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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Monday, May 11, 2015

Inlaid Shaker Flocked Mother's Day Card

Belated Happy Mother's Day to my Inang and all moms out there. I just finished my Inang's mother's day card. Better late, than never!

For this card, I used inlay technique. I cut four different colored cardstocks at 4 1/4 x 5 1/5. I placed the largest metal die flower on the center for placement. I used the curved edged die to cut the cardstocks into different sections keeping in mind the color order of my pattern. The cut ups can be used for another card to avoid waste. I didn't make one but I'll look through the cut scraps to see what I can come up with.

The focal point of this card is the middle section. I cut the flower using a red cardstock. I heat embossed this die cut with a red glittered embossing powder. This allowed me to plan the placement of stamping for the leaves. I used a die ink to stamp the leaves, then Versamark ink. Now, I really wish I have the Misti tool. But for now, I used a stamp positioner. The leaves were stamped using one ink only. I double stamped and triple stamped the other leaves to create different shades of green. I then die cut the flower.


I created a shaker behind the flower, backing the flower with some acetate. I realized I should have backed the red cardstock with a double sided adhesive sheet so I don't have to deal with the mess of the liquid glue on acetate. I used an alcohol swab to clean off the dried glue on the acetate. I inlaid this to the yellow cardstock. I placed foam tape on the back of this.

For the shaker, I cut some hexagon shapes using the smallest hexagon metal die. I cut this on glittered white paper. I added some colored sequins as a shaker element. I also decided to flock the black curved strip for some added texture. Flocking sure is a mess!



For the sentiment, I masked the word 'oh.' I heat embossed the sentiment using white powder. I splattered some white watercolor on this section. I created a palette of white paint first on an acrylic block. Using a paintbrush, I swept this paint puddle towards the card. The closer your acrylic block to the paper, the bigger the splatter. I dried this with a heat gun. To complete the sentiment, I stamped the word 'mother's' on vellum and heat embossed it on white as well.

For the top section, I stamped the three dots using a pink dye ink. I used second generation stamping to make the color subtler for this background section.



Too many techniques used for this card. I hope my Inang loves it.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Metal Die: Avery Elle Custom Panel, Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms Stand Alone
Stamp: Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms, Mama Elephant
Ink: Versamark, Close To My Heart
Powder: Embossing-Hero Arts, Ranger; Flocking-Martha Stewart
Paint: Kuretake Gansai Tambi

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Scribble Your Own Sentiment Watercolored Card

Hello. I am participating in Avery Elle's challenge. I only work around a stamp and a die set when I join their challenges. I always wish I have more stamps to choose from but I got to work with what I have.

For the background, using a watercolor paper, I stamped the paint strip to create a striped background. This was die cut using the curvy metal die. I stamped the cardbase with the same paint strip. I was planning on a tone on tone effect but despite cleaning the stamp, the blue ink stayed on creating gray instead of yellow. I had to clean up the ink pad right away by dabbing a rag on the contaminated spot. 


For this card, I want to extend the use of the die by creating a flower. After die cutting several pieces of watercolor paper which will serve as the petals, I watered each piece, then applied watercolor, allowing the water to move the color. I dabbed off the excess color since I want to create shading with the darkest part at the tip of petal. I heat dry the petal. If I am not happy with the blending, I just water it down, dab and/or add more paint. 


I stamped the sentiment on a watercolor paper. I masked the word birthday because I want to create a mother's day card which is next month. Got to be ready! Plus, I have so many birthday cards stashed in my Creative Cuts box. I stamped this with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen so I can watercolor this, too. I used a Wink of Luna Copper to highlight the sentiment. I brushed it on areas I want dark on the sentiment then used a water brush to blend it in. I used a circle die to cut this out. 

I wrote the 'Mother's Day' using the same brush pen since I don't have an Avery Elle sentiment with this message. I practiced on scratch paper before I wrote on the actual piece. I watercolored the edges using the same technique I used with the petals. I spritz this with a Prima Color Bloom in white. I can't really see much effect except on the 'Happy' sentiment. It lightened it but kept the rest of the sentiment crisp. I die cut a slightly larger circle using vellum. I adhered the circled sentiment on the vellum.

The petals are tricky to arrange. It took a couple of rearranging before I got happy with how it looks. After the petals were adhered to the back of the circle, I used a transparent 3D tape to one end of the petal to slightly raise it. The flower was adhered to the panel using foam adhesive. The panel is adhered to the cardbase. 

I added dots of Glossy Accents to create a water droplet effect.



Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamp: Avery Elle Brushed Clear
Die: Avery Elle Custom Panel
Ink: Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen, Broken China, Wink of Luna Copper, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Yellow

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Watercolored Pastel Card

I got my inspiration for this cards from several video tutorials I have watched lately. The flowers are die cuts that are watercolored, inspired by a video by Shari Caroll (http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/10-ways-to-watercolor/). I used Kuretake Gansai to paint these flowers. This watercolor set has vibrant colors. To create pastels, I had to mix the each color with plenty of white until I achieve the pastel color I want. I used a white Signo Broad pen to draw lines on the flower, and dots on the center for added detail.

For the background, I prepped a watercolor paper with an anti-static tool I stamped the Paper Smooches Hip To Be Square using Versamark ink. I applied white embossing powder, then heat set it.  I got the idea of the color from another Shari Caroll video (http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/multi-medium-art-journal-page/). I love the Tim Holtz colors she used. I wished I have the mini distress ink pads so I can try Shari's 'Walk and Wiggle' technique from her video mentioned above. Well, I got to work with what I have so I used my regular Distress Ink pads. I inked each color on my craft sheet, spritz it with water, then rub the embossed background watercolor paper onto it. I did this a couple of times until I got the blended look I am trying to achieve.

I ironed off the embossing which I got the idea from a Sandy Allnock video (http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2015/03/bokeh-flowers.html). I used the Mama Elephant Borderline Trios to cut the curve on the watercolor paper where the flowers will be adhered. The watercolored background was adhered on a light pink cardstock. The flowers were popped-up using dimensional tape. I stamped a simple 'For You' sentiment from Paper Smooches Denim and Daisies using a Tim Holtz Vintage Photo. I thought that I can stamp over the ironed-off background impression but I guess not even if you emboss this with clear powder. Since there were gaps on the impression of the sentiment, I used a brown marker to fill in these gaps. 




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Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hello Card

I am inspired by one of the challenge photos of Altenew.



This is my take on this photo...



I only have one Altenew product, the Hennah Elements stamp set. I used the reverse side of a gold cardstock from Michael's. First, I stamped the flower using My Favorite Things Whip Cream pigment ink. I stamp the leaf in two of the flowers. I applied clear embossing powder and heat set it. I filled in the spaces with the small detail stamps in the set using the same ink but applying Ranger Weathered White embossing powder this time. I colored in the center of the flowers and one of the flowers with Wink Of Luna in copper.

I die cut a sentiment using MFT Happy Hello Die-namics. I cut this on a vellum and gold cardstock. I adhered the vellum on top of the gold cardstock but slightly offset it. After adhering the sentiment, the vellum was too subtle for the background. Instead of doing it all over again, I colored the vellum with white Wink of Stella.



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Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Basket Giveaway

I was inspired to recreate my own version of the Easter baskets made by Chari at the Lawn Fawn blog.


I don't own any of the products she used but I sure wished I have stamp set she used. I used the Cricut Artiste to the cupcake holder and the handle. I punched a scalloped circle for the bottom. I punched holes on the scallops where I threaded a DMC floss through it. I used a Mama Elephant stamp to add a critter embellishment. This is what I came up with...



My youngest son posed to show off this Easter basket...


Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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