Thursday, March 03, 2011

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Blue

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project using the color blue. I have to laugh, because my blue pencils are the longest ones in my collection... I just don't use true blues all that much. Last year we had a color challenge where we had to use our high school colors, and mine were royal blue and white... wow, that was hard for me! I went with a more turquoise blue on both these cards.

I pulled out a stamp I haven't used much, but this Victorian House looked like it wanted to be blue... I used Prismacolor pencils to color it, and watercolored in the background with chalk inks. Should have left off the trees... but I couldn't stand to leave it looking like it was in a bare field. Oh well! The background panel is stamped with Cover-a-Card Screen and Reverse Damask.

I added Burnt Sienna and Sage Flower Soft to the potted plants.

These are the pencils I used to color the image:I wanted to do a CAS card too... I find it so hard to just leave something simple, so this has a little twist to it. Since I still had my Damask stamp out, I used a technique called "Kissing", inking up the Damask stamp, misting, then using its inked surface to ink a solid stamp (Large Solid Circle). The bird images are from a clear set called Life is Tweet, and the birds are colored with Neopiko markers. (BTW, if you do try this, the misting is optional... I do it when I want a softer watercolored look.)

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Daniela @ For the First Time
Deborah @ Cards and Things
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Julie @ Out to Impress
Kathy @ Watermelon Sugar
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Shirley @ Card Art, Etc.

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 so much for stopping by!


  1. I love BOTH cards you've made here, but I particularly like the second CAS style one. Visiting you from Watermelon Sugar's blog.
    Have a good day.
    Hugs, Sandra

  2. Where to start? They are both very lovely. The softness of each is wonderful.

  3. Lots of work Dina, BEAUTIFUL card...

  4. What stunning cards, Dina - love them both. Thanks xx

  5. You rock Dina! I always love your coloring. I'm likin' those trees and clouds in the background of the Victorian house. The soft little circle of blue around the birdies is so sweet!

  6. Ms. Dina, both of your cards are so soft and pretty. I especially loved your watercolor clouds in your House card, so soft and dreamy.. :-)

  7. That Victorian house, with the front door key included ~ fabulous!!

    ~ dana c

  8. Two wonderful cards! Your Victorian house card is really whimsical, and I liked your tree background. :) Your CAS card is totally my style, love it! Thank you for sharing.


  9. I thought the trees really added to it. It would have looked sad without them! I like the whole card, and the key is a wonderful touch.

  10. WOW... both of your cards just knock it out of the park. Every time you use one of the Cover-A-Card backgrounds, I swear it's decorative paper. Do you stamp and then sponge ink over top to get that mottled look? It's just stunning!

  11. Oh these are both just wonderful. I do love the way you did your CAS background - It looks fabulous.

  12. Both cards are gorgeous, but the Victorian house is my favorite, beautiful work as always. TFS

  13. love the victorian house-we have an area in Pittsburgh where there are many -but none as beautiful as the coloring on yours

  14. Marvelous cards- I love blue and really enjoy the house- your coloring is always beautiful!

  15. Every time I come to your blog to look at new posts I always have to scroll down & look at the blue Victorian house. I think that is the most beautiful card I have ever seen! I've been watching your Etsy just in case it shows up there...