Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHA Sneak Peeks Day 3 + a tutorial!

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing some new images being introduced this week at CHA! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews. Be sure to leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate daily from Impression Obsession!


More coffee images today! By the way - there will be DIES to go with this little collection soon! So excited.

I'm sharing a tutorial over on Splitcoast today using the Layered Batik Resist technique - it's a fun way to build colorful scenes, using layers of heat embossed images and any transparent coloring medium. Once you have all your images stacked up with color in between, you heat the panel with an iron in between sheets of newsprint to remove the embossing powder. It's been a favorite technique of mine for years, and the results are so striking. Hope you'll check that tutorial out! These solid images work so well.


I used Inktense Blocks to add color to the panel here - the Indigo is such a pretty deep blue.  I love this sentiment... ain't it the truth? :)

Stamps I used: Teapot, Teacup, Tea Tools, Pour Sip Sigh, Steam Flourish


Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win!


the Impression Obsession blog
Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CHA Sneak Peeks Day 2

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing some new images being introduced this week at CHA! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews. Be sure to leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate daily from Impression Obsession!


Today I'm sharing a new image from Gary Robertson called Pier - I colored the sky and shadows with PanPastels and added some finer details with chalk pencils.


Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win!

the Impression Obsession blog
Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 28, 2014

CHA Sneak Peeks Day 1

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing some new images being introduced this week at CHA! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews. Be sure to leave a comment on our designers' posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate daily from Impression Obsession!



My new release has a fun set of coffee and tea themed images, so I'll share a couple of those cards today! I made a matching set of 2 cards using a favorite print done with my Gelli Plate. The images are stamped with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink onto clay-coated cardstock, then flicked with rubbing alcohol.


I stamped some of the other new designs into the background - here's a close up where you can see those images a little better.


I added some shading and highlighting to this silhouette image with Touch Twin Markers as well.


I used the same techniques and the other side of the background panel for the second card. The pendant is made with a decorative head pin and some glass beads.


Stamps I used: Steam Flourish, Grinder, Coffee Ring, Coffee Pot, Coffee Mug, Coffee Beans

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win!

the Impression Obsession blog
Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mix-Ability - Summer Tags

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to create some summer tags! Pansies are probably spring flowers...? but I thought the warm colors of this tag set were summery enough. These are in my etsy store now! I needed a good sit-down project, since I broke my little toe on Monday. (sigh...)

I added a few more Stamper's charm necklaces too - take a peek!


The backgrounds on the tags was created using a new-to-me product called Brusho - watercolor crystals that are super fun to work with, with lots of interesting applications. I'm still learning how to use them, but when I get a few techniques down I'll share more.


The sentiments are maybe a little premature - you'll see more of them next week during Power Poppy's sneak peeks!


The pansy image was an ebay purchase... it's made by a company called DMD. I've never heard of them, but I liked the size and artwork of this little single clear stamp - I'm always looking for floral stamps that are just right for pretty little tags!


Next week will be BUSY here.... CHA sneak peeks from Impression Obsession all week, peeks of the August release over at Power Poppy, a fun tutorial I've been working on this week, and the beginning of Dare To Get Dirty at Splitcoaststampers!

Exciting stuff!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial - Bendi Frame

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is brought to us by Kittie Caracciolo - you know her for her beautiful die cut scene cards, and today she's showing us how to create a dimensional "Bendi Frame" card.


I decided to make a simple CAS version of Kittie's frame card, and to build from the top instead of the bottom. I just reorganized my dies and wanted to use this pennant die from Simon Says Stamp, so I 'hung' a few strands across the layers of the card. The tag dies are by Sizzix, and the word stamp is from Impression Obsession. It's embossed in white on a distressed acrylic print I did on my Gelli Plate. I love how chalkboardish it looks. :)


Here's an angle shot on the card so you can see the depth of the frame - it's amazing how such a small difference in width can make such a big difference in the center dimension!


I bought some pretty ribbon on ebay a few weeks ago - thought this narrow piece would add a fun pop to the black and white.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Power Poppy


I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today! Come and visit to learn some of my tips and tricks for making the card below! See you there!


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mix-Ability - Patchwork

I've been working hard behind the scenes on quite a few projects I can't share just yet, using new stamp images from Impression Obsession. This one, though, uses stamps from the summer release, and they are on the site NOW! I don't have any stamps in the summer collection, but look for a new dkdesigns release in just a few weeks! We'll be sharing sneak peeks during the last week of July, so stay tuned! I love this collection so much. I have some die designs coming out as well! So excited.



For my own amusement, I'll let you know that this card started off as an accident. I stamped and colored a full panel background on label paper, die cut it into squares using the 7/8" Sizzix Grid Works die, and... then realized that I had done all my work on the liner instead of the adhesive-backed side. However... it turned out that I was able to use the liner squares, and the bonus was that I still had 9 lovely die cut squares to work with.  Boom!


I used another liner paper to line up the squares side-by-side, then did my coloring, using watercolor and distress markers. I used 3 new I.O. stamps: Smile, Dainty Rose 1 and Dainty Rose 5. I stamped the roses randomly across the grid and colored using Distress Markers, blending lightly with water.


The squares are adhered to Ivory Inchie Art Squares from Inchie Arts. I love the sweet, perfect matboard border that shows around each sticker.


I used Old Silver Inka Gold by Viva to add some shine to the squares, scored and assembled panels, and - done! This is a great quick card that could be done with any type of background, or even a large scenic image.


Smile! And as they say... "If you stumble, make it a part of the dance."

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Nautical/Ocean

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that has a nautical theme.


We've had a lot going on the last couple of weeks, in addition to working on lots of samples to share with you SOON for our upcoming stamp release - so I needed a quick and simple card for today's challenge. I took a Fabriano Medioevalis card and debossed the Shell dies into it, then spritzed the card with Smooch Spritz, and tapped it into some diluted Distress inks to add more color and interest. I brushed in a few places to let the color go down into the debossed lines.


The sentiment is one our new summer release images, available now! I thought these sandal charms were a cute touch.
 
Here's the card at an angle, so you can see the sheen of the spritz! So pretty.



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

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
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.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Splitcoast tutorial - Die Cut Swing Card

This week's tutorial is brilliantly done... Norma Lee is teaching us how to use regular shape or label dies to make swing cards. You can view the tutorial HERE.

As always when we feature a foldy project, I am eternally grateful for the people who figure them out and do them well... so I don't have to! I think my allergy to foldy projects is rooted in the fact that my right brain is very freeform and spontaneous and doesn't follow directions. That would possibly be the reason that it took me 8 tries to do Norma's card correctly! BUT after 5 hours and a feeling of complete despondence, I did come up with this for you... please use it, so that foldy projects will remember their place.


These are the measurements for a standard size card. I used double-sided cardstock instead of 2 layers of cardstock, so I could cut yet another corner. :)


Norma explained to me that she uses the outside lines as a guide for lining up her dies with the cutting plates, because the dies will cut just slightly beyond those lines.


These were my final 2 successful cards, which I was almost embarrassed to send after my hours-long toil. The stamps are from My Favorite Things.

 


Keep at it!
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Monday, July 14, 2014

New toy...

We were away from home last week and I came home to a happy stack of mail, including my most recent order from Blick. I enjoy shopping but I am insanely practical, and it takes me hours to decide on which items will make the most optimum fillers of my cart and best use of my money.

I sometimes drive myself crazy.



One of my purchases was a Gelli Plate, and I have to confess that I have resisted buying one for so long because I knew I would fall in love with it.


I was right.


I spent most of the afternoon playing with paints, and experimenting with different techniques and colors. I got the 6" x 6" plate, and it's such a practical size for card fronts. It fits full stencils, and it was easy to line up  quarter sheets as well.


I'm using a clay-coated cardstock to pull my prints, and it's working so well. It is available HERE, or check at your local paper store. Ask for Mohawk Ultra Gloss, or they may know it as the cardstock formerly called Kromekote. The weight I am using is 10 point.


So much fun! After I figure out a few things, I'll let my camera run while I play, so you can watch! 


I kept a sheet of Neenah cardstock next to my work area to clean my brayer and stencils off - it's a beautiful mess!

Have a wonderful week!
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