 1/2".

2.  30 sheets of grid paper, taken from a store bought notebook, and cut in half (6"x4"). PLUS 2 untrimmed sheets for inside covers.


3.  3 pieces double sided printed paper/cardstock, cut to 6"x4".

4.  3 pieces 6"x4 1/2" printed paper/cardstock.


5.  3 pieces 8"x8" printed paper/cardstock to be used as pocket pages.

6. Assortment of tags.  3 tags,  6"x3" to be inserted in pockets, and 2 tags, 4"x2".



7.  Take your 3 pieces 6"x4 1/2" printed paper/cardstock (POINT 4), and measure half an inch in from        the right hand side.  mark the first the sheet at 2" and the second at 4". 

8.  Discard areas marked with black lines in the picture.  Leave the third page.


9.  You will be left with 2 page dividers.

10.  Using one of the 8"x8" sheets, fold it in half and mark as show on the picture above. (Click here to link to a larger image).


11.  You can use a decorative scissors to cut the pocket opening as I did here.  You can also alternate the opening from the right (shown here) to the left side so that your pocket opens on the other side.

12.  Adhere the flap to the inside of the alternate side of the tag.


13.  This is the completed tag.  Repeat the process for the remaining 2 pieces of 8"x8" paper.

14.  Arrange your elements as follows: first divider page, tag pocket, 10 sheets note paper, 1 sheet 6"x4" printed paper, 10 sheets note paper...repeat.


15.  Add the small manilla tags where desired.

16.  Cover the inside covers with grid paper, and cover the outside with the printed paper, folding over the small overhang to the inside of the book.


17/18.  Embellish the front cover as desired.  Here attached a punched tag to the bottom right, over which I attached a strip of printed paper, then a strip of Washi Tape.  I used chipboard Thickers for the title.  You could personalize the notebook by using a person's name.


19.  Bind using your preferred method.  You could ring bind it yourself or take it to a local stationers where they could do it for you, or you could bind it using O-rings (binding rings).

20.  A flip through, I added my 2 manilla tags at the front of the notebook.


21.  One of the pocket pages.  In this instance, the pocket is on the reverse side.

22.  Pocket page with tag inserted.

Thanks for joining me on this tutorial.  I would love to hear your comments. 

Happy Scrapping!!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

September Challenge: Maximize Your Stamp

Starting September, we will have a monthly theme going on at PPS's blog which will also be our monthly challenge. And to kick off this new beginning at PPS, we have come up with this cool idea of maximizing your stamp / stamp set. 

Most of the time, we buy a stamp with one or two ideas in our mind. We use them for the same and move on to next. I'am sure many of us have stamps catching dust and waiting to be inked. This month we would like you to pull out ONE of those stamps or stamp set and use it in THREE different way on your scrapbook pages or cards. You could make three projects or one. But you got to use the stamp in THREE ways. 

Ofcourse, we wouldn't give you a challenge without giving you some inspiration, right? Our Design Team were given a cute stamp set from Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (picture above). Donna, Jo and Riri worked wonders with them! See what they did with just one set of stamps!
Jo Brown

Riri Mahadi 

Donna Espiritu

Hope that's inspiration enough! All supplies, every itty bitty thing used by our DT came from our  store

A summary of what you have to do: 
Use ONE Stamp or Stamp Set in THREE different ways 
(Your work has to be new: made after this challenge was posted)
Deadline: September 30, 2012
Prize: AED 25 gift voucher to our store