Thursday, June 16, 2016

IO Challenge- Summer


Summer is upon us with the blue skies, warm sun, and lots of greenery and blooms.  For my card today, I wanted to highlight the colors that remind me of the season.

I started the card by embossing the Rose Leaf Branch onto watercolor paper with white embossing powder.  I then wet the paper with water and added some Colorburst powders to color around the leaves.  I moved the paint around with a brush and then splattered extra paint onto the card to give it a speckled look.  Here is a close up of the resist:


To finish the card, I added the Hello Summer sentiment. 

Need more Summer inspiration?  Be sure to visit the other designers:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

IO Challenge- Furry Friends


Is there anything better than having a furry friend in your life?  I love today's theme because furry friends just make me happy.

For my card today, I stamped the dog from the Spoiled Rotten clear set MC264 onto watercolor paper using Versafine ink.  I colored him with watercolor pencils and then cut out the finished image.

For the pattern at the bottom, I stamped the Lattice Cover a Card background (CC202) onto watercolor paper with black Versafine ink.  I then colored the squares with Salty Occean and Tumbled Glass Distress Markers and blended everything with a waterbrush.

The saying comes from another cute dog clear set called Doggone Cute MC260.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Easy Peasy


Greetings everyone.  Today it is my turn on the Memory Box Outside the Box blog to show you one of their new stamp sets with coordinating dies.  I had the set called "Easy Peasy."  Of course, I have to finish the phrase with "easy peasy lemon squeezie" because that is what my brother and I used to say to each other. 

If you would like the details on the cards, head on over to the Outside the Box blog for a detailed description.  The Outside the Box blog will be showing the new sets all week.  Visit the site for inspiration, leave comments and have a chance to win one of the new stamp sets of your choice.  Good luck!

Here is the address of the blog post in case you can't click on it in the description above:
http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2016/05/new-stamp-sets-blog-blitz-day-1-by-laura-.html

Thursday, May 19, 2016

IO Challenge- I Love You Man


Guy cards--- they can be hard sometimes.  I know I am always looking for new ideas, so be sure to check out all the designers to see how everyone designed cards for men.

For me, I wanted to use a color that I don't normally use for guy cards.  This time I chose to add a bit of yellow.  I probably should have tried pink, since it would have been even harder to add to my guy card!

To make my card, I stamped the new Roadster Grill image (F13454) onto kraft cardstock using Deep Brown Colorbox chalk ink.  I let the ink dry and then lightly colored parts of the card with a yellow and white Prismacolor pencil.  I spent about 30 seconds total coloring bits and pieces of the image.  I figured less is more when making a card for a man.  Here is a close up of the image, coloring, and pencils I used:

For the background,I stamped the Thick and Thin Cover a Card (CC008) onto kraft cardstock with Kraft Hybrid ink from My Favorite Things.

To finish the card, I stamped the Good Times sentiment (C14540) onto kraft cardstock with the same brown ink.  I cut out the saying, added a white highlight and then popped it up with some foam tape.

Need more masculine card ideas?  Be sure to check out the other designers:

Thursday, May 5, 2016

IO Challenge- Fanciful Florals


Who doesn't love floral cards?  They seem to work for every occasion.  For my card today, I decided to make a clear acetate card.  I stamped the Three Windows stamp (G2175) onto an acetate card from Hero  Arts using Black Staz On ink.  Once the ink dried, I colored the inside of the acetate card with an assortment of Copic markers.  I blended the "sky" areas with some Copic Blending Solution in a waterbrush so that it gave the card a bit more of a watercolored look.  Important....you have to stamp on one side of the acetate and color on the other side or your marker will take the Staz On ink right off of the card.

Next, I added a white piece of cardstock behind the acetate so that you could actually see the coloring.  I added a saying from the same cling sentiment set I used earlier this week on the cactus card.  It  is  called Everyday Quotes 2 (3153-XL) and it includes lots of great sayings.

Here is a close up of the coloring:



Off topic....for those of you who asked about my last card with the Distress Crayons and white ink on black cardstock, the white ink I used was the Unicorn white by Hero Arts.  Sorry I didn't include that information in my last post!

Need more floral inspiration?  Be sure to check out the other designers.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

IO- Summer Release Hop Day 2

 
 
 
Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer Release Blog Hop!
 
We have some beautiful projects to share AND PRIZES to give away! The hop will run for 2 days (5/2/16– 5/3/16) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blogs each day. Visit the fabulous Design Team Blogs on the list below (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to a Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
 
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificates to two lucky winners!
Comment entries will be open until 9pm EST on Thursday, May 5th and all winners will be announced Friday, May 6th on the Impression Obsession Blog
Good luck!
 
 For today's card, I wanted to challenge myself a bit. I decided to use every stamp from a particular clear stamp set.  I have never done that before. I have always used a few stamps from a stamp set at a time.

Stamp set used- CL882 Doodle Flowers

To make the card, I used my MISTI stamp positioner and stamped all the butterflies, leaves, and flowers onto black cardstock.  I let the ink completely dry and then colored the elements with an assortment of Distress Crayons and Gelatos.  As you can see, it is a bit underwhelming:


The magic really happens when you put your paper back in the MISTI and stamp it again with white ink.  This is the end result:



It took quite a while for the white ink to dry on top of the crayons and Gelatos, but it did eventually dry.

Want to see more of the summer release?  Be sure to visit the other designers:

Monday, May 2, 2016

IO- Summer Release Hop

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer Release Blog Hop!
 
We have some beautiful projects to share AND PRIZES to give away! The hop will run for 2 days (5/2/16– 5/3/16) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blogs each day. Visit the fabulous Design Team Blogs on the list below (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to a Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!
 
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificates to two lucky winners!
Comment entries will be open until 9pm EST on Thursday, May 5th and all winners will be announced Friday, May 6th on the Impression Obsession Blog
Good luck!
 
For my card today, I used some of the new cacti stamps.  From left to right, they are:
Rabbits Hair C19187
 
I then added a saying from a wonderful new set called Everyday Quotes 2 (3153-XL)
 
To color my card, I started with 140lb watercolor paper, stamped the cacti with black versafine, and then painted everything with Peerless Watercolors.  Here is a close up:
 
 
 
I hope everyone has a good day.  It really is a good day to have a good day!
 
Don't forget to visit the other designers:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Chameleon Pens- 3 Marker Card


Greetings friends.  All this month, the Impression Obsession Design Team has been having fun with Chameleon Pens.  For each Friday in April, various members of the Impression Obsession team have shared projects using Chameleon pens and the Chameleon team shared projects using Impression Obsession stamps.  You can visit the Impression Obsession blog to see all the projects we have done this month. 

Be sure to also visit the Chameleon Blog to see their teams projects and enter for a chance to win a set of 5 Chameleon pens!

For my card today, I only used three different pens to get all the various shades on my sunflower.  Here are the colors I used:


When you use Chameleon pens, you are able to get a gradient of color using only one pen.  Therefore, I used the yellow to color all of my petals, the green for the leaves and stem, and the brown for the center of the flower.  It is kind of nice to use one marker instead of multiple pens to get light, medium, and dark shades on your image.  Here is a close up of my flower:


Chameleon Pens:
Y03 Warm Sunset, YG3 Spring Meadow, BR2 Hot Cocoa

Impression Obsession Stamps:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

IO Challenge- Happy Hello


A happy hello to everyone!  The dogwoods are in bloom in Virginia right now and they are so pretty. I can't decide if I like the pink or white ones better. 

For today's card, I used some Distress Crayons on top of some gessoed cardstock to color my dogwoods.  For the sky background, I added some Tumbled Glass Distress Stain.



Stamps:
Saying from Impression Obsession clear set CL636 EverydayWords
Impression Obsession Dogwood3 H12004

Need some more happy hellos?  Check out the work of the other designers.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stenciled Watercolor Birthday Wishes


Greetings everyone.  As you know, I have been doing a lot with the Color Burst Powders lately.  The theme for today's Impression Obsession challenge is "Birthday Wishes," so I decided to break out my Color Bursts yet again along with a stencil I hadn't used before.  It is a stencil from Stencil Girl called "Waterway" and the lines kind of reminded me of streamers.

To make my card, I placed the stencil onto watercolor paper and sprinkled it with Ultramarine Blue and Violet Color Burst Powders.  I spritzed it with water, let the colors blend and removed the stencil.  I made sure to flip the stencil over and press it onto extra paper to get a second print out of my stencil.  After all, there was a lot of paint and water on the stencil.  Why waste it?

Next, I cut out the Wishes (DIE364-E) out of white foam and sprinkled it with glittter.  You can't tell from the original picture, but it does sparkle:


I added a sentiment from the Wishes stamp set that coordinates with the die (MC657).  I embossed it in white so that you would be able to see it well on the card.

For the balloon, I cut it out from the Balloons die set (DIE359-R) and added a piece of die-cut acetate to give it the gloss of a real balloon:


Need more Birthday Wish inspiration?  Be sure to check out the other designers: