May 5, 2015


 Today's card has a distinctly masculine feel. Duh, Linda. It's a FATHER'S DAY CARD!

The set, Moon Lake, found on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog (which expires June 2!) has three truly lovely images, a Canada Goose going for a swim, a handsome bird (not sure what kind) atop its perch, and a rowboat pulled up alongside an ancient tree. All of these images are perfect for masculine cards. Or sympathy cards. Or just a Thinking of You card for anyone. Or for a nature lover on your card giving list. Gorgeous, serene scenes that just feel comforting.

I love the look of the Faux Tearing Technique, and thought I would try it on this card. My first faux tearing attempt was done just once, along the long edge. It looked cool, but I couldn't get my image to work well. It just looked awkward, no matter what I did.

Then, I hit upon doing it twice, once on each short side. That turned out to be the perfect solution, especially with this image.

The sponging was done with Lost Lagoon. And then I stamped the triangles from the Dotty Angles set on page 98 of the big catalog also in Lost Lagoon, at full strength. 

Since our newer foam ink pads are so moist, they take a little longer to dry. So, if you're quick, you can sprinkle some Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss it for a little extra texture and interest.

In the photo below, I hope you can see some of the "shimmer" and bubbles of the embossing. It is subtle, but a cool effect in person.

For the sentiment strip, I used a portion of the triangle stamp, but stamped it off a few times first so it wouldn't overwhelm the words.

For the Lost Lagoon effect behind the image, I want to thank my upline, Patrice, for this idea. Thanks, Patrice! 

To do this, take the long watercolor swoosh from the Work of Art stamp set (page 165 in the big catalog), stamp it off once, stamp on the lower portion, then, without re-inking or stamping off again, repeating the stamping two more times. A sophisticated ombre look makes the image soft and trendy.

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Starting this week, I am going to add a new feature to my blog. Each Friday I will post one of my recent Instagram photos. Thus, with this additional posting day, I will have posts published three times a week, on Sunday morning, Wednesday morning and Friday morning.

I decided to do this for a few reasons. 

I have always LOVED photography, at least, since I was nine years old, when I received my first Brownie Camera.

My first job out of high school was at a Color Lab, working with professional photography.

The emphasis of my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is photography.

I have become somewhat too nonchalant and lax about my photography in recent years.

Finally having gotten a Smartphone last June, one of the first apps I added was Instagram.

This will force me to continue to be more creative photographically.

I love to share!

Just to give you a sneak peek of what I post to my Instagram account, 
here is an image I added just yesterday: 

So, watch for the premier of my new feature on Friday! I'm so excited!

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My Faux Tearing card has been added to this week's Paper Players challenge:



  1. Thank you for joining our Oh my Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday! This looks amazing! Evija @fromevijawithlove Co hosting OMHG Wordless Wednesday

  2. These handmade cards have such a personal element. They can be shared and then framed afterwards.Thanks for joining the Oh My Heartsie-Girls WW!


  3. What a classic monochromatic card Linda - your faux tearing looks great and I love your use of the Work of Art stamp for your background. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  4. Beautiful, Linda! I love the embossing technique you used. Such an awesome shimmer! Thanks for playing at The Paper Players this week!

  5. Linda, this is beautiful! I love the embossing and torn paper! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players this week! XX

  6. LOVELY scene you created, Linda, and what a cool technique! I haven't done that faux tearing for a long time! And I love your photograph are a woman of many talents! Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Paper Players!

  7. Very nice card.... lots of detail, but not too much... it all works together so well. :)

  8. Handmade gifts are the best and I just love this. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty. Hope to see you next week!

  9. I love the boat under the tree. What a great tribute for any father. Very handsome.

  10. This turned out super cute!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  11. A long time ago I use to make cards, this particular one reminded me of one that I made for a special friend that is now in heaven.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. Super cute!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this with Awesome Things Tuesday last week! Come party with us again, we'd love to have you!