132 posts categorized "Trina Pham"


Sat 19

Merry Christmas Trio
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a little over a month away!  With that said, I am sharing an easy way to create a set of CAS (clean and simple) Christmas cards using products from the 2022 Christmas collection.  

The process was the same for all three cards.  Started by ink smooshing a piece of mixed media paper with diluted Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet distress inks.  Die cut all images from this piece then added clear shimmer to them for some sparkle.  Die cut the images twice from thick white paper to stack for dimension.  Die cut the sentiment from Vintage Pastel Mirror paper and stacked on top of two white ones for dimension.  Assembled so onto white woodgrain paper to finish.  


On this first card and just like the large skates in my last post, the Classic Pair of Skates were laced with white baker’s twine.  The heels were die cut from silver metallic shimmer paper and the blades from silver mirror paper.


The next card features the Alpine Snowflakes. 



And last but not least, the third card features the Little Trees die.  These are adorable, don’t you think?



And that’s it for my set of cards.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Wed 09

Wishing You
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  It’s so nice to have Typepad behaving and we can post with photos again!  Yay!  And for today I have a Christmas card featuring the Classic Large Ice Skate with the Layered Birds dies from the 2022 Christmas release.

Started by creating the ice skates.  The boots were die cut from Bristol paper and laced up with white baker’s twine.  The heels were die cut from black cardstock and the blades from silver Vintage Pastel Mirror paper.  The layered bird was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  And last but not least, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from mixed media paper and watercolored with Zig brush markers.  


The background is a Bristol panel ink blended with Salvaged Patina and Uncharted Mariner distress inks.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel, then splattered with diluted white gouache paint.  Heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock with white embossing powder and assembled the card.  Wanted to add more falling snow and accumulated snow to the scene, so used a white gel pen to finish off the scene.


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





Sun 09

Snowflake Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a simple snowflake shaker card to share today using the Gloriette Snowflake Collage die from the current 2022 Christmas release.

Started by doing an ombré watercolor wash background on watercolor paper using Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry distress inks. Once it was dry, used the outline snowflake die to die cut an opening.  Backed the opening with acetate, then die cut the detailed snowflake from white glitter paper.  Adhered the glitter snowflake on the acetate within the snowflake outline opening.  


Flipped over to the backside and added foam tape around the snowflake to create a “reservoir” for the shaker bits.  To help prevent the shaker bits from sticking, applied an anti static powder along the foam tape.  Removed the foam adhesive lining and filled the reservoir with a combination of clear drops and sequins.  Covered the back with a piece of Bristol paper.  White heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  


Before I go, I want to wish my fellow Canadians a happy Thanksgiving today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.





Sat 24

Forest Path Snowglobe
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a simple Christmas card to share today featuring the new Forest Path and Nested Globe Bases dies from the 2022 Christmas release.

Started by die cutting two globes from Bristol paper using a Nested Globe die.  Die cut the Forest Path on one of them and ink blended Uncharted Mariner and Speckled Egg distress inks (DI) on the other.  Splattered with water and blot with a paper towel for some texture. 


The Snowglobe Base was die cut from white woodgrain paper and its trim from thick white scraps.  The Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet was then die cut from Bristol paper and three letters were stacked together for dimension.  Initially coloured the top letter with Uncharted Mariner DI, but it looked awful, so coloured it with Copic Sketch marker B37.


The snowman is from last year’s Snowmen Snowglobe die.  It was die cut 3x from white cardstock and coloured in with Copic Sketch markers.  Assembled the snowglobe then spritz with shimmer spray for some sparkle.  Mounted the snowglobe atop three layers of thick white paper and added falling snow with a white gel pen to finish.


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





Sun 18

Warmest Wishes Polar Bear
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Being my favourite time of the year for card making, I am so excited for the new Christmas release!  There are so many awesome products, but the Layering Polar Bear die caught my attention and I wanted to use it right away.  

Started by die cutting the bear layering pieces from Bristol paper and shading/details added with Copic Sketch markers.  The hat and scarf were die cut from the new Christmas Jolly paper pack using Tall Bundled Snowman and Little Bundled Snowman dies, respectively. The layering sled was die cut from gold Vintage Pastel mirror paper and black cardstock.  


For the background, took an A2 size Bristol panel from my stash and applied Saltwater Taffy distress ink to it with a blender brush.  Adhered the polar bear and sled, then splattered with diluted white gouache paint for snow.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with white embossing powder on black cardstock to finish.


You can see the new Christmas release HERE.  So glad you could join me today.  Have a wonderful week.








Sun 11

Halloween Easel
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I can’t get enough of these adorable ghosts, so I had to use them again but this time for a Halloween easel card.

Started by die cutting a moon mask with a Circle Basics die and attached it to an A2 size Bristol panel.  Using blender brushes, ink blended Speckled Egg, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot distress inks for the sky.  Splattered with diluted black and white gouache paints for some texture.


The Fancy Gate Globe was then die cut twice from black cardstock.  Trimmed off the arches on both; on one of them, cut in half and cut away the gate details.  Adhered them together like so to create a fence with the gate.  Great way to stretch your supplies. 😉

Next, die cut the Woodgrain Tree Trunk from black cardstock and the ghosts from white.  Added shading to the moon and ghosts with Copic Sketch markers, then assemble the scene onto the panel.  The right ghost was popped up with foam adhesive for dimension.  Spritz the entire panel with a shimmer spray for some sparkle (sorry couldn’t capture it in the photos).


To create the easel base, scored the front of an A2 size top folding card base at 2.75” and adhered the panel to the bottom half below the scored line.  The Happy Halloween Posh Script sentiment with shadow was then die cut from white and navy cardstock to be used as the stopper.  Here’s a side view of it all propped up.


And here’s the view from the front.


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




Wed 24

Happy Boo Day
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  The 2022 Fall release is packed with fa-BOO-lous Halloween goodies and I thought I would stretch the Boo Posh Script and Ghosts in the Forest dies to create a super simple birthday card.
Started by die cutting the Boo to You sentiment from Bristol paper 3x to stack for dimension.  Boo on the top layer was ombré colored with B0000, B000, B12 and FB2 Copic Sketch markers.  The ghosts were die cut out next and lightly shaded with the two lightest B000 and B0000 Copic Sketch markers. 
Happy and day from Birthday Rose Corner stamp was then heat embossed on an A2 size black cardstock panel using white embossing powder.  Assembled the card onto a split black/white card base to finish.

Easy-peasy lemon squeezy. 😂  And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful Wednesday.



94587 Boo Posh Script craft die

94622 Ghosts in the Forest craft die


Sun 14

Side Stella Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I’m stretching the Stella Butterfly from the 2022 May release to create a simple off-the-edge standard A2 size shaped card.

Took a Bristol scrap piece measuring approximately 4.25”x5.75” from my stash and drew a line across approximately 5.5” high.  Placed the Stella Butterfly background die at an angle straddling the line so only the left wing extends beyond the line.  Partial die cut above the line like this.


Trimmed along the drawn line up to the die cut part of butterfly to get this.


Embossed the bottom portion with the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) to give it some dimension  


The butterfly and sentiment were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and black glossy paper.  To turn the full butterfly into a side flying one, it was cut in half and one of the antennas was cut off.  Colored them with Copic Sketch markers RV02, RV04 and RV09.  For a bit of texture, splattered the butterfly background piece with diluted white gouache paint.  To mount to the card base, the flat edge of the partial die cut butterfly was aligned with the folded end of a white top folding A2 size card base.  Measure 5.5” from the end of the butterfly wing and trimmed using a paper trimmer.  Added some clear Fairy Drops to finish.

For some reason it looks shorter than 5,5” in length in the photo, but trust me it’s not. 😂  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.





Sun 07

by Trina Pham

Aloha everyone.  Today I’m sharing a simple summer card with a tropical vibe made with the Tropical Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) and matching dies from the June Island Vacation release.

Bristol paper was used for all the white die cuts.  After die cutting the leaves, spritz them with water then embossed them using the EF.  Had planned on playing with alcohol inks (AI) on yup paper to create the background, but couldn’t find my yupo paper, so ended up doing the AI on  acetate technique instead (you may have noticed the reflection from the acetate 😉).  Drops of Pool and Mermaid AIs were applied to an A2 size piece of acetate, then rubbing alcohol and a hand blower were used to move the inks around.


The die cut Vintage Varsity letters were ombré colored next using turquoise dye ink and a blender brush before heat embossing them with clear glitter embossing powder.  Die cut the letters from black cardstock as well to offset for a drop shadow.  The periwinkle blooms were then colored with Scattered Straw and Wild Honey distress inks using a finger blender brush.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added clear shimmer to the flowers to finish.


Wishing you all a wonderful week.  Thank you for joining me today.





Sun 24

Lavender Bouquet Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a CAS (clean and simple) mini slimline birthday card to share today featuring the Lavender Bouquet dies from the 2022 May release.  

Started by die cutting the lavender flowers from scraps of Bristol paper.  Using a foam blending tool, added Shaded Lilac distress oxide ink (DOx) to the flower sections.  Used the direct-to-paper method to add Shabby Shutters distress ink (DI) to the stems.  A dark purple Tombow alcohol marker was then used to give it some texture and dimension.  Created the vase by die cutting from alcohol marker friendly paper using a Nested Globes die then trimming off the rounded end to get a flat edge.  Added shading to it with Copic Sketch markers C1, C0 and C00.  


The white card base and the background panel were trimmed to 3.25”x6.25” from heavy weight white cardstock next.  On the panel, stamped the sentiment from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout with Shaded Lilac DOx ink and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Masked off the left side and bottom, then ink blended Blueprint Sketch DI.  Splattered with white and black gouache paint for some texture.  Assembled to finish.

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