89 posts categorized "Trina Pham"

07/20/2021

Tue 20

Twiggy Alphabet
by Trina Pham

6E1131AD-B665-4BAE-8AEF-4B782BB3FF14

Hello everyone.  I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for alphabet dies. 😂  No seriously, I  do!  I love how I can customize my cards with them.  And no surprise I loved the Twiggy Alphabet dies from the Sumner Daydreams release as soon as I saw it.  I used it here to create a very simple card today.

Started by picking out the papers from the different paper packs to get a rainbow.  Die cut the letters from them in rainbow order and their shadows from Bristol paper, then adhered them together.  “sending” from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock.

E28C370A-69BB-4B3A-B29C-D59854F26E73

The background is Bristol paper die cut with the Double Stitch Loving Heart die, then backed with Dura-Lar.  Dura-Lar is a synthetic film and its heat resistant properties make them ideal for heat embossing, which I was planing to do but changed my mind.  Assembled the card onto a split black/white card base to finish.

782DCC3C-507E-42C3-B6AF-3B17076FE637

So I couldn’t let July pass by without creating a Christmas-in-July card. 😉  I made it rainbow color as well, but only used the shadow for the sentiment.

585791B1-C8B7-4212-A159-362C6F33BD1F

Shading was added to each letter shadow with a grey Copic marker.  

CB5BE440-3DB0-4238-B657-57E1C7FB9316

The holly from Antique Holly Label was die cut from Bristol paper.  Left it uncolored because I didn’t want it to compete with the colourful sentiment.  Assembled the card onto white woodgrain paper, then added a few clear jewels as holly berries and clear shimmer on the letters for some sparkle to finish.

C4CCFC41-2A1B-4AA1-A285-5A68B5E16488

And that concludes this post for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

3AFA101C-4245-464E-B9B4-DE9F0701D1F4

 

Supplies

 

07/13/2021

Tue 13

Ahoy Matey
by Trina Pham

DA2DF372-769A-4030-A75D-6639F4A64877

Hello everyone.   Have you played along in this month’s Ahoy There Nautical challenge yet?   As you can see, that was the inspiration for my mini slimline card today.

CF6453A2-66EC-4D78-8692-1E6ABD0DB39E

I find mini slimline cards can range in size anywhere from 3”x6” to 3.5”x6.5”, depending on who you ask. 😂  I have mini slimline envelopes that measure 3.5”x6.5”, so to ensure my card fits, my mini slimline cards are either 3”x6” for bulky cards or 3.25”x6.25” for flat cards.  For here, I trimmed a piece of mixed media paper to 3.25”x6.25”.  Using blender brushes, ink blended Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks (DI) for the water and a gradient of brown dye inks for the sand.  Spritz with water and blot off with a paper towel to give it some texture.  For even more texture on the sand, splattered with diluted Black Soot DI.  Used a sponge dauber and dabbed white gouache paint along the shoreline where the water and sand meet.  Set aside to dry.

BDD55071-46B1-4A05-9E86-5F96A284D860

The castle from the new Majestic Achievements stamp set was then stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink onto the lightest color paper from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  Colored it with Copic markers to transform it into a sandcastle, then fussy cut it out.  Used a brown marker to color the edges to cover the white and give it a finished look.  The sailboat was die cut twice from Bristol paper and once from the Springtime Bouquet pattern paper and stacked for dimension.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from the new Deep Blue Ocean stamp set onto Bristol paper then die cut out with the new Banner Sentiment die.

BF81B83D-38A1-4755-9AAA-952DB95150D3

Trimmed off the left fishtail and drew in the “flag pole” with a black marker before assembling the card onto a white 3.25”x6.25” card base.  Added waves with a white gel pen to finish.

You have till July 30, 11:59 pm EST, to enter the challenge.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.

E5BC6332-0E2F-4560-B57A-4179221B0DB2

 

Supplies

 

07/06/2021

Tue 06

Hello Succulents
by Trina Pham

1178C18F-E270-44BB-83C7-A918E62510B9

Hello everyone.  The new Summer Daydreams collection is officially live today and it’s another fabulous release.  I used the new Elegant Succulent Sentiments stamp set to do some light watercoloring on color paper and create a simple card.

Started by trimming a piece of aqua paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack to A2 size (4.25”x5.5”).  Stamped the succulent image with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Used Zig markers to color and only a tiny bit of water with a watercolor brush to help blend the colors.  This paper may be nice and thick, but it is not watercolor paper.

699CFADE-8835-48A5-96D1-C5F3F22F1A14

Next, die cut the new Hello Streamlined Script sentiment from silver Polished Foil paper and from black cardstock to offset them for a drop shadow.  Die cut the Stylish Rectangle frame from Bristol paper, then assembled the card onto a white card base.  Clear shimmer on the image and a few clear jewels finished it off.

067C8624-B065-4224-9D0C-300A12DB7BD9

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

F890F616-682B-4623-9881-C64AE36A0756

 

Supplies

 

06/19/2021

Sat 19

Color Paper Striping
by Trina Pham

14EA822D-4ED7-4B72-A585-C830F94DA084

Hello everyone.  Today is my niece’s 16th birthday… I can’t believe she’s driving age already!  Anyway, this started out as her card, but I ended up sending her something else so it would hopefully arrive in time.  My intention was to take advantage of the 6x6 color paper packs that contain four each of 12 different colors of the same color family to create a clean and simple (CAS) ombré stripe background.

I started by picking out four gradient color sheets from the Vibrant Violet paper pack.  Used the Vertical Line Collage die to die cut from each color resulting in 1/8” strips.  Took a square die from Square Basics next and die cut an opening in an A2 sized Bristol panel.  Traced the opening onto the front of a white card base to use as a guide for adhering the strips over.

F7EC7321-72DB-4DAA-9F7D-F052FDA463BA

Next, the Stained Glass Butterfly was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Big and Little Reverse Words was stamped with Archival Black ink and partial die cutting was then used to die cut it out.  Assembled the card to finish… but as an after thought and for something fun, I decided to turn it into a faux shaker card and added a whole bunch of clear jewels. 😂

C2AC7408-7FB0-4BE7-B14C-AE2540A9A822

Now I wasn’t planning to share this next card because I was making it for my dad for Father’s Day.  I didn’t get a chance to complete it before he passed away.  He was always excited to receive my cards and would proudly display them.  This was the reason I decided to finish it for him and changed my mind about sharing it.  He loved the ocean so…

87DAE3CE-5E07-4C25-A553-30D822B801FE

Used my paper trimmer to cut strips from the Sunny Orange and Ocean Blue paper packs.  Adhered the strips to Bristol paper before die cutting it out with a circle die.

C7C8D29C-E255-4088-AA6B-6F2392A783D8

The rest is pretty straight forward.  As always all supplies are listed below.  

16718E11-716E-4CA6-B99E-548499BCA1C5

Before I go, I wanted to address Jan’s question regarding the Dendritic Paint Printing technique featured in my last post.  You can use any color acrylic paint.  I used white because it is all I have.  I don’t think it will work with ink pads or re-inkers because it needs to be a certain thickness and opacity.  I’ve only seen acrylic paints used, but if you tried other mediums and it worked, please share.

And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

694AB7EF-A494-453E-97D3-71A3AB2AA7E1

 

Supplies

 

06/09/2021

Wed 09

Dendritic Paint Printing
by Trina Pham

4774C53D-0FB6-4CF7-9478-FE73A795364C

Hello everyone.  I have a clean and simple underwater scene card to share today featuring the Dendritic Paint Printing technique.  In a nutshell, the technique involves smooshing acrylic paint between two hard surfaces, pulling them apart and lifting the resulting branchlike pattern onto a piece of paper.

I only have white acrylic paint, so I wanted to create a water background.  Started by masking the perimeter of an A2 size Bristol panel with 1” painter’s tape.  Ink blended Salvaged Patina and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  Lightly spritz with water and dabbed off with a paper towel for some texture.

AE1911A9-725B-4259-A2AB-DB75C3EF8DC6

Now for the technique.  Took one of my new acrylic cutting plates used for die cutting in my die cutting machine and added acrylic paint to it.  Spread it out with a flat brush, then pressed another acrylic cutting plate on top.  Pulled the plates apart, revealing this.

D5AC1E8D-BCF4-4AD3-B2DF-0BDDBAB17640

Placed the ink blended water background on top and gently pressed to transfer the image.  Doesn't it look like coral? 

821C6B11-0106-4092-87C7-CD1895DF5D51

The rays in the top left corner was an after thought and was created by blending more Salvaged Patina DI off the edge of a piece of acetate.

5C86C66C-82DF-488B-804E-6EA77185669C

The turtle was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and coloured in with Copic markers, while the fish were die cut from Bristol paper and coloured with a small detail blender and Spiced Marmalade DI.  Added eyes with a black pen and stamped the sentiment in black to finish,

9300F000-BFED-47D8-A3A5-2CC1F9D03FFE

And that wraps it up for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

66D1DEFB-126D-468C-9E59-977F89B4A9D4

 

Supplies

 

06/04/2021

Fri 04

Interactive Sailing Card
by Trina Pham

B20DDB09-C9B2-4368-9B2A-1D1C89FF00C4

Happy Fri-YAY everyone.  I have a summer interactive double slider card to share today.  I have not made one of these in years and after seeing Ali’s card on IG, I thought the Marina Sailboats would be fun to use for my card.  She even has a video, so it may be easier to understand after watching it.

I started by die cutting three rectangle panels from Bristol paper using the second largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trimmed two of them so they all can be layered in the end to create one scene.  Ink blended with blender brushes and distress inks (DI) Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, Peacock Feathers, Salvaged Patina, Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen to create the sky, water and sandy beach.  Splattered with water and blot with a paper towel to give them texture.  Additional splatters was done with Vintage Photo DI for the sand.

E2044E05-30CA-484A-9111-8F3D6AA9D286

Next, I created the double slider mechanism from thick white cardstock measuring approximately 2”x3.5”.  Used one of the rectangle dies to die cut the notch on each end where the plastic will fit in.  Attached a pull tab at one end on the plastic next.

960EC493-FBE4-4F40-BAE9-A60A08273B70

I forgot to take a picture, but I used medium weight acetate strips to attach the sailboats to the plastic slider.  To make them move in opposite direction, the left one was adhered on the left front and the other one on the back right side.  The sliding mechanism was adhered onto the largest panel like so.  

3B446BA0-75CE-49C8-B173-10011D2C7B4F

To not impede the sliding action, glue was added only to the four outer prongs.  Furthermore, foam tape was used to pop the second panel up.  A channel was cut from it to pop the left sailboat through and allow it to move across.

A98A8EA1-80CF-4B0A-AB18-104E733936B7

Stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout with Brushed Corduroy DI to the third sandy panel before adding it directly onto the second panel.   While the ink was still wet, smudged it to give it a sandy look... it looked better in my head. 😂

B26CEBD1-E384-4F5A-AC40-F146332D5CAD

Mounted the whole piece to a white card base, then added waves to the water with a white gel pen and a few birds with a black marker to finish.  

5C03B52F-142D-4EAB-A5A2-7D31A68F75BA

I have a video showing it in action, but had trouble uploading it here.  Once I post it on IG, I will update this post with a link to it.  In the meantime, here’s a collage of it in different positions.

033A80FC-CBAA-4EDB-9670-3833EDA55EC6

Update: as promised, you can view the card in action HERE.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.

EC7B1612-DF0C-4008-893D-A6559903DF94

Supplies

 

05/19/2021

Wed 19

Grand Scallop Shell Easel Card
by Trina Pham

D00154B5-E77F-4E23-B81C-95B01E55764D

Hello everyone.  I have a masculine card to share today using products from the Under the Sea collection.  The card was going to be a regular landscspe card just as you see above, but then I thought turning the Grand Scallop Shell into an easel would be more fun. 😉  

90980B25-ACDF-48EE-A589-0D1500B6E1EE

I started by die cutting the Grand Scallop Shell background twice from mixed media paper.  Took one of them and partial die cut with the Pinpoint Burst Plate to get rays.  Ink blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) on both, but only splattered water on the one without the rays and dabbed off with a paper towel to give it texture.  The top piece with the rays had so much going on, it didn’t need it.  

35DDC8C9-DF4B-45AA-8231-B18E74CE8AF3

The scuba divers were die cut from black cardstock while the coral and fish were die cut from white cardstock and colored in with Copic markers.  The outline Grand Scallop Shell was then die cut from Bristol paper twice, adhered together then the inside sections cut out with scissors, leaving a white border.  Assembled the underwater scene. 

The woodgrain background was created from Kraft Woodgrain paper.  Scored it every inch then blended Antique Linen DI on it to bring out the woodgrain details better.  The ropes were die cut from Cream Woodgrain paper and Antique Linen DI was blended on it as well.  Adhered this panel to a white card base.

The easel was created by partial die cutting a white card base so it was still attached at the fold.

17BCC288-A4EF-470B-B424-098EB4C5C86A

Next, fold the front in half (no measuring required) and when assembling the easel, add adhesive only to the area below the folded line (red arrow).

5F07E68F-D744-473F-BA69-A2DF9A419C51

The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock and stacked with two more pieces of cardstock to give it a bit of dimension as it acts as a stopper, allowing the easel to stand up for display.  Adhered the easel to the card front, then added clear Fairy Drops as bubbles to finish.

AB0EB9EE-6742-4D19-89F3-63266D985528

And that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.

8E8A07C1-6F02-47F5-BD98-3F626B83C6FC

Supplies

 

04/20/2021

Tue 20

Porthole Sunset Birthday
by Trina Pham

2D4D669F-E617-446D-B581-BB01088CD88A

Hello everyone.  Have you had a chance to check out the new Under the Sea collection released yesterday?  Like the Spring collection, it’s amazing!  And it looks like I’m ready for summer with this sunset scene birthday card I’m sharing today.

Started by die cutting the porthole twice from thick white cardstock and once from silver Polished Foil paper with the new Ocean Porthole die and stacked them for dimension.  Next, a circle panel from mixed media paper and a sun mask from masking paper were die cut out using dies from Circle Basics.  Masked then ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot distress ink (DI) on the circle panel to create the sunset background.  I did the sky first.  Added water ripples with a white gel pen to complete it.

EE3B90FE-A7BC-4403-9C5E-A257FA8C40AF

The pelican from the new Graceful Ocean Birds and the log from the new Wood Grain Planks (couldn’t capture the woodgrain detail in the photo but it’s there) were die cut from black cardstock.  Assembled the card onto a Mixed Media panel that had been dry embossed with the new gorgeous Waves 3D embossing folder (EF).  Love this EF btw! 

B1DFE29B-9FE7-4B64-A287-E7B288D39C1E

To finish, white heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout by Poppy Stamps on a strip of Bristol paper, then ombré colored it with the same DI as the sunset.  And that was it.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

19F16CA3-BF28-4D3B-AB31-3D0750951036

 

Supplies

 

04/14/2021

Wed 14

Retro Birthday
by Trina Pham

DF529AE3-9411-44FE-B125-79FD3E91407B

Happy Wednesday everyone.  Had more fun stretching the Nested Globes dies again and made a retro masculine slimline birthday card to share today.  Besides mailboxes and tall rainbows, I also saw jukeboxes when I first saw these dies! 😁  

The jukebox base is done the same as the mailboxes in this post HERE.  The overall size of the jukebox is 3”x 4.75” and I used the darkest blue color from the Ocean Blue paper pack.   From there, I used the same steps for the tall rainbow in this post HERE, and trimmed / die cut / partial die cut from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock accordingly to build the jukebox.  Colored the green and aqua parts with Copic markers YG00, YG01, YG03, BG10, BG11, BG13.  Used Circle Basics, Square Basics, Vintage Sled and Double Diamond Lattice Plate (from Poppy Stamps) dies to die cut from Silver Polished Foil to accent and decorate.  Oh and of course the record was die cut from black cardstock. 

723BAFA8-8104-4265-A197-8161BC8B6BB8

Next, a Bristol slimline panel was die cut with the second largest Slim Basic Rectangle die.  Masked near the bottom and applied Black Soot distress ink (DI) to create the floor area.  The Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters were die cut also from Bristol paper, ombré colored with Blueprint Sketch DI using a blending brush, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give them some shine.  The rest of the sentiments from Birthday Rose Corner was white heat embossed on the same darkest blue paper as the jukebox.

05700AC4-FF45-450A-9146-E64B7C5FC429

Adhered the panel to a 3.5”x 8.5” white card base, then drew in the music notes with a black marker and added highlights with a white pencil to the black record to finish.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

243FFBAE-2EA5-4DBD-8C80-847E3939C07F

 

Supplies

 

04/07/2021

Wed 07

Special Hugs
by Trina Pham

EB26338A-51B3-47DC-929E-DD9CE26D4138

Hello there.  I have a simple card to share today.  It was not meant to be, but ended up being, a sympathy card after a long time family friend of my husband passed away unexpectedly last week. 

Started by die cutting watercolor paper with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Watercolored the background using Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI).  Splattered with Black Soot DI and white gouache paint for a bit of texture.

9F8597D0-8A83-4F4E-8485-6C2803A28DBB

The butterflies were die cut from Bristol paper.  Only the detailed part of the large Sylvan butterfly was die cut and adhered directly onto the watercolor panel.  The shadow piece of the small Glade butterfly was watercolored first using the same DI, then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock. 

1DD309C7-3F34-434C-AFDD-0B271C76A013

 

Assembled the card to finish, popping the small butterfly up with mounting tape.  
And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

E450915A-3ABD-492B-A324-A053BD2F33D7

 

 

Supplies