Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Ate Ning & More Ombre Horizontal Panel Birthday Cards


The card I created in my previous post inspired me to create more cards using the same technique but with different colors. I forgot that my sister's favorite color is violet so the first card I made is not suited to be given to her on her birthday on the 26th. She's turning -ty-6. This was a joke we learned from our uncle when he tells us how old he is.


I only used one ink for this card, which is the Hero Arts Grape Juice. I just adjusted the pressure while blending the ink. The Strathmore Bristol paper made the blending easy without the need of using different shades of inks to get an ombre effect. I also spritz this card with WPlus9 Shimmer spray and allowed to dry before embossing the background stamp. I hope my sister likes it.


 

I used Doodlebug sequins for this card and topped it with Simon Says Stamp Tiny Flowers Sequins.


For this card, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans) for the ombre panel. I used My Favorite Things Diagonal Stripes Background stamp. 



A touch of Little Things from Lucy's Cards Nautical Sparkle Sparkly Shaker Selection completes the card.

Which one of the cards did you like?  Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Ombre Horizontal Panel Birthday Card


After seeing MFT's Sketch Challenge, the first thing that came to my mind is to stamp a background stamp onto an ombre patterned paper. I love an ombre patterned paper from Crate Paper Love Notes but the 6x6 pad came only with one sheet of this paper. So, I decided to recreate the paper by blending inks.

Using Strathmore Bristol paper, I blended 5 colors of Tim Holtz Distress inks. Once I was happy with how the colors are blended, I allowed it to dry before heat embossing. I could have dried it with a heat gun but I wasn't in a hurry doing this project.

After running an anti-static tool onto the ombre panel, I stamped the MFT Roses All Over Background onto the panel using Versamark ink. I stamped this by having the rubber stamp flat on the table. I placed the ombre panel on top of it. I then place a typing paper over the panel then carefully ran my fingers onto this stamping sandwich to transfer the impression to the paper without moving the ombre panel. I carefully lifted the ombre panel off the background stamped. I poured WOW! Embossing Powder Metallic Gold Rich Pale, then heat set it.

For the card base, I cut a 11" x 4 1/4" Kraft colored card stock and scored it at 5 1/2" to create a top folding card. I stamped the Roses All Over Background onto the front using MFT Kraft dye ink. I also stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Kraft card stock using Versamark ink. I masked the rest of the sentiment since I only want a one line sentiment. I poured American Crafts Zing! embossing powder then heat set it.

To create the horizontal panels, I wanted the widths of the panels varied from a thick one to a thin one. I trimmed the ombre panel into 5 using this concept and trimming in between the horizontal panels. I adhered the panels on the card base taking off the 4th from the top panel and replaced this with the sentiment strip. I adhered the sentiment strip and the 2nd from the top strip with foam tape to add more variation to the design. To finish up the card, I randomly adhered different shaped sequins from Little Things from Lucy's Cards. I love this!


I plan to create other versions of this card using this design. But the deadline of the MFT Sketch Challenge is in a few hours so I'll submit this card. I'll post the other cards in my blog once it is done.


Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies:
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen), MFT Hybrid Dye Ink (Kraft), Versamark 
Stamp: MFT Roses All Over Background, MFT You've Got Mail
Embellishment: Little Things from Lucy's Cards Grapefruit
Powder: WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale Regular, American Crafts Zing! Grapefruit

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Champagne Glass Shaped Shaker Note Card


I started creating this card a little after New Year but didn't get to finish it until this week. But it is still the first month of the year. I intended to give this as a thank you note for a present I received during Christmas.

I started off by cutting the wine glass using my Cricut Imagine and Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge. I cut the image at 4 1/2" on a white pearl cardstock. I cut the same image twice using a white cardstock. The cut came with tick lines which is used to line up and adhere the layers. But I am not using the layers. Instead, I cut through those tick lines using a blade to create a window for the shaker. There is this one tick mark at the upper left hand of the wine glass that I couldn't get rid off. You can remove this if if you have the Cricut Design Space which I don't since it is not compatible with my Cricut.

I cut around the tick marks on one of the white wine glasses. I will use this to close the shaker window. I also used this as a guide to cut vellum for the window. I stamped a sentiment onto this vellum using a Fiskars stamp set. I treated the surface first with an anti-static tool, before stamping the sentiment using Versamark ink, then pouring some Wow! Embossing Glitter Platinum Sparkle powder. I heat set this but I allowed the heat gun to run heat first before pointing the gun towards the vellum to prevent warping.

I added embossing paste to the white cardstock that will seal the shaker window. But since I used vellum, it can hardly be seen through the vellum. So, you could probably skip this part. Somehow, it had a used in creating grooves for the sequins to get stuck. Using a clear acetate for the shaker can be an option too if you want to stick to the embossing paste design.

I used a thin double stick adhesive to adhere the vellum to the back of the window wine glass. I also used this in encircling the cardstock that will seal the window. I poured a small amount of sequins to this, then adhered it to the back of the pearl wine glass.


To make the wine glass sturdy, I adhered the other white cardstock wine glass cut out to the back of the wine glass. I applied a twine to the neck of wine glass. I squirted a small amount of strong adhesive behind the knot to keep it knotted.

I added a tag using left over dark gray cardstock. After I stamped 2016 on it and heat embossed it using the same powder, I cut a tag notch on the top part using a tag punch. Hand cutting this step is totally fine. I didn't want to punch a hole onto this being a small tag. I used a needle to create pinpoint holes where I threaded a silver thread to tie on the twine.



Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Floral Flip Card


I created this card for two reasons. First, I got inspired by the Kaisercraft heart flip die. After looking into this product, I thought, maybe I can create a card using the flip die concept. Second reason, I am still struggling on making videos on how I make my cards. Altenew was having their 3rd Video Challenge. I joined the first and knew the flaws of my video. I missed the 2nd challenge because I got fixated with the concept of a Christmas tree with red roses. With this one, after creating a demo card, I knew I would want to share how to create it.

The initial video was better than my first official YouTube video but the VideoMaker wasn't compatible with Windows 10 so it kept showing errors when I was trying to convert it of .mp4 format. I tired Mac IMovies but the first part of the real time video also showed an error in upload. I was left with no choice but to go to the net for a free video editor. I found one indeed but as I was going to save it, it popped a message that I have to buy the program to avoid their pop up during the video. Having less than an hour before the submission link closes, I decided to go ahead and just let it be. Now, my video has a good lighting, good focus on the process but no background music, and no instructions be it a caption or voice over. Oh, well.


Doing layered stamping takes some practice but Altenew has a stamping guide at their website:
http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0388/7541/products/Vintage_Roses_guide_grande.jpg?v=1441387290
http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0388/7541/products/Vintage_Roses_leaves_1024x1024.jpg?v=1441387291.
Also, there is a video on how to use the Vintage Rose stamp set:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4rs5vygtck.

Also, finding the inks to layer is also a challenge. Try with what you have first and when you find the right inks to layer, what I do is I right the combo on a sticky note paper and stick this on the back of the printed stamping guide.

Layered stamping does not only mean proper positioning of the layers but also choosing the right colors of each layer. For this card, I am using two inks of a gray shade. Since the flower I chose have 4 layers, I am going to do 2nd generation stamping in between the layers. I also like to stamp extras in case, so I have a bunch to choose from in case some of of the layering didn't work out. I also wrote the ink combinations on a sticky note and place this inside the sleeve together with the stamp set and the stamping guide that I printed out.

When stamping the leaves, the shade of colors come in reverse order compared to stamping the flowers. With the leaves, you go with the lightest shade then going to the darker shade. Also, with the leaves, I wrote numbers on the stemmed leaves and on its coordinating leaf layering stamp. This saves you time trying to figure out which leaf coordinates with which.

Using the coordinating dies (Yes, I finally have them!), I die cut the flowers and the leaves. Setting the cut-outs aside. it is time to work on the card base.

Using a wide, top folding A2 card, I scored the front panel at 2 1/8". Using the coordinating flower die. I made marks on the side of the flower, estimating the middle of the flower from top to bottom. I lined the marks with the score line and adhered the die with a low tack tape. I am going to partially die cut this flower onto the front panel. To save time, I cut a patterned paper at 2 1/4" x 5 1/2". I temporarily adhered this to the top back of the front panel. This will make the cut out aligned with each other by running it together through the die machine.

Temporarily place the flower on the flip spot. Adhere patterned paper by flushing it with the flower. Adhere dry embossed cardstock to bottom part of front panel. Adhere foam tape to back side of flower. Loop a silver thread several times. Pinch it at the middle. Adhere flower with thread underneath it. Using a strong liquid glue, tuck stemmed leaves to back of flower. Adhere sentiment using liquid glue. Apply an acrylic block to top of sentiment while glue is drying.

I was just lucky the small parts of the sentiments didn't fall off after being die cut. Trying a drier sheet during die cutting might do this trick. To adhere the small pieces, apply liquid glue to the back of this pieces while still attached to the sentiment. Pieced the sentiment onto negative space. Apply pressure to the small pieces then carefully remove the word sentiment.. Apply the acrylic block on top of the sentiments while glue is drying.


I created a sentiment strip to embellish the bottom half of the inner card. I also repeated the pattern of the paper. I created a sentiment strip by embossing the sentiment on a red strip of cardstock. I heat embossed this with clear powder. I adhered this to the edge. I adhered the patterned paper next making sure that i didn't cover the notch or the mechanism won't work.



I am also posting photos of the demo card with the same design and concept.




Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Altenew Hennah Elements, Altenew Vintage Roses 

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Watercolor Wash Happy Birthday Card


It's my Amang's birthday. This is how I call my father in the Philippines. I was trying to create a card with four boy images to signify each of his grandson. There are only 2 boy stamps in the Mama Elephant In My Heart Stamp. I tried mirror stamping but cannot seem to get it to work, even if I tried penning over the missed spots. So I just gave up the idea and used whatever image I have.

I stamped the boy first. I stamped the Mama Elephant Inline Letters to create a customized sentiment. Then I cut out several Post-It papers to create a mask for the balloon and the ground, making sure I kept all the pieces since the background will all be watercolor washed.

I masked the boy with a Fineline Masking Fluid and allowed this to dry. For the balloon, I used a Hero Arts Tide Pool Ink Dauber. I applied a dot of the die to an acrylic block and picked it up with a wet paint brush. For the sky, I used a Vanilla Ink Dauber. For the ground, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I removed the mask with my finger, then colored it with Copics. I created a bow using a silver thread. I also used this thread as the balloon string. To accent the sentiment, I used a marker to write on the spaces within the letter just to bring out letters more. I felt the washed background didn't pop out the sentiment as much as I want to.

I also embellished the inside of the card using the other boy image and also stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set.


So, Happy __th Birthday, Amang! Hope you love your card.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Reindeer Spinner Christmas Card



My son asked me to create Christmas cards he can give to his friends.  In my thought, creating an interactive card with a reindeer on it will not only suit the ages of his friends, but may also remind them of my son since his name is a short version of the red nose reindeer.


To create the card, I stamped the reindeer images onto a 60 lb. Neenah white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the reindeers using Copic markers. This is the part you may call me crazy but I fuzzy cut the reindeers. Yes, I did! I haven't bought the matching die for the Mama Elephant Reindeer Games stamp set because it is not available at my local craft store and most of the time, I like to try the stamp set first before investing on its matching die. 


I colored the antlers with Clear Wink of Stella. I used a green Copic Spica for the collar. I used Stickles for the nose. And, I used Glossy Accents for the medallion. 

For the card base, I wanted to create a 4-Bar trifold card. I trimmed a white card stock at 4 7/8". Then cut the short end at 10 1/5". I scored this at 3 1/2", then rotated the paper to score the other end at 3 1/2" too. I folded the card at the score lines. After determining which will be the front of the card, I trimmed a small part of the other edge to allow it fold underneath the front panel. 

I die cut a stitched circle on the front. I embossed the front panel of the card using a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder. For the panel that will lay under the front panel, I created a night sky background. I masked the back portion of the trifold card. I also applied at thin strip of masking tape around the edges of this panel to create a white border around the inked area. I blended 4 Tim Holtz Distress inks (Broken China, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, and Black Soot.) 


After the inked background has dried, I powdered the bottom area of the panel where I will heat emboss the sentiment. I used a Hero Arts stamp for the sentiment (not photographed.)  I wanted the sentiment to be curved too in relation to the window circle. I laid the sentiment on a plastic sheet until I got the curve I want. Then, I picked the curved sentiment with an acrylic block. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink and poured Wow! Silver Pearl embossing powder to it. I added some droplets to this inked panel by tapping W Plus 9 Shimmer spray to the area. 

For the spinner, I taped a thin silver thread to the back of one of the reindeers. I applied Multi Matte Medium to this, then adhered the mirror image of the reindeer. I place an acrylic block to this and allowed it to dry. I cut a thin white card stock, smaller than a 4-Bar, about 3 3/8" x 4 6/8". This will cover the threads at the back of the front panel. I also die cut a circle onto this. I centered the reindeer on the circle, and taped the ends of the thread on the top and bottom of the back panel. I cut the excess thread, then covered this with the thin white card stock.


Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamp; Mama Elephant Reindeer Games, Hero Arts Holiday Sayings
Die: Simon Stamp Says Stitched Circle

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Gift Card Holder Shaker Tags



I created these tags for my work's Holiday project this year. I was not able to participate in Jennifer McGuire's Kind campaign last month. So this is my late way of showing my support to her campaign.

I cut the base tag cards using my Cricut Imagine and Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, using the tag cut in page 50, which is the tag base, and its layer, which is the front panel. I cut both at 4.4". I used an old Martha Stewart Christmas patterned paper for the base tag, and some cardstock for the tag layer. The base tag was cut with tick marks where to fold the base tag.

I cut an acetate about the same size as the front panel using a trimmer. I stamped the message onto the acetate using white Stazon ink. The sentiment is from a Paper Smooches stamp set.


I punched a slot on a side of the base tag using a puncher. This is where the gift card will be inserted. I stamped a sentiment below the slot using a Mama Elephant stamp. I embossed this in either white or clear powder.


To embellish the front of the base tag, I stamped another sentiment from Hero Arts stamp sets. I just got the Misti Tool and it was very helpful in positioning the sentiment onto the tag base. The sentiment was embossed in gold or red powder.

I scored the tick marks and folded the tag base. I applied adhesive to the outer sides of the inside of the base tag making sure not to put any adhesive below the slot where the gift card will be inserted. I applied a slim double adhesive tape at the back of the tag layer and adhered the acetate to this. I applied another layer of slim double adhesive tape to this. I die cut different shaped and sized confetti. I used a Mama Elephant Confetti die for this. I poured a good portion over the front of the base tag, then adhered the acetate layer on top of this.

My Cricut does not make perfect cuts, even the layers are not exactly same in size. I trimmed off any excess base tag showing at the sides of the layer. The circle of the tag is also not a perfectly cut circle so I die cut hole reinforcers using a Paper Smooches die to cover this and as an added accent.  I threaded a ribbon, a twine and a thread through the hole and made a not.



    


 




Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Cartridge: Cricut Art Philosophy
Stamp: Hero Arts Christmas Crytals, Hero Arts Holiday Sayings, Mama Elephant Confetti, Paper Smooches Merry Motifs
Die: Mama Elephant Confetti, Paper Smooches Toppers

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