Monday, November 27, 2017

Lawn Fawn Selfie Phone Shaker Ornament

Just a warning, this is an instruction-filled and Lawn Fawn-filled post. I created these giveaway cards as a part of a Holiday/Christmas card exchange. I am very late in sending these out to my overseas card group mates. I hope the wait will be worth it.

I started off by creating the phone ornaments. I traced the Selfie phone die to a white 110 lb. cardstock and manually cut along the traced lines. I also die cut the phone thrice on 110 lb. cardstock and a gold pearl cardstock. I lightly traced the phone opening on the solid white cardstock to serve as a guide in creating my scene.

I stamped the snowmen from the Ready, Set, Snow stamp set on the solid white cardstock. I created masks for the snowmen and the trees from the same stamp set. Using the Stitched Hillside Borders die, I created a hill mask. I stamped the trees on the background and masked them as well. I masked the edges of the frame and blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Salty Ocean on the scene. I tapped some pearlized water droplets to this blended area and patted it dry with a paper towel.

I took off the mask for the hill. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Iced Spruce for the snow bank. Covering the sky area with paper, I spritz pearlized water onto this to create a shimmery snow bank.

I completely took the masks off the images and colored the snowmen using Copic markers. Coloring the images didn't use much effort since I did not use a lot of colors. What took some time was adding details to the snowmen and the trees. For the trees, I applied glue to the white areas using a glue pen. I poured Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Rock Candy to the glued areas while the glue is wet. After this had dried, I applied clear Wink of Stella to the green areas. For the snowmen, I used my stash of colored pens to create the patterns on the hats, earmuff and scarf. I used a Black Sakura Glaze pen for the eyes, buttons and ear muff band. I had to trace the scarf with a black marker because some of the impressions got covered by the colored pens.

I stacked about 3 Selfie phone die cuts. I used double adhesive tape to adhere the die cuts on top of the other. The stamped piece is bigger than the Selfie phone die cuts. I trimmed off the excess after stacking the die cuts on it.

I created another snow slope by using the negative cuts of the Selfie phone cut, applied a double adhesive tape to one side, and die cut it using the Stitched Hillside Border die. I removed the backing and poured Elizabeth Crafts Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over it. I rubbed my finger to burnish the glitter and adhered the slope to the front of the snowmen, puzzle piecing it to the negative space of the Selfie phone.

To create the shaker, I adhered a plastic film on the back of the pearl gold Selfie Phone die cut. I used double adhesive tape as well. I poured Martha Stewart Seed Beads and Iridescent Glitter onto the well. If you noticed, I kind of overdid the shakers on one of the phones. Sometimes, I cannot help it! I adhered the pearl gold die cut on top of the stacked die cuts to seal the shaker.
I wanted to make this into a tree ornament. I traced another white cardstock using the Selfie phone die and stamped a sentiment from Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set using Versamark ink. I poured Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder, then heat set it. I embossed a Stitched Square Frame to draw the attention to the embossed sentiment because I don't plan to add anything else to this panel.

To make this into an ornament, I cut some Siver Sparkle Single Cord, made a loop, and tied a knot at the end. I adhered this to the back of the shaker card using a strong double sided tape. I sandwiched this by adhering the sentiment panel on top of it and cut the excess again. The phone ornament is now finished!

To create the phone ornament holder, which served as my greeting card, too, I trimmed a 4 1/2"x 5 1/2" brown cardstock which will be the base of the card. I trimmed the patterned paper from Knit Picky Petite Paper Pack at 4" x 5 1/4" and traced the phone die on the middle of the patterned paper. I used a We R Memory Keepers Notch Punch to create tabs that will hold the phone ornament. I used a craft knife to create the window.

I used the Stitched Square Frame die to create the stitched impressions on the sides of the paper. I had to do partial die cutting since my die is square shaped. It didn't turn out perfect in some spots but still relatively okay.

I heat embossed sentiments from the Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set using a white embossing powder and stamped the snowflakes from the Ready, Set, Snow stamp set using Delicata White Shimmer Ink. I set this aside to dry. Next, I adhered foam adhesives to the back of the patterned paper. Then, I adhered this on top of the brown cardstock making sure the stamping I did showed through the window. Now, I can slide the phone under the tabs. Like the presentation?

Thank you for visiting my blog. I apologize for the lengthy post. Usually, I would skip the part of sharing the steps especially if it is lengthy but after seeing the outcome, I feel this is worth sharing.  Do email me or leave a comment if you have any questions? Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Lawn Fawn products used: Selfie Frames, Ready, Set, Snow stamp set. Stitched Hillside Borders die, Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set, Stitched Square Frame die, Silver Sparkle Single Cord, Knit Picky Petite Paper Pack

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Purple Ppinky Dolls Christmas Card

It is a Sketch Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. I am using an image from one of our sponsors, Ppinky Dolls, named Little Star.

I'll be honest. I had difficulty coloring this image. In fact, the last time we were sponsored by Ppinky Dolls, I did not give justice to the pretty image with my coloring. I requested this image for the DT. It is just right for me to use it in my creation for this challenge. I think this is my third try in coloring this image. I finally gave up on using watercolor pencils and resorted to colored pencils. I think I finally found the recipe to coloring Ppinky Dolls!

After coloring the image, using an old tool by EK Success Curvy Cutter, I cut this into an oval. I am out of practice using this tool, since in my failed coloring, wherein I cut the paper first before coloring, I frayed the paper at the edges. I still did it on this one but it wasn't as bad as the first two times. I smoothed the edges using a file.

I applied a thin layer of Tim Holtz Distress Glaze to the colored images. I buffed the excess off using a rag. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Broken China to the background. The Distress Glaze protected the colored images from the ink blending. It also protected the image from the water I spritz to the blended background. I picked up the droplets with a paper towel. Using Distress Glaze saved me a lot of time from creating a paper mask and/or applying masking fluid to the image. It did create a halo around the images which actually made the image pop.

I added a lot of details to this digital image. When I say a lot, it is A LOT! I cut a scalloped oval using the Cricut Design Space. I also used the CDS to cut a white pearl mat for the image. I am using Doodlebug Frosty Friends 6x6 paper pad for the patterned papers. The quarter panels have stitched borders on it. I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders to create the stitches. The sentiment was also stamped on patterned paper from the same collection. I heat embossed this using white powder. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink Faded Jeans to make the sentiment pop. The embossing resisted the inking but I did have to wipe off the ink from the embossed sentiment. I fuzzy cut the sentiment. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow stamp set. It is a curved sentiment but with the use of a ruler, I straightened the sentiment then picked it up with the acrylic block. I applied some Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Confetti Silver Mix as an add-on.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two Cards Created Using Positive and Negative Cuts

I am participating in Pebbles November Sketch Challenge. I enjoyed creating these cards because it did not only made me use my Pebbles stash but is also stretched my imagination on what to create using my available resources.

For the first card, I am using a colorful plaid paper called Perfect Day from the Seen and Noted collection. I cut a 6"x6" piece from a 12"x12" patterned paper. I rotated the paper to make the stripes diagonal instead of the original print of horizontal and vertical lines. Using the pattern as a guide to the design, I die cut several squares, or should I say, diamonds. I kept the positive cuts for the other card. I drew black lines in between the colored stripes for added detail.

Using the same metal die, which is the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square, I die cut squares out of Cherry Arc Crafts Wood Tape. I adhered this tape on scrap cardstock first to prevent it from cracking.

I adhered the plaid paper on a top folding A2 sized kraft note card. I puzzle pieced the stitched wood tape to the windows on the plaid paper. I added a dot of Stickles to each diamond. Since the plaid paper was rotated, it left open spaces on the corners. I adhered the same wood tape to these corners.

For the sentiment, I trimmed a phrase from the Family, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I mat this on a stitched die cut red-orange cardstock. I traced the sentiment with a Sakura Glaze Pen. I adhered the rest of the sentiment on the inside of the card to complete the thought of this
encouragement card.

For the second card, I didn't want to put the negative cuts of my first card to waste. They have also stitched detailing on it. Actually, I adhered these cuts using the negative cut on my first card as a guide. Excuse me for the disorder of this post.

I embossed the stitched squares using Versamark ink with clear embossing powder. I repeated this process about three times to make the squares raised and sort of look like puffy stickers. I wanted to preserve the original pattern of the plaid cardstock. I applied a non-tacky tape to the back of the window plaid patterned paper. I pieced in the embossed stitched squares so these will adhere to the tape. I removed the tape gently to peel off the squares. Using a temporary adhesive, I adhered the window patterned paper to a kraft Neenah cardstock. I picked the embossed squares from the tape and puzzle pieced it to the plaid patterned paper. Once I am done adhering all the pieces, I carefully removed the window plaid paper. I placed an acrylic block on the top of the these adhered die cuts while I allow the liquid glue to dry.

Once the glue has dried, I drew lines in between the diamonds using a white Uniball Signo Broad pen. For the split panel, I am using the B side of the Chalkboard patterned paper from the Lakeside collection. The yellow was too overwhelmingly bright. To mute it down, I inked the paper with Tim Holtz Distress inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I drew in the chevron pattern using a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I used a foam adhesive to adhere these split panels.

For the sentiment, I used another phrase from the Famiy, Together We Have It All Phrase Cards paper pad. I fuzzy cut the 'hello' part. I cut the 'there' into a banner with fishtail edges. I traced the letters using the Uniball Signo Broad pen. I added a dot of white Ranger Enamel Accents to the ends of the label.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Digital Image Christmas Ornament

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is entitled "Not A Card." The challenge title speaks for itself. Create anything as long as it is not a card. I am using a digital image from our challenge sponsor, Rick St. Dennis. I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I also printed it as a mirror image.  I colored the image using Copic markers. I adhered the images back to back with the use of a light tracer light box to get a perfect alignment of the image. I suggest to use a temporary adhesive on the top portion of the angel. This will allow you to add the thread loop after fuzzy cutting the images. Then, that's the time you can add a stronger adhesive to seal the mirrored images, sandwiching the thread loop. Ask me how I know? =)

I fuzzy cut the image. I added a metallic thread in between the mirrored images using a strong adhesive. I painted a light blue Stickles to the angel's dress. I drew in the piping of the angel's gown with a black glitter gel pen. I colored the stars in the angel's dress with a yellow Spica glitter pen. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the angel's wings. And, I heat embossed Wow! White Puff Powder to the clouds. I used a glue pen to make the powder adhere before heat setting it. I applied clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on the angel's halo, and allowed this to dry.

I plan to create a batch of these handmade ornament to be given to my son's class for Christmas. I have a long time to work on that, right?

I hope I gave you some inspiration that images can also be used beyond cards. Please join us in this challenge. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Cricut Spider Magnets

Belated Happy Halloween, to you all! This year, I didn't come up with a treat bag. I was going to do some crafting for a game for my Kindergartener's Halloween Classroom party but due to time constraint, we could not add the game. Instead, I created a non-candy give away.

I purchased the spider image from Cricut Design Space. Working with the CDS is very easy. Just type in the image you would like to cut and it will show the images available. Editing your image is easy with CDS. I moved the spider's eyes from the bottom part of its head to the top part. This image is a tag. I just cut off the tag part on the spider layer. With the bottom layer, I removed the notch by duplicating this layer, rotating it and welding both layers together to come up with a closed curved edged square.

I use a white cardstock for the back layer. I applied Ranger Multi Matte to the area which will show in front as eyes of the spider. I was going to use glow in the dark embossing powder which I ordered online. My order is still being processed so I used glow in the dark glitter which I bought from Hobby Lobby. I applied the glitter to the glued area and allowed it to dry.

I heat embossed the sentiment using Ranger Holograuphic embossing powder. I applied Ranger Multi Matte to the spider legs and poured Martha Stewart flocking powder to make the spider fuzzy. I wasn't happy on how much powder adhered to the glue. I might have to try other liquid adhesives next time for the flocking powder.

I adhered the back layer to the back of the spider making sure the glitter shows through the holes of the eyes. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes and allowed this to dry. It looks really neat after it dried. It looks like black enamel accents. I adhered the magnet to the back of the spider.

I wish I can have a photo of the spider's eyes as it glows in the dark but the glow is not enough to be captured in photo. Sigh!

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

Maria Giselle B.

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