It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you to our guest designer Linda Brandyberry (aka Lin over Sending Hugs). I have known Lin since my early days (circa 2009) of online stamping over Hero Arts Flickr. Lin and I have met 3 times in person and she is beautiful inside and out. Lin is one of the most prolific and talented card makers. Lin loves all things flowers and blue. Her signature style leans towards Classy and Elegant and her paper-piecing is always a treat to see. But really, she can do all styles!
Without further ado, here are the inspiration and pearls of wisdom from Lin.
Lin: Everyone remembers the magic we all felt when we first heat embossed our first stamped images, and now with the beautiful colors and variety of embossing powders, the sky's the limit! But I think my favorite kind of embossing is the tone-on-tone look we achieve when we introduce dry embossing into a design. The result is something you want to reach out and touch and yet it's a subtle addition of texture that works every time, whether it's a whole background or just a smaller area on your card!
Lin: "Just Because" uses an inlaid die-cut. Cut a panel a bit smaller than the card front, then center the stitched rectangle die on it and cut it out, setting aside the rectangle while you dry emboss the "frame" that is left. Stamp the sentiment on the stitched panel, then reinsert it into the embossed frame and attach the whole thing to your card front. Add flowers, leaves and enamel dots. (Flowers and leaves are white-embossed on printed papers)
Lin: "Happy Birthday": Cut aqua panel slightly smaller than card front, and using an embossing STRIP, emboss once across the top and again down the left side of the panel; sand to bring out the details, affix to card base, and add die-cut details.
Lin: "Special": Heat emboss flowers and leaves in gold on watercolor cardstock, using masking, then paint with watered-down distress inks. Emboss sentiment in gold. Gold emboss flowers only on vellum, fussy-cut them out and attach to painted flowers using tiny dots of glossy accents, as little as possible, around the edges and the tiniest piece of foam square in center to raise vellum in center slightly. Affix to pink card base and sprinkle gold sequins.
Lin: Thank you so much, Virginia, for allowing me to play with some of my favorite techniques! I hope they'll inspire others to play in your anniversary challenge!