The Magic of Heat Embossing

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’ll be sharing my short video on the Magic of Heat Embossing … this simple technique probably dates back many years. I’ve been stamping and a demonstrator (Yes, I was not a cardmaker before I signed up!!) for 20 years, and heat embossing is what caught my attention!

I will be showing you how amazing a VersaMark pad and Clear embossing power is in transforming your projects. Grab your favorite beverage and sit back for a short video as I show you three (3) different items to emboss …

I must admit … not my best presentation but I hope you saw the magic in the technique. Here’s the the first card that I made on the video …

but I’ll also be sharing the two cards that I promised. Lets begin with the balloons ….

The balloons were created as shown in the video. In the video I said I prefer the “strings” on my balloons versed the hand drawn strings so I found some Bakers Twine and added them to my balloons.

Since we I shared the upcoming Designer Paper Sale with you, I thought I would use one of them for a background. I’m using the “In Good Taste” Designer Series paper on this card …

In fact, I have been using the “In Good Taste” Designer Series paper as my backgrounds for all my photo shoots for posting my cards right here!! All of those beautiful wood patterns, brick and tiles all come from this package, including this rustic wood which is probably my favorite!

Let’s move on to the Heartfelt Hugs designer series paper we embossed …

I love the look of the Heartwarming Hugs Designer paper, and embossing it created a stunning new look. When I punched it out with the heart (Heartwarming Hugs paper … get it! lol) I knew exactly where I was going with this card. Create layers of this designer paper to highlight the heart.

In the video you can see how lovely the designer paper is embossed so I decided to mat the heart with the new Red Foil from the Mini Catalog. The shine on both of these creates an amazing focal point to the card …

The only thing I would add to this card is “Red Rhinestones” … might add a little balance on the right side. BUT … I still love the way this card turned out.

Hope you enjoyed the video and the final cards created with this simple and fun technique … there truly is magic in heat embossing!

Here is a list of the Designer Papers on Sale starting tomorrow …

Thank you for joining me today, I’ll be back tomorrow to share the “Sunflower” card with you!! Till then …

Have an amazing day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you 

From Scraps to Splendid … Cards!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I share two card layouts with you that are perfect for using up your scraps of designer paper!! Our first layout uses 9 – 1″ squares ….

The Whisper White piece that holds these 9 designer paper pieces measures 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and the Real Red mat behind it is 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.

The card base is Real Red and measures 4-1/4″ x 11″ and the Whisper White measures 4″ x 5-1/4″ … both white pieces were embossed with the Subtles Embossing Folder. Before embossing it, the greeting was stamped from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

OK … Here’s the fun part. I’m sharing they layouts and I would like to see what you come up with!! You can post them on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook pagewe’ll have a contest!!

Our second layout …

Strips of Designer Paper and a bow is all you need to create with this layout, but I did add a little more! The base of the card is Blackberry Bliss and the Basic Black mat was embossed with the Old World 3-D Embossing Folder.

The strips of designer paper come from the Magic in this Night Designer Series paper and a strip of the Black Glitter Paper. I did stamp my greeting directly onto the Blackberry designer paper … it comes from the Festive Corners stamp set.

I’ll post a notice on my Facebook page and then make sure you share cards. We’ll do a SPIN 2 WIN on all the entries. Let’s have some FUN this Friday!

See you on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Pinwheel Technique & Heartwarming Hugs!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have two cute cards for you created with the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series paper and the Pinwheel Technique. This technique is a great way to use up your designer and / or paper scraps!

This paper crafting technique is much, much easier than it looks … quite simple in fact, and I’d like to show you today …

How did you enjoy the demonstration and do you think it’s as easy to make as I said it would be? I think this technique is one of those timeless cards that we can keep bringing back!!

This first card is the one I demonstrated and includes the Heartwarming Hugs designer series as a background and the Light Me Home stamp set used for the greeting. I also tipped the Pinwheel to look a little more like a star.

The second card …

This was designed for those stampers who like the “less is more” look … a clean, crisp look. The Pinwheel really stands out against the white background.

The greeting comes from the “Itty Bitty Christmas” stamp set, and with the aid of my Stamparatus … I could stamp it 3 times to get it bold and bright. Once stamped, I embossed it with the Subtle 3-D embossing folder.

Here is the template with dimension for the Pinwheel card …

I hope the card samples inspire you and the layout helps you picture your next card! As promised in the video, I have a PDF File attached that you can download and print.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PINWHEEL PDF

Thank you so much for joining me today. Stop back tomorrow as I will be sharing an alternative layout to the Pinwheel card.

Have an amazing day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Simply Sunday: Quilt Pattern Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today’s card is fun and easy to create and it’s done with our stunning designer series paper. Yesterday I talked about layouts and patterns, and how we can utilize them to help us create …

Well, I had saved a “Quilt” piece on my Pinterest page and was surprised to see how many times this simple design had been saved. I saved it as inspiration for a card …

Simple … right? But there is something about this simple pattern that catches your eye. Is it the colors or the pattern, not sure but I’ve taken the pattern and used it for today’s card.

I decided I wanted to make a Christmas card with the beautiful Heartwarming Hugs designer series paper ….

My designer paper strips are cut 4″ x 1″ and matted the woven pieces onto a 4″ x 4″ block. Now I know that Quilters have cut these into different sizes but it is “Simply Sunday”! You really have to respect the artistry and work that goes into a quilt.

I used my grid paper (available in catalog) to help me align my designer paper strips. Just added a touch of glue within the 1″ block and adhered my strip. The glue allows you a little more movement.

Once you have woven the pieces together and glued the ends down, you can finish gluing the pieces down. I then attached the entire 4″ x 4″ piece onto a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4.

The greeting was stamped with Mossy Meadow ink … it came from the “Light Me Home” stamp set. I finished off my card with a bow created with the Real Red Sheer ribbon … oh my, this ribbon is beautiful, and comes from the Poinsettia Place suite.

With a little help from your grid paper, this sweet Christmas card is easy to make and reflects the old age craft of Quilting. Use any pretty paper and you could create cards for all Occasions!

Thank you for sharing a part of your Sunday with me. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

So Very Merry Christmas …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Wow … Yesterdays blog post was full of amazing announcements! Today I’d like to share the photos and video from my Facebook LIVE demonstration on “How to emboss any color ink” and the Stamparatus “Hinge” technique!

Today’s card was embossed in Real Red and Old Olive …

I used the Stamparatus to align my words perfectly straight and even. The video will show you how to align your stamp on the stamparatus plate. The Whisper White piece of cardstock measures 5″ x 3-3/4″, the Old Olive is 5-3/8″ x 3-7/8″ and the Real Red measures 5-1/4″ x 4-1/8″ and the A2 card base = 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.

Watch and see how I emboss the two different colors and layer my cardstock ….

So how do you like the simple instructions on “how to” apply your stamps to your Stamparatus plates? If you enjoy these tips, I invite you to join me each Tuesday on Facebook LIVE!!

I cut my ribbon about 6-1/2″ – 7″ so that I have enough ribbon to wrap around the back of the card… cut your smaller pieces long enough to tie, usually 4″ – 5″ in length. The ribbon is the “All the Trimmings” Ribbon Combo pack from the Trimming the Town product suite.

I used my Old Olive and Real Red ink pads to create a multi-colored greeting from the Warm Hugs stamp set which comes from the Heartwarming Hugs product suite. I punched it out with the 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch.

After the ribbon was applied, dimensionals were added to the back and then placed onto the Real Red cardstock ….

The Real Red is adhered directly onto the Whisper White base. I think this is such a fun card, and quite easy to create! The embossing brings texture and a richness to the card … and our ribbon adds that holiday sparkle.

I want to thank your for taking time out of your day to hang out with me for a while. My wish is that you learned a little more about your Stamparatus, or put it on your wish list! What would you like to see in an upcoming Technique Tuesday? Write it in the comments below 🙂 Thanks!

Have a great day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Toile Christmas Wishes …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We were graced with an amazing Leaders Summit … so many ideas and information shared. I can’t wait until our OnStage event because then we get sneak peeks into the January thru June Mini Catalog!!

But … let’s not jump the gun yet because we have an incredible Annual Catalog and a Mini Catalog full of stunning new stamp sets, dies and kits! One of my favorite stamp set and coordinating dies came back and I was thrilled … Toile Christmas. Who doesn’t LOVE Cardinals!?

I love Cardinals and I love this card! It is full of depth and texture … the base is Whisper White with a Old Olive mat and a Whisper White background embossed with the Subtle 3-D Folder. The Soft Suede is die cut with the Stitched so Sweetly Dies and embossed with the Wrapped in Texture Embossing folder.

My images from the Toile Christmas stamp set were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink and die cut with the Christmas Cardinal dies. I used the Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Soft Suede Combo packs to color the Cardinal and the branch. I have a video on coloring with Stampin’ Blends HERE: Stampin’ Blends Tutorial.

The sentiment was stamped with the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set in Old Olive ink … then punched out with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. I also covered it in Wink of Stella!!

The greeting, cardinal and branch were all popped up using both the regular Stampin’ Dimensionals and the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Even though there is a lot of texture to the card, popping up the images really draws your eye to an already stunning card.

This was my first go at using the Toile Christmas stamp set and I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

Thank you so much for visiting me this Monday. If you liked my card today, please click the LIKE button on the bottom of this post.

Have yourself a beautiful day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Still Scenes Masking Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Saturday to you! Today I’d like to share with you a card I created with the beautiful Still Scenes stamp set …

So I began my search for inspiration on Pinterest, and what I found was NO samples using ONLY the stamp set! I agree, the coordinating die set is beautiful … but, what if you don’t have it? (I do … but) I wanted to show the beauty of this stamp set so today I will share that with you …

Because I used the MASKING Technique on this card, I started with the Shimmery White Cardstock and it is perfect for the snow globe! I wanted to use ONLY the images from the stamp set.

I began with my base and stamped it with VersaMark and then applied the Silver Embossing powder … once heat set, I moved to the snow globe. If you’re making multiple Christmas Cards, use your Stamparatus for perfect placement every time. Once the globe is stamped, stamp the home scene directly into the snowglobe. Now it’s time to mask …

You will need to stamp your globe image (base if desired) This is where the Stamparatus comes in handy, as it gives you the same alignment as your card. Stamp images onto a plain piece of paper, not cardstock … you could stamp it onto a sticky not and use that to adhere to the stamped card front.

With your Sponge Daubers and Pool Party ink …. gently apply ink (I do my application by small circular motion so you do not get any stopping and starting points of ink on your cardstock. You just want a soft glow of color behind the image … or that is how it appears! It adds dimension to your card without using die cuts, and we got texture from the embossing!

Don’t put that Pool Party ink pad away, you will need it to watercolor your silver base of the globe….

I used the Water Painters which hold water for easy watercoloring. Just squeeze your ink pad together so you have ink on the top inside and use that for your watercoloring tray … the squeeze a few drops of water from the Water Painters, mix and begin painting the ink into the base … you can add as much or as little as you want to make it darker or lighter … the painters give you more control and do not harm the embossing.

Color as needed, then assemble …

I forgot to mentions that I cut out the front with one of the larger rectangle dies… just to add a touch more texture. I added some brown to the trees using the writing tip of our regular markers, the sidewalk and sides of house are Smoky Slate, the tree is Old Olive and the door is Real Red.

You can see by the photo that the card front itself is adhered directly onto the Pool Party mat … it is the mat that is popped up using the Stampin’ Dimensionals directly onto the Shimmery White base.

Sometimes just the simple stamping techniques you learned when you first began stamping are still amazingly beautiful. Don’t forget to add the Wink of Stella in the snow and on the roof top! Santa needs something soft to land on!

Thank you for joining me today, and I hope that you learned a new technique or a stampin’ tip or two.

Enjoy this beautiful day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Returning Favorite … Perfectly Plaid

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’d like to share card samples from a “Returning Favorite” stamp set / bundle … I shared “Christmas Gleaming” earlier this week, now lets take a look at the “Perfectly Plaid” stamp set and coordinting “Tree” Punch!

This sweet card was created with the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and coordinating Tree Punch … You can find the stamp set on page 60 of our Annual Catalog. The picture doesn’t show the “Blackberry Bliss” as good as I would like, it is a pretty card!

This card was created with a layering of color and is so stunning. The designer paper was cut down into 4 (four) 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ and adhered to a 4″ x 4″ piece of Gold Foil. The tree was also punched out of the Gold and embossed.

The Vellum cardstock was placed underneath the gold tree to highlight it and the greeting. Our color pallet for this card was Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce … perfect for the holidays.

Oh my … this card was a quickie I made with the left over foil that I punched the tree out from the last card. Here’s a little tid bit of information … This is one of my most “Pinned” Christmas cards on Pinterst! Who knew … guess you like simple!!

I made this card several weeks ago to showcase the New “Flowers for Every Season” card packs found on page 154 of our Annual Catalog. It also highlights the 6 x 6 In-Color Designer paper.

I have one more to show you …..

I made these cute little Gift Tags and tucked them into the Gold Pizza Box (that coordinates with our tags) for my Stamping Retreat attendee’s last fall. This little beauty gifts twice … once they used up the tags, they could used the box to share with another.

Thank you for walking down memory lane with me today. The cards can go from quick -n- easy to fun with plaid to elegance in gold… or, box it up!!

Have a great Friday ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

OK … One more!

Wishing you Peace & Joy …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve got one more card from the Peace & Joy Bundle that I would like to share with you. I think I’m just fascinated with the layering of a greeting!

Check out the the Peace & Joy Bundle! This bright, cheerful bundle includes the Peace & Joy Stamp Set and Joy Dies and if you purchase them together using the special bundle item number, you’ll get them at a 10% discount!

The Peace & Joy Bundle has everything you need to create festive, fridge-worthy holiday cards! I love layering the dies to add depth and
dimension to my holiday greetings. With this bundle, you can stack, stamp, layer, and more!

So cute and so much fun to create … Don’t you think this has that “nostalgic” look? Fit’s right in with my genealogy! This bundle is also perfect for gift giving … take a look!

Wrapped in the pretty Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper and tied up oh so sweetly with the Wonder of the Season Ribbon, this gift box will “brighten” anyone’s holiday.

Thank you for joining me today, and to all of you who checked in on my yesterday. Hope you enjoyed today’s projects.

Have an amazing day, and brightens someone’s day if you can.

Joy to the World

Are thoughts of Christmas going through your mind yet? Kind of hard when it’s 92 degrees and humidity levels the same … it was way to hot -n- humid for me, so thinking about Christmas helped cool things off!

I have another sample from the Peace and Joy bundle for you today … a little more stamping on this one.

Beginning with an Old Olive base and card front … the card front is stamp in various images with Old Olive ink. Then the Old Olive is stamped onto the Whisper White to create a focal point.

The die cuts are done in Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Gold Foil … then layered to create the dramatic greeting that catches your eye.

Layers on layers on layers with the Peace & Joy Bundle! The 9-piece Joy Dies were made for stacking to create eye-catching, dimensional holiday cards for your loved ones.

Thanks for coming by today, how are you enjoying this bundle? I’d like to here.

Have a good day ~

Brighten Someone’s Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry I missed you yesterday … I was lost deep in family genealogy charts, but I will make it up to you today with two projects.

I’d like to tell you about a pair of products you’re sure to enjoy this upcoming holiday season: the Peace & Joy Bundle! This bright, cheerful
bundle includes the Peace & Joy Stamp Set and Joy Dies and if you purchase them together using the special bundle item number, you’ll
get them at a 10% discount!

The Peace & Joy Bundle has everything you need to create festive, fridge-worthy holiday cards! I love layering the dies to add depth and
dimension to my holiday greetings. With this bundle, you can stack, stamp, layer, and more!

So cute and so much fun to create … Don’t you think this has that “nostalgic” look? Fit’s right in with my genealogy! This bundle is also perfect for gift giving … take a look!

Wrapped in the pretty Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper and tied up oh so sweetly with the Wonder of the Season Ribbon, this gift box will “brighten” anyone’s holiday.

The holidays are right around the corner! Have you started your Christmas cardmaking yet? The Peace & Joy Stamp Set and Joy Dies
are the perfect pair to help you on your way. When purchased together in the Peace & Joy Bundle, both products are 10% off! Send me a
message or follow the link in my profile to grab a bundle of your own!

Thank you for joining me today, and to all of you who checked in on my yesterday. Hope you enjoyed today’s projects.

Have an amazing day, and brightens someone’s day if you can.

Guess Who’s Back in Town!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

This past week (yes, it’s finally the weekend!) I shared 5 beautiful cards from the Ornate Garden Suite, today … I’m going to share a stunning Christmas Cards from one of my favorite “returning” bundles … the Christmas Gleaming Variety Bundle!

This stunning bundle is back and now you can get all three items, stamp set, two punches and the designer paper for one price of only $63.00. This bundle was used for the Grande Finale at my Holiday Retreat last fall … if you missed it, now is your chance to get it back on your Wish List.

I began with the Pretty Peacock cardstock for my base and brought in the Copper Foil to highlight the filigree on the specialty designer paper. The Copper Foil was embossed with the Hammered Metal 3-D Embossing Folder ….

I embossed my images in Copper (which is no longer available) however, my original was done with Early Espresso and is just as beautiful once the colors are sponged onto them. Once I sponged on the color, I punched out the ornaments and fussy cut the holly.

The greeting was stamped onto the Very Vanilla (as were our ornaments) and then cut out. My holly, Pretty Peacock Ornament and the greeting were all popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

STAMPIN’ TIP …. The Copper Foil piece that was embossed with the Hammered Metal Embossing Folder was cut out of the Copper Foil Sheet that mats our pretty designer paper … it’s a great paper saving technique.

If you’re looking for that perfect Holiday Bundle, gift one to a friend or one for yourself …

Thank you for joining me today. Enjoy the day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

My Holiday Favorites …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

On Saturday I shared over 30 cards and 3-D projects of some of my favorite retiring items, and as we enter the last stretch I thought it would be fun to share my Christmas fav’s …. I’ve got over 20 samples, they wouldn’t fit onto Saturday’s post.

Most of my avid customers already have most of these stamp sets and dies or punches, they are fun to create with and are so very versatile.

Let’s start out with the DASHING DEER …

Dashing Deer brings the serenity on nature into this Christmas set yet can be made quite sophisticated.

Introducing Winter Wood …. I used these a lot together (Dashing Deer & Winter Woods) Again, you will see elegance intertwined with nature … pure beauty.

 

 

My next pick is the MAKING CHRISTMAS BRIGHT …. These two are fun and whimsical and sure to brighten up anyone’s holiday.

 

 

The last I’ll be sharing is MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL … This is the perfect stamp set and coordinating dies if you are looking for greetings and sentiments.

A women of few words today, but I think the card samples and products speak for themselves. I have enjoyed using these for the past couple of years …

If you would like to purchase any of these items, I have them listed below.  If you would like help, please let me know by contacting me 262-334-1009, or lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com

Thank you for kickin’ back with me today while we strolled threw these card.

Have an awesome day ~

STAMPING SUPPLY LIST …

 

Merry Christmas …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I want to wish you very warm holiday season.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other end of the year festivities, we hope you enjoy this wonderful time with your family and loved ones.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!  Thank you for sharing part of this past year with me, Linda

Twas the Night Before Christmas …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Thought it would be fun to share the Night Before Christmas Memories & More Card Pack.  It includes fun Christmas images and designs: 54 total double-sided cards (6 each of 9 designs) in 3″ x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) and 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm) sizes /  6 sticker sheets / Plus it’s Acid free and lignin free making it great for scrapbooking and cardmaking!

Watch as Santa works with our Night Before Christmas Suite to complete all of his projects. With a memories and more card pack, note cards and envelopes, and more…

Here is one of the cards that I created with the Night Before Christmas Memories & More …

Did you know…

… that yesterday was the Christmas Poem Day? The poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore (‘Twas the night before Christmas…) was published in 1823. The poem, which has been called “arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American,” is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today.

I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and thank you for being part of my stamping circle. Life is so much better when your surrounded by friends.

Merry Christmas ~