Thursday, September 10, 2020

IO Challenge- Autumn Colors

 

 

Greetings friends.  Today's theme is all about autumn colors.  I am of a couple minds with this theme.  Part of me wanted to go with the brown/yellow/orange/red route and part of me wanted to go with Halloween colors.  I decided to play it safe and do both.

For my first card, I stamped my little trick or treater and sentiment onto watercolor paper using black versafine ink.  Once the ink was dry, I colored her with Zig clean color real brush markers and a waterbrush.  Once again I had to look up the candy corn color order.  I don't know why I can't ever remember it!  To finish the card, I added some purple because it is one of my favorite "go to" colors for fall.

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Candy Corn Kiddo E12256

Witch Way B5710


For my second card, I went with fall leaves and a fun sentiment.  This card shows the importance of color because using the fall colors really make it autumnal, but if I had used bright greens, it would make an amazing frame for spring or summer.

To make the card, I used the same process as the first.  Everything was stamped with black Versafine onto watercolor paper and colored with zig clean color real brush markers and a waterbrush.

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Oval Leaf Frame K12295

Leaves are Falling D12285

Monday, August 31, 2020

Impression Obsession- Diecut Obsession

 

Greetings friends. Today the IO designers are celebrating dies, so I thought I would share a couple with you.  Thee first is the fortune cookie die and the second is the pinked edge frame.

I love the fortune cookie die!  I think it is such a fun way to deliver a message.  You could use the fortunes stamp set, or you could personalize the message any way you want.  I cut out my fortune cookie using kraft cardstock and then stamped on top of it with the fortune cookie stamp from the Fortunes clear stamp set.  I thought it looked a bit too plain, so I shaded it a bit with a brown and a yellow color pencil.  the good new is the fortune cookie has cross hatch lines on it that help you figure out what to color.

Next, I layered my cookie onto the Pinked Edge Frame.  This is a fantastic die to use because it adds a bit of interest and design to the card without detracting from whatever you are trying to frame.

To finish the card, I made my own background paper.  I stamped the Diagonal Weave die onto cream cardstock using Versamark ink.  I then embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I liked the glossy look and raised dimension of the embossed background a lot.

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Fortunes CL1043

Fortune Cookie DIE1014-C

Pinked Edge Frame DIE931-Y

Diagonal Weave CC174

Monday, August 24, 2020

Impression Obsession- Old is New

 

Greetings friends.  Today is all about celebrating some of our favorite Impression Obsession stamps.  It is a great time to showcase some of the great designs that you may not have seen.

For my card today, I was inspired by a recent Jennifer McGuire video where she did some dot coloring.  You can see the full video here.

 

To make the card, I used my favorite Impression Obsession butterfly called Watercolor Butterfly.  I stamped it in black Memento ink onto white cardstock and then dotted it with Copic markers.  One thing I found out is that you can't move too quickly or else you are left with wonky looking dots.  I also found out the hard way that if I pressed too hard to make the dots, it left me with too much ink coming out of the pen (in other words... it was blobby).  Use a light touch.  That being said, it was a surprisingly fast card to make.

Here is a close up:

Have a great week everyone!

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Watercolor Butterfly F9768

 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Impression Obsession Challenge- Summer Fun!


Greetings friends.  Today is all about having a little Summer fun.  Have you made any summer themed cards this year?  If not, here is your chance!  To read all about the challenge and to learn how to submit your own card, visit the Impression Obsession blog here

I am a huge baseball fan, so I knew I wanted to make a baseball themed card.  I don't know that baseball should be playing this year, but I long for past summers of going to Nats Park and watching the Nationals play.

I started with the Buffalo Cover a Card background and stamped it ink.  The plaid reminded me of the neatly mowed lawns of a ballpark.  I plan to use this background to make masculine cards as well a holiday cards. 

I cut out a shape for the center that looked like an infield that worked as a backdrop for my sentiment and the baseball.  As a finishing touch, I popped up the baseball with foam tape.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Ball A12227


On a separate note, I wanted to point out that one of my favorite categories for stamping is currently on sale at Impression Obsession.  You can see all the items by clicking on the photo below. 

Here is one of the cards I recently made using a new coffee die and sentiment.  They are both included in the sale:
Items used:
Coffee to Go die DIE1010-P

Friday, July 17, 2020

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Day 3


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Celebration!

Welcome to day three of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Celebration! Each day during the celebration (July 15th - July 17th ), 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 July 19th at midnight CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday July 21th.
All of the new stamps and dies are available now! You can find them all HERE


Greetings friends.  It is the last day of the fall/winter release celebration, but don't worry, the design team will be continuing to post samples of the latest release.  After posting one day of Halloween and one of Christmas, I am finishing with a couple of Hanukkah samples and one card for fall.

My llamakah card makes me laugh.  I have said it before, and I will say it again, but I sure do love a pun.  To make the card, I stamped the llama onto 140lb cold press watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and then colored him with Zig Clean Color real brush markers and a waterbrush.  I finished by adding the "punny" sentiment.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Llamakah E12313
Happy Llamakah C12312


Next, I want to show you one of the new backgrounds.  It is called Slant Background, and it is just one stamp.  I used one color of ink on the stamp, but the various density of dots makes it appear as though I used multiple colors of ink.  It is simply Versafine Majestic Blue ink.  I even stamped the sentiment in the same blue ink.

To finish the card, I added a white frame die cut and a blue checkerboard frame die cut.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Oy to the World C12315
Slant Background L13950
Large Frame DIE860-WW
Checked Frames DIE805-YY



Finally, I made a fall card simply because the sentiment made me laugh.  I'm waiting for (and fearful of) the day Alexa has these powers.

The background was created using the Boxwood Cover a Card background.  I added various dye-based inks to the stamp, spritzed it with water and stamped it onto watercolor paper.  Without reinking the stamp, I spritzed it onto another piece of watercolor paper.  Each time you do this, the colors get softer and the image gets less and less defined.  I chose the background that I thought worked best for the card and then popped up a sentiment and added my rake and leaf dies.  The rake and leaves actually come from the same set.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Sentiment from a clear set called Rake the Leaves CL1039
Oak Leaves and Rake die set DIE201-K
Boxwood Cover a Card CC258
Cute Scalloped Rectangles DIE975-V

Thank you so much for visiting me the past three days.  I hope you found something that inspired you!

Don't forget to visit the other designers:

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Day 2


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Celebration!
Welcome to day two of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Celebration! Each day during the celebration (July 15th - July 17th ), 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 July 19th at midnight CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday July 21th.
All of the new stamps and dies are available now! You can find them all HERE


Greetings friends.  I shared Halloween cards yesterday, so today I want to focus on Christmas.  If you make Christmas cards, have you started yours yet?  For my first card, I am sharing something that came together really quickly.  I started with a 140lb piece of watercolor paper and dabbed it into a puddle of Colorburst powders (watercolor powders) that had been spritzed with water.  I set that aside and let it dry.  If you were making lots of cards, I would watercolor full sheets of watercolor paper and then cut them into pieces to make cards.

Next, I cut out the snowflake in white cardstock, added it on top of the white strip of paper and cut out two trees from two different colors of green cardstock.  I saved the inside branches of the tree when I cut out the die, colored them with Copic markers that coordinated and then glued them back into the trees.

As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment that comes from a large collection of Christmas words and then added a few rhinestones to the snowflake.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Snowflake Frame DIE1033-O
Three Trees DIE1038-E
Sentiment from clear set called Christmas Words CL1044



I know Christmas is about more than cookies, but I must confess to being partial to the cookies!  I love the new baked cookies die.  How cute is it?!  I also really like the new sentiment that pairs well with it.

Tips for using the cookies die...  I cut out the cookies using kraft colored cardstock and then shaded the edges lightly with a brown colored pencil to give them a bit of dimension.  The die adds little dots to the cookies to look like chips, but I went ahead and dotted the cookies with a brown micron pen to make them show up really well.  I used the dots created by the die as a die and then added a dot of color to each one.

For the background, I used the Damask Cover a card stamp.  It had leftover die-based ink on it, so I spritzed it with water to reactivate the ink and then stamped it on the paper.  Because I used just a little bit of watered-down ink, the background has a softer look than full-strength ink.  You could also use a patterned paper for the background.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Baked Cookies DIE1004-S
Sentiment from clear set called Sweater Weather CL1037
Damask Cover a Card CC081



Speaking of cookies...how about Mrs Claus with a cookie?  I often see good Santa stamps, but not as many with Mrs Claus.  She was a lot of fun to color.  I stamped her onto 140lb watercolor cardstock with Versafine ink and then colored her with Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush.  I also stamped my plaid background the same way and then colored it with coordinating markers.  It would be a lot faster to use patterned paper, but I didn't have anything that matched, and one of the nice things about making your own backgrounds is that you can customize them any way that you want.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Mrs. Santa E12300
Dotted Argyle Cover a Card CC175

Thanks for stopping by to see my Christmas cards. I hope to see you tomorrow!

List of today's participating designers:


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Day 1

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Release Celebration!
The Impression Obsession Fall/Winter Celebration starts today! Each day (July 15th - July 17th ) 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 July 19th at midnight CT. All winner will be announced on Tuesday July 21th.
All of the new stamps and dies are available now! You can find them all HERE

Greetings friends!  Today I wanted to show you three different Halloween cards using the new Fall/Winter stamps and dies.  I absolutely love making Halloween cards!

I don't think my first card is what Jeanne had in mind when she designed the sentiment, but I knew instantly that I wanted to do a play on words with the "boos." I combined the new  Boos sentiment with the new Two Ghosts die.  For the background, I used a Cover a Card background in purple Versafine ink onto a purple notecard.  For the layers, I diecut dark purple and lime green cardstock with the Cute Scalloped Rectangles die set.  Finally, all of the coctails and cocktail embellishments come from the Mixed Drinks die set.  It is hard to tell from the photo, but I added some clear glaze pen to the cocktails to make them look like glass.

Items Used:
Boos A5709
Two Ghosts die DIE1040-G
Mixed Drinks Set DIE 185-H (currently on sale)
Cover a Card Fusion 1 CC109        


I fell in love with this Linday Ostrom image of Trick or Treaters.  They are just so much fun to color!  I decided to go with Copic markers to get a variety of costume color and skintones.  Once again, it is hard to tell from the picture, but I added clear gel pen to two sets of wings and sparkly glitter glue to two sets of wings.  It's for Halloween.....there has to be some bling!

Items Used:
Trick or Treat 2 (sentiment) C21353
 


For my final card, I colored several skulls using Zig Clean Color pens and a waterbrush.  I also created a background using two different Cover a Card patterns.  I started with a grey notecard and stamped the Small Quatrefoil on top with grey ink before adding the Grid pattern using black ink.  Does anyone else enjoy building their own backgrounds out of various patterns?

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Skull 1 C12257
Skull 2 C12258
Small Quatrefoil Cover a Card CC125


Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope to see you again tomorrow! 

List of today's participating designers:
 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

IO Challenge- Summer Flowers


Greetings friends.  It is time for another challenge.  This one is all about summer flowers.  Want to join in the fun?  Check out the post on the Impression Obsession blog.  You even have a chance to win a gift certificate!

Today I wanted to share a card I made using the Large Solid Circle as a background.  I find it to be a nice backdrop for any stamping you want to add.  Remember when shadow stamping was a big thing?  This is my tribute to that era.

To add the flowers and leaves, I stamped some directly onto my card and some onto white cardstock and then colored them with a combination of Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.  I chose colors that were nice and bright for summer.  The flowers and leaves are a combination of images from two clear stamp sets by Lindsay Ostrom.  Her images are always so much fun to color. Next, I cut out some of the flowers and popped them up with foam tape and then added my sentiment and some crystal jewels.  Simple!  What is your favorite summer flower?

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Large Solid Circle F6940
Flora and Fauna CL1025
Flower Bits CL1024
Living the Life (set of 3 cling sentiments) 3217-MD  Sentiments in the set- Living the Art Life
Living a Creative Life, Living the Pink Life



Monday, June 29, 2020

Impression Obsession- Old is New


Greetings friends.  Today, some of the IO designers are showing older stamps on their blogs today.  I thought I would share one that works for handling the crazy times we live in. If you would like a full list of participants, you can find hem over on the Impression Obsession blog.


To make the card, I stamped my background onto XPressIt cardstock using black Memento ink and colored it with Copic markers.  It is rather hard to tell from the picture, but I added just a bit of Wink of Stella to the bottom of each cloud to make them sparkle.  As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment from my favorite IO word set.  It is called "Words for Art," and I find that the set has really beautiful sayings for cards.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Fairies Background L12153
Words for Art 3172-XL

Monday, June 22, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession


Greetings fiends.  I wanted to share a card today highlighting one of the Impression Obsession dies.  If you would like to see a list of all the designers with die-cut card samples today, you can find a list over on the Impression Obsession blog.


Anyone else feel like they have been more prickly lately?  I'm just hoping I don't need to make a batch of these cards. 

Impression Obsession has a new die set with an assortment of cacti and pots that looks like this:
https://shrsl.com/2ch35
I chose the cactus and pot I wanted and then added them to a background I created by placing watercolor paint at the top of some 140lb watercolor paper and let drip down the front.  I spritzed it with a little extra water so that the paint would become a bit fainter and disperse more.  I wanted to make sure that my die and sentiment would show up over the background.  For the bottom of the card, I added a bit of brown chalk to create a ground.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day of the Impression Obsession sale in case there is any die or stamp you have been wanting to get:
https://shrsl.com/2ch39                                                                


Impression Obsession Items Used:
Potted Cactus DIE985-X
Prickly B5698