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.

Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration!


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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Thursday, October 5, 2017

IO Challenge- You're an Animal (Animal Cards)


Greetings friends.  I have been itching to get my hands on the new Baby Giraffe clear set (WP771), so this challenge came at the perfect time.  Another thing that made me happy about this challenge is that I stamped this background about a year ago using the Giraffe Cover a Card image and have been waiting to use it on a card.  I knew I was saving it for a reason! 

To make the card, I started by stamping the giraffe background onto light orange cardstock using dark amber ink (I think it was Colorbox Chalk Amber Clay).  Next, I cut out the giraffe and bow out of 140lb watercolor paper using the Baby Giraffe die set. I then used a stamp positioner to position the giraffe and bow stamps onto the corresponding dies.  Finally, I colored the images with some Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  Here is a close up of the giraffe:


Need more animal inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Chris Dayton
Chris Dayton

Thursday, September 21, 2017

IO Challenge- Come on Over (Invitations)


Greetings friends.  I wanted to use the brand new Cutlery stamp E13585.  It really could be used for so many occasions.  My front photo didn't really show the metallic quality of embossing it with silver embossing powder.  Here is a side shot:


Embossing it with silver really made it look more like flatware.  To finish the invitation, I also embossed the You're Invited C13592 sentiment and added some gold metallic patterned paper behind the invite.

Need more invitation inspiration?  Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Chris Dayton
 Chris Dayton
Chris Dayton
Chris Dayton

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

IO Die Blog Hop- Day 3

 
Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Die Hop!
We have some very fun new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, September 11th – Wednesday September 13th. 
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days.
Comments on all hop days will be open until September 17th at 9pm CT.
All winners will be announced on September 18th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!
 
 
I really love cityscapes, so I was inspired to try out the new European Buildings die.  I started by cutting out the building border using black cardstock and then glued strips of light yellow cardstock behind the windows.
 
For the background, I wanted to try creating a galaxy background.  I started with black cardstock, sponged several Distress Oxide inks on top and then lightly misted the piece with water.  Finally, I splattered the background with watered down white paint to give the impression of stars.
 
Here is a closer look at the background:
 
 
 Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration and chances to win prizes!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

IO Die Blog Hop

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Die Hop!
We have some very fun new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!
The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, September 11th – Wednesday September 13th. 
Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days.
Comments on all hop days will be open until September 17th at 9pm CT.
All winners will be announced on September 18th.
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!




Greetings friends.  Today I am sharing a project from my upcoming quick and easy Halloween card class. 


I started by cutting out a large cream circle and edging it with some silver chalk.  I then added the new Witch Line die.  That die is very intricate and so much fun to use.  Once I glued down the die, I colored the jack o'lantern face with a yellow copic marker, added some star sequins and stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment.  Easy!


Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration and chances to win prizes!


Monday, September 11, 2017

IO Die Blog Hop

Welcome to the Impression Obsession 2017 Fall/Winter Die Hop!

We have some very fun new dies to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!

The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, September 11th – Wednesday September 13th. 

Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days.

Comments on all hop days will be open until September 17th at 9pm CT.

All winners will be announced on September 18th.

The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!


Greetings friends.  For my card today, I used the new Floral Ornament die as well as some glitter and Copic markers.

I first cut the die from gold metallic paper and placed some super-sticky tape (from Elizabeth Crafts) behind the openings and covered the entire piece with ultra fine glitter.  This is what the project then looked like:


Next, I dabbed various glitter sections with an assortment of Copic markers. This technique works because I used really strong tape that held the glitter in place and used ultrafine glitter that didn't mess up my marker nibs.  Here is the colored ornament.  I hope you can see that the glitter shines through the Copic marker:


To finish the card, I popped up the ornament with foam tape, added a bow, and stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Words Cling set.

Don't forget to visit the other designers for more inspiration and chances to win prizes!