Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tea Party Pop Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I am a huge fan of the Pop Card line.  I especially love the newer release that has more involved scenes.  Today I'm showing you the Tea Party Pop Card 4942.  I used it with the Pop Card Template 4862. Remember that all of the Pop Cards come with all of the stamps and dies that you need to make them, except for the Pop Card Template.  You only need to buy the template one time for use with all of the Pop Cards.

My card started with a pre-cut linen card base that had an eyelet edging. I just cut a circle into the top side of it so the recipient could catch a glimpse of what was inside the card.  I added paper to the card front from the DCWV Garden Tea Party paper stack.  I also added a die cut doily that I had cut to go around the circle. I edged the entire card and all of it's layers with Tea Dye Distress ink.  All of my images are colored with Peerless watercolors.  They are concentrated watercolors on special sheets of paper.  I find it's easiest to apply them with a fine point waterbrush.  I used just a few colors on this project.  They were; japomica scarlet, olive green, bismark brown, tea rose pink and pearl gray. Once all of the images were dry, I applied Diamond Stickles to a few areas.

I assembled the inside of the Pop Card following the directions that are in the packaging.  I cut the Pop Card template out of acetate.  It makes it easier to get the template through the thick watercolor paper, and you can barely see it.  I just love how everything pop's up and comes to life when the card is opened! I hope you give these fun cards a try.  Once you see how easy they are to make, you'll want to do more and more of them.  

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, May 21, 2018

wish big little piggy by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing another card I made using one of the new Flutters sets! Here I used 4975- Pig Flutter Set to create a fun, interactive card.

I thought about putting my pig up in the air and the farm scene down low but I didn't want my pull tab hanging over the scene so I switched it around. This little piggy is on the ground, making a big wish that he will take flight! lol.
When you pull the tab, his wings move up & down! So fun! I used Mini White Brads (a few are included in the set to get you started) to attach the wings and colored them with a Copic marker to make them pink. Instead of coloring the whole pig, I stamped him onto pink cardstock. Then I colored his hooves, snout, ears and cheeks.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Owl Flutter Birthday by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!
 Today I'm sharing one of the fun, new Flutters!
 I've used 4972 – Owl Flutter Set.

The Flutters line is a fun, new interactive line from Art Impressions. You pull the tab and the wings, ears etc. move up and down.  I'm sad because the texture didn't show up. The white portion has an embossed wood grain on it.  It's really fun in person.

The owl comes with a fun birthday verse.
You can see it on the inside of my card below.

Here's a video of the cute, interactive wings.

Copics used:
E33, E35, E51, E81, Y02, Y26, BG02, BG11

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Friendship Blooms!

Hello, Ai Watercolor Fans! Today we have three fabulous projects to share, featuring gorgeous florals. Our friends Dot and Tricia O. have paired a friendship sentiment with their card, while Tricia K. framed her poppies for a perfect gift!

Dot Freel Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

Spring has surely arrived for most of us and I made a Spring birthday card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup. A friend gave me the heart shaped balloon. I used eight stamp sets and nine markers to create it. See my list of supplies below:

Marvy LePlume II Markers: 45 Sepia15 Olive Green72 Pine Green55 Iris Purple75 Sky Blue, 70 Peppermint, 35 Coral Pink, 52 Yellow Green, 62 Wisteria
Other Supplies: Canson Watercolor Paper

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram

Just three stamps and four markers were used to create my pretty “Poppy Painting” for today’s Watercolor Weekend project. I watercolored the Art Impressions Way by stamping the container from WC Containers in African Violet, then the foliage from WC Foliage Set 2 in Olive Green and finally the long-stemmed flowers from Watering Can in English Red and Olive Green (I added a few more buds by just stamping the single top flower several times). To achieve the “poppy” look, I placed a small black dot with the fine tip of Black into the center of each flower making sure to leave a little white space too.

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Lately I have really been into creating watercolor projects that have a frame of some kind in the design. I decided to share one for Watercolor Weekend that is really simple to achieve. It only requires 3 stamps and 3 markers. You can use a shaped die or really anything you have around the house to use as a template. This project can also be used for any occasion, just stamp the sentiment you need. Don’t have an occasion yet, leave it blank until you need one, then you will have a card ready to go at a moment’s notice.

I traced a square lightly on my watercolor paper using my stitched square die with a pencil. Then, I used 2 flowers from the new 5008 – WC Flower Set 3 inked with 20 Magenta and 15 Olive Green and the small leaves from the new 5007 – WC Foliage Set 3 also inked with 15 Olive Green. I used the square as a guide to where I wanted to place my flowers. I used the 40 Brownish Grey on my palette to create the square. 

If you would like to see how I created this card, come check out the video on my YouTube channel. I hope you will join us for Watercolor Weekend and share your projects with us using #AIWatercolor. 
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 20 Magenta15 Olive Green40 Brownish Grey
Other Supplies: VersaFine- Onyx Black Ink PadHeartfelt Hydrangea- ClearHeavy Base Weight Card Stock- Bubblegum PinkSimon Says Stamp SHAPES WITH STITCHES SetSS160 In Stitches

Thank you for your beautiful cards, ladies! We are celebrating our gal pals this week with our newest Girlfriends release, and a hand-stamped and painted card is a wonderful way to share some love. We hope you'll get a chance to make and mail a card to one of your friends this weekend! Happy Stamping!

Let's get our boogie on by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

I made my card today for a bestie that had a birthday last week. I just love 4730 Birthday Fairy Set from Art Impressions! Her skirt goes on an Action Wobble and she does a little boogie for you!  :)   I paper pieced her dress to match the background papers. 

Isn't she so much fun??!!  Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and until next time - stay crafty!!
Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E21, E23, R20
B000, B00, B02
YG00, YG01, YG13, YG17

Friday, May 18, 2018

Catching Z's by Cheri Burry!

Hello Ai Fans!
I'm popping in to share a masculine themed card using the Art Impressions "Catching Z's" stamp set. It's always great to have a few masculine cards on hand and this one is perfect for some of the men that I know!
I decided to use paper from the older Echo Park Reflections Fall 6x6 collection. After I coloured my image with Copic Sketch markers I used my Brother Cut N Scan to "fussy" cut around my guy! Then using foam tape I popped him up against my card design. I love using foam tape or squares as it really helps to add dimension to your card.
The sentiment comes with the set and cracks me up every time I read it! Sometimes I wonder if there is more "sleeping" going on then actual fishing when the guys are out in the boat LOL.
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Yellows: Y23, Y26, Y28
Greens: YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99
Tackle box: E17, E18, E19
Chair: R24, R29, silver Wink of Stella
C1, C3,

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Challenge 232 "Playing Dress-Up" Week 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!
Girlfriends 2018
We are celebrating our gal pals today with our NEWEST additions to our Girlfriends collection! These ladies are one of our most popular lines, we could not resist adding two more sets that embody friendship and fun! Say hello to our Sunny Shades and Crazy Friends sets. As always, our sets include three laugh-out-loud sentiments, and you can find them all at artimpressions.com today!
Sunny Shades SetCrazy Friends Set
Did you catch Renee's cards last week? You won't want to miss those wonderful backdrops she created for her gals to stand on! Today, the rest of the Design Team is here to share their creations! Hop over to the designer's blog for more details by clicking their name. 
Thanks, ladies! Each of these cards are so fun! Perfect for sharing with your bestie! 
Challenge time! Please join us in "Playing Dress-Up"! This is a great opportunity to use your favorite character stamps, or anything else that can be dolled up! We can't wait to see what you create with this week's theme - hurry, just one week left to join! You just might win some free Ai stamps!

Here are the Challenge Rules
✻ 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, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

One last announcement!
Art Impressions is excited to announce that a selection of our newest stamps are now available at Pat Catan's Craft Centers! Find our popular Work & Play and Funny Farm clear sets, as well as our wonderful Twist Ties and Wiggle Wobbles! We love it when you can pick up our products at your local stores, with 35 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan. We hope you can enjoy the ease of shopping Ai nearby! Find a store near you today!

If you spot our products in stores, be sure to snap a picture and tag us with #AiAtPatCatans!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Stone Wall Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to another new idea for Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie creates a stone retaining wall, surrounded by wild vines, and a watering can resting on top. She designed the shortened wall with the stones from our WC Wall Texture and used the Stamp Positioner to tuck the watering can into the top edge. Watch the full video over on our YouTube channel

View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/a4NO5A01img

Crazy Gardening Lady by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

It's finally starting to get warmer and spring tulips and such are blooming. If you or a friend are gardeners then AI's Gotta Garden is the perfect set to have on hand! 

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions
I started my card by stamping the lady, tools, and gnome on white cardstock. Then I used my spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor pencils. I used Anthracite, Oregano, Apricot, Cypress, Rose, Umber, Ginger, Ebony, Fossil Grey, Midnight Gray, Strawberry, Carrot, Pineapple, Black Umber.  Instead of using water to activate the pencil I used a basic alcohol blender marker. This gives similar results, but a lot easier, no guess on how much water to use. The pencils will stain your pen just so you are aware!

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions

I fussy cut out the gnome/tools and then used a square die to cut out the lady. From my leftover stash, I found some paper that I had used some green ink of some kind to make a splatter background. I cut it into a square and added it and the lady square to a black card base. 

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions

Next, I stamped and white heat embossed the Crazy Gardening Lady sentiment below the squares. Then I added the gnome and tools with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Stamping and Gardening!!