Simply Sunday: Linen Paper & Alcohol Spritz Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I just want to give a shout out to all the amazing ladies who took time out of their day yesterday to spend World Cardmaking Day with me … what a FUN day!! And as I promised them, I would share my Linen card right here on my blog.

On my first Linen card, I used the “Masking Paper” to create the card front. I cut out butterflies from Brilliant Wings out of the Masking paper and then adhered it directly onto the Linen paper.

Then with alcohol in my Spritzer and about 5 drops of Bermuda Bay ink … I spritzed the color onto the Linen paper. The alcohol helps to dry the ink faster, and what it leaves behind when you remove the “butterfly masks” is a soft beautiful “dyed” Linen paper.

For the second card, I used the Stampin’ Write Markers in Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana and Highland Heather and laid down the ink directly onto the block … then spritzed it with alcohol until wet … then stamped that onto the Linen paper.

I used the Honeybee Blooms dies in Basic Black to create my silhouettes which were adhered to the Linen paper using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue … it holds best on the Linen paper. I mounted the card front onto Basic Black. I then added Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon and made a simple bow. My greeting comes from the Charming Sentiments stamp set and was stamped with Momento Ink.

To complete my card I added 3 Iridescent Rhinestones … I love that they pick up the color of the pink and blue hues. You will be able to view the replay on my Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

I am grateful to my stampin’ friends for the fun day we had yesterday, and I thank you for joining me today. Have a beautiful Sunday.

Here is a list of supplies that I used for my two cards today ….

Reveal the Fun with the Torn Window Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m thrilled to share today’s cards and technique with you … I have been playing around with the “Torn Window” technique and really had fun creating different looks. In the video I demonstrate how to do the “tear” on both the designer paper and cardstock. Take a look at the video … It is a replay of last nights LIVE and can be found on YouTube as well.

This is just the tip of the iceberg … there are so many different variations that you can create using the technique. The video shares the basic “how to” and I can’t wait to share more with you this weekend … I hope you plan on joining me for the Summer Sale-a-bration Mini Catalog Celebration Party!! Now let’s take a closer look at the cards …

Card Base is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″. The designer paper or mat will measure 4″ x 5-1/4″ … the white cardstock that you will tear will measure 1/8″ less than the mat; 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. The designer paper you tuck inside can be measured based on your opening.

Just a reminder to join me for my party this weekend to see more samples using this technique, plus LIVE demonstrations on some of the amazing products found in these catalogs… games, much FUN and prizes. CLICK HERE

I hope you enjoyed seeing this fun and easy technique, I love the fun that unfolds with this card… either a beautiful sentiment of a beautiful scene!

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your day ~

No Line Watercolor Technique Card & Video

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m thrilled to share the No Line Watercolor Technique with you today. It was scheduled for my Facebook LIVE yesterday but I had technical difficulties … well, it took me to more chances but I finally got my video!! It is too cool and pretty not to share.

I’m using the Daffodil Daydream stamp set, it is such a beautiful flower to illustrate and do this technique with.

I invite you to watch the video along with me … I can’t wait to show you the simple steps it takes to create such a gorgeous card. You are going to fall in love with this technique because it’s going to make you look like a real artist! I’m no paint pro, but I sure like the way this looks.

As simple tip is too keep your darker colors in the recesses of your image. I also kept my water painter on the dryer side … it still has water but it easier to control your color when it’s not over wet, and the results are amazing. The dimensions for this card are also simple; Old Olive Card base is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ … the front is a piece of watercolor paper measuring 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. The watercolor piece I stamped on measures 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ so my Old Olive mat was 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″. I just used scrap pieces for my greeting.

The greeting comes from a brand new bundle … the Very Best Occasions Bundle! That is also where the triple edge punch comes from that I decked out my daffodil with. It’s a great addition to my stamp & punch collection – I’ll be using them both many, many times.

I hope you enjoyed the video, especially those who joined me last night to support me LIVE before the internet went down.

Have a wonderful day! Thank you

Here is a list of the supplies I used in creating this card …

Watercolor & Embossing = WOW Cards!

Hello Stamping Friends ~

So happy you joined me today for my Watercolor + Embossing card techniques. I have two cards for you today along with the replay video of last nights Facebook LIVE presentation. You’ll see how easy it is, and more importantly … FUN!

Let’s take a look at the video and then I will present the cards along with the ingredients and any dimensions you may need.

I hope you are falling in love with this beautiful technique, and as I stated in the video … using ink from your stamp pads on your blocks is a simple way to start. AND less messy!! For the Watercolor Wash Resist technique, I am using the “Shimmery White” Cardstock which is cut to a quarter sheet … 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ to start. I like to keep it simple.

The stamped image comes from the Good Feelings stamp set which is full of happy! You can check out all the sayings included in the set at the bottoms of my post.

Once dried, I used the 2nd scallop frame from the Scallop Contour dies to die cut our design out. I used the small die from the same set to create the pop of color around our large die cut image. These were then layered onto a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic Black and then layered onto the Basic White card base. While I had the White cardstock out, I punched two daisies and layered them onto my card … to finish it off, I used the Glossy Dots to tie it all together.

Now let’s take a look at the card that I designed from my second demonstration using the Splendid Thoughts bundle …

Embossing with the white emboss powder highlights your watercoloring and creates a soft beautiful look … watercoloring within an embossed image is easy and makes YOU look like the artist!! The soft look just pops against this stunning Fresh Freesia foil specialty paper from the Splendid Day Designer Paper. This was attached to the Basic White base is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″.

I used a medium scallop die to cut the Vellum cardstock on which I layered our watercolor images and die cuts from the beautiful foil paper. Layering the vellum onto the foil creates almost an iridescent look which just highlights the greenery even more.

Let me introduce you to the Charming Sentiments bundle … oh, I love this one!! So many greetings for so many occasions and they have coordinating and accent dies!! I love the way the greeting pulls my entire card together.

Thank you for hanging out with me today.

Here is the list of products I used on both of my cards. The bundles were selected just for you because they are so versatile and can be used year round … plus, either one will qualify you for a FREE Sale-a-bration item!! Let me know if you need any help with your order.

Watercolor Pencils Tips & Techniques

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share not just one … but two cards with you today! And the replay of last nights Facebook LIVE. It features tips & techniques using the Watercolor Pencils and highlights the Blessings of Home bundles. You are going to love the three different layouts I used for my cards.

So here is yesterday’s card along with my second card that used the dies to highlight the flowers …

So the coloring techniques will be shown in the video but I wanted to share how I layered the flowers on my second card. This was done my cutting 2 Basic Black shapes from the die that cut the flowers out. Then you layer them on the back shifting one to the right side and the other to the left to create a full mat behind the flower … and no need for dimensionals because you just created some nice thickness too!

Now lets take a look at the video and check out those coloring techniques ….

I did find my Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil shortly after I ended the video … but I really loved the way the flowers turned out on our next card. I finished it off by added a Basic Black base and Pear Pizzazz background which I ran through the die machine using the Stitched Greenery dies.

I used Scalloped Contours dies to cut my flower piece out and that is layered over the Layering Designs Vellum. I used the edge of the largest die from the Scalloped Contours to create the design scallop under my greeting. You have to check out the shimmer on this Shimmery White Cardstock, goes so good with our Wink of Stella … don’t you think?

I hope you were inspired to pull out your Watercolor Pencils or get some for the very first time. Again, they are perfect for beginners because you have so much control for a watercoloring project, so versatile even our seasoned stampers will have fun with them!

Thank you for dropping by today. Enjoy your day.

Here are the list of supplies used in today’s card. Don’t forget our Summer Sale-a-bration has begun and you can earn FREE goodies for your qualifying sales.

Watercoloring Technique Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card I made with the Blessings of Home Bundle and some “watercoloring” techniques. July in World Watercoloring Month so I’ll be celebrating by hosting a series of Watercoloring Classes each Tuesday night on my Facebook LIVE!

I invite you to join me tonight on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page when I go LIVE at 6:30 pm Central time and I’ll show you all the tips and techniques used to create this card.

First, let me say that I am using the Watercolor Pencils for this card ….

I’ll share my first tip with you right now … When using the Watercolor Pencils you should use StazOn as your base ink for your stamped image, this will eliminate bleeding. I used the black & white background to really draw your eye to Watercolored image … and the layering brings it to life!!

I hope you plan on joining me tonight LIVE … I’ll share the replay tomorrow but tonight is your chance to ask any questions you may have about the Watercolor Pencils or the techniques I share with you.

Till then, have a wonderful day!

Here are the list of supplies used in today’s card. Don’t forget our Summer Sale-a-bration has begun and you can earn FREE goodies for your qualifying sales.

Throwback Thursday: Easy Shaker Cards

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just the other night my Stampin’ Club and I were talking about a great way to make Easy Shaker Cards!! Today I’d like to bring back one of my favorite videos showing you how easy it is to create using this cool technique!

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me for a few minutes and check this out …

Cool right … and you even got to see how I dye my white ribbons!! Just think of all the beautiful designer papers there are in the catalog, and which many of you have at home! Try out this technique … you will fall in love with it and your card recipient are going to be all shook up with excitement!!

Thank you for taking a small step back in time with me … I hope I inspired you to create your own shaker card (if so, I’d love to see it).

Have a great day ~

Here are a few of my suggestions for Designer Paper, “shakeables” and ribbon I think would work great with this technique! Click on any of the items listed below to shop with me. Thank you!!

Spotlight Technique with New Horizons

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share a twist to the SPOTLIGHT Technique with the New Horizons Designer paper. You can catch a replay of last nights Facebook LIVE where I showed “how” I cut and then let my guests choose which one they wanted to see put together. The great thing is … today you will see both cards finished off and ready to send!

Let’s begin with the video …

Now that you’ve seen the video, let’s take a closer look at those cards. I’ll start with the initial and simple SPOTLIGHT card. Here we just cut out a piece of our designer paper, and then the coordinating Blackberry Bliss cardstock as a mat.

The greeting comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set … I think this is a must in your collection, so many amazing greeting for so many occasions. I put the link for you below.

Now we are going to “step it up” a bit or adding a twist to the SPOTLIGHT Technique by adding another layer (or two) ….

On the video I showed “how” I put this together but what I didn’t say is that the reason I used the Basic White as a mat, was to highlight the white that I used when heat embossing the greeting. Besides … it really does make the “SPOTLIGHT” pop!!

Did you notice the addition to the vellum? It’s the Layering Designs Vellum and can be found in the Annual Catalog. I think it really adds to the card … especially if you are sending this card “across the miles”!!

I love highlighting techniques that were used many years ago and we tend to forget … obviously they were popular for a reason. I love the SPOTLIGHT Technique and with the New Horizons paper.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope it’s a good one.

Here is a list of the ingredients used for today’s cards … excluding the New Horizons paper as it has already retired.

Throwback Thursday: Daisy Garden in Gold

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a card from the Daisy Garden stamp set, and it’s stunning in gold! I embossed the Daisy Garden in Gold on Very Vanilla cardstock. Let me just say, sometimes simplicity can be stunning …

I matted the embossed image with the Gold Foil paper (4″ x 5-1/5″) which really highlights the gold daisies. This front is attached to the Very Vanilla Base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″). Heat embossing is the technique that attracted me into stamping!

The greeting comes from the upcoming “Celebrating You” stamp set … it will be available January 4th in the Mini Catalog, as will the beautiful Brushed Brass Butterflies! I die cut the greeting with the Tasteful Labels dies …

I added a strip of the beautiful Gold Shimmer Ribbon that can be found in the current Mini that expires on January 3rd. So today … you got to see something new, with something in our annual catalog. I like utilizing my stamps and accessories from both catalogs.

Thank you for joining me today. Enjoy your 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

Inspired Thoughts & “Blends, Alcohol & Vellum Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Another awesome bundle retiring … “Inspired Thoughts”. Here is a reminder of two cards that I created using the amazing “Blends, Alcohol & Vellum” technique! This is such a fun technique and creates amazing backgrounds where no two will look alike. The more you play with it, the more you will be hooked!!

Here is the card that I created in the video, I’ll share another with you later in my post.

I have a few tips to share and then I invite you to watch the video;

  1. Make sure you are using 91% (or higher) Isopropyl Alcohol … the 70% will not work properly.
  2. Your room should be well ventilated due to the Alcohol
  3. A paint brush works great, or you could try your old Aqua Painters. (I like the stability of the brush)
  4. Have paper towel or something to clean your brush off with and absorb excess alcohol on your brush.
  5. Pick colors that coordinate well together as some combinations may get muddy… But have fun experimenting!

I had so much fun sharing this technique last night with my stampin’ friends, that I made even more backgrounds!! I was playing around with some color combinations and thought of a sunset, so I layered my colors and this is what developed …

Cool … right!! I made this card just like the one in the video. My Stampin’ Blends colors were: (from the bottom up) Dark Night of Navy, Dark Highland Heather, Dark Calypso Coral, Dark Daffodil Delight and Dark Balmy Blue.

I added a big patch of the Daffodil Delight to create the “sun” area … and once that was created, I used a circular candle holder to trace a circle in that area – wow, doesn’t that look cool!? I also dropped my trees lower, so I had to cut off the bottom, trim the trunks and then glue to bottom back on.

This technique creates such unique background which gives such depth to the card, and then our trees and some really nice texture. Both of these cards were so much fun to create, and I can’t wait to send them out, or give them away as one of my door prizes!!

I want to “Thank you” for spending time with me today, to check out my cards and my video! I’d love to know what you think of this technique, and what colors would you use?

Have a fun and creative 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  

Stitched Greenery Die Doubles Down!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy St. Patrick Day … The luck of the Irish are with us because I’ve got two cards to share with you today. One highlights one of our favorite products; Wink of Stella! It was a suggestion from Beth, one of my Facebook LIVE viewers! I thought using Stella was a great idea, so I tried it.

Let’s take a look at it now …

The Wink of Stella just adds that subtle shimmer that creates magic on the card … I love it, and when you pair it with the soft color of the Fresh Freesia it just says … WOW.

The simplicity of the card just adds to the magic of this card … my greeting comes from the Flowering Tulips bundle and I used the Elegant Punch to create the focal point. Add a pretty bow and In Color gems and your card is done.

My next card highlights the die in a totally different way …

This technique creates a subtle statement but why wouldn’t we want to emboss our designer paper too!! It looks soo cool …. and adds that texture! I kept the same layout as the first card but this time added a piece of the “flip side” of the designer paper.

The greeting also comes from the Flowering Tulips bundle but was punched from the Label Me Lovely punch, and again I added some of those beautiful In Color gems!

So …. which technique is your favorite today? Do you like the Wink of Stella on the embossed White Cardstock or you prefer the embossed designer paper? Do we call it embossed or pierced? Not sure … but it’s pretty!!

Thank you so much for joining me again 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 ❤

Simply Sunday: Beauty of Friendship Card Parade

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have a treat for you today … a simple yet beautiful Slim Line card and a parade of other cards that were created from the amazing Beauty of the Earth Suite. I will also be sharing some fun techniques on these cards so, grab a cup of coffee and sit back with me while we go through these creative gems!

I share these because the Beauty of Friendship Bundle is part of the Savings in Bloom promotion. I will share “all” of the items on sale at the bottom of my post.

First up is my Slimline cards, this card fits in a business size envelope … I’m using two different patterns from the Beauty of the Earth Designer paper and joined them together with the pretty Gold Fine Art Ribbon; it has a touch of sparkle, so I had to add the Genial Gems to keep the sparkle going.

The greeting comes from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set / bundle. I chose the Cinnamon Cider as a mat and Merry Merlot as my card base … they pull those colors out of the designer paper. I find this suite / bundle very gender neutral … who wouldn’t love these cards!

My second card I’m using the same pattern of the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series paper and the Beautiful Trees dies. Another simple card when using your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. The greeting comes from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set included in the bundle.

Ready to see another card using the same paper? The amazing thing is that each one looks sooo different! I used a landscape layout verses the portrait as I did on the first two cards and created this unique card. I also used Night of Navy on this card to pull out the blue in the designer paper.

I created the frame with the Stitched Rectangle Dies … I love this look, it’s new and fresh and highlights the designer paper. I added the tree and greeting from the bundle …

Now lets change things up a little by using a different pattern from our Beauty of the Earth Designer paper and a fun technique … the “Split Card Technique”. I’m using Old Olive and Early Espresso to coordinate with my designer paper. You can watch the video to see how to create this card yourself by CLICKING HERE!

Now I would like to bring in one of the “hottest designer papers” right now, and that is the NEW HORIZONS Designer paper … so many pretty patterns would work perfectly with the dies from the Beauty of the Earth bundle. The watercolor landscapes look so cool with the tree.

The next card I share with you has a card base is Early Espresso …. so is the tree itself, it made the Misty Moonlight designer paper from the Beauty of the Earth Designer paper really pop, and when I added the leaves to the trees … WOW! The leaves on the bottom are just another die cut of the top … just cut up into smaller pieces to lay upon the ground. So pretty!

The last card I have to share with you, has the same watercolor background paper that I used on the “You Inspire Me” card but I’m changing up the seasons. Once the leaves are gone … well, winter comes next, and it makes for the perfect Christmas card …

I just love this card and I used the Chalk pen and Wink of Stella to add snow to my tree! How fun is that! I just wanted to show you that this is not just another tree set, but a bundle / or suite that can be used for any season … or any reason!!

The Beauty of the Earth Suite is still available, but if you are just looking for the bundle … it’s 20% Off right now. I always wonder if Stampin’ Up! will retire a stamp set when they put it on sale … so if this is on your “Wish List”, you may want to consider getting it now and enjoy the extra savings!! You can click on any of the images below for details on the bundles or to begin shopping … it takes you directly to my store.

Thank you for joining me this Sunday for my card parade, I hope you enjoyed the many styles of cards. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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 

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Learn How to Create Watercolor Pansies

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m here today with these stunning Pansies!! I am so excited to share this with you today … I have combined an old technique with our new Pansy Petals and the results are stunning!

I have created a video for you from a past Facebook LIVE so you can watch step by step how I created these beautiful flowers so you can recreate this too…. They almost look real don’t they?

Isn’t that cool … I am in love with this technique! I loved it when I made pansies from the butterfly punch but these are so much more realistic!! It creates so much texture and depth when you “scrunch” your petals.

Those little white specs you see are actually the “shimmer” paper making a statement! It really is so pretty and you can do these in any color you’d like! Here is my inspiration to create these amazing pansies ….

Here is another card I made with the other colors of petals that I was experimenting with ….

Not bad for a 2 minute card!! I used the Pansy Petals Designer paper for my background and just added the flowers and my greeting … simple!

I said I was going to share my “inspiration pansy” with you today but I’m saving it for tomorrow … along with another card!! You won’t be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by today!

Hope your day is an awesome one ~

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

Parade of Pansies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have several cards to share with you today … I have some quick & simple pansy cards that highlight Pansy Petal Bundle and the Pansy Petals Designer paper …

I’m using the Gorgeous Grape from the Ombre Specialty Paper … To view the original post to see how I created the “punched” tag, CLICK HERE.

Then I showed how easy it was to use the layering of the pansy images to create pretty hand stamped pansies ….

Many of you have used Two-Step stamp sets, and the Pansy stamps are no different. They are designed to layer color to create a beautiful flower. CLICK HERE to view the entire post.

Now I’d like to share another card that also highlights the designer paper, but also the dies… because these dies actually are designed to not only cut your stamped images but the images on the designer paper …

The cute pansy and leaves above were cut from the Pansy Petals Designer paper. They are layered on a piece of Basic White embossed with the “Greenery” Embossing Folder and backed with a piece of Blackberry Bliss … these are layered onto more Basic White that was embossed with the “Tasteful Texture” embossing folder. The embossing added some nice texture to the card.

If you like texture on your flower, then you’ll love the layered die cuts to create you pansy …

The dies not only cut but they emboss as well … amazing!! The layering of the die cuts gives you some fun texture on your cards, but that didn’t stop me from embossing the background with the “Painted Texture” embossing folder! I also added the cute little Elegant Faceted Gems to draw your eye around the card.

I have fallen in love with this suite, join me tomorrow and I’ll share a video of the watercoloring technique demonstrating how to create this amazing pansy ….

The Pansies are part of our March Savings promotion … if you have them or not, I hope I inspired you and brightened your day with this pretty flowers.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me for a spell today.

I hope your day is a beautiful one!!

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

Another Textured New Horizons Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have the last of the cards I shared on my Tuesday LIVE (Replay Below) I’ll let you watch the replay if you missed it the other day.

Let’s take a look at the video. You can grab a cup of coffee (or your favorite beverage) and join me …

Did you catch the part where I said the card looked like it needed something. Well … I looked and looked and thought about a bunch of things to “add” something but just wasn’t getting the look I wanted … and then, I put 3 Brass Butterflies on and it pulled the card all together!

I think those 3 little butterflies tie the green bottom of the card with the water washed sunset … they draw your eye around the entire card …

I embossed the greeting with black embossing powder and it really makes it pop and bring out the black from our card base. I love that such a simple technique like using an embossing folder would create such a difference!

Thank you for checking back in with me!! 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 ❤