Thursday, June 16, 2011

Impression Obsession 'Summer Greetings'

Good morning blog friends! This week for the Impression Obsession Thursday challenge we're creating Summer themed cards. And you know what came to mind when I think of hot summer days? Sitting by a still lake looking out over the reeds and rushes and watching the dragonflies zooming around. The sound of peepers and crickets filling the warm air, the sun hot on my shoulders. I'm starting to sweat already, ha ha!
This image was perfect for my vision of summer, 'Cattail Dragonfly'. 

Trying to recreate the amazing colors and shimmer of dragonfly wings is near impossible with paper, but I did my best. I stamped them first on Neenah cardstock, and once on vellum. I colored the main image in colored pencils, then colored the back of the stamped vellum for more subtle colors. 

The body of the dragonfly looked a little dull to me, so I went over it with a Sakura Glaze pen to make it look shiny. I went over the vellum wings with a clear Spica pen for a bit of shimmer. I wanted to use glitter to really make them sparkle, but I remember using Stickles on vellum once before and the vellum warped pretty badly.

I added a bit of brown flocking to the left side of the cattail for some texture. I really wanted to make the whole thing fuzzy like real cattails, but I wasn't sure it would look right. Maybe I'll try it next time. 

Are you ready for more summer inspiration? Head on over to the rest of the DT's blogs and check out their beautiful creations. Then you can create your own card and enter it for a chance to win some IO cash, read the details on the IO blog

Thanks for looking, have a great day!


  1. Kathy, I love how you popped up that little dragonfly -- your card is just so serene. I agree, sitting by the lake in the summertime is just about as relaxing as it gets! ;-)

  2. Colored to perfection -- what a striking card!! This totally captures a summer feeling!

  3. Your dragonfly wings are SPECTACULAR! WOW!! Beautiful card!

  4. PERFECTION! Your coloring makes it look real. This is stunning and I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  5. This is beautiful. Love what you have done with the wings. It looks real.

  6. Wow! So Gorgeous! What Wonderful Coloring and I love your vellum dragonfly wings! Just Magical! 8-)



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