Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Flower Easter Candy Give-Away

Hello. I hope you had a blessed Easter celebration. I bought the Lawn Fawn Stitched Flower Frame and Outside In Stitched Flower dies after I saw its release. I knew I would love to create give-aways using these dies. I created this candy give-away for my co-workers working with me on Easter day.

It was not hard creating the flowers since the two die sets complement each other. The challenge is trying to add the chocolate give-away to the design. I used Glad Press and Seal to secure the candy on the window of the flower. I was afraid to use glue dots on the candy wrapper.


Despite the difficulty of securing the candy, I did not change the design. I feel that the hard work is worth it. Once the recipient figures out how to remove the candy, it reveals the smiley face die cut behind the candy. Wouldn't it make the recipient smile? What do you think?

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

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tim Holtz Distress Crayon Colored Digi.

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. Our challenge theme is Coffee/Tea Time Challenge. I am late in posting my creation. I struggled with bleeding while coloring my chosen image. I thought I won't be able to salvage it anymore but I am glad I set the image aside. When I came back to it, somehow, I have a different perspective of my colored image. I was able to fix the areas of coloring that I did not like. I did not have to color another image to replace this one.

I used my ink jet printer to print the image on Bristol paper which was not a good combination if you are going to use a water-based color medium. I think the smoothness of the Bristol has to do with the reactivation of the printer ink. I have used watercolor on an ink jet printed image before but I used watercolor paper at that time. I did not have problems with bleeding while coloring compared to this image on Bristol paper.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Crayons on my image. I was picking up the color from the crayon using a water brush. At times, I will carefully apply the color direct to the image, then blend it out using the waterbrush. If I colored out of the line, I rub my finger to the area to take the color away. It is kind of cool on how easy to fix mistakes using this color medium.

I tried looking for a video tutorial on using these crayons on coloring images. I was not successful in finding one. Most of the videos I've seen using this product is on creating colored backgrounds. If you know of one, please feel free to put the link in the comment section. I would love to watch it and learn from it.

I fussy cut the image leaving a white border around it, then set this aside. For the panel, I cut a Doodlebug patterned paper by 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I trimmed this into two sections. I die cut a window on the top section using Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die. On the positive die cut, I positioned the smaller window die and ran this thru my Sizzix die cut machine to create a frame to piece in on the window using the reverse side of the patterned paper.

I adhered the frame to a Recollections lattice paper. I adhered a Grafix Platinum paper to the back of this. I pieced in the larger window panel, and adhered this to a top folding white note card.

For the bottom panel, I adhered this to the bottom part of the note card with foam tape. I adhered the digital image next with foam tapes to the top part, and liquid glue to the leg part.

For the sentiment, I die cut a speech bubble from the Lawn Fawn Selfie die set. I had to do partial die cutting to create a bigger speech bubble to accommodate the sentiment. The sentiment I am using is from Simon Says Stamp SimplyBrewing stamp set. I stamped the sentiment with a colored dye ink using the Misti Stamping Tool so I can re-stamp the sentiment with Versamark ink, then heat emboss it using clear embossing powder. I adhered the speech bubble on the same Grafix platinum paper, and fussy cut it leaving a small border around it to create a matted look.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope to see your creations in our latest challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Embossed Acetate Easter Shaker Card

I created this card to join in Hero Arts latest challenge on embossing. I am using the HA Irregular Checkerboard stencil. I positioned the stencil on top of a Canson Cold Pressed watercolor paper cut at 4 1/4"x 5 1/2". I secured this with washi tape to prevent shifting while I add ink. I am using various Tim Holtz Distress Oxide, coloring each square with a color. I set this aside to dry.

Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped the letters from the Hero Arts Journal Letters stamp set on the stenciled watercolor panel, stamping a letter in each inked square. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink so I can add black embossing powder, then heat set it. I used a water brush to apply water to the inside of the letters, then lifting the ink away with a paper towel. I brushed in some Spectrum Noir Clear shimmer pen to the letters.

I applied Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Antique Linen using Clarity Stencil Brush to apply ink to the sides of the letters. I flicked water droplets to the panel and lift it away with a paper towel.

I rubbed an anti-static powder tool to a piece of Judikins Embossable Window Acetate. Using the same letter stamps, I created a sentiment and stamped it with HA Unicorn pigment ink. I poured HA white embossing powder and carefully heat set it.

To make this into a shaker card, I die cut a window on an old We R Memory Keepers patterned paper with Lawn Fawn Stitched Square die. I die cut a square frame using the same square frame and the next size down onto the reverse size of the patterned paper. I secured the frame to the window with pieces of tape before adding a double adhesive tape to adhere the acetate to.

I created a well on the watercolored panel using foam adhesive. I poured different colored flower sequins to the well. I adhered the front window panel to the well to secure the shaker card. This panel was then adhered to a top folding note card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spotlight Coloring

Hello. I am late in posting for Incy Wincy Designs latest challenge on Animals. Our challenge's image sponsor is Doctor Digi.

I printed the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I colored the image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I ligthly drew a circle on the three cats so I will have an idea where I will stop coloring. I colored the cats with three of my sister's cats as inspiration. Peppy is the sleeping one on the top. She has been sleeping more lately because she maybe pregnant. The playful cat is the youngest of my sister's cats, Ken. He has light yellow stripes but I end up coloring him darker than his shade. The one on the bottom is Ryan, who I rarely see.

I erased the pencil marks after I colored the circle areas. I then colored the rest with Tim Holtz Distress Weathered Wood marker, applying the color on a palette and picking it up with a water brush. I tried not to over saturate the cardstock with water so as not to warp it. I blended in Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone ink to even out the coloring.If I am going to re-do this project, I will print the image on watercolor paper.

I foiled a 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" Deco Foil toner paper with a silver Minc Machine foil. I die cut this panel using Simon Says Stamp Frames Wafer die. I trimmed a vellum to fit on the back of this frame. Before adhering it, I embossed the vellum using Next Level We R Memory Keepers embossing folder.

I die cut the colored panel using one of the frames in the SSS Frames Wafer die set. I rounded the corners using We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper. I stamped a sentiment from Newton's Nook Designs Newton Love Cakes. I stamped this with Versafine ink, heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. I adhered a fun foam to the back. I adhered this to the vellum, then adhered this to a top folding My Favorite Things Grape cardstock.

I added shimmer to the circle areas with Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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