One Layer Card Inspiration: Bunny in a Pot

A start of the new week soon, and I am back with a simple one-layer card. This time round, I dug out stamps (Somebunny to Love) which I got from Quick Cards magazine as freebie and have never used it before. It has been a while since I last colored!

Bunny popping up to say hello!

For this card, I used a mixture of FaberCastell watercolor pencils and Copic Sketch markers to color the image. I used FaberCastell color pencils and wet brush to color and blend the blue background as well as the grass layout. And finally, adding glossy accent to the heart and flowers’ center before glittered some parts of image using Diamond Sticklers.

Close Up

As I was blogging this post, I just realized that my bunny nose and flower’s cloth patch was left out! I have already colored its’ nose using Blush Copic Sketch. How absentminded of me! 😉

Adding the color to the forgotten parts!

If you have been following my Instagram (@bellaelysiumcrafts), I have demonstrated how I actually use one colour to create different shades (colouring the pot).

Do hope over to my instagram if you haven’t! ❤


BECME Tutorial: Making a simple and classy christmas card

Hello! I am back with a card!

Christmas is round the corner, have you start making any xmas gift yet?

I decided to make a simple christmas card which many of you can create easily for your friends and family. You can always google for card sketches for some inspirations on laying out your card. For this, I was inspired from this week Mojo Monday’s inspiration #375!

Mojo Monday #375

And here’s my take for the card:

Snowflake xmas card

It is pretty easy to follow the sketch. All you need to do is to layer your pieces of paper according to the sketch.

Layering your card

For my card, I actually layer my desired patterned paper (Kraisercraft) over black cardstock. If you like to create a texture pattern like what I did, you can embossed the patterned paper using embossing plate. For my card, I used Sizzix Snowflake embossing plate to create a lovely texture. Otherwise, you can add some glitter or leave it as it is if you do not have any embossing tool. The layering will still help to give the card a more classic yet simple look 🙂

Next, you get a piece of white cardstock which is to be used for the middle of the card and cut accordingly (smaller than the patterned paper) as shown in the sketch.

Stamp your favorite sentiments

Stamp your favorite season’s greeting or you can even write yourself! For my card, I wet embossed the sentiments (Inkadinkado warm holiday wish stamp)using versamark ink and black glitter embossing powder to give the sentiments a shiny look. Distress the edges of the paper with desired colour you want using ink pad to create a soft border(I used Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress ink) and distress the edges to create a “torn” look. Again, it is up to you whether you prefer a clean look with no torn edges.

Now comes the final part! In the sketch, the circle indicate anything you wish to add on. It can anything ranging from your favorite Christmas embellishments which you get from value shops or craft shop, or you can simply make one of your own! I love making paper snowflakes so I decided to make my own embellishment for this card.

I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut out the snowflake and give it some love by adding glitter to it. I love glitters so most of my cards will have glitter, and this one is no exception!

Adding glitter embossing powder

I am loving all those glitters!

I embossed my snowflake using glitter embossing powder, and it turned out looking gorgeous! If you do not have the embossing tool, grab some glitter glue, it will work pretty well too!

Use foam tape to paste the embellishment onto the center of your card. Foam tape will help to create a 3D look which make the card looks even fantastic. 😉

The final look

There you have it!

Great for making duplicates if you need to make many cards at once 🙂

Have fun! ❤

BECME Tutorial: Using Floral Pattern and Layering Technique for your handmade card

BECME Tutorial (Bellaelysium Crafts Made Easy)

Floral pattern is usually one of the good choices to choose when making crafts. It give a lively and vibrant colors, creating a very pleasing color composition. This can help to brighten up your own home, or bringing a smile to anyone who receive the special handmade craft! Floral designs work well with all occasions, so it is really very easy to make do with floral designs with almost anything.

Images taken from Google Images


Today, I’ll be putting a really quick and simple tutorial, great for beginners, using a layering technique which is a very popular technique used among all cardmakers. A card which can be made in 20 minutes, using just a printer and basic materials.

Paper layering allows you to easily add fantastic texture and dimension to your card making, scrapbooking, and other paper craft projects.


What you need:

  • Printer (Optional)
  • Scissors/penknife
  • Patterned paper
  • A stripe of white paper (about 2cm wide and 9cm long)
  • fabric flowers / paper flowers
  • foam tape
  • white cardstock
  • black cardstock
  • glue
  • stamp (optional)


White cardstock, black cardstock and pattern paper

Get a white cardstock and fold it according to your desired size and put it aside. Print out floral pattern paper which you can find floral patterns from Google. I get this lovely floral pattern from Cardmaking and Papercraft which has many beautiful pattern free to download. I printed out using Canon Pixma printer.

Cut the black cardstock slightly smaller than the folded white cardstock

Cut the patterned paper slightly smaller than the black cardstock

Next, cut the black cardstock into half diagonally. After which, cut the patterned paper diagonally as well before cutting the base of the patterned triangles to make it slightly smaller than the black triangle.

Patterned paper triangles layered onto the black triangles

So this is when paper layering start. Put the patterned triangle over the black triangle and glue it down using sticky tape or glue. Next, add foam tape to the back of the triangle and layered onto the white cardstock to create a dimension so that the triangles will be slightly “pop” out.

Paper flowers and sentiment on paper

Next, grab your favorite sentiment stamp (or print out sentiment if you do not have any stamp), before cutting it to strip (shown above). For this, I stamped “Hello” using Colorbox maroon chalk ink. Ink the edge of the paper to create a nice border. Layer your paper flowers using glue. I bought these flowers from local store, which is easily available at any craft stores 🙂 Alternately, you can create your own flowers using shape punches and layer them if you like too!

Use foam tape to create a dimensional look

Add foam tape to create a dimensional look for your card 🙂 That’s the reason why I just love using foam tape! The reason why I leave a big space beside “Hello” image is because I want to paste my flowers onto the white blank side so that it can be layered onto the white strip of paper.

Add rhinetsone to create a finishing touch!

Next, add rhinestone for a finishing touch! If you do not have rhinestone, you can complete the look using button as well 😉 You may see one of the examples below which use button as the center of the flower which is also as pretty! ❤


The finished look:

Front view

Side view

Notice how the floral pattern can actually made such a simple card look so beautiful and lively? You can always never go wrong with floral patterns whenever you are out of ideas of making a card. Play around with the geometrical patterns like how I did for the triangles, and use layering technique to add some dimension so that the card will not look so flat and boring.


Here are some past designs (taken from my Facebook page) I have done using floral pattern with layering techniques to give you some inspirations!

Mother’s Day card for my mother, using paper layering.

Using phrase as flower stem, and layer paper stamped flowers over

Using rectangles and square shapes for layering, before layering fabric flowers with button in center

Using unique geometrical shapes for layering work perfectly great for a card too!


Hope you get some inspirations from this. If you ever lack any ideas, simply use beautiful floral designs as part of your craftworks to create a stunning and classic craft piece which can give a fresh look to your personal space 🙂





Fairytale Family Photo Easel Card

I am back with another card and this time, it is a photo easel card which is designed with a fairy theme in mind. The reason? I love fairies. 🙂 This is related to “Family” theme, and hence, it’s a Fairytale Family Photo Easel. Easel cards are always one of my favorites because you can displayed on your table or any surface, proudly showing the picture or photos you have on the card, not to mention, being able to fold fat and keep it too!


I will be going through on how to make a photo easel card so that you can make one too!

Family Photo Easel Card


In this project. you will need:

  • Photo Printer (I use Canon Pixma printer)
  • Patterned paper (Canon PIXMA Creative Park)
  • White cardstock
  • Penknife/scissors
  • White glue/Double sided tape
  • Plastic sheet/transparency film
  • Popsicle/dowels/any embellishments (Optional)
  • Your creative mind


With the freedom of the printing mobility with PIXMA Printing Solutions App, I used Canon Pixma printer and Canon Photo Paper Plus Gloss II (4″x 6″) to print out my photo which is really awesome colors and quality!

I also printed pattern paper (A4 size) which is “wood” kind of pattern from Canon PIXMA Creative Park Website which is perfectly in line with my fairytale theme that I have in mind. After that, fold the patterned paper into half and put the photo inside, before cutting out the excess until you leave 0.5cm on each side of the photo, and about 2 to 3 cm space at the bottom of the photo.

Cut away the excess until you get this

Next, cut away the space at the bottom of the photo (leave the upper half of the patterned paper untouched. After which, you score/fold down the upper part like this:

Cut away the lower part of the patterned paper and fold down the upper half before folding the bottom


Next, open up the paper and draw the desired size window you want (onto the half of the paper which has the “folded” portion below! See picture below) and cut it out so that your photo can be seen from the window. Put a plastic sheet/transparency film over the window and tape it down. After that, glue down the bottom of the “folded” portion onto the back of the patterned paper so that you can slot your photo into the opening of the side of the “frame”.

Draw out the desired window size and cut it out

Put plastic sheet over the window and tape it down

Glue the “folded” portion of the paper at the bottom to the back of the paper before slotting your photo into the opening at the side of the frame


Putting that aside, grab a white cardstock and cut out two times the size of your photo frame, and folded it into half. At the upper half of the paper, fold it into half again. Untitled

Fold the upper portion down


Next, put double side tape/glue onto the bottom half of the paper (see picture below) before pasting the whole photo frame onto it (bottom of the photo frame).

Almost finishing!

You are almost done! you can start decorating the frame and the base of the frame. But be sure to place something at the base to prevent the photo frame from sliding down. So from here, let your creative juices flow and start putting whichever items you want to add in!


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So for now, I am going to go through very briefly my own design process if you are interested in following me till the end! I didn’t take much pictures during the process because my hands is full of glue, paint and ink that I didn’t want to dirty my camera. But I will be explaining what I did to get the finished product.

I use the wood pattern paper for my base as well, and use sponge and walnut distress ink to darken the sides of the frame and paper as I want to give a real wood feeling.

And I gathered all my alphabet letters pasta, popsicles and dowels and start making the miniature obejcts and letterings. It is a slow and enjoyable process by the way!

Forming “Family” Letters on the cut up popiscle

Making bird nest using twine, and mini stool using dowel

Miniature fairy doll for the card

I made this miniature fairy door by taking 3 dowels and tie them together using paper string before painting the whole thing with acrylic burnt umber and Vandyke Brown, spray with Heidi Swapp Color shine Gold. The door is made from the end of the popsicle before I add in rhinestone as door knob as well as a heart shape sticker as a decoration (see picture at the end of blog post). Fabric flower and paper butterfly were used as part og “decoration” too.

As you saw that I have made the letterings of “FAMILY”, I glued them onto a dowel before placing them onto the base of my card to be used to prevent the frame from sliding down. After that, I proceeded to work on the bird nest and minature stool as well as the wood “pathway” and signboards, and painted them with acrylic paints. I used green paper to cut out as grass for the card as well as white paper to make paper roses before painting it with blue watercolor.  Fairies stamps were used for the frame of the card, and white pen was used to outline the fairies before adding glitter glue.


And the final outcome:

Close up look on the base of the card

Fairytale Family Easel Card

Closing the card


I hope you like it and thanks for watching! ❤


PS: This post is also re-blogged at Canon PIXMA Crafts blog.


Get creative with Canon Pixma – Making a Shadow Box

I am honored to be part of Canon Pixma Bloggers’ team, thanks to the invitation by Janet from And with that, I was sponsored with Canon Pixma printer, courtesy by Canon!

There are many unique features which I really love about them is that it can actually print photos or check printer status using your mobile or ipad, providing creative filters as well as having loads of creative resources for you to download! The freedom of printing mobility is really important to me because my table is so cluttered when I do my crafting, having to deal with so many things (papers, craft supplies, etc) on my table that I really have no space for my laptop. Being able to print straight from my handphone is really convenient for me. And next is being able to download resources from Canon Pixma’s Creative Park and Pixma Town, where you can download patterned papers, 3D objects, creating collages, etc. And it is absolutely free to public! Amazing isn’t it?

I will not be going into details about the technical aspects of it which you can read up at Canon website, because my main focus here will be to show you many creative possibilities of having Canon Pixma photo printer to your crafting advantage 😉 So follow my blog to get email updates or you can always visit back and look at the Canon Pixma Category to check out new posts!


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For today, I’ll be trying out Creative Park’s patterned papers for my DIY Shadow Box. Let’s see how I put all of them together so you can try it out as well! Get you creative juices flowing and play around with the colours and words 😉

Shadow boxes always make a fantastic gift for family and loved ones because you can put in 3D objects in enclosed glass-front case, things that can create beautiful and lasting memories. These shadow boxes can then be hung up or displayed on table. I decided to make one for my mother as a Mother’s Day gift. Here’s how my shadow box looks like before I proceed on with the tutorial on making one.

DIY Mother’s Day Shadow Box

So let get started on making one!


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Materials you need:

  • IKEA RIBBA Frame
  • Foam Tape
  • Glue
  • Printer (I used Canon Pixma Printer)
  • Embellishments
  • Glazier Points
  • Foam Core
  • Pliers


First you need a Frame with fat frame and I recommend IKEA RIBBA Frame. Buying a shadow box from crafts store is really expensive (The last time I check from a craft store…they selling empty shadow boxes for $35!) when you can simply make one yourself. I got a small IKEA RIBBA frame at less than $10.

IKEA RIBBA Frame 5″ x 7″


I looked through Canon Pixma website to check out what kind of pattern papers I want and they have goregous wide array of designs and colours to choose from 🙂 Thanks to Canon Pixma, they actually come up with a mobile app for enabling you to print directly using your smartphone. I have saved some pattern paper designs when I was on my way home and I just print the papers directly from my phone using PIXMA Printing Solutions App. And really, it saves a lot of time rather then turning on my computer just to print it out.


PIXMA Printing Solutions App

Pattern Paper from Canon Pixma Creative Park website

Pattern Paper from Canon Pixma Creative Park website


 Putting them aside, now it is time to make a shadow box!

From the frame, carefully take out the glass pane and the backing of the frame and put it aside. So you will see something like this:

Inside the frame

Extend out the black pins that hold the backing and use the pliers to pull out the black pins out of the frame by twisting and turning slowly before pulling outwards.

Extend out the pins

Use pliers to twist and turn and pull them outwards

It will look like this!


Grab a ruler and measure the height of the interior of the frame. This is for putting foam core into the sides of the frame. This is up to you on how much “thickness” you want your shadow box to be, but please allow some allowance for your backing of frame and glazier point which I will explain more in details as I go on. For this, I allow myself to have about  1 cm allowance. And also measure the length of the sides of frame too!


Measuring the depth


Draw on the foam core (You need 4 strips of the foam cores for the sides of the frame) and cut it out using your penknife and then assembled the foam cores into the frame, making sure that the four sides are all snug and tight. If they are not, you can use glue to glue the foam core to the sides. But personally for me, I prefer not to use glue because it is messy and I would like to change the core whenever I want to in near future. Hence, I will make sure my foam cores are very tightly arranged together at the sides to prevent them from slipping out.

Draw out the necessary strips for the sides of frame

4 strips of foam cores

Assembling the strips to the sides of frame

All four strips fitted into the sides of frame

NOTE: Please remember to put back the glass pane before gluing the strips to the sides of frame! 


Now the next step is to fit the back panel onto the back of the frame. After which, you make a small slit for the glazier point to go through. Glazier points are meant for securing the panel to the frame, and you can find them at ArtFriend.

Glazier Points

Make a small slit using penknife at the position where you want to place your glazier point

Slit for the glazier point to go in


Use any wide, flat head screw driver or the tip of penknife casing to push the glazier point down into the slit until it touches the base of the frame.

Pushing the glazier point into the hole

It will looks like this

The final outcome of the empty shadow box will look like this:

Empty DIY Shadow Box

Back of the Shadow Box


Ok! Once you make sure everything is okay and nicely fitted, you can remove the panel by taking out the glazier points and start decorating!


I used the pattern papers which I printed out beforehand and start to cut out the same size as the panel for the background. I am using Canon Pixma Matte Photopaper, which gsm is 170 so it is hard enough to use as background alone. And I love the printing quality of the Canon Pixma Printer too!

I also print out Mother’s Day quote obtained from google which I saved in my phone and print it out using the PIXMA Printing Solutions App, and then cut out using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I use Distress Ink (Black Soot) to color the main frame for a soft black look before layering the paper into three layers before using foam tape to paste onto the background of the paper to create a 3D look.

Layering the papers (three layers) before pasting onto the pattern paper

Using Foam Tape to paste the tag onto the paper


Butterfly punch is used on another paper which I printed out using Canon Pixma as mentioned previously and it makes such a nice colourful butterfly too. The wings of the butterflies are folded before gluing the center of the bodies to the paper.

Punching out butterfly using shape punch

Paste the butterfly onto the tag


And of course, add more embellishment!

Adding fabric roses


And to make it more interesting, you can also add things into the box like for example, putting small wooden cubes or any sentiment/decorative items. I want to go for a very simple spring-like theme, so I added in paper strings as I know that my mother will like the look.

Cutting paper string and putting it in the box


And then that’s it! You place the patterned paper (the one with the tag) over the foam strips before placing the panel back in place and secured the panel using the glazier points (use flat head screw driver to push back in).


And there you have it! Your own DIY shadow box!

DIY Mother’s Day Shadow Box

You can also put your photos, or even scarpbooking layout into the shadow boxes.

For more ideas, check out Canon Pixma Creative Park and Canon Pixma Town have so many designs ranging from papercrafts to card making kits as well as even making your own 3D stickers! These are very useful and creative for your own shadow boxes too 🙂

To end off, I would like to wish all MUMs

a Happy Mother’s Day! ❤




Tutorial – Have a Splat day!

I have friends who were telling me that they didn’t have much crafting supplies like mine and hence, they couldn’t make a card that looks really professional and classy. I told them: “Of course you can! It’s all about creativity, making use of what you have and think out of the box!”

When I first started, I didn’t have much supplies with me either. I used magazine cut out, crayons, colour pencils, scrap papers, etc. I started experimenting with all kinds of designs…for those who have seen my earliest cards…they knew 🙂 So now, in the midst of my busy schedule, I decided to take the time to make a simple 10 minutes card which does not require any craft supplies other than pen knife, glue, foam tape and scraps.

I didn’t have the time to make my BECME video so I will post photos instead. My apologies for the lack of photo quality because I was using my phone to snap the pictures. Haven’t got a good camera yet! 🙂

Here’s the card that I will be guiding through:
Have a SPLAT day! Card, which is filled with paint splatters!
I LOVE paints and hence this theme.
So here are the steps for those who are really really new to card making:
Step 1: Get a piece of card stock, any colour of your choice. Fold the card into half or you can cut it smaller if you prefer a smaller card.
Step 2: Get a piece of white scrap, any white paper that you have. I prefer using 160 gsm paper because of the weight and thickness. I don’t really recommend normal printing A4 size paper because it is too soft for my liking. Get any paint that you have on hand! Watercolour, acrylic paints, etc.
I use acrylic paints because they are so fast-drying and I just love the colours and the outcomes.
Step 3: Choose your own colours combination. I took out my favourite colours 🙂
Step 4: Squeeze a LITTLE bit of paint to prevent wastage of paint and dip your brush into thewater and paint and start splattering!
Step 5: Leave the paint to dry before layering on top of a black paper (see picture below).
Meanwhile, take out any pen or marker as well as another piece of white scrap. For me, I am using Prismacolor pens because they have different range of pen tips. Start scribbling on a rough paper to see what kind of handwriting you prefer on your card, and think of what sentiments to write.
Look at my scribbles! I couldn’t decide the sentiments and I finally settle on one!
Step 6: Cut the strip of paper into your desired length before layering on top of the black scrap.
Step 7: Finally, complete the look with ribbon or a silver/gold string! You can do some embellishments if you have your own stickers, etc. Be creative!
The final outcome:
Simple yet classy 🙂
Do email me at if you try it and I will showcase your fantastic work in my blog as well as my facebook Bellaelysium Crafts page!
Much lovesss 🙂