Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Male Teacher Card

I created a masculine teacher card for my seventh grader's homeroom teacher who is their Science teacher as well. I am using the Perfect Chemistry stamp set by Your Next Stamp. I also created this card to join their blog's current challenge.

I stamped the professor image using Memento Tuxedo black ink on Neenah Solar white cardstock. I colored the image using Copic markers, and using Prismacolor pencils for detailing. I used a black Sakura Glaze pen for the boots. I used a white Sakura Gelly roll to add details on the tie. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyeglasses. I fuzzy cut the image leaving a small white border around hte image.

The chalkboard is a paper from Echo Park. I stamped the sentiment from the Perfect Chemistry stamp set on this using Versamark ink, embossed with white powder. I re-stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink slightly offsetting it. Using a cloth, I rubbed some white pigment ink on the chalkboard. I set this aside to dry.

For the chalkboard border, I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo on Strathmore Bristol paper. I spritz water onto this and heat set it, repeating this process a couple of times until I achieve the look I am going for. I prepared this blended panel with anti-static powder. I stamped Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrop using Versafine Onyx black ink. I embossed this using clear powder. I cut this into strips and adhered it to the edges of the green chalkboard paper.

I embossed a yellow cardstock with Cuttlebug Typeset embossing folder. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink Wild Honey on this to make the embossed letters pop out.

For the banner, I selectively stamped the element stamp on red cardstock using Versamark ink. I heat embossed this using clear powder. I cut this and used a square punch to add fishtails to the bottom.

To assemble the card, I die cut a 6x6 patterned paper from the Jillybean Soup Country Chowder paper pad using a stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant Peek-A-Frame Creative Cuts. I ink the edges of the paper using Tim Holts Distress Tea Dye ink. I adhered this to a top folding A2 note card. I adhered the yellow embossed cardstock to the left. I adhered the chalkboard to the right using foam adhesive. I adhered the professor next using foam adhesive as well, doubling it on some areas. I adhered the banner on the top with a We R Memory Keepers twine.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day.

Maria Giselle

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I challenged myself to create a card using the sketch and the color combo. I had fun designing and creating!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lawn Fawn Selfie Die Bag Tag

It is school time once again. I am getting my sons' school supplies ready. One of the things I created for them is a bag tag using the cell phone die from Lawn Fawn Selfie die set. When I saw this die set, I came up with this idea to create. With the kids into gadgets these days, which includes cell phones, I think this is very generation appropriate.

I die cut the cell phone using a black cardstock and a Doodlebug patterned paper from their Hip Hip Hooray paper collection. I cannot believe that despite the popularity of Minecraft with kids, there is no company that makes patterned papers of it. There are digital patterned papers online but my printer is not of high quality to print patterned papers. This Doodlebug paper is closest to the Minecraft pixels so I'll just go with it for now.

I cut the first letter of my sons's names using black cardstock and a Minecraft font using the Cricut Explore. I brushed these big letters with clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen. I drew their names using a Cricut pen on white cardstock. I colored the shadow of the fonts and the A Creeper using Copic marker. I fuzzy cut the names leaving a small white border around it.

I adhered the letter to a gray cardstock trimmed to fit the screen of the cellphone. I adhered the names onto the patterned paper negative die cuts.

I adhered the phones back to back. I used my sticker maker to do this but I think using liquid adhesive will give the best result for this job since this adhesive allows more time to line up the die cuts. With the sticker maker, once it adhered, it is difficult to pull the die cuts apart without risk of tearing the paper.

Once everything is attached, I laminated the die cuts using the Minc Machine. I punched a hole on one of the top corners of the cell phone, and threaded some interlocking key chains through the hole.

The cell phone die came with detailed scores like the circle button on the bottom which mimics the home button on a real cell phone. You can see this detail on the black die cut but somehow got lost in the busy pattern of the green patterned paper. I could have colored this circle as highlight before laminating it. But since I missed that step, I added a punched circle of a silver washi tapes to these circle home buttons, which I adhered after taking photos of these bag tags.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Newton's Nook Design on a Cricut Cut

This image is from Newton’s Nook Book Club stamp set. I colored this a while back for my sister and her pet cat, B. I colored the image with Zig Clean Color markers & blended it out with a water brush. After I colored it, I didn’t have any project in mind at that time, so I set the colored image aside.

Newton Nook has a new challenge. Finally, my colored image will have some use. The start of school is getting close, so this is one of the things that inspired me with this card.  Another thing that inspired me is the new Concord & 9th Hooray Ribbon Dies and how Jennifer McGuire used this metal die for her card.  

I used the Cricut Imagine and Cricut Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge to cut an award ribbon image. I spritz the die cut with Pearl Perfect Pearl diluted in water and dried this using a heat tool. There are more layered cuts that comes with this ribbon image but I decided to keep it simple.

Working on the image, I die cut this using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles die. I applied a light wash of color on the background to ground the image. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on the top. I curved the sentiment in keeping with the circular shape of the die cut. This is one thing I like about acrylic stamps. Not only you can cut it, but you can also curve it to customize it depending on your project. I stamped this with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I die cut a fun foam using a smaller circle die and adhered this to the back of the image panel before attaching it to the award ribbon die cut. I scored the middle of the ribbon tails for added detail.

For the card panel, I die cut a Papelmeroti kraft cardstock using a stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant Peek a Frame Creative Cuts die set. To follow the sketch, I am using patterned papers from October Afternoon Schoolhouse paper pad. I die cut the panels using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I had to do partial die cutting on the panels to customize the sizes of the patterned papers. I blended some Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Tim Holtz Distress ink on the edges of the paper. I adhered these to the kraft cardstock, then adhered the award ribbon on top. This panel was then adhered to a white top folding note card.

I added Studio Calico star sequins and a dot of Ranger Enamel Accents. I also added Glossy Accents to the glasses of the cat.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Coloring with Twist Color Pens


 The image I am using is from our challenge sponsor, Small and Round. The image is called Foresty Friends Coloring Page. Isn’t it a cute coloring page? Coloring books are on trend these days. I love to color but I haven’t jumped in to this coloring book craze. Coloring a full page sheet is something new for me.

Scrapbook Factory in O’Fallon, Illinois had a Yard Sale three weekends ago. One of my finds in the yard sale is a set of Marvy Uchida Watercolor Twist Pens which I first saw at Michael’s. It was a very sweet deal to find this at the yard sale. I am using these pens in today’s project. I also watched a video on how these pens are used before I started coloring.

I printed the image on a watercolor paper, printing it as a full page photo. I enjoyed coloring the image that I was coloring it during our drive back home from our Chicago vacation. I used a water brush to blend the colors.

I painted the background black from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. This is my first time to do something like this. I was nervous that I will mess up the whole page after all the hard work of coloring the images. I was surprised at myself for pulling this through. I was actually using several brushes so I can paint those tight areas. My favorite brush that I used for this project is the Raphael pure squirrel mop brush that I bought from Art Bar in the Philippines. The form of the brush actually works on tight areas. 

The downside of painting the background is not achieving a uniform look. I think my mistake here is I applied paint to the middle areas before painting the detailed areas. I think I should have painted a section at a time and started coloring near the image then going farther instead. But with watercolor, this variation adds to the uniqueness of the layout.

After the whole page was colored, I added details using Prismacolor pens. I added dots of Ranger Enamel Accents and Nuvo Drops. I used a black Sakura Enamel pen for the eyes of the critters.

Now, the question is what I do with this colored panel. I can keep it as is, maybe put it on a frame. But I bravely cut it into three sections to come up with three card panels. Crazy, right?  With this panel, I created two A2 cards and a long card measuring 3.5” x 8.5”. I created gold strips by rubbing Versamark ink on a white cardstock, and heat embossing this with Wow! Metallic Rich Gold Pale embossing powder. I adhered the strips to the edges of the cards. I adhered fun foams behind the watercolor panels, then adhered it to the base card.

I also added shimmer to the images using Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer Pen. I could have stopped here but I decided to use a black Wink of Stella. At first, I was just going to use it to add highlights to the cat until I decided to paint over the black background using it. I liked the look on the first card that I colored so I went ahead and colored the rest of the cards. I love how consistent the tint of black color throughout the card. Not to forget, the added shimmer. Coloring the background of the three cards did use most of the black marker's ink. If I can do this all over again, I would have done the re-touch prior to attaching the panel to the card. Now, I have some black streaks on the sides of the card which should be okay. It adds that touch of handmade to the card.

Our challenge for the next two weeks at Incy Wincy Designs is No Words, so I am keeping the cards as is. Should I decide to add a sentiment in the future, I can either die cut or stamp a sentiment on a cardstock and adhere it to the card front. Yrwin, my 6th grader, already asked to have one of these cards for his teacher.

I hope I gave you some inspiration on watercoloring a whole sheet panel and turning this panel into several cards. Please join us in our latest challenge at Incy Wincy. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day.