Thursday, June 21, 2018

Impression Obsession Sale!

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Greetings friends!  You usually don't hear from me twice in a day, but IO announced a flash sale this afternoon, and I wanted to pass along the info.  Remember, if you want any of the rubber stamps, they are available in woodmount or cling.

Visit the sale here- Impression Obsession

Since I am posting anyway, I thought I should share another card idea:
                 

I probably didn't color this bird with "correct" colors, but as with all my birds, I use the colors I am feeling at the moment.

To make the card, I stamped a bird on a branch and two leaves from the Baby Bird Clear Set onto 140lb watercolor paper.  The bird was stamped with black Versafine ink and the leaves with Impression Obsession Shamrock ink.

Next, I colored my bird with an assortment of Zig Clean Color brush markers and softened the color with a waterbrush.  Once the bird was completely dry, I traced around the bird with a light blue Zig lean Color brush marker and softened it with a waterbrush till it faded to white.  It is really important to let the bird dry first so that the the coloring of the bird doesn't bleed into the sky.

As a final step, I added a background I had stamped with the Impression Obsession Houndstooth Cover a Card background.  I stamped the background a long time ago to have on hand, and unfortunately, I don't remember what color of ink I used.  It was probably Colorbox Chalk Azurite. I also added a sentiment from the Flower Greetings clear set.

Here is a close up of the coloring:



Items Used on Card:
Impression Obsession Baby Bird Clear Set
Impression Obsession Houndstooth Cover a Card
Impression Obsession Shamrock Ink
Impression Obsession Flower Greetings Clear Set
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

IO Challenge- I Sea You


Greetings friends!  Today's IO challenge theme is the sea, which seems very appropriate for this time of year.  I grew up around the beach, and I definitely miss going often. 

Today's card is really, really easy to make and reproduce.  If you wanted to have a Summer all-occasion card to have on hand, this one works well.

The entire landscape is one stamp called Seagull Shadows.  You don't have to build the scene yourself.

Step one is to place cream cardstock into a stamp positioner and stamp with black ink.  It doesn't have to be perfect stamping because the lines are mainly there as a guide.  You will be restamping the lines as a final step to the card:


Next, you will need some chalks.  I used PanPastels.  I love how well they blend with each other and the fact that they are erasable if you make a mistake:


Color the scene with your chalks.  I used the darker blue for the ocean, the turquoise for the sky, and the brown and yellow for the sand.  Don't worry about coloring over any of the lines.  Once you finish adding your chalk, put the cardstock back in to the stamp positioner and restamp the image with black ink:


In the picture above, the top cardstock is one that has chalk covering up all the birds.  You lose some of the definition.  The bottom picture is where I restamped the scene.  You can see the lines so much better.  The sand looks different in the two pictures because in one I used more yellow chalk ink than the other.

That's it!  So easy.  Use the card for a general hello, a Summer birthday, whatever....  I want to try this same card with a sunrise at the top.

Items Used on the Card:


Stamps:
Impression Obsession SeagullShadows J16392

Ink:

PanPastels:

Don't forget to visit the other designers for more "sea" inspiration, and I encourage everyone to play along with this challenge too!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

IO Challenge- Food


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about food.  Hmm....I like the topic.  I thought I would make a card in celebration of Summer.  It is also one of the quick and easy cards I will be teaching at the Nokesville Craft Yard Sale this Saturday.  I do have a couple of spots left, so if you are interested in attending, please email me.

For today's card, I really wanted a watermelon seed stamp, but I didn't have one.  To improvise, I took one of the many clear stamp hearts I own and trimmed it to be in the shape of a seed.  I figure I will also be able to use it as a raindrop.

I started by stamping the seed onto a red card using black ink.  Next, I stamped the sentiment onto a white strip of paper and colored it with a R35 Copic marker and a green Prismacolor pencil.  The rind was so narrow that a Copic marker wouldn't have fit.

Next, I stamped the watermelon slice three times onto XPress it Copic paper and colored them with the R35 marker and a G21 marker.  I cut out the slices and then popped them up with some foam tape.  Easy!

All of the stamps I used on the card come from the Impression Obsession clear set

CL764Good Old Summertime

Want to see more food inspired cards?  Don't forget to visit the other designers:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

IO Challenge- Backgrounds

Greetings friends.  I was really looking forward to this challenge because I am enamored with IO Cover a Card Background stamps.  I think you may have noticed that I tend to forgo patterned papers because I can just stamp my own.

For the card today, I wanted to show you how you can combine three different backgrounds to create your own designer paper.  You can choose the colors and designs you want to get a look that you like.  Here is a close up of today's "paper." It uses three of the light/medium/dark IO ink colors that are meant to coordinate together.  I chose Fog, Shadow, and Taupe.


First, I started with Fog ink and stamped the Cover a Card Distressed Denim design on top of white cardstock.  The mottled design is a favorite of mine when building a patterned paper to use as a light base layer to build upon:

Next, I added some lines to my paper using the Scribble Checkerboard Cover a Card and some Shadow ink:
I already had a mottled layer and a lined layer, so for my third layer, I decided to go with some curvy lines.  The top layer used the Flourishes Cover a Card with Taupe ink.
I then had my completed paper that was ready for a stamped image and sentiment.  For the butterfly, I stamped it onto my background and once again onto a piece of watercolor paper that I had colored with Colorburst powders.  It was actually a scrap that I hated as a background.  Never throw those pieces away.  They are great for stamping on top of as well as die cutting.  I cut out the butterfly wings (without the antennae) and glued them onto the butterfly stamped directly onto the card.  Finally, I added my sentiment in black ink.

I encourage you to try making your own backgrounds.  IO has over 250 background designs, so the possibilities are practically limitless!

Impression Obsession Items used:
Cover a Card Distressed Denim
Fog ink
Scribble Checkerboard Cover a Card
Shadow ink
Flourishes Cover a Card
Taupe ink
Sketched Butterfly
Artful Soul

I encourage you to visit the other designers for more background inspiration!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

IO Summer Release Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Summer Release Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May1st – May 3rd. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday May 6th and all winners will be announced May 7th.
 Greetings friends.  Most of you know by now how much I love my IO Cover a Card backgrounds.  It wouldn't be a true hop for me if I didn't share one of the new designs with you.

To make my card, I created a background using an older and a new background stamp.  I started with white cardstock and then stamped the Clouds background on top with Sky Blue ink.  The clouds background gives you a really beautiful and realistic looking sky, but I was using it primarily for texture under the second stamp.  Next I stamped the new Mini Beach Print background using Navy ink.  Here is a closeup of the two backgrounds:

For my wavy background, I used a single wave stamp in my MISTI stamp positioner and stamped it twice in Baby Blue ink (top), twice in Sky Blue ink (middle), and twice in Navy ink (bottom).  I simply moved the paper approx 1/4" each time I stamp to get a row of waves with an ombre look.

To finish the card, I added a sentiment with black ink and cut out a palm tree that I embellished with brown pearls.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Sentiment- Life's a Beach

Don't forget to hop on over to the other designers:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IO Summer Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Summer Release Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May1st – May 3rd. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday May 6th and all winners will be announced May 7th.
Greetings friends.  I was attracted to this sentiment by Lin-Manuel Miranda and knew I wanted to make a card with it.  (I am determined to see his play "Hamilton" at some point in my life).
It is hard to tell from the picture, but the background is actually a combination of two different Cover a card Stamps.  I started with the Distressed Denim design and stamped it with Banana IO ink onto white cardstock.  It gave the paper a splotchy yellow/creamy look.  Next, I stamped Sunburst design on top using Goldenrod IO ink.  To finish the card, I added my sentiment with black ink.
Impression Obsession Items used:
Start There D13672
Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

IO Summer Release Hop Day 1

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Summer Release Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away! The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May1st – May 3rd. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Comment entries will be open on all posts until 9pm CT on Sunday May 6th and all winners will be announced May 7th.

Greetings friends.  For today's card, I wanted to share an idea for coloring the new Painted Rainbow stamp.  It has a really nice watercolor "brushed" look, so I decided to color directly onto the stamp with red, orange, yellow, green and blue Zig Clean Color brush markers.  Next, I lightly misted the stamp with water and stamped it onto some 140lb watercolor paper.  There were some places that didn't blend as much as I wanted, so I lightly touched them with a waterbrush until I got the rainbow I wanted.  Once I let the rainbow dry, I stamped the sentiment on top.  Tip- be sure to use a MISTI or another stamp positioner to stamp your sentiment.  Stamping a sentiment onto watercolor paper, even smooth watercolor paper, often takes more than one stamping to get a crisp font.

For the background, I stamped the rain background onto blue cardstock with Versamark ink and then sponged it with some Ultramarine PanPastel chalk.  

Impression Obsession items used:
We have two more days of hops coming up to show you the new stamps, so I hope you will join us for the other days.

Don't forget to visit the other designers and leave comments!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

IO Challenge- All that Glitters

Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about glitter.  Normally when I use glitter on a card, I put an intricate die cut onto strong, sticky tape and then add white glitter on top of all the open areas.  That then allows me to color the glitter with any color of Copic marker I choose.

Today I decided to go much simpler and to use up some of all my glitter tape scraps.  To make the card, I cut out my happy birthday sentiment and stuck it onto a strip of double stick tape.  Then I covered it with dark blue glitter.  For the rest of the decoration, I added strips of tape in varying widths and covered them with an assortment of glitters.   Here is a close-up of the card to see the sparkle better:


The nice thing about the card is that it uses up scraps, it is fast to make, and you can easily adapt it for the recipient using colors that they will like.

I also wanted to talk a bit about the sentiment die I used.  It is from the Greetings Top Edgers set.  The set includes dies that say happy birthday, thinking of you, and thanks so much.  When you cut out the die, it leaves the cardstock attached at the bottom to layer onto the card.  Normally I leave the sentiment attached to the cardstock, but for this card, I chose to cut it off so that it would fit onto the tape strip.  Here is a close up of what it looks like when you die cut the sentiment:


Don't forget to visit the other designers for more glitter inspiration:

Thursday, April 5, 2018

IO Collor Challenge- Pink and Green


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge was to use the colors pink and green.  It is a perfect color palette for Spring!  For my card today, I want to share a bit of what I did wrong as well as what went right.  After all, isn't that information just as important?

To make the card, I used one of my Colorburst backgrounds that I have on hand for cardmaking.  It is 140lb watercolor paper with an assortment of green Colorburst powders that were spritzed with water to get a splattered watercolor look.

Next, I stamped my Rose Leaves onto the green background using Impression Obsession Shamrock ink.  I put it in my MISTI for stamping because watercolor paper is notoriously difficult to stamp on, and I had a feeling I would need to stamp the leaves more than once.

The butterfly is where things went a bit wonky.  I cut out the butterfly in white cardstock and then again with one of my pink Colorburst backgrounds.  I pieced the pink parts of the butterfly onto the white butterfly outline, and I was done.  I should have stopped there.  However, I didn't.  I added some Stickles to the wings for sparkle, and the glitter glue started removing all of the Colorburst color.  The wings looked terrible.  Note to self...  Stickles and Colorburst powders don't work well together.  I removed the pink pieces that were ruined and looked for another background that would work.

To finish the card, I cut out another pink pieces from a background I had made using a couple of Cover a Card backgrounds.  Here are the pink pieces I used on the butterfly.  The original pink Colorburst background on the left and the pink patterned paper I made on the right:


So, my butterfly ended up being a combination of Colorburst pink pieces and patterned pink pieces.  The patterned paper didn't match the other paper, so I added some Copic marker on top of the pattern to make it look like all the pieces were meant to work together:


Whew!  I wish I hadn't gone one step too far and given myself  all that extra work.  However, as I tell my students, cards always seem to go wrong.  It is always about the fix.

Impression Obsession items used:
Rose Leaf Branch F1899
Butterfly 2 die DIE507-V
Hugs die DIE516-A
Shamrock ink

For the pink patterned paper:
Cover a Card Distressed Denim CC051
Cover a Card Flourishes CC027
Bubblegum ink
Ruby ink

Need more pink/green inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers (Especially Dina...she has a stamp set give away on her blog)