Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Foiled Die Cuts, Use My Stash Card

Hello! My primary motivation in creating this card is to use a craft item or tool that I have not used in a while. For this project, I chose my Minc Machine. I was going to tie it in with Pinkfresh Studio's FB challenge but I did not made it to the deadline. Luckily, they have a blog challenge. 

I am using a die from the Pinkfresh Studio Floral Squares die set. I just need the vine and the flower for this card. I don't want to waste a lot of paper so I selectively die cut a toner sheet. I did a bit of die cut surgery to cut off the frame from the vine and the flower. 

I cut pieces of Minc Reactive Foil in light pink and mint green, and Therm O Web I Craft Deco Foil in dark pink making sure it is large enough to cover the toner paper die cuts. I sandwiched the die cut, foil (with shiny side facing away the die cut) and tucked this in a folded parchment paper. I also added a cardstock for extra shim as I fed this through the Minc Machine. I set the Minc on setting 4. The result is simply amazing!

I trimmed a Neenah Solar White Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I blended Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide on this paper. I die cut this panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Wafer die. I trimmed a teal patterned paper to 4 1/4"x 5 1/2". Instead of using this whole paper to mat the inked paper, I used the same wafer die to create a stitched frame. I carefully blended Tim Holtz Peacock Feather Distress Ink to this frame. I positioned this frame on the inked paper, flushing the edges together, and securing this with a tape on the back. 

I placed the panel on the Misti Stamping Tool. I arranged the flowers, the vines and the sentiment which is from Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Things To Say stamp set. I closed the Misti door to pick up the sentiment stamp. To maintain the arrangement of the flowers and the vines, I placed a Glad Press 'N Seal on top of the arrangement, gave it a little rub, then lifted this off the panel.

I heat embossed the sentiment using Wow! Primary Blue Topaz embossing powder. 

Now, it is time to adhere the floral arrangement back into the panel. I flipped the Glad Press 'N Seal to reveal the back side of the die cuts. I placed dots of glue to the vines. Flipping the Glad Press 'N Seal with the die cuts facing up, I positioned the vines then gave the vines a light rub to adhere it to the panel. 

Since the flowers did not have any glue, I was able to lift if off from the arrangement. I cut small pieces of foam tape and adhered it to the back of the flowers. I then adhered this to the panel. I added pink Ink Road Stamps sequins to the flower centers. 

I added water splatters and white paint splatters for added texture. I adhered this to a white top folding A2 note card.

I really enjoyed playing with my Minc Machine again. I plan to make more projects of this kind wherein I feature a craft supply and/or tool in my stash that has not been getting my attention lately.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Color Inspired One Layer Card

Hello! This is the second of a series featuring products from my newly acquired craft items. I am using a stamp from The Stamping Village Thinking of You clear stamp set. This is an amazing stamp set which consists of different stamps from different companies. Best of all, a part of the sale goes to Save The Children Organization. I am using the stamp by Hero Arts.

I created this card to meet three challenge blogs requirements:
  • For the A Blog Named Hero, the challenge is Combine Old & New. I am using an old HA stamp Tiny Flags with the TSV Thinking of You HA stamp. 
  • For the Hero Arts Stay Crafty With Hero Challenges, the challenge is One Layer Card.
  • For the IG Karin Markers #KarinColors featuring the colors Egyptian Blue 305, Red 209 and Cool Grey1 160

I trimmed a Canson watercolor paper to 4 1/4" x 11", scoring it in half at 5 1/5". I stamped the image on the card front using Versafine Onyx Black ink, heat setting it to dry the ink. I masked the area using a full adhesive Post-it Note. 

I applied the color to the rubber stamp by rubbing the Karin Marker nib on the stamp. I lightly spritz this with water then placed the card front on top of the stamp. I gently rub the paper with my fingers then lift the paper off the stamp. I heat set this to dry. I rotated the stamp and repeated the process.

I removed the masking paper and sadly, the colors bled under the masking paper. I had a hard time lifting off the color from the paper so I just let this be for now.

Moving on, I colored the images with Karin Markers. I used paints from Finetec Coliro Watercolor Pearl Gold and Silver Set to color the stars and add shimmer to the bold hero sentiment. 

I drew a line to create a border around the stamped image. To hide the color bleed, I painted the background of the stamped image with the KM Cool Grey1 which turned out too dark. Since I am having difficulties lifting off the color, I painted white over this background using Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. 

My 15 year old said this card looks like a flag. Very timely since I created this card during 4th of July. Just late in posting since I work the weekends. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Trying Out We R Memory Keepers Bevel Quill

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge blog. Our challenge theme is Curvy/Curves. We have two generous sponsors for this challenge. I am using an image from SheepSki Designs.

I am also using a product that has been on my 'new' things corner of my craft table for a long time, the We R Memory Keepers Bevel Quill kit. I already have the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill and the Freestyle Foil Quill Pen which I really enjoy using. There are still other Quill sets by We R Memory Keepers but I chose the Bevel Quill because I like the debossed image look on the faux metal die cut. 

I printed the image on watercolor paper. I colored the image with Tim Holtz Distress Ink ink Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso for the coffee and coffee beans, and Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke for the coffee cup. For the coffee design, I don't have a white gouache in my stash so I used the Copic Opaque White ink instead. I fussy cut the image leaving a white border around it.

For the background, I embossed a dark brown cardstock on a Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. I lightly sanded the raised swirls. I added details to the tips of the swirls by coloring it with Nuvo ? pen. The embossing folder is 4" x 5 1/4" so I had to trim off the edge without any embossing. 

For the focal point of the card, I designed the sentiment on Cricut Design Space. The bevel will take the spot of the marker in the Cricut machine. I positioned the metallic board die cut on the Cricut mat and pressed the start button to let the bevel pen create the impression on the board. Once this is done, without pressing the unload button, I pressed the start button again. I did this five times total to create a deeper imprint. Look at the photo below and see how great the imprint is.

The metallic die cuts that come with the kit has a circle that comes with it but it was too large for my design. I die cut this into a smaller circle by using My Favorite Things Circle Stax die. I adhered the image to the center. I adhered this to the panel with foam adhesive.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope to see your creations in the blog challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Sketch Inspired Front Flap Card

Hello! I created this card to join the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge. At the same time, I created this for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. 

I stamped the images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock. The stamps are from the MFT Town Bear stamp set. I colored the image with Copic markers. I fussy cut the images leaving a white border around it. I added shimmer to the leaves on the trees and the headlight of the car using a green Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.

For the front flap, I made this into a triangular shape from a side folding white note card. I trimmed off and left an inch from the back fold of the note card. I trimmed off the edges to make this into a 4" x 5 1/4". I placed a tick mark on the center of the front fold. Using this and the scored fold as a guide, I trimmed the front fold to make it into a triangle. 

For the scene, I created a mask of a hill using the Lawn Fawn Hillside Stitched Borders die and Inkadinkado masking paper. I covered the area for the sky while I worked on the hill. Using the Picket Fence Blender Brush, I created the hill by blending Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I covered this inked area with the other half of the masking paper. I also created a mask for the clouds using Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink Salty Ocean and Broken China Distress Inks.

Working on the card, I trimmed a blue Doodlebug sprinkles vellum into 5" x 5 1/4". I scored this at 1". I also trimmed a blue cardstock at 5" x 5 1/4". I adhered the vellum to this blue cardstock by applying adhesive to the short flap. I then adhered the triangle panel on top, applying adhesive to the flap only. I adhered this to a white 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock. 

For the scene, I adhered the trees directly to the blended cardstock. I adhered the bear using foam adhesive. 

For the sentiment strip, partially die cut the road using a die from the MFT Open Road die set so it will accommodate the height of the sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT BB Beary Special Birthday using Wow! Primary Blue Topaz embossing powder. I adhered this to the scene, cutting off the excess. The negative cut of the road die cut did not fall off during the die cutting. I decided to keep them as is. I colored these with Spectrum Noir Blue Topaz shimmer pen blending it out with the SN Clear shimmer pen. 

I added SN Clear shimmer pen to the car head light. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to this. For the eyes, I added Ranger Black Enamel Accents. Instead of adding the enamel accents direct to paper, I squirted a small dot of the enamel accent on a clear block and picked it up with a needle to apply to the eye. I did it this way since I was afraid that I will squirt a big blob of black enamel accent if I did it directly to the image. I set this aside to dry.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Holographic Vinyl in Greeting Card

Hello! I am organizing my craft room. On my table is a corner where I place newly purchased items that I would like to use first before adding it to the rest of my supplies. In this way, I will remember why I bought a product, and also make me remember that I have this product in my stach to hopefully avoid dual purchases. So for this card, the new items that I am featuring are the Paper Smooches You Are A Blessing die and PS Stitching Basic die set. 

I created this card to join the latest Paper Smooches Anything Goes Challenge. And, I created this to give to my 3rd son who will be celebrating his 14th birthday in July. One of his favorite colors is red.

I cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" red cardstock. I created a pattern hearts on this panel using the heart die in the PS Stitching Basic die set. This die creates holes for you to stitch on. Instead of stitching, I added the small circle die cuts created by this die from a Cricut Holographic Vinyl. It is like diamond painting. It is a very tedious process but very relaxing except if you lose a dot die cut. I only did this on the top and bottom hearts, leaving the middle row of hearts as is.

On a white cardstock, I die cut the PS You Are A Blessing die. The die cut also comes with a stitched frame which I did not use in this project. I kept this frame and the negative cut aside for a future project.

Using the rectangular negative cut created by the PS You Are A Blessing die cut, I positioned the rectangle stitched die from the PS Stitching Basic die set. The width of this stitching die perfectly fits the negative cut. I used partial die cutting technique to extend the height of the rectangle. Since this die just pokes holes on the paper, I used a craft knife to carefully cut the edges and create this into a frame.

I adhered the frame to the red cardstock. I used the negative cut created by the PS You Are A Blessing die as a guide in adhering the letters. I painted the colors with a red Karin Decobrush marker, putting the pigment on the bottom edge of the letters only. To spread the pigment, I used a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen. 

To cover the holes of the hearts behind the sentiment, I used the left over holographic vinyl by adhering this to a top folding note card, making sure that it will be behind hearts in the middle row. I then adhered the red panel.

Thank you for visiting my blog. In case you don't know yet, Paper Smooches is retiring its brand. There is a retirement sale going on. I am truly going to miss this brand for its fun and playful images and fonts. Check out their site and see if there is something you like. 

Happy Birthday, Yrwin. You truly are a blessing.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day everyone! 

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Music Inspired Birthday Card

Hello! My oldest son's birthday will be next month. He is deployed at South Korea. I am not sure how quick mail reaches S.Korea from the U.S. so I made this card and mailed it early. My son is a musician, thus, the theme of this card. 

I also created this card to join Altenew's latest color inspiration challenge. I am using Altenew Happy Birthday To You stamp set and Treble Love die set. 

On a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Neenah Solar Whitecard stock, I blended Altenew Paper Bag ink. I set this aside to dry. Once it has dried, I heat embossed the music notation repeatedly with the help of the Misti Stamping Tool to create a background. I used the Altenew Peach embossing powder on this. For the Happy Birthday lyrics, I repeatedly stamped this using the Misti Stamping Tool, heat embossing it with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. 

I blended Tim Holtz Stormy Sky Distress Oxide on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I want to extend the die cut to 4 1/4" covering the whole width of a tall card so I partially die cut this paper using the staff die.. 

I adhered an acetate on the back of the staff die cut. I heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment on a blue vellum using Paper Source Navy Blue embossing powder. Using a Xyron Sticker Maker, I adhered two blue vellums on top of each other. I die cut the clef on this layered vellum. There is a bonus heart die cut with this cut which I used as well. I applied Zig Wink of Stella clear to the clef and the heart die cuts. 

I inked a blue cardstock with TH Stormy Sky Distress Oxide which will serve as the background for the window. I stamped different note stamps from the stamp set with Delicata White Shimmer pigment ink. 

I created the window on the inked panel by cutting these into two pieces. I adhered the staff die cut to these pieces. I adhered this window panel to the the blue cardstock using fun foam. I adhered the vellum die cuts to the window area. I adhered this to a top folding note card. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Cricut Cake 3D Cut

Hello! I created this cake box to share a slice of the mango cake from my previous post to a co-worker who just celebrated her birthday this past week. It was a challenge to create this box. I have to use my Cricut Imagine to cut this. Yes! After a very long time of not using this machine, I have to use it. I don't have a cake box in my Cricut Design Space images. I know purchasing the image does not cost a lot but I still have some Cricut cartridges. This cut is from the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge which I purchased used and already linked. It has a lot of cuts which I love but fail to use because it has become more convenient to use the CDS. Anyway, it was a challenge using this machine again. I realized that the Imagine mat is not as sticky as the Explore mats even if it is a new mat. My first attempt to cut was a failure because the cardstock moved. So on my next round, I taped the edges of the paper. The other difficulty I encountered is the sizing of the cuts. My cake box lid ended up being larger than the bottom. On my second attempt in cutting, I decided to modify the cut lid instead of cutting another cardstock for the third time with the possibility of another paper waste. I don't think the recipient will even notice this.

The other challenge is that after my machine has been in long time hibernation mode, it took a lot of attempts to break it in so that it will let the mat feed in. 

To jazz up the lid, since I am on a time crunch, I looked through my stash, instead of creating a new one. I found this Altenew stamped and colored flower ready to be used. I created a bow using a transparent washi tape adhered to a white cardstock which I cut into strips using a craft knife. I curled the strips using the Cricut scraper. I adhered the bows to the back of the flower, then adhered this to the lid. 

For the tag, I die cut a white cardstock using Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags. I colored in some black stripes using a Copic marker. I sneaked this under the flower using a glue dot to keep it secured.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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