Monday, January 7, 2019

Spinner X-Card

Hello! It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our challenge is on Quotes or Sayings. Our sponsor is Beccy's Place.

It is my sister's birthday month. I was looking through the freebie images in Beccy's Place but could not find an image suitable for her. So I used her favorite violet/lavender color as the color motif of this card.

When I saw this carousel image, it is just fit to make something interactive with it. I remembered watching an X-Card tutorial before but I could not find it anymore. I saw images of this card in Pinterest but no tutorial until I came across Lori Whitlock's video tutorial featuring this cut in her web store. I was going to do my own version of her card, do it from scratch, but she had a New Year sale in her digital store. It was a perfect opportunity to try out her digital images.

I downloaded the A2 X-Card digital cut to the Cricut Design Space. I also downloaded the carousel image to CDS. I re-sized the carousel to fit the circle window in the A2 X-Card. I duplicated the image and flipped it vertically. I printed the carousels using the Canon ts9512C printer. I colored the images first before cutting it with the Cricut. The images are small, some vision exercise for me. I used Prismacolor color pencils. I did not need too much shading since the image is small.

One feature that I like about the CDS is that it allows you to print now then cut later. I am glad I used this function. The image was very delicate that most likely I would have ripped it if I colored it after it got cut. I added details to the carousels with gel pens and Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen. I was careful in adding shimmer to the image because it reactivates the water-based ink of the print out.

I used a violet cardstock and patterned paper for the X-card base. I heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp Circle Sayings on a violet cardstock with SSS Rose Gold embossing powder. I die cut this to create a circle frame using My Favorite Things Circle Stax die. I have the coordinating die for the SSS Circle Sayings but somehow I could not find the right sized circle to create the frame.

Assembling the card, I adhered the patterned paper to the cardstock. I used a liquid adhesive to give me enough wiggle time. I placed something heavy on top of it while the glue dries. I then adhered the circle embossed frames.

The digital cut comes with a tick mark for scoring. I changed this cuts to score marks using CDS but somehow, it still created the cuts. I reinforced this cuts by scoring it. I adhered a strong double adhesive tape on the top and bottom of the circle window in the first panel. I adhered a thin thread to this. From here, I started building the X-Card, adhering half of the panel to each other until I completed the X-Card.

I applied liquid glue to the back of the carousels then adhered this to the string. I applied something heavy to this while the glue dries.

This card lays flat for mailing. No real space for a handwritten sentiment but may a to and from in one of the panels will make this personalized.

Since the Incy Wincy Designs Challenge is about Quotes or Sayings, I added a sentiment flag to tie up with the theme. I heat embossed a sentiment from Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings stamp set on vellum with white embossing powder. I colored the backside of the vellum with a violet Copic marker to tie in with the color theme. I also colored a toothpick with a different shade of a violet Copic marker. I also added shimmer to the toothpick with Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen. I adhered the toothpick to the back of the vellum with Kool Tak Clear Foam adhesive tape. I punched the edge with a square punch to create the fish tail.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Wobbly Cricut Image Die Cut Card

Hello! I am in a crunch for a New Year card design to send to friends who sent us Christmas cards. It won't make it in time but it is always the thought that matters, right? What made it easy is that Cricut Design Space's weekly free images which are from JGoode Designs featuring very cute penguins. This saved me a lot of time. All I need to do is print the images using CDS and my Canon ts9512C printer. This is the second time I paired both machines in a project and I am really excited of the result on this project. I cannot wait to use both machines in another project. I used a 110lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock to print the images on. One thing I've discoverd using the CDS in printing is there is an Advanced Option feature which allows you to customize the paper and the quality of the print out. I also figured out that you can only feed heavy cardstock on the back tray of the Cannon printer. 

I adhered the cardstock with the printed images on the Cricut mat. I fed this to the Cricut Explore to have the images cut.  Another time saver! I did ran a black marker on the sides of the die cut penguins to give it a finished look. 

I cut 6 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" blue Stampin Up cardstock. I am going to apply embossing paste to these panels. I taped the top edge of the Newton's Nook Design Confetti stencil to act as as a hinge as I go through each panel. I also applied a tape to the side of the stencil to keep the stencil from moving. I lined the cardstock to the bottom end of the stencil and taped this to the Ranger Non-stick Craft sheet. 

I applied Wendi Vecchi Transluscent Embossing paste to the upper two-thirds of the stencil. I poured various kinds of embossing powder to each panel, setting it aside to dry. Once this has dried, I zapped it with a heat tool. 

I die cut a snow bank using white cardstock and Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die. I prepared the area with an anti-static stool. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped the sentiments using Versamark ink. The stamps I used are from Mama Elephant Just Hatched and In-Line Letters stamp set. I did not get a good impression on the number stamps. Having used this stamp in the past, it is better off stamping the letter one at a time to get a good impression. To fix it, I used a Quickie Glue pen to the no ink areas and poured Paper Source Navy embossing powder to it. I also lined the middle with Sakura White Gelly Roll pen to keep the design of the numbers intact. 

I spritz the snow bank with diluted Perfect Pearl. I set this aside to dry. 

I applied Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen to the penguin. I am being very careful since I am reactivating the water based ink of the printer. I did not want to distort the printed image by making the ink bleed. I enhanced the eyes of the penguin with Sakura Black Glaze pen. I adhered Mini Action Wobbles to the back of the penguins. 

Putting it all together, I adhered the snow bank on top of the panel with dried embossing paste. I used a liquid adhesive for the top part of the snow bank to make it adhere better to the embossing paste. I adhered the wobbly penguin next but aside from the adhesive the wobbler has, I also added a strong liquid adhesive to make it adhere better. 

I trimmed an 8th of an inch off the edges then adhered this to a note card. 

Here are photos of each card and what embossing powder I used.

Using WOW! Cloud 9 embossing powder. I sneaked in this birthday card for my 12 year old son's friend. After I created the card, we received a late Christmas photo card from their family. Oh, well. The sentiment stamp is from Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings stamp set.

Using Altenew Golden Peach embossing powder. This is my 12-year old's choice to give to his friend's family.

Using WOW! Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder.

Using JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.

Using Recollections Charcoal embossing powder.

Using WOW! Glow-in-the-Dark embossing powder. This is my 6 year old's choice to give to his friend's family. It is also my favorite.

Which one is your favorite? Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative year!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Stitched New Year Card

Hello. I created this card to be mailed out to the nice people who sent us Christmas cards but I don't think I can mass produce this in time for New Year's Day. I got busy the past week and stitching the card did take some time.

I created a stitched number pattern with Paper Smooches Digits stamp as inspiration. I ran the PS Cross Stitch die on 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" black cardstock. I ran it about three times to create a panel with more cross stitch holes in it. To do this, I lined the circles of the die to the line of holes made in the black cardstock. I taped this too to avoid any shifting. I started stitching the number based on the created pattern. I used a white DMC floss for all the stitching.

I die cut a gold mirror cardstock using the largest in the PS Pinked Circles Wise die. I trimmed off the excess off the edges of the stitched black cardstock. I cut a 5 1/4" x 4" white cardstock. I splattered some Prima Color Blooms Gold Foil on the white cardstock, then set it aside to dry.

I cut the pinked circle in half. I heat embossed the word hello on the top half of the pinked circle using white embossing powder. I adhered the pinked circles to the splattered white cardstock. I adhered the stitched black cardstock on the center using foam adhesive.

I die cut a ribbon from PS Bows Wise die set using a gold glittered cardstock. I adhered this to a black cardstock then fussy cut around it. I added clear Spetrum Noir shimmer pen to the black areas. I then adhered this to the bottom pinked circle. I added a Tonic Nuvo Gold Crystal drop to the center of the bow.

I adhered the panel to a top folding black colored note card.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy New Year to everyone!

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative new year ahead!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

3D Christmas Paper Stocking Ornament

Hello! This is my last Christmas project done from last week. I am one of the volunteer moms in my First Grader's Christmas Classroom Party. My inspiration for this project is the Sunny Studio Stocking Die and the SS Loopy Letters Dies. I would love to have these products added to my collection but I opted to use the Cricut Explore. I also look through my fonts and chose this playful font. I re-sized the stocking to be able to cut four stockings in a 12x12 patterned paper. I need to make twenty-one stockings. That is how large their class is, twenty kids and their teacher.

I created a baggie to put in the stocking and the stickers for embellishment. I cut a gallon-sized Ziplock in half and sealed it shut with a We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy Holidays! Have a blessed, brilliant, and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Floating Image Shaker Shaped Tag

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I have a Floating Image Shaker Shaped Tag. Whew! That was mouthful to say. I got the idea from one of Jennifer McGuire's amazing creations. In fact, this is not the first time that I have made a card with a floating image. I created a Digi. Stamp Shaker Card with a floating image before.

My 7th and 8th Grade sons have Secret Santa in their school. It is their first time to participate in such. For their final gift, they bought gift cards which I placed inside a pillow box. I used Cricut Design Space to cut the pillow box. I customized the size of the pillow box just large enough to fit the gift card. I used the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid patterned paper.

For the tag, I used Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow Add-on die set. The image is from LF Out of This World stamp set. The sentiment is from the LF Tiny Tag Sayings. The cord is from LF Gold Sparkle Single Cord.

The tag does not only have shaker confetti inside but the image also swings side to side when you shake the tag.

I apologize for this short post. I was in a roll this past week creating Christmas cards for my children. This is just second of my projects made. My first one is on the post prior to this. If you have any questions, feel free to post it in the comment section.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day! Happy Holidays, too!

Maria Giselle B.

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Watercolored Snowman Card

Hello everyone! I got inspired by Kristina Werner's Snow Buddies card that I gave the look a try.

I am using an old Hero Arts Christmas stamp set Snow Much Joy. I stamped the snowman on Strathmore Watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I also used the Misti Stamping tool to re-stamp the image several times. The texture of the watercolor paper requires re-stamping and a bit of muscles during each stamping =). I am making a batch of cards for my senior son's request so he can give it out to his friends.

I watercolored the snowman using Zig Clean Color Markers. For the background, I used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. I created a mask for the snowman so I can flick some white watercolor on the background for a snow effect. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink. The sentiment is from another old Hero Arts Christmas stamp set. I used a Zing Gold embossing powder.

I added details to the snowman's scarf using Uniball Signo white pen. I noticed that the ink of the pen re-activated the red watercolor of the scarf so instead of getting white details, I have pink stripes or dots. I should have used white watercolor instead but for now, this should be okay.

The snowman stamp's leaf trim on the hat came as a solid image. So it will have the same color as the outline of the snowman unless you masked it, and I did not. I colored in the leaves with a Versamark pen, poured Ranger Verdigree embossing powder and heat set it. I drew in the middle of the leaf with a Sakura White Gel pen. For the berries, here is another thing I've learned during this cardmaking process. I cannot put Nuvo Drops next to each other because while it is wet, it tends to mix with the Nuvo Drops dot next to it. After scraping off my previously failed Nuvo Drops berries, I created the Nuvo Drops berries on a Tim Holtz Mat and let it dry. It would have been better if I left it overnight rather than a couple of hours. When I picked up the dots off the mat, it was solid but still soft that you can actually manipulate its shape. I adhered this to the hat trim using liquid adhesive.

I trimmed off the edges, making it a 5 1/4" x 4 1/4" panel. I adhered this to a top folding A2 sized notecard.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish you are having a fun holiday celebration.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Clean and Simple Card


Incy Wincy Challenge Blog is celebrating its 10th year and what a way to celebrate a decade of creativeness but with a special challenge. I've been in Incy Wincy's DT since July 2016. You can see my first post here, if you want to check it out. I am grateful to Incy Wincy for giving me a chance to become a part of it and to show its followers what I can create. I have many applications submitted before Incy Wincy took me under its wing. Hev is a wonderful moderator. She allows us to be involved in coming up with new challenges for the blog. I wish Incy Wincy more decades of creativity and challenges. Cheers to that!

I am using an new image from Limited Runs called Sedum Cluster. The owner and artist of Limited Runs is our very own DT member Nikki. Thank you, Nikki, for the image. For this card, I decided to re-create something close to my first Incy Wincy card, and that is using the Cricut machine. My sister gave me a surprise Christmas present of a Canon ts9512c printer. This is the first time I am using it. I have some difficulties in printing. It is a new product, so there is not a lot in the internet about it to be familiarized with it.

I used Cricut Design Space to plan the lay out of my card design. I uploaded the image to CDS and added a pot from the image library. After I have re-sized it, I sent it to the printer. I used a scrap piece of patterned paper to print the image. The printer can take a 12x12 paper and also print on A2-sized paper. I used an A2-sized paper and set the printer to recognize this size. When I hit print, the image is not in the center of the paper. The Cricut's paper setting for printing is 8 1/2" x 11" only. Maybe Cricut can work on modifying this on its next upgrade. It also would not print if the paper you fed is 12"x12". I cut the patterned paper to 8 1/2" x 11" and this time it worked.

Another thing I've discovered is that Cricut cannot print and cut on patterned paper. When I fed the  mat with the patterned paper with the printed image, it had a hard time recognizing some of the registry marks. The Cricut stopped and was not able to cut the image. It showed an error image on printing the image on white paper. Oh, well. Instead of repeating the whole ordeal with a white paper, I fussy cut the image.

I stamped the sentiments using the Misti Stamping Tool for perfect placement of the stamps on the top and the bottom of the die cut image. I treated the area with an anti-static tool. I stamped the sentiments using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Candied Apple. Good thing that I used the Misti since I had to re-stamp both sentiments. I poured clear embossing powder to the stamped sentiments and heat embossed it. I traced the negative stamped impressions on the label with a white gel pen to make it pop out.

I masked the stamped sentiments and used a mini-background stamp from the same stamp set. I want a subtle impression so I used the Hero Arts Soft Vanilla for this. It was very subtle that I brushed in the same color using a Clarity stencil brush for more blended color. I adhered the pot first. I added a thin strip of red washi tape for a pop of color before adhering the cluster with a foam adhesive. I colored the cluster with Spectrum Noir shimmer pens in green and clear colors. I added gems to the center of the cactus. I punched the corners of the card for additional detail.

I cannot believe that I just created a clean and simple card. I usually struggle with creating this kind of card. You have no idea how much I have to stop myself from adding more embellishments to this card.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join our challenge celebrating 10 years of Incy Wincy Designs. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.