Saturday, September 26, 2015

Balloon Shaped Birthday Card

This is an excess stamped watercolor card when I was doing my watercolor cards series. I was going to use it for a new card but the card didn't work out, and I've already cut this watercolor panel into a circle. Since the challenged for Mama Elephant for this month is shaped card, I decided to make it into a balloon. I made several versions of this card, so this is a remake with different upgrades.

I first inked the watercolor panel with Tim Holtz Distress ink (Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick) with the plan to create an ombre colored panel. I stamped the stars using white pigment ink around the sentiment, occasionally double stamping the image. I had to press the stars with my finger to even out the ink and remove the harsh edges. I ink the sides of the panel.

To create the shaped card, I cut 2 more circles using white cardstock, and also created the tip of the balloon using a triangle shaped scrap of patterned paper. I used a decorative edge scissor to cut the end of the balloon. I inked this as well. I made two of these, one for the front panel and the other for the back panel.

I adhered a circle cardstock to the front inked panel. This will hide the balloon tip. This will also hold  and hide the end of the twine which I taped to the back of the watercolor panel. I wrapped the twine onto the balloon tip, applying liquid glue to keep it in place. I stacked 3 die cut ribbons. I applied Wink of Stella in clear on this ribbons for added glimmer. I adhered this to the balloon tip and adhered a gem to it.

For the back, I scored the second white circle cardstock, about a fourth from the top. I applied adhesive to this area then adhered it to the back of the cardfront. I applied a small dot of glue to the tip of the triangle and lined it up with the triangle on the front of the card. You may add fourth circle cardstock to hide the triangle on the back panel.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamp: Mama Elephant Make A Wish

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Vellum Muted Card

I prepared the watercolor paper with a powder tool I stamped the background stamp on watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink with the help of Fiskar stamp press. I applied black embossing powder, then heat embossed it. This background stamp was stamped in an angle so it is not necessary to ink all of the stamp.

I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the squares. I want to achieve a washed, pastel look on the squares. To achieve this, I brush water onto the squares. Using a palette, I mixed white with a color, and added more water. I applied this to the squares. If I think the color is too bold, I dab a paper towel onto it. I allowed this to dry.

For the sentiment, I stamped the 'Thanks' sentiment onto white cardstock. I fuzzy cut this, leaving a little bit of white margin around the letter. To ground this, I used a strip of light yellow cardstock. I stamped the 'so much' sentiment onto this using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I applied clear embossing powder, then heat set it. I just found out that black embossing powder works best on large images like background stamps. When I applied black embossing powder to this sentiment, I have a lot of stray powder even if I prep the area with a powder tool. Compared to the Hip To Be Square background stamp in which the stray powder is very minimal.

I adhered the bottom part of the cut-out 'Thanks' to this yellow strip, to make it appear like it is floating. I applied white Ranger Enamel Accents to this to make it pop out. I set this aside to dry.

The background is busy with all the squares. I covered this with vellum to mute down the design. I die cut the top & bottom edges using a scallop border die. I sew the vellum to the watercolor paper. I sew the sides & bottom edge first so I can pour some small sequins into it. I sew the top edge to seal this.

For the sentiment strip, I applied adhesive to the center of the strip and to the back of the hanging letters. I sew the edges of the strip to the vellum panel. I trimmed the panel. This came out slightly larger than an A2 card. The card measures 5 5/8 x 4 1/4. I adhered sequins near and on the strip for added embellishment.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Paper Smooches Hip To Be Square, PS Chit Chat

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Watercolored Pattern Die Card

I did partial die cutting or partial die embossing on a watercolor card. To do this, I first laid the sentiment stamp onto the back of the pattern die. I drew lines using a pencil and a T-square around the stamp. This will be my guide as to where I will line up one of the cutting plates when I do my die cutting. I would like to leave the center without any impression for stamping of the sentiment later on.

I painted each quilted section using the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi. I just painted it loosely, making sure the color is within the quilt block. I dry this using a heat gun.

To give the center a tint of color, using a paint brush, I wet the area. I applied Tim Holtz Antique Linen on a palette. I dabbed a small amount of this and applied it to the wet center of the panel, just to get a wash of the color. I dried this with a heat gun.

I applied my powder tool to this area, stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink, applied Ranger Copper embossing powder, then heat set it. I adhered sequins for added embellishment.

I trimmed this panel and adhered it to a dark brown cardstock with a foam adhesive. This is then adhered to a white note card.

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Maria Giselle B.

Die: Lil' Inker Quilted Stitched Pattern Die
Stamp: Lil' Inker Greetings & Salutations

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Ink Layered Image-Subway Art Background

On my prior post, I created an ink layered background. This is my first attempt on creating that ink layered background which I didn't continue after I stamped the stems. I didn't like how I stamped the stems but I didn't want to throw this panel. I like how the flowers were stamped so I didn't want to throw it. I set this aside and started anew on the ink layered background. I came back to it with another idea and I like how it turned out.

The sentiment was stamped repeatedly on black cardstock using Versamark ink and embossed with WOW! White Satin Pearl Powder. I die cut a circle on this stamped panel to make a window for the flower. 

I don't have a cardstock that is close to the color of the flowers. I created my own which I learned from Jennifer McGuire. I inked a strip of cardstock with the inks I've used for the flowers. I ran this thru my Big Shot to create an impression using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die. 

The stamped panel is adhered to a note card with the die cut strip adhered to the right side of this. For added embellishment, I applied Wink of Stella to the stamen. I adhered some Doodlebug enamel dots, too. 

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Maria Giselle B. 

Stamps: Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms, Impression Obsession Love You, Miss You

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Ink Layered Stamped Background Card

To achieve the varied colors of the flowers, I used two inks, one of which is SSS Doll Pink dye ink. It is also the primary ink that I used in this card for the flowers. I also did two techniques to get the variation. For the first technique, I inked the flower and stamped this onto scrap paper. Without re-inking, I stamped this to a white cardstock. Before lifting up the acrylic block, I positioned the stamp positioner so I can stamp the flower at the exact place. I have no luck in re-stamping clear stamps just by eyeballing, that's why I use this tool. To continue, I re-ink the flower but this time just rolling the stamp onto the same dye ink, just to ink the edges of the flower. With the aid of the stamp positioner, I stamp the flower exactly where I first stamped it.

For the second technique, I inked the flower, then stamp it onto the white cardstock. This will result in a darker tone. Then, using a different shade ink, a darker one preferably, I just roll the flower stamp to this and stamp it exactly where the first impression is. Of course, I did this with the help of the stamp positioner. I just continued doing this until I filled up the white panel with flowers.

I stamped the leaves using the same techniques, too. I created a flower mask because at first, I was planning to stamp the stem which I later decided on not doing. For the stamen, using the same layered ink stamping, I stamped this using white dye ink, then gold pigment ink. I wasn't really planning ahead when I was stamping this. Because after I stamped all the stamen, I decided I wanted to emboss it. If I have to this again, I should have stamped with pigment ink then applied embossing powder before moving on to the next stamen. I will also use the anti-static powder tool in between stamping. Well, some of the powder managed to emboss, which is still okay.

To fill up the spaces, I used the berries. I also added a white dot for added detail. I stamped the sentiment onto a white strip of cardstock, heat embossed this in gold. I added flower sequins to fill the space on the sides of the sentiment. To finish the card, I adhered a pink patterned paper to a notecard, adhered the flower panel onto this using foam for dimension, then adhering the sentiment strip to the bottom third of the card.

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Maria Giselle B.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms, Impression Obsession Solid Tree Set
Inks: Close To My Heart, Hero Arts White Dye Ink, Michaels, Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Watercolor Marker Colored Vellum Card

I wiped a used dryer sheet onto the vellum I will be stamping on. Using Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink, I stamped the MFT Roses All Over Background stamp to this. I poured black embossing powder to the stamped background. I rarely use black embossing powder but I wanted to create a vibrant black background. Making sure the heat gun is heated enough, I zapped the vellum, moving the heat gun so as not to scorch the vellum.

Now its time to color. I colored the reverse side of the embossed vellum. I usually use Copics to color this but the colors I am using are not bright enough to be seen at the right side of the image. So, I tried the watercolor markers. I used two brands of watercolor markers for this project since I am still building up my color collection. I just used the markers itself to blend and move the color. I did not attempt to use a water brush for fear of warping the vellum.

For the outline, I re-made a die cut window card using a rectangle die. (The first time I made a card using this technique, I used a circle die. Here is the link to that post, I die cut the sentiment three more times to create a stacked sentiment embellishment. Since the rectangle die is smaller than an A2 card, I trimmed the vellum panel to the same size as the rectangle die. This also served as a place where I applied liquid adhesive to attach the vellum.

I want to still create an A2 card. To fill in the gap at the sides of the rectangle, I cut strips of cardstock to go around the rectangle panel. I adhered the rectangle panel to the note card with foam adhesive making sure the foam tape is not too wide to show through the vellum panel. I applied Wink of Stella to the sentiment for shimmer.

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Maria Giselle B.

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