Today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, we’re continuing our weekly featured artist spotlight whereby each week we spotlight a different artist/designer in the paper crafting & mixed media world and introduce you to their fabulous work.

Today we’re thrilled to welcome – Karolyn Loncon

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Hello! My name is Karolyn Loncon.  I’m a retired Legal Assistant, married to Garry since 1980, and mom to Amy and Ashley, who’s married to Blake and the mother to my grandsons, Brecken and Brenner.  I’m blessed to live in Seattle, Washington in the summer, and Chandler, Arizona in the winter.  I love most paper crafts, but especially stamping and card-making.  The name of my blog is Paper Therapy.  I love to laugh, travel and play BINGO (don’t judge – LOL)!

I started paper crafting in 2002 when my older daughter “abandoned” me to go to college.  I started scrapbooking as my therapy.  Shortly thereafter, a friend invited me to a Stampin’ Up! party, and the rest is history.  Once I discovered stamping and card making, my need for instant gratification took over.  I haven’t touched a scrapbook since!  Ha!  I would say that my style is mostly clean and simple, although I throw in some fun and cute every now and then.  I’ve been fortunate to have many of my projects published in paper crafting magazines and thoroughly enjoy that whole publication process.  I also design projects for Paper Smooches Stamps and CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge Blog.

I was thrilled and flattered when I got the email from Andrea asking me to be featured – and am so happy to share a project with you all today!


Card Project

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I’m really enjoying the “sketchy” or “doodling” trend that I’ve been seeing in a lot of different arenas of art and design.  I also adore images that are retro.  So my project features both of those aspects.  I stamped the camera image multiple times down the right side of the card base in VersaMark ink.  I love the subtle effect of repeating an image in watermark ink, and then having a duplicate of that image pop off the page as the focus.  I stamped the camera twice in black onto a scrap of kraft paper, fussy cut one of them and adhered it to the card base with foam tape over the top of the watermarked image.  To give additional dimension, I fussy cut the lens of the second black image, colored one of the rings with orange marker, and adhered it to the camera with more foam tape.  Doesn’t it look so real?

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For the sentiment, I die cut a word bubble (another super fun trend that I’m loving these days).  I thought this punny sentiment was the perfect match for the camera image, don’t you think?  I really liked the idea of making the word bubble white – it totally “pops” off the page.  I colored the open letters with orange marker, and then adhered the word bubble to the card with foam tape.  I love the contrast of the monochromatic kraft with the pop of white and orange.  This project came together so quickly, which is exactly why I adore creating clean and simple cards.  Instant gratification!



STAMPS:  So Retro (Claudine Hellmuth/Stamper’s Anonymous/Ranger), Snapshot Words (Maya Road)
INK:  VersaMark (Tsukineko), Black Dye (Hero Arts/Memories)
PAPER:  Desert Storm CS and Solar White CS (Neenah Classic Crest)
OTHER:  Talk Bubbles 2 Die (Simon Says Stamp), Orange Marker (Memento)

We hope you have enjoyed today’s projects courtesy of Karolyn Loncon. Also, be sure to stop by Karolyn’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).


3 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Karolyn Loncon”

  1. CAS is my favorite kind of card. You combined retro, CAS, cameras, and word bubbles perfectly (all of them favorites), along with the added dimension of layering. I love kraft cardstock, and the repetition of the watermarked images really adds extra oomph. BTW, my first SLR camera was a Pentax and looked just like this! That was a long time ago. It’s hard to believe I, myself, may be considered retro or vintage or even antique…. 😉

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