Monday, January 16, 2017

Partial Die Cut Interlocking Valentine's Card


I challenged myself to create an interlocking card without the use of a special die that creates this specific mechanism for a card. I am using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart die. I measured the heart at its widest. I used a 12" x 6" card stock. The card turned out to be a bit larger than an A2 card. The card measures  4.5" x 5".

I partially die cut half of the heart to each edge of the card stock. To line up the heart, I used a scrap heart die cut as a guide for the metal die. I lined this heart die cut to the back of the partially die cut heart with a washi tape facing the uncut end of the cardstock. I gently removed this die cut after I positioned the metal die on top of it. I ran this through the Big Shot also using partial die cut technique. I trimmed off the cardstock hanging on both ends of the heart with a craft knife. I cut the each half heart partially, one from the top, and the other on the bottom to create the interlocking mechanism. I scored the card with the hearts interlocked.

To embellish the card, I cut a pink card stock to fit the gateway panel of the card. Using a piece of tape at the back of this card stock, I randomly stamped a sentiment to create a background. Taping it together created a continuous piece even if these are two pieces. I am using an old Paper Studio stamp set, and Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink dye ink to create a tone on tone look. I spritz this with some shimmer spray made of Pearl Perfect Pearl diluted in water.

To embellish the heart, I cut an American Crafts patterned paper using the same die cut, then cut it in half. I adhered the card stock and heart to the interlocking card base. Make sure you use a thick card stock for the card base. The mechanism is so fragile that it can get ripped off if you keep playing with it. (Ask me how I know? =)) I cut the excess from the heart and the gatefold edges.


For the star of this card, I printed the birds on Neenah card stock. I flipped one bird to create a mirror image. I colored the birds with Prisma color pencils. I applied clear Spectrum Noir to the birds I fuzzy cut the image. I adhered a bird to half of a heart. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the eyes.

This card is pretty much done except that it is missing a sentiment. So with my 10 year old son's input, I stamped a sentiment at the bottom of the heart. I applied a washi tape at the back of the front panel to keep the gatefold closed. I heat embossed a sentiment from Hero Arts Floral Heart stamp and die set. And as last detail, I stamped a small heart to fill in the spaces using Delicata White Shimmer pigment ink.



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Maria Giselle B.



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Polaroid Inspired Die Cutting Maculine Card



My husband loves to fish that's why I chose this image. It reminds me of him. I colored the image using Prismacolor color pencils. I colored him with my husband as inspiration, trying to be as close to what my husband wears when he fishes. The thing is, he usually wears black especially when it got cold and he was still trying to fish. Coloring in black is no joke. You have to try to preserve the image lines and create a bit of shading here and there.

To create the polaroid cut, I combined two metal dies, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and Lawn Fawn Stiched Square die. I made sure that the distance of the square to the edges is even on both sides and on the top side. I created this cut on a Basic Grey patterned paper.

I heat embossed a sentiment from Concord & 9th Lace Leaf stamp set. I masked a part of the sentiment to customized it to the sentiment I want. This phrase is a favorite here in my household. Let's say, it is our family thing.

I created a ground for my image so it doesn't look like he is floating in the air. I die cut a brown card stock using a die from Avery Elle Custom Panels Elle-ments. I adhered this to the bottom of the image. This panel is adhered to the back of the Polaroid panel, cutting off the excess.

The largest SSS Stitched Rectangle die is smaller than an A2 card. I adhered a We R Memory Keepers woodgrain washi tape around the edges to create a border. I adhered the Polaroid panel to this using foam adhesive. I adhered a gold die cut heart to the hook using foam adhesive.


I scattered some Nuvo Dots next to the image to fill in that big space behind the image. I could have created a scene behind him but I was aiming for a simple card. I adhered star sequins next to the sentiment as last embellishment.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you can join us in today's Incy Wincy Designs Challenge on Men In Your Life. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Masculine Wobbler Get Well Soon Card


I was tasked by my husband to create a get well soon card for his uncle. Looking thru my craft stash, I came up with the idea of using Lawn Fawn products and Basic Grey Hipster patterned paper for the card.


I cut different papers using the heart from the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags die set. I cut a second heart using card stock to use for layering. I snipped off the tag hole to just to make the cut a solid heart. I die cut different faces from the LF Make Me Smile die set onto the heart. I created the scene using LF Stitched Hillside Borders. I inked the edges of these die cuts with brown ink. I embossed a sentiment from My Favorite Stamps LJD Cheerful Blessings stamp set.


I know odd numbered embellishments is usually visually ideal, but I have 4 sons, thus, 4 hearts to represent each boy. To make the card interactive, I put one of the hearts on an Action Wobbler.


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Maria Giselle 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Combined Digital & Stamped Images Celebration Card


My sister's birthday is coming up. I would have preferred to create a purple colored card for her, since that is her favorite color, but I find the purple card stock and patterned paper that I have on hand are too dark for a birthday card.

I colored the bear with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The digital image came with balloons in the background. I stamped more balloons but I didn't like how straight one of the strings is. If I would have done this again, I would have just stamped the balloon and drew the strings using a black marker. I fuzzy cut the image to get rid of the balloons.

I am using a Forever Friends patterned paper purchased by my sister in the Philippines. I had to strategically plan how to cut the patterned paper since it has the bears and sentiments as part of the paper design. I didn't want these elements in my card.

I cut another patterned paper using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Circle die. I cut a circle out of vellum to fit the scallop die cut. I embossed this using a star embossing folder. The star impression is not clear on vellum but I just kept this for this project.

I created a sentiment strip which I partially fuzzy cut the top half of the strip. Using the Misti Stamping Tool, I stamped the Altenew Super Script stamp sentiment on a yellow patterned paper. I used Hero Arts Pool to Navy Ombre ink to create some gradient. Since this is a large sentiment stamp, the Misti is very useful in fixing missed stamped spots. With the Misti too, I was able to ink the sentiment with Versamark ink so I can emboss it. To create the partial fuzzy cut strip, I lightly drew a line across the sentiment, at the point where I want to fuzzy cut it.

I stamped balloons from My Favorite Things BB Beary Special stamp set and black Ranger Archival ink. I colored this with Zig and created the shading using clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I die cut this using the coordinating die.


Putting the card together, I adhered the patterned paper to a white note card, then the scalloped circle, then the bear, and the strip. I tucked the balloons under the gifts and add dimension to the balloons using foam adhesive. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the balloons, party hat star, and the cupcake candy canes. On the latter two, I spread the Glossy Accents using a stick pin. I set this aside to dry. As final step, I cornered the edges with a We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ATE NING! May you have more brilliant and blessed years to come. 

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Maria Giselle B.



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Diddybag Celebrate You Shaker Card


I am late in posting a project for Incy Wincy Design's bi-weekly challenge. I just came back from vacation, and I am usually unable to predict what craft items to bring with me. I always feel overwhelmed on what to bring. So, I just limit myself to coloring during trips. The good thing is that my images are now colored and cut. I also have a design lay out in mind.

I am using an old Crate Paper patterned paper line, Hello Love. I die cut a window using Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames die. I changed the orientation of the die to give it a twist.

For the sentiment, I am using a sentiment from My Favorite Things Celebrate Life stamp set. I am using words from two stamps. I used masking technique to be able to stamp the sentiments to make it look like the impression is from one stamp. I heat embossed this with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. To make the sentiment pop, I colored the sentiment with Copic Opaque White. I colored the rest of the sentiment with a light pink marker.

To assemble the shaker card, I adhered a clear acetate on the back of the window panel. I cut a fun foam slightly smaller than the window panel. I die cut the window on the fun foam. I adhered this to the back of the window panel. I poured sequins over the acetate. The sequins are from SSS and Martha Stewart Crafts. I closed the window with another patterned paper from Hello Love. I adhered this to a white base card.


I adhered the bear to the front using foam adhesive. The image was colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I colored the hearts on the patterned paper with clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen, and I adhered the same hearts I used for shakers to some of the hearts. I rounded the corners on the left side with We R Memory Keepers Cropadile Corner Puncher.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you join us in our Celebrate challenge. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.





Friday, December 30, 2016

Customized Pocket Planner


I had this idea since last year but never got to working on the idea until this year. Planners are at a rage now. Despite the availability of the calendar in cellphones and tablets, some people still use planners. Most of my co-workers use this pocket planner. So, how about I personalize the planner.

I took the staples off the planner and cut a Strathmore Bristol paper the same size as the cover of the planner. To customize the planner, I stamped the recipient's name on the front using Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script stamp set. I embossed my friend's name using Wow! Gold Rich Pale embossing powder.

I masked this area and the back cover of the planner cover so I could stamp the My Favorite Things Rose All Over Background stamp. The planner is longer than the background stamp set. Since the name acts as a break on the background, I stamped the top area first, then the bottom area. I poured Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder to the area, then heat embossed it.

I colored the flowers with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Markers. I also applied some color wash on the area where the name is stamped. I adhered a thin strip of black card stock in between the flower and the area where the name is stamped. I applied some shimmer to these strips using a clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen. This draws the eye back to the name despite the busy, colorful background. I adhered SSS Tiny Flowers Sequins to fill in the spaces before and after my friend's name.


To control the warping of the paper, I ran this through the Sizzix. I added a ribbon to the planner to serve as a bookmark. I adhered this ribbon to the back cover, very close to the score line using a thin double sided tape. I adhered a wooden embellishment to the end of the ribbon using Ranger Glossy Accents. To cover this side of the butterfly, I adhered an Arc Wooden tape. I used a blade to cut off the edges then smoothed it with a nail file. I added yellow Nuvo Drops to the center of the butterfly.

I stapled back the planner sheets and slid the planner back to the transparent cover. I had to trim a bit off the edges to make it fit the cover sleeve.

Now, it is ready for gifting. Next year, I plan to start early so I can come up with enough to give away.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pop-up Wedding Card Featuring Magnolia Stamps


My sons' principal got married recently. I tried to finish this card in time for her cupcake party with the school children but I didn't quite made it in time. I didn't want to abort the project. So i pushed through with creating this card just for her.

It has been a while since I created this card, and there were more cards created after this. I'm very behind blogging my creations. I am not going to the specifics on how I created this card. You can leave me a comment in the comments section if you have any questions on the elements of this card. For now, enjoy the shots I took of the card.






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