Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Watercolored Stamped Sentiment & Shaker Wine Glass Slider Card

I am using the Paper Smooches Sassy Script to customize a sentiment. I stamped the letters on black cardstock using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I tried painting over this to give it a look like I hand-painted it but I wasn't successful in achieving that look. I didn't give up with this idea. This time, after I stamped the letters, I outlined the letters using a gold metallic marker.  I could have stopped here since the look of it is not that bad at all, but I want to pursue the design I have in mind for this card. I colored the letters using Finetec Artist Gold Color set. I created splatters using the same color set but a different gold color.

For the slider elements, I stamped two wine glasses from Paper Smooches Merry Motifs stamp set using Versamrk ink.  I heat embossed this with gold Zing! embossing powder. Using a craft knife, I carefully cut off the inside of the wine glass. I die cut the wine glasses using the matching die. I also die cut 2 extra ones which will be the back of the shaker wine glass. To make the insides of the wine glass have a finished look, I ran a Versamark pen on the inner sides of the window, and heat embossed this with the same gold powder. I adhered a clear acetate to the back of the wine glasses. I cut small and short strips of foam tape and adhered it around the window to create a well. I poured Martha Stewart seed beed to the well, then adhered the plain wine glass die cut.

My sentiment wasn't centered so I trimmed the sides using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. This panel is smaller than the actual die so I had to run the cardstock with the die again to get the stitched impressions on that edge as well.

Most of the time, pennies are used as backing for the sliders. My Favorite Things sells slider elements, if you are interested. I don't have this so I created my own by cutting a piece of thick fun foam large enough that it will not slide off the slider window. Since this is very thick, I had to apply 4 layers of foam adhesive just to make the slider element mechanism work. This is a lot, I know. That's why this card is something I would want to hand deliver vs. mailing.

To cover the area of the slider window, I used the extra black splattered cardstock. I adhered this to a Pearl White cardstock which I embossed with We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Gemstone embossing folder. I trimmed a small piece from the edge before I adhered this to a Hero Arts black note card.

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Maria Giselle 

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Dimensional Heart Shaped Shaker Card

I die cut 6 pieces of outline hearts using the the Cricut Explore. One thing I found out is when cutting a 110-lb cardstock using the Cricut Explore, the poster board setting should be chosen. Using the regular mat and regular blade, the machine cuts the material twice using this setting. Choosing heavy cardstock setting doesn't cut the cardstock through. You can always feed the mat again if the cut didn't go through, as long as you didn't exit the cutting process.

Working on the base card, I am using Bazzill Taffy cardstock. I masked the center area with a cut-out heart Post-It note. I randomly stamped the large snowflake from Paper Smooches Merry Motifs stamp set using Versamark ink. I embossed the snowflakes using Wow! White Pearl embossing powder. I filled the spaces with the small snowflake stamp, doing the same process as I did with the big snowflake.

Using the negative die cut of the heart as a stencil, I brushed the heart area with Hero Arts Silver dye ink using a stencil brush. This step can actually be skipped since I end up covering this area. Although, I am not sure if it added some depth to the back of the vellum of the shaker card.

Now, working on the main element of the card, I cut a heart from platinum Graffix vellum. I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Warm Hearts stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed this using clear powder just making sure that the heat gun is warm enough before embossing to prevent the vellum from warping. This will be the back of the shaker card.

I stamped the same sentiment onto a clear acetate using Versamark ink. I heat embossed this using Wow! Metallic Gold Rich powder. I rub the Versamark ink on one of the outline hearts. I embossed this heart using Wow! Platinum Sparkle powder. I adhered the acetate to the back of this platinum embossed heart and cut out the excess. I used the vellum stamped heart as a guide to create a shadow effect for the gold sentiment.

I stacked the die cut hearts to create a well. I poured different sequins and closed the shaker card by adhering the acetate heart on top of the stack. I adhered this on top of the brushed heart at the center of the card.

I  rounded of the edges of the card as the last step.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Partial Die Cut Interlocking Valentine's Card

Digital Mirror Image

I challenged myself to create an interlocking card without the use of a special die that creates this specific mechanism for a card. I am using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart die. I measured the heart at its widest. I used a 12" x 6" card stock. The card turned out to be a bit larger than an A2 card. The card measures  4.5" x 5".

I partially die cut half of the heart to each edge of the card stock. To line up the heart, I used a scrap heart die cut as a guide for the metal die. I lined this heart die cut to the back of the partially die cut heart with a washi tape facing the uncut end of the cardstock. I gently removed this die cut after I positioned the metal die on top of it. I ran this through the Big Shot also using partial die cut technique. I trimmed off the cardstock hanging on both ends of the heart with a craft knife. I cut the each half heart partially, one from the top, and the other on the bottom to create the interlocking mechanism. I scored the card with the hearts interlocked.

To embellish the card, I cut a pink card stock to fit the gateway panel of the card. Using a piece of tape at the back of this card stock, I randomly stamped a sentiment to create a background. Taping it together created a continuous piece even if these are two pieces. I am using an old Paper Studio stamp set, and Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink dye ink to create a tone on tone look. I spritz this with some shimmer spray made of Pearl Perfect Pearl diluted in water.

To embellish the heart, I cut an American Crafts patterned paper using the same die cut, then cut it in half. I adhered the card stock and heart to the interlocking card base. Make sure you use a thick card stock for the card base. The mechanism is so fragile that it can get ripped off if you keep playing with it. (Ask me how I know? =)) I cut the excess from the heart and the gatefold edges.

For the star of this card, I printed the birds on Neenah card stock. I flipped one bird to create a mirror image. I colored the birds with Prisma color pencils. I applied clear Spectrum Noir to the birds I fuzzy cut the image. I adhered a bird to half of a heart. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes.

This card is pretty much done except that it is missing a sentiment. So with my 10 year old son's input, I stamped a sentiment at the bottom of the heart. I applied a washi tape at the back of the front panel to keep the gatefold closed. I heat embossed a sentiment from Hero Arts Floral Heart stamp and die set. And as last detail, I stamped a small heart to fill in the spaces using Delicata White Shimmer pigment ink.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Polaroid Inspired Die Cutting Maculine Card

My husband loves to fish that's why I chose this image. It reminds me of him. I colored the image using Prismacolor color pencils. I colored him with my husband as inspiration, trying to be as close to what my husband wears when he fishes. The thing is, he usually wears black especially when it got cold and he was still trying to fish. Coloring in black is no joke. You have to try to preserve the image lines and create a bit of shading here and there.

To create the polaroid cut, I combined two metal dies, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and Lawn Fawn Stiched Square die. I made sure that the distance of the square to the edges is even on both sides and on the top side. I created this cut on a Basic Grey patterned paper.

I heat embossed a sentiment from Concord & 9th Lace Leaf stamp set. I masked a part of the sentiment to customized it to the sentiment I want. This phrase is a favorite here in my household. Let's say, it is our family thing.

I created a ground for my image so it doesn't look like he is floating in the air. I die cut a brown card stock using a die from Avery Elle Custom Panels Elle-ments. I adhered this to the bottom of the image. This panel is adhered to the back of the Polaroid panel, cutting off the excess.

The largest SSS Stitched Rectangle die is smaller than an A2 card. I adhered a We R Memory Keepers woodgrain washi tape around the edges to create a border. I adhered the Polaroid panel to this using foam adhesive. I adhered a gold die cut heart to the hook using foam adhesive.

I scattered some Nuvo Dots next to the image to fill in that big space behind the image. I could have created a scene behind him but I was aiming for a simple card. I adhered star sequins next to the sentiment as last embellishment.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Masculine Wobbler Get Well Soon Card

I was tasked by my husband to create a get well soon card for his uncle. Looking thru my craft stash, I came up with the idea of using Lawn Fawn products and Basic Grey Hipster patterned paper for the card.

I cut different papers using the heart from the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags die set. I cut a second heart using card stock to use for layering. I snipped off the tag hole to just to make the cut a solid heart. I die cut different faces from the LF Make Me Smile die set onto the heart. I created the scene using LF Stitched Hillside Borders. I inked the edges of these die cuts with brown ink. I embossed a sentiment from My Favorite Stamps LJD Cheerful Blessings stamp set.

I know odd numbered embellishments is usually visually ideal, but I have 4 sons, thus, 4 hearts to represent each boy. To make the card interactive, I put one of the hearts on an Action Wobbler.

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Maria Giselle 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Combined Digital & Stamped Images Celebration Card

My sister's birthday is coming up. I would have preferred to create a purple colored card for her, since that is her favorite color, but I find the purple card stock and patterned paper that I have on hand are too dark for a birthday card.

I colored the bear with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The digital image came with balloons in the background. I stamped more balloons but I didn't like how straight one of the strings is. If I would have done this again, I would have just stamped the balloon and drew the strings using a black marker. I fuzzy cut the image to get rid of the balloons.

I am using a Forever Friends patterned paper purchased by my sister in the Philippines. I had to strategically plan how to cut the patterned paper since it has the bears and sentiments as part of the paper design. I didn't want these elements in my card.

I cut another patterned paper using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Circle die. I cut a circle out of vellum to fit the scallop die cut. I embossed this using a star embossing folder. The star impression is not clear on vellum but I just kept this for this project.

I created a sentiment strip which I partially fuzzy cut the top half of the strip. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped the Altenew Super Script stamp sentiment on a yellow patterned paper. I used Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre ink to create some gradient. Since this is a large sentiment stamp, the Misti is very useful in fixing missed stamped spots. With the Misti too, I was able to ink the sentiment with Versamark ink so I can emboss it. To create the partial fuzzy cut strip, I lightly drew a line across the sentiment, at the point where I want to fuzzy cut it.

I stamped balloons from My Favorite Things BB Beary Special stamp set and black Ranger Archival ink. I colored this with Zig and created the shading using clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I die cut this using the coordinating die.

Putting the card together, I adhered the patterned paper to a white note card, then the scalloped circle, then the bear, and the strip. I tucked the balloons under the gifts and add dimension to the balloons using foam adhesive. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the balloons, party hat star, and the cupcake candy canes. On the latter two, I spread the Glossy Accents using a stick pin. I set this aside to dry. As final step, I cornered the edges with a We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ATE NING! May you have more brilliant and blessed years to come. 

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Maria Giselle B.

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Diddybag Celebrate You Shaker Card

I am late in posting a project for Incy Wincy Design's bi-weekly challenge. I just came back from vacation, and I am usually unable to predict what craft items to bring with me. I always feel overwhelmed on what to bring. So, I just limit myself to coloring during trips. The good thing is that my images are now colored and cut. I also have a design lay out in mind.

I am using an old Crate Paper patterned paper line, Hello Love. I die cut a window using Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die. I changed the orientation of the die to give it a twist.

For the sentiment, I am using a sentiment from My Favorite Things Celebrate Life stamp set. I am using words from two stamps. I used masking technique to be able to stamp the sentiments to make it look like the impression is from one stamp. I heat embossed this with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. To make the sentiment pop, I colored the sentiment with Copic Opaque White. I colored the rest of the sentiment with a light pink marker.

To assemble the shaker card, I adhered a clear acetate on the back of the window panel. I cut a fun foam slightly smaller than the window panel. I die cut the window on the fun foam. I adhered this to the back of the window panel. I poured sequins over the acetate. The sequins are from SSS and Martha Stewart Crafts. I closed the window with another patterned paper from Hello Love. I adhered this to a white base card.

I adhered the bear to the front using foam adhesive. The image was colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I colored the hearts on the patterned paper with clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen, and I adhered the same hearts I used for shakers to some of the hearts. I rounded the corners on the left side with We R Memory Keepers Cropadile Corner Puncher.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in our Celebrate challenge. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.