Monday, December 4, 2017

IO Stamps Valentine Release Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Valentine Release Blog Hop!



The IO Design team has some amazing new stamp inspiration to share with you today.  And some IO Stamps Gift Certificates to give away.

The Valentine hop will run for 3 days (12/4/17 -12/6/17) with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day at 6am EST. Visit our fabulous IO Design Team’s blogs (only one comment per blog please) for a chance to win one of FOUR $25 Gift Certificates!
The more blogs you visit and comment on … the better chance you will have to win!!! Four random winners will be picked from all comments on all of the hop days (only one comment per blog per day please).
Comment entries will be open until 9pm CT on Sunday, December 10th and all winners will be announced Monday December 11th. Good luck!

All of the new stamps you will see today are available now at IO Stamps.

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite occasions to create for, and I have lots of projects to share with you today, so let's get started!

All of the new stamps you'll be seeing on in the hop are available right now at www.iostamps.com.

This Doggy Heart was stamped with Memento ink on Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover paper and colored with Copic markers.  I used both a stitched circle die and a plain circle die to cut and layer the focal image.  The My Valentine greeting was stamped directly on my top fold card base with coordination dye ink using my MISTI, then restamped with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.


This friendship card was created by stamping this Golden (E7902) with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint, painting in just a hint of shoulder and chest.  The Me So Lucky (C14711) sentiment was added with a paper bag color ink, and overstamped with Versamark  ink and clear embossed to add a bit of extra shine and texture.  

Very similarly I also used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint this Boston Terrier (F7901).  This time however, I stamped with india ink on Canson Montval watercolor paper.  The Canson paper is not quite as white as the Fabriano, so my small P.S. I Love You (B14700) sentiment strip that I added to my watercolor panel looks a bit starker.  The heart painted in the background was hand painted.



I went back to Copic Markers to color this floppy-eared Beagle (E7900).  I used Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover paper once again, and stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I hand trimmed out my image with scissors.  Using a white top fold card base, I stamped a simple background of Dangling Hearts (F14714), and added the Hugs and Kisses (D20408) greeting with a peachy pink dye ink before adding my Beagle.  I let the Beagle's floppy ears hang off the front of my card.  



Now this was an experiment.  I attempted to turn this Golden (E7902) into a Black Lab.  Once again I stamped in Memento on Hammermill paper.  I used a combo of cool and warm gray Copic Markers, as well as a bit of lavender Copic underlayer to try to create a shiny black fur.  I used a 70% and 90% cold gray as well as a black Prismacolor pencil over my Copic coloring to add detail and texture to the fur.  Once I had finished coloring, I stamped and masked my dog with Mask-it clear film, before stamping the Free Spirit Dot background stamp with pale pink ink.  I used my MISTI to add the P. S. I Love You (B14700) by repeat stamping and layering ink colors just a bit at a time, so that the lower portion of my greeting was darker.

Now lest you think my blog post for the day has completely gone to the dogs, I have one last card to share with you today:  here are a couple of Love Cats.  

 

This Love Cats card was created in pieces.  I created the background using a mask.  I die cut a circle from a piece of copy paper, and used the negative piece to mask my light blue top fold card base; adding Distress Oxide ink with a sponge blending tool inside the open circle to create my moon.  I let that ink dry completely before stamping the Tree Line over the top with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink.  I also used Black Soot oxide ink and a brick work stencil to create the brick wall on a pale gray cardstock.  I used silver embossing powder to heat emboss my In My Life greeting over the bricks.  My Love Cats were stamped separately on gray cardstock in Versafine Ink, and heat embossed using black embossing powder.  I then carefully trimmed them out using a craft knife and scissors before adhering them to my card.

Thanks for visiting today.  Please enjoy all the new Impressions Obsession Spring Valentine Inspiration from the rest of the team and comment for a chance to win one of the Gift Certificate prizes.  Your next stop should be Daniela Dobson.


29 comments:

  1. TOTALLY ADORABLE! I think these doggy stamps are going to be a HIT!!! SUPER JOB in featuring them! I LOVED THEM ALL!!! LOL ;)

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  2. Wow, your coloring of those pups is awesome!
    And such adorable cards! I love the love cats!

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  3. Holy mackeral, did you ever colour the dogs perfectly. Flawless. Very cute cards.

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  4. Chris, they are all adorable!! Your coloring is spot on.

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  5. The dogs (and cats) are adorable!

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  6. My fav is the floppy ears hanging off the card !!! Adorable!!!!! They are all awesome!!!

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  7. Goodness Chris ... they are all amazing in their details, so beautifully done.

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  8. Love the silhouette of the cats.
    My granddaughter has a black lab
    service dog. going to need
    that stamp for her. Great
    dot stamps.
    thanks for sharing.

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  9. Your colouring on these cards is absolutely fantastic. Love the scrip fonts on the sentiments.

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  10. Love love love what you did with my new stamp images! Your idea to turn the Golden into a black lab was brilliant!
    Gail Green

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  11. You have been so busy! Wonderfully creative projects! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Love all those cute pups... the beagle is adorable! Love the sweet kitties too!

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  13. You've got a whole kennel of cuteness here ... adorable cards.

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  14. All of the dogs are fantastic! The kittie card is really neat! I love it!

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  15. Wonderful job! I love the kitties best!💗💗💗tfs!

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  16. Amazing cards. wow your coloring is incredible - thanks for sharing your talents with us:)

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  17. Love all the dogs and cats and the cute sentiments. Amazing coloring.

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  18. These are PAWsome! I'm a cat lover, but the doggie ones are so cute! Now I must go see if they have a kitty heart and suggest one if not! >^.^<

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  19. Wow! The dog stamps are fabulous!!! And since I'm a cat person, I do love the "Love Cats" stamp!!!

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  20. wow, you did an awesome job coloring all the dogs! they look real, lol

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  21. Squeeeeee! I love the pets1 Of course, the kitties are my favorite, but the beautiful coloring of the dogs is amazing!

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  22. Love the adorable dogs and the cute cats.

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  23. Truly adorable doggies! I love them all!

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  24. That’s a wonderful set of cards ! But I’m probably biased because I love animals so much ! margessw@icloud.com

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  25. Wow! You are super talented! Fantastic cards!

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