Sunday, October 18, 2020

Paper Teapot - please vote!

My friend Kelly over at Paper Bead Rollers is having a little contest - the challenge was to make a teapot using paper beads! Here is the link to view the entries and vote, if you'd like to pick a favorite! I've shared this before, but now there are some other entries in the running! 


The teapot bead is actually built of 5 different beads, which are all rolled strips of paper in different sizes and shapes. I still haven't made anything with this large bead - it's about 1-1/4" high - it will either become a pendant or an ornament. Right now it's sitting on a shelf with my Funkos!

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Friday, October 16, 2020

New Impression Obsession release - Slim Scenes day 2!

Welcome back! I had to pull out a card that was "out of the box" today - of course you can use Slim Scene stamps to make scenes...! So I wanted to use the Snowy Night background in a different way.


I should have taken pictures as I went along! I never know if things are going to work or not. It would have been helpful to document the inks I used as well! You'd think after 14 years of blogging I'd have it together! I started with yellow ink as far right as I could stamp, then orange, pink, and red. Of course the colors combined as I layered. If you want to recreate this look, work from light to dark and keep your colors all warm or all cool so you don't end up with muddy layers. I love how the snow spots filled in with the lighter colors underneath! I added a little more splatter with diluted white paint.


Here are the images I used today, and that sweet stitched label die is HERE:

C20394 Artful Soul


So here are the fun hop details!! Check for a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog. Then click, hop, and comment! We'll choose 3 random commenters to win a $25 Gift Certificate - so the more you comment through our Slim Scenes Hop the more chances you'll have to win! More inspiration here:


If you missed yesterday's hop, you can still comment on those posts as well.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

New Impression Obsession release - Slim Scenes!

I'm so excited to be introducing IO's new line of Slim Scene stamps along with the team today! The full winter line is available NOW - go peek! I'll wait. 
I shared this card on Stamp Junkies the other day - it's my favorite and I just couldn't wait! To make this slimline scene I first stamped the Town images on plain paper and ran them through my Scan N Cut - after they scanned, I replaced the paper with a stencil blank and cut out perfect masks from reusable stencil material! Yay!



I stamped the open image on watercolor paper, masked, and then stamped the Bare Treeline images, once grey and once in black. The rest of the coloring was done with watercolor paints, with some light pencil shading. 



Here are the images I used today:

3233-LG Town

3231-LG Bare Treeline Duo

B13738 Sure Miss You


So here are the fun hop details!! Check each morning of the hop (October 15th & 16th) for a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog. Then click, hop, and comment! We'll choose 3 random commenters to win a $25 Gift Certificate - so the more you comment through our Slim Scenes Hop the more chances you'll have to win! Here are all of today's links - go be inspired!! 
All comments for both the event days will be open until Monday November 2nd at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 3rd on the IO blog.
I'll be back tomorrow with another slimline card!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Splitcoast Tutorial: Pastel Metallic Effects

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast uses PanPastels to create a faux metal finish - you can find the tutorial HERE
If you're unfamiliar with PanPastels, they are a compressed pastel medium with tons of pigment and very little binder. A little bit goes a long way with the colored pans, and the same is true with the metallics! The pans are available individually or at a little discount in sets of 3 or 6 - I've got the set of 6 here grouped with some of the pearl and blending mediums.

Instead of an embossing folder I used a background die to make an impression in my black cardstock (this is done by running the die through the cutting machine with a silicone pad instead of a hard plate):

DIE448-YY Puzzle Background

 The impressed lines remained black when I applied the PanPastels, which gives a neat antiqued effect. The tutorial uses an embossing folder, which looks nice too! 
This sentiment was a perfect "fit" - it is a new one in the Fall release. You might be able to see in these closer pictures how the die cuts all but the corners of the pieces so you can cut a full panel and keep it together as a background if you like - but the pieces are also very easily separated with a craft knife so you can cut a panel up into a puzzle. I actually cut out the center of the gold layering panel, and used that center piece to cut a few edge pieces for my accents. No sense in all that good mirror cardstock being covered up!
Be sure to check out the Splitcoast gallery for other examples of this technique... I'm joining some other IO designers in showing off dies today, so you can find their links and inspiration on the I.O. blog

Speaking of IO, we are excited to reveal a new line of stamps designed just for slimline cards this week - come back tomorrow and Friday for lots of ideas using the new Slim Scenes stamps!
Cheers!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

100 commissions!

I finished my 100th commission today - just wanted to show you what all that drawing looks like! I'm so proud of this milestone, and this makes me grin... at the memory of each piece, the friendships built and the growth in my skills as an artist. Here's to the next 100!

I'll start working on Christmas orders soon, and my queue is growing for 2021 - if you have an idea for a custom piece please let me know!

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Friday, October 09, 2020

Spellbinders October Large Die Kit

The Large Die Club Kit offered by Spellbinders this month is a beautiful all-occasion set - it's perfect for a welcome card, invitation, or seasonal greeting. 



I went with an elegant everyday card - one day my door will be painted red - I love that look and the meaning behind it! The set comes with 2 options for the mat, as well as a wreath that can be decorated for any occasion. I love the little metallic accents in the window, mail slot and knob! 


I cut all my pieces out of canvas-textured cardstock, then used Copic markers for the details and shading. The card base is a light grey cardstock, and I lightly stenciled the bricks.


A bonus card, just because I wanted you to know that the door cuts on only 3 sides, so it can 'hinge' open if you want that effect! I cut the door in a watercolor panel, painted in the details, and then used a liner pen to outline a few areas for a more sketchy look. I backed the panel with a flat panel of cardstock, then added a sentiment with the door open.


Here's the full set - they really thought of every detail!



Here are the club details, if you're not a member yet! My favorite perks are the extra sales and the 10% discount on the Spellbinders site (even on sale items!)! You'll begin receiving kits the month that you sign up, and the date you sign up will be your shipment day.

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