Monday, December 9, 2019

Warm Wishes - A Cactus Christmas Card

Looking for a handmade card idea for a warm weather friend? Or maybe YOU are the warm weather friend, and you'd like to send a Christmas card that looks a little more like where you live. Today's card is PERFECT to send some WARM wishes for Christmas, complete with a holiday cactus

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 The Holiday Cactus stamp from Impression Obsession is a single stamp that you can purchase on it's own. The size is perfect to fill up a card base with some simple embellishments and a holiday sentiment. Isn't the warm wishes stamp the perfect complement? It's another single stamp you can grab from the IO shop. I love the option to purchase individual stamps because I can pick exactly the stamps and sentiments I want.

I used colored pencils to color most of this image (with just a touch of watercolor on the lights.) With so much going on in this festive stamped image, I kept the rest of the card pretty simple and I love the bright cheery colors!
Today's post is part of  Old Is New day over on the Impression Obsession blog. It's easy (and fun) to play with the latest and greatest stamps and dies, but we want to find new ways to use our older and well-loved products too. The Old Is New blog hop celebrates the stamps and dies in our stash that have been faithfully loved! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - and now, head to the Impression Obsession blog to find a link list of the designers participating in Old Is New! I'm sure they have some fabulous oldies-but-goodies to share with you!

Impression Obsession Supplies on this card:

Other Supplies:

Thursday, December 5, 2019

It's Snow Time! {Join the latest Impression Obsession Challenge}

Is it snowy and cold where you live? Or do you WISH it was snowy and cold? Florida is QUITE chilly (for us anyway) right now, so it's the perfect time to celebrate the brisk start of December with this COLD WEATHER cardmaking idea. We're kicking off a new card challenge at Impression Obsession today and the theme is It's Snow Time! 

For today's card I used the Holiday Tree clear stamp set. These trees were so much fun to color with colored pencils. I used a few shades of blues, aquas, and a little bit of purple to make my trees feel cold and snowy without being plain white.

Sidenote: This sweet Holiday Trees stamp set was designed by Lindsay Ostrom. She is one of my favorite illustrators and hand lettering artists. I actually obsessed over one of her lettering books when I was a teenager, and didn't realize until recently that it was hers! She has a BRAND NEW book out, and I gotta give a shout out! Grab your copy of the Creative Hand Lettering with Lindsay book here, and join in at Lindsay's Hand Lettering Facebook group! Plus, find all of Lindsay's stamps at Impression Obsession HERE.

Okay, back to the card! The background of my snowy scene was simple with the Snowfall Die. Isn't it FUN!? I love anything with polka dots, so although this might TECHNICALLY be snow, think of all the fun backgrounds you could make with this. (Bubbles, confetti, polka dots...) After I diecut the panel, I sponged aqua ink over it to add some color. 

Alright friends - it's your turn. Dig through your stash of Impression Obsession stamps and dies, and see what you have that works for our latest challenge, It's Snow Time! Then link it up at the IO blog because you might just win a gift certificate to the shop! Over on the blog, you'll also find a list of the design team members who are sharing some SNOWY  inspiration to kick off the challenge. 

Don't have any Impression Obsession stamps and dies? I hate to be an enabler, but you really should check out their shop - every time I look, I see something I never noticed before. They have a HUGE selection, in EVERY style and theme! (#sorrynotsorry)

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