13 posts categorized "Trina Pham"


Wed 30

Double Embossing with Dies
by Trina Pham

Hi there!  This is Trina and I am back to share another CAS card using the Bright Hearts die from the Valentine’s Collection and a die technique I’ve had on my to-try-list for probably over two years.  😂   Better late than never, right?  I’ve seen it done throughout blogland, but I believe it originated from Jennifer McGuire.  Here’s my card.


This is a super easy technique combining both dry and heat embossing with dies.  I found darker cardstock looked best.  Started by prepping the cardstock with an anti static bag and then setting it in my die cutting machine to be dry embossed.  Placed the die with the cutting edge facing up, then gently inked only the raised cutting edge with VersaMark.  Carefully picked up the die and flipped it onto the cardstock.  Ran it through the die cutting machine to dry emboss it, then added white embossing powder.


The embossing powder sticks to the VersaMark embossed lines.  Heat embossed to complete the technique.  Even after using the anti-static bag, I found the powder strayed quite a bit.  I simply used a small brush to remove them before applying the heat.  


I wanted the image to stand out more, so I used a black Polychromos pencil to add some shading.  The sentiments from Best Life Typewriter stamp set were white heat embossed on hot pink cardstock and popped up with foam adhesive.  For some sparkle (wasn’t able to capture it in the photo), added clear shimmer to finish.

 Essentially this is like “turning your dies into stamps” and is a great way to stretch your dies.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!





Sun 27

Snow Much Love
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  This is Trina.  Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who took the time to leave such encouraging comments here, on my blog and on my IG account for my first DT post.  Not sure if you could tell, but I was a little nervous and those comments brought a smile to my face!  So my card today honoured that.  

Last year in September, I purchased the Snow Much Fun stamp set.  I think it’s just that - so much fun!  For some reason, it takes at least a month for my orders to arrive in Canada from this one US company.  This time, though, the waiting dragged to almost two months and then I received notification that my order had been returned because I had moved!  Huh, what?!?  (I may or may not have used more animated language here... just saying).  😂


Major postal service error since I never moved!  I ended up re-ordering it from a different US company, but that meant it would not arrive in time for the holiday season.  And rather than waiting till the end of this year, I used it to create this.


Love must be in the air because these two are no longer throwing snowballs at each other and are quite smitten.  😉   Started off by stamping the bunny images on X-press It cardstock with Copic friendly black ink.  Coloured them with Copics then die cut out with the matching dies.  The heart framed fence from Neighborhoid Heart Frame was then die cut three times from white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Adhered the bunnies behind the frame and trimmed off the overhangs.


On a 4”x5.25”panel cut from mixed media paper, the sentiment from Best Life Typewriter was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks were blended on with a mini blending tool.  The embossed sentiment resisted the ink.  Spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray created by mixing water with Perfect Pearls (couldn’t capture the shimmer in the photo).  Adhered the panel to a white card base and added a few sparkly clear sequins to finish.


I love stretching my supplies whever possible.  And the Neighborhoid Heart Frame set made this possible today.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful week.






Sun 20

Bokeh Woodland Heart Frame
by Trina Pham

Greetings friends.  I wanted to take a quick moment to announce a change to our design team. We were very sad to see Penny Ward leave the team, but we are really excited to welcome our new design team member.....Trina Pham!  Trina's beautiful work with Memory Box products really caught our attention and we knew that we wanted her to join our team.  I hope that you will welcome her and her creative ideas.  -Laura


Hi there!  As Laura mentioned, I’m Trina and I am excited and honoured to join the Memory Box design team!  I live in Canada with my husband of 13+ years.  This was around the same time I accidentally discovered this wonderful papercrafting hobby.  I’m sure like a lot of you, heat embossing hooked me.  However, it wasn’t until I started entering challenges and blogging in 2016 that my addiction passion grew.  I scrapbooked and made 3-D paper projects, but now my focus is on cards. My cards are mostly clean and simple (CAS), but I don’t like to limit myself and will try anything.  You can find me at Phamtastic Design.  

Okay, now onto the fun stuff.  Here’s today’s card using the new Woodland Heart Frame..


Most, if not all, of my cards are inspired by challenges.  This month the theme at CAS Mix Up card challenge is Bokeh.  This is an easy and fun background technique.   To start, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress inks were blended with a mini blending tool on a scrap of white cardstock.  


A circle stencil was created next from a piece of acetate and the four smallest circles in the Basic Circles die set.  White pigment ink was then sponged through the stencil with a sponge dauber, making sure to overlap and vary the intensity of the ink.  Set it aside to dry. 


In the meantime, the circle framed trees from Woodland Heart Frame was die cut three times from  white cardstock and stacked for dimension.  


On an A2 size piece of white linen cardstock, the sentiment was stamped in blue then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  To assemble the card, the Bokeh background piece was die cut out with a circle die and adhered behind the circle framed trees.  Mounted everything to a white card base to finish.


Many of the products from the recent Valentine’s release would work beautifully with this technique.  That does it for my first official DT post.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!