Monday, May 30, 2022

Sketch Inspired Shaker Graduation Card


Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I created this card for the latest Newton's Nook Challenge. I colored the cat with Cali, one of my sister's cats, as the inspiration. I don't have a graduate this year but in the next two years, I will. Might as well start early, right?

I stamped the image on white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The image is from Newton Nook's Netwon's Graduation stamp set. I colored the image with Copic markers, adding black Wink of Stella to the graduation hat. I also added some white gel pen accents. For the rolled diploma, I added some Ranger Glossy Accents to the band. I die cut this into a circle using a die from the My Favorite Things Circle Stax dies. To mute the bright white, I blended some Tim Holtz Antique Linen. I die cut a gold cardstock using a die from the Paper Smooches Pinked Circles die set to matte the stamped circle die cut.

For the panel, I created a shaker film strip using a film strip punch. I punched several black cardstocks. The punch I am using creates the punch on an edge of the paper. Using a paper trimmer, I trimmed it off to create it into a strip. I adhered small pieces of acetate to one of the punched film strips. I built some dimension by adhering the film strip over the other. Lining up the holes is kind of tricky. I poured some gold confetti on the wells, and sealed it shut with a patterned paper from the Doodlebug The Graduates 6x6 patterned paper. There were three shaker wells created on the film strip but two of it got covered by the pinked circle die cut. 

To complete the sketch, I adhered various patterned papers to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" scrap piece of cardstock. I adhered the shaker film strip, then adhered the pinked circle adding foam so that it won't sag since the film strip has some dimension.

For the sentiment, I die cut a black cardstock using a die from the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banner die set. I heat embossed the sentiment, which is from the same stamp set, using white embossing powder. I adhered this to the left bottom edge of the panel. 

For the string, I created a tassel using a DMC Diamant Metallic Thread in Metallic Gold & Black. I wrapped the same thread several times on the top edge of the panel. I secured this with tape on the back. I tied the tassel to the left. I squired a dot of glue to secure the knot of the tassel and keep it steady on that upper left part of the panel.

I added several metallic black pearls from Studio Katia for additional accents. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Neon Colored Birthday Card (New to my Stash #23)

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. For today's post, I am featuring products new to my stash which are the Lawn Fawn Giant Happy Birthday die and the Wow! Embossing Powder Flourescent colors. Some of the embossing powder colors in this brand is not available in the market anymore but there are other brands that offer these neon colors. I bought these powders at the re-sell area of my local craft store.

I started off by die cutting the sentiment die on a heavy weight white cardstock. I pounced the Wow! Embossing clear ink pad on a part of the sentiment die cut, starting on the upper corner of the sentiment die cut. I am going for a diagonal distribution of the colors, following the rainbow order. I poured the pink embossing powder to the wet ink, then heat set it. I continued this pattern until I covered up the whole sentiment die cut with embossing powder. I repeated the process to add more depth and more blending of the colors next to each other. 

To add gloss to this sentiment die cut, I pounced the embossing pad to the sentiment again, and poured Wow! Clear Gloss Ultra High embossing powder to this. After heat setting the powder and making sure that all the powder is melted, I repeated the process one more time for more dimension.

I die cut two more of the sentiment on regular cardstock. I adhered this to the back of the glossed sentiment die cut. 

For the background panel, I trimmed a black cardstock at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I die cut LF Outside In Stitched Scalloped die onto this, using all dies to create a panel with staggered scallopped rectangles. To add interest, I adhered a slim double adhesive tape to the scalloped frame die cuts, in between the stitching impression. I poured the embossing powder to this, then heat set it. 

To make this into a card, I am using a side folding A2 card but trimmed it at 4" x 5 1/4". I trimmed an eighth of an inch off the short and long side to make it perfectly fit the back of the scalloped panel, so it will not show through the front. I adhered the frames to this note card, adding foam tape to every other frame. 

I adhered the glossed sentiment die cut after.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Faux Stained Glass Slimline Card


Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I created another one for three card. What that means is I mash up three challenges and create one card. All these three challenges are mentioned at the end of the post with the corresponding links, just in case you want to check out the challenges.

I chose a slimline card because the size of this card fits three windows of the floral window die that I am using on this card. 

I created the stripped panel first. I cut a scrap light weight cardstock at 8 1/2" x 3 1/2". I adhered this to a Stick it Adhesive. I burnished this to remove any bubbles. I trimmed off any excess.

I looked through my stash and pulled out all the red cardstock strips and scrap paper that I can cut into strips. I trimmed the red cardstock scraps into strips. I did this randomly so I have different widths of cardstock. I peeled off a section of the Stick It adhesive and started building my background panel by adhering one strip diagonally at a time until the whole panel is filled. I made sure I butt the paper to the next strip to avoid any white cardstock showing thru in between the strips. In hindsight, if I do this again, I should have used a red cardstock instead of white cardstock so I don't have to worry about the color showing through.

I added details to the strips with an Ellen Hutson Stitching Lines die.

On an 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" scrap paper, I created a template with three square windows. I used this as a guide to cut the windows on the red stripped panel. I taped the template to the red panel. I positioned the square die to each window, then run this through the die cut machine. The floral square die I used is the Pinkfresh Studio Floral Squares die set.

For the card base, I trimmed a heavyweight cardstock at 8 1/2" x 7". I scored at 3 1/2" from the long side. Since my die cut machine is not wide enough to accomodate a 7" wide cardstock, I used a craft knife to create the windows. I positioned the template on the front of the card base. I secured this with a tape. I traced the windows with a pencil. I used these traced lines as a guide to create the windows using the craft knife. 

Working on the windows, I adhered a clear shelf liner on an acetate. Yes you read it right, a shelf liner. Although it is not really clear compared to the acetate, this actually makes the stain glass effect even better. I trimmed the shelf liner into squares that is a little bit larger than the windows of the panel.

I popped back one of the scrap die cuts on the window. This will serve as a guide to coloring the shelf liner. I then temporarily taped the shelf liner lined acetate on top of this. I colored the shelf liner with Copic markers. 

I die cut several more pieces of the floral squares, six from white cardstock and 3 from holographic cardstock. I pieced in the white floral square die cuts to the red stripped panel. I adhered this on the back with some skinny tape so that the tape won't show thru the window. I adhered the shelf liner on the back, making sure that I lined colored portion. I adhered this with double sided adhesive. I adhered this to the card base, making sure the windows are aligned. 

I adhered the holographic die cut, lining it up with the white die cut on the front.

For the last 3 pieces of floral square die cut, I snipped off the flower, to create a frame. I adhered this to the inner side of the the card front for a finished look. 

This is where I think I struggled because I just won't stop. I used my shimmer colored pens to add more pigment to the shelf liner windows. It worked great on the flowers, but I did not like the effect on the rest of the window. I wiped off the pigment using an alcohol wipe. It stained the shelf liner with blue which is actually a happy accident for me.

For the sentiment, I stamped this using Stazon ink. The sentiment is from PS My Favorite Things To Say stamp set.

I adhered a lightweight top folding slimline card on the inner back side of the card to serve as a writing place for the personal message. I trimmed off an eight of an inch from the three open sides of the inner notecard before adhering it so it will nicely fit inside the card.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Sketch Inspired Christmas Card (Craft My Stash #22)


Hello! Welcome back to my Craft My Stash series in which I feature my oldie but goodie craft products. It has been a long time since I last added a post in this series. I am just so glad to get back on the swing of things.

I also created this card for the following reasons:

  • To join in the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge on Flowers.
  • To join in My Favorite Stamps Sketch Challenge. 
  • To join Simon Says Monday Challenge on Add Texture.
I started off by choosing my patterned papers from Pebbles Merry Merry paper pad. I die cut a brown patterned paper using the MFT Die-namics Mason Jar Mug. I have scraps of mason jar mug die cuts which I adhered to the back of the brown mason jar mug die cut for some dimension. I inked the edges with a brown dye ink. I keep those scraps inside the die sleeve. You never know when it can come in handy.

I snipped a part of the cut apart paper from the same paper pad. I trimmed off a part of the edges and rounded the corners to make it fit the mason jar. I applied shimmer to some of the flowers using clear Spectrum Noir shimmer pen.

For the panel, I trimmed a dotted green patterned paper from the paper pack into 4 1/4". The length does not really matter because I will die cut a stitched curved line into this using the Mama Elephant Borderline Trios Creative Cuts. For the background panel, I trimmed a green cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I am trying out Jennifer McGuire's technique on Adding Color with Embossing Folder but I only have Perfect Pearl to use so there is not much of an impact to the embossed panel other than adding shimmer to some areas. I adhered the curved patterned paper to the top left of this panel.

For the poinsettia, I die cut this on red pearl cardstock using Paper Smooches Merry Motif die set. I secured the die cut to the negative cut with tape. I stamped the matching image to the die cut using a red dye ink. Since the paper is glossy, I stamped it several times for a darker impression. I set this aside to dry. For the leaf, I die cut this on green pearl cardstock using Concord & 9th Lace Leaf die set. I stamped the matching leaf on this using a darker colored green ink. I set this aside to dry.

For the sentiment, I got inspired by a Pebbles glittered sticker sheet so I re-created this using the Mama Elephant In Line Letters stamp set. I used the Misti Stamping Tool so I can re-stamp the letters just in case I did not get a good impression the first time I stamp it. I stamped the letters on white cardstock using Versamark ink. I poured Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder to the letter, then heat embossed it. I fussy cut the letters, leaving a small white border around it.

For the sub-sentiment, I heat embossed this on white cardstock using white embossing powder. The stamp is from Mama Elephant Happy Everything stamp set. I trimmed this into a skinny strip.

I adhered the mason jar to the center of the panel, a little more to the top to leave space on the bottom for the sentiment. I adhered the poinsettia and leaves next to the mason jar, tucking some of it under the mason jar. I adhered the letters next, using the dot embossing as a guide in lining it up straight. I adhered the sentiment strip after. I zhuzh the flowers and the leaves for some dimension.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Birthday Card Using Emboss Resist


Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I created this card for four reasons:

  • This is my second card as a participant in the AECP.
  • The colors I used are inspired by the latest Color Hues Challenge.
  • Ellen Hutson revived its blog challenge. I am so glad they did! To make it even better, it is a sketch challenge, which is my favorite kind of challenge.
  • Lastly and most importantly, today, my 2nd son is celebrating his 17th birthday. And if you follow my blog, I mentioned in a previous post that he made a request for me not to give him cards anymore. Wish granted but it does not mean I won't create cards with him in mind, right?
Okay, back to my card. I trimmed a Strathmore Bristol paper at 6" x 4 1/2". I will trim this later into an A2 sized card but since I will be ink blending, sometimes starting off with a larger sized card is better. I am using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Salty Ocean on this panel. I blended the ink using a blender brush, starting off heavy on the bottom and then lightening up the pressure towards the top. To make the bottom part darker, I switched to the ink blending foam. I heat set this panel to speed up the drying process. I prepared this panel for embossing using an anti-static powder tool.

I am using the three of the smallest stars in the Altenew Halftone Stars stamp set. I placed them on an acrylic block. I stamped these stars on the ink blended panel using Versamark ink. I poured clear embossing powder to the impression. I continued doing this until I filled up the whole panel with stars. I heat set the embossing powder until it melted. I blended more ink to the panel using the same ink. I wiped off the ink from the embossed stars using a dry rag. I set this aside to dry.

The stamp set has a matching die. I am using the third from the largest star die. I die cut this on the same Bristol paper. I prepared this for embossing using an anti-static powder tool. I stamped the coordinating star stamp to this star. I poured clear embossing powder. I blended the same ink to this star.

Do you notice the difference between the stars on the panel and the star die cut? The stars on the panel has a subtle appearance because of the trapped blue ink underneath the embossed impression. The star die cut on the other hand has no ink underneath the embossed impression, it made it look like I used a white embossing powder instead of a clear one. 

I die cut an extra star on white cardstock. I adhered this to the back of the embossed star for some dimension. Using the second largest star on the die set, I die cut a red mirror cardstock. I adhered this to the back of the star. I created a bow using a red DMC Diamant Metallic Thread. I adhered this to the center of the star. I embellished this with a red sequin and pearl.

For the sentiment, I cut a strip of the same paper. I stamped the sentiments from the Altenew Happy Birthday To You stamp set (word 'happy'), and Altenew Halftone Happy stamp set (word 'birthday') using Versamark ink. I embossed this with clear embossing powder. I blended THDO Fired Brick to this strip. I wiped off the excess ink from the embossed sentiment. 

I adhered the sentiment strip to the bottom third of the panel. I adhered the star after. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day! And to my son, Happy Birthday!

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Faux Letterpress Mini Slimline Card

Hello! Welcome  back to my blog. This is my first card as a participant in the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I am so excited to be finally a part of it!

For this card, the stars are pressed into the paper which you can see more on the photo below. I am using the Altenew Halftone Stars Nesting die set. These dies have a matching stamp set but who said that you can only use it to die cut the stamped image?

I am using the six smallest star die cuts for the card. I die cut four pieces of heavy weight white cardstock for each star except for the smallest and the largest, which I die cut two pieces only. I also die cut two pieces of vellum for each star except for the smallest and the largest. You don't have to limit yourself in using only white cardstock. In fact, this is one way of using your cardstock scraps. Just make sure that you are using the same weight of cardstock for all die cuts. 

Using a liquid glue, I adhered two star die cuts on top of each other, then adhered the matching vellum on top. After I am done doing this with all the stars, I adhered the star to the next largest sized star. 

For my card panel, I am using a black watercolor paper. I cut this into a mini slimline card sized at 6 1/4" x 3 1/4". I inked the largest stacked star with Hero Arts Sea Salt Reactive ink. I positioned this at the center of the black watercolor paper panel and ran this through the die cut machine. Follow your machine's instructions on how to layer your shims to get the best results. I am using a Sizzix Big Shot machine. My layers include a platform, a cutting plate, an embossing mat, my project to be embossed, and the other cutting plate. 

While the ink is wet, I pounced some Perfect Pearl Blue Hydrangea powder to the star. I repeated this step to the other stars. 

I added splatters of gold and blue metallic watercolor paint to the background. 

For the sentiment, I heat embossed a stamp from the Altenew Label Love stamp set on white cardstock using Versamark ink. I poured silver embossing powder to it, then heat set it. I fussy cut this up to the edge. I adhered strips of scrap cardstock to the back for some dimension, then adhered it to the center star.

I trimmed off an 8th of an inch from the top and bottom of the black watercolor cardstock. I trimmed an 8th of an inch silver cardstock. I adhered the black panel to a top folding white mini slimline card. I adhered the silver strips to the top and bottom of the card. 

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

Maria Giselle B.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Line Art Window Card

Hello! Welcome back. I am struggling to to get my creative juices back. I hope this is the card that will re-set my artistry. 

I created this card to join in three blog challenges. These blogs are shown at the end of this post. I enjoy challenging myself to create a card for more than one purpose. 

I die cut the flowers and leaves using the Altenew Craft-A-Flower Daisy Layering die set on white cardstock. I blended pink dye ink on the flower die cuts and green dye ink to the leaf die cuts. I only used one color of ink for each, just changing the ink blending pressure on each layer to achieve the color variation between the layers. I added details to the center of the flower by adding dots of glue to the edge and pouring a light gold embossing powder to it. I heat set this after then set it aside.

I die cut one of the dies from the Altenew String Art Rectangles die set on a yellow cardstock. I followed the sketch shown below for the design of my card. To create the windows, I used a rectangle die from the Waffle Flower A7 Layers die set. I chose a die that is slightly smaller than the piercings made by the string rectangle die. I also ran the string die on an acetate strip. I adhered this acetate strip to the open end of the rectangle by lining up the pierced marks with each other. I reinforced the holes by piercing it with a needle.  I threaded a glittered DMC through the holes. I don't have any rhyme or reason with the string art. To frame the windows, I did a back stitch. I used a gold metallic DMC floss for this. I trimmed an 8th of an inch off the sides so I can mat this with another cardstock.

For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment on a white cardstock. The sentiment is from the Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set. I used the Misti Stamping Tool so I can re-stamp the sentiment a couple of times, with the last impression using a Versamark ink. I poured clear embossing after, and heat set it. I die cut this into a strip using a die from the Avery Elle Simple Sentiments die set. I die cut an extra strip and adhered this to the back of the sentiment strip for some dimension.

I adhered the flower and leaves with foam tape. For the back card panel, I cut a Lawn Fawn Speckled cardstock into 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I added foam tape to the back of the window panel and on top of the foam tape showing through the back of the window. I also added a strip of foam tape to where the sentiment strip will be adhered. 

And this finishes off the card. I hope you like my card. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Using Paper Scraps for a Background


Hello! Welcome back! It is time for a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. For the month of May, the challenge is to Use a Die Cut or a Punch. The dies I am using for this card are Hero Arts Puzzle die, Lawn Fawn Square Stitched die and Avery Elle Simple Sentiments die.

Our sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter. I linked below the image I used on this card. I printed the image on white cardstock. I colored it with Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush pens by applying the pigment to a palette, then picking it up with a water brush. I die cut this into a square using a stitched die.

Now for the background panel, I used the puzzle die to cut scraps of paper from a My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad. I first embossed the puzzle on a scrap of white cardstock. This served as a guide as to where to adhere the puzzle pieces once it is die cut. I die cut a scrap cardstock using the same die. This time, I used these die cuts as a guide in cutting the scraps of patterned paper. I adhered a full stick Post-It Note to the back of this. Yes, it took a lot of time but once I had a system, it went by smoothly. The puzzle pieces, when die cut, are usually still stuck to each other so you don't end up with a puzzle that you don't know how to put back together especially when the paper used is a plain cardstock. I separated the puzzle pieces two at a time. I trimmed the patterned paper a little bit bigger than the puzzle piece. The guide puzzle piece helped me in looking for its spot on the die. I used a magnet cutting board to prevent the die from shifting when I run it through the die cut machine. I was trying to avoid using a lot of tape, although there were a few occasions that I had to resort to using a low tack tape. After I cut two pieces, I immediately adhered this to the embossed puzzle panel. I return the puzzle piece back to the Post-it Note backed puzzle piece. I repeated this process until I filled the whole panel. A lot of work, I know but it was very fulfilling for me once I finished the puzzle.

I matted the stitched image die cut with one of the patterned papers in the pack. I only wanted a thin outline, so I traced the stitched die on the patterned paper and used a paper trimmer to cut it. 

I adhered this to the puzzle panel. I created a sentiment strip by embossing a sentiment stamp from Altenew Adore You stamp set to one of the patterned papers. I embossed this with a white embossing powder. I created it into a sentiment strip using the die.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in this month's challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Rainbow Platform Pop-up Card

Hello! I am a guest designer at Scrapping4funChallenges for Challenge 212 with the theme, Anything Goes. 

I created an interactive card for the challenge using the Lawn Fawn Platform Pop Up die. I am going to explore the possibilities of what I can create using this die. This is the second time I used this die (Glow in the Dark Platform Card.) I think I will keep creating more cards using this die set until I run out of ideas.

I am using the Concord & 9th Rainbow Stitches & String dies for the rainbow. I die cut different patterned papers from Craft Consortium Vivid 6x6 paper pad, making sure that I positioned my die to cut on the red, yellow and green parts of the patterned papers. I cut matching cardstock for the rainbow layers to create some depth to the rainbow. I applied shimmer to the top rainbow layer using Spectrum Noir Clear shimmer pen.

For the tabs, I used acetate, but you can use regular cardstock for this. I die cut some clouds for the first two front tabs using Taylored Expression Rolling Clouds die. I added glitter to the edge of the clouds. 

For the sentiment, I heat embossed this on one of the patterned papers from the pad. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Cheerful Blessing stamp set. This is my go-to sentiment with rainbows. I die cut this using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. The sentiment is longer than the rectangle when cut so I did partial die cutting to extend the length of the stitched rectangle. I die cut the wrapped around trim on the same patterned paper using a die included in the LF Platform Pop Up die set. 

I added holographic heart die cuts. The heart die is from the C&N Rainbow Stitches & String die set. 

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you join this month's Scrapping4funChallenges challenge. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.