Believe in Yourself


Hello, hope everyone is well.
This past week has been to date probably one of the most painful ones of my life. My best friend’s husband ended up in a bad bike accident on the 24th and we lost him this Friday… It is a huge loss for my friend, who has a 10 month old daughter, and to the family and to all the friends. He had just turned 32 this month and was a gem of a person, may God bless him with the highest ranks in heaven. Amen.

I had come across the PRIMA Wall Art Contest only about 10 days ago and really wanted to take part. But with the short time on hand I couldnt get hold of any of the products apart from the Watercolor Panels which were thankfully available in the Artful Crafting store so I got hold of a few of those.

Here is what I could manage (till the last hour) completing mostly yesterday and day before, that too after pushing myself quite a bit to keep myself distracted, the past 10 days went by in a whirl and everything else seemed insignificant.


I really wanted to try to create something that was ‘iconic’ to wall art apart from the panels and so i knew I would be making a 3D Reindeer head that I had been wanting to since ages. This is a template that is downloadable from the website and is in an A3 size, however I adjusted it to A4 and so the final head is 25% smaller than what the actual A3 template results in.

I chose the gorgeous ‘Contes de Toi st Moi’ paper from the Tales of You and Me Collection to make the head and used locally available matt gold foil cardstock for the antlers. It took quite some time and quite some effort to put it together even though it isnt difficult thankfully to the clear template but firstly because of the fact that I scaled it down and secondly because of using the foil cardstock. The antlers are the most complicated to put together and the bigger size would have been helpful and would have been better if I had not used foil cardstock at all since the glue took ages to dry and I had to hold the folds in place for quite a bit to get them to glue together. So whoever would like to make this for their home stick to the A3 size, foil cardstock not a good idea and the antlers begin on page 12 of the pdf incase you want them to be a different color as that isnt mentioned in the template.

The deer head definitely deserves better pictures, will hopefully take some and update the post with them.



Now coming to the panels… I made three of these, two in the 12×12 inch size and the third in the 8×10 inch size. This was the first time I used the watercolor panels and I really liked them. They worked really well with the watercolor pencils from Prima and took quite a bit of water without any issues. Will definitely get more of these.

For the 8×10 panel I stamped on the biggest of the flowers from the Fragnant Flora Ink N’ Layer Prima stamp sets directly on to the panel using Stazon Jet Black ink. Added in leaves here and there from the Glorious Flora set. All 3 of the Ink N’ Layer sets were a recent purchase along with the panels and im loving them. I wanted to have this panel in a landscape orientation so I worked the stamping of to one side to create interest.

I colored in the flowers and the leaves using Prima’s Watercolor pencils from The Basics set and tried my best to keep the colors as close as possible to the shades from the Tales of You and Me paper I used for my reindeer head. For the flowers I first used the magenta (32) and purple (80), then added a layer of red (25), and then went over with black (120). For the leaves I used both the shades of green (44 & 47) and went over them with black (120). I also continued stamping the flowers on to the side of the canvas where they were incomplete on the front. I spelled out ‘believe in yourself’ using alphabet diecuts using Echo Park’s script alphabet die and used the same gold foil paper to match. I added dots of black liquid pearls in the flower centers to finish off.




For the 12×12 panels, I already had in mind what I wanted to have on them. The first one has a hand lettered stanza from R.Kelly’s song ‘I Believe I can Fly’, on calligraphy paper, with tea dipped and burned edges. This was a title I had received when I had completed high school and i have saved it since then just because I felt it resonated with me and I loved how much effort one of my juniors had put into penning it down.

I added Christine Adolph’s adhesive heart shaped rub-ons on to the side and ‘glittered’ them using a fine light pink, a darker shade and black to give an ombre effect. I used the rub-ons for the first time and I really enjoyed them. They go on so easily and the quality is so good (which is the case for all of Prima’s products) and glitter adhered to them so easily. Will definitely get my hands on more of them.




For the second panel I wanted to keep the colors and the style very similar to the first so I again had the rub-ons to one side and used thickers in a dark gold shade to spell out some inspiring words. To add dimension and depth I repeatedly stamped the bigger flower from the Fragnant Flora Ink N’ Layer Prima stamp sets on to watercolor paper. Then colored each of the flowers in using the Prima Watercolor Pencils numbers 16 and 22 from The Basics set. Then I fussy cut each one of the out and folded the petals upwards so they had dimension and then glued them on to the panel.




I added two wooden initials covered again with the same foil cardstock to complete the look and balance out everything. I wish I could have spent more time and added more pieces before I could have entered it in but it just wasnt meant to be. I hope to keep on adding to my wall and will share with you all once I have some more action going on. For now, I hope you liked what you saw and hope to feel inspired by it.

Thank you for all the love I have received these past few days and for all the prayers for both my friends. Please do say a prayer for my friend whose strength is exemplary but her journey on her own has just begun.

Amna xx

Graphic designer, Paper Crafter, avid Photographer and a Foodie.
Loves all things handmade and things with clean, bold, graphic & minimalist styles. Lives in a beautiful valley north of Islamabad, Pakistan.

6 thoughts on “Believe in Yourself

  1. Jaihan Zulqarnain says:

    Everything aside, take two minutes to appreciate how beautiful and perfect this deer head is. OMG! You totally nailed it Amna.
    Loving the gold additions on the wall. Always my fave,

    lots of prayers for the deceased and his family. May Allah give them strength and sabr and grant him Jannah! ameen

  2. Amina Ishfaq says:

    Your arrangement looks fantastic Amna… the deer head is just awesome!!!!!! major gorgeousness overload going on!!
    And I feel really sorry about loss of your friend. May Allah SWT give him the highest ranks in Jannah Ameen

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