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Impression Obsession Design Team “In My Garden” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession Design Team challenge. My project today was made using the Fancy Cut Border, Pail, Watering Can, Leaves and Stems, Tiny Flowers, Tulip Set, Hollyhocks, Grass Border, Small Grass Border and Leafy Branch.

This week’s In My Garden challenge is so perfect to showcase the newly released garden themed dies.  I had so much fun filling the rusty distressed watering can and pail full of flowers, surrounding them with the hollyhocks and layering the scene in front of the decorative trellis. 

KC Impression Obsession Pail 1 right

I thought I would take a few step by step pictures to show you how I added the rusty distressing to the watering can and pail.  It really is easy and adds such a realistic touch to the die cut image.

I used a dry brush, Pitt artist pen and Rusty Hinge ink pad.


I swiped the dry brush across the ink pad to gather ink.


I created the appearance of age and rust on the can by using a light stipple motion to apply the ink.  I always swipe the brush on my work sheet before touching it to the die just to make sure I don’t have too much ink. When the brush becomes too dry I swipe it across the pad again.  A little bit of ink goes a long way so you don’t want to get your brush too wet with ink.  I decide where I want the distressed spots to be placed by where the can came in constant contact with water like the spout and can opening and in the areas of stress like where the handles and spout have been soldered as well as a few dinged up places on the body of the can.




When I’m finished adding ink to all the spots that I want to distress I continue the process by applying dots in a random pattern with my artist pen.  This is an alcohol marker and will not smear with the water based ink.


I apply more ink over the ink spots to darken and add depth of color. You can see the can come alive as the spots and color are added.



I think it looks like it has been well used and around for a while.


Here’s a closer view of the watering can and pail filled with flowers.


KC Impression Obsession Pail 1 close

I have to say again how much I love my Sizzix Magnetic Platform.  I used it to cut the Fancy Cut Border three times across to create my trellis and the magnet held the die in place for three perfectly even cuts.  Look mom… tape necessary! I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the trellis and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Pail 1 center

I cut tulips in pink and lavender, colored the stems with a green copic marker and arranged them along with several leaves in the watering can. I cut several sets of stems,  formed them with my stylus and molding pad and applied a tiny colorful flower to each one with glossy accents.  I arranged and attached the flowers and stems to the pail working from the lowest front layer and worked my way back.

I attached both grass layers to the trellis with ATG adhesive and slipped both the can and pail in behind the grass attaching with mounting tape. I finished by tucking several hollyhocks around the arrangement to add softness.  I cut a couple leafy branches apart and placed them randomly to add one more element of foliage to complete my garden scene. 

KC Impression Obsession Pail 1 left

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog (all the details are there!). A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog and you can to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing! I hope you will go check out what the other IO teams members created for the challenge. Thanks for coming by today.

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Ellen Taylor

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Kittie Caracciolo   (you are here)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett

Card size:  5.5" x 4.25"