Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sweet Macrame Card

I made this card for a design team call. I wasn't picked that's why it is time to post the photo in my blog. I posted a card before using the same stamp set. I used water colors for that card. Here is the link, in case you are interested to compare,  For this card, I used Copic markers. I braided in the sequin into the twine until it is long enough to go around the white stamped area to serve as an outline. 

Here is a close-up of the braided sequins. 

I plan to try other coloring mediums on this girl stamp set.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Some Odd Girl Thinkin' Mae
Sequin from Hobby Lobby
Twine: Trendy Twine Totally White
Patterned Paper: American Crafts My Girl

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vellum Coloring and Diffuser Embossing

I created a 3D bouquet of flowers using the Paper Smooches Denims & Daisies stamp set. I embossed the flower on vellum using white powder. I colored the wrong side of the flower, then fuzzy cut it. For the flower wrap, I used the pocket metal die to cut a kraft colored paper. I folded it to create a paper flower wrap. I distressed this with tea dye ink. I cut flower wires, and stuck them in the flower wrap. I applied a small dot of Glossy Accent on the center of each flower, then adhered it to the the flower wires. I was going to try the same technique with the leaves, but the stamp set only came with solid leaf stamp and dotted leaf stamp. The color didn't show through the dotted leaf, so I die cut leaves using vellum, and colored the back of the leaves. I applied the same technique on the sentiment banner. I don't have the Streamers Die so I created my own streamer. 

I dry embossed a white card stock using the doily folder. I used a diffuser to keep the center plain and without impression. I wanted the oval outlined, so I secured the oval diffuser on the oval area, and ran it through my Sizzix again. It created an oval impression on the card to create a break between the embossed and flat areas. 

I used this oval diffuser to cover my oval as I spritz on the embossed area so it is not all plain white. I used a pattern paper as a mat, then adhered it to a white card stock base.

Here is a close-up of the flowers.

Here is a close-up of the sentiment.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies, Sentiment Sampler
Die:  Paper Smooches Pocket
Markers: Copics, Tim Holtz Distress, Martha Stewart Crafts Double End Brush Tip Pigment
Inks: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress (Tea Dye)
Embossing Folder: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Styleboard Doilies
Spray: Prima Color Bloom Spray Mist Cotton Candy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Macaroon Inspired Card

I made a card for this week's challenge inspired by the colorful macaroons I bought at Costco before. I saw another photo of this colorful macaroons in a magazine. I have this idea for a while but didn't get to make the card until now. 

I cut out a circle Post-It to use as my mask. I stamped the coffee bean stamp around this mask using Memento Ink. I colored it with Copics. Before working on the filling, I removed the mask and worked on the sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment 'friend' with black powder. I inked the s from the 'hugs' stamp to build up the word 'friends.' I die cut forever and heat embossed it with black powder to have the same look as the 'friends' sentiment.

For the filling, I used Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique. It is my first time to use this pen. I bought it during Archiver's (I miss this store.) close-out sale. I had a hard time squeezing the liquid out. I wasn't sure how to use it so I searched the internet for a video tutorial on it. After heat setting it, I love how the macaroon looks.

After assembling the card, I feel my card still needs something. I used a left-over circle die cut to make a border between the sentiment and the macaroons. I heat embossed it with pink powder to tie in with the color. Still unhappy, I masked the macaroon area and spritz some pink color onto the circle. It is a very subtle color and shine but added some color to the white circle. It also warped my card so I had to heat it quickly, then lay an acrylic block on top of it. If I am going to make this card again, I will spray the circle first before assembling my card.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe (coffee bean), Sentiment Sampler (friend, s in hugs)
Die: Paper Smooches Always & Forever
Inks: Memento Desert Sand, Versamark 
Embossing Powders: American Crafts Grapefruit, Martha Stewart Ebony
Markers: Copics, Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique
Spray: Prima Color Bloom Cotton Candy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

You Rock Vintage Card

I made a card for the Cutting Edge Challenge #1. The inspiration for the challenge is a card made by DT Jackie Rockwell. I was trying to copy the image to paste it here but it wouldn't work. Just click the grayed out words at the start of this blog and/or click the Cutting Edge Challenge Badge on the right side of my blog.

This is the card I created for the challenge. I kept the color of the star as is since it complements the black sentiment. I inked the star using distress inks. I misted the star. I love the shine it created. Too bad, I cannot capture it in photo.

I applied Versamark ink to the sentiment, applied Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, heat embossed it, and poured glitter to it. I am still having difficulty using the sticky embossing powder. It took me about 3 or 4 times of repeating this process before I was happy with the result. After the initial application of glitter, which didn't cover all of the sentiment, I brushed the sentiment using Versamark pen, then applied the sticky embossing powder. I guess the trick is not to overheat it, or else it won't be sticky.

The background paper was also inked with distress ink. I spritz this with water. I poked holes as a border using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy. I hand stitched the border using twine.

I embellished the card with sequins and stars. The 'you' is from an alpha sticker sheet by Lily Bee Design.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Die-cut: ,Cricut Small Talk, Frames and Tags Cartridge (star), Cricut Wrap It Up Cartridge (sentiment)
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye, Wild Honey)
Glitter: Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Black Soot
Mist: Prima Color Bloom Tea 
Twine: Trendy Twine Totally Natural
Sequin: American Crafts

Friday, June 27, 2014

Dog Scene Card

I started off with a completely different plan before I came up with this card. I have a sketch of my idea but somehow it didn't work as I thought it will be. No other ideas followed so I just decided to color the dog, after which ideas started to come. We have a chi-weenee dog named Speeder. So this card is a tribute to him.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Dies: Paper Smooches (Pocket-dog house, Hearts-dog house roof)
Stamps: Paper Smooches (Denim & Daisies-rectangle:dog house door, Spectrum-small and big clouds, Woofers & Tweeters-dog and sentiment)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Watercoloring Some Odd Girl

This stamp is  very cute. I used watercolor inks to color her. I have another version of her using alcohol markers which I will post sometime here. I like the latter version but I think I just need more practice with using watercolors. After coloring, I fuzzy cut her and applied Stickles to her hair accessories and shoes. 

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Some Odd Girl Sweet Thinkin' Mae, Mama Elephant (Confetti, Everyday Greetings)
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink & Markers (Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, Tea Dye,  Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick)
Die: Mama Elephant Confetti, My Favorite Things Circle Stax 2

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cityscape Card

The card I made for The Cutting Edge Challenge is based on the upper left corner card. I used the Cricut Cartridge Going Places to cut the cityscape and the sun. I cut the cityscape three times using different shades of gray card stock. I manually cut strips from scraps of yellow and blue card stocks to cover the windows of the buildings. The image didn't come with a solid cityscape. At first, I traced the image on a piece of card stock but stopped as I was fuzzy cutting it. I don't think I'll come up with a perfect match. So I trimmed strips of card stocks to cover the windows. 

The next thing I worked on is the background. I want it to have a shading effect. I used the mini ink blender tool to blend four different colors of ink. 

I cut the sun on a yellow vellum using the same Cricut cartridge. I stamped a smiley face on the sun and heat embossed it. I embellished the sun further using yellow transparent sequins.

For the sentiment, I punched a black card stock using Fiskars border punch. I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it using white powder. 

Now I am ready to assemble my card. Using a black card stock for card base, I adhered my ink blended panel to it. I adhered foam tape on the cityscapes. I doubled up the foam tape on the bottom of the second layer, and tripled the foam tape for the front layer to make it balanced. I adhered the sun. Some of the foam tapes kept the sun in place but I applied Glossy Accents to the back where the sequins will cover it to keep the sun secured. I adhered the sentiment strip to the uppermost cityscape.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Die Cutting Machine: Cricut Imagine
Die Cutting Cartridge: Cricut Going Places
Inks: Hero Arts (Soft Vanilla,  Butter Bar,) Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade,) Versamark
Stamps: Paper Smooches Spectrum (smiley face,) Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Sequin: Doodlebug 
Punch: Fiskars Border Punch In Stitch