Impression Obsession Old is New Hop

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Sometimes we get busy with new released stamps and we forget about our old favourites. The Impression Obsession team has set aside a day this month to share some new projects using some great older stamps. 

You can see the list of today's participants on the Impression Obsession Blog

I decided I wanted the layout to be with the sun up and the flowers along the left side of the card, like they are in a growing wall, if you have seen those before. I stamped with Memento Ink and coloured using Copic markers in various shades on Hammermill card.

On the sun I used Y18, Y13 and Y08. For the rays I used Y18. The yellow used on the flowers is Y15. The greens are G03, G14 and YG07. The pinks RV13 and RV14. Some BV34 on the Lupin like plant and YR68 with YR07. 

I stamped the sentiment also in the Memento Ink at the bottom of the card, then matted the piece using black cardstock on a yellow base.

This card could be turned with the top fold on the left side easily enough. It would place the sentiment on the side, but I think would also look great.

It is such a sweet stamp, and I hope you have enjoyed this card today. I thank you for your visit.

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Watercolour Wednesday ~ Strength

Tuesday, 30 March 2021


It is time for Watercolour Wednesday at Splitcoaststampers. As it is the 5th Wednesday of the month we have a guest designer for the challenge,  Lydia Fiedler, who has been with us previously.

Lydia picked this video of hers for the challenge today which is to add Abstraction with watercolour. I took that to mean drawing colour from the stamp you used to make it appear hand done. I decided to use this new Penny Black stamp for my card. 

To paint my stamp I applied VersaMark embossing ink to the stamp to give the paint something to grip to, otherwise it can be a battle keeping the paint in the places you want it.

Using greens from my Daniel Smith Green palette I picked from left to right Serpentine Genuine, Sap Green, Undersea Green and Diopside Genuine. I made mixtures of heavy watercolour, in other words not a lot of water, and with my brush patted the paint to the stamp, then spritzed the stamp very lightly with water and stamped. 

I then added burnt umber to the tree trunks and followed the same technique, and painted a few of the branches in the trees.

I added the pink floral to a couple of trees so I could have pink below on the lawn. That is the only reason, it could be any colour you pick.

To add the abstraction I applied clean water to lawn area, then added the colours I used on the trees above the space. I then painted in the trunks and ran my partially wet brush across the area to smudge the trunk appearance.

As I did the above the bottom was still wet, which is important to keep everything moving. I dropped in the pink, which is Quinacridone Pink and once again went over the area with zig zag motion.

I then did splatters using Cadmium Yellow and set the piece aside to dry.

Once dry I attached foam tape to the watercolour piece and attached to my Asparagus card, then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Green Oasis.

I very much enjoy abstract painting and I hope you enjoy this as well.  Thank you for your visit.

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Pansy Thoughts

Friday, 26 March 2021


This stamp from Penny Black is a joy to paint. Every little detail is so perfect from the size of the flowers to the leaves. I can see I will come back to this again soon.

I decided to watercolour, no surprise there, but I will colour this with Copic Markers sometime soon. 

This is also done for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers where we visited with my inspiration coming from the photo below.

First I stamped the image using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne on Arches cold press 140lb. paper. All my water colouring was done using Daniel Smith Watercolours along with one Winsor Newton colour. I started with the leaves, using Diopside Genuine, a very pleasant green. I than added in Green Apatite for shadowing, and ended with Undersea Green for further detailing.

To paint the flowers I used Ultramarine Violet, doing a couple of layers until I liked the colour. I then added the Winsor Newton Violet Dioxazine, which is a much deeper violet and a colour I love.

 As the piece dried I added Jane's Grey under the plant as a grounding then stamped the sentiment using the Nocturne ink again.

Once dry I did splatters using Midas Touch Shimmering Pen and the Ultramarine Violet. To finish the piece, I ran around the edges with my EK Success Pen in Gold, then went over that with the Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. It looks fabulous IRL.

To attach to my deep purple card base I attached foam tape to the back of the watercolour piece. I really liked the look as it was so decided against anything further such as sequins. I did add some extra Midas Touch Shimmering Pen to the flower centres.

Thank you for visiting with me today.

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Impression Obsession Theme Day In the Garden

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

We have set aside a day to share some fun themed projects! This month's theme is In the Garden!

If you arrived here from Jeanne Streiff' blog, you are in the correct place. If not head on over to the Impression Obsession blog for a list of today's participants.

Have fun checking out what our Designers have made today.

On my card base using a stencil I applied Distress Matte Texture Paste, running from the bottom to the top and feathering the paste out towards the top. I then set the card base aside to dry.

I then die cut the circle die and affixed foam squares to the back of it and set it aside for use once the paste is dry. 

For flowers I used the Daisy Stamp (D12347). I stamped the Daisy flower head using Memento Ink the coloured with Copic markers, using in this order B24, B12, B00. For the flower centre I used Y18.

I then fussy cut each of the Daisy flower heads and styled using my stylist tool. 

I die cut the hugs die 3 times, glued together using Nuvo adhesive, and coloured with the Y18 Copic marker.

To put it all together I attached the circle die cut to the background. I then glued the left and right flower to the circle die with Nuvo adhesive, and attached the middle flower using a foam square.

Using the Nuvo adhesive again I added a scattering of gems, along with applying the glue to the die cut sentiment and gluing it in place on the circle die cut.

This gives me a totally different way to use the Daisy stamp, and I think it works perfectly.

Thank you for joining me today. Next up is Laura Fulcher.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

It is Watercolour Wednesday time at Splitcoaststampers. Our challenge this week is to paint wildflowers in a jar. I just so happen to have received this Penny Black image a week or so ago, so I thought I would use it for the challenge. We have had many ask if they can use stamps, or do they have to do the watercolour all freehand. Stamps are of course allowed.

I wanted a no line watercolour, so on a piece of Arches 140lb cold press watercolour paper cut to 5 x 7, I stamped the image using Distress Ink in Antique Linen. 

I then stamped the jar using Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers. The reasoning is that I pulled the peacock feathers into the jar, using it for water. I added a bit of Cascade Green Genuine to the jar as well.

Using the colours noted below I then painted the rest of the image. Some lavenders, oranges and yellows and manganese blue too. The larger leaves are done using Cascade Green and Green Apatite. 

The larger flower top left is done using Quinacridone Coral. And the other orange flowers are the Transparent Pyrrol Orange mixed with Hansa Yellow.

For the shading and base I used Daniel Smith Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine. 

I had a lot of fun using the stamp instead of freehand, it is a nice change of pace.

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Happy Birthday

Monday, 22 March 2021


This card took me for a walk back to almost the beginning of my cardmaking. It was this style card that I loved to do, but yes, a tad time consuming. The results though, so worth it.

But, first things first. It is March 22nd and that means it is time for Random Act of Cardness Day 22, which is Side Fold Card, shown above. But, I also have a Giveaway for you today. We have been celebrating Scrap'n Stamps 13th Birthday all month long, and with Birthdays come presents. 

Scrap'n Stamp asked me if I would like to do a giveaway and if so to pick a gift that I would like to give away, and being as it is a Birthday celebration I picked this Balloon Bouquet Stamp and Die set from My Favorite Things. It doesn't get much better than this, and many thanks go out to Scrap'n Stamp for this beautiful gift, which has a combined value pre taxes of $51.50!

 It is very easy to enter, just leave me a comment on this post, or on the corresponding post I have written on the Scrap'n Stamp Blog. At month end I will combine the comments and randomly pick a winner. It is that easy.

Moving on to my card for today, this is a Side Folded Card. I have not made one before, but it certainly was fun and definitely one I will do again. I love that with this design the result gives you a square to work with that is 4 1/4 inches square.

Just left of the bunny is the fold that has been done. You need a 4 1/4 inch x 11 inch piece of cardstock for your base. I used Kraft card for this card. Using your scoring tool, score at 4.25 and again at 5.5 inches. Follow the instructions in the picture below. The card bottom is 5.5, as the card top will be except part of the top is glued to the back. Make sense?

You can punch the holes for your ribbon if you wish. I prefer to do this as I don't like it when my base is off kilter, it makes the card sit funny. 

I decided to use designer paper for my card. This paper is from my stash, and it is still available at Frantic Stamper and other places. In the pack there are several choices that all coordinate together. I used the fence style on my card front along with a floral pattern for the side bar.

Inside I used the same floral pattern along with the left over bit that I cut from the front piece. No waste here! I stamped the Happy Birthday seen here using VersaFine Clair ink in Warm Breeze. The sentiment is from the same stamp set that I used on the front.

I glued all the papers in place, then on the 4.25 square I stamped the bunny using VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone. Using my Copic E57, I coloured the image. I then stamped the same image on Hammermill 100lb card. This is beautiful card for Copic colouring, which is what I proceeded to do. For the Bunny, moving dark to light I used E57, E43 and E41, doing 3 layers for good saturation.  

For the balloon I used, dark to light, R32, R21, R02, doing 2 layers. I added R20 to the Bunny's cheeks. I then fussy cut the piece ignoring the balloon string, and cutting around his hand. I also did not cut out the whiskers as they were stamped with the under stamping. I also fussy cut the balloon out.

The bunny and balloon are attached using foam squares. You can see the dimension this gives the bunny and the overall card.

I cut the slots for the ribbon, a bit too big, but that is okay. The ribbon is particularly pretty, with a sheen of sparkle in it. I wrapped it around the side panel twice and formed a bow.  To finish up I added a few sequins, and white gel pen to the balloon. 

I enjoyed making this card a lot. I hope you too will give this style a go and have fun with it. 

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Miss you Bunny

Friday, 19 March 2021

Hello all! I hope you are having a great day. Even though this little Bunny is negotiating the rain, she is as cute as can be. That is why I decided to paint her pink. This past year feels like it has been a fantasy read from a book, so I went with it.

Starting off with Arches 110lb cold press watercolour paper I stamped the bunny using Memento Ink in London Fog. This included the puddles on the road.

Starting with the Bunny, I painted using Daniel Smith Quinacridone Pink and Gothite (Brown Ochre), going over the stamped lines with the Gothite. I then painted the umbrella using Alizarin Crimson and ended up not liking the colour. So I went over it with Schmincke Scarlet Red, which made the colour brighter and happier.

Moving on using Manganese Blue to paint around the puddles and Jane's Grey inside the puddles. I stamped the raindrops using Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue and coloured the drop with Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Pen. I also added the glitter pen to the puddles.

To finish up I first cut the card to 5 x 3.75, then stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne. 

I cut a piece of Gold Mirror card to underlay my watercolour piece, and attached both pieces to a Bazzill card base in Berry Sensation. I love love love that colour!

A fun card to do for today, which I have also done for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Our site for today is Random House and I picked this image to jump off from.

There are so many published books about Bunny's, but none with them in the rain! hmm

Thank you for your visit today. Following are Affiliate links for the products that I used for this card today, at no extra cost to you. Have yourself a wonderful day!

Impression Obsession Team Favourite Hop

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Welcome to the Impression Obsession March 2021 Release Team Favorites Hop!

The Impression Obsession Designers are sharing their favourite projects from this month's release today.
If you can from Jeanne Streiff, you are in the correct place. If not head over tot he Impression Obsession blog for the start of the hop.

We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags, so the more you comment through our Favourites Hop the more chances to win! Comments will be open until Monday March 22m 2021 at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on Tuesday March 23, 2021 on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Back to the card I made for today. I could not resist doing another card using the Lotus flower stamp, which is one of my faves from this latest release. 

I started with the background. Using Arches Cold Press 140lb. watercolour paper I painted over the piece using Daniel Smith watercolour in a light wash of Jadeite Genuine. While the mix was still wet I stamped two of the flowers using Wendy Vecchi Leaf Green ink. As the background was still partially wet the image worked itself into the colour, leaving a ghost like print.

I dried the background before proceeding with adding the other colours, being Daniel Smith Jadeite Genuine, Cascade Green, Green Apatite Genuine. Again I dried the background, then added splatters using the same colours along with the hansa, pink and the scarlett and dried it again with my heat gun.

I then made a mixture using the gold and water from set 2 of Perfect Pearls and sprayed the background liberally. There is a beautiful shine to it, which doesn't show very much in the pictures.

I stamped the flower using the Arches card again and proceeded to watercolour. I first put down a base of Hansa Yellow, then added Quinacridone Rose and finished with Pyrrol Scarlett. In the centre I used the Hansa Yellow and some Jadeite Genuine. Once dry I fussy cut the flower. 

In my original Misti I stamped the sentiment, which I did surgery on by taping over the "sunshine" part of the stamp while stamping it with the ink. 

To finish I added my background to a Gina K Design Sea Glass card base. I then styled the flower and added to the card using foam squares, finishing with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I thank you for your visit today. Up next on the hop is Laura Fulcher.

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