Monday, July 16, 2018

New IO Fall/Winter Release Hop - Day 1

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new Fall and Winter 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 a $25 gift certificate from Impression Obsession! If you just happened on the blog hop because you're a regular reader of my blog, you can find a full list of participants at the end of my post. 


If you're new to my blog, then you may not know that I'm not only on the Impression Obsession design team - I'm also one of their artists! It's always fun during these blog hops to be able to share my stamps, some thoughts behind them, and some fun ways to use them.



I wanted to add some masculine stamps to my line, and also pay tribute to veterans - this collage stamp is very meaningful to me, especially since I used my grandfather's draft card as a layer in this version! You can see his name on either side of the soldier's head.
This is a simple silhouette image with a big impact - the notes of Taps always bring me to tears, and the sentiment is the final line of the song... it's such a comforting phrase.


This second collage stamp combines some of the same images - I used Copic markers to color the background in simply, leaving the open silhouette white. 

IO products I used: Deployed, Taps Silhouette, Taps Collage, Honor and Gratitude, All Is Well, Grunge Circle Star, Grunge Star, Grunge Star 2

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration! You're not required to comment on every one, but the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win! Thank you for visiting me!

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Dina Kowal Creative
Giovana @ Believe
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Mitered Frame

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a Mitered Frame - these are easy to make and customize to any size! I had a 6" square of paper handy, so I folded it into a 4" frame...


I should have scored on the back side - next time I will do that... the paper was a little heavier so it cracked on the folds. I used it as an "opportunity to distress", and roughed up some more edges and surfaces with a nail file.


This is a sneak peek of one of my new sets coming out next week at Impression Obsession - if you like it, let me know, and stay tuned! The design team will be hosting a blog hop July 16-19, showcasing new designs.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

And the winner is...........

jeanchaneyaz! 
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jean - congratulations! Please email me your address and I will send this wood pendant off to you!

Those pendants would make such nice gifts, Dina! Your dog is indeed awesome!Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Happy Colors

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project using a color that makes you happy!



Red has been making me happy lately! This is a fun and sweet image by my friend Lindsay, paired with one of my sentiments. Coloring is done with Copic markers.

Stamps I used: Polka Dot Boy, Hey

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

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Giovana @ Believe
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
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, July 04, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Embossed Wood Pendants

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast! This week I get to do a little collaboration with our friends at Clearsnap for the Embossed Wood Pendants tutorial. These are such a fun little project!


These started off as unfinished wooden pieces like these ones on Etsy. Each one has a coat of darker acrylic craft paint, then I stamped a pattern and embossed it. When that was dry, I rubbed another coat of paint over the embossing and removed the excess with a baby wipe, enhanced the edges, and then sealed it all with a clear coat of varnish. Check out the video to see how I attached the charm and created an adjustable length closure.


I'd like to give away this pendant that I made for the tutorial - if you'd like a chance to win the necklace above, leave a comment below! I will draw a winner Friday night at 9 central. I'll add the others to my Etsy store soon - there are a few more in there as well!


Clearsnap sent me a whole bunch of Molding Mats to work with - these are unmounted (naked) rubber molds that can be used to stamp or to impress designs into clay or foil. The one I used is above - the full piece is 2" x 7", and each little section is perfect for imprinting one of these fun pendants. Some of the mats have a long continuous pattern, and I have an idea to use one of those to decorate a handle I want to make for one of my drawing tools... if that works out I'll share it soon!

Speaking of drawing, I finished this portrait this weekend, and it's one of my favorites to date!


I'm starting to get more orders again and my queue for commissions is filling up - if you're thinking of ordering a portrait for Christmas, be sure to order early!

Happy 4th!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorial: Double Triangle Fold

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a quick and easy fun fold - the Double Triangle Fold. The base is done with 2 scores and a cut, and you can get 2 bases out of a single sheet of cardstock... I did have to use a ruler to measure my cut line rather than cutting with my trimmer - the diagonal is 16".


I was sooo excited when I realized my Peeker stamps would work really perfectly with this fold! I will have a video for you next month when my next stamp release comes out... I tried making one of the cat card, but it was kind of a mess. :) 


The paws are adhered to the patterned paper panel of the card - so cute. If you haven't seen this set, the paws are separate stamps, so you can pop them up or wrap them around something.

Peeking Kitty cling set
The sentiment is from this set of minis... on these images the paws are attached, but they're such a cute size!

Mini Peekers clear set
Have fun with this fold - I know you'll see it here again!

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Splitcoast Product Review: Smooch Accent Ink

The Splitcoast Product Focus team has been playing with Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink this week - this is a fun and versatile product from our friends at Clearsnap! (By the way - if you represent a company and you have a craft product (anything!) that you'd like our team to test and review for the paper crafting community - let me know!)


There are several products in the Smooch line - these pearlized accent inks are designed to add shiny, shimmery accents to your paper projects. They're designed with an applicator in the cap, and that whimsical lid becomes a very effective handle when it's removed from the bottle. 


The applicator is a small pointed spongy nib, not a brush. The tip is great for dots and details, and you can see that it holds quite a bit of product! There are 32 colors in all.



I shared this project a couple of weeks ago - I dotted Moonlight Smooch around the sparklers, and also coated each of the frosting layers with it - I love that the white is transparent enough to see my watercolor shading underneath. Moonlight was my favorite of the colors I was sent!


I wanted to push the product beyond the obvious "accent ink" application, so I tried a few different things - some worked and some didn't. :) I used a marbling technique on the next background - that technique can be found here. I didn't get a very vibrant color on any of my marbled backgrounds - not sure if that's something that would be improved with different papers... anyway, this was my favorite.



I was also able to get a marbled effect by "floating" the inks on my Gelli Plate, so that's something to try too, if you're inspired. I used watercolors to paint the rainbow and unicorn, but also highlighted them with more Smooch to add a little sparkle. (This stamp set is from Butterfly Reflections Ink - it's one of their exclusive collab sets! So cute.)
This card is another combination of techniques - the background is one of my marbling experiments, and the die cut is covered with Moonlight Smooch, with a few gold accents.



Not sure if you can see the shimmer on the die cut here, but it's very fun in person!




Smooch is water-based, so my next experiment was to dilute it on a craft sheet to watercolor with it. The green layer of my background above is a pearlescent wash. When that was dry, I popped the ringed stamp onto my MISTI and applied Smooch directly to the stamp. I misted it and stamped a couple of impressions for a soft, shimmery look.







 I used Smooch to customize this metal charm, and was happy to see the product adhering well to the metal. There's a layer of Colorique Sealant on the charm to keep the color in place.

 Overall, this was a fun product that I'll be using again - come over to the Product Focus page to see more projects and read our team reviews!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Flash Sale!

Impression Obsession is having a FLASH SALE!  Use code SOLSTICE for 20% off your order. Sale ends June 24th at midnight EST.



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Impression Obsession DT Challenge: I Sea You

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



I shared a peek of this card yesterday - this is my sample for this week's tutorial over on Splitcoast - Gel Plate Impressionism! I used Distress Oxide inks for my base colors, and then stamped the sunburst with Colorbox dye ink.



You can see the background a little closer here - the result of the technique is a spotty, impressionistic effect that is a lot of fun for backgrounds as well as scenes.



It took me forever to find this kayak die on my desk...! The waves are a couple of negative cuts from the Sailboat Frame die, which I'll link with the others below.

Stamps and dies I used: CAC Reverse Sunburst, Start ThereKayakers, Sailboat Frame

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


Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Giovana @ Believe
Ilina @ Creativity Within
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat 
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kelli @ Stamping with a Dream 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio


And be sure to stop by the site for a FLASH SALE!  Use code SOLSTICE for 20% off your order.



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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Splitcoast Tutorials: Gel Plate Impressionism

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a really fun gel printing technique called Gel Plate Impressionism! Here's a peek at my card - I'll share more about it tomorrow since it fits the Impression Obsession challenge as well.


If you have a gel plate, I hope you'll try this one - it's really fun!
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