Thursday, January 16, 2020

IO Challenge- Have a Heart



Greetings friends. The theme today is "Have a Heart," which is perfect with Valentine's Day a month away.  We would love it if you could join us an play around with the challenge.  You can find all of the information as well as a list of participating designers on the Impression Obsession blog.  We would love to see your creations! 

I wanted to make a card that I could use year-round instead of just for Valentine's Day.  I absolutely love this sentiment.  It is truly beautiful, and I think a lot of people would like to receive it.  

To make the card, I started by stamping the heart Cover a Card onto white cardstock using Teal Versafine ink and then stamped the heart image in the center with the same ink.  The heart image is one stamp that includes the watercolor brushstrokes as well as the double heart.  

To finish the card, I added my sentiment in black ink.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Double Love L20800

Thursday, January 9, 2020

In Love With Spring Release Day 4

 
Welcome to the Impression Obsession In Love With Spring 2020 Release Celebration!
 
The Impression Obsession In Love with Spring Release Celebration starts today! Each day (January 6th - January 11th ) 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 January 12th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday January 14th.
 
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE
 
 
Greetings friends.  Are you tired of bunny cards yet?  For this one I wanted a blue color scheme and wanted to play around with mixing Cover a Card backgrounds.
 
To make the card, I stamped the Bunny Block stamp onto Xpress It blending cardstock in black Memento ink and then colored it with Copic markers.  This is the same stamp I used on Monday for the bunny pocket card.  It looks very different when you use the whole image.

Next, I created some patterns using a Couple of Cover a Card backgrounds.  The first is the Calico Background and the second is the Mini Gingham (also used on my Monday card).  The patterns are very different from each other, but I stamped the both with Teal Versafine ink so that they would coordinate.

To finish the card, I added one of the new Easter sentiments.
 
Impression Obsession Items Used:
Mini Gingham Cover a Card CC373
Bunny Block D12206
Hippity Hoppity D12204
 
Three of the designers are posting samples as part of the hop today (including myself).  Don't forget to also visit the Impression Obsession blog!

Laura Fulcher (you are here)


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In Love With Spring Release Day 2



Welcome to the Impression Obsession In Love With Spring 2020 Release Celebration!
 
The Impression Obsession In Love with Spring Release Celebration starts today! Each day (January 6th - January 11th ) 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 January 12th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday January 14th.
 
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE
 
  
Greetings friends!  If you hadn't already figured it out, I am so excited about the new IO bunny images.  They make me so happy!  For my card today, I am using one of the new Spring Cover a Card backgrounds as well as the Bunny Bea image.

To color my image, I used an assortment of Copic markers.  Usually when I make Spring cards, I stick to pastels, but I thought it would be fun to use carrot colors instead to color my bunny.

The background Cover a Card background is really detailed, so I used my Habanero Versafine ink to make sure it picked up all the lines.  A little hint about backgrounds...if you are having trouble getting cleanly stamped images, rub the top of the stamp with very fine grain sandpaper.  It helps your ink adhere better to the rubber and it won't hurt the stamp.  As you use the stamp over and  over, the impressions will get better and better.  If you are too nervous to use sandpaper, use a really cheap/rough washcloth and rub the stamp to help get the image conditioned for stamping.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Spiral Tiles Cover a Card CC384
Bunny Bea G12208



Don't forget to visit all of the other designers.  There is so much to see!
 

Monday, January 6, 2020

In Love With Spring Release Day 1




Welcome to the Impression Obsession In Love With Spring 2020 Release Celebration!
 
The Impression Obsession In Love with Spring Release Celebration starts today! Each day (January 6th - January 11th ) 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 January 12th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday January 14th.
 
All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them all HERE 
 
 
Greetings friends.  The IO team has lots of new goodies to show you for Valentine's Day and Spring.  We hope you will be inspired!
 
For my card today, I wanted to make a Valentine card using a new Cover a Card background, a new Valentine die, and one of the sweet new bunnies.  I chose purple as my dominant color and added a bit of red for extra pop.
 
I didn't use any patterned paper for the card.  It is the new mini gingham background.  Isn't it great?  It really does look like printed paper, but now I have the option to make it any color I want to match my card.  I have a feeling I will be using it a lot for baby cards.

Next, I added a bunny from the Spring release.  The bunny image has a block frame around it, but I used just the bunny part of the stamp, colored it with Copic markers and then cut it out to stuff into my pocket die.

The new Eyelet Circle die set has a scalloped circle in it as well as a semicircle part with a heart attached.  I cut it out twice...once with the gingham paper I stamped an again with red paper so that I could cut out the heart and glue it onto the gingham pocket.
 
Do you recognize the sentiment?  I have used it a lot over the years.  I like it because I have a lot of bunny images and the sentiment allows me to use them year-round.  Practical.

 
Impression Obsession Items Used:
Mini Gingham Cover a Card CC373
Eyelet Circle DIE 924-V
Bunny Block D12206
 
 

Don't forget to visit all of the other designers.  There is so much to see!
 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

IO Challenge- Love is in the Air



Greetings friends.  Welcome to 2020!  Impression Obsession has lots of new images for Valentine's Day that work for that special someone as well as all of your loved ones and friends.  If you would like to play along in the challenge, be sure to visit the Impression Obsession blog for more information and to get a list of all the participating designers.

Today I would like to share two cards with you:


For the first card, I wanted to focus on the Simply Love image that includes both the heart as well as the sentiment.  This stamp seemed like the most practical of the Valentine release to me since it seems like it can be used year-round for so many occasions.  I really see it as a great wedding or anniversary image.

To make the card, I stamped the image onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink.  I then colored the edges with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and softened the colors with a waterbrush.  I finished the card by adding a few decorative rhinestones.  Clean and simple.


For the second card, I wanted to use one of the new Cover a Card Backgrounds.  It is called Basket Weave.  I already know that I will be using it again in the Spring for Easter cards.  Love it! 

For the coloring, I stamped the Heart Cascade image onto 140lb watercolor paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Everyday Quotes 2 stamp set onto a label I cut from the Pinked Stitched Sentiment Banner die set.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Simply Love C12111 
Basket Weave Cover a Card CC372
Heart Cascade C12118
Pinked Stitched Sentiment Banner DIE814-U
Everyday Quotes 2 3153-XL 





Thursday, December 5, 2019

IO Challenge- It's Snow Time


Greetings friends.  The latest IO challenge is all about snow, so I decided to focus on a snowman....aka a "flakey person."


To make the card, I created my own watercolor paper.  I started with 140lb watercolor paper and painted it with blue and purple watercolor paint (with just a hint of green).  While the paint was wet, I placed my harlequin background on top of the paint and let the paint dry while the stamp was still on top of it.  It left a ghost of an impression on the watercolor paint.  Here is a close up:


Next, I cut out my snowman and added some snowman die accessories.  Notice I am continuing my theme of winter characters carrying their coffee with them.  We all need to stay warm after all!  As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment on a white snowbank, colored the top of the snow with a light blue Copic marker and added some sparkle with a little Stickles glue.

I absolutely love this sentiment, and I have to admit, the card was a bit of an excuse to use my sentiment!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Flakey People B9824 
Large Snowman DIE884-U 
Snowman Accessories DIE885-Q 
Cover a Card harlequin CC004 

Want to have more information on joining the Snow Time challenge and to see inspiration for the other designers?  Be sure to stop by the Impression Obsession Blog.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Fall and Sale Announcement

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Greetings friends.  I wanted to share with you a sale happening over on the Impression Obsession site that starts today and extends through Sunday.  You can save 25%.  It is a great time to do a little Christmas shopping for those crafters on your list (or even yourself).




I also wanted the chance to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.  If you are traveling, I wish you very safe travels. 

My card today uses a favorite Impression Obsession image.  It is an older tree stamp designed by Leigh Hannan.  I painted the image with some Twinkling H20's (remember those?), spritzed it with water and then stamped it onto some watercolor paper.  Underneath the tree, I panted a ground using some regular watercolor paints.  To finish the card, I added a Fall sentiment.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Riley Tree J2053 http://shrsl.com/1z76j
Happy Fall A13071 http://shrsl.com/1z76o

Thursday, November 21, 2019

IO Challenge- Holiday Wishes


Greetings friends.  It is time for another challenge, and this time the theme is "holiday wishes."  Do you make holiday cards?  Are they finished or still on your "to do" list?  I hope you are inspired by the designer cards today!


For my card today, I wanted to use the super-cute penguin die.  Of course, it isn't enough to have a penguin.  You also have to also accessorize him! I had to add the hat and coffee cup from the Snowman Accessories die set and a scarf from the Penguin Outfits die set.  The nice thing about the two accessory sets is that you can use them interchangeably between the penguin and snowman.  After all, everyone needs to be stylish.

To make the card, I cut out the pieces of my penguin and colored the nose and feet with Copic markers.  I also edged the white body with a grey marker and the cheeks with a pink marker.
Next, I cut out the hat in red paper and then again in white so that I could make a striped hat.  For the coffee cup, I made sure to add a glossy gel pen to the lid to make it look like the lid was plastic.

For the background, I added some of the Primitive Snowflakes cut from glossy paper.  I liked the contrast of the glossy snowflakes on the matte background. Here is a close up:


The last step was to add a rhinestone to the center snowflake and add my sentiment in black ink.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Penguin DIE 889-V
Penguin Outfits DIE 888-O
Snowman Accessories DIE 885-Q
Primitive Snowflakes DIE 893-YY
Stamp from clear stamp set CL973 Holiday Tree 


Need more Holiday inspiration?  Stop by the Impression Obsession blog for a full list of participating designers as well as information on how to join the challenge.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

IO Challenge- So Thankful


Greetings friends.  The latest Impression Obsession themed challenge is "So Thankful." I thought it would be a good time to revisit an old (but good) stamping technique....stamp kissing.

In order to created this effect, you first start with a solid stamp.  I chose a stamp that had many solid leaves:

I inked it with some light brown ink and then set it aside while I inked my patterned stamp.  I chose a marble background that I absolutely love.  In case you didn't know, Impression Obsession bought all the designs from Serendipity Stamps.  If you were looking for their designs, you can find them at IO!  Here is what the marble background looks like.  Can't you imagine all the ways you can use this stamp?


I inked my marble stamp with blue, purple and green ink.  To make my leaves marbled, I touched the inked leaves  to the inked marble background (stamp kissing).  The pattern of the marble transfers to the leaves.  Next, I stamped the newly patterned leaves onto cream cardstock and edged the paper with brown ink.  Simple!

Want to see more thankful inspiration?   Visit the Impression Obsession blog.  There is a complete list of participants there as well as instructions of how you can also join the challenge.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Leaves Silhouette K23047
Marble Background- Waves SS-752-L
Thankful B14798

Thursday, October 17, 2019

IO Challenge- Harvest Treats (Fruits/Veggies/Pumpkins)


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about the harvest....lots of fruits and vegetables.  For those of you who know me, you know I had to do pumpkins.  I also had to add a punny sentiment.  That's just the way I roll.


To make the card, I first started by making my frame.  I painted some 140lb watercolor paper with various autumnal colors of watercolor paint.  I spritzed it to let the colors blend and then let the paper dry.  Once dry, I cut out my frame using the Large Frame die.

For my gourd truck, I cut out the truck from light yellow cardstock and then deepened the yellow on the fenders using a Copic marker.  I made sure to sponge a lot of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink onto the truck to make it look like it was on a farm.  I then loaded the truck with some pumpkins and added my sentiment.

The punny sentiment comes from a clear set that has other puns such as:
Life is Gourd
Hello Gourdous
Oh  Gourd Gracious

I can't tell you how happy this set makes me!  Just FYI...the stamp set comes with a truck set.  I decided to use a die instead so that I could load it with pumpkins, but you could just as easily use the truck in the set.

Here is a close up of the truck:



Impression Obsession Items Used:
Large Frame DIE860-WW
Classic Truck DIE218-I
Pumpkin Patch DIE202-G
Sentiment from clear set CL977 Gourdous

Want to see more Harvest inspirations?  Visit the Impression Obsession blog for a full list of participants.  Also, create your own card for a chance to win a prize!