Thursday, August 9, 2018

IO Challenge- It's a Guy Thing (Masculine Cards)


Greetings friends.  I know that sometimes it is hard to think of masculine card ideas.  Hopefully, today's challenge will provide you with lots of inspiration.

For my first card, I chose to use my Beetle 3 stamp.  I have been really wanting to color him, so this was the perfect chance.  I stamped him onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and then colored him with some Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  Here is a closeup:


The background paper is woodgrain watercolor paper from Hero Arts that I colored with distress stains.  I made the background quite some time ago, and I forgot to write down the exact colors of Stains I used.  I used an assortment of grey (predominantly), blue, and brown.

The Artful Soul font is a bit feminine, but it was the sentiment I wanted for this card.  I'm sure some of you have artful men in your lives.  If not, any other sentiment could be substituted.

For my second card, I once again used my beetle stamp and paired it with the coordinating Mini Beetle 3 stamp.  I wanted both sizes because I knew I would be using them together to make some collages.  I had to take the picture from the side so that my metallic paint would show up.  Yes, you can use metallic paint for masculine cards!


To make the card, I stamped my beetles and an assortment of Seth Apter stamps onto regular black cardstock and then embossed everything in gold.  Then I colored the images with some Twinkling H2O paint, which shows up great even on dark cardstock.  Remember, because I didn't use watercolor paper, it is important to not use too much water.  Otherwise, the paper will really warp or tear.

Speaking of Seth Apter....  his images are absolutely perfect for collage or masculine projects.  I used his artwork again on the last card.

Card 3 is a Halloween card I thought would be perfect for a guy.  Okay, I already have plans to use it for my brother.  I wouldn't be a proper sister if I didn't taunt him at any chance:


To make the card, I sponged the bottom of some white cardstock with brown PanPastel chalk and the top with grey PanPastels.  Next, I stamped my dots from Seth's Grunge Grids set with Versamark ink and then sponged them with the same grey chalk, which made them appear darker than the background grey.  I then embossed the Black Cats and Scaredy Cat sentiment in black so they would really pop on the card.

Impression Obsession Items Used in the Card:

Card 1 (Artful Soul Beetle)
Beetle 3 E13647
Artful Soul C20394

Card 2 (Metallic Beetle Collage)
Mini Beetle 3 B13644
Planner Moments 3187-LG
Planner Basics 3196-LG

Card 3 (Scaredy Cat)
Grunge Grids 3209-LG
Black Cats E7983
Scaredy Cat C3527


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

IO Challenge- Christmas in July


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is all about finding inspiration for holiday cards while you aren't in a holiday rush to get everything else done.  I still talk about the one year I had my Christmas cards done over the Summer.  I was so happy!  Every other year I have pretty much procrastinated till the last minute.

Because it is still Summer, I decided I wanted to challenge myself and use warm Summer colors instead of cool Winter ones.  I rather liked the effect.  They are not colors I usually choose for Christmas, so it was fun to change things up a bit.  For the main part of my card, I stamped one of the new reindeer images onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and colored everything with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  Remember to let each section that you color dry completely before you more on to the next.  If you don't, all the colors will run in to each other.

For my background, I used two Cover a Card Backgrounds.  The first one is one I usually choose for Summer cards called Sand.  I stamped it in Impression Obsession Banana ink onto white cardstock.  I covered it with a second background image called Lattice, which was stamped in Impression Obsession Goldenrod ink.  Here is a closeup so that you can see the sand pattern better:


I love the mottled look it gives underneath the Lattice pattern.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Sending Cheer B13678
Big Buck (Reindeer) C19884
Sand Cover a Card CC216
Lattice Cover a Card CC202
Banana Ink
Goldenrod Ink

Other Materials:
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fall/Winter Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Fall/Winter Stamps 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 July 16th – July 19th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FIVE $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 July 22nd and all winners will be announced July 24th


Greetings friends.  Well, today is the last day of the new release blog hop.  I hope you have been inspired by the new stamps!

For the last day, I wanted to show you another background stamp.  This time it was Abstract Circles CC335:
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Both cards were very simple in that I stamped the circle background with Versamark ink and then sponged them with various colors of PanPastel chalk.  Easy!  I used the background in both cards as a means to highlight two of my favorite sayings from the new release.

Items for Card 1:


I chose a closeup of card 2 so that you could actually read the saying.  

Items for Card 2:
Life Rules E19871

Thank you very much for stopping by this week and for leaving such nice comments.  I appreciate you all.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fall/Winter Blog Hop Day 3


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Fall/Winter Stamps 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 July 16th – July 19th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FIVE $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 July 22nd and all winners will be announced July 24th

Greetings friends.  Today I told you I would be sharing different card samples using the new Ribbon Weave Cover a Card background:

In the Season's Greetings card, I stamped the Weave Background in Caramel ink to create a patterned strip for the card. I then stamped the Mistletoe Branch several times and added my sentiment, both stamped in black Versafine ink.  I colored the scene with Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush and then popped up the panel with foam tape.

Items for Card 1:


For the second card, I used several Cover a Card Backgrounds to create my own patterned paper and once again added a panel with the new Ribbon Weave background.  To create the patterned paper, I started with white cardstock and stamped the Metal CAC with Tan ink and then added the Dancing Leaves CAC with Caramel ink.  To finish the card, I added the cat image (Coffee Companion E21135) that was also colored with Zig markers.

Items for Card 2:

For the last card, I made a Halloween card.  The Ribbon Weave background was stamped in black ink onto a dark grey card to create a pattern for the entire front of the card.  All that was left was to add my sentiment banner and my pumpkin in a jar that were colored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.

Items for Card 3:

I hope you were inspired to try this background!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Fall/Winter Stamps 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 July 16th – July 19th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FIVE $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 July 22nd and all winners will be announced July 24th
Greetings friends.  Today is all about.....monsters! The two cards I am sharing are both using the clear set called Monster Mash (CL886) as well as the Monster Mash (C14744) sentiment.  I also chose to use two of the new Cover a card backgrounds for the cards.
In the card above, I stamped the three monsters onto 140lb watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and colored them with Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  I cut out the monsters and popped them onto a card that I had stamped with the new Marble Scribble (CC334) Cover a Card background.  I love this background!  It adds such nice texture and will go with any occasion.  I can't wait to use it with bright Distress Inks and do a rainbow colored background for a birthday card.  
Here is a look at the background:
 And what it looks like on the card:
For my second card, I once again used my Zig markers and a waterbrush:

This time though, I paired it with the new Ribbon Weave (CC333) Cover a Card background.  I will going into this background in much detail tomorrow.  I am really drawn to "practical" backgrounds that can be used over and over, and this one really does that!  
This is what the background looks like:
Here is a close up (although you will see it better tomorrow in samples):

Impression Obsession Items Used Today:
Monster Mash (CL886)
Monster Mash (C14744) sentiment
Marble Scribble (CC334) Cover a Card
Ribbon Weave (CC333) Cover a Card
Other Items Used:
See you tomorrow!
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Fall/Winter Release Blog Hop Day 1


Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2018 Fall/Winter Stamps 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 July 16th – July 19th. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FIVE $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 July 22nd and all winners will be announced July 24th


Greetings friends.  There are lots of new products for Fall and Winter in the latest Impression Obsession release.  For my first project, I wanted  to make a Christmas votive instead of a card.  It uses the new Christmas Lantern image (J20585) as well as the Lantern Window Nativity (D20587).

Here is what the lantern looks like in more light:

And from the side.....

Or, in darkness:

The finished piece has four "walls" with no top or bottom.  I have a battery-powered votive in the center and the light shines through the top as well as the vellum of the votive.

To make the Christmas lantern, I first cut two pieces of navy paper that were 3" x 6 1/2" and scored them so that I had two 3" x 3" panels and a 1/2" strip:
**my strip piece in the photo was too big and was later trimmed.

Next, I embossed the Lantern stamp onto light gold metallic paper with gold embossing powder and embossed the Nativity onto heavy weight vellum with gold embossing powder:
I cut out the center of the lantern, placed it on top of one of the 3" x 3 panels of the blue paper, traced the opening and then used an Xacto knife to cut a hole in the blue panel to match the gold lantern.
I repeated this four times until I had all of the sides of my lantern:


The vellum went in between the blue base and the gold lantern.  All that was left was to fold the blue paper along the scores and tape the blue pieces to form a 4-sided wall to go around my votive.  The best part is that it folds flat to go in an envelope.

I chose the Nativity scene, but there are three other images that fit into the lantern.

These were the items I used:

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

IO Challenge- Happy Colors

Greetings friends.  I really think you will all enjoy the IO Challenge today.  It is all about using colors that we consider "happy."  For me, that means bright colors.  I have to use turquoise since that is my favorite color and makes me happy.   I also chose to use hot pink and yellows.  It doesn't hurt to pair the happy colors with some happy flowers to really drive home the point.

To make the card, I started with a flower scene called Sierra Sunset and stamped it with black Versafine ink onto 140lb watercolor paper.  I then colored the flowers with some Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush.

To make the background, of course I had to choose a Cover a Card design.  I selected the Greenery CAC, which is a good generic design to use for all the seasons...it even looks good on Christmas Cards.  I stamped the greenery using Versafine Deep Lagoon ink.

As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment from the Flower Greetings clear stamp set.  Here is a closeup of the card:



Items Used:
Impression Obsession Stamps-
Sierra Sunset E19721
Greenery CC018
Flower Greetings CL830

Inks:
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Deep Lagoon (I couldn't find this online.  I'm not sure they still make it)
Possible Substitution- Versafine Clair Warm Breeze

Other Materials:
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Don't forget to visit the other designers for inspiration!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Let's Talk About Backgrounds


Greetings friends.  Today is my day to post for the Impression Obsession Design Team and I wanted to talk about backgrounds and designing your own patterns.  In particular, I want to talk about two Cover a Card backgrounds that are perfect for Summer.  The first is Beach Silhouettes (featured on all the cards above) and Mini Beach Print (used on all the cards below):


As you can see from the pictures, I ended up making a lot of backgrounds to have on hand.  I want to talk a little about each one as well as show you a few finished cards.  It ended up being a long post, but I couldn't seem to stop myself! You can skip to the samples that interest you.


First, let's talk about the Beach Silhouettes background.  In my first sample, I simply stamped it "as is" onto kraft cardstock with Majestic Blue Versafine ink.  I wanted to add a bit more interest, so I added highlights to the background print with a white Prismacolor pencil.  The boat I added is called Star Ship, and I stamped it on white cardstock with the same blue ink to cut out the sail and boat.  Here is  a close up of the Prismacolor pencil on the background:


Here are other samples with the same background and what I was thinking when I created each:


Layering more than one Cover a Card background on top of each other adds extra dimension.  Here I stamped CAC Clouds in Sky Blue ink and added the Beach Silhouettes on top in Taupe ink. I find the Taupe ink to be really nice when you don't want something as stark and opaque as black ink.


Here are two more backgrounds layered for a very different look.  I started with the Woven Tapestry CAC and stamped it in Colorbox Chalk Warm Violet ink and then added the Beach Silhouettes on top with IO Plum ink.  The Woven Tapestry is one of my favorite backgrounds to use in the Fall as burlap or for Halloween cards.


For the next card, I once again used two CAC backgrounds, but this time I sponged white cardstock with Ultramarine Blue Pan Pastel chalk, stamped the Waves background on top with Versamark ink then sponged the waves with the same Pan Pastel chalk. Don't worry.  Sponging the chalk on top won't smudge the Versamark ink.  To finish it, I stamped the Beach Silhouettes on top with Black Versafine ink.


If two layered background stamps are good, why not do three?  For the pink card, I started with the Distressed Denim CAC in Blush ink, added the Herb Leaves CAC in Rose ink and finished it with the Beach Silhouettes in Cherry ink.  The more layers and colors you add the more your background will look like store bought patterned paper.


For the final sample with this background, I played a game with myself.  I picked two other backgrounds at random and stamped them on top of each other to see the end result.  I started with the Giraffe CAC in Tan ink, added the Rocks CAC in Caramel ink and finished with the Beach Silhouettes in Black ink.  I never would have put these three patterns together, but  liked the end result.  It reminded me of a vintage travel background.


Next, how about we talk about the Mini Beach Print background?  In the flamingo card, I stamped it by itself in IO Peony ink.  There is a clear set that is meant to work with the Mini Beach Print CAC called Floral Flamingo.  The clear set is where I got the flamingo to go with the background print.


Anyone else have Colorburst Powder backgrounds on hand that they haven't used?  This background of blue/purple inks is from cardstock I used to clean up leftover watercolor paint from a non-stick craft sheet.  I didn't know what to do with it until I stamped it with the Mini Beach Print in Ocean ink.
To finish the card, I sponged a circle in Canary ink and sponged some Ocean ink underneath to give the impression of a horizon with water.  I then stamped the water print in the same Ocean ink (stamp from the Floral Flamingo clear set I mentioned in the last sample).  The sentiment is called Sun Will Rise.


The next background was made from Distress Oxide inks.  It didn't blend very well and I was tempted to throw it away.  I kept the background to use for die-cutting, but once I stamped it with the Mini Beach Print CAC and Chocolate ink, most of the flaws were covered.  Nice!


For my final sample, I used three different backgrounds.  I started with the Sand CAC in Peach ink. It is hard to see, but it added a mottled look to my white cardstock.  Next, I added the Wide Watercolor Stripe on top with Melon ink and finished with the Mini Beach Print in Caramel ink.

Whew!  I think this was the longest post I have ever written.  I hope you are inspired to play with your backgrounds!

Impression Obsession Stamps Used:
Beach Silhouettes CC315
Mini Beach Print CC316
Star Ship E20501
Clouds CC091
Woven Tapestry CC020
Distressed Denim CC051
Herb Leaves CC238
Giraffe CC135
Rocks CC278 
Floral Flamingo WP869 
Sun Will Rise C13671
Sand CC216
Wide Watercolor Stripe CC299


Impression Obsession Inks:
Sky Blue
Taupe
Plum
Blush
Rose
Cherry 
Tan
Caramel
Peony
Ocean
Canary
Chocolate
Peach
Melon