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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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Pink Ink Cutie Pies

Good Sunday morning.  My project today is a sweet baby card made using the new Impression Obsession  Cutie Pies Stamp Set  and  Cutie Pies Die Set by Pink Ink.  These are such cute images and are perfect for making baby cards or kids birthday cards.  I thought the bear and bunny would look sweet in a window scene.  I used the Art Impressions Watercolor Tree Set for the small tree in the background scene and pulled out my  retired Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Minis fern stamp to add the leaves and grassy area.  The window valance was made using the Impression Obsession Border Duo 1 die and the window was made using the Poppystamps Grand Madison Window.

KC Impression Obsession Pink Ink Cutie Pies 1 right

I secured  my watercolor paper in my MISTI, attached the stamps in place, applied black versafine ink and stamped.  I’m so glad I used my MISTI because I didn’t get a perfect impression the first time.  I reapplied ink and stamped the second time leaving a perfect image.  I heat set the versafine with my heat gun to make sure I wouldn’t have any smudging when I began to paint.  I applied Memento marker inks on my acrylic block  to use as a palette and picked up the color with my waterbrush and painted the images.  I cut the images out with the coordinating dies and then trimmed off the edges.

I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the polka dot paper and attached it to the card base. I scored the white bottom portion of the card base every 1/4” and applied it to the base using ATG adhesive.  I used the die cut window as a template and traced lines along the outer edges of the window opening to use a a guide for cutting out the opening.  I cut the opening using my craft knife. You can see step by step pictures of this process on my blog in my See Thru Window tutorial.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the window and set it in place over the window. I cut the decorative window valance and attached with ATG adhesive.

KC Impression Obsession Pink Ink Cutie Pies 1 center

I applied brown ink to the tree stamp, lightly dabbed off some of the ink on the upper branches with a rag and stamped.  I applied a light touch of brown reinker to my waterbrush and filled in the tree trunk.  I applied light green ink to the tiny fern stamp and stamped several times to create a light green base for the tree top.  I filled in the tree top using darker green ink.  I sponged darker green ink on the ground area and filled in with the fern stamp.  I added a touch of blue fern image for flowers.  I heat set the green ink and then sponged on the blue sky area. I attached the scene to the inside of the card using mounting tape.  I finished by attaching the two Cutie Pies in place on the window sill with rolled up glue dots.

KC Impression Obsession Pink Ink Cutie Pies 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”     See Thru Window tutorial

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Sunny Bunnies Scene

Good Sunday afternoon!  I have a sweet bunny scene to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Sunny Bunnies Stamp Set and Sunny Bunnies Die Set.  I created a scene around the bunnies using the Foliage set , Small Grass Border, the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Pop-Up,  tiny flowers made using the Fiskars 1/4” Flower Punch and framed the scene using the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames and Mini Scallop Rectangle Stax.

KC Impression Obsession Sunny Bunnies 2 right

I started by attaching the Small Grass Border and Grassy Hillside to the back of the frame using double stick tape.  I attached mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the scalloped layer.  I created the double matted frame using the largest scalloped frame in the set and a Spellbinders Nestabilities Matting Basics A.

KC Impression Obsession Sunny Bunnies 2 center

I used my MISTI to stamp the images on hot pressed watercolor paper using black versafine.  I stamped each of the images a few times so I could cut some of the main pieces to paper piece to create dimension. Sadly my paper piecing doesn’t really show well in the photos.  I used Distress reinkers to watercolor the images by placing a small dot of ink into the lid of the matching ink pad.  I paper pieced the head ribbon, yellow collar and arm of the girl bunny and the yellow and blue jacket of the boy bunny.  I attached the pieces  with rolled up glue dots.  These sweet images are pretty small for a full sized card so I took a closer view so you can get a good look at how cute they are.

KC Impression Obsession Sunny Bunnies 2 close

I cut the foliage sections and hand punched several of each colored flowers.  I used my small tipped stylus and molding pad to form the flowers and attached them to the foliage sections with glue dots.  I tucked the foliage sections in behind the grass layers and attached them with glossy accents.  I attached both images to the card base using mounting tape. 

KC Impression Obsession Sunny Bunnies 2 left

I have gotten several of the Impression Obsession coordinating stamp and die sets.  I am so happy that I have my hand held Dremel to make fast work of filing down the sharp edges of the dies once they are cut apart.  I have mentioned the Dremel several times over the last couple of years but thought I’d mention it again. If you don’t have one of these wonderful tools and you use lots of dies then you will definitely want to add it to your wish list. 

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Bucket of Flowers and Art Impressions Sale

Good Tuesday morning.  Do you love Art Impressions watercolor scene sets as much as I do.  I had fun trying my hand creating a bucket full of flowers using the Watercolor Containers Set, Watercolor Flower Set and Watercolor Foliage Set.  My flowers and foliage got a little too mixed up and messy but I thought it was still good enough to share.

KC Art Impression Containers 1 right

I stamped the bucket on cold pressed watercolor paper and stamped again on Eclipse masking tape using a Hickory Smoke marker.  I applied Hickory Smoke and Rusty Hinge ink on an acrylic block to use as a palette and mixed the inks with water and then painted the bucket.  Sadly I got the bucket a little too dark with the rust color but Ki just kept going.  I cut out the mask and placed it over the bucket to protect it.  I applied Mowed Lawn ink on the foliage stamp and stamped it two or three times each time I inked it up to create darker and lighter foliage.  I repeated the same steps using Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry inks using a flower image.  I removed the mask, masked off the top of the flower and foliage portion of the arrangement and inked up the foliage stamp and stamped down over the bucket to create a more natural appearance. I used Mowed Lawn to multi stamp the grass around the bucket.  When I was finished with the scene I took used a damp brush to lightly touch on the grass, flowers and foliage to soften the images.  I thought everything looked a little too plain so I sponged in some yellow around the flowers but sadly got a little too heavy handed with it. 

I created a frame using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames and attached it over top of the scene using mounting tape.  I attached a green piece of cardstock behind the scene layer using ATG adhesive and then attached it to the card base using mounting tape.

KC Art Impression Containerst 1 left

I love Art Impressions watercolor sets and hope that as I use them I can become more accomplished.  Now is a great time for you to check them out as Ellen Hutson is holding a 15% off sale this week.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.00” square

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