Friday, September 30, 2022

Wobbly Unicorn Pumpkin Shaker Card with Glow in the Dark

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. The title seems a lot to take but this card is loaded with interaction! It took me a while to create it since my creative juices seems to be in hiatus at the moment. Slowbut sure! I hope you like it.

I started off by die cutting a pumpkin on a cream cardstock. The pumpkin die is from the Honey Bee Patchwork Pumpkin Honey Cuts. I used the coordinating stencil to add some shadowing on the pumpkin. The ink I used is Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Oxide. 

For the unicorn, I am using the Pinkfresh Studio Magical Unicorn stamp set and coordinating die set which unfortunately, is retired. I stamped the horn on pink cardstock. I heat embossed this with pink embossing powder mixed with Wow! It Texture powder. With the powder just freshly melted, I poured Wow! Platinum Metallic Sparkle embossing powder to the area and heat set it again melting this powder into the pink powder. I repeated the process again one more time using the pink mix embossing powder.

I die cut the horn using the coordinating die. 

For the ears, I die cut this on cream and pink cardstocks. I inlaid the cream ear die cuts on the negative cuts on the pink cardstock, securing it with tape on the back. I trimmed this off with scissors using the ear die cuts as guide. 

For the flowers, I am using the Pretty Pink Posh Hugs stamp set and coordinating die set. I stamped the flowers on light pink, peach and orange cardstocks using matching embossing powders. I die cut the images using the coordinating dies. I colored the flowers using matching color pencils. 

I temporarily positioned the horn, ears and flowers to the pumpkin to figure out the placement of the eyes. I used the Misti Stamping Tool in stamping. I flipped the eyes upside down to give it a different look. After prepping the area, I stamped the eyes using Versafine Onyx black ink. I poured black embossing powder to this, then heat set it.

I started building the unicorn pumpkin by adhering the horn, the ears and the flowers. I added Pretty Pink Posh gems to the center of the flowers.

Working on the card front, I trimmed a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" white cardstock. I created this into a stitching frame using the Altenew String Art Rectangles die set and the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Infinity die set. I used the largest string art rectangle die and a rectangle die which fits inside this die. I secured these two dies together with tape, then ran this over the white cardstock through the die cutting machine. I threaded the floss through the holes. I used the DMC Variations Floss. I only partially added thread to the frame.

I trimmed a peach patterned paper at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I temporarily positioned the frame and the unicorn to give me an idea of where to stamp the greeting on the patterned paper. I used a corner of the Misti Stamp Tool to align the frame to the patterned paper. Once I was happy with the sentiment placement. I picked the stamp with door of the Misti, removed the frame, prepped the area, and stamped the sentiment on the patterned paper using Versamark ink. I poured Altenew Golden Peach Crisp embossing powder to this, then heat set it. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Tiny Tag Sayings stamp set.

To turn the frame into a shaker, I adhered an acetate to the back using a thin double adhesive tape. I cut thin strips of adhesive foam and adhered this to the back of the frame. I prepped the sides of the foam with an anti-static powder tool to prevent the shakers from sticking to the side of the foam. I positioned this on one of the corners of the Misti Stamping Tool. I poured different kinds of shakers including the Trinity Glowing Sky Glow in the Dark embellishment mix. After I removed the release paper from the foam tape, I adhered the embossed patterned paper to seal the shaker card. I butted the patterned paper to the corner of the Misti where the shaker panel is also positioned.

I created another frame on pink cardstock using the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle dies. I added details to this frame with Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing die. I adhered this to the front. 

I adhered a wobbler to the back of the unicorn pumpkin, adding glue to the wobbler to make it more secure. I removed the release paper of the other end of the wobbler, added dots of glue to it, then adhered this to the acetate. 

The unicorn's horn and ear sometimes get caught in the embroidery floss when it is wobbled. But it is very easy to free the horn and/or the ear from the embroidery floss to wobble it again.

See the action of this card in the video below.

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

I added below links to the products I used on this card. There will be no additional cost to you should you decide to purchase these product/s. It is just a way to help a crafter out sustain her love for crafting. Thank you for your support!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Ink Blending on Layered Stencil

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Have you created a card inspired by yourself? This card is that kind of card.

My Inang (mother in Filipino) passed away last August 26, 12 days before my Amang (father in Filipino) celebrates his first death anniversary, and 18 days before my Inang would have turned 90 years old. It is a lot to take in. So when I made this card, I have myself in mind.

I am using the Altenew Silk Art Craft Your Life Project Kit. The kit includes a stamp set, a coordinating die, a 3D embossing folder and a layering stencil set. I am using all the products in this kit except for the stamp set.

I embossed the image on a lightweight Neenah Solar White cardstock. Using the die that also coordinates with the floral cluster embossed image (Isn't that amazing?!), I die cut the floral cluster. In doing this, there is a potential to flatten the embossed image and lose all that gorgeous 3D details. So, what I did, was match the embossed die cut to the embossing details of the embossing folder, then ran this through the die cutting machine to get the details back.

The layering stencils are conveniently numbered so you would know which layer to use first. There is also a small open circle at the top left of the stencil which helps in aligning the images. 

I temporarily applied tape to the back of the die cut, then matched the stencil to the die cut. Stencil #1 has the dainty spine of the leaves. It has a tendency to move while applying ink to the stencil. A Pixie Spray would be very helpful to keep these stencil details adhered to the paper. If you don't have this spray, I highly recommend blending from the base of the leaf vein. Use a flicking, short stroke from the base towards the end of the dainty leaf vein stencil.

I used three shades of yellow dye ink and three shades of brown dye ink. I used several brushes including the Altenew Detailed Blending Brushes for small open areas. I also used a Tsukineko Fantastix Coloring Tool for the flower stigmas. 

While the yellow dye ink is still wet, I pounced Ranger Yellow Pearl Powder on it for some shimmer.

For the panel, I cut wide strips of brown cardstock and a yellow dotted patterned paper. I applied adhesive to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" scrap cardstock. I lined the papers on this, alternating the cardstock with the patterned paper. I added details to this panel using the Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Die. I trimmed a sliver of the edges.

I adhered the embossed floral cluster to the top portion of the panel using foam adhesive. I trimmed off the excess, and adhered these left overs to the bottom of the panel. I didn't want to put these pretty cut outs to waste.

I die cut the sentiment on a Paper Source Curry colored cardstock. The sentiment is from the Altenew Hello and Hugs die set. I die cut the same sentiment on a Concord & 9th Stardust cardstuck. I applied shimmer to the curry die cut sentiment using Nuvo Midas Touch Gold Shimmer pen. I adhered the Stardust die cut on the back of this shimmery sentiment die cut, slightly offsetting it to the right and the bottom. I adhered this to the panel.

To complete the sentiment, I bravely stamped a sub-sentiment over the die cut sentiment. I say bravely because if this does not turn out the way I was envisioning it, all of the work I put in might come to waste. Anyway, thanks to the Misti Stamping Tool, I was able to get a good sentiment impression by repeatedly stamping this. Without the Misti, I won't be able to get a good impression on those raised crevices of the sentiment die cut.

I adhered this to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Stardust cardstock, then adhered it to an A2 note card.

This is my 10th AECP project. I have finished my assignment on each course. I just have to wait if I passed the courses, and if so, I will be given my major assignment to complete the course.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Halloween Swing Pop-Up Card

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. This is my first post as a Kat Scrappiness Creative Influencer. I am excited to be a part of the group. I hope you join me in this creative journey. 

I started off with die cutting the spider on black cardstock. I partially die cut the spider string to make it longer. I die cut two pieces of the spider to create dimension and stability to the string portion of the die cut. I strategically die cut the eyes of the spider on white cardstock. I applied embossing ink to the eyes. I poured Wow! Glow in the Dark embossing powder to the eyes, and heat set it. I applied a dot of black Enamel Accents to the eyes. I adhered the eyes by piecing this to the negative cut created by the die. I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the spider's limbs and poured black flocking powder for some texture.

I created the swing mechanism using two small circle die cuts. I sandwiched the end of the string die cut to two of the circles. I punched a circle on the center. This opening is bigger than the circle foam I used.  

I trimmed 4 pieces of 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" black cardstock. I used a rectangle die to create a window on these black panels. I adhered the dot foam on the top portion of one of the rectangular frames. The foam is positioned on the center of the hole of the circle swing mechanism. This is kept in place with another circle die cut adhered to the foam. 

I added detail to the front frame with the use of a full panel cover die from Li'l Inker Designs. To adhere this frame to the frame with the swinging spider, I added cardstock 'springs' to both sides of the frame. These cardstock 'springs' are pieces of cardstock cut 2" wide, and scored at 1/2", 1" and 1 1/2". The length does not matter as long as it is long enough to support whatever you want popped out. You will see the cardstock spring on the photo above.

For the sentiment, I adhered a washi tape to a white cardstock strip. I trimmed this and adhered it to the bottom portion of the rectangle window. 

For the back portion, I die cut the full shaped spider web on black cardstock and white parchment paper. I applied clear shimmer to the parchment paper. I adhered this to the black spider web die cut, slightly offsetting it. I applied glue to the tip of the spider web and adhered this to a frame with a with a smaller rectangle window compared to the rest of the other frames.

I adhered the other two frames to the back of the panel with the swing mechanism for dimension. I adhered the frame with the spider web to the back of this. I added a patterned paper to the back of the spider web. 

I adhered this to a top folding A2 notecard to make this into a card.

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

Enjoy the short video below showing the interactive feature of this card. 

I added below a link to the Kat Scrappiness product I used on this card. There will be no additional cost to you should you decide to purchase this product. While you are at the Kat Scrappiness website, do check out their wide array of products including the exclusive Kat Scrappiness products. 

 Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Negative Alphabet Die Cut Panel Birthday Card

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. This card is a left-over supply from a previous card I created using letter dies (Washi Tape Letter Die Cuts). When I made that card, I strategically die cut the letters so I can use the negative cuts left over by the letter die cuts. It took a while for me to come back to it but now, I was able to find time to finish it. I am glad that I did not lose any inner part of the letters.

This panel will not be needing a lot since it pretty much covers the whole front panel of the card. But to step it up, I created this into a shaker card. I adhered an acetate to the back of the negative die cut panel. I adhered the inside letter die cuts on the front of the acetate. I cut slim pieces of foam tape to create wells for each line of sentiment. 

For the shakers, I used the small dies included in the Trinity So Appreciative coordinating die set. Unfortunately, this stamp and die sets are already retired. Look at your stash. I am pretty sure you will find a small, shaped die that can take the place of the dies I used for this card. 

Like I mentioned, the dies I used have a coordinating stamp which I did not use on this card. The small, shaped dies can stand on its own. One of the die cuts looks like a crown but believe me, its coordinating stamp is not near of a crown image. But it works.

I die cut these dies on various cardstocks. It is a lot of work. If you don't want to do the die cutting, you can substitute this with sequins and/or gems.

Adhering the welled panel to a cardstock does not make the letters pop due to the busy pattern of the washi tape. To fix this, I die cut the letters on Gold and Curry Cardstocks using the same dies I used for the negative die cut panel, the Trinity Marshmallow Alphabet die set. Since these letters will show through the acetate, I need to align it with the letters on the negative die cut panel. I pieced the letters to the front panel. I picked the letters with a Glad Press-N-Seal to keep the placement intact. In hindsight, if I do this card again, I will adhere the letters to the back panel first using the negative cut panel as a guide before adhering the acetate to the back of the negative cut panel.

I added dots of glue to the back of the letters. I adhered the letters to a black cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", slightly offsetting it. I carefully peeled off the Glad Press-N-Seal, then run my hand over the letters to better adhere the letters to the panel. 

I added my shaker elements on top of the letters. Each line of sentiment has a different shaped die cut. I did not put a lot since I don't want the shakers to cover up the letters on the background. 

Since I cut both panels at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", lining it up was easy especially with the use of the Misti Stamping Tool.  

I embellished the front with the extra die cuts. I layered some of the die cuts for dimension. I painted the Curry die cuts with a gold shimmer pen. I added gems to the silver die cuts.

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

I added the link to the Trinity Stamp product I used on this card below. There will be no additional cost to you should you decide to purchase this product. While you are at the Trinity Stamps website, do check out the other amazing Trinity Stamps products including their newly released products.

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Birthday Card Using Coordinating Stamps, Dies, Embossing Folder and Stencils

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. This is my 9th AECP post fulfilling the assignment on All About Layering 2. I am using the Altenew Silk Art Craft Your Life Project Kit. The layering stamps in this set are a game changer for me. If you follow me, you probably know how much I struggle with layering stamps, that's why I tend to shy away from it. Not with the Altenew Silk Art stamp set! The solid images are easy to line up with the outline images. 

Back to the card, I am using the smaller, individual flower and leaf images on the stamp set. I stamped this on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I stamped the solid images as inspired by the colors of this month's Altenew Blog Challenge. I wanted the color to be muted down, so I did 2nd and 3rd generation stamping on some of the images. Re-stamping the image was easy-peasy with this stamp set since it was easy to line up the solid images to the corresponding outline image. Despite using only two colors of dye ink for the flowers and the leaves, in doing 2nd and 3rd generation stamping, I was able to achieve various color intensities.

I used the coordinating dies to cut the images. I set this aside while I work on the background panel.

I trimmed a 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" light weight cardstock. Using the largest die from the Altenew Stitched Scallop Circle die set, I temporarily positioned this on the white cardstock panel. I arranged my die cut stamped images to create a wreath. I took a picture of the arrangement which will guide me later on when I start adhering the die cuts to the panel. 

I used a circle die to die cut a slightly smaller circle than the scalloped circle on the panel, thus, creating the window. The circle was also slightly offset to the right of the panel. 

I embossed this window panel using the Altenew Silk Art embossing folder. I trimmed off the edges to make this panel into 4" x 5 1/4". 

I cut a tule fabric that is large enough to cover the height of the panel window. I doubled the length of the tule fabric since I will make this into a shaker sequin pouch. I folded the tule fabric and ironed it at the crease. I adhered this to the back of the window frame using a strong double adhesive tape. I poured some pink sequins to the inside pocket of the tule fabric then secured this with another double adhesive tape. 

I die cut the largest stitched scalloped circle on light weight white cardstock. On this scalloped die cut, I die cut the next sized stitched scalloped circle to create a frame. It would have been better if I die cut several frames so I can use the extras for dimension, but I did not think about this at the time I was making this. I cut small pieces of foam tape and adhered it to the back of the frame. I adhered this over the circle window to frame it.

I adhered the flowers to create a wreath, tucking it under the stitched scallop frame. 

On a white top folding A2 notecard, I blended the same inks on the layering stencils. I only blended ink over the area that will show through the window.

I adhered the window panel on the notecard using foam adhesive. I trimmed off the excess and used some of the leaf trimmings to cover the open areas on the wreath.

I heat embossed the sentiment on a double layered heavyweight vellum. The sentiment is from Altenew Halftone Stars stamp set. I fussy cut the sentiment leaving a thin border around it. I added dots of glue on the back of the sentiment and adhered this to the tule fabric.

Although you can use the products in the Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit individually, I enjoyed using all the products in the kit on a card. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

One Layer Watercolored Christmas Card with Foiled Sentiment


Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I have not posted for a while but I am glad to be back. We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs which started on the first of this month. Our challenge themes are Cryptids/Mystical +/or Clean and Simple. As always, you can use one or both themes on your creation. Beccy's Place is our sponsor for this challenge.

I chose a reindeer for my mystical creature. The image I used is linked below. The reindeer's name is Dasher but I colored the reindeer with Rudolph in mind.

I printed the image on Canson watercolor paper using a toner printer. Before I did any coloring, I cut a Minc Foil just about the size of the sentiment. I ran this through the Minc Machine. Despite using a not so textured watercolored paper, there are areas where the foil did not stick. I fed it through the Minc Machine again without any luck in foiling the areas without foil. But that's alright. There is still enough shimmer to create a wow! effect. 

I colored the image using Altenew Woodless Watercolor pencils. When I use these pencils, I pick the pigment from the tip of the pencil with a waterbrush, then color the image. 

To fill in the space around the image, I used a Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil. I used a detailed brush to apply ink to the open areas of the stencil, avoiding adding ink to the image. Sometimes I pounce the brush on a scrap paper to lighten the ink before brushing the ink to the stencil to create some texture.

I added red Stickles to the nose of the reindeer to truly make the reindeer Rudolph. 

I rounded the corners with a We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper. 

It is very tempting but I decided to keep the card simple to meet one of this month's theme challenge.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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