Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Right on schedule by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I thought I'd take a break from Valentine's Day cards and make a quick watercolor card for today's blog post.  I just love the  Zoo Crew Feline Set 4193 for an all occasion card.  It just makes me laugh like so many Ai stamps do.
I stamped the cat onto Canson XL Watercolor Paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to Color The Image.  I colored into the shadow areas and pulled the color out using a Tim Holtz Waterbrush. I allowed the water to do all of the work and barely fussed with it.  I used Deep Brown 68 on the body and oatmeal 64 on the Tummy. I added the shadow with the Warm Gray 2 and didn't use any water.

Once the image was dry, I cut it out using the Stephanie Barnard Dotted Rectangle Framelits. I stamped the greeting using Versafine Onyx Black ink and cut it with the smallest of the same Framelits. 

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, January 22, 2018

one fish...two fish...by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing another card using the Ai Mouthfuls. I love this collection! Here I just used a few of the accessory images in the 4951 – Cat Mouthful Set to make a fun child's birthday card.
I typed the words and printed them onto cardstock. Then I stamped the images and colored them with Copics.
I don't always stamp on the inside of my card but I felt this needed a printed sentiment to match. The party hat image was stamped above.

I also added some Crystal Effects to the water in the fish bowls. Now they are nice and shiny!

I saved the words so I could make some cards again in the future. If you would like to try one, here's some printables for you!

One fish two fish pdf printable

One fish two fish inside pdf printable

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekend Warrior by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for my friend's husband. At school our custodians designed some wood storage units to store and charge the kids iPads.  I happened to look at them and grabbed a ruler one day.  They were the perfect size to store cardstock.  I mentioned to one of the teachers how I wish the custodians would make me one, lol!  Next thing I knew she had her very handy husband whip one up for me!!  How lucky am I??  I made this card to thank him for being so thoughtful!

I made a second one to have on hand just in case.

I found this adorable tape measure paper that was just perfect for this. 

Here's the inside of Luke's card.

Here's the storage unit he made me.  Isn't it beautiful!!

These make the perfect thank you for a man who's done you a favor.

Here's the inside of my spare card.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Happy Birthday by Sharon

Hello AI Fans!

My cards today features this fun guy from AICS36 Birthday Wishes from Hobby Lobby or Art Impressions!  I couldn't resist coloring him up a couple times, so I ended up with two cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and hope you have an awesome weekend! Until next time - stay crafty!!

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Love In the Air

Hello, Ai Fans! Our winter break from Watercolor Wednesdays is almost over, and our Watercolor Guest Design Team is excited to show you some wonderful winter-y and love-y watercolor projects! From friendship cards to love notes, and even masculine tags, we got you covered this week!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

I'm happy to share this card I made for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup. I have puppies on the brain since my granddaughters both got puppies for Christmas. I plan to make similar cards for them for Valentine's day. I used the 4959 - WC Dogs Set, the 4873 - WC Cats set and 4965 - WC Bench set. I used the basket from the Exclusive for 2017 Garden Set. You can only get the exclusive sets by attending the classes at the shows. I wonder what the exclusive set for 2018 will be? Two of the flowers were from 4052 - WC Flower Set 1 and two more flowers were from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2. The grass and leaves are from the 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1 and the set 4763 - Southwest. I used a Wink of Stella pen to add glitter to the flowers. The sentiment is from the In The Air Set - 4753.

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
My project for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend, “Love Bird”, will help you get a jump on your Valentine’s cards.

Begin by stamping the bird onto a mirror stamp or even acetate. Position the stamped image, press down and transfer the stamped image onto the watercolor paper. Then stamp the bird using your Stamp Positioner next to mirror stamped bird. Next, stamp the daisy bunch from 4052 WC Flower Set 1 in 2 Red and 66 Dusty Pink in a heart shape and fill in with the leafy branch from 4867 WC Foliage Set 2 in 15 Olive Green. Pull the color from the lines on the foliage and flowers using your Watercolor Brush No. 4 and water. Onto the birds, use the Watercolor Brush No. 1 to pull the color. Darken any lines with the fine tip of 45 Sepia. Scribble a little 2 Red onto your Watercolor Paletteand brush onto the chest of the birds. Finish with a little bling for that extra sparkle!

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 2 Red, 15 Olive Green, 45 Sepia, 66 Dusty Pink
Other Supplies: Swarovski size 10ss jewels, Crystal Katana, Stamps of Life Mirror Stamp, Glossy Accents

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I used my stamp positioner to place my Rustic Cottage to the middle of the tag. I inked it up using African Violet on the roof and Sepia on the rest of the cottage. In order to protect the cottage, I used a post-it note mask while I stamped the birch trees (inked with Sepia and a little African Violet) behind it. Once again, I used the stamp positioner to place it perfectly.
Once the stamping was complete, I removed the mask and using my paintbrush and water I pulled color from between the trees into the background and sky. I let some of the paint in the sky dry and then came back in with additional water for some hard edges.
I pulled color from the edges of the roof (that were inked with African Violet) to create the illusion of a snowy roof. Then, I pulled the Sepia from the cottage and added some additional Sepia and a mixture of Sepia and African Violet (creates a nice gray) from my palette and added it in lines to create a worn wood look.
Using my palette, I added some African Violet to create some snow underneath the trees and next to the cottage. I added some Prussian Blue to create a stream. You will notice I wasn't too worried about the right had side of the piece as I am going to die cut this out and that will be cut off.
On one of the tags, I used the small fir top to create some pine trees using Pine Green.
Check out my YouTube channel and Blog for more information on how to create these Watercolor Tag Money Holders.
Other Supplies: Post-it notes, Scissors, Tim Holtz Tag DieBig Shot MachineAltenew Garden Hydrangea Stamp SetScor-BuddySilver Brush, Black Velvet , Round, Size 8Scor-Tape

Thanks, team! These are fantastic ideas! Have these ideas inspired you? Comment below! If you are craving more sweet inspiration from our team, be sure to check out their social media links!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

If we've inspired you, why not enter this week's "Feel The Love" Challenge while you are at it? Simply create a love-themed card and link it to our inLinkz at THIS post, and you'll be entered for a chance to WIN! You have until the end of January to enter!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Coffee Please by Cheri Burry!

Hello Ai Fans!
This poor guy sure is all tangled up, but rest assured nothing that "a coffee" can't fix! This is the funny "Giraffe" set from the "Zoo Crew" over at Art Impressions!
I am using paper from the Doodlebug "At The Zoo" 6x6 collection. I cut a piece of the paper with a Stitched Border frame and added some enamel dots for a fun element to my card! I also inked all the edges of my paper with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. After I coloured the "Giraffe", I realized he was too tall to use a die cut shape around him for my A2 card size. So I pulled out my trusty Brother Cut N Scan and used the machine to "fussy Cut" around him. Now he it perfectly on my card!
Copics Used:
E31, E33, E35, E37, R01, W3, W5

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

NEW Valentine and Holiday Mansion Sets! PLUS, Challenge 224 Feel the Love!

New Holiday Mansions New Holiday

Feel the love as we reveal our FIRST NEW release of 2018! We have four new sets perfect for the early 2018 holidays that are sure to share a smile with a loved one! In our Holiday Mansion line, we added both Valentine's and Easter sets, filled with bears, bunnies and accessories to make this house a home! Our Valentine's Bear Set features some "bear-y" big sentiments to share the love with your "best-tea!" Plus, for a new interactive design, we are releasing Critter Cups to create adorable place cards, candy cups, or an egg cup character for Easter! Order today at artimpressions.com!

HM Valentine HM Easter
Critter Cups Valentine Bears Set

Jil is here to show a fabulous example of our Critter Cups! This set is too cute and so versatile for many designs! Let's take a closer look!

Hello Ai fans!

I am so excited to bring you this new stamp set and dies, Critter Cups.  You have everything you need to stamp and cut countless animals.  This set is designed to cut out a bunny, kitten, raccoon and a fox.  As I was looking at the faces I saw many other animals.  I'm excited to see what all of you can come up with. Here are the main four images you can do finished.  Because Valentines day is coming up, I'm going to walk you through the a Valentine Kitten Critter Cup.

Stamp out your main images.  I stamped out one body with a black alcohol marker safe ink onto the center of a piece of 6" x 1 1/2" piece of Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Paper.

 Stamp the face onto a piece of paper that is at least 3' x 3".  There are four faces to choose from.  I used the kitten face and a tail from a white piece of paper.  Then I cut them out.

Then do all of the die cutting. I'd rather get it out of the way just in case I make any mistakes with the coloring. I line up the dies for the left and right foot and cut them out. I also line up the middle front paw die cut and tape it down. 

Now you just need to cut out the right side front paw die cut on the body. Also cut out two ears from white paper along with a tail. Cut the bow tie from a scrap of the Echo Park I'd Rather Be Crafting 6"x 6" paper pad. 

 Now for the fun part! You get to start coloring. I colored  the perimeter of the Valentine label and the inner parts of the ear and the pads on the paws with a RV10 Copic.  I colored the tummy and the front paws with a RV30 Copic.

I used a very simple technique to color the calico spots onto my kitty.  No blending was needed!  First, I used The Cool Grey Copic's. I just squiggled on the C7 at the center. I went around it with the C3 and C1.  Sometimes they overlapped, sometimes they didn't.  I just keep them irregular. Next, I added the Brown's  the same way.  For those I used E30, E35 and E37. The cheeks and pads of the paws were added with the RV10 Copic.  

The head was attached to the body with Tim Holtz Collage Medium.

Now you want to very gently curl the body around a roll of Washi tape that is around the size of the finished treat bag.  Tip: Be very careful around the feet. The first few times you bend it are important because you want to be sure they curve and don't crack.  I attached the tail with the collage medium at this point.  I added red line sticky tape to the inside to close up the back..  It is very sticky and you don't have to wait for it to dry.

I added extra detail to the eyes and nose. I first used a black Sakura Glaze pen.  It's different than a gel pen because it looks like it was embossed because it is raised.  I set it aside to dry. Once it was dry, I added a dot of the white Sakura Gel pen. This brings life back to the  image.   I added the bow tie and then add an enamel dot to the middle.

The last thing to do is add the treat bag and close up the back of the body.  Now it's finished!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thanks, Jil! What an adorable way to send some treats this Valentine's Day, or for any Holiday or party!

We are kicking off a new challenge! But first, let's recognize the winners of last week's Anything Goes challenge!

Top spot goes to...

Congrats, Shari! We LOVE your brilliant coloring and fantastic use of patterned paper! Our Quilt Set ladies look quite cozy! Email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! Helen, what an inventive arrangement of images from our Reel Great Guys set! What a perfect masculine card! And Katrin, we are stunned by your fabulous watercoloring! Please email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thank you to everyone who joined our first challenge of the year! The second one is going to help you get ready for your Valentine cards! This challenge theme is "Feel the Love" - so show us your love cards! They can be Valentines, friendship or anniversary, or anything to do with L-O-V-E!

✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
✻ Share the Ai love by clicking and commenting your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Happy Stamping!