Monday, July 2, 2018

Digi. Stamp on Colored Cardstock

Hello! I am running late on my blog post for the Incy Wincy Designs Challenge blog. The challenge for the next two weeks is on flowers. I printed the image on different colored cardstocks from Stampin' Up. I re-sized the flower image to 1.5" and printed it four times in each colored cardstock. I colored the images using Prisma color pencils using the same color for the corresponding cardstock. Since I am layering these images, on two of the images, I only colored the petals. And for the other two, I colored the flower centers. Although, I end up not using the flower centers.

Next, I fussy cut the flowers. This is the step where I would say took most of my time in creating this card. I re-colored the images after fussy cutting to try and hide any cutting imperfections. I die cut a small circle using felt and Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles Wafer die. I used the small circle for this since it closely matches the size of the floral circle of the digi. I color matched the felt to the colors of the flowers. I layered the two same colored flowers on top of each other by adding a blob of Tim Holtz Distress Matte Medium to the center of one flower, then lightly placed the other flower on top of it making sure it is slightly offset. You can also use a foam adhesive for this step. I set this aside to dry.

I stamped the denim pocked on blue cardstock. The stamp is from Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies stamp set. I used a Versamark ink and heat embossed this using Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder. I fussy cut around the stamped image, leaving a small border around it. I heat embossed a sentiment using Hero Arts white embossing powder. The sentiment is from SSS What's Brewing stamp set. I punched holes on the top corners and hammered in some Making Memories Snaps. I love it when old embellishment put to good use.

I die cut leaves using a pearl green cardstock and SSS Beautiful Day wafer die. I did cut the leafy stem into two so I can distribute the leaves around the flowers.

For the background paper, I have some thin scrap grid patterned paper from Martha Stewart. I embossed the SSS Stitched Rectangle Wafer die. The impression is hard to see in photo but in real life, you can feel the impression created by the wafer die to the paper. I trimmed off the edges leaving a small border around it.

Onto assembling the front panel, I arranged the pocket die cut, the flowers and the leaves. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I started applying liquid glue to the back of the die cuts. Using a liquid glue allowed me to have some time to adjust the die cuts before the glue dries. The center flower was adhered using an foam adhesive.

For the note card, I am using a top folding white note card. I was going to mat my flower panel with a red cardstock but opted to use a red washi tape instead. I adhered the washi around the edges of the front of the white cardstock. I used a craft knife and a ruler to cut the inner corners and create diagonal lines for each corner where the tapes meet. I could have skipped this step since it is hardly noticeable once the flower panel was adhered on top of it.

I cut a fun foam and adhered it to the back of the flower panel then adhered this to the washi taped note card. As last detail, I added Nuvo drops to the flower centers and randomly to the the grid patterned paper.

I hope you find inspiration in my created card. Please join us in our latest challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Color Challenge Inspired Birthday Card


My youngest son is invited to a birthday party. Based on his friend's invitation, I think the birthday party has a unicorn theme. I love unicorns! As most of my cards, I create them to tie with a certain blog challenge. This is no different since Paper Smooches is having a Color Challenge this June. 

The unicorn is from the Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set. I stamped it on Neenah White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the image with Copic markers. 

I die cut the rainbow using different hues of blue from my cardstock stash. The die I used is the PS Rainbow die. This rainbow die cuts each layer of the rainbow. I needed a solid rainbow layer to attach each layer to. I traced the rainbow from the negative die cut onto some scrap cardstock. I adhered a double adhesive tape to one side so when I cut the rainbow, one of its sides has an adhesive back to which I will adhere the rainbow layers. You can also use liquid adhesive for this step which would give some wiggle time to adjust the layers compared to the double stick tape. 

I pounced a Versamark ink pad to the rainbow and poured Judikins Iridescent embossing powder. I heat set it and look at the shine and sparkle. Very pretty!

I die cut a gray toned pattern paper using Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die. The panel turned out to be 4" x 4". I die the cut the clouds from pearlized cardstock using a Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die. I adhered this to the patterned paper panel then tucked the rainbow behind the clouds. 

I stamped the sentiment on a Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banner die using Versamark ink. The sentiment is from PS Sentiment Sampler stamp set. I heat embossed this using Altenew Golden Peach Crisp embossing powder. I adhered this to the top of the panel using foam adhesive to raise the center of the banner. I adhered the unicorn to the center using double layered foam adhesive. The Color Challenge has a yellow. I colored a part of the unicorn's hair with yellow for highlights which got lost in the blending. I adhered some yellow sequins and star sequins from Studio Calico to add yellow.

I adhered this to a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" top folding noted card.

My son wanted to take part in creating this card for his friend but his color choices were not a part of the Color Challenge. To make his design and coloring a part of this handmade card, I allowed him to design the inside of the card. He colored the images with Copic markers and Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen. He also chose the additional elements to complete the inside of the card. Good job in coloring and stamp choices, Ryan!

Thank you for viewing my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and blessed day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer Luggage Inspired Card

Summer for me is going out of town on a vacation with my family. This year we took our last vacation at Panama City Beach, Florida. I say last because I do not foresee our family going there again unlike the past 10 or so years when we visit this place almost every year. We will surely miss the place but there are other places to explore.

Taking off from this note, I created a card using an old Hero Arts stamp, Getaway Travel CL302. I used a Misti stamping positioner to stamp the luggage stamp several times. I masked the sentiment on the center of the luggage stamp. I initially stamped the luggage on brown cardstock using a similar brown dye ink. I treated the sentiment area with a powder tool. I inked the sentiment with Versamark ink. I poured white Hero Arts embossing powder to it. Before heat setting it, I brushed off any stray powders before heat setting it. I inked the blocked sentiment with Versamark ink and stamped this part of the sentiment on a blue cardstock. I poured white embossing powder to it and heat embossed it. I fuzzy cut this blocked sentiment and adhered it to the luggage, covering that part of the sentiment. I fussy cut the luggage. I inked the luggage handle with Versamark pen, poured copper Ranger embossing powder to it and heat embossed it. I also used this pen to color the corners of the luggage for some shading.

For the background, I created a mask for a ground for the luggage. I inked the sky with Tim Holtz Distress inks in Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon on a Strathmore Bristol paper. For the ground, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Scattered Straw and Brushed Corduroy. I created rays coming from the center where the luggage will be adhered by inking a sponge dauber with white Hero Arts dye ink. I also sponged the center of the panel to create a halo around the luggage. I also sponged Delicata White Shimmer pigment ink in between the white dye ink rays. I also added dots using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. I set this aside to dry.

I cut this panel to 5 ¼” x 4”. I adhered the luggage using foam adhesive. I die cut a hello sentiment using Hero Arts Hello stamp and cut set. I die cut it twice, one on vellum and one on gold vellum paper. I adhered the gold die cut on top of the clear vellum, off-setting the gold for a shadow effect. I adhered this to the top portion of the luggage.

I embossed an Ellen Hutson Stitching Lines die on the front of a top folding 5 ½” x 4 ¼" note card. I adhered the inked panel to this. I punched the corners using a 1/8” We R Memory Keeper Corner Chomper.

I like the sentiment on this luggage stamp set. My 3rd son suggested that the card will be so cool if there is an airline ticket inside for the recipient of the card…for me or coming from me? Well, what is your 'Trip of a Lifetime'? I am sure there is a place or places to visit in your bucket list.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Layered Digi. Stamp Card

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is for you to use your handwriting as part of the card design. Hand lettering is such a trend nowadays. I stopped doing cursive writing when I was in 4th grade. My handwriting is in print as inspired by my father, who is an engineer, and who has a handwriting so lined up, he does not need a ruled paper. Modesty aside, I would get complements for my font-like handwriting. But with the cursive trend nowadays, I wished I spent a bit more time in cursive writing. I can’t have everything but I can definitely practice cursive handwriting.

Back to the card, I am playing with a new supply I bought from our local art store, ArtMart. It is a heavy vellum with the brand name of Clearprint. I printed the image supplied by our sponsor for the challenge, Rick St. Dennis, on this heavy vellum and on a watercolor paper. I am planning to layer these papers and just see what will be the effect. 

I colored the images using Zig Clean Color markers. I did not use a waterbrush in coloring the images since I want the colors to be bold. I applied a wash of watercolor to the background on the watercolor paper using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor, being careful not to have the waterbrush touch the colored images. The Zig markers I used are water-based. The color will bleed into anything wet. Ask me how I now (wink)? I did not add color to the background of the vellum paper since the color on the watercolor paper is showing through the vellum.

I am using a postage stamp edged die from Mama Elephant Peek-a-Frame Creative Cuts. I die cut a cream cardstock using this die. I trimmed the colored panels to fit this stamped edged panel but I had to line up the images first, secure the sides with a non-tacky tape before using a trimmer. I added some gold embossing to the edges of the vellum paper by running an edge at time through a Versamark pad, then pouring Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder before heat setting it. Just an added touch. I added my handwriting to the vellum paper. I practiced first on scrap paper, and when I was happy with how the sentiment looked, I positioned the vellum on top of this practice handwritten sentiment and traced it with a black Sakura Glaze pen. My sentiment is inspired by the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s movie ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ 

I adhered the vellum piece on top of the watercolor piece using a Kool Tak clear foam roll tape, cutting it into small pieces and adhering it to the back of the vellum piece. As for the top part, I just adhered it straight on to the watercolor paper by applying dots of liquid adhesive to the back of my handwritten sentiment. I adhered this to the postage stamp die cut.

I cut a reddish-purple cardstock from Stampin’ Up to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” panel. I dry embossed this with an embossing folder. I adhered this to a top folding A2 sized note card, then adhered the postage stamp panel onto this embossed panel.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Please join us in Incy Wincy’s Current Challenge. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, June 4, 2018

My Sister and Phone Case Inspired Card

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. We are calling this challenge as Phone Case Inspired Challenge. This is the photo of the phone case provided.

I got attracted to the colors of this phone case so I am using these rainbow colors for my card. I am using a Hero Arts Stencil and Strathmore Bristol paper for the front panel. I blended several Tim Holtz Distress inks on the stencil making a rainbow pattern, although I was inking the stencil, skipping a color from the last color I used. I lined up the inks in front of me so I will know which color to use next. I was doing this skipping pattern so I can use the skipped color when I move the stencil downward and to the left.

Some of my ink pads are extremely wet. Despite pouncing the blender to a scrap paper first before inking the stencil, I still end up with bleeding in some areas. Also, I should have wiped off the excess ink from my stencil before moving on to another color. I could have done this differently but I think it still turned out well. 

Our sponsor for this challenge is Little Blue Button. I am using the digital image called Chatting Charlie for my card. We were supplied with several awesome images but this one caught my eye because it reminds me of my sister and her cats. I colored the girl image with her in mind. I colored her shirt violet because that is my sister's favorite color. She has a pink Sony laptop, explaining the color of the laptop. She has a lot of new kittens. One of my favorites is a black kitten which I called Toothless, from the How To Train Your Dragon movie. To keep the color medium all tied up, I am using Tim Holtz Distress markers, using a water brush to pick up the color from a palette. 

If you visit my blog, I previously created an ATC card and colored the background with chalk inks. I did the same technique here. I die cut this image using Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die. I do have to blend more ink on the edges. I used Salty Ocean Tim Holtz Distress ink this time since this area is far from the colored images.  I adhered fun foam to the back, then adhered a black cardstock to matte this printed image. For the sentiment, I stamped a word bubble sentiment from Lawn Fawn Into the Woods stamp set with Versafine Onyx black ink. I heat set this before die cutting it with the coordinating die. I adhered this to the top left side of the colored panel. To make the sentiment pop, I traced the letters with a white Uniball Signo pen. I adhered this to the stenciled panel. I then, adhered this panel to a top folding white note card.

I added some details on some areas with different pens I have on hand. I used Sakura Souffle pens on the flower on the laptop. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen on the mug. I colored the spoon with a silver metallic pen. I colored the girl's eyes with white Uniball Signo pen and black Sakura Glaze pen. I used this black pen on the cat's eyes as well. 

So far, my sister loved this colored image. I hope you find some inspiration in today's card. Don't forget to join us in today's challenge at Incy Wincy. We will be glad to see what projects you come up with this phone case as inspiration.

Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stamped Background and Stamped Patterned Paper Card

I created this card for the Spring + Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop. I am a coffee lover, and I do have a couple of coffee-themed stamps. I am now wondering why I have not participated in this blog hop in the past. Well, it is never too late.

The stamp set I am using is from Simon Says Stamp called Simply Brewing. This stamp is a part of an old card kit. I used a brown patterned paper from the 6x6 patterned papers included in the kit. A brown cardstock can be used as the front panel for this card. I stamped a solid mug image from the stamp set on this dark brown cardstock using a retired My Favorite Things Whipped Cream pigment ink. I stamped a coffee bean in between the mugs using a Color Box Dark Brown pigment ink. This is hardly noticeable. I should have used a Versamark ink instead. I set this aside to dry.

Working on the main image, I was going to use a patterned paper from the card kit but opted not to and went for my stash of paper. I stamped the mug on the patterned paper, making sure that I maintain a good design. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the image. I fussy cut the image. I used a cutter to cut off and create the space near the mug handle. I lined the edge with a black marker for a finished look. I colored the coffee in the mug with a dark brown Copic marker. Choosing a darker colored marker covered the design of the patterned paper that is on the coffee part of the stamp. The stamp set came with some stamps to add details to the mug. I heat embossed one of the details to the bottom of the mug using Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder.

I die cut a glittered copper foam using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frame Die. I positioned this on the stamped dark brown paper to plan out placement of the additional elements of the card. I heat embossed the steam using Wow! Pale Gold Rich embossing powder. I heat embossed the sentiment using Hero Arts White embossing powder. Next, I adhered the foam scallop frame. Since the foam frame is a bit flimsy, I used the negative cut as a guide to keep the frame straight as I adhere it. I adhered the patterned paper mug with double layered foam to give it more height than the frame.

The scallop frame is smaller than an A2 note card. I did not trim off the excess from the brown patterned paper. I left a 1/4" border around the scallop frame. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo TIm Holtz Distress ink to cover the white core of the paper. This panel is still short of a 1/4" from an A2 note card. After I adhered this to a top folding white note card, I trimmed off the excess from the bottom part of the note card.

I'd like to thank my eldest son, Rudy, who helped me choose the sentiment for this card. And, I would like to thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Altered Newton Stamp Image


This card was created with boatload of inspiration...One, my husband and second son's celebrated their birthdays this May. Their birthdays are five days apart. Two, I am trying out Jennifer McGuire's Tulle Window Card technique. I used two of the products she used in her card. Three, have you seen Newton's Nook new release? I haven't gotten over the last release, and here are more products to wish for. I am on a budget crunch. I try to work for the products I would like to add to my collection by joining in blog challenges. Four, Newton's Nook Challenge is on buttons. This is a way of reviving an old product back to the craft scene. I had fun creating this card!

I am giving center stage to the raccoon. The stamp is from Newton's Nook Campfire Tails. I colored the image with Copic markers. I fussy cut the image and lined around the cut image with a black marker. I cut around the raccoon's hands with a craft knife to cover the chips the raccoon is holding on the actual stamp image. I had to cut a part of this, too. I die cut a felt heart using Paper Smooches Hearts Dies. I sewed an American Crafts heart button with gold DMC to the heart. I tucked this in on the arms of the raccoon.

For the front panel, I die cut a window on a wood embossed cardstock. The die is from My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek-a-Boo die. I adhered a tulle on the back of this window panel then adhered it to a cream note card.

For the sentiment, I die cut a banner using Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners die. The sentiment is from NN Camfire Tails. I masked a part of the sentiment and stamped it using Versafine Onyx black ink. I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I adhered the raccoon and banner on the tulle. I used foam adhesive on the banner to add dimension to it.

I threaded a red DMC to some Pebbles buttons. I adhered this to the corners of the window. I applied clear Spectrum Noir to the banner for some sparkle which unfortunately was not captured in the photo.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle 

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