Thursday, October 31, 2019

Impression Obsession: All Wrapped Up for Halloween

I am a little late to the Halloween card thing this year. I have two cute stamps from Impression Obsession that I just had to use:  Pumpkin Tower and Mummy Bear. I stamped and cut masks for each stamp and then lined them up used my MISTI. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamping the images.

For the mummy's wraps, I used E41, E42 and E43. I added additional shading with Prismacolor French Gray 90%. The bear is E33, E35, E37 and E39 with R30 on his cheeks. I added some shading with Prismacolor Indigo Blue. His basket is just C0, C1 and C3. I wanted to keep that light.

When my children were teens we often made pumpkin towers so I just had to use this image. For the pumpkins I used YR16, YR27, E07 and E09. I added details with colored pencils.

Once I had the coloring done, I masked the images and added Distress Oxides to the background. Normally I do this part first but for some reason, I got goofed up. I think I just wanted to color these images up as they are so cute. Using my Life Changing Blender Brushes, I added on Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot for the sky. I spritzed on some water to make droplets and added some clear shimmer.

For the ground I used Forest Moss and Old Paper and then added details with Copic Sketch YG93, YG95 and YG99.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Stained Glass Laminating Pouches and Honey Bee Stamps

After I saw Jennifer McGuire's video on using laminating pouches to make window panes or backdrops for scenes, I had to try making stained glass. I had been wanting to use stained glass with this die - Threshold Die - from Honey Bee Stamps. This is from last year's October release but once I figured the stained glass out I had to make a card with it. I have a video below showing the full process.

First, I set my Scotch laminator to the 3mm setting and let it warm up. Once it was warmed up, I opened the Scotch laminating pouch and added gold and silver Nuvo gilding flakes. I ran this quite easily through my laminator. I cut the panel in half cleanly without a problem. I used a Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle die that was slightly larger than the windows in the smaller door die to cut these out. That also went quite easily through my Gemini Junior.

I used Scor-tape to adhere each stained glass rectangle to a backing sheet of Neenah 110 lb card stock. See the video for more details.

I for the very top of the door I used W Plus 9 Designs Dove Grey card stock. The card itself is a 5 x 7" card cut from W Plus 9 Designs Charcoal Grey card stock. To make a 5 x 7" card, cut the card stock to 7" on the long side and then 5" on the short side. Using a scoring tool, score at 5" this will give you a side folding note card.

For decorations, I used 2 gnomes and their coordinating dies from Gnome Place Like Home. I used my MISTI and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. For the reds, I used R32, R35, R29, R29 Copic Sketch markers. For the greens, I used G40, G43, and G46. For the faces I used E000 and E01 with R30 for the cheeks and nose. I added Indigo Blue and Black Prismacolor Pencils to add details.

I then stamped the Gnome sentiment with Reverse Confetti Avacado ink and die cut it out with its accompanying die. I heat embossed two additional sentiments with white embossing powder on charcoal grey cardstock. Behind each of this small sides, I placed some dry adhesive and added twine to make it look like a two piece sign. I adhered this behind the crown molding for the door. I tied a knot at the bottom of the sign to capture that look even more.

To finish the card I added some snow using a landscape die. My finishing touches included Frosted Lace stickles to the molding and the snow. I added Glossy Accents to the gnomes noses - they were cold! And that was it. It was a relatively simple card to make once I figured out how to make the stained glass from the laminating pouches. I hope you give this a try.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession Day: Wings To Fly Up

 I have been in an empty mojo phase. I rebuilt my wings (see the sentiment) by watching crafty videos and sorting new IO items in my craft room. Sometimes you have to go down before you go up!

This Swallowtail Frame die by Anna Wight from Impression Obsession and a technique from Jennifer McGuire (video here) helped turn that around for me! Head over to the Impression Obsession Blog for more ideas from the design team.

First, I used the Swallowtail Frame die to cut the image from Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. I then used Jennifer McGuire's technique for making laminating pouches into window embellisments. I warmed up my Scotch laminator and added sprinkles of various glitters to the inside of the pouch as she shows in her video here! I added a twist to get some color. I used alcohol inks and a straw on the laminated pouch for a watercolor effect. Up close this looks like leaded seed glass. I had so much fun doing this. I have a video coming out later this week on another way to use Jennifer's technique. 

I mounted the die cut panel onto a 3 3/4 " x 4 3/4" piece of Neenah Solar White. I tstamped the sentiment from Everyday Quotes 1 using my MISTI and Versafine Onyx Black ink. To complete the card I cut orange and black striped panels and adhered everything to a top folding note card. Again head over to the Impression Obsession Blog to see how the design team rocked this assignment!

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Horizontal Vines: Dare 2B Artzy

I am here with my second post as a guest designer for Dare 2B Artzy. As I did with the last card, I challenged myself to work with one stamp set and very simple dies - the circles in this case. There is a beautiful, curvy vine in the set, The Power of Flowers, which you can use vertically but I decided to use the vine to make a striped pattern on this card. I want to thank my friend, Lisa Henke, for this idea. I was away at a crafty retreat when the vine caught her eye.

I stamped the vine repeatedly with Versamark on Neenah Desert Storm. I then used Hero Arts White Embossing powder and heat embossed each vine. I trimmed this panel to 4 x 5.25".  I decided at this point to cut the sentiment so that I could stack the two words. I did this in order to use 2 circle dies. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.

I popped up the sentiment circle on 3M foam tape and adhered it to the embossed panel. I then adhered this to a A2 sized Neenah Desert Storm note card. This is such a versatile stamp set and I had a lot of fun playing with it.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Dare to Be Artzy Guest Post: Power of Flowers and Daisies

I am thrilled to be guesting this week for Dare to Be Artzy. I challenged myself to work with just one stamp set, The Power of Flowers. I will have another card next week! I am away at a crafty retreat in Cincinnati and wanted an easy to make card. I chose the swirly image from the set and stamped it repeatedly in grey ink using my MISTI. I started off using an A2 sized piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock. After I finished stamping, I cut this down to 4" x 5.25". I mounted this panel onto a cool grey card stock and then placed this matted background onto an A2 sized card made with Neenah Solar White 110 lb card stock.

For the main image, I stamped the large daisy with Memento Tuxedo Black ink which works perfectly with Copics. I then drew in a stem using a Copic safe pen. I added the leaves as a final touch. 

For the flower, I used YG61, RV11, RV14 and RV19 along with some colored pencils for added details. I chose to use a green to tone down the vibrancy of the pink. The RV1 series are beautiful but sometimes, they can look flourescent so I chose to use YG61 for my darkest color.  For the leaves I used YG61, YG63, YG67 and G24 along with some colored pencil details. The center was fun to make - I used B60, Y11 and Y35. I then used colored pencil to add depth to the flower center. I finished it off with dots using my white gel pen. I then tied some May Arts Rustic Twine around the center. I then added a sentiment strip using the thank you stamped with Versafine Onyx Black. I added some irridescent sequins and called it done.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Impression Obsession Challenge: Fall or Halloween Colors

Hi, The new challenge at Impression Obsession is to use Fall or Halloween Colors on a project using Impression Obsession products. You can find lots of inspiration over on the blog. My experiment with Halloween colors was an epic fail - however, I will be back once I fix it - so I decided to share this potpourri container that I made with the large basket die. So easy. All I needed was four sheets of coordinating cardstock, some Scor-tape, and a bone folder! Plus I hardly made a mess of my desk!

I love bringing hostess gifts to parties and showers and this basket is perfect for holding candy, potpourri or make-up samples. The die is easy to use. Just cut four pieces with it, fold over the scored flaps and secure with dry adhesive. This is going to a friend and is filled with a potpourri made from dried tiny pumpkins and dried cinnamon! I am planning on making some more Fall colored gift baskets and then move forward to Christmas and winter colors.

The paper I used was ummmm very old - so I left two suggestions from Brutus Monroe below in the products section. I thought these two pads looked close enough to what I used. But anything including plain card stock will work. If you use a very thin paper, I would suggest backing the paper with a heavier layering card stock such as Neenah Solar White 80 lb card stock before die cutting and scoring.

So head on over to the blog for more inspiration and to link to your project.
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