Wednesday, October 28, 2020

IO- Diecut Obsession

 

Greetings friends.  Today I want to share a card that has a favorite die of mine that is being discontinued.  It is called "Peppermint Block," and it contains the stamp as well as the die.  The stamp includes 6 mints like the one I used and 6 candy canes.  It is a favorite of mine because it makes the perfect embellishment for holiday cards.  I think that it might be in the process of being discontinued because people weren't sure how to use it.  Basically, you stamp the block onto paper with red ink onto white cardstock.  It stamps all 12 candies at once as well as a square around it.  The coordinating die is also a square.  You simply place the square die on top of the stamped square, tape it down and cut out all 12 candies at once.  I love how easy it is to mass-produce.  If it is something you are interested in, the stamp/die set is half off until it is gone.

Here is a close up of the candy:


To finish the card, I stamped a peppermint stripe cover a card onto white cardstock and then ended up only using a small strip of it on the side.  I also added a tag, some mistletoe, some twine, and of course, a favorite sentiment that makes me smile.

Items Used:

Peppermint Block DIE314-V (50% off until it is gone)

Stitched Tag DIE798-Y

Mistletoe DIE1025-L

Candy Cane Stripes Cover a Card CC185

Christmas Socks E5731


Friday, October 16, 2020

Slim Scenes Hop - Day 2

 


 
              The Impression Obsession Slim Scenes Stamps Release Hop - Day 2!
 
Each day (October 15th & 16th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. 
 
There will be THREE $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificates as givaways chosen randomly from comments on the Design Team blogs over the hop - so the more you comment through our Slim Scenes Hop the more chances to win!
 
All comments for all of the event days will be open until Monday November 2nd at midnight CT.
 
All winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 3rd.
 
All of the new stamps and dies are available now! You can find them all HERE
 
 
I don't know if you have this problem or not, but I find sympathy cards hard to make.  I thought I would make a card that could be used for support as well as other occasions.  Plus, I don't always want to stick to just using flowers.

To make the card, I used three different background stamps.  Two you saw yesterday (the sky and the tree line).  This time I added some mountains for extra scenery.  I paired the stamps with various shades of Impression Obsession ink.  The inks are nice because there are light, medium and dark shades that are meant to work together to give you a gradient of color.  The teal theme was chosen because my nearest mountains are the Blue Ridge Mountains.

To finish the card, I chose one of my favorite sympathy phrases and stamped it in the darkest shade.

Thanks so much for stopping by during the hop!

Impression Obsession Items Used:
Cloudy Sky 3232-LG
Mountain Layers 3226-LG 
Baby Blue ink (Sky)
Aqua ink
Teal ink
Pine ink


Here is a list of all the participating designers so you can join in the hop!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Slim Scenes Hop- Day 1


 
              The Impression Obsession Slim Scenes Stamps Release Hop starts today!
 

Each day (October 15th & 16th) you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am. 
 
There will be THREE $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificates as givaways chosen randomly from comments on the Design Team blogs over the hop - so the more you comment through our Slim Scenes Hop the more chances to win!
 
All comments for all of the event days will be open until Monday November 2nd at midnight CT.
 
All winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 3rd.
 
All of the new stamps and dies are available now! You can find them all HERE 
 

Greetings friends!  Slimline cards are really popular right now, and IO now has a line of stamps that are meant to fit the length of the card.  I made my finished card to be 8 1/2" x 3 1/2."  It fits into a regular business envelope, so there is no need for extra postage.
 
The first stamp I want to talk about is the Cloudy Sky background.  It is amazing!  I thought it might take a while to break in to get it to stamp well (larger stamps with solid areas often do), but no!  It stamped beautifully the first time I stamped it.  It looks so realistic!  I stamped it with Impression Obsession Sky Blue ink.  My recommendation is to use a MISTI or another stamp postitioner when you stamp these images.  You might have to stamp them multiple times to get the color you want.  It is also handy if you want to layer your colors like I did with the trees.

For the trees, I used one of the treeline stamps that comes in the Tree Lined Hillside Duo set.  The other treeline is pine trees.  I colored my trees with an assortment of Tombo markers, but really, any water-based markers would work.  I added marker to the trees, huffed on the ink a bit to keep it wet and then stamped it on top of the cloudy sky.  I repeated the process over and over until I got the look I wanted.  As a last step for the trees, I inked the ground area of the stamp with Toffee Versafine ink and a bit of dark brown marker.  Before I stamped onto the paper, I wiped off any ink that strayed onto the tree part of the stamp.

It may not look like it, but the background is only two stamps...the sky stamp and the tree/ground stamp. All that was left to do was add my sentiment in Vintage Sepia Versafine ink.
 
Impression Obsession Items I Used:
Cloudy Sky 3232-LG
 
Here is a list of all the participating designers so you can join the hop:

Thursday, October 8, 2020

IO Challenge- You're a Hoot (Owls or other birds)


 Greetings friends.  It is time for another challenge.  If you would like to participate, you can find all of the information over on the Impression Obsession blog.  We hope you will join us!

This month's challenge is all about owls and other birds.  I definitely wanted to use my cute owl die and of course, I had to do my annual ode to candy corn.  It makes me laugh at how much I love the look of it and hate the taste of it.

To make the card, I cut out my owl and then placed it inside the Eyelet Circle die.  That die has a heart on the top of the pocket, but I just cut off the heart since it didn't really go with the theme of the card.  I stamped out my candy corn with black Memento ink and then colored them with Copic markers.  I then cut out the candy and glued them inside the pocket.

For the background of the card, I used the Wood grain cover a card background.

Owl items are currently on sale on the Impression Obsession site as the current featured products.  If you want to see the items on sale, you can find them all here.

Impression Obsession  Items Used:

Owl DIE283-O (on sale)

Eyelet Circle DIE924-V

Wood Grain Cover a Card CC359

Hoo's Got Candy A5476

Candy Corn B2273