Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Impression Obsession Old Is New - Watercolor Winter Bird

Today we are featuring some of Impression Obsession's older stamps on our blogs.
I had no idea what a titmouse looks like, so I did my usual Google search to see what colors they have, and any other information that would be helpful to me for coloring him/her.  The titmouse is a tiny little bird. From the photos I found, they are blue and gray, with touches of a rusty orange and white on the breast and white around the eye.  The eyes are very large for such a small bird.

IO Stamps Links:

How I made my card:
  • On watercolor paper, I stamped the Titmouse image, using pale light gray archival ink.
  • I water colored the bird and branch with Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colors.
  • For the background, I wanted to go with a loose idea of a winter sky.  With a large paint brush, I brushed watercolor onto the bird panel.  I had masked the titmouse and portion of the branch.
  • I used vintage photo and wild honey distress inks to distress the edges of the panel.
  • I stamped the Take Care verse with archival ink.  I used a light gray, over a blue.
  • I spattered some white acrylic paint onto the panel, then attached it to an A2 card front. OK, for full disclosure on this, see the Bonus Tip below.
  • INSIDE:  I used the practice piece I had created when I tried out colors for the sky, and distressed the edges.
  • I stamped the branch part of the titmouse stamp with gray around the upper edges, then attached it to the inside of the card.

I hope you like my card.  It was a challenge for me.  I have often heard water color artists say that their work looks like a hot mess at a certain point.  Yep, that's what happened.  BUT, they said to persevere, because eventually it will all turn out ok.  So, not to be daunted by my trash-worthy project, I kept at it.  And in the end, I think it came out ok.
Be sure to visit the other participating designer's blogs for more inspiration using some of our older stamps.  You can find links to their blogs on the IO post HERE.
Bonus tip:  If you ever put black spatters on your card, and really meant to put white, well, I have a solution.  Wait till the black paint dries, and add white acrylic paint right over the black spatters, using an embossing stylus with a rounded tip.  Ask me how I know!  The black spatters were really soooo wrong, and ruined the entire card.  So, I tried the white over them, figuring I had nothing to lose. It worked.  Phew!
Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you are having a safe and happy holiday, and I wish you who are on my side of the world a very Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession - Pair Of Pears

I love pears!  I love eating them, I love painting/coloring them, and I love die-cutting them.  Especially this lovely pear by Impression Obsession, from the Serendipity line!

IO stamps/dies links:

How I made my card:
  • On cream card stock, I stamped the French Text Cover-A-Card.  I kept the center open.  I added the same color distressing along the edges of the panel, and attached it to a green A2 card front.
  • I cut the Pear die from green card stock, and from shiny gold metallic card stock, and applied them to the card.
  • I stamped the Missing you today verse from the Warm Fuzzies Sentiments set, then cut it with the Small Tags DIE.  I attached it to a green card stock scrap, and cut the scrap to create a border on the tag verse, then attached it to the card front.
I hope you like my card, and are inspired to create with your die cuts!  
Be sure to check out more inspiration from the other participating design team members.  You can find a link to their blogs on the IO post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.  


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Slimline Norway Spruce

I am listening to Christmas music as I write my post today.  There are five day until Christmas here, and our holiday festivities have been different, and bring challenges, as we prepare to celebrate this favorite holiday away from our kids and loved ones. 
But with the challenges and disappointments, comes calm and peace.  We are taking more time to be with each other, in relaxed settings.  Sharing a few moments enjoying coffee and cookies, watching holiday movies, walking in the snow, listening to Christmas music, and spending time in God's Word.  We are appreciating all of the important gifts...our health, family, home, friends, our kitty, and time to enjoy our blessings.

Now, on to my card!

Impression Obsession Stamps Links:

How I made it:
  • On a Bristol card stock panel, I used distress ink and brush ink applicators to apply color to the panel, and blend.
  • I stamped the Norway Spruce  image over this background, using distress inks in various shades of green.  I used my Misti so that I could add colors in layers.
  • I removed the panel from the Misti, and added some lighter images, which I had inked then stamped off a couple of times on scrap paper. I added some embossing pen along some of the branches, and sprinkled gold embossing powder and embossed them.
  • I attached the panel to a slightly larger green panel, then onto a white slimline card front.  The finished size of my card is 8 1/2 x 3 1/2, and fits nicely into a business size envelope.
  • I gold embossed the word peace from part of one of the greetings in the Winter Greetings slimline set, and layered and added it to the card.
  • INSIDE:  I stamped the tree a few times, after stamping off on scrap paper, to achieve light images, then added some gold FineTec metallic watercolor paint.
And that is it!  I hope you like my card, and I wish you a very happy holiday, and a New Year filled with many blessings!


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Impression Obsession Challenge - Snowman


The theme this month is 'Snowmen.'
I love, love, love this baby snowman, 
and just had to use him for my card today.
IO Stamps Links:
How I made my card:
  • On watercolor paper, I inked the Baby Snowman  with Hickory

    Smoke distress ink, and stamped him on the panel.  I water colored him, using distress inks as paint.
  • I stamped the Winter Fenceline with Frayed Burlap and Hickory Smoke distress inks, and water colored it.
  • I added some shadows and snowbanks with some blue and gray, and added the sky.
  • Some white acrylic spattered on for snowflakes.
  • I stamped the 'believe' word from the CL1044 Christmas Words clear set, then distressed the edges of the panel, and attached it to a green A2 card front.
That was it.  An easy card to paint, and I just adore this carefree little guy resting in the snow!
Now it's time for you to pull out your snowman stamps, and join us for this fun challenge.  You can find the information and enter your card/s HERE.
And, don't forget, select snowman stamps are 25% off through December 15th, and that includes this cute little baby snowman that I used.  You can find the stamps on sale HERE. 
I appreciate your visit, and look forward to your comments.  Thanks for taking the time to visit during this busy season.  I hope you are enjoying the holiday festivities.
I am adding my card to these other challenges:
Little Red Wagon - Snow Day
Paper FunDay - Winter holiday 
Mix It Up Challenge - Anything goes/Clean & Simple optional
Art Impressions Challenge- Reason for the season


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Peace Ornaments with Gold Embossing Highlights

Hello.  Welcome to my blog.  It's time for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme is Anything Goes, with the option of Winter Wonderland.  I decided to skip the optional this time around.
I used some older brush stamps from Penny Black for my card.  I used 
Arteza brush markers to ink the stamps.  When they were dry, I used an embossing pen/marker to add embossing ink to some areas of the images, then embossed them with gold embossing powder.
I added some distressing along the edges, and some spatters, layered up the card, and that was it!  I love playing with inks and markers and these old brush stamps from PB.
I hope you will join us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  You can find the details HERE.   

Thanks for stopping by today.



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession - Wise Kitties

Impression Obsession Stamps/Dies: 

Three Wise Kitties E15172  

Merry Christmas B17293

How I made it:

And that's it!  I love these cute little wise kitties!  I used a gold gel pen to color their crowns and some of the elements they are holding.

Thanks for visiting today.  Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs, listed on the IO post HERE.


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Wintery Christmas Card

Dreaming of a white, or pink, Christmas!  
Hi.  Just a quick post today with a link to my post on the Technique Junkies blog.  I have this card posted there today.  You can find it on the TJ blog HERE, with full directions, stamps, and inside of card. 
I hope you are enjoying your holiday preparations.   Thanksgiving here was quiet, just hubby and myself, with our furry loveball, Bella.  Fingers are crossed that we can be with the kids for Christmas, but, we are prepared for the possibility of that not being possible, due to restrictions and safety concerns.  We would rather miss one holiday season together to be able to be together for the rest of our live's worth.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you will check out my post on the Technique Junkies blog HERE.  Details and my discount code are in the post.

Wishing you happy, healthy, and safe holiday traditions. 



Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Impression Obsession Old Is New Day - Eucalyptus Branch Hugs

Hello friends.  It's time for another Old Is New day at Impression Obsession, a day to use some of the older stamps in the line.
I am featuring a CAS card today.  This is out of my comfort zone, as I love embellishing and layering, and lots of texture.  But, every once in a while I stretch myself with a CAS challenge. 
IO Stamps/Dies Links:
On watercolor paper, in my Misti, I stamped the Eucalyptus Branch with antique linen distress ink.  I used Kuretake Gansai watercolor paints to paint the image.  I painted in layers, building up color as I went from leaf to leaf.  When it was dry, I added some spatters.

I stamped the Sending Hugs verse onto a tag I had cut from the Small Tags die, and added it with some twine around the card.  I attached this panel to a soft heather panel, then onto an ivory A2 card front.
Inside, I stamped the Eucalyptus Branch 1 with weathered wood distress ink.

That's it.  Clean and simple.  Easy-peasy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your comments.

 I am adding my card to these challenges:
Time Out Challenge - Quick (easy, quick to make)


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Penny Black Christmas Poinsettia Card


Greetings, and happy Saturday.  Today is the midway point of the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme this month is Anything Goes, with optional Bingo.  
For my card today, I chose a couple of much older Penny Black stamps from my stash.
With the holly swirl stamp, I colored the stamp with distress inks, and stamped it onto a cream card stock panel.  I repeated this inking and stamping all the way around the cardstock, creating a holly border
For the main image, I inked the poinsettia stamp, and stamped it onto a piece of vellum.  I added some spatters of distress ink, and the verse.
I attached the vellum to the holly panel with brads, and outlined the holly panel with my gold leafing pen.
I attached the panel to a red card front.
That's it.  I just love the Penny Black brush stamps.  They make it easy to create pretty cards that look watercolored.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will join us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  We would love to see what you create! 


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Watercolor With Leaf Cluster


It's a very windy Sunday morning here in upstate New York.  We are preparing for a wind storm later today.  Good day to be indoors with my creative supplies.
I am popping in with a card that I have on the Technique Junkies blog today.  I used a real leaf cluster that I had found on my walk earlier.  Full directions and my techniques are on the TJ blog post HERE.

I hope you have a creative day.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Watercolor Pumpkin

Greetings!  Welcome to the Impression Obsession Challenge, where the theme is 'Give Thanks!'  I love Thanksgiving, and this pumpkin from the fall/winter release is so pretty.

Impression Obsession stamps links:

How I made my card:
  • I stamped the Fall Pumpkin onto bristol card stock, and painted it with Gansai Tambi watercolors.
  • I added some colored pencil highlights and shading with my Polychromos colored pencils.
  • I cut the image with a circle die, and added it to an eggplant A2 card front with foam tape, adding a string and bow.
  • I stamped, layered and added the Happy Thanksgiving verse.  
I hope you are inspired to play along in this Give Thanks challenge.  We have so much to be thankful for!
You can find more inspiration from the other designer's.  Their blog posts are listed HERE.   
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Penny Black Fall Card

Hello, and welcome to my blog post today.
It's the first Saturday of the month, and that
means it's time for the 
The theme this month is Bingo.  See this post for 
details and to enter your card. 
How I made my card:
  • I used my Misti to stamp the PB Allegro image onto bristol card stock.  I used fall colors of distress inks, adding the colors with mini ink pads to different areas of the image until it looked the way I wanted.

  • I used some PB older stamps to add interest to the background.
  • For the background color, I applied Faber Castell soft pastels with a cotton ball.
  • I cut with a stitched die cut, and layered it onto an A2 card front.
These PB stamps are all older ones from my stash.  I love the brush stamps, and have several of the oldies.

I hope you will join us for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  You never know, you just may win a prize!

Thanks for stopping in today.  



Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Watercolor Holly Card - Impression Obsession Old Is New Day

a day for us to use our older stamps and show them some inky love.  
This Watercolor Holly just fit my mood today. 
 I wanted to play with inks and water, and there it was!

IO Stamps Links:
And here's how I made my card:
  • On recycled bristol card stock, I used my Misti to stamp the

    Watercolor Holly image.  I used light green for the first stamping.
  • I added various colors of distress ink, using the minis for this, spritzing lightly with water between stampings.  I repeated several times, until I had the look I was going for.
  • With a wet paintbrush, I added some of the same colors around the background.
  • When it was bone dry, I used a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen to outline some of the areas on the image.  I did this one section at a time, so it wouldn't dry, then added gold embossing powder and heated to add the gold highlights.
  • I made some dots with the pen, and embossed them.
  • I gold embossed the Simple Joys verse.
  • INSIDE:  I lightly stamped portions of the Celebrate His Love image, then stamped the  verse with gold pigment ink.
I hope you will find some time to show some of your older stamps some love today.  If you would like some more inspiration, you can find links to the other designer's blogs here
I appreciate your visit to my blog, and thank you for your lovely comments.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Woodland Wonders Card With Polychromos

                         Greetings.  This image is part of the  
You can see my post with two more cards from yesterday's release 
on my previous blog post HERE, with links to the other 
designer's blogs for some inspiration from their projects.
TJ Stamps Links:
I have this card posted on the Technique Junkies blog today.  I have added the details for how I created it here on my blog:
  • On natural card stock, I stamped the Woodland Wonders  image with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  I trimmed the panel up to the image borders, and used Polychromos colored pencils to color the images within.
  • On a scrap piece of card stock, I created a tag die cut, using a die from this Small Tags DIE set.  I distressed the tag with green and brown distress inks. 
  • I stamped the verse from the Proverbs set with the same brown ink, and attached the tag to twine, which I wrapped around the panel and secured with a button tied with a bow. 
  • I attached the panel to a brown A2 card front.
I hope you like my card, and are inspired by this release.  
Don't forget to use my code, TJ10Lynda, for an additional 10% off your Technique Junkies purchase.
Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visits and your inspiring comments.  

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Technique Junkies November 2020 Release and Blog Hop

 Greetings!  Welcome to my post for the  
We have some fabulous new stamps for your creative card 
making and other projects this month!  
You can find the news stamps right HERE!  
All of these new stamps are an amazing 15% off through November 8th.
And if you find some that you just must have in your collection, 
be sure to use my code, TJ10Lynda, when you check out 
for a 10% discount off your entire order!  
That's on top of the 15% for the release stamps!  
So, enjoy the inspiration by our amazing design team!
 You can find links to their respective blogs listed below.
I have two very different cards to share with you today.  Card 1:

TJ Stamps Links:

How I made my card:
  • On a white card stock panel, I used distress inks and brush applicators to add ink for the sky, along with paper I had cut into hill shapes for masks to create the snow banks with the same applicators and ink.
  • I stamped the Birch Tree Border, colored the trees with Polychromos colored pencils, and fussy-cut them.  I adhered them to the panel.
  • I stamped and colored the deer and bunny from the Woodland Wonders background stamp, colored them, fussy cut them, and added them to the panel.
  • I cut the Peace die from card stock that I had blended with the same colors as the sky, and added it.
  • I added the panel to a white A2 card front to finish.
Card 2:
IO Stamps Links:
How I made my card:
  • On a pale pink A2 card front, I stamped the Coffee Stains image with coffee Ranger Archival ink.
  • I stamped part of the Love, Laughter and Coffee verse on pink card stock, and the other on another piece, using the coffee archival ink.  I did this in my Misti to get a darker color by stamping it three times each.
  • I used heart dies from my stash to cut the verses into heart shapes, and added them to the card with foam tape to give added dimension.
  • I added some Nuvo Rosewater Jewel Drops for added texture and embellishment.

And that, my friends, is that.  
I hope you are inspired by my cards.  Don't forget to grab my code, TJ10Lynda, for your discount.
And here is the list of participating designers.  Be sure to check out their blogs for more fabulous ideas and inspiration:

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I will feature another card with stamps from this release tomorrow.