Monday, December 9, 2019

Impression Obsession Old Is New - Watercolor Poinsettia Card

Welcome to Old Is New at Impression Obsession!  It's time for our design team to share some new projects using Impression Obsession older stamps.   I have one of my winter favorites for you today, with non-traditional poinsettia colors....
IO Stamps/Die links:
Watercolor Poinsettia F13173
Layered Pinecone WP883 (verse inside)
Merry Christmas DIE330-R

NOTE:  Would you like me to send you this card?  I will draw a name from my comments, and will mail this card to the winner.  Full details are below, so be sure to stay with me (or skip to the bottom of this post).

Now...on to my 'how I made this card' portion...   

I started with a panel of Canson XL Bristol Recycled paper.  I ran some blue and green distress pads from top to bottom, repeating until I achieved the desired effect.  I misted this with water so the colors would blend slightly, not too much.  I let that dry (OK, I 'coaxed' it dry with a heat tool because I am not all that patient).

When the background was dry, I used a white pigment ink pad to stamp the Watercolor Poinsettia randomly along the top and side of the panel. 

Again, the heat tool to dry the pigment ink flowers, then I used my favorite colored pencils - Polychromos, of course - to add some greens and blues for shading, and white for highlights.  The flowers seemed a bit overwhelmed by the background, so I ran along of some of the edges with a really dark teal blue to bring them out a bit more.  I feel that did the trick.  

I added extra white with a white gel pen.  I did have a difficult time getting the white gel ink to glide onto the surface.  I guess it just didn't like all that pencil and ink!  But, some of it took, so I went with it.  Finally, I sponged some of the white ink along the edges of the card to soften.

I adhered this onto a white A2 card front, then added a layered Merry Christmas die cut.  It's not evident in the photo, but the top layer is from white glitter paper.  I love the extra pizzazz that gave the card.  
Inside:  I stamped the Watercolor Poinsettia image, then stamped it again in second generation.  The verse is from the Layered Pinecone clear set (another of my older favorites).

After the photo shoot, I decided the card needed a bit more sparkle to carry over the sparkle from the die verse, so I added some Stickles to the flower centers.  Here's a photo with the Stickles centers.  What do you think?  Better before, or better after I added the Stickles?  


Now for a chance to win this card:
Let me know your thoughts about the Stickles addition in the comments.  I will draw one name randomly from the comments, and send the finished card to the winner!  Only one comment per person, please.  Name a friend with whom you shared this blog post for another chance to win, and your friend will also be entered!  I will send your friend a different card from a previous post.
You have until noon EST, on Sunday, December 15th to comment for a chance to win. 
I will publish the winner's name on Monday, Dec. 16th, so be sure to check back then to see if you have won.  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  For more inspiration, visit the Impression Obsession blog HERE for links to the other DT member's posts.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Sparkle & Shine - Winter Whites & Greens

Happy Saturday, my lovelies!  It's the first Saturday of the month, and time for Penny Black Saturday Challenge!  The theme is always 'Anything Goes,' and this month, the optional theme is 'Sparkle & Shine.'  So, here's my sparkly, shiny card for your inspiration.....

Penny Black stamp set:  Winter Whites & Greens

I summoned my inner glitteratzi for this card. I started with crystal glitter card stock.  I decided to sacrifice a piece for experimentation, and I'm so glad I did.  This paper is so glittery/shimmery, and smooth.  I will be getting lots more of it.  You can find it HERE.

Since regular dye inks would smudge on the smooth, non-absorbant surface of the glitter paper, I used Ranger Archival ink minis to stamp the tree.  I used my Misti to get some depth of color on the branches.  I love these little permanent ink pads.  They are great for when I want to stamp something on non-porous surfaces, and for when I want to brush color over existing stamping.  The will not smudge or smear.

The snowflakes are from the same set, as is the Merry Christmas verse.  I used the Ranger Archival inks for those elements also.

I used scissors to create snow hills from extra glitter paper, and placed them along the bottom.

I placed the stamped panel onto some red foil shimmery card stock, then onto a dark green A2 card front.

Some red crystal gems and a silver crystal star finish off the front. 

I wish you could see how glittery this card is in real life!  The background glitter paper is subtle, yet definitely shimmery and glittery.  And the gems add that extra sparkle.  I'm so glad I tried this little experiment. I will be using this technique frequently, especially with holiday projects!

I kept the inside simple, leaving space for a personal greeting and signatures.
This challenge is open now.  You have until Friday, January 3rd, to enter.  The $20 voucher prize for this challenge is provided by our generous sponsor:

I hope you are inspired by my card, and will join us.  You can check out the other designer's projects HERE, on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  Please come back Monday for Impression Obsession's Old Is New day!  I have a different take on a traditional poinsettia to share with you.

In the meantime, enjoy your day, whatever the season is where you live.  


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge - It's Snow Time

Hello lovely peeps!  Welcome to my blog, and my post for the Impression Obsession Challenge "It's Snow Time."  I have lots of snow on my card today....
IO Stamps/Dies Links:
Snowy Friends WP984 
Snowflakle Sparkle CL972 
Sm. Snowflake Set DIE100-F 
Hill Landscape Layers DIE343-T 

This was such a fun card to create!  I really enjoyed the process.  

I stamped the snowpeople images onto white card stock, and colored them with my Polychromos colored pencils.  For the snowbanks, I used distress inks in light blues and some paper 'hills' I made with the landscape dies.  I brushed the ink up from the hill masks to create the shadow areas.

I used the landscape dies to create a snow bank under the images, and added that to the panel, then attached the panel to a blue A2 card front.  A strip of red and white peppermint stripe pp edges the left side of the panel.  I added the verse with VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne.

I added die cut snowflakes, then used glue to adhere glitter to the flakes and to other elements on the card front.

Inside:  I stamped some snow flakes in white pigment ink, and added a strip of the peppermint stripe paper.
That's it.  Easy and fun!  Don't you just love the cheery expressions on these snowpeeps?  And the fun wintertime elements.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you will join our challenge this time.  You just might win a prize, you never know.  And who wouldn't love a $25 gift certificate this time of year! 

Stop on over at the Impression Obsession blog to see the other designer's projects HERE.  Hope to see you in the challenge!


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Quick And Easy Holiday Mistletoe Card

Hello, and welcome to my blog today.  I have a really easy and quick holiday card to share today. 
I used the Technique Junkies stamp Mistletoe 
and my Misti, with Arteza Real Brush Markers.  Full directions are on my blog post on the Technique Junkies blog HERE

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I hope those of you in the US enjoyed a peaceful Thanksgiving.  Our holiday decorations are up, and I am in full Christmas mode here, with music and festivities.  Soon the cookie baking begins, and cards will be mailed.  I love everything about this season, but mostly how it brings family and friends together.

May your holiday preparations and celebrations bring you joy and peace.


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Holiday Themed Dies For An Easy Christmas Card

I have a traditional red and green Christmas card with lots of fun dies for you today.
IO dies links:
Typewriter Sentiments 
Primitive Candy & Holly DIE894-U 
Winter Doilies DIE906-ZZ 

I found some red checked card stock, which I used for my background.  I die cut the candy canes, holly, doily, and merry from the dies, and added them to the background.  
A red bow finish off the composition.

I hope you enjoyed my card today.  I am sure you are busy preparing for the holidays, and I just wanted to get some more inspiration out there for you.  Dies always make for easy, fun card making during the busy holiday season!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Enjoy your holiday preparations!


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Impression Obsession Holiday Wishes Challenge - Winter Scene

Welcome to our Holiday Wishes Challenge at Impression Obsession!  Today I created a winter scene with some of the Fall/Winter release stamps and dies....
IO stamps/dies links:
Holiday Icons CL980 
Holiday Tree CL973 
Christmas Jar Set WP963 
Snowflake Sparkle CL972 
Primitive Snowflakes DIE893-YY 
Small Snowflakes DIE100-F 

I really had fun creating my little snowy scene with these stamps and dies!
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I created snowbanks on white card stock with torn paper and distress inks.  Then I stamped the three trees from the Holiday Icons and Holiday Tree stamps sets, masking so that they would be behind each other.  I colored the stamped images with Polychromos colored pencils.

I used the die sets to get the snowflakes die cuts.  I used distress inks and brush applicators to color the die flakes.  I really love this Primitive Snowflakes set!  
The flakes are each so different, and a great larger size for cards and/or scrapbooks, and other stamping projects.   

To finish the front, I stamped the Merry Wishes from the Christmas Jar Set stamp set, then attached it to a blue A2 card.  I added some glue dots then sprinkled them with glitter for added sparkle!

For the INSIDE, I used the Snowflake Sparkle set with blue inks......

I hope you have enjoyed the inspiration cards from the design team.  Hopefully we have inspired you to enter the Holiday Wishes Challenge! You just might win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!  Merry Christmas to you!  You can't win if you don't enter, so come on over HERE and join the wintertime fun! 

For more inspiration, check out the other designer's blogs HERE.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Holiday
The Paper Players - North Pole
Time Out Challenges - Celebration
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge

Thank you for stopping by, and for your wonderful comments.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Distress Ink and Colored Pencil With Stencil

Happy Saturday!  I hope your weekend is off to a good start!  I have a card to share with you today using a Penny Black stencil and stamp.  This card is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge mid-way inspiration post. The theme this month is Anything Goes, with optional 'tags.'
Penny Black products links:
Stencil - Luster 25-013
Stamp - Faith 30-409 (stamp set)
I used the Luster stencil on a die cut tag from natural card stock.  I placed the stencil on the tag, and used my ink blending brush to add some antique linen distress ink.  This gave me a light image.

I used Polychromos colored pencils in three shades of browns and ivory to go over the images, adding color, depth, and highlights.  I distressed the edges of the tag.  See my note below regarding a video demonstration on this technique.

On the second tag die cut, I put the tag through my die cut machine with the stencil and a rubber mat, thereby embossing the image onto the tag.  I was really pleased with how easily this embossed onto the card stock tag!

On a 4 1/2 x 6" card of natural card stock (I distressed one edge), I added a strip of brown card stock, and the tags with foam tape.

And for the inside, I simply brushed some light color through the stencil, added a strip of card stock, and stamped the verse from the Faith set:
This is what the front looked like, only a bit lighter, before I added the colored pencil details.

I hope you like my card.  I decided to keep it neutral, which is different for me.  I really like color.  But I decided to try something a little different.

If there is some interest, I will be happy to create a YouTube how-to video on my technique.  Please let me know in the comment section if you would be interested in seeing that.

If you haven't seen the DT inspiration at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge post today, be sure to hop on over there to see the amazing talent of the team.  And, I hope you will join us and play along.  You just might win a prize!  And if you would like to be featured as a guest designer on a future post, just add GDT after your name on your entry.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps  - Make your mark
Double D Challenges - Neutral fall
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 

Thanks for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visits and comments.


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thanksgiving Pumpkins Card

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  Although we were blasted with nine plus inches of snow yesterday, and another three or so today, it is still fall here.  Granted, it looks like mid-winter outdoors, but I really wanted to make a Thanksgiving card, so, here it is!

I used Technique Junkies stamps:
Pumpkin SD986
Thanksgiving Blessings SS066
A Colorful Life Layered Mandala Stencil 
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I stamped the pumpkins onto white card stock, and colored them with Polychromos colored pencils.  

I brushed some Shabby Shutters distress ink through the stencil, and added some distressing along the bottom and edges of the card. Some orange spatters bring the color outward a bit.

The Happy Thanksgiving is from the Thanksgiving Blessings set.  I also used this set inside the card, where I stamped the cornucopia and one of the four verses that comes with that set.
I had fun stamping my Thanksgiving card today, and as I look outside, the snow has finally stopped.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Card Concept - Thanksgiving table
Paper Funday Challenge - Anything goes - Thanksgiving twist
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge 


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Thanks so much for visiting.  I appreciate your comments.