Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Interlocking Rainbow Card

Interactive cards are such a joy to receive and also create. I challenged myself to create an interlocking card using some Paper Smooches supplies I have at hand.

I started off by creating a tri-fold card. I scored an 11" x 4 1/4" cardstock at 2 1/16" & 8 15/16" or to make it easy, rotate the card and score it at 2 1/16". I adhered a slightly smaller patterned paper and leave a small white border around the front folds. I embossed the outer ends of this patterned paper with Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. I like to line the impressions to prevent doubling. Despite my planning, I ended with a jagged edge. I didn't want to waste the paper, plus, I liked the look it created so I trimmed a sliver off the edges to re-create this jagged look. Let's just say this was a happy accident.

I am using the PS Rainbow die to create the interlocking mechanism of the card. I colored each layer using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. It is my first time to play with these crayons. So far, I like the creamy texture of it.

The PS Rainbow die cuts 6 layers of the rainbow, no solid piece. I traced the die on a piece of cardstock and cut this to create a solid piece that will be adhered to the back of the rainbow layers to make it sturdy. I had to divide the 6 layers into 2 groups and trace this grouping onto the solid rainbow piece. I cut on this line. I adhered this to the back of the 2 groupings of rainbow layers, the top 3 and the bottom 3.

I stamped the clouds from PS Spectrum stamp set on vellum using Versamark ink. I mirror stamped the cloud using the Misti Tool. I embossed these images using Wow! Pearl White embossing powder. I also sprtiz a white pearl Prima Color Bloom on these clouds. I dried it very briefly with the heat gun to control the warping of the vellum. I fuzzy cut these clouds.

Here is where the interlocking mechanism gets created. I adhered the top rainbow layer to the top fold and the bottom rainbow layer to the bottom fold. I used Tombow Extreme adhesive to make sure the mechanism elements will not fail. I applied adhesive to the top part of the top rainbow and to the ends of the bottom rainbow, making sure that there is only adhesive where the rainbow and the card base come in contact.

I adhered the vellum to the bottom of the rainbows. I just dab some glue on areas where there is embossing on the front to hide the glue.

I also did mirror stamping with the bird stamp from the PS Woofers & Tweeters stamp set. This time, I had difficulty stamping the mirror image using the Misti Tool and Versafine ink. Despite multiple attempts, I cannot get a crisp mirror impression of the bird. I embossed this image with black embossing powder over Versafine ink just to make the lines crisp. I colored the birds with TH Distress Crayons and fuzzy cut it.

For the sentiment, I used the rainbow die as a guide to curve this one line sentiment from PS Sentiment Sampler. I embossed this with Wow! Platinum Sparkle powder. I adhered the birds with foam tape. I applied clear of Wink of Stella to the birds. I adhered some Pretty Pink Posh sequins as added embellishment.

Here is a short clip showing how the interlocking rainbow works.


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

Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Embossed Reindeer Digital Print

The moment I saw this image, I fell in love with it. Isn't the reindeer cute? Most of the images from JUST ME are cute so check out the other DTs creations featuring the other images.

I started off by uploading the Reindeer and tag images to the Cricut Design Space. I edited the tag by erasing the sentiment since I plan to use another sentiment. The CDS comes with a canvas that allows you to size the images depending on your project.

I love My Mind's Eye and one of their Christmas collections, the Sleigh Bells Ring, inspired me for this card. I know it is too early to think about Christmas but this is the only season where reindeers are pretty much associated with. I even search the net to check if there are other occasions reindeers are used as an embellishment in card. You are right, only during Christmas. It is never too early to make Christmas cards, anyway.

I am using an old patterned paper collection from Glitz Design. I prepared the patterned papers for embossing. I had the Cricut Explore draw the images on patterned paper using a Ranger Embossing pen. I embossed the images using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I made sure the heat gun is hot enough before heating the powder and to move the heat gun while heating to prevent the patterned paper from warping. I fuzzy cut the images leaving a small margin around the image.

To create the wreath, I cut a ring on a transparency using My Favorite Things Circle Stax. I die cut some felt which I bought from Target using Paper Smooches Bow dies and Pocket dies. I adhered the center dot using Tombow Mono Multi glue. I tried stitching on this small dot but I wasn't coming up with the effect I wanted. The dot was too small.

I wrapped a gold twine around the ring acetate. I adhered the bows on this and allowed it to dry. I stamped the sentiment on the tag using a Hero Arts Christmas stamp. I colored the reindeer with color pencils for more accent. I adhered a red star sequin on the star hanging from the reindeer's antler.

I am using an Ellen Hutson Woodgrain cardstock for the card base. I cut another patterned paper from the same collection at 4"x5 1/2". I embossed the edges with Lawn Fawn Stitched Border dies. I adhered this to the card base. I applied liquid glue to the back of the acetate wreath and applied foam tapes to the back of the reindeer. I adhered the tag on the bottom. I applied more foam tapes to the back to secure the die cuts, doubling the foam on some of them.

This is part of the Incy Wincy Buttons and Bows challenge. Hope you come join our challenge.

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

Maria Giselle B. 

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Father's Day License Plate Card

I was asked by a friend to create a card for her husband for Father's Day. This is the same friend of who asked me to create a birthday card for her husband, too. (http://ienjoywhatido.blogspot.com/2016/02/masculine-interactive-birthday-card.html

For this card, I turned to the Cricut Design Space and browsed under the Father's Day category. I found this License Plate cut file from the Holiday Cakes cartridge. After duplicating the base cut, I rotated this 180 degrees and welded both the base cuts to create a card base. I added the scoring line on the middle.

I designed and customized the layer cut by adding my friend's husband's name on the top. I chose a font close to the fonts on the layer cut. I cut the layers three times in 3 different colored cardstocks, red, blue and white, to re-create the Illinois license plate where they live. The size of this layer is 12" x 6", just like a real license plate. With the card base, this is a huge card since the card base is slightly larger than the layer cut to matte it. I kept all the negative die cuts since I will be in-laying this later on.

Using a Post-It Full Adhesive Roll, I masked the upper portion of the white layered cut. I also applied this on the back of the layered cut. This is where I attached the negative cuts using the letter cuts as guide. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks on this bottom area, starting with the lighter blue shade of Tumbled Glass, then blending in Faded Jeans.

This is where the tedious process begins. I first applied a double sided tape to the back of the white layered cut. This will make the in-laying process easier. With the exposed adhesive from the double sided tape, all I needed to do is piece in the die cuts. This is why I kept the negative die cuts.

I layered the different die cuts by adhering one on top of the other using wet adhesive for more wiggle time. I made sure that the die cut color that will be on top is the same as the color of the Illinois license plate. I adhered a silver Duck Tape around the edges of the front of the card base to serve as the matte. I adhered the layer cut to the card base using a strong double sided adhesive tape for stability. For added shimmer, I applied Wink of Stella to the stars and the main sentiment, No. 1 Dad.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Chalkboard Altered Digital Print

This is my first post as an Incy Wincy Design Team Member. I am excited and nervous at the same time. So I said to myself, take a deep breath, enjoy and create.

I put the Cricut Explore to the test with the Bugaboo Stamps digital image. After downloading it to the Cricut Design Space and a test run using a black Cricut marker, I tried drawing the image on black cardstock using a white Gelly Roll pen. I sized the image to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" to fit a card front. I colored the print out with color pencils. I lightly colored the background with white color pencil and slightly rub it off with a paper towel. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and used my stash of gel and metallic pens. I fuzzy cut the oval shape off the original lay-out. I inked the edges of this piece with white ink pad.

For the background, I dried embossed another black cardstock using a We R Memory Keepers Quilted Next Level Embossing Folder. I adhered the oval flower piece on this.

For the sentiment, I cropped a part of the Oddball Art sentiment digital image and also downloaded it to the Cricut Design Space. Using the same technique, I wrote the sentiment on black cardstock using a white Gelly Roll pen. If I can do this over again, I will resize the sentiment smaller so I can trim it to a one line sentiment strip. After adding details to the sentiments, I adhered this to the bottom of the panel. I stapled the edges to add a little bit detail. I adhered this panel to a white note card. To finish off the card, I applied random dots of Glossy Accents, sort of like an enamel dot.

I chose to create a sympathy card. I tend to have none at hand when I need a card with this theme. Now, I have one handy. I also plan to re-create this card using a white background with a black outline.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Hope you join us in the Incy Wincy Alter Something Challenge.  Have a brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Apple Shaped Peek-A-Boo Teacher Card

It is the last day of school for my 2 middle sons. Finally! I think they are the last ones to get off school. I wanted to create something special for my sons' teachers and at the same time participate in the Mod Squad Challenge Blog on Peek-a-Boo Cards. With the use of the Cricut Design Space, I searched for a freebie apple cut. I don't know about you but somehow when I think teacher, apples come next. Good timing because they have the Cricut Preserves free for this week. I cut the Divided Apple Image for this card. I cut it at 3.62" x 4.02". I am sorry for the odd measurements but I didn't want to distort the image.

I want to create a window card for the peek-a-boo card. The base apple cut comes with layers including a flower in the center. With the original cut, it makes tic marks on the apple base as kind of a guide where to adhere the layers. I wanted to cut the flower out to create the window and to do this, you have to hit attach after selecting the apple and the flower cuts. I cut 3 pieces of this using a dark brown cardstock. I also cut the layers.

For the window, I cut two pieces of acetate enough to cover the flower. I ran one through the Sizzix using a mini-dot embossing folder. I also embossed the red apple skin cardstock using a Li'l Inker Design Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern die. I also inked the leaf to give it a little bit of variation from the green apple skin layer.

I wanted this to be the card itself so I scored the brown cardstock on the top, where the stem meets the apple. I adhered the leaf layer and also scored this based on that score line. I adhered the dotted acetate on top of this, then the red embossed layer, then the green layer making sure everything is aligned. I adhered the yellow circle cut on the middle of the acetate, both front and back to hide the adhesive. I embellished this circle with a clear Wink of Stella and Ranger Glossy Accents but I did this on the front circle only.

For the peek-a-boo part, I sandwich the other acetate with the remaining apple die cuts. I applied adhesive on top of the score line, where the leaf is, only. You might want to use a red sticky tape for this job to keep it stable.

I die cut one of the circles with the new Lawn Fawn Make Me Smile die. This is so stinking cute! I lined this with the front circles and adhered another circle on the back of the acetate not only to cover the adhesive but also to make the smiley face pop out since I used a darker cardstock.

For the tag, I die cut a blue cardstock using Paper Smooches Gift Tags 3 die. After preparing the area with an anti-static tool, I stamped the sentiment from Hampton Arts Clear Word Greetings stamp set. I embossed this using white powder. I tied this to the stem of the apple using a Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings Silver Sparkle Hemp.

Too bad, my son's teacher is sick during the last week of school so she never really get to seeing this card. My son didn't even think of leaving it at the school office. Oh, well. She will eventually get it. Just got to figure out how.

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Maria Giselle B.

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I embossed the acetate with a mini-dot embossing folder.

I have two patterns used for this card:
1) Twine/Image-Stamp/Tag...although I stamped the sentiment not an image so I hope it counts.
2) Emboss wet or dry/Image-Stamp/Die Cut

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Monochromatic Father's Day Card

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge is Monochrome and their Wednesday Challenge which will be ending in a few hours is Anything Goes featuring Technique Tuesday. When Archiver's was still open, I bought stamps by TT because of Ali Edwards. I rarely use their stamps nowadays with all the stamp companies coming out with their releases. So with both challenges in mind, I challenged myself to create one card. I didn't have a special occasion in mind when I was creating this card but it eventually turn out to become a Father's Day card which is very timely.

I am using the TT Ali Edwards All My Heart stamp set. At first, I was planning to stamp all the squared sentiments to create the background but it didn't have the same sizes. The clear stamps kept sticking together making it hard to lay out the stamps. I just picked one stamp and repeatedly stamp this on Strathmore Bristol paper using the Misti tool. The paper is cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I prepared the surface with an anti-static tool before I stamped the sentiment. I used Versafine Onyx Black for ink and embossed this using clear powder.

After the panel is filled, I blended various shades of grey inside the squares. I used a sponge dauber to do the job. I am not really being careful blending it. I would rather achieve different shades and am not particular if I go out of the lines. I used 5 shades of gray from 3 different companies (Close To My Heart, Hero Arts and Memento.) I applied white Wink of Stella to the spaces in between the squares. I don't think it is noticeable but I am having a hard time appreciating the effect of this particular Wink of Stella anyway.

I die cut a window on this panel using SSS This Is The Life Frames Cut die. I positioned the window slightly to the lower left of the panel. I also cut a black cardstock using this die. This metal die cuts 2 pieces, an outline piece and a solid piece. I used the black outline as an accent to the window.

For the sentiment, I die cut a dark gray and a white cardstock using the TT Say It Happy DIY Steel die. I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the TT Say It Happy stamp set on a black cardstock strip using Versamark ink. I embossed this using WOW! Silver Pearl Embossing powder.

I adhered a light gray cardstock to the back of the window panel. I adhered the black outline to the window. I adhered the gray happy sentiment on top of the white sentiment slightly off setting this to create a shadow effect. I adhered this to the window area and adhered the sentiment strip on the bottom. I ended with an empty space on the right upper corner of the window. To fill this, I adhered some sequences. For the final touch, I applied clear Wink of Stella to the die cut sentiment. I adhered this panel to a top folding A2 card.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Rainbow Watercolored Flower Card

I got the motivation to create this card from this month's Paper Smooches challenge which is Rainbows. I got the inspiration from a photo of a rainbow colored rose after I googled rainbow flowers.

I started my card with die cutting flowers using the flower die from Paper Smooches Pocket die. I adhered a fun foam onto a Stick-It, then die cut this with the flower die. After I die cut several flowers, I knew I was planning to have a white cardstock adhered to the fun foam, too. Oh, well. We will just see how this goes since I don't want to waste the die cuts. After taking the release paper off, I dipped the fun foam flower die cut in an Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond. I was curious about this shade since I have used the Cool Diamond before. You cannot see the difference between the Warm and Cool Diamonds by only visually looking at both powders. It is when you apply the glitter to your project that you will notice a tint of gold with this glitter shade. Cool, right?

Anyway, after shaking off the excess glitter, I burnish the glitter to the die cut by rubbing the flower with my finger. I place a paper on top of the flower. Since this is an intricate die cut,  I didn't want to break the petals by directly rubbing it.

I also die cut the circles included in the PS Pocket die using the excess fun foam. I die cut white glitter paper and different colored cardstocks with these circle dies, too. I kept this aside to work on the background piece.

I cut a watercolor paper at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I drew a circle at the center to where I plan to have the flowers. I traced lightly with a pencil the negative cut of the flower from the fun foam piece. I watercolored each petal using different colors from the rainbow. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. I made sure that the colors are heavily pigmented, not adding too much water to make the color vibrant. I heat set in between colors to avoid color blending.  Once this has dried, I erased the pencil marks. If you smeared a paint with your eraser, just apply clean water to this and dab it off with a clean paper towel or rag. This should lighten if not totally removed.

I adhered the fun foam flowers to the watercolored petals making sure they are aligned. I used Ranger Multi Matte Medium to adhere the flowers. To emphasize this circular area of the card, I embossed a circle using the largest circle from the Simon Says Stamped Stitched Circle die. This is where you use a silicone mat underneath your card to prevent the die from cutting the paper through. You just have to test your machine on how much you need as shims to create the impression without  jamming your die cut machine.

Don't worry. The flowers are still intact after I ran it through the die cut machine. It flattened at first but got back in shape afterwards. To add more detail to the card, I used a Darice Checkerboard Embossing Folder to emboss the background but I used a handmade embossing diffuser to prevent  embossing the circle area with the flowers. I got the idea of the handmade diffuser from Tim Holtz Diffuser. I have the first set but the circle on the set is smaller than the circle I needed to diffuse so I stacked some cardboards and cut a circle on the middle. I think diffusers are easy to create now with all the shaped dies in the market.

I could have left the flowers as is since the blending of colors at the center of the flowers looks cool, too. But I decided to embellish the flowers by using the circles I cut with the excess fun foam. I adhered this to the center of the flowers. I adhered the glittered circles to this using Ranger MMM. I adhered the colored circles on the top. I applied clear Wink of Stella to these colored circles. then Glossy Accents.

For sentiment, I used a sentiment that I can curve. I used the sentiment from PS Chit Chat. I curved the sentiment by using a circle die as a guide to curve the sentiment. I curved this on top of a plastic film to stabilize the sentiment, then picked it up with an acrylic block. I stamped the sentiment on vellum using WOW! Embossing Powder in White Pearl. I cut the vellum using circle dies to maintain the curve. I adhered this to the bottom right of the flower circle.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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