Monday, January 21, 2019

Stencil Digital Image and Spinner Surprise Card

We have a brand new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. We are featuring the Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral. I am using an image from one of our challenge sponsors, SheepSkiDesigns

I created a stencil using the Cricut Design Space and the ballerina image. I heat embossed a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Day stamp set and Altenew Golden Peach embossing powder. I adhered the negative cut stencil. I ink blended three shades of coral toned dye inks to the open space to create the ballerina silhouette. I then adhered the positive stencil cut to cover the inked area. I blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral to the bottom left of the panel to make the embossed sentiment pop up. I splattered Prima Color Blooms Tea Stain to the panel. I set this to dry.

I die cut three panels of coral cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. I heat embossed a sentiment on one of these panels using a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages. I also used the same Altenew powder for this. I adhered this panel to a top folding white A2 note card. I also adhered one of the panels to the inner top fold of the note card. I poked a hole on the center of both top and bottom folds. I pass a thread through these holes, securing it with a double adhesive tape on the opposite side. 

I printed the digital image using the CDS as well although I had troubles cutting the file this time. My needle got blunt too quick. I guess I have been using it a lot lately and/or I bought the lesser priced needle which does not guarantee many cuts as the Premium one. So I fussy cut the image leaving a small white border around it. The mirror images matched closed enough after cutting it. The white border also masked areas that not match.

I applied liquid glue and positioned this to the thread, adhering the mirror image to the back. Practice closing the card while the glue is still wet to see if there are any problems with the mechanism. 

Now, adhere the front and back panels of the card to cover the end of the thread. I also used the left over negative die cut rectangle as a frame to the front panel. 

Here is a video showing the spinning mechanism of the digital image. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope to see your own version of today's challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Spinner X-Card

Hello! It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our challenge is on Quotes or Sayings. Our sponsor is Beccy's Place.

It is my sister's birthday month. I was looking through the freebie images in Beccy's Place but could not find an image suitable for her. So I used her favorite violet/lavender color as the color motif of this card.

When I saw this carousel image, it is just fit to make something interactive with it. I remembered watching an X-Card tutorial before but I could not find it anymore. I saw images of this card in Pinterest but no tutorial until I came across Lori Whitlock's video tutorial featuring this cut in her web store. I was going to do my own version of her card, do it from scratch, but she had a New Year sale in her digital store. It was a perfect opportunity to try out her digital images.

I downloaded the A2 X-Card digital cut to the Cricut Design Space. I also downloaded the carousel image to CDS. I re-sized the carousel to fit the circle window in the A2 X-Card. I duplicated the image and flipped it vertically. I printed the carousels using the Canon ts9512C printer. I colored the images first before cutting it with the Cricut. The images are small, some vision exercise for me. I used Prismacolor color pencils. I did not need too much shading since the image is small.

One feature that I like about the CDS is that it allows you to print now then cut later. I am glad I used this function. The image was very delicate that most likely I would have ripped it if I colored it after it got cut. I added details to the carousels with gel pens and Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen. I was careful in adding shimmer to the image because it reactivates the water-based ink of the print out.

I used a violet cardstock and patterned paper for the X-card base. I heat embossed the Simon Says Stamp Circle Sayings on a violet cardstock with SSS Rose Gold embossing powder. I die cut this to create a circle frame using My Favorite Things Circle Stax die. I have the coordinating die for the SSS Circle Sayings but somehow I could not find the right sized circle to create the frame.

Assembling the card, I adhered the patterned paper to the cardstock. I used a liquid adhesive to give me enough wiggle time. I placed something heavy on top of it while the glue dries. I then adhered the circle embossed frames.

The digital cut comes with a tick mark for scoring. I changed this cuts to score marks using CDS but somehow, it still created the cuts. I reinforced this cuts by scoring it. I adhered a strong double adhesive tape on the top and bottom of the circle window in the first panel. I adhered a thin thread to this. From here, I started building the X-Card, adhering half of the panel to each other until I completed the X-Card.

I applied liquid glue to the back of the carousels then adhered this to the string. I applied something heavy to this while the glue dries.

This card lays flat for mailing. No real space for a handwritten sentiment but may a to and from in one of the panels will make this personalized.

Since the Incy Wincy Designs Challenge is about Quotes or Sayings, I added a sentiment flag to tie up with the theme. I heat embossed a sentiment from Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings stamp set on vellum with white embossing powder. I colored the backside of the vellum with a violet Copic marker to tie in with the color theme. I also colored a toothpick with a different shade of a violet Copic marker. I also added shimmer to the toothpick with Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen. I adhered the toothpick to the back of the vellum with Kool Tak Clear Foam adhesive tape. I punched the edge with a square punch to create the fish tail.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Wobbly Cricut Image Die Cut Card

Hello! I am in a crunch for a New Year card design to send to friends who sent us Christmas cards. It won't make it in time but it is always the thought that matters, right? What made it easy is that Cricut Design Space's weekly free images which are from JGoode Designs featuring very cute penguins. This saved me a lot of time. All I need to do is print the images using CDS and my Canon ts9512C printer. This is the second time I paired both machines in a project and I am really excited of the result on this project. I cannot wait to use both machines in another project. I used a 110lb. Neenah Solar White cardstock to print the images on. One thing I've discoverd using the CDS in printing is there is an Advanced Option feature which allows you to customize the paper and the quality of the print out. I also figured out that you can only feed heavy cardstock on the back tray of the Cannon printer. 

I adhered the cardstock with the printed images on the Cricut mat. I fed this to the Cricut Explore to have the images cut.  Another time saver! I did ran a black marker on the sides of the die cut penguins to give it a finished look. 

I cut 6 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" blue Stampin Up cardstock. I am going to apply embossing paste to these panels. I taped the top edge of the Newton's Nook Design Confetti stencil to act as as a hinge as I go through each panel. I also applied a tape to the side of the stencil to keep the stencil from moving. I lined the cardstock to the bottom end of the stencil and taped this to the Ranger Non-stick Craft sheet. 

I applied Wendi Vecchi Transluscent Embossing paste to the upper two-thirds of the stencil. I poured various kinds of embossing powder to each panel, setting it aside to dry. Once this has dried, I zapped it with a heat tool. 

I die cut a snow bank using white cardstock and Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die. I prepared the area with an anti-static stool. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped the sentiments using Versamark ink. The stamps I used are from Mama Elephant Just Hatched and In-Line Letters stamp set. I did not get a good impression on the number stamps. Having used this stamp in the past, it is better off stamping the letter one at a time to get a good impression. To fix it, I used a Quickie Glue pen to the no ink areas and poured Paper Source Navy embossing powder to it. I also lined the middle with Sakura White Gelly Roll pen to keep the design of the numbers intact. 

I spritz the snow bank with diluted Perfect Pearl. I set this aside to dry. 

I applied Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen to the penguin. I am being very careful since I am reactivating the water based ink of the printer. I did not want to distort the printed image by making the ink bleed. I enhanced the eyes of the penguin with Sakura Black Glaze pen. I adhered Mini Action Wobbles to the back of the penguins. 

Putting it all together, I adhered the snow bank on top of the panel with dried embossing paste. I used a liquid adhesive for the top part of the snow bank to make it adhere better to the embossing paste. I adhered the wobbly penguin next but aside from the adhesive the wobbler has, I also added a strong liquid adhesive to make it adhere better. 

I trimmed an 8th of an inch off the edges then adhered this to a note card. 

Here are photos of each card and what embossing powder I used.

Using WOW! Cloud 9 embossing powder. I sneaked in this birthday card for my 12 year old son's friend. After I created the card, we received a late Christmas photo card from their family. Oh, well. The sentiment stamp is from Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings stamp set.

Using Altenew Golden Peach embossing powder. This is my 12-year old's choice to give to his friend's family.

Using WOW! Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder.

Using JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.

Using Recollections Charcoal embossing powder.

Using WOW! Glow-in-the-Dark embossing powder. This is my 6 year old's choice to give to his friend's family. It is also my favorite.

Which one is your favorite? Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative year!

Maria Giselle B.

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