Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Oxide Background & a Surprise Pull Tab Greeting Card


Hello. I can't resist joining in Paper Smooches May Challenge on Flowers. I also created this card and hopefully finish it in time to make it to their June Guest Designer Search deadline. Plus, I need a card for my 2nd son's upcoming birthday on Saturday. A lot of reasons to motivate me to create this card, right?

I am still head over heels with using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. I smooshed the TH Fossilized Amber to the Craft mat and spritz the area with water. I smooshed a TH Watercolor paper to the area to pick up the color. I dried the paper with a heat gun. I then applied TH Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to PS Hip to be Square background stamp, which by the way, is already retired. I spritz water to this, and placed the watercolor paper on top of it. I rub my palm over the paper to make sure the image is transferred to the paper.

I used a lot of Paper Smooches Products for this creation, aside from the Hip to be Square background stamp. I used Comforting Hugs stamp set for the critter (Isn't it adorable?) I used Pocket dies for the the cover of the surprise critter and also, for the flowers and leaves underneath the vellum pocket die cut. I heat embossed a zigzag image from Cyber Cafe stamp set to the vellum pocket to create an outline. The sentiment is from Denim & Daisies stamp set. For the pull-out tab, I used Toppers die for the accent.

This is a multi-step instruction card which I was planning to describe the steps here. But due to constraint in time, I was not able to describe the instructions here. I can answer any questions you may have on how I created the elements for this card.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Black and White Spinner Slider Birthday Card

New challenge time @ Incy Wincy Designs Blog with the theme being Black & White & Another Color. I am using an image from one of the sponsors for this challenge, SheepSki Designs.

I colored the image using Copic markers and color pencils. For accents, I used a metallic pen for the screws, a black glaze pen for the eyes and a red marker for the hearts, which is the other color in this card. I fuzzy cut the image leaving a white border around it.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Sentimental Circles set. I heat embossed the sentiment on white cardstock using a Recollections Charcoal embossing powder. I die cut two circles on black cardstock to reveal the sentiment. Using a Heidi Swapp Polka Dot stencil, I applied clear embossing paste by Wendi Vecchi mixed with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress ink. I set this aside to dry.

Instead of using a penny, I die cut a circle from a leftover chipboard. I adhered foam adhesive to the back of the black cardstock. I adhered double layered square foam adhesive to the back of the image, then adhered this to the circle chipboard. I adhered this panel to a top folding white note card.

The robot now spins and slides at the bottom part of the circle which you can view on the video.

I made this card for my husband who celebrated is 'ty-6th birthday last Monday. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cricut 3D Flower Corsage

It is the time of the year when my son, who is in band, will have their last concert for the school year. I failed to post the flower corsage I made for his band teacher during the winter concert, so, I will post a photo of that flower corsage at the end of this post. Unfortunately, since it has been months since I made that rose, I don't have the exact measurements of that flower.

For the Spring flower corsage, I cut a patterned paper @ 8" wide. I inked the edges gently using TH Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick to hide the white core of the patterned paper. I poke a hole at the center through which I inserted a floral wire. I twirled the paper using a quilling pen. A glue gun is a must for this kind of project to secure the twirled flower to the base which also secures the floral wire. I curled the petals out to make the flower realistic looking. I sprayed the flower with pearlized water. I squirted some Nuvo Crystal on the center of the flower. I set this aside to dry.

I cut a green patterned paper for the leaves. I secured the leaves to the base of the flower using glue gun. I was afraid the leaves will be ripped since the patterned paper is not thick. I applied Ranger Multi Media glue to the back of the leaves.  I am hoping that once the glue dries, it will add some stability to the leaves. I also brushed glittered Stickles to the top of the leaves.

I wrapped the floral wire with a floral tape. I then, created a bow, using a sheer ribbon.

For the box, I cut a 7"x7" white cardstock. Using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board, I scored this at 3" and 5". I rotated the paper & scorted it on the same marks. I heat embossed my store logo to the inner bottom panel of the box before adhering the sides. I used acetate for the box cover.

I always struggle with coming up with the right measurement to create the size of flower I have in mind. Since this is 3D, the flower size in the canvas in Cricut Craft Room is larger than the size of the 3D flower once it is twirled and assembled. I added a comparison photo here between a 6" cut and an 8" cut flower.

And, here are the photos of the winter flower corsage.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Watercolor Pencil, Watercolor and A Little Bit of Distress Oxide

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our theme is CAS (Clean and Simple,) Back then, I was not familiar to this so I had to Google what it meant. There are many different versions of a CAS card. To me, a CAS card is a one layer card, without any dimensions and with a minimal (or better yet, none) embellishment. Based on my own description, I came up with the card I have here today.

One of our featured sponsors for this challenge is Diddybag. They have a large array of images to choose from. I am using the Color Me Hearts images. A lot of possibilities with this one. I printed each heart on Canson Watercolor paper. I had to strategically crop, re-size and position the heart to slightly offset it to the side as part of the design. I am telling you, this may sound easy in digital stamping but I did use up a lot of scrap papers and ink to come up with the right size and the right spot for the heart. I also want to print two images at once to have two cards ready at once.

The images did not print all the way to the side. I had to trim a bit off the edges, making this card slightly short of 4 1/4" wide. If you want to keep it as is, you can use a border die to cover the gap. These are top folding cards which I think are pretty easy to replicate and produce in bulk. Maybe pack it as a note card gift set.

Since I am watercoloring, I taped the card to a board to keep the warping to a minimum. I am using Stampin Up Watercolor pencils and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. I started off with the watercolor pencils but the colors are limited, so I used the watercolor set. I am very amazed on how the water did not react to the printed image. I was expecting for disaster since I have a ink jet printer which reacts to moisture readily. Not with this one. I am not sure but I think it is the paper that made this technique do-able.

When I was done with coloring, I used a black Sakura gel pen and traced the lines to make the lines pop. I fuzzy cut the same heart out of the scrap papers I practiced printing on. I used this to mask the heart so I can ink blend the background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. It blends easily even if you started off heavy with a harsh line. I spritz the area with water and lifted it up with a paper towel to create water droplets.

I used the Altenew Label Love for sentiment. I stamped it on a strip of cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed the sentiment with clear powder. I ran a black marker along the edges to hide the white core of the paper strip. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the trim of the heart. I adhered Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti mix. To finish off the card, I rounded the edges.

I plan to create cards using the rest of the hearts in this set with the same technique but using different mediums. Please watch out for it.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Distress Oxide Stamping and Color Pencils

I finally get to play with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. I used it to stamp the images, and its properties are really amazing! The image remained wet long enough that I was able to apply embossing powder to the image and heat set it. I created masks for the images so I can stamp the flower on top of the other keeping in mind that the masked image is the one that will be in front. The images are from Altenew Hannah Elements stamp set.

I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils. I am not an expert with color pencils but I would like to learn how to work with this medium. I wanted to go for a textured look so I used the flicking motion in coloring the petals of the flowers. I am more familiar with the flicking motion using Copic markers. I think they also work with color pencils, what do you think? For the center of large flowers, I die cut a circle on blue felt. I adhered blue Doodlebug Sequins on top of the felt. After which, I applied a dot of glue on the center of the sequins, and poured clear Martha Stewart seed beed. I set this aside to dry, then brushed off the excess seed beed.

This panel was 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" until I trimmed it off and created a banner-like panel as the main focus of the card. I die cut the bottom edge of this panel using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches wafter die. I was able to center the die on the banner to create a single curved scallop.

For the colored panel, I am using a navy blue cardstock cut at 4"x 5 1/4". I embossed this using a Li'l Inker Quilted Stitched Pattern die. I adhered this to a top folding white A2 notecard. I adhered the stitched blue panel onto this. I adhered the flowered banner on this using dimensional tape and slightly offset to the right side.

The sentiment is from Altenew Super Script stamp set. I heat embossed the message on a navy blue strip of cardstock. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the sentiment strip.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stamp Tracing on Kraft Cardstock

This is my second card for today's Incy Wincy Designs Challenge using a digi stamp from one of our sponsors. I got my inspiration from Jennifer McGuire. Do check out her blog post on stamp tracing which includes a video on the technique.

I printed the image on kraft cardstock. The cardstock I am using is from Papelmeroti, a gift shop in the Philippines. This is one of the treasures I brought back to my craft stash during my visit to my parents & sister in the Philippines. Papelmeroti's kraft cardstock is thinner, darker and about half an inch longer than the cardstock bought here in the US. Fuzzy cutting the image is actually easy because of how thin the cardstock is.

I colored the image with Pentel Juice pastel gel pens which has 6 colors only. I used Prismacolor pencils to add accents to the images. I fuzzy cut the heart wreath image leaving a thin border around it. I cut a pink vellum big enough to cover the opening of the heart wreath. I embossed the vellum using Ellen Hutson Stitching Dies. I adhered the vellum to the back of the digital die cut. I adhered foam adhesive to the back for dimension.

For the card base, I am using a Bazzil cardstock, I partially embossed the front of the card using Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern die. To the area not embossed, I heat embossed the sentiment from Honey Bee Bless Your Heart stamp set.

I poured some flower sequins behind the vellum to create a muted shaker card. The vellum somehow conceals the shaker elements. I used flower sequins from Simon Says Stamp and flower sequins from the Philippines. Using an acetate can be another option instead of using vellum if you want to showcase your shaker elements. I adhered this digital die cut to the card front. There is a bit of overhang on the design so this card will need a bigger sized envelope.

I added sparkle to some of the images using Wink of Stella. I adhered butterfly sequins (another treasure from the Philippines). I applied Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops on top of the butterflies, and near the sentiment. As last step, I rounded the corners using We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Pop-Up Scene Card

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The image I am using is from one of our sponsors for this challenge. The moment I saw this image, I knew I have to use it for an interactive card. I created a layered pop-up scene card! There are lots of detail in creating this card. I think the process of creating this card will be better described in a video tutorial. Too complicated and confusing if I try to post the instructions here in the blog. Anyway, if you have any questions on how certain parts of the card was created, feel free to post it in the comment section. I will get back to you as soon as I can. In the meantime, I am posting photos and a little description. Enjoy!

This is the front of the card. To unify the design of the card front and the inside of the card, I used sentiments from one stamp set, Mama Elephant. I used the same technique, heat embossing. And I used patterned papers from the same paper pad, Doodlebug Frosty Friends.

This is a shot of the card from the top showing my own created pop up mechanism. With the growing cardmaking industry, some companies sell pop-up dies to make these cards easy to create. I don't have one so I made my own pop-up mechanism using scored cardstock strips and a very strong adhesive.

A close-up of the scene. Aren't the images so, so cute? My mistake in placing my watermark on the banner but I hope you can appreciate it on the other photos.

I applied glue to the trim of the snowman's hat using a glue pen. I poured Wow! White Puff Powder embossing powder, heat set it, and look at that! 

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you join us at Incy Wincy Designs So,So Cute Challenge. I hope you find this creation a cute one. Have a blessed &. brilliant day! 

Maria Giselle