Good Friday morning and welcome to day five of the Impression Obsession Fall/Winter (and more!) Stamp Release Hop!  We have some beautiful new stamps to share AND Gift Certificates to give away!  The Blog Hop will be posted on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST each day Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st.  Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog per day please) for a chance to win one of 6 $25 Gift Certificates! One winner will be chosen each day and then an extra winner will be chosen randomly from all hop days. Comments on all hop days will be open until July 23rd at 9pm CT. All winners will be announced on July 24th.  The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!!

If you’ve arrived from Kelli’s blog you’re at the right place. If not please head to the Impression Obsession blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

My project today was made using the new Solid Holly background stamp paired with the Large Poinsettia Set, Small Poinsettia Set, Holly Flourish, Pine Pair, Foliage and the Merry Christmas Sentiment.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 right

I started by placing the holly background stamp and paper in my MISTI.  I applied versa to the stamp and stamped three different times to get full coverage.  I think I need to add versa refill to my pad.  Anyway…..the beauty is that my MISTI held my stamp exactly in place which allowed me to stamp over and over again until I got the image I wanted and kept it perfectly in line. I applied clear embossing powder to the holly stamped image and heat embossed.  I cut a full set of large and small poinsettias and used a mini applicator to apply Festive Berry ink to all the petals.  I cut two large poinsettia sections in green to use as my background foliage for the poinsettia and a couple holly flourish sections and pine pairs and used a mini applicator to apply Peeled Paint to the leaves.  Although the red and green ink doesn’t really show up well in the picture it adds depth to the flower and foliage.  I applied several small 1/8” punched circles to the holly branches.  I cut a small branch of foliage leaves in yellow to use in the center of the flower and applied Mustard Seed ink using a mini applicator.

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 center

The sentiment was attached to the white layer using thin strips of mounting tape. The sentiment layer was attached to the card base using mounting tape.

I formed the flower petals using my stylus and molding pad and attached the sections together using glossy accents.  I attached the green leaves to the back of the flower and attached with glossy accents.  I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the poinsettia and attached it to the card base.  I curled the small mustard colored leaves, applied Crafter’s Pick glue to each and set them in the center of the flower. The beauty of the Crafter’s Pick glue is that it dries perfectly clear but takes lots more time to dry than glossy accents.  I gently formed the holly and pine with my fingers and tucked them under the poinsettia and attached with glossy accents. I love how pretty the poinsettia and foliage looks against the green holly background and with the pop of white for the sentiment. 

KC Impression Obsession Solid Holly 1 left

Your next step on the hop will be Laura’s blog.

Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the fun design team projects.

Card size:  5.25” square

solid holly