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Land of the Free

Good Monday morning.  My project today is a patriotic card in honor of Memorial Day and was made using the Impression Obsession US Flag, Land of the Free and the Flag Banner dies.  These are perfect dies to use for the Fourth of July and Veterans day as well. 

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 1 right

I cut the whole flag in red and again in white and the star section in blue.  I turned the white flag base front side down, removed the white stripes and filled back in with the red stripes.  Once they were all in place I used strips of tape to hold them in place.  Next I removed all the blue stars from the blue section and taped it in place from the back with a strip of tape. I turned the flag front side up so I could fill in the white stars.  I took the white star section and laid it directly over the blue and pushed the stars down in to the matching openings with my paper piercer.  This worked pretty well and I was able to get most of them tucked in place.  There were a few stragglers that I had to round up and set in place.  I applied wide strips of mounting tape to the back of the flag and attached to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 1 center

I cut the Land of the Free in blue and white and used both to create a shadow and to add a little more interest to the letters.  I used Crafter’s Pick glue to attach the letters together and  lightly tapped the glue to the back of the white words with my finger and attached them to the blue.  I cut thin pieces of mounting tape and attached in several key places on the back of the words and attached them in place on the card base. I cut three flags off the flag banner, attached mounting tape to the back of each and tucked them in under the flag.  I thought they added another element of interest. 

KC Impression Obsession Land of the Free 1 left

I hope you enjoy your holiday today and I appreciate you coming by.

Card size:  5.00” square

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Lighthouse and Sea Birds

Good Sunday morning.  I made a card a couple of weeks ago using the Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle die and using bright red, white and blue.  I also showed a photo of a much softer watercolor card made by Jeanne Streiff using the same die  .  For my project today I created a much more muted project in soft blues and cream and this time I added Sea Birds and lots of white sparkly sea foam.

KC Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle 2 left

I cut a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper into a 4.50” square, lined the die up on the paper and ran through the Big Shot.  I colored the water and lighthouse using Copic markers. I added a touch of brown along the bottom edge of the lighthouse to create the appearance of a rocky ground base but I wish I hadn’t.  I think it might have looked better in all blue.  I added little yellow scraps of cardstock behind the window and attached with tape. I cut a 4.00” square of watercolor paper to use as the background for the scene.  I used a large brush to wash the paper with plain water and got it very wet allowing the water to pool on the whole piece. I then applied full strength Broken China reinker and allowed the ink to run a bit before using the brush to smooth it out.  I kept adding reinker until I got the color I wanted.  I’ve said this many times in the past but it bears repeating.  Distress reinkers are wonderful to watercolor with, are extremely concentrated and a little bit goes a very long way making it last almost forever.  

KC Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle 2 center

I heat dried the background paper.  I applied white embossing paste to both the water portion of the lighthouse piece as well as the watery background.  I used my finger (one of my favorite tools) to lightly pat and tap the paste to create the sea foam and sprinkled clear glitter on it before it had a chance to dry.  The litter stuck perfectly anywhere that I had touched with the paste.  You can see a closer view below although none of the pictures show how pretty and sparkly it is in person. I attached the background to the lighthouse frame using strips of mounting tape.  Next I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the frame layer and attached to the blue piece and then attached the whole thing to the card base using ATG adhesive.

KC Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle 2 close

I applied Antique Linen ink to the birds using a mini applicator, bent their wings a little with my fingers and attached to the frame with pieces of mounting tape.  The smallest bird was attached to the background using rolled up glue dots. I really like that there are only a couple colors used that creates a sort of monochromatic feel.

 KC Impression Obsession Lighthouse Circle 2 right

Enjoy your holiday weekend and I sure do appreciate you coming by. 

Card size:  5.00” square

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Shell Border Beach Card

Good Saturday morning.  Summer is almost here and I have a beach card  to share with you today using the new Impression Obsession Shell Border with soft colors and a touch of sparkle and ocean surf.  

KC Impression Obsession Shell Border 1 right

I cut the shell border piece using cream colored cardstock.  I applied Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick ink to the shells using a mini applicator.  I used a very light touch when adding the ink to the shells to keep the colors soft.  I applied the Antique Linen ink across the whole top portion of the beach area  and created an uneven sandy border so I could create the ocean surf washing up on shore.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to create the surf water. 

KC Impression Obsession Shell Border 1 center

I used the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen to add some shimmer and sparkle to the sand and the shell border but it doesn’t show well in the photos.  I applied Cosmic glitter glue to the water using my finger and then sprinkled with clear glitter.  I heat set the glue and glitter and then applied the white embossing paste with my finger along the surf’s edges to create the appearance of foam.  I finished by adding the Salt Life sentiment. I used the same soft blue paper for the sentiment that I used for the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Shell Border 1 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.  I’m sure looking forward to three days off from work.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Class of 2017 Graduation

Good Sunday morning.  My project today is a graduation card made using the Impression Obsession Class Of set, Mortarboard and Scroll, Grads Walking, Congratulations and All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2. This card is for the son of my good friends and his school colors are dark blue and gold.  I think they look so striking together.  Here’s a link to a post showing some other fun graduation cards made using these dies.

KC Impression Obsession Grads Walking 2 right

I applied double stick tape to the back of the frames and attached them together to create the triple matted frame and attached it to the card base using mounting tape.  I cut both gold and blue letters and numbers and attached them together using glossy accents to highlight them.  I did the same with the graduate.  I attached rolled strips of double stick tape to the back of the letters and numbers and attached them to the card base. The graduate was attached to the base with double layered mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Grads Walking 2 center

I used one of the smaller sections of the all in one frames to place on the inside of the card to frame the mortarboard and scroll.  All of the pieces were attached with mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Grads Walking 2 inside

The congratulations sentiment was attached on the lower section of the card with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Grads Walking 2 left

Thank you for coming by today and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Garden Bird

Good Saturday morning. My project today was made using the new Impression Obsession Garden Bird and Square Frame.  I plan to make another project with the Garden Bird and coloring the images.  But I wanted a fast and easy card to make this morning and this is what I came up with.

KC Impression Obsession Garden Bird 1 right

I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached it flat to the card base.  Normally I always pop my frames up for dimension but for this project I wanted the bird images to be popped up a little higher than the frame to make it stand out more since I was using all white images and both the frame and bird are so busy I design.

KC Impression Obsession Garden Bird 1 center

I applied small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the bird image in several key places and attached it to the card base.  Sadly I had a terrible time getting good pictures with the true color of purple for the base.  This is really so much prettier in person. 

KC Impression Obsession Garden Bird 1 left

 

Check out the complete Spring/Summer Impression Obsession release to see all the new dies and stamps.  There are so great new summer beach images that I can’t wait to play with.

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size:  4.50” square

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