Sunday, August 14, 2016

Embossed Digital Stamp on Dura-Lar Film Shaker Card

I resized the image to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I prepared the area where I will print the image on with the anti-static powder tool. I printed the image on Dura-Lar Film using my ink jet printer. I immediately poured clear embossing powder to the image and heat embossed it. The film stood up to the heat of the heat gun. No warping at all.  For this project, I used Copic markers to color the image. I colored the embossed side but I plan to put the wrong side out when I assemble the card. I applied red stickles to the hearts and orange stickles to the orange flowers.

For the background, I die cut a 4 1/2" x 6" Strathmore Bristol paper using Taylored Expression Rolling Cloud die. I first laid out the dies and arranged it to how I want the clouds cut. I secured the dies with tape and die cut the paper. I slightly offset the dies to create various alignment. I came up with a total of 5 pieces. The technique used in my background is inspired by a video tutorial by Stephanie Klauck for MFT Stamps (Whimsical Waves Background.) As what Stephanie did, I inked each piece with a different color. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Broken China. I adhered these pieces to a scrap piece of cardstock making sure all the pieces are aligned, just like puzzle piecing all the pieces. I spritz water onto this panel, allowed the water to seep in, then dabbed the water off with a paper towel. This technique created some texture on the ink blended background. I then spritz this panel with Ranger Perfect Pearl diluted in water using a mini mister.

To create the shaker element, I wanted to use a scalloped rectangle frame to cut an outline and also cut the cardstock layers for the shaker part. I can't find the right rectangle frame in my stash to do this job. The closest is SSS Frames Craft Die. The scalloped rectangle die that comes in this set cuts out a very narrow scalloped frame. Instead of using cardstocks to stack on top of another, I cut small strips of foam adhesive. I did doubled up on the foam adhesive for more space for the shaker elements to shake. I also used this die to cut the cloud panel to unify the scallop edge on all layers of the shaker card.

I cut the Dura-Lar Film with scissors using the negative curved rectangle cut as guide. I left a bit of a margin at the edges when I cut the film. I adhered this to a purple scalloped rectangle die cut using liquid glue. I adhered the double stacked foam tape. I rubbed a used dryer cloth to the film to decrease the static. I also used the anti-static powder tool on the edges of the foam to lessen the cling of the shakers to the sticky foam.

I poured some Martha Stewart and Simon Says Stamp sequins to the cloud panel. I adhered the film panel on top of this. I made sure the scallops are aligned before I applied firm pressure to adhere both panels together. Now, the shaker portion is done.

The die is smaller than a regular A2 card so my card base measures 4" X 5 1/4". I adhered the shaker element to this note card.

For the sentiment, I die cut a purple cardstock using Lawn Fawn Thinking of You die. I adhered a double sided tape to the back of the cardstock first before running this through the die cut machine. I have to run it a couple of times to make sure it cuts all the way. The good thing about this die cut is the ability to manipulate it. I curved the sentiment die cut to fit the space in the bottom. I used a Spica Clear Glitter pen and wrote over the letters of the sentiment die cut to add some sparkle to the die cut.

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

Maria Giselle

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

WPlus9 Pretty Peonies Card In A Box

I wanted to create a card that I would hopefully see on my manager's desk and my sons' teacher's desks, since school opening is coming up soon. I thought this card in a box is a perfect project for that mission.

When we were on vacation, I brought limited craft supplies. It includes 2 stamp sets (both layering stamp sets), 6 regular sized ink pads, 3 mini cube ink pads (which I think is great for traveling), cardstock, 3 acrylic blocks, stamp cleaner (I was going to practice layered stamping), 2 printed digital stamp images, and a marker set. Because of these limited supplies, I was able to practice my layered stamping which I am struggling with. I stamped each image with enough spacing in between so I can die cut these images once I got back home.

The difficulty in die cutting these WPlus9 images is that the die comes as a solid piece unlike other metal dies which comes as an outline, making it easy to line it up with the stamped image. I think, it would have been easier if I die cut the cardstock first, then stamped the image on it to get perfect alignment. Oh, well. Too late for that and I don't want to waste the sheets of stamped images I already made. So I just lined the die to the image to the best that I can. It is not a perfect cut but the artistic touch of the image makes the uneven cut tolerable.

There are lots of tutorials for card in the box online. The one that I find most helpful and easy is from  Narelle created a file in Cricut Design Space for a card in a box which includes the box, the insert, the layers and even an envelope! Just like Narelle, I only cut the box, the insert and the envelope using the CDS file. I used an old Doodlebug Design patterned paper for the layers.

I cut strips of acetate to attach the die cuts to. I used mini-Glue Dots to adhere the die cuts to the acetate. I think the key to creating a card in a box is to have plenty of elements for embellishment. Once I am satisfied with how my card looked, I worked on the sentiment.

If I will recreate this card, I would have not adhered the front tab paper until I have a plan on how to add a sentiment. I would have stamped the sentiment onto this front tab paper then adhered it the front tab. But since everything is adhered. I cut a vellum to heat embossed the sentiment to. To adhere this, I applied dots of liquid glue to the back of the vellum, where the letters are embossed. The sentiment is from Li'l Inker Design Greetings & Salutations stamp set.

For the envelope, I cut a patterned paper bought from Michaels using the file mentioned above. I cut off a bit of the flap to make it even when it is folded. Since I am on the CDS, I went ahead and wrote the recipient's name using Ranger Embossing pen. Yes, it fits in the Cricut Explore. I embossed this with black embossing powder.

Thank you Narelle for sharing a very helpful CDS file! Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Copic Colored Sasayaki Glitter Bedtime Teddy Digi Stamp

I have to color at least one of the images provided by Sasayaki Glitter. The images are very cute and irresistible to color.

The colors I used are listed below. Have you ever used the 0 marker to create accents to your Copic coloring? I loved the way the dots were created using the 0 marker. It pushed away the blue color to create this effect. Very cool. I used the same technique on the ground.

I die cut the image using an MFT Circle Stax die. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the sentiment. The sentiment is from Impression Obsession Love You Miss You stamp set.

I wanted to create a CAS card, which I rarely do. My initial plan was to adhere the colored panel to a white note card that I will barely embellished. Well, I ended up with a layered card because I decided to use a stencil and spray to embellish the note card. Despite taking extra care not to ink the back of the card, I did manage to smudge some ink on it. What's so funny is that it is not even one of the spritz color I used for this card. I must have reactivated a dried ink from the cardboard from the spritzing. I used a Tim Holtz Star Layered Stencil and Prima Color Bloom Spray Mist in Storm Cloud and Soft Teal for this technique.

I sprayed the gray mist on one side of the stencil and laid that over the white cardstock panel. I pounced on this with a rag to let the color seep through the cardstock. Without lifting the stencil, I spritz the teal on the stencil. When I removed the stencil, it created this two tone background that looks very cool. I wish I captured it well enough in the photo. The gray somewhat pooled around the negative spaces to create an outline for the stars created by the teal spray. The Prima Color Bloom Spray Mist also has a bit of shimmer, adding more awesome effect to the panel. I encourage you to give it a try.

After I dry this with a heat gun, I trimmed off a bit from the edges. I adhered this on the card base. i adhered the image slightly to the left of the card. I trimmed off the excess. I decided to add some glitter towards the pompoms of the sleep hats. I applied glue and poured some Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over it. After the glue has dried, I rubbed my finger onto the area to activate the sparkle of the glittered powder. I also accented the eyes using a black Sakura Glaze pen.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Copic markers used:
Bear E31, E33, E35
Nose E000, E01, R00
Pajama B63, B66, B69
Dog E53, E55, E57

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Copic Colored Atelier Mermaid Digi Stamp

This image is very pretty and needs a lot of patience to color. The colored image in this card is my second colored image. I messed up fuzzy cutting the first one. I was trying to cut it on the line but later on realized that this is kind of hard having her hair twirled here and there. So with the one in the card, I left a small white border around the image. Believe it or not, I wasted more cardstock trying to cut the shell-shaped card with the Cricut Explore.

I started off by printing the image, then coloring it with Copic. The colors I used are listed at the bottom of this post. I was trying to color the mermaid like Ariel, The Little Mermaid. I searched the web for any Copic coloring of Ariel but nothing popped up. I colored her my Ariel way. When I showed the colored image to my sons and asked them who the mermaid is, they all answered Ariel. Their approval is good enough for me.

I applied clear Wink of Stella to the star and flower accents on the mermaid's hair, and to the mermaid's fin. I emphasized the eyes with a dot of white Sakura Gelly Roll pen. I  added some dots of black Sakura Glaze Gelly Roll pen on the flowers. I covered the blue flower with Ranger Glossy Accents and allowed this to dry.

I cut the shaped card with the help of the Cricut Explore. The image is from Cricut Create A Critter. I used the digital canvas of the Cricut Design Space to help me size the shell. This cut image only comes with two layers. I duplicated the base layer and welded two images to create the base card. I cut the top layer using a pink patterned paper. I cut the bottom layer using a light blue cardstock. I cut the shell-shaped cardbase using kraft cardstock. 

As I've mentioned, I have a lot of scraps with this project. I needed a ground for the mermaid to lay on so it doesn't seem like she's floating. I cut one of the scrap shells and heat embossed it with gold Wow! Ultra High Embossing powder. I embossed this twice to make it really raised.

For the pink layer, I inked this with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Old Paper & Tea Dye. I dry embossed the blue layer using Lifestyle Crafts Jubilant embossing folder. I inked the edges using TH Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers. I adhered some glittered tape onto the blue layer, long enough to show through the slits on the pink layer.

I adhered the gold embossed layer onto the pink layer using Skor-tape. This layer needs a strong adhesive due to the weight of the embossing. I adhered the mermaid on top of this using foam adhesive for dimension. I adhered the pink layer onto the blue layer. I added a twine on top of the shell. I used a Lawn Fawn Gold Sparkle Trimming. I taped the twine on the back to keep it secure. Once I am happy with the bow, I squirted Ranger Multi Matte Medium glue on the knot. I dried this by clipping it with a tweezer. I also adhered clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins randomly to the lay-out. Once this is dry, I adhered this panel to the kraft shell-shaped card base.

For the sentiment, I combiined sentiments from Hampton Arts Doodlebug Design Clear Word Greeting stamp set and Avery Elle Peonies stamp set. I heat embossed this using   white Hero Arts embossing powder. I embossed this on a pink vellum strip. I adhered the end of this strip to the bakc of the embossed piece using mini glue dots.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Copic Markers used:
Hair-YR04, YR65, YR68
Skin-E000, E01, E11, E21
Fin-YG03, YG13, G07, G12, BG15, BG34
Flowers-Y00, BG01, BG05
Star-Y04, Y08, Y35
Sand-E31, E51, E53

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Zig Clean Colored Aurella Digi Stamp

I love to color but I am not into coloring small spaces, like a lot of small spaces. My vision is not the best. I am not good with color pencils. I do have small tip markers but it doesn't blend. I still want to blend the colors even in small spaces, can you believe that? But I challenged myself to do it. After all, I did choose this image for this week's DT post.

I started off by printing the image using the Cricut Design Space on some Neenah cardstock. Even if the registration marks were printed off, I didn't went through the process of having the Cricut Explore cut the image. I will just trim the digi image depending on how I will have my lay out planned out.

I colored the image and this is where the challenge starts. I used the Zig Clean Color Markers and made sure I am wearing my eyeglasses all the time as I color. These markers are vibrant in color. I was coloring direct to the paper and when I worked on the witch's skin, I should have not colored it directly. I just wanted a wash of green for the skin so I applied the color onto an acrylic block, then picked it up with a water brush. I know this is not a watercolor paper and good thing it didn't warp. I just made sure I am not applying too much water on the image. I would have chosen a watercolor paper but I am not sure if my printer can handle printing on a thick paper.

The witch was colored with Wicked's Elphaba in mind. Her costume is all black and I want a pop of color for her clothes. This Doodlebug Doodle Pop added more inspiration to coloring this image.

I know Halloween cats are mostly black but I changed that in my panel. The cat color is inspired by my sister's cat, Mama B. 

After coloring the image, the next challenge is whether to fuzzy cut the image or color the background. It can't be plain white, right? I was on the search for a witch background online and got inspired by a moon background for the witch. The next challenge is how to keep the colored image intact. Do I cut a paper mask which will be a lot of work being so intricate, or apply a masking fluid over it? I am unsuccessful with my first few tries using the masking fluid. I always end up scraping the color off when I rub the mask off. But this is the better option so I went for it. I used Molotow masking pen to apply the mask all over the image and allowed this to dry.

I cut a circle from an Inkadinkado masking paper and kept both negative and positive cuts. To create the moon, I adhered the negative cut onto the panel. I blended Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Pumice Stone. I used the TH Seedless Preserves by creating eerie waves on the moon. To create this, I ripped a piece of paper and inked the edges to create sort of waves. I spritz the image with water, allowed the water to react with the inks, then dabbed it off with a paper towel. 

I adhered the circle masking paper to cover this blended area. I blended several inks to create a galaxy looking sky. I blended TH Wild Honey, Pickled Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Black Soot. Once I am happy with the result, I spritz water onto this, allowed the inks to react and dabbed the excess water with a paper towel. I dabbed a Tim Holtz Distress Stain Picket Fence on an acrylic block. I spritz this with water and flicked this onto the galaxy background using a paintbrush.  I dried this with a heat gun. I peeled off the masking paper and this is when the magic of the color blending shows. I rubbed off the masking fluid off the image. I was very careful and thankfully, nothing tragic happened to the image. I spritz the panel with Ranger Perfect Pearl diluted in water for extra shimmer.

I heat embossed the sentiment on the top right corner of the panel. The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn Spooktacular Stamp set.  I colored the black stripes of the witch's hat, arm sleeves and socks with clear Wink of Stella. 

I adhered this to a side folding 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" note card. 

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Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Laminated Kindness ID Badge

I wanted to create a memento to friends and co-workers I am leaving behind as I continue my journey in my profession. I've worked in my current hospital unit, 8400-MICU,  for 15+ years. It is the first and only job I have held since I migrated to this country. Imagine the friendships and memories gained over those years. I will truly miss them because who I am today as a nurse, a big part of it is because of the MICU.

The biggest component of the memento I want to give is the sentiment from the Hero Arts Acts of Kindness Clear stamp set. I was going to create badges that my friends can add to their numerous badges. We tend to have many, from our ID to important numbers card to medication dosage cards, you name it. What's one more, right? Anyway, the orientation of the sentiment stamp is horizontal. I wanted it to be vertical so you can read the sentiment without turning the card clockwise, and the with it fitting a 2" x 3 1/4" mini card.  To achieve this, guess what I did? Yeah, I cut the sentiment stamp and separated each word from the other. Don't worry. The words maybe separated but it can still be lined up to create a one whole sentiment. I used the EK Success Cutter Bee scissors to do this job to precisely cut the words apart. I stamped the sentiments on a scrap paper. So far, no letters has been harmed. This is the best way I can mass produce the cards without having to go through masking words to achieve the look I wanted.

I used the Misti Stamping tool to line up the sentiments and stamp a lot of mini cards at one time. At first, I lined them one word on top of the other to stamp the whole sentiment all at once. The spaces between the words were too wide and I didn't like the look of it. I divided the whole sentiment into three stamping groups to be able to stamp the sentiments closer. I still used the Misti tool with the groups next to each other but with enough space in between so as not to re-stamp one group on the the mini card.

The grid lines of the Misti tool paper is very helpful in lining up the mini card with the sentiments. I used a Close To My Heart black dye ink to stamp the sentiment. I die cut a heart using a Costmo Cricket glitter sheet. The die is from Paper Smooches Hearts Wise die. I adhered this to the top of the mini card.

For the back, I stamped the Hero Arts Star Galaxy Background using a CTMH grey dye ink. The background stamp is bigger than the mini card but it is okay. I just stamped a corner to each card creating different impressions on each card.

I wanted the card personalized just like an ID badge. I used the Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC to stamp the names of the person I am going to give the cards to. This is the most tedious among all the processes involved with this project. I could have done more if I can line up the letters better. I stamped the names on a 2" blue strip of cardstock using Mama Elephant Stargazer pigment ink. I embossed the names with Hero Arts clear embossing powder. I adhered this to the back of the card using a glue stick since I will be laminating the cards.

I am not quite successful in foiling with the Minc Machine but laminating these cards was fun, just don't set the heat too high. I kind of went overboard setting it at 4. Setting 3 is just enough to laminate the Scotch Laminator pouches. I was able to laminate 2 cards at a time. I trimmed off the cards leaving at least 1/18" border around the card to keep it sealed.

I hand punch a slot on the top using a Fiskars 1/4" Rectangle Hand punch. It wasn't long enough to fit the ID clip so I had to punch twice. I didn't line it perfectly on a few occasions, and it wouldn't punch through the laminated card. Too thick, I guess. I used a craft knife to complete the cut. It wasn't smooth but it will be covered by the badge clip, so it is probably okay.

Then, it is time to give it away. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Friends Forever Card Using Dura-Lar Film

Last week, I frequented Art Mart, a local store here in St. Louis, because my son had a camp close to the store. On my second visit, I was able to look around the products they sell and one of the products that caught my eye is this Wet Media Dura-Lar Film by Grafix. The front cover of the pad described the product as coated on both sides to accept water-based mediums. Many ideas start running through my mind with one of it as using watercolor to paint on this film. The lady who works at the store was not sure about this idea but curious as I am, I went ahead and bought it.

I trimmed the Dura-Lar film at 6" x 6". I stamped the MFT Roses All Over Background using Stazon black ink. I used the Misti to stamp the background image. Re-stamping the image on a plastic film is not a good idea. Even with the use of the Misti tool, the plastic film shifted making some areas double lined. I didn't want to waste the plastic film so I went ahead and colored it. I used the Zig Clean Color Brush markers, coloring the background in rainbow order.

When coloring transparencies, choosing bold colors is better because it shows through the film. I've noticed that while coloring, some of the Stazon impression comes off. I am not sure why but maybe next time, I will color on the other side of the transparency. After coloring with the Zig Clean Color, the colored side has a sticky feel and touching it makes the color come off. I did not heat set this but it definitely changed my plan for the card. Instead of coming up with a see-through window card, I adhered the window panel on top of a base card. I still have a lot of experimenting to do with the Dura-Lar Film.

I created a 4" x 4" note card. I cut a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 dotted gray cardstock as a front panel using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares die. I cut a window using Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die. I cut the colored Dura-Lar Film into four. I adhered this to the back of the window panel using liquid glue.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the word 'forever' using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. This sentiment stamp is from the Impression Obsession Love You, Miss You stamp set. The word 'friends' is a die from Simon Says Stamp Family and Friends die. I cut this on a metallic silver paper. I also cut the sentiment on a dark gray cardstock. I adhered this on the back of the metallic paper, slightly offsetting it to create a shadow. I adhered Doodlebug sequins as a last detail.

I was able to create 3 cards out of the colored Dura-lar Film. I could have created 4 but I didn't like the impression of the flowers on one of the 4 pieces from the original piece. I gave this as a farewell card to 3 of my friends in MICU. I am transferring to a different unit and I will surely miss them.

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

Maria Giselle B.