My Red Pink Clouds Flowers and Blog Candy Winner

Good Saturday afternoon.   Before I start talking about my card I want to announce that Brenda of Brenda’s Card Corner had the 13th comment on my blog candy post last Saturday.  Congratulations Brenda.  Please email me at [email protected] and give me your mailing and I will get your Garden Notes Tulip die set right in the mail to you.

KC Impression Obsession Pink Clouds 1 right 

I have a clean and simple project to share with you today made using the newly released Impression Obsession Pink Clouds Stamp Set and Pink Clouds Die Set.  I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.   Our inspiration site this week was a Scor-Pal Scoring Projects site on Pinterest.  I was inspired by this card and this card.  

KC Impression Obsession Pink Clouds 1 center

I placed the watercolor paper  on my MISTI  and secured it in place with the magnets. I set the stamp in place, applied Antique Linen ink with the pad and stamped the image.  I didn’t get a good image with my first stamp so I applied more ink and stamped a second time.  I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to be able to stamp multiple times using the MISTI.  I used a small brush and multiple Distress reinkers to paint my image.  I place a tiny drop of reinker in the lid of my ink pad and use it like a palette.  Any ink left over is there the next time you need it.  I have to laugh at myself because I can never seem to paint anything a pale pink.  I wanted my flowers to be pink but I kept adding shading with the different pinks and ended up with red  flowers.  Once I was finished with the painting I heat set and went back over the bloom lines on the flowers with a red marker.  I secured the coordinating die in place with painters tape and ran through my Big Shot to cut.

KC Impression Obsession Pink Clouds 1 left

I scored the lines on the white layer using my Scor-Pal.  I set the white layer in my MISTI and secured it in place and stamped the image with Black Versafine.  I ended up stamping it twice to get a full image as my first time I didn’t use enough pressure.  I heat set the ink and then turned over and applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back and attached it to the red layer. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the red layer and attached it to the card base.  I applied rolled up glue dots to several key places on the back of the flower branch and attached it to the card base. 

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are having a great weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”



Bucket of Flowers and Art Impressions Sale

Good Tuesday morning.  Do you love Art Impressions watercolor scene sets as much as I do.  I had fun trying my hand creating a bucket full of flowers using the Watercolor Containers Set, Watercolor Flower Set and Watercolor Foliage Set.  My flowers and foliage got a little too mixed up and messy but I thought it was still good enough to share.

KC Art Impression Containers 1 right

I stamped the bucket on cold pressed watercolor paper and stamped again on Eclipse masking tape using a Hickory Smoke marker.  I applied Hickory Smoke and Rusty Hinge ink on an acrylic block to use as a palette and mixed the inks with water and then painted the bucket.  Sadly I got the bucket a little too dark with the rust color but Ki just kept going.  I cut out the mask and placed it over the bucket to protect it.  I applied Mowed Lawn ink on the foliage stamp and stamped it two or three times each time I inked it up to create darker and lighter foliage.  I repeated the same steps using Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry inks using a flower image.  I removed the mask, masked off the top of the flower and foliage portion of the arrangement and inked up the foliage stamp and stamped down over the bucket to create a more natural appearance. I used Mowed Lawn to multi stamp the grass around the bucket.  When I was finished with the scene I took used a damp brush to lightly touch on the grass, flowers and foliage to soften the images.  I thought everything looked a little too plain so I sponged in some yellow around the flowers but sadly got a little too heavy handed with it. 

I created a frame using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames and attached it over top of the scene using mounting tape.  I attached a green piece of cardstock behind the scene layer using ATG adhesive and then attached it to the card base using mounting tape.

KC Art Impression Containerst 1 left

I love Art Impressions watercolor sets and hope that as I use them I can become more accomplished.  Now is a great time for you to check them out as Ellen Hutson is holding a 15% off sale this week.

ellen ai

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

Card size:  5.00” square


Watercolor Notecard and Envelope

Good Saturday morning.  It’s Watercolor Weekend at Ellen Hutson and featuring Sandy Allnock and some of her favorite things for watercoloring.  I decided to try my hand at painting a little tree scene using some of the Daniel Smith watercolors that I have collected.  First let me say without a doubt I am no Sandy Allnock.  I only wish I could watercolor like her.  I am not exactly thrilled with how my tree scene and pitiful matching envelope turned out but I  thought  I would blog it in hopes that it may give other’s the courage to try.  And since I am sharing my feeble attempt with you I hope none of you will let Sandy know how far off my tree is compared to the ones she is sharing in her video tutorial in the CLASSroom today.  Deal!!

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 left

I signed up to take Sandy’s Exploring Watercolor class a while back and have all the lessons saved but haven’t been able to start them yet.  I think it’s about time that I do. I treated myself to a special Exploring Watercolor with Sandy Allnock Bundle being offered at Ellen Hutson.  It is a great savings compared to purchasing the items separately and you can get an additional 10% off this weekend.  If you have been thinking of trying to play with watercolors this is a great way to get started. 

Contents of the bundle:

  • DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors, Essentials 5ml Set of 6
  • Canson Arches French Bound Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 12
  • Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Wide Wash Blender 1 in

I used  the Daniel Smith Extra Fine Primatek Set of Six and a Fabriano note card that I have had in my stash for years.  I started by applying a light wash of water to the corner of the card where I wanted to paint my scene.  I painted the trunk of the tree first, allowed it to dry some and then applied the green to the ground area and tree top.  Next I painted in the green sprigs and tiny pink flowers.  I didn’t have the courage to watercolor a blue sky around the scene so I lightly sponged Tumbled Glass distress ink with an ink blending tool and then lightly brushed it with my brush.  I have a problem getting too heavy handed with my paints and get the images too dark. I hope with practice I can get over that.  I wish that a tiny bit of Sandy’s talent would come my way.

KC Daniel Smith Watercolor 1 right

Sandy Favorite

Thanks for coming and I hope you have a great weekend.


Art Impression Old Barn

Good Saturday morning.  I have been trying to get up the nerve to try and play with the Art Impressions Old Barn Mini Set and today’s Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to put my big girl panties on and take the leap.  The Moleskine Pinterest page provided so much inspiration with lots and lots of watercolor artwork.  I also used the Art Impressions Watercolor Flower Set and Watercolor Foliage Set.  You can watch a wonderful video tutorial by Bonnie Krebs to see the steps to create the barn scene.  I learned a couple things while trying to accomplish making this a pretty scene.  I got way to heavy handed with my colors and need to back off a little.  I also learned that I need toi stop myself much earlier in the completion of my scene. I kept adding touches here and there that weren’t really necessary and made my scene look to heavy.

KC Art Impression Old Barn Mini Set 1 left

I watched Bonnie’s video and then followed the step by step instructions provided on the back page of the packaging. 

 Old Barn Instructions

I used several Memento markers to apply ink directly on the stamps and also applied ink on an acrylic block and used it for my palette.  I used a tiny brush to work on the images to pull the color out into the open spaces of the images. I used a larger brush to fill in the sky area around the trees and along the ground area.

KC Art Impression Old Barn Mini Set 1 center

I used My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Frames and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames for create a double matted frame for my scene.

KC Art Impression Old Barn Mini Set 1 right

On the whole I like how this turned out especially for my first attempt.  I will do it again soon and use lighter colors and a lighter touch to create my scene.

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you are enjoying your weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


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”