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 ( 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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Watercolored Stamped Sentiment & Shaker Wine Glass Slider Card

I am using the Paper Smooches Sassy Script to customize a sentiment. I stamped the letters on black cardstock using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I tried painting over this to give it a look like I hand-painted it but I wasn't successful in achieving that look. I didn't give up with this idea. This time, after I stamped the letters, I outlined the letters using a gold metallic marker.  I could have stopped here since the look of it is not that bad at all, but I want to pursue the design I have in mind for this card. I colored the letters using Finetec Artist Gold Color set. I created splatters using the same color set but a different gold color.

For the slider elements, I stamped two wine glasses from Paper Smooches Merry Motifs stamp set using Versamrk ink.  I heat embossed this with gold Zing! embossing powder. Using a craft knife, I carefully cut off the inside of the wine glass. I die cut the wine glasses using the matching die. I also die cut 2 extra ones which will be the back of the shaker wine glass. To make the insides of the wine glass have a finished look, I ran a Versamark pen on the inner sides of the window, and heat embossed this with the same gold powder. I adhered a clear acetate to the back of the wine glasses. I cut small and short strips of foam tape and adhered it around the window to create a well. I poured Martha Stewart seed beed to the well, then adhered the plain wine glass die cut.

My sentiment wasn't centered so I trimmed the sides using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. This panel is smaller than the actual die so I had to run the cardstock with the die again to get the stitched impressions on that edge as well.

Most of the time, pennies are used as backing for the sliders. My Favorite Things sells slider elements, if you are interested. I don't have this so I created my own by cutting a piece of thick fun foam large enough that it will not slide off the slider window. Since this is very thick, I had to apply 4 layers of foam adhesive just to make the slider element mechanism work. This is a lot, I know. That's why this card is something I would want to hand deliver vs. mailing.

To cover the area of the slider window, I used the extra black splattered cardstock. I adhered this to a Pearl White cardstock which I embossed with We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Gemstone embossing folder. I trimmed a small piece from the edge before I adhered this to a Hero Arts black note card.

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Maria Giselle 

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Dimensional Heart Shaped Shaker Card

I die cut 6 pieces of outline hearts using the the Cricut Explore. One thing I found out is when cutting a 110-lb cardstock using the Cricut Explore, the poster board setting should be chosen. Using the regular mat and regular blade, the machine cuts the material twice using this setting. Choosing heavy cardstock setting doesn't cut the cardstock through. You can always feed the mat again if the cut didn't go through, as long as you didn't exit the cutting process.

Working on the base card, I am using Bazzill Taffy cardstock. I masked the center area with a cut-out heart Post-It note. I randomly stamped the large snowflake from Paper Smooches Merry Motifs stamp set using Versamark ink. I embossed the snowflakes using Wow! White Pearl embossing powder. I filled the spaces with the small snowflake stamp, doing the same process as I did with the big snowflake.

Using the negative die cut of the heart as a stencil, I brushed the heart area with Hero Arts Silver dye ink using a stencil brush. This step can actually be skipped since I end up covering this area. Although, I am not sure if it added some depth to the back of the vellum of the shaker card.

Now, working on the main element of the card, I cut a heart from platinum Graffix vellum. I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Warm Hearts stamp set using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I heat embossed this using clear powder just making sure that the heat gun is warm enough before embossing to prevent the vellum from warping. This will be the back of the shaker card.

I stamped the same sentiment onto a clear acetate using Versamark ink. I heat embossed this using Wow! Metallic Gold Rich powder. I rub the Versamark ink on one of the outline hearts. I embossed this heart using Wow! Platinum Sparkle powder. I adhered the acetate to the back of this platinum embossed heart and cut out the excess. I used the vellum stamped heart as a guide to create a shadow effect for the gold sentiment.

I stacked the die cut hearts to create a well. I poured different sequins and closed the shaker card by adhering the acetate heart on top of the stack. I adhered this on top of the brushed heart at the center of the card.

I  rounded of the edges of the card as the last step.

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Maria Giselle B.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Partial Die Cut Interlocking Valentine's Card

Digital Mirror Image

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.

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

Maria Giselle B.

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