Monday, July 15, 2019

Digital Image on Ink Blended Background


Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is on Flowers and Colour Palette. I am using a silhouette image from Beccy's Place. This image is part of the Fallow Fields set.


I blended several inks on Strathmore Bristol paper. I am using Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Fired Brick in lieu of the challenge's color scheme as seen above. I flicked some water on the panel then picked up the water droplets with a paper towel.

I wanted to print the image on the panel but I did not want to mess up the blended panel. I used the Cricut Design Space to draw the image on the panel instead. There is a feature in Cricut Design Space called SnapMat if you are using the mobile app. This allows you to take a photo of the material to be cut or in this case, drawn on, while adhered to the cutting mat. Once you have a photo taken, you can position the image to the center of this. This means to me that I can cut my scraps and I can place my cardstock anywhere in the Cricut mat. What a great feature!

Back to drawing the image, I wanted to use a navy blue marker but I don't have the Cricut marker of this color. I only have a navy Zig Color Twin marker. Knowing that I can push out the pen holder, I rubber banded the marker on the area that will have contact with the area where the pen holder used to be. There are adapters on sale online but I don't have those. The only worry I have at this point is the marker moving during the drawing process. But it did not! Another great discovery! Imagine the possibilities.


I did not want to re-activate the Oxide inks so I used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils in coloring the drawn image. I added some details to the flowers using a navy glitter marker and a white Pilot Juice gel pen.

I used the Avery Elle Pierced Mat Elle-ments to die cut the inked panel. The lay-out is longer than the die that I used so I partially die cut the lay-out, then moved the die to the bottom of the lay-out, making sure that the pierced dots are aligned, then run this through the Sizzix Big Shot.

I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Navy Shadow ink. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Magical Sampler stamp set.

I adhered this to a navy textured cardstock, then to a white top folding notecard. I trimmed off the edges by using the diagonal panel die cut as guide, coming up with a shaped card. This is a bit narrow than the regular A2 sized note card. I had this matted on another blue cardstock but I changed my mind later on, so I trimmed this off.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in today's challenge. I cannot wait to see what you create. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Beach Scene Card


Hello! I am so glad I was able to take a night off from work to finish this card. I am still on call but not going to work at the set time allowed me to finish this card.

I created this card to participate in the latest LawnFawnatics challenge. I don't have a beach or summer themed Lawn Fawn stamp set, so I challenged myself to come up with a beach scene using my supplies. Also, I just purchased Lawn Fawn Stamp sets from a re-seller. I am also challenging myself to use my newly bought supplies first before buying more...unless, I really need it.

I created a mask using Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die. I applied a blue chalk ink using a Picket Fence Life Changing Brush.

For the ocean, I fussy cut an Echo Park patterned paper which has a wave border design. I adhered the borders underneath the inked sky, making sure the border somehow overlaps each other.

For the beach, I die cut two different tones of kraft cardstock using Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die. I heat embossed one of the layers with Hero Arts Sand embossing powder. I adhered this to the bottom of the wave borders.

For the focal point of the card, I stamped the image on different colored cardstocks, making sure it follows a rainbow pattern. The stamp is from LF Monster Mash stamp set. I masked off the face on the original stamp so I can use the smiley faces from the LF Love Letters stamp set instead. I fussy cut the monsters. I lined the edges with Memento Tuxedo Black marker to hide off any imperfections from fussy cutting.

I die cut a phone on black cardstock three times using the die from LF Selfie Frames die set. I adhered these die cuts on top of the other to create a dimensional look. It also gives stability to the frame.

For the sentiment, I needed a longer speech bubble that will fit the sentiment from the LF Monster Mash. I partially die cut the speech bubble from the LF Selfie Frames. I moved this die, lining the cut area with the cutting part of the die, then ran this through the Sizzix Big Shot. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onxy Black ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I positioned the monsters on how I like them to look inside the frame. I added Gina K. Connect glue to the back of the monsters. I also applied the same glue to the back of the phone frame. I adhered the sentiment using foam adhesive.

I used Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter pen to add shimmer to the waves. I applied small dots of pink Nuvo Jewel Drops for cheeks on the monster.

I trimmed off an 8th of an inch along the sides. I adhered this to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Jade cardstrock from Paper Source. I then adhered this to a top folding white note card.


I am sending this card to my eldest son, Rudy, who is in Basic Training right now. It is his 18th birthday next Sunday. The number of monsters coincides with the same number of his family members.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Window Christmas Card

  

Hello. I am so happy that Mama Elephant is sponsoring a challenge at Instagram #mamaelephanttopcardcontest. I love Mama Elephant products. I lately leaned on purchasing their Creative Cuts over the stamps.

For this contest, I sketched several ideas. I had difficulties creating my first sketched lay out. I was going to give up at that point but I still have several sketches to try out. Luckily, this last sketched lay out of mine worked out. I did have a couple of trial and errors before coming up with this card.

The difficult part for me for this card is cutting the dual window opening. One of the long sides of the window does not cut but only scores. I keep forgetting that so I end up cutting the window off when I get to cutting the second window. Also, lining up the two window was a challenge. But patience and perseverance paid off. This window die is from Mama Elephant Peek a Frame Creative Cuts.

After I cut the windows on a cream cardstock, I worked on the scene panel. I applied ink to an 80-lb. 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Neenah Solar White cardstock. I used the Picket Fence Life Changing Brush. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Tumble Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot. I added pearlized water droplets to this panel allowing it to dry.

I stamped the reindeer image thrice on Neenah Solar White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the images with Copic markers. I die cut the images using the coordinating die. Of course, one of the reindeers is colored with a red nose.


I stamped the sentiment on acetate using Stazon Cotton White with the help of the Misti Stamping Tool. I used the Mama Elephant Happy Everything stamp set for the sentiment. I trimmed off the edges of the acetate to make it the same size as the windows. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the back of the acetate, to areas behind the stamped sentiment, then adhered this to the front of the window. After this has dried, I cut the middle of the acetate with a craft knife using the window as a guide to be able to open up the window.


I adhered the reindeers with foam adhesive, adding a gold thread underneath to connect the reindeers. I added foam adhesive to the back of the window panel, then adhered this to the inked-reindeer panel. I cut off the excess.

The finished card is about 5 1/4" long. I could have made a shorter card but instead I added red glittered paper to the sides for added color. I adhered all of this to a side folding A2 note card. Adding more accents to the scene, I added red Stickles to first reindeer's nose, and Ranger Glossy Accents to the other reindeers' noses. I also added clear Wink of Stella to the antlers. I added dots of white Sakura White Gel pen to the night sky.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Watercolored Embossed Sympathy Card


Hello. I created this card to join in Hero Arts Challenge, theme is Sympathy. I also created this card to give to a school family who's loved one passed away.

I embossed the Hero Arts Floral Stamp & Cut by Lia on Ranger Watercolor paper. To do this, I sandwiched the die and watercolor paper with a Spellbinders Rubber Mat, the two cutting plates and an extra cardstock as an additional shim. I ran this on the Sizzix machine with Tab 2 open on the standard platform.

I taped the embossed panel on a hard board. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor for the whole panel, switching brushes from one area to the other. I removed the tape carefuly and trimmed off the edges.

I then embossed a sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings using clear embossing powder on Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used the Misti Stamping Tool to stamp the sentiment to be able to re-stamp it since the watercolor paper has some texture to it.

I adhered this panel to a top folding white note card using a strong adhesive. I added yellow Nuvo Drops to the flower centers.


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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Rainbow Background Window Card



Hello! I am late in posting for our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Nothing new for those who follow me and read my blog. I lost track of time. I did not realize it is already July. The good thing is I have the lay-out of this card sketched so I was quick in creating it.

Our challenge theme is Rainbows Galore. Our sponsor is Li'l Blue Button Stamps. I printed the image on kraft cardstock. I colored the image with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

For the card panel, I am using a Neenah Dessert Storm cardstock cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". I scored it at the middle to create a side-folding A2 note card. I created a heart window using a Hero Arts Cut-Outs Floral Heart die. I am not using the intricate heart die cut for this card but I saved it for a future project.

I needed another heart to create a rainbow background for the heart window. I don't have a heart nesting die so I traced the heart on the same dark kraft cardstock using the die I used to create the window. I fussy cut the heart and I did not like how I cut it. Instead of cutting another one again with my scissors, I went to my reliable Cricut to cut the heart out.

I blended inks to this heart using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I used a small Picket Fence Life Changing Brush to apply and blend the inks. I cleaned the brush in between colors by brushing the color off a baby wipe, then brushing it on paper to make sure I removed the color before using the brush on another color. I adhered this to the inside of the card by lining the heart to the window on the front of the card, applied liquid glue to its back, and closed the card onto it.


For the front of the card, I embossed it using Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Pattern die. I fussy cut the image leaving a small border around the image. I wanted to back this up with another kraft cardstock to make it sturdy. This would have been easy if I cut the image using the Cricut. Since I did not, I traced the fussy cut image on a kraft cardstock, then fussy cut this using the lines as a guide. It is not a perfect match but it is good enough. I added liquid adhesive to the back of the digital die cut, to the areas that will adhere to the front of the card. I added liquid adhesive to other fussy cut kraft cardstock, then adhered this to the back of the window.

For the sentiment, I embossed this on the dark kraft cardstock using white embossing powder. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Sunday Sentiments stamp set. I die cut this using Avery Elle Simple Sentiments Elle-ments. I die cut two more strips to adhere to the back of the embossed sentiment to create some dimension.


For the inside of the card, I strategically stamped the sentiment so it is covered by the digital image. I stamped this using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used the Misti Stamping Tool just in case I need to re-stamp, which I did. I end up re-stamping the sentiment since I did not have a good impression the first time.


Thank you for visiting my blog. Hope to see your rainbow creations in the challenge blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.



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Friday, June 28, 2019

Spinner Card with Hidden Sentiment



Hello! I created this card to join in Sugar Pea Designs June 2019 Mix It Up Challenge. I used both sketch and color inspirations in creating this card.

I stamped the pig images from the Sugar Pea Designs This Little Piggy stamp set. When I purchased this stamp set, I did not realize that it comes with mirror images of the pig. If I have known, I would have bought the coordinating stamp set. But anyway, I stamped this on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the pig with Copic markers and fussy cut each image, leaving a small white border around it.

I created the note card and front panel next. I die cut a stitched circle window on the white panel and light gray note card. I am using Bazzill Taffy cardstock cut into 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", and scored at 4 1/4" to create a side-folding note card. The circle die cut the white panel only and left an impression on the gray cardstock. I lined up the circle stitched die to this impression until it matched, then run it through the Sizzix die cut machine to cut the circle window.

I embossed the SugarCut Harlequin Cover Plate to the white window panel. I trimmed off the edges to create a 4" x 5 1/4" panel. Using the same die, I die cut scraps of cardstock and patterned paper from my stash to match the colors in the color inspiration challenge. I adhered this to the embossed white panel to re-create the pattern on the sketch. It looks like a bit of work doing this especially around the circle window but what I did is temporarily adhere the diamond die cuts to the circle die cut and cut the excess. This little pieces matched up with the embossed window panel.


Assembling the card, I applied a strong double adhesive tape to the back of the pig images. I adhered a string to this, then applied liquid glue. I applied the same double adhesive tape to the gray note card where the string will be adhered. Adding liquid glue to the back of the white panel, I positioned the panel so the circle windows line up.


I did not want to put anything to waste so I used the circle die cut as a background of the pig. I die cut another darker gray cardstock to create a ground for the pig. I added hearts to this circle which I pre-colored with a red Copic marker and added clear Wink of Stella.

It did not add a sentiment to the already busy front panel. Instead, I stamped the sentiment on the hill which gets revealed when the card is opened.


Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the short video I created showing the spinning feature of this card, and revealing the hidden message. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Rainbow Color Themed Card



Hello! I created this card to participate in Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #100. I had the design of this card for the past challenge but did not get to creating it. This is a perfect time for me to make the idea into a reality.

I stamped the image from Newton's Nook Designs Newton's Book Club stamp set on Strathmore watercolor paper. This is one my first two Newton Nook Designs stamp set. I love this set because it reminds me of my sister, who both loves cats and books. I always color the cat with one of her cats as  inspiration. This also started my love for the Newton Nook Design brand.

I used a Misti Stamping Tool to ink the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I painted the image with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. The cat is colored with Ken, one of my sister's cats, as inspiration.

For the windowed panel, I inked an Echo Parked Paper patterned paper with Tim Holtz Distress inks. I repeated the same order of colors as I have used in coloring the books. The colors I used are Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Dusty Concord. I sprayed water on this ink blended panel, then picked the water droplets with a dry paper towel.


I die cut this panel using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die, I die cut the window using a Hero Arts Nesting Oval die. I heat embossed the sentiment using Hero Arts white embossing powder.

I adhered this to a A2-sized white top folding note card.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you are a follower of my blog and notice the sudden frequency of my posts, it is my way of coping for what I am going through right now. It is a good outlet, I can say.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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