Thursday, May 05, 2016

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Fanciful Florals

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project featuring flowers.

I had a little fun with my MISTI, some ColorBox Fluid Chalk inks, a few 3" Art Squares from Inchie Arts, and with this clear set:

Watercolor Wildflowers clear set

With each layer of color, I positioned one leaf or flower in the MISTI, stamped it, then turned the square and stamped in the same position on each edge. Each panel turned into its own little perfect wreath, with really interesting white space in the center as well.

It was fun creating a kaleidoscope-y pattern on each square, and trying different color combinations. I have a box of these ink pads - some are super juicy and some are just not...

The string die is Tied Line - such a cute way to add a horizontal eye line without adding bulk. The sentiment is from my Everyday Words clear set.

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
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, May 04, 2016

Splitcoast Tutorial: Vintage Watercolor

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast was so much fun for me - Heather Telford is sharing some of her tips for Vintage Watercolor. I used to love stamping scenes with all the masking and combining images - for the occasion I pulled out a retired stamp set from Flower Soft called Quiet Corner Bench. This set came with the bench and then a variety of things to mask or fussy cut to set on it - the cat, a basket, hat and gloves, and a book.

I stamped the kitty first and then masked him to stamp the bench. I used Adirondack Espresso ink for that stamping (still sad that those dye inks are no longer in production... I've used them for years!). I added extra color with my brush right from the the lid of the inkpad, and that took me back to my early stamping days as well. For the darker shading I used an Elegant Writer pen - I bought a set of these after watching THIS tutorial on YouTube... the effects she gets are so interesting! Love the way the ink reacts with water.

I added some stamped grass (Biblical Impressions), then stamped in some flowers from Art Impressions, either blending with a brush or stamping into brushed water. The sentiment I used is from my Warm Fuzzies clear set available through Impression Obsession. I love that little line from An Affair To Remember (click there to hear it! *sigh*).

I hope you'll give this tutorial a try - and check out the Elegant Writer, too, if you're interested in something new!

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Impression Obsession Summer Release - Day 2

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

Father's Day is coming up, and I wanted to include a silhouette image to celebrate fathers - this is actually from a photo of my husband with 2 of our kiddos, so it's special to me. To create the shadows, I stamped the image onto a piece of clear plastic with dye ink, misted it, and laid it down on the panel.

To add to the collection of stamps for Fathers Day and for fathers, the Timeless Classic clear set is now available... some of the stamps are also available in rubber in larger sizes. I always loved going to car shows with my dad, and I'm fascinated at his memory of makes and models from so long ago. Seeing them always reminds me of him. :)

IO Products I used: Father Silhouette, Tapestry Background, Timeless Classic clear set, Mini Circle Tags Die Set

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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Monday, May 02, 2016

Impression Obsession Summer Release - Day 1

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images for summer!! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews. Be sure to leave a comment on  each designer's posts today and tomorrow for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate daily from Impression Obsession!

I'd like to share some of the stamps that I designed! The summer release is a great one for patriotic stamps, so I have included a couple this time. You can find all my stamp designs HERE.

With so much going on here, I've missed just playing at my desk, and I really enjoyed working with this new background stamp (CAC Grunge Flag) - I stamped it in grey Stazon ink, then watercolored using Brusho powders and Distress Crayons.

The silhouette image was embossed in white, and then I did a little more watercoloring and stamping around the image to make it stand out more.

Stamps I used: CAC Grunge Flag, Grunge Map Clear Set,  Gears, Flag Crew Silhouette

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

the Impression Obsession blog
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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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Loose Florals - Take 2

I decided I needed to spend more time playing with loose florals so I did one more piece for the Mix-Ability challenge - this one is done on a matboard piece - these are Swatches from Inchie Arts and they're 2"x4" -  it's a great size for card fronts.

I used a drop of Hydrus Quinacridone Magenta liquid watercolor to paint this piece - I started from the flower centers and then worked out, using wider strokes than I had before (when I was overthinking!). I stamped a script stamp over the panel and embossed it with white detail powder. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things. I used my Scor-Buddy to run the double line around the panel and sentiment, just to break up the white a bit.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I've got a swap to finish up, and I'll share that on Monday - it's a bird theme, and birds are one of my favorite things to paint!
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Mix-Ability challenge: Loose Florals

Today's Mix-Ability challenge was definitely a challenge for me - Lydia wants us to create loose watercolor flowers. I tend to work from photos and work into details, so 'loose' is not really my forte... but... I tried. :)

I started with a wash over my whole panel, then dotted in purple where I wanted the lilac to generally be, and let that bleed into the water. (I use QoR watercolors - love them! The paper I'm using here is a Fabriano Medioevalis watercolor card.) As it dried, I continued to dot in paint, a little darker each time, to add depth. I filled in with a light background, and let the panel dry completely.

Over the dried lilac base, I created some negative flowers by painting an outline and then pulling the paint outward instead of in, and also used a Distress marker to sketch a few flower outlines. The leaf and stem are also painted in the negative.

I wanted to add some texture to the card with a technique I've done on canvas, and it didn't work as I had planned, but as usual I like it better this way. I used a palette knife to spread some thin layers of matte gel medium onto the card, and pressed an embossing folder into the medium while it was still wet. It looked really cool before it dried... but when it dried it disappeared! The texture was still there, so I lightly rubbed white acrylic paint over the texture with my finger and I like that look - it breaks up the color in the painting a little, and gives it a worn, vintage look.

My second card did start out as a loose painting... but as I added layers, it got less loose. :)

Here's how it turned out - there are several layers of detail and shading - I still like it, just not sure how it will fare with the challenge police! I used the same technique for adding texture, so my mediums here are watercolor, ink, and acrylic. The verse stamp is one of my older ones from Our Daily Bread designs - not sure if this one is still available anymore.

Hope you'll give this a try! I might do some more just for practice... I definitely need to loosen up!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

For sale page updated...

I updated my For Sale page with a few more items that need a new home... take a peek and see if there's something you'd like! Prints are all in stock too, if you'd like to add one in with your goodies. Email me by clicking the button above! :)

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Splitcoast tutorial & Starburst backgrounds

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is an upcycled Cardboard Roll Album - it's a great way to use up those empty TP rolls, and make a unique themed mini book. I didn't get to make a sample this week, but please be sure to check out our new author Areli's sample books - they're great!

In the Inkling newsletter this week I answered a question about making Starburst backgrounds, so here are a couple of cards I made as I was clarifying the steps in my mind... the House Mouse images came from Joanna Sheen's webstore (they're discontinued now), and the sentiments are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

 Our Artist in Residence answers your questions:
Q: Deirdre wants to know: "How do you make a starburst background?"
A: I start with a pile of rectangular paper scraps, and cut them from corner to corner to create long triangles. The width of the scraps doesn't matter, but they need to be at least 4-5" inches long. 

I pick a point on the card, usually to one side, and glue my first wedge down across the card with the point of the triangle at or just beyond my focus point (it doesn't have to be on the edge - it can be anywhere on the card, really). 

From there I work out on either side of the first wedge, gluing down other wedges and leaving a small space in between each piece. You can match up the sides, but leaving a space allows for a contrast layer to show through, and gives you a little margin for error in case your cuts aren't perfectly straight. 

When the space is filled, trim off the overhanging edges. 

That's it! It's a great way to add drama to a card or really highlight a small image.

 If you're not a subscriber to our weekly newsletter, you can click here to find back issues and sign up - the newsletter is published every Wednesday and the Splitcoast team packs it full with a new tutorial, tips, reviews, coupons, and links.

Hope you're having a great week - thank you for visiting me!
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Power Poppy - Created to Create

I'm hopping with the Power Poppy team today - every once in a while I get a chance to use a new digital stamp set and play along! Even though I don't always get to participate, I simply adore this team, and this company. :)

As soon as I saw this new design, I fell in love, and knew that I wanted to make something that could hang in my studio. Here's my project - the finished frame is a Goodwill rescue, and it's 12" square.

I printed the image on Canva-Paper and colored with Touch Twin Markers, using a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol for some of the shading. This is what the frame looked like when I bought it....... .. ha!

I pulled out the glass and mats and stamped a damask pattern around the frame with pigment ink, then embossed with black powder...

Next I covered the frame with acrylic paint...

...and after that was dry, I sanded some of the paint away for a distressed look - revealing some of the embossing, and some of the white underneath.

Here's a closer look at the colored piece - these are my favorite colors and some of my favorite flowers, and I will love looking at this in my studio for a reminder of why I do what I do! Thanks Marcy!

Please visit the Power Poppy blog for a list of who's hopping today, and a peek at the other digital set being released!
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Strawberries Sweet

My card fits this week's Mix-Ability challenge - check the Mix-Ability Challenge Forum for all the details! 

This is one of my brand new summer stamps from Impression Obsession... it may not even be on the site yet, but it will be soon. I'm so pleased with how it turned out! I watercolored with Distress markers - the background coloring is a bleed of color from my first layer of color on the strawberries, which I sprayed with water. I used a glaze pen to mask the flowers and keep them bright white while I did the rest of the painting. I added highlights with a white Posca pen. 

This teacup was sketched from one that sits on my desk - it's a vintage Japanese teacup I found at Goodwill and I've kicked myself since for not getting all 4. I love it!
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