Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Cover Die-Two Ways, Partial Image Stamping with Tsukineko Memento Dual Tip Marker Pen

Hello! I created this card to participate in Sugar Pea Designs latest challenge. Using the sketch provided, I thought of using the SPD Harlequin Cover Plate in two ways. One with keeping the negative cuts intact, and the the other without the negative cuts. I also used the colors in the photo inspiration.

To achieve this background, I partially die cut a green card stock. You can just die cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel for this instead. I just like to save paper that's why I decided to partially die cut. I kept all the negative cuts since I am paper piecing this back to the cover die cut. I repeated this step using a teal card stock this time. When I cut both pieces diagonally, I realized that the diamonds are not straight. I fixed this with a strip of teal card stock to cover the irregular seam created by the different colored card stocks.

I adhered both  harlequin diagonal panels to a yellow 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card stock. I adhered the teal card stock strip I mentioned earlier. I drew in diagonal lines on the yellow card stock using a silver gel pen to  continue the harlequin design.

For the image, I am using the SPD This Little Piggy stamp set. The image came with a hula hoop circled around its waist. I tried masking this hula hoop but was quite unsuccessful. So, I colored the lines of the image that I want stamped with a Tsukineko Memento Dual Tip Marker pen. This time, I did not have any trace of the hula hoop. I used a Copic marker to fill in the open gap and any areas that did not get a good impression.

I colored the image with Copic markers. I colored it gray since the inspiration photo has a gray bunny in it. Also, there are gray pigs out there, too. I fussy cut the image leaving a small white border around it.

For the balloon, I am using the SPD Birthday Balloon stamp set. I stamped the solid balloon on a yellow card stock with Hero Arts Butter Bar Mid-Tone Shadow ink. I fussy cut the image leaving a small border around it. I adhered a yellow vellum on top of it using a Xyron Sticker Maker. I fussy cut the balloon again, now cutting this right at the edge of the image. I partially stamped the sentiment Let's Party to the balloon by covering the word party. I could have cut the sentiment stamp but doing partial stamping on this sentiment stamp was not difficult at all. I then stamped the Celebrate sentiment stamp. I used Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue dye ink. Since I stamped the sentiment on vellum, the ink stayed wet for a while so I was able to pour some Wow! Primary Blue Topaz embossing powder to it and heat set it.

I taped a Lawn Fawn Silver Sparkle Single Cord to the back of the balloon. I created a small bow and adhered this to the front. I adhered this to the card with a foam adhesive. I adhered the pig next with foam adhesive. The embellishments in my card represent the vertical line on the sketch. I squirted small dots of liquid glue to adhere the cord to the panel until the cord reached the pig. I adhered the cord to the pigs hand, like the pig is holding the balloon.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Face Mask Shaped Card

Hello! I created this timely card to participate in Honey Bee's Happy Mail Challenge in Facebook. I had this design idea since Easter but did not get around creating it until now.

I am using the Honey Bee Double Stitched Polygons Honey Cuts. I die cut an Authentique 6x6 floral patterned paper. I created a side folding card base using a heavy weight white card stock. I strategically placed the cutting line above the side fold so it will not cut through this part and only cut the other sides of the polygon. The polygon's height is about 4 1/2" so this card is a little larger than an A2 sized card.

I blended Tim Holtz Peacock Feather Distress ink on the edges of the patterned paper.

I created the tie masks using a Doodlebug washi tape. I doubled the washi tape, with the sticky part facing each other to seal it. I left an inch on the edge of uncovered adhesive so I can adhere this to the card front.

For the sentiment, I die cut a blue vellum using the same die. I am using HB Prayers stamp set. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I built my sentiment and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Embossing powder. For the areas that I missed embossing, I patched this up with the Uniball White Signo Broad Gel Ink Pen. I used a Sakura White .8 Gel pen on the stitched impressions created by the die to make it look like a real stitching on a mask.

To adhere the vellum, I ran this through the Xyron Sticker Maker, then adhered it to the shaped patterned paper. I adhered this to the front of the shaped card base.

I plan to give this to my nurse friend who works hands-on with COVID patients. I used to work in the MICU but has moved to a different unit for about 3 years now. I still am involved with COVID patients but remotely.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Felt, Flock and Another Use for Border Die

Hello! I created this card to join in Pinkfresh Studio's Card Sketch Challenge in Facebook. I am using my all time favorite Pinkfresh Studio Magical Unicorn stamp and die sets.

To accommodate the design, I created a larger card, a 5"x7" card. To create the card base, I cut a heavy weight card stock, one at 5"x7", and one at 5"x7 1/4". The latter is longer so I can create a hinge to adhere these two cuts together and create a top folding note card. I scored this at 1/4" to create the hinge.

I cut two more pieces of card stock, a white and a gray, both at 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Using the Hero Arts Oval Nesting die, I die cut two different sized ovals at the center, to create a stacked look. I traced the smallest oval window on the white card stock that I will be using as card front. This will guide me with stamping and arranging the elements of the card.

I created the horn by die cutting it on a white card stock. Keeping the negative cut, I applied a piece of non-tack tape on the back of this negative cut and pieced in the horn. I set this on the Misti Stamping Tool. I positioned the stamp on the horn die cut, picked it up with the Misti, and inked it with a yellow die ink followed with Tsukineko The Essential Glue Pad. I poured Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder to it and heat set it. I sprinkled Inkadinkado Canary Flocking Powder to this. After I tapped the excess off, I covered this with a wax paper and burnished the flocking powder to the horn with a scraper.

I die cut the flowers and leaves using felt. I stamped the flower and leaf details on the felt using the same piecing in technique as above. I used a yellow pigment ink for the detail on the white flower, and I used Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks on the yellow flowers and leaves.

I die cut the ears on white card stock, die cutting 6 pieces of the ears. I stacked and adhered 3 of the ears on top of each other. I pounced the glue pad on the ears, poured sticky embossing powder on it, and heat set it. This time, I am using a white Deco Foil Flock Transfer sheet. I placed a piece of it on top of the ear die cut, with the fussy side facing the stick embossing powder. I placed a piece of paper on top and burnish it.

For the eyes, what helped me in positioning the eyes for stamping is the printed plastic film that comes with the stamp set. I positioned this film on the area where I want the eyes to be, placed the eyelashes stamp on top of it, then picked this up with the Misti. I did the same flocking technique as I did with the horn, only this time, I used a Martha Stewart black flocking powder.

The sentiment is from Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Things To Say stamp set. I stamped this on a vellum with Versamark ink. I embossed this with Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I doubled the vellum by running an extra vellum through the Xyron Sticker Maker. After I adhered the vellum layers together, I die cut this into a sentiment strip using Avery Elle Elle-ments Simple Sentiments die.

I die cut the Pinkfresh Studio Lacy Floral Border die on vellum. I die cut this 4 times. I run this through the Xyron Sticker Maker. I adhered this to the gray window panel. I cut off the excess keeping the extras and adhering it to any open space. I reinforced any areas that did not adhere with liquid glue that I placed on a spatula, sliding the spatula underneath the intricate die cut. I placed something heavy on top of this while the glue dries.

Putting the card together, I erased my oval pencil mark on the front card base. I adhered the white window panel on top of this. I adhered the vellum sentiment strip next, sliding the edges underneath the white oval window piece. I adhered the gray window panel, the horn, the ears, flowers and leaves. Instead of a glue gun, I used the Ranger Glossy Accents to adhere the felt. I am so glad it worked.

To fill in the gap between the eyes and the sentiment strip, I added cheeks on the unicorn. I created a circle stencil then ink blended Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress ink on the open area.

I adhered Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream jewels on the flower centers.

I applied a double adhesive tape to the hinge. I adhered the other white card stock panel to this hinge making sure everything is aligned.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Felt Die Cut

Hello! I created this card to join Paper Smooches latest challenge with the theme on Happy Things. During these uncertain times, I can only think of goodness at the end of the struggles that we go through. I thought of the rainbow as my happy thing. After all, rainbows appear after the rain. So, I look forward to seeing our rainbow, when all of the struggles with the COVID is finally over.

My last card created for the PS challenge also has a rainbow in it. I stitched the rainbow on that card. Here is the link in case you are interested to see it...Stitched Pastel Rainbow Card.

For this card, I am using the PS Rainbow die. I die cut the rainbow on different colored felt. This rainbow die is one single die that cuts the layers of the rainbows. I ended up with 6 layers per color. To try and lessen the waste, I adhered the colors on top of each other creating more dimension on the inner color which is purple. I supported this with a rainbow cut out from card stock which I traced from the negative cut created by the rainbow. This is one messy job for me since I have to use a glue gun to adhere the felt to another felt, and to adhere the felt to the card stock panel.

I die cut the clouds on white felt using the PS Spectrum coordinating die. I die cut four pieces of the cloud so I can stitch and put some stuffing in the center. I tried punching holes on the cloud but since the cloud is small, I didn't like the look of a cloud with big holes. I just relied on the needle to do the holes while I am stitching. It was a bit of a struggle stitching through two layers of felt. Good thing it was just two small clouds that I have to sew.

I left the top part of the cloud open and stitched on the front felt piece only. After I inserted the stuffing, I applied glue gun to the the ends of the rainbow, one a time and carefully inserted the end inside the cloud. I adhered these at the center of a stitched square card stock. The die I used for this is the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Stackables. I adhered this to a top folding 5"x 5" white note card.

For the sentiment, I stamped this on a banner die cut using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed this with clear embossing powder. I adhered this to the bottom of the rainbow. The sentiment is from PS Sentiment Sampler stamp set and the banner die is from LF Fancy Folded Banners. I added Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix to add some sparkle to the plain, white background.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Woodgrain Birthday Card

Hello! I created this card for a blog challenge but I did not finish it on time. I did not want to put the supplies aside since most likely, I will forget to use it, and I hate putting supplies into waste. So I pursued finishing this card. I am very sure that it will come in handy one day.

I embossed the Ink Road Stamps Daisie Alpha on a My Mind's Eye wood patterned paper. I embossed this with Wow! Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder. I colored the letters with Prismacolor color pencils. I fussy cut the letters leaving a small border around it.

I cut another 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" wood patterned paper. I die cut a rectangular window on this paper. I embossed a black card stock with a We R Memory Keepers Quilted Next Level embossing folder. I adhered this to the back of the window patterned paper. I adhered the embossed letters to this black embossed card stock.

To complete the sentiment, I stamped the word birthday on a wood tape using Stazon black ink and the Misti Stamping Tool. I re-stamped the sentiment three times and the Misti Stamping Tool is a big help in stamping the sentiment with precision. I die cut this sentiment into a strip using the Avery Elle    Elle-ments Simple Sentiments die. I adhered this to close to the window.

I matted this patterned paper lay-out on a kraft card stock, embossing it first with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die.

I adhered some sequins and stars. I added Nuvo Glitter Drops Golden Sunset to the stars, then set this aside to dry.

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

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Metallic Water Colored Image

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge theme is Embellishment Starting With Your Initial. I could not think of what to create after I learned about the challenge theme. Good thing that most of my co-DT members has a name that starts with M, and somebody mentioned metallic. Aside from metallic, I thought about mirror, mini clothespin and mini brad.

Our sponsor is My Besties by Sherry Baldy. I printed the image on Arches Water color paper. I colored the image using Karin Deco Brush metallic markers. I did not color the image directly with these markers. I applied the pigment on a plastic film and picked the color with a brush. It was a challenge coloring this image due to the small spaces I have to apply the color to. 

I created the window panel by first applying Coliro Pearl Deep Space water color. I heat set this to dry. I created the window using My Favorite Things LJD Rectangle Peek-A-Boo Window Die-namics. I did partial die cutting technique to be able to extend the length of the window. I painted the stitched frame created by this die with a Finetec Pearl Gold water color. 

Do you remember grommets? I still have this in my stash including the Making Memories Eyelet Setter Grommet tool kit. I added this metal embellishment to the corners of the die cut window. 

I stamped the sentiment on a pink mirror card stock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. To prevent shifting while stamping, I used the Misti Stamping Tool. The stamp is from Ink Blot Bubble Words stamp set. I poured clear embossing to the stamped sentiment then heat set it. I fussy cut the sentiment leaving a small border around it.

I adhered the colored digi. to the back of the water colored window panel, making sure it is centered. I adhered the mirror sentiment with foam tape. I adhered this to a top folding A2 note card. I drew diagonal lines using a silver pen. I stamped small hearts using a Tsukineko Delicata Rose Gold Pigment ink.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Creating Backgrounds Using A Small Sized Stamp

Hello! I created this card to participate in Stay Crafty With Hero Arts Challenge. The challenge theme is Self Care, a project just for me. I don't think this challenge is limited to using Hero Arts products only but I did challenge myself to just use Hero Arts. I will never forget HA for these are the products that I started with as I began my journey to paper crafting.

I also created this card thinking that I would love to receive a card like this. With everything going on with life right now, this card can definitely lift my spirits especially if I receive it without expecting it.    A little bit or a lot of kindness will ease out any uncertainty that lies ahead.

Back to the project, I looked at my HA products and came up with this design. I am using a letter stamp from the Hero Arts Acts of Kindness stamp set. I stamped this on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Neenah Solar White card stock using Memento Black Tuxedo ink. I stamped this randomly to cover the whole panel. I heat set this to dry. I colored the envelopes with Copic markers.

For the focal point I die cut a vellum with the HA Floral Stamp & Cut By Lia. I die cut a heart slight larger than this floral heart using HA Nesting Hearts die. I used a dark shiny pink card stock for this solid heart to layer on the back of the floral heart die cut.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed it on black card stock using HA White embossing powder. I snipped off the edges to create fish tail edged banner.

To put the card together, I embossed a black card stock with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Wafer die. I die cut the letter background panel with an American Crafts scallop edged die. I adhered the vellum floral heart to the dark pink heart. I adhered this to the center of the letter stamped panel. I adhered the sentiment strip to the center of the floral heart. I added Nuvo and Stickles to the heart on the letters. I set this aside to dry.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Stitched Pastel Rainbow Card

Hello! I hope you had a happy Easter celebration at home with your loved ones and/or maybe virtually. I created this card to join in Paper Smooches latest challenge on Pastel Color Story. I created the holes on the card stock using Paper Smooches Cross Stitch die. The die is 4 1/4" x 3". I ran this die twice through the die cut machine to cover a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" white card stock with holes. I got the free rainbow pattern from Lucie Heaton Cross Stitch Designs. The original pattern includes a sentiment that is very  timely these days and uses bold colors. I changed the colors to pastel colors for this card. I looked up list of pastel colors online. I don't have all of the colors suggested. I looked up for substitutes and I still don't have these colors. I was getting ready to plan a curb side pick-up at Michael's when I found out that the Michael's store in our city are all temporarily closed. I was so sad. Oh, well! Some of the things this pandemic taught me is to be resourceful and innovative. That is exactly what I did with looking through what DMC I have and using it what I have.

I stamped the unicorn image from the PS Spectrum stamp set on water color paper using Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink. I colored this with Karin markers. I traced the outline of the unicorn with a Copic Sepia fine marker. I fussy cut the image leaving a small white border around the image.

Having a pastel rainbow and a pastel colored image does not work together. Both are lost with having the same color scheme. I tried adding a blue wash of color on the cross stitched background. That did not turn out well. I next blended a blue ink using the Picket Fence Life Changing Brush to try and save this project. I was still not satisfied with the look. The empty holes created by the cross stitch die were too distracting. So, I bravely fussy cut the cross stitched rainbow, leaving a small border around, cutting in between the holes.

For the panel, I die cut a cream patterned paper with a SSS Stitched Rectangle die. I stamped a sentiment from the PS Magical Sampler stamp set using My Favorite Things Kraft die ink. I flicked gold Finetec Mica Water color pain on the cream panel. I adhered the rainbow on this cream panel with foam adhesive. I adhered the unicorn next. I applied Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen on the unicorn's horn, mane and tail. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the horn. I adhered Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Jewels to the rainbow. I set this aside to dry.

I embossed a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" kraft card stock using the same SSS Stitched Rectangle die. I adhered the cream colored panel to this.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Z-Fold Sketch Inspired Card

Hello! I created this card to join the Newton's Nook Challenge Blog using a sketch. When I saw the sketch and how most of its elements are to the right side of the card, I immediately thought about creating a Z-Fold card. I watched Jennifer McGuire's video to refresh my mind on how to create this card. I then looked at my Newton Nook stamps to choose which stamp I will be using for my card. I chose this Koala bear from the Pina Koala mini stamp set. I also chose my paper and settled with the Pebbles Chasing Adventure collection. I thought I have a pineapple themed patterned paper but it was not a part of the paper pad that I have. No worries! I still have other papers to chose from anyway.

I stamped the Koala bear on Strathmore Bristol paper with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. I created a mask for the pineapple since I am going to use a pineapple shaker sticker from the Pebbles Chasing Adventure collection instead. I stamped the other hand of the Koala bear as well. I colored the Koala with Zig Clean Color Real brush markers. I tried Karin markers on this paper but the pigment was not blending so I switched to Zig which is already tried and tested on Bristol paper. I fussy cut the image leaving a white border around it. I did the same thing with the hand. I adhered the shaker sticker to the Koala bear, then adhered the Koala hand to the pineapple. I set this aside.

I cut a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Neenah Solar white card stock. I scored this at 4 1/4" on the long side to create a side folding card. I marked the front of the card at 2 1/8". I taped a circle die with a non-tacky tape, centering this on the front of the card. I partially die cut the circle, positioning the cutting plate on the fold side with the edge on the pencil marks.

I die cut the same circle on a green patterned paper. I trimmed two pieces of yellow paper at 3 1/2" x 4 1/4". I blended Hero Arts Butter Bar dye ink on one of these pieces using NND Sunscape Stencil. The right side of my paper is longer than what the stencil covers. I rotated the stencil, lined it up with the already inked sun rays so I can extend the rays as I blended ink. I used the Picket Fence Life Changing Brush to blend the ink.  I trimmed this paper and the other yellow paper at 2 1/8", trimming off a sliver on one side of each panel.

Somehow, I feel there is something lacking on the card, specifically the top and the bottom areas of the card. Looking through my stash, I found the Ink Blot Shop Botanical Borders stamp set. I used a gray ink to stamp this on the top and bottom areas of the card.

I die cut half of the circle on one of the plain yellow papers. I adhered these yellow panels to the Z-fold card base. I added embossing to the patterned paper strip. I traced the wave line with a glue pen and poured Ranger Verdigris embossing powder to it, then heat set it.

For the sentiment, I used one of the die cuts from the Pebbles collection. I traced this on a kraft card stock to make this sturdy since this sentiment strip will be extending beyond the circle, and will be part of the Z-fold. I traced the letters on the sentiment strip with a rose gold marker. I embellished the circle patterned paper by adding glue to the dots and pouring Wow! Pearl Silver embossing powder to this, then heat set it.

I adhered the kraft colored strip to the white circle base, adhere the circle patterned paper next, then the sentiment strip. I adhered the koala with foam adhesive.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Sketch Inspired Scrapbook Lay Out

Hello! I created this scrapbook lay out to participate in Scrapbook and Cards March Sketch challenge. The sketch is shown below.

I have not done a lot of scrapbooking lay outs. I find it more stressful to create this than a card. The sketch is very helpful in making me plan the materials I will use.

I looked through my paper stash which paper line I have most. I chose this Photo Play patterned paper and started choosing the elements of my lay out from this patterned paper. I chose papers with blue and cream colors since the close up photo has blue on it. I also added a colored patterned paper to supplement the colors of the fruit cake on the other photo.

The one thing fun about this project is going through my stash and discovering products that I have.

I used American Crafts Thickers for the title. I traced the white outline on the center of the letter with Uni-Ball White Signo gel pen to make the letter pop. I added dash lines with a blue glitter pen. I added metal staples with We R Memory Keepers Staple Board. I adhered faux cross stitches using Paper Smooches Cross Stitch die.

I added a wooden star Studio Calico embellishment. I adhered washi tape to the back of the wooded star for a pop of color. To do this, I folded the washi tape, with the adhesive part inside. I applied liquid glue to the back of the star and adhered the washi tape to each triangle. I brushed the front of the star with Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Midas Touch Gold pen. What is a star without shimmer?

As much as I want to add some journaling, I could not remember anything specific that I want to journal related to this occasion so I added a subtitle. To keep up with the wood themed elements on this lay out, I adhered another wooden sentiment from Recollections.  I die cut the you sentiment on wood tape and used the negative cut. I tucked this under the cute sentiment. I used the positive cut in adhering the inner pieces of the letters y and o. The you die is from Avery Elle A Tag For All Elle-ments. 

I adhered ticket die cuts to add more color. I added a folded blue cardstock over the tickets. I die cut the edge of this card stock with Mama Elephant Borderlines Trio Creative Cuts. I also used this die to cut the blue patterned paper on top of the title. I added staples and cross stitched die cuts. The cross stitch was die cut using wood paper.

I die cut a blue shimmer card stock with Ellen Hutson Star Trail die. I adhered a gold cardstock on the back of this blue shimmer card stock to make the stars pop out. I added a tab and stamped the date on it. The tab was cut using Paper Smooches Toppers die.

I added chipboard stars for more pop of color. I adhered coordinating colored sequins on the stars.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope I was able to inspire you to create a lay out during these stay at home days. The photos to put in a lay out need not to be recent. Recent photos make it easy to journal since the memories are still fresh. Also, it is so fun to use products from different companies to come up with a lay out. It was difficult at first but once I saw all the possibilities by seeing my stash, I really enjoyed the process of creating this. 

Have a SAFE, blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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