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September 2015

Framed Reindeer Flourish

Good Monday morning.  I have been enjoying creating fast and easy holiday cards using the new Impression Obsession dies.  My project today was made using the Reindeer Flourish and the frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates. Both the reindeer and frame were cut using Bazzill Metallic Gold Foil and layered over White E Flute Corrugated Cardstock. I love using my crimper on projects and was instantly drawn to this corrugated paper.  I thought it was the perfect background for the reindeer because it added interest and dimension without distracting from the beautiful lines of the image.

KC Impression Obsession Reindeer Flourish 1 left

I started by layering the corrugated cardstock on the card base using ATG adhesive. Next I applied mounting tape to the back of the gold frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Reindeer Flourish 1 center

I embellished the neck of the deer with a few sprigs and gold 1/8” punched circles and attached with glossy accents. I applied mounting tape to the back of the reindeer and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Reindeer Flourish 1 right

The Reindeer Flourish is such an interesting and modern image and is perfect for a clean and simple project to mass produce for your holiday cards.  Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”


Manger Silhouette Scene

Good Sunday morning.   My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Small Manger set and Shepherds set and the frame was made using the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I chose to use a red background but think these silhouette images would look beautiful with light or dark blue as well. I may try coloring all the images the next time I play with them and creating a scenic background.  Not sure I can color well enough to pull that off on these intricate images but it’s worth a try.

KC Impression Obsession Small Manger 1 left

I cut the frame and attached to the card base with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Small Manger 1 center

I cut both sets of images, laid them out on my card front to figure out my design and then attached the pieces with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Small Manger 1 right

Even though there are seve4ral pieces in these two sets this card took about five minutes to make. It would be a perfect project to mass produce for holiday cards for family and friends.  If you would like to use a larger version of the images you can check out the Manger Set. I linked it below for you to check out. Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday,

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Peaceful Nature Scene

Good Saturday morning.  I am so drawn to making nature scene holiday cards.  I have especially loved using pale blue paper for the background and all white images.  This combination creates such a peaceful scene setting.  I like adding a bit winter sparkle using crystal clear glitter. My project today was made using the newly released Impression Obsession Forest, Hill Landscape Layers paired with the sweet Dear Trio.

KC Impression Obsession Forest 1 right

I started by applying touches of glue to the tree branches and dusting with glitter. I covered the entire piece of landscape with glue and applied the glitter. 

KC Impression Obsession Forest 1 center

Once the glitter was dry on the trees and landscape I attached them both to the card base with mounting tape. I applied double pieces of mounting tape to the back of the deer and attached them in the scene.  This was a very fast and easy card to make and would be a perfect project to mass produce for holiday cards.

KC Impression Obsession Forest 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Shadow Box Winter Scene

Good Friday morning.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to teach a class to a group of craft store owners with Mitra Friant, owner of Impression Obsession.  Instead of teaching several different card projects for the class we decided it would be fun to create a dimensional scene to fit inside of a shadow box frame.  The project was made using the newly released Small Cabin, Hill Landscape Layers, Forest and Cardinals, along with the Small Deer Set,  Fir Trees and Small Fir Tree stamp. I’m going to list the same instructions below that I used for the class.  I hope you will be inspired to give a shadow box project like this a try.

Shadow Box

This is the scene out of the frame.

no frame

Project Pieces

Scene Base, Cabin Pieces, Hill Landscape Layers, Forest, Small Deer Set, Cardinals, Fir Trees, Small Fir Tree Stamp

The scene base to fit inside the frame is approximately 7.00” x 5.00”

Tools and Supplies

Distress Inks-Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Mini Applicator, Ink Blending Tool, Mounting Tape, Adhesive, Glossy Accents, Scissors, Black Marker, Acrylic Block, Liquid Applique, Heat Gun, Ruler, Tweezers, Pencil

Steps

1. Measure in ¼ inch on all four corners of the scene base with your ruler, mark and lightly draw lines all the way around with your pencil. The ¼ inch lined border marks off how to confine your die cut images to remain within the frame.

2. Gently sponge Tumbled Glass ink in the upper sky area using an ink blending tool. Use a light touch with the sponge so you won’t leave lines.

3. Decide where you want your highest hill section to be placed and lightly mark with your pencil so you will know how high on the base you want to stamp the fir trees. Stamp the fir tree across the upper portion of the scene base with Peeled Paint ink to create the appearance of a forest background. Make sure you stamp the trees low enough so that the trunk of the trees are covered with the hill section.

4. Apply Vintage Photo ink to the bare forest tree, cabin sections and deer using a mini applicator. Use a light touch with the base application of ink on the pieces so you can add darker spots to shade the deer back and antlers, lines of the cabin logs and trunks of the trees.

5. Assemble the cabin pieces. Using glossy accents attach the snow covered roof sections to the cabin and porch and the little snowy top of the chimney. Attach the chimney to the roof with glossy accents. Attach the window to the side of the house and the door to the front of the cabin with glossy accents. Attach the porch right in front of the door and attach with glossy accents.

6. Apply light touches of Liquid Applique to the die cut fir trees, lightly smooth it and spread it out with your finger to help avoid bubbles and then heat. Apply tiny dabs of Liquid Applique to the stamped treetops, lightly smooth with your finger and then heat. Be careful to keep your LA and finger smoothing within the lines of the tree so it doesn’t spread out to your sky area.

7. Use a black marker to apply markings to the beaks and tails on the cardinals.

Important note: You are ready to start adding the die cut pieces to the scene base. It is important to remember to keep all pieces within the lines of the penciled in frame so the scene will fit perfectly inside the frame opening when you are finished.

 

8. Each of the Hill Landscape sections will be attached to the scene with doubled up pieces of mounting tape to create dimension. Apply a small section of the double layer of tape to each end and lower center of each hill section.

9. Attach the tallest hill section to the scene base. Place it high enough to cover your stamped tree trunks. The bottom edge of your hill can be higher than the bottom edge of the scene because it will be covered with the other hill layers.

10. Continue adding the hill sections with doubled up mounting tape. Note that one of the mid-sized hills matches the cutting lines of the smallest hill section. You will want to make sure these two matching sections are divided by the other mid-sized section so the cut lines are all moving in different directions. Place your hill sections so the hills and valleys overlap some for interest. The second hill section in my example is almost totally hidden because I didn’t place it quite high enough.

11. Cut your forest section to create two trees. I chose to have one wider and one smaller to place on each side of the scene. When cutting the trees apart you may have to snip off a couple of the twiggy connected branches but it won’t be noticed. You will also need to cut quite a bit of the bottom of the trees off to fit in behind the hill layers. I used one of the lower twiggy branch sections to fill in in front of my left tree.

12. Cut thin strips of mounting tape and attach to a few places on the back of the larger trunk and branch sections, tuck them in behind the hills and attach to the base.

Note: Test place the die cut pieces in your scene and move them around until you are happy with the placement before you attach them permanently.

13. Decide where you want to place your cabin, apply mounting tape to the back, tuck in behind a hill and attach to the scene. I used a triple layer of mounting tape to the top part of my cabin and double layer to the lower portion. The amount of tape layers will need to be determined by where you are placing the cabin.

14. Decide where you want to place your die cut trees and deer now that you have placed your cabin. Attach to the scene with thin strips of mounting tape. Once again the layers of mounting tape will need to be determined by where you place them.

15. Apply a small dot of glossy accents to the back of the cardinals and attach them where you desire to complete the scene.

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


Deer and Doe

Good Thursday morning.  Have you had chance to check out the new Impression Obsession die release.  There are so many wonderful images and I am having lots of fun getting started on my holiday cards.  My project today was made using the Deer and Doe with a frame from the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames. And I couldn’t resist adding a bit of evergreen from the Fir Sprig set and a red punched circles to the neck of the baby.  I think this is such a sweet scene with pair looking up at the star from the Small Manger set.

KC Impression Obsession Deer and Doe 1 right

I started by applying thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the simple frame and attaching it to the card base.

 KC Impression Obsession Deer and Doe 1 center

I applied the fir sprigs and red berries to the neck of the doe with glossy accents.  I applied mounting tape to the back of both the deer and doe and attached them  to the card base and frame.  I applied a small piece of mounting tape to the back of the star and placed it in the sky to finish.

KC Impression Obsession Deer and Doe 1  left

This was really a fast and easy card to make and would be perfect to mass produce to send to family and friends.  The small amount of dimension added by the mounting tape still allows for the card to fit in a regular A2 sized envelope.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”