Monday, June 22, 2020

You Make Me Happy When Skies Are Gray

It's a diecutting kind of day at Impression Obsession and I have a bright and sunshiny card to share with you today. How can you NOT smile at that Sunny Face sunshine die set? It's just the sweetest! Let's take a look at all the details on this fun summertime card making idea. 

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Let's begin with the background. You may have noticed, I'm using the Cover a Card Large Dots stamp on all.the.things lately. I hoard polka dot printed paper and with this stamp, I have dots in any (and every) color at my fingertips. This is a 6x6 stamp so there are enough dots to go around even on a larger project.
But now let's talk about some dies, since today IS Die Cut Obsession Day on the IO blog. The Sunny Face die is fun to layer in two shades of yellow, but that face would be pretty sweet on it's own too, wouldn't it? Paired with the Stitched Clouds, it makes a quick and easy scene. For the background I added one of the new Cute Scalloped Rectangles as a landing place for my sunny scene. The stamped sentiment and a few details drawn with white pen finished off this simple sunny card.
I hope this card brightened your day! Be sure to head to the IO blog and find a list of all the designers participating in Die Cut Obsession day! I'm so glad you stopped by today. xoxo

Also, I would be a terrible crafty friend if I didn't mention. . . there's a FLASH SALE happening NOW at Impression Obsession until tomorrow, so head to the shop and grab your favorite regular priced items at 25% off. (And hit the sale section too, for additional AMAZING deals!)
Flash Sale at Impression Obsession

Supplies on Today's Card:

Did you love today's card? 
You might like these other sunshiny cards too. 
Find this card with the Sunny Face and Stitched Clouds Dies at: https://lauralooloo.blogspot.com/2019/08/impression-obsession-at-beach-challenge.html
Sweet Summertime Card with Impression Obsession Sunny Face Die #diecutting #papercrafting #cardmaking
Make a circle shaped card with a simple tutorial plus more circle-shaped card ideas! Find it here: https://lauralooloo.blogspot.com/2020/05/how-to-make-simple-circle-shaped-cards.html
Make a Circle Shaped card with the Sunny Face and Stitched Clouds dies from Impression Obsession. Find this and other sunshine die cutting ideas on my blog! #cardmaking #diecutting #iostamps


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Meet the New HAPPY PLACE Collection {and Learn a Fun Inky Technique}

HELLO crafty friends! Today is an exciting day because I can OFFICIALLY introduce you to the brand new Happy Place collection from FSJ+ Spellbinders. After delays (thanks to the crazy state of the world) we are finally able to release this SUPER FUN new collection. If you've been missing Disney World, county fairs, and carnivals - the Happy Place collection is going to be your JAM! Are you ready to take a look, and check out a fun technique along the way? Let's GO!

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Let's first talk about the inky goodness happening on today's cards. I love the crisp and clean look of these cards - the ombre colors, simple embellishments and bold black stamped images make these simple cards look anything but boring. 
Learn how to make an inky ombre background for solid stamped images. Find two different ideas for this fun technique plus see ideas using the Enjoy the Ride stamp set, featuring carnival ride stamps, from Fun Stampers Journey + Spellbinders #funstampersjourney #cardmaking #handmadecards
My favorite supply to help me with this inky ombre background is  FSJ's Electric Sticky Tape. It comes on a roll like washi, but it's mostly like a sticky note - imagine you cut off just the STICKY part of a Post-It Note and used it as tape. The texture of the tape is like paper and the sticky is less sticky than washi (meaning, it won't tear your paper when you pull it up.) 
FSJ Electric Sticky Tape - for planners, cardmaking, scrapbooking and crafts. It's like a sticky note in tape form!
FSJ Electric Sticky Tape

You don't SEE the Electric Tape on this card, but it's an important part! TIP: If you don't have Electric Sticky Tape, you could use a not-too-sticky washi tape, or just take some of the stickiness off by putting your fingers all over it first.  

Here's how to create this background:

  • First, attach two strips of Electric Tape (or unstickied washi tape) across card base, leaving space in between. That space will be your inky stripe. TIP: The Electric Tape is a bit wider than regular washi. If you use washi, you may want to use two lengths of washi for each length of Electric Tape, to give yourself a wider covered area. 
  • Next, use a sponge dauber and your choices of ink. Begin blending ink over the open area between the tape. Pay attention to the taped area, so that you don't go above or below the tape. This technique works with one color of ink, or many - get creative! (I used FSJ's inks in Lavender Fusion, Cool Pool, Lemongrass, and Summer Days) 
  • Last, remove the tape and see the magic you've created! Then, add stamped images and sentiment on top.  
Click to learn how to make an inky ombre background for solid stamped images. Find two different ideas for this fun technique plus see ideas using the Enjoy the Ride stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey + Spellbinders #FSJ #diycards #stamping

How can you make this idea your very own? Think about these ideas to change it up:
  • Vary the width of the inky stripe. 
  • What about a diagonal strip across the card?
  • What about a stripe that goes from narrow to wide or vice versa?
  • RAINBOW STRIPE!
AND . . .I have one more idea for you. To make this next card, tape off a rectangular frame around the outer edge of the card base and sponge the center with ink. Same technique - totally different look!




Now, let's talk about HAPPY PLACE! 

Happy Place is the latest release from Fun Stampers Journey + Spellbinders. This collection is filled with all things happy and carefree, and honestly - it's just what we need right now! Take a little break from real life, and feel like a kid again - stamp carousels, roller coasters and diecut a swimming pool. So here's the deal. Beginning June 20, 2020 you can grab the Happy Place Project Kit. It includes three stamp sets and a die set, plus all the supplies to make FOUR kitted cards. 
Happy Place Project Kit from FSJ for festive summer cards
You'll also receive a link for a make-and-take video to create the four cards shown below, right along with Creative Director, Kim Kesti. She'll share new techniques, tips, and tricks along the way. Then, go crazy and craft all your own fun ideas with these stamps. 
Four summer fun cardmaking ideas made with the Happy Place Project Kit from FSJ
THEN, on July 10, the entire collection will release. You'll have the chance to buy anything from the kit individually, PLUS there are additional stamps, dies (and THE most awesome stencil) that aren't included in the kit. 

I'm so glad you stopped by today! I hope you'll try out today's inky technique. I can't wait to see how you make this idea your own. If you try it, share it with me because I'd love to see what you create! And don't forget to shop the new Happy Place collection, and grab the project kit! I know you'll do some fun summer crafting with it. xoxo




Click to learn how to make an inky ombre background for solid stamped images. Find two different ideas for this fun technique plus see ideas using the Enjoy the Ride stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey + Spellbinders #funstampersjourney #cardmaking #stamping
Supplies on Today's Projects:
Enjoy the Ride Stamp Set (available individually on July 10 or today in the kit)