Friday 13 February 2015

Guest Designer - Poornima Jain

Hello crafty friends,

We have had some really pretty pink & red creations. To tingle your creativity more, we have a tutorial by a very talented crafter Poornima Jain from Paper Craft Horizon. She is a regular participant in our challenges and has been featured and won challenges with us in the past.

To get to know her better, we asked her a few questions, here is what she had to say:

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I am from holy city of Rajasthan - Ajmer. I am software professional, instructor and now an author of programming book too. Crafting is my passion and I craft whenever I get time(usually at night). I live in a big joint family. My mom & my nephew are my biggest critic and admirer.

2. How did you become interested in crafts and what inspired you to start blogging?
I was always involved in some or other crafting form since childhood. Taking part in different Drawing and Painting competitions at school, college and district level were among them. I was searching for scrapbooking ideas for my nephew and all of sudden I saw punches on a site. At the same time my friend gifted me 2 punches. I searched for ideas on internet. My curiosity made me explore the entire world of paper crafting. Then I came across blogs of Indian bloggers like Spardha, Tejal, Priya Sivraj, Karuna and eventually I started my blogging journey in Nov. 2011. And blogging opened all the doors then.

3. What are some of your "go-to" supplies for crafting?
MS Scoreboard, Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Cardstock, Distress Inks

4. What is your favorite crafting technique?
Die Cutting, Embossing and Distressing are one of my favorite crafting techniques

5. How would you describe your crafting style?
I can’t stick to a particular style for long. I love to try different styles and this is what I have done so far. I work more with pastel colors.

6. How long have you been crafting?
It has been 3 years of crafting now.

7. My signature style
Special Fold Cards

8. Who are some of your influences? Who has been your inspiration?
Among the Indian bloggers these crafters have inspired me the most – Hussena , Rajni Chawla, Ujjwal, Dr. Sonia. Among International bloggers Beate Johns, Kristina Werner,Jennifer Mcguire, Becca Feeken, Gabriella Pollacco are my favorite. I have learned a lot from them.

9. When not crafting, what keeps you busy?
I either do image editing in Photoshop or watch crafting videos

10. What are you currently working on?
MDF Frames and Fridge Magnets.

Here's what She has to share with us.

Today, I'm sharing a step by step tutorial on creating background using tissue and few other things.

Take a cardstock and punch out few shapes. You can use die cuts too.

Make a thick stack of shapes and glue them on cardstock with Mod Podge either in a sequence or randomly. Then apply a generous amount of Mod Podge  all over the cardstock. Crush a tissue to get wrinkles. Open it and stick it to the cardstock gently. Press it so that tissue firmly sticks to cardstock. Make sure to press specially around die-cut borders so that we get prominent shape through tissue.

If tissue tears up then just apply Mod Podge and place tissue piece back in place.Use heat gun to dry the cardstock to speed up the drying process. Keep heat gun at a distance from tissue. Cut the extra tissue with scissor.
Now pull out distress inks of your choice and apply them on tissue.

Now apply Versamark ink randomly here and there. Add UTEE Gold and heat emboss it. To add shine I have applied Silver Perfect Pearls with brush. This is optional. To give background a shabby look apply white acrylic color with brush around edges . I have used texture paste for the same.

Here are some close ups
And that’s it !! An awesome background is ready to jazz up your project. Here’s a card I have made using above background
And another one
Hope you liked my tutorial and will participate in the challenge this month
Love you SWEETS
Twist - Use Red or Pink
(Click here to read the general guidelines)



  1. Thank you Poornima for the tutorial! It was great reading about you!

  2. Amazing Card! Happy to know more about you. Thank you for the tutorial. :)
    Suchi xx

  3. It's amazing and gorgeous texture, Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cool tutotrial.I loved the yellow,purple one.Awesome mixed media touch.Was lovely knowing about you too.

  5. WOW what a beautiful and creative project. Never seen this technique before and so sweet of you to say I am one of your inspirations! I am a big fan of your work and always lament when you disappear from blogging!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  6. What a lovely card Poornima ! I liked the technique you have share and it was nice reading and knowing more about you !

  7. Very beautiful card with lovely texture. Thanks for sharing the technique and nice to read more about you.

  8. Beautiful card & very interesting ide.

  9. Wow Poornima!! Loved the new technique, this makes the background soo easy peasy to make! It was good knowing about you !!!



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