Thursday, December 7, 2017

IO Challenge- Last Minute Holiday Cards/Gifts


Hi guys.  Today I wanted to share a project to make a faux glazed ceramic ornament that is really fast and cheap to make.

I started with a white ceramic ornament that I bought from Michaels.  After discounts, it cost about 60 cents.

Next, I die cut a snowflake from the IO Mitten die set.  To do this, I placed a piece of masking paper on top of cardstock and then ran it through my die cut machine.  I then peeled the masking paper off of the cardstock.  Hint...  you have to place the masking paper onto cardstock so that it goes through the die cut machine well.  Next, I put my masking paper snowflake onto my white ornament:


While the masking paper snowflake was in place, I sponged over everything with Impression Obsession Peacock ink:


Then I removed the mask:


You could leave the ornament as-is at this point, but I wanted a finished glaze look on the top.  My first attempt was to ink the entire ornament with Versamark and then emboss it with Ultra Tick Embossing Powder.  That didn't work because the ink from the pad just absorbed into the ornament.   I tried again and used my Versamark reinker and painted the entire top with Versamak ink before adding my Ultra Thick powder.  This worked perfectly.  After one layer, my ornament wasn't very smooth:


I did a total of three layers of Ultra Thick powder total to get a nice, thick enamel finish.  After the first layer of Ultra Thick, I was able to go back to using my regular Versamark pad to adhere the powder rather than the Versamark reinker.

Finished project which was much smoother:


Hints:  If you get small bubbles, keep heating the powder to get them to go away.  Don't worry about bubbles on the first layer since it won't be very pretty anyway.  If the powder starts to run off the edge because you get it too "liquidy," stop heating it, let it cool a bit, and continue to heat the project.  You can use regular clear embossing powder instead of Ultra Thick powder, but it will take a lot more layers to get the same effect. 

I included a lot of steps, but it really is a quick and easy project.  My non-existant Christmas budget also appreciated the cost.  The finished project really did look like a glazed ceramic tile.

Good luck!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IO Valentine Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!

The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday Decmeber 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW at www.iostamps.com
 
 
Greetings friends.  Today is the last day of the new release blog hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it.  For today's card, I used stamps from a clear set called Country Floral.  It is a nice set that has hearts, flowers, and leaves.
For the background, I used a technique I like with the Cover A Card Backgrounds.  I started with a brown polka dot scrap of paper and then stamped the  Wood Grain Cover a Card background on top with brown ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Here is a closeup of the background:
What I like about this technique is that you get an interesting look of mixed patterns and it is a fantastic way to use up your patterned paper scraps.
For the heart section, I stamped the leaves with Impression Obsession Mint ink and the Outline heart with Impression Obsession Black ink.  To add a bit more interest, I stamped the flower with the heart center on top of the heart using the same black ink.  I then embossed the flower with clear powder to give it a bit of interest.  To color the heart, I used Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, cut out the heart, and popped it up with foam tape.  Here is a close up:

Items used in the card:
Country Floral Set WP804 (for leaves, heart, and flower with heart center)
Saying from clear set- CL634 Valentine Brush Words
 
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

IO Valentine Release Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!
 
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!

The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday Decmeber 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW at www.iostamps.com
 One of the nice things about Valentine's Day images is that they don't have to be used for one time of year.  Yes, you can make cards for Valentine's Day, but you can also use them for wedding or just for telling someone how much you care.
For today's card, I colored it in traditional Valentine's Day colors, but I think it would be great in silver and gold for a wedding card.
 
To make the card, I followed several steps:
  1. 1. Stamp image onto kraft cardstock with white ink
  2. 2. Allow ink to dry
  3. 3. Color image with Prismacolor pencils- don't worry about coloring over some of the stamp details
  4. 4. Put image back into the MISTI and stamp with white ink to put the lines back on the image
  5. 5. Emboss with white powder

Here is a close up of the coloring and embossing:

Stamps used in the card:
Saying from clear set- CL634 Valentine Brush Words
 
Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration and for chances to win prizes!

Monday, December 4, 2017

IO Valentine Release Blog Hop Day 1


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!
We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND a Gift Certificates to give away!
The hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!

The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday Decmeber 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!
All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on the hop are available NOW at www.iostamps.com


Christmas is just around the corner, but I have already moved on to Valentines!  It is a good thing too because  Impression Obsession has a brand new Valentine release.
For my card today, I started with some 140lb watercolor paper and sprinkled it with some Colorburst powders and spritzed it with enough water to give it a mottled blue background.  Once the background was completely dry, I stamped the new  Dot Background G20417 in IO Peacock ink.
In the next part, I stamped the new Tattoo Heart (D19684) onto white cardstock with IO Black ink and then colored it with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  to finish the card, I popped up the central panel and added a clear rhinestone to the heart banner.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

IO Challenge- Tis the Season


Greetings friends.  Today's theme is "Tis the Season, and I was inspired to use a tree that reminds me  of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  That in turn makes me think of my brother and watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" over and over.

To make the card, I used the Linus Tree C19633 and added the Comfort and Joy D19660 sentiment.  For the tree, I wanted to add a bit of color, so I colored it  with a bit of green watercolor pencil and softened the color with a Dove Blender pen.  To embellish the tree, I added a gold metallic marker to the star and a red gel pen to accent the ornaments. To finish the card, I colored the word "comfort" with the same green watercolor pencil and the word "joy" with the R32 Copic marker.

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Chris Dayton
Chris Dayton

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Dies from Memory Box


Hi guys.  I posted on the Memory Box Outside the Box blog today and talked about their new deep edge dies.  I am in the process of making felt snow bunny ornaments for Christmas, and the new deep edge dies allow you to cut for more than one ornament at a time.  I am all about saving time!

To read the full post, visit the OTB blog.  There is even a chance this week to win a new deep edge die of your choice.  Good luck! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

IO Challenge- Falling Leaves


Greetings friends.  I am not exactly sure how it got to be November, but here we are.  I loved today's theme because leaves are so much fun to stamp.  For my scene above, I used the Country Lane image and chose to make the leaves red with a little yellow and orange, but you could just as easily color it with greens to make a spring or summer card.

To make this card, I used my MISTI stamp positioner and colored the leaves with various Fall colors of Tombo markers and then stamped the leaves onto my paper.  I worked on small sections of the stamp at a time so that my markers diddn't dry out before I had the chance to stamp my paper. I continued adding more and more colors without removing the stamp or paper from the MISTI.   After the leaves were colored, I added a brown marker to the trunk and branches and stamped the image again.  I added green to the trees in the back and stamped it onto the paper.  I repeated the process until everything on the stamp was colored and stamped.  I must have colored the markers onto the stamp and closed the MISTI lid about 20 times to get of the colors I wanted. It was a bit time consuming, but the process itself is really easy.  Plus, I liked that the detailed stamp looked more like a small painting when it was done. 

Once all of the coloring was done, I cleaned the leftover marker off of the stamp then inked the image with Versamark ink and stamped it onto my card.  The clear ink ended up on top of all the marker work I did.  I was then able to emboss everthing in clear ink.  Here is a close up:

The close up allows you to see the embossing.

When you stamp this image, the sky and the road are blank areas.  Once I colored and embossed the image, it worked as a resist so that I could quickly add a little blue Pan Pastel to the sky and brown Pan Pastel to the road to color them without interfering with the colors of the leaves, trees, branches, etc.

Want to see more fall leaf inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers!

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

IO Challenge- Halloween Greetings


Greetings friends.  Today the challenge is all about Halloween, which is one of my favorite cardmaking occasions.  I plan on sharing two quick and easy cards that I made for one of my Halloween classes.

For the first card, I used some background paper from Pink Paislee's Spellcast collection.  Next, I added two of the newer Impression Obsession Halloween images that were stamped in black Memento ink,  Broom Parking C14663 and Broom B14664.  To color the broom I used a few Copic markers  (W1, W3, E31, E13)
 
The second card has interesting possibilities because it could be used for Halloween OR Christmas.  How many stamps can do that?!  I have to admit, I love this Buddy the elf quote.
The card itself is super quick and easy.  I just used the Candy Corn  B2273 image to stamp a candy cane border and then added a sentiment from the clear set called  Eat Candy Corn CL591.  To color the candy corn I used a  Pumpkin Orange and  Canary Yellow Prismacolor pencils.
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