Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In-lay and Dimensional In-lay Card

We are celebrating two birthdays this July. My eldest and third son's birthdays are next to each other. Rudy, my eldest, will be celebrating his birthday in the Philippines this Saturday with his grandparents. I created this card for him. I also created this card for this month's Sugar Pea Designs Mix It Up Challenge. It is my first time to join in their challenge blog.

I have two Sugar Pea products in my supply. I have these items for a while and have not had a chance to use it. Using the SP Harlequin cover plate, I die cut a red cardstock to mimic the strawberry color in the photo inspiration. I am trying out Jennifer McGuire's Background Die Cut Technique in this card. After I die cut the red cardstock, I carefully applied liquid glue to the outline die cut while the die cut is still in the metal die. I adhered a side-folding A2 card to this, making sure I lined up the edges, and placed something heavy on top of this while the glue is drying.

Working on the main element of the card, I cut strips of cardstock in different colors at 4 3/4"x 3/4". This imitates the candy sprinkles on the inspiration photo. I die cut the SP Heart Beat die on these colored cardstocks. I kept both positive and negative die cuts. I traced a Simon Says Stamp Bramble heart die on a white cardstock. I don't have a solid heart die with the same heart shape as this SSS heart die. I fussy cut this heart. I applied liquid glue to the whole heart die cut. I adhered the negative die cuts to this, covering the heart. I then adhered the positive die cut. Using the heart as a guide, I cut off the excess. I added glitter to the Heart Beat die cut using a Sakura Clear Dust Gelly roll pen. I adhered this heart to a vellum. I cut the vellum leaving a small border around the paper pieced heart. I wrote stitched lines around the heart on the vellum using a white Uni-Ball Signo Broad pen. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I heat embossed this on a black cardstock strip using a white HA embossing powder.

Back to the front panel, I carefully lifted the metal die off the note card. I removed the negative die cuts using a Cricut Weeder tool. I applied foam tapes to the negative spaces, omitting the area where the heart will be adhered which is on the right end of the card. I pieced back each die cut.

I applied double layered foam adhesive to the back of the heart. I adhered this to the right end of the card just like in the inspiration lay-out. I cut off the overang.

I added Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti mix to the heart.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Stitched Sentiment and Stitched Accent Card

Hello everyone. It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge blog. We are featuring a Tic-Tac-Toe board as seen below. I marked off the elements I chose to feature in my card to make a diagonal  line across the board.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Fabrika Fantasy. I am using a free image I downloaded from their website called Little Dragons. I have two (or maybe more) inspirations in creating this card. Since the image are dragons and there is another sequel to the How To Train Your Dragon, in which a new dragon is being introduced, I got inspired to color these dragons based on the main dragon characters of this animated movie. The other inspiration is the Polychromos coloring of Annabel Haines of The Blog @ Cartaway Cards and the owner of Knitty Kitty Digis. I just got to try her technique.

I printed the image on Neenah Kraft cardstock and just colored away with my limited Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I only have a 12-piece set. With Anna's encouragement, I was able to color this image with this 12-piece set! I made several discoveries using these pencils. To make color variations with these pencils, especially if you only have few, color the image with the white color pencil then color the image with the desired color. How heavy you color also creates color variations. Since the Polychromos is a highly pigmented pencil, the heavier weight you put in while you color, the darker and bolder the color will be. Coloring while holding the color pencil in an angle creates a light touch of color. Another way to create variation. Adding details to the colored image using colored Sakura pens also adds a different look to the colored image.

I was in a look out for a striped rainbow patterned paper in my supplies. I cannot believe I have none. I can just create one, right? Using a Neenah Solar White cardstock and a stripe stamp from Simon Says Stamp Basic Stripes set, I stamped this stripe stamp using different colors of dye ink. I used a Misti Stamping Tool since I am using a solid stamp image, I had to re-stamp the image a couple of times to get good color coverage. At the same time, the Misti made the stripe stamping easy. Instead of moving the stamp to create the stripes, I was moving the paper upward and downward. The stamp remained aligned and straight throughout this repeated stamping.

The other element I chose to complete my tic-tac-toe is the stitching. I have an American Crafts Amy Tangerine Embroidery Stencil Kit for stitching letters. I lightly drew a line using a T-ruler and placed a mark on the center to guide me in positioning the letters. I poked holes on a Neenah Kraft cardstock using the template. I poked the holes again using a We R Memory Keepers needle to make the holes bigger to be able to thread a embroidery floss through it. I cut around the stitched letters, leaving a small kraft border around it. I adhered this to a pearl paper and cut around it again with a border around it. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the stitched kraft cardstock.

I die cut a square window on the striped panel using Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die. I adhered foam adhesive to the back of this window panel. I positioned the window so as the digital image is centered in the window. I created a strip of inked cardstock to mimic one of the stripes. When I was creating my striped panel, I did not like the red dye ink I used. I changed it to a pink ink later on. I inked a strip of white cardstock using the same pink dye ink. After the ink has dried, I cut this into a strip with the same width as the stripe stamp. Using the stitch stencil, I poked holes to create a cross pattern. I stitched the cross using a similar colored embroidery floss. I adhered this to the stripe I wanted to cover, then adhered the stitched sentiment on top of it.

After I got to this part, I felt something was missing. A supplementary sentiment is what will complete the card. After treating the area with an anti-static powder, I carefully stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I was very happy not to make a mess at this point since a lot of of my time has been invested into making this card already. I applied clear embossing powder to the area. I made sure that the heat gun is warm enough before zapping the powder with heat to avoid warping the foam adhesive behind the panel. The sentiment is from Avery Elle Peonies stamp set.

To finish the card, I adhered this panel on a top folding A2 note card. Thank you for visiting my blog and bearing with my long narrative as I share my journey in creating this card. I hope to see your lovely creations in the challenge blog.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Digi. Stamp on Colored Cardstock

Hello! I am running late on my blog post for the Incy Wincy Designs Challenge blog. The challenge for the next two weeks is on flowers. I printed the image on different colored cardstocks from Stampin' Up. I re-sized the flower image to 1.5" and printed it four times in each colored cardstock. I colored the images using Prisma color pencils using the same color for the corresponding cardstock. Since I am layering these images, on two of the images, I only colored the petals. And for the other two, I colored the flower centers. Although, I end up not using the flower centers.

Next, I fussy cut the flowers. This is the step where I would say took most of my time in creating this card. I re-colored the images after fussy cutting to try and hide any cutting imperfections. I die cut a small circle using felt and Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles Wafer die. I used the small circle for this since it closely matches the size of the floral circle of the digi. I color matched the felt to the colors of the flowers. I layered the two same colored flowers on top of each other by adding a blob of Tim Holtz Distress Matte Medium to the center of one flower, then lightly placed the other flower on top of it making sure it is slightly offset. You can also use a foam adhesive for this step. I set this aside to dry.

I stamped the denim pocked on blue cardstock. The stamp is from Paper Smooches Denim & Daisies stamp set. I used a Versamark ink and heat embossed this using Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder. I fussy cut around the stamped image, leaving a small border around it. I heat embossed a sentiment using Hero Arts white embossing powder. The sentiment is from SSS What's Brewing stamp set. I punched holes on the top corners and hammered in some Making Memories Snaps. I love it when old embellishment put to good use.

I die cut leaves using a pearl green cardstock and SSS Beautiful Day wafer die. I did cut the leafy stem into two so I can distribute the leaves around the flowers.

For the background paper, I have some thin scrap grid patterned paper from Martha Stewart. I embossed the SSS Stitched Rectangle Wafer die. The impression is hard to see in photo but in real life, you can feel the impression created by the wafer die to the paper. I trimmed off the edges leaving a small border around it.

Onto assembling the front panel, I arranged the pocket die cut, the flowers and the leaves. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I started applying liquid glue to the back of the die cuts. Using a liquid glue allowed me to have some time to adjust the die cuts before the glue dries. The center flower was adhered using an foam adhesive.

For the note card, I am using a top folding white note card. I was going to mat my flower panel with a red cardstock but opted to use a red washi tape instead. I adhered the washi around the edges of the front of the white cardstock. I used a craft knife and a ruler to cut the inner corners and create diagonal lines for each corner where the tapes meet. I could have skipped this step since it is hardly noticeable once the flower panel was adhered on top of it.

I cut a fun foam and adhered it to the back of the flower panel then adhered this to the washi taped note card. As last detail, I added Nuvo drops to the flower centers and randomly to the the grid patterned paper.

I hope you find inspiration in my created card. Please join us in our latest challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Color Challenge Inspired Birthday Card


My youngest son is invited to a birthday party. Based on his friend's invitation, I think the birthday party has a unicorn theme. I love unicorns! As most of my cards, I create them to tie with a certain blog challenge. This is no different since Paper Smooches is having a Color Challenge this June. 

The unicorn is from the Paper Smooches Spectrum stamp set. I stamped it on Neenah White Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the image with Copic markers. 

I die cut the rainbow using different hues of blue from my cardstock stash. The die I used is the PS Rainbow die. This rainbow die cuts each layer of the rainbow. I needed a solid rainbow layer to attach each layer to. I traced the rainbow from the negative die cut onto some scrap cardstock. I adhered a double adhesive tape to one side so when I cut the rainbow, one of its sides has an adhesive back to which I will adhere the rainbow layers. You can also use liquid adhesive for this step which would give some wiggle time to adjust the layers compared to the double stick tape. 

I pounced a Versamark ink pad to the rainbow and poured Judikins Iridescent embossing powder. I heat set it and look at the shine and sparkle. Very pretty!

I die cut a gray toned pattern paper using Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die. The panel turned out to be 4" x 4". I die the cut the clouds from pearlized cardstock using a Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die. I adhered this to the patterned paper panel then tucked the rainbow behind the clouds. 

I stamped the sentiment on a Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banner die using Versamark ink. The sentiment is from PS Sentiment Sampler stamp set. I heat embossed this using Altenew Golden Peach Crisp embossing powder. I adhered this to the top of the panel using foam adhesive to raise the center of the banner. I adhered the unicorn to the center using double layered foam adhesive. The Color Challenge has a yellow. I colored a part of the unicorn's hair with yellow for highlights which got lost in the blending. I adhered some yellow sequins and star sequins from Studio Calico to add yellow.

I adhered this to a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" top folding noted card.

My son wanted to take part in creating this card for his friend but his color choices were not a part of the Color Challenge. To make his design and coloring a part of this handmade card, I allowed him to design the inside of the card. He colored the images with Copic markers and Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen. He also chose the additional elements to complete the inside of the card. Good job in coloring and stamp choices, Ryan!

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summer Luggage Inspired Card

Summer for me is going out of town on a vacation with my family. This year we took our last vacation at Panama City Beach, Florida. I say last because I do not foresee our family going there again unlike the past 10 or so years when we visit this place almost every year. We will surely miss the place but there are other places to explore.

Taking off from this note, I created a card using an old Hero Arts stamp, Getaway Travel CL302. I used a Misti stamping positioner to stamp the luggage stamp several times. I masked the sentiment on the center of the luggage stamp. I initially stamped the luggage on brown cardstock using a similar brown dye ink. I treated the sentiment area with a powder tool. I inked the sentiment with Versamark ink. I poured white Hero Arts embossing powder to it. Before heat setting it, I brushed off any stray powders before heat setting it. I inked the blocked sentiment with Versamark ink and stamped this part of the sentiment on a blue cardstock. I poured white embossing powder to it and heat embossed it. I fuzzy cut this blocked sentiment and adhered it to the luggage, covering that part of the sentiment. I fussy cut the luggage. I inked the luggage handle with Versamark pen, poured copper Ranger embossing powder to it and heat embossed it. I also used this pen to color the corners of the luggage for some shading.

For the background, I created a mask for a ground for the luggage. I inked the sky with Tim Holtz Distress inks in Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon on a Strathmore Bristol paper. For the ground, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Scattered Straw and Brushed Corduroy. I created rays coming from the center where the luggage will be adhered by inking a sponge dauber with white Hero Arts dye ink. I also sponged the center of the panel to create a halo around the luggage. I also sponged Delicata White Shimmer pigment ink in between the white dye ink rays. I also added dots using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. I set this aside to dry.

I cut this panel to 5 ¼” x 4”. I adhered the luggage using foam adhesive. I die cut a hello sentiment using Hero Arts Hello stamp and cut set. I die cut it twice, one on vellum and one on gold vellum paper. I adhered the gold die cut on top of the clear vellum, off-setting the gold for a shadow effect. I adhered this to the top portion of the luggage.

I embossed an Ellen Hutson Stitching Lines die on the front of a top folding 5 ½” x 4 ¼" note card. I adhered the inked panel to this. I punched the corners using a 1/8” We R Memory Keeper Corner Chomper.

I like the sentiment on this luggage stamp set. My 3rd son suggested that the card will be so cool if there is an airline ticket inside for the recipient of the card…for me or coming from me? Well, what is your 'Trip of a Lifetime'? I am sure there is a place or places to visit in your bucket list.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Layered Digi. Stamp Card

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is for you to use your handwriting as part of the card design. Hand lettering is such a trend nowadays. I stopped doing cursive writing when I was in 4th grade. My handwriting is in print as inspired by my father, who is an engineer, and who has a handwriting so lined up, he does not need a ruled paper. Modesty aside, I would get complements for my font-like handwriting. But with the cursive trend nowadays, I wished I spent a bit more time in cursive writing. I can’t have everything but I can definitely practice cursive handwriting.

Back to the card, I am playing with a new supply I bought from our local art store, ArtMart. It is a heavy vellum with the brand name of Clearprint. I printed the image supplied by our sponsor for the challenge, Rick St. Dennis, on this heavy vellum and on a watercolor paper. I am planning to layer these papers and just see what will be the effect. 

I colored the images using Zig Clean Color markers. I did not use a waterbrush in coloring the images since I want the colors to be bold. I applied a wash of watercolor to the background on the watercolor paper using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor, being careful not to have the waterbrush touch the colored images. The Zig markers I used are water-based. The color will bleed into anything wet. Ask me how I now (wink)? I did not add color to the background of the vellum paper since the color on the watercolor paper is showing through the vellum.

I am using a postage stamp edged die from Mama Elephant Peek-a-Frame Creative Cuts. I die cut a cream cardstock using this die. I trimmed the colored panels to fit this stamped edged panel but I had to line up the images first, secure the sides with a non-tacky tape before using a trimmer. I added some gold embossing to the edges of the vellum paper by running an edge at time through a Versamark pad, then pouring Wow! Gold Pearl embossing powder before heat setting it. Just an added touch. I added my handwriting to the vellum paper. I practiced first on scrap paper, and when I was happy with how the sentiment looked, I positioned the vellum on top of this practice handwritten sentiment and traced it with a black Sakura Glaze pen. My sentiment is inspired by the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s movie ‘You’ve Got Mail.’ 

I adhered the vellum piece on top of the watercolor piece using a Kool Tak clear foam roll tape, cutting it into small pieces and adhering it to the back of the vellum piece. As for the top part, I just adhered it straight on to the watercolor paper by applying dots of liquid adhesive to the back of my handwritten sentiment. I adhered this to the postage stamp die cut.

I cut a reddish-purple cardstock from Stampin’ Up to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” panel. I dry embossed this with an embossing folder. I adhered this to a top folding A2 sized note card, then adhered the postage stamp panel onto this embossed panel.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Please join us in Incy Wincy’s Current Challenge. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, June 4, 2018

My Sister and Phone Case Inspired Card

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. We are calling this challenge as Phone Case Inspired Challenge. This is the photo of the phone case provided.

I got attracted to the colors of this phone case so I am using these rainbow colors for my card. I am using a Hero Arts Stencil and Strathmore Bristol paper for the front panel. I blended several Tim Holtz Distress inks on the stencil making a rainbow pattern, although I was inking the stencil, skipping a color from the last color I used. I lined up the inks in front of me so I will know which color to use next. I was doing this skipping pattern so I can use the skipped color when I move the stencil downward and to the left.

Some of my ink pads are extremely wet. Despite pouncing the blender to a scrap paper first before inking the stencil, I still end up with bleeding in some areas. Also, I should have wiped off the excess ink from my stencil before moving on to another color. I could have done this differently but I think it still turned out well. 

Our sponsor for this challenge is Little Blue Button. I am using the digital image called Chatting Charlie for my card. We were supplied with several awesome images but this one caught my eye because it reminds me of my sister and her cats. I colored the girl image with her in mind. I colored her shirt violet because that is my sister's favorite color. She has a pink Sony laptop, explaining the color of the laptop. She has a lot of new kittens. One of my favorites is a black kitten which I called Toothless, from the How To Train Your Dragon movie. To keep the color medium all tied up, I am using Tim Holtz Distress markers, using a water brush to pick up the color from a palette. 

If you visit my blog, I previously created an ATC card and colored the background with chalk inks. I did the same technique here. I die cut this image using Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die. I do have to blend more ink on the edges. I used Salty Ocean Tim Holtz Distress ink this time since this area is far from the colored images.  I adhered fun foam to the back, then adhered a black cardstock to matte this printed image. For the sentiment, I stamped a word bubble sentiment from Lawn Fawn Into the Woods stamp set with Versafine Onyx black ink. I heat set this before die cutting it with the coordinating die. I adhered this to the top left side of the colored panel. To make the sentiment pop, I traced the letters with a white Uniball Signo pen. I adhered this to the stenciled panel. I then, adhered this panel to a top folding white note card.

I added some details on some areas with different pens I have on hand. I used Sakura Souffle pens on the flower on the laptop. I applied clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen on the mug. I colored the spoon with a silver metallic pen. I colored the girl's eyes with white Uniball Signo pen and black Sakura Glaze pen. I used this black pen on the cat's eyes as well. 

So far, my sister loved this colored image. I hope you find some inspiration in today's card. Don't forget to join us in today's challenge at Incy Wincy. We will be glad to see what projects you come up with this phone case as inspiration.

Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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