Impression Obsession “Falling Leaves” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Falling Leaves” design team challenge.  I like making fall cards and today’s challenge theme gave me the perfect opportunity to create a colorful leaf wreath and front door scene.  I used the Distressed Brick Cover-a-Card StampFront Door, Oak Leaves and Rake, Wide Tree, Small Grass Border and Pumpkin Patch

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 2 right

I secured  the brick stamp and Kraft cardstock in my MISTI, applied white pigment ink and stamped.  I heat embossed using white embossing powder. I cut the door section twice and attached the door frame portion and door panels of the second one over the first to add dimension and attached them using double stick tape.  I applied strips of mounting tape to the back of the door and attached it to the card base.  I cut a couple Wide Tree sections and applied Vintage Photo ink directly on the branches with the ink pad.  I cut the branches apart to use for my leaf arrangement.  I cut the leaves using white cardstock and colored the them using mini applicators and Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint inks.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 2 center

I applied glossy accents to the tips of the branches and attached the leaves.  I attached the branches to the door using glossy accents and then attached the multi loop bow using glue dots. I attached the grass sections using thin strips of mounting tape.  I tucked a few branches with leaves and pumpkins in behind the grass sections and attached with glossy accents.  I added a black door knob using Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops.

KC Impression Obsession Front Door 2 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge and see a complete list of our team payers go to the Impression Obsession Blog.  You’ll see all the details there!  A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog.

Anna Wight

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Acorns

Good Tuesday morning.  Have you seen the new Essentials by Ellen release landing page?  There are wonderful sample ideas for using the new sets as well as a great coloring video by Sandy Allnock.  I love the new release format on the store site so I can see all the sets at once and get inspiration at the same time. My project today was made using the new Thistle Die Set.  I had lots of fun coloring the die cuts to create a fall arrangement.  I know the leaves in the set are not oak leaves but I liked surrounding the acorns with the bright colors anyway.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 left

I cut all the pieces using white cardstock.  Before I started coloring my die cuts I Googled acorn photos for inspiration on how to create a realistic acorn for my project. 

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I loved the texture on the acorn cap in the photo.  I misted water on the back of the cap pieces to soften the paper, laid them face down on the leaf pad and then used the small tipped stylus from my Garden Tool Kit to apply the markings.  I turned the caps over and used mini applicators to apply Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink to color.  I colored the acorn bodies and twig branches using Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs ink. The leaves were colored using Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint inks.  You can see a short mini video that I put on Instagram if you would like to see how I color my leaves.  Be gentle as it is my first time to make a video using my iPhone.  LOL!  I cut the frame using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock and layered the card base with White Woodgrain cardstock.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 center

I attached the frame to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached a few of the leaf sections and bare branches to to the card base with glossy accents to create a base arrangement for the acorns.  The acorns were attached with doubled up pieces of mounting tape. Once the acorns were in place I tucked a few more branches and leaves around them to finish the arrangement.  I added a tiny bit of sparkle to the acorn caps with clear Wink of Stella.  I doesn’t show well in the photos but it helped distinguish the caps from the body of the acorns.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 right

Although I didn’t use the new Thistle Stamp Set for my project I linked it below.  The images are beautiful and can be used to create gorgeous floral images.  Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Happy Fall Leaves

Good Monday morning.  I have a clean and simple fall card to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background paired with the Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.  I decided to frame just a portion of the leafy background and sentiment instead of using the complete die cut layer.  I love using bright colors with an all white background.  The white seems to make the colors really pop.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 right

I cut the leaf background and colored a portion of it using mini applicators and Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Wild Honey Distress Inks.  I cut the colored portion of the background to fit behind the frame. I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached the leaf layer. 

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 center

I applied thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the frame and a couple key spots on the leaf background and attached it to the card base.  I cut out a second Happy Fall section of the background, trimmed it and popped it up over the base using thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Impression Obsession Fall Leaf Background 3 left

This is really a fast and easy, clean and simple fall card and yet makes such a pretty statement.  It would be really easy to mass produce.  Thank you for coming by today and I hope you have a great week.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Impression Obsession “Haunted Greetings” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “Haunted Greetings” design team challenge.  I’m not so fond of spooky or scary Halloween projects so I tend to stick with things that are more on the fun and cute side.  I decided to do something a little different today and made the majority of my project black and white.  My card was made using the Square Tree Window, Boo and Mini Bats.  The designer paper in the background is Essentials by Ellen Modern Graphics.

KC Impression Obsession Boo 1 right

I started by attaching the designer paper to the card base using ATG adhesive.  I then attached mounting tape to the back of the tree window frame and attached it to the card base.  I die cut the Boo and accessories in black, white and orange so I could layer them to create a shadow of color so they would show up better on the black and white background.  I attached the ghost, cat and witch hat to the colored background piece with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Boo 1 center

The Boo sentiment was attached to the frame with pieces of mounting tape. The hat, cat and ghost were attached to the Boo with pieces of mounting tape.  I finished by adding a few white bats to the frame for a white contrast against the black frame.

KC Impression Obsession Boo 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge and see a complete list of our team payers go to the Impression Obsession Blog.  You’ll see all the details there!  A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog.

Anna Wight

Chris Dayton

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.25” square

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Impression Obsession “Animal” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “You’re An Animal” design team challenge to use an animal on our project.  I love making fall scenes and took this opportunity to create one around surrounding a deer. The deer is from the Deer Trio paired with the Tree Frame, Foliage, Oak Leaves and Rake, All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 and Fir Tree and Small Fir Tree.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 left

I started by securing the scene base and stamp in my MISTI and stamped them across the whole sheet to create a background for the scene.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to the sky area of the scene using an ink blending tool.  I cut the tree frame, deer, leaves and foliage using white cardstock.  I misted the tree frame well with a mini mister and then applied Gathered Twigs directly to the cardstock with my ink pad.  I know the tree looks almost black in the photos but in person it looks dark brown. I used mini applicators to apply Fired Ink, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade to the leaves and foliage.  I used both Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs and a mini applicator to apply ink to the deer.  I hand cut a small section of cardstock in white to use for the ground area and applied Peeled Paint with a mini applicator.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 center

I applied double stick tape to the back of the lower portion of the frame and attached the ground piece.  Then I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached the the tree frame.  I attached a second layer of mounting tape to the back of the tree frame and attached background scene.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the framed scene and attached it to the card base. I attached several of the small oak leaves to the tree branches using glossy accents.  The deer was attached to the scene base with mounting tape.  I tucked the foliage branches in around the deer and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding a couple falling leaves in the sky area with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 right

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge and see a complete list of our team payers go to the Impression Obsession Blog.  You’ll see all the details there!  A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog.  Card size: 5.50" x 4.25"  

Chris Dayton

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

 

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Fall Pumpkins

Good Sunday morning.  I have another fun fall project to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set, Tree Frame, Large Fence, Squirrel Set, Oak Leaves and Rake, Leaves and Stems and Small Grass Border.  I thought I would share a few step by step photos of how I colored the pumpkins and the leaves.

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 5 right

I start by die cutting the pumpkins using orange cardstock and apply Spiced Marmalade ink using a mini applicator.

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Next I lightly apply Vintage Photo around the edges of the pumpkin to add depth of color.

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This final picture doesn’t show that I apply a darker layer of brown ink on the stem of the pumpkin.

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I color the tiny leaves with three colors. I apply Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick on each leaf.  I don’t apply the colors on the exact same spot for each leaf but move it around so the leaves don’t all look exactly alike.

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After all three colors are applied I finish each leaf by lightly swiping the mini applicator with Spiced Marmalade ink over the entire leaf.  I do not add more ink to the applicator because I’m not trying to color over the three colors.  This step just blends all three colors together for a more natural looking leaf.  There is only a little space for each color on the leaves but changing up where each color is applied makes a difference in the completed project. This may seem like a tedious job but it goes really fast.

I started the tree by cutting the Tree Frame out using white cardstock.  I misted the whole image quite heavily with water and then swiped my Vintage Photo ink pad directly over the cardstock to apply color.  Once I was happy with the color I heat dried with my heat gun.  Next I cut the frame and a couple larger branches off of the tree.  I cut the branches apart and began rearranging them to create a full tree and attached with glossy accents.  I didn’t think to take pictures of how I did this because I wasn’t even sure it would work but I really like how it turned out.  Once the tree was complete I attached leaves over the branches with glossy accents.  The leaves covered up the spots where the branches were attached so you would never guess the tree had been modified. After the leaves were all attached I gently bent them with my fingers so they would look more natural and not so flat.

The squirrels were colored using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and mini applicators.

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 5 center

Once all the parts of the scene were finished I began assembling the scene.  The fence was attached to the card base section with thin strips of mounting tape.  Next the grass border was attached to the bottom of the fence with thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape and rolled glue dots to the back of the tree and then attached it to the card base.  I attached foliage from the Leaves and Stems set to the pumpkins using glossy accents and then tucked them in behind the grass border and attached with mounting tape. I added a few additional stems of foliage around the pumpkins and then attached the squirrels for the finishing touch. 

KC Impression Obsession Pumpkin Set 5 left

I really love how this turned out.  We don’t have a season with fall colors in Florida and it is something I have missed all forty years that I have lived here.  I hope you have found my step by step pictures helpful.  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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