Thursday, February 27, 2020

Vinyl on Greeting Card

Hello! I created this card for the Sugar Pea Designs Blog Challenge. The first thing that came to my mind after seeing the photo inspiration is the Sugar Pea Designs Heart Beat die.

After looking through my paper stash, I used this die to cut several pieces of pink colored card stocks and patterned papers, keeping the negative die cuts as well. This is a very delicate die cut. To add some stability to it, using my paper tweezer, I gently pounced the Versamark ink pad to this die cut and embossed it with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.

I created a rectangular frame using a rectangular nesting die on a light gray card stock, saving the negative rectangle die which I will use later on.

I adhered the heart beat die cuts to the back of the frame using liquid adhesive. I arranged the die cuts to create an ombre pattern. I cut off the excess.

Using the negative rectangle die cut from the frame cut, I adhered a pink Cricut Holographic Vinyl. I trimmed off the excess. I positioned this to the back of the frame, securing it with small pieces of tape. I pieced in several hearts to the heart beat die. The heart is from the negative die cuts created by the Heart Beat die. I did a bit of cutting to create the heart. I adhered the die cuts to the vinyl with small dots of glue. I placed something heavy over it while the glue is drying.

For the panel, I embossed the Sugar Pea Designs Message Letter Board die on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cream colored card stock. I stamped the sentiment from Sugar Pea Designs This Little Piggy stamp set. I used the Misti Stamping Tool to stamp the sentiment so I can repeatedly stamp it to get a darker inked impression. I trimmed the edges off this embossed panel. I adhered the Vinyl. Then, I adhered this to a top folding light gray A2 note card. I added Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the hearts for added glitter. Although this card is overloaded with glimmer, shimmer and glitter. What do you think?

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Digi. Stamp With a Little Bit of Foiling, and Stitched Tag

Hello! I created this tag to participate in Gerda Steiner Designs February Share Your Designs Challenge. I am using a Gerda Steiner Digital Stamp Freebie called Coffee Mouse. I had this printed on Neenah Solar White card stock. I colored the image with Akashiya Sai watercolor brush pens. This color medium did not work with the Neenah for me. I had difficulty blending the colors.

I die cut a kraft card stock using a tag die from The Stamp Market. This set also comes with the die that will create the holes for stitching. The holes created were not large enough for the area that I want to stitch on so I ran the tag with this die twice, making sure I lined the hole to the cutting die. I stitched the end holes using a red DMC floss, just to create an outline. I added cross stitching to the bottom of the outline.

I cut a gold foil, large enough to cover the sentiment included on the digital image. I covered the sentiment with the foil, sandwiched this inside a typing paper, and fed it through the Minc machine. I didn't get good foil coverage on my first try. After I repositioned the foil, I fed this again through the Minc machine without much change in results. There is some shimmer. I was just hoping to have all of the sentiment foiled.

I cut the digital stamp panel small enough to fit inside the stitched frame. I adhered this to the tag. I die cut another kraft card stock, and adhered this to the back of the stitched tag to cover the holes and the taped ends of the floss.

I layered a small sequin heart on the cup. I triple tied a bow using a twine and adhered this to the top of the tag.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Cricut Birthday Trading Card


Hello! I have another Birthday Trading Card created as requested by my 8-year old son for his friend's birthday. He chose the images from the Cricut Design Space. It is so amazing that Cricut can cut a small sized critter. It also allows me to use my scrap paper first. If I don't have the right colored card stock scrap, just like in this case, I cut the layers of the dog using white card stock. I blended ink on the layers using the Picket Fence Life Changing Brush and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide. Adding color this way allowed me to add some shading to the cut image. You can also add shading to a colored card stock, if you want to.

I drew the sentiment to a patterned paper using We R Memory Keepers Quill Pen. I treated the area first with some anti-static tool before drawing the sentiment with the glue pen. I poured Paper Source Navy Blue embossing powder to the letters, then heat embossed it. I trimmed this patterned paper to 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" so I can mat this panel with a gray card stock which I die cut using a Mama Elephant die. I also die cut another white card stock using this die so I can adhere this to the back of the gray card stock into which my son can write the recipient's name and his name.

I adhered the layers of the dog and the bowl. If the negative cuts are still available, like the ones for the ears, nose and eyes, I pieced this in to the dog's face. I colored the ears with pink Copic marker, and the nose with black Copic marker. I applied black Ranger enamel accents to the eyes of the dog. I applied pink Nuvo drops to the mouth but I did not apply this direct to the die cut. I squirted a bit of the Nuvo drop to a scrap paper and used a needle to apply this to the lips of the dog and the bowl. For the bowl's eyes, I applied Ranger Glossy Accents.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Copic Coloring, Karin Marker Coloring Valentine's or Any Occasion Card

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs Challenge Blog. The theme is Anything Goes. Very easy, right?

I am using an image from one of our sponsors, Oddball Art Co. The image name is Whimsical Big Eye Girl on Stool Winnie. I printed the image using a toner ink on Neenah Solar White card stock. I colored the image with Copic markers. For the tight spaces, I used a fine tip marker. I also added some sparkle using the Sakura Stardust gel pen.

I based my color scheme on the latest Clever Dexter Challenge. When I have trouble coming up with color schemes with my projects, I look around for blog challenges to help me out and the same time, participate in the challenge.

I ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers around the image using a Picket Fence Life Changing Blender Brush. I set this aside to work on the front panel.

I cut a 6x6 patterned paper to 4 1/4"x 5 1/2". I colored the X and O letters with Karin Metallic Brush Pens. I mixed the green and blue to hopefully create a teal tint and added water to mute down the pigment. I used a dry technique in applying the color to the letters to avoid warping the patterned paper.

I created a rectangular window on the colored patterned paper using Hero Arts Rectangular Nesting die. I die cut the colored digital image using the same rectangular die. After I adhered the window patterned paper to a top folding A2 note card, I piece in the colored digital image to the window with another cardstock for a bit of dimension. I created a rectangular frame for the rectangular window. I die cut a metallic gray card stock using the same rectangle die I have used on the window and the next bigger sized rectangle. I adhered this frame lining it to the window.

For the sentiment, I embossed a greeting from Altenew Adore You stamp set using a teal dye ink and Wow! Primary Blue Topaz embossing powder. I die cut the sentiment using the Avery Elle Elle-ments Simple Sentiments die. I layered this on a fun foam and adhered it to the back of the sentiment strip. I cut this sentiment strip into two parts to fit it on the space next to the digital image.

I added sequins for some added sparkle.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day! Hope to see your creations at Incy Wincy.

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Heart Bookmark Give Away

Hello! Happy Valentine's to you! I was inspired to create this after I saw this at IG @heyletsmakestuff. She also was very kind to link up free the file she used to create this. I revised the sentiment since I was planning to give it to my co-workers, just to make it more appropriate.

After Cori sent me the free file, I uploaded the file to Cricut Design Space. I searched for a more appropriate sentiment and attached the sentiment to the heart bookmark cut. I was planning to have the sentiment foiled on the bookmark to make it a one layer bookmark. I somehow figured that foiling on multiple images to be cut on a single mat offers some difficulty. The Cricut will draw first before cutting. I could have reversed the process but I went ahead and tried it. I cut smaller pieces of foil, large enough to accommodate the sentiment. I taped them on the card stock where it will be drawn. I missed some spots since the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill drew on areas where the washi tape is. I have no real good trick on how to fix this. I tried fixing it using the WRMK Foil Pen but I was not able to align it well.

After the sentiments were drawn on the card stock, I pressed the pause button on the machine and removed all the foil. Having a spatula is very convenient to use on this step since you can just insert the spatula under the foil to lift the tape off the card stock without tearing the card stock.

My bookmark would have been done at this point but I forgot to change my cut setting to card stock+. If I caught this error before unloading the mat, I could have re-feed the mat to have the Cricut cut the bookmarks at the same spot. But I did not.

To save the project, I went ahead and created this into a two layer bookmark. I die cut the foiled sentiments using a circle die. I cut the bookmarks using a cream colored card stock. I scored and folded the hearts. I stamped hearts using a Lawn Fawn stamp on one of the face of the hearts using a silver pigment ink to create a subtle background for the circle sentiment. I adhered the circle sentiment to this.

Thank you, Cori for the very timely project and cut file. Here is a link to her blog post featuring this bookmark, valentines-day-heart-bookmark.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Flower Pencil Valentine's Give Away

Hello! I created a give away for my 2nd Grader son to give away during their Valentine's Party this Friday. Instead of giving candy or chocolate this year, I thought of giving something that the kids will use in the classroom. I got the inspiration of this project from a Valentine Card Kit being sold by Paper Source. After I saw the kit in their catalogue, I said to myself, I can easily recreate this with the tools I have at home. 

I started off with asking my son to write the color of the flower he wants cut-out for each of his classmate. I also asked him to choose the color of the pencil ferrule (the metal that separates the pencil and the eraser) he wants for each classmate. The pencils are from Office Depot which has a brown body and varied colors of ferrule, which by the way, the first time I found out that there is actually a name for this metal part of the pencil. 

After I've sorted my card stock scraps to find the colors I need, I started die cutting the flower using the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Flower Die. I die cut the heart from gold glittered card stock using LF Sitched Heart Stackables. I used a small circle die to cut a hole on the heart and the flower where I will slip the pencil through. I spritz some shimmer spray to the flowers and set it to dry.

To personalize the pencils, I wrote the recipient's name on the pencil using We R Memory Keepers Foil Pen. This is also a perfect way to use up some foil scraps. 

For the leaf and the stem, I die cut these using the LF Stitched Flower Frame. I used my scraps of paper to die cut these, too. I wrapped the stem around the pencil and adhered the two ends together using liquid glue. I clipped the ends with a craft tweezer to make the ends adhere better while the glue dries. I then, adhered the leaves to this stem, covering the back of the leaf with another leaf. 

I adhered the heart to the flower using foam adhesive making sure the holes are aligned. I slipped the eraser through the hole. 

I created a vase to hold the pencil flowers until it is given away. I re-purposed a Pringles container for the vase. I removed the metal tip off the top of the container using a blade. I smoothen the edges with a nail file. I used the Cricut to create the grass bordered wrapping paper. I added a Doodlebug Love washi tape at the bottom of the vase for added embellishment.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day! Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Unicorn Birthday Cake Shaped Card

Hello! My youngest son's birthday is on Sunday. I created this card with him as my inspiration. He loves unicorns like me.

After I saw Jennifer McGuire's card featuring the Hero Arts Decorate A Cake stamp set, I knew I have to recreate her card for my son's birthday. Since I don't have the stamp set, I used my Cricut to cut a tiered cake. I did some editing on the cake image in the Cricut Design Space, replacing some of the guide cuts with drawn lines. I also used the We R Memory Keepers Quill Glue Pen for the cake stand scalloped lines so I can embossed some glitter to it.

After I had the cake cut, I did a bit of surgery on the cake. I cut off the top tier of the cake and also cut off the foot of the cake stand.

I stamped the horn using the Pink Fresh Studio Magical Unicorn stamp and die sets. I heat embossed the horn with Wow! Midas Touch embossing powder. I embossed it twice. I heat embossed two horns so I can adhere it back to back. I die cut the horns using the matching die.

I die cut the ears next using white card stock. I traced the negative cuts on a pink and gray card stock, and vellum. The pink and vellum pieces will be the inside of the ears while the gray piece is for the back of the ears.

I stamped the eyes on the cake using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I colored the edges of the cake using a Copic marker. I adhered the pink cut trim on the cake. I applied Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen to this trim for more sparkle.

I started building the shaped card. I adhered the horn and ears to the back of the cake piece with the eyes. I adhered the silver card stock next. I did the same process to the back of the cake. To make this into a card, I cut a strip of acetate and scored this at the middle. I applied a thin double sided adhesive tape to the acetate right next to the score line. I adhered one side to the top of the cake front, and adhered the other side to the top of the back of the cake.

For the flowers, I die cut several colors of card stock, following the colors in the color theme of this month's Pink Fresh Studio Challenge. I heat embossed the flower accents on the flower using the same embossing powder. I curled the flowers for added dimension. I adhered gems to the center of the flowers. I adhered the flowers to the cake.

I stamped a sentiment in the inside of the card which is also from the same stamp set.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Pre-Colored Digital Image Card

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs going on right now. The theme is Love, Love, Love celebrating the Love month. I am using an image from one of our sponsors for this challenge, Fred She Said. The image I am using is Wistful Emma or Bride. When I chose this image, I thought of using it to create cards for my son's girl friends who will have their First Communion this year. I forgot about the challenge theme! Just like our moderator, Hev, suggested, adding hearts will make it go with the theme. So, I went with that and created an any occasion card.

Having a pre-colored image somehow gave me a break from coloring. I die cut the image using the Stamp Market Nested Long Label Die. I created a frame using this die as well. I am using patterned papers from old Crate Paper line. I made this into a 4-Bar note card.

I heat embossed the sentiment on the patterned paper with Wow! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder. I added sparkle to the frame and the dress of the girl using Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Brush which did not bleed the ink of the image since I printed the image using a toner printer.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope to see your love creations in the challenge blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Waterfall Valentine's Card


Hello! I always envy crafters who can craft or color on the go. I seem to be not organized for such. I feel like I would not be able to bring everything I need. But then I remembered that I was able to do it once during a long, grueling flight from the US to the Philippines. I stamped a lot of images before I left and brought some markers with me. I ended up with a bunch of colored birds which I was able to use on this card.

I die cut a pink card stock with the Lawn Fawn Flippin' Awesome die. This is the second time I used this die. I used a thick cardstock for this card which I feel made the flipping a bit difficult. I used a patterned paper the first time. It was a bit flimsy but easier to flip. I will try this die on a thin card stock and see if there is any difference.

I die cut the embellishments after. The background and the grassy hill are from the LF Rainbow Scallops 6x6 paper pad. The squares were cut with a die included in the Flippin' Awesome die set. The chicks are from the LF Chirpy Chirp Chirp stamp set. I colored the chicks with Zig Clean Color markers. I die cut the chicks with the coordinating dies.

The heart die I used for the balloons is also a part of the LF Flippin' Awesome die set. Before die cutting the hearts, I adhered a double sided tape on the same pink card stock I used for the Flippin' mechanism. After I die cut the hearts, I poured Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter in Cool Diamonds. I burnish the glitter to the heart die cut with my finger. This gave the card stock a different look, making it shimmery and lighter in shade.

I die cut the letters from LF Cole's ABC die set using white card stock I adhered the letters to the heart die cuts. I also added fine silver threads to make the heart into a balloon.

Now, that my flippin' elements are done, I adhered the squares to the scores created by the Flippin' die. Lawn Fawn has a video on their website on how to use this die which I linked here if you click the word video.

I die cut a pink card stock using a stitched rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment from LF Love Letters stamp set. I adhered this to the last panel of the flippin' die cut. Make sure that anything you adhere to this panel is flat and adhered really well. Any loose corner can get caught in the sliding mechanism. Ask me how I know.

For the base panel, I die cut a gray cardstock using a stitched rectangle die. I matted this with a pink patterned paper from the same paper pad. I die cut this with the LF Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die. I created a sentiment strip using a sentiment stamp from the LF Love Letters stamp set on a white card stock.

Here is a short video showing you how interactive this card is.

How fun is it to get a card like this? Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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