Thursday, July 28, 2016

IO Spotlight- Working With Pan Pastels

Hi everyone.  Today since I am in in IO spotlight, I thought I would share one of the stamps from the new Twinchie sets.  The stamps in the Twinchie sets are designed to work with Twinchie art boards so that you can easily add decorative elements to your cards, but you could also make magnets, add a nice element to a 3-D box, etc.  The designs also use realistic design elements from nature, so they work well for men or women.

For today's card, I used my favorite medium of late....Pan Pastels.  They are an artist quality chalk that are so easy to blend and allow you to make really quick and easy cards.  In the sample above,, I only used two colors of chalk to blend a gradient of color. Here is a close up:


Kraft notecard
White cardstock scrap to stamp grasses
Black cardstock- 5 ½” x 2” and 2 ¼” x 2 ¼”
Orange cardstock – 5 ½” x 1 5/8”
Magenta cardstock- 5 ½” x 1 ¾”

Impression Obsession Twinchies 1- 3157 LG
Impression Obsession clear set CL584 Friends Collection

Black Versafine

Pan Pastels:


  • ·         On white piece of cardstock, sponge the bottom of the paper with orange chalk and the top of the paper with magenta chalk.  Be sure to blend the two colors together where they meet to make a third color
  • ·         Stamp grass square on top of chalk background with black ink
  • ·         Cut out grass square and glue onto black backing
  • ·         Stamp sentiment onto orange cardstock
  • ·         Layer the pieces of the card
  • ·         Pop up grass image with foam tape

Thursday, July 21, 2016

IO Challenge- Hello Sunshine (Warm Colors)

Well, sunshine and warm colors seems appropriate for a challenge considering how hot it is!  For my card today, I got out my Sunburst Cover a Card Background and inked it with Yellow dye ink and again with some Versafine ink before stamping it onto cream cardstock.  I then sponged it with some gold Pan Pastel chalk to make it shine.  Here is a close up of the shimmer:

Once the ink was dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Hello Summer Clear set with versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder.  To finish the card, I added some gold star sequins.

I hope everyone stays nice and cool this weekend!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Summer Die Release Blog Hop!

We have some beautiful new dies to share AND a Gift Certificate to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST Monday July 11th. 

Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate!  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!  No need to comment on the Impression Obsession Blog to enter.

Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Thursday July 14th and all winners will be announced Friday July 15th. 
Good luck!

For my card today, I made a couple of background papers I made from watercolor paper combined with some Colorburst Powders.  For the top layer, I combined a stencil from the Crafter's Workshop with the powders.  The wheel shape of the stencil made me think it would be a good way to highlight the "glow" of my new candle die from the latest Impression Obsession release.

To finish the card, I added a sentiment from one of the new Top Edger die sets.  The nice thing about the edger sets is that the letters remain attached to the paper so that you don't have to individually place each letter and hope they are straight.

Here is a close up of the candle die and the Colorburst background:


New Impression Obsession dies used:

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

IO Challenge- Oh Baby

Greetings everyone.  Today's challenge is all about baby cards.  I decided to use one of the new mini pattern stamps (ginham) to show you how you can change the ink color to create a girl or boy baby card.  Because you are using stamps instead of patterned paper, you can change the colors to fit the, blue, green, yellow, etc...

Here is the second card:

The nice thing about the mini patterns is that they are a small enough scale that they pair well with metal dies.  I first stamped the gingham onto white cardstock with light pink and light blue ink.  I then stamped it again onto white cardstock with dark pink and dark blue ink.  I cut out onsies from the dark gingham pattern and then layered my cards.

Items used:
Mini Pattern 1 3163-LG
DIE428 Baby Set
Baby E20017

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