Monday, August 08, 2022

Impression Obsession - patterned papers

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today featuring our new paper packs - play along with us! 

The papers are double sided so I wanted to find a tutorial that showed off both sides of a sheet - I found this Mitered Frame on Splitcoaststampers, which creates an easy focal frame. Here you can see both sides of one of the sheets in the Fall Floral paper pack. I dressed it up with some favorite dies and a sentiment that will be coming out soon with one of my August release sets! You're going to love that one. 

This heavy-weight paper has a white core, and it's really easy to sand to show off that core color and give a little distressed effect. Love how that looks on the corners.

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CL1135 Eeyore Leaves clear set - coming soon!!

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration - see the I.O. blog for all the details!

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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Impression Obsession - more August kit projects

We're back for a 2nd day of projects using  this month's stamp kit from Impression Obsession! I wanted to show off this poinsettia image with some more July release products, and give you a closer look at one of my new paper packs! I'd love to know what you think about these, and of course if you have ideas for future designs or themes please let me know!
I colored the poinsettia here with Copic markers and deepened the shadows with a colored pencil. It's a great match with the poinsettia papers, and the poinsettia stencil! Can you see it embossed on the background panel? Those fine lines are so perfect for this technique - I may just have to use it for Christmas cards this year!
For my second card, I stamped the poinsettia at different angles along the side of the panel using a light brown ink. I used an older die for a simple layered sentiment.
Here is a closer look at the paper pad I used! 


IO Products:

August 1st & 2nd the team will be sharing new projects with the August Limited Edition Red Rubber Kit You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event. We will be giving away TWO Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event so the more you comment through our August Kit Hop the more chances to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday August 9th at 8pm CT and all winners will be announced on Wednesday August 10th on the Impression Obsession Blog.
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Monday, August 01, 2022

Impression Obsession August Red Rubber Kit!

Checking in as promised with a brand new red rubber set for you - this month's stamp kit from Impression Obsession pairs beautifully with the July kit - so if you're inclined to use them together, now's the perfect time to buy! These holiday images are beautiful standalones but they're great for repeating patterns and backgrounds too - I think they'd make gorgeous wrapping paper. Of course I had to take them even further outside the box and do a jewelry project today! 


 I still have July products out on my desk since we just got those. When I used the rounded rectangle labels, I cut myself a template so I could make quick work of positioning and stamping sentiments or tags. I was thinking those label sizes were about right for shrink plastic charms, so I thought I'd try that out for today's post. You can see the template in my MISTI below.


There are 6 sizes, and I planned my stamping so the image would fall over 2 tags at a time. (This is a great stamping method for mass producing tags as well - I might have to remember that for craft shows coming up!


I stamped using the IO Hybrid ink on the smooth side of the shrink plastic, and heat set it just enough to dry the ink but not enough to activate any shrinkage. My coloring was done with Copic markers and a white paint pen on the opposite side (rough/back side), and I dragged a couple of brown hybrid ink pads across the smooth side and stamped a dotted background when I was done.


The shrink plastic die cuts really easily - this is the package I have, in case you want similar results! I used a 1/4" hole punch for the holes.


For some reason I don't have the instructions with my package any more, so I just guessed on the temp and timing, but here are the pieces after baking! The brown came out a little darker than I expected, so I might rethink that step next time. 


Here are the earring pairs - I tried to use a different technique and design for each one! They're incredibly lightweight, and they went together quickly!

Love love love those tiny pinecone beads and charms!

The poinsettia designs feature handmade beads... I accidentally flipped the larger poinsettia when I punched them but I like it better, so pretend I meant to do that! Happy oops.

IO Products:

So August 1st & 2nd the team will be sharing new projects with the August Limited Edition Red Rubber Kit You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event. We will be giving away TWO Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event so the more you comment through our August Kit Hop the more chances to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday August 9th at 8pm CT and all winners will be announced on Wednesday August 10th on the Impression Obsession Blog.
Thank you for visiting me - here are my friends' links!

Dina Kowal <<<< that's me!

Cheers!

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Friday, July 29, 2022

More July Releases from Impression Obession!

We've got more projects to share from Impression Obsession's newest release! Again, I'm so excited to be able to share these new IO products with you! 


For this post I've got a simple mini slimline card that features some new dies, new paper, a little sneak peek at the August red rubber kit, and a new stencil that coordinates with the Homespun Floral Christmas paper pack!  As I broke into my paper pack I found myself looking for textured solids, so I'll remember that as I go forward with new designs. This one is a nice neutral rose that works really well for pinks and reds, with a tone-on-tone damask print. 



The Christmas Florals stencil set is a modern poinsettia design, and the stencil set has 3 pieces - this is great for mass production, since you can keep one color dedicated to each layer! Here's how the stencil will look when you've got all the layers together. 

There are 3 clusters of flowers - you can use them individually, or use the whole 6x6 pattern to create a repeat for wrapping paper or other larger projects. I just used the 3-flower cluster on my card. These are the same flower motifs that are in the paper pack, so you can use those colors for design cues if you like!


I used "Tacky When Dry" medium on the dot layer and added some foil for a really pretty pop (it's on sale right now at that link - nice surprise!). That's a really fun medium with stencils, if you haven't used it before, and a great way to add foil without needing dies or a machine.


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July 28th & July 29th the Impression Obsession Team will be sharing new projects with the NEW July Release stamps, dies, stencils and paper packs! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event.
We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday August 2nd at 8pm CT and all winners will be announced on Wednesday August 3rd on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Ready to see the rest of the projects? Here's the list!

Dina Kowal <<<<<< you're here!


Happy Friday! We'll see you Monday with a brand new red rubber kit!

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Impression Obsession July Release

Soooooo excited to be able to share Impression Obsession's newest release with you! I have a big role in this release which I've been hinting at for a while now - Impression Obsession now carries stencils and paper pads, and I am very proud to have my name on them! At the beginning of this year I pushed myself very hard to learn the aspects of design that go into paper and stencil creation. After so many months, it is a huge thrill to be able to hold these products in my hands, and to be able to offer them to you for use in your card making and other crafting pursuits. There will be many more to come!


Today the design team will be sharing projects that they've made using new products for July! If you've come here from the IO blog you're in the right place - I'm at the top of the hop today! We have had some delays on the manufacturing end, so we've been scrambling to get these done for you - in the coming weeks we'll have more time to share more projects and videos of the new stuff so you can get a better look at these fun products!


I've used the Layered Dahlia stencil set for this card - I love the results and I hope you do too! I used IO's hybrid inks in Peach, Melon and Orange to build up the layers. The sentiment set and label dies are new too. Also - see that striped paper peeking out? That is from one of my new paper packs, Fall Floral - you'll find a mix of floral and leafy patterns, with some solids and other prints mixed in. 


Here's one more card I made while I had the Dahlia stencils out - this one was done with the 2nd stencil in the set, and I used it to deboss my cardstock for a letterpress effect. You can ink the stencil to do this too - you might be able to see that there was a little ink left on my stencil that left a faint impression. This is just one great way to get more use from your stencils - there is so much you can do with them!


Here's a closer look, with worse lighting to capture the dimension! The paper used on this card base is from the Homespun Florals paper pack, which has a more wintry calico feel. There is a stencil to match it as well! 😻


IO Products: 


July 28th & July 29th the Impression Obsession Team will be sharing new projects with the NEW July Release stamps, dies, stencils and paper packs! You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event.
We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win! All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday August 2nd at 8pm CT and all winners will be announced on Wednesday August 3rd on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Ready to see the rest of the projects? Here's the list!

Dina Kowal <<<<< you're here!

Thank you for visiting me today! I'd love to know what you think!!

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Convertible Craft Dangles on Etsy

I added an item to my Etsy store - I've been playing around with this design idea for a week or so! This is a convertible dangle that can hang on a zipper, glue pin, or scissor charm. I've got a few different ones available and each one will come with a handmade wrapped wire pin and a leather fob. The clasp on the dangle lets you attach it to either one.


Here's one of the designs on my Tonic mini scissors. The ones in my store are all stamper themed, but I have charms for other themes as well. Custom designs are available too (prices will vary). The leather loop is about 2" long.


If you have a favorite color or a different design idea, let me know! I'm working on custom listings today.


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Monday, July 18, 2022

Dare To Get Dirty!

This week over at Splitcoaststampers we're into our favorite week of the year - Dare To Get Dirty! DTGD is a week of fun, challenges, and prizes for our Fan Club members at Splitcoaststampers - so much of our site content is free, but there are some special 'perks' and members-only content for paid members. Dare To Get Dirty is our annual "thank you!" to the members of our Fan Club. This year is the 15th anniversary of the event, so we are opening it to everyone! There are more than 40 challenges in the course of a week! It's a lot of fun behind the scenes, hosting the challenges and encouraging these sweet ladies as they jump in with us and see what it's like to get a little Dirty! If you'd like to join us, you can find all the info in the forum here! (If you're a Splitcoast Fan Club member, come see what we're doing in the challenge forum today! If not... why not?)


This challenge hasn't actually been posted yet, but I took a huge liberty with the wording and made it work for me - I can just say that the hostess was not expecting a beach card in her gallery! I used Karin markers to ink different areas of the stamp, then either misted the ink to stamp or blended out with a brush once the ink was down on the watercolor paper. I love the looseness of this type of stamping! 


This set is simply gorgeous any way it's used.You can find the set HERE!

I hope you're having a great week! I taught a colored pencil class Saturday and I'm still recovering from the sheer extroversion that required... there are lots of projects to do and catch up on this week, so I need to snap back quickly! By the way, I took a video of my class prep, so when I have time to collect my thoughts and content and do a voice over, that will all be an online class one day. These are the swatches using the techniques I shared for different animal textures! 

Cheers!

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