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.

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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:
 
 
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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!


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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.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

IO Challenge- Harvest Hellos (Halloween Colors)


Greetings friends.  Today's challenge is a Harvest Hello challenge, but with Halloween colors.  Orange/Black always works as a Halloween pairing, but I also really like purple and green.

To make my card, I first made a background using the Forest Snow Cover a Card image.  I stamped it with Versamark ink and then colored it with both green and purple Pan Pastel chalk.

Next, I stamped a sweet little owl called Hoot (B19611) and colored him with Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  Finally, I added a sentiment from the the CL783 Falling Leaves clear set.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

IO Challenge- So Very Thankful


It is always a good time to talk about making thank you cards or cards for Thanksgiving.  For today's challenge, I went more of the Thanksgiving route.

I started with the Boxwood Cover a Card image and stamped it with orange ink and embossed it with clear powder.  I've used that Cover a Card for Christmas cards, but I thought it worked well with Fall colors too.  The center has the new Painted Pumpkin image stamped in orange ink.  I also added a bit of yellow/orange Pan Pastel on the diagonal lines.  To finish the card, I added the Give Thanks sentiment. 

Need more thankful card ideas?  Don't forget to visit the other designers!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

IO Color Challenge- Orange and Turquoise


Greetings friends.  I really enjoy a color challenge, and I have to admit that I don't think I often put orange and turquoise together.  I do like how much the two colors pop when placed together.

For my card, I used the new Succulent Pumpkin and colored it with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a waterbrush.  Once it was dry, I added a turquoise "halo" around the pumpkin and softened it with a waterbrush till the color faded to white.  I added a bit of brown Zig marker under the pumpkin to ground it and then added a sentiment from the Holiday Words cling set. 

Want to see how the other designers interpreted the color challenge?  Stop by their various blogs to see.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Clean and Simple Floral Card


Greetings friends.  Today is my turn on the Impression Obsession Design Team to share a card with you.  I chose one of my favorite new stamps called the Double Cone Flower.  I really love how it lends itself to quick and easy cards.  You could take the time to color the flowers and leaves, but I decided on a simple monochromatic pattern instead.

To make the card, I started with white cardstock and stamped it with purple pigment ink and the Distressed Denim Cover a Card.  That gave me a nice mottled purple background.  I then placed my stamp into my MISTI stamp poisitioner and stamped the flower multiple times using black Versafine ink.  A good stamp positioner is ideal for this project because solid stamps are notoriously difficult to stamp well the first time.  Stamping it multiple times with layers of ink works much better.  To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Words for Art cling set. 

Thanks so much for visiting me today!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

IO Challenge- Christmas in July


Greetings friends.  It is July.  Are your holiday cards done yet?  Just kidding.  It is never to early to start thought!

I have been teaching a quick and easy Christmas card class this month, so I am still in that frame of mind for this challenge.  I am a firm believer that holiday cards should be simplified as much as possible.  If you are making 20+ cards, you really need to keep it simple if you want to keep your sanity!

For my card today, I stamped the Star Tree Solid Leaves image (H16302) onto white cardstock with Olympia Green Versafine ink and colored the ornaments and stars with a gold metallic marker.  I make the metallic of the coloring really pop, I added layers of metallic cardstock behind the image.  For the background, I stamped the new Cover a Card Pine background (CC292) onto green cardstock using the same green ink as my tree image.  So, for the total tally of the card...  two stamps, one ink, gold marker.  Simple, simple, simple.

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