178 posts categorized "Trina Pham"

02/28/2024

Wed 28

Easter Hello
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I’m sharing a circle shaped Easter card today featuring products from the current 2024 Spring Cheer release.

All pieces, including the sentiments, were die cut from white cardstock.  The lamb and flower centers were coloured/shaded with Copic Sketch markers and the rest were ink blended with distress inks (DI).

Copic markers used:
pinks - RV10/21/23 
yellows - Y15, V01 
whites/shading - T0/1/2/3 
 
DI used:
sky - Tumbled Glass 
grass - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn 
basket - see my last card 
eggs & Easter sentiment - Shaded Lilac, Faded Jeans 
hello sentiment - Black Soot

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The second largest circle die in the Circle Basics set was used to die cut from white cardstock.  Ink blended the grass/sky on it, then glued the elements onto it.  Trimmed off the overhangs before matting it to an Anemone Plaid pattern paper circle.  Mounted the circle to a white circle card base to finish.

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That’s it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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02/24/2024

Sat 24

Easter Egg Basket Chick
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I’m going clean and simple (CAS) today with this fun Easter card featuring the Layered Chicks, Woven Basket of Eggs and Happy Easter Curled Script dies from the current 2024 Spring Cheer release.  
 
Started by die cutting the Woven Basket of Eggs from white cardstock and the Layered Chicks from the lightest yellow Sunrise paper.  Used mini blending brushes to color and ink blend them with distress inks (DI):
 
basket - Brushed Corduroy 
eggs - Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, Shaded Lilac 
chick - Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot 
 
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For the background, Tumbled Glass DI was ink blended on an A2 size Bristol panel then spritz with water and blot with a paper towel for some texture.   Next, die cut the clouds from white cardstock and the sentiment from black glossy paper.  Added light shading on the clouds with C00 and C1 Copic Sketch markers.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  

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That does it for this easy peasy Easter card. 😉   Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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02/14/2024

Wed 14

Anemone Bird House
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  It may be Valentine’s Day, but my card is not. 😂   I have a simple card with all the spring feels to share today using  Anemone Blooms and Elegant Anemone dies from the Anemone collection with the Woodgrain Bird House and Leaf Bunches  dies from the 2023 Christmas collection.  

All pieces were die cut from white cardstock paper and ink blended with dye inks using blending brushes.  Wilted Violet and Stormy Sky distress inks (DI) were used for the anemone flowers, Black Soot DI was used for shading on the bird house and two gradient green color dye inks from Altenew were used for the leaf bunches. 

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Trimmed a 3/8” strip from white woodgrain paper for the bird house post and added shading to it as well using Black Soot DI.  Lightly ink blended Milled Lavender DI to the bottom of an A2 size Bristol panel before assembling the card onto a white card base.  I was going to leave the card blank, but went digging in my bits bag and found this Poppy Stamp gold foil Modest Greetings 1 sentiment that works nicely for many occasions.  

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Well, that does it for my card.  Get ready for a brand new release tomorrow.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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01/27/2024

Sat 27

Sending Blooming Anemone Hugs
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a QACAS (quick and clean and simple) card to share today featuring the Blooming Anemone and Hugs Debut Script dies from the current Anemone release.

The anemone was die cut from white cardstock and its pieces were ink blended with Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Shabby Shutters and Black Soot distress inks (DI).

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The Poppy Stamps stitched envelope was then die cut from white cardstock, followed by the “hugs” sentiment, which was die cut three times also from white, to stack for dimension.  Ink blended the top layer with Seedless Preserves DI, then adhered the stacked sentiment onto a pale plum cardstock piece that was trimmed down to fit the envelope.  Assembled the card onto a black A2 size panel, then added clear shimmer to the flower for some sparkle to finish.

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Not gonna lie, this ended being more dramatic than intended. 🤷🏻‍♀️   And that does it  for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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01/18/2024

Thu 18

Hello Anemone Rub On
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.   The beautiful white/blue Anemone rub on from the current Anemone release was calling my name. 😉   I’ve only ever used rub on sentiments on cards, so having them as the focal point was a learning experience. 😂 

Anyway, I started by trimming the blue plaid pattern paper to A2 size.  Used a rectangle die to die cut from the center of it, then die cut a rectangle frame from Bristol paper.  Adhered the pattern paper and frame onto an A2 size white card base.

 

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Next, ink blended two gradient colours of blue dye inks to the top of the inside frame rectangle piece. and inlaid it into the opening.  Arranged and applied the rub ons onto the card, then die cut the sentiment from gold mirror paper to match the gold in the paper and voila!  Done.  

 

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My biggest take away when using rub ons is to apply and use them on flat surfaces.  I should have left out the frame. 😂   Lesson learned.   And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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01/13/2024

Sat 13

Winter Tree Arch Blues
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  With the weather going from unseasonably mild to unseasonably freezing cold in a day here, it inspired me to create this wintry card featuring never before used (NBUS) Winter Tree Arch die with some leftover pine tree die cut pieces from this post.

Partial die cutting was used with the Winter Tree Arch die to make the trees taller from its original design (see comparison photo below).  Subsequently, partial die cutting was also done with the Nested Globes dies to create the matching arch background and frame.

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Faded Jeans and Speckled Egg distress inks (DI) were then ink blended on the background piece before splattering it with diluted white gouache paint for snow.  Kept the pine trees white, but for some sparkle, die cut the top layers from white glitter paper. 

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The sentiment was also die cut from white glitter paper and mounted on its navy blue shadow.  Assembled the card onto a white woidgrain panel to finish.

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 And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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12/23/2023

Sat 23

Carved Wood Poinsettias
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Two more sleeps till Christmas and I have another Christmas card to share today. 😂  It’s a rustic masculine poinsettia card created with the Carved Wood technique using the Perfect Poinsettias 3D embossing folder (EF) from the current 2023 Christmas collection.  I saw this technique years ago, but this recent video HERE inspired me to finally give it a try. 

Started with a white panel from my stash and three gradient brown color dye ink pads.  Scored the panel vertically at 1/2-inch intervals, then dragged the lightest color ink pad direct-to-paper down the length of the panel several times until satisfied with the faux woodgrain look.  BTW, the ink pads should be the felt type (like the distress inks) and not the foam ones.
 
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Spritz the back of the panel with water, then placed it into the EF on the flat side with the faux wood pattern facing up and ran it through the die cutting machine.  The image will be debossed, resulting in the reverse image being pushed in.  It’s barely visible in the photo below.
 
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So to reveal the “carved” image, repeated the direct-to-paper ink pad dragging step with the medium and darkest color ink pads.  Oops, I went a bit heavier handed than I would like.  Doesn’t it looked carved?

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The panel was then trimmed down slightly smaller than A2 size and matted onto dark brown cardstock.  Added the Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Rose Tab for a pop of color.

 

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Used the Poinsettia Stem die to die cut the poinsettia centers from gold mirror paper.  Assembled and mounted the card onto a white card base to finish.

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That does it for me this year.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a happy holiday!  See you next year.
 
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12/16/2023

Sat 16

Nested Bundled Red Robin
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I didn’t want the Bundled Bird die from the current 2023 Christmas collection to have FOMO (fear of missing out) 😂*lol*, so I took creative licence and turned him into a red robin for another bird themed Christmas card.

Except for the nest, which was die cut from Kraft cardstock, all pieces were die cut from white cardstock then ink blended with distress inks (DI).  Shading and details were added to the hat brim and pom-pom with Copic Sketch markers C00/1/3/4.  
A quick side note - I wanted the bird to fit better in the nest, so he was slimmed down by placing his body piece back in the die, offsetting it and then die cutting it again.  
 
DI used:
bird - Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot 
nest - Gathered Twigs, Black Soot 
hat - Lumberjack Plaid, Black Soot 
branch - Black Soot
 
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The background is 5x3.75-inch mixed media paper ink smooshed with Black Soot DI in the bottom right corner.  Assembled the scene onto the panel, then painted white gouache paint onto the branch and nest for accumulated snow, and splattered diluted white gouache paint for falling snow.  May have went a little overboard with this step. 😂*lol*   Stamped the sentiment in red, inked around the edges and then adhered onto a white card base to finish.
 

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That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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12/09/2023

Sat 09

Chickadee Leaf Bunches Wreath
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have another Christmas card to share today using several products from the current 2023 Christmas collection.  I was about to make
a classic circle wreath, but somehow went rogue. 😂*lol*

Anyway, all layers / pieces were die cut from white paper, then ink blended with distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.

DI used:
chickadee - Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot 
leaf bunches - Speckled Egg, Faded Jeans 
pine needles - Shabby Shutters, Rustic Wilderness 
hexagon frame - Gathered Twigs
 

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For the background, the Aurora Snowflake Frame was die cut from Bristol paper and adhered to a Bristol panel for a faux dry embossed look.  The hexagon Stylish Frame was then used to die cut an opening from it.  Next, on a scrap piece of Bristol paper slightly larger than the opening, the sentiment was heat embossed with silver embossing powder before ombré ink blending Stormy Sky DI at the top.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (aka emboss resist), then glued it behind the opening. 

 

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The brown hexagon frame looked out of place, so it was inked with VersaMark ink and heat embossed in silver to match the sentiment.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added falling snow with a white gel pen to finish.

Thank you for joining me today.   Have a wonderful day.

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11/27/2023

Mon 27

Dramatic Christmas Poinsettias
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I was working on another card featuring the Small Poinsettia Layers die from the current 2023 Christmas collection when my die cutting machine stopped working.  😣<grrr>  So I looked at what I had and this dramatic CAS (clean and simple) card resulted after seeing the new Black, White and Gold color challenge at AAA Cards.  Needless to say, this will be a very quick post. 😂

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The poinsettia layers and pine needle sprigs were die cut from white paper.   Each poinsettia is made up of three layers.  Used gold foil paper and a 1/4” circle punch for the centers.  The sentiment is the Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Black Tabs.  Assembled the card onto a black panel to finish.

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And that’s it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.

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