Monday, August 24, 2015

Postage Stamp Inspired Watercolor Card

I watched a video by Technique Tuesday http://techniquetuesday.typepad.com/ideasandinspiration/2015/08/new-video-add-color-with-masking-save-up-to-75-on-fall-winter-items.html. I got inspired to re-create the card. At the same time, I am continuing my Watercolor card series using different mediums. For this card, I am using the Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush pens.



Using the Mame Elephant Peek-a-Frame Creative cuts, I cut a watercolor paper with the postage edge die. I taped this to a board, masking the edges to reveal a rectangular center where I will do my watercoloring. I painted the bottom part with the darker blue and the upper part with the lighter blue, leaving the center uncolored. I blended the colors towards the center using a watered brush. I dried this using my heat tool.

I stamped the penguin from the ME Arctic Penguins stamp set using Stazon ink. After I did this, I realized that the penguin will retain the dark blue color of the background. I didn't want to start all over again. To hopefully fix it, I colored the white part of penguin with white Wink of Stella and it worked. The tip of the Wink of Stella did get some blue tint which disappeared after I brushed this on scrap paper.

I stamped the sentiment using ME Make a Wish stamp set, applied black glitter embossing powder to it, then heat embossed it. I pounced Ranger Perfect Pearls to the dark blue portion of the panel. To set this, I spritz some water into the air, then fan the panel into it. To create some ice-like embellishments, I applied several thin lines of Glossy Accents, then poured some  Tim Holtz Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter onto it. I allowed this to dry. I removed this panel from my palette board. I have some bleeding at the edges but I think it is okay.

I was going to adhere star sequins to this panel but changed my mind to stamping stars and using WOW! White Pearl Embossing powder. The stars are also a part of the ME Make a Wish Stamp set.



To pop up the panel, I matted this on a patterned paper and a black cardstock. To add more detail, I cut the patterned paper with the stitched die from the ME Peek-a-Frame Creative cuts. I did partial die cutting to create a slightly smaller cut. I stamped the edges of the black cardstock with ME Boutique Borders set. I stamped the stitched part of the border towards the edge of the stamp, with the scallop edge facing the patterned paper mat. I thought this will tie in with the stitched impression on the patterned paper. I used Versamark to stamp the border, applied the pearl embossing powder and heat set it.



The panels were adhered on top of each other using foam adhesive, then adhered to a white note card.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Shaped Ombre Watercolored Birthday Card

This is second in a series of cards that I created for the Mama Elephant August Challenge featuring watercolors. I am planning to create several cards using different watercolor mediums. For this card, I am using the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi.

I stamped the sentiment using ME Make A Wish stamp set on watercolor paper using Versamark ink. I applied gold embossing powder to the sentiment, then heat embossed it.

I brushed water onto this stamped watercolor paper. I applied the color to the bottom area of the panel where I want the darkest shade to be. I allowed the water on the watercolor paper to move this color. I added more water to the top area where I want it to be lightest. I used a heat gun to dry this panel.

I cut this panel 3 3/4" wide. I layered a patterned paper underneath it which is cut at 4". The basecard is a top folding A2card. I die cut the bottom edge of the panel, the patterned paper and the basecard using the ME Borderline Trios Creative Cuts to make it into a shaped card. I eyeballed the length on where to die cut, as long as they come out layered just like the sides of the card.

To fill the space on top of the watercolored panel, I used the string stamp from the ME Confetti stamp set. I stamped this three times using a gold dye ink. I used this impression as a guide where to glue the gold twine. I know I could just have wrapped the twine around the panel instead of doing this but I just thought this is another way of embellishing stamped images.

I looped the twine around my two fingers a couple of times. I pinched the center to create the bow. I don't have a gold enamel dot, so I colored a clear one using Kirarina Wink Glitter Pen in gold. I adhered this to the center of the bow.

I layered the papers and adhered it on top of the other. I applied a clear dimensional tape at the shaped edge to lift it a little bit.




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Maria Giselle B.
 
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Smooshed Birthday Card

I watched this technique from Laura Bassen (https://laurafadora.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/mama-elephant-ella-friends-2/) & Kristina Werner (http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/?p=12512), so I thought of giving it a try. Took me two tries to finally like the result. With the first try, I did Laura's technique of directly applying the ink on the acetate, spraying it with water then smooshing it to the watercolor paper. I didn't like how the colors blended. So on my second try, I used Kristina's technique of applying the ink on a laminated paper, spritz this with water, then pick up the ink with the acetate to smoosh this on the watercolor paper. With this technique, I just used the edge of the acetate to pick the color to smoosh on my project.

Before I did the smooshing, I heat embossed my sentiment on the watercolor card. This will resist the watercolor that I will do with the smooshing. The sentiment stamp, Mama Elephant Make A Wish stamp set, being a large one, had its challenges, too. I am using Fiskar Stamp Press but my impression is not the greatest. How I wish I have a Misti Tool for accurate re-stamping. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey) for the smooshed background.

After I dried this with a heat tool, I cut a scallop border at the edge using ME Borderline Trios Creative Cuts. I stamped a border on the black notecard using Versamark. The stamp set I used for this is the ME Boutique Borders. I applied Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder to this and heat embossed it. I adhered the watercolored panel to the notecard with foam tape. I die cut a white glittered cardstock from DCWV using the ME Confetti die to add die cut sequins embellishment. I also used a black Glaze pen to add shadow to the sentiment to pop it out some more. 



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Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Laundry Reminder Magnets

I follow a pattern when I do my laundry. Call me O-C (obsessive-compulsive) but it is a system that works for me (on top of other systems that I've adapted in my life.) The thing that I always forget is to hang 'line dry' only garments. Each time I make the mistake of machine drying a 'line dry' only garment, I always say to myself, I have to have something to remind me that I need to go through the washed garments before sticking it into the dryer. So, I came up with this. I have an extra printable vinyl magnet that I bought a very long time ago. I don't have a good printer, anyway to use this as it is supposed to be used. 

I tested the magnet first to make sure it will stick to the washing machine. Then, I determined what words I wanted cut out for reminders. I came up with four for now (Line Dry, Bleach, Light, Dark). I measured the total magnet and cut it into four. It came out around 2" x 7" per strip.  I covered the magnets with washi tapes. I ran a brayer to smoothen the lay out of the tape and to make the tape adhere more to the magnet. This project is a good way of using my stash of washi tapes and scrap papers since I used scraps for the letters.


I cut the letters using Cricut Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge. The letters are cut at 1.8" except for Line Dry which is cut at 1.7". If the letters come out too light for the background washi, I simply ink it with a color matching dye to pop out the letters. I allow this to dry before securing it to the magnet. To keep the letters aligned, I laid the letters on the mat. I placed a Post-it tape on top of the letters to keep the spacing and alignment intact. I flipped this and applied glue to the back side of the letters. I used Ranger Multi Matte Medium to adhere the letters to the magnet. Then, I placed this on top of the washi taped magnet, applied pressure to it before removing the Post-it tape. Using a liquid adhesive, gives you extra time to adjust the letters in case you didn't like its placement. Now, I can attach the magnet sign on top of the washing machine to remind me of what I am currently washing in the washing machine.


 
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Maria Giselle B.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Gift Card Enclosed Baby Cards

I created another baby card for our neighbor who gave birth a few months back. I created one for a co-worker and for a blog challenge http://ienjoywhatido.blogspot.com/2015/06/hello-baby-card.html. I recreated the same card but with different elements.


I created the window overlay first to know where I will stamp the owl on the notecard. I also die cut a border for the window. I stamped the owl onto the notecard and re-stamped the image to a Post-it note using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The image was colored with Copics. I doodled on the tree branch for a more realistic look. I fuzzy cut the image to mask the image on the note card. I blended three Tim Holtz Distress Ink colors (Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) to create the background.

I ran the window overlay thru my Sizzix and used a Woodgrain embossing folder. I ink this using Tim Holtz Distress inks Antique Linen and Tattered Rose. The window is originally a peach colored cardstock which is too soft to pop out the owl, so I inked this with Tim Holtz Distress ink Vintage photo.

For the sentiment, I first made sure the inked background is dry by pouring embossing powder to it. If the powder doesn't stick to the inked area, then the area can be set for embossing. I stamped the sentiments using Versamark, poured white embossing powder, then heat set it. I adhered the window panel on top of the stamped notecard.

For the inside of the card, I created a pocket to insert a gift card for the recipient. I used the Cricut Close to my Heart Artiste cartridge to cut the diaper. This was cut at 3.3".



This cut comes with tick cuts where the cardstock will be folded to create the diaper. I tucked the edges of the diaper into the slits. I applied mini glue dots to this to secure it. I adhered a small tip of washi tape for additional embellishment. The diaper is adhered to the inside of the card with a double sided tape. The sentiment is cut using a Paper Smooches die. I glittered the sentiment using a Wink of Stella pen. This lay out can also be used for the front of the card.
Here is the image of both cards and an image of the inside of both cards. One is for a baby boy and the other, is for a baby girl.



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Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Interactive Puzzle Birthday Card

My third son celebrated his 9th birthday 3 days ago. I created a birthday card for him. I had to think what will be most appropriate for him. He loves puzzles. This inspired me to create this interactive puzzle card for him.

I cut the puzzle pieces using Cricut Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge. I cut this at 4". Luckily, the puzzle pieces did not break apart when I removed the die cut from the mat. I applied a sticky Post-it note to the back of the die cut to keep it together since I am going to stamp on this.

I stamped his name and the sentiment to the puzzle pieces. For his name, I used Studio Calico Mia Alpha stamp set. I like the brush stroke image of the fonts. I stamped the letters using Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet dye ink. I used a stamp positioner because I re-stamped the letter using a white pigment ink to create an ombre look. I only inked the bottom half of the letter to create this look. I allowed this to dry.


For the sentiment, this is a 2-lined greeting stamp from Avery Elle Brushed Clear stamps. I used masking to create a 1-lined greeting. I prepared the area for embossing using my powder tool. I stamped the sentiment using blue pigment ink, poured clear embossing powder, then heat embossed it. 

I stamped party hats randomly using Memento Desert Sand ink. The stamp is from Technique Tuesday Say It-Happy clear stamp set. I colored the hats with Copics. I accentuated the trims using a glittered pen. I embellished the hats using a white gel pen. 


I kept the negative cut of the puzzle and used it as a guide to create a note card. I ran the front panel of the note card to emboss dots to it since the front panel will be plain without the puzzle piece. I adhered the negative die to the embossed part of the note card. 


Now, it's time to create a pocket to put the puzzle pieces in, and to attach a message so my son would know that this is a puzzle to be pieced together. 

I placed the puzzle pieces in a left-over clear packaging. I cut a 3x3 paper, sized enough to fit it in the clear packaging. I stamped the instructions using Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC, and placed this inside the clear packaging together with the puzzle pieces. I sealed this using the We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse tool.  Just make sure to allow the fuse tool to heat up before using it to seal. I ran this twice, about 1/4" apart before I trimmed the excess off. I adhered this package to the front of the card using wash tape.


This is how the card looks like with the puzzle pieced together.


My son likes the card. Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Shaped Shaker Birthday Card

My eldest son's 14th birthday is today. I made a card for him for this occasion. I used the Cricut Cartridge Life Is A Party to cut the front panel. I cut two solid circles, in gray cardstock and in white cardstock from the free images installed in the Cricut Imagine. I cut this slightly larger than the size of the front panel. I cut the letters at 1" using Cricut Cartridge Everyday Fonts.


I made a shaker card using the panel. I stamped the sentiment to the panel. I adhered the letters to form my son's name. I applied Wink Of Stella and Glossy Accents to add dimension. I adhered black sequins to fill in the space around the sentiment.


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Maria Giselle B.

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