Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Distress Oxide Stamping and Color Pencils


I finally get to play with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. I used it to stamp the images, and its properties are really amazing! The image remained wet long enough that I was able to apply embossing powder to the image and heat set it. I created masks for the images so I can stamp the flower on top of the other keeping in mind that the masked image is the one that will be in front. The images are from Altenew Hannah Elements stamp set.

I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils. I am not an expert with color pencils but I would like to learn how to work with this medium. I wanted to go for a textured look so I used the flicking motion in coloring the petals of the flowers. I am more familiar with the flicking motion using Copic markers. I think they also work with color pencils, what do you think? For the center of large flowers, I die cut a circle on blue felt. I adhered blue Doodlebug Sequins on top of the felt. After which, I applied a dot of glue on the center of the sequins, and poured clear Martha Stewart seed beed. I set this aside to dry, then brushed off the excess seed beed.

This panel was 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" until I trimmed it off and created a banner-like panel as the main focus of the card. I die cut the bottom edge of this panel using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches wafter die. I was able to center the die on the banner to create a single curved scallop.

For the colored panel, I am using a navy blue cardstock cut at 4"x 5 1/4". I embossed this using a Li'l Inker Quilted Stitched Pattern die. I adhered this to a top folding white A2 notecard. I adhered the stitched blue panel onto this. I adhered the flowered banner on this using dimensional tape and slightly offset to the right side.

The sentiment is from Altenew Super Script stamp set. I heat embossed the message on a navy blue strip of cardstock. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the sentiment strip.


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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stamp Tracing on Kraft Cardstock



This is my second card for today's Incy Wincy Designs Challenge using a digi stamp from one of our sponsors. I got my inspiration from Jennifer McGuire. Do check out her blog post on stamp tracing which includes a video on the technique.

I printed the image on kraft cardstock. The cardstock I am using is from Papelmeroti, a gift shop in the Philippines. This is one of the treasures I brought back to my craft stash during my visit to my parents & sister in the Philippines. Papelmeroti's kraft cardstock is thinner, darker and about half an inch longer than the cardstock bought here in the US. Fuzzy cutting the image is actually easy because of how thin the cardstock is.

I colored the image with Pentel Juice pastel gel pens which has 6 colors only. I used Prismacolor pencils to add accents to the images. I fuzzy cut the heart wreath image leaving a thin border around it. I cut a pink vellum big enough to cover the opening of the heart wreath. I embossed the vellum using Ellen Hutson Stitching Dies. I adhered the vellum to the back of the digital die cut. I adhered foam adhesive to the back for dimension.

For the card base, I am using a Bazzil cardstock, I partially embossed the front of the card using Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern die. To the area not embossed, I heat embossed the sentiment from Honey Bee Bless Your Heart stamp set.

I poured some flower sequins behind the vellum to create a muted shaker card. The vellum somehow conceals the shaker elements. I used flower sequins from Simon Says Stamp and flower sequins from the Philippines. Using an acetate can be another option instead of using vellum if you want to showcase your shaker elements. I adhered this digital die cut to the card front. There is a bit of overhang on the design so this card will need a bigger sized envelope.

I added sparkle to some of the images using Wink of Stella. I adhered butterfly sequins (another treasure from the Philippines). I applied Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops on top of the butterflies, and near the sentiment. As last step, I rounded the corners using We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.



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

Maria Giselle B.

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Pop-Up Scene Card


It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The image I am using is from one of our sponsors for this challenge. The moment I saw this image, I knew I have to use it for an interactive card. I created a layered pop-up scene card! There are lots of detail in creating this card. I think the process of creating this card will be better described in a video tutorial. Too complicated and confusing if I try to post the instructions here in the blog. Anyway, if you have any questions on how certain parts of the card was created, feel free to post it in the comment section. I will get back to you as soon as I can. In the meantime, I am posting photos and a little description. Enjoy!


This is the front of the card. To unify the design of the card front and the inside of the card, I used sentiments from one stamp set, Mama Elephant. I used the same technique, heat embossing. And I used patterned papers from the same paper pad, Doodlebug Frosty Friends.


This is a shot of the card from the top showing my own created pop up mechanism. With the growing cardmaking industry, some companies sell pop-up dies to make these cards easy to create. I don't have one so I made my own pop-up mechanism using scored cardstock strips and a very strong adhesive.


A close-up of the scene. Aren't the images so, so cute? My mistake in placing my watermark on the banner but I hope you can appreciate it on the other photos.


I applied glue to the trim of the snowman's hat using a glue pen. I poured Wow! White Puff Powder embossing powder, heat set it, and look at that! 

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you join us at Incy Wincy Designs So,So Cute Challenge. I hope you find this creation a cute one. Have a blessed &. brilliant day! 

Maria Giselle

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Recipe Challenge Vellum Colored Card


 It is Recipe Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge is to use 1 image, 2 different papers, and  3 embellishments, which can be 3 of the same or 3 different kinds. I am using an image from one of our sponsors, Wink Wink Ink, the Rainy Day-Bear in Raincoat and Rubber Boots.

My card is also inspired by a technique used by Jennifer McGuire in her blog on Vellum Coloring. She has a video demonstrating this technique. I encourage you to go, check it out.

The image is printed on Strathmore Watercolor paper and colored with watercolor pencils. The image is masked using an extra image which was fuzzy cut. Using a stencil brush, I created a soft background using Tim Holtz Broken China Distress ink. I used watercolor pencil to create the landscape to ground the image. I die cut this into a circle using My Favorite Things Stacked Circle die. I scored the circle on the left side to create a tab.


For the vellum, I am using Grafix. I swiped a Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre Ink. I wiped off the excess ink using a rag. I zapped the vellum with a heat gun to speed the drying process. I stamped a cloud image from Paper Smooches Spectrum set on the vellum using StazOn Cotton White ink. The vellum is cut at 6"x5", and scored at 2" to create a tab.

I have a 4"x5" white note card cut. I adhered the vellum to this by applying adhesive to the inner tab area. This creates the card itself. I then adhered the circle die cut onto the vellum.

For the sentiment, I stamped this using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I am using Lawn Fawn and Paper Smooches stamps. I fuzzy cut the speech bubble leaving a small white margin around it. I adhered the sentiments using adhesive foam.

I cut a 4.5"x5.5" white note card. I embellished the sides of this note card with a yellow washi tape. I adhered the vellum card to this. It just makes the vellum card sturdy. I colored in the bear's raincoat with a yellow Wink of Stella Shimmer pen, and the boots with a red Spectrum Noir Sparkle Shimmer pen. I adhered gems and sequins to the front of the card.

If your vellum warped with the heating, which what happened to mine, just put some magnets over the curled edges. I left mine overnight and was glad to see that it straightened out when I came back to it.

I completed the recipe as follows: a digital image from Wink Wink Ink; two different papers, watercolor paper and vellum; and 3 embellishments, gems, sequins and washi tape.


I hope you join us in this challenge. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle