44 posts categorized "Trina Pham"


Sat 28

Shadow Stencilling
by Trina Pham


Happy weekend everyone.  I’m popping in quickly today with an all-occasion masculine card.  I used the Leafy Rows stencil from the 2020 Spring collection and the shadow stencilling technique for my card.

Using a mini blending tool, white pigment ink was applied to the leafy stencil over a piece of Kraft cardstock.  Because it is a pigment ink, I pounced on the ink rather than blending in circles to avoid having the ink seep underneath.  Used a heat tool to dry it.


Next, placed the stencil back over the images, then shifted it slightly up and to the left before inking it with Walnut Stain distress oxide ink.. and voila!


For some shine and still keep it masculine, the B-E-S-T Vintage Varsity letters were die cut from black foil paper while the Wishes Jotted Script sentiment was die cut from gold foil paper.  They were mounted onto a vellum circle.


The gold got a bit lost against the Kraft, so a dark brown shadow was added behind to help it stand out better.


And that’s it from me.  Thank you for visiting.  Stay home and craft on. 






Tue 24

Front Flap Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I need birthday cards and wanted to get some colouring therapy in, so today I have a cheery floral birthday card made with the beautiful Birthday Rose Corner stamp set from the Spring collection.

Jennifer McGuire recently shared some Front Flap cards, and her balloon card inspired mine.  I streamlined the process by starting with a top folding card base created from no bleed through alcohol friendly cardstock.  The image was stamped with alcohol friendly black ink and coloured in with Copic markers and Polychromos pencils.


It was then die cut out with the matching die.


The background is a single A2 size Bristol panel.  Blended light gray dye ink through a Bold Stripes stencil from Birch Press and stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout with Archival black ink.  


Because the alcohol friendly cardstock I used does not bleed through, it saved me from having to die cut a white piece to cover up the back.

 To finish, clear shimmer was added to the roses. 


As you can see, the only part of the card that opens is that small corner piece.  Thank you for spending time with me.  Stay home and craft on!





Sat 21

Sparkly Stain Glass Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Helloooo there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, so I’m happy to be here today to share a clean and simple (CAS) card inspired by this month’s Glitter Paper or Glue challenge.

The Sparkly Stained Glass technique involves Glossy Accents and glitter, but I thought the gorgeous glitter glue from the Spring release would be a great substitute for them.  I started by die cutting the large outline butterfly from Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines from silver foil paper and the matching background butterfly from acetate.  Adhered them together, then flipped over to the back side.  In the open areas, Topaz Gleam and Tropical Glimmer glitter glue were added then set aside to dry overnight.  


And this is what resulted.  A little confession.  Even though a generous amount of glue was used, there were still some areas (mainly along the edges) that were missed.  Rather than adding more glitter glue, I used a closely matched Copic marker to colour in the areas on the back on the acetate.  Could you tell? 😂


The background was created on an A2 size piece of Bristol paper.  Using 1” painter’s tape, the four sides were masked off, leaving the center.  Blueprint Sketch distress ink was then blended on with a blender brush.  Flicked on some water and dabbed off with a paper towel to give it some texture.  The card would have been done had there not been a smear. <grrr>  To fix that, I added the frame, made with the Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out and Rectangle Basics dies.  To finish, the Seaside Hello sentiment was die cut three times and stacked for dimension.  Twice from white and once from silver foil.


That’s it from me today.  Hope you and your family are all keeping safe and healthy. Wishing you all a wonderful crafty weekend.






Sat 08

Faux Cover Die
by Trina Pham


Hello there!  I am sharing a quick and easy card today inspired by cover dies.  I wanted to create the look of a cover die using regular dies.  I chose the Verdant Leaf die for my card, but many of the Memory Box dies (or even dies in your stash) would work beautifully.

Started off by die cutting a whole bunch of the leaf from Bristol paper and adhering them to a vellum panel.  A frame was then die cut with rectangle dies from Bristol paper and affixed on top, hence, completing the faux cover die.


To complete the card, the Hello Banner Script was die cut from Bristol paper and ombré coloured with Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Sky distress oxide inks using blender brushes.  For some sparkle (love my sparkle), it was inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  To make it stand out even more, hello was die cut from black cardstock and offset slightly.  Finished by white heat embossing the sentiment from Friendship Floral Heart stamp set on a black strip.


Well, that does it for today. So glad you dropped by.  Have a wonderful weekend.  





Wed 22

Stylish Rose Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I’m taking a detour from hearts today to share a floral birthday card made with new and previous released products.  I have a bunch of birthdays coming up and needed to build up my stash. 

Bristol and silver foil paper were used for my card.  The silver hexagon Stylish Frame from the previous Holiday release was die cut from the center of the silver panel matte behind the Pinpoint Leaf piece.  I didn’t see any point in using more silver foil paper when most of it was not being used and getting covered up.  Another hexagon frame was then die cut from white pearlescent paper to be inlaid with the silver one.


The Scribble Rose Trio was die cut twice next and stacked.  Blue ink was added to its shadow then covered with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Birthday Blowout stamp set with silver embossing powder.  Before assembling the card, blue splatters were added.



I apologize if this seemed short.  It’s been a rough week dealing with a plumbing leak and today is the first day out of our home for about month while restoration occurs.  Keeping my fingers crossed there are no delays.  And that does it for me today.  Thank you for dropping by.  






Wed 15

All My Love
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  This quick and simple Valentine’s card was intended for my hubby, but he came by and saw it just as I was finishing up... <grrr>😂  Guess it’s back to the drawing board. 

Anyway, I started by die cutting the Butterfly Heart Frame from Bristol paper.  It was adhered to velum trimmed to the same size, then to an A2 sized gray panel.


I wanted to add dimension only to the heart, so used scraps of Bristol paper to die cut just the heart portion twice. Trimmed away unwanted parts to get the heart ring.


I thought about ink blending the heart cut-out, but saved myself some time and die cut another heart from a scrap of red cardstock.  The sentiments from Big and Little Valentine’s stamp set were white heat embossed on it, then black soot distress ink was sponged around the edges for some dimension.  Spritz the whole card with a shimmer spray for some sparkle to finish.


And that was it!  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!






Fri 10

Hugs and Kisses
by Trina Pham


Happy 2020 everyone!  Hope your year is off to a good start.   Today I have a very clean and simple (CAS) friendship card to share using products from the Valentine’s collection.

The stripe background was created with 1/4” strips of three gradient aqua color cardstock.  The strips were adhered to a white cardstock panel, then a heart was die cut from it using the largest die from the Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set.  For some sparkle, covered it with VersaMark and heat embossed it with clear glitter embossing powder. 


The Hugs Loving Heart was then die cut twice from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.   Attached it on top of the stripe heart with strong liquid adhesive.  Assembled it off the edge and trimmed away the excess.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Big and Little Valentine’s stamp set on a black cardstock strip to finish.


Easy-peasy, right?  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend.







Wed 18

A Vintage Holiday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a week away!  Are you ready yet?  Sadly, I’m still working on my holiday cards. 🙈  And on that note, I have a mixed media vintage holiday card to share today.

I started by adhering Twas the Night wide Washi tape to thick white cardstock, then die cutting it down to A2 size using Rectangle Basics largest die.  I wanted to watercolor on it, but Washi tape is non-porous so watercolors would just slide off.  To resolve this, white gesso was applied to the Washi tape with a flat brush.  Gesso is a primer that gives surfaces a slight texture, allowing them to accept paints, watercolors, etc.  


Once the gesso panel dried, it was watercolored with a few brown reinkers.  Kept it darker around the edges and lightest in the center.  Allowed that to dry completely before stamping the pine branch from Winter Greenery with Archival black ink.  Treated the panel with an anti-static bag, then stamped the same pine branch with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.


Added white splatters using white gouache paint.  Finished with a custom sentiment, die cut from black foil paper using Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  The apostrophe is the center of the letter “A”. 


This wraps up my first year as a designer here. 😉   I want to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas... see you next year!





Wed 11

Northern Lights Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Inspired by this month’s challenge, I have another holiday card to share today.  One of my favorite Winter scenes to create is the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis.  It’s simple to do, and yet it gives the most “wow” factor.   There are many different mediums that could be used, but my preference is ink blending.  But before I got inky, I did some partial die cutting with the Pine Tree Hill die to create the row of trees from black cardstock.


Laura did a post on partial die cutting and essentially, anything under the cutting plate will cut.  


Used scissors to connect those partial die cut trees and create the front row of trees.


Partial die cut the double trees twice to create the back row of trees.


Forgot to take a picture, but these lined up to create the row of trees as seen on the finished card.  Now onto the Northern Lights... but be forewarned, it’s going to look like a hot mess before things come together in the end. 😂


Started by adding streaks of Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet distress inks (di) to a piece of Bristol paper using the edge of a mini blending tool.


Next applied Chipped Sapphire di in between the colors and Black Soot di around the edges... and that pretty much completes the background.  I know it still doesn’t look that great, but persevere till the end and it will turn out. 😉  For sone sparkle, spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo).


Adhered the trees to the bottom, then splattered with white gouache paint.  Die cut the Peace Airy Script sentiment three times from Bristol paper and stacked them for dimension to finish.


Hope you will give this a try.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a great day.






Wed 04

Masculine Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  Inspired by this month’s Holiday Cards challenge and needing more masculine cards, I have a masculine Christmas card to share today.

Started by trimming three 1-1/4” wide strips of pattern paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots paper pack.  Lined up the Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters on painter’s tape as shown in this post HERE, then die cut “merry” from each strip, staggering them from top left to bottom right. Adhered the negative die-cut strips to a black A2 sized panel.


The camouflage/hidden sentiment technique was used here, so I made sure not to lose any of the die cut pieces.  In this particular case, the centers of the R’s.  Placed the R die-cut into the appropriate spots and used as a guide to position and adhere the inner pieces to the black panel.  Each letter was then die cut four times from black cardstock and stacked with the pattern letter for dimension.  Inlaid the stacked letters to complété the hidden sentiments.  Finished off with a trio of sparkling snowflakes and a Christmas script sentiment all die cut from Bristol paper.  


The camouflage sentiment technique is one of my favourite die cutting techniques.  And before I go, I want to respond to a question left by Kathie on my last post.  She asked if I have a YouTube channel.  The answer is yes, but I’m not set up to make process videos {yet}, so I’m afraid my channel would be of no use at this time. 😂  Thank you to everyone who leaves encouraging comments.  I really appreciate it.  Thank you for joining me today.   Have a great day.