A Walk in the Woods Sympathy Card

I am always on the lookout for new techniques and thanks to my friend, Julie, I have one to share with you.  It is called duo-printing chlorophyll.  It doesn’t involve stamps or ink for the focal image – rather it allows you to take something from nature (in this case a maple leaf) and let its chlorophyll do the work for you with a little help from your Big Shot.


This card starts with two pieces of  Watercolor Paper.  I recommend you use it rather than card stock because it will help the chlorophyll sink into the paper and give you a more defined image.  Why two pieces, you ask?  Well, with this technique you get a positive and a negative from each press and both can be used to make cards.

I took a lovely maple leaf from the tree out back (important to try and get a fresh one as you want it to be juicy) and sandwiched it between the two pieces of Watercolor Paper making sure the textured side of the paper was towards the leaf.  I put this between a folded piece of plain copy paper and then ran it through the Big Shot with the usual cutting sandwich – the extra thickness of the cutting plate helps a lot but if your leaf is really thick you may want to just use the regular embossing sandwich.  It takes practice to know which works best, so grab a couple of leaves to work with.

Once I had the imprinted leaf images, I selected the one I wanted to make my card.  I added a length of Burlap ribbon with a smaller piece knotted to the left side.  Then, I  layered the focal panel, using Tombow glue, onto a mat of Wood Textures designer paper to keep the natural feel.  I then popped this up on dimensionals to a second mat, made with the Painted Autumn designer series paper.  I had trimmed it so there was a really narrow border – wanted some of the colors to show through but not dominate.  You can just barely see it peeking out.  The finished focal piece was adhered to a card base of  Old Olive card stock using Tombow glue.

The sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  It was punched with a 1-1/2″ circle punch and matted with a 1-1/2″ circle punched from a scrap of the Painted Autumn designer series paper, cut in half and adhered to each side with Tombow glue.  It was then glued to the focal panel.  Lastly, three enamel glitter dots were added in the upper right corner.

So the next time you go for a walk in the woods, be sure to pick up some leaves so you can try out this technique.  It really is soft and lovely and a change from the traditional stamped card.   As always, if you have any questions or need help ordering the supplies used in this card, pop me a note and I will be happy to assist you.  Ta for now!


Sending Wishes Get Well Card

Bright and cheery cards are always welcome when someone is feeling down or sick so be sure to have plenty on hand.  Here’s one created with a new stamp set available September 1st that I think you are going to love.

Dale get well

This card was made using double-stamping.  If you are not familiar with that technique, basically you take two (or three depending on how many layers you want) pieces of card stock, each panel cut a bit smaller than the previous one, and adhere them together with temporary adhesive so they won’t move.  Then you stamp your images so that they fall over all of the panels.  The fern image in the lower left is a good example of this.  Be sure to really press your stamp into the paper to get a good image or you will end up with it cut off where it crosses over the panel.  When done, carefully separate the panels and then mat each one with some designer paper for a unique look.

For this card, I used the sunflower stamp from Painted Harvest stamp set.  It is a two-step stamp and I used Calypso Coral ink for both (no need to stamp off which is really nice).  This looked lovely, but I wanted to incorporate a little yellow, so I inked the detail stamp  in So Saffron and stamped one more time, offsetting the stamp so you could see the yellow peek through.  I then inked the center stamp in Early Espresso and after that inked the little dot stamp again using Early Espresso to give it some added interest.

While the Whisper White panels were still temporarily adhered, I inked the fern image from Butterfly Basics in Pear Pizzazz and stamped it twice, full strength, in the lower left corner.  I then separated the panels and matted eacg with designer paper (from the Painted Autumn suite) using Tombow glue to make them pop.  The top panel was adhered to the bottom one using Dimensionals.  This was then adhered with Tombow glue to a card base of Old Olive cut 5.5″ x 8″, then scored and folded.  Another Whisper White panel was adhered to the inside and stamped with the fern image in both the upper left and lower right corners.

The sentiment on the front is from Butterfly Basics.  I stamped this onto a scrap piece of Whisper White.  I then stamped the tip of the fern image in the upper right and lower left corners, stamping off for a softer color.  Both ends were run through the Scalloped Tag Topper punch for a decorative finish and then Old Olive 1/8″ inch sheer ribbon was run through the holes and along the back, with a bow added to the left.

This card sounds like it takes a lot of work, but it is really easy to do and goes together quickly.  And, the result is just wonderful!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and will give it a try when the stamp set comes out in a couple of weeks.  Ta for now!

Fall Into Savings – New Customer Paper Pumpkin Promotion Starts Today!

Want to join the fun but don’t know where to start?  Paper Pumpkin is a great way to get your feet wet.  Each month you receive a kit with everything you need to create fun projects.  And each month is a surprise!  Could be cards, could be treat bags, could be anything!  And now is the perfect time to jump in as Stampin’ Up! is offering a great Paper Pumpkin promotion for new subscribers beginning today!  Get half off your September Kit when you subscribe between August 11 and September 10 with promo code HALFOFF0917.

Here is the fine print for this offer:

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join between Friday, August 11 and Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to the new subscriber’s first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit.

Let me know if you have any questions and have fun!

Falling Into Fun!

Stampin’ Up! Fall Frenzy for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

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Shh, can you hear it?  The winds of change are blowing!  Or should that be the winds of Fall?  I know it’s still August, but as I look out my window at the maple tree I notice a few leaves are already starting to turn so it won’t be long before we see the gorgeous colors of Autumn.  Of course, the downside is that it will also be time to break out the rake!   The antics of  dogs diving into neat piles of leaves and then poking their heads out has always made me laugh – well as long as I’m not the one who just raked LOL – and that thought led to the creation of this card.

Fall Frenzy blog hop pic

This card also gave me the chance to use some of the beautiful new designer series paper in our upcoming Holiday catalog as well as a couple of my favorite stamp sets!

I started with a card base of Old Olive cardstock cut 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4’1/4″.  Next I used a piece of the new Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper cut 4″ x 5-1/4″.  A length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon with a knot rather than a bow was wrapped around the left side and then the mat attached to the card base with Tombow multimedia glue.

Now on to the fun part – stamping!  I started with a piece of Whisper White cut 3-7/8″ x 2-7/8″.  Next I stamped a bed of leaves using Crushed Curry ink full strength and Pear Pizzazz ink stamped off.  The leaf stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I then stamped Bella from the Bella and Friends stamp set on a scrap piece of Whisper White.  She is colored in with alcohol markers and then fussy cut.  I cut a slit in the bed of leaves and inserted her bottom half, popping her top half up with Mini Dimensionals (so handy for small spots like her tail and little ears).  To hid the slit, I stamped and fussy cut a few more of the leaves and layered them on top of her.  The sentiment, which also came from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, was stamped in Cajun Craze ink. The whole thing was cut out using a stitched rectangle die and then layered on top of an Old Olive mat cut 4-1/8″ x 3-1/8″ to give it some definition.  Lastly, 3 Glitter Enamel Dots were added at the bottom right.

The inside is another Whisper White panel with 3 leaves stamped down the right side, stamping off each time for an ombre effect.

And that’s it for this card.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Now on with the hop!  Click on the Next Blog button to move forward to Jari Francis’ project or click the Previous Blog button to move back to see the project that Amy Koenders created.

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If you get lost along the way, here are the participants in today’s blog hop.

  1. Linda Richenberg (that’s me!) :
  2. Jari Francis
  3. Jaimie Babarczy
  4. Sue Prather
  5. Mary Deatherage
  6. Amy Koender

A Star is Born

Okay, I have a confession to make.  My name is not really Wynnie.  There, I’ve said it.  But wait, you gasp, why is your shop called Cards by Wynnie if you aren’t her?  Well, Cards by Linda was already taken as was anything else I could come up with.  Just when I was about to give up, this goofy face popped up between my knees and wanted a tummy rub.  Yep, it was our rescue dog, Ms. Wynnie (aka Princess Droolyface Flufferbottom).  Hmm, thought me, I wonder if that name is taken?  Sure enough, after Googling, Etsying and everything else-ing, (and of course a tummy rub for her highness) it appeared not so I went with it.  And that boys and girls is how we got our name. Now you know the truth.  Now on to the real reason for this post- today’s card!

When I saw the Bella & Friends stamp set with an image that is so very like her (seriously, she could have sat for the picture) I had to have it.  This card is for her because she really does make us smile.

bella smile

The card starts with a base of Old Olive cut to 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″.  The lovely floral print is from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Pack, and is cut at 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, then adhered to the card base.  A length of Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon hides the seam. Bella was stamped onto Whisper White card stock and colored with alcohol markers.  Her tag is a Sweet Sugarplum Enamel Shape.  This was cut with a stitched oval die and adhered to a slightly larger oval cut from a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  This was mounted to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and was stamped in Pear Pizzazz onto a scrap of Whisper White and then cut with a stitched rectangle die.  It was adhered directly to the card base with Tombow glue.  Two more heart enamel shapes complete the front.

And there you have it – Ms. Wynnie approved of the card and so I am sharing it with you.  Don’t be surprised if you see this stamp show up often – whenever I catch our goof doing something, well goofy, it always inspires me.  I hope you enjoyed the card and the story.  And just in case you want to see the real Ms. Wynnie – here she is.  Ta for now!



Snowy Peace

I know I said I would save posting more holiday cards until closer to the holidays, but the big brown truck (UPS) pulled into my driveway yesterday and brought more goodies for me to play with!  One of the things I had been waiting for was the Softly Falling embossing folder and I knew just what I wanted to do with it.  So off to the craft room I went and this card was born!

Snowy peace

It starts with a card base of Soft Sky card stock cut 5-1/4 x 11 and scored at 5-1/2″.  Next it was time to have fun with the Softly Falling embossing folder which I ran through the Big Shot with a Whisper White card stock panel inside.  Just love the results!  Then I pulled out the Seasonal Layers Thinlets dies and chose two snowflakes to die cut out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.  While I had the Big Shot out I also cut two rectangles from the Stitched Shapes dies, one in Whisper White and one in Soft Sky.  That was all the die cutting needed for this card.  The sentiment is from Carols of Christmas and was stamped in Pool Party which I thought complemented the cool look of the card.

All that was left was assembly and embellishing.  The embossed panel was glued to the card base using Tombow glue.  The mat was glued down, also with Tombow and the two snowflakes affixed with glue dots at opposing corners.  Next, the sentiment panel was glued to the mat, also using Tombow glue.  Before attaching it to the card, a strip of Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White was snaked along the embossed panel and affixed with the Mini Glue Dots (so handy for thin ribbon).  Three of the Rhinestone Basic Jewels were strategically placed and that was it for the front!

The inside of the card received special treatment as well.  Snowflake stamps from the Colorful Seasons stamp set were randomly stamped in Pool Party (after stamping off) all over a 5″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White panel which was then glued with Tombow to the inside.

snowy peace inside

And that completed the card.  It really did come together quickly and I love how simple and elegant the design is as well as how using nontraditional colors gives it a cool, snowy look.

I hope you enjoyed this card!  All of the products used can be purchased in my online store (just click the shopping icon on the right panel).  If you need any help, or have any questions, please drop me a comment and I will get right back to you!  Thanks and hoping you have a peaceful day!

Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Summer for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

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Delighted to be hoppin’ again!  This month we are celebrating summer – my favorite time of the year!  Fire flies are winking at night, dragonflies buzz during the day and I get to break out my summer dresses -yay!.  And the inspiration for this card came from just that.

Celebrate Summer

Now on to the mechanics.  I started with Pool Party card stock cut 4.25 x 11 and scored at 5.5 for a top folding card.  Next came a panel of patterned paper from the Naturally Eclectic DSP.  The focal image is one of the Beautiful You gals stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a Whisper White panel.  Then came the difficult part – what colors to use for her dress?  Well, the answer was to stamp the image again onto the reverse side of the same DSP (a piece left over when cutting the mat), fussy cutting that and attaching it to her with Tombow multi glue.  Her hat was colored in with a Prismacolor pencil and highlights added with a white gel pen to make it look more like a straw hat.

To ground everything, a length of our beautiful Finely Woven Ribbon in Tranquil Tide was wrapped around the matted piece and secured with glue dots.  For the sentiment, I again went to the Beautiful You stamp set and chose Celebrate which was stamped in Versafine ink onto a Whisper White stitched oval.  This was matted with a little more Tombow multi glue to the next largest stitched oval die cut from Lemon Lime Twist card stock and then both were attached to the focal panel with dimensionals.  (I used the new mini dimensionals as the ribbon was too wide to accommodate the regular ones.)  Lastly, a very thin sliver of gold was added just below the focal image to give it some definition and 3 of the new glitter enamel dots finished the front.

The inside received a panel of Whisper White for writing ease which was trimmed with a 1/2″ strip of the same DSP as on the front.  Lovely!

I hope you enjoyed my celebration of summer!  For more summer fun, hop to the next post – or the previous one if you missed it – via the buttons below.  Ta for now and thanks for dropping by!

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If you get lost along the way, here are the participants for the hop:

  1. Linda Richenberg
  2. Jaimie Babarczy
  3. Mary Deatherage
  4. Sue Prather
  5. Jari Francis  :
  6. Amy Koenders