Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thoughtful Branches in Copper

Linda Vich Creates: Thoughtful Branches in Copper. Masculine birthday card using Thoughtful Branches with copper foil and copper embossing.
I needed a masculine birthday card for my brother's birthday this week and decided that I could use the Thoughtful Branches set again but with a more masculine color scheme.

A card base was cut from Pacific Point card stock for a 5.5 x 5.5" card. On this I adhered a copper foil matte with Dimensionals and cut another matte from Cajun Craze. I dry embossed the Cajun Craze matte using the Woodland Embossing Folder and adhered it to the foil matte using Dimensionals.

I used Versamark to stamp the leaf canopy from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set on Very Vanilla and then heat embossed them with Copper Embossing Powder. I die cut the leaves using the coordinating die. I also die cut the tree trunk from Pacific Point.

Pieces of Adhesive Strips were used to adhere the tree to the Cajun Craze matte and then adhered the leaf canopy over it, using more Adhesive Strips.

I stamped two banners from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set on Pacific Point and heat embossed with copper, and stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set on one, heat embossing also with copper.

The Duet Banner Punch was used to punch the two banners and then I trimmed the one with the sentiment and layered it on top of the other with Dimensionals. The complete banner was then adhered with Dimensionals over the base of the tree.

Using Pacific Point, I stamped the bird on Very Vanilla and die cut it with the matching die. It was adhered to the tree using rolled up glue dots. Clear Wink of Stella gave the bird a little shimmer.
I used Versamark to stamp three of the leaves from the Thoughtful Branches on Very Vanilla and heat embossed them with copper. They were die cut with the matching die.

A Very Vanilla matte was cut for inside of the card and the edges inked with Cajun Craze. The sentiment was stamped in Basic Black and then the leaves adhered to the matte using both liquid adhesive and Dimensionals.

Linda Vich Creates: Thoughtful Branches in Copper. Masculine birthday card using Thoughtful Branches with copper foil and copper embossing.

Linda Vich Creates: Thoughtful Branches in Copper. Masculine birthday card using Thoughtful Branches with copper foil and copper embossing.

I really like the Pacific Point blue with the Cajun Craze and the copper! I think that the card has a definite masculine feel to it though I believe this card would also appeal also to females! What do you think? Leave me a comment below!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Autumn Thank You

Linda Vich Creates: Thoughtful Branches Autumn Thank You. A tree trunk from the Beautiful Branches Thinlits floats over an autumn-hued leaf background in this pretty thank you card.
Friday, I needed a thank you card in a hurry so I reached for my Beautiful Branches Thinlits and a "dots" stamp from the Swirly Birds stamp set.

To begin, I die cut the tree from Soft Suede card stock and a matte from Whisper White. I placed the tree in the middle of the matte and drew a very light pencil line around the tree branches.

I removed the tree and then used the "dots" stamp to stamp several times within and slightly outside the pencil line using a variety of fall ink colors–Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, and Garden Green.

Once the ink was dry, I erased the pencil lines. I then cut small pieces of Adhesive Strips to place on the back of the tree. The tree was then adhered to the matte so that the colorful "leaves" showed through the branches.

A 5.5 x 5.5" card base was cut from Cherry Cobbler and the front embossed using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

The white matte was adhered to a Soft Suede one and then to a Delightful Dijon one and finally to the card front. The last touch was to add the now retired wooden Thanks element to the tree to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Thoughtful Branches Autumn Thank You. A tree trunk from the Beautiful Branches Thinlits floats over an autumn-hued leaf background in this pretty thank you card.

I love the design of this card, with the "leaves" peeking through the branches of the tree. I could remake this card, over and over again, using different color schemes each time and never get tired of it!




Monday, September 12, 2016

September Projects for Stamping Group

Friday night was the beginning of the 2016-17 stamping year for my stamp group. It was so good to see everyone and catch up with their news from the summer.

To welcome them back, I made them each a little box that held a container of Tic Tacs, CASEd from Linda Parker.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Tic Tacs treat hold box created using Night of Navy and Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Tic Tacs treat hold box created using Night of Navy and Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Tic Tacs treat hold box created using Night of Navy and Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape.

For our evening's projects, we made two fall–themed cards.

The first card introduced the group to the versatility of the Cookie Cutter Punch by using it to create this card using the scarecrow stamp image. The image was stamped on Thick Whisper White using Basic Black Archival ink and then colored with Stampin' Write Markers. Glue Dots allowed "straw" (Linen Thread pieces) to be adhered to the scarecrow's hands and feet. Soft Suede and a sponge dauber was used to provide a little definition to the "straw."

Pumpkins, from the Spooky Fun stamp set were also stamped and then colored with markers. Clear Wink of Stella gave them some shimmer.

The sentiment, from the Butterfly Basics stamp set was stamped on a Marina Blue matte using Basic Black. The stamped matte was offset over a white one with a strip of burlap ribbon wrapped around.

A matte from the Halloween Night DSP was cut and inked with Early Espresso and then adhered to a Marina Mist card base. The offset mattes were adhered with Dimensionals. The scarecrow was attached to the burlap ribbon using Dimensionals and the pumpkins were adhered with a Dimensional and an adhesive strip to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Cookie Cutter Halloween scarecrow graces the front of this fall-themed card.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Cookie Cutter Halloween scarecrow graces the front of this fall-themed card.

The second card had a tie in to fall by "canning" some of the Fruit Stand DSP within the Jar Framelits and mounting the jar on a belly band that secured a Pinwheel Fold card. This idea was CASEd from Leena Girsa.

Though my example shows flowers within the jar, the other papers in the DSP pack displayed a variety of fruits—pears, strawberries and peaches.

The largest jar from the Jar of Love stamp set was stamped on Thick Whisper White using Smoky Slate; the lid was stamped with Basic Gray. The jar and lid were die cut with the coordinating Framelits. As well, a jar was die cut from Window sheet and the fruit DSP was die cut with the die for the jar contents.

Next, liquid glue was used to adhere the DSP to the jar die cut with the "glass" (window sheet) and the lid adhered with Glue Dots.

The folded card was created by first measuring and marking all four sides of a two-sided piece of DSP at 3" and 5" and then the paper was scored by aligning at the 3" mark on one side of the paper with the 5" mark on the adjacent side. This was repeated with each of the three remaining side. (I demonstrated this method with the group since none of them had purchased the Diagonal Board for the Simply Scored tool. If you have this, you need not do any of the above measuring and marking. Simply place the paper on the Diagonal Board and score at 3" on each side. Done!)

The scoring produced four small triangles which were snipped out with a pair of scissors. The paper was then flipped over and scored at 1" on each side.

The paper was then folded and burnished on all the score lines, with the 1" flaps being folded back to expose the contrasting side of the DSP.

A coordinating fruit (or flower) was stamped on the bottom corner of a Whisper White matte. This was adhered to a matte of complementary card stock (matching the belly band strip) and then adhered inside the opened card using Fast Fuse.

The flaps of the card were then folded inward, following either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction (which ever produced the final pinwheel formation, with the last flap being tucked in to "lock" the card.

To create the belly band, a strip of complementary card stock was wrapped around the card and adhered together with a piece of burlap ribbon wrapped around it. The jar was attached to the band using Glue Dots.

Here's a tip for creating a belly band that is easily removed. Place the card stock strip under the card and fold one side of the strip around the card and crease firmly. Slide the card over about 1/8" from the crease and then wrap the other side of the strip around the card and crease and then adhere the ends of the strip together. This gives a finished look to the belly band and it is just the right size to it to easily slip off the card.

The sentiment, stamped in Pear Pizzazz on Thick Whisper White had its end flagged with the Triple Banner Punch and then was adhered in place using Glue Dots.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Pinwheel Fold card created using the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating dies with Fruit Stand DSP.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Pinwheel Fold card created using the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating dies with Fruit Stand DSP.

Linda Vich Creates: September Projects for Stamping Group. Pinwheel Fold card created using the Jar of Love stamp set and coordinating dies with Fruit Stand DSP.

We're off to a great start for our stamping year with many more projects to come!

Tic Tac Box


Scarecrow Card



Pinwheel Fold Card





Monday, September 5, 2016

Vintage Leaves Card Set Winner Announced!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Winner Announced! Autumn-hued gate fold card set created with Vintage Leaves and Detailed Floral Thinlits.
I'm just popping in to announce the winner of the Vintage Leaves Card Set!

I must say that I learned a few things from this venture.

It seems that though I might be excited about a particular project I have created does not necessarily mean that others will share my excitement. Though I worked long and hard on this card set, it did not seem to inspire many viewers to comment for a chance to win this set. This is a little disappointing but I won't let it deter me.

Be that as it may, I am grateful to both Donna Ellis and Charlene Erb for their support! In retrospect, I wish that I had two giveaways so that I could give you both a gift for your loyal support. In the end, though, it was Donna that won the card set.

Donna, I will be contacting you to arrange to post this card set to you. I hope you'll enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!
Jennifer McGuire posted a tutorial the other day for a gate fold technique that used border dies. I really liked the result and kept mulling it over in my mind as to how I could make it my own. With Autumn just around the corner, I decided to create a card set using Autumn hues and employ Jennifer's technique.

For my colors, I chose Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, and Garden Green. I cut a piece of each color at 11 x 4.25", modifying Jennifer's size to be more in line with that of a standard size card. Each piece was scored on the long side at 4" from one end and 2" from the other end. After folding on the score lines, the card front overlapped slightly.

I placed the single edge die from the Detailed Floral Thinlits along the edge of the longest flap and ran it through the Big Shot. It easily cut through the top and partially through the next layer. I had to open the card, reposition the die and run it through again to finish cutting the second flap. There was a resulting indent from the die on the inside of the card but that would be hidden by a matte.

I chose a leaf stamp, from the Vintage Leaves stamp set, for each of the four colors and then stamped the front of the card using matching ink except for the Cherry Cobbler card. When using my Cherry Cobbler on the matching card stock, the color appeared "greenish" so I chose to use Real Red as an alternative.

After stamping the card fronts, I cut white mattes for the inside of the cards and stamped a leaf on each of those to match each card. In addition, I used my Envelope Punch Board to create envelopes for each card and stamped leaves on the fronts of those as well before assembling the envelopes, using Post It notes to mask off the non-inked sides of the envelopes.

Next, I stamped sentiments from the Watercolor Wishes Card Set, in Versamark on the four colors of card stock and heat embossed them with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. These were then die cut with the matching Leaflets Framelits. Each die cut had its edges inked with the corresponding ink.
It was then that I got the idea to heat emboss the edges of the die cut gate fold edges themselves! To do this, I used a Versamark Pen to ink each edge, repeating the process to really get a nice embossed gold effect.

Another idea struck and I decided to add flecks of ink onto the cards to provide a bit more texture to my design. I used both my Stampin' Write Markers, flicking the marker off the edge of the cap, and my Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush with reinkers, which produced larger splatters.

To finish each card, I added a thread nest, using Gold Metallic Thread secured with a glue dot, and adhered a leaf over it using Dimensionals.

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

After completing the cards and envelopes, I needed a container to put them in so I consulted this tutorial by Catherine Pooler on how to create a box. Once I had figured out what size I needed for my card box and lid, I cut the two pieces from Kraft card stock.

I scored, cut and glued the piece for the box bottom and then used my stamps to create my own paper for the box top. After stamping the leaves, I again used my Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush to add flecks of Crumb Cake reinker. After it was dry, I scored, cut and glued the lid together.

A belly band was created for my card box using a strip of Garden Green card stock topped with the now retired Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon. I stamped two oak leaves in Delightful Dijon on the matching card stock and die cut them with the framelits. The edges of the leaves were inked with matching ink and then I used my McGill Paper Blossom Tool Kit to give some dimension to the leaves. I used Glue Dots to adhere them to the top of the belly band to complete the box.

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

I am really loving the rich hues of this color combo! Feel free to copy this image if you'd like to use it!

Linda Vich Creates: Vintage Leaves Card Set Giveaway. Rich Autumn hues ta1ke center stage in this card set using Vintage Leaves and a gate fold technique introduced by Jennifer McGuire. Be sure to enter the draw to win this set!

I'm very pleased with how this card set turned out! And now the fun part–I'm going to give it away!

If you live in either Canada or the United States, here is what you need to do to be entered into a draw to win this card set:

  1. Leave a comment either below or on my Facebook post (or both!).
  2. Pin any image from this blog post to Pinterest.
  3. Share my Facebook post about this card set.
On Sunday, September 4, at 7:00 pm CDT, I will draw to see who wins the card set! Be sure to check back here for the announcement of the winner. I will need the winner to contact me so that I may get a mailing address for where to send the card set.

The lucky winner could be YOU!




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Copper Congratulations

Linda Vich Creates: Copper Congratulations. A simple, masculine card, rich in both texture and color.
Today I designed a congratulatory card with hopes of giving it to my son-in-law who is waiting on the results of a job interview.

If Steffan gets the job, it will be a wonderful change for him. It will be closer to home so he can save on gas,  there will be lots of training (he would get to go to Minneapolis for two weeks!) and good opportunities for advancement. Even better, he would not have to lift a lot of heavy items so it would be better for his back.

The card itself is quite simple but I think that it makes an effective masculine card because it incorporates a lot of texture with its simplicity.

I started with a standard card base of Island Indigo. On a small piece of Island Indigo, I stamped with Versamark the sentiment from the stamp set that comes with the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. I heat embossed it with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder and then flagged the end using the Triple Banner Punch. I also wrapped the non-flagged end with Linen Thread and added a bow.

Cutting a piece of Copper Foil Sheet, I used the punch again and then then embossed the piece using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

To add even more texture to the card, I cut two pieces of the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and angled the ends, fraying them a little. These were adhered to the middle of the card front using Fast Fuse. The embossed copper banner was adhered using Dimensionals with the sentiment banner on top.

For the inside of the card, I cut a matte from the now retired Naturals Ivory card stock. I added a further sentiment as well as some grunge from the Touches of Texture stamp set; both the sentiment and grunge were heat embossed with copper. I adhered the matte with Fast Fuse to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Copper Congratulations. A simple, masculine card, rich in both texture and color.
This photo shows off the copper to its best.

Linda Vich Creates: Copper Congratulations. A simple, masculine card, rich in both texture and color.

I think that the copper works wonderfully well with the Island Indigo. I'm hopeful that Steffan will hear soon about the job and that I can give him this card!




Monday, August 22, 2016

Always An Adventure Bendy Card

Linda Vich Creates: Always An Adventure Bendy Card. Three dimensional camping scene created by using the Outdoors Adventures Thinlits with a bendy card.
For some time now I have wanted to make a bendy card. This is a card that allows you to construct a 3D kind of scene yet allow the card to be flattened for inserting into an envelope.

When I saw the Outdoors Adventures Framelits and the Always An Adventure stamp set, I knew that they would be wonderful for using in a bendy card.
In preparing to make my card, I consulted two video tutorials from The Mad Stamper. The first, a tutorial on how to make bendy cards, and the second, a tutorial on how to make a template for making bendy cards.

After viewing both tutorials, I started by making the template for bendy cards by using the Grid Paper. Once I had that done I realized that the scene I wanted to create would look better if the bendy card opened towards the left so I made another template for that type of bendy card! After sketching out my design for the card, I set to work.

I cut one piece of Old Olive at 5.5 x 8.5". I then made two additional cuts to end up with three pieces–4.25 x 5.5", 2.5 x 5.5", and 1.75 x 5.5". Using my template, I cut slots in two of the pieces and tabs in two of the pieces. I also scored the two smaller pieces at .5" from the end opposite the tab.
I used the Outdoors Adventures Framelits to cut some mountains from Smoky Slate (and the tops from Whisper White) and then used the Always An Adventure stamp set to stamp the other items–trees, bear, tent and lake–in Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo. I used Stampin' Write Markers in Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Early Espresso to color and stamp the campfire. Each item was die cut except for the campfire and lake which were fussy cut.

I used liquid adhesive to adhere the "snow" to the mountains only to realize later that the little die in the set that I couldn't figure out was actually for the snow caps! I used an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker to color the trunks of the trees.

In planning to use the trees edgelit in the die set, I did not allow enough paper to include the trees so I had to discard the 2.5 x 5.5" piece and substitute one that was 3.5 x 5.5"; I also had to prepare the slot and tab on it using the template. I was then able to die cut the piece so that I had the pine trees at the top of a curvy piece of land.

The next step was to adhere a strip of Night of Navy card stock for the sky to the 4.25 x 5.5" card base. I used the retired 1/2" Circle Punch to punch a circle and then re-punch it to create a crescent moon and glue it to the sky. I also adhered the mountains.

I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add dots of glue which I then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter to create the stars. I then set this card base aside to dry.

I used liquid adhesive and a few Dimensionals to glue the pine trees, lake, bears, tent and campfire to the other two pieces of the card, being sure that they were adhered well because I did not want them to pop up when the pieces of the card were bent. I used a sponge dauber to color the die cut strip of trees using Garden Green ink.

Finally it was time to adhere each of the two panels to the card base using Tear & Tape on the 1/2" scored ends. The sentiment, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, were stamped on both Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White using Basic Black Archival Ink. The longer sentiment was punched with the Classic Label Punch. The shorter sentiment was punched, trimmed in length and then one end stuck in through the top of the punch to create a shortened sentiment in the same punch style. These were adhered to the card using Dimensionals.

To display the card, the middle section is slotted into the card base and then the smallest front section is slotted into the middle section. The rounded look is caused from the pieces of the card being put into slots at a shorter distance than the length of the pieces. This results in a nice 3D appearance.

Linda Vich Creates: Always An Adventure Bendy Card. Three dimensional camping scene created by using the Outdoors Adventures Thinlits with a bendy card.

Linda Vich Creates: Always An Adventure Bendy Card. Three dimensional camping scene created by using the Outdoors Adventures Thinlits with a bendy card.
Shows the curvature of the card when it is placed flat on a table.

Linda Vich Creates: Always An Adventure Bendy Card. Three dimensional camping scene created by using the Outdoors Adventures Thinlits with a bendy card.

Linda Vich Creates: Always An Adventure Bendy Card. Three dimensional camping scene created by using the Outdoors Adventures Thinlits with a bendy card.
Space was left on the right inner panel for a note to the recipient of the card.

I am pleased that my first bendy card turned out so well! The card t took a long time to create because I planned as I designed the card but I think my effort paid off!