Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Miss You Watercolor Card

I was asked to make a card for a friend of mine at work. She wanted a flower on the card with a 'missing you' sentiment. I am still in this artist's block mode, and I am not enjoying it. My product orders arrived already and I haven't played with it yet. I didn't really have a plan or a sketch for this card. All I have in mind is to make a card for my friend and at the same time, try to join a blog's challenge.

I finally broke in my Kuretake Gansai Watercolor paint (one out of many products that arrived) which I used for the background of the card.

As I set the background to dry, I worked on the tags. I used Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge. I cut 3 tags, a patterned paper, a vellum, and a watercolor paper. I stamped the peony on the watercolor paper. I will need practice with this stamp. I saw how this was beautifully used in WPlus9's blog that's why I got encouraged to buy it. This is my second attempt on this flower. I wanted to stamp the solid image with light ink and watercolor it but it didn't look good to me. This is the outline stamp which for now, I am more comfortable painting. I used Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color the flower. I also colored the stem and leaf with Distress Markers for stamping. Then I went back with my wet paintbrush to soften the image.  I inked the edges of this tag to make the flower pop out.  I stamped the sentiment on the vellum and heat embossed it with white powder.

I spritz some gray spray mist on my pink background paper and also created some splatters. After it has dried, I adhered the tags to the background piece using foam adhesive.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Paper: Ranger Watercolor Paper, American Crafts Patterned Paper, Vellum, Bazzill Cardstock
Stamp: WPlus9 Pretty Peonies, Hampton Arts
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versamark
Spray: Prima Color Bloom

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Pocketful of Love Weave Card

After seeing the photo inspiration for the challenge, the only thing that entered my mind is to try and create a card using colors in the photo and weave it, just like in elementary days. It is also a way of using my paper stash. That was my first task, look through my stash and organize the paper by color that I will be using. I don't have anything in particular how I will be using this weaved paper when I was starting to weave. I might use it as a background or die-cut it. I decided to die-cut it and this is what I came up with...

I stamped the pocket using the Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies stamp before I fuzzy cut it. The die doesn't perfectly match the stamp that's why my first attempt on this is a fail. (Imagine having to go through all that weaving again!) I heat embossed the impression using gold powder. I partial die cut the pocket using Paper Smooches Pocket die to create a flap and eyeballed the rest to create the back of the weaved pocket. I used dimensional tape to adhere these together. Initially, I was going to put wood hearts inside the pocket, which can be an option, but I decided to glue the flap shut and adhered a wooden heart to it. I embellished the heart using Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

The sentiment was overlapped. I die-cut the heart strip using Paper Smooches Hearts die to fill the space under the sentiment. The outline was cut using Simon Say Stamp Frames Cut Die. I used a glitter pen to add sparkle to the border although it cannot be seen in the photo.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Thanks So Much Ombre Stamping Card

I had difficulty in creating a card this week. All I know is I want to make a tribute card to our dog, Speeder, who passed away last Wednesday. Whew! I am still saddened knowing he is not here anymore. We all miss him a lot but we also have to accept that he is in a happier place now. Ooops! I am getting teary eyed again.

I was going to use a dog stamp but I made a card before using that stamp with him as an inspiration (Dog Scene Card.) I don't want to ruin that happy memory. So, I created a card with a sentiment that I want to send to Speeder, wherever he is.

I am determined to use the coffee cup stamp and the ombre stamping technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire (Ombre Stamping.) Come to think of it, most of the techniques I try I learned from watching her videos. I wanted to stack the cups or have them overlap each other, and/or fuzzy cut it. None of it was working for me. I ended up stamping a cup side by side, no overlapping. I use the colors in the photo inspiration for the cups. I have to use a stamp positioner to ensure that I am stamping at the correct spot. I know it is a fairly sized solid stamp, but sometimes I am not accurate when re-stamping.

I die cut a heart per cup. The cups are heat embossed using clear powder. I applied Wink of Stella on the hearts then Glossy Accents. I die cut the flowers using pink vellum. I decided to resurrect my flocking powder. After applying a tiny dot of Glossy Accents to the middle of the flower, I poured flocking powder on top of it. I set this aside to dry then adhered with clear dimensional tape.

The background of the stamp was created using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I spritz and splatter some Tea colored spray mists. The heart is glued straight on to the note card. I foam mounted the background with the stamped coffee cups to the card base.

And as for the sentiment, it is just how I feel like telling Speeder, "Thanks so much for all the happy memories. We wish you could have stayed with us longer but I know there is a reason why you came to us and why you had to go. We miss you. And we love you." I am getting teary eyed again, so I will stop my entry here.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Paper Smooches Chit Chat, Cyber Cafe, Sentiment Sampler
Die: Paper Smooches Hearts, Pocket
Ink: Tim Holtz  Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Versamark

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fuzzy Cut Thank You Card

Fuzzy cutting is a tedious job especially when you have to cut small pieces. Cutting the birds was a challenge. The good thing in making this project is that I get to use my scrap paper. 

If I had planned better for this card, I would have scored it before attaching my elements. But the fold was a last minute addition to my card lay-out. I didn't intend it to be this way but I want the letters to be sticking out.

And this is what I meant by that. I made an easel card just using the base note card.

You will see the sentiment inside the card once you open it and keep the easel up.

Back to the birds, I stamped the image on both white cardstock and three different colored patterned papers. I fuzzy cut each piece and glue it right away. Thanks to the help of my Cutter Bee microfine tip scissor and Quickstik. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to adhere the pieces. I applied Ranger Enamel Accents to the nose of the bird. I colored the white areas with Gray Copic Marker to make it more realistic and also added a Pink blush on their cheeks. I applied Wink of Stella to the colored areas. And as a finishing touch, I applied Glossy accents to the feathers on the top of the bird's head. Whew! I didn't do this in one sitting. I cut a piece every now and then until I have all the fuzzy cutting done.

The grass was stamped using green ink on different shades of green cardstocks and green patterned papers.

Here are close-up photos of the birds.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamp used: Mama Elephant Confetti, Inline Letters, Just Hatched

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello Owl

I got inspired to create my own background after seeing Echo Park's new collection Creative Agenda specifically the Days of the Week patterned paper. The other inspiration I have is the owl. I colored this owl once but never got to use it for a card. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I wanted to create a card for that occasion. But I don't have a good sentiment to use for my background. The owl can be used for any occasion anyway. So I came up with this card.

I lightly draw curves on a white cardstock to serve as a guide for stamping the sentiment. I stamped the hello using different inks and curving it according to the wave. Sometimes the hello will straighten itself so I just have to make sure that it is curved when I am ready to stamp.

My initial plan was to use to the pocket die to create a pocket where the owl is peeking. But the pocket is too big. Then I saw the tree branch in the same stamp set, and from thereon, ideas start building up until I came up with the final card.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Paper Smooches Chit-Chat, Spookalicious

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Inang!

My Inang's birthday is coming up soon. I created a card for this challenge with her birthday in mind.

I die cut the flower using Cricut Florals Embellished cartridge. I used this cartridge rarely because of the intricate cuts and multiple layers. But I think the flower images in this cartridge is comparable to the large flower stamps that is out in the market right now. I cut the image on watercolor paper. I have to use the multicut function for the top layer. It is either the watercolor paper is too thick for my blade or my blade needs changing that's why my first cutting attempt was a fail.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to sponge the color in. I mixed two colors to create a bold color. For the back piece, I just used one color for a lighter effect. I sponged the color where it can be viewed from the intricate cut. I spritz some diluted Perfect Pearl to the flower which is partly captured in the photo.

The black background piece was embossed using Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder. The floral pink patterned paper comes from a 6x6 Forever Friends paper pad given to me by my sister which she bought from National Bookstore, Philippines. (At last, I was able to use it!) The sentiment is heat embossed using white powder. It is a CTMH stamp.

Again, Happy Birthday, Inang! I hope you like your card.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Photo inspiration

Boys & Boo, Eek!

Halloween is just around the corner, can you believe it? These are photos taken from last year's Halloween. This collection is from My Mind's Eye Happy Haunting from last year as well. I would like to mention that I received this collection from Two Peas In A Bucket as a prize for commenting on their video series. The online store is now closed, unfortunately.

Glitter is the theme for MME's September Challenge. This collection has glittered patterned paper which was a challenge for my Cricut to cut the ampersand. Well, it worked. Thanks to a new mat and a slightly used blade. The patterned paper I used is Moroccan. I also cut a shadow for the ampersand and applied flocking powder to create a velvet look. I wasn't able to capture it in photo but it made the glittered ampersand stand-out.

The chevron embellishment was fuzzy cut from Word Art Paper. I also fuzzy cut words from this paper and used it as an embellishment for my lay-out. I cut up the cards which is the B side of the Labels paper. I distressed the edges and used it as a mat for each photo. 

The collection includes clear stamps and stickers. I used a title sticker, cut it in half and stuck each at the back of the ampersand.  I used the banner stamp to write my sons' costume name. I also stamped the mini-sentiments.

The bat is a part of the brad set that comes with this collection.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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