Sunday, July 17, 2016

Zig Clean Colored Aurella Digi Stamp

I love to color but I am not into coloring small spaces, like a lot of small spaces. My vision is not the best. I am not good with color pencils. I do have small tip markers but it doesn't blend. I still want to blend the colors even in small spaces, can you believe that? But I challenged myself to do it. After all, I did choose this image for this week's DT post.

I started off by printing the image using the Cricut Design Space on some Neenah cardstock. Even if the registration marks were printed off, I didn't went through the process of having the Cricut Explore cut the image. I will just trim the digi image depending on how I will have my lay out planned out.

I colored the image and this is where the challenge starts. I used the Zig Clean Color Markers and made sure I am wearing my eyeglasses all the time as I color. These markers are vibrant in color. I was coloring direct to the paper and when I worked on the witch's skin, I should have not colored it directly. I just wanted a wash of green for the skin so I applied the color onto an acrylic block, then picked it up with a water brush. I know this is not a watercolor paper and good thing it didn't warp. I just made sure I am not applying too much water on the image. I would have chosen a watercolor paper but I am not sure if my printer can handle printing on a thick paper.

The witch was colored with Wicked's Elphaba in mind. Her costume is all black and I want a pop of color for her clothes. This Doodlebug Doodle Pop added more inspiration to coloring this image.

I know Halloween cats are mostly black but I changed that in my panel. The cat color is inspired by my sister's cat, Mama B. 

After coloring the image, the next challenge is whether to fuzzy cut the image or color the background. It can't be plain white, right? I was on the search for a witch background online and got inspired by a moon background for the witch. The next challenge is how to keep the colored image intact. Do I cut a paper mask which will be a lot of work being so intricate, or apply a masking fluid over it? I am unsuccessful with my first few tries using the masking fluid. I always end up scraping the color off when I rub the mask off. But this is the better option so I went for it. I used Molotow masking pen to apply the mask all over the image and allowed this to dry.

I cut a circle from an Inkadinkado masking paper and kept both negative and positive cuts. To create the moon, I adhered the negative cut onto the panel. I blended Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Pumice Stone. I used the TH Seedless Preserves by creating eerie waves on the moon. To create this, I ripped a piece of paper and inked the edges to create sort of waves. I spritz the image with water, allowed the water to react with the inks, then dabbed it off with a paper towel. 

I adhered the circle masking paper to cover this blended area. I blended several inks to create a galaxy looking sky. I blended TH Wild Honey, Pickled Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Black Soot. Once I am happy with the result, I spritz water onto this, allowed the inks to react and dabbed the excess water with a paper towel. I dabbed a Tim Holtz Distress Stain Picket Fence on an acrylic block. I spritz this with water and flicked this onto the galaxy background using a paintbrush.  I dried this with a heat gun. I peeled off the masking paper and this is when the magic of the color blending shows. I rubbed off the masking fluid off the image. I was very careful and thankfully, nothing tragic happened to the image. I spritz the panel with Ranger Perfect Pearl diluted in water for extra shimmer.

I heat embossed the sentiment on the top right corner of the panel. The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn Spooktacular Stamp set.  I colored the black stripes of the witch's hat, arm sleeves and socks with clear Wink of Stella. 

I adhered this to a side folding 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" note card. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Laminated Kindness ID Badge

I wanted to create a memento to friends and co-workers I am leaving behind as I continue my journey in my profession. I've worked in my current hospital unit, 8400-MICU,  for 15+ years. It is the first and only job I have held since I migrated to this country. Imagine the friendships and memories gained over those years. I will truly miss them because who I am today as a nurse, a big part of it is because of the MICU.

The biggest component of the memento I want to give is the sentiment from the Hero Arts Acts of Kindness Clear stamp set. I was going to create badges that my friends can add to their numerous badges. We tend to have many, from our ID to important numbers card to medication dosage cards, you name it. What's one more, right? Anyway, the orientation of the sentiment stamp is horizontal. I wanted it to be vertical so you can read the sentiment without turning the card clockwise, and the with it fitting a 2" x 3 1/4" mini card.  To achieve this, guess what I did? Yeah, I cut the sentiment stamp and separated each word from the other. Don't worry. The words maybe separated but it can still be lined up to create a one whole sentiment. I used the EK Success Cutter Bee scissors to do this job to precisely cut the words apart. I stamped the sentiments on a scrap paper. So far, no letters has been harmed. This is the best way I can mass produce the cards without having to go through masking words to achieve the look I wanted.

I used the Misti Stamping tool to line up the sentiments and stamp a lot of mini cards at one time. At first, I lined them one word on top of the other to stamp the whole sentiment all at once. The spaces between the words were too wide and I didn't like the look of it. I divided the whole sentiment into three stamping groups to be able to stamp the sentiments closer. I still used the Misti tool with the groups next to each other but with enough space in between so as not to re-stamp one group on the the mini card.

The grid lines of the Misti tool paper is very helpful in lining up the mini card with the sentiments. I used a Close To My Heart black dye ink to stamp the sentiment. I die cut a heart using a Costmo Cricket glitter sheet. The die is from Paper Smooches Hearts Wise die. I adhered this to the top of the mini card.

For the back, I stamped the Hero Arts Star Galaxy Background using a CTMH grey dye ink. The background stamp is bigger than the mini card but it is okay. I just stamped a corner to each card creating different impressions on each card.

I wanted the card personalized just like an ID badge. I used the Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC to stamp the names of the person I am going to give the cards to. This is the most tedious among all the processes involved with this project. I could have done more if I can line up the letters better. I stamped the names on a 2" blue strip of cardstock using Mama Elephant Stargazer pigment ink. I embossed the names with Hero Arts clear embossing powder. I adhered this to the back of the card using a glue stick since I will be laminating the cards.

I am not quite successful in foiling with the Minc Machine but laminating these cards was fun, just don't set the heat too high. I kind of went overboard setting it at 4. Setting 3 is just enough to laminate the Scotch Laminator pouches. I was able to laminate 2 cards at a time. I trimmed off the cards leaving at least 1/18" border around the card to keep it sealed.

I hand punch a slot on the top using a Fiskars 1/4" Rectangle Hand punch. It wasn't long enough to fit the ID clip so I had to punch twice. I didn't line it perfectly on a few occasions, and it wouldn't punch through the laminated card. Too thick, I guess. I used a craft knife to complete the cut. It wasn't smooth but it will be covered by the badge clip, so it is probably okay.

Then, it is time to give it away. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Friends Forever Card Using Dura-Lar Film

Last week, I frequented Art Mart, a local store here in St. Louis, because my son had a camp close to the store. On my second visit, I was able to look around the products they sell and one of the products that caught my eye is this Wet Media Dura-Lar Film by Grafix. The front cover of the pad described the product as coated on both sides to accept water-based mediums. Many ideas start running through my mind with one of it as using watercolor to paint on this film. The lady who works at the store was not sure about this idea but curious as I am, I went ahead and bought it.

I trimmed the Dura-Lar film at 6" x 6". I stamped the MFT Roses All Over Background using Stazon black ink. I used the Misti to stamp the background image. Re-stamping the image on a plastic film is not a good idea. Even with the use of the Misti tool, the plastic film shifted making some areas double lined. I didn't want to waste the plastic film so I went ahead and colored it. I used the Zig Clean Color Brush markers, coloring the background in rainbow order.

When coloring transparencies, choosing bold colors is better because it shows through the film. I've noticed that while coloring, some of the Stazon impression comes off. I am not sure why but maybe next time, I will color on the other side of the transparency. After coloring with the Zig Clean Color, the colored side has a sticky feel and touching it makes the color come off. I did not heat set this but it definitely changed my plan for the card. Instead of coming up with a see-through window card, I adhered the window panel on top of a base card. I still have a lot of experimenting to do with the Dura-Lar Film.

I created a 4" x 4" note card. I cut a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 dotted gray cardstock as a front panel using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares die. I cut a window using Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die. I cut the colored Dura-Lar Film into four. I adhered this to the back of the window panel using liquid glue.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the word 'forever' using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. This sentiment stamp is from the Impression Obsession Love You, Miss You stamp set. The word 'friends' is a die from Simon Says Stamp Family and Friends die. I cut this on a metallic silver paper. I also cut the sentiment on a dark gray cardstock. I adhered this on the back of the metallic paper, slightly offsetting it to create a shadow. I adhered Doodlebug sequins as a last detail.

I was able to create 3 cards out of the colored Dura-lar Film. I could have created 4 but I didn't like the impression of the flowers on one of the 4 pieces from the original piece. I gave this as a farewell card to 3 of my friends in MICU. I am transferring to a different unit and I will surely miss them.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Get Well Soon Flip Card

Creating this card is such a challenge. My first challenge is printing the image. The Cricut Explore can print it but cannot draw it. Too intricate, I guess. Since I am going to print it, I went ahead and just print it without using the Cricut. My second challenge, I don't have a Print Shop. I had to rely on whatever installed printer program my computer has. After several trials, I was able to print the image to the size I want to. I colored the image with Copic markers which is my third challenge. I have to be very careful not to color over the lines. I did not do much blending since this is a small image. I applied clear Wink of Stella to some areas. I applied Ranger Glossy Accent to the IV bag.

For the card base, which is the fourth challenge, I cut a white cardstock at 6 3/4" x 5 1/2". I made pencil marks at 1 1/4" on the top and bottom. For the side, I made pencil marks at 1 2/16". I also made pencil marks at 3" and 4" from the left side of the cardstock. This is where I create the folds to make the card flip and it shouldn't be cut.

Using the Simon Says Stitched Rectangle die and using the pencil marks as a guide, I partially cut the center area. Partial die cutting is when you put your top plate on the area you want to die cut. I also did this technique on the other end of the rectangle.

To embellish the flip base card, I cut some patterned paper. For the border, I trimmed the inner and outer edges with a kraft knife to create a small border in between the flip area and the border, and also show white edges at the sides of the card.

I cut a tan colored cardstock for the back flip area where I stamped the sentiment. I first stamped the Paper Smooches Hip To Be Square using Simon Says Stamp Kraft dye ink. I stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Journal Letters. I colored the letters with white Prisma color pencil. I inked the edges of the patterned papers, the image panel and the sentiment panel with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.

I started adhering the pieces making sure the center area pieces are lined up so as not to interfere with the flip mechanism. If it does, just cut a little bit off the edges to make the center area move.


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Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Extended Stamp Image Long Card

I created this card long to coordinate with the stamp image. I am using Neat and Tangled On The Corner and On The Corner Addition Stamp sets. I cut a Canson Watercolor paper at 4' x 9". Using an anti-static tool, I prepared the paper for embossing. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink. I started by stamping the top part of the street sign by inking only the top portion of the image. I didn't mask the stamp. Being a simple image, I was able to wipe off any stray ink. 
I applied clear embossing powder to the stamped image and heat set it. I embossed in between stamping. To keep the paper from warping, I just made sure that the heat gun is warm enough before heating the powder.

This stamp image only comes with two street signs. To create more street signs, I applied ink to the street signs and repeatedly stamped the signs until I came up with the number of signs I want for my card. Once I am at the last street sign, I applied ink up to the bottom of the post. 

I stamped the sentiments using the same ink. I also embossed these sentiments using clear embossing powder. For the bottom street sign, I stamped a heart image, which is not a part of the Neat and Tangle stamp sets. I heat embossed this using Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder. I re-stamped the heart, and repeated the process of embossing it just to make the heart more vibrant and glittery. 

I followed the color of the rainbow in coloring the signs. I used TimI Holtz Distress Crayons. I blended two colors on some using Zig Watercolor Brush. I colored the post with Kirarina Wink silver marker. 

Before I blended the inks for the background, I applied Fineline masking fluid to the images. I got lazy and applied the fluid to the edges of the images only. The inks I used in blending contaminated the unmasked portions of the sign. It still turned out okay. Next time, I will mask the signs with Post-It notes, cutting it slightly smaller, then i will apply the masking fluid around the masking paper. The masking fluid is great to use on images that are small to paper mask.

I used Tim Holtz Distress inks to blend. I masked the bottom part of the panel to create a corner curb to ground the post. I started from the bottom with Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves. I didn't like the transition of color from the Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves, so I blended Faded Jeans on top of the Peacock Feathers. Once I was happy with the blending, I applied some Tim Holtz Distress Stain Picket Fence on an acrylic block. I spritz this with water to dilute it a little bit. I picked this up with a watercolor brush and tapped the brush on top of the panel to create fine splatters. The big splatters were created by sweeping the ink from the acrylic block towards the panel. I patted the splatters with a dry cloth.

For the ground, I mask the blended area. I used Walnut Stain and Black Soot for this area. Using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Border, I embossed dots on the curb side, making sure I avoid the post. I repeated this embossing to create two lines.

For the card base, I cut a white cardstock at 7 1/2" x 9". I scored this in the middle to create a 3 3/4" x 9" card. I trimmed the inked panel to create a 3 1/2" x 9" panel. I adhered a washi tape to the cardbase and adhered the panel to this.

To embellish this further, I applied clear Wink of Stella to the signs. Then, I applied Glossy Accents to the signs. Make sure to allow this to dry overnight and not be as impatient as I am. I did mess up some of the signs. I fixed it to the best I can since this is the last step to creating this card. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Interlocking Rainbow Card

Interactive cards are such a joy to receive and also create. I challenged myself to create an interlocking card using some Paper Smooches supplies I have at hand.

I started off by creating a tri-fold card. I scored an 11" x 4 1/4" cardstock at 2 1/16" & 8 15/16" or to make it easy, rotate the card and score it at 2 1/16". I adhered a slightly smaller patterned paper and leave a small white border around the front folds. I embossed the outer ends of this patterned paper with Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. I like to line the impressions to prevent doubling. Despite my planning, I ended with a jagged edge. I didn't want to waste the paper, plus, I liked the look it created so I trimmed a sliver off the edges to re-create this jagged look. Let's just say this was a happy accident.

I am using the PS Rainbow die to create the interlocking mechanism of the card. I colored each layer using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. It is my first time to play with these crayons. So far, I like the creamy texture of it.

The PS Rainbow die cuts 6 layers of the rainbow, no solid piece. I traced the die on a piece of cardstock and cut this to create a solid piece that will be adhered to the back of the rainbow layers to make it sturdy. I had to divide the 6 layers into 2 groups and trace this grouping onto the solid rainbow piece. I cut on this line. I adhered this to the back of the 2 groupings of rainbow layers, the top 3 and the bottom 3.

I stamped the clouds from PS Spectrum stamp set on vellum using Versamark ink. I mirror stamped the cloud using the Misti Tool. I embossed these images using Wow! Pearl White embossing powder. I also sprtiz a white pearl Prima Color Bloom on these clouds. I dried it very briefly with the heat gun to control the warping of the vellum. I fuzzy cut these clouds.

Here is where the interlocking mechanism gets created. I adhered the top rainbow layer to the top fold and the bottom rainbow layer to the bottom fold. I used Tombow Extreme adhesive to make sure the mechanism elements will not fail. I applied adhesive to the top part of the top rainbow and to the ends of the bottom rainbow, making sure that there is only adhesive where the rainbow and the card base come in contact.

I adhered the vellum to the bottom of the rainbows. I just dab some glue on areas where there is embossing on the front to hide the glue.

I also did mirror stamping with the bird stamp from the PS Woofers & Tweeters stamp set. This time, I had difficulty stamping the mirror image using the Misti Tool and Versafine ink. Despite multiple attempts, I cannot get a crisp mirror impression of the bird. I embossed this image with black embossing powder over Versafine ink just to make the lines crisp. I colored the birds with TH Distress Crayons and fuzzy cut it.

For the sentiment, I used the rainbow die as a guide to curve this one line sentiment from PS Sentiment Sampler. I embossed this with Wow! Platinum Sparkle powder. I adhered the birds with foam tape. I applied clear of Wink of Stella to the birds. I adhered some Pretty Pink Posh sequins as added embellishment.

Here is a short clip showing how the interlocking rainbow works.


I rarely embellish the inside of the card but since this card is a friend, it wasn't hard to come up with an idea on how to embellish this part of the card. I cut an old Authentique patterned paper at 5 1/4" x 4". Using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders to emboss the outer edges of the panel. Just make sure the die is matched to the embossed pattern to have a continuous pattern. Though with this technique, you'll end up trimming off a sliver off the edges to make the embossed patterns close to the edge of the paper. This is where those shaped dies with patterns really come in handy.

I stamped the clouds onto this panel using Hero Arts Ombre Pool to Navy ink. I did the 'cha-cha' technique of transferring the ink to the clear stamp. I created a mask of the cloud so I can create a cluster of clouds. I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies, and Sentiment Sampler stamp sets. I used Versamark ink and embossed these sentiments using the same Wow! embossing powder. I colored the clouds with Copics to darken the clouds and create additional texture. I adhere this to the inside of the card.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Embossed Reindeer Digital Print

The moment I saw this image, I fell in love with it. Isn't the reindeer cute? Most of the images from JUST ME are cute so check out the other DTs creations featuring the other images.

I started off by uploading the Reindeer and tag images to the Cricut Design Space. I edited the tag by erasing the sentiment since I plan to use another sentiment. The CDS comes with a canvas that allows you to size the images depending on your project.

I love My Mind's Eye and one of their Christmas collections, the Sleigh Bells Ring, inspired me for this card. I know it is too early to think about Christmas but this is the only season where reindeers are pretty much associated with. I even search the net to check if there are other occasions reindeers are used as an embellishment in card. You are right, only during Christmas. It is never too early to make Christmas cards, anyway.

I am using an old patterned paper collection from Glitz Design. I prepared the patterned papers for embossing. I had the Cricut Explore draw the images on patterned paper using a Ranger Embossing pen. I embossed the images using Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I made sure the heat gun is hot enough before heating the powder and to move the heat gun while heating to prevent the patterned paper from warping. I fuzzy cut the images leaving a small margin around the image.

To create the wreath, I cut a ring on a transparency using My Favorite Things Circle Stax. I die cut some felt which I bought from Target using Paper Smooches Bow dies and Pocket dies. I adhered the center dot using Tombow Mono Multi glue. I tried stitching on this small dot but I wasn't coming up with the effect I wanted. The dot was too small.

I wrapped a gold twine around the ring acetate. I adhered the bows on this and allowed it to dry. I stamped the sentiment on the tag using a Hero Arts Christmas stamp. I colored the reindeer with color pencils for more accent. I adhered a red star sequin on the star hanging from the reindeer's antler.

I am using an Ellen Hutson Woodgrain cardstock for the card base. I cut another patterned paper from the same collection at 4"x5 1/2". I embossed the edges with Lawn Fawn Stitched Border dies. I adhered this to the card base. I applied liquid glue to the back of the acetate wreath and applied foam tapes to the back of the reindeer. I adhered the tag on the bottom. I applied more foam tapes to the back to secure the die cuts, doubling the foam on some of them.

This is part of the Incy Wincy Buttons and Bows challenge. Hope you come join our challenge.

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

Maria Giselle B. 

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