Friday, July 18, 2014

More Watercolor

Want a sneak peek of something?  Impression Obsession will be releasing a TON of new stamps and dies for summer CHA.  The design team will be having a week long blog hop in July to show you the new products, but I am sharing the new pumpkin pair with you a little earlier than that.  I am using the stamp in my Peerless watercolor class tonight, so I asked Mitra, the owner of Impression Obsession, if I could share the image online.  She graciously gave me the okay.

Some of you already know this about me, but I can't seem to pass up a new pumpkin stamp.  There is something about them that I just love. I don't want to count how many pumpkin stamps I own  because I really don't want to know the total. 

To make the card, I stamped the pumpkins with black Versafine ink and then colored them with an assortment of Peerless watercolor paint.  I added just a hint of ground and wall instead of adding   a solid ground and wall. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

IO Challenge- Beach/Nautical

Is everyone in the mood for the beach?  Today's challenge is all about beach/nautical cards.  I am sharing one of the cards I will be doing tomorrow in my Peerless watercolor class.  Is anyone else really enjoying those paints?

For my card, I stamped the Seaside Scene G1731 with Black Hybrid ink from My Favorite Things.  I then added some watercolor paint and added the Voice of the Sea C5053 saying.

Need more beachy inspiration? Check out the other designers:


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Memory Box Release

Today is my day to post over on the Outside the Box blog.  This is the card I posted that uses one of the new Memory Box dies.  If you would like the full instructions as well as a chance to win the die, you can find all of the information here.

 Have a great day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

IO Challenge- Colors of Summer

Today's Impression Obsession challenge is all about summer colors.  Since the heat index today was over 100, I decided to go with hot colors such as yellow, orange, and red.  I was a little disappointed when I stamped my saying because I realized that I smudged it a bit.  It should read "It takes a long time to grow an old friend."

To make the card, I colored the background with an assortment of Peerless watercolors and then embossed the tree (Tree F7715) and the saying (Old Friend B5400) in black.

Do you need a bit more summer inspiration?  Check out the other designers:

Karen is a new designer for Impression Obsession, so be sure to stop by her blog!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

IO Challenge- Are We There Yet?

Greetings everyone. Today the IO challenge is all about travel cards. I instantly knew that I wanted to use the Classic Truck image (G1866) with some of my new watercolors.  It really is a fun image to color.  I made a card out of heavy watercolor paper, stamped the image with black India ink, then colored the image with some Peerless watercolors.  To finish the card, I added  the Road Less Traveled saying (D3613).

Need more travel inspiration?  Check out the other designers:
Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crab Card

I just realized that I forgot to share a card I posted over on the Outside the Box blog the other day.  It uses the Memory Box wave stencil, their new Coastal Crab die, and some netting I used from a clementines bag.  If you want to see the full instructions, you can see it on their blog here.

Hope you are all doing well!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

IO Challenge-Masculine Cards

About five years ago, I taught a masculine card class and was determined to include a floral card into the mix.  After all, my favorite stamps tend to be flowers, leaves, butterflies, and dragonflies.  Why buy something special just to make a "guy" card?

For my card today, I used some of my favorite stamps and changed the color palette so that it would be a good masculiene card.

You may not have noticed, but I use this leaf stamp a LOT (Silhouette 2 E552).  It is just such a practical stamp to have/use.  I started with kraft cardstock, stamped the Medallion Cover a Card (CC032) on top with Memento Luxe Toffee Crunch ink and then stamped the leaves on top with Colorbox Chalk Creamy Brown ink.

When I finished stamping the leaves, the card looked like this:

I wanted to add a bit more interest to the leaves, so I added several shades of  brown Prismacolor pencil on top of the stamped leaves so that they looked like this:

To finish the card, I stamped the Dragonfly (D1339) and saying (Thanks B5630) with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle ink.

You know what finishes a proper masculine card?  Glitter and metallic paper!  Honestly, my point of view is to use what you like.  You don't have to restrict yourself just because it is a card for a man.  I stamped the dragonfly once again onto scrap kraft cardstock and embossed the wings with clear embossing powder.  I colored them with two shades of sparkly Wink of Stella pens, cut them out, and glued them onto the card so that the wings pop up off of the card.  The mix of the shiny embossing powder and luminescent paint really made the wings look like dragonfly wings.

Need a bit more masculine inspiration? Check out the other designers!
Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Class- Distress Stains

I have been meaning to create a Distress Stain class for such a long time, and I finally put one together.  I noticed that I had accumulated enough info and ideas for 2-3 Distress Stain classes before I realized that I just needed to "do" one instead of "think about" one.

The class was originally going to have 4 cards, but one the cards I decided to do twice with a slight twist on the technique so that people could compare and contrast them.

Here is a close up of one of the cards that involves creating a Distress Stain background over an Imrpression Obsession Cover a Card embossed in white:

It is hard to tell from the picture, but the Memory Box butterfly uses a lot of Rock Candy glitter:

Intro to Distress Stains:


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Inspired by a Song

Today the IO challenge is all about being inspired by a song.  Easy!  I have songs running through my head all the time.  For my post today, I am dedicating two cards to my brother Clint who has an absolute love of the Muppets and especially Kermit.

For my first card, I was inspired by the song "It's Not Easy Being Green."  I chose to color one of the flowers (CS540 Bunch of Blossoms) in a green that was different from the rest and chose a saying that reflected the idea that we are each a little bit different (from clear set CL350 Life Lessons 1).  I die cut out the green blossom using the coordinating die (DIE148-L Bunch of Blossoms).  To add a bit more interest, I embossed all the flowers in clear embossing powder:

For my second card, I used the song "Rainbow Connection."  I used the same blossom with coordinating die and stamped the flowers with an assortment of Memento Luxe ink pads.  I used a saying from a clear stamp set (Cl307 All Occasion II) and added an embossed background using a folder from Lifestyle Crafts.

My original plan was to use the central oval with flowers on top of a white on white card card with the Branch Die (DIE007-L) in green paper.  However, after a half hour of looking for the die with no success, I decided that the card should be inspired by "Let it Go" and went with a plan B that included black cardstock.  Can't everything be summed up with song titles?

Want to be inspired by other designers?  Check out these wonderful samples:

Laura Fulcher - you are here
Vicki Garrett

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Glitter Butterflies

Today I am sharing one of the Memory Box cards I posted on the Outside the Box blog.  I was feeling the need for a bright sparkly card, so I thought the best way to do that was with a butterfly die and some glitter.

To make this card, I first cut out the Blissful Butterfly Border (98878) using white paper:


Next, I colored the butterfly bodies with Copic markers and embossed the butterfly outline with some Versamark ink and some gold embossing powder:


I ran the butterly bodies through a Xyron Sticker machine to make them sticky and then coated them with some Rock Candy Distress glitter.  Next, I glued the outline and the glittered butterfly bodies to some acetate:


As you can see from the picture, I cut out a part of the front of my card and then glued the acetate strip in place so that you can see through the "window" to the inside of the card.  I posted a side view at the top of this post so that you could see how the acetate adds a little interest to the front of the card.

Here is one more pict to see what the card looks like when it is closed:


To finish the card, I added a few pearls.