Saturday, March 7, 2015

Guesting at Virginia's View!


I am so honored that Virginia asked me to be a Guest Designer this month at her Virginia's View Challenge!  Her theme this month is All Things Embossed, and also, she's celebrating her 1-year anniversary of her challenge blog!  



I love embossing in all its forms, so I've made 3 cards today.  My first one incorporates an inlaid die into my dry embossed background.

VV embossing2

supplies: Darice Flower Frenzy embossing folder, one of Simon's Stitched Rectangles dies, Hero Arts 3 Dotted Flowers and Hello Sunshine Daisies (sentiment), stamped in Hero Arts Bubble Gum ink, Penny Black's Painted Blooms paper pad, Doodlebug Cupcake Assortment sprinkles 

I cut a panel slightly smaller than my card base, and from that I centered and die-cut the stitched rectangle.  Then I embossed the "frame" that was left after removing the rectangle, and then, after stamping my sentiment, reinserted the stitched panel back into place before securing it all onto my card front.  The flowers and leaves were white heat embossed, fussy cut, and then attached to the front, adding some enamel dots.  

On my next one, I chose some of my favorite spring colors and brought an embossing strip into the mix.


VV dry embossing 1


supplies: Core'dinations sandable cardstock, Darice Simple Patterns: Checks embossing strip, Li'l Inker Spring Flower dies, white, yellow, and aqua cardstock,  Doodlebug enamel dot, Wplus9 leaf die from Folk Art Florals, green cardstock, Simon's Happy Birthday die

After trimming my Core'dinations cardstock panel, I embossed the check strip along the top edge and down the left edge.  I chose this strip because it overlapped nicely.  Then I sanded the cardstock lightly to bring out the embossed design even more.  Finishing the card was just a matter of affixing my die-cuts in a pleasing way.  

And my last card uses gold embossing powder for all of the stamping, and some vellum over the flowers.

VV Embossing2


supplies: pink shimmer cardstock base, watercolor paper panel, Technique Tuesday Two Steppin' flowers and leaves, and the sentiment is a mix of Hero Arts Luscious Patterned Flowers (sentiment) and Winnie & Walter's Big, Bold You small words, Ranger Super Fine Detail gold embossing powder,  spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, and mowed lawn distress inks, gold sequins

I stamped and heat embossed my flower and leaves in gold, masking as needed.  Then I used distress inks mixed with water to paint in the flowers.  Even though the watercoloring took the colors down a shade, I still thought they were too bright, so I embossed the flowers again on vellum with gold embossing powder, fussy-cut them out, and popped them above the main panel.  They give a kind of stained-glass effect now and I like this much better!  I sprinkled some gold sequins to finish.

Here's a closer look at the flowers, and this photo captures the pretty shimmer of the gold embossing:


VV embossing, detail


I hope these give you some ideas of your own and that you'll join us at the All Things Embossed challenge at Virginia's View this month!  As always, Virginia has a $25.00 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp for the winner!

21 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous, Lin! Congrats on guest designing for Virginia's View! ♥

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  2. What a gorgeous trio of floral cards, Lin ... so bright and springlike! I'm particularly taken with the first ... the dry embossed frame with the simple posy of patterned blooms is just lovely! Congratulations on being GD over at Virginia's View! Anita :)

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  3. WOW Lin loving all your cards, especially love how you embossed the first one, must give that a try.
    luv
    Debby

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  4. Beautiful cards Lin! I especially love the white dry embossed with inlaid panel. The heat embossed polka dots on the petals are a fabulous element!

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  5. Wow, Lin, these are all outstanding cards. I'm in love with the inlaid panel in the embossed frame. A whole set of these would make a wonderful gift!

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  6. LIN!!!!! WOW!!!!!! Oh my goodness, I don't even know where to start! OK, first...the die cut floral frame with a die cut inlaid flat portion? B R I L L I A N T!!!! Why have I never thought to do that?!?! I adore that beautiful card, all that lovely white space. Second, the embossing strips in two directions? Again, WHY have I not tried that? (I have a million of those strips!!) Beautiful blue and yellow combo on that gorgeous card...LOVE! And of course your gold embossed floral card is absolutely gorgeous...the vellum adds such a soft, elegant touch. You, my dear, were the PERFECT Guest Designer this month -- and that comes as no surprise. Thanks for all that inspiration in one post, Lin!

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  7. all three are fantastic Lin - would be difficult to choose a favorite, but especially love the inlaid panel idea in the first card! congrats on your guest designer spot - well deserved!

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  8. How wonderful, Lin - always so exciting to see you guest designing :-)
    Three very beautiful cards, love all the different techniques but the embossed with the inlaid panel is amazing.

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  9. You've showcased embossing perfectly on your beautiful floral cards Lin! Virginia was wise to have you as a guest designer this month!

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  10. I love your beautiful cards! I saw them over at Virginia's View and had to come take a closer look. Gorgeous! Congrats on your GD spot! I'm your newest follower :-)

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  11. Just wanted to say, AWESOME! You really know how to make flowers glow.

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  12. Ok so I went looking through a lot of your pages and I must say you have some seriously beautiful art work I could scroll through for hours just absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing

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  13. Beautiful cards, Lin! Love the first one with the pretty embossed panels!

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  14. 3 gorgeous cards Lin, love the beautiful gold embossing on the vellum, so pretty. Cathy x

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  15. You are so .very. awesome! Each one of them is inspiring and beautiful! I love that you took all different approach to embossing and showcased this technique so fabulously! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  16. All three of your cards are pretty pretty pretty Lin! A boost of springtime that I need so desperately now! Awesome embossing!

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  17. Congratulations on guesting Lin!! A beautiful trio of spring cards, LOVE the first one!!

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  18. Wow, Lin--your cards are gorgeous!

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  19. Congrats on your guest spot Lin. Your cards are simply delightful.

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  20. Choosing which one is my FAV is impossible! The white on white is so elegant with the pop of Pink:) Super selective embossing on the second one and the GOLD one is STUNNING!!
    Great to see you over at Virginia's View!

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  21. Your embossed projects are absolutely delightful Lin!! Congrats on your GD post on Virginia's View!

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Thank you so much for your kind comments - they make my day!