Thursday, September 19, 2019

Warehouse Sale 2019 Classes Announced! PLUS Challenge 266 Use Circles!

Warehouse Sale Classes
Hello, Ai Fans!

Announcing open registration for classes at the 5th Annual Art Impressions Warehouse Sale in Keizer, OR! Class registration starts TODAY for our wonderful selection of watercolor and interactive cardmaking classes! We are offering five classes on Friday, November 22 and four more on Saturday, November 23. Not only will you learn fantastic techniques, but with each class you take you will receive a coupon for a FREE stamp set (up to $23 value) at the sale, and can be redeemed for our 2019 Exclusive Flower Cart watercolor set!

 Newcomers to our watercolor technique will enjoy Kendra's Beginner Watercolor workshop to learn the basics and to prepare for our other classes. Have you wanted to start watercoloring in your Bible or journal? Sign up for our Bible Journaling class and learn to paint a floral border and wooden cross for your Bible pages! Join Kate for the last opportunity to take our 2019 Watercolor Workshop, which has been popular across the U.S. at stamp shows! Kendra's Welcome Home workshop highlights lovely spring images and The Great Outdoors features products from our newest release. Finally, our 2020 Watercolor Workshop will feature a rustic boot, as well as three other projects to be announced later!

We have expanded our interactive class lineup! Join Annelise in our Flips & Folds class for a great overview of popular 2019 sets, including Wheelies and Flip Cards! Be quick to sign up for our Christmas class, as it sold out last year! You will make three interactive cards perfect for the holiday season, as they involve simple techniques and quick coloring methods! Lastly, learn popular card techniques you have always wanted to try in our WOW Cards class, including pivot twist, pop-up box, and cascading waterfall cards!

Click the images below for more details and registration. Space is limited, so be sure to tell your friends and register soon! Registration ends Thursday, November 21 at 11AM Pacific Time, and after that tickets will be available at the door only as space allows. We hope to see you there!

For general information about our Warehouse Sale, please visit this page.

Beginning Watercolor Bible Journaling 2019 Watercolor Workshop
Welcome Home Watercolor The Great Outdoors Watercolor Workshop 2020
Flips _ Folds Interactive Christmas Cards Interactive WOW Cards
NEW Wheelies
We're back with our Use Circles challenge, along with inspiration from the design team! Let's take a look at this week's creations featuring our new Wheelies! Click the designer's name to visit their blog for more details on their card!

Carol with Snowman Wheelie Set

Crystal with Halloween Cat Set

Jessica with Snowman Wheelie Set 

Jil with Halloween Cat Set

 Niccole with Halloween Cat Set

Join our challenge! This one is all about circles. We want to see your circle-inspired cards for a chance to win Ai stamps. You can't win if you don't enter! Let's see what you got! This prompt is very open-ended, so you can make nearly anything. We can't wait to see what you create!

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 the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Happy Stamping!

Tons of Fun Coming Your Way by Crystal

Hi Ai Fans!

I think interactive cards are so much fun. Some times they take a little extra time and work to get them made but in the end it is well worth it.

This week I made a card using the Elephant stackers stamp set with the Slider die

My first card I stamped the pull out panel with Memento black ink and colored the elephants in with alcohol markers. I think the part that comes out could then be used as a book mark. I kept this card really simple I die cut a Double stitched rounded rectangle

Underneath the colored elephants when you pull it out is the sentiment "TONS OF FUN COMING YOUR WAY".  

For my second card I made a color reveal when you pull the blue panel of card stock out you see the elephants colored in.

Spectrum Noir Markers:
IG2, IG4, IG5, BG2, BG3, BG4

Paper Pink Paislee- Birthday Bash

Happy Stamping! 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

NEW VIDEO! Desert Scene Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

It's our favorite day of the week - Watercolor Wednesday! Last weekend, we were in Mesa, Arizona for the Scrapbook Expo and loved sharing our NEW WC Desert Set with so many of our fans in that area! Bonnie starts week three of our WC Mountains using the plateau in the set and features the saguaro and prickly pear cacti and adobe home from the Desert Set in this design. This is a great project to learn foreground and background and don't miss Bonnie's tip on mixing colors for the cacti!

We want to hear from you! Leave a comment over on this Desert Scene video letting us know what this scene reminds you of!

View on YouTube:

Friendship Blooms by Niccole Kulig

Hello Ai fans!!

Today I am sharing a card I made using the Art Impressions HM Garden set.  I paired it with the WC Sentiment set.
As you can see I started with a dies cut I had in my stash.  Once I cut it and placed it on my navy card stock, that is where I got the idea for the HM Garden set randomly placed around the circles.  

As you can see the items in the HM Garden set fit perfectly in the circles, or should I say on the circles? 

The sentiment "Friendship Blooms From The Heart" from the WC Sentiment set fit perfectly with the theme and the middle of the card.
I finished thecard off with a little Wink Of Stella to the metal on the watering can and the shovel, just to make the metal shimmer a little.  I can't decide if I like the orange one or navy one better.  Which one do you like better?

Thank you so much for stopping by ... have a great week and we will see you soon!

Copics used:
B00, B02
C0, C2, C04
E25, E27, E29
G21, G24, G40, G43, G46
Y15, Y19

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Feast Mode Fox by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I used the Feast Mode Set for a challenge a few weeks ago and didn't get a chance to use this fox image.  I had to stamp and color him up too!  I love the content look on his face.  I have to admit that I often look that way after my first cup of coffee in the morning.
The images were stamped onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. The image was then cut out with the Circle Double Stitched Dies along with a piece of dark brown card stock.
I cut off half of the front of a brown A2 card base and attached patterned papers to the inside and the front of the card.  The papers are from the Happy Camper collection by Echo Park.  I used the Oval Double Stitched Dies to cut out the greeting and another piece of dark brown paper.  Everything is edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a mini ink blending tool.
I created two versions of the card using different patterned papers.
Copic Colors Used:
Fox - E30, E31, E33, E35, E07, E08
Pumpkin - YR000, YR02, YR04, YR07, E31
Coffee - E30, E31, E33
Greens - YG61, YG63, YG67
Yellows - Y21, Y23, Y26
Background - E0000, E000

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Spooky Holiday Mansion by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai fans!

I had so much fun turning the Holiday Mansion into a spooky (but not too spooky!) Halloween card!  I used the Halloween pieces from the HM Accessory Set to make this card!

All of the images were stamped onto Neenah Solar White 80# paper with Copic safe ink.  I colored them all with the Copics listed below.  Then I used the included dies to cut them out.  There isn't a die for the house, but it's so easy to fussy cut, which I did!

I cut a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth to 4" x 5-¼".  I die cut a circle shape and added positioned the mask where it would be behind the house.  I blended on some Distress Oxide inks with blender brushes.  The colors I used are Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot for the sky.  I added some water drops and then blotted them up with a dry paper towel after a few seconds.  Then I added white spatters with some slightly diluted white gauche using a paint brush.   The ground is Peeled Paint and Forest Moss with a bit of Black Soot around the edges.  I removed the mask for the moon and added Fossilized Amber to it.  I used a couple of light gray Copics to add the moon craters.

This little monster behind the door just makes me smile!!  For the windows I used some vellum and stamped the googly eyes and spider webs onto it with StazOn black ink.  I used a white gel pen on the reverse side and colored in the white of the eyes.  On the left window, I filled in around the eyes with a black pen.  After I glued the vellum pieces behind the openings, I added some thin foam tape to the back of the house and attached it to the background.

The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I die cut it out with a die from the Flag Double Stitched Dies.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful, crafty week!

Copic markers:
C0, C1, C3, C5, E13, E15, E34, N2, N6, V05, V06,
Y23, Y38, YG01, YG05, YG17, YG25, YG67, YR07, YR16