Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN!

Linda Vich Creates: It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN! Nurse scrub top card created with punches and assorted card stock scraps.
My daughter Courtney received notification that she passed the exam for her nursing so she is now officially a LPN! I wanted to mark the occasion so I made her a fitting card.

I purchased a template/tutorial from Lynn Pratt for this card. After receiving the tutorial, I imported the design into my Silhouette Cameo designs so that I could resize it and cut it out.

The card was cut from Night of Navy and stitching lines were added with a Sanford-Sharpie Extra Fine Point Poster Paint Marker. I find this works much better than a gel pen.

I created her stethoscope in green to match her real life stethoscope. It was created by using an assortment of punches–oval, word window and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. Scraps of card stock were used to create her stethoscope: Cucumber Crush, Sahara Sand, Basic Black.

The sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. A Whisper White matte was adhered inside the card.

Linda Vich Creates: It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN! Nurse scrub top card created with punches and assorted card stock scraps.

Linda Vich Creates: It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN! Nurse scrub top card created with punches and assorted card stock scraps.

So proud of our daughter! She is loving being a nurse.





Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dahlia Up Close

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.
How about something totally different?

Come on now, admit it. Even if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you have one or two other craft products lying around that you use from time to time! Let's face it–we are crafty individuals or we would never have got involved with Stampin' Up! in the first place!

I have soooooooooooooo many crafting tools and media that sometimes I have to take a break from crafting with Stampin' Up! to play with my other stuff! Or, I combine it with Stampin' Up! to get the best of BOTH worlds like I have done with this card!

Today's card is one I created for my brother and his wife for their anniversary. It is CASEd from a card by Jenny Lee Yamasaki.

I started by stamping the Dahlia Up Close stamp from The Ton on watercolor paper using Versamark using my MISTI after first using my Embossing Buddy. I then heat embossed it with Rose Gold Embossing Powder.

Next, I gathered together a few of my Color Burst colors in blue: Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo and Turquoise. I tapped a little of each powder in a watercolor palette I had and then wet a #4 watercolor brush and dipped into the Cerulean Powder and changed it to liquid watercolor.

I painted this over most of the flower and then, painting spots of each of the other colors, I added strategically to the image until I was pleased with the result. Sometimes, I used a paper towel to blot up some of the watercolor to make it paler. When I was finished, I heat set the image.

The next step is where I made a mistake but due to using my MISTI I was able to rectify it. After watercoloring and then drying my image, the watercolor paper was severely warped. I wanted to get it as flat as possible before adding it to my card front. To do this, I placed it face down on a piece of copy paper with another piece of copy paper on top and then an old pillowcase. I then proceeded to iron until the watercolor paper was flat.

I did end up with a flat paper, however, the ironing reheated my embossing and transferred it to the copy paper leaving behind a white outline where the embossing had been! Now this is actually a technique in itself and can be used to good effect but for this image I WANTED the Rose Gold embossing in place!

So, I went back to my MISTI and after using my Embossing Buddy, I re-inked the image with Versamark and heat embossed it AGAIN! Luckily, my stamp had remained in place in my MISTI and I was able to re-stamp the image. I was very careful to warm up the heat tool for awhile before doing the embossing to minimize warping.

Next, I cut a Pacific Point card front 4.75 x 6. I trimmed my painted matte to fit the card front but leave about a 3/4" strip of card front on the left side. I placed a strip of Burnished Rose Gold Foil Tape down the card front and then trimmed off the excess.

On a strip of vellum I stamped the sentiment from the Falling For You stamp set using Versamark and heat embossed it with the same Rose Gold embossing powder. I folded the strip around the edges of the painted matte and then taped the ends to the back. The matte was then adhered to the card front using Fast Fuse. To add a little more zing, several sequins were adhered to the card front using liquid adhesive.

A watercolor matte was cut for inside the card and the matching sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on it. I then used sponges to ink the edges in both Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point. The matte was then adhered with Fast Fuse to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.


Delighted is how I feel about how this card turned out! I have never "painted" with the Color Bursts before so it was a learning experience but one that ended well for me! I can't wait to give this to my brother and his wife to see their reaction!

I hope you have enjoyed my deviation from projects made strictly with Stampin' Up! materials! I think that we can only become more creative by exploring all brands of media and by appreciating the resulting art forms.

Thank you for visiting today!



Friday, August 4, 2017

30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.
This July, my husband Bob and I celebrated our 30th anniversary–in this day and age, this is quite a milestone!

In creating his card, I cased a project by demonstrator Barbara Meyer. I cut a 4.75 x 6" card base from Berry Burst. After tying a bow using the luscious new Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around a matte from the Foil Frenzy DSP, the matte was adhered using Dimensionals.

On a strip of Whisper White, I stamped the sentiment from the Falling For You stamp set using Berry Burst. This strip was then matted with Berry Burst and adhered at the top of the card front using Dimensionals.

A branch was die cut from Early Espresso using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and then the Paisley Framelits were used to die cut the rolled roses from Berry Burst. The image below shows the die used.

Photo shows Paisley Thinlits and the die used to create the rolled roses.

I was alerted to the possibility of creating these flowers after watching a video by fellow demonstrator Tan. Scroll down to see the little flowers on the makeup table. The video is here. Feel free to watch the entire video but the part about making the rolled rose flowers starts at about 12:43.

After die cutting five of the flowers, I took one of the die cuts, sprayed it lightly with water, and then used tweezers to roll it up. After releasing it from the tweezers, I rolled the remaining four flowers and then set them aside to dry.

I used drops of liquid adhesive to adhere the branch to the matte with the sentiment. To finish the flowers, I placed a glue dot on the end of each paper curl and adhered it to the bottom of each flower. Glue dots were used to adhere the blossoms to the branch. I added rhinestones to the centre of each blossom but they probably could have been omitted–they were hard to place inside the flowers and I'm not sure that they make that much of a difference.

For inside the card, I simply stamped the matching sentiment on a Whisper White matte and inked the edges.

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

I am pleased with how this card turned out. Using the Foil Frenzy DSP really adds a punch to your card! I also enjoyed making the rolled roses and look forward to using these again soon. They aren't suitable for a mailed card, obviously, but they add such a nice touch to a card!

Thank you for stopping by today!




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Carols of Christmas Early Release

Carols of Christmas Early Release

With the summer half over, I am looking forward to getting back to stamping classes and preparing to use all the goodies from the new Holiday Catalog! I know that you will be anxious, too, to get your hands on these goodies!

Good news! With the Early Release from Stampin' Up! you can redeem the coupons that you earned during July when you purchase the new Carols of Christmas Bundle this month! Just think, this could be the year that you get your Christmas cards done early! :)


Carols of Christmas Bundle

With the stamp set, you get two big and beautiful sentiments that can become the focal point of your card or be used to create a unique background.  In addition, there are lovely ornaments, leaves, holly, and deer which coordinate with the Thinlits. The thinlits set also contains lovely card builder dies that can be used to create a border around your card front. Check out the video below which shows how you can use the stamp set and thinlits to create your own beautiful holiday cards!





Here are the catalog numbers you need in order to purchase the bundle and save 10% or purchase the stamps or thinlits separately. Click on the table below to place your order in my online store!


Carols of Christmas Table

I hope you will take advantage of this special Early Release and place your order today!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo Thank You

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold
Had another play with Fabulous Flamingo today. This time I wanted to create a more stylized flamingo rather than a realistic one.

After deciding that I wanted to create a matte covered with the palm leaves, I made the decision to use a 5 x7" card because otherwise, not a lot of the matte would be seen. I cut a card base and a 5 x 7" matte from Soft Suede.

Using Versamark, I stamped the palm leaf in a random pattern over the entire matte. I then heat embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.

The flamingo was stamped on Very Vanilla using my MISTI since it is so suited to multi-step stamping. I stamped first with Early Espresso, then Sahara Sand 2X, and finally, Versamark for both the legs and the last body layer. I then heat embossed with gold.

The largest of the Lots of Labels Framelits was used to die cut the flamingo. Using Early Espresso, the sentiment was stamped on the bottom of the die cut. Three loose gold sequins were adhered next to the flamingo using liquid adhesive.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold


I cut a 1" strip of Early Espresso and adhered it across the embossed matte using Fast Fuse. I topped the strip with a length of the now retired Gold Sequin Trim. The matte was then adhered to the card front using Fast Fuse. The die cut was adhered in the centre of the card front using Dimensionals.

For an inside matte for the card, I stamped the second part of the sentiment on Very Vanilla using Early Espresso and then used Versamark to stamp the palm leaf all around the edges of the matte. After embossing with gold, the matte was adhered inside the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold
Close up of flamingo showing gold embossing  

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold

I'm not a "browns" person but I quite like how this turned out!




Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crafting Forever on Marbled Background

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.
How fun is it to play with something new? With so many products in the new catalog, it is hard to choose what to work with first! In the end, I chose Crafting Forever and the Marbled stamps with which to create a set of cards using our new In Colors.

I cut a standard card base and matte in each of the five new colors: Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide. I also cut a matte from Whisper White for the inside of the card.

Using my MISTI because it handles large background stamps so well, I stamped the Marbled stamp over each matte using the matching color.

Setting these mattes aside, I stamped the pot of brushes in each color on Thick Whisper White and then die cut it using the #4 oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I used the #7 scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut mattes from Basic Black and then adhered each stamped image using liquid adhesive. On the Whisper White mattes, I stamped both the sentiment and the tops of the brushes in each of the colors.

I used a sponge dauber to ink the edges of the inside and outside mattes using Basic Black. After tying a length of Black Shimmer Ribbon around each colored matte, it was an easy matter to assemble the cards using Dimensionals and Fast Fuse.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

The Marbled stamp gives a luscious look when stamping with an ink that matches the card stock! I'm anxious to try it with embossing powder. And how fun is that Black Shimmer Ribbon? These photos don't show the shimmer but it is gorgeous!

I hope you've enjoyed my card set today. If you visit, I'd love you to leave me a comment below!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.
It's a bit busy at our house right now. My daughter, her boyfriend, and her daughter Raine have moved in with us until after we return from vacation on August 13. This means that our household currently consists of four adults, one soon-to-be-four-year-old, three cats, one kitten and two dogs! Are we crazy? Probably!

Because of this, I'm surprised that I actually finished my project today–the one day off that I have for this Canada Day weekend :(

Today I tried two new things. I broke open my Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and I combined that with a new technique . . . a shadow box. And I did this with my granddaughter by my side, with her little table and chair and the stamping kit I had given her for Christmas. Today she was fascinated by cutting up paper into little tiny pieces! I think I'll get her started with mosaics . . . she's a natural!

Anyway, I had seen a few flamingo posts on Pinterest so I knew basically what I wanted to stamp but first I needed to learn how to create a shadow box. The best tutorial I found was on Joyce Rossiter's blog but the original directions came from Mary Ann Rossiter.

As I do with a lot of tutorials, I tried out the technique by creating it first with a piece of scrap paper. It was actually quite simple to create but I'm glad I tried it out first.

After figuring out the dimensions of the image that would be contained within the frame, I set to stamping. I used my MISTI since it is such a good tool for using with multi-step stamps.

I first tried a color combo of Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo but in the end, I stamped my flamingo using first Berry Burst, Powder Pink, and finally Fresh Fig. When using the stamp set, I stamped according to the following image:


After stamping the flamingo on Whisper White, I used Pacific Point to stamp the water and then Emerald Envy for the reeds, stamping off to create some contrast.

I stamped the palm leaves around the top and sides of the matte using Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green, again, stamping some off for added contrast and color.

With the matte completed, I started on the actual shadow box frame. Using a 8.5 x 11" piece of Crumb Cake, I scored each side at .5, 1, 1.5, and then 2". Turning the card stock so that the 11" piece was at the top, I scored at 2.5" but only down to 1". This was also done at 2.5" from the right side of the same piece. I then turned the paper 180° and repeated these two score lines.

I folded and burnished each fold line and then cut out a portion from each corner (see image #5 on Joyce Rossiter's blog).

Because I wanted to stamp on the edge of the frame, I needed to mask the fold I needed and stamp it before assembling the frame. I was able to stamp all but one side correctly and then discovered that for the last side, I stamped on the wrong fold! This meant that I had to remask all the other sides again so that I had stamped on two adjacent folds for each side. (After completing this project, I decided that the next shadow box I created would be stamped on three folds–inside, top, and outside because I really liked the look of the continuous stamping!)

With the stamping complete, I adhered my stamped matte to the inside panel of the frame and then applied Tear & Tape adhesive according to images #8 and 9 and assembled the frame.

The two long sides were adhered first and then the bottom and top. The top was the hardest to adhere correctly but I persevered.

To finish off the shadow box, I stamped the sentiment on Powder Pink card stock with Berry Burst and die cut it with the #2 stitched oval of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. It was matted on Fresh Fig die cut using the #3 oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits. It was adhered with Dimensionals.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

I quite like how this project turned out! I already have ideas for another shadow box as well as ideas for different ways to stamp the flamingo.

Have you used the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set yet? Drop me a line below with a link to your project!




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Magical Mermaid Birthday

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.
The card share I have for you today is a card I have been working on for a few days, getting it just the way that I wanted it. I used a 5 x 7" card size so I would have lots of room for my deep sea scene. I have had so much fun stamping, coloring, and blending!

I started with a piece of Watercolor Paper and I sponged the bottom with Sahara Sand. I a stamp from the Magical Mermaid to stamp over this to create the sandy bottom.

After heat setting this, I stamped seaweed from the Magical Mermaid stamp set using Pear Pizzazz. I used several different Stampin' Write Markers to color these and then heat set them. I sponged a little more Sahara Sand over the bottom of the plants to "ground" them.

I used the MISTI to repeatedly stamp the mermaid after coloring portions of the stamp with a variety of markers. A Blender Pen was then used to fill in the scales and the other parts of the mermaid before heat setting again. Finally, I stamped over the mermaid using Versamark and heat embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.

Next, I used a sponge to apply Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo from the top to the bottom of the matte. I used some Clear Wink of Stella on the mermaid's tail and to highlight her hair.

Using the plant from the Seaside Shore stamp set, I stamped it twice on Watercolor Paper using Garden Green and then colored them in with markers and the Blender Pen, finishing by fussy cutting them. A Garden Green marker was used to ink the edges of the plant so no white was visible.

The two angel fish were also stamped on Watercolor Paper but with Jet Black Stazon. After heat setting, they were colored with a Lemon Lime Twist marker and fussy cut. After applying a coat of Clear Wink of Stella to the colored parts of the fish, they were clear embossed two times to make them very glossy. The fussy cut plants were also clear embossed.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the anchor from the Seaside Shore stamp set, cutting four separate anchors. Liquid adhesive was used to glue these together.

To make the anchor look rusty, I started by stamping parts of the anchor with Delicata Gold ink and then heat embossing slightly with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. I repeated by stamping and embossing with Versamark and using Copper, Gold and Clear Embossing Powders and also by distressing it with some Jet Black Stazon ink.

Of course, the anchor had to have a chain to lower it into the ocean so I cut a length of silver chain and gave it a faux rust effect by applying Inka Gold in Copper, Old Gold and Graphite colors. The top of the chain and the anchor was adhered to the matte using Glue Dots. Seaweed was adhered over the anchor and to the side of it using both Glue Dots and Mini Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped with Basic Black on Cajun Craze and then die cut using the #2 circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A matte was die cut using the #4 scalloped circle from the Layering Circle Framelits. After adhering them together with liquid adhesive, Foam Adhesive Strips were used to adhere it over the top of the anchor's chain.

The angel fish were adhered to the matte using Dimensionals and then liquid adhesive was used to add Dazzling Diamonds selectively to the mermaid's headband and to her tail. Clear sequins were used as bubbles and other sequins were used to add a bit more glitz to this under the sea scene. The matte edges were sponged with Cajun Craze before adhering to a Cajun Craze card front using Dimensionals.

A second Watercolor matte was cut for inside the card. The tail of the mermaid was stamped in Bermuda Bay and seaweed was stamped repeatedly using various colors of green ink–Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist. A sponge was used to ink the edges of the matte with Lemon Lime Twist and then the matte was adhered inside the card to complete it.

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.
Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.


I'm so pleased with how this turned out! I plan to give it to my sister-in-law for her birthday when we go to visit in July and August.




Saturday, June 24, 2017

June Wind Up and Projects

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Balloons and a paper pieced stamp from Beautiful You produce a stunning layered card.
Friday night was our last stamping class until September. It was bittersweet because so many ladies, from our group, for various reasons, will not be returning to the group in the fall. However, we did have a lovely time by starting the night with goodies and socialization.

I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful card and a gift card to a local spa! It will be such a treat to look forward to using!

After gorging ourselves on various appetizers and desserts, it was a bit difficult to get going on crafting but we managed!

Our first card was a CASE from demonstrator Michelle Carter.

This card was not hard to make though it looks complicated!

A standard card base from Berry Burst was used as well as a small matte of 2.75 x 4". In addition to these, two Whisper White mattes were used, 2.5 x 3.75" and two 4 x 5.25". A piece of the Fresh Florals Designer Paper in Berry Burst was also cut 4 x 5.25" with it cut further at 2.25" to produce two strips.

The larger Whisper White matte was adhered to the card front using Fast Fuse. The larger strip of DSP was adhered onto the white matte.

The Beautiful You stamp set was used and the lady was stamped twice, using Basic Black–once onto the smallest Whisper White matte and once onto the smaller strip of DSP. The stamp on the DSP was fussy cut so that the dress and the hat were able to be glued onto the stamped image on the white card stock. This was then matted with the Berry Burst and adhered to the card front using Dimensionals.

From the remaining strip of DSP, two balloons were punched using the Balloon Bouquet Punch and three balloons were punched from scraps of Berry Burst card stock. Two card stock balloons were glued to the card front with one DSP balloon adhered over top using a Dimensional. The strings were drawn in using a fine point Sharpie.

Inside the card, the sentiment was stamped in Basic Black on a Whisper White matte and then two balloons, one from card stock and one from DSP were adhered, overlapping, on the side of the matte; strings were drawn in like before.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Balloons and a paper pieced stamp from Beautiful You produce a stunning layered card.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Balloons and a paper pieced stamp from Beautiful You produce a stunning layered card.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Balloons and a paper pieced stamp from Beautiful You produce a stunning layered card.






For the second card, the stampers had a choice of either a Sunset Silhouette or a Tropical card.

For the Sunset card, a standard card base of Pumpkin Pie was cut as well as a thin Basic Black matte and a Shimmery White matte.

The Embossing Buddy was used to remove any marks from touching the matte. Using Watercolor Pencils, bands of color were scribbled onto the Shimmery White matte using a vertical orientation. An Aqua Pen was then used to soften the pencil strokes into a watercolor wash. The heat tool was used to dry the matte and then, using the MISTI, the sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the birds from the High Tide stamp set were stamped three times with Basic Black to produce a very black print.

After getting matte as flat as possible, the Adirondack chair was die cut from Basic Black using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and then adhered to the matte using a sponge and liquid adhesive. The matte was then adhered to the Basic Black matte with Fast Fuse and then adhered to the card front using Dimensionals.

A leaf was stamped on the remaining Whisper White matte using Pumpkin Pie and then edges inked with Real Red before the matte was adhered inside the card.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Sunset Silhouette, complete with an Adirondack chair die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Sunset Silhouette, complete with an Adirondack chair die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Sunset Silhouette, complete with an Adirondack chair die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Sunset Silhouette, complete with an Adirondack chair die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.






For the Tropical card, a standard card base of Bermuda Bay was used with a thin Pacific Point matte as well as one from Shimmery White.

Like the previous version of the card, the Embossing Buddy was used to remove any marks from the Shimmery White matte and then Watercolor Pencils were used to lightly scribble alternating bands of Pacific Point and Bermuda Bay using a horizontal orientation this time. The Aqua Pen was used and then the heat tool was used to dry the matte. Using the MISTI, the sentiment was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

After getting matte as flat as possible, the Adirondack chair, branch and three flowers was die cut from Thick Whisper White using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The branch was trimmed in places and then the chair, branch and flowers were adhered to the matte using liquid adhesive. The watercolored piece was then matted with Pacific Point and then adhered to the Bermuda Bay card front using Dimensionals.

A flower was stamped on the remaining Whisper White matte using Bermuda Bay and the edges inked with Pacific Point before the matte was adhered inside the card.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Tropical card, complete with an Adirondack chair and branch with blossoms die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Tropical card, complete with an Adirondack chair and branch with blossoms die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Tropical card, complete with an Adirondack chair and branch with blossoms die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Linda Vich: June Wind Up and Projects. Watercolor pencils are used to create a wash as the backdrop for this Tropical card, complete with an Adirondack chair and branch with blossoms die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

Hopefully, everyone will enjoy a lovely summer if Mother Nature cooperates and I will prepare for September!





Monday, June 19, 2017

Ornate Orchid

Linda Vich Creates: Ornate Orchid. Copper embossed climbing orchid sits atop a Cajun Craze stitched square. Ruffled copper trim and Island Indigo matte embossed with the Garden Trellis embossing folder as well as some copper foil and this card screams, "ornate!"
I tried a new spin on the Climbing Orchids today by designing a fancy, formal card.

For the orchid, I stamped with Versamark on Island Indigo card stock and then heat embossed using Copper Embossing Powder. After die cutting with the Orchid Builder Framelits, I adhered the flower using Dimensionals.

Next, I die cut a square from Cajun Craze using the #4 square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The orchid was adhered to it using Dimensionals.

A matte of Island Indigo was dry embossed using the new Garden Trellis Embossing Folder and then a strip of the Copper Trim was pulled apart to create a ruffle and then run down the front of the matte and taped in the back. This matte was then adhered with Dimensionals to a Copper Foil matte and then to a Cajun Craze card front.

The stitched square was adhered over top of the Copper Trim using Foam Adhesive Strips. The sentiment was stamped on Island Indigo and heat embossed with copper. The Triple Banner Punch flagged each end and then was matted with a flagged piece of Cajun Craze. It was adhered to the embossed matte using double Dimensionals.

A matte of Very Vanilla was used for the inside of the card. The leaves from the stamp set were stamped on two corners using Versamark and embossed with copper. The edges were then sponged with Island Indigo before adhering the matte to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Ornate Orchid. Copper embossed climbing orchid sits atop a Cajun Craze stitched square. Ruffled copper trim and Island Indigo matte embossed with the Garden Trellis embossing folder as well as some copper foil and this card screams, "ornate!"

Linda Vich Creates: Ornate Orchid. Copper embossed climbing orchid sits atop a Cajun Craze stitched square. Ruffled copper trim and Island Indigo matte embossed with the Garden Trellis embossing folder as well as some copper foil and this card screams, "ornate!"

Linda Vich Creates: Ornate Orchid. Copper embossed climbing orchid sits atop a Cajun Craze stitched square. Ruffled copper trim and Island Indigo matte embossed with the Garden Trellis embossing folder as well as some copper foil and this card screams, "ornate!"


One strange result of the embossing on this card is that the orchid almost looks like a face–spooky!

Do you like the color scheme of this card? I think that Island Indigo and Cajun Craze look wonderful together! If you like, save the color scheme for your own projects.

Linda Vich Creates: Ornate Orchid. Copper embossed climbing orchid sits atop a Cajun Craze stitched square. Ruffled copper trim and Island Indigo matte embossed with the Garden Trellis embossing folder as well as some copper foil and this card screams, "ornate!"





Sunday, June 18, 2017

Seaside Shore Father's Day

Linda Vich Creates: Seaside Shore Father's Day. Both Seaside Shore and Magical Mermaid have been used to create this tropical scene on a Father's Day card.
I had so much fun creating this card for my husband for Father's Day! I really enjoy sponging–especially on watercolor paper which is more forgiving–to get a beautiful blend of colors.

For this card, I started by stamping the two plants using Pear Pizzazz. The plant on the right is from the Seaside Shore stamp set and the other is from Magical Mermaid. I then used my Stampin' Write Markers to color them in and then heat set them.

Next, I did my sponging on a Watercolor paper matte. I used Sahara Sand at the bottom and for the water I used Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo, sponging right over the plants.

Using Soft Suede, I stamped the little collection of shells and debris on the sandy bottom.

The fish were stamped on watercolor paper as well, using Basic Black Archival. I heat set the ink and then colored them with the markers. After heat setting again, I stamped them with Versamark and heat embossed them with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, doing half at a time. I repeated this to make them extra glossy and then even added a touch of Clear Wink of Stella.

On another piece of Watercolor paper I repeated my sponging and then, using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set using Basic Black and then Versamark which allowed me to heat emboss it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I then die cut the sentiment using the #3 oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

The finished sponged matte was adhered to a thin Island Indigo matte using Fast Fuse and then to a Bermuda Bay card front using Dimensionals. The fish and the sentiment were adhered using Dimensionals. I adhered some Papertrey Ink Rainstones for bubbles using liquid adhesive.

I also used watercolor paper for a matte inside the card. I sponged on some Sahara Sand at the bottom and stamped on the shells using Soft Suede. I had planned to just sponge the top and side edges of the card next but forgot and sponged all the way across the top with Pool Party so I went with it! I added Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo at the sides. The sentiment was stamped with Soft Suede.

Linda Vich Creates: Seaside Shore Father's Day. Both Seaside Shore and Magical Mermaid have been used to create this tropical scene on a Father's Day card.

Linda Vich Creates: Seaside Shore Father's Day. Both Seaside Shore and Magical Mermaid have been used to create this tropical scene on a Father's Day card.

Linda Vich Creates: Seaside Shore Father's Day. Both Seaside Shore and Magical Mermaid have been used to create this tropical scene on a Father's Day card.

I'm pleased with the way this turned out–what's not to love with these tropical colors?




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fresh Spring Climbing Orchids

Linda Vich Creates: Fresh Spring Orchids. Lemon Lime Twist Climbing Orchids are featured on this card, displayed on a backdrop of Peekaboo Peach embossing paste bricks.
Edited: It appears that I am somewhat "orchid dyslexic" in that it was brought to my attention that my orchids were upside down! :(  This has been corrected. :)

Woke up with a Spring-like color scheme and card idea in my head this morning. Glad that I didn't have to work today and got to try it out!

I tried several new things on my card today but the first thing I tried was the new Embossing Paste because I knew I would need to let it dry before I could complete my card. I used the new Palette Knives to mix up some of the paste with Peekaboo Peach reinker and then used the brick design from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks to apply the paste to an Early Espresso matte. I set it aside to dry while I worked on the other parts of the card.

On Watercolor paper, I used my MISTI to stamp the two smaller petals and the centre from the Climbing Orchid stamp set using Tranquil Tide. I repeated the stamping three times and then heat set the ink so that I could then stamp it with Versamark. I heat embossed the images using Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I stamped enough petals for three complete blooms and then die cut them using the Orchid Builder Framelits.

I also stamped and clear embossed the largest complete orchid onto a Whisper White matte for inside the card. I used a sponge to sponge over and around the orchid using Lemon Lime Twist. I also sponged the edges of the matte before adhering it inside a 4.75 x 6" Tranquil Tide card base.

Using Lemon Lime Twist, I sponged color onto each piece of the orchids. I used Dimensionals to assemble each orchid.

The Seasonal Layers Thinlits were used to Idie cut a branch from Early Espresso and then I played with the arrangement of the orchid pieces on the branch. I trimmed a few of the branches to get the look and placement of the orchids that I wanted.

Once the embossing paste was dry–I left it for a couple of hours though it might have been dry before that– I used rolled up Glue Dots to adhere the branch to the Early Espresso matte. Dimensionals were used to adhere the orchids. Next, I used the now retired Distress Tool to distress the edges of the matte.

I cut two mattes of the same size as the Early Espresso one, a Lemon Lime Twist and a flowered paper from the now retired 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack. These I stacked under the Early Espresso matte, adjusting them to be angled out from the top matte. Once I got them in the position I liked, I held the centre of the papers and added liquid adhesive in between the layers to adhere them together. They were then adhered to the card front using liquid adhesive. The Early Espresso matte was adhered on top of them using Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped with Early Espresso on Peekaboo Peach and then die cut with the #1 Circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. It was adhered to the card front using Dimensionals.

At the last minute, I decided to try adding shadows and highlights to the branch and the orchids, similar to what Vicky Papaioannou does (of course she does it much better than me!). I used an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker to add a shadow line to the branch and then used a Sharpie Extra Fine Point Poster Paint White Marker to add highlights to the branch and the orchids. Obviously, I need some practice with this but I don't think they look too bad!

Lastly, I added three Peekaboo Peach Enamel Shapes to the card front to complete the card. This creates a visual triangle of Peekaboo Peach that includes the patterned paper, the sentiment and the enamel shapes. This is an excellent design principle to use in cardmaking as well as scrapbooking and other layouts.

Linda Vich Creates: Fresh Spring Orchids. Lemon Lime Twist Climbing Orchids are featured on this card, displayed on a backdrop of Peekaboo Peach embossing paste bricks.

Linda Vich Creates: Fresh Spring Orchids. Lemon Lime Twist Climbing Orchids are featured on this card, displayed on a backdrop of Peekaboo Peach embossing paste bricks.

Linda Vich Creates: Fresh Spring Orchids. Lemon Lime Twist Climbing Orchids are featured on this card, displayed on a backdrop of Peekaboo Peach embossing paste bricks.

Though I do like the color scheme, I go back and forth between liking and not liking the card. What do you think? Does this color scheme and design work? Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think!

If you do like the color scheme, feel free to grab it for use in your own projects!

Linda Vich Creates: Fresh Spring Orchids. Lemon Lime Twist Climbing Orchids are featured on this card, displayed on a backdrop of Peekaboo Peach embossing paste bricks.