Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Using Patterned Paper with Sentiment to Create a Card

I am still in Mina of Sing mode. I printed Elly twice on an 8 1/2"x11" cardstock. I positioned the image in a way that when I cut it in half, I end up with two top folding cards. You can see the first Mina card on my previous post on Animated Movie Inspired Sparkle & Shine Card. It is a one layer card with glittered embossing and using a metal die to create an impression on the cardstock.

For this card, I was aiming for another one layer card using the same steps as my first card but I made a mistake on my shim layers while I was embossing the metal die on the cardstock. This is after I have colored the image. I didn't really want to put to waste what I have already done so, I went ahead and die cut the image using a Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Circle die, the die I was using to create the impression. I adhered flower sequins to the scalloped border die cut. I adhered a flower sequin to every other scallop. When I was down to my last scallop, I figured that the scallops are odd numbered, leaving me with two scallops in between the sequin flowers. Oh well. It is too late to remove all the sequins. I just left it as is.

I adhered a circle fun foam to the back of the scalloped die cuts. I created  a ground for Elly using Copic markers. I masked the image and spritz W Plus 9 Shimmer Spray. I adhered flower sequins to the flower on Elly's head. I added Glossy accents to the skirt.

For the background, I used a Forever Friends patterned paper. I cut the paper, strategically centering the sentiment that is printed on the paper. I embellished the paper using a Sakura Clear Gel and White Gel pen. The flourishes has stitching print on it. I doodled on the other flourishes to re-create this stitching. I used a glue pen to trace on the sentiment, then heat embossed it using clear powder. I used the Sakura White Gel pen to outline this sentiment.

I added embossed stitching to the edges using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders. I added an arrow paper clip to cover a part of the bear that is part of the patterned paper. If I have a flower paper clip, I would have opted for that. I adhered the background panel to a top folding card, then adhered the scalloped die cut with the digital image.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wobbly Cricut Die Cut Birthday Card

I had my 5 year old son participate in creating this card by making him choose through the Cricut images. This cute cupcake image is from Cricut Create a Critter cartridge and the one he chose for the birthday celebrant. I just followed the colors of the die cut layers adding details to some of the layers. I blended a Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink dye ink on the pink frosting. I applied clear Wink of Stella on the brown layer which will show through the holes for the eyes and mouth. I stamped dots on the purple cupcake wrapper using a stamp from Mama Elephant Boutique Borders stamp set. using Versamark ink. I heat embossed this using Wow! Pearl White embossing powder. I ran a marker on the sides of the red cherry to hide the white core of the red shimmer paper. I added Glossy Accent to the cherry.

I splattered and sprayed Prima Cotton Candy Color Blooms to the front card base. After this has dried, I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Party Animal stamp sets using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed the sentiment using clear embossing powder. I personalized the card by stamping the celebrant's name using Lawn Fawn Violet's ABC stamp set.

I made this into an interactive card which is usually a sell-out to kids or even grown-ups. Am I right? I adhered the die cut to the card base using an Action Wobble spring. Here is a video showing the Wobble Spring in action.

I stamped another birthday sentiment on the envelope from Mama Elephant Make A Wish stamp set. Since this is a big stamp, I used the Misti Stamping Tool to repeatedly stamp the sentiment until I get a good impression.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Animated Movie Inspired Sparkle & Shine Card

Have you seen the animated movie Sing? I love this movie, its story, the characters, and the singing. When I saw this digital image sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter, I cannot help but think of one of the characters in the Sing movie, Meena, the teenage elephant who has a huge stage fright but with a very beautiful voice.

I printed the image on Bazzill Taffy cardstock. I colored the image using Prismacolor pencils. I created a border around the image by embossing an MFT Die-namics Wonky Stitched Circle die. I masked this circle area. I positioned a Wendy Vecchi Diamond Stencil for Art on top of the card front, taping both the card and the stencil to avoid shifting. I pressed the Versamark ink to the stencil. I poured Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder to the card front, brushing off any stray powders. Making sure the heat gun is hot, I heat embossed the diamonds.

For the sentiment, since this is a Meena of Sing inspired image, might as well have a Meena sentiment to go along with it. This time, the sentiment is based on the title of the song Meena sang, Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing. I die cut a glittered foam using an Avery Elle-ments Simply Said You die. I die cut this sentiment again on black cardstock to act as a shadow for the glittered sentiment. The rest of the sentiment is from a Mama Elephant Happy Everything stamp set. I stamped this on black cardstock and heat embossed it with white powder. I adhered this to a pink glittered tape to tie in with the color scheme of the card.

I added Tonic Nuvo drops to the flower and the elephant's tutu for added shine.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in today's Incy Wincy Designs Sparkle or Shine Challenge. I can't wait to see your lovely creations. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Accordion Father's Day Card


I have several things in mind as I create this card. First, is my inspiration for this card, which of course, is my husband, the father of my 4 sons. Second, when I make a card, I sometimes look around blog challenges to see if I can come up with a card that meets its challenge rules. And last but not the least, since this is a card for someone special, I want to include my sons' participation in creating this card. Their involvement makes this card even more special and meaningful to me and I am sure, to their dad as well.

I die cut 4 mason jars using Canson Watercolor paper. The die is from My Favorite Things Die-Namics Mason Jar Mug. I know there is a rule of uneven numbers but each jar represents a son of ours. I color the jars using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink based on MFT blog's Color Challenge. I stamped a star from MFT First Place Sentiments stamp set on the blue mason jar. Good thing, I used the Misti Stamping tool to stamp the star on the inked mason jar. Despite using Versafine Onyx ink, which usually gives good coverage, I had to re-stamp the star several times. I heat embossed the star using clear embossing powder.

The sentiment 'Best Dad' is also from the same stamp set. After I used the anti-static tool on the star, I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink. I used a clear acrylic block to stamp this time. I made sure my hand will not shift given the slick surface of the embossed star. I heat embossed this sentiment using white embossing powder. The effect of this technique, heat embossing on heat embossed image, is so cool. It looks like it was created using a one step process. 

I also die cut the straw and the label to create a secondary sentiment for the front panel. The sentiment is from MFT Mason Jar Labels stamp set. The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The front and back panels are 4 3/4" x 6" brown cardstock. An odd size but this is based from the size of the accordion cards, as detailed later. To add a background to this, I stamped an MFT Diagonal Sripes Cling rubber stamp. I rotated the rubber stamp to create vertical lines instead of diagonal lines. I used a Tsukineko Delicata White Shimmer Ink pad. 

I adhered the mason jars next, using foam adhesive on the blue mason jar and the label.

The accordion part is made of 4 print-out cards of a freebie from Crafts Unleashed. I only used the second part of the print-out. I think it would be fun to have the boys fill it up. They also have a chance to show their artistic talent since there is a space to draw. I printed this using a laser printer so I was able to foil the portrait border using the Minc Machine. I adhered a strip of white cardstock to the back of the cards to connect it. I adhered the card panels to the ends of the accordion.

I adhered the Photo Play Catch of the Day cardstock to the back. This is a late add-in detail to this card. The first time I saw this cardstock, I knew I would be able to use it to create a card for my husband since he loves to fish. But it wasn't available in stores as a sheet until Checkered Cottage agreed to purchase a part of the line and reserve this cardstock for me.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day. Enjoy your Father's Day with your dads.

To my Amang, Happy Father's Day! I hope you feel better soon.

To my husband, Clemente, I hope you love our little surprise to you.

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Zodiac Card Set

Hello! Welcome to our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge is Anything Goes. I am using images from Knitty Kitty, one of our sponsors for this challenge.

As soon as I saw this digital set, I fell in love with it. It reminded me of a stamp set from Mama Elephant that I have my eyes on but never get to acquiring. I was inspired by the cards made by Val using the Mama Elephant stamp set. And, when we talk about zodiac signs, I just cannot leave one image behind, right? Because if I will be asked to create a card using one image from this set, of course, I will lean towards my birthday zodiac sign which you will find out what it is at the end of this post.

I colored the images using Copic markers. I fuzzy cut the images, leaving a small border around each image. For the background, I am using a Hero Arts Star Galaxy Background rubber stamp. I played around with this rubber stamp, using different inks and different kinds of paper to ink on. I die cut this background using a frame die from Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die set. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Written in the Stars stamp set. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock using Versafine Onyx black ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I die cut the sentiment using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. For the star, I used Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags die. The sentiment and image were adhered with foam tape.

For the base card, I am using a 110lb. Neenah cardstock. I embossed the front of the base card using We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Gemstone embossing folder. I adhered the panels on this using fun foams.

I can't believe I came up with 12 note cards right away. It took me a while to create these but once I knew how one card looked and the steps to create it, the rest was just easy to make.

Aries (March 21-April 19) & Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Gemini (May 21-June 20) & Cancer (June 20-July 22)

Leo (July 23-August 22) & Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Libra (September 23-October 22) & Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) & Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) & Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Acrylic Painting for a Cause

I rarely get to attend crafting classes due to schedule conflicts but I was very fortunate to be able to attend one at Checkered Cottage. They offered a free painting class last June 1. I arrived with whatever paintbrush I own to find out that it is a painting class using acrylic paint. I only used acrylic once with a foam letter stamp. I am more into watercoloring.

Barb, the class instructor, was very supportive and patient for a newbie like me. The picture actually looked good, but I am the worst critic of myself. In real life, I didn't do a good job putting the highlights and shading. My colors were too strong..

I learned different techniques in acrylic painting. I learned about dry brushing with the use of a different kind of brush that I have never worked with before. To me, it looks like a miniature stencil brush. I also learned how to use a flat brush to create shadows. I don't think it is going to work using watercolors but I can give it a try. My flat brush is always used to apply a color wash to my background.

Now, the question is will I go into this as a part of my crafting. It was fun to learn acrylic painting but just like what one of the attendees said when they talked about stamping, that she doesn't want to go into stamping because of the cost. Same here. I have invested a lot on my own kind of crafting. I just wish I can attend these kind of classes again wherein I just bring myself and my paintbrushes.

Like the header says, this creation is not something to make and bring home. This will be donated to a hospital and will be given to parents who has lost a newborn to hold items that will make them forever remember their loved one. What more can I ask for in a class?

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

Maria Giselle B.

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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