Monday, September 28, 2020

Impression Obsession Die-Cut Obsession - Mistletoe

Today we are featuring IO's unique dies on our blogs.  
I chose a Christmas card, using the Mistletoe dies.
Dies/Stamps:  Mistletoe DIE1025-L
                     Christmas Love D20870
How I did it:
  • I created a green A2 card and layered a cream panel onto the front.  
  • I stamped the verse with white pigment ink onto light green cs, and added that panel over the cream panel.
  • I cut the mistletoe die from gold card stock and cream shimmer card stock.  I layered and arranged the pieces onto the card. 
  • INSIDE, I layered the card stock panels, and added one of the branches from the die in gold.

This is an easy card to make, yet the shimmer from the gold and cream card stock adds elegance.  

You can find more die-cut inspiration from participating design team peeps on the IO blog HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by today.



Saturday, September 26, 2020

Fall Card With Watercolor Pumpkin

Today's card features Technique Junkies Pumpkin image.
I decided to use non-traditional colors to paint this image.  
These are the Technique Junkies stamps I used:

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Here's how I made my card:

  • On watercolor paper, I stamped the Pumpkin  image.  I used distress mini ink pads to ink the image for stamping.
  • I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor to paint the pumpkin. 
  • For the background, I created a blue haze around the pumpkin by diluting the blue and brushing it on with a lot of wat

  • I added the shadows with brown watercolor paint.
  • When that was dry, I inked some of the script portions of the Tulips With Text image, and stamped them intermittently on the background. 
  • Lastly, I stamped the Own Kind Of Beautiful  image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink

  • Inside
  • INSIDE:  I stamped the Pumpkin image with blue distress ink, added some distressing and white highlights.

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I was inspired by the fall displays I've seen in the craft and home stores.  Non-traditional colored pumpkins are popular, and I have seen lots of the blue ones in the displays.  So, I tried it!
PaperFunday Challenge - Autumn/Fall
Thanks so much for stopping by today. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Impression Obsession Old Is New - Nature Walk


It's Old Is New Day at Impression Obsession today.  We have each chosen older stamps from the IO line to use on our cards.

I am using:
Acorns SS-1141-F (Inside) 
Here's how I made my card: 
  • On watercolor paper, I stamped the Nature Walk image with Memento rich cocoa ink.  This a permanent ink that will not run when it gets wet.  I like that the brown ink is not as dark as the black, and is not as harsh with the earthy colors I used.
  • I painted the images with Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors, layering colors to achieve depth.  I added shadows to the leaves with gray watercolor.
  • For the background, I mixed some colors to get a grayish brown, then painted it on the background.  I used lots of water for this, and added the paint in streaks.
  •  I added the Warm My Heart verse with the same Memento ink. 

As you can see, I used some rather muted fall jewel tones on my card today.  
If you would like to see this image colored with more vivid, traditional fall colors, see my blog post HERE.
You can find the other designer's cards from the IO blog post HERE.
And don't forget about this month's Autumn Colors challenge.  You have until October 5th to enter, for your chance to win a gift certificate to the IO store!!  Details are on the IO post HERE.
I am adding my card to these challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge - Fall foliage
Paperfunday Challenge - Anything goes fall/autumn
Lil Red Wagon - Nature, flora, or fauna
Thank you for stopping by today.   I appreciate your comments.



Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fall Leaf Card With Gold And Black


Hello, my lovely peeps!  I thought I would shake things up a bit with my card today.  Normally, when I stamp/color fall leaves, I get all into the autumn colors mode, and LOVE that.  
Today, I thought I would challenge myself to try something a little different.  I decided NOT to color the leaves.  
Stamps I used are all Technique Junkies:
Here's how I made my card....
  • On soft brown card stock, I created the background using distress inks in tea dye, brushed corduroy, and vintage photo.  I used ink applicators to apply the ink directly to the card front, adding colors randomly to create a splotchy background, but blended.

  • I stamped the Leaf Group and Leaf Twig stamps onto the background panel.  I stamped some with Versafine Clair Nocturne black ink, and some with gold pigment ink.  
  • I added some dots here and there using a pencil eraser, and a stylus, dipping the eraser and stylus into ink, then onto the card panel to create different size dots.
  • I stamped the verse from the Thanksgiving Blessings set onto a scrap piece of cs.  I cut it into a rectangle, then outlined it with a gold pen, attached it to a black piece, then added it to the panel with foam tape.
  • I used gold cording under the piece before attaching.  
  • I added strips of black and gold cs along the left edge.
INSIDE:  I stamped the verse, the leaves, and added a strip of the front created panel, and a strip of black.

I love color, and it was a challenge for me to make a card like this, especially since rich, jewel-toned fall colors are my favorites.  But, I am glad I tried it.  I actually kind of like it.  
Sometimes it's good to stretch ourselves, to get out of that box.  I may make more cards like this, but I will always love coloring.  I have my fall palette of colors of inks, markers, paints, sprays, etc., all at the ready for my fall/winter card making.  I have inky fingers from earlier color escapades today.  And I will be diving back in to all that glorious color later on.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Feel free to use my code, TJ10Lynda, for 10% off if you are shopping at Technique Junkies!



Saturday, September 19, 2020

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Luster Stencil And Distress Ink

It's Saturday, and this week it's time for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge Midweek Inspiration.  I have a card using one of PB's stencils today.
How I created my card today:
  • On ivory card stock, I placed the Luster stencil.  I taped down the card stock and stencil and used brush ink applicators to apply spun sugar distress ink.  I repeated the application until I had the desired color intensity.  

  • I used precision blender brushes to add the shading details with worn lipstick distress ink.  These brushes have more precise brush tips to allow the addition of finer details.
  • For the leaves and stems, I used the same technique, and used brushed corduroy and walnut stain distress inks.
  • I used larger stencil blending brushes to add pale pink distressing on the edges of the card inward. 
  • I added distressing on the edges with brushed cordury distress ink, also.
  • I added the verse from the Special Thoughts set with rich cocoa Memento ink.
And that's it.  I hope you like my card, and you're inspired to join us in this fun 'favorite color' challenge!  I can't wait to see what you create.  And you just might win a prize!  Can't win if you don't play.

Be sure to stop by the Penny Black Saturday Challenge and check out the other designer's amazing projects.  
I am also adding my card to these challenges:
The Flower Challenge - Brown and pink
Allsorts Challenge - My lovely garden
Little Red Wagon - Nature, flora, or fauna
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  See you over on the PBSC blog!






Monday, September 14, 2020

Impression Obsession Die-Cut Obsession

Hello!  Welcome to our blogs as we bring you inspiration for our Die Cut Obsession Day!  You can visit the other designer's blogs from the links in today's IO Blog post HERE
I have a halloween themed card today...
Circle punches for 'bubbles' 

This was a fun, easy card.  Here's what I did:
  • I layered a square black card with purple, white and orange cs.
  • I cut the Cauldron die from black glossty cs, and added it to the card front.
  • I hand-cut a bit of green cs for the inside of the cauldron, and punched with punches from my stock, and added various size circles from the lime green. 
  • I hand-cut the white banner, and added the die cut letters, cut from the Lower Case Alphabet die.
  • A button cut from the 3/8 Inch Buttons die, layered for dimension, and tied with some white string added to the banner.
And that, my friends, is all there is to it.  An easy, fun halloween card.

I hope you are enjoying the last bits of summer, as it gives way to Autumn's delightfully colorful gifts.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out more die cut inspiration from the link above.


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Impression Obsession Challenge - Autumn Colors

It feels good to get my fall stamps and supplies out and inky!  
You can visit the other designer's blogs for more inspiration.  
Their links can be found on the IO blog post HERE.  
IO Stamps links:
Golden Autumn D13937 (Inside verse & word on front)
Here's how I made my card:
  • On an cream A2 card, I added a panel of brown card stock.
  • I used a leaf branch embossing folder from my stock on a yellow-gold card stock panel, and added that to the card. 
  • I added a kraft and white gingham ribbon with a knot.
  • I cut some circles with a circle stitch die from my stock.  I added the kraft circle with foam tape.
  • On the cream circle, I stamped the Wheat Stalk and Acorn with Ranger archival ink.  
  • I painted the images with Derwent Inktense pencils.  I used a water brush to activate the 'ink' from the pencils to give a watercolor look to the images.
  • I stamped the word 'autumn' from the Golden Autumn verse on a scrap piece of cs, layered it, and added it to the front.
  • INSIDE, I stamped the Golden Autumn verse onto the yellow-gold cs, added it to the inside, then stamped the Wheat stalk in the upper and lower corners.

I am starting out my fall stamping with these more subtle tones of fall.  Since I love vibrant, strong colors, this is a bit outside the box for me.  I don't usually 'do' mellow when it comes to coloring.  This verse just seemed to call for these lovely, subdued hues.

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  Pull out your fall palette and stamps, and come on over to to play in our challenge.  We would love to see what you make.  AND, we have a $25 gift certificate to one lucky random winner, chosen from the entries.  I hope to see you there!  Full challenge info can be found, and you can enter your card/s HERE.




Golden Autumn D13937


Monday, September 7, 2020

Impression Obsession Old Is New

Hi!  Today we could really feel fall in the air.  Not complaining here, because I am a hard-core fan of autumn.  I love everything about it.  
I had a piece of this watercolored background left from a previous card, and decided to use it on a new card today.  So I cut it down, added it to a white A2 card, and added the verse.  
All stamps are some older stamps from Impression Obsession.  This background stamp is one of my all time favorite Cover-A-Card stamps.  Here are the stamps I used:
I inked the Fancy Leaves background stamp with distress inks, then spritzed it and stamped it onto watercolor paper.  I added another spritz to get the ink moving a bit for more of a painterly look.  
I added the In My Heart verse, and a strip of the painted background, then cut a leaf shape and attached it.  That's all there is to it.  I'm keeping it CAS, which is not my usual MO.  
I am adding my card to these challenges:
Sunday Stamps - Color inspiration   
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to visit the other designer's blogs for more inspiration for using our older stamps.  You can find the links to their blogs HERE.



Friday, September 4, 2020

Watercolor Pitcher With Branches


Greetings!  One of my favorite challenges for the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty is Angie's (OhMyPaper!) challenge.  This card is for that challenge.
I cannot reveal what that challenge is, but if you are a Fan Club member 
at Splitcoaststampers, you can head on over there to my gallery to see it. 
If you are not a fan club member, I recommend you join.  There are so 
many benefits.  You can check them out at the SCS site.

I am making this a quick post, as the deadline is 11:59 PM today for submissions to the DTGD challenges, and I have a couple more I want to join in.
Stamps I used are all from Impression Obsession:
CAC Music  CC029 (Cover-A-Card stamp)
How I made my card:
  • On watercolor paper, I stamped the CoverACard Music stamp very lightly with victorian velvet distress ink.  I inked the stamp, then stamped off much of the color onto scrap paper, then onto the card.  I misted the paper lightly to soften the edges of the stamping, as well, then used a waterbrush to add a base for the pitcher to sit on.    
  • When dry, I stamped the Peaceful Pitcher image.  
  • I stamped the Eucalyptus Branch 1 at the bottom to lean on the pitcher.  For the leaf that overlapped the pitcher, I stamped it again, then added it with foam tape over the one that was overlapping.
  • I painted the pitcher and branches with watercolor, using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  
  • I added the panel to an a soft green A2 sized card front, which I had stamped with the Eucalyptus Branch and white pigment ink.  I added it all to an
    A2 card front.
  • I stamped the Hurting verse onto a piece of scrap watercolor paper, added some distressing, then layered it onto vellum with foam tape and attached it.
  • INSIDE:  I stamped the music background with white pigment ink, and some of the leaves with soft green distress ink, onto the same soft green card stock as the front panel, then added it to the inside.
I hope you like my card.  Be sure to visit Splitcoaststampers to check out the DTGD challenge gallery for tons of amazing inspiration.
I am also adding my card to these challenges:
A Perfect Time To Craft  - Anything goes 
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits and your lovely, encouraging comments.