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Friday, September 28, 2012

Hoppin' with Impression Obsession - Day Three!


The Impression Obsession Team is still showing off all the new dies that IO introduced. We know you are going to love them as much as we do! Check out all the rules of the hop on the Impression Obsession Blog
Leave a comment on each DT Member's Blog and the IO Blog... a random winner picked each day will get to choose three dies! The winner will be announced on the Impression Obsession Blog!
 I decided I would use darker tones and not the traditional bright red and green that we all normally reach for on a holiday card. Love snowman and winter scenes for seasonal cards because typically the lack of coloring on the snow makes them pretty quick! And if I'm doing a batch of holiday cards, I'm a fan of quick! I took some pics along the way as I made the card, so here's a little mini tutorial!
 I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. I used the BG0000 in the background and layered just that one color to achieve the darker areas. On the sun... I ended up using the the 0 Blender (after this picture) to remove some yellow making it quite a bit paler.
 Here are the other Copics I used to color in the image. In the snowman I used T1 and BG10 over the grey to create some shading around the inside edges. I aded the grey in to help give it a different shade to help separate it from the background. 
 I wanted the die to give me a matching border, meaning it matches up cleanly when the card is folded on the front and the back panels of the card.  I cut and scored the card base. Then I placed the die centered over the fold, taped it in place and then cut. Then you can move the die and tape it in place to continue the border design down the remainder of the card's edge.

 I used the die to cut just the edge to get the little pierced holes. 
 I shortened the card base, so that it was just the right size to frame the image. I used Perfect Layers to add the layers around the snowman. A little foam tape under the image panel for dimension. I added a few die cut snowflakes (LOVE these) and topped them with a button and loopy little bow made from white embroidery floss. 

While it is a bit hard to see... I used Viva Clear Gloss Pen to add glossy shine to the little light bulbs. I also used the Viva Holo GLitter Pen to add touches of glitter to some snow areas. A few little gems down the side of the border edge. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

We are HOPPING for DIES with Impression Obsession

It's all about the DIES!
The Impression Obsession BLOG HOP starts today! 
Have you seen the wonderful new dies from Impression Obsession?   If you can't wait you can hop right to them HERE .   Then come on back, check out, and comment on the wonderful cards created by our DT using them below.  After that check out how you can win 3 dies of your choice by following the rules for the hop.
Leave a comment on each DT Member's Blog... a random winner picked each day will get to choose three dies! The winner will be announced on the Impression Obsession Blog!
 I got so focused on using dies... I kinda forgot to leave room for some stamping! I used some pretty pearlized white paper to cut the ornament and the border dies and the DP paper is all from Bo Bunny's Mistletoe Collection.

Here are the dies I used on the card:






Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Gimme the Candy!

 I'm sure most of the cat folks that read my little blog are familiar with the loveable Fluffles image from Stampendous, but this is Scruffles! Fluffles has an evil twin, and Scruffles is after your Halloween treats!! 
I stamped Scruffles with Memento Tuxedo black ink and cut it out with Spellbinder"s Small Classics Inverted Scallops (S4-195). I left the image in the die and airbrushed with N3. I also added my piercing, using the die's edge as a guide. 
Here are the colors I used on the cat... I also dabbed at the colored areas with the 0Blender to remove some color and give a little texture in the fur.
Pumpkin Copic Colors above. Usually I would add a darker orange in, like YR18, but the orange paper on the card is really bright so I was staying in the brights to have everything match.
Finished coloring in the scattered candy.
On the inside I added a Spellbinders' Banner with a sentiment from Impression Obsession's CL#158 Halloween Party. I airbrushed with orange before removing from the die.
Z was there to give final approval! We have had him three months now and I fall more in love with him everyday. He is so sweet, we should have named him Sugar!
  • Stamps: Scruffles by Stampendous, CL158 Halloween Part by Impression Obsession
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Black, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Bo Bunny Orange Citrus Dot,
  • Dies all by Spellbinders : S4-302 Crown Circles, LF-114 Grand Circles, S4-195 Sm. Classic Inverted Scallops, LF-224 Lg. Scallop Circle Grands, Banners
  • Other: Bow Easy Tool. Adhesive Crystals, Foam Tape, Copics/ABS, Misc. Ribbon, Piercing Tool, Ultimate Glue


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Winter Snowman

The Impression Obsession Design Team is sharing today... Our theme was nature. As Always you can play along with the DT and win a gift certificate. Find all the detail son the IO Blog with how to enter your card! Check out the nature inspired cards from the others... 

I may be stretching the theme of Nature... but I think it has snow and a bird... both part of nature... right? I'm going with it. Snowmen are so easy to color... due to the lack of color, lol! So they are always good for a quickie. Had a hard time finding a nestie to frame this image... so I used the out of the box technique and let the little birdie hang out. Of course the top corners are chomped... because I still can't refrain from doing that on almost everything!
Here are the Copic Markers I used. I used BG10 to color the entire background and then B0000 to highlight the inside of the snowman.

  • Stamps by Impression Obession: G7682 Snowman with Bird, B8764 Be delighted
  • Dies: Spellbinder's Petite Scalloped Circles, Spellbinder's Circle Nesties
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Red, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Blue, Misc. DP
  • Other: Bow Easy Tool, Perfect Layer Rulers, Copics, Ribbon by May Arts, Corner Chomper

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tall Pumpkins from Serendipity

Today the Design Team from Serendipity Stamps are all showing off fun cards with our Halloween theme this week. Here is a link to the Halloween Section at Serendipity Stamps. Visit the other blogs to see what everyone came up with today:
Amy -  Miriam -  Jeanne -  Helen - Cathy - Pauline 
 Tall Pumpkins was my choice to ink up for today! More fun than frightening for our Halloween theme! A quick color job with Copics and lotsa layers on this one, made with the Perfect Layer Rulers. I stepped out the coloring below for you. I also used Spellbinder's Postage Stamp Nesties in the layers too. Love the little notches that leave a perfect open spot to drop in an embellishment.
 I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black and then cut it out with a Square Nestie. I used the G80's and Y28 to color the ground. I also used a rag and Copic Blending Solution to do the "fur technique" adding some depth and texture to the area. Since it is a larger area... this is certainly a quick way to do the ground. The fur technique covers up any stroke lines and blends the Y28 in at the same time.
 I colored the pumpkins quickly and easily... oranges blend so very fast. I added a few yellow streaks in to the pumpkins too with Y17. I used G85, Y28, Y11, Y17 for the leaves... blotting the colors together with the Y11 and Y17. I also used the 0 Blender on the leaves to remove color and give them kind of a faded look. 
 To finish the image, I used C7 to darken the faces and the witch hat. In solid black areas of an image, Memento Tuxedo Black is not always black enough for my liking. But using the 100 Black Copic is too harsh, so instead I'll use a dark grey.
 I stamped the Trick or Treat sentiment coloring it with the same colors I used on the image. I used a Viva Holo Glitter Pen to give it a little sparkle and I also used Crackle Accents on some of the other letters. I added MFT's Die - Double Dot Border along the bottom edge.
I added a tiny bit of sparkle to the star. On the pumpkins I added Crackle Accents. I used a very thin layer, spreading it out using my finger. It added a little texture and a subtle shine, it does not show very well in the picture. Several layers are popped up with foam tape. Finished card is 4 3/4" square and opens at the bottom, tent style.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Raven Collage

More Halloween fun today from me am I play along with the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Team! Check out what the DT has cooked up today on the BLOG!
Also there is a Design Team call too and you can read about that HERE!
New stamps, new dies! New Halloween images from Prickley Pear on this card and I used my new Spellbinder's Die Decorative Labels One, which I know is going to be a favorite of mine. I use Labels One pretty often so this die was a must have... along with a few others! 
No fancy coloring today. I punched a circle out of Eclipse Tape to use as a mask for the moon. I then airbrushed with only one color YR27, leaving my image in the die while airbrushing to maintain that clean white border edge. 
I stamped in Memento, as it is my go to ink always when I'm using Copics. But sometimes with solid black images, Memento is not black enough for me. So I used W9 to darken the ravens... in this pic I have darkened the left raven but not the right.. a big difference in the two. I peeled my Moon mask away, revealing the pristine white card stock. I also added some piercing... I know I do it constantly... it seems to be my thing right now, can't resist!
Here is an upclose. I used Perfect Layer Rulers to add the mats to my banner. I created a bend in the banner with my fingers and used Dimensional Silicone to pop it up. For the eyes I used a toothpick to apply just a tiny drop of my Bronze Viva Pearl Pen. A few little pearl accents and of course a bow to finish it off! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

So ready for fall.....



A taste of fall today... so ready for the cooler temps and changing leaf colors! Really mainly the cooler temps, the leaves changing is just a bonus! I used this beautiful fall image from impression Obsession today. Sometimes the heavy shading in these images can be intimidating, but actually they are some of the most forgiving images to color.
Here are the Copics I used to color the scene. I also used Spellbinder's Floral Ovals to frame the image. This has become one of my most favorite dies! I love the pierced edges and the beautiful detail around the edge. It can be used on any kind of card! I popped several of the ovals up to add a little dimension. Finished card size is an A2. 
  • Stamps: Impression Obsession - K1076 Pumpkins on Porch
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Bo Bunny Burnt Orange Double Dot, Misc. Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
  • Other: Spellbinder's Floral Dies, Copics, Bow Easy Tool, Misc. Ribbon, Foam Tape

Monday, September 10, 2012

Going Batty....

I'm playing along with the Prickley Pear Design Team today! Some great new Halloween designs from PPRS this fall! I just LOVE making Halloween cards... they are just fun! When else can you put neon greens, oranges  and purples on a card together? Be sure and hop over the Prickley Pear Blog and see what the team cooked up this week!
A quick and easy Halloween card! This is a new clear set from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. The set has multiple bat stamps with different designs and a coordinating die cut to make it easy! I used a Corner Chomper (Cloud/Scallop) on the top two corners. I swear I'm gonna have to hide those chompers! I reach for them constantly and have to stop myself from chomping every card corner in some fashion or another! Here is the new set and die cut so you can see all the batty designs!
Prickley Pear has some unique and really fun Halloween images... a few cool black cats in the mix too! 
Check out the Halloween Section using this ----> LINK!
I used the bat die cut to cut out the black bat to layer. I hand cut the stamped bat that I colored with Copics. 
I folded my bat wings along the wing lines, I used dimensional silicone to pop up the wings and keep them bent. Quick circle punch for the moon, it is also curved with silicone underneath it as well. I used my Perfect Layer Rulers, the 1/16" edge to create the layered mats on the sentiment banner and the bat panel. Finished card size is an A2, the card opens at the bottom, tent style. Notice what's missing from this card ? Somehow I resisted the addition of a bow!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Coneflowers - Mini Card

 I thought I would play along in the challenge over at Flourishes. Last week the Timeless Tuesday #185  Challenge was to make a mini card. So I did. I finally got to ink up the With Gratitude Stamp Set and enjoyed coloring the beautiful cone flowers. I hardly ever use this much pink, so I'm patting myself on the back for stepping out of my normal colors, and doing some girly colors today!
 I used Spellbinder's Labels 8 to cut out the image. I added a soft pink background behind the flowers using RV00 and RV0000. The flower petals were colored with R85 and R81, I did use the 0 Blender to pick up just a bit of color at the the end of the petals. The flower centers were colored completely with R59, then I used the Y17 and YR04 to push some red out and add some highlights.
 I finished with the greens, mainly using G82 and G85 but I found the finished result a little duller than what I was going for.  So I touched up here and there using YG11 adding a lighter brighter tone to the leaves and stems. Since this was a mini card.. the image panel was smaller too... making this overall a pretty quick color job. 
I used Spellbinder's Decorative Labels 8 to frame the flowers and I popped the flower panel up from the card base. I pulled some really old paper out... had to hunt a bit for a pink DP that would work.. but I found this paper in an older 6x6 collection from Basic Grey - Eva, now retired. Now for the confession--- I totally did not read all the challenge rules... when will I learn? The card should have been no larger than 4x3, but mine is a hair or two over that at 4 3/4" x 3 5/8. I added a little sheer bow, with a ribbon band in the opposite corner to finish it up.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sparkly Ornament Tutorial

 This card is shiny and sparkly in person, but I think it also maintains a clean and elegant look with the white,ivory and gold colors. I used Mirco Fine Glitter embedded in between the gold borders of the ornament die cut. Pictures were difficult due to the shine of the gold paper... so forgive some of the tones being "off" in the pictures. I used Neenah Classic Crest White and Neenah Classic Crest Natural White (ivory) at 110 # weight. I love the feel of a heavier paper, just makes the card feel more substantial. 

 The ornament is a die cut from Serendipity Stamps. Use the die to cut the ornament out of shiny gold card stock. Add a piece of Scor Pal tape to a white piece of card stock, it needs to be a little larger than the size of the ornament die.

Peel off the Scor Pal tape backing and lay the ornament directly on the sticky surface. Trim out the ornament shape, small scissors are better for cutting out smaller items like this.

I used a Picksey Pick Up Tool (toothpick with wax on the end) to pick up the cut out pieces from the top of the ornament and add them back in place.

I used Glitter Ritz Microfine Translucent Warm Glitter, from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Regular glitter will not work as nicely, it is too chunky to lie flat. I dumped a generous portion of the microfine glitter over the ornament. I am using a translucent glitter that has a warm tone highlight. I used my finger and rubbed the glitter in to all the open spots of adhesive, using good pressure to push it in to any open area that had adhesive showing. Tap off the excess glitter, you can use a paintbrush to brush away any stray glitter as well. The Scor Pal tape grabs the glitter very nicely and keeps it on the card. If you have used good pressure to rub it in and cleaned the stray glitter off then the glitter should not rub off from your ornament.

I used a Spellbinder's Die (Petite Scalloped Circles) to frame the ornament. I cut it twice using white and gold card stock. I glued them together so that the color of scallops would alternate at the edge.

Here is a close up pic. You can see the glitter is very fine and is a little more elegant than using a chunkier glitter. The center star element came from the Memory Box Die Cut I used on the inside of the card and I added a clear Swarovski Crystal in the center.

Here is the inside of the card. I used Perfect Layer Rulers to create the 1/16" gold border. I also used a Memory Box Die #98171 Frosty Border to add a little flourish around the edges. I heat embossed the  Warmest Wishes sentiment with Gold Detail EP and Versamark in on the inside of the card.

I heat embossed the Merry Christmas stamp with Gold Detail EP. I used Spellbinder's Grand Squares and Grand Scalloped Squares to create the card base. I added piercing around the edge of the square, using the inside of the die edge to keep me straight. I used a wide white cotton ribbon to create and add a bow at the top of the ornament. You know I do love the bows!

This is the set from Serendipity Stamps, which has the ornamental die cut, a coordinating ornament stamp to match the die, as well as the Merry Christmas stamp. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog! 
Have a wonderful weekend and go stamp something!