[DIY Special] A bit of watercolour magic

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_MAINAfternoon lovelies! I have a special DIY tutorial for you this week courtesy of Preeya Stanley; also known as the paper-craft guru! :) For those of you who are new to my my blog (and/or missed my last post in June), Preeya is also officially an MbM contributor who will be sharing all her awesome card-making tricks with her quarterly guest posts…….and I’m delighted to share her next one today! Enjoy! xx



Hi Everyone,

Great to be back here with you on Made by Molu! I have a project for you today which is oh-so simple to do but looks trendy and elegant. I call it the “emboss-resist sentiment with watercolour”…….please let me know if you think up a better name. ha! Water-colouring has been a huuuuuge trend in design and in paper-crafting this past year. With free flowing, sheer quality of colour, you just let the water do all the work for you and you can’t really go wrong! It’s no wonder its been so popular.

So, you will need the following:

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_suppliesWatercolour paper, A5 cardstock, a paint brush, some water colours (any old brand will do, as long as its pigmented enough), a sentiment stamp of your choice, Versamark ink, embossing powder and a heat gun. You may also need an iron- if you decide to go for the OMG factor. (I would)


Here’s what you do:


  1. Stamp your sentiment in Versamark ink on a piece of watercolour paper (mine is A5).
  2. Sprinkle over some clear embossing powder, and shake off the excess.
  3. Heat set this with your heat gun, and you should have a nice shiny raised sentiment.
  4. Next, tape down this watercolour panel to a steady surface using removable tape (either masking tape or washi tape will do- but remove some of the ‘stick’ by first applying it to your hands and ripping it off a few times. This way, it will not take any layers off the watercolour paper when you pull it off later) MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_2
  5. Time to get inky! Get your paintbrush and wet it with clean water. Apply just this water to your cardstock, brushing it over the sentiment in the shape that you wish for the colour to take when you apply it.
  6. Now, get some watercolour onto your brush and just touch the paint to your pre-wet paper and watch the colour flow. Add as much colour as you like. If you feel you would like a more definite line, use side to side or up to down motions with your paintbrush. The colour will flow freely into the areas that were already wet from your last application of water. Here I have gone for a two toned effect, starting with the blue at the top and fading to a lime green at the bottom. YOu will also see that your embossed sentiment will be resisting the watercolour and will remain white. The darker the colour, the more prominent the sentiment will appear.
  7. Leave to air dry.
  8. OPTIONAL OMG FACTOR: After your panel is totally dry (leave about 1 hour just to be safe)- For an added “wow!-how-on-earth…?”-effect from your recipient- You can iron off the embossing powder for a perfectly smooth, flat finish. Just take your panel over to your ironing board, place it down and put a piece of clean copy paper over it. Then, with your iron on high heat, iron over the piece of paper. after a few passes of the iron over the paper, you will see that the embossing powder has been absorbed by the copy paper. Take off the copy paper, and admire your perfectly smooth sentiment, magically inscribed amongst delicious pools of watercolour ;)
  9. You can now attach this panel to a card base and embellish as you please. I added some gold heart sequins and a strip of gold foil at the bottom of the card. MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-4_3

[Image credit: ©Preeya Stanley]

Well, that’s all to it – I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you will give this simple technique a go. The results are so elegant!

Preeya x



[DIY Special] Inlaid Die-cutting technique by Preeya Stanley

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-3_MAINOkay, so the reason why I didn’t have a DIY tutorial last week was because I had lined up my guest crafter and card-making extraordinaire Preeya (of Up to Some’ink) to show you more of her amazing card-making skills…..all the way from Australia! Also, I’m super delighted to tell you that Preeya will now be doing a quarterly guest post on Made by Molu, sharing all her tricks of the trade for you card-making and papercraft enthusiasts. It’s like a different world for me with all these die-cut tools and gadgets but the more I see these, the more I wish I had these snazzy equipment! Anyway, without further adieu, here’s the first of her fabulous paper-craft tutorial series! I do hope you will join me in welcoming her on board and of course enjoy all the goodies she creates! :)


Hi everyone!!

Today I am going to share with you how to create this card using an inlaid die-cuts technique. It is all the rage over in blogland and the paper-crafting world, and what’s good about it is that you can pop it in the post and it has no bulk whatsoever, but you still get that look and feel of added texture.

So lets get started!


  1. a Big Shot or other die cutting machine
  2. some die shapes – white cardstock
  3. various colours of cardstock, and scraps may do (i’ve used up all mine here)
  4. some liquid glue
  5. a tool to pick up and handle intricate pieces of paper- tweezers will do, but I have usedthe Lifestyle Crafts QuickStick (amazing)



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[1] First, you need to get an idea of your design and plan your colours so you’ll know what to cut and where. Then you need to place your dies on a white piece of cardstock that will be your front panel. Mine measures half an A5 so thats 10.5cm x 14.8cm. Arrange your dies in the pattern that you sketched. (I had to do mine over two separate goes as I had to re-use some of my circle dies.

[2] SO anyway, here we go – washi tape them down so that the pieces stay put in the machine and then roll them through the big shot on tab 1.

[3] Cut out any additional circles you may need as per your design in the same way as above.

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-3_2[Image credit: ©Preeya Stanley]
 Now, get your pieces of coloured scrap card and die cut circles out of them – just make sure you have the same sized circles as the ones you have in your white panel of cardstock. Again, depending on your design, you may need to die cut your coloured circles so that they fit perfectly with any other circles that will lay against them on the card once it’s all put together.

[5] Now, layer your white panel on a piece of copy paper that has been cut to the same size.Place glue in the openings and piece together your circles. You can leave the card like this and simply stamp a bold greeting in black across these funky circles, and you would have yourself a very nice card…but we’ll take it a step further..

[6] Place your word die across the circles on your panel, and washi-tape it down. Run this through your die cutting machine to cut the word out. MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-3_3[Image credit: ©Preeya Stanley]

[7] Now, this step is IMPORTANT: When you take your project out of the machine, keep all the little pop-out pieces that result safe in a little bowl- you’ll need them soon.

[8] Die cut your word again, this time out of black cardstock, and glue it into the space created on your panel.

[9] Now, here is the fiddly bit. Use your little saved pop-out pieces and glue them back in. This is where you’ll need a pair of tweezers or something to handle those itty-bitty pieces. I used my QuickStick. It has a tacky tip which temporarily adheres to whatever you touch it to…So you can easily pick up little pieces of paper.

[10] Now, adhere your panel onto an A6 card base and you have one very impressive card that is gonna leave your recipient thinking…”How did she/he do that?!?!?!” ;) As you can probably tell this card was inspired by a certain ‘happy’ song that was on the radio a while ago, and I just loved the thought of turning it into a card… you can make this a card for any occasion by finishing off the ‘because I’m happy…’ sentiment on the inside of the card with… ‘for you’ or ‘it’s your birthday’.   Good luck!

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-3_4[Image credit: ©Preeya Stanley]

Well, there you have it lovelies. It may be a bit advanced to some of us crafters especially if you don’t have right tools but if you think this is your kind of thing then do have a look into die-cutting tools like the Sizzix Big Shot, which really is well worth investing in if you’re into papercraft and card-making. I did actually write a post early last year on some amazing ‘must have’ list of crafting gadgets if you fancy taking a look there. So yea, I hope you have fun giving this a go and if you want to follow more of Preeya’s crafty antics do check her blog.

Thank you sooooo much Preeya for this tutorial and I look forward to the next one!! :)

Happy weekend everyone!! x x x

[DIY Special] How to draw colour inspiration from images, by Preeya Stanley

I’m really pleased (and very grateful!) to have Preeya on board again to share some card-making skills. I am also delighted to tell you that she will officially be a guest blogger on MbM to share all her tricks of the trade!! Now, if you haven’t already seen her last tutorial on chalkboard-effect greeting cards back in February (please do so!), well let me tell you how super talented she is in this department (as well as singing!!) so in this issue she has been kind enough to show you how to source inspiration for colour palettes from images you see online or on magazines to then apply it onto the cards you make. This is in essence going back to some elementary basics but it really is key to understand how colours work together and how you’d go about sourcing inspiration especially if you’re keen about getting crafty! And we all have days when we go through creative blocks where scouring through endless images for inspiration can be more overwhelming than useful! So here’s what she has to say when looking for inspiration on places like Pinterest:

Hello again everyone!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on here, and I must say a huge thank you to Made My Molu for inviting me back to share with you a few card-making tips. Today, I thought I would share a simple technique that will have you making beautiful cards in no time at all. All you need is one stamp, a few favourite ink colours and Pinterest. I see so many gorgeous pins highlighting lovely colour palettes, and you can easily translate them into a cardBLOG_STRIP_Preeya_colour-palette_A-web

  1. Find a picture you like with interesting colours. Here is a picture I found on Pinterest with some lovely citrusy hues.
  2. Find 4 or 5 inks that reflect these colours and some cardstock of your choice. 
  3. Find a stamp that you can stamp repeatedly to make a pattern. This may be something linear, medallion shaped or even a word/sentiment. {HOT TIP! To line up your stamp on your block, use a grid mat!} Place your stamp face down along one of the lines on the grid mat and then place your block on top of it, making sure that your block is lined up.
  4. Stamp your image repeatedly using a different colour each time. As you can see here, I have slightly overlapped the image. 
  5. This is how it looks with all the colours I picked to use for the background. 
  6. Next, once the bands of colours have dried, find a sentiment that you want to use. I decided to heat emboss mine, so I inked it up with Versamark and stamped onto the desired area (over the coloured background)
  7. I then poured over some embossing powder over the freshly stamped sentiment.
  8. When i shook off the excess, I made sure to check that all the embossing powder was off the card, and where there was any excess, I brushed it away before heat setting with the heat gun. 
  9. I adhered the panel onto a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock and that finished off the card – it’s that simple!  


Here are some other cards I’ve made using inspiration photos found on Pinterest. 

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I hope this inspires you to go through those old Pinterest photos and start making some really simple cards using just a couple of stamps. And remember, just use approximations for inks- you’ll find that often, the beauty of the mix of colours is still captured. Enjoy!

~ Preeya x


Birthday Wishes Card
Stamps: Backgrounds and Borders 1 (WPlus9), Say it Loud (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Certainly Celery (SU!), Cameo Coral (SU!), Lemonade (Adirondack), Sunset Orange
( Adirondack) and Shell Pink (Adirondack), Versamark.
Cardstock: Very Vanilla (SU!) and Calypso Coral (SU!)
Other: Zing Embossing Powder in Gold, Heat Gun

Like a Rainbow Card
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies (PTI)
Ink: Pool Party, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Calypso Coral (all SU!) and Shell Pink
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Sahara Sand (SU!)
Other: Twine (Brand Unknown), Corner Rounder (BRand Unknown)

You’re in my Heart Card
Stamps: Backgrounds and Borders 1 (WPlus9), Fillable Frames (PTI)
Ink: Sunset Orange (Adirondack), Pool Party, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, Wisteria
Wonder, So Saffron ( All SU!), Stayzon jet black)
Cardstock: White and Melon Mambo (SU!)
Other: Fillable Frames die (PTI)

[IMAGE CREDIT: Preeya Stanley]

[DIY Special] An awesome chalkboard-effect technique, by Preeya Stanley

PREEYA STANLEY 1 webThis is a wonderful d.i.y. tutorial by an old school friend of mine Preeya who in my eyes is a card-making extraordinaire! She’s pretty modest but you will soon see what I mean!! Preeya has been really kind to share some tricks of the trade by showing you (with her fabulous images!) how to create these wonderful ‘chalk-board’ effect greeting cards …….the results are simply brilliant and I urge everyone (including myself!!) to give this a go!!! So without much further adieu, here’s what she has to say and show:

I first saw this technique on a Papertrey ink ‘make it Monday’ video by Betsy Veldman, and knew I had to try it! The chalkboard technique is a really popular trend in stamping these days, and today, i’m going to share with you how I made this card using a few tricks with a bit of heat embossing and pigment ink!

  1. I first ran an anti-static embossing pillow over a 10cmx14.3cm piece of black cardstock.This prepares the piece of card, by removing any static cling, which prevents embossing powder sticking to bits of the card that you don’t want to emboss!
  2. I first ran an anti-static embossing pillow over a 10cmx14.3cm piece of black cardstock. This prepares the piece of card, by removing any static cling, which prevents embossing powder sticking to bits of the card that you don’t want to emboss!
  3. I then stamped it onto the black panel. I also added a few flourishes above and under the sentiment to frame it.
  4. The next step is a messy one. Make sure you do this over a large piece of scrap paper. I used a white embossing powder and coated the card.
  5. I then shook off the excess and this is what is left behind – Isn’t that cool? Wait…it gets cooler.
  6. i then took my heat gun and heated up the image. Which resulted in the embossing powder melting and becoming shiny, raised and set.
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  7. Ok, the next thing you want to do is create the dusty background that is typical of chalkboards, and to do this, you need a white pigment ink, and a soft cloth of some sort. or a sponge, or a paper towel. Just dip the cloth into the ink pad, TEST it first on a different black surface, to see how much ink you’ve picked up, rub some ink off if you need to, and then apply it to the centre of the black panel in a circular motion to create that dusty look. And its totally up to you how heavy handed you want to go with this… But this is what I ended up with.
  8. Now, you want to add a bit of character by stamping the image in white pigment ink, over the existing image, but off centre. I did this to the flourishes..
  9. And then, I thought that I’d only do it to some of the words in the sentiment stamp. I thought the small print would be lost if I stamped them again, so I only re stamped the bigger words. I did this by masking off the stamp with post it notes
  10. And so it ended up looking like this.
  11. Next, i took a white coloured pencil ( don’t know how I managed to have a set of colouring pencils in the house, but there you go!) and drew in 5mm border around the edge of the card. Then, I took a bit of hemp twine and tied it twice around the bottom half of the card, and mounted it onto a piece of kraft cardstock which had been folded into a C6 base. Ta-dah!
  12. Now, I’d love to say that I stopped there, but I didn’t! I went all 80s graffiti on it, and added some colour with some brush tipped markers. I just coloured on top of the white! And here is the funk-da-fied new card. I think it adds another little something :) And don’t look too closely, I know my flourishes aren’t lined up. But it wouldn’t be a handmade card if it didn’t have little quirks, now would it ;) That’s what I tell myself anyway!

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Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft ink by Stampin’ Up! (SU!), Dovercraft markers Stamps: Movers and Shakers Sentiment Stamp Set (Papertrey Ink), Gypsy Sisters (Kaisercraft) Cardstock: Black by Quill, Crumbcake by SU! Other: Stamp-It Embossing powder in Seafoam White, Hemp Twine Tools: Paper Cutter (SU!), Heat Gun, Bone folder (SU!), Embossing Pillow

A HUGE ‘Thank You’ to Preeya for this brilliant tutorial. Happy card-making folks!!!! :) xx