Saturday, June 26, 2021

Work Ballot Box

Hello! I want to share this repurposed box that I jazzed up into our work unit's ballot box for Employee Of The Month. I was going to put stars instead of the person trophy on the center but the original creator of the ballot box suggested for me to incorporate the trophy element of the ballot instead. I could not find a cut file of the trophy she used. This is the closest I can get to it. 

If you follow my blog, I prefer to use supplies that I already have in hand. The only thing that I had to purchase for this project is the navy cardstock to cover parts of the box. 

I downloaded the trophy file cut image from svgrepo to Cricut Design Space. The file image cuts an outline of the trophy. I edited this image in CDS. I used the contour feature to hide the negative cuts so I can cut a solid piece of the trophy. I used the contour feature to cut the negative cuts of the image using different colored cardstocks. I extended the height of the trophy by using the weld feature in which I welded a rectangle to the base of the trophy. 

I used black cardstock for most of the cut image except for a gold mirror cardstock for the trophy cut, and a gray cardstock for the base of the trophy. I used the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill to write on the gray cardstock.

I wrapped the top of the box with the ballot. I wrapped the sides and the back with the navy blue cardstock. Good thing this box is only held by inserts so I was able to undo its box form while wrapping it.  I also used my son's left over Elmer's Glue for all the glue job for this project. Yes, it was messy! No wonder I less prefer Elmer's Glue but despite the mess, it held the things being glued together well. Thanks to the help of several pinching tools and weights. Not to forget, allowing adequate dry time in between areas that are being glued.

I cut the slit on the top of the box using a craft knife. I cut a navy cardstock about 1/2" larger than the size of the slit. I adhered this to the opening on the box to create a trim for the opening, making sure the holes are aligned. I added a heart rhythm die cut to follow the theme of the trophy from the ballot. I used SugarPea Designs Heart Beat die for this. I die cut this on a matte gold cardstock.

I adhered the trophy to the inside back side of the box. I adhered the other solid trophy cut to the outer back side of the box. I adhered the rest of the trophy layers to the front solid trophy cut. 

I stamped gold stars to the back flap of the box. I adhered another cardboard to the back side of the box for more support and to keep the flap from leaning backward and forward. We don't want the trophy leaning either way too, right? 

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

Maria Giselle B.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Mini Slimline Shaker Card

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The current theme is on Slimline (DL) Cards or Shaped Cards. 

I printed the image on Bristol Watercolor paper. I colored the image with Gansai Tambi Watercolor. I blended different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide on the background using a self-made cloud stencil and a Picket Fence blender brush.

I created a frame for the image using a lavender cardstock cut at 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". I created a rectangular window using a rectangle die. I did partial die cutting to create a bigger window compared to the size of the die. You can also use a craft knife for this purpose. The window was cut more on the left edge of the panel, close to the card opening. I wll be adding the sentiment on the other side.

The die cut sentiment is from Trinity Stamps Mr. Snailman coordinating stamp set. I die cut the word hello on watercolor paper three times. I applied pearl white watercolor to these sentiment die cuts. I die cut the sentiment shadow on the same lavender cardstock I used for the card panel. I adhered the sentiment die cut on the shadow die cut. I adhered this to the wide border on the card front panel, snipping off the excess. 

I adhered an acetate to the back of the window panel. I applied foam adhesive, making sure that the foam strips are thin enough not to show through the window. I created a well around the window. 

I adhered the painted panel to the front of a slimline note card, centering the image on the window. I poured some holographic sequins on the top of the colored image. I adhered the window panel to this, making sure it is aligned to the card base. 

And what is a shaker card without seeing it in action? 

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

Maria Giselle B.


Sunday, June 20, 2021

3D Stand Up Shaker Paper Snow Globe


Hello! I created this to join the Lawn Fawn Challenge Blog. I wanted to create something other than a card so I created a snow globe that can stand up and be put on display.

I started off by putting my idea into a sketch. I created a stand up paper display before, a Faux Carved Paper Pumpkin, which guided me in creating this stand up snow globe. Do check it out, if you have time.

I am using the following Lawn Fawn products:
  • Ready, Set, Snow Lawn Cuts
  • Ready, Set, Snow Shaker Add-On
  • Ready, Set, Shake
  • Critters In The Arctic

This involves a lot of layers so I die cut a lot of the window snow globe. I am using a heavy cardstock for most of the layers. I die cut a solid snow globe for the back layer. I used one of the negative cuts of the window snow globe and added stitching holes to it. 

I added cross stitching to the negative cut of the snow globe using several blue embroidery floss.

I stamped the narwhal on gray cardstock. I blended gray dye ink to add some shadows. I added dots using the small and broad tips of Sakura White Gelly Roll pen. I added shimmer to the horn using a Sakura Stardust Pen. I added blush for the cheek. I traced the eye outline with a black ink pen. I fussy cut the narwhal leaving a small border around the image. 

Now, I am going to build up the layers starting with the back. I adhered a window snow globe and the stitched negative cut to the solid snow globe. 

For the front, I adhered a shimmer paper on a heavy white cardstock using Stick It double adhesive. I die cut the window snow globe to this. I added an acetate to the back.

The next layer will be the layer where the narwhal will be attached. I added a string to the back of the narwhal using double adhesive tape. I loosely adhered the strings to the front on one of window snow globe using double adhesive tape. I added foam adhesive to the back of one of the window snow globe. I adhered these two window snow globes, making sure it is lined up. 

Another layer is the shaker layer. I adhered acetate to the front of one of the window snow globe and also to the back of another window snow globe. I added double layered foam adhesive around the window opening of the window die cut to create a well. I adhered this to the die cut with the acetate adhered to the front. I brushed some anti-static powder on the acetates that will be in contact with the confetti, and also brushed the inner edge of the foam. I added Pretty Pink Posh Confetti to the well. I sealed the shaker with the other window die cut.

Putting the layers together, I added foam tape to the stitched background layer. I adhered the shaker layer to this. I added foam tape again then adhered the narwhal layer to it. I adhered the front layer next with the use of liquid glue.

For the sentiment, I die cut the matching die on gray cardstock. I stamped the sentiment on one of the label die cuts using Versamark ink. I heat embossed this with silver embossing folder. I adhered the label die cuts on top of each other with the embossed label on top for dimension. I adhered this to the base of the snow globe. 

You can see the layers on the photo above. Given a good shake, the narwhal will move. Watch the video below to see the shaker in action.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

String Art Using A Cross Stitching Die

Hello! Happy Father's Day to my husband, Amang & Papa! Happy Father's Day to all dads. This day is for you and all about you. 

I created this slimline card using The Stamp Market Stitched Alphabet Die. To be able to estimate the spacing of the letters, I traced the die on scrap paper. I cut this out following the traced lines and used these letters to plan the layout of the letters. I temporarily taped these letters to the slimline cut panel using a non-tacky tape. I positioned the letter die over the template, taped it before carefully pulling out the template. I ran each letter one at a time through my die cut machine. 

These dies only poke the holes to stitch on. It does not die cut the letter itself. 

After all the holes of each letter were die cut, I started stitching. Instead of doing a cross stitch, I did a criss-cross pattern from one edge of the letter to the opposite edge. I did this until the whole letter is filled with stitching, covering the holes in the center of the letter. 

I used a metallic red floss to do a running stitch on the outline of the letters.

I die cut the words love you on a white parchment paper and a red mirror cardstock. The die is from Trinity Stamps Frame And Fold die set. I adhered the mirror sentiment die cut to the back of the parchment sentiment die cut, slightly off setting it to create a shadow. 

From the same die set, I used the stitched hearts die. This die does not cut the heart out. It only creates a stitched heart impression once ran through the die cut machine. 

I adhered the love you sentiment next. I trimmed off an eighth of an inch off the sides. I adhered this panel to a white top folding wide slimline note card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Postage Shaped Card (New Craft Stash #17)

Hello! Welcome back to another post in my New Craft Stash Series. If you are new to my blog, I feature products that I have acquired recently or have not used before. For today's post, I am featuring products from SugarPea Designs. 

My colors are inspired by the colors in the latest SugarPea Designs Blog Challenge. I am also using the sketch from the same challenge. 

I blended ink on a light blue cardstock and a dark grey cardstock using the SugarPea Designs Leaf Canopy Stencil. I blended Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Distress Oxide on the blue cardstock, and Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke Distress Ink on the grey cardstock. I would have used an oxide ink on the gray panel but I don't have this color in oxide. Not that it matters. It just depends on what look you are after. If you look closely on the blue panel, it has a matte, chalky look which I like.

On the grey panel, I added Ranger Perfect Pearls Perfect Pearl powder for some shimmer. It is recommended to spray this with a fixative or water but I don't have a fixative. I did not want to spritz water to this panel because I am afraid that the water will activate the distress ink which is reactive with water. I just gave this panel a good wiping with a Swiffer cloth and a clean rug.

For the shaped card, I die cut a heavy weight light gray cardstock using the large postage die from the SugarPea Designs Postage die set. I die cut two pieces, one for the front and the other one for the back of the card. I trimmed the blue and gray carkdstock to 3 10/16" x 2 1/2". With this size, the panel fits in the postage die cut without covering the stitched details of this panel. I adhered the blue and gray panels to the light gray postage die cut with foam adhesive. 

For the sentiment, I die cut the word 'Sending' on two pieces of scrap cardstock and on a brown pearl cardstock. I adhered this on top of the other with the brown pearl cardstock on top to create a dimensional embellishment. I die cut the letters to create the word hug using the letter dies from the SugarPea Designs Letter Message Board die set. I die cut this on the same light gray cardstock. 

I die cut a label using a die from the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners die set. I die cut this on the same brown pearl cardstock I used for the sentiment die. I adhered the sentiments to the blue panel with the label slightly sticking out.

I added gold leaf sequins and Nuvo clear drops. I set this aside to dry.

To create this into a shaped card, I scored the other light gray cardstock at 1/2". I folded this carefully, reinforcing the crease with the use of a bone folder. I added a strong double adhesive tape on the wrong side of the postage die cut, and on top of the scored line. The wrong side will be the inside of the card. 

After I removed the release paper of the adhesive, I carefully lined the die cuts together. I used a bone folder to gently rub the area where the adhesive is.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Two For One Card

Hello! Have you had those days when you just want to create something but you don't know what to create? These cards are the outcomes of that kind of struggle. So what did I do to overcome that struggle? I look at blog challenges and find my motivation there.

I heat embossed the sentiment stamp from the Trinity Stamps So Appreciative Stamp set on both blue and kraft cardstocks. I used the  Ranger Copper embossing powder on the sentiment stamped on the blue cardstock. I used a concocted embossing powder for the blue on kraft version in which I mixed Wow! Primary Blue Topaz, Wow! Changers Glisten and Paper Source Navy embossing powders.

I colored the sentiments with Faber Castell Polychoromos colored pencils following the color of the embossing. The inks I used for each card is detailed below. I colored the hearts with Spectrum Noir Red Solar Sparkle Glitter pen.

I die cut the embossed panel using a stitched die from the Trinity Stamps Frame And Fold die set. I added Making Memories Snaps to the each corner.

I die cut a wide strip of cardstock. I embossed these wide strips using the Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Pattern die. 

I trimmed 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstocks. I stamped the Hero Arts Novel Prose Bold Prints using the same color dye ink for a tone on tone look. 

I adhered the wide strip of cardstock to the stamped cardstock panel. I adhered the sentiment panel on top using foam adhesive. 

Here are close-up photos of each card and the inks I used for each card.

I added Copper Wink Of Luna to the sentiment, coloring over the brown colored pencil. I used bronze snaps. 

I added White Wink Of Stella to the sentiment, coloring over the blue colored pencil. I blended some Spectrum Noir Blue Topaz Sparkle Glitter. For the snaps, I added the same embossing powder mix I used on the sentiment. I pounced the silver metal snap onto the Versamark pad. I dipped the snap in the embossing powder mix, then heat set it. I am using a tweezer to hold the snap on each step. I repeated the process two more times for a more raised embossing.

Which of the two versions do you like? My 14 year old son loves the blue sentiment on kraft version. I like the brown sentiment on blue version but I also like the bleached look of the sentiment on the blue sentiment on kraft version. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Father's Day Card

Hello! We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge theme is For Men / Kraft Card Or Paper. We have two sponsors for this challenge. I am using a stamp from one of these sponsors.

I printed the image on kraft cardstock. I colored the image using Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencil. 

For the background, I stamped the Honey Bee Buffalo Plaid 6x6 stamp set using a navy blue ink onto a green cardstock. I stamped a solid line using Simon Says Stamp Basic Stripes Clear stamp set. I used Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Oxide to stamp the line. I set this aside to dry.

I die cut the image using a rectangle die from Hero Arts Nested Rectangles die. I also die cut the plaid panel using the next to the largest rectangle die from the set.

For the sentiment, since this is a customized one, I used the Martha Stewart Rubber stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment on brown cardstock using white embossing powder. I die cut the sentiment into strips using Avery Elle-ments Simple Sentiments die set. 

I adhered the printed panel to the plaid cardstock panel. I adhered the strips after. 

I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyeglasses. I set this aside to dry.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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