Thursday, January 18, 2018

IO Challenge- Adore You (Valentine)


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am envious of everyone attending Creativision 2018.  I know there will be so many new stamping products and ideas.  The Impression Obsession Design team will be showing you lots of new products next week, but I am going ahead and show you one of the new products that Impression Obsession is releasing at Creativision this weekend.  It is one of Lindsay Ostrom's new designs (Meadow Whisper E19720).  Her flowers are so much fun to color!

Whenever I make a card for Impression Obsession, I try to use their background stamps instead of patterned paper.  After all, they have such wonderful Cover a Card designs that it would be a shame not to use them.  For today's card, I used the Zebra Cover a Card.  It is embossed in black on white cardstock.  I really liked the glossy finished look, even though it is hard to see it in the picture.  It also made me laugh because my last Valentine used a giraffe background and this time I used a zebra background.  I must be going through my wild animal phase.  Here is a close up:


To color the flowers, I used Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  As a finishing touch, I spelled out "I adore you" using words from the Valentine Brush Letters clear stamp set and popped up the pink panel onto the card using some foam tape.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Llama Llove



Hi guys.  It was my turn on the Outside the Box blog today, so I shared one of their clear set images that includes several llamas with coordinating sayings.

 
I added just a hint of color around the clouds and the ground using my Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  Sometimes I find that you don't need to color the entire sky or ground to give the impression that they are there.  Plus, it is much faster if you don't color the whole piece of paper!


If you want to see the full post, you can find it here.


I also released I forgot to share my last post from the Outside the Box blog on my personal blog.  For this card, I used the new penguin die as well as some of the new Valentine's Day dies:




If you want to find the entire post for that card, you can find it here.




Thursday, January 11, 2018

Non-Traditional Valentine


Greetings friends.  I have been making a lot of non-traditional valentines lately.  I still wanted to have some hearts so that it still looked like a valentine, but I usually don't use giraffes on my valentine's day cards.

I recently cut out a lot of giraffes from the baby giraffe clear set with the coordinating baby giraffe die set.  I have them ready to go for any occasion.  I think the next card will be a birthday card with a party hat.

To make the card, I started with 140lb watercolor paper and stamped and cut out my giraffe and scarf.  I then colored everything with Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  I wanted to amp up the spots on the card to go with the saying, so I stamped the Giraffe Cover a Card background onto a Kraft notecard with IO Caramel ink.  The sentiment was stamped with IO Chocolate ink.

Hope you have a great day!

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Valentine's from Memory Box


Hi guys.  Today I am once again posting over on the Outside the Box blog for Memory Box.  They have brand new dies in time for Valentine's Day. 

To make the card, I made a background wash of Distress Oxide inks, paper-pieced some gold and dark pink paper and added a bunch of glitter.

Here is a close up of the the paper piecing and glitter:


For more instructions and pictures, be sure to check out the Memory Box blog.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

IO Challenge- Shiny New Year (Shiny Elements on a Card)


Greetings friends.  I want to start off by apologizing that I haven't figured out how to photograph metallics or glitter very well.  If anyone has tips, I would love to hear them!

For today's project, I wanted to show you the Gift Card Foldover die.  The nice thing about the die set is that it cuts out a mini foldover card that fits a standard gift card as well as cuts slits on the inside to hold the gift card in place.  It also comes with two sentiments so that you can decide what you want the holder to say.  In the photo above, I chose a generic gift sentiment, and in the next picture, I chose a birthday sentiment:


Here is a closeup of the inside so that you can visualize how it holds a gift card:


Here is what the die set looks like.  You can see that the foldover part is one piece, and the two sentiments are separate:


**The picture is a bit deceptive.  The sentiments look like they won't fit in the holder, but it really does!

The theme this time was shiny cards, so I used a silver metallic paper for the holder and some glitter for extra sparkle.  To make a gift card holder, I started by cutting out the silver base.  Next, I taped the sentiment I wanted in place with low tac tape and ran it though a die cut machine a second time.  I then placed some really strong double stick tape behind the sentiment (Elizabeth Crafts) and sprinkled it with glitter.  Finally, I cut an extra piece of white cardstock to go on the inside of the gift holder so that it would cover my glitter on tape.

What to see other shiny card ideas?  Don't forget to visit the other designers.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Distress Oxide Floral Cards


Greetings friends.  I posted on the Outside the Box blog today sharing some of the latest dies from Memory Box.  For a full list of Distress Oxide ink colors and die information, be sure to visit the Memory Box blog.



Thursday, December 21, 2017

IO Challenge- Anything Goes


Greetings friends.  Today the IO challenge theme is "anything goes."  Yeah!  Don't you love seeing where the creative mood takes you?

For me, I wanted to play with two of the new IO dogs.  Aren't they sweet?  You could use it for a Valentine, but it works just fine to let someone know that you care.

To make the card, I stamped the two dogs with black Versafine ink onto 140lb watercolor paper.  Then I colored the dogs with Zig Clean Color brush markers and softened the markers with a waterbrush.  Once the dogs were dry, I added some color around the dogs and under the dogs as a shadow.  I wanted to let the dogs dry first so that the markers wouldn't bleed into each other.

To finish the card, I added a sentiment from a clear set and some "patterned" papers I made using some Cover a Card backgrounds.

Stamps used:
Silly Dog C15123 (the one with his tongue hanging out)
Sweet Dog D15124 (heart on the nose)
Saying- from the Warm Fuzzies CL492 set (I'm sorry.  I think it has been discontinued)
Cover a Card Gingham CC006



Don't forget to visit the other designers!
 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

IO Challenge- Last Minute Holiday Cards/Gifts


Hi guys.  Today I wanted to share a project to make a faux glazed ceramic ornament that is really fast and cheap to make.

I started with a white ceramic ornament that I bought from Michaels.  After discounts, it cost about 60 cents.

Next, I die cut a snowflake from the IO Mitten die set.  To do this, I placed a piece of masking paper on top of cardstock and then ran it through my die cut machine.  I then peeled the masking paper off of the cardstock.  Hint...  you have to place the masking paper onto cardstock so that it goes through the die cut machine well.  Next, I put my masking paper snowflake onto my white ornament:


While the masking paper snowflake was in place, I sponged over everything with Impression Obsession Peacock ink:


Then I removed the mask:


You could leave the ornament as-is at this point, but I wanted a finished glaze look on the top.  My first attempt was to ink the entire ornament with Versamark and then emboss it with Ultra Tick Embossing Powder.  That didn't work because the ink from the pad just absorbed into the ornament.   I tried again and used my Versamark reinker and painted the entire top with Versamak ink before adding my Ultra Thick powder.  This worked perfectly.  After one layer, my ornament wasn't very smooth:


I did a total of three layers of Ultra Thick powder total to get a nice, thick enamel finish.  After the first layer of Ultra Thick, I was able to go back to using my regular Versamark pad to adhere the powder rather than the Versamark reinker.

Finished project which was much smoother:


Hints:  If you get small bubbles, keep heating the powder to get them to go away.  Don't worry about bubbles on the first layer since it won't be very pretty anyway.  If the powder starts to run off the edge because you get it too "liquidy," stop heating it, let it cool a bit, and continue to heat the project.  You can use regular clear embossing powder instead of Ultra Thick powder, but it will take a lot more layers to get the same effect. 

I included a lot of steps, but it really is a quick and easy project.  My non-existant Christmas budget also appreciated the cost.  The finished project really did look like a glazed ceramic tile.

Good luck!

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IO Valentine Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog 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!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday Decmeber 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW at www.iostamps.com
 
 
Greetings friends.  Today is the last day of the new release blog hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it.  For today's card, I used stamps from a clear set called Country Floral.  It is a nice set that has hearts, flowers, and leaves.
For the background, I used a technique I like with the Cover A Card Backgrounds.  I started with a brown polka dot scrap of paper and then stamped the  Wood Grain Cover a Card background on top with brown ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Here is a closeup of the background:
What I like about this technique is that you get an interesting look of mixed patterns and it is a fantastic way to use up your patterned paper scraps.
For the heart section, I stamped the leaves with Impression Obsession Mint ink and the Outline heart with Impression Obsession Black ink.  To add a bit more interest, I stamped the flower with the heart center on top of the heart using the same black ink.  I then embossed the flower with clear powder to give it a bit of interest.  To color the heart, I used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, cut out the heart, and popped it up with foam tape.  Here is a close up:

Items used in the card:
Country Floral Set WP804 (for leaves, heart, and flower with heart center)
Saying from clear set- CL634 Valentine Brush Words
 
Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

IO Valentine Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!
 
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog 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!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday Decmeber 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW at www.iostamps.com
 One of the nice things about Valentine's Day images is that they don't have to be used for one time of year.  Yes, you can make cards for Valentine's Day, but you can also use them for wedding or just for telling someone how much you care.
For today's card, I colored it in traditional Valentine's Day colors, but I think it would be great in silver and gold for a wedding card.
 
To make the card, I followed several steps:
  1. 1. Stamp image onto kraft cardstock with white ink
  2. 2. Allow ink to dry
  3. 3. Color image with Prismacolor pencils- don't worry about coloring over some of the stamp details
  4. 4. Put image back into the MISTI and stamp with white ink to put the lines back on the image
  5. 5. Emboss with white powder

Here is a close up of the coloring and embossing:

Stamps used in the card:
Saying from clear set- CL634 Valentine Brush Words
 
Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration and for chances to win prizes!