Thursday, July 31, 2014

CHA Sneak Peeks Day 4

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!


I love this adorable winter image - it's just so sweet! It's called Sweet Snow Kisses. I colored with Touch Twin Markers, and the colors I used are listed below. I brushed some alcohol ink through drywall tape to add texture to the background.


These are the Touch Twin markers that I used:


The background panel of my card is also colored using some of the above Touch Markers, scribbled on a craft sheet, spritzed with alcohol ink, and printed with clay-coated cardstock. You can find the snowflake dies HERE.

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
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
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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
Thanks for stopping by!

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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