Monday, October 16, 2017

Watercolor Galaxy Background Trifold Spinner Card

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge for the next two weeks is on Dress Up! The image I am using on this card is from Limited Runs, one of our two sponsors for this challenge.

I am using Strathmore Watercolor paper, cut a sheet in half, making it 9"x6", then scored it at 4.5". This will be slightly larger than an A2 card for now but I will be trimming off the edges to make it an A2 sized card. I taped this to a board to lessen the warping of the paper as I watercolor. I applied a wider tape next to the score line to protect that side of the card. Using a flat brush, I applied water to the area. I am using Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dropping in colors to the wet area and allowing the water to spread the color. I dried this using a heat gun. I applied black and blue watercolor on top of the dried colors. I picked up some of the water using a paper towel. I dried this using a heat gun.

I uploaded the images to Cricut Design Space so I can print and cut it using the Cricut. Saved me time in fussy cutting =). I flipped the image to create a mirror image. I colored the images with Copic markers. I added details to the dress with a metallic pen to create the dots. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the moon. I added Ranger Glossy Accent to the wings. Now, the image is dressed up like a fairy. I adhered a floss of DMC thread to the back and sandwiched this with the mirror images.

I die cut a circle on one of the watercolored cards and on a piece of white cardstock which will serve as a backing to hide the string. I stamped stars around the circle window using several Lawn Fawn stamps (Lucky Stars and Yay Kites stamp sets). I heat embossed this with Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder.

I positioned the string image to the center of the circle. I adhered the string to the back of the card front. I sandwiched this string with the white cardstock. I adhered the other watercolored panel to the inside of the card to create the trifold mechanism. I stamped a sentiment on the inner watercolored panel using a Lawn Fawn stamp (Lucky Stars), then heat embossed it in white powder.

I hope you join us in today's challenge at Incy Wincy. Hope to see your creations soon!

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Create Your Own Background for a Scrapbook Layout

Winnie and Walter Blog held several challenges last Saturday for the World Cardmaking Day. I always enjoy joining their challenges. Something I will definitely look forward to next year.

I am participating in the Anything But A Card Challenge with Kelly. With the only W&W stamp set that I own, I created this layout featuring my sons' photos taken during last year's Picture Day. My scrapbook layout is sized at 9 1/4"x12". I die cut a white cardstock using a Mama Elephant stitched rectangle die from the ME Peek-A-Frame Creative Cuts. I repeatedly stamped a descriptive word from the W&W The Big, Bold And You stamp set using a grey dye ink. I inked the edges by blending Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pumice Stone. 

I stamped the 'you' sentiment on vellum using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed this with a clear embossing powder. For the subsentiment, I stamped it on black strip cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

I randomly adhered some Studio Calico and Lucy's Cards silver star sequins as a finishing touch.

I hope you find inspiration in this creation to look at your stash of stamps to create something other than a card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Hello! Happy World Cardmaking day to everyone who loves to create cards, and also, to those who loves receiving cards. I hope you are having a brilliant celebration where ever you are. Here is my way of taking part in this holiday that truly means a lot to me. I hope you like it.

I am mostly using My Favorite Things for this card. For the flowers and stems, I used Fresh Cut Flowers die. For the sentiment, I used Mason Jar Labels stamp set and its matching die, Mason Jar Mug. I used the Circle STAX die for the circle border. I stamped the Typewriter Text Background on the panel behind the flowers using MFT Kraft dye ink.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Unicorn Celebration Pop-up Box Cards

Hello! It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Blog. Our theme for this challenge is on Celebrations. I am using a digital set image from one of our awesome sponsors for this challenge, Diddybag. The first time I saw these unicorn images, I knew I was going to have fun playing with it. Aren't they adorable? This set only comes in color but I am fortunate that the owner of Diddybag, Nell, and my co-DT, Nikki, helped me in transforming the images into transparent ones so I can color it.

I printed the images on white Neenah cardstock and colored it with Prisma color pencils, adding accents here and there. I fuzzy cut the unicorns leaving a small white border around each image.

This is not the first time I made a box card. I created a box card before using a Cricut digital cut and stamped images. Here is the link, in case you are interested, WPlus9 Pretty Peonies Card In A Box. But this box card is slim and tall. I want it short and wide. Good thing, I watched this video by Laura Bassen on how to create your own pop-up box card. There are also cutting dies out in the market that makes the steps to creating a box card very simple.

I created three different cards so I can make use of the unicorn images. The set has 10 and unfortunately, I only used 9. But I will use the last unicorn to decorate the envelope as I send one of the box cards to a friend who just had a baby.

For all three box cards, I am using the Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die and Paper Smooches Rainbow Wise die.

For this baby card, I used a light blue cardstock. I die cut the flaps using Mama Elephant Borderline Trios Creative Cuts. I sponged the edges with SSS Sea Glass dye ink. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Just Hatched stamp set. It was heat embossed using Hero Arts white embossing powder. I lined the clouds with Ranger Glossy Accent, then poured Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy over this. I set this aside to dry.

For this box card, I used a light pink cardstock. I die cut the flaps using Concord & 9th Bags & Tags die. I sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress Ink . The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson Spread the Sparkle stamp set. The bolder sentiment was heat embossed using Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. I applied Stickles Star Dust on the edge of the clouds.

For this box card, I used a cream cardstock. I trimmed a plaid patterned paper from Authentique slightly smaller than the flaps. I ran the Lawn Fawn Stitched Border dies on the edges. The sentiment is from the same stamp set I used in the previous box card. I added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix to the rainbow. For the clouds, it might be hard to see on the photos but I heat embossed the edges with the use of a Versamark pen and Ranger Holographic embossing powder. 

It was such a joy creating these boxes. I hope you create something to show what you are celebrating right now. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you come again.

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

London Cricut Destinations Cartridge Lay Out

One of my co-workers is celebrating his retirement this year. And as part of his celebration, he and his wife went to London this past summer. I created this lay out as a gift to him and his wife, who is also retiring this year. What a milestone for both of them!

I designed the layout using the Cricut Design Space. This software is very helpful in my planning of the lay out and with the sizing of the images. Another thing I like about the CDS is the Contour feature. It extends the look of an image. Just like in this lay out, with the word England, I duplicated this. On the duplicate, I used the contour feature to cut the negative space of the word only. I just used a craft knife to cut the letters out and layer it on top of the original cut. But before adhering the letters, I heat embossed the letters with a red Ranger embossing powder. The word London cut was also designed using the Contour feature. This cut came as a frame. With the use of the contour function, I limited the cut to the sentiment only. The background of the London cut is a lighter colored cardstock. I created a background using a stamp from October Afternoon Boarding Pass stamp set. With the England, I printed the UK flag. With the use of the CDS, I sized the flag to fit the back of the England cut.

I am using a My Mind’s Eye patterned paper as the base of the lay out. I sprayed a black Prima Color Blooms more to the right side of the layout. I adhered the photo and the word sentiments next. I added some shimmer to the the London word using a clear Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.

I adhered a gold vellum to the back of the Big Ben, then fuzzy cut the edges. I adhered this to the layout using foam adhesive. I added an Epiphany Clear Round Bubble to the clock portion.

I am so lucky that the frame was on sale at Michael’s. Now, this retirement gift is ready. Thank you, Mike for allowing me to post your photo in my blog. I took pictures of this lay out without your photo but it didn't look as good without your photo. Happy retirement to both of you.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fourth of July Christmas Card

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The theme for this challenge is Unconventional Christmas. I am using an image from one of our sponsors, Star Stampz.

My son suggested a 4th of July theme for the Christmas tree, which explains the colors I used for the tree. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush for the tree. I ended up adding a coat of Finetec Pearl Watercolor on the white part of the tree. I also colred the red and blue parts with Spectrum Noir Shimmer pens.

For the background, I applied Versamark ink on the clouds and heat embossed this using Wow! White Pearl embossing powder. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean for the sky and snow. I colored the rest of the panel elements using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. Adding highlights to the girls coat and scarf with Finetec Pearl Watercolor. I applied Ranger enamel dots for the snow. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Little Elves clear stamp set.

I mounted this colored panel on a white top folding card. The sides of the note card were embossed with Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders Lawn Cuts.

Thanks for viewing my blog. I hope to see your Unconventional Christmas creations at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. It is never too early to start creating holiday cards. After all, there are only 98 days left before Christmas. Less than 100!

Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Scene Card Using Lawn Fawn with Mirror Stamping Technique

It is my Inang's birthday today. Another reason to create something on this special day. My Inang has a lot of cats. I would love to include all of her cats in the scene. I only have 4 cats to represent each of her 4 grandsons. I know, odd is always eye attractive but what can I do? I got four boys. I have to pass on that rule with this card.

I started of by creating a background for the scene. I adore the Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloud Backdrop Portrait die. I don't have this die so I mimic it by stamping clouds from the LF Into The Woods stamp set into an aqua cardstock sized at 4 1/4"x 5 1/2". I am going to heat emboss the clouds so before I stamped, I rubbed a dust buddy on the stamping area. I stamped the two clouds using Versamark ink. I poured Wow! White Pearl embossing powder after each time I stamped the two clouds. Sounds like hard work, right? But if you get to the rhythm of doing it (stamp-pour powder-return excess powder to the canister-stamp-powder-return...), before you know it, the card panel is already done. I heat set this, and I could have stopped here but I wanted to make the clouds pop out. So what I did, is I dry embossed the clouds by using the matching die and a brown silicone rubber mat, together with the Sizzix machine. The look is actually cool.

The mailbox is from the LF Happy Mail die set. I used LF Perfectly Plaid patterned paper for the mailbox. I blended a Hero Arts Silver die ink on the inside of the mailbox. For the stand of mailbox, I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage photo on white cardstock. I stamped the LF Woodgrain Backdrop using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed this with clear powder. I die cut the stand. I blended more ink on the side to cover the white core of the paper. The letter is from the LF Love Letters stamp set. I stamped this on patterned paper, fuzzy cut it and added Nuvo Pearl Drops to the heart.

The cat image is from LF Spooktacular stamp set. I mirror image stamped the other two cats. Mirror stamping can be a challenge. After so many trials and errors, I finally found my recipe to successful  mirror stamping. It is no different from the other tutorials. The only thing that I think worked for me is that I stamped the image on the mirror stamp three times. This created a crisp mirror image impression so I did not need to run a marker on the lines of the image. Which by the way, I am not good at.

I colored the images using Copic markers. I die cut the cat using the matching die. With the mirror image, you have to cut the image from the back. I used a light tracer to match the die to the image. I added dots to the eyes of the cat using Sakura Glaze pen.

For the ground, I die cut a green cardstock using LF Stitched Hillside Borders die. I stamped a grass border from LF Chirpy Chirp Chirp stamp set using different hues of green dye ink to add depth to the grassy hill.

After the scene panel has been assembled, I adhered this to a top folding kraft cardstock.

I hope you get some inspiration on mix and matching your stamp sets to create a card. You can say by now how much I love Lawn Fawn based on the number of products I used on this card.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Let me greet my Inang again, a Happy, Happy Birthday! I hope you have more blessed and brilliant years to come. Hope you like your cat card. Do you recognize your cats?

Maria Giselle B.

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