Friday, July 26, 2013

Cards by Linda E.

 Good Evening Bloggers:

Today we are releasing one of two cards that our Card Designer Linda prepared.    These cards along with the other projects are hanging up to the right of the door when you walk into Scrapper's Playground.  Please feel free to ask any of our Staff for information on the products that were used in these designs.  Stay tuned till tomorrow to see Linda's next card!
Cards by Linda E.
(All products used on these layouts where bought/provided from Scrapper's Playground)


Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock

Bazzill Two Scoops Textured Cardstock
My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing (Lavender) 6x6 Patterned Paper Stamps
StazOn (Jet Black) Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Old Paper, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass)
Twinkling H2O (Sugar Plum)
Spica Pen (Turquoise)
Candy Dots
Twine from Scrapper's Playground
Adhesive: Glossy Accents; Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Paint Brush

Today's card uses the Paper Smooches Surf & Turf stamp set. It was inspired by the beloved children's book, Rainbow Fish.  I so loved reading this story to my kids when they were small. Seeing this stamp set conjured up many of those fond memories.  To start, I cut a standard size card. I then cut the Bazzill cardstock 1/4-inch shorter in height and adhered it to the card base. Next I cut the patterned paper from My Mind's Eye Sweetest Thing Lavender pad to measure 5.5" x 3.75".  This measurement included the branding strip. My original intention was to cover the branding strip with a different pattern but I liked how the the bolder stripe looked.  I decided to use the the paper as is and come up with a fix to cover the hole.

I stamped my scene using black StazOn ink.  I would be using water to add Twinkling H2Os to some of the fish so I wanted an ink that would hold up to water.  I did use a mask when stamping the plants. (You may have noticed from the picture that I often stamp on top of an old mouse pad.  I find this helpful in getting a really sharp image.)  Next, I colored in my scene using Tim Holtz Distress markers.  I painted over the images with a damp paint brush for a water color effect.  For the two smaller fish, I added purple Twinkling H2Os to the scales.  I used the Spica Pen to make one scale stand out just like Rainbow Fish!  As for the hole on the branding strip, I covered it with a Candy Dot and added a second to the right side of the sentiment to ground it. (I used Glossy Accents to make sure they stuck.)  As a finishing touch, I ran a line of wet glue along the top of the pattern paper and adhered some multi-colored twine.

Don't forget to give the inside of your cards a little TLC.  Adding a graphic element and a scrap of paper really helps make your sentiment pop.

Great job Linda!  Love the details on the fish!  Such a fun card!


  1. Great card!! I love the scene you created.

  2. This card is adorable, and I love the colors used.

    Linda E. (I've been signing my name as Linda E. on all blogs for many years, so I'm wondering how we can differentiate between the two Linda E.'s. Any suggestions? Thanks.)

    1. Maybe you can use your last name or middle initial or nickname or favorite color or or or ..... !!!

  3. This card is too cute and I LOVE the idea of using the back of the stamp!! You could even use the back of the stamp for a solid image, then use the front of the stamp in a contrasting color on top of that. Thanks for sharing!!