Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Palette Blending

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast - this week we're talking about Palette Blending! This isn't a new technique, but it was a resource we didn't have, and I thought it was good timing, since the technique works so well with the Zig Clean Color brush markers so many of us are using. The techniques are great for watercoloring with other dye inks as well - it's just a fun and useful skill to know.


Thought I'd link to the paper I'm working with too - I love the Fabriano brand papers, and this is the Studio Hot Press paper - I usually prefer a heavier weight than this 90# but it's working fine... I just have a bit left from a class I taught last year, so I'm trying to use it up. My favorite right now is the Fabriano Artistico 140# Cold Press, but I save that for paintings.


The image I used here is a digital stamp from Power Poppy - I sized it to about 5" high and centered it so that I could split it onto two panels when it was colored. It's called Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher. The sentiments are from my latest release at IO - Where You Need, and It Is Well.

Hope you're having a great week!
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mix-Ability challenge: Illegible Script... and news!

I'm a little late with an entry for Lydia's Mix-Ability challenge, but I really wanted to do this one so I made myself sit down and create. Her challenge is to integrate some loose journaling into a project - I love this technique and when I do use it, it's usually some kind of a prayer. This one is too - it's a prayer of gratitude.... because tomorrow Russ will be starting a new job!  If you've been following our story for any length of time you know that this has been a long road for us. It's been amazing to see pieces fall into place, and to be reassured that this is where we need to be.


I started with a blank 2" x 4" matboard panel from Inchie Arts - this is a fun size for cards, and they stand up to a lot of layers.  This stamp is from my summer release at Impression Obsession - Where You Need. My journaling was done with a #2 pencil, then sketched over with the flower (there are tons of these here now - so pretty!)


Over the pencil I did some palette blending with my Zig markers (stay tuned for a tutorial on that later this week!) and Distress ink, added some details with a ball point pen and highlights with a white pencil, then brushed some gesso from the end to lighten the area I wanted to stamp.


I've been playing with a new design project over the weekend and need to focus on Spring stamps this week - if you have ideas for me, please share! This move has really zapped my creative spunk.

Have a great week!
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: A Day at the Beach

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project with a beach theme. This card was one of my board samples from last summer's release - I love lighthouses, and Gary's artistic style captures them perfectly.


I used Touch Twin Markers to loosely color the scene, and did some palette blending with a rubbing alcohol in a waterbrush for the sky and water. (I have a very old video showing that technique HERE - I should probably redo that one!)


The wheel embellishment is die cut from chipboard covered in aluminum foil tape, and attached to the card with a mini brad. The burlap ribbon is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. :)


IO products I used: Lighthouse with FlowersMini Nautical die set

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

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
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, August 17, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Petite Purse

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is this cute Petite Purse - the template is provided, and the possibilities are limitless!


I went with neutral colors, and changed up the clasp on my purse because I have such a limited selection of supplies at the house... I attached the strap on the back side underneath the panel, and added a horizontal strip on the front where the strap could tuck in. At that point I realized I don't have any fun dies out - only basic shapes and some small tags... so my flower is made from a scalloped circle tag die. I used a tag die to cut the end of the strap as well.


The base of the purse is 2” x 4 3/8”, and the sides are 3 7/8" high, so this is great for small gifts or card sets, gift cards, candy and more! Hope you'll take a peek!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Zig Clean Color markers - tips and resources

I shared a link last week for these Zig Clean Color brush markers, and I wanted to share some resources for indexing them in case my system might be helpful. :) The price has gone up a little since I purchased my set ($66 for the set of 60), but compared to other sites, the current price is still a good one. A tip: sometimes I add things to my Amazon cart and then click 'save for later' so I can watch the price - chances are it will go down again if you're patient!


The markers have a color index, but it's on the bottom end, and I wanted a reference on the cap as well. Using this border die from Simon Says Stamp I was able to cut more than enough labels out of sticky label paper... I don't see this one in their store now, but this one from IO would work just as well. A hint: layer a piece of cardstock underneath the label paper when you cut - that will help those tiny pieces stay in place when the die is removed. Alternatively, you can use a hand punch to punch each label, but this was an easy one-and-done solution for me.


The labels are easy to color and then peel off the liner with a piercing tool or craft knife to position on the lid.

I spent some time putting together some color charts to keep things organized - you can click on the link below each version for your own blank chart to fill in. I printed mine on 90# hot press watercolor paper, and that worked very well for me... I colored about half way over, then blended about half the colored area out with a wet brush to fill in the rest of the space. These are terrible scans - they're lower resolution and my scanner doesn't read bright colors well, but at least they'll give you a visual of the order and color range.

This first chart is in order by the Zig stock numbers. It's great for inventory and wish lists.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYi3sxjhg5pZWcxVlZnRFIyYVk/view?usp=sharing

The next chart is in a rainbow order that makes more sense to me, and the colors are grouped in families... I like this version so much better, and it's the one I'll refer to for color combos and light-med-dark groupings.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYi3sxjhg5pZHk5UnZPTkgtRFk/view?usp=sharing

Again, this is the color set I purchased - there are 80 markers in the complete line, and I purchased the other 20 from Carpe Diem Markers. For reference, those 20 colors are: 049 Green Shadow, 068 Deep Brown, 069 Blush, 075 Brick Beige, 097 Pale Gray, 098 Pale Dawn Gray, 099 Cool Gray 1, 200 Sugared Almond Pink,  202 Peach Pink, 220 Tea Rose, 222 Pink Flamingo, 230 Pale Rose, 260 Deep Red, 302 Haze Blue, 303 Shadow Mauve, 400 Marine Green,  803 English Lavender, 900 Warm Gray 2, 901 Gray Tint,  902 Natural Gray

 Zig Clean Color brush markers
You can find more info on these markers HERE - I do wish the brush tips were larger, but overall these are a lot of fun for watercolor techniques and coloring stamp images. I'll have a tutorial to share next week on palette blending, which will help you stretch your markers and create custom colors and blends too!
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Circle Spinner

This week's tutorial over at Splitcoast is a Circle Spinner card - it's a fun variation on the spinner cards we used to make with a single straight cut, and dies make all the difference! Here's my card... and I thought I'd show off a few of the new Impression Obsession stamps in my sample! These are from Lindsay Ostrom's line - she has such a fun style.


Instead of using a contrasting paper, I stamped the image twice and colored the images up the same with Copic and Touch markers - this let me position the spinner track over the image without losing any of the details.


You can see how the two images layer together - and the bat spins (or it's supposed to!) around the little track. I'm having some issues getting it all the way around - not sure what science I'm missing... but it's still fun.




Stamps I used: Mr. P. Umpkin, Bart, Going Batty 

Remember you still have time to comment on the IO designers' blogs for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate - we're giving away 4 of them! For all the details and links, check the IO Blog. All the new Fall/Winter stamps are available in the IO webstore now, and headed to a stamp store near you. (By the way, if you ever see my stamps in your LSS, will you send me a picture? I'd love to see! You can tag me on Instagram at dinakowalcreative !)

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Fall/Winter Stamps from IO - Day 4

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images that are available NOW for the Fall/Winter season! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews and ALL the challenge details. Be sure to leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate DAILY from Impression Obsession!



There are a few birds in this release - these are from my sketch book... the one above is watercolored on Canva-Paper using Zig Clean Color markers- I finally caved and bought that set now that the hype has died down - I can't believe the price!!

Stamps I used: Stocking Robin

Here are the other birds in the release - you may have seen them already!

Bird Leaf
Bird Branch

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! Thank you for visiting us this week!

the Impression Obsession blog 
Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft 
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio 
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Fall/Winter Stamps from IO - Day 3

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images that are available NOW for the Fall/Winter season! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews and ALL the challenge details. Be sure to leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate DAILY from Impression Obsession!


This Lures image is watercolored on Canva-Paper - I love the texture of this paper, and it's great for all kinds of wet media. 



A good chunk of my release this time is dedicated to outdoor activities, and creating this fishing collection was really fun. My grandparents spent much of their time on the ocean, and the fisherman in this clear set (coming soon - preorder now!) is actually my grandfather. 


Serene Scene clear set
(These scenes can be layered, or used independently - stamped in soft ink, they're beautiful backgrounds for sentiments too.)




We just moved to the Truman Lake MO area, so I anticipate using these deer and fishing stamps quite a bit! This second card was quick and sample - the background is a sheet of cardstock that I cleaned my brayer on while gel printing. I sketched in the border by hand.



 Stamps I used: Lures, You're A Catch, Fishing Line, Few Lines

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! 

the Impression Obsession blog 
Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft 
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

New Fall/Winter Stamps from IO - Day 2

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images that are available NOW for the Fall/Winter season! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews and ALL the challenge details. Be sure to leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate DAILY from Impression Obsession!



I added this stamp to my collection of silhouette stamps - these are so fun for me to create, and I love bringing unique silhouette designs to the industry. Again, I used a piece of coated glossy cardstock as my base (it might actually be another piece of the same sheet I used yesterday). To create the ornaments on the tree, I used adhesive pearls and hot glue. As I shared last week, if you try this... make sure your gun is good and hot, squeeze out a tiny bit, and then circle the tip of the gun around the droplet to keep the glue in a round droplet instead of creating a point. Here's a closer look:




Stamps I used: Decorating, Sending Love

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! 

the Impression Obsession blog 
Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft 
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio 
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 08, 2016

New Fall/Winter Stamps from IO - Day 1

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images that are available NOW for the Fall/Winter season! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews and ALL the challenge details. Be sure to leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate DAILY from Impression Obsession!




I was packing up my studio while making samples for this catalog release, which was quite a challenge! This one came together quickly, with a background from my file - I often use cardstock to protect my work surface when I'm making backgrounds, so that the excess paint and ink falls onto the protective piece - those sheets make the most wonderful bases for other cards, especially these silhouette images. This particular sheet is glossy coated cardstock, and has a variety of inks and stencil prints on it. The white area at the bottom of the panel works into the scene like a patch of snow. I added a few dots of white acrylic paint with my stylus to create a snowfall, and used the snow sentiment to pull it all together. 



Stamps I used: Deer Silhouette 1, Deer Silhouette 2, French Script, Winter Silhouettes clear set; Mini Square Tags die set

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! 

the Impression Obsession blog 
Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink 
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft 
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio 
Thanks for stopping by!