Thursday, December 24, 2015

Impression Obsession DT Thursday!

It's my turn to host Impression Obsession's DT Thursday - I thought it would be fun to combine a couple of my clear sets to make a pretty scenic card for Christmas Eve, and to share my process as well. Here's my card, and my Christmas wish for you!

I began by creating a mask for the hill - this is a new die from a set called Hill Landscape Layers... these are great for scenic cards as well as interesting edge cuts.

I masked the hill, then used PanPastels to add color to the upper portion of a piece of black cardstock.

I used my MISTI to stamp the children, knowing I'd need to reink several times for a deep black impression... the Post-It note there is stuck to the back of the panel so I could move it by holding on to that instead of getting finger prints in the pastels.

To create the shadows, I stamped the image onto a piece of acetate, then rubbed the ink onto the cardstock by burnishing with my fingers. This creates a reverse image and it's so easy to position with the clear sheet.

I replaced my masks, and used a splatter brush to add some stars to the sky (notice that I used the clear stamp as a mask - that worked really well, and cleaned easily under running water. So much easier than cutting a mask from paper!)

I stamped and embossed the star from the Wisemen Collage set using Stampendous Detail White powder.

I used a white pencil to add highlights to the stamped image and to the hill... this is a Derwent Coloursoft pencil, which is my favorite white.

The extra lighting on the hill was a happy accident - I used a Copic blender pen to try to smooth some details, and it ended up removing color from the cardstock.

I added a little more shine to the star with PanPastels, then completed the card by adding a sentiment from the Wisemen set.

It was fun to incorporate so many techniques into one card! It's such a blessing to be able to create.

 On behalf of the Impression Obsession team, Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your art work is a constant boon to all of us out here in Blogland -- your varied techniques, your gifted composition, your attention to every detail enrich me in ways hard to describe. I have a pantheon of ten or so designers I follow consistently and you are in that group of artists. May your New Year be filled with artistic success and creative challenges that bring you the same joy you bring us! Merry Christmas, Dina, and keep up the awesome
    work -- you rock!

  2. STUNNING DINA!!!! THANK YOU for sharing the process!! You TRULY INSPIRE me to use more of my "art" in my cards! ;) THANK YOU!!! HOPE you have a BLESSED CHRISTMAS & enjoy being with your family & loved ones. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! ;)

  3. Dina, thank you for gifting us your beautiful "work of art" and each creative step that went into your magical and sweet card! Your artistic talents and willingness to share are such an inspiration !

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas with family and friends and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    With Love, Nancy

  4. Dina, Your a Genius! I got some great tips here! I love the shadow with the acetate and I never would have thought to use the stamp for a mask! Your card is so beautiful and serene! Thank you for sharing it and may our good Lord Jesus bless you and your love ones with a safe, healthy, joyous Christmas!
    Hugs Lori

  5. Fantastic card! Merry Christmas!

  6. Wow Dina, this card is not only beautiful but it's so clever and creative! Love how you created the shadows of the children!

  7. Merry Christmas Dina ! Wonderful card and I love seeing your works of art and hope to see more in the new year. Now have a lovely day and then we can start crafting again tomorrow or maybe today :-)
    Maria in the UK xx

  8. Dina this is gorgeous! The sentiment is so meaningful. Merry Christmas!

  9. Most beautiful Dina!! Thank you for showing us how to do this.
    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you and your family all the best in the New Year.