Sunday, May 25, 2014

Graduation Card-Sketch 3

I am submitting this as my third entry to the Hero Arts Spring Sketch Challenge under sketch 3 category.

I don't have anybody close to me who is graduating this year but I think, after finishing the card, this is something that can be given to someone graduating.

I dry embossed a blue card stock. Cut a strip off close to the left side of the card. I heat embossed the Tiny Flag stamps in gold on a tan card stock. The card base is white. I adhered the embossed tan card stock to the card base, making sure I plan out how the design will show through the gap. I adhered the blue dry embossed card stock using a lot of dimensional tape. I stamped the circle on a white card stock using Navy ink. It looked plain with the blue circle on white, so I decided to color the circle with Copics. That was a scary move since I heard that Hero Arts ink doesn't work with Copics. I didn't notice the Navy mixing with the Copics while I was coloring . I heat embossed the star in velum using Judikins Iridescent glitter embossing powder. (I think after embossing the image, this powder is comparable to Ranger Holographic embossing powder.) I heat embossed the sentiment on a darker blue strip using gold embossing powder. I fish tail cut the end using my square puncher. I attached two pieces of white washi tape to the back side of the circle, with the sticky side facing front. I powdered it, slant cut the ends, and curled it to mimic a ribbon.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Hero Arts Tiny Flags, Tape Your Message (Circle,) Written In The Stars (Star & sentiment)
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Navy)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Window Tag Card-Sketch 2

I am submitting this card to the Hero Arts Spring Sketch Challenge. This is my second entry, under Sketch 2 category.

     I planned a vertical card but later on changed my idea into a horizontal card after watching Kristina Werner's video featuring the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banner Dies, and Lawn Fawn Beep Boop Birthday Stamps and Dies. I started to work on the focal point of my card, which is the owl. I stamped the image in watercolor paper. I don't own a lot of Tim Holtz Distress Markers, so I used my watercolor pencils. This is the first time I used it with water and I was so amazed on the result. I fuzzy cut it and set it aside. 
     I cut a rectangle, about 2 x 2 1/4, to serve as the background of the owl. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, then paint brush splattered some Tide Pool ink to it. It is a very subtle splatter so it is hardly seen in the photo.
     I looked through my stash for a brown patterned paper, gold embossed the square. I cut out the middle of the square to serve as the window for the owl. 
     I layered the owl, the background paper & the window patterned paper, working from the patterned paper to the owl, then to the patterned paper. I used foam tape in between each image/paper.
     I curled the end of the patterned paper. I fish tail cut the other end to create a pennant. I thread through a brown twine through the curled edge, and tied it into a bow.
     I cut a brown card stock and dry embossed it. I rubbed the gold ink pad to emphasize the embossed pattern. I adhered the focal point to this card stock, making sure that the foam tapes are double up to keep it balanced. Since my papers are all dark, the white foam tapes are standing out, so I have to color it with a brown marker. If I am going to re-do this again, I will be using a black colored foam tape. 
     I cut off a strip from the bottom to make it smaller than the size of the card. The sentiment was embossed in white on a vellum. 
     I embellished the owls some more. I used Wink of Stella for the eyes, the ears and the talons. I used Glossy Accent for the noses. Then I decided to apply Enamel Accents to the eyes, and that was a no, no! Instead of a small dot, it bled through the Wink of Stella, almost covering the whole eyes. 'Not when my card is done!' So, here comes the googly eyes. Now that made me feel better. And finally, here is the card...

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamps used: Hero Arts OWH Lil Hoot (Owl, Sentiment: Can't wait to HUG YOU,) Getaway Travel (Speech Bubble,) Tape Your Message (Square)
Dauber: Hero Arts Tide Pool
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink Gold

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Zigzag Fold, Partial Fuzzy Cut Card

I am entering this card to this week's Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge.

I was inspired by the card Jennifer McGuire made in her blog (Partial Die Cutting) and decided to give it a try. I also made this card for my father for an advanced Happy Father's Day card. My husband, Clem, will be hand delivering this to him when he goes home to visit the Philippines tomorrow.

A couple of differences with Jennifer's card:
1) This stamp set doesn't have a coordinating die. I really want to use it for this card since my dad is a coffee lover. I used EK Success Retractable Knife to do the partial cut. I had to smooth the edges with a file. I also had to run a black marker on the cut edges for a smooth finish.
2) This is not a solid stamp. Although, there was a solid cup stamp image with this set, I would like the handle of the cup to be on the non-cut side. I think it would have been more tedious to cut if I had the handle on the cut side. I colored my cups with Copics. It did bleed through even if I used a heavy weight card stock but it is not noticeable since it is in the back side of the zigzag card.
3) I embellished my card with patterned paper. Somehow, leaving it blank and white doesn't enhance the zigzag design of the card.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe, PS Sentiment Sampler

Colorful Sunburst Washi Tape-Shaker Card

I am trying out for Paper Crafts Magazine Gallery Idol. The first challenge is washi tape. I posted this in Flickr in my gallery and the magazine's gallery. I posted this late in my blog because I thought it should only be posted in Flickr. Most people submitting have it posted in their blog.

This card showcases a part of my washi tape collection. I went crazy over it and still am. I was planning to go for a braided look but after googling rainbow colors, I saw a sunburst design that inspired me.

And here is my card...

It is a shaker card, too, showcasing my stash of sequins as well.

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Maria Giselle B.

Washi Tape: 3M Scotch, Doodlebug, My Mind's Eye, Target's Up & Up
Die: Taylored Expression
Sequin: Carolina's (bought from the Philippines @ Market-Market,) Doodlebug

Friday, May 16, 2014

Flower Corsage

It was my 7th Grader's Spring Band Concert last week. To continue the tradition I started, I made a paper corsage for the band teacher using Cricut Artiste cartridge.

Too bad, she wasn't able to wear it. I should have made it and delivered it earlier, rather than 45 minutes before concert time when it was all chaotic in the cafeteria. Better luck next year.

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Maria Giselle B.

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Knee Highs & Bow Ties
Glitter: Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Pumice Stone

Teacher Retirement Lay-out

My second grader's teacher is retiring after this school year. One of the class' moms is making a scrapbook for her, collecting a lay-out from each kid. I made a lay-out based on My Mind's Eye May Sketch challenge.

I love ombre and couldn't believe that I don't have a solid colored patterned paper in my stack. Good thing my local scrapbook store has one which worked out with my color scheme. I also love the Record It-Pretty Things washi tape. I cut it apart to create this stacked sentiments. For the title of the lay-out, I built it up from the Special note card. 2B is my son's homeroom. I cut 'learn' using Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge. I am into using embossing paste these days, so I used the negative space of the cut-out as my stencil. I could have sprinkled some white embossing powder but I want the focus to be more on  'special.' I stamped 'something.' I fuzzy cut 'special,' completing the title of this lay-out. The patterned papers which served as my photo/picture mats, came from past MME collections. Dry embossed card stocks are also used for mat. A few embellishments here and there, completing the final lay-out.

My son participated in this lay-out with him drawing a monument (the Louvre.) I made him do the journal by writing on strips of paper. I was going to make him write directly on the lay-out but just couldn't find myself that brave enough yet.

I enjoyed creating this one. Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.

Masculine Birthday Card-Sketch 1

It is my husband's birthday yesterday. I came up with this card for him which I am submitting to Hero Arts Spring Sketch Challenge.

I used sketch 1 for this card lay out.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamp used: Hero Arts Tiny Flags, Hero Arts Hexagon
Ink: Versamark, Hero Arts Navy Midtone

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bokeh Pattern, Reverse Vellum Coloring and Mother's Day Card

I created this card based on the photo above. I am so curious about bokeh pattern, that after viewing images of it, reading tutorials on how to re-create it, I used this pattern on this card.

Isn't it such a timing to make a mother's day card? The Inline Letters Stamp Set didn't come with an apostrophe stamp, so I have to make up my own sentiment for the occasion. This is what my sons call me. The greeting and sequins were stamped on a white card stock. The sequins were stamped twice without re-inking to create the bokeh effect.

The images were stamped on a vellum using Stazon ink. I colored the images on the reverse side of the vellum using Copic markers. I had to figure a way of attaching this on top of the white sentiment card. I squirted small amounts of liquid glue on the nose of the birds and the head spike of the dinosaur. I machine stitched the rest using a transparent thread. I love this thread! I used my old scalloped scissors to trim the edges of the vellum. I applied foam adhesive to the back of the white sentiment card. This was attached to a white card base.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Inline Letters, Confetti, Just Hatched

Happy Sunday

My card was chosen in last month's Trendy Twine Challenge: Spring Has Sprung.

In case, you want to view the card again,

I can't wait to join this month's Trendy Twine Challenge: Say It With A Sentiment.

Thanks for viewing my blog.

Maria Giselle B.