Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sale!! by Dana Warren

Hello, AI fans!!

Today I have a card featuring the Shop Set! It's a big stamp so it can be a challenge to use on a card! It also has lots of coloring milage! Perfect to color when you need some down time!!

I started by stamping and coloring the image. I used my Spectrum Noir Markers: AG1, AG3, AG5, AP1, AP3, AP4, BG2, BG4, BG6, BG7, BO2, BO3, BO4, EB5, EB6, HB2, HB4, IG2, IG4, IG6, LY1, LY3, IG8, LV3, MB2, MB3, MB4. Then I fussy cut around the image.

From my stash, I found this busy pattern. They can be hard to use, but I really liked it behind this image. I added it to a card base and used a black cardstock strip to break up the pattern a little.

I added the image with foam tape and last the Sale sentiment. I kept the sentiment short and simple because of the busy pattern paper and a busy image!

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall Floral Birdhouse PopCard by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

Fall is coming!  It's my favorite season because of the colors of the turning leaves.  I really miss seeing that here in Florida, so I make up for it with my markers!  I used the Floral Birdhouse Popcard set to make a vintage fall card. I also used the Popcard Template because it isn't included in the set, but it is needed to assemble the card.
A piece of Strathmore watercolor paper was cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and distressed with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  The Crafter's Companion Ornate Square Frame Die was cut from the top portion of the rectangle.  Another rectangle was cut from matte gold cardstock and attached to a cream card base.  Just the center portion of the ornate die was cut from the frame to reveal the opening to the center of the card.  The watercolor piece was attached to the card base. The greeting and butterfly from the stamp and die set were attached to the bottom of the card 
The images were stamped onto Strathmore watercolor paper with Versamark Watermark ink and Vintage Gold embossing powder was applied and heat set. The images were colored with Marvy LePlumw II Markers. The colors are listed at the end of this post. The images were cut using the matching dies that came in the stamp set. The Popcard Template  was cut out of a piece of acetate.  It's easier to use because it slides together better. I followed the directions on the package to put the card together making sure that the pop card showed through the window properly. 
Marvy LePlume II Colors Used:
Birdhouse - Rosewood 30, Ochre 13, Brown 6
Flowers - Wine 63, English Red 28
Birds - Laurel Green 32, Turquoise 14
Leaves - Olive Green 15, Butterscotch 83, Red 2

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Watercolor Snowman by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fans!

I've jump started my Christmas card making with these three cards featuring the newly released Watercolor Snowman Set!  I totally love snowmen and this one is SO adorable!  I always try to get my Christmas cards done early as I find it so enjoyable without the rush of trying to get them done during the holidays.  When do you make your holiday cards?

For each card I've stamped the snowman and tress onto watercolor paper using Marvy LePlume II markers.  I used a pencil to lightly draw in the background hills and landscape, (well except for the first one.  It's all a learning process! :)    I cut a mask of the larger snow-covered tree to use while stamping the other two behind.   Just so you know, I stamped the snowman onto a scrap piece of watercolor paper four times just to practice and to use as a test piece for my colors.  I also referred to Art Impressions YouTube channel to watch Bonnie's videos that show how to watercolor snowy scenes.  Just scroll back to last November or later for many helpful tips.

For this card I taped off a square with blue painter's tape before stamping and watercoloring with my Marvy LePlume II markers.  I don't have a black marker, so I just smooshed some Black Soot Distress Oxide onto my pallet.  All of the colors I used are in the links below.  I added some sprigs of grass peaking through the snow.

I used a Molotow masking pen on all three of my cards to create a snowy background.   Again, Bonnie shows how to use this masking pen in her videos.  Each card was also die cut using the wonderful new double-stitched edge dies in squares, rectangles and rounded rectangles.  The links are at the end for you to click and see the full sets of these dies.

I love sparkly Christmas cards so I used a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen on each card to get the fun shine.  It doesn't show in the photos, so I took a close up for you to see how pretty it is!  It still doesn't show up as much as in real life!

Each card has a few details added with my Signo Uni-ball white gel pen.  I added some detailing on the scarf, the hat, or the snowy background on one card or another.

I hope I've inspired you to get started on your holiday cards and to give watercoloring the Art Impressions way a try!  Thank you for stopping by and happy stamping!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Water Color Wagon by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing the card that I made for my sister-in-law's birthday.  She's a HUGE animal lover and has a dog and two cats so I know she'll love this.

I used

Marvy Markers used:
3 Blue, 4 Green, 48 Leaf Green, 78 Orchid
96 Jungle Green, 102 Jade Green

Saturday, September 15, 2018

BIBLE JOURNALING VIDEO: Living Water Set - Part 1

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to the launch of our weekly videos for our Ai Bible Journaling line! Today, we kickoff our Saturday Bible Journaling video series. We are excited to be partnering with Jann Gray for not only a second perspective and inspiration, but also downloadable Bible Studies to match the images, coming soon!

You can look forward to videos from Bonnie on the second and fourth Saturdays, and videos from Jann on the first and third Saturdays! All videos will be linked in our Bible Journaling playlist on YouTube!

This week is part one showcasing our Living Water Set! Bonnie starts by working on the main image on the right side of the page, with coordinating Bible Flowers and Bible Foliage Sets to design a beautiful well.

Make sure to follow along for all the fun!
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Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Last Days of Summer

Summer doesn't officially end until September 22, you know! We're hanging on to sweet, sunny days before we head into fall with these beautiful projects brought to you by our Watercolor Guest Design Team! Let's see what they have created today!

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

I used two of the little girls from Art Impression's brand new 5053 - WC Little Girls Set to make my card for the bi-monthly Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend Roundup. This scene is reminiscent of my own granddaughters in their yard. I put one of the girls inside the 4703 - Flower Cart. She would be pink loving Brinley, the youngest, and the older one in the hat, would be Aubrey, my awesome softball player. Their blue house on the hill is from the 4961 - WC Mini Cottages Set. The flowers in the cart are from the 5008 - WC Flower Set 3 and the "lavender" on the ground is from the 4875 - Garden Wagon Mini Set. The grass is from the 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1. Ai has just come out with the greatest steel dies in all the usual shapes and sizes perfect for card making! I used the 5062 - Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies to make my card. 

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
For today’s Watercolor Weekend project, “A Boy and His Dog”, I used the NEW Little Boys Set along with the Dogs Set, watercolored the Art Impressions way and cut it out using the NEW Oval Double Stitched Dies. The boy could easily be swapped out with a girl in the Little Girls Set.

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 15 Olive Green, 28 English Red, 29 Prussian Blue, 30 Rosewood, 45 Sepia, 60 Salvia Blue, 100 Sapphire
Other Products: Post-It Notes

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I love the new Art Impressions stamps. I used the new WC Boat Set and the 5007 – WC Foliage Set 3 to create this clean and simple card. I stamped the boat using 45 Sepia. I pulled the color out of the lines and added some 17 Steel Blue from my Watercolor Palette. I masked it off and also masked off an oval on the card. I used the Watercolor Palette to lay down 36 Manganese Blue and 86 African Violet to create the water and Tombow Dual Brush Pens 947-Burnt Sienna and 873–Coral to create the sand.

I used my 4774 – Stamp Positioner to stamp the small boat in 86 African Violet. I added some 28 English Red to create the lines on the sail. I used the grasses from the 5007 – WC Foliage Set 3 inked in 15 Olive Green stamped above and below the boat. I used some 36 Manganese Blue to create the clouds. To finish off, I used my Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush Pen – Clear to create a little shimmer. I cut it down and added it to a mat of Gina K Designs Heavyweight Cardstock- Fresh Asparagus.

Thank you, team! We love these darling projects featuring several of our NEWEST Watercolor stamps! Comment below to let us know what you liked about this week's edition of Watercolor Weekend! We love to hear what you have to say. Also, if you aren't already following our designer's on social media, take a moment to find them here!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Bonnie Krebs - NEW Instagram account for Bible Journaling

Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Old Age??? HA!! by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

My card today features the "oh so fun" Hop Hop Set!!  I absolutely adore this image and I haven't colored it up in years! I figured it was about time to pull it out again! I'm one of those that it doesn't matter to me how old I am. I love having fun and being silly.  If someone wants to think I'm a fool for it, then so be it! LOL! And to me, that's the exact attitude that comes across with this image and sentiment.  The sentiment is F3474 Mature.  The shaped card was created with the Silhouette, the image panel was cut using the Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies, and the sentiment was cut using the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies

So that's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today and hope you're having an amazing weekend!  I'd also like to say my thoughts and prayers are with anyone affected by the weather this week! Please stay safe!!  Until next time - stay crafty!

Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E17, E33, E35, E37, E39, E97, E99
B000, B91, B93, B95
YG13, YG17, YG67
Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y18, Y19, Y32, Y35
T1, T2, T3
R20, R35

Give Thanks by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in Canada and I thought these adorable Pilgrim Mice would make the perfect card! This image is from the newly released "Grateful Hearts" set by Art Impressions.
I decided to use papers from an older Doodlebug collection called Fall Friends. I just loved that they had a paper with Pilgrims on it to match my card. I added Spectrum Noir Glitter pen to all the orange coloured areas.

I coloured my image with my Copic markers and fussy cut out my images using my Brother Cut N Scan. I added a cute scalloped border to the edges of my paper and used the new Oval Double Stitched die from Ai to cut out a background to mount my image to.
Copics Used:
Mice: E50, E51, E53, E55, R20
Outfits: N1, N4, N5, N7
Pumpkins: YR04, YR07, YR09, YG63
Ground: YG61, YG63, YG67

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Guinea Pigs Card Set By Crystal Schneider

Hello AI fans!

This week I have been playing with Guinea Pig Out set 5003. I love these cute little guinea pigs so much! I have three cards to share with you today.  I see many mare cards in my future made with them. 

I stamped all of the images with Memento black ink so I could color them in with alcohol markers. 

Card 1: 

I had so much fun coloring these little guys in! After I colored them in I stamped the sentiment under them, matted the image with some fun pattern paper, kraft cardstock, and blue cardstock. Adhered the whole panel to a top folding card base. 

Card 2:

For this card I matted it with some fun pattern paper. I used a stencil for the pattern underneath the guinea pig. I attached the guinea pig with an action wobbler. 

 My daughter has a guinea pig who looks just like this little guy.  When he gets excited to see her he pops up and down.  I love how the wobbler makes him look like he is excited and just jumping up and down on the card.  

Card 3: 

This card came together really fast I stenciled some clouds on the background and die cut some more clouds to adhere to the background. Matted the card panel onto some wood grain pattern paper. I also attached this guinea pig with an action wobbler too look like he is flying in the sky. 

Spectrum Noir Markers
Flying Guinea Pig Card- RB2, RB3, PP6 
Grinny Pig Card- GY2, GY3, GY5, PP6, BGR1, Blender
Pig Out Card- RB1, RB2, FS5, FS6, AP1, AP3, FS2, CT4, BT1, BT2, CR11, DR7, OR2, GY2, GY3, GY5, DP1, DP2, GB3, AG1, AG3 

Happy Stamping!