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  • Love, love, love summertime!

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    Here's a summer card that uses the beautiful pearlescent watercolor set.  Notice how the die cut words stand out a bit from the surface. Adhere a piece of black cardstock onto deco foil foam adhesive and then die cut. Cut the die a second time out of white paper and then glue the two die cuts together offsetting them just a little.

  • Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop 2019

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    We are participating in the spring/summer coffee lover's blog hop and we have the perfect new clear set for the hop!

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    We love creating a pattern background and even if that's a simple polka dot. We created these dots with this metallic trio pen set by Dear Lizzy. The coffee cups are from a new Impress exclusive clear set!

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    Here is a close up so you can see how we also used the metallic pens to color in the foam top of each cup. We also used one of our favorite texture sets from Flora & Fauna - texture set 1 using a fun combo of colors from Fresh Ink -  Mango, Celery and Sicilian Blue!

    Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment for your chance to win! Also visit us on Instagram! We post daily and it's a great way to keep up with fun cards for inspiration and new products that arrive daily!

  • Striped Roses

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    This striped rose stamp is a new one at Impress. If you'd like to make this card, here's how to do it.

    Start by stamping the flower on smooth white cardstock with your versamark pad and then emboss with white powder. Now comes the fun part, adding color. We just got in a new watercolor set has a really pretty assortment of pearlescent colors in it. We think you'll love it and the price too. The set is only $6.50. After painting, cut out the flowers with your detail scissors. Stamp the background with another Impress stamp called shaded leaves. We used Fresh ink basil.  Attach the flowers with mounting tape, we love how it adds dimension to a card.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Roses are black and white . . . .

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    Impress has new floral themed wood stamps! We love when we have new images to design with. Flower images are fun to color but they also look great left black and white, especially when they have nice line quality. Here's how to make this simple but elegant card.

    Stamp the rose cluster on a piece of smooth white cardstock that's just a little smaller than your base card using a really black ink pad called nocturne. It's the blackest pad out there and stamps with great detail.  Add tiny rose gold dots with a rose gold felt pen. The tip on this pen is firm so you can easily create nice small dots with it. We embellish with this pen often as it adds a subtle hint of color to a card design.  Wrap the card a few times with rose colored jute string. We added a piece of tape to the back side to keep the string in place when the card is assembled. Mount this panel to the base card using mounting tape so it sticks out just a little. Stamp your favorite greeting inside, one of our favorite new ones is hello, beautiful!

  • Choose your own adventure . . .

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    Impress has a new release of wood stamps! We love when we have new images to design with. The floral images are designed by Nina Painter. We're loving her style. Check out the new images.

    We used the succulent shelf image for this card. Stamp it on a white note card using our favorite really black pad called nocturne. It's the blackest pad out there and you'll love the coverage too.  It's a Versafine Clair ink pad. These pads bring out the finest details. Watercolor the succulents with your favorite paints. Stamp the lines in Flora and Fauna's texture set 4 to make the lines on the bottom of the card using Fresh ink aloe. To make the fun bright colored pots for the succulents, stamp the same image on colored card stock and then cut out each pot with your detail scissors.  It's important to use a detail scissors as the fine blades makes it much easier to cut closely to the lines. Once cut out, glue the pots over the appropriate pots on your card.  Choose your own adventure is a new Impress word stamp. We think it's a great sentiment for anyone about to embark on a new adventure!

  • Easter is on it's way!

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    Are you ready for Easter? We have lots of ideas at Impress to make this holiday celebration special.  Our little clear carrot boxes are an Impress staple this time of year. How cute they look when filled with orange candy. We added a couple of green ribbons to finish off the treat. Surprise your workers or neighbors and you'll make their day.

    Here's how to make the card. Start with a white note card and then stencil it using Flora and Fauna's mini dot stencil, melon Fresh Ink and a dauber. Cut the Jumping Bunny Circle die out of white card stock and then again out of pink. Piece together so it's pink and white. The Happy Easter die is also a Memory Box die. We cut that out of a mustard yellow paper. We're loving that color combination this spring. Have you tried the diecut'n bond yet? It works great for adhering intricate dies. It's a wide roll of double-sided adhesive tape. It's paper thin and easy to use. Apply to paper or card stock before die- cutting a shape. Once cut, peel off protective backing and place shape on a project where desired.

    Thanks for checking out our project of the week.

  • Look what's blooming!

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    Create beautiful and unique floral cards with just one clear stamp set! How fun. To make cards like this you simply need Flora and Fauna's clear set called Brush Petal and your favorite colors of Fresh Ink. Some of the Fresh ink colors used for these cards were blush, sugar, pink lemonade and persimmon.  Start by stamping the larger petals first, then add petals on top. On two of the cards we applied watercolor paint directly to the stamp and then stamped it on the card stock. Can you tell which cards? We loved the different look and interest it created.

    Have fun creating a garden of your own! Thanks for checking out our project of the week.

  • happy we are friends

    We're loving Flora and Fauna's new release. This is one of our favorite sets.

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    We're ready for spring! We're in love with Flora and Fauna's new pencil set. .We started this project by creating a colorful background using Ranger's Distress Oxide Inks. Have you tried the new blending brushes? They're amazing to work with.  We splattered the background with white ink using a splatter brush. The white ink really pops just like the words that are embossed with white embossing powder. We didn't want a white outline around our flowers like you get when you diecut so we cut them out with a detail scissors, a must have if you want to cut fine detail.  We then watercolored the flowers using the same ink. Watercoloring with Distress Inks gives you a more traditional watercolor effect. Do this by daubing a bit of distress ink on a surface like freezer paper and then use your waterbrush to pick up the color and paint. 

     

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    20238 PENCIL FLOWERS SET

  • What's new at Impress

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    Dear Impress Friends,

    After 20 creative years, we’re sad to announce that we’re closing our University Village store as our lease is up. The changing nature of retail shopping makes our space there too small for the events and classes we like to offer. Our final day will be Saturday, February 23rd. We want to thank all of you who have shopped with us at that location, many of you all 20 of those years!

    The good news is we’re still open at our Tukwila store, still have a website and have lots of fun events and classes planned for 2019 so hopefully we’ll still get to see each other.

    We’re planning a party at UV for Saturday the 23rd. Please stop by and say hi to our amazing UV staff and share a memory or two with us. We’ll have a special discount for you and treats!

  • Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog hop

    Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (10)

    Hello! Thanks for visiting us today and joining in on the blog hop fun! Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win! Today we did a fun shaker card that has almost all of the pieces pre-made so this will be the easiest shaker card you've ever made!

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    These kits have note cards, the plastic for the shaker and the sequins along with a stamp set and die cuts to create a variety of cards. How appropriate to make a coffee shaker card for this hop! But you'll have to check out all of the different sets that they have. There's an ugly sweater set that is pretty cute!

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    Here is the finished card! But here are the steps to create this coffee card.

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    Since I used a printed paper for the backdrop, you'll want to trace the plastic shaker piece onto the printed paper and hand cut it out. Glue that to the inside of the card and place it where the cut out on the front will match when it's closed. Fill in the plastic shaker piece and it already has adhesive tape around the edges so all you have to do is remove paper and place down onto the card.

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    This is a better picture showing the front of the card that is already pre-cut. You will glue the plastic shaker piece to the back of the card.

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    Add a little ribbon to the handle and then we added dots for the background of the card. The NUVO Vintage Drops are NEW so we wanted to try them out. There's about 8 new colors and they dry MATTE instead of glossy. They take a little longer to dry but the colors are gorgeous.

    Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win and head back HERE to follow along on the hop! Or here is the link: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/ #fallwinter2018clh

     

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