Sunday, July 30, 2017

Scrapbook Page for Altenew Sketch Challenge

I have not scrapbooked for a long time. I think I have created more cards than scrapbooking layouts. I sure miss scrapbooking for I think this tells one’s story, something to cherish. I am so glad that Altenew has its own Scrapbooking blog, with a challenge, too! This will definitely motivate me to scrapbook some more.

I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Altenew Hennah Elements stamp set on Strathmore watercolor paper. I used several mediums to color the images. I would like to achieve varied shades of pink and yellow which I think I will achieve if I use different mediums. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide, Tim Holtz Distress ink pads, Tim Holtz Distress crayons, and Zig Color Clean marker. I was having so much fun experimenting that on the leaves, I mixed TH Distress Oxide Peeled Paint and TH Distress ink Mowed Lawn to color the leaf image. I dried the colors with a heat tool then sprayed Pearl Perfect Pearl diluted in water over it.

I fuzzy cut the images and lined the edges with a black marker to hide the white core of the watercolor paper. I have 14 flowers total as the same number of circles in the layout sketch. To add more variation to the flowers, I fuzzy cut the flowers even more to make it smaller. I didn’t want to waste the cut off flower petals so I glued this to the back of the medium-sized flower.

I die cut the photos using a Mama Elephant stitched rectangular frame die. The border is from the same Altenew stamp set. I stamped this on green cardstock using Versamark ink. I heat embossed this using Ranger Antiquities Verdigris embossing powder. This stamp came very handy for my layout. I cut the embossed strip in half using the lines on the design as a guide. In this way, I came up with two strips to adhere to the top and bottom edges of the photos.

I am using an Ellen Hutson Wood grain cardstock for my layout. I sprayed and splattered this white cardstock with Perfect Pearl Sour Apple diluted for more shimmer. I also splattered some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Peeled Paint on some areas.

Do you remember when brads are such a craze? I still have my own stash of brads. I don’t have a yellow and pink brad for the flowers so I colored these brads with Copic markers. I poked the holes and attached the big flowers using the brads. I used Glue Dots to adhere the rest of the flowers.

The sentiment is from Altenew Super Script stamp set. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed this using black embossing powder. I fuzzy cut the sentiment leaving a small white border around the letters. I stamped the small sentiments on vellum strips using the same ink & heat embossing it as well with clear embossing powder.

I really had fun with this project. I am looking forward to creating more. Now I have something to add to our family album showcasing our last year’s summer vacation.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wobbly Cricut Die Cut Thank You Card

Our chiropractor was nice enough to give us a gift card to Serendipity, a local ice cream shop here at Webster Groves, St. Louis, Missouri. My sons enjoyed the treat. To show how much we appreciated his kindness, I created this card with ice cream as theme, too.

I cut the image from Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge. I cut the ice cream cone in layers using cardstock. With the ice cream layer, I applied white Wendi Vecchi embossing paste. I didn't apply the paste smoothly to achieve the texture of ice cream. I applied American Crafts Grapefruit embossing powder. I set this aside to dry. I am not sure how long it took for this to dry but I left it overnight. After which, I heat embossed it. I adhered the layers using Ranger Multi-Matte Medium glue.

For the back layer which was cut in white cardstock, I stamped stripes using Simon Says Basic Stripes stamp set. The ink I used is Avery Elle Raspberry pigment ink. I adhered 1/8" double sided tape over the stripes. I poured Elizabeth Crafts Designs Cool Diamond Silk powder over the tape. After I shook the excess, I rubbed the glittered strips with my finger. I inked the edge of the ice cream part on this layer with the same Avery Elle ink.

To work on the card base, I am using a kraft Bazzill cardstock. I am fortunate to have a Simple Stories Beat the Heat patterned paper from the Summer Days collection which has ice cream cones on the B-side. I actually bought this patterned paper because of my obsession with clouds, which is the A-side of this patterned paper. I die cut this patterned paper using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I also used the same set of dies to create a border rectangle on a pearlized paper. I also used this to die cut another kraft cardstock.

For the sentiment, I stamped the Altenew Label Love on kraft cardstock using  Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink. I poured white embossing powder to this, then heat set it. I trimmed off the excess. I traced the letters using a 0.3 Sepia Copic multiliner. I adhered this to the bottom of the innermost stitched rectangle. I applied a Darice Mini Action Wobbler to the back of the die cut ice cream. I adhered this on top of the sentiment.

I hope you enjoy viewing my blog. Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

City Pop-Up Card using Cricut

This card is inspired by my soon to be 11 year old son who loves the Cricut Destination cartridge so much. When I bought this cartridge, I knew he will love it. And, he does! He loves interactive cards, too. So I mashed those two ideas together and came up with this card.

The Cricut Design Space has been updated. It still does not work with Safari but otherwise, the upgrade is great! I am sure I have not discovered all of its features but so far, the feature that I love the most is while the current layer is cutting, I can edit where the image will be cut on the next layer. In this way, I can maximize a cutting mat more and not overuse the top corners of a cutting mat. Isn't that great?! If you have a favorite CDS feature, I would love to know it!

To create the pop-up mechanism, I cut strips of patterned paper & scored it in different widths, from a  1/4" to 1". I overlapped the ends using a strong adhesive to form a square or rectangle. I attached this to the back of the die cut and card panel. I also used square acetate in some areas for more not too obvious support in the pop-up movement. The key to this type of pop-up card is to train the scored squares and rectangles by closing the card shut, and opening it wide, pressing the scored squares rectangles at both times.

The background was splattered with gold Finetec watercolor. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a Hero Arts Fancy Uppercase Die.

For the front, I die cut a gray cardstock using the scallop border die from American Crafts Daydreamer. I centered a globe stamp from Concord & 9th Map Love stamp set using Versamark ink. I applied Platinum Ranger embossing powder to this. I die cut the globe and a circle window using stacked circle dies from My Favorite Things. To create a flat shaker card, I cut a scrap plastic wrapping to a size big enough to cover the circle window. This gave me a plastic pocket attached only on one side. I used the We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool to secure the other edges after I poured in some Studio Calico sequins. I attached this to the back of the window using a double adhesive tape. This panel is then attached to the front of the card. I used the Altenew Label Love for the front sentiment, stamping it with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing this using clear powder.

Yrwin loves to play with the Cricut Design Space. I still have this project in my account cloud. He saw it...grrr! I told him it is for a project. He didn't asked further which is good or else the surprise is gone.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

One Layer Watercolored Digi Image

It is another challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs. My eldest son is turning 16 soon. He is the inspiration for the creation of this card. I printed the card on Strathmore watercolor paper. I was on the lookout on my stash for a label or a banner stamp. I don't have one so I drew a banner and stamped the sentiment on it. I masked the images with a Fineline Masking fluid and allowed this to dry. I created a cloud mask by die cutting an Inkadinkado masking paper with Taylored Expressions Build A Scene Rolling Clouds die. I blended a Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress ink to the panel. I spritz the area with Pearl Perfect Pearls dissolved in water. After this has dried, I rubbed off the dried masking fluid. I watercolored the images using Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. I noticed that some of the digital image's lines were erased by the masking fluid. After the watercolor has dried, I went through the lines again using a black pen. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the balloons.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUDY! I hope you like your card.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Creating Two Cards Using Cricut

This is another post on creating two cards at once using the same resources. I have made another pair of cards using the same resource. You can see the details of these cards on a previous post entitled Creating Two Cards Using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide.

My intention in creating today's card is to post it as part of Incy Wincy Designs Challenge on Friends Forever which started last Monday. I love the Kitties image by Bugaboo Stamps. My inspiration in coloring the cats is my sister's cats Bee & Peppy. I colored the cats using Copic markers. After coloring, I fuzzy cut the image.

Working on the card, I die cut the word hugs on an American Crafts patterned paper. I strategically positioned the word to be die cut at the center of the 6x6 patterned paper. I am using the negative die cut for this card. I die cut 3 more of the word hugs using white cardstock. You may use colored cardstock instead. It is just that I couldn't find a matching cardstock so I just used a white cardstock. I blended Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress ink on one of the sets. I pounced blue Perfect Pearls on these letters and set it with a spritz of water.

For the other set of words, I colored the edges with a blue Copic marker. I ran the marker on the edges too. I adhered the letters on top of each other to create a dimensional text sentiment for the card. Coloring the edges of the white die cut letters made it look like colored cardstock when it was stacked on top of the other. I puzzle piece the letters to the negative die cut paper. I adhered paper strips from the same patterned paper to the top and bottom of the panel. I applied clear Wink of Stella to these strips for extra shimmer. The cats are adhered with adhesive foam. For additional embellishment, I added dots of Sakura Souffle marker to the flowers.

For the next card, I am using the positive cut of the die cut sentiment. I didn't want to keep this aside for a later project because chances are, I will forget about it. While my supplies are out, might as well create another card using it. I pressed the Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad to each letter. I poured clear Wow! Ultra High embossing powder to it. It took me about 3 coats to get the right amount of gloss to the letters. The letters curled as it dried. I tried straightening the letters by applying something heavy on top of it but somehow, this didn't work. 

The cats were colored with Copic markers. No cat inspiration this time. I embossed a paper from the same paper line with a heart We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder. I blended a white Hero Arts dye ink on the edges of the paper. I applied Glossy Accents to the back of the letters, thenI gently pressed the curled up letters to the paper. I adhered the cats using foam adhesive. I glued several sequins with Ranger Multi Matte Medium as a finishing touch.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Combined Digis Friendship Card

Hello. It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our theme for this challenge is Friends Forever. My images are from one of our challenge sponsors, Bugaboo. I printed both images in Neenah cardstock. I colored the images using Copic markers. I trimmed the computer image. I cut out the center of the computer using a craft knife to create a window. I lined the screen cut out with black marker for a finished look. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's card to do this technique.

I colored the sheep and rabbit images with Copic markers. I also colored the background using Copic markers. I used other markers to color since some of the images are small for the brush tip of Copic. But I saw that Copic sells fine tip nibs now. I can't wait to try it!

I positioned the sheep and the rabbit so it will be centered on the monitor. Using a pencil, I lightly outlined the monitor on the sheep and rabbit panel to give me an idea on how big I should cut this panel. I adhered an acetate to the back of the computer to cover the window. I adhered the sheep and rabbit panel using adhesive foam. I applied clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to the keyboard keys.

For the layered panels, I dry embossed a kraft cardstock with a Cuttlebug Charles embossing folder. I dry embossed a black cardstock with a Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder. I matted these two panels on top of each other with the kraft cardstock on top. I applied more clear Wink of Stella to the edges of a white top folding note card. Since my black panel is smaller than a regular sized card, the shimmered edges will show. I adhered the panels and the computer panel to this. I customized the sentiment using Lawn Fawn Violet's ABC's Clear stamps stamped with Versafine Onyx Ink.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Join us in today's challenge. I cannot wait to see your creations.

Maria Giselle

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