Friday, September 23, 2016

Halloween Tag using Different Brands

SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog is sponsoring a Gift It challenge featuring Clearly Besotted product. Looking through my stash of CB stamps, I could create something for Christmas and Birthday but Halloween is just around the corner, and this is one of those occasions that I mass produce give aways for my sons' classmates.

After planning the stamps I will be using and how it is going to be laid out, I stamped the images on a Post-It note to create masks for the images. I fuzzy cut these images. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped the images using Memento Tuxedo ink giving particular attention on which image will be in front, and that is the witch's hat and goody bag, both from Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set. I masked these images and positioned the hedgehog from Clearly Besotted Let's Roll stamp set. I stamped the critter in a way that the critter is wearing the witch's hat and holding the treat bag.

I colored these images using Copics. I heat embossed the sentiment from My Mind's Eye and using a black sparkle glitter from Michael's. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the witch's hat and the treat bag. I applied Ranger Glossy Accent to the witch's hat band. After this has dried, I cut this into a tag using Paper Smooches Gift Tag 3 die.  I had to do partial die cutting to extend the length of the tag so as not to cut off a portion of the image if I stuck with the original size of the tag.

I inked the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Ink black soot. To complete the tag, I applied a ribbon, a twine and a mini-clothespin. 

I created a belly band to wrap around a chocolate bar to which I will attach this tag. I don't have a black glittered paper. I created my own. I punched a black patterned paper using an EK Success spider web border puncher. I applied some Versamark ink and poured the same glittered embossing powder to this. I heat set this and allowed it to dry before adhering this to the edge of the My Mind's Eye patterned paper. I wrapped this around the chocolate bar and adhered the tag to this.

All of the products I used for this project came from my stash. With all the amazing products being released, somehow, I can't cope up. So, I encourage you to look into your stash. I am sure you will come up with unimaginable things. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Digital Image on Kraft & Vellum

I've printed digital images on different kinds of medium, watercolor paper, acetate, patterned paper...what is another one or two? Using the Cricut Design Space, I uploaded the image and cleaned the image so I can have it drawn by the Cricut Explore. This image is easy to clean compared to the other images I've attempted to design in CDS.

I used a Ranger Embossing pen to draw the image on vellum. I embossed the cloud horse using WOW! White Puff Powder. I used the Cricut pen to draw the image again on kraft cardstock. I colored this image with Staedtler color pencils and a blender pen. I fuzzy cut the bear from the kraft cardstock and the cloud from the vellum. I ran a black marker around the bear to hide any imperfections in the fuzzy cutting. I adhered the bear on the vellum using a foam adhesive. I added Ranger Enamel accents to the eyes of the bear.

I used Strathmore Bristol for the cardbase. I taped this to stabilize it for ink blending. I taped a Hero Arts Irregular Checkerboard stencil on top of the card front. Using a stencil brush, I colored in Simon Says Stamp inks (Audrey Blue, Mint & Sea Glass.)

For additional embellishments, I stamped the balloon from the WPlus9 Unforgettable stamp set. I partially stamped this using Versamark on orange cardstock. I embossed the image with an orange American Crafts embossing powder. The sentiment is from Avery Elle Peonies stamp set. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed this with clear powder. I die cut this using the coordinating die. I blended WPlus9 Sweet Nectar and Hero Arts White dye inks on the balloon. I glittered this with clear Wink of Stella. I added a white crochet as the balloon string, creating a knot which I adhere closer to the balloon.

To put the scene elements together, I attached the balloon with adhesive foam. I adhered the bear and the cloud, letting the string lay on the back of the bear to have the other end sticking out. I also adhered sequins to finish off the card.

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

Maria Giselle

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Guest Designer Sasayaki Glitter

There are so many things to be thankful for on my part, one of which is guest designing for Sasayaki Glitter. Me?! Can you believe that? Me, I am still having a hard time believing it.

I chose this image and the date to guest design to coincide with my Inang's birthday. My eldest son, Rudy, helped me choose this image.

I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol paper. I colored the flowers with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. I would have used the same medium in coloring the boy if I have the neutral colored set of these crayons. Since I don't, I colored the boy image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush pens, and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens.

I die cut the paper using a Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frames die. I thought the image will have a scalloped edge. I kind of forgot that this die cuts the frame as the positive cut. Instead of wasting all the coloring efforts, I colored the frame in a rainbow order. I am going to inlay the watercolored panel to this frame.

For the card base, I utilized some of my washi tape stash. I adhered washi tapes to the edges of the card front. I adhered the panel and the frame to this.

I embellished the flowers by adhering a variety of sequins to the flowers. I also poured some seed beads to the flower centers where I had some Ranger Multi Matte squirted to.

For the sentiment, I die cut a blue vellum using an old Hero Arts alphabet die & a Simon Says Stamp sentiment die. I adhered the vellum to a double sided tape before die cutting it.

Thank you Sasayaki Glitter for featuring me, my work and my blog. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!


Maria Giselle

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Zig Clean Colored Ppinky Dolls Digital Image

This is an image I requested from our sponsor so I think it is just right to create a project using this image. This is the second time I have colored this image. With the first try, I was trying to go for a no line coloring by printing the image in sepia. I also printed the same image in black.

We went on a vacation this past Labor Day weekend. As advised by my friend, I brought the art stuff I think I will be using to create this project. Sadly, I didn't anticipate using color pencils. Knowing myself, I didn't want to wait until I come home to continue coloring the image. I persistently colored the image with the Zig Color Clean markers. Nothing wrong against the colors but it didn't quite work out for me in working on small details.

Now that I am back home, where most of my crafting stash is, I decided to give this image another try in coloring. I used color pencils in lining her lips, coloring her nose, and detailing her eyes. I also used this on adding details to her hair, and coloring her neckband. I used a glitter ballpoint pen for the bow on the image's gown. For all other coloring, I used the Zig.

Since this is a Colour Challenge, I created a rainbow gown for the image. I applied Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Marker on the skirt part of the gown. I lined the image with a light gray Zig.

For the card base, I card-lifted Jennifer McGuire's embossing technique using nesting dies. I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackable dies. I have both the large and the small, so I combined these 2 products to create the stacked impression. The image is not centered on the 4th to the largest square, and the 5th to the largest is too small for the image. I partially die cut the image to create a customized square, or more of a rectangle, to fit the image without altering the stacked design. I adhered a fun foam at the back of this to pop up the image.

For the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love stamp set. I stamped this on a white strip of cardstock. I poured clear embossing to this and heat set it. I trimmed off the edges leaving a small white margin around the sentiment. I adhered this to the bottom of the image.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you find some inspiration and join us @ Incy Wincy Designs Colour Challenge. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle

Monday, September 5, 2016

Miezo Digital Angel Stamp Spinner Card

Incy Wincy Designs is hosting a Colour Challenge based on the photo below.

I am still struggling with printing digital stamps. Thanks to this video,, I was able to edit the images. And, thanks to our local art store, Art Mart, I was able to print the image on watercolor paper using my inkjet printer. I did some research too on how to limit the bleeding of the image while watercoloring it. So, I have to thank the web and Google for that. With all these new found knowledge, I am so excited to work with digital images.

For this card, I printed the image twice. I flip the image horizontally and noticed that the image is the same regardless. So, I came up with the idea of creating a spinner card using this image. I watercolored the images using Zig Clean Color Real Brush and Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens.  When working with watercolor and inkjet printed images, try to avoid over saturating the area or else, the outline will bleed. Inkjet gets re-activated by water. Try not to watercolor too close to the printed line of the image. Have a dry rag or paper towel handy to blot off excess water to prevent bleeding. Dry area with a heat tool in between coloring. These are some tips I learned from working with this project.

I fuzzy cut the angel leaving a small white border at the edges. The mirrored cuts would not be identical which is the beauty matching dies for stamps offer. But to make it close enough and unnoticeable, I adhered the mirror images back to back using a temporary glue and trim off any areas that is sticking out being careful not to cut the image on the opposite side. 

I embellish the angel some more since this is the main focus of this card. This is the first time I am using a clear Spetrum Noir Shimmer pen and I am amazed by the results. I love the shimmer effect it gave the angel's dress and wings. I embellished the halo with a clear Copic Spika pen. I used a yellow Copic Spika pen to accent the hair. I applied Glossy Accents to the halo and wings. I allowed this to dry overnight.

For the front panel, I am using an old My Mind's Eye patterned paper. I cut a scalloped square border using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frame dies. I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die to cut the window out of the card base and the front panel patterned paper. Using a strong double adhesive tape, I adhered a sewing thread across the window, from top to bottom. I adhered the patterned paper on top of this. 

To create the background for the angel and the window, I made this into a tri-fold card. I cut another white cardstock at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". After I scored it at 4 1/4", I trimmed off about 4 1/8" off one side to leave a small tab which I adhered to the outer edge of the window card. I taped the edges of this middle panel. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Tattered Rose and Broken China). I sprayed this with diluted Ranger Perfect Pearl in water.

I adhered the angel to the string to finish the project. 

Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you share your colour challenge creations with us @ Incy Wincy Designs. Have a blessed & brilliant day.

Maria Giselle


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Spinner Card

One of my friends asked me to create a card for his son's first birthday. This is an exciting milestone for a parent. Kind of reminds me on my sons' first birthdays, when you want it to be memorable. The challenge though is it has to be inspired by the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, since this is her son's favorite and the theme for his party. She also requested an interactive card.

I was fortunate to download a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse board game pieces from the web. I resized the images, printed it and fuzzy cut it. I flipped the character images to create a window image. I adhered the same images back to back, sandwiching an embroidery floss in between the cut outs. I allowed these to dry with an acrylic block placed on top of it. I only cut the three characters the celebrant loves, Mickey, Donald and Goofy.

I cut 2 of 7" x 4 1/4" white cardstock and 1 7 1/2" x 4 1/4". I scored this last piece at 1/4" & 4". I masked these tabs. I blended these panels with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Mowed Lawn. I blended the colors to re-create the clubhouse's background. I covered the green part of the panel then spritz dissolved Ranger Perfect Pearl in water over the sky part of the panel. After this has dried, I cut a window to one of the panels. Do you still remember EK Success Curvy Cutters? I still have mines and it actually became handy to create the window. I cut an arched opening using the circle cutter but cutting it only halfway. I used a craft knife and ruler to complete the arch cut. I traced the window on another white cardstock and cut it off. The stringed characters were sandwiched in between the window panels.

I adhered the clubhouse to one of the inked panels. I embellished this panel further by adhering some of the images included in the file, which I also fuzzy cut.

For the back panel, I stamped the greeting using a Paper Smooches, Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things stamps. I inked the top part of the letters with red ink and the bottom half of the letters with black ink. I use the Misti Stamping tool to stamp the letters repeatedly to make the color bold. I also used the Misti to ink the letters with Versamark ink so I can emboss it with clear powder.

I assembled the panels using a strong double sided tape. Below is a mini video on how the interactive card works.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Embossed Digital Stamp on Dura-Lar Film Shaker Card

I resized the image to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I prepared the area where I will print the image on with the anti-static powder tool. I printed the image on Dura-Lar Film using my ink jet printer. I immediately poured clear embossing powder to the image and heat embossed it. The film stood up to the heat of the heat gun. No warping at all.  For this project, I used Copic markers to color the image. I colored the embossed side but I plan to put the wrong side out when I assemble the card. I applied red stickles to the hearts and orange stickles to the orange flowers.

For the background, I die cut a 4 1/2" x 6" Strathmore Bristol paper using Taylored Expression Rolling Cloud die. I first laid out the dies and arranged it to how I want the clouds cut. I secured the dies with tape and die cut the paper. I slightly offset the dies to create various alignment. I came up with a total of 5 pieces. The technique used in my background is inspired by a video tutorial by Stephanie Klauck for MFT Stamps (Whimsical Waves Background.) As what Stephanie did, I inked each piece with a different color. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Broken China. I adhered these pieces to a scrap piece of cardstock making sure all the pieces are aligned, just like puzzle piecing all the pieces. I spritz water onto this panel, allowed the water to seep in, then dabbed the water off with a paper towel. This technique created some texture on the ink blended background. I then spritz this panel with Ranger Perfect Pearl diluted in water using a mini mister.

To create the shaker element, I wanted to use a scalloped rectangle frame to cut an outline and also cut the cardstock layers for the shaker part. I can't find the right rectangle frame in my stash to do this job. The closest is SSS Frames Craft Die. The scalloped rectangle die that comes in this set cuts out a very narrow scalloped frame. Instead of using cardstocks to stack on top of another, I cut small strips of foam adhesive. I did doubled up on the foam adhesive for more space for the shaker elements to shake. I also used this die to cut the cloud panel to unify the scallop edge on all layers of the shaker card.

I cut the Dura-Lar Film with scissors using the negative curved rectangle cut as guide. I left a bit of a margin at the edges when I cut the film. I adhered this to a purple scalloped rectangle die cut using liquid glue. I adhered the double stacked foam tape. I rubbed a used dryer cloth to the film to decrease the static. I also used the anti-static powder tool on the edges of the foam to lessen the cling of the shakers to the sticky foam.

I poured some Martha Stewart and Simon Says Stamp sequins to the cloud panel. I adhered the film panel on top of this. I made sure the scallops are aligned before I applied firm pressure to adhere both panels together. Now, the shaker portion is done.

The die is smaller than a regular A2 card so my card base measures 4" X 5 1/4". I adhered the shaker element to this note card.

For the sentiment, I die cut a purple cardstock using Lawn Fawn Thinking of You die. I adhered a double sided tape to the back of the cardstock first before running this through the die cut machine. I have to run it a couple of times to make sure it cuts all the way. The good thing about this die cut is the ability to manipulate it. I curved the sentiment die cut to fit the space in the bottom. I used a Spica Clear Glitter pen and wrote over the letters of the sentiment die cut to add some sparkle to the die cut.

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

Maria Giselle

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