Thursday, June 20, 2019

IO Challenge- Sending Sunshine (Sun Image or Sunny Colors)


Greetings friends.  Is there anyone out there that could use a little extra sunshine in their life?  Well, that is the latest IO challenge theme.  You can make cards with sun images or just sunny colors.  The interpretation is up to you!


For my card today, I chose a sunshine and rainbow image that I love.  It is actually on clearance on the Impression Obsession site, so now is a great time to get it! 

I didn't want the lines of the image to be really dark and overpower the yellow of the sun, so I started with some 140lb watercolor paper and stamped my image with grey Versafine ink:


I then colored it with some zig clean color real brush markers.  Of course, I also had to add a little bit of a Wink of Stella glitter marker to the cloud for extra sparkle.

To create the rays in the background, I stamped the Sunburst Cover a Card Background onto a yellow notecard with Versamark ink and then sponged the whole thing with an orange/yellow PanPastel chalk.  Very easy.  As a finishing touch, I added my sentiment with a banner die cut.


Impression Obsession Items Used:

Card Sentiments 3167-MD
Stitched Tag (includes the banner die) DIE798-Y


Thursday, June 6, 2019

IO Challenge- I'll Drink to That


Greetings friends.  There is a new Impression Obsession challenge, and it is all about drinks....any kind of drinks.  I was inspired to play with the brand new Happy Hour stamp set.  The set comes with a PiƱa Colada image, but for layering purposes, I decided to used a die instead.

To make the card, I started with kraft cardstock and stamped the pineapple in black Versafine ink.  I allowed it plenty of time to dry and then sponged some yellow and green PanPastel chalk on top.  I then layered some Prismacolor pencils on top of the chalk to add some accent of color.  Here is a close up of the pineapples:


Next, I stamped a circle and cut it out by hand before adding the sentiment and my cocktail. The drink was cut out of white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
CL941 Happy Hour Set (both for the pineapple and sentiment)
DIE185-H Mixed Drinks Die Set

Other Items Used:
Prismacolor Pencils- Olive Green, Spring Green, Sandbar Brown, Goldenrod
Copic Markers- Y32, Y35, E31
PanPastels- Yellow Ochre, Chrom Oxide Green

Thursday, May 23, 2019

IO Challenge- Feathered Friends


Greetings friends.  Today is for the birds...literally.  I hope you will play along and created your own feathered friend project.


Today's card is designed in a rather French Provincial style.  I wanted to make a thank you card for my friend that went to Paris and brought me back macarons.  Those are the kind of friends you need in your life!

The first step was to create my own background I used the Rooster Cover a Card stamp along with some Sepia Versa Fine ink.  The Rooster background is a great one if you like to create patterned paper with a country/rustic look. It is hard to see the whole image on my card, so here is a picture of what the stamp looks like:

For the central part of the card, I used a French Script in the same Sepia ink as the background.  The French lettering is a perfect design to have if you do a lot of collage work.  I sponged some Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink around the lettering and then let all the ink dry really well.  As a final step, I added my Rooster and embossed him with black embossing powder.


Impression Obsession Items Used:
Rooster Cover a Card CC146
La Chantecler (French script) H23031
Rooster 1  E23030


Thursday, May 9, 2019

IO Challenge Yellow and Blue


Greetings friends.  Today's theme is all about color....in particular, pairing yellows with blues.  If you would like to see a list of all the participating designers, you can get the full list on the Impression Obsession blog.


I fluctuate between peonies and sunflowers as my favorite flowers, so I jump at the chance to use either one on a card.  For my card today, I used the Sunflower Background die and layered it onto a blue cardstock layer.  First I cut out the sunflower in a darker mustard yellow to create an outline.  I then cut out my flower with bright yellow cardstock and paper-pieced the leaves into the flower outline.  I thought the petals needed a little dimension, so I shaded them with Y04, Y15 and Y17 Copic markers.  Here is a close up:



Originally I was planning on adding dark brown paper behind the center dots, but I liked the look of the navy blue instead.  As a final touch, I added my sentiment onto one of the stitched tag dies.

Need an idea for a 2 minute card?  I liked the look of the bright yellow sunflower outline that was left from my other card.  I glued it onto a blue card and plan to use it as a blank card for writing quick notes.  I am not sure that I have ever die cut an item and then simply glued it to a card.  It was so fast!


Items used on the card:
Card Sentiments 3167-MD
Stitched Tags DIE798-Y

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

IO Summer Release- Day 3




Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer Release Celebration!

The Impression Obsession Summer Stamp Release Celebration starts today! Each day (April 29th - May 1st ) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog (direct link to the Impression Obsession blog please) at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday 7th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday May 6th.
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE 


Greetings friends.  Today there isn't much of a theme for my cards....perhaps blue?  Anyway, I wanted to share a couple of images that I really enjoyed coloring.

In the first card, I used the new Floral Cake Slice and stamped it onto 140lb watercolor paper with some black Versafine ink.  I then colored it with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  Around the edges of the watercolor paper, I sponged it with some Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink.  Here is a closeup:


For my second card, I used a new car image as well as one of the new license plate options.  I listed the other license plates at the bottom of my post in case you want to see all the options for creating a vanity plate::

I would like to point out that I used the same Cover a Card stamp I posted on Monday for the lemonade card.  Doesn't it look so different in blue?

For coloring the card, I stamped it in black Memento ink onto Copic XPress It paper and then colored it with an assortment of Copic markers:


All that remained was to use a sentiment from the Words for Art stamp set that was inked onto one of the latest banner dies.

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog to see the list of participating designers!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Floral Ride D20721
CREATIVGRL A20736
Words for Art 3172-XL


Other license plates available:
STAMPIT A20733 
LVS2WINE A20734
LVS2SHOP A20735
 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

IO Summer Release- Day 2




Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer Release Celebration!

The Impression Obsession Summer Stamp Release Celebration starts today! Each day (April 29th - May 1st ) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday 7th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday May 6th.
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE


There is a new clear set called Fishies that I absolutely love.  In particular, there is one fish that I am particularly fond of that made an appearance in both of my samples.  I just love him!

In the first card, I used underwater elements and a sentiment that all came from the Fishies clear set.  I masked the fish and rocks before airbrushing a little blue and brown Copic markers to create a landscape for the scene.  I didn't bother masking the sentiment or bubbles (what a pain).  Instead, I simply colored them with Prismacolor pencils that covered up the airbrushing.  I used an airbrush, but you could just as easily use ink and a sponge.


For the second card, I used fish from the set and an older sentiment.  I once again used masking, but it wasn't as much work as it might seem.  I  had a mask for the puffer fish from the other sample and for the brown fish, I only cut out a mask that covered the body and tail.  I didn't worry about the fins because I knew they would be colored with a dark brown marker.  I did cut out about 12 masks, but that took no time at all since I stacked 6 masks on top of each other and cut them all out at once and then did the same for the other six.  Of course, I saved all my masks for future use.

Don't forget to leave a comment and visit the other blogs for a chance at winning a $25 IO gift certificate!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Fishies clear set CL958
In a Crowd A5445

Monday, April 29, 2019

IO Summer Release- Day 1




Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer Release Celebration!

The Impression Obsession Summer Stamp Release Celebration starts today! Each day (April 29th - May 1st ) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday 7th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday May 6th.
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE

  
Greetings friends.  There is a brand new Impression Obsession release, and you know that means I get excited about sharing new Cover a Card backgrounds!  For this first release date, I thought I would show you two.

The first Cover a Card is called Retro Circle, and it looks amazing no matter what color you use for stamping.  However, I did find that if you stamp it in yellow, it has more of a "sunburst" feel and is great for summer cards.  In this case I paired it with the new clear Citrus Set of stamps.  Those stamps themselves make for an awesome background. The tag and banner sentiment used the new Stitched Tag die.



For the second card, I wanted to use the new Cherries background.  Cherries to me definitely scream summer.  The background was created by adding Colorburst powders to some InkJet paper (I used a coffee filter to diffuse the colorbursts onto the paper).  When it was completely dry, I added the cherries with black ink.  To finish the card, I used the new bold Thanks sentiment and surrounded it with a rectangle die cut from the Checkered Frames set.

I hope you will visit the other designers for more inspiration and for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Retro Circle Cover a Card CC352
Citrus Set clear stamps CL942
Stitched Tag Die DIE798-Y
Cherries Cover a Card CC355
Thanks D13782
Checkered Frames die set DIE805-YY