Monday, January 28, 2019

Impression Obsession Old is New.... Using Crayola Crayons!


Greetings friends.  The IO team is taking a couple times a month to highlight some of the older Impression Obsession stamps.  IO has a HUGE catalog of images and there are probably plenty you haven't seen before.  Or, perhaps you own some of these stamps and need to dust them off and become reacquainted with them!

My card today was colored with Crayola Crayons!  I taught a class where everyone received a box of crayons and we used various techniques to incorporate them with our stamping.  After all, who doesn't appreciate a new box of crayons?

What got me thinking for the coloring of this card is that colored pencils are waxy and you use Gamsol to soften the lines.  I wondered if Gamsol would also work with crayons....and it did!  I would suggest you go lightly with the crayon and use the side of the crayon nib for coloring rather than the point.  The less lines you create when you color, the less you will have to buff out with Gamsol and a blending stumb.

Here is a closeup of the coloring as well as the background Cover a Card I used to stamp the backdrop:
I hope you give coloring with Crayons a try.  It is always a good idea to reconnect with your inner child.

Impression Obsession Items Used on the Card:
Phone Me G10029
Let's Chat A5618
Floral Lines Cover a Card CC089
 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

IO Challenge- All About Love


Greetings friends.  Today the theme is "All About Love," and I wanted to share a card that I made for Valentine's Day that focuses on my love and appreciation for my friends. I really like that the sentiment can be used year-round to tell your friends how much you love them.

To make the card, I first started by making my own background.  I started with white cardstock and then added the Denim Cover a Card background in Bubblegum ink followed by the Painted Hearts Cover a Card background in Ruby ink.

For the central part of the card, I used the new Open Brushed Heart in Ruby ink and the sentiment in black ink.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Denim Cover a Card CC051
Painted Hearts Cover a Card CC244
Open Brushed Heart F20613
The Heart Needs C13737
Bubblegum ink
Ruby ink
 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Blog Hop Winner and Unbearably Awesome Bear

Greetings friends.  The winners of  last week's Impression Obsession blog hop are going to be announced over on the Impression Obsession blog today.  We thought it would be easier to list all of the winners in one location.  To see if you are a winner, here is a link:



Even though the blog hop with the latest release is over, I wanted to share a card I made with two of the new stamps.

To make the card, I first used a rectangle die to emboss the shape of the die onto my card.  To emboss with a die rather than cut with it, you need to have one of those rubber mats that allows a die to press into the rubber rather than cut through to the plastic plate of your die cutting machine.

For the stamping, I added the new Balloon Bear and Unbearably Awesome images with black Versafine ink and then colored using watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I love a one layer card!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Balloon Bear D15150
Unbearably Awesome B15158

Friday, January 11, 2019

Spring New Release Day 5

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration- Day 5!


The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th- 11th).  Every day 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 the week, the more chances to win!  All  comments for all the event days will be open until Sunday, January 13th at noon CT.  All winners will be announced on Monday, December 14th.

All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them here

Greetings friends. Today is the last day of the Spring Release celebration, but don't worry, I have more cards ready to show you over the next couple of weeks.

Today I wanted to share with you a new bear stamp that makes me smile.  She is just so fancy!                

To make the card, I first started with a blue notecard and stamped the new Boho Mandala Cover a Card off to the side using Ocean colored ink.  I thought the background added some nice interest to the card.

Next, I stamped my Fancy Hat Bear onto 140lb watercolor paper and colored her with Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  As a final touch, I added my Beary Special sentiment.  I love a good pun!

Items used on the card:
Fancy Hat Bear D15154
Beary Special C15151
Boho Mandala Cover a Card CC347
Ocean Ink

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog to see the list of designers participating in the hop.

Also, don't forget to leave a comment to this post.  I will choose one comment at random this week to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift card.  Good luck.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Spring New Release Day 4

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration- Day 4!

The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th- 11th).  Every day 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 the week, the more chances to win!  All  comments for all the event days will be open until Sunday, January 13th at noon CT.  All winners will be announced on Monday, December 14th.

All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them here
 

Greetings friends.  So far I have shown you Easter cards for Spring, but now I feel like it is time for a St. Patrick's card.

Today's card is all about Copic coloring.  Here is a breakdown of all the colors I used to color the Irish dancer (named Bailey O'Beebop):

Dancer's skin- E000, E00, E02, R20 (cheeks)
Dancer's hair- note...I did a "scribble" motion when coloring to give the impression of curls- Y21, YR21, YR24, YR18
Dancer's dress- G09, G12, G14, G17, Y15
Highlight around dancer- B0000, B00
Shadow under dancer- C1, C3

To make the background, I layered two Cover a Card backgrounds to get a look that resembled patterned paper.  First, I stamped the Distressed Denim background onto white cardstock using Pistachio ink.  Next, I stamped the Shamrocks background on top with Shamrock colored ink

As a finishing touch, I added a strip of medium green cardstock in the middle and stamped one of the borders from the Lindsay Borders clear stamp set.  I absolutely love that border set.  It is an older release, but I use those borders all the time to add finishing touches to my cards.


Items Used on Card:
Bailey O' Beebop D19969
St. Patrick's C19957 (on inside of card)
Distressed Denim Cover a Card CC051
Shamrocks Cover a Card CC153
Lindsay Borders CL766
Pistachio ink
Shamrock ink
Copic markers

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog to see the list of designers participating in the hop.

Also, don't forget to leave a comment to this post.  I will choose one comment at random this week to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift card.  Good luck.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Spring New Release Day 3


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration- Day 3!

The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th- 11th).  Every day 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 the week, the more chances to win!  All  comments for all the event days will be open until Sunday, January 13th at noon CT.  All winners will be announced on Monday, December 14th.

All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them here
 

Greetings friends.  Anyone in the mood for bunnies today?  I am!  I also want to share one of the new Impression Obsession Cover a Card stamps with you.

To make the card, I started with a green notecard and then stamped then new Branches Cover a Card background on top of it using Shamrock ink from Impression Obsession.

For the central part of the card, I started with 140lb watercolor paper and then stamped the Garden Bunny and Easter Blessings sentiment on top using black versafine ink.  To color the card, I used some Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush to soften the colors.

I don't know about you, but I am really loving seeing all the spring card samples.  It is a nice respite from the cold Winter weather.

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Branches Cover a Card CC340
Easter Blessings D19919
Garden Bunny E20652
Shamrock Ink

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog to see the list of designers participating in the hop.

Also, don't forget to leave a comment to this post.  I will choose one comment at random this week to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift card.  Good luck.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Spring New Release Day 2


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration- Day 2!

The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th- 11th).  Every day 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 the week, the more chances to win!  All  comments for all the event days will be open until Sunday, January 13th at noon CT.  All winners will be announced on Monday, December 14th.

All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them here


Greetings friends.  Do you ever make a card for yourself just because it makes you happy?  Well, this was my card to myself.  I had the sentiment from a previous release, and I knew I had to pair it with the new howling wolf image.  I will use the wolf in the future for nature cards or masculine cards, but for now, it is on a card to make me smile.

To make the card, I first created a galaxy background by sponging various Distress Oxide inks on top of white cardstock, sponged black Oxide ink on top of the colors and splattered the whole thing with watered down white acrylic paint.

For the moon, I diecut a circle out of cream cardstock and sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink.  I stamped my wolf directly onto my cream circle with black Versafine ink and then placed a strip of black cardstock underneath the hill/wolf so that I had a space to white emboss my sentiment.

Impression Obsession items used:
Howling Wolf E23010
In My Defense C17170

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog to see the list of designers participating in the hop.

Also, don't forget to leave a comment to this post.  I will choose one comment at random this week to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift card.  Good luck.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Spring New Release Day 1


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration!

The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th- 11th).  Every day 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 the week, the more chances to win!  All  comments for all the event days will be open until Sunday, January 13th at noon CT.  All winners will be announced on Monday, December 14th.

All of the new stamps are available now! You can find them here


Greetings friends.  Is everyone tired of Winter and ready for some Spring items?  I hope that you enjoy the projects the Impression Obsession team has planned for this week.  There is a lot of inspiration!

For my card today, I used three new stamps.  I started with the Floral Bunny ears and colored them with Copic markers and then cut them out.  The Bunny Face is a separate image that I stamped onto some white cardstock and cut out with an oval die.  The nose was colored with a Copic marker and I added a touch of pink PanPastel to create cheeks.  As a finishing touch, I added some washi tape on the sides and added the Sweet Easter sentiment.

Is it too early to wish people a happy Easter?

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Floral Bunny Ears F20651
Bunny Face C20648
Sweet Easter B20658

Don't forget to visit the Impression Obsession blog to see the list of designers participating in the hop.

Also, don't forget to leave a comment to this post.  I will choose one comment at random this week to win a $25 Impression Obsession gift card.  Good luck.