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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Birthday Tag with Chalk Blended Background


We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is on creating an ATC, Tag or Bookmark. One of our sponsors for this challenge is Limited Runs.   I am using an image called Mini Birds-BD Cake.

I printed the image on Neenah Solar white cardstock. I re-sized the image so it will fit a 3"x4" panel once I die cut the cardstock. I am breaking in on my newly purchased Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencil. It was a steal purchase from Michaels since it was on clearance at a very low price. The sad part of it is that this is only the 12 pencil set but I think it is okay since I am just trying this out for the first time. I've seen numerous colorists online who uses this color pencil. I am very curious on how it will match up with the Prismacolor color pencils.

I did not go for any shading on my coloring since I have limited polychromos pencils. I could not challenge myself to just using this brand of color pencils so I did use several Prismacolor color pencils. Looking at the final result, you cannot really differentiate the two brands of color pencils. I think it is how heavy-hand you are in coloring that makes a difference.

I die cut this colored panel using Mama Elephant Peek-a-Frame Creative Cuts die. I did not want to leave the background plain white. I want a touch of color that is light enough not to take the eyes away from the colored images. This is when I used the Inkadinkado Blending Chalks. I have not used this since I got it as a freebie when I bought some re-sale items from my neighbor. So, I am breaking in on this as well. The thing I liked about the chalk is that I had some control on coloring the background especially while coloring around the image. I did not have to put a mask over the colored image. And, the effect is very subtle. It is just the right amount of color.

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. I stamped this using Versafine Onyx black ink. I did not made a good impression on stamping this sentiment. I hate myself for not using the Misti. I don't want to re-stamp it. I've invested so much time on this that I am afraid to make the impression worse if I re-stamp it. To save it, I used black embossing powder and was thankful of the result. No one will ever know that it was not a perfect stamped impression at the start.

I could have stopped here with an ATC but I wanted to make a tag using this colored panel. I die cut a Martha Stewart yellow cardstock using Avery Elle A Tag for All Elle-ments die. I used a Memory Box stencil to add spots to the tag. At this point, I wasn't sure where I was heading with this so I treated the area with an anti-static pouch before applying Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink on the stenciled tag. I was going for a tone-on-tone effect which I did not achieve. The good thing about the TH Distress inks is it takes a while before it dries so I was able to pour Wow! Pearl White embossing powder, then heat set it. Now, this is the look I was going for. I adhered the colored panel to this with a fun foam in between for added dimension.

I threaded a ribbon through the tag hole. After I secured it with glue and a twine wrapped once around the ribbon and knotted twice, I created a triple bow and adhered this to the ribbon.

I hope you join us in today's challenge. We cannot wait to see what you create.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Create Your Own Rip Strip with Border Die

I created this for a co-worker who is leaving our work because she is moving back to her hometown. She will be driving home. I did not want to give her anything bulky to take with her. I thought about a gift card, either a gas card or a Target card, so she can buy something she needs for her new home. I think the gas card will be more useful but choosing the right gas card is another challenge. I did not want to purchase a gas card that she won't be able to use on her travel. So, with the help of my two other co-workers, we pitched in some money for her.

I created this cash envelope to hold the money to give her. The paper is from October Afternoon Travel Girl. I scored and folded it to create a tall, top-folding envelope. I die cut a grey cardstock panel using Mama Elephant Peek A Frame Creative Cuts. I stamped the sentiment using Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC stamp set. I die cut a gas pump using Cricut Explore and the Cricut Design Space. I cut all the layers initially at 1" but I found it too small so I upsized the image to 1.6". I am so amazed on how the Cricut Explore was able to cut this image as small as an inch. I took a photo of the size comparison of the two different sized gas pump.

I inked the top layer with Versamark ink, applied clear embossing powder and heat set it. I adhered the bottom two layers and stamped a smiley face on the negative space which is from Lawn Fawn Love Letters stamp set. I applied Ranger Glossy Accent to the negative space and allowed this to dry. Once this has dried, I adhered the top layer over it. I adhered this on top of the sentiment.

To create the rip strip, I scored two lines on the flap, about an inch apart from each other. I embossed the strip with a dotted border die from Lawn Fawn Stitched Border die. There are rip strip dies on sale but I don't have one so I created one with whatever supply I have on hand. I trimmed off a bit of the rip strip from the flap. I colored the rip strip with a Copic marker to make it pop. I created a sentiment using a Jillybean Alphabet stamp set, I stamped an arrow from Lawn Fawn Into The Woods stamp set to guide the recipient on how to rip off the strip.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mother's Day Crepe Paper Flower


This is an extension of my previous post on Crepe Paper Flower Corsage. Since Mother's Day is a fews days away when I made the corsage, and while my supplies are out, might as well create more. For these flowers, I use an 9" 18-gauge floral wire to give it a long stem look. Otherwise, I created these flowers using the same procedure I used in the Crepe Paper Flower Corsage.

The tag is a die.cut using Paper Smooches Gift Tags 3 die. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Mom + Me stamp set. I heat embossed the stamp mom three times with Hero Arts White embossing powder to give it a puffed look. I inked the edges of the tag using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink. I added a few gold flower sequins and put gold Nuvo drops to the center to cover the sequin hold. I attached this to the flower stem with a twine.

I gave these flowers to the three moms working the night shift with me. I wish I could have made more to give to moms of both shifts but I did not get to making more. I'll try again next year.

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

Maria Giselle B.