Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Happy Graduation: Make These Two Cards for Your Favorite Graduates!

It's Theme Day on the Impression Obsession blog today, and we're celebrating the graduates in our lives with graduation themed card ideas. We've got LOTS of ideas to share with you, to inspire your card making projects for your favorite grads! Whether its a preschool graduation, all the way up through an adult graduate - you'll find an idea just perfect to celebrate their accomplishments. 

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Today's first card begins with a stencil set I've been sharing quite a lot lately. The A4 Windows Stencils from Impression Obsession includes 4 different stencils - today's card features the four-square stencil. After inking the squares, it creates the perfect landing spot for the stamped starry square images, plus a die-cut graduation cap. I finished up the card with a stamped sentiment, some white gel pen details, and a bit of patterned paper. 
Next up, another card with the cute die cut grad cap. For extra pizazz, consider cutting part or all of the cap from glitter cardstock - so festive and fun! HERE'S A TIP! Trying to find the perfect patterned paper for your grad card? Create your own by stamping graduation sentiments across a cardstock panel. The tiny stars in this stamp set are the perfect filler for any awkward blank spots. 
To make your grad cap stand out, consider adding a shadow layer underneath, in a contrasting color. I used a matte silver cardstock so that the dark cap on dark cardstock would still POP.
Don't forget, the IO designers all have lots of great graduation inspiration for you today! Be sure to check out all the ideas and then get crafting on your own grad projects. 
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Impression Obsession has a great array of graduation products for your card making and party decor projects. Check out all of their grad goodies on the IO website.

Looking for more graduation inspiration? 
Check out these other grad cards too!
(recognize that star stamp!?)

Thursday, May 2, 2024

YAY! Two Celebration Cards for Birthdays and More! {Impression Obsession}

Oh friends, as promised. . .I have more birthday card cuteness today, just for YOU! (If you missed yesterday's birthday cards, check them out HERE!) I'm smitten to pieces with the new birthday and balloon dies from Impression Obsession. I'm always ready for some fresh new birthday products for card making, but these cuties are so timeless and fun, I just know we'll be using them for years to come!

Yesterday's cards had a bit of primary colors in the mix, so I gave today's cards more of a bright pastel vibe. First up, let's look at the aqua happy birthday card. You might recognize that inky oval in the background? (See yesterday's card if you don't!) Just because that awesome A4 Window stencil has three ovals, doesn't mean you have to use all three! Just one might be the perfect landing spot for your sentiment. Then, keep it clean and simple with a starry stamped background.
And remember that balloons aren't only for birthdays. This next card idea could celebrate a new baby, an anniversary, or yes indeed...a birthday. I grabbed my other new-ish favorite product, the Script YAY die. It pairs so perfectly with these balloons!
Are you loving this festive and fun release from Impression Obsession? (Yes, I know, of course you are!) Today is Day 2 of our designer blog hop, celebrating all of the May release at IO. Be sure you've hit all the blogs on the hop so you don't miss any awesome inspiration!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Two Festive Birthday Card Ideas Everyone Will Love! {Impression Obsession}

Oh goodness, my friends! I've been so excited to share the colorful and fun birthday cards I made with Impression Obsession's latest release! This festive array of birthday goodness will be product you (and I!) pull from again and again and again . . .as long as people keep having birthdays, we are going to LOVE making cards with these dies!

Both of today's cards are almost die-cutting exclusive. There's only a hint of stamping involved, plus a little bit of simple stenciling. Let's talk first about the HAPPY HAPPY birthday card. To begin this card, I used the A4 Windows stencil set. See those aqua ovals in the background? Just sponge some ink and make the perfect landing spot for your big, bold birthday sentiment. 
I may have mentioned one of my favorite die-cutting techniques is to just jump in and die cut a bunch of elements in my chosen color scheme, and then mix and match to get some cards put together. That's exactly what I did for today's cards. I cut the happy birthday sentiment from about five colors to start with, and picked out what I wanted. Why just say Happy birthday, when you can say HAPPY HAPPY birthday!?

Next, I die cut a bunch of balloons in my same color palette and tucked them around my sentiment. This card was finished off with a few little stamped stars and enamel dots. I LOVE how this one came together.  This idea could be easily duplicated in whatever color palette you love!
Here's another idea with the balloon and birthday dies. Some polka dotted paper became the base of this design, paired with more of my stash of die-cut goodies. I love that the balloon dies include dies for the string, but you could also draw it, or use actual string if you want. Lots of options here!

Today, my friends, is just the beginning. The designers at Impression Obsession are celebrating the May release with a blog hop that's jam packed with inspiration just for YOU! I hope you'll hop around and see what everyone else has been creating. And then, pop back here tomorrow for the second day! (I might have MORE adorable celebration cards to share. . .and they're soooooo cuuuuuuuute!)

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Hello Sweet Friend! Try This Card Idea With Stencil Stacking

Earlier this week I shared some sweet honey bee themed card making ideas, using stamps and stencils. Today I'm back with another idea using the Sweet As Honey stamp set from Impression Obsession, as well as two fantastic stencils stacked together for a whole new look. This is an idea you can try using the stencils you have in your stash. 

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Today's stamp set, Sweet as Honey, has a variety of cute bee themed images like honey, bees of course, sweet sentiments and tea pots. All of these little images needed a place to land, and I loved the idea of multiple landing spots that move your eye around the card. There's lots to look at, but it doesn't feel cluttered or busy because of the repetition of the honeycomb circles in the background. 

How exactly did I make those honeycomb circles? 
I'm so glad you asked! ;)
This is where stencil layering, or stencil stacking comes into play. In this blog post, I created a card with the same exact technique - with just one large circle.  

Here's what to do:
  • Choose a patterned stencil (like today's honeycomb
  • Choose a stencil with a larger opening, like a circle or square shape. For this card, I used the six-circle stencil from the A4 Window Stencils set, which has a variety of shapes that are perfect for this technique.
  • Layer the patterned stencil and the circles stencil together and ink over them together onto your card. (Use washi tape to help your layers stay in place if desired)
Today is Team Favorites Day on the Impression Obsession blog, and the designers all have some of our favorite projects and products from this month's release, that we love sharing with you! I'm so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you find lots of inspiration along the hop! xoxo
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Laura Williams <<you are here!>>
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