Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Oxide Background & a Surprise Pull Tab Greeting Card


Hello. I can't resist joining in Paper Smooches May Challenge on Flowers. I also created this card and hopefully finish it in time to make it to their June Guest Designer Search deadline. Plus, I need a card for my 2nd son's upcoming birthday on Saturday. A lot of reasons to motivate me to create this card, right?

I am still head over heels with using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. I smooshed the TH Fossilized Amber to the Craft mat and spritz the area with water. I smooshed a TH Watercolor paper to the area to pick up the color. I dried the paper with a heat gun. I then applied TH Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to PS Hip to be Square background stamp, which by the way, is already retired. I spritz water to this, and placed the watercolor paper on top of it. I rub my palm over the paper to make sure the image is transferred to the paper.

I used a lot of Paper Smooches Products for this creation, aside from the Hip to be Square background stamp. I used Comforting Hugs stamp set for the critter (Isn't it adorable?) I used Pocket dies for the the cover of the surprise critter and also, for the flowers and leaves underneath the vellum pocket die cut. I heat embossed a zigzag image from Cyber Cafe stamp set to the vellum pocket to create an outline. The sentiment is from Denim & Daisies stamp set. For the pull-out tab, I used Toppers die for the accent.

This is a multi-step instruction card which I was planning to describe the steps here. But due to constraint in time, I was not able to describe the instructions here. I can answer any questions you may have on how I created the elements for this card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Black and White Spinner Slider Birthday Card

New challenge time @ Incy Wincy Designs Blog with the theme being Black & White & Another Color. I am using an image from one of the sponsors for this challenge, SheepSki Designs.

I colored the image using Copic markers and color pencils. For accents, I used a metallic pen for the screws, a black glaze pen for the eyes and a red marker for the hearts, which is the other color in this card. I fuzzy cut the image leaving a white border around it.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Sentimental Circles set. I heat embossed the sentiment on white cardstock using a Recollections Charcoal embossing powder. I die cut two circles on black cardstock to reveal the sentiment. Using a Heidi Swapp Polka Dot stencil, I applied clear embossing paste by Wendi Vecchi mixed with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress ink. I set this aside to dry.

Instead of using a penny, I die cut a circle from a leftover chipboard. I adhered foam adhesive to the back of the black cardstock. I adhered double layered square foam adhesive to the back of the image, then adhered this to the circle chipboard. I adhered this panel to a top folding white note card.

The robot now spins and slides at the bottom part of the circle which you can view on the video.

I made this card for my husband who celebrated is 'ty-6th birthday last Monday. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cricut 3D Flower Corsage

It is the time of the year when my son, who is in band, will have their last concert for the school year. I failed to post the flower corsage I made for his band teacher during the winter concert, so, I will post a photo of that flower corsage at the end of this post. Unfortunately, since it has been months since I made that rose, I don't have the exact measurements of that flower.

For the Spring flower corsage, I cut a patterned paper @ 8" wide. I inked the edges gently using TH Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick to hide the white core of the patterned paper. I poke a hole at the center through which I inserted a floral wire. I twirled the paper using a quilling pen. A glue gun is a must for this kind of project to secure the twirled flower to the base which also secures the floral wire. I curled the petals out to make the flower realistic looking. I sprayed the flower with pearlized water. I squirted some Nuvo Crystal on the center of the flower. I set this aside to dry.

I cut a green patterned paper for the leaves. I secured the leaves to the base of the flower using glue gun. I was afraid the leaves will be ripped since the patterned paper is not thick. I applied Ranger Multi Media glue to the back of the leaves.  I am hoping that once the glue dries, it will add some stability to the leaves. I also brushed glittered Stickles to the top of the leaves.

I wrapped the floral wire with a floral tape. I then, created a bow, using a sheer ribbon.

For the box, I cut a 7"x7" white cardstock. Using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board, I scored this at 3" and 5". I rotated the paper & scorted it on the same marks. I heat embossed my store logo to the inner bottom panel of the box before adhering the sides. I used acetate for the box cover.

I always struggle with coming up with the right measurement to create the size of flower I have in mind. Since this is 3D, the flower size in the canvas in Cricut Craft Room is larger than the size of the 3D flower once it is twirled and assembled. I added a comparison photo here between a 6" cut and an 8" cut flower.

And, here are the photos of the winter flower corsage.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Watercolor Pencil, Watercolor and A Little Bit of Distress Oxide

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our theme is CAS (Clean and Simple,) Back then, I was not familiar to this so I had to Google what it meant. There are many different versions of a CAS card. To me, a CAS card is a one layer card, without any dimensions and with a minimal (or better yet, none) embellishment. Based on my own description, I came up with the card I have here today.

One of our featured sponsors for this challenge is Diddybag. They have a large array of images to choose from. I am using the Color Me Hearts images. A lot of possibilities with this one. I printed each heart on Canson Watercolor paper. I had to strategically crop, re-size and position the heart to slightly offset it to the side as part of the design. I am telling you, this may sound easy in digital stamping but I did use up a lot of scrap papers and ink to come up with the right size and the right spot for the heart. I also want to print two images at once to have two cards ready at once.

The images did not print all the way to the side. I had to trim a bit off the edges, making this card slightly short of 4 1/4" wide. If you want to keep it as is, you can use a border die to cover the gap. These are top folding cards which I think are pretty easy to replicate and produce in bulk. Maybe pack it as a note card gift set.

Since I am watercoloring, I taped the card to a board to keep the warping to a minimum. I am using Stampin Up Watercolor pencils and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. I started off with the watercolor pencils but the colors are limited, so I used the watercolor set. I am very amazed on how the water did not react to the printed image. I was expecting for disaster since I have a ink jet printer which reacts to moisture readily. Not with this one. I am not sure but I think it is the paper that made this technique do-able.

When I was done with coloring, I used a black Sakura gel pen and traced the lines to make the lines pop. I fuzzy cut the same heart out of the scrap papers I practiced printing on. I used this to mask the heart so I can ink blend the background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. It blends easily even if you started off heavy with a harsh line. I spritz the area with water and lifted it up with a paper towel to create water droplets.

I used the Altenew Label Love for sentiment. I stamped it on a strip of cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed the sentiment with clear powder. I ran a black marker along the edges to hide the white core of the paper strip. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the trim of the heart. I adhered Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti mix. To finish off the card, I rounded the edges.

I plan to create cards using the rest of the hearts in this set with the same technique but using different mediums. Please watch out for it.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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