Sunday, February 25, 2018

Water Spritzed Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Masculine Card

I created this card for my eldest son who is going on a retreat next month. It is actually a surprise. Good thing, he doesn't read my blog so it should still be a surprise.

Other than creating this card with a masculine touch, I want to play with my Concord & 9th supplies, and hopefully be able to participate in their current challenge on watercolor. I am using the Concord & 9th Lace Leaf stamp set for this card which comes with a watercolor wash stamp. Using a Strathmore watercolor paper, I inked the watercolor wash stamp with Tim Holtz Distress ink in different green shades. I used the Misti Stamping Tool to re-stamp the image several times. The first time I stamped the image is all pure distress ink on the stamp. I re-inked the image, spritz water to it and re-stamped it. I repeated this process once more without re-inking the image this time to create some shade variations. If I have some un-inked areas, I re-inked that area of the stamp then re-stamped it.

After I have covered up the panel with the watercolor wash stamped images. I lined up the outline leaf stamp to the watercolor wash impression. I stamped the leaf with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Since this is a large, detailed stamp, I had to re-stamp it a couple of times. I trimmed off an 8th of an inch around the sides and adhered it to a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" black cardstock.

I used the Concord and 9th Love You So die to create the main sentiment. I cut a green shimmer cardstock. The you sentiment is from the Concord & 9th Map Love stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder on a black cardstock. I adhered the Love die cut next to it. I trimmed the black cardstock and adhered this to the center of the watercolor panel. I drew a line close to the edge of this sentiment block using a black Sakura Glaze pen. I adhered some Doodlebug enamel dots on the top right.

As last embellishment, I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze White Blizzard to the letters. At first, I thought, I just ruined the whole card by adding this thick blob of shimmer glue. After setting it aside to dry then coming back to it, look at the shimmer and glitter effect it created. Very pretty! I adhered this panel to a top folding A2 note card to finish off the project


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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Zig Clean Color Easter Card

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. I am late in posting my card. Our sponsor for this challenge on Easter is Rick St. Dennis. I am using an image I won from a challenge I joined in. The image is the Euro Girl Happy Hearts digital image. Isn't this image cute?

I printed the image on Strathmore Watercolor paper. I colored the image with Zig Clean Color Markers, adding details using Sakura pens, Uni-Ball Signo Pen, and clear Wink of Stella. I heat embossed a flower on the balloons for a spring-like touch.

The sentiment is from three different stamp sets, Honey Bee, and Fiskars. I did some masking to create this customized sentiment. I trimmed this into a sentiment strip, cutting around the Easter word. I adhered this to the watercolor paper with foam adhesive.

This panel is a little less than an A2 sized card. I wanted some of the yellow note card to show on the sides of the watercolor panel.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine Treats 2018-Photo & Project Loaded Post

Happy Valentine's! I got busy creating give-aways for my sons. I am posting all give-aways in one post with a brief description. Please feel free to ask any questions on the comment section.

This treat bag is a Cricut image cut custom-sized for the puzzles we bought last year.

I had to make a couple of modifications along the way. I created a slit on one side of the treat bag for a slot for the mini card. I used a punch for the window heart on the other side of the treat bag.

I used a Concord & 9th matching stamp & die set for the mini card. My 6-year old helped color some of the letters.


This treat bag took most of my time because I created 19 pieces of it for my Kindergartener's class. 

Next up is my Junior's Valentine treats of Sweethearts candy using the left-over patterned papers from the first project.

I created a wrap-around belly band for the pink cardstock which partially wraps the candy box, too.

The top of this pink cardstock was cut using a Concord & 9th metal die. Using more left over patterned paper to matte another cut-apart patterned paper which served as the sentiment. The layer has stitching around the sides created by Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. The top got paper punched. A ribbon was threaded through the hole. For the tag, the die and stamp is from Lawn Fawn. This was heat embossed with Rose Gold embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp. I threaded a twine through the tag hole then the ribbon hole, finishing it up with a bow.

This last project took most of my time, planning and designing it. My 11-year old gives Swedish Fish all the time. Since I was only making a few give-aways for his friends (and my 12-year old's friends), instead of the usual stamped Ziplock bag, I took his give-away up a notch. I created the fish bowl using Cricut Design Space. I wasn't able to edit the image the way I want it cut, so I just trimmed the water part off the bowl to create a window. I used this as a guide to custom seal the Ziplock bags. I used a We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to do this. I have two colors of die cuts of fish bowl water. Instead of wasting the light blue one, I ink sponged the edge using Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink on the top water edge to create contrast. I offset this when I adhered it to the back of the dark blue water die cut.

I heat embossed the sentiment using a Lawn Fawn stamp set and Wow! embossing powder on the solid fish bowl die cut. I embellished the water area with stamped, colored and die cut elements from the stamp set. I applied glue on the edges of the bowl using a tape runner. I sandwiched the Ziplock bag, with the Swedish Fish inside, in between the solid and window bowl die cut. I sealed the top of the Ziplock bag using the Fuse Tool again. I trimmed off any plastic excess sticking out of the edges.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

More Cupcake Shaped Cards

My 5-year old is the kindest kid in his class. I am saying this not because he is my son but he remembers his classmates' birthdays, and asks his mom to create something for his classmate celebrating his or her birthday. Don't you wish you have a classmate like him?

There are two girls who are celebrating their birthdays today. Last night, he asked me to create two cupcakes for the girls. He chose two different cupcakes from my images in the Cricut Design Space. He assigned the colors of each cupcake based on each girl's favorite color. Can you believe that? He even knows the kid's favorite color.

And these are the cupcakes I came up with. I made some modifications on the image cut as mentioned below. I am proud of myself with these finished cards because all the supplies used are from whatever I have in hand.

The purple cupcake is from Cricut Blast Off Cartridge called Yellow Cupcake. This is a Cricut Imagine image that is a print and cut image. I edited it into a cut image and layered it. I cut the matte layer twice to make a fold on the back for the personalized sentiment. I cut the cupcake wrapper using a Doodlebug patterned paper. I ran this through a Fiskar paper crimper. For the icing, I used a Heidi Swapp stencil and a sponge dauber to apply Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve. The good thing about Distress Inks is that it remains wet for a while. I poured Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder to the dots, and heat embossed it.

This image comes with a cherry on top which I replaced with a die cut flower. The flower die is from Paper Smooches. These flower die cuts are extras from a previous project which I kept inside the sleeve together with the metal dies. The white flower is cut out of fun foam. I  applied clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen to the flower. I adhered a Doodlebug sequin to the flower center and applied Nuvo Glitter Drop to cover the sequin hole. The sentiment is from Hampton Art. I embossed the sentiment using Wow! Pearl White embossing powder. I cut the ends of the sentiment strip to create a fishtail banner. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dusty Concord to this strip to make the sentiment pop out some more. I rubbed the excess ink off the sentiment using a dry cloth.

The red cupcake is a cut image from Cricut Create A Critter cartridge. I have used this image before on a card but as an interactive die cut. Here is the link, Wobbly Cricut Die Cut Birthday Card, in case you are interested to check it out. I edited the cut image by removing the smiley face of the cupcake using the Contour feature of the Cricut Design Space. I also removed the slit openings of the cupcake wrapper using the Contour feature. The cut image comes with a cherry on top which I did not want to cut. After ungrouping the layers, I hid the cherry. The bottom layer has the cherry welded to the cupcake so I hid this, too. It should be okay since there is a cupcake layer for me to adhere the rest of the elements of this cut image. The cupcake paper is an Echo Park patterned paper. Like the first cupcake, I ran this through the paper crimper. I cut the frosting and the cupcake using red cardstock. The red cardstock I used on the frosting has some shimmer on it but had a white core so I sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fired Brick. I used the same stencil but used Versamark ink this time. The Judikins did not show much on top of the shimmery red cardstock, so I positioned my stencil again to match the embossed circles with the open circles of the stencil. I applied Versamark ink again. This time, I used Wow! White Pearl embossing powder. I blended more TH Distress Ink over it to make the circles pop. 

I embellished the cupcake with the same die cut flower from the purple cup
cake. I also used the same sentiment stamp but using a red cardstock strip this time.

Ryan wrote their names and his name on the back, underneath the fold. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Color Pencil One Layer Card

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The challenge is on Clean And Simple. This is the type of cards that I struggle a lot with because I am not sure if my card is clean and simple enough. I can't seem to resist adding embellishments to my cards. For this card, I focused on making it simple to keep the focus on the image. Speaking of which, coloring is the other struggle I have for this challenge. Our image sponsor is Createful Heart Digis.  This image is called Story Time. They provided the images to choose from. I chose this image because it reminds me of my sister, who loves to read and loves cats. I was going to create this for her birthday last month but I didn't finish it on time for her special day.

I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol paper. Given this very detailed image, I used Prismacolor pencils to get to those small areas. Well, I did print it in a small scale and I also cropped the image. When I started this project, I am going for a one layer card.

After I colored the image, I added color details on the smaller areas with fine-tip markers that I have on hand. I embossed two metal dies from Simons Says Stamp to border the image and the edge of the card. I outlined the outer border with Versamark ink, then embossed it using a red Ranger embossing powder. I heat embossed the sentiment from Newton's Book Club stamp set using white embossing powder on red cardstock.

I hope you find inspiration with today's card. Please join us in this challenge. I can't wait to see your CAS creations. 

Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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