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.



  1. I like the stickles centers. I love the whole card. I need to use my Distress Inks more.

  2. I like both versions, but this is the season for bling and twinkle!

  3. Wow stunning Linda, I love the effect of swiping the ink on the paper :)


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