Sunday, April 29, 2018

Distress Oxides with Perfect Pearl

It is such an honor to be invited to participate in the Coffee and Cards Collaboration with Celeste of Crafting Junky and Deb of Meticulosity. Below is the photo inspiration for this month's collaboration.

The sentiment on this photo is very timely. It is supposed to be spring but sometimes the temperature still dips down so we can't really put the winter jackets away for the season. 

On to the card, I am using a black cardstock panel, measuring 51/2" x 4 1/4", I positioned the hello die cut from the Concord and 9th Say Hello Die to help in placement of the stamped flowers. The stamp I am using is from Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms stamp set. I stamped thhe flowers and leaf using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet and Peeled Paint. I created masks for the flowers to be able to stamp the leaf close to the flower, making it appear like the leaf is at the back of the flower. Distress Oxide has pigment ink properties. While the inked impression is still weit, I pounced Perfect Pearl to the stamped flowers and leaves using the same color. I spritz this panel with water to set the Perfect Pearl. I am not sure if the Oxide Inks reacted to the spritz ,lof water having Perfect Pearl on top of it. But I like the look of Oxide Ink on dark colored cardstock.

For the sentiment, I adhered a white cardstock on double adhesive sheet. I die cut the bold hello with the adhesive side on top. I peeled off the release paper and poured Elizabeth Craft Designs Cool Diamond Silk Microfine glitter on it. After shaking off the excess, I rubbed my finger on the glitter to set it and at the same time, the friction activates the silky feel of the glitter. I removed the excess glitter using a Swiffer cloth.

I adhered this to the center of the stamped panel. I trimmed off an eight of an inch from each sides so I can matte this onto another black cardstock.

Since my glitter is already out, I adhered a double sided tape to all four sides of a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" black cardstock. I poured the same Microfine glitter over the tape. Just like what I did on the sentiment, I rubbed the glitter to set it. I adhered the stamped panel onto this using fun foam for some dimension.

I embossed a sub-sentiment on black cardstock using white embossing powder. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Stamp and Cuts Hello Coordinating set. I trimmed this into a strip and cut the edges to create a banner. I adhered this below the hello die cut.

I added Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Confetti Mix as last detail.


As I've mentioned, this collaboration will not be complete without coffee. My photo features my all-time and only favorite coffee from Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, non-fat and no-whip. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you've checked on Celeste and Deb's photo inspired creations and their featured coffee or tea as well.

Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Watercoloring using Distress Crayons

Have you seen the Newton's Nook new release? After seeing the release, I got so inspired to create this card for their Inky Paws Challenge.

I stamped the image from Newton's Book Club on Strathmore Bristol paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I created a scene by extending the bookshelf to fill one of the boxes in the sketch. I partly inked the right side of the stamp, wiping off the ink that touched the cat, and stamped this on the same paper. I  used a Pilot Envelope Address Writing Gel Pen to write any lines that did not got stamped too well, and also to extend the lines of the book and the shelf.

I am using the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons today. I had this stashed for a while. It is about time to have fun with these coloring medium. I used a water brush to pick the color from the tip of the crayon. I did a wet to dry technique of watercoloring with these crayons.

The sentiment is from Newton Nook's A Cozy Day In stamp set. I stamped this on the same paper and using the same ink. I smooshed this on some TH Distress Ink Antique Linen spritzed with water, then re-smooshed it on TH Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. I wished I have an Antique Linen DO but since I don't, I used my DI. I was going for a bolder color that's why I used Vintage Photo.

To create the window panel, I cut it first on a spare cardstock. This allows me to see any errors in the lay-out of the window cuts. I then tape this to the actual paper I'll be using for the card. This served as a guide in cutting the windows with the aid of a ruler and a cutter. The patterned paper I am using is from Doodlebug. After all the windows were cut, I lined the edges of the windows with a black marker to hide the white core of the patterned paper. I trimmed a thin strip of gold cardstock. I embossed this with a  Lawn Fawn Stitched Border die. I adhered this to the window panel, on the bottom edge.

I adhered foam adhesive to the back of the window panel. I trimmed the stamped images to the foam adhesive, making sure that it is centered through the window opening. I adhered this to another patterned paper from Doodlebug measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I inked the edges of this paper with gold Umbrella dye ink.

I applied Spectrum Noir to the sentiment window for some shimmer. I adhered this panel to a top folding A2 sized note card.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Wishing you all a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Basket Shaped Spring Card

I created this card for my sons' grade school's secretary to let her know how greatly appreciated she is. She is very helpful and very kind to the multiple requests I've made over the past month.

When I create cards for somebody special, I try to create the card to tie in with a blog challenge. This is my way of testing my creativity and also stretch my supplies.

I created a basket using the the Paper Smooches Easter Egg die. I  die cut a top-folding grey cardstock but positioned the die a little bit higher than the fold to keep it from cutting the shape all the way.

To create the handle, I partially die cut an MFT Circle die. I used a craft knife to cut a straight line from end to end of the half circle, creating the window. I repeated this cut on the back panel of the card to create a see through window.

I am using a sentiment from PS Chit Chat. I heat embossed this to the front of the card using Versamark ink and Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. I added small dots using a stencil from SSS named Tiny Dots. I used Hero Arts Unicorn White and a sponge dauber to apply ink to the front of the card. I did not mask the sentiment but you can, if you want to. I avoided inking the area with the sentiment, and rubbed off the any stray ink on the sentiment. I heat set this to dry.

I colored the sentiment with Prisma color pencils, using two hues of gray for a gradient look. I applied clear Copic Spica Glitter pen on top of the colored letters for some sparkle.

I cut an acetate large enough to cover the window. I re-created the window of the basket by tracing it to another grey cardstock. I adhered this to the inner front card panel to hide the seam of the acetate.

I die cut some flowers and leaves using felt. The flower die is from PS Pocket Dies. I adhered this to the front of the card using Ranger Distress Collage Medium. It held the felt to the cardstock and acetate really well. I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the center of the flowers.

I die cut a ribbon on purple felt using the PS Easter Egg die. I modified the back layer cut of the ribbon, the one with the wrap around. I partially die cut the wrap so I can extend it some more which works well when layering the ribbon. I used a glue gun to assemble the ribbon and adhere it to the top of the basket.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Floating Digi Stamp Card


This card I created is especially made for my 11-year old son who recently participated in our State’s Geography Bee. I am very proud of him. As early as 5-years old, we know that he is destined for this competition. Finally!

I am also proud of myself in being able to put this card together in such a short time.

The image is from Fabrika Fantasy. This is the second card I created using this image. I colored the image using Copic markers. I fuzzy cut the image leaving a small border around it. I traced the left side of the image on the front edge of a side folding white notecard. I cut this front part of the note card using the traced line as a guide. It is not quite as perfect compared to using a coordinating metal die but this is hardly noticeable after the card is put together.

I cut a thick acetate at 1” x 5 ½”. The width size can be altered as long as the acetate will cover the shaped edge of the front of the card and the edge of the inner card. I adhered the acetate to the front of the card using liquid adhesive on the area that will cover the shaped edge, and double sided tape to the edge of the acetate that will be covered by the digital image.

I die cut an Authentique patterned paper using Mama Elephant Peek-A-Frame Creative Cuts. Using the shaped front of the notecard as a guide, I made marks to the top and the bottom edges of the patterned paper. This is where I cut the patterned paper into two. Now, I have a patterned paper that fits the front perfectly. And since I used a double sided paper, I used the other side for the inner part of the card which shows through the acetate, appearing seamless from the front. I had to run this thru the die cut machine to emboss the stitched lines already done on the other side.

I used the Avery Elle stamp set for the sentiment. I masked a part of the sentiment to personalize the sentiment, inked it with Versamark ink and embossed it with white Hero Arts embossing powder. I ink blended both patterned paper with TH Distress inks before adhering it to the note card. I used TH wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.

I adhered the digital image with foam adhesive, lining it to the shaped edge of the card. I added black and white Ranger Enamel accents to the critters’ eyes.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Fuzzy Cut Customized Stamp Digi In Circle Window Dies

I created this card for our new Incy Wincy Designs Challenge on Anything Goes with a Twist, Seeing Spots or Dots or Circles (Minimum of 3). I created this card using circle windows. I colored  this image several times. I just love this image from Fabrika Fantasy called Funny Friends! The critters are just so cute!

I created windows for the critters to look out of. There are dies to create this lay out but I thought of stretching my dies to re-create a window lay out. I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles die. I drew the circles first on a note card. I used a T-square ruler to make sure the circles are aligned with each other. I aligned the metal die to the traced circle, then ran this thru the die cut machine. This was done on a heavy weight cardstock, 5 ½”x4 ¼”. I aligned a same sized patterned paper to this windowed panel, matched the circle metal die to the already cut circle window then ran it thru the die cut machine. I was able to re-create the same aligned windows on the patterned paper. I saved this  windowed white cardstock panel for future use.

I created outlines for the windows using the SSS Stitched Circles die and MFT Circle Stacked die. I inked the edges with red dye ink to hide the white core of this red shimmer cardstock. I adhered this to the windows.

I colored the image using Copic markers. I fuzzy cut the images right on the line. I lined the edges with a black marker to cover the white core of the cardstock. I adhered the critter to each window, using foam adhesive in some areas to make the critter pop, and adding liquid glue to some areas.
For the sentiment, I heat embossed it on a strip of black cardstock. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Sunday Sentiments.  I adhered this with a foam adhesive. I rounded the bottom corners with WRMK Corner Punch as a last finishing touch.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Shimmer Mist on Distress Oxide

I created this card for my 16-year old son who is taking his ACT test today. I hope he feels the love and support from his family through this created card.

I started by embossing the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch metal die on a 4 ¼”x 5 ½” black cardstock panel. I used an embossing mat for this. I taped the metal die to the black cardstock with washi tape to avoid shifting while I run this through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. My cutting pads are old, so I had to run my sandwiched paper and die twice to achieve the impression I want. I splattered Copic Opaque white ink to this black cardstock. The Copic Opaque is a bit thick so I have to add a little bit of water to dilute it and be able to flick it with a paintbrush from an acrylic block. I dabbed off some of the big splotches, then set this aside to dry.

I positioned the Altenew Halftone Star metal dies on this black embossed panel.  I taped the dies using washi tape then run it through the Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine.

I cut a white cardstock at 4 ¼”x 5 ½”. I lightly traced the stars on the black panel on this white cardstock. I used this traced lines as a guide to blend ink on this area using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide but I have to erase the pencil lines first before ink blending. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet. I set this aside to dry.

I aligned the black panel on top of the ink blended white cardstock with washi tape. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I matched the star stamp to the negative space cut star on the black cardstock. After I closed the Misti door over the clear stamps, and the star stamps are positioned on the Mist door, I removed the black cardstock. I spritz the clear stamps with Prima Frost Color Bloom protecting the ink blended card from being spritz on. I dabbed off the excess spritz shimmer mist with a paper towel. I did not want the stamps to be too wet and lose its details. I closed the Misti door to the inked cardstock panel. I repeated this process once more. I set this aside to dry but you can also heat set it. Make sure to clean the stamps and wiping off the excess shimmer mist.

I heat embossed the sentiment using Versafine Onyx black ink and clear embossing powder. I placed foam adhesives to the back of the black cardstock then adhered this to the white inked panel. I then adhered this to a top folding A2 note card.

I adhered Studio Calico white star sequins and added white Ranger Enamel Accents to the center to cover the hole of the sequin.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day! Best of luck to my son, Rudy!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

See Through Die Cut Card Panel

This is my second creation for the new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Nature And Its Beauty Challenge. I rarely do a second project but I cannot resist coloring this fairy image from one of our sponsors, Sasayaki Glitter.

I printed the image on Canson watercolor paper. I was going to use watercolor pencils since it is out at my table after using it on my other project for this challenge but I have no light blue watercolor pencil so I switched to Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens and an orange Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker.

I added details to the watercolored image using various pens from a black ink to various Sakura pens. I brushed the flowers with clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen. I die cut the image using a Mama Elephant stitched die from the Peek-A-Frame die set. I die cut three more pieces of white cardstock using this die.

I had to draw in an extension of the leaf stem using my black pen. I did not realize that I was using a gel pen. The watercolor is still wet so the ink kind of bled. Well, lesson learned. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set. I stamped it with a Stargazer ME pigment ink. I had to do partial stamping to create a three-lined sentiment since the stamp sentiment is in one line. I poured a Primary Blue Topaz Wow! embossing powder to this, then heat set it.

My note card is from die cut panels using Li'l Inker Designs Geometric Snow Cover-Up die. I got this idea from a video by Jennifer McGuire on See-Through Die Cut Cards. It is a challenge to create the intricately cut panels into a notecard especially with the one I used on this card where there is a very little border to score and connect the top borders. Also, keep in mind to use a heavy cardstock if you plan to make the die cut panel into a card. Might require several passes through the manual die cut machine, some manual popping out of the cuts, and cleaning of the metal die but the result is truly worth it.

I adhered the watercolored panel to the front using a T-square ruler. Then, lined and adhered another white panel to the back of this. I lined the next stitched card to this one, making sure the wrong side is up, applied adhesive to this, then closed the card to it to adhere this to the inner panel of the card. This is where the sentiment can be written. The last panel is adhered to back where I stamped my blog's name. Do watch Jennifer's video using the link since she has more detailed steps on how to do create this type of card.

I hope I inspired you to join our challenge. If you have not checked out my other card, please do. It is my post before this one.

Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Foiled Watercolored Kit and Clowder Card

Our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog is on Nature And Its Beauty. One of our sponsors is Kit and Clowder. I am using a freebie from Kit and Clowder. I printed the image on Canson watercolor paper. I sized the image at 5 1/2"x4 1/4" to fill the front of an A2 size card. I foiled the image using the Minc machine and gold Deco Foil. The foil did not adhere well to the toner print. I even ran the image twice, and also increased the heat setting of the Minc machine. Somehow the uptake of the foil was sub-optimal. I was not too happy about it but I decided to go forward with this project.

I watercolored the flowers using watercolor pencils. I enjoyed coloring this panel. It was very relaxing! I die cut the image using a stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant Peek-A-Boo die. I adhered this to a top folding wide A2 notecard. I added some Glitter Drops Nuvo drops to the center. I did not want to overdo the embellishments since I want the focus to be on the watercolored flowers.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Please join us in this challenge. I have another post featuring an image from our other sponsor for this challenge.

Have a blessed and brilliant day! 

Maria Giselle B.

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I foiled and colored the image with watercolor pencils.