Monday, September 17, 2018

Mixing Digital Stamps and Card Stitching

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge is called Sweet N' Sassy. Our sponsors for this challenge are Bugaboo Stamps and Sticker.You.  We are also having a Design Team Call. Hope you join us in either way or better yet, on both!

As soon as I saw this image, the only person I can think of to create this card for is my sister and her cats. If you've been following my blog or have visited my blog in the past, you will see that any cat related image is colored with my sister and her cats as inspiration.

I started of by printing the image on Arches Coldpress watercolor paper. I die cut the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch die on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" 80 lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock.

I masked the edges of this panel. I ink blended the top portion of the holed area using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China and Salty Ocean to create a sky background.

I stitched the bottom area to create a brick wall to create the scene. I used DMC Floss Blanc and 918.

I wanted to add clouds to the sky area. I stamped some clouds which are from the Lawn Fawn Yay, Kites! stamp set. I could have left the stamped clouds alone but I decided to stitch it, too. I first added some shading using Spectrum Noir Blue Topaz and Clear shimmer pens. I don't have a metallic DMC floss. To use what supply I have on hand, I added Cross silver thread to the DMC 930 floss. It was a bit of challenge using two threads with different texture but as long as you add the same amount of tension to both threads, it should be fine.

I colored the image using Tim Holtz Distress markers and Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens. I started coloring with TH but I don't have enough marker colors so I switched to the Sai pens.

I fussy cut the image, leaving a very tiny border around the edges so I don't have to re-draw the cat's whiskers which will be hard on the holed background paper. I added details on the image using my colored gel pens.

I adhered the girl on the holed cardstock using Tim Holtz Distress Collage medium. I applied acrylic blocks over the image while the adhesive is drying.

I added Nuvo Drops Autumn Red to the heart included in the image. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom using Mama Elephant Stargazer pigment ink. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Snuggle Bunnies.

I cut off an eight of an inch from the the top and sides. I adhered this to a white top folding A2 notecard.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Sequined Window Card

Hello! My son got invited to a birthday party this Sunday. To accompany his gift, I created this card for the birthday celebrant. I embossed a heart image from Hero Arts Written in the Stars stamp set on the top center of a 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" pink cardstock. I prepared the area for embossing with an anti-static tool before stamping the image with Versamark ink, pouring Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder, and heat embossing it. I also used the Misti Stamping Tool because I embossed the image three additional times to make it pop out. I created a window inside the heart image by carefully cutting around the image using a craft knife.

I traced the heart die cut on another pink cardstock. This will be my guide as I start covering this image with sequins. The sequins will be glued permanently on this pink cardstock. I am using Pretty Pink Posh Rose Gold sequins, using all three sizes for variation. I used a liquid adhesive to adhere the sequins so I can move the sequins around until I cover the traced heart, making sure that the sequins can be seen through the heart window. I placed an acrylic block on top of the sequins while the glue dries.

I embossed the sentiment using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I sprayed this window panel with Prima Color Bloom Storm Cloud spray mists for some shimmer, adding splatters at the same time. I dried this panel using a heat gun. I also placed something heavy on top of it to help flatten the cardstock.

I had to trim off an edge from the window panel since the heart ended up being off centered, making it a 4" wide panel. I ran the Versamark ink on the side edges of a top folding A2 note card. I poured the same silver embossing powder to these inked edges, and heat embossed it. I adhered the sequined cardstock to this note card using the window panel as a guide to position it correctly. I cut a fun foam to fit on the back of the window panel, cutting a window large enough so the sequins will show through. I adhered this to the back of the window panel then adhered it to the note card. 

I added some Sakura Stardust Clear Roll  on the heart stamped image. I also stamped the inside with a birthday greeting sentiment from the same stamp set using Hero Arts Silver dye ink.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant (or rather, sparkly and shiny) and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lawn Fawn Glow in the Dark Halloween Sentiment & Wreath Builder Stencil

My local craft shop, Checkered Cottage, finally acquired this Gina K Designs Wreath Builder stencil for sale. Lucky me, that I get to buy the last one. I've always been curious about this stencil's functionality after watching multiple videos featuring this product. It is about time I put this stencil to the test. There are two stencils in the package, one for a3 3/4" card & one for a 4" card. You can use other sized cards but I decided to stick with one the sizes since it is my first time to use this stencil.

I cut a 4"x4" white piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I placed the 4" stencil on a corner of the Misti Stamping tool and secured it in place with a piece of washi tape. I nestled the white piece cardstock to the groove of the stencil starting off as a square shape as recommended by Gina K. I positioned a sentiment on the center which will be the focal point of my wreath. I then positioned a candy corn stamp from Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp. I started stamping this image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, rotating the card in the Wreath Builder stencil until I created a complete circle of candy corns. I repositioned this again, then repeated the process. I only have one candy corn stamp so it was a tedious process completing the wreath design but this stencil made it so easy that I think the effort is worth it. After I filled the panel with a lot of stamped candy corn, I started using other elements on the stamp set. I also used little stamps from Lawn Fawn Party Animals to fill in the empty spaces. This tool is very helpful in using those little stamps in your stash that most of the time get unused. You can create backgrounds with the help of this stencil. The possibilities are endless!

Okay, enough of my awe for this stencil. I colored the images with Copic markers. I cut a purple cardstock at 4 1/2"x4 1/2" to matte the stamped panel. I die cut a circle on the middle of the stamped panel using a My Favorite Things Stacked Circle die. Using the Misti again, I positioned the purple cardstock, then centered the stamped panel on top of it. I positioned the sentiment stamp inside the circle. I prepared the area with an anti-static tool, then stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink. I applied Hero Arts embossing powder to the impression then heat set it. I did this two more times but this time I used Wow! Glow in the Dark embossing powder. I started off with a white embossing powder to make the sentiment pop since the glow in the dark powder has a yellow-greenish transparent look once it is heat set. The Misti tool is very useful in repeated stamping techniques. Also, in repeatedly stamping the sentiment, it made the sentiment bold and puffy.

With lights on.

With lights off. I cropped the photo to highlight the glowing sentiment.

I adhered the purple cardstock on a 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" white note card. I adhered the stamped panel with a fun foam which I cut smaller than the stamped panel and die cut a circle at the center using the next large circle die in the MFT Stax circle die set.

I stamped an extra candy on Neenah Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I die cut the candy using the coordinating die. I added Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen to the candy, then I added Ranger Glossy Accents. Adding Glossy Accents to a small die cut can be a challenge. To make it easy, add a non-tacky tape on the back of the negative space of the die cut. Pieced back the die cut, then add Glossy Accents. In this way, your small die cut lays still as you add the Glossy Accents, and at the same time, you are sure not to lose your small die cuts while you set this aside to dry.

After the Glossy Accents has dried, I adhered this under the sentiment using foam adhesive.

I enjoyed using the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder stencil. As you can see, I created two cards at once. I foresee myself using this tool in my future projects. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sunflower Using a Leaf Die Card

I challenged myself to create something different from the Concord & Ninth Lace Leaf die. I created a sunflower using the small leaf die in the set. I die cut a yellow cardstock using this leaf die. I inked the petals with Tim Holtz Distress Mustard Seed ink. I die cut a brown cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles die. I inked the circle using THD Vintage Photo ink. I die cut a green cardstock using the same leaf die. For the stem, I used a My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Flowers die.

To create the front panel, I am using a Doodlebug patterned paper. I die cut the window using a square die from Concord & Ninth Love You So die set. I created a frame for this window using the scalloped and square dies from the same die set. I taped the two dies together to prevent shifting as I ran this through the Sizzix machine. I applied Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen to this frame.

This patterned paper's size is 4" x 5 1/4". It is double sided so I used the back side of the square window die cut. I adhered this to a kraft cardstock measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" using the window panel as a guide. I positioned the flower, leaves and stem, then started adding adhesive to the back. I adhered the patterned paper using foam adhesive. I added varied dots on the center of the flower using THD Brushed Corduroy Stickles.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the sentiment on kraft cardstock using Ranger Copper embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Lace Leaf stamp set. I trimmed this then adhered it to the bottom of the window.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you found inspiration in today's created card. Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day.

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Prisma Colored Snowmen

Hello! It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. We are paying tribute to our friends at the southern hemisphere with a Winter In August Challenge as they end their winter season this month.

I am using an image from one of our lovely sponsors for this challenge, SheepSkiDesigns. The image is called Snowmen Selfie. This image is so cute! At first, I am intimated to color images like this which is a full-panel image. I actually enjoyed coloring it so now I am not intimidated at all.

I printed the image on Neenah Solar white cardstock. I resized the image to 2"x2" to make it proportional to the Polaroid frame die from Lawn Fawn Selfie die. I colored the snowmen with Prismacolor color pencils. I added black Sakura Glaze to the eyes and mouth. I also added orange Sakura Souffle to some of the noses of the snowmen for added detail.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn Polaroid frame on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I adhered the polaroid frame, centering the snowmen in the window. I cut off the excess with scissors. I also die cut the sentiment using this cardstock. The sentiment did not pop-out after die cutting which made coloring and adhering very easy. I colored the die cut sentiment with Uni-ball Signo white pen. After this has dried, I added Sakura Stardust pen. I added liquid adhesive to the back of the word die cut and firmly pressed it to the area where I want it adhered. I used a poking tool to keep the sentiment in place while I carefully pull up the negative die cut. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the sentiment and set this to dry.

I die cut a patterned paper using Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames. This die cut measures 4 1/4"x5 1/2". I did not want my note card to show in between the scallops so I trimmed a kraft notecard to 3 15/16"x5 2/16" to match the size of the stitched rectangle within the die cut.  I adhered this to the back of the patterned paper, positioning the card within the stitched rectangle. 

I adhered the polaroid with the snowmen to the center of the patterned paper. I added Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix as last detail.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in our latest blog challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Teacher Flap Card

Hello! I am just posting photos for the meantime of this card I created for my 1st Grader's teacher. I pushed myself into finishing this card despite needing to sleep (since I work weekend nights) so I can make it to the LawnFanatics Challenge. So, if you are reading this post, come back again, please. By that time, I should be done editing this post, giving details on how I created this card.

Thank you! Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Floating Die Cut Sentiment Tri-Fold Card

Hello. We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs which is on Ribbon and/or Lace. Our featured sponsor for this challenge is Knitty Kitty Digi Stamps. I am using the Puddles of Kitty Love image.

I printed the image on Strathmore Watercolor paper. I first watercolored the background using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass. I wanted a splattered look but I don’t know why I was not lifting the colors off. Any idea? I resorted to using Prima Color Blooms and sprayed small and large droplets to the area, blotting off the excess with a paper towel. I dried the splatters with a heat gun. I painted the hearts and the water puddle with Finetec white pearl paint. I colored the cat and the umbrella with Zig Clean Color markers. I added Ranger enamel dots to the eyes of the cat. I added a white dot to the eyes using a white Uniball Signo pen. The background colors and coloring medium used here was inspired by Kristina Werner's card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. 

To add lace to my creation, I created a paper parasol using a pink Doodlebug doily. To cut this into the shape of an umbrella, I fussy cut the umbrella from a scrap digital print out of the image. I used this as a guide to cut the doily. I die cut a small ribbon using Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath die. I used a white pearl paper, and colored the trim with a pink Copic marker. I used a toothpick for the top end of the umbrella and colored it with a black Copic marker. I would have used a toothpick for the whole umbrella handle but since the image has a curved umbrella handle, I just left this as is. I added clear dimensional tape underneath the doily for a 3D effect. I set this aside to work on the card base.

I created two top folding A2 cards to create the tri-fold design. Working on the front of the card, I created a window using a craft knife. It would have been easier if I have a rectangle die that matches the size of the Pretty Pink Posh Scallop rectangle die. Since I do not, I traced the die and use this as a guide where to cut a window. I adhered strips of left-over pink patterned paper around the window opening to tie in with the color of the umbrella.

For the floating sentiment, I used the Simon Says Believe die. I die cut two of this sentiment on white cardstock. I adhered one of the die cuts to an acetate. I adhered the other sentiment die cut on the back of the adhesive, lining this with the sentiment on the front of the acetate. I created it this way to hide the adhesive I used on the sentiment on the front of the acetate. I fussy cut the acetate leaving a small border around the sentiment except on the ends. I left a thin tab on each end to act as a holder to make the sentiment float on the window. I applied liquid adhesive to these tabs and adhered it to the top front of the window. I colored the die cut with Spectrum Noir Glitter pens. 

For the window frame, I die cut a Simon Says Cardstock Glimmery cardstock using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop rectangle die. I adhered this on the window, covering the acetate tabs holding the sentiment die cut.

For the tri-panel, I trimmed a small strip off the edges to facilitate folding of the card. The fold of this card is towards the bottom of the top layer card. I adhered washi tapes to the edges of this panel. I trimmed off the edges of the watercolored panel just large enough to show through the window. This is when I realized that the watercolored panel is short on the top. The umbrella is too close to the sentiment. I adjusted the watercolored panel to center the image between the window and the floating sentiment. With the washi tape on the top part now showing, I die cut some clouds using Taylored Expressions Rolling Clouds die on white shimmer paper to mute the washi tape to hopefully fix the eye sore.

To create the tri-fold, I applied adhesive to the front of the inner panel of the window card. For the panel with the cat, I applied adhesive to the back. I lined up the edge of the window card and the folded edge of cat card.

I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Believe In The Season stamp set to the inside of the tri-fold card. This is an encouragement card which I created because of my sister’s cat, Biboy, who survived an illness they thought is terminal. Although, Biboy has not fully recovered yet, she is showing signs of hope of survival.

Thank you for visiting my blog and bearing with me with this long post. If you have any questions, please feel free to post it as a comment below. Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day!

Maria Giselle B.