Posts Tagged ‘impression obsession’

Adding Texture Adds Interest

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, my friend! It’s Deb here, from the Design Team. I hope that your week went well, and you’re looking forward to the weekend. Maybe you’ll have time for some creating? Today’s post might be of interest to you, if you will be crafting. Adding texture to your cards adds interest. And adding interest usually equals adding a “wow”! Let’s have a look, shall we?


One way of adding texture is to add texture paste. You can either add it randomly, if you’re going for an unstructured look. Or, you can use it with a stencil, for a more defined shape. I chose to use the Ranger Texture Paste with the Tim Holtz Bricked stencil. Since the stencil is of bricks, I knew I wanted to colour the texture paste so it wasn’t the white it is in the tub. Did you know that you can use Ranger Alcohol Inks to colour your texture paste? Yes – you can!

Adding Texture Adds Interest

I love using my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion for this technique! First, scoop out about a tablespoon of texture paste onto your mat. Next, add 2-3 drops of alcohol ink to the paste. Use your palette knife to mix the alcohol ink into the paste. If you want a darker colour, add more ink. (I used Ranger Pebble alcohol ink). When you’ve got the colour you want, apply the paste through the stencil, with your palette knife.  The Make Art Stay-tion comes with 4 magnets, so it’s easy to hold your cardstock and the stencil in place. (for backup, I used a couple of pieces of Purple Tape on the cardstock side).

When you’re finished applying the texture paste, lift off the stencil, and set aside the cardstock piece. Now, be sure to wipe off your Stay-tion and the stencil with a damp towel or paper towels, before the paste hardens.  As long as you clean it right away, it wipes off immediately!


Another way to add texture is with embossing powder. First, stamp the ‘hello’ from the MFT Well, Hello stamp set in Versamark ink, onto white cardstock. Next, cover it with gold embossing powder, and then set with a heat tool. Now, use the coordinating Sweet Hello dies to die cut the sentiment.

The texture paste dries quite quickly, as long as you don’t apply it too thick. Set up this panel in your stamp platform, and line up the Impression Obsession Peek-aBoo Kitty with the side of the bricks.  Next, ink up the stamp, and then press firmly onto the panel.  I used the Gina K. Faded Brick ink for the kitty, and the Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Bright Pink marker for the heart.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

Colour in the kitty with your choice of colours. Next, attach the die cut ‘hello’ with foam squares or tape. Add the card front to a panel of light blue cardstock with foam tape. Finally, add the card front to a light yellow card base.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

We’ve actually added texture 3 different ways to this card. First, with the texture paste; second with the heat embossing, and 3rd with the die cutting. So by adding texture, we’ve added a lot of interest to this card. Otherwise, it could have easily been a simple, one layer card.


Did you notice that my card today works for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness Daily Challenge?! Yes, I planned it that way! I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how to add texture, and interest, to your project! Be sure to add your ‘texture’ project to the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook challenge page HERE, and use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE when adding it there, and when sharing on your other social media platforms.

Adding Texture Adds Interest

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Day 15 – Random Acts of Cardness

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Hello my friend, it’s Deb here! Welcome to Day 15 of Random Acts of Cardness! Have you been playing along with Scrap ‘N Stamp’s month long challenge? If  you haven’t, here’s a recap. This challenge will last from April 1st to April 30th. There is a different prompt or theme for each day. You can play along with as many or as few days as  you like. Just create a one project per daily theme, and share it on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page.  Be sure to use the hashtag #SNSchallenge. Below, I’ve shared the complete list of daily prompts/themes, so you can plan ahead.

Day 15- Random Acts of Cardness

Today is Day 15 – which kind of got cut off, on the list! It’s supposed to read ‘Impression Obsession’, which is the brand of stamps. I also went with the theme of Introverts, or Introverting, which is also the name of the stamp set I used. However, since it was cut off, however you choose to interpret ‘impression’ will be accepted for the challenge! 🙂


The sentiments in this set are pretty spot-on for our current ‘physical distancing’ situation during the Covid-19 pandemic. They’re also appropriate for anyone less ‘social’. Even though no one believes me, that does include me! It’s just that I can be very social, but then I need to recuperate from the exercise. Anyone else  here like that? It takes a lot out of me! So I kinda look like the puppy, also in this stamp set.

Day 15 - Random Acts of Cardness

Maybe this little guy is just peeking over the back of the couch, looking out the window! That’s what I had in mind, when I created the card.


Start with a 2 1/2″ x 5″ strip of white cardstock. Stamp the dog image from the Introverting stamp set near the top of the strip, in Tuxedo Black ink. Next, use your favourite pencils or markers, and colour in the dog. I used my pencils, and then added some highlights with a white gel pen. Now, draw a line under the dog, to mimic the top of the couch. Apply Broken China distress oxide ink with a blending tool, under the line.  Then, use scissors to hand cut the dog and ‘couch’ from the strip.

Set up a piece of bright green cardstock in your stamp platform. Place the dog image at the bottom, without attaching it yet. Now, place the sentiment stamps where you want them. Pick up the sentiments with the platform lid, and then remove the dog image piece. Cover the sentiments in Nocturne ink, ad stamp firmly. Repeat the inking & stamping if necessary for a crisp image.  Now, cover the sentiments with clear embossing powder, and heat set.

Use foam tape to attach the dog image strip across the bottom of the sentiment panel, and then attach it to a card base.  Quick, easy and fun! Not to mention cute, with those puppy eyes!

Day 15 - Random Acts of Cardness

I’m sure we all know someone who would enjoy a good laugh, receiving this card!


I hope that you got a chuckle out of my Day 15 Random Acts of Cardness project! And, I hope you’ll join along in the challenge, whichever day or days you choose to join. And don’t forget – mail those cards out!! Spread your special brand of cheer with your friends and family – or give them to those you see working in essential services, like at the grocery store or pharmacy.

Day 15 - Random Acts of Cardness

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Tuesday with Tara {take 224} get your candy on

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Happy Tuesday! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get a Halloween project ready to share with you today. Then I remembered I had a background I’d prepared at a local make & take day and fun Happy Halloween die cut from Impression Obsession to use! I hope you like what I came up with 🙂

I chose to combine the two prepared elements with some wide, sheer black ribbon and paper dolls & chit chat sticker by Tim Holtz. The glittery paper Happy Halloween die cut is pretty fabulous, but didn’t stand out like I wanted it to without that black layer behind it. I hated to cover up the fun background, but the sheer ribbon allows the design to peek through a bit.

I added a bit of color to the witch paper dolls with a matching purple Copic Marker, then added a bit of bling in the same purple to the card as well. A Quickie Glue Pen was just what I needed to adhere the die cut to the card. It even sticks to the ribbon! (The ribbon was stuck down with a bit of Sookwang/ Be Creative tape hidden behind the die cut as well as on the back of the panel.)

Hope your week is a good one! Have fun getting your candy on 🙂 I’ll be back on Friday, Nov. 1 to kick off our November blog hop… can’t wait to share what the team has been working on with you!

Inky hugs,