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 Virginia Lu.

Before we show you Virginia’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

VirginiaLu-02272014-250WHello, I am Virginia Lu from Ontario, Canada. I am an avid stamper/card-maker and an occasional scrapbooker. I’m blessed with two wonderful children and a loving and supportive husband. In my blog (Yes, Virginia…) I share my love of card creations, scrapbooking, food and traveling. I have been active in the online stamping community since 2008 and I love every minute of it.  I have been fortunate to have have a few cards published by Paper Crafts, Cards, Papercraft Inspirations (UK) in the last two years. Last summer, I was thrilled to be voted as the Top 5 in Gallery Idol organized by Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking. I am currently on two design teams: The CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Runway Inspired Challenge. I have really enjoyed learning the latest stamping techniques and making like-minded friends from the online blogs/community. It gives me great pleasure to share my project with you here at Paper Crafter’s Library today.

Create Your Own Stationary Set

I’ve incorporated the latest trend (water-coloring) in today’s project.  This handmade stationary set was fun and easy to create.


Here is a simple photo tutorial.


1-3 Apply Distress inks on acrylic block. Pick up the ink from the blocks with the water brush and apply colors to paper. Let dry.


4-5 After the water-brushed colors are dry, stamp the flower images in assorted Distress inks.

6 Cut up the stamped paper, card stock and gold paper strips.


7 Add a touch of dry embossed details to the bottom of the design.

8 Use Gold Stickles to decorate the tiny embossed flowers.

9 Assemble.


I hope today’s project inspires you to create an unique and sophisticated stationary set!


Stamps (AC037, Forever by Hero Arts); Tim Holtz Distress inks (Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick) by Ranger; Tim Holtz Detailer Water Brush by Ranger; gold strip of paper and card stock (Michael’s); Embossing Folder (Just My Type) by Provo Craft; Rangers Stickles (Champagne); Water color paper (Royal Langnickel, 108.1 LB); Acrylic Blocks

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


35 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Virginia Lu”

  1. Wow! What a beautiful, beautiful stationary set from Virginia! The technique looks like such fun, and the colors she used are so soft and pretty! LOVE!!!

  2. So beautiful, Virginia!! Love the mixture of watercoloring with stamp layering and the embossing is really a classy touch! Fabulous feature…happy to see you here♥

  3. Hi Virginia,
    Congratulations on being the featured designer here this week! I love the wonderful set of cards you have created and I am certain that your wonderful projects will be an inspiration to many. It’s fabulous how you took the time to share this very pretty technique and I especially love the idea of combining the Wink of Stella Markers with Distress Inks. There is not doubt in my mind that these cards are even MORE stunning in person!!

    So happy to see your wonderful talent here and again — my congrats to you!!


  4. Thanks papercrafters library for showcasing designer Virginia to present how to make personalized note cards…… great inspiration and adding this one to my bucket list.

  5. “Sophisticated” is a good word to describe this set – lovely colors and a fabulous stamp. Virginia is one of the nicest gals in blogland – great to see her here.

  6. This artist has a light hand when applying her colors to this project…easy on the eyes. Thanks for this tutorial!

  7. LOVE this look of stamping over the watercolors. Just gorgeous. I am saving this.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  8. My sincere apologies for my late post!

    What a gorgeous set of cards you’ve created, Virginia! Your watercolored background is so pretty, and I love your choice of colors! I also love how you layered the flowers and included dry embossing along the bottom of your cards…so elegant!

    I’m so happy that you have been featured here at PCL…such a lovely post!

  9. Virginia, this set is so lovely – and quite easy to make it seems. Thanks for the photo tutorial.

  10. Virigina, what beautiful cards! I love watercolor techniques and this looks so fun! Thanks for sharing your technique.

  11. Very nice Virginia! Nice to know a little more about you and your cards are really pretty.

  12. These cards are so beautiful! Really creative to see the stamping on the watercolor background!

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