Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stamp Tracing on Kraft Cardstock

This is my second card for today's Incy Wincy Designs Challenge using a digi stamp from one of our sponsors. I got my inspiration from Jennifer McGuire. Do check out her blog post on stamp tracing which includes a video on the technique.

I printed the image on kraft cardstock. The cardstock I am using is from Papelmeroti, a gift shop in the Philippines. This is one of the treasures I brought back to my craft stash during my visit to my parents & sister in the Philippines. Papelmeroti's kraft cardstock is thinner, darker and about half an inch longer than the cardstock bought here in the US. Fuzzy cutting the image is actually easy because of how thin the cardstock is.

I colored the image with Pentel Juice pastel gel pens which has 6 colors only. I used Prismacolor pencils to add accents to the images. I fuzzy cut the heart wreath image leaving a thin border around it. I cut a pink vellum big enough to cover the opening of the heart wreath. I embossed the vellum using Ellen Hutson Stitching Dies. I adhered the vellum to the back of the digital die cut. I adhered foam adhesive to the back for dimension.

For the card base, I am using a Bazzil cardstock, I partially embossed the front of the card using Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern die. To the area not embossed, I heat embossed the sentiment from Honey Bee Bless Your Heart stamp set.

I poured some flower sequins behind the vellum to create a muted shaker card. The vellum somehow conceals the shaker elements. I used flower sequins from Simon Says Stamp and flower sequins from the Philippines. Using an acetate can be another option instead of using vellum if you want to showcase your shaker elements. I adhered this digital die cut to the card front. There is a bit of overhang on the design so this card will need a bigger sized envelope.

I added sparkle to some of the images using Wink of Stella. I adhered butterfly sequins (another treasure from the Philippines). I applied Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops on top of the butterflies, and near the sentiment. As last step, I rounded the corners using We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Thanks for viewing my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Pop-Up Scene Card

It is a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The image I am using is from one of our sponsors for this challenge. The moment I saw this image, I knew I have to use it for an interactive card. I created a layered pop-up scene card! There are lots of detail in creating this card. I think the process of creating this card will be better described in a video tutorial. Too complicated and confusing if I try to post the instructions here in the blog. Anyway, if you have any questions on how certain parts of the card was created, feel free to post it in the comment section. I will get back to you as soon as I can. In the meantime, I am posting photos and a little description. Enjoy!

This is the front of the card. To unify the design of the card front and the inside of the card, I used sentiments from one stamp set, Mama Elephant. I used the same technique, heat embossing. And I used patterned papers from the same paper pad, Doodlebug Frosty Friends.

This is a shot of the card from the top showing my own created pop up mechanism. With the growing cardmaking industry, some companies sell pop-up dies to make these cards easy to create. I don't have one so I made my own pop-up mechanism using scored cardstock strips and a very strong adhesive.

A close-up of the scene. Aren't the images so, so cute? My mistake in placing my watermark on the banner but I hope you can appreciate it on the other photos.

I applied glue to the trim of the snowman's hat using a glue pen. I poured Wow! White Puff Powder embossing powder, heat set it, and look at that! 

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you join us at Incy Wincy Designs So,So Cute Challenge. I hope you find this creation a cute one. Have a blessed &. brilliant day! 

Maria Giselle

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Recipe Challenge Vellum Colored Card

 It is Recipe Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. The challenge is to use 1 image, 2 different papers, and  3 embellishments, which can be 3 of the same or 3 different kinds. I am using an image from one of our sponsors, Wink Wink Ink, the Rainy Day-Bear in Raincoat and Rubber Boots.

My card is also inspired by a technique used by Jennifer McGuire in her blog on Vellum Coloring. She has a video demonstrating this technique. I encourage you to go, check it out.

The image is printed on Strathmore Watercolor paper and colored with watercolor pencils. The image is masked using an extra image which was fuzzy cut. Using a stencil brush, I created a soft background using Tim Holtz Broken China Distress ink. I used watercolor pencil to create the landscape to ground the image. I die cut this into a circle using My Favorite Things Stacked Circle die. I scored the circle on the left side to create a tab.

For the vellum, I am using Grafix. I swiped a Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre Ink. I wiped off the excess ink using a rag. I zapped the vellum with a heat gun to speed the drying process. I stamped a cloud image from Paper Smooches Spectrum set on the vellum using StazOn Cotton White ink. The vellum is cut at 6"x5", and scored at 2" to create a tab.

I have a 4"x5" white note card cut. I adhered the vellum to this by applying adhesive to the inner tab area. This creates the card itself. I then adhered the circle die cut onto the vellum.

For the sentiment, I stamped this using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. I am using Lawn Fawn and Paper Smooches stamps. I fuzzy cut the speech bubble leaving a small white margin around it. I adhered the sentiments using adhesive foam.

I cut a 4.5"x5.5" white note card. I embellished the sides of this note card with a yellow washi tape. I adhered the vellum card to this. It just makes the vellum card sturdy. I colored in the bear's raincoat with a yellow Wink of Stella Shimmer pen, and the boots with a red Spectrum Noir Sparkle Shimmer pen. I adhered gems and sequins to the front of the card.

If your vellum warped with the heating, which what happened to mine, just put some magnets over the curled edges. I left mine overnight and was glad to see that it straightened out when I came back to it.

I completed the recipe as follows: a digital image from Wink Wink Ink; two different papers, watercolor paper and vellum; and 3 embellishments, gems, sequins and washi tape.

I hope you join us in this challenge. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle

Monday, March 6, 2017

Glittered Digital Images

For today's bi-weekly Incy Wincy Designs Challenge, the theme is Thank You Cards. My digital image is from Bugaboo. Isn't this bear adorable? I printed the images on watercolor paper. I colored the images using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I printed the images on scrap paper, too which I used as a guide to fuzzy cut the double-sided adhesive paper. I adhered the adhesive paper on top of the digital images. I worked on an image at a time. After I removed the release paper, I poured Elizabeth Craft Cool Diamond Glitter on top of the image. I rubbed my finger onto the glittered image to make the glitter smooth-looking. That is what I like about this particular glitter.

For the sentiment, I die cut a red cardstock using a Lawn Fawn die. The strip sentiment is from Honey Bee stamps. I stamped this on vellum using a red dye ink. The good thing about stamping on vellum is the stamped impression remains wet for a while. I poured cleared embossing powder onto this and heat embossed it. I made sure that the heat tool is warm enough before zapping it to the vellum to prevent warping of the vellum. I adhered this to the card front. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the thanks sentiment for added dimension.

I did not notice that my images are not centered vertically. I have an option to trim this and make this as a panel that I can layer onto a note card. But I really want to create a one layered card. To cover up the space on the top of the card, I cut a wide strip of vellum and die cut it using a Mama Elephant border die. After I positioned the vellum on top of the card, I scored the vellum and folded it. I applied a very narrow double sided tape to each side of the score line on the vellum. I adhered this to the top of the card.

I added some splatters using a gold watercolor ink to the sides of the images. To finish the card, I punch the bottom corners of the card.

Hope you can join us in this bi-weekly challenge.

Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Combined Puncher & Dies Embellishment Card

With the metal die craze today, who is still holding on to their punchers? I do! I remember that the product that attracted me to crafting is the Martha Stewart punchers especially the border punch. For this card, I am using MS Eyelet Lace border punch.

I uploaded the digital image to Cricut Craft Room and used the Print & Cut feature. I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol paper. I colored the image using Zig Clean Color Brush markers and blending it out with clear Wink of Stella marker. I ran a black marker around the edges for a finished look.

For the background panels, I am using patterned papers from a Forever Friends paper pad. I cut the paper per border punch instructions. This is one of the disadvantages of the punch. It is hard to customize the panel. To be able to have a continuous punch border design, you have to follow manufacturer instructions on paper size. With the metal dies, you can do partial die cutting to customize the size according to your project. 

I used a square metal die to cut out a square from the punch panels to create frames. You can always just use a craft knife for this purpose. The use of a die is just convenient in being able to center the square without having to measure.

I die cut a pink vellum into squares a little bit bigger than the inner edge of the frame. I embossed this using an American Crafts Doily embossing folder. To make the embossed design pop, I inked the embossed design with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pumice Stone. I brushed some Ranger Perfect Pearl to this. The slow to dry property of TH Distress inks and the slick surface of vellum helped set the Perfect Pearl. 

I cut a white pearl card to create a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel. I adhered a 4" x 5 1/4" patterned paper to this. Next, I adhered the punched frames with the embossed vellum adhered to its back. One of the punched panels is wider but than the card base. I trimmed off the excess as part of the design. This layered panels were adhered to a top folding A2 sized note card.

To ground the digital image, I am using an October Afternoon washi tape which has a sentiment printed on it. Using a craft knife, I trimmed off the edges to create a slimmer sentiment washi tape. I adhered the digital image using foam adhesive.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Black Blended Background Card

I got inspired by Kelly Latevola's card technique featured in the Simon Says Stamp Blog (http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/kelly-make-4th-series/). I want to give it a try and this is my own version of her card using that technique.

Using a Strathmore Bristol paper, I blended Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple & Barn Door. I blended the colors until I got the right ombre effect I was aiming for. I allowed this to dry but had to use a heat gun to speed dry it.

I am using heart stamps from different stamp sets, Studio Calico and Hero Arts.  I arranged these heart stamps on an acrylic block. I prepared the blended Bristol paper with an anti-static tool before I repeatedly stamped the hearts using Versamark ink. I embossed this using clear Hero Arts embossing powder.

This is when it starts to become messy. I smudged the Black Soot TH Distress Ink onto this panel. Just like Kelly, I had to use the blending tool to apply the black color to areas where the ink was hard to apply to.  I didn't get the same vibrant black as Kelly's. I think I need to re-ink my Black Soot TH Distress ink. I wiped the ink off the embossed hearts to make the colors pop out.

For the image, I am using Heart of Roses from Lemon Shortbread, one of our sponsors in today's Love challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. I uploaded the image to the Cricut Craft Room. I edited the image by cutting off the space between the girl and the heart. I colored the image with Copic Markers except for the flowers which I colored with Prisma color pencils. Using a glue gun, I adhered the ribbon on the heart, creating pleats here and there.

To frame the image, I die cut a parchment paper using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frames die. I adhered this to the black panel. I then adhered the girl image using foam adhesive. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love. This time, I stamped the sentiment onto a black cardstock, using Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment ink. I embossed this using white HA powder. I outlined the message using a fine black tip marker to make it pop out, then adhered it to the card.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Interactive Window Card

I am using Eekers Knitty Kitty Digis for this project. I uploaded the digi image to Cricut Craft Room and had it drawn using a black Cricut marker. I colored the image using Copic markers. My inspiration for coloring the cats are my sister's cats, B and Ryan.

For the window, I cut an American Crafts patterned paper using a Mama Elephant Peek A Frame die. This die cuts only the three sides of the window and just leaves a score mark on the top.  I have an extra window die cut which I must have saved from a previous project. The die cut was in kraft cardstock so instead of die cutting a new cardstock to fit my project, I colored the die cut with a brown Copic marker.  I adhered this to the front of the patterned paper window to make it sturdy. I am afraid that with the patterned paper not thick enough, it will tear easily with the open and close window mechanism.

I adhered the colored digital image panel to the back of the window panel, centering the cats, making sure they can be seen through the window.

To keep the window shut close, I created a sentiment strip using Simon Says Stamp Sentimental Circles stamp set. I did some masking to make the sentiment into a single lined sentiment. This was heat embossed using white Hero Arts embossing powder.  Remember snaps? I used these to accent the sentiment. I applied adhesive to the bottom part of the sentiment strip and adhered this to the bottom part of the window, just enough to keep the window closed.

I hope you join us in today's bi-weekly challenge @ Incy Wincy Designs Love Challenge.  Let me greet you as early as now, Happy Valentine's!  Don't forget to share the love!

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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