Thursday, June 14, 2012

Impression Obsession & the Crafter's Workshop hop!


In March, Impression Obsession began working with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and the Crafter's Workshop to produce stamp sets to coordinate with their line of stencils. (You can click on Julie's name above to read her post about the release!)  Each stamp set can be used independently, or with its coordinating stencil. Likewise, each stencil can be used independently, or with its coordinating stamp set. So cool!

Today we'd like to share those products with you! Julie and Mitra are joining the I.O. designers in a blog hop. You won't want to miss a thing - Julie will be giving away a set of all six stencil and stamp sets to one lucky commenter!

There are 5 different stamp sets and one background stamp with coordinating stencils - you can view all of the stamps HERE. I've linked the stencils I used below.
I began coloring my background by applying acrylic paint to heavy cardstock with a sponge. When the base layer was dry, I used the stencils to add texture and color, again applying paint with a sponge. I added the 'fly' word with a Touch Twin Marker, and also used the marker to ink up the butterfly overlay stamp, spritzing it with rubbing alcohol before stamping.

Something I learned about rubbing alcohol - it does not play well with acrylic paint! That can work for you or against you, depending on the look you're going for - the alcohol revived the paint that was dry, which allowed me to distress it with my fingers a little.

I trimmed around the large butterfly wings with a craft knife, and popped them up with foam tape, then shaped the wings with my fingers a little so they had some lift and dimension. I stamped off the smaller butterfly on a scrap piece of paper before stamping it to my background. For this card, I used the Butterflies Clear Set, Butterflies stencil, Beads stencil, Tickets stencil, Bird Scene stencil, and Circles stencil.
If stencils aren't your thing, the stamps work well on their own too! I stamped the open image from the Flowers set in a light green ink, then watercolored the panel using Derwent Watercolor Pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils. The sentiment I used is from the Greeting Card Sentiments clear set.

Here's the full list of designers sharing their projects with you today:


Enjoy the hop!!
Thanks for stopping by!

33 comments:

nicoleqmullen said...

Two stunning creations and so different from one another too! I adore the colours on the first one especially, and all the detailing on it!

dwright33055 said...

two very cool ideas, love them both, thanks for sharing.....

Maryu said...

Wonderful cards! Love the flowered card. You made an elegant design out of a bright, informal flower. Gorgeous.

Roberta said...

Wow two great cards! I love the way you used them for two different results! The colors on the watercolor card are just wonderful and I love the way you made the butterfly pop on the first card! Thank you for sharing!

Craftyfield said...

Both projects are stunning ! The Flower stamp in watercolor is so vibrant - love it

Linda said...

great cards! I LOVE the colors on the second one!!

April said...

Both creations are so lovely! You did a great job! I love these stencils and stamps!

Lisa said...

Beautiful cards! I love Julie's stamps and stencils and I really like the colors you used.

Miriam Prantner said...

These cards are beautiful! Love the different applications and how versatile these are!

Holly said...

Amazing! Different looks entirely simply by applying different media, and your wonderful talent of course. Just beautiful.

Tammy Murdock said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

Jan B said...

Gorgeous projects! Love how you lifted that big butterfly on the first card. And I love the watercolorr on the second. Thanks for sharing!

Miranda said...

Both creations are lovely and the first is really artistic Dina, the butterfly is also my favorite! greet Miranda

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

OH MY Dina ! These are Stunning ! I love the colours on both cards and the use of the different mediums, can't say enough, I love these. Shirley

milkcan said...

Wonderful wonderful wonderful cards! I think the flower one is so wonderful and tropical! I love it! Thank you so much for being a part of the hop!

zehra said...

oh my, you are amazing, just love the work, so beautiful, i love the colors and the mixed mediums used.

Barbi D said...

I love how both designs just pop right of the cards. Fabulous!

Heather said...

Great projects! My favorite is definitely the butterfly card. I love the blue color and all the different techniques you used!

Lynne Phelps said...

The rich layers of color, images and texture on your butterfly card are fab, and I love the vivid colors you chose for the flowers!

Katie said...

I love both cards! The last is so vibrant. I love seeing the different stencils and how they can be used. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Celia said...

Love what you did with the butterfly stencil. Can't wait to get my hands on it & the stamp. Must go create something.

lisa808 said...

Stunning cards. Love the colors of the 'thinking of you' card.

famillemarleau said...

Love both styles. Beautiful results. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

Carole said...

Dina,
I love the colors on the stenciled card! Sooo pretty. The other card is gorgeous as well and looks so much like a watercolor to me:)

There is an award for you on my blog:)

Have a great weekend,
Hugs,
Carole

Trena in Naperville said...

Love these Dina! Your artwork is so inspiring!! Thank you for sharing! BTW, I received my (your designs) IO stamps. Love them!! I have some ideas that I have to make time for!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE Sister!!

karenelr said...

I love your card panel! It is so professional looking! Thanks for sharing--I love these stencils and stamps!

Prairie Scrapbooking said...

The colours on your flower card are beautiful and summery! Love it.

Wanda H said...

Both cards are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous cards- love the blues and the butterfly- and the brighter colors- fabulous!

Julie said...

Love your colors and layering! Beautiful cards!

Paula Huiras said...

These are just beautiful!
PH

April said...

Both cards are awesome. I love the colors. Fantastic!

Sandy said...

Beautifully done - love your work!
Sandy