Impression Obsession Theme Day is Hearts

Tuesday, 19 January 2021


Welcome to the Impression Obsession Theme Day. We have set aside this day to share some of the cards the design team have come up with to share with you. This months theme is Hearts.

I hope you have some time to check out what the team have made today. To find the participants check out the Impression Obsession Blog.

I kept my card Clean and Simple for today and am using the Floral Heart Line #E20904 stamp. I have stamped the image 3 times using Tombow Markers in Purple for top, Pink for the middle and Red for the bottom.

I inked only the hearts for the Purple and Red, and the whole image for the Pink.

I then embossed the piece using an old Xcut Embossing Folder called Falling Hearts. I don't know if it is available anymore, but there are many heart folders available. I like the texture that the Hearts add to my card.

I attached my card panel to a hot pink card base.

I then stamped the XO Border stamp on a separate piece of paper and cut it to fit, applying to my card using foam tape. For further texture I added a few gumdrops inside each of the hearts in colours that match the heart.

There is another Heart stamp similar to this which I have linked to below in case you are interested. It is very pretty, hmm I might have to get that one too.

I hope you enjoy today's card as much as I enjoyed making it. Following are Affiliate links for the products I used on this card, at no extra cost to you.

Cherry Blossoms

It is time for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers and today we are painting a cherry branch or two, in a loose style. I placed my branches in a jar, which is an idea that came from Pinterest.

I am using Arches 140# cold press watercolour paper along with Aura cardstock for my card base. My brushes are Escoda Reserva in a No 8 and No 4 round. 

To watercolour I am using Daniel Smith watercolours. I did the flowers first using this bright beautiful pink which is Quinacridone Pink. I used it for the very light to the very dark pink.

Once the pink was dry I did the branches. I actually think they should be thicker, next time. For the branches I used Burnt Umber and Sepia.

The blue is Cobalt Blue with Indigo around the rings of the jar. 

The flowers started out being almost white, but I did not like the look, so I added more colour. Light is not really my cup of tea unless for a sympathy card or get well card maybe.

I love the richness from the Quinacridone Pink, it pops beautifully and the Cobalt adds that extra bit of pop and richness.

Thank you for your visit today. I have listed the products I used for this painting in affiliate links below.

The Journey

Friday, 15 January 2021

This is my sample card for this week's Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Stacy is hosting the challenge this week and she has picked Tim Holtz Sizzix Pinterest Board for our site this week. 

I am not really fussed on Tim Holtz' design look, finding the colours rather dark for my taste. As most of you know, I lean toward bright and happy colours, in case you hadn't noticed! giggles

So when I was perusing the site and saw this card I did not go any further. The colours shouted at me, pick me. I had previously made this background and decided it would be perfect for my card.

I used Ken Oliver Color Burst powders for this background in Fuchsia and Lemon Yellow along with Tonic watercolour card. I love how I got the orange from the colours mixing, so pretty. Once dry I sprayed the piece using a mixture of Perfect Pearls in Sunflower Sparkle and water.

I attached the background to a Neenah card base. I then die cut the vellum shadow piece and the top part of the dragonfly using the Tonic card again which I then painted using the Gold from the Gansai Gem watercolour set. 

I styled the top dragonfly and used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach both pieces in place.

I then attached a few Gold Sparkle Crystals to finish my card. I decided against a sentiment as I am not sure what I will use the card for as of yet. 

I wish you could see the sparkle when I tip the card, it is so pretty. I am pleased with how this turned out and hope you enjoy it as well.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I have lined below using Affiliate links to the products that I have used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Sending Hugs

While looking for a stamp set this stamp set kept falling out of the pile landing on the floor. This happened 4 times, and finally I threw it on my desk as it had to be saying "paint me".

I was in the middle of doing other things, but I thought why not just make this an easy card. 

Using Arches watercolour card I stamped my image in my mini Misti using VersaFine Clair Ink in Nocturne and proceeded to watercolour.

I am using Daniel Smith watercolours along with a colour from Roman Szmal watercolours which is also known  as Hansa Yellow, but it is more orange than yellow. The colours from Daniel Smith are Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Pink, Pyrrol Scarlet and from Szmal Hansa Yellow Deep.

The differences are in the pigment used to make the colour. The Daniel Smith is Hansa Yellow Medium and uses PY97 which is Yellow with a whisper of Orange. The Roman Szmal watercolour is Hansa Yellow Deep and uses PY65. Daniel Smith does make a Hansa Yellow Deep using Pigment PY65 but it does not have the same intensity as the Roman Szmal. Here is a swatch picture of ease of reference and I love them both!

I then fussy cut the top part of the stamped image, leaving the balance in black and white and the bottom a straight cut for the card bottom. I attached the piece with foam squares under the top cut out portion with it attached to the cardstock at the bottom via tape.

My cardstock is from Gina K Design in Wild Dandelion for the matting and the base in Black Onyx. To finish my card I stamped the sentiment using the Nocturne Ink and added a few sequin along with some Nuvo Shimmering Pen in Midas Touch to the flower centres.

It is always fun to paint florals, and this was a happy pick me up for me. 

Thank you for visiting today. Following are Affiliate links for the products I have used on this card, at no extra cost to you.

Impression Obsession January Favourite

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

We have set aside today to share our Favourite from the latest release. I have several favourites, but certainly this Valentine Flower is in the top 3.

For today's hop we will be giving away 3 (three) grab bags, so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win.

There are many ways to use it, some being different, which is what I have done. 

Using Arches cold press watercolour paper I put down some colour  using Daniel Smith Transparent Pyrrol Orange. I dried the colour then applied a layer of Pearlescent Shimmer and again let dry. To finish the background I did small splatters using Iridescent Ruby watercolour.

Once all was dry with the background I moved on to stamping the Floral Heart, which I did using clear embossing powder. Why clear? As you can see I used another method to bring our the pretty design.

I traced all of the embossing lines using the Orange and Pink from the Sakura Stardust, then added in the White Sakura Pen, which gives a different look that I quite like. This card is for a female friend, and I think it works perfectly for that.

I attached foam tape to the back of the panel and attached it to a white card base, keeping the card very clean. I also opted to not add a sentiment, but save it instead for the inside.

Thank you for your visit today. For ease of reference, following is a list of those participating in today's hop.

you are here *** Kia Gibson-Clapper *** you are here

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Abstract Loose Florals

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

I am a happy camper as it is Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers. Our challenge this week is to watercolour this loose abstract floral. Our reference is this video.

Unfortunately it was an overcast day today, so my pictures are not the best. Instead of using the blue alone for the flowers, I decided to use pale grey for a white flower, pyrrol scarlet and chromium cerulean blue.

I first wet the entire page, then dropped in the colour for each flower and spread slightly, letting the water do most of the work. Once dry I applied a second layer to get deeper colours.

Using the green apatite genuine I painted the stems and added the small leaves.

For my white flower I used Buff Titanium mixed with Jane's Grey, painting the flower then added in Quinacridone Rose. The blue flower is done using the Cerulean Blue Chrome. For the flower centre's I used Jane's Grey.

This was certainly a quick and fun card to make for the challenge today.  I would like to do another I think using different colours.

Thank you for joining me today. Following are Affiliate links for the products that I used for this card today, at no extra cost for you.


Monday, 11 January 2021


It is a Chilly day, which is perfect for my card today.

This is for the Scrap'n Stamp Random Act of Cardness challenge for Day 11, with the keyword being Chill. Makes me cold just typing it!

I am using Hammermill 100# cardstock for my die cut panel, which I love to use when I am using my Copic markers. 

The images are from the stamp set by Penny Black called Snowfield Friends. For the Fox I decided I wanted a Grey Fox and when I looked them up for reference I was surprised at how much brown there was, with the tail being particularly dark.

The panel is die cut using Penny Black's Stitched Stackers die. In my mini Misti I arranged where I wanted the images I would stamp, and stamped using Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. 

But first, using a piece of torn paper, Speckled Egg Distress Oxide and my Life Changing Brushes I made to snow ridges. I then blended in starting very lightly the colour at the top of the card, adding more colour to each layer that I did, but keeping the colour light so as to not create a line.

I then die cut the Winter Greens, coloured with Copics G43, YG63 and YG67 along with R27 for the berries.

I used the same colours on the little trees, adding more layers of colour by going up from the lightest and back down from the darkest. I then did the Fox using E31, E35 W2 and N4 along with R27 and G14 for the scarf. The fox appears darker in the picture, due to the white surroundings, but it is dark.

To finish up I did splatters using my Bleed Proof watercolour then when dry attached the panel to my cardbase. I then attached the winter greens using Nuvo adhesive at the top only.

I used the sentiment from the Penny Black stamp set that says "The chill of winter is warmed by Family and Friends" which I stamped on the inside. I felt I had enough on the card front.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today. Following are Affiliate links for the products that I have used, at no extra cost to you.

Foxy Sweater

Friday, 8 January 2021

This has been a difficult and sad week for many. I know my friends and fellow Canadians want to send a big hug to our American family. 

Something that always brings a smile to my face is the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I am hostess for this week's challenge and I would like participants to visit a Canadian site which is well known here in Canada called Canadian Living.

Here you can find the magazine Canadian Living, and here Canadian Living Pinterest. My inspiration piece is here.

I took my inspiration piece and used the dark background, the orange and the red/brown colour in her hair.

I used Distress Ink in Black Soot for my background, laying down the colour on my work surface, spritzing with water and pouncing my cardstock in it. I then stamped my Fox on Hammermill cardstock  using Memento Ink and coloured using Copic Markers.

For the fox I used E51, YR24, E23, E37, R27 and E99 with YR02, YR68 and YR07 for the sweater. 

I attached my background piece to a Gina K Design card base in Coral. I added some splatters using Daniel Smith watercolour in Transparent Pyrrol Orange.

I then fussy cut the fox and attached him using foam squares. For the sentiment, I stamped using Ranger Archival ink in Monarch Orange and attached again using foam squares, and finished with some Crystal Drops using Morning Dew.

I hope you have enjoyed today's card. 

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A Birthday to Celebrate with Misti and the Rabbit Hole

Welcome! I am thrilled to be a guest with My Sweet Petunia to help celebrate with The Rabbit Hole Designs Birthday Bash! 

The Rabbit Hole has a wonderful sweet line of caffeinated stamps and dies, plus so much more. I myself had a great time making this card to celebrate The Rabbit Hole's 2nd Birthday bash along with My Sweet Petunia. Yes, we have gifts, The Rabbit Hole is giving away a $50.00 Gift Voucher each. Head on over to  My Sweet Petunia and The Rabbit Hold Blog for more details!

To celebrate I made a birthday card. As I need one for a young one, I used some fun colours, and her favourite colour pink! 

The background is done using texture paste and Distress Oxide inks. For the cake I used Copic Markers to colour, along with some Pink Glitter Gel Pen and some Nuvo Shimmering Pen in Midas Touch for added sparkle. Oh to be young again!

I shot this photo so you could see the sparkle on the icing from the Nuvo Pen.

Leave comments for your chance to win a $50 gift card to our store or a $50 gift card to The Rabbit Hole Designs! Below the links you will find the list of those participating today.

I hope you enjoy my card today and wish to thank you for your visit. I have linked below to the products (via Affiliate Links) I used for this card at no extra cost to you.