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September 2014

Impression Obsession Designer Die Hop Day 2

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to day two of the Impression Obsession design team Die Blog Hop.  Impression Obsession has some wonderful new dies to share and gift certificates to give away.  You can get all the details for how you can win over at the Impression Obsession blog.  Please be sure to check out all of our design team posts and leave a little love along the way.

Daniela Dobson
Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Karen Amidon
Kittie Caracciolo (that’s me)
Laura Fulcher
Vicki Garrett

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Tags 1 side by side

My project today was made using the Christmas Tags, Christmas Icons, Evergreen Trees, Holly Flourish, Fir Sprig Set and Pine Sprig Cluster. I love it that the tags and sentiment are all one piece. All the tags are were fun to make and just require simple assembly.  I cut the bottom portion of all three dies in red and attached directly over the white to add colorful contrast.

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I love snowmen and this one is so cute.  I colored his stick arms with a marker and cut a snip of orange cardstock for his nose.  I attached black cardstock behind the snowman to show through the eye and button openings. I wrapped a tiny piece of ribbon around the snowman’s neck and attached both ends at the neck with a glue dot. I hand cut the little snow ground section, attached it to the tag with a piece mounting tape, tucked the tree in behind and finished by attaching the snowman with mounting tape.

KC IMpression Obsession Christmas Tags 1 1

I cut the candle in red and cut the flame portion again in gold.  I cut off the red flame and attached the gold flame with glossy accents.  I attached the candle flat at the bottom with a glue dot and attached the portion with a small piece of mounting tape to add dimension. I trimmed the end of the fir and pine sprigs to shorten so they wouldn’t stick out too far.  I attached the sprigs with glossy accents to form an evergreen spray and finished by adding three 1/8” punched circles for holly berries.

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Tags 1 2

I added a thin green strip across the top of the red section of the tag to create a more finished look.  I attached the bells to the tag with mounting tape.  I added a few sprigs of fir to crate an evergreen spray and added a sprig or two of the holly flourish.  I finished by adding a small red bow and a few holly berries made using the 1/8” circle punch

KC Impression Obsession Christmas Tags 1 grouping

There are so many creative possibilities with these tags and the icon set. The gingerbread boy, Christmas tree, candy cane and ornaments would be precious on the tags as well.  I think these tags would make perfect Christmas gift sets to give to friends and family.  The addition of fir sprigs, pine sprigs, ribbon and even a little sparkle make these into a mini treasure.

tags  Icons

 

Thank you for coming by today and thanks also for all the wonderful supportive comments on my post yesterday.  Have a great day.

Tag sizes : Joy Tag 1-1/4” x 2-3/4”, Merry Christmas tag 1-1/2” x 3-1/4”, Noel Gag 1-5/16” x 2-3/4”


Impression Obsession Designer Die Hop

Good Monday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession design team Die Blog Hop.  Impression Obsession has some wonderful new dies to share and gift certificates to give away.  You can get all the details for how you can win over at the Impression Obsession blog.  Please be sure to check out all of our design team posts and leave a little love along the way.

Daniela Dobson
Dina Kowal
Ellen Taylor
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Karen Amidon
Kittie Caracciolo (that’s me)
Laura Fulcher
Vicki Garrett

My project today was made using the Tree Frame, Bushel of Apples, Tiny Apples, Grass Border, Leaves and Stems and Bird set.

KC Impression Obsession Bushel of Apples 2 right

I wanted to make my apples look realistic instead of perfectly red, green or yellow.  I tried a little experiment to randomly color my cardstock before cutting the apples and I liked how it worked and thought I would share a few step by steps of how I did it.

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Add a few drops of fired brick and shabby shutters reinker to a small piece of Cut-n-Dry stamp pad foam being careful to not let the ink overlap each other.

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Dab the foam around on the cardstock to apply the ink.

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smooth the ink out by swiping the pad back and forth. 

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Emboss with clear embossing powder to brighten the colors.  If your ink is still really wet you can apply powder directly on the ink.  If the ink has become too dry then heat dry, apply versa and then emboss.

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Heat the powder and see the gorgeous pop of color.

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I love the randomness of the red and green ink on the apples.

I started the scene by sponging in a light blue sky on the white card base. I didn’t use a cloud template to create clouds because I just wanted the blue to show through.

I cut the tree frame using light brown cardstock and applied brown ink on the trunk and branches with a mini applicator. I attached several of the stems of leaves to the branches with glossy accents.  I applied the glue on the front of each stem and tucked the stem in behind the branches so there were no ugly stem ends sticking out. 

KC Impression Obsession Bushel of Apples 2center

I cut a red frame and attached the tree frame to the back of it with mounting tape. I attached another layer of mounting tape to the back of the frame, tree trunk and branches.  I attached the grass border to the bottom section of tape, applied ATG adhesive along the back of the grass and then attached the frame to the card base.  I attached all the tiny apples to the tree branches using my tweezers and glossy accents.  Whew!  Talk about working with small pieces. LOL! 

I assembled the baskets and apples attaching them together with glossy accents.  I applied mounting tape to the back of each basket and tucked them in to the scene.  I added a few extra apples on the ground and a few stems of leaves in the grass for the perfect finishing touch. 

  KC Impression Obsession Bushel of Apples 2 left

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy seeing all the design team projects.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Snowflakes Two Ways

Good Sunday morning.  I have two projects to share with you today showing how to use the newly released Snowflake Cutout set in two different ways.  One is very clean and simple and one is paired with the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames. Both are very fast and easy to make and could easily be massed produced for your holiday cards.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 1 combines

 

snowflake

There are two different parts to each of the snowflakes.  Each snowflake has a matching outer frame made separately from the decorative snowflake design.  The The outer frame allows the snowflake to be cutout as an independent snowflake .  The decorative snowflake die can be used to create the design as a cutout.  I thought you might appreciate seeing the snowflakes used both ways to see the versatility of the set.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 2 left

The first card is pretty self-explanatory.  I placed the three snowflakes on the cardstock using my magnetic platform and cut. 

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 2 right

I added a simple strip of red ribbon to bring another element of red to the all white background.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 2 center

I finished by applying strip of mounting tape to pop up the white layer for an element of dimension.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 1 left

I love these bold snowflakes and thought they would be perfect popped up with the bold white frames against the red background.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 1 center

I applied thin strips of mounting tape the back of the frames and attached them to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Snowflake Cutout 1 right

I finished by popping the snowflakes up with an additional layer of mounting tape to create dimension.

I hope you don’t get tired of my red and white color combination because I love it and you will be seeing more of it over the holiday card making season.

Keep an eye out for the Impression Obsession Fall Release Designer Die Hop starting tomorrow.  Our talented team has lots of good stuff to share.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Card sizes:  5.50” x 4.25”


Falling Leaves

Good Saturday afternoon. I mentioned in my post a couple of weeks ago that I was going to be teaching a class for Impression Obsession at the Collins Group Fall Show. I wanted to take a minute to say how much fun I had with the class and meeting and talking with so many craft store owners.  They were such a wonderful group.  I want to tell all of you out there that have a local craft store in your area how lucky you are to be able to go in to the store and pick out products to purchase.  We used to have a couple of stores near where I live but they have closed and the closest one to where I live now is about 50 miles.  I wanted to say thank you to all who took my class and for giving me such a warm welcome.

I’ve been unable to post for a few days and am glad to get back to it.  I have a fun fall project to share with you today made using the newly released Tree Frame, Bushel of Apples and Oak Leaves and Rake.  The frame was made using the Lifestyle Nesting Card Templates. I love this tree frame and just can’t seem to help myself from making projects.  I have been working on another one this morning and have made the tree an apple tree.  It will be coming this week.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 3 left

This is an exact replica of the project I did for my step by step tutorial in the CLASSroom this past week with the exception of being done full color.  I thought you would like seeing the projects side by side.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame left   KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 3 right

You can click on the pictures to see a larger view.

I cut the tree frame and outer frame and attached them together with ATG adhesive.  I attached several of the colorful leaves to the branches of the tree with glossy accents and then applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 3 center

I cut the bushel basket, assembled it  lightly sponged it with brown ink using a mini applicator.  I filled the basket with leaves attaching them with glossy accents.  I scattered several on the ground area and attached them with glossy accents.  I finished by coloring the rake body with a brown marker and attached it to the tree and ground with glossy accents.  I left the background totally plain so the colorful leaves would be the total focus.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 3 right

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend. 

Card size:  5.50 x 4.25”