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Impression Obsession Design Team “Thanksgiving Wishes” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Thanksgiving Wishes” Challenge.  My project today was made using the new Patchwork Leaves, Give Thanks and All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2. I have made several fall leaf cards this fall but this is the first time I have played with this new set.  I decided to try my hand at water coloring them with Distress reinkers. They are far prettier in person than in the photos.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Leaves 1 right

I used cold pressed watercolor paper to cut the leaves and sentiment.  I started by wetting the surface of each leaf using water and a large brush and then followed with a light coat of Wild Honey reinker mixed with water.  Next I dipped the tip of the brush in pure reinker and lightly touched the surface of the wet leaf in a few spots and allowed the darker ink to spread out but not cover the whole leaf. Next I dipped the tip of my brush in Fired Brick reinker and touched the leaf in a few areas and blended the ink in with the darker orange to create a variegated appearance.  I finished each leaf by adding a couple tiny dots of Black Soot to the stem area and close to the center vein and lightly washed them with water so the spots wouldn’t be too dark. Hint:  I use the lid of my Distress Ink pads as a palette for my reinker.  Whatever is left over with be there the next time I use it and there is no waste.  I watercolored the sentiment using the same reinkers as the leaves.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Leaves 1 center

I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and sentiment and attached them to the card base.  I arranged and attached the leaves to the frame and card base using glossy accents. When I was finished I decided to add clear Wink of Stella to the sentiment and leaves to add a touch of sparkle.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Leaves 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Watercolor Arbor

Good Tuesday morning.  I have another watercolor project to share with you today that had so many boo boos I almost didn’t finish it.  I have tried making the Art Impressions Watercolor Series Set 7 Arbor scene three or four times in the past and end up tossing in my circular file.  I had so much fun working on the bucket of flowers project that I wanted to give the arbor another try.  I followed the step by step tutorial that comes with the set but had a couple mishaps that totally destroyed the scene.  My grapes got washed a little too much with my waterbrush and spread out all across the arbor.  I used the masking fluid to mask off where the pink flowers were to go but ended up messing those up as well.  It kills me to get as far into a project as I did with this one and to toss it.  I decided to see if I could cover up my mistakes again with die cut and punched images.  Here’s what I came up with.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 right

I stamped the arbor using Hickory Smoke ink and lightly washed the lines to soften.  I used masking fluid to mask off lots of round flower spots that were to appear growing up the right side of the arbor.  While that dried I applied the light wash of green around the side and top of the arbor.  I painted in the water and sky area using Broken China reinker.  I stamped all the foliage around the arbor with Peeled Paint reinker and then used my brush to soften the images.  I removed all the masking off the spots for the flowers and drew them in using my Worn Lipstick marker.  I stamped the small flowers Wilted Violets and grassy section Peeled Paint around the foot of the arbor and lightly softened them with my damp brush. The grapes were stamped using Wilted Violet and this is where everything started going down hill.  LOL!  I didn’t get enough of the water off my brush and when I began touching the grapes to soften and the violet ink spread over the arbor in a very ugly way.  Shoot!  I had the paper in my hand to throw in the trash but I just couldn’t do it.  I decided to try salvaging the project by covering up the grape mess with 1/8’ punched circles that were rounded with my tiny stylus and molding pad.  Each little grape was attached with rolled up mini glue dots.  Yes!  It felt like there were millions of grapes as I painstakingly rolled up each glue dot.  LOL!  

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 center

As I looked at the whole scene it looked strange to have the dimensional grapes and everything else on the scene flat.  I decided to add die cut and punched flowers over top of the stamped flowers.  I formed them using my stylus and molding pad and attached with glossy accents. I added tiny white centers to the flowers using a tiny brush and white gesso.  When I had all the flowers attached I knew I was going to have to add some die cut vines to the scene.  I attached the frame over the scene using mounting tape.  I added die cut foliage by tucking it under the frame and attaching with glossy accents. I added a few more pink flowers to the foliage to carry them across the top of the scene.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Arbor 1 left

I certainly don’t think this is what Bonnie Krebs of Art Impressions was thinking when she created this wonderful set.  I am bound and determined to complete this whole scene using watercolor techniques only.  I will have to set it aside for a couple of weeks and get over the stress of messing this one up so bad.  LOL! 

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

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”

Watercolor Bucket and Flowers

Good Monday morning.  I have a watercolor project to share with you that ended up with some die cuts as well.  I used the Art Impressions Watercolor Containers, Watercolor Flower Set, Watercolor Foliage Set and paired them with the Impression Obsession  Foliage set, tiny flowers from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Edges Hyacinth and framed with the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.  I must say that this whole card started out going in one direction and due to a comedy of errors ended up totally different.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 left

I started stamping the bucket on watercolor paper using Hickory Smoke ink and then lightly filled in using the same ink and my waterbrush.  The I finished it by adding touches of Rusty Hinge ink to age the bucket.  I stamped the bucket again on removable labeling tape, cut it out and used it as a mask.  I covered the bucket with the mask and stamped foliage and flowers using Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick inks to fill the bucket with a large arrangement.  I lightly touched the foliage and flowers with my waterbrush to soften the ink.  I used a grass image and flower image and stamped the ground area using Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet. I used the waterbrush to soft the flowers and fill in the grass area. I ended up not being pleased with my flower arrangement in the bucket so I cut out the bucket and grass and flowers around it.  I cut another piece of watercolor paper, lined up the bucket on the paper, marked it with a pencil and then proceeded to recreate the flower arrangement.  I soften the arrangement with the waterbrush and really like this arrangement better.  I stamped more grass and flowers on the second piece of watercolor paper so that it would fill in around the bucket.  I sponged Tumbled Glass ink in the sky area. I applied ATG adhesive to the bucket/grass layer and attached it to the second piece of watercolor paper and making sure to get it lined up perfectly.

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 center

Once I got the bucket grass layer attached over the second layer I didn’t feel satisfied with how it looked.  Maybe because I am obsessed with dimension.  LOL!  The bucket looked a little odd popped up more than the flowers in the arrangement.  So cut some foliage pieces with green cardstock but colored them over with a Peeled Paint marker to make them as green as the stamped grass and foliage.  I tucked the small pieces of foliage in behind the bucket and attached with glossy accents.  I knew I had to add some kind of flower to match the stamped flowers in the background so I got out Susan’s Garden Edges Hyacinth set and used the tiny multi flower die to cut pink flowers.  I formed them with a mini stylus and molding pad and attached them to the foliage with glossy accents.  Well….now that I had dimension in the flower arrangement I knew I had to add some tiny purple flowers to the ground area to balance out the scene. 

KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 close

Here’s a closer view of the scene from the side.  You can see the cut lines on the bucket but it’s really hard to see the cut line of the front grass area.  I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the scene.


KC Art Impressions Watercolor Containers 1 right

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great Monday to  begin your week. 

Card size:  5” Square

Watercolor Window Scene

Good Sunday afternoon.  I wanted to use my new My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames to create a window scene  and I paired it with the six pane window from the Art Impressions Window set.  The scene outside the window was made using the Art Impressions Tree Set, Watercolor Foliage Set and Watercolor Flower Set.  

Before I start talking about my project I want to tell you about the Ranger Fine Tip Applicator made to use with the Mini Glossy Accents.  I just purchased one this past week and really loved how it works to keep the nozzle from clogging and also allows for better control when applying it.  This applicator may have been around for a while but I just noticed.  They also have an applicator that works with the larger two ounce bottles.  I thought I would bring these to your attention because I really like how well it works.  If you are a die hard glossy accents crafter like me then you will want to give these a try.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 2 left

I cut a piece of Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper I started the scene by stamping in the tiny grass and flowers and lightly touched them with a damp brush to soften the edges for a watercolor look.  I masked off the garden where I wanted to place the tree so the trunk would appear behind the flowers.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for stamping the tree so I could place it exactly where I wanted it along the top of the flower line.  I used the brush tip of my green marker to apply dots on the tree for the leaves using a darker and lighter green and then softened those with my damp brush.  I finished my scene by sponging on a blue sky using my Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip.

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 2 center

I scored a piece of white cardstock for the lower half of the wall and attached it to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I wanted to put as much distance between the scene and the window as I could so it would like the scene was out in the distance. I used the window as a template and drew cutting lines with a pencil.  I cut the opening in the card base using my kraft knife. I applied mounting tape to the back of the window and attached it over the opening.  I applied mounting tape to the front of my scene and attached it over the window opening on the inside of the card base.  I finished off the scene by adding small crimped pieces of cardstock to the top of the wainscoting and along the base of the wainscoting.  I couldn’t resist adding a flowering plant on the window for an added touch of home.  I wish I could grow plants in my house but my thumb is only green with die cuts.  LOL!

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 2 close

Here’s a closer view of my little scene. 

KC Art Impressions Tree Set 2 right

If you would like to know how I make my see thru windows tutorial on my blog. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend.

Card size:  4.50” square