Thursday, December 14, 2017

Shaped Shaker Gift Tag

My younger son is invited to a birthday party, his first invite. I am sure he is excited. I cannot believe how involved he wants to be. He was the one who chose the present for his friend and the main image for this tag.

I am using Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow Shaker Add-on Die to cut the snow globe tag elements. I am using Strathmore Bristol paper for the back of the snow globe. I rubbed an anti-static powder tool over the paper. I stamped the balloon from Lawn Fawn Year Four stamp set. I masked some of the balloons to be able to stamp multiple balloons. I also masked the balloons to create the ray of colors. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide for the ink blending. I colored the balloons using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.

The reindeer and the gift are from Lawn Fawn Party Animal stamp set. I heat embossed this image on Strathmore Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder. I colored the image using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I cut a slit around the hands of the reindeer to be able to insert the present in between its hands.

To keep up with the colors, I cut different colored cardstocks using the snow globe die. I inked the top layer with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Faded Jeans. I poured Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Glitter on the well I created with the stacked colored cardstocks, sealing it with the snow globe with acetate adhered to it. I used a double adhesive tape to adhere the die cuts on top of each other.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn #Awesome stamp set. I curved the sentiment stamp with the help of the snow globe die before picking this with the acrylic block. I heat embossed this before blending Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Faded Jeans to it. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot.

The Lawnfawnatics Challenge blog has a new challenge on Emboss Resist. My embossing on this tag resisted the inking I made on the background and the sentiment tag. The embossing also helped keep the colors within the area I am coloring when I colored the balloons, reindeer and the gift.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Pearl Painted Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog for the next two weeks is Silver and Gold. Very timely, I should say, with the holidays fast approaching. Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy. I am using the Young Deer image.

I printed the image on Canson watercolor paper. I painted the image using Finetec Coliro Watercolor Pearl Gold & Silver set. I love this watercolor set. See the shimmer on the deer on the next photo. There are other Finetec sets available, and you can also purchase them individually. I painted the eyes and the mouth with Kuretake Gansai Tambi. I used an ink jet printer to print the image which reacted with the water when I painted the image. Using the original image as a guide, I used a fine tip black marker to trace the image outline and the details.

I used the Cricut Design Space to cut the antlers for this deer. I pounced this on Versamark ink and dipped it on silver Hero Arts embossing powder. I repeated this process twice to make it thicker. I cut these antlers twice. I adhered the extra antlers to the back of the embossed antlers for extra dimension. I adhered these antlers to the head of the deer.

I added red Stickles to the nose of deer. Now, my deer looks like Rudolph the reindeer.

For the background, I am using Canson watercolor paper. I die cut this panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. I masked the edges using a low tacky painter's tape. I applied a wash of water to the open rectangular area. I used the Kuretake Gansai Tambi to add color to the area, using a dark blue and purple to create the night sky. I dried this with a heat gun.

I covered the area with a Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil, secured it with tape at the edges. I applied a translucent Wendi Vecchi embossing paste to the stencil, making sure I covered the holes with embossing paste. I lifted the stencil off, making sure to clean the stencil and palette knife right away. I poured Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone Glitter over the area to adhere to the embossing paste while pouring off the excess. I set this aside to dry.

For the sentiment, I am using a bold sentiment from Mama Elephant Season's Greetings stamp set. I stamped this on gold vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with American Crafts Zing Metallic Gold embossing powder. I fuzzy cut around the sentiment leaving a small border around the words.

I applied dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte on the back of the vellum sentiment and the painted image. I adhered this to the stitched panel.

To finish off the card, I cut a silver cardstock at 4 1/4"x 5 1/2". I added cross-stitched details on the edge of this silver cardstock using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. I adhered this to the front of a top folding A2 note card. I adhered fun foam to the back of the watercolored panel, then adhered this to the silver cardstock.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Let me greet you as early as now, have a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the season!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Lawn Fawn Selfie Phone Shaker Ornament

Just a warning, this is an instruction-filled and Lawn Fawn-filled post. I created these giveaway cards as a part of a Holiday/Christmas card exchange. I am very late in sending these out to my overseas card group mates. I hope the wait will be worth it.

I started off by creating the phone ornaments. I traced the Selfie phone die to a white 110 lb. cardstock and manually cut along the traced lines. I also die cut the phone thrice on 110 lb. cardstock and a gold pearl cardstock. I lightly traced the phone opening on the solid white cardstock to serve as a guide in creating my scene.

I stamped the snowmen from the Ready, Set, Snow stamp set on the solid white cardstock. I created masks for the snowmen and the trees from the same stamp set. Using the Stitched Hillside Borders die, I created a hill mask. I stamped the trees on the background and masked them as well. I masked the edges of the frame and blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Salty Ocean on the scene. I tapped some pearlized water droplets to this blended area and patted it dry with a paper towel.

I took off the mask for the hill. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Iced Spruce for the snow bank. Covering the sky area with paper, I spritz pearlized water onto this to create a shimmery snow bank.

I completely took the masks off the images and colored the snowmen using Copic markers. Coloring the images didn't use much effort since I did not use a lot of colors. What took some time was adding details to the snowmen and the trees. For the trees, I applied glue to the white areas using a glue pen. I poured Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Rock Candy to the glued areas while the glue is wet. After this had dried, I applied clear Wink of Stella to the green areas. For the snowmen, I used my stash of colored pens to create the patterns on the hats, earmuff and scarf. I used a Black Sakura Glaze pen for the eyes, buttons and ear muff band. I had to trace the scarf with a black marker because some of the impressions got covered by the colored pens.

I stacked about 3 Selfie phone die cuts. I used double adhesive tape to adhere the die cuts on top of the other. The stamped piece is bigger than the Selfie phone die cuts. I trimmed off the excess after stacking the die cuts on it.

I created another snow slope by using the negative cuts of the Selfie phone cut, applied a double adhesive tape to one side, and die cut it using the Stitched Hillside Border die. I removed the backing and poured Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over it. I rubbed my finger to burnish the glitter and adhered the slope to the front of the snowmen, puzzle piecing it to the negative space of the Selfie phone.

To create the shaker, I adhered a plastic film on the back of the pearl gold Selfie Phone die cut. I used double adhesive tape as well. I poured Martha Stewart Seed Beads and Iridescent Glitter onto the well. If you noticed, I kind of overdid the shakers on one of the phones. Sometimes, I cannot help it! I adhered the pearl gold die cut on top of the stacked die cuts to seal the shaker.
I wanted to make this into a tree ornament. I traced another white cardstock using the Selfie phone die and stamped a sentiment from Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set using Versamark ink. I poured Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder, then heat set it. I embossed a Stitched Square Frame to draw the attention to the embossed sentiment because I don't plan to add anything else to this panel.

To make this into an ornament, I cut some Siver Sparkle Single Cord, made a loop, and tied a knot at the end. I adhered this to the back of the shaker card using a strong double sided tape. I sandwiched this by adhering the sentiment panel on top of it and cut the excess again. The phone ornament is now finished!

To create the phone ornament holder, which served as my greeting card, too, I trimmed a 4 1/2"x 5 1/2" brown cardstock which will be the base of the card. I trimmed the patterned paper from Knit Picky Petite Paper Pack at 4" x 5 1/4" and traced the phone die on the middle of the patterned paper. I used a We R Memory Keepers Notch Punch to create tabs that will hold the phone ornament. I used a craft knife to create the window.

I used the Stitched Square Frame die to create the stitched impressions on the sides of the paper. I had to do partial die cutting since my die is square shaped. It didn't turn out perfect in some spots but still relatively okay.

I heat embossed sentiments from the Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set using a white embossing powder and stamped the snowflakes from the Ready, Set, Snow stamp set using Delicata White Shimmer Ink. I set this aside to dry. Next, I adhered foam adhesives to the back of the patterned paper. Then, I adhered this on top of the brown cardstock making sure the stamping I did showed through the window. Now, I can slide the phone under the tabs. Like the presentation?

Thank you for visiting my blog. I apologize for the lengthy post. Usually, I would skip the part of sharing the steps especially if it is lengthy but after seeing the outcome, I feel this is worth sharing.  Do email me or leave a comment if you have any questions? Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Lawn Fawn products used: Selfie Frames, Ready, Set, Snow stamp set. Stitched Hillside Borders die, Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set, Stitched Square Frame die, Silver Sparkle Single Cord, Knit Picky Petite Paper Pack

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Purple Ppinky Dolls Christmas Card

It is a Sketch Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. I am using an image from one of our sponsors, Ppinky Dolls, named Little Star.

I'll be honest. I had difficulty coloring this image. In fact, the last time we were sponsored by Ppinky Dolls, I did not give justice to the pretty image with my coloring. I requested this image for the DT. It is just right for me to use it in my creation for this challenge. I think this is my third try in coloring this image. I finally gave up on using watercolor pencils and resorted to colored pencils. I think I finally found the recipe to coloring Ppinky Dolls!

After coloring the image, using an old tool by EK Success Curvy Cutter, I cut this into an oval. I am out of practice using this tool, since in my failed coloring, wherein I cut the paper first before coloring, I frayed the paper at the edges. I still did it on this one but it wasn't as bad as the first two times. I smoothed the edges using a file.

I applied a thin layer of Tim Holtz Distress Glaze to the colored images. I buffed the excess off using a rag. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Broken China to the background. The Distress Glaze protected the colored images from the ink blending. It also protected the image from the water I spritz to the blended background. I picked up the droplets with a paper towel. Using Distress Glaze saved me a lot of time from creating a paper mask and/or applying masking fluid to the image. It did create a halo around the images which actually made the image pop.

I added a lot of details to this digital image. When I say a lot, it is A LOT! I cut a scalloped oval using the Cricut Design Space. I also used the CDS to cut a white pearl mat for the image. I am using Doodlebug Frosty Friends 6x6 paper pad for the patterned papers. The quarter panels have stitched borders on it. I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders to create the stitches. The sentiment was also stamped on patterned paper from the same collection. I heat embossed this using white powder. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink Faded Jeans to make the sentiment pop. The embossing resisted the inking but I did have to wipe off the ink from the embossed sentiment. I fuzzy cut the sentiment. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow stamp set. It is a curved sentiment but with the use of a ruler, I straightened the sentiment then picked it up with the acrylic block. I applied some Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Confetti Silver Mix as an add-on.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Cards Created Using Positive and Negative Cuts

I am participating in Pebbles November Sketch Challenge. I enjoyed creating these cards because it did not only made me use my Pebbles stash but is also stretched my imagination on what to create using my available resources.

For the first card, I am using a colorful plaid paper called Perfect Day from the Seen and Noted collection. I cut a 6"x6" piece from a 12"x12" patterned paper. I rotated the paper to make the stripes diagonal instead of the original print of horizontal and vertical lines. Using the pattern as a guide to the design, I die cut several squares, or should I say, diamonds. I kept the positive cuts for the other card. I drew black lines in between the colored stripes for added detail.

Using the same metal die, which is the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square, I die cut squares out of Cherry Arc Crafts Wood Tape. I adhered this tape on scrap cardstock first to prevent it from cracking.

I adhered the plaid paper on a top folding A2 sized kraft note card. I puzzle pieced the stitched wood tape to the windows on the plaid paper. I added a dot of Stickles to each diamond. Since the plaid paper was rotated, it left open spaces on the corners. I adhered the same wood tape to these corners.

For the sentiment, I trimmed a phrase from the Family, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I mat this on a stitched die cut red-orange cardstock. I traced the sentiment with a Sakura Glaze Pen. I adhered the rest of the sentiment on the inside of the card to complete the thought of this
encouragement card.

For the second card, I didn't want to put the negative cuts of my first card to waste. They have also stitched detailing on it. Actually, I adhered these cuts using the negative cut on my first card as a guide. Excuse me for the disorder of this post.

I embossed the stitched squares using Versamark ink with clear embossing powder. I repeated this process about three times to make the squares raised and sort of look like puffy stickers. I wanted to preserve the original pattern of the plaid cardstock. I applied a non-tacky tape to the back of the window plaid patterned paper. I pieced in the embossed stitched squares so these will adhere to the tape. I removed the tape gently to peel off the squares. Using a temporary adhesive, I adhered the window patterned paper to a kraft Neenah cardstock. I picked the embossed squares from the tape and puzzle pieced it to the plaid patterned paper. Once I am done adhering all the pieces, I carefully removed the window plaid paper. I placed an acrylic block on the top of the these adhered die cuts while I allow the liquid glue to dry.

Once the glue has dried, I drew lines in between the diamonds using a white Uniball Signo Broad pen. For the split panel, I am using the B side of the Chalkboard patterned paper from the Lakeside collection. The yellow was too overwhelmingly bright. To mute it down, I inked the paper with Tim Holtz Distress inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I drew in the chevron pattern using a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I used a foam adhesive to adhere these split panels.

For the sentiment, I used another phrase from the Famiy, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I fuzzy cut the 'hello' part. I cut the 'there' into a banner with fishtail edges. I traced the letters using the Uniball Signo Broad pen. I added a dot of white Ranger Enamel Accents to the ends of the label.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Digital Image Christmas Ornament

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is entitled "Not A Card." The challenge title speaks for itself. Create anything as long as it is not a card. I am using a digital image from our challenge sponsor, Rick St. Dennis. I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I also printed it as a mirror image.  I colored the image using Copic markers. I adhered the images back to back with the use of a light tracer light box to get a perfect alignment of the image. I suggest to use a temporary adhesive on the top portion of the angel. This will allow you to add the thread loop after fuzzy cutting the images. Then, that's the time you can add a stronger adhesive to seal the mirrored images, sandwiching the thread loop. Ask me how I know? =)

I fuzzy cut the image. I added a metallic thread in between the mirrored images using a strong adhesive. I painted a light blue Stickles to the angel's dress. I drew in the piping of the angel's gown with a black glitter gel pen. I colored the stars in the angel's dress with a yellow Spica glitter pen. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the angel's wings. And, I heat embossed Wow! White Puff Powder to the clouds. I used a glue pen to make the powder adhere before heat setting it. I applied clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on the angel's halo, and allowed this to dry.

I plan to create a batch of these handmade ornament to be given to my son's class for Christmas. I have a long time to work on that, right?

I hope I gave you some inspiration that images can also be used beyond cards. Please join us in this challenge. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Cricut Spider Magnets

Belated Happy Halloween, to you all! This year, I didn't come up with a treat bag. I was going to do some crafting for a game for my Kindergartener's Halloween Classroom party but due to time constraint, we could not add the game. Instead, I created a non-candy give away.

I purchased the spider image from Cricut Design Space. Working with the CDS is very easy. Just type in the image you would like to cut and it will show the images available. Editing your image is easy with CDS. I moved the spider's eyes from the bottom part of its head to the top part. This image is a tag. I just cut off the tag part on the spider layer. With the bottom layer, I removed the notch by duplicating this layer, rotating it and welding both layers together to come up with a closed curved edged square.

I use a white cardstock for the back layer. I applied Ranger Multi Matte to the area which will show in front as eyes of the spider. I was going to use glow in the dark embossing powder which I ordered online. My order is still being processed so I used glow in the dark glitter which I bought from Hobby Lobby. I applied the glitter to the glued area and allowed it to dry.

I heat embossed the sentiment using Ranger Holograuphic embossing powder. I applied Ranger Multi Matte to the spider legs and poured Martha Stewart flocking powder to make the spider fuzzy. I wasn't happy on how much powder adhered to the glue. I might have to try other liquid adhesives next time for the flocking powder.

I adhered the back layer to the back of the spider making sure the glitter shows through the holes of the eyes. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes and allowed this to dry. It looks really neat after it dried. It looks like black enamel accents. I adhered the magnet to the back of the spider.

I wish I can have a photo of the spider's eyes as it glows in the dark but the glow is not enough to be captured in photo. Sigh!

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Watercolor Galaxy Background Trifold Spinner Card

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge for the next two weeks is on Dress Up! The image I am using on this card is from Limited Runs, one of our two sponsors for this challenge.

I am using Strathmore Watercolor paper, cut a sheet in half, making it 9"x6", then scored it at 4.5". This will be slightly larger than an A2 card for now but I will be trimming off the edges to make it an A2 sized card. I taped this to a board to lessen the warping of the paper as I watercolor. I applied a wider tape next to the score line to protect that side of the card. Using a flat brush, I applied water to the area. I am using Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dropping in colors to the wet area and allowing the water to spread the color. I dried this using a heat gun. I applied black and blue watercolor on top of the dried colors. I picked up some of the water using a paper towel. I dried this using a heat gun.

I uploaded the images to Cricut Design Space so I can print and cut it using the Cricut. Saved me time in fussy cutting =). I flipped the image to create a mirror image. I colored the images with Copic markers. I added details to the dress with a metallic pen to create the dots. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the moon. I added Ranger Glossy Accent to the wings. Now, the image is dressed up like a fairy. I adhered a floss of DMC thread to the back and sandwiched this with the mirror images.

I die cut a circle on one of the watercolored cards and on a piece of white cardstock which will serve as a backing to hide the string. I stamped stars around the circle window using several Lawn Fawn stamps (Lucky Stars and Yay Kites stamp sets). I heat embossed this with Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder.

I positioned the string image to the center of the circle. I adhered the string to the back of the card front. I sandwiched this string with the white cardstock. I adhered the other watercolored panel to the inside of the card to create the trifold mechanism. I stamped a sentiment on the inner watercolored panel using a Lawn Fawn stamp (Lucky Stars), then heat embossed it in white powder.

I hope you join us in today's challenge at Incy Wincy. Hope to see your creations soon!

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Create Your Own Background for a Scrapbook Layout

Winnie and Walter Blog held several challenges last Saturday for the World Cardmaking Day. I always enjoy joining their challenges. Something I will definitely look forward to next year.

I am participating in the Anything But A Card Challenge with Kelly. With the only W&W stamp set that I own, I created this layout featuring my sons' photos taken during last year's Picture Day. My scrapbook layout is sized at 9 1/4"x12". I die cut a white cardstock using a Mama Elephant stitched rectangle die from the ME Peek-A-Frame Creative Cuts. I repeatedly stamped a descriptive word from the W&W The Big, Bold And You stamp set using a grey dye ink. I inked the edges by blending Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pumice Stone. 

I stamped the 'you' sentiment on vellum using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed this with a clear embossing powder. For the subsentiment, I stamped it on black strip cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

I randomly adhered some Studio Calico and Lucy's Cards silver star sequins as a finishing touch.

I hope you find inspiration in this creation to look at your stash of stamps to create something other than a card.

Thank you for viewing my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Hello! Happy World Cardmaking day to everyone who loves to create cards, and also, to those who loves receiving cards. I hope you are having a brilliant celebration where ever you are. Here is my way of taking part in this holiday that truly means a lot to me. I hope you like it.

I am mostly using My Favorite Things for this card. For the flowers and stems, I used Fresh Cut Flowers die. For the sentiment, I used Mason Jar Labels stamp set and its matching die, Mason Jar Mug. I used the Circle STAX die for the circle border. I stamped the Typewriter Text Background on the panel behind the flowers using MFT Kraft dye ink.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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