Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hello Baby Card

I made this card for a co-worker who gave birth to a baby boy (Congratulations, Gaylin!)  At the same time, I am participating in the Hero Arts Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.

I chose the first line across (circles-stencil-heat embossing.) 

For the circle, I die cut a circle opening at the center of a 4 1/4 x 5.5 white cardstock where the image will show. I blended SSS Audrey Blue to color the white panel.  Before stamping my sentiment, I heat this panel to make sure the ink is dry and ready for embossing. I die cut another white circle to create an outline for the center circle. I inked this circle outline with Hero Arts Mint Julep. I temporarily taped this outline circle while I was working on the sentiment to ensure proper placement of the letters. I stamped the letters using Versamark ink, applied Hero Arts white embossing powder and heat set it. Since I am using an alphabet stamp set, I had to tape the circle, run my embossing powder, stamp the letter, apply powder and heat the letter one at a time. Sounds like a lot of work but once you got the rhythm of it, it is very quick. I colored the letters with white color pencil. 

For the stencil, I used a confetti star stencil. Using a sponge dauber, I tapped white pigment ink onto the stencil. I applied glitter embossing powder to it then heat set it. 

For the center image, I laid the panel to my note card to allow proper stamping of the mother and baby elephant image. I stamped this on the card using Memento Tuxedo Black, then stamped the image again on a Post-It note which I will use for masking. I fuzzy cut the Post-It note and used this to cover the image. I blended Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade around the image. I cut another Post-It note to create a scene and serve as a ground for the image. I used MFT Kraft Ink for this. I colored the image using Copics. 

I adhered to blue panel on top of the stamped note card. I then adhered the circle outline.

My youngest son, Ryan posed with the card.

Thanks for viewing my blog. 

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamp: Hero Arts OWH Lil Hoot, Hero Arts Journal Letters
Die: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles Die
Stencil: Heidi Swapp Confetti

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rainbow Father's Day Card

I know it's late for Father's Day but I owe my Amang (that's one ways of calling dad in Filipino) a card. He won't get this right away since my sister will personally deliver this to him when she goes back to the Philippines after her 2-month vacation here.

My first plan is to use watercolor brush on this brush stroke stamp by directly applying color to the clear stamp. This technique didn't make a good impression on the stamped image so I used dye ink.

For the sentiment, I wanted to use the label die. I looked through my stash for a stamp set that will fit the label. I came up with an alphabet die which was hard to line up even if it is a clear stamp. I cut the letters individually to be able to line it up. To match the red of the stamped red brush stroke, I inked a white cardstock, then allowed this to dry before I die cut the label.

I did some masking to create Happy Day from the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment stamp. This was heat embossed using clear/black powder. The label is adhered between these sentiments with foam tape to give it depth. I adhered this on a black note card with foam tape.

The circles were created by adhering washi tapes on white cardstock. I die cut this using the middle-sized circle die. After I scattered and adhered these circles to the cardfront, I applied Glossy Accents to it.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamp: Avery Elle Brushed Clear, JillyBean 
Die: Avery Elle Custom Panels

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Father's Day Copic Colored Glitter Card

Happy Father's Day to my husband, Clem! Here's the card I made for this occasion.


I cut the card sentiment using Cricut Artiste Philosophy at 4" on a white cardstock. I applied Versamark ink to the the sentiment, poured Ranger sticky embossing powder to it, then heat set it. I applied Elizabeth Crafts silk microfine glitter to this, rubbed it with my finger to set it. I colored this with Copics..

For the background, I used a Tim Holtz stencil and a black cardstock. I wanted to create gold embossing paste for the stars. I first tried mixing Prima Color Blooms to the paste but the outcome is not a vibrant gold. I then tried mixing a gold watercolor to the paste but it still wasn't vibrant. With these two trials, I also made the paste watery. I guess I could have tried Perfect Pearls but didn't thought about it that time. My final resort to creating gold textured stars is using Tim Holtz Distress Glitters. I poured it to the paste while it was still wet. I set this aside. Although, not all of the glitters settled on the paste (Glitters kept falling off!), I was happy with the texture.

I liked the idea of adding a second sentiment to the front of the card after my 3rd son described the layout as awesome. I used thesaPaper Smooches Sentiment Sampler set to add another sentiment. I wanted a single lined sentiment on the bottom. This stamp seemed difficult to cut so I did some masking to make it a one liner sentiment. This was stamped using Versamark ink. I applied WOW! Gold Pearl embossing powder, then heat set it. I cut it into a strip, applied foam adhesive. This was adhered to the bottom of the card.

I trimmed the black background paper to 4 x 5 1/4. I adhered this to a gold cardstock for additional pop of color.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Patterned Paper Inspired Card

After I saw this patterned paper on a CHA video, I knew I will be creating something inspired by it.

Green Tea
Shimelle True Stories
America Crafts

I tried using the mirror stamping technique but I couldn't get a good impression stamping it on watercolor paper. I stamped the cup on the back of a larger clear stamp, on an acrylic block, and on a clear plastic. I practiced on regular paper first, and I got good impressions of the mirrored cup. But when I tried it on watercolor paper, it barely leaves an impression. I think it could be the texture of the watercolor paper that does not allow a good impression. I also used a light colored ink to stamp the cups. Maybe it will be different if it is a dark colored ink. What do you think?

The cups are stamped using a light colored ink. I watercolored the cups. I outlined the stem of the cup using a dark colored marker. I stamped the saucer and dots. I stamped the coffee bean twice to create a heart. I added more details by adding glaze dots on the stamped dots. Using a white gel pen, I drew lines and a dot on the hearts. 

I directly stamped the sentiment to the background paper. I applied clear embossing powder then heat set it. I created an embossed paper before I die cut the word always to add to the embellishment.

I applied Wink of Stella and added a dot of Glossy Accents to the hearts.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamp: Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe, Sentiment Sampler, Spectrum
Die: Paper Smooches Always & Forever

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Baby Shower Pennant

I created a pennant for a baby shower. I challenged myself to look through my stash and create from what I have.

I used the Cricut Birthday Bash Cartridge for the pennant and the font. I cut the pennant at 5". I cut the font at 1.1" making sure the relative icon is highlighted so the letters are sized in relation to each other. I just purchased an Elizabeth Crafts glitter powder, and I can't wait to play with it. I was unsure if I can cut a double sided adhesive sheet with the Cricut so I used the Cricut Pintable Sticker Paper to cut the fonts. I flipped every letter before cutting because I had the release paper laid directly on the mat with the sticker sheet on top. This will allow me to pour the glitter on the sticky side of the sheet, and the letters will be correct.

For the pennant in between the words, I created a spinning embellishment. I used a Fiskar Stamp set to stamp the onesie on watercolor paper. I fuzzy cut this after coloring it. The stamp set only came with the front side of the onesie. So for the back, I masked the neck and the leg openings. I drew lines using a black marker to mimic the lines of the back of the onesie. This was fuzzy cut as well. The front and the back were adhered together with a thin thread sandwiched between these. I made sure it is aligned and snipped off extras. Using a circle die, I cut 2 white circles as a border to emphasize the onesie. This also sandwiched the thread that will spin the onesie. The pennant is also adhered to another pennant to sandwich the rest of the thread. This ensures stability of the spinner. Allowing enough dry time also makes this mechanism successful.

After I threaded a yarn through the holes and took a photo of the pennant banner, I decided to embellish the yellow pennants some more, which I wasn't able to photograph. I added a die cut heart to the middle of the onesie, applied Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to it. To the other yellow pennant, I stamped 'Hello Baby' onto a vellum strip, heat embossed this using white powder. The strip was wrapped around the yellow pennant. My apologies for not taking a final photo, I had to bring the banner as soon as the Glossy Accent dried. I wasn't present during the party to take photos of the the banner.

As for my challenge, all supplies came from my stash. Hurrah!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Pennant & Font: Cricut Birthday Bash Cartridge
Paper: DCWV Nana's Kids Stack, Cricut Printable Sticker, Watercolor Paper
Glitter: Elizabeth Crafts
Die: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Wafer dies
Stamp: Fiskars Special Delivery
Marker: Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Create Your Own Background with Repeated Stamping

It is my second son's birthday tomorrow. To be honest, I have not made him a card for this occasion. It is another difficult task on my part to create a boyish card especially when I have only a stamp set to work with.

I am participating in Altenew's challenge for this month which is to create a card based on this photo.

My only Altenew stamp set is the Hennah Elements. I can't use flowers because my son will not be liking that. I used the border stamp since it is gender neutral. Using a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 white cardstock, I blended several colors of Tim Holtz Ink. I hit this with my heat gun to speed up the drying time. I tested this blended background first by pouring embossing powder to it. No powder got stuck so it should be dry. To this piece, I stamped the border one at a time so I can emboss this in different colors, copper, gold and liquid platinum.

I die cut the sentiment five times and stacked it on top of each other. I applied Wink of Stella to this sentiment before adhering it to the blended-embossed background piece. I applied Glossy Accents to the sentiment. How I wish I have one of those Precision Tip for this job. But anyway, I wiped off any stray Glossy Accents with a dental pick and it dried up just fine.

I trimmed off a fourth on each side. For the note card, I swiped a blue pigment ink on the edges and poured clear embossing powder to create a colored strip on both sides of the main piece. I adhered the main piece with fun foam for dimension. As last step, I adhered some sequins.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Wild Honey), Versamark
Stamp: Altenew Hennah Elements
Embossing Powder: Ranger (Copper, Liquid Platinum), American Crafts Zing! Metallic Gold
Metal Die: Simon Says Stamp 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Chevron Strips Masculine Birthday Card

It is my husband's birthday. Somehow for me, it is tougher to create a masculine card. This week is Picture Perfect challenge at PS Challenge Blog.

What caught my eye in this photo is the chevron pattern of the table. This inspired me to create my own chevron pattern. After all, it has been a while when this pattern was a hit in the crafting world. So, I gathered half an inch strips of paper from my stash. I adhered this to a 5 1/2 x 2 inch scrap sheet of paper as support. Aside from the grid, my cutting mat has diagonal lines which I used as a guide to adhere this strips. I cut the excess strips hanging off the side of the support paper. I used a die to cut and create a stitched impression on the sides making it into a 5 x 2 inch paper. One of the patterned paper strips came with its own greeting 'my father.' I covered the 'my' with stickers to make it to 'our.' I had to trim these stickers to fit the space. I stamped 'to' on the top of this sentiment.

The only embellishment I have that I can come up with is the coffee cup. I stamped this using three different shades of brown to create an ombre patterned cup. I stamped with the lightest shade first. With the middle shade, I wiped off a part of the top of the cup to retain the light shade color. And with the darkest, I just partly inked the bottom and the handle of the cup. I used my stamp positioner for this multi-stamping technique. I fuzzy cut this image. I embossed it with WOW! Ultra High clear powder. I was going for a glazed effect so I embossed the cup twice. You have to make sure your Versamark is juicy before attempting to pour this Ultra High powder to your image. I had to re-ink my Versamark pad so the powder would stick to the image. I also did the same technique with the saucer.

I was going to use a critter to pop out of the cup but I don't have the right sized critter. Since this is a masculine card, I went for the shooting stars. I used mirror stamping using acetate as Jennifer McGuire did in her video (http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2015/05/video-mirror-stamping-giveaway.html). It reminds me of rub-ons when I did technique. I stamped the stars in vellum. I colored the stars with a glittered yellow marker.

The panels were adhered in kraft cardstock. I adhered the cup with dimensional tape. I adhered the saucer straight on the panel. As for the vellum stars, I put a dot of glue on areas that will be covered by the embossing.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe, Merry Motifs, Spectrum
Die: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Wafer Dies
Powder: WOW! Clear Gloss Ultra High Embossing Powder, WOW! Blue Topaz Regular Transluscent Embossing Powder, Ranger Liquid Platinum

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