Thursday, May 26, 2016

NEW Mini TryFolds and Clasp Keepers! PLUS New Challenge 185 Layer It On Me!


We are pleased to announce not one, but TWO brand new lines! Our three beautiful new Mini TryFolds include dies that cut openings to reveal the images underneath! In two intricate designs, Clasp Keepers are the perfect accessory to keep TryFold cards closed. Watch the videos from our friends at Scrapbook Expo to see these new stamps and dies in action!
New Mini TryFolds
Garden Window MTF Blessings to You MTF Hello Friend MTF


From our design team, Karen is here to give a fabulous tutorial to make a Mini TryFold card with a Clasp Keeper!


I'm so excited to share the new Ai Mini Try-folds with you today!  These make the absolute prettiest cards that you can imagine.  I have all kinds of photos to share, with step by step instructions, so grab your coffee, and scroll down a ways to see how easy these are to create.
 I am using Blessings To You MTF (Sku# 4758).  The set includes 3 images, a sentiment, and two small dies, along with complete instructions for cutting and stamping on the back of the package.
 My cardstock is 4 1/2"x11" and is scored into thirds.  I stamped the largest image, centered on the right panel, and then placed the larger die over the opening in the middle of the image.
 After running it through my Cuttlebug, I folded the card sides in, and traced lightly around the opening with a pencil, onto the cardstock flap underneath.  This allows me to see where the next image should be stamped.
 With the top flap open, here you can faintly see where I'd traced through the opening, and now have stamped the second image over the pencil lines.  Then I will fit the smaller die into the center of this image, and run it through my machine.
 Once more, I will trace around the opening through to the bottom panel, which is the inside of the card.
Look closely!  You'll see the faint pencil outline which shows me where to position the small bunny image.  I put both the bunny and the sentiment onto the same acrylic block and stamped them over the pencil shape.
 So after stamping the bunny - this is what the card looks like with all of the panels folded.  The positioning of the images does not have to be exact - the idea is that you want to see a glimpse of all three layers when the card is folded shut.  Here are the layers coloured with Copic markers:



 In addition to the two Mini TF sets, we are also launching two new Clasp dies designed especially for the Mini TF's.  I'm showing Butterfly Clasp Die (Sku #4748):
I secured the die onto my cardstock with some washi tape, so that it would stay in place.  I only have the shorter base plate for my die cut machine, so I ran it through once, then turned the die around and ran the other end of it through - the tape kept the die from moving around.
All of the Ai dies cut beautifully.  The clasp simply wraps around the Mini TF, and there is a small slit on each butterfly that allows them to interlock, forming a belly band to keep the Try-fold closed.  I used my purple Copics to tint the edges of my butterfly, and then coated him with some Wink of Stella so that he shimmers.  Thanks for hanging in there through all of my photos!  Enjoy!
Copics used: BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00, BV000, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00, G46, G43, G40, R35, R32, R30, C3, C1, C00, B000, B0000, Y35, Y32, Y11.
Thank you, Karen! What a beautiful card and great instructions! We're launching a new challenge, and we hope Karen's tutorial has inspired you to create a card with layers! We're looking for cards with 5+ layers (Karen's card includes the lovely Clasp Keeper wrapped around the tri-folded card). Let's see what you got!
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 25 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!






Let's not forget the winners of our last challenge, "Laughing WITH You!"

Top Spot goes to...

Dotty Jo!

Congrats, Dotty! We loved the lovely coloring and funny addition of the cupcake Yoga Yolanda is dreaming of! Email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Terri Thill!

Amy Marshall!


Congrats, you two! We're loving the hilarious sentiments you've used! Terri, our Fire Out Set is perfectly matched with Light a Room for a funny birthday card! And Amy, we love the coloring on the Laughing Set! Email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address and the stamp set of your choice as a prize!

We had some wonderful entrants this challenge! Please join our next challenge for a chance to win Art Impressions stamps!

can I borrow...by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
 
Today I am sharing a card using one of the hilarious Girlfriends sets.  This one is called Out to Lunch Set (3576) .  I have used the sentiments several times since they coordinate with so many Ai images but this time I colored up these sweet ladies as well!
 

I started with a pre-printed card base and added my panel with a paper doily torn and ruffled along the bottom.  Some pearls were added for a simple accent.
 
The first lady has some rose-colored glasses but the pink color doesn't show well in the pic.  I may go back and darken the lens a bit.  One of my favorite mugs is a green polka-dotted one hence the coloring on her cup.  ;)
 
 
Check out the Girlfriends line for more fun Ai images.  Have a great day and… happy stamping!

 

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NEW Watercolor Wednesday - Double Feature!

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday! We have a special DOUBLE FEATURE today, as we have guest designer Kendra Krebs from Watercolor with Kendra showing our WC Project Series 3 Set 1 and Set 2- Veggie Cart and Bonnie Krebs showing our WC Exclusive Set, only available with the purchase of our 2016 Watercolor Class at our 2016 Retail Shows.

First, Bonnie shows us this beautiful Bunny and Chair set! We have had many requests from those attending our Watercolor Class to offer this video! This beautiful set creates a picturesque scene and includes beautiful floral accessories to add to your collection. This video is a great tutorial on different shadows and foliage placements. Make sure to check out our Show Schedule to sign up for a class near you and grab this exclusive set!




For our second video today, Kendra Krebs from Watercolor with Kendra created a special guest video for our YouTube channel! Kendra is the daughter of Bonnie Krebs and a beautiful watercolor artist with her own unique style! Another requested video, our Series 3 features this beautiful Veggie Cart and so many great accessories for the wooden baskets. We hope you enjoy Kendra's Video and hope you pop over to her channel to subscribe! "Thumbs up" are always appreciated!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!