Friday, July 21, 2017

City Pop-Up Card using Cricut


This card is inspired by my soon to be 11 year old son who loves the Cricut Destination cartridge so much. When I bought this cartridge, I knew he will love it. And, he does! He loves interactive cards, too. So I mashed those two ideas together and came up with this card.

The Cricut Design Space has been updated. It still does not work with Safari but otherwise, the upgrade is great! I am sure I have not discovered all of its features but so far, the feature that I love the most is while the current layer is cutting, I can edit where the image will be cut on the next layer. In this way, I can maximize a cutting mat more and not overuse the top corners of a cutting mat. Isn't that great?! If you have a favorite CDS feature, I would love to know it!


To create the pop-up mechanism, I cut strips of patterned paper & scored it in different widths, from a  1/4" to 1". I overlapped the ends using a strong adhesive to form a square or rectangle. I attached this to the back of the die cut and card panel. I also used square acetate in some areas for more not too obvious support in the pop-up movement. The key to this type of pop-up card is to train the scored squares and rectangles by closing the card shut, and opening it wide, pressing the scored squares rectangles at both times.


The background was splattered with gold Finetec watercolor. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a Hero Arts Fancy Uppercase Die.


For the front, I die cut a gray cardstock using the scallop border die from American Crafts Daydreamer. I centered a globe stamp from Concord & 9th Map Love stamp set using Versamark ink. I applied Platinum Ranger embossing powder to this. I die cut the globe and a circle window using stacked circle dies from My Favorite Things. To create a flat shaker card, I cut a scrap plastic wrapping to a size big enough to cover the circle window. This gave me a plastic pocket attached only on one side. I used the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool to secure the other edges after I poured in some Studio Calico sequins. I attached this to the back of the window using a double adhesive tape. This panel is then attached to the front of the card. I used the Altenew Label Love for the front sentiment, stamping it with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing this using clear powder.


Yrwin loves to play with the Cricut Design Space. I still have this project in my account cloud. He saw it...grrr! I told him it is for a project. He didn't asked further which is good or else the surprise is gone.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, July 17, 2017

One Layer Watercolored Digi Image



It is another challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs. My eldest son is turning 16 soon. He is the inspiration for the creation of this card. I printed the card on Strathmore watercolor paper. I was on the lookout on my stash for a label or a banner stamp. I don't have one so I drew a banner and stamped the sentiment on it. I masked the images with a Fineline Masking fluid and allowed this to dry. I created a cloud mask by die cutting an Inkadinkado masking paper with Taylored Expressions Build A Scene Rolling Clouds die. I blended a Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress ink to the panel. I spritz the area with Pearl Perfect Pearls dissolved in water. After this has dried, I rubbed off the dried masking fluid. I watercolored the images using Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. I noticed that some of the digital image's lines were erased by the masking fluid. After the watercolor has dried, I went through the lines again using a black pen. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the balloons.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUDY! I hope you like your card.

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

Maria Giselle B.


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Creating Two Cards Using Cricut


This is another post on creating two cards at once using the same resources. I have made another pair of cards using the same resource. You can see the details of these cards on a previous post entitled Creating Two Cards Using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide.

My intention in creating today's card is to post it as part of Incy Wincy Designs Challenge on Friends Forever which started last Monday. I love the Kitties image by Bugaboo Stamps. My inspiration in coloring the cats is my sister's cats Bee & Peppy. I colored the cats using Copic markers. After coloring, I fuzzy cut the image.

Working on the card, I die cut the word hugs on an American Crafts patterned paper. I strategically positioned the word to be die cut at the center of the 6x6 patterned paper. I am using the negative die cut for this card. I die cut 3 more of the word hugs using white cardstock. You may use colored cardstock instead. It is just that I couldn't find a matching cardstock so I just used a white cardstock. I blended Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress ink on one of the sets. I pounced blue Perfect Pearls on these letters and set it with a spritz of water.


For the other set of words, I colored the edges with a blue Copic marker. I ran the marker on the edges too. I adhered the letters on top of each other to create a dimensional text sentiment for the card. Coloring the edges of the white die cut letters made it look like colored cardstock when it was stacked on top of the other. I puzzle piece the letters to the negative die cut paper. I adhered paper strips from the same patterned paper to the top and bottom of the panel. I applied clear Wink of Stella to these strips for extra shimmer. The cats are adhered with adhesive foam. For additional embellishment, I added dots of Sakura Souffle marker to the flowers.


For the next card, I am using the positive cut of the die cut sentiment. I didn't want to keep this aside for a later project because chances are, I will forget about it. While my supplies are out, might as well create another card using it. I pressed the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad to each letter. I poured clear Wow! Ultra High embossing powder to it. It took me about 3 coats to get the right amount of gloss to the letters. The letters curled as it dried. I tried straightening the letters by applying something heavy on top of it but somehow, this didn't work. 

The cats were colored with Copic markers. No cat inspiration this time. I embossed a paper from the same paper line with a heart We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder. I blended a white Hero Arts dye ink on the edges of the paper. I applied Glossy Accents to the back of the letters, thenI gently pressed the curled up letters to the paper. I adhered the cats using foam adhesive. I glued several sequins with Ranger Multi Matte Medium as a finishing touch.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Combined Digis Friendship Card


Hello. It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our theme for this challenge is Friends Forever. My images are from one of our challenge sponsors, Bugaboo. I printed both images in Neenah cardstock. I colored the images using Copic markers. I trimmed the computer image. I cut out the center of the computer using a craft knife to create a window. I lined the screen cut out with black marker for a finished look. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's card to do this technique.

I colored the sheep and rabbit images with Copic markers. I also colored the background using Copic markers. I used other markers to color since some of the images are small for the brush tip of Copic. But I saw that Copic sells fine tip nibs now. I can't wait to try it!

I positioned the sheep and the rabbit so it will be centered on the monitor. Using a pencil, I lightly outlined the monitor on the sheep and rabbit panel to give me an idea on how big I should cut this panel. I adhered an acetate to the back of the computer to cover the window. I adhered the sheep and rabbit panel using adhesive foam. I applied clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the keyboard keys.



For the layered panels, I dry embossed a kraft cardstock with a Cuttlebug Charles embossing folder. I dry embossed a black cardstock with a Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder. I matted these two panels on top of each other with the kraft cardstock on top. I applied more clear Wink of Stella to the edges of a white top folding note card. Since my black panel is smaller than a regular sized card, the shimmered edges will show. I adhered the panels and the computer panel to this. I customized the sentiment using Lawn Fawn Violet's ABC's Clear stamps stamped with Versafine Onyx Ink.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Join us in today's challenge. I cannot wait to see your creations.

Maria Giselle



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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Creating Two Cards Using TH Distress Oxide


I am playing with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks creating two cards today from one blended panel. The inspiration for this card are these two lovely people that I have met at my work place. We do not work at the same department. Our departments happen to share one floor of the building. I would usually cross paths with them on my way home from a night shift. They are so kind, they always wish me well on my way home. This act of kindness somehow made me look forward to going home on days that I will see them. Despite the challenging times at work, the kindness they show encourages me to look at the bright side of things.

I embossed two pieces of Strathmore Bristol paper using Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies Stitching Lines. I blended TH Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide. I spritz the paper with diluted Perfect Pearl. I used a heating gun to dry this panel. I die cut a window at the center using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles saving both negative & positive pieces. I also die cut a vellum using this die which I will use for the sentiment later on.

I blended several Distress Oxide again for the flowers and leaves. I used TH Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint. I spritz this with the shimmer spray as well, drying it with a heat gun. I die cut the flower and leaves using EH Bold Blossom Stand-Alone die. I don't have the matching die to cut the solid flower so I traced the a scrap flower die cut onto the blended yellow panel and fuzzy cut it. I adhered this to the back of the flower die cut.

The sentiment is from EH Bold Blooms stamp set. I avoided inking a part of the sentiment to customize my sentiment. I inked this using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I didn't use the Misti to stamp the sentiment. I wish I did. Some parts of the sentiment wasn't dark enough. I used a black embossing powder to fix this problem. I also stamped another sentiment from EH Spread the Sparkle Sentiment using Versafine.



I pieced the die cuts together, interchanging the negative and positive dies cuts of the blended and white pieces. I adhered the vellum to the blended rectangle to mute down the color since I will adhere  the blended flower and leaves to this. The pieced panel was adhered to a top folding 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" white note card.

My family's favorite is the blended frame. How about you?

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Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Using Patterned Paper with Sentiment to Create a Card


I am still in Mina of Sing mode. I printed Elly twice on an 8 1/2"x11" cardstock. I positioned the image in a way that when I cut it in half, I end up with two top folding cards. You can see the first Mina card on my previous post on Animated Movie Inspired Sparkle & Shine Card. It is a one layer card with glittered embossing and using a metal die to create an impression on the cardstock.

For this card, I was aiming for another one layer card using the same steps as my first card but I made a mistake on my shim layers while I was embossing the metal die on the cardstock. This is after I have colored the image. I didn't really want to put to waste what I have already done so, I went ahead and die cut the image using a Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Circle die, the die I was using to create the impression. I adhered flower sequins to the scalloped border die cut. I adhered a flower sequin to every other scallop. When I was down to my last scallop, I figured that the scallops are odd numbered, leaving me with two scallops in between the sequin flowers. Oh well. It is too late to remove all the sequins. I just left it as is.

I adhered a circle fun foam to the back of the scalloped die cuts. I created  a ground for Elly using Copic markers. I masked the image and spritz W Plus 9 Shimmer Spray. I adhered flower sequins to the flower on Elly's head. I added Glossy accents to the skirt.


For the background, I used a Forever Friends patterned paper. I cut the paper, strategically centering the sentiment that is printed on the paper. I embellished the paper using a Sakura Clear Gel and White Gel pen. The flourishes has stitching print on it. I doodled on the other flourishes to re-create this stitching. I used a glue pen to trace on the sentiment, then heat embossed it using clear powder. I used the Sakura White Gel pen to outline this sentiment.

I added embossed stitching to the edges using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders. I added an arrow paper clip to cover a part of the bear that is part of the patterned paper. If I have a flower paper clip, I would have opted for that. I adhered the background panel to a top folding card, then adhered the scalloped die cut with the digital image.


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Maria Giselle B.



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Wobbly Cricut Die Cut Birthday Card


I had my 5 year old son participate in creating this card by making him choose through the Cricut images. This cute cupcake image is from Cricut Create a Critter cartridge and the one he chose for the birthday celebrant. I just followed the colors of the die cut layers adding details to some of the layers. I blended a Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink dye ink on the pink frosting. I applied clear Wink of Stella on the brown layer which will show through the holes for the eyes and mouth. I stamped dots on the purple cupcake wrapper using a stamp from Mama Elephant Boutique Borders stamp set. using Versamark ink. I heat embossed this using Wow! Pearl White embossing powder. I ran a marker on the sides of the red cherry to hide the white core of the red shimmer paper. I added Glossy Accent to the cherry.

I splattered and sprayed Prima Cotton Candy Color Blooms to the front card base. After this has dried, I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Party Animal stamp sets using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed the sentiment using clear embossing powder. I personalized the card by stamping the celebrant's name using Lawn Fawn Violet's ABC stamp set.

I made this into an interactive card which is usually a sell-out to kids or even grown-ups. Am I right? I adhered the die cut to the card base using an Action Wobble spring. Here is a video showing the Wobble Spring in action.


I stamped another birthday sentiment on the envelope from Mama Elephant Make A Wish stamp set. Since this is a big stamp, I used the Misti Stamping Tool to repeatedly stamp the sentiment until I get a good impression.


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Maria Giselle B.

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