Monday, June 24, 2024

Impression Obsession - June 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. All the newest releases can be found HERE.


I used a couple of stencil sets to make this card come together! The stencil featuring LOVE with the paw print is designed so that you can ink the paw in a different color. There are some other  paw prints on the stencil as well. The dotty background is done with just one layer of the layered paw stencil - used together, the layers make a pattern of paws, hearts, and dots. Each piece can be used individually as well. I moved the stencil around a few times and inked with a varying amount of ink on my brush to create some depth.


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I had a booth at a really fun event this weekend - a friend of mine runs a non-profit locally to help moderate the cat population in our area and she put on a "Paws in the Park" event. There were lots of fun outside activities, and the vendors were inside with dogs and cats for adoption, a silent auction, and some other fun goodies for participants. I gave out lots of information about pet portraits and made a bunch of dog bandanas in summer themes. Here is my little model!


Hope you are staying cool wherever you are today! 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, June 17, 2024

Impression Obsession Product Focus: Die Cuts

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today featuring our dies!

Anna designed this lemon set that was released a few months ago - this card got separated from my other ones somehow, and I didn't get to share it! This is such a gorgeous multi-step set, and the pieces are perfect for arranging in many different ways.


I used QoR watercolors to paint the individual pieces, then laid them out on my slimline panel. There are a couple of layers of paint and splattering. The base is brushed lightly with whatever ink was left in my yellow and green brushes. 


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Monday, June 10, 2024

Impression Obsession DT Theme - Birthday

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today celebrating birthdays - we'd love for you to hop along with us!  


For my card, I imagined a room full of balloons, and used a stencil to fill my card from the bottom up! This is a quick and simple card that could be done in any colorway. I finished it off with the die cut words, and doubled up 'birthday' for some extra dimension.


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Sunday, June 02, 2024

Impression Obsession - more June 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! 


I paired up Anna's dog die cut with my layered stencil set on this card - the thing I love most about this stencil set is that the layers can be used independently! I used all 3 layers here for a multi-colored pattern of hearts, paws and spots, and I love the look on the kraft cardstock base. I added some extra splatters with a wet brush and diluted ink.

I put a small half pearl on the back of the dogs ear so it would pop up a little when I glued the die cut down.


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Two lucky customers who place an Impression Obsession order during release week (June 1st-7th) will be chosen and will have a very special Impression Obsession prize package added to their orders! 

June 1st-2nd the Impression Obsession Team will be sharing new projects with the NEW clear stamps, stencils, papers and dies! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event. Here are the links to today's projects:

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Laura Williams
Robin Clendenning
Vicki Garrett
Angela Bode
Anna Wight
Dina Kowal <<< that's me!
Giovana Smith
Jeanne Streiff
Laura Fulcher

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Saturday, June 01, 2024

Impression Obsession - new products for June

It's time for a new monthly release from Impression Obsession! Haven't seen the new products? They're all HERE - go take a peek!  


There's a really fun collection of pet related products in this month's release, and I couldn't resist resizing this cat art for a large sketchy focal image! I used watercolors with a wet-into-wet technique to create a calico cat. The layout is very simple, with a wash and splatters pulling it all together.


On my second card I stamped the cat in hybrid ink and used OLO markers to color around it - the contrast and complementary color in the background are a really striking combination! Anna designed papers to go with these sets, and they're very fun!



Speaking of cats, we have 3 baby kittens at our house, just a week old today! Mama Beans is doing a great job.


Two lucky customers who place an Impression Obsession order during release week (June 1st-7th) will be chosen and will have a very special Impression Obsession prize package added to their orders! 

June 1st-2nd the Impression Obsession Team will be sharing new projects with the NEW clear stamps, stencils, papers and dies! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event. Here are the links to today's projects:

Dina Kowal <<<<<< you're here!



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Monday, May 20, 2024

Impression Obsession - May 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. All the newest releases can be found HERE.


This truly was my favorite card from this release - it was so much fun to do! After stamping the swing, I sketched in a rectangle for the end of the porch, and then picked a vanishing point to create some floor and ceiling boards. I added simple chains to hang the swing, then watercolored the boards and background. Now I just need a way to plop myself into that swing with a cup of coffee and a book - it has been a long and busy week with family, graduation, and other runnings around. 

I did a little 'faux watercolor' stamping with the script stamp just for some added texture.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Impression Obsession DT Theme - Graduation

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today honoring our graduates - we'd love for you to hop along with us!  


I chose these colors for MY senior, my baby, who is graduating from high school tomorrow! So very proud of him. I colored the die cuts with Copic markers and placed them how I wanted them on my card base. I laid a piece of wide masking tape over the panel to keep them in the same positions, then glued each piece and laid them back onto the card base using the tape. Once the glue had dried, I could pull the tape away. Brilliant little hack! 



Click HERE for one of my tutorials on making your own tassels.


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Monday, May 06, 2024

Impression Obsession Product Focus: Stencils

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today featuring our stencils!


I used this stencil the other day, but I had a different idea for my background on this card! Instead of adhering the stencil to the cardstock with a spray, I inked up the stencil with Versamark ink and ran it through my die cutting machine with the silicone mat. This impressed the stencil outline into the panel. I used clear embossing powder to emboss the outline then watercolored the panel. the Versamark resisted the watercolor paint, and helped keep my colors within the lines. White powder would really stand out too.


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Friday, May 03, 2024

Spellbinders feature - All the Sentiments collection by Stampendous

You can find me over on the Spellbinders Blog today with a sweet birthday set! There are several sets in this month's release featuring sentiments, and a really clever envelope die set with a gift card pop up element - I used the envelope base to make a box as well.

One of the stamp sets has a bunch of beautiful sympathy sentiments for loss and difficult times - this card didn't fit with my other projects, so I'll share that one here instead.


The rounded rectangles I used here are part of the envelope set I mentioned. For my card base, I lined the die up with the top cut line just outside the fold. I cut the watercolor paper panel with the smaller rectangle. I stamped the floral image first and used a Karin marker to dot in the blooms, misting the panel so those colors would bleed out (I have a tutorial for this technique HERE). After that dried, I finished painting, drying between layers. Below you can see all the layers in the blooms - I dotted more with the Karin marker then moved to paint pens to create some contrast.


The watercolored panel needed 'something' to break up the white space, so I ended up cutting a narrow strip from the middle to allow the base color to show through.

The rest of this April collection lends itself well to birthday cards, gifts and more! I hope you'll check out out the release and the rest of my projects!

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Karin Markers

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