Monday, March 25, 2019

Old Is New Time At Impression-Obsession

It's another Old Is New Day at Impression-Obsession.  I have used one of my favorite older verse stamps with a favorite older leaf stamp for my card today.  

Can you tell that I, like so many others in the northern hemisphere, am longing for the return of green?!  

For my card, I used these Impression-Obsession stamps:  

I created a background using Caran D'Ache Neocolor II watercolor crayons.  I rubbed various green and blue crayons onto watercolor paper, then spritzed with a generous coating of water.  I used a brush to move the color around as I saw fit.  I dried the paper with my heat tool, and repeated, adding color to areas until I liked the look.  
Now, I will tell you, this is not for the faint of heart.  You may have heard it said that when you create with watercolor, your project often looks awful before it starts looking good.  This came really close to the circular file, but I persisted at the advice of many who have gone before me.  And I'm glad I did. 

When everything was dry, I used my neocolor II crayons on my Silhouette 18 stamp.  I spritzed the stamp lightly with water, then rubbed crayons onto the rubber image, then spritzed again and stamped it onto my dry background.  I repeated this a couple of times.  Then I misted the panel, getting it nice and damp, but not dripping wet.  This blurred the images, which later became the images that are soft and faded in the background, giving them the impression of distance.  

Then I repeated coloring the stamp, and stamping more leaves.  This time I used less water, and didn't mist after stamping.  This created more defined images.  As the paper dried, the leaves became more distinguishable. 

Finally, I inked the leaves with VersaFine Claire nocturne ink (I used my Misti for this so I could stamp several times, as the paper is rough), and stamped it on the panel.  I repeated this, then stamped the Art of God verse in the same fashion.

I added some spatters by rubbing the crayon onto a block, then adding water and creating a puddle of intense color.  I dipped a paint brush into it, and spattered it onto my card.  I used acrylic paint and water for the white spatters.

I had some fibers in my stash with these same colors, so added them, then layered with foam tape to a blue panel, then onto a white A2 card.

I masked a rectangle, and brushed ink outside it, then stamped faint images of the leaves, and added the
Gentle Thoughts verse.

I hope you like my card, and have been enjoying our Old Is New days at Impression-Obsession.  Hopefully we have inspired you to dig out your oldies and show them some ink! 

Be sure to visit the other designer's blogs for more inspiration.  You can get to their blogs from the Impression-Obsession post HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I look forward to reading your comments and thoughts. 


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Easter Basket Chick

Happy Sunday!  It's four weeks until Easter, but I thought I'd play with this cute Easter Basket stamp from Technique Junkies today. 
I actually did the coloring at the motor vehicle office while I waited to renew my license.  I went with my colored pencil tote in hand, and some stamped images.  Clever me.  I never mind waiting when I have something creative or entertaining to do.

Once I was home, I finished the card.
All details for my card, including stamps used, inside, and techniques are on the Technique Junkies blog HERE.

I hope you are having a fabulous Sunday.  Thanks for taking some time to visit my blog.  I appreciate your visits, and your comments.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy Easter Challenge At Impression-Obsession

It's time for a new challenge at the Impression-Obsession blog .  The theme is Happy Easter.  And what says Easter more than Easter lilies?  

I used stamps from the Impression-Obsession set:
Lilies Of The Field CL929 

I water colored the image using Daniel Smith watercolors, then added shading and highlights with Polychromos colored pencils.  
I studied some pictures of white flowers, and they all seemed to have colors in the white petals where there were shadow areas, not just gray.  So, I copied what I saw in nature.

I die-cut the image panel, and distressed the edges with soft pink distress ink, then added another stitched rectangle to layer it onto.  Then I added it all to a soft pink A2 card front.  

I added the Blessed Easter (from the same stamp set), cut with an oval die, with foam tape.  Some pearl accents finish the front design. 

I love the soft, spring colors of this gentle card.  White flowers are always a challenge for me to 'color.'  But I do love them.

For the inside:

I hope you will join us for this challenge.  You could just be a winner of a $25 gift certificate to the Impression-Obsession store!  You can't win if you don't play!

Need more inspiration?  Be sure to check out the other designer's blogs HERE for this challenge.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps - Holiday

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I appreciate your visits and your kind comments.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Die Cut Obsession - Bird On Branch

Welcome to another Die-Cut Obsession day at Impression-Obsession.

My card today uses two dies and a stamp:

Lg Bird On Branch DIE161-N
All-In-One Frames Rectangle 2 DIE291-WW
Stamp: Fred Said Set WP915

I die-cut the bird on branch die from bristol smooth card stock, and painted with watercolor, then added shading with Polychromos colored pencils.


I also die-cut it from the same very pale green card stock as I used for the card.  I attached some of the branches from the light green die to the card front.  Then I attached the watercolored die.

I cut the All-In-One Frames and colored two of the frame pieces with the same colors I used on the bird and branches, then attached them.

The verse is from the Fred Said set.  I love this has some fabulous quotes from Fred Rogers...aka Mr. Rogers!  I find myself reaching for it frequently.

For the inside, I used the negative of the frame to sponge distress inks through the openings to create a stenciled image.

Don't forget to check out what the other designers made today.  You can find their links on the Impression-Obsesson blog HERE.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge  - Favorite stamp or die
Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark
Modsquad Challenge Blog - Layered card
Allsorts Challenge - Favorite stamp or die 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Whatever the weather

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  



Saturday, March 16, 2019

CAS Jonquils

Happy Saturday to you!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Today I have a CAS card for the mid-way post for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  
Have your joined in the fun there yet?  If not, check out THIS post for some design team inspiration.  Then, make a CAS card and submit it to the challenge.  Who knows, you just might win a $20 gift certificate from our sponsor, 1,2,3 Stitch!  AND, if you would like to be considered for a guest designer spot on a future challenge, just add GDT to your submission.  The deadline for the challenge is 8 PM Friday, April 5th.
I used:  
Penny Black Jonquil 3587K 
Special Thoughts 30-338
Arteza Brush Markers 
Polychromos Colored Pencils

On Strathmore smooth bristol, I stamped the Jonquils, using my Misti and antique linen distress ink.  I used Arteza real brush markers to add color to each petal and leaf, gradually adding colors and building them up, sometimes misting in between with water to get the color moving.  I repeated until I reached the desired look.

When the image was dry - ok, I hurried this part along with my always handy heat tool, because I'm impatient -I brushed some wild honey ink in the image area, fading it out as it went further into the background.  

I added the verse, from the Special Thoughts set, with Ranger archival fern green ink.

I added some spatters, then cut the panel down, having some of the flower peek over the cut line by fussy-cutting that area.

I added my panel to a green A2 card with foam tape for dimension.

On to the inside:

That's it!  CAS and easy-peasy.  Penny Black brushstroke stamps are my favorites!  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Favorite stamp, image or die
The Flower Challenge - For the ladies
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Feminine/girly
Sunday Stamps  - Sketch

I hope to see you over on the Penny Black blog.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop in and comment.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Happy Hybrid Rose

Happy Friday!  I had a busy day today, but really wanted...needed to create something.  So, up to my art room I headed this evening, and this happened....
I used Impression-Obsession's:
Madam Hardy Rose E20669
Fred Said clear set WP915
Rectangle Frames DIE242-YY

I painted the image with watercolors, keeping the style loose and airy.  I've been drawn to that look lately.  I just wanted to play and have fun and not worry about light sources, shading, etc.  I gave it some attention, but not overly.  I just used lots of water, and let it do it's magic with the watercolor paint.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors.

While the image was drying, I die cut the frame die, and used a portion of it for my card.  I attached a piece of vellum to the frame, onto which I had stamped the verse.  Then I fussy-cut the rose, and added it to the vellum and frame with foam tape for dimension.  I then attached the frame to black & white striped patterned paper.

I attached the whole shebang to a lavendar panel, then onto a white A2 card.  Some Studio Katia drops add just a little something something.

And for the inside....

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps  - Make your mark 
The Flower Challenge - Anything goes
Modsquad Challenge - Layered card
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Feminine/girly
Watercooler Challenges  - All about occasions

And that's a wrap, my lovelies!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and can do something fun! 



Monday, March 11, 2019

Old Is New At Impression-Obsession

I'm back today with a card for the Old Is New day at Impression-Obsession.  The IO design team is featuring cards using older stamps.  You can see the other designers' cards on the link below.

On to my card for today:
IO stamps/dies:

I stamped my card onto watercolor paper, and watercolored it using Derwent Inktense pencils.  I love these pencils for their vibrant, intense color.  Also, unlike other watercolor pencils, Inktense pencils remain permanent when they dry, so will not bleed if you use wet mediums with them.

When it was dry, I added highlights and deeper shading with my Polychromos colored pencils.  To bring back some of the cloudied lines, I went over them with a micron pen.  

I added the image panel to an A2 card front, along with a die cut frame.


I hope you like my card and this fabulous stamp!  Be sure to visit the other designer's blogs for more inspiration for your older IO stamps.  You can get to their blogs from HERE, on the Impression-Obsession blog.

I am adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted To Stamps  - Anything goes
The Flower Challenge - Anything goes
Little Red Wagon - Wild, non-pet animals
Simon Says Wednesday - Create a scene

Thanks for stopping by.  I love when you visit, and look forward to your kind comments.

Thanks for visiting. 


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Friends Are Flowers

Happy Sunday!  I have a card on the Technique Junkies blog today, which features one of my favorite stamps from the March release, Dogwood Background.

And the inside:
The details for my card, including the stamps used, products used, and my techniques, are on the Technique Junkies blog post HERE.  

I am adding my card to these challenges:
The Flower Challenge - Anything goes
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine anything goes

Don't forget to use my code TJ10Lynda at the Technique Junkies store for 10% off your purchase.

Thanks for visiting.  


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sending Hugs Impression-Obsession Challenge

Top O' the mornin' to you!  Welcome to another Impression-Obsession challenge.  The theme is 'Sending Hugs.'  With St. Patrick's Day coming up soon, I decided to go green.

Stamps:  Shaded Clover L16431
              All Year Long C5328
Dies:        Hugs DIE516-A
               Shamrock DIE065-AA

I started with Strathmore smooth bristol paper in my Misti.  I inked the Shaded Clover stamp with Shabby Shutters distress ink, stamping off some of the color before I stamped it.  I then added the definition and shading with my Arteza Real Brush markers.  I was able to blend these colors on the stamp, sometimes misting ever so slightly with fine mist of water between to get the colors to blend well.

When that was finished and dry, I added some colored pencil shading and highlights with my Polychromos colored pencils.  

For the verse, I used the All Year Long sentiment.  A strip of card stock dyed to match the clover, and a strip of gold balance the image.  The Hugs DIE is cut from gold paper to carry the gold over.  

And for the inside:

I hope you will join us in this challenge.  You have until March 19th to get your cards in for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Impression-Obsession store.

Remember to visit the other designer's blogs listed HERE for more inspiration for this Sending Hugs challenge.


I am adding my card to these challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge  - Anything goes
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - All about occasions
The Library Challenge  - Book inspiration

Thank you for visiting.  I love when you stop by, and I look forward to your encouraging comments.  

May the 'luck of the Irish' be with you!