Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Impression Obsession February Red Rubber Kit

The design team is sharing projects today using this month's stamp kit from Impression Obsession! This kit will be available through February-March, with some sweet florals, eggs and chicks for your spring and Easter cards!


I thought a monochromatic color scheme would be a fun pairing with paper from one of the new "Basics" pads - coloring here is done with Copic markers and a few added details with colored pencils and a paint marker.

I used a pointillism technique on the chick, to give him a little texture - this type of coloring is done with lots of little layered dots! So fun.

We will be giving away TWO Impression Obsession Grab Bags for the event so the more you comment through our blog hop the more chances you'll have to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday February 7th at 8pm CT and winners will be announced on Wednesday February 8th on the Impression Obsession Blog. Good luck! 

February 1st and 2nd the IO Team will be sharing new projects with the February Limited Edition red rubber stamp set. You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event.


Here's today's hop list:
Dina Kowal <<<< you're here!

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Monday, January 30, 2023

Impression Obsession - January Team Favorites

The IO Team is back today to share a favorite card from this month's release, so here's mine! Head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for all the links so you don't miss anything.

I didn't get to share this card or collection yet - you might remember these designs from a release that came out just before we made the decision to discontinue individual rubber stamps last year, so in case you missed those, they'll come back little by little as clear sets. I think that collection of art and crafting supplies is so fun. If you haven't seen the Art Supplies paper pack yet, be sure to check that out too! It turned out beautifully.

The paint set has 2 different tubes, with solid stamps you can use to fill in the swatch area or create a funky abstract pattern. The Cover-a-Card has the same designs in a smaller repeat, and they're fun to coordinate. I used the same Oxide ink here to stamp the swatches and brush the background panel.


IO Products: 


Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for more inspiration from our January releases - see the I.O. blog for all the details!

I hope your week is off to a good start! I am still recovering from several draining events last week, but I got some of my upcycled shoulder bags uploaded to my Etsy store - if you love Pooh, you'll want to see those! Working this week on commissions and all the other usual things. 

Take care!

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Impression Obsession DT Theme - Hearts

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today featuring hearts - we'd love for you to play along with us! 


I love the loose watercolor on this heart wreath from the January red rubber kit - this one began with some misted water, in a technique I shared here. I love the vintage look that happens with splattering too - I can't help myself! The watercolor panel is backed with one of my paper designs - I love that damask texture - I should probably design a whole pad of that in all my favorite colors! 


A little closer - I love the way the magenta bled upward in the top right!

IO Products: 

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration - see the I.O. blog for all the details

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Winnie-the-Pooh fabric - new Spoonflower shop!

I've had a goal since last year of getting some of my designs onto fabric and I'm happy to finally be able to direct you to my Spoonflower shop! I've started with a Winnie the Pooh design that you've seen in my Classic Pooh paper pack, in several different colors and scales for a variety of projects. 


I'll build up my design collection as I'm able! I have a lot of art to work with. To assure quality, Spoonflower requires their artists to print and approve a proof of each design, and I love that extra layer of field testing and sense of investment. That also means I have a swatch for all 33 of these items! If you're unfamiliar with Spoonflower, they have a huge variety of fabric types to choose from, from lightweight cotton to soft fluffy fleece, as well as wallpapers and some other different substrates. You can also choose a design to be used on premade home decor items, like pillows, blankets, tea towels and more. (Click here for examples of all that can be made with one of the designs.)


I made a cute little shoulder/crossbody bag with one of my swatches, mixing it up with upcycled and thrifted fabrics as I love to do. I'm excited to make more of these! I had my swatches printed on Spoonflower's Dogwood Denim fabric, which is a beautiful textured heavy weight. 



The other pieces of the bag are salvaged quilt blocks, two pairs of reclaimed pants, upholstery samples, a pillow case, and a thrifted belt.


I've already had inquiries, and worry not - I will make more of these! I had so much fun putting this together.


Hope you're having a great week! 

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Impression Obsession - more January products

We've got more projects from the new release from Impression Obsession today! If you haven't seen the new release, you can find it all HERE - go check it out! 

Some of you have asked if there will be more Pooh sets - OF COURSE there will! For January I have the Valentine Piglet and Eeyore set - these have been Dinafied with sweet little hearts for Valentine's Day and beyond! Lots of tiny sweet sentiments as well. If you caught Sarah's demo from the Paper Cut at the Crafter's Classroom this past weekend, you saw this set in action! 



For my first card I used a new background stamp called Ancient Lace - that image is taken from a very old book about textiles and it makes a really lovely and grungy backdrop. Piglet is colored with markers and pencils, and I used a scrap from one of my Christmas paper pads to paper-piece the heart.


Here's the Eeyore image - it's a nice large one! The background here was done with one of my new stencils, which is called Four Petal - I love dogwood blossoms and this sort of geometric repeat... the base of that panel was a piece of cardstock I used to test a bunch of Copic markers, and I brayered white acrylic paint onto my gel press then laid the stencil down to take a print.




IO Products: 

January 15th and 16th the IO Team will be sharing projects with these and more new products! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event. We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances you'll have to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday January 24th at 8pm CT and winners will be announced on Wednesday January 25th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Here are the links for today, and remember you can still comment on yesterday's posts for entries into the drawing! 

IO Stamps Blog
Giovana Smith
Jeanne Streiff
Laura Fulcher
Laura Williams
Angela Bode
Dina Kowal <<<<< last and not least! :)

Note: The original Winnie the Pooh book by A.A. Milne came into the public domain in January 2022. All the images in my Pooh sets use original line art by E.H. Shepard with portions added and/or replaced with my own art. I do my level best to preserve recognizable imagery rather than redrawing my own version out of respect for the artist and characters. Disney does not own rights to the book illustrations, and they have no say over the modifications and derivative workings many stamp companies are producing now. Please enjoy!

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

Impression Obsession - new products for January!

It's time for a new monthly release from Impression Obsession, and I'm excited to have quite a few items in this batch! Haven't seen the new products? They're all HERE - go take a peek! I'll wait. 

January releases typically focus on Valentine stamps, so I've got a few products with that theme, and of course they can be used year-round as well (not my favorite holiday, so I have fun making things versatile). If you love roses, get excited - I have 2 rose stencils debuting this month: an outline and a layered set. There is a paper pad to match too, featuring lots of sweet hearts and floral designs.


 I had the house to myself this weekend (rare!) and I got my layered stencil set late, so I had fun experimenting, and made a video for you too! I hadn't tried using layered stencils with a gel press yet, so that's what I did.

Here's the card I made - I couldn't settle on a sentiment, so there's room for that if I change my mind. 


...and here is the video! The key to lining up the layers is lining up the corner of your cardstock with the corner of the stencil each time. Enjoy!


 
One more card using the gel press and the Rose Outline stencil - this was a background I had already started. I brayered a layer of white paint on the gel press then laid the stencil over the paint before taking the print. Easy, and this would work on colored cardstock as well.



IO Products:




January 15th and 16th the IO Team will be sharing projects with these and more new products! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event. We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances you'll have to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday January 24th at 8pm CT and winners will be announced on Wednesday January 25th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Links for today: 
IO Stamps Blog
Giovana Smith
Jeanne Streiff
Laura Fulcher
Laura Williams
Angela Bode
Dina Kowal  <<<<< that's me!!

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Monday, January 09, 2023

Impression Obsession product focus: Dies

There are so many amazing dies at Impression Obsession - this special feature lets them have the spotlight. We hope you're inspired! 



I dug this sample out from a release last year - I love these art themed dies! Coloring was done with Copic markers.

IO Products:
Sentiment is discontinued, A22065 Inspiring Me 
(may be available at local or online stores)

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration - see the I.O. blog for all the details!

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Monday, January 02, 2023

Impression Obsession January Red Rubber Kit

The design team is sharing projects today using this month's stamp kit from Impression Obsession! Turning the corner into the new year, this kit features some beautiful roses and floral wreaths that will be perfect for Valentines Day (and more, of course)!


I really had fun making this card, so I'll share it today! I started with a base of watercolor paper. The color was added with a 'polished stone' technique, adding rubbing alcohol and then a few drops of alcohol ink to a paper towel and then pouncing the color around the panel until I had the effect I wanted. I stamped the wreath image and then left the stamp in place in my MISTI. I added color using acrylic paint pens, and then restamped the image over the paint. I love how the white paint really pops against the background! 





Check the IO blog for links to posts from January 1st & 2nd sharing new projects with the January Limited Edition red rubber stamp set. As a reminder, our red rubber kits are available for 2 months from release. To celebrate the release, we will be giving away TWO Impression Obsession Grab Bags - so the more you comment through our blog hop the more chances to win! Commenting will be open until Tuesday January 10th at 8pm CT and winners will be announced on Wednesday January 11th on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Here are the links for today:
Dina Kowal <<<<<that's me!

Happy new year!

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Friday, December 30, 2022

2022 in review!

It's a tradition on my blog to look back at the end of the year and pick out a few creative highlights! Hope you enjoy! 


JANUARY
January kicked off with a stamp release from Impression Obsession - I also published a new paper bead design, a small coffee cup bead! 

My favorite January event was the entrance of the Winnie The Pooh book into the public domain. Winnie the Pooh is my favorite thing ever, and it is a thrill to be able to now "collaborate" with the original artist to include him into my product lines. 


FEBRUARY
As a personal goal for the year, I started learning the process of surface pattern design with several online courses. The things I learned allowed me to expand my design business this year!


MARCH

I continue sourcing and also providing tutorials for Splitcoaststampers - here was one I did this month using a colored pencil layering technique.



APRIL

April was a busy month! It began with a day trip to retrieve the contents of a friend's mother's craft (mainly beading) room - she was very similar to me in her interest, and that full Suburban load of beads and other items has been a huge blessing!



In April, Impression Obsession announced that they would no longer be pressing red rubber stamps. Having spent the last 10 years building a stamp line there of over 1200 items that announcement was a huge shock, one that I'm still wrapping my head around. I had known for several months beforehand, one reason I pushed to learn surface pattern design as a way of repurposing my art. I began designing papers and stencils behind the scenes, to prepare for a massive pivot.


April also marked another Benton County Art Walk, my "baby".


I had a display at our local library, celebrating 125 portrait orders!


I had a drawing published in this annual: 

MAY

I scored this antique drafting table on a local auction site for $10! It is about 80 years old, and very sturdy. It's a great addition to my basement now as a cutting table.


I gained some clarity in my design style - I enjoy mixing vintage things with my own handmade things... I find that I do it in my paper designs as well as jewelry and sewing. Nice to have some direction for my brand! This was a little haul from a thrift/antique shopping day with my son.


JUNE
In June I opened a Society6 shop! Not surprising, my Pooh designs have been most popular.


JULY

A local art group invited me to teach a colored pencil workshop, and we focused on features for animal portraits...


After a couple of months of sorting out the changes, Impression Obsession emerged again with new product lines! Clear stamps and dies continued, and we added papers and stencils! Many of these are my designs, and I am so proud to have my name on them.


AUGUST
I added glue pins to my Etsy stock - there are a couple of craft-themed ones (sewing, stamping, scrapbooking) as well as Pooh and Eeyore themed ones. They've been a best-seller this year!


SEPTEMBER

This is a small thing, but I updated my insert cards for Etsy orders. The heart image is beads on one side and a pencil on the other (it now has been updated with a thread and stitch line along the pencil! Get it all in there!).


OCTOBER

We joke about the blur that is Septoctember... this year was no different! I participated as a vendor in our large local festival (Heritage Days) and then turned around to prepare for a holiday show 3 weeks later. 


I added some "soft goods" to my inventory and taught myself to sew some different bag styles. I've always resisted using patterns, so I bought one to learn the theory and then was able to ditch it and go my own way. I tend to react to Septoctember by burrowing into a new hobby, and I've enjoyed this one! I am using vintage and reclaimed fabrics so it fits my brand, and each one is unique. 




NOVEMBER
With shows done, I had portraits to finish and quite a few charm bracelets commissioned for Christmas gifts. Here's one of each! 




DECEMBER

Our annual Falliday Fest event over at Splitcoaststampers was delayed into December but we exceeded our numbers from last year and enjoyed preparing for the holidays. I coordinated the tutorial entries and provided a challenge and tutorial for the event. Here's one of my challenge samples!



Changes and upcoming things:

One thing I'm very excited about as a marriage of sewing and surface pattern design is having some of my art and designs translated onto fabric! I want to make bags that feature my art and I'm looking forward to branding and field testing different fabrics and and patterns. I will keep you posted, of course! 

I did not add any original art to my portfolio last year and I think that burnout might be a factor as well as some lingering trauma from having a piece stolen. Hopefully I will be able to move forward with new art in the new year.

I hope my creative efforts have brought a little comfort and inspiration into your world - I know that I have appreciated your visits and kind words here in this little space of mine, though I haven't been as faithful to blog as in years past! All the best to you in 2023. Thank you for looking back with me!

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