Wednesday, February 2, 2022

These Two Colorful Cards Are Perfect for Encouragement or Graduation!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Impression Obsession February Release Blog Hop! Today I'm excited to features some beautiful silhouette style rubber stamps paired with inspiring sentiments that together create the perfect handmade card to celebrate all kinds of accomplishments, like graduation, a new job, weight loss, or meeting a hard-earned goal. 

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Step by step, mile by mile, you have done this! Celebrate the achievements of people you love, with a handmade card. This idea is perfect for accomplishments whether finishing an actual race, graduation, or even finishing a big test. Celebrate successes with these beautiful sentiments and silhouette stamps from Impression Obsession. Stop by my blog for more ideas using these stamps and other handmade cards with stamping and diecutting.
Silhouette images are really fun to play with because they just have so many inky possibilities. Stamped simply in black, they allow you to get creative with backgrounds, using stencils, sponges, ink blending and more. To create today's first idea, blend Distress Oxide Inks across a piece of watercolor paper. Then  stamp the Mountaintop Silhouette image onto white cardstock and fussy cut it to add on top of your colorful panel. Finish the card off with a simple sentiment like Step by Step. 
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. (Edward Abbey) Using stamps from Impression Obsession, you can make the coolest handmade cards to celebrate graduation, or any success or achievement. It might be to congratulate a loved one on an actual physical achievement like running a race or climbing a mountain, or to celebrate graduation, a new job, a big move, or just encourage them along the way. These silhouette stamps are really fun to use with inky techniques using distress inks or the gel press, to make gorgeous backgrounds. Stop by my blog for more ideas using stamping and diecutting!
The next card also has a Distress Oxide inky background, but after inking the panel, lay a stencil on top and mist with water. Distress Oxide inks react with water and magically allow the stencil pattern to appear. Then, simply stamp the image and sentiment onto the panel once it's dry. (I splattered some Spellbinders Sparkle Silk at the end, because it's always my favorite finishing touch!)

I suggest using a MISTI or other stamping platform when using silhouette stamps, because it allows you to get a really rich, dark color on solid images. 
Here are the important details on this week's blog hop:

  • We're giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for our two-day blog hop - the more you comment, the more chances to win, so be sure to visit all the designers! (This is day 2 - find day 1 HERE)
  • All comments for both days will be open until February 8th at 8pm CT. All winners will be announced on February 9th on the Impression Obsession Blog.
  • Find all of Impression Obsession's newest releases HERE
  •  Check out the awesome sale section on the IO website. In particular, their assortment of discontinued clear stamp sets has some amazing deals on THE cutest stamps!

Here's the lineup of today's hop!

Supplies on Today's Cards:


Sue D said...

I like the backgrounds for these silhouette images.

sharon g said...

I love the second one. People need to get back to living. To taking chances. That's what living IS!

Denise Bryant said...

Love your color combos and the awesome silhouette designs! Great cards!

MadeByMeghanK said...

Gorgeous backgrounds and silhouettes!!!!!!!!!

NWFlamingo said...

I think these are my favorite stamps of the release!

Becca Yahrling said...

I love silhouette stamps and these great sentiments. Lovely cards!!

kReN said...

Love this new release and your inspiration cards are super. Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie Lynn said...

Love both of your cards.

Vivian C. said...

Fabulous cards. Thanks for explaining the background technique you used on the second card. I'm going to give it a try.

SmilynStef said...

Love that watery stencil effect

Ms. Tamp said...

Nice project shares. I like the backgrounds created for the images.