Sunday, March 27, 2016

Creating a Background with One Stamp Set

Coloring books are in trend now. I haven't joined the trend yet but there are a lot of products out there that is very tempting to purchase and color. How about you? Do you have a coloring book? Anyway, my project is inspired by this trend. Since the coloring trend has expanded to 12 x 12 paper and coloring cards, I decided to create my own coloring sheet. I am using Altenew Striped Florals. I cut a light pink cardstock at 8.5" x 5.5". I used an anti-static powder tool to prepare the cardstock. I stamped the large images first randomly using Versamark ink. I stamped several images at a time, then pour embossing powder over the images. I am using Ranger Embossing Antiquities Verdigris powder. I heat emboss the images. I repeated this process until I filled up most of the cardstock. I used all the stamps in the Striped Florals set. I couldn't say how long this process took me since I was doing it intermittently. The cardstock withstood the heat and I think a big factor to this is allowing the heat gun to be hot before heating the embossed images. The embossing powder I used also took some time to melt so heating the gun first prevented warping of the paper.

Now, it is time to color. I am debating on what medium to use. Since this is a regular cardstock and I went thru all that trouble to make this coloring paper, I chose color pencils. I am using Staedtler Ergosoft colored pencils and a blender pen.

This is the moment wherein I have to take chances on this coloring sheet I've invested time on. I cut this in half at the 8.5" side to create a 4.25" x 5.5" panel. I die cut this panel using My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Companion-Diagonal and kept all the negative spaces. I also cut a fun foam using the same die. The die cut fun foam flattened after it got run through the Big Shot but allowed some time, it went back to its original size.

Using the positive cut as a guide, I adhered the negative cuts to a white note card. I adhered a transparent film on the back of this positive cut. For the sentiment, I cut a pink vellum to fit the bottom space. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink and the Misti Stamping tool. I poured white powder to this and heat set it. I adhered this to the matching negative cut. I adhered the fun foam, poured glitters and sequins to the foam tunnels, and sealed it with the front panel.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Masked Stamping & Copic Coloring

My youngest son loves My Little Ponies. This inspired me on how to color the unicorn of the Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set. I created a mask of the unicorn by stamping the unicorn onto a Post-It note. I allowed the stamped image to dry on the Post-It note. Even if I use a dye ink to stamp on the Post-It note, it smudges if I touch it right away. 
I stamped the first unicorn on the left side of an Express It paper. I used a Memento Desert Storm ink because I plan to do no line coloring of the unicorns. I used the second generation ink for the image which just means stamping the image onto a scrap paper first before stamping it on the Express It paper. I lined the mask on top of this unicorn. Repeating the process described, I stamped the unicorn onto the right side of the first unicorn. I repeated this process another time to create three unicorns with the illusion of one is slightly in front of the other. 

I don't have the Copic markers that match the colors of the My Little Ponies that I chose (Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash.) I just got by with the closest that I have. Thanks to Google, I also found this website that guided me in coloring the unicorns (

After I colored the unicorns, I colored the horn with Copic Spica in clear for sparkle. I cut out the unicorns and used a blade to cut in between the unicorns. To ground the unicorns, I cut a textured kraft colored cardstock using a Mama Elephant stitched border die to create a hill. I embossed the sentiment on the right side of the hill using Versafine and black embossing powder. 

To create the background, I used Prima Color Blooms to create splatters of colors. I used Cotton Candy, Soft Teal and Tea Stain. I splattered the colors on a Strathmore Bristol paper. After this has dried, I die cut this panel using a Simon Says Stamp Double Stitched Rectangle die. I also used this to create a stitched impression on the bottom part of the stamped hill.

I adhered the hill on the bottom of the color splattered panel, then adhered the unicorns on top of the hill. I matted this panel with a patterned paper, then adhered this to a white note card. I added Glossy Accents to the horns of the unicorns. I also added white dots on the nose of the unicorns using a white Gelly Roll pen.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hexagon Flower Quilt Card


I was trying to finish this card for the previous Hero Arts Challenge but my life got so hectic that I did not finish it on time. But I decided to finish off the project since I did scrap about 4 pieces of stamped panels before I came up with this final piece. I was really going to quit the idea after the third try but I just couldn't let go of creating a quilted look out of my old hexagon stamps.

Hexagon became a fad shape a couple of years ago and I am one of those who joined that craze. I am using the Hero Arts Clear Hexagons stamp set for this project. After choosing which die inks I'll be stamping with and after searching the net for a quilted flower pattern, I stamped the striped hexagon stamp onto a white Neenah Solar White card stock. Since I am only using this stamp, I made sure I clean off this stamp in between colors by cleaning it with a baby wipe, then with a dry rag, stamping it off to a scrap paper, then stamping it again onto the scrap paper after inking it with the first color. There is a new product out in the market, the Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy which you can use to short cut the tedious process I just described. I don't have one and so far, it is sold out at the Lawn Fawn site but I saw a shammy at Michael's, at the art section, if you want to try it out.

For the center of the flower, I flipped the striped hexagon stamp to create a solid hexagon shape. double stamped this to make the color darker & bolder. The key to creating this quilt background is to be sure the image is overlapping each other during stamping. But if you created a gap, no worries. Just stamp the image again.

After I filled up the panel with hexagons, I felt there was still something missing to pop out the flowers. I accented the flowers by using coordinating color pencils and traced a line around the hexagons on the flowers and leaves. I also colored the solid hexagons with Wink of Stella Glitter pen.

This is when I had a difficulty finishing the card that's why I didn't make it to the deadline. I can't find in my stash a Hero Arts sentiment that will stand out in this busy background. Does this happen to you? Anyway, after a night of sleep, I was able to finish the card. I trimmed the panel to 4" x 5 1/4". I haven't broken in the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine I've bought since November.

Using the Heidi Swapp Toner pen, I lined the outer edges of a white card base. I had difficulty using this pen. Somehow the ink, after priming, is not freely flowing in writing a straight line. It will be light in some areas so I had to repeat lining on it again. I also used Lawn Fawn dies, 'Thanks' and 'Thinking of You' to come up with the 'Thank you' sentiment.

I cut a piece from a solid rectangle printed using a laser printer. I got the template from Jennifer McGuire ( After I die cut the sentiments, I noticed some of toned areas are bare of toner. I used the toner pen to cover-up these areas. I cut a piece of foil larger than the front of the base card. I sandwiched this inside the Minc carrier and fed it thru the machine. I had the heat setting at 4.

I used the same foil to add foil to the sentiments. Depending on how perfectionist you are, I had to run this through the Minc twice since there were areas not foiled. I adhered this to the lower left corner of the panel. I adhered the panel to the foiled card base.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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