Friday, November 27, 2015

All Kraft Sparkly Christmas Card

For this card, I challenged myself to create a card using just kraft cardstock. I stamped the raccoon using My Favorite Things Kraft Hybrid ink on a scrap kraft cardstock. I stamped it a couple of times just in case I make a mistake in coloring. My next challenge is how to color the raccoon. Raccoon always seem to be black and white so I went searching the net for a brown colored raccoon...and I did find one.

I colored the raccoon using Copics. For the white accents of the raccoon, I used a white colored pencil. I used black Glaze pen for the eyes. I fuzzy cut the raccoon, including his belly since I am planning to make the image holiday inspired. This is my only Newton's Nook stamp set which I won by commenting on Chari Moss's blog. Looking through my stash of stamps, I found this Technique Tuesday gift stamp which is a part of Say It-Happy stamp set. I stamped this on Kraft colored cardstock using the same Kraft ink I used with the raccoon. I colored this by adding lines to create a striped gift wrapper. I used a Versamark pen on the ribbon to apply gold embossing powder to it. I also applied glue to the center of the ribbon, then poured gold glitter onto it. 

I cut a Christmas tree using the Cricut Winter Wonderland cartridge. I cut this on kraft cardstock, too. I used Copics to color the tree. I used the 0 to bleach out spots on the tree, sort of an ornament. I applied white dots to this bleached spots. I colored the star with a gold marker. Using the Versamark pen, I covered the star with the sticky ink, then poured Wow! Ultra Clear Embossing powder to this. I did this process twice.

For the background, I created a slope onto a Post-it note using Avery Elle Custom Panels Elle-ments. This will serve as a mask when I blend inks for the sky. I also punched a circle onto a Post-It note.  After adhering the Post-It masks, I blended Tim Holtz Distress inks to create the night sky. Guided by the circle, I attached the negative circle cut of the Post-It note, then remove the circle. I blended more yellow inks on this circle. I reapplied the circle Post-It note, then sprayed pearlized water to the night sky for shimmer.  I set this aside to dry. 

Once the shimmer is dry, I adhered the other half of the slope Post-It note to the shimmered area. I rub the Versmark ink pad onto this area. I poured Ranger Holographic embossing powder to this, then heat set it.

For the sentiment, I used stamps from two stamp sets and did some masking to create the message. I applied washi tape to the stamp, applied Versamark ink, remove the wash tape, stamp the sentiment onto the panel, then poured white embossing powder onto it. I was doing well doing these steps until I got to the last word. The letters overlapping the already powdered sentiment attracted the powder. So, I had to brush off all the powder. Good thing, the Versamark ink stayed wet long enough for me to apply powder to the three-lined sentiment again and all together. Whew! That would have been a disaster since I stamped this direct to the shimmered-blended panel.

I adhered the Christmas tree and the raccoon using foam adhesive. I trimmed 1/8th of an inch from the left and bottom sides of the panel. I adhered this panel onto a kraft cardstock.

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Maria Giselle B.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shaker Wedding Card


I created this card with a snow globe as an inspiration. After watching Laura Bassen's video tutorial ( , I got an idea based on the partial die cutting of the circle on her card to use this technique in creating the shaker snow globe. I don't have a snow globe die. This sure is a way to stretch your dies. I used an Ellen Hutson woodgrain cardstock for this.

I also utilized my Cricut cartridges to create the base of the snow globe. I used the Create A Critter cartridge, with the image being the platform of the seal. I cut off the top portion of the platform which I saved for later use. Since this was cut with tick marks for layering, I flipped the die cut to use the back side wherein the tick marks are not so heavy.

Working on the base card, I traced the partial circle onto a white note card. This will let me know where to blend my inks which will be the background of the snow globe. I stamped the groom and the bride initially onto the base card using Studio Calico I Do! by Kelly Purkey. Instead of paper masking these images for ink blending, I applied Molotow mask to it. After I blended the colors, I was upset to find out that the Molotow mask stained the stamped images blue. Instead or starting all over again, I stamped the bride & groom onto a white cardstock, then fuzzy cut it. I adhered this with foam tape directly on top of the blue tinged stamped images. I also added some details to the bride & groom's clothing. I also die cut a blue heart and adhered this on the middle of the couple, sort of like they are holding the heart with one hand each. I applied glitter to the heart and Glossy Accent.

Now, it's time to work on the shaker. I adhered a clear plastic to the back of the woodgrain windowed cardstock. I ran a dryer sheet on the back side of this. I applied foam adhesives around the window, doubling this up since my bride & groom are raised by one layer of foam. I always make the mistake of putting the shaker elements to the plastic film when it should be the other way around. Pour the shaker elements to the base card, then adhere the shaker window panel on top of it.

Working on the base of the snow globe which was cut on gray cardstock, I trimmed the sides of the platform to make it match the snow globe window. I sponged the ends of the cardstock with Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Black Soot. I stamped the Congratulations sentiment, also from the same stamp set, by first, curving the sentiment, with the help of the die cut platform, onto a plastic film (the one that comes with the stamp sets.) I picked up this curved sentiment with an acrylic block. I applied anti-stick powder to the portion of the platform I cut earlier. Then I stamped  the sentiment using Versamark ink. I embossed this using white embossing powder. I trimmed this by tracing the platform onto it to create the same curve as the platform and stamped sentiment. I sponged this using the same Tim Holtz ink but I made it darker than the platform. I buffed the embossed sentiment with a rag to remove the black ink. The platform was adhered flushed to the window while the sentiment was adhered using foam adhesive.

As a finishing touch, which I should have done first before adhering the acetate and the platform, I splattered Prima Color Blooms in Storm Cloud. I just covered the acetate and the platform using a scratch piece of cardstock. I dabbed the excess using a rag.

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Maria Giselle B.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Watercolor Smooshed Embellishment Encouragement Card

I am addicted to the watercolor smooshing technique these days. After the last card I created, I can't stop creating more with this technique in mind. For this card, I applied Tim Holtz Distress inks on a palate, spritz it with water and picked up the color using an acetate. I smooshed this to a watercolor paper until I got the right shades and blending. I adhered a Stick-It adhesive sheet to this where I will die cut the flowers. I die cut the smooshed watercolor paper using Bold Blossom by Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies. I strategically chose the area where I will die cut the flowers and leaves. I needed some stems for the flowers. I used the stems from Fresh Cut Flowers by My Favorite Things to cut stems. I removed the release paper from the die cut flowers and poured some Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine glitter to this.

For the background panel, I used a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" navy cardstock. I embossed this using Li'l Inker Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern die. I partially embossed the cardstock, leaving an area without embossing. This is where I will stamp the sentiment. I also did not emboss the left side of the cardstock. I traced the flower onto this and cut this area making sure I cut on the traced line. The navy panel now is about 5 1/2" x 4" in size.

I adhered the flowers to this panel. Then adhered the stems and leaves. I tied the stems with a silver thread. I looped the thread several times on my fingers then tied it on the middle to create a bow. I adhered this on top of the knotted thread.

For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set. I embossed this using white powder. I stamped the white note card with MFT Diagonal Stripes background using Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass dye ink pad. I adhered the navy panel to the note card with fun foam for dimension. I rounded the left lower corner of the note card. I added clear sequins for additional embellishment.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Red Roses Christmas Tree

I stamped the roses on watercolor paper although a white cardstock will be okay with this project. The watercolor paper is more challenging to fuzzy cut. I lined the edges of the flower with a red Tim Holtz Distress marker to hide the white core of the watercolor paper. I did the same thing with the leaves using a green Tim Holtz Distress marker this time. This stamp set comes with a coordinating die which I really should add to my collection since I always end up fuzzy cutting these roses. I highlighted the rose using a Wink of Stella marker, just drawing a clear glittered line where the rose is dark. 

I used a Memory Box Sparkling Tree die for the tree. I die cut it on a 110-lb white cardstock. This die only cuts the inner portion of the tree so I fuzzy cut the tree off the cardstock panel. I embossed the tree using a WOW! Ultra High gold embossing powder. I repeated this procedure since I missed some areas during the first embossing. 

For the background, I did a wash of Altenew Paper Bag Crisp Dye Ink. It is so pretty! I totally not regret purchasing this color for my first Altenew ink. I splattered some Prima Color Bloom Tea Stain by unscrewing the sprayer off the bottle, then tapping the tip of the sprayer onto the washed panel. I blotted dry the splatters using a towel. 

I created the sentiment using a vellum strip and words from Hero Arts Christmas Crystals stamp set. I embossed the words in white powder. For the dot in between the words, I used the dot from Altenew Hennah Elements stamp set. 

It is time to adhere all the elements, starting off with the gold embossed tree. I applied dots of glue randomly and adhered the tree to the center of the washed panel. I applied a clear acrylic block on top of it for better contact. I applied dots of liquid glue on the back of the vellum where the dots and letters are. I dried this with the acrylic block placed on top of it. Once the adhesive is dry, I adhered the flowers using a glue dot. I adhered the leaves using liquid glue applied to the back and front of one tip of the leaf. 

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Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Watercolored Ornaments Christmas Card

I did the smooshing technique on a watercolored paper using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I prepared the watercolor paper for embossing. I stamped the crystals onto the smooshed watercolored paper, strategically selecting the area I wanted the crystals to be. I poured Wow! Gold embossing powder to this, then heat embossed it. I fuzzy cut the crystals and inked the edges with gold marker to hide the white core of the watercolor paper. 

After I planned the layout of the crystals. I stamped a twine, stamped the crystals again, stamped the chains, and stamped the ribbons. I stamped and embossed in between elements that the cardstock showed signs of warping. Good thing, the Bazzill cardstock stood up to the challenge of repeated heating. I stamped the sentiment on the lower right side of the panel. 

I flicked white watercolor from an acrylic block towards the panel, concentrating on the area below the stamped twine. After this has dried, the crystals were adhered using foam adhesive. To add a pop of color, I adhered red enamel dots to the bow.
I adhered the panel to a white note cards with a fun foam sandwiched in between the panel and note card for added dimension. For the final embellishment, I squeezed some red Stickles to the edge of the black panel to tie in with the red enamel dots.

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Maria Giselle B.

Stamps: Hero Arts Christmas Crystals, HA Holiday Sayings, Mama Elephant Confetti

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Treat Bag

I used the Cricut Wrap It Up Cartridge to cut the treat holder. I cut it at the maximum size wherein I can fit 4 images in a 12 x 12 paper. I scored the treat bags at the tick marks cut by the machine. I did the stamping on the treat bag before I folded it. I treated the area with a powder tool. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Black Onyx ink. I embossed the sentiment using clear powder. I stamped the sentiment on both outer sides of the treat bag. To draw the attention to the sentiment, I stamped a wonky solid circle stamp over the sentiment using a white pigment ink. I allowed this to dry but had to heat set it to speed up the drying time. I applied a narrow sticky tape to the tabs, folded the bag and adhered the tabs to create the treat bag.

For the bat, I stamped this on black cardstock with Versamark ink. I heat emboss this with black powder. I die cut this using the matching die. I ran a black marker around the edges to cover the white edges of the die cut. I colored the fangs with a white gel pen. I colored in the cheeks. I applied Wink of Stella to the wings.

To finish off the treat bag, I looped a twine onto the handles and tied a bow. I adhered the bat onto the loop, both sides. I lifted the wings for added dimension. I adhered bat sequins at the end of the twine.

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Maria Giselle B.

Supply used:
Stamp: Lawn Fawn Spooktacular
Die: Lawn Fawn Spooktacular
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, ColorBox White Pigment

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