Monday, August 31, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession - Haunted House Card

It's Monday here, and time for Impression Obsession's Die Cut Obsession!  It's always a fun time when we get to play with our fabulous dies.  I used one IO halloween die, and cut the pieces into several elements to use around my 'haunted house.'  I love getting more miles from my dies by taking the die cuts apart to use on my projects.
I am adding this to Jen's Dare To Get Dirty challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  It's been a fabulous week of challenges with so many fun themes!
Here's how I made my card...
  • On a white A2 card, I masked off the border with washi tape, then brushed light gray distress ink inside the taped off section.  I had masked
    off the moon with a circle mask before I did this.  
  • I used a cloud stencil from my stash to create the clouds by brushing color over it onto the area.  I have since received my new cloud stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, which I can't wait to use.  I have been seeing it used all over, and the clouds are so realistic with that stencil.  I will be making more cloud cards soon with that one.
  • I removed the tape, then stamped the Haunted House 2 stamp onto white card stock, and colored it with Polychromos colored pencils. I fussy-cut the house, and added it to the card front over the background I had created.
  • I cut the pieces from black card stock from the Halloween Scene die, and added them to the card front.
  • I brushed some purple along the border where the tape was. 
  • Inside:  I stamped Happy Halloween and added a piece of the die cut.


I hope you are enjoying the team's Die Cut Obsession cards.  You can see the other's cards with links to their projects on the IO blog post HERE.
Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, August 24, 2020

Impression Obsession Old Is New - Seeds of Kindness


Today's card is for the Impression Obsession Old Is New day.  You can find more inspiration using our older stamps from more of the IO design team HERE.  These are the stamps I used:
 How I made my card:
That's it!  I kept it very simple.

I hope you are enjoying our Old Is New feature, and we have inspired you to use some of your older, well-loved stamps.  We love to give some of our older stamps some love now and then.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Watercolor With Caran D'Ache Neocolor II

Hello, and happy Sunday!

I have this card on the Technique Junkies blog today.  I thought I would share it here with full directions on how I made it.
I used the SD708 Something Different  stamp.  Here's how I made my card today.
  •  Keeping the card panel in the Misti, I added lots and LOTS of pigment from the Neocolor crayons.  I placed the crayons up against the image, then added water so that it would drip down.  I had my Misti propped up on m
    y desk at an angle, so that the drips would run down the paper.
  •  I repeated, adding yellows, oranges, and reds/pinks until I was happy with the look.
  •  I used my heat tool to completely dry the panel.  When dry, I inked the image (still in the Misti) with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.  I stamped it three or four times, to get a full, dark impression, as the paper was warped and textured a bit, and had lots of color on it.
  •  Some ink spatters finish off the card.
And that's it!   Pretty easy, really.  And, oh so FUN!  I love playing with messy mediums and seeing how far I can stretch my comfort zone! 
I am adding my card to the DTGD Challenge (Bev's/Texas Grammy) at Splitcoaststamper.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Don't forget to use my code, TJ10Lynda, if you are shopping at the Technique Junkies store!  



Monday, August 17, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession - Thankful

It's Die Cut Obsession time at Impression Obsession, and I have a card using this fabulous leaf die set from IO for your inspiration.  You can find more inspiration from my fellow team members HERE.

I used these dies and stamps on my card today:

Here's how I made my card:
  • Using distress inks and ink applicator brushes, I applied various colors of ink to a watercolor paper panel.  I spattered some water onto the
    background, and some die inks with a waterbrush to create spatter spots.  I attached the panel to a white A2 card front.
  • From another piece of watercolor paper, I used the Autumn Leaves die to cut the leaves.  I used a waterbrush with distress inks to watercolor the leaves.  I also added some spatters to the leaves.  
  • I stamped the 'From the bottom of my heart' phrase from the Thank You Clear Set  to the card with Ranger Archival ink.
  • On green card stock, I white embossed the Thankful Banner and fussy-cut it, adding it to the card.
Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the other designer's blogs for more die cut inspiration today! 


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Midway - Dreamy

Happy Saturday!  Today's post is for the midway inspiration for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The theme this month is Anything Goes with optional Make the sentiment the focus.

Today's stamps are brought to you by Penny Black.  I used the following stamps on today's card:  
Dreamy 40-102       Special Thoughts 30-338   and various older Penny Black stamps.
And here's how I made my card:
  • On watercolor paper, I created distressing with various shades of brown distress inks.  
  • Next, I stamped various PB stamps with lighter inks over the distressed background.
  • I white embossed the Dreamy 40-102 flower, and stamped the verse from the Special Thoughts 30-338 set with archival ink.
  • Finished off with a white string bow. 
Come on over and join us on the Penny Black Saturday challenge.  We would love to see what you create.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Impression Obsession Old Is New - Live With Passion

Happy Monday!  It's Old Is New day at Impression Obsession!  Today the team is using some of our well-loved older images on our projects.  I chose, surprise, one of our flowers, and a fabulous older clear stamp set with dozens of words to create endless expressions.
IO Stamps links:

In my Misti, on mixed media paper, I 'inked' the Passion Flower image, using pink and green Tombow markers on the petals and leaves.  I used a Dove Blending tool to blend the marker colors, and also added some more color.
I added colored pencil with my Polychromos, adding highlights and shadows, and emphasizing certain areas.

The verse is three words which I have chosen from the Express Yourself  clear set.  I love this set for the variety of phrases you can make with the dozens of words in the set.

Inside, I stamped the World Needs verse on some layered card stock.
I hope you are enjoying our Old Is New Feature.  We all have well-loved stamps that we sometimes neglect.  Let's get them out and get them inky!

You can find the other team member's links to their posts HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Impression Obsession Challenge - Summer Fun!

It's August, and time for a new Impression Obsession challenge!  The theme for this month's challenge is Summer Fun.  Let's grab the last bit of summer and live it up!
You can find details about the challenge on the IO blog post HERE.

I went with a water theme for my summer fun card.  I thought these little fishies looked like they were having fun!
IO Stamp Links:

On bristol card stock, I created the waves background with blues and greens  distress inks.

I colored the fishies from the Fishies Set with Arteza Everblend alcohol markers.  I fussy-cut the fish images, and added them to the waves panel. 
I added some white dots and markings with a white gel pen.

I stamped the verse from the Vitamin Sea Set and bordered it with blue cardstock, then added it to the panel with foam tape. 

I added the panel to a blue A2 card, and stamped some of the bubbles and seaweed.

Inside, I kept it simple with some stamped images...
And that's it!  I hope you enjoyed this fun, easy card!

Check out the other designer's blogs for more inspiration.  You can find their post links HERE.

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


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Birthday Card With Silhouette Image

Happy Tuesday!  Just a quick reminder that you have until August 8th to get 15% off the new August release stamps at Technique Junkies.  And, with my code, TJ10Lynda, you can take an additional 10% off! 

My kitty has been waiting VERY patiently for me to finish my morning routine and get upstairs to my art room.  She loves to snooze the morning away in her favorite window next to my desk while I create.  Once in a while, she will wander over to my desk to check out my progress.  Sometimes she lays right on my work, or a corner of the desk if it's a messy project and I don't want her to spread media all over my card.  Pics are below the post if you would like to see my Bella.
Now, for my card for today, inspired by said cat.....
Technique Junkies stamps:

I stamped the  image onto a white card stock panel, then stamped the  I Got This For You  image.  I used the Misti, and my VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, which gives deep, saturated coverage. 

I stamped the Modern Dandelions verse with Ranger Archival Ink in Fern Green, again, using my Misti so that I could restamp to get the best coverage.

I used my iBrush ink applicators to add the green haze.  I love the brush tips on these dauber applicators, and always get a smooth, seamless gradation from dark to light, or when blending colors.

I colored the centers of the dandelions, and the kitty's eyes green, the color of my Bella's eyes.  I added some lime green crystals to the centers of the dandelions to finish the panel.
I attached the panel to a black A2 card front.

Inside, I stamped the Modern Dandelions with white pigment ink, and added colored pencil green centers....

I just had to have this cat with bird stamp when I saw it in the August release images! 

Bella, my kitty, is not free to catch the birds (and other outdoor critters), as she is an indoor cat. However,  she loves watching them from her cat tower by the family room glass door, which faces the back yard garden.

She has earned the title of Fly Terminator, as she does stalk and catch the flies that get indoors.  No fly swatters needed in this house.  We just relax and let nature take it's course!

Well, that's it for my card today.  I hope you liked it.  If you are a cat lover/owner, you can appreciate the verse!

Check out the rest of the stamps in this release on the TJ site HERE.  You're sure to find many favorites there!

Thanks so much for visiting.  Now, a picture of Bella waiting patiently to follow me upstairs to work, and another of her content in 'her spot' in my art room.


Monday, August 3, 2020

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession - Thank You Coffee

It's Monday, and time for Impression Obsession's Die Cut Obsession feature.  We are featuring IO's fabulous dies on our blogs today.  I have been working on some holiday cards, so here is my card for today.

I cut the Coffee To Go cup die from kraft and white card stock.  I used my Martha Stewart scoring tool to create the scores in the coffee cup sleeve.  I cut the Snowflake Frame from white glitter card stock.  I layered the pieces together, and added them to an A2 red card, with some snowflake patterned paper. 

Inside, I used a portion of the frame die, and the verse from the Thank you set.


Be sure to stop by the other designer's posts.  You can find the links HERE on the Impression OBsession blog. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week!


Saturday, August 1, 2020

Technique Junkies August Stamp Release Celebration

It's release time at Technique Junkies!  And do we have some fabulous new stamps this month!  You can find the entire line of new stamps at the TJ store HERE.  Use my code,
TJ10Lynda, you can take an additional 10% off the release stamps, and 10% off the rest of your order!
I have three cards for your inspiration today.


For my first and second cards, I used the amazing Chrysanthemum stamp, my favorite from this August collection.  On this card, I stamped it onto watercolor paper, and 'painted' it with Arteza Real Brush Markers.  I love the bold, crisp, bright colors in these brush markers.  I added some white colored pencil highlights.

I added the verse (front and inside) from the Love, Faith and Peace Set of 10, and some sequins.  Inside, I used a portion of the stamped Chrysanthemum.
I added some distressing on the verse panel with my iBrush ink applicators.  Many people ask how I achieve such smooth blends, and I give all the credit to these fabulous little applicators.  They are not sponge, but they are dense, soft brushes.  They grab the ink, and let it blend much more smoothly, without harsh lines that the sponge applicators tend to make.

For my second card, I used the same Chrysanthemum stamp.


For this card, I stamped the
I white embossed the verse from the Love, Faith, and Peace set.
On the inside, I used the remainder of the stamped image.

For my final card, I had to play with these adorable gnomes!  I love that this set has five of these cute little critters, and six verses!  Fabulous!


I stamped the Gnome with antique linen distress ink, and placed a mask over the image, then stamped the Single Sunflower over it with the same ink. 

I colored the images with Polychromos colored pencils.  I love these pencils, they are my favorite of all the colored pencils I have tried and owned.  I use these almost exclusively now.  They blend easily, and they don't build up wax like some other pencils.  They are not wax based, so I can layer lots and lots of color and pigment on, without it getting to the point where the paper won't take any more color.  This is how I achieve the depth of color.

I used an iBrush ink applicator to add the background, and hand-drew the grass and ground.  I stamped the Best Friends verse from the same Gnomies set with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink.
Inside, I stamped the gnome with blue distress ink, and added the verse.
So, there you have it.  Now be sure to check out the projects from my design team-mates for more inspiration.  Their links are on the list below:
Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I enjoy your visits and your comments!