Thursday, November 16, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Tis the Season

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a holiday theme...

I made this card using a favorite technique... the die is impressed into a watercolor panel without cutting. The panel is flipped, and then the raised lines are rubbed with an oil pastel or white crayon, and that acts as a resist for a water-based medium. I used Zig markers for the ornament and blended out with water, then used QoR paints for the background.

I used a pine branch die cut as a mask and stencil to add some texture to the background...

Here's a closer look at the ornament - the sentiment is from one of my smaller theme sets with an Essential Oil theme - it was a perfect fit on the tag!

Stamps and dies I used: Floral Ornament die, Flags die set, Essentially clear set, Pine Branch die

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

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, November 15, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Tape Roll Trinket Box

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast - take a peek to see how I turned a couple of recyclable items into this useful Tape Roll Trinket Box!

Hope you're having a good week so far! I'm still trying to catch up from my week away - I was in Coeur d'Alene visiting my parents, and enjoying a little snow and quiet! The highlight of my trip was a visit to the Crosby House in Spokane, which is full of Bing Crosby memorabilia. I'm an old soul, and he's always been one of my favorite people.

I worked out a couple more portraits while I was there too - here's one of a sweet senior beagle, and the other will have to wait until Christmas! If you'd like to see more, you can find them in my gallery HERE! If I can help you with a special order, please let me know - I'd love to work with you.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Drunken Acrylic Reveal

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a very fun layered painting technique - it's done using acrylic paint and rubbing alcohol, hence the name... Drunken Alcohol Reveal.

Here's the card I made - all the dies I used are from Impression Obsession. I covered up a lot of the background, but here's a quick picture I took before I assembled the card:

I loved the camouflage effect I ended up with - I actually used ColoriQue, which I shared about last week - it's an ink and resin based product with some similar properties to acrylic paint, and I was so happy to see it react with alcohol too! Even though the colors were diluted, they still remained vibrant and reactive.

I cut the hills in the foreground in a single pass - you can see how they're positioned in the pre-assembly photo above... on the card, I attached the top and bottom pieces first, just a little closer than the cut, and then popped the center piece on top of them. Just a little time-saving tip!

Impression Obsession stamps and dies I used: Deer Trio die set, Rabbit die set, Square Tree Window die, Hill Landscape Layers die set, Serene Scene clear stamp set

Hope you'll give this fun background a try!
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Falling Leaves

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with leaves or a fall theme.

This card was a simple one - I lined up 3 tree images by Lindsay Ostrom on watercolor paper, sprinkled them with a little ColorBurst, and then misted lightly with water. I used my brush to fill in some of the lined areas more completely, but otherwise just let the water do its thing. I painted in the trunks of the trees and let that color drip down to create their shadows as well. So fun!

Stamps I used: Striped Tree, Round Tree, Box Tree, Holiday Words set
Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

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, November 01, 2017

Splitcoast Product Focus: ColorBox ColoriQue!

This week the MixAbility team had a special invitation to play with a mixed media product to review! ColoriQue is a product made by our friends at ClearSnap - it's an ink and resin based medium that can be used on surfaces like glass, metal, clay, wood, prepared canvas, and leather. 

Most of my projects are small, but I had fun playing and testing out the product on lots of different surfaces! For these pendants, I placed 2 drops of color on a craft sheet, then smooshed a glass tile into the ink to push the colors together and over the surface (back side). When they were dry, I added 2 layers of the ColoriQue Sealant to protect the color, and attached a bail with E6000 glue. 

This sample is a clay shape, impressed with the pattern of an embossing folder, and I'll have a tutorial on that process coming soon! I brushed the ColoriQue down into the grooves of the design, then wiped the excess with a baby wipe to color the other surfaces.

This is a chalkboard tag that I had in my stash, painted with layers of ColoriQue - each layer made the design more intense. This is a sneak peek of one of my Valentine stamps, by the way!

I painted a decorative charm with the product, and was very happy with how that turned out - I love making these diffuser and other charm necklaces, and this will be one more way to personalize them. Yay!

One more possibility is to use the product like an ink or diluted acrylic paint on paper or canvas. I dribbled a few colors on a small canvas, and misted the whole area with water. The colors moved and blended nicely, and dried to a permanent finish - I used some white gesso to paint around a teacup outline that I drew (soooo many of those in my soul!), and then added a few highlights and shadows to complete the look. This still needs something - a sentiment or some steam or stamping - but I wanted to show this aspect of the product's versatility at this stage.

I also made a sample for an upcoming tutorial, layering diluted ColoriQue with drips of rubbing alcohol. My background looked like camo, so it turned into a woodsy scene that you will see next week! 

For more information about ColoriQue, more reviews, and more samples, come visit the Product Focus page HERE!
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Splitcoast Tutorial: Calendar Easel Card

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a sweet, mailable calendar card - it folds flat for mailing, and sits up for display - so simple to make, and can be decorated any way your heart desires. We've got a free printable template for the calendar for you as well.

The base of my card is actually a piece of paper I used once upon a time to swatch markers, and then to protect my desk from paint and ink and modeling paste - there are lots of layers of stuff on it! I'm glad it found new life on this pretty project. 

I decorated the back of my easel as well - all the stamps and dies I used are from Impression Obsession - the Elegant Feathers stamp set is HERE and the coordinating dies are HERE.

Have a great day!
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Whimsy Penguins

I'm so grateful to Whimsy Stamps for having me as a guest designer this month - it's been a lot of fun! If you've been playing along with the Falliday Fest challenges at Splitcoaststampers, you'll be excited to know that Whimsy Stamps is one of our prize sponsors for the event - we'll be sharing more about that soon!

I used a couple of Whimsy's adorable penguin stamps for the challenges over at Splitcoast - the first was for a color challenge (black, grey and peachy pink). I watercolored this little scene (Penguin Gift) using QoR watercolors (my favorite tube paints) and added in a few details with colored pencil.

I did some negative coloring, which is always fun - coloring "outside the lines" to create the snowy ground and the glow around the lamp.

My second card was done with similar techniques, but I used a Sakura Clear Glaze Pen to mask off the snowflake first - did you know the Glaze inks dry a little raised, and they're waterproof? They're perfect for masking off fine lines like these. I watercolored with the QoR paints again, creating a blocked background for this adorable little guy (Snowflake Penguin), then I added some falling snow using acrylic paint, dotted with a small stylus.

There are a couple of other Whimsy products on my card - the sentiment is from this great set, which is full of tiny and practical sayings:

Everyday Mini Sentiments

And the paper on my card base, which you can barely see except for a few snowflakes peeking out... is from this paper collection:

Winter Wishes 6x6 Designer Paper
If you like the color scheme there, you'll love the sparkly enamel dots that match - eep! 

That's all I know today - thanks again to Whimsy Stamps for having me, and thanks to you for visiting me today! 
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Stack and Cut Quilt Cards

 This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a great time saver, and a fun way to make a set of cards at once! These are called Stack and Cut Quilt Cards, and the backgrounds are made by cutting a stack of patterned papers together, shuffling them, and then piecing them back together. Each card in the set is unique! They remind me of a pillow my Mom has that was made by my Grandma out of scraps of fabric.

I have a pretty new paper pad that I found on clearance at Walmart, so I used some of those papers for my backgrounds - I was able to make 5 cards from the pieces. The stamps and dies I used are from a set by Peggy Jo Ackley - I used some of my leftover paper scraps to do some paper piecing on the bodice of the dress forms.

I used a folder to add some embossed designs to each background - they look a little bit 'quilted' that way!

Hope you'll try this idea out!
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Falliday Fest tutorial: Witch Hat Treat Box

Today's tutorial is the final project for our Falliday Fest event - it's a Witch Hat Treat Box. We have a free template on the site that goes together very quickly!

I decorated my little hat with die cuts from Impression Obsession (see my post from yesterday for a coupon code!) and an old earring from my vintage stash.

Come over to the Falliday Fest Challenge Forum for all the details! I'd love to hear your feedback on the challenges and projects we shared - it's been a fun 2 weeks!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Impression Obsession Fall Sale!

Just wanted to let you know that the annual Impression Obsession sale is on NOW!  

Until midnight (EST) Monday October 23, use coupon code FALL25 to take 25% off everything on the site. The sale includes all clearance and sale items on the site and there are LOTS of those. Check out the overstock dies section - there are also HUNDREDS of clear sets at 50% off PLUS the additional discount.

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