Thursday, December 06, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Quick Christmas Cards

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a quick holiday project. Silhouette images make quick work of sentimental scenes! Here are a couple of the holiday designs from my stamp line.

For this card, I simply stamped the image in Caramel ink with my MISTI until it was fully saturated, then added some adhesive pearls where the image indicated ornaments. A quick bow, and I was done, and I wouldn't have needed that bow if my score lines hadn't been crooked!

For the second card, I stamped the image, then colored in the open areas with a red Copic marker. I used a large circle stencil and a torn sheet of paper to mask off my background, then used a blending brush to lightly fill the opening. I actually meant for that to be light blue, but I was working in bad lighting and grabbed the grey brush instead, so... it's grey.

Stamps I used: Decorating Silhouette, Tree Search Silhouette

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration, and 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, December 05, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Yupo Winter Scene

In this week's tutorial over on Splitcoast (Yupo Winter Scene) our author uses a variety of products to create a layered background on Yupo synthetic paper. If you haven't used this stuff, it's a lot of fun, and it will take a variety of coloring media, from alcohol inks to watercolor and even colored pencil!

I used brown alcohol ink and a bronze patina along with rubbing alcohol to create my background, then stuck foil down on the still-sticky parts and dotted white acrylic paint in for more snow. A note too - Yupo die cuts beautifully, and you can use it for stencils! The dies I used are from Impression Obsession.

I finally got to try out these Artist-tac adhesive sheets, and I'm pretty excited about how they work, so I wanted to share! These are sheets of dry adhesive, and can see the texture above. They are virtually mess-free.

There are 25 sheets in the package, each with a protective layer. You peel the liner back and lay your die cut onto the adhesive - you can see how it's dotted over the entire sheet above.

Lay the liner back over the sheet and burnish the die cut well with a bone folder or other tool (I tried the first time just with my hand, and the pressure wasn't quite enough).

When you lift up the die cut, the adhesive will have transferred onto the back! If there are any areas that need more coverage, you can just repeat the process. Adhere the die cut to your project, and rub any excess adhesive away. So easy! Really happy to have found this stuff - it will make adhering detailed dies sooooo much easier.

What do you think? What would you use Artist-tac for? Leave me a comment below and I'll send a sample to 3 winners! Please comment by Friday Dec. 7 at 9 PM Central, and I'll announce my winners on Saturday. Make sure I have a way to contact you - entries without emails will not be considered.
Artist-tac at Consumer Crafts
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Friday, November 30, 2018

Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Super Sponsor!

It's time for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, and I'm honored to be a Super Sponsor again! Keep reading to find out how you can win one of 3 mini coffee or one of 2 domed glass art pendants, and receive a special coupon code for my online store!

In case you're new to my blog, I'll tell you a little about me.  I adore Winnie the Pooh, randomly burst into song, and collect fun socks. I'm a working artist (see my commissioned pet portraits HERE), have my own line of stamps (grab 15% off there too using code COFFEE), and I'm the Artist in Residence at Splitcoaststampers, among other roles behind the scenes. I love to create, and I love sharing what I learn in the process. I have an online store where you'll find prints of my original artwork as well as notecards and jewelry and other items. I've been blogging here for 12 years!

Here's a fun coffee project using a wreath stamping technique - all these stamps are my designs through Impression Obsession - Coffee Mug, Coffee Beans, Coffee Spoons, Coffee die set 

I used the coffee spoon from the die set as a stamp, cutting it from fun foam.

This week, be sure to check out my store for coffee themed items and more - prints and necklaces make great gifts!

use code COFFEE20 for your discount!

Annnnnnnnnnd - be sure to participate in the hop for great prizes! I'll be giving away two of these...

...and 3 winners will each receive one of these prints! 

You can find all the hop info HERE!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorials: Assembly Line Stamping

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast takes a look at Assembly Line Stamping, and offers some tips for mass production. Feel free to add your own tips to the comments below as well!

I wanted to come up with a two-for-one design, so I started with 2 red panels and 2 white panels, and trimmed one of each down for layering. For my first card, I cut a circle out of the red panel, using a die set that coordinates with an ornament stamp set from Impression Obsession (links are below). 

I set the die cut circle back into the opening, and positioned my stamp. I stamped first on the circle cut in Versamark ink, then reinked with red Versafine ink and stamped the same image onto the white card through the opening. I embossed the circle piece with gold powder.

I used the other dies from the ornament set to embellish the card - I lined the back of my gold cardstock with double sided tape for quick application.

For the second card, I lightly traced the outline of the circle so I could create a shadow for my ornament with Copic markers.

I gave the ornament a hanger and hook and accented the shadow with a colored pencil. The sentiment stamps are mix-and-match words from one of my brush word sets - looks like this one is on clearance right now, so snap it up if you need it! Just $7.50. Link is below.

Here's the final design of the first card - I stamped a single word in the corner (same stamp set) and balanced out the black with a few quick embellishments to the stamped image.

Stamps I used: Round Ornaments 2 clear set, Round Ornament die set, Christmas Brush Words clear set

What are your tips for holiday stamping?
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Consumer Crafts - pencil prices and a sale!

I just wanted to add a special post about Consumer Crafts - they have really upped their game in the Art Supplies department! They have added thousands of artist grade items, many at much lower prices than I've been finding elsewhere.

Cyber Monday Sale: 30% off sitewide + Free Shipping at $25

Of course I checked the pencil prices, since I'm often needing to restock certain colors in my full sets when I do portraits - here's a price comparison for Polychromos open stock - and these are their regular prices, not with the discount above! 

Blick: $2.19 per pencil (no discount)
Consumer Crafts: $1.49 per pencil 
(discount available - 30% off today makes them $1.04!)

...and Prismacolors:

Blick: $1.27 per pencil (no discount)
Consumer Crafts: $1.09 per pencil 
(discount available - 30% off today makes them $0.76!)

Blick: $2.77 per pencil (no discount)
Consumer Crafts: $2.16 per pencil 
(discount available - 30% off today makes them $1.51!)

I also had the chance to check out the new line of Lightfast Pencils from Derwent - I was sent the set of 12 pencils, and I thought I'd challenge myself to do a quick drawing using only the pencils I was given. It's an interesting collection, not your typical set of bright rainbow colors...

When the line is complete, there will be 72 colors to choose from (there are 36 now), all formulated to be 100% fadeproof and lightfast.

I tried to work quickly, but still do what I could to match the colors in my reference photo with the small set of pencils I had to work with - the blue was a little more difficult to match, since the blue in the set is more of a sky blue, but I managed, with some combinations of purple, green, and brown. It was a fun challenge!

 I added a quick background with some mixed watercolor from the lid of my palette. Not bad for a quick little exercise - this probably took me 1.5 hours to complete.

Overall I liked the pencils, and look forward to adding more colors to my collection! With my pet portraits I've gotten used to the harder cores of the Polychromos pencils, and these were softer, but I was still able to get good detail in this small sketch. I ran the pencils through some typical tests, and they proved to be highly pigmented, responsive to varying levels of pressure, and blended well with other pencils as well as with a solvent. I was able to layer them to build up the texture of fur and hair. They'll work well with other brands as well. I did experience a little breakage issue with a couple of the pencils - the core of the black pencil was broken in a couple of places - but otherwise, not too much of an issue there.

With a lightfast rating at 100% and their great blendability, these will be wonderful pencils for portrait work, and I'll look forward to working these into my collection as the set is completed next year. And I'm loving this little bird!

Remember Consumer Crafts when you're ready to restock your pencil collections - and be sure to take advantage of the 30% discount today! The code is CYBER18.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Crafty holiday sales!

Here's a collection of crafty deals - I'll add more throughout the week as I find them, so be sure to check back! Updated for 11/27

Dina Kowal Creative

Save 20% off your order of $20 or more in my Etsy store! No code is needed. Offer ends Nov. 30.

 Book a custom portrait now for 2019 - plan ahead for a special gift - or refer a friend for a bonus for you both! And yes, I do people too! Offer ends Nov. 30.

The referral bonus is ongoing - refer a friend and you'll both receive a $10 code for my Etsy store. (Check back later in the week for a sale in my Etsy store too!)

A Colorful Life Designs - ended
Save 30% off your entire order with code Grateful30  (expires midnight CST 11/26/18)

A Jillian Vance Design - ended
30% off orders of $50 or more - no code needed! Orders over $100 (after discounts) will receive a free die while supplies last. Orders over $125 (after discounts) ship free!

Art Classes - ended
 Save on online art classes with Sandy Allnock! Priced as marked, no code needed. Purchase a class and you might receive a gift in the mail!

Art Impressions - ended
Through Nov.26 save 50% on the sale category, and an additional 15% off your entire order with code SAVE 15

All stamps are 40% off. Receive a free sentiment stamp with your order of $12 or more.

Blick Art Supplies - tiered discounts up to 30% off with code WKD2018, free shipping over $25.

Through Nov. 26, save 25% on the entire store! No code needed.

CAS-ual Fridays - ended
Nov 20-26 while supplies last - all holiday sets 15% off, retiring sets 40% off, no codes needed. Free stamp set with orders over $50!

11/22 – 11/27 get 30% off orders up to $100 • 35% off $100-$199 • 40% off $200 and beyond - no code needed!

CC Designs - ended
Nov. 22-26 save 50% on rubber stamps, 30% on clear stamps, 40% on stencils and supplies! no code needed.

Nov.23-27 - the entire store is at least 20% off regular prices (excludes November 9th release) - There are over 60 Doorbuster Deals from 40% to 75% off - PLUS...our FREE Wintry Edge dies on orders over $60 (subtotal after discounts, while supplies last)...FREE shipping on domestic orders over $75 (subtotal after discounts)...AND FREE Shiplap Sentiments stamp set ($18 value!) on orders over $120 (subtotal after discounts, while supplies last)!

Consumer Crafts  - ended
definitely stock up on pencils from this company! Lowest prices on Prismacolor and Polychromos, even before this discount! Use code CYBER18 for 30% off your entire order, free shipping over $25.

Craftin Desert Divas - ended
Nov. 21-26 save 40% off your entire order with code THANKS

Creating Everlasting Memories
Nov. 21-30 everything in their ebay store is just $1.00! Crazy sale. I stocked up on Art Impressions stamps!

Elizabeth Craft Designs - ended
Nov. 19 – Nov. 26th take 30% off your entire order (except their new line of Planner Essentials) with the discount code FRIDAY18

Ellen Hutson - ended
Shop the Clearance and Gratitude sections for discounted items, then save an additional 25% with code GRATITUDE.

Gina K Designs - ended
Through Nov 26, save 25% on your entire order with code THANKFUL
Free gifts at $25, $50, and $75!

60% off the entire store - no codes needed!

50 products marked down 25%! Free shipping over $25. Priced as marked.

Honey Bee Stamps - ended
 Through Nov. 25th save 20% on your entire order with code BF20

Impression Obsession 
 - ended
Nov. 21-26, save 25% on orders over $20 with code THANKS

Ink Blot Shop - ended
 Nov 22-26 choose your own sale:
• Buy 2 new release items, get any 1 item (including new releases) 50% off - enter code: NEWBUY2
• Get 30% off your purchase (excludes new releases) - enter code: THANKS30

In addition, all orders over $60 (after discounts and before shipping) will include a free USA-made zipper pouch.

Inkon3 - ended
Nov 21-26 save 35% your entire order with code thanks2018

Joy Clair - ended
Nov. 22-26 save 40% on all stamps!

Kindred Stamps - ended
Nov 23-26 save 25% on your order (exclusions apply) using code BFCM2018

Kraftgali - ended
beginning Nov. 22 save 20% on your entire order using coupon code THANKS
 Nov 26 only save 25% on your order using coupon code CYBER
Free shipping on all orders above $35 using coupon code FREESHIP

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps - discounted categories priced as marked - free gift with every order!

My Favorite Things - ended
Nov. 20-26 save 35% on your order with code THANKS - new release excluded. (The discount also applies to the sidewalk sale - so a $10 item marked down 40% and then 35% would be $3.90! Good deals to be had in there.)
40% discount on selected sale products while supplies last - no code needed.

My Sweet Petunia
Nov 20-27 save 25% off your entire order - no code needed.

Our Daily Bread Designs - ended
Nov. 22-26 save 30% off your entire order using code SAVE30 - free shipping too!

The Paper Cut - ended
Nov. 21-26 save 25% off your entire order with code THANKS18

Picket Fence Stamps - ended
Through Nov. 26, save 20% on your entire order with code BLACK20 - receive a free blender brush for each $30 you spend, while supplies last!

Pink & Main
Nov. 20-27, save 30% off your entire order with code BLACK2018 - be sure to check out their brand new release and some great deals on stamp/die bundles! Free gift with every order!

Power Poppy - ended
Nov 23-25 save 30% off your entire order with code STOCKUP30

Purple Onion Designs
Nov. 23-Dec.7 - 25% off all stamps - no code needed!

Queen & Co.
Discounts on selected items; This adorable pompom dispenser free with a $75 order while supplies last!

Reverse Confetti - ended
25% off your order with code BLACK25 - ends Sunday 11/25.

Rubber Moon - ended
Save 30% off your order (some exclusions apply) using code BFCM2018. Orders over $50 will receive a collage sheet and sticker set! Free shipping over $75.
Looks like the deals will be changing frequently over the weekend - keep checking this link! It's 20-50% off Sizzix right now.

Deep clearance on selected items!

Pre-holiday clearance - priced as marked - use coupon SBSAVE10 for an additional 10% discount! More to come later in the week!

Lots of bundled deals, up to 50% off! I got some more Sharyn Sowell dies! Love them.

The Stamp Doctor - ended
Through Nov. 26 save 30% off your entire order - no code needed!

Sugar Pea Designs
25% off your order with code THANKS - ends Tuesday 11/27.

Sunny Studio - ended
Nov 21-26, free shipping over $25, free word die with any order, donation of 15% of your order goes to Convoy of Hope.

Save 25% on your $25 minimum purchase (retail customer only) 11/20 through 11/26 with code BDAY11BF

Taylored Expressions - ended
Nov. 22-26 - take 30% off your entire order (excluding new releases) - no code needed!

Technique Junkies - ended
Use code Nuvo50 to save 50% on all Nuvo Paste, Mousse, and Gilding Flakes through Nov. 26.

Tiddly Inks - ended
Tiddly Inks - Nov. 21-25 save 45% your entire order using code THANKSG18 at checkout.

Tombow USA - ended
Nov. 23-25 save 40% off Black Friday Bundles using code BLACKFRIDAY2018

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Nov 21-26 save up to 50% off - prices as marked


Nov. 20 - Dec. 6 save 50% off everything and 99c bling!

Whimsy Stamps

Retired dies and sets at a discount - when they're gone they're gone!
Bonus Bundles 

50% off the entire store, and a free gift with every download! Ends Nov. 27.

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