Monday, July 6, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession - Christmas Moose

Welcome to Impression Obsession's Die Cut Obsession Day.  Today we are featuring IO's dies on our blogs.  I just adore this moose!  It has so many possibilities for cards.
IO Dies Links:
Moose DIE983-O
Merry Christmas DIE330-R

From some red and black plaid pp, I die cut the Moose die.  I cut it again from red card stock, and layered the die cuts, to give him some stability.

I used the VersaMark pad and clear embossing powder to add two layers of clear embossing to the die cut, then added it to a Kraft A2 card front.  I used colored pencils to scribble some ground for him to walk on.

I cut the Merry Christmas from red glitter paper, and added it, along with some decorative black pearl embellishments. The Merry Christmas die cut is from a portion of a die that says Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I just cut off the Merry Christmas after I created the die cut.

For more inspiration using our dies, you can check out the other designer's projects on the IO blog HERE.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I appreciate your kind comments.


                                  Moose DIE983-O

                         Merry Christmas DIE330-R

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Nature

Happy Saturday!  And happy Independence Day July 4th to all my American friends!   Today starts the new Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The optional theme is Nature.  I chose to use birds on my card today.  I have been enjoying watching the birds in my backyard garden this summer, so I am inspired to use them on my nature card.
Penny Black stamps:

I stamped the birds on branch image,The Sweetest Sound,  onto watercolor paper in my Misti.  I used Arteza Real Brush Markers to 'ink' the image.  I added more blossoms to the branch with the markers.

I added some color to the background by brushing some color from the real brush markers onto a ceramic palette  then using a water brush to add some watered down color to the background.  I then added some images from some older PB stamps for background interest.

I used VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink to add the verse, from the Special Thoughts set.  

Inside, I used the Gifts From Above set.  I thought this verse was inspiring for these times in which we are living.

I hope you are inspired to join us in the fun at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge this month.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I appreciate you comments.


Friday, July 3, 2020

Magenta Stamps With Neocolor II Watercolor

I had to have a play with my Neocolor II watercolor crayons today.  I have had this Leaf Branch stamp from Magenta for quite a while, and am finally using it!  It just begged to be colored with my Neocolor II's.

Can I just say how much I love my Neocolor II crayons?!  They are so fun to work with, and the colors stay rich and true.  They lend themselves to so many techniques, since they blend beautifully and work with most other mediums.
Today I used them on my Leaf Branch stamp from Magenta. I created a light blue and green background with the Neocolor crayons by rubbing them onto a ceramic tile, then adding water and used them as I would any other watercolor paint.  
When dry, I placed the panel into my Misti, with the stamp.  I misted the stamp lightly with water, then used various greens and blues in the Neocolor II crayons to color directly onto the stamp.  I then misted it, and stamped it onto the watercolor paper.  

I used a water brush to watercolor the petals.  I very lightly painted in some leaf and branch shapes in the background, then used the leftover colors from the tile to spatter onto the panel.  I also added some black spatters.

I stamped the Magenta Create stamp with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, layered the panel onto black card stock, then onto a card front.
Inside, I stamped the image a couple of times, offset, with distress inks, stamping them off first on scrap paper to give a light image.  I hand drew a black border.
I am adding my card to day 3 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge.   

I had so much fun painting this, and hope I've inspired you to get out your supplies and create something today.  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I appreciate your kind comments.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Summer Flowers Challenge at Impression Obsession

It's no secret that I LOVE flowers.  They are my favorite subject to color, draw, paint, and art.  As I write this post, I am sitting in the center of my garden, on a deck my hubby built for me.  I am surrounded by flowers, plants, birds, and critters.  The sun is shining, and I have my  projects that I need to write posts for.  I'm in my happy place!  

Sweet pea flowers grew all around my childhood home; they bring back fond memories.  When I saw this beautiful stamp, I just had to have it.  So, here is my card....
IO Stamps Links:  
Sweet Peas L13510
Life Is Sweet D12219
Wildflower Silhouettes WP1003
Good In Every Day D20746

I decided to create a slimline card today.  The longer, narrow shape is something different, and it appeals to me. Variety IS the spice of life, right?  

I cut my base card stock 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" and scored at 3 3/4" for my card.  My stamped panel is watercolor paper, onto which I stamped the Sweet Peas image.  I used Arteza real brush markers to 'ink' the image (in my Misti).

To watercolor the image, I also used Arteza brush markers.  I rubbed color from the brushes onto a ceramic tile, and picked up the color with a water brush, using it like paint.  

For the smaller, solid type leaves around the image, I used one of the leaf stamps from the Wildflower Silhouettes clear set.

I stamped the Life Is Sweet verse with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, my favorite ink for dark, crisp, clean stamping.  I cut the word sweet from the stamp, so that I could use the verse either straight out or stacked, as I did here.  I hand-drew a double line around the image.  I like the look of framing an image this way.

Inside, I stamped the Sweet Peas image with distress inks, and stamped the Good In Every Day verse with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink.

I do hope you are enjoying the inspiration from the design team for this challenge, which you can find HERE.

Join us in the fun, and you just might win a $25 gift certificate to the Impression Obsession store!  And, starting with this month, our challenges will be a month long.  You have until August 4th to enter your cards/projects. 

I am adding my card to these other challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Bright and cheerful
Simply Less Is More - OLC Solid and Outline 
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Watercooler Challenge - Anything goes feminine
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge - Day 2

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Technique Junkies July 2020 Release

It's time for Technique Junkies July Release and Blog Hop!  What a gorgeous array of stamps this time! 

As usual, all new release stamps are 15% off through July 8th.  Use my code, TJ10Lynda, for an additional 10% off!

I have three cards for today's post.

Card One:  Dandelions In The Wind
Dandelions In The Wind
Guide Your Wishes

I used my Misti and Arteza Real Brush markers to ink the Dandelion In The Wind images.

I added one color at a time, and just kept adding colors and stamping until it was finished.  

I added the Guide Your Wishes verse. 
This was a really fun card to make, and I love all the color!

I kept the inside simple, with just some gray ink and the fly-away portions of the dandelions.

Card 2: Anniversary Fishes
Stays At The Beach
Anniversary Set of 7
Oceans of Love

Aren't these little fishies the cutest?!  I immediately thought 'anniversary card' when I saw them.  I decided to place them in a fish bowl.  
To accomplish this, I inked the fish and hearts part of the Stays At The Beach stamp only, and stamped it onto a white cs panel.  I hand drew a fish bowl, by tracing a free clip-art image with a Micron pen.

I created a reverse mask, and masked off the area around the fish bowl, masked the fish, and added distress ink with my iBrush dauber brushes, then stamped the seaweed from the Oceans of Love set.
I colored the fish and hearts with Arteza real brush markers, added the Happy Anniversary verse, some twine, and added it to a blue A2 card front.


Card 3:  Dream Dandelions
Modern Dandelions
Five Fab Phrases Set of 10
Anything Is Possible

I created the background on a white card stock panel with blue distress ink and a blender brush.  I placed a circle stencil from my stash over it, and used my iBrush dauber applicators to add darker blue and green circles, moving the stencil as I wanted.

I stamped the Modern Dandelions image with green ink in my Misti, then moved the panel slightly to the left and up, and stamped them again with blue ink.  I added the Dream from the Five Fab Phrases set, and some black spatters.

Inside, I added some circles with the stencil, and inked and stamped two of the dandelions, then stamped the Anything Is Possible verse.

Phew, that was a long post.  Hopefully you are still with me.   You can see the entire July 2020 Release stamps on the TJ site HERE.

Be sure to check out the other designer's blog posts for more inspiration:

Lynda Pleckan That's me

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are inspired by the July release images!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Old Is New At Impression Obsession - Slimline Watercolor Leaves

Slim Line Watercolor Leaves Card 
With Caran D'Ache And Neocolor II

IO Stamps Links:

As you may know, I just love, love, love the Cover-A-Card stamps from Impression Obsession.  This Fancy Leaves stamp is one of the very first I purchased, soooo many years ago.  I use it for every season, and it has probably seen more ink than any of my other stamps!  I now have quite a collection of the CAC stamps.  
For my card today, I used Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons. I placed my Fancy Leaves stamp onto my craft mat, rubber side up, and spritzed it lightly with water.  I then took some Caran D'Ache crayons in greens, blues, and purple, and rubbed them directly onto the stamp.  I colored the entire stamp, then misted it again when I was finished.  
I placed a panel of natural card stock onto the stamp, and pressed evenly all over the back of it.  I had to repeat a portion of it, as the card stock panel is longer than the stamp, since I made a slimline card.  Most of the CAC stamps will cover an entire A2 size card in one go.
I love removing the stamp and seeing the results.  I misted my stamp pretty well, so it resulted in a watercolor look, which I was going for.  I added some spatters in the same colors, and brushed some of the color along the edges of the panel.  

I layered the panel onto a 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 natural card, and added the verse panel.

Inside, I inked the stamp with distress inks in similar colors, and stamped off a couple of times, to create a background.  I added a natural panel over it, leaving a border.  The inks give a distinctively look than the Neocolor II's.
I hope you enjoy our Old Is New feature.  It's fun to share ideas with our older, well-loved stamps.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the other designer's cards on the IO blog post HERE.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Thinking of You Card Featuring Lilacs With Real Brush Markers

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  I am stopping in to post a card that's on the Technique Junkies blog today. 
I used Technique Junkies stamps:
Lilacs JT017
Difficult Time Set of 2  SDX156
With Sympathy Set of 5

I used Arteza Real Brush Markers  and a water brush to watercolor this lovely Lilacs image and the background.  

I love these markers for their intensity and ease of use.  They blend effortlessly, and really hold their color well.  

I white embossed the verse from the Difficult Time set and added it, then layered it all onto an A2 card.

I stamped the sympathy verse inside from the With Sympathy Set of 5, and bits of the lilac with distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the details of the Technique Junkies Summer 2020 Challenge at the TJ Facebook page HERE.  You have until tomorrow, June 29th, to enter for some fabulous prizes!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Don't forget to use my code, TJ10Lynda, if you are shopping at the TJ store, for 10% off your purchase!


Monday, June 22, 2020

Die Cut Obsession At Impression Obsession - Life Is Sweet

It's that time again.  We are using our dies today at IO.  And since it is officially summer in the US, I made a card with my favorite summertime fruit, watermelon!

IO Die/Stamps:
Melon Slice DIE981-S
Life Is Sweet D12219
One In A Melon C12213 (inside)

I die cut the Melon Slice die from colored card stock scraps.  I added some color variance to the watermelon with a cotton ball with a touch of bleach.  I added spatters to the green.  I set this aside while I created the background.

I layered the black cs strip with the white embossed Life Is Sweet verse, along with some black and white striped pp onto a white A2 card front.  I used my  iBrush ink applicator daubers to add some green distress ink.  I added the watermelon slices and seeds to finish the front.

Inside:  I created a green area with my iBrush applicators, then stamped the One In A Melon verse, and added some pp with a couple of watermelon slices.

That's all there was to it.  Easy, and so fun!

Be sure to check out the other designer's cards on the IO blog HERE.

AND, through tomorrow (Tuesday 6/23), take 25% OFF your regularly priced purchases at Impression Obsession!

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Dots And/Or Stripes

Hello, happy Saturday!  Today's card is for the midway inspiration post for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme this month, as always, is Anything Goes.  This month's option is stripes and/or dots.  How fun!  So, here's my card....
PB Stamps:
All My Love
Special Thoughts

So, how adorable is this little bear?!!  I can think of so many occasions to use this stamp.  And so many different ways and mediums for coloring it.

For my card, I stamped the All My Love bear image into watercolor paper, and used Arteza Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint the image.  I die cut the image, and added it to a die-cut card with foam tape.  

I added a die cut frame border, and a strip of striped pp along the left edge.

Inside, I stamped the hugs and kisses verse from the Special Thoughts set, added another die cut frame and pp.

That's it.  Quick and easy, and oh, so fun! 

Hope you'll join us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!  Who knows, you just may win a prize!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Impression Obsession Birthday Wishes Challenge

Hello, and welcome to IO's Birthday Wishes Challenge.  Time to pull out your birthday stamps and play along.  You just might win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store!

Today I decided to use my favorite color combo on my card, greens and purples.
Ginko Spray G13875
Happy Birthday 1  C14778

I taped off a border on recycled Bristol  and stamped the Ginko Spray onto it with distress ink.  I used a water brush with distress inks to watercolor the ginkgo images

When that was dry, I distressed the edges with peeled paint distress ink and my 
I-brush ink applicators.  I love these little dauber brushes for perfect blending and color application.  They are like the foam finger daubers, only with really soft, dense brush tips! 

I added some spatters, and a the Happy Birthday 1 verse, and peeled off the tape to finish my card.

Check out the other designer's inspiration cards on the IO blog post HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  


I-brush ink applicators

Ginko Spray G13875