Thursday, August 10, 2023

Ribbon Weaved BirthdayCard


Hello! Welcome to my blog. I created this card for Kat Scrappiness and to participate in the Color Hues Challenge. I am using the KS Buffalo Plaid Backdrop die and the KS Happy Birthday Word with Shadow die.

I partially die cut the plaid backdrop die on a peach colored cardstock. I did not die cut the two center rows of the plaid. 

I threaded a sheer wide ribbon through the vent holes created by the die as seen on the photo below. I secured the ribbon with a narrow strong double sided adhesive on the back of the plaid background.

I stitched in flower sequins to the plaid backdrop die cut panel. I layered two flower sequins and secured it to the plaid backdrop die cut panel with a french knot.

I trimmed a teal cardstock at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" for the back panel. 

I also trimmed another piece of teal cardstock for the center trim of the plaid backdrop die cut panel. To continue the pattern of the plaid, I embossed the teal cardstock strip using the plaid backdrop die. To create this impression, I used an embossing mat over the platform base. The mat is under the cardstock with the die secured over it with a non-tacky tape to avoid shifting while this is being ran through the die cut machine. The cutting plate is placed on top of this sandwich. Make sure to check your die cutting machine's manufacturer's instructions on the proper plate sandwich required to do embossing. You can better see the impression created by the die on the photo below.

I adhered the wide strip of teal cardstock on the non-die cut portion of the plaid backdrop panel.

I die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment twice on a dark peach cardstock. I adhered this on top of each other for some dimension. I pounced the bottom part of the word birthday on Versamark ink, then poured rose gold embossing powder to it. I melted the powder with a heat gun.

To achieve this same look on the word happy, I covered the upper portion of the word birthday with a non-tacky tape. I pounced the Versamark ink on the bottom half of the word happy. I repeated the same process I did on the word birthday.

To fill in the empty space on the sides of the die cut sentiment, I stitched the same flower sequins to each side of the sentiment. 

This panel was adhered to a top folding A2 note card.

I hope you like today's card. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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I added below links to the Kat Scrappiness products I used on this card. There will be no additional cost to you should you decide to purchase any of these products. While you are at the Kat Scrappiness website, do check out their wide array of products especially the exclusive Kat Scrappiness products. They have a new release, too!  

Friday, August 4, 2023

Paper Weaving

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. Today's card was inspired by Newton's Nook Designs Color Challenge. This is a card is also a tribute to my sister's cat, Bibi, who was lost and now, found. He is finally home after two weeks of being lost. 

I worked on the weaving by trimming scraps of patterned paper at 1/4". The patterned papers I used have red and pink colors on it. After I've weaved the paper strips, I adhered this to a scrap of white cardstock. I die cut a slope on this weaved panel.

For the background, I used the Newton's Nook Designs Sunscape Stencil. I first inked the sun rays with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in SaltwaterTaffy. I applied ink heavily near the center then lightly towards the sun ray ends. I cleaned the stencil then rotated it so that the stencil will cover the inked sun rays. I blended THDO in Spun Sugar on these open areas. Some of the sun rays on the stencil does not reach the end of the paper. I just rotated the stencil until I can find a sun ray that will reach the edge of the paper.

I stamped the image on white cardstock. The cat is from NND Netwon's Graduation stamp set. I colored the image using Prismacolor color pencils with Bibi's color in mind. It is always a challenge to color a cat black. I fussy cut the image leaving a white border around it. 

The globe was colored using the colors on the challenge. I added shimmer to the globe but this was not captured on the photo. 

To complete the scene, I die cut a strip of the slope on green cardstock. I stamped a speech bubble on the sunscape portion. I made sure this is dry before stamping the sentiment which is also from the same stamp set. I added shadow to the speech bubble with a blue color pencil.

I adhered the cat with foam tape for dimension.

I hope you like today's card. Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Die Cut on Patterned Paper


Hello! Welcome back to my blog. We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge themes is/are about Sentiments and/or Die Cuts only or Birds and the Bees. You can win one or both prizes, depending on which part of the challenge you plan to participate on. Please visit the challenge blog for more details. 

For my card, I am using a bird die from Simon Says Stamp and a flower die set from Concord & 9th. The patterned paper I am using is from Craft Consortium. I strategically die cut the layers to create depth and color variation on the bird and the flowers. 

The bird die created detailed cut lines which I emphasized with a white Sakura Glaze pen.

I lightly added sticky ink to the flower edges and poured iridescent embossing powder to it, then heat set it for a bit of shimmer.

For the background panel, I am using a light blue cardstock cut at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". I embossed this with a 3D floral embossing folder from Altenew. I inked the embossing folder with blue dye inks, then ran this through the die cut machine again to transfer the ink to the cardstock panel. I did this twice using two different shades of blue dye ink.

For the flat portion of the cardstock panel, I did ink smooshing using the same blue dye inks I used on the embossing folder. 

I stamped the sentiment using a pink dye ink, then adhered the die cuts to the panel. I adhered this to a top folding vertical top folding A2 note card.

If you don't have a patterned paper like this, you can create your own especially if you have alcohol inks. I don't have alcohol inks so this is a great way of achieving the look of alcohol inks.

I hope you like today's card. Please join us in this month's challenge. We can't wait to see your projects.

Have a blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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I added below a link to the Altenew product I used on this card. There will be no additional cost to you should you decide to purchase this item. It is just a way to help a fellow crafter sustain her love for crafting. While in the Altenew blog, don't forget to check out their new release for this month. Thank you for your support.