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.