Friday, May 26, 2017

My Sweet Petunia and Unity swap hop!

I'm so thankful to be a part of a community that thrives on relationship and encouragement! It's so fun to be a guest in a joint blog hop with two companies that really live this out. Today I'm hopping with designers from Unity Stamp Co. and My Sweet Petunia! Keep reading for more info on how YOU could win a prize from one of these two companies! 

If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can start back at the My Sweet Petunia blog - you'll find a full list of participants there, and all the details you need. If you're already hopping and you arrived here from Maria Levine's blog, you're doing just fine.

My samples are all colored using Chameleon Color Tone pencils, since I have a set here to review! It was nice to have such beautiful images to work with as I took the pencils through their paces. I also wanted to be sure to showcase how the stamps could be used with the MISTI, so I used a different technique with each of my cards. Here we go!

This is Grace Girl, a new addition to Angie Blom's signature line - I colored the image using a single pencil - the Color Tone pencils are double-ended, with a light and dark tone. For the background, I masked off the image, and positioned the sentiment stamp from the set toward the center of my MISTI. 

Each time I inked the sentiment, I moved the panel, stamping at even intervals to create a background. While the image was still masked, I brushed some of the same ink around the image to give it a warm glow.

This second image (Grace Upon Grace) is by Phyllis Harris, one of my favorite stamp artists! I used the MISTI to stamp the image in a dark brown ink, then moved the panel over about 1/4" and stamped in a light grey. This gave me a shadow to work with, and accentuated those gorgeous curls and the details of the fern branch.

I colored in the image in a loose, scribbly style. I love working this way - it's a little more abstract and fun.

For my third card, I blended the pencils with mineral spirits. This snail is the main image for a huge and wonderful sentiment set (Happy Snail Mail) that has all kinds of sayings for mail art, belated cards, and everything in between. This background is a Watercolor Imprint technique I've been working on - I'll share a tutorial on that in a month or two. This was one of my practice panels that was within reach, and I was so happy that it matched!

I wanted the snail image to be sort of 'borderless' so I used a light ink, but I also wanted his little eyes and antennaes to show. After stamping, I left the stamp in my MISTI so I could restamp in the exact same place. When I was done coloring, I put the panel back, and inked up just the eyes and antennaes with a black marker. 

I love that little trick - it really gives life to a borderless image!

Now for the fun stuff - thanks for hanging with me this far! 

Be sure to leave a comment on my blog and on the blogs of the rest of my friends below (look at them all - what a lot of talent in one list!!) Everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will be entered in a drawing for 3 prize packs from Unity and winner's choice of an Original or Mini MISTI from My Sweet Petunia! Please comment by May 30th at noon Central to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blog on May 31st, so be sure to check back.

Thank you again for visiting me!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Impression Obsession Design Team Thursday

Welcome to this week's Design Team Thursday post! On the Thursdays we're not posting a new challenge, members of the team take turns sharing a project we've made with Impression Obsession stamps or other products. I'd like to show off a new die today - we have a variety of these full background dies, and they're wonderfully versatile.

They can be layered or pieced, of course... but I like to use them for embossing as well. Both of these cards feature embossed panels that are watercolored in different ways. For this card, I debossed the die into a piece of watercolor paper (follow the instructions for your die cutting machine for embossing with a silicone mat), then I used the outlines as a guide for coloring with Zig markers.

The sentiment above is from one of Peggy Jo Ackley's new clear sets, Hydrangea Blooms. I cut the banner by hand.

For this second card, I prepared my panel in the same way, but then flipped it over and used the side of a white crayon to rub over all the raised outlines on the back side. This created a resist on those lines, so I could use liquid watercolors to paint in the image.

The sentiment is one of mine - it's HERE.

Sunflower Background

Here's the die - such a pretty one for so many techniques! Thanks for visiting me today - I hope you're inspired to use your dies in different ways!
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Curve-Sided Box

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a Curve-Sided Box - such a unique shape, and easier than it looks! Our author developed the box to hold a bottle with wide 'shoulders' - whether you put a bottle inside or just fill it with treats, this box will hold a lot!

The curved sides are scored using a dinner plate as a guide - so clever. I used new summer dies from Impression Obsession to decorate the sides - I love this fish set!

The box top closes like a regular box - 3 tabs folded down, and the 4th tucked in.

Hope you'll give it a try!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Whimsy Stamps and Chameleon pencils!

I've been playing around with the new Chameleon Color Tones pencils for an upcoming review, and I was so happy to have more adorable Whimsy Stamps images to work with - if you haven't visited their site, be sure to take a peek! They have such a fun variety of stamps, just begging to be colored!

After months of waiting for April's baby to be born, this Baby Giraffe was an easy pick - isn't he adorable?

The sentiment above is from the set below - I have really enjoyed having a yard and garden at this house, so Penguin Gardener had to come and stay with me. :)

I love how these pencils performed on kraft paper, and I used a new-to-me toy that I bought for an upcoming colored pencil class with a local artist - it's a battery-powered eraser from Derwent, and it helped create the shadows in the white areas, and some of the highlights on the giraffe. Little bit of a learning curve, but so fun! Inexpensive too.

Check out the Whimsy site for all kinds of Customer Appreciation specials during the month of May! Have a great week!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Product Review: ColorBox Petal Point pigment inks

This week the Splitcoaststampers Product Focus team published a review of 2 new color sets in Clearsnap's Petal Point line. I love the opportunity to review products, and I learned so much as I played with these inks!

These are the 2 new colors sets, with fresh palettes for summer. If you're unfamiliar with the Petal Point sets, each of the petals is an individual inkpad. They pull out easily from the base, and have a convenient handle on the back.

The ink itself is thick, blendable, and slow-drying - the product catalog describes it as the consistency of mayonnaise, which is an interesting but pretty accurate comparison.  Working with the ink pads 'direct to paper', I was able to get a smooth gradient blend.

Something I didn't know is that pigment inks are water soluble. I tapped some ink onto my craft sheet and watercolored an image - I've never done that before! :) I did notice that the inks, once dried, didn't lift like a dye ink would - not an issue, just something to know.

Here's that little guy - the background panel on this card is also done with pigment inks applied direct to paper and misted, then allowed to dry with a stencil laid over the panel. I'll have a tutorial on that in a few weeks.

I've always categorized pigment inks as 'heat emboss only', and since heat embossing is one of my least favorite techniques, I've avoided them in general. However, I was really impressed with the coverage I was able to get with this silhouette image - this is maybe 3 impressions with the MISTI and it's perfect. I embossed with clear powder and managed to survive.

If you watched the Monoprinting video from this week's Splitcoaststampers tutorial, you'll recognize this background as my ghost print from the gel printing segment.

The background for the butterfly card is multilayered - I used the inks first by applying them to a craft sheet, misting with water, and then laying watercolor paper into the activated ink. Once the panel was dry, I stenciled a design over the full area with a Clarity brush. The butterfly is inlaid into the panel.

For the background panels on the following cards, you can watch my process on the Monoprinting video I linked above - each one is done a little differently, but all with pigment inks!

This image again was stamped using the MISTI to layer impressions for a perfect silhouette. I brushed a little bit of ink over it through a piece of drywall tape to add some texture.

This background has several layers, and I loved the coverage and clarity of the inks on the Gelli Plate. The main image is watercolored using pigment inks as well.

I love the idea of using stamps on the Gelli Plate - I haven't attempted that with paints because they're so hard to clean out of the grooves and cracks of the stamps... the inks open up a whole new realm of possibilities with gel printing. Definitely more to be explored there.

This was my favorite sample done with a large acrylic block instead of the gel plate. All of the layers were stamped onto the block and then printed at once in a single layer, rather than stamping multiple layers to the paper. Such a fun art form!

I had a lot of fun reviewing these inks - I'm so thankful to know more about them, after avoiding them for so long - they really are quite versatile, and a great addition to any ink collection!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Animal Friends

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that features an animal.

I colored up this sample using Copics when I was testing out our new hybrid inks - you can read more about them HERE. I love that they are formulated to work with alcohol markers as well as watercolor mediums - that opens up so many ideas for mixed media!

We also are welcoming a new artist to the company - this sweet little mouse is the creation of Carmen Medlin, and you can find more of her stamps and also new die designs on the IO website.

The background panel on this card was also done using 2 of the yellow inks with our Cover-a-Card stamps.

Stamps I used: CAC Dotted Argyle, CAC Marquise, Welcome Sweet, Tea Cup Mouse
Die: Instant Photo Frame

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Summer Stamps from IO - Day 3

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new Summer dies and images that are available NOW! You can visit the I.O. Blog all this week for links to the previews and ALL the challenge details. Leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 gift certificates from Impression Obsession!

I had to add some succulents to my collection this time - I love them and they are so easy to care for (I got a few for Mother's day too!). You'll find my images in unexpected places, which is a favorite theme of mine as well. this one is in a teacup. The first image here is watercolored, and layered over a fun gel print...

On the second card, I stamped the teacup image onto a piece of label paper, and colored it with Copic markers.

It's layered over a monoprint which features a few of Seth Apter's new stamps - you can see how I made the background in today's tutorial feature on Splitcoaststampers!

Stamps I used: Tea Cup Succulent, Cheers, More Friendly, Rotators, French Script

If you like this succulent stamp, check out these as well:

Tea Kettle Succulents
Boot Succulents
Succulent Corner
Cover-a-Card Succulents

Blog Hop links will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST May 15th - May 17th. The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday May 21st and all winners will be announced May 22nd. Good luck!
Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! 

Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
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