Thursday, April 06, 2017

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Coffee, Tea, or Me?

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project featuring your favorite caffeinated (or naturally decaffeinated) beverage. :) I'm sort of fond of my own collection of coffee themed stamps, so I used a variety of them on this mixed media card.

This card ended up with so many layers... I apologize for not documenting what I did, but I didn't have a plan from the start, and it took a few unexpected turns during the process. :) I started with several stamped images in grey on a white watercolor panel, then used a stencil brush to create a gradient of brown inks that looked more pinkish... so I stenciled a design with a recent purchase from iStencil to cover that up a bit! :)

Next I think I stamped the Starburst background in Versamark and used PanPastels to highlight that, but the color was wayyy darker than I realized... I stamped the mug... masked off the top and stamped the steam in Versamark, embossed it with white powder and let the powder stick to some of the rays in the background for some contrast.

I masked a line across the bottom to create a table top, then darkened the area with a Zig marker. I used white acrylic paint to add a  highlight to the mug, then used black and white colored pencils to add more highlights and shading.

Stamps I used (some of them are in the background and hard to see): Teapot DiagramTea ToolsSteam Flourish, Perk Up, Coffee Words, Coffee Packaging, Coffee BeansCAC Starburst

Thanks for following my process! It was fun to just let the card "happen"! Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

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. BEAUTIFUL DINA!!! I LOVE what you did & I think just letting the process take it's form is fine, & more fun! ;) You ALWAYS WOW US with what you do!!! ;)

  2. Indeed Wow......such layering creates depth.......I first had to look for the stamp of that mug....could not believe it is just a flat stamp......great work Dina and love those colors together!

  3. That is amazing. So elegant.

  4. Such a gorgeous combination of images

  5. Beautiful card... such dimension!