Thursday, December 01, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Quick Christmas Cards

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a Christmas card that is simple to make and easily reproduced.

I started off with a piece of watercolor paper that was 5-1/4" x 8", and using my MISTI, I positioned my large Brush Poinsettia stamp in the middle and inked it up with Barn Door Distress ink, then misted and stamped.

Once that was stamped, I added some brushed and splattered gold watercolor paint (Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors) - these are gorgeous metallic watercolors that were released at CHA... the demonstrator told us to be sure to wet and work them quite a bit before painting to really get the pigment moving, and that was great advice. I used the Lyra Gold for this project. Such a pretty little full pan set.

I cut the panel right in half, then added the stamped sentiment on both cards with the MISTI...

The sentiment is HERE.

I love being able to make 2 cards with one background!

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.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Two from one, Brilliant! Itching to try Gansai Tambi paints, but have so many watercolour paints I dare not buy them :(

    1. I'm the same, but I don't have anything like these metallics in a set. I don't have the other Tambi paints - I didn't feel like they would replace what I was already using.

    2. I have nothing metallic in my paint collection either, but I've just had a lightbulb moment! I'm going to try mixing a paste of Gum Arabic and gold mica powder and letting it dry in an empty watercolour pan. You never know........

  2. Love how you got 2 cards out of one background. Great way to speed up holiday card making :-) Your cards must be even more beautiful IRL with all the metallic shine. TFS Dina. Hugs, Nancy

  3. Wow...great card, Dina! I love the watercolor look, and how you did one background for two cards by cutting the flower in half! Love it.

  4. Pure genius!!! Love the two for one, and your cards are beautiful!

  5. What a time-saver and just when I need it!