Thursday, April 9, 2020

Happy Everything... by Crystal


Hi Ai fans! Easter is this weekend it looks like it will be different then other years.  This week I played with the Easter Bunnies stamp set.  

This whole bunny stamp set was so adorable. I stamped the bunny with Memento black ink and colored it in with alcohol ink markers. I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut stitched banner. "Happy Easter Happy Spring Happy Everything!" with Versafine black ink. 


I die cut the image out with a stitched circle die. I kept the stamped image simple but adhered it to strips of pattern paper to make it interesting. 


Spectrum Noir Markers: IG2, CT3, PP4, LG1, LG3, LG5, TN1, TN2, TN4, PL2, PL3

Happy Stamping!






Wednesday, April 8, 2020

NEW VIDEO! Easter Cross by Kendra Krebs

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome back, Watercolor Wednesday fans!

NEW VIDEO! Watch guest artist, Kendra Krebs, create a beautiful Easter Cross using a FUN technique for a stained glass window appearance! Both the Bible Journaling sets used in this video, Rugged Crosses and Wood Frames sets, are currently 20% off! Happy Easter!







View on YouTube: 



Easter Blessing by Niccole

Hello Ai fans!!

I am stopping by today to share a card I made using the Sweet Easter stamp set from Art Impressions.  
This card came together relatively quickly. I started by applying my Glitz Gel to a stencil I had.  I let it dry and trimmed the panel down.  I attached it to  my white card base.  I love the look of white on white.  
I placed my stamps down so I knew they would fit perfectly.  I Copic colored my bunny. I only used two color families; my cool grays and my reds.
I finished it by adding some pastel confetti sequins to make it pop a little more.  I really love how it turned out, might be one of my recent favorites.
Thank you so much for stopping by and spending a little time with me.  Make sure you come back soon to the Ai blog and see what the team has been up to.  

Copics used:
C0, C1, C3, C5
R11, R22, 

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Easter Twist Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I used the Easter Twist Set to make two different Easter cards.  I enjoyed adding in my Watercolor stamps to make one of the eggs patterned.  They were both fun to make, but even more fun to play with once they're finished.

I started by stamping the images onto Strathmore Cold Pressed paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink and colored them with  Tombow Dual Brush markers .  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. I added in the full strength marker where I wanted it darker and used a damp brush to spread the color into the lighter areas.  I also used some marker scribbled onto my Watercolor Palette to add color.  I drew the faces on with a extra fine black Sharpie pen.
To make the floral egg I masked off the bottom of the bunny and the edges of the egg with a Molotow masking pen. Once it was dry I stamped the heart flowers from the WC Mini Flower Set in small clusters with the Tombow 636 Imperial Purple markers and used my damp brush to soften the color.  I then added the tiny leaves from the WC Foliage Set 2 with the 228 Gray Green marker and softened the color with my damp brush. Once everything was dry, I used a white eraser to remove the masking fluid.  I then colored the bunny the same was that I did for the other card. 
I stamped the Happy Easter greeting onto a piece of white card stock with the Bright Blue Tombow marker. I used the Twist Frame Die to cut an opening into the card base that was covered with paper from the BoBunny Early Bird 6" x 6" paper pad. 

Tombow Dual Brush Markers Used:
Bunny - 403 Bright Blue
Tail - 817 Mauve
Egg - 723 Pink
Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, April 6, 2020

It's A Girl!......and A Boy!! by Carol Hintermeier

Happy Monday Ai friends!  Today I have a sweet card using both adorable baby sets called Baby Girl and Baby Boy.  Be sure to keep reading to find out how I fixed two pretty big oopsies!  I decided to make a slimline card using the clothes on the line stamps from both sets to make a card to welcome twins!


I created a slimline card base by cutting some Neenah Solar White to 7" x 8-½" and scoring at 3-½".  I positioned both clothesline stamps and stamped them with Copic safe ink.  Next I stenciled the clouds with Distress Inks.  I really didn't want to create masks for all of the little clothes, so I just tried to go lightly with the ink blending brush around them.  I have a tiny blending brush that helped with that too.  I knew my coloring would cover any of the clouds I might get on the clothes.

  

I colored the clothes with the Copic markers listed below.  Then I stamped the sentiments Girl and Boy.  I had thought to color them like translucent balloons, but let me tell you, that was a HUGE fail! Haha!  So I re-stamped them onto scrap paper that I Copic colored in ombre shades of pink and blue. I fussy cut them out then went around the edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black pen to give them a finished look.  Then I adhered them over my "bad" balloons!  I rummaged through my stamp stash to find the ampersand and "It's a" sentiments.

Another BIG goof happened right after I finished coloring the little clothes.  I got up to do something else and when I came back I saw the card sitting ON TOP OF the open Distress Ink pad!!  Gah!  A big blue blob had seeped through to the front!  Hence, the birds.  As it turns out, I love having the birds holding the clotheslines!  Happy accident!

To finish it all off, I used a white gel pen to add doodles to the clothes and highlights on the sentiments.


I hope you've enjoyed my card today and that I've shown you that most times, those oopsies can be fixed!!  Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have lots of crafty time this week and that you and yours are well and healthy!


Copic markers:
B00, B000, BG01, BG02, C3, C1, C00, E31, E34,
RV00, RV02, RV10, RV13, RV52, RV63,
Y13, Y15, Y18, Y19, YG11, YG13, YG17

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Have a sunshiny day! by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a bright and cheery card brought to you by beautiful images from Art Impressions.



This set is found exclusively at Scrapbook.com as are several other beautiful floral sets.
found at Ai to frame the images.



Copics used:
T1, YG09, Y38



Saturday, April 4, 2020

Watercolor Roundup : Scrapbook.com Exclusive Sets


Hello, Ai Fans! Happy Watercolor Weekend!

As we are all hunkered down at home and finding new ways to be creative with our time, we are so glad that we get to share a little beauty with you. If you haven't tried our Scrapbook.com Exclusive Sets, or new Bible Journaling sets, you're missing out! 

There are beautiful borders, images, and sets that compliment any card, scrapbook, or bookmark.

From our heart to yours, sending you wishes of health, happiness, and the beauty of spring!

Check out our newest Bible Journaling sets at artimpressions.com, and our Exclusive Sets at scrapbook.com!!

Be sure to follow these lovely ladies on social media by clicking the link in pink next to their names!


Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook



Hello Watercolor Fans, I am so excited to showcase the Exclusive Scrapbook.com 
Roses Set. These are so easy to watercolor the Art Impressions way.  I hope you get lots of inspiration from the design team.  I am having a blast using these new stamp sets while I am stuck at home!

Project Details
I inked the roses in the rose bouquet with 847 and the leaves with 249.  I stamped it down on my watercolor paper.  Using my #1 paintbrush, I pulled the color out of the lines.  Layering color slowly using my palette, I added additional color to the roses and leaves. For some bling, I added Wink of Stella to the rose buds, just because you can never have enough bling!

I added some 443 to my palette and added lots of water to create a light wash.  I painted it along the outside of the bouquet.  To build the color slowly,  I added more color, keeping it darker in the center.  I allowed some of the color from the roses and leaves to bleed into the background, because I love that look.

Lastly, I signed and dated my work.
Check out my blog to see how I put the card together.  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you all stay healthy in these trying times!







Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest

Hello,

Thank goodness we have our arts and crafts during these stay at home days of the Corona Virus Pandemic! Hope this finds you healthy and safe. 



I used the brand new 5228 - SBC Exclusive Daisies Set to make my card for the Watercolor Weekend post on the Art Impressions Blog. I stamped the 4701 - Clay Pot first using No. 40 brownish grey ink on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. 

I pulled the color out of the lines and then added NO. 40 brownish grey to the sides of the pot. I just love pink Gerber Daisies so I stamped the daisies in and on the pot using grey archival ink. I watercolored them from the palette using 772  and the No. 1 watercolor brush. 

I dabbed at the centers of the flowers with the 743 fine point end. I stamped the grasses from the 5126 - WC Foliage Set inked in 177, pulled the color out and added some green to the ground. I then inked up the grasses with 173 and stamped them over the other grasses. I stamped the vine from that same foliage set inked in 177 and dabbed at them with a wet brush.  

Once again, I inked up the vines in 173 (bright green) and stamped them on top of the other vines. I used 526 for the sky and 565 to the ground in front of the pot.  I cut it out with the Oval Die set and cut out the background papers with the Rectangle Rounded Corner dies. 

I stamped that sentiment (I love!) in coffee archival ink and then used the label die to cut it out. I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the flowers but it doesn't show up in the photo.

Thank you for checking out my blog!  You can find more of my cards on my Instagram account here




Karen Day - Blog - Facebook - Pinterest


Greetings!!!


I am using the lovely Exclusive Cherry Set available from Scrapbook.com today!


I began by stamping my image onto some smooth watercolor paper (the paint doesn't move around quite as much, but gave me a bit more control of where my color went).  Using my Tombow Dual Brush Marker in #837 Wine Red, I painted the cherries in layers, starting with a fairly pale wash, leaving plenty of white areas to give them a shiny appearance.  After several layers of #837, I wanted the shadows to be darker still, so I went over the darkest areas with #899 Redwood - which is a dark brown color.  I painted the branch and cherry stems with #992 Sand, then added touches of #991 Light Ochre for a little warmth.  


I kept in mind that the undersides of leaves are always paler, so I painted those areas with a wash of #126 Light Olive.  The rest of the leaves were painted with #177 Dark Jade, and I added several layers of the color, keeping it concentrated along the veins.  I used a wash of #565 Deep Blue to paint in my sky (it's much stronger than it shows in the photo!), and then I used #565 to add shadows to the branch, leaves and cherries.  The sentiment is from the Daisy Exclusive Set, stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink.  I die cut my scene, then matted in on green cardstock and adhered it onto my patterned paper background.



Thank you, ladies, for your fun, floral additions to our blog!

Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday ya ol geezer!! by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

I'm pretty sure we all need a good giggle to help us get through the day right now.  And Birthdays continue on, no matter what is happening.  So I have a fun birthday card for you today that you can give to any gentleman in your life.  I LOVE this sentiment! LOL! I used #4474 Old Guys Club Set from the AI People line. And then I thought this sentiment paired with it so well!! There are so many awesome sentiments in #5278 Dance it Out Laugh Lines!!!  I also used #5133 Flag Double Stitched Dies to enhance the sentiment.  Added a couple Sprinkles and called 'er done!!



A good look at the "old guys"  LOL! 


And a good look at that awesome sentiment on the Flag Die!! Link to the die set is both above and below, whichever is easier for you!


So that's it for me this week!  Please stay safe, stay home, stay healthy, and until next time - stay crafty!!

Sending the world a big hug!!

Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E21, E23, E33, E35, E71, E74, E77
Y23, Y26, Y32
BG72, BG75
C2, C5
W2, W4, W6
R56, R59

Friday, April 3, 2020

Exclusive Roses Window Card | By Jessica Shier

Hello Ai Fans!

It's Jessica today and I have a rose window card to share with you. These Scrapbook.com exclusives are gorgeous and the rose one especially. I love all the detail, I knew these roses would look good colored or embossed so I had to try both. 


I'm using the Hexagon Double Stitch die set. This shape is a lot of fun to work with. I die cut one of the larger dies on to the front of my card. I'm using a Neenah 110lb card base. I one of the large rose images and heat embossed in two corners, using copper embossign powder. Having some fun with a teal and copper color combination. 

The light gray texture is done by using a gray dye ink and a hexagon stencil. Also I shaded in the roses with a W3 Copic Marker. I never recommend coloring your images with alcohol markers when it has been powder embossed. I'm pretty sure I have ruined more Copic tips. 


Using a black ink I stamped the wreath image on to Neenah 80lb card stock. And color in with Copic Markers. The list of colors I used is listed below. After heat embossing the sentiment into the center of the wreath, I fussy cut it out and adhered to the inside center. I do like to add something else to the inside with window cards. I like the idea of having a little surprise. For this card I die cut two more smaller hexagons and add a embossed sentiment and small rose image to them. Those are adhered just out of sight through the window of the card. Embossing these images in a metallic powder is pretty magical. 



Copic Marker list
BG18, BG15, BG11
YG67, YG03
W3

Color inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by today and happy stamping!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bible Journaling Release Pt 2 + Challencge #279 Bloom Where You're Planted Week #2


Hello, Ai Fans!


Greetings from Oregon, where we at Art Impressions are so grateful for each and every one of you who has supported our business in recent weeks. 

We are still going strong, and had a blast hosting our Spring Cleaning Sale last weekend! 

In case you missed it, we are still offering 20% off of all of our 2020 New Releases!!!

 

This means ALL of our new releases are now available on our website, including our newest in the Bible Journaling Series! 


Ready to get started? Take a look at what you'll need to try our Bible Journaling!



For some inspiration with our newest Bible Journaling sets, 
welcome our Watercolor Design Team with their latest beauties!!!

Karen

Hello Ai fans!  
Today's project changed as I painted.  I am using the 5272 Blossom Border Set, and had intended to paint it down one side of my rectangle, and then do a large sentiment quote beside it - but somehow, I thought a cottage would work, and ended up painting an entire scene!


 I cut the largest 5063 Double Stitched Rectangle die from Canson XL Watercolor paper, and then set up my Blossom Border in my Misti.  This made it easy for me to colour each section of my image - so I started with my Tombow Dual Brush Marker in #533 Peacock on all of the buds and flowers.  After stamping I could easily see areas I'd missed, or wanted darker, and stamped them a second time.  
Next I used #249 Hunter Green to colour the leaves in the same method.  Using my damp #1 paintbrush (the smallest brush was the best choice for such small areas), I pulled out the colour from all the sections.  I scribbled some #126 Light Olive onto my palette, and added it to the leaves to brighten them up a little, and darkened the flowers with a little #565 Deep Blue.  I pulled out the colours to paint a soft halo around the floral border - and this is when my scene idea started to stick in my mind!


 I coloured the cottage from 4958 - WC Cottages Set in #565, stamped it onto my Stamp Positioner, and then reinked it with #969 Chocolate - stamping it with the help of my positioner.  After softening the lines and pulling out the colour, I used #565 on the large mountains from 5198 - WC Mountain Set, again with my positioner.  Using colours on my palette mixed together, I painted in the suggestion of far-off hills, and used #177 Dark Jade to paint the lawn around the cottage. 
 I used the small rocks from 5128 - As The Deer Set with #N65 Cool Grey 5 to define the edge of the stream, and used the small grass from 5073 - Bible Foliage Set and #177 adding grass to my scene.  Picking up #565 off of my palette, I painted the door, added shadows to the cottage, and the suggestion of the stream.  A little #969 was used on the roof, and to create a dirt path.


I mounted it to my kraft card base after matting with a soft blue, and added the sentiment from 5136 - WC Sentiment Set 2.

Dot




Hello,

Have you seen the beautiful, new Bible Journaling release from Art Impressions? So many great stamps and dies you can use in your bibles or on cards. 
I made this card by first stamping the frame from the 5203 - Ornate Frames Set inked in 228. I inked the flowers from the new 5273 - Poppy Border Set after inking the greenery in 228 and the flowers in 885. I pulled the color out of the lines, then I added more color to the foliage in a mix of colors from the palette, 173, 177, and 249. 

I colored the frame in with 228 on the palette. I added more orange 905 and red 885 from the palette to the flowers. I used the fine tip of the 993 pen to the centers of the flowers, then I used a black extra fine point pen to add the stamens. I used blue 526 on the palette to color around everything and inside the frame. 

I stamped the sentiments from the 5228 - SBC Exclusive Daisies Set in Versa Fine black ink.  I fussy cut it out with scissors and used foam to adhere it to my background pieces cut out with the Rectangle Rounded Corner A2 Dies and a die from the Oval Die Set.

Thank you for checking out my blog!  You can find more of my cards on my Instagram account here

Have you entered our newest challenge?!



We are in week 2 of "Bloom Where You're Planted", and this week we want to see some fun with florals!!! Art imitates life, and as blossoms are budding, fruit is flowering, and plants are popping up, let's see what that inspires!

To keep those creative vibes going, here is some inspiration from our design team!


Renee used the Exclusive Cherry Set from Scrapbook.com to make a card that's as sweet as pie!





Niccole's card is a beautiful example of decadent shading and our Succulent Set



Jessica was our featured designer last week with this card that is good enough to eat. 
She used the Exclusive Cherry Set to make this creation shine!




It doesn't take "long" to fall in love with Sharon's Giraffe Grad using the Graduation Set.


Jil used the Exclusive Daisy Set from Scrapbook.com for a dainty beauty of a card!





Tricia used our Greenery Invites for a simply but breathtaking wreath. So lovely!




Carol made a light and lovely watercolor card using our newest Large Cabins Set and Watercolor Sentiments 2!




We want to see how you create cards with a floral theme or accent! Though you can use any stamps you have, we'd love to see any Art Impressions products in your collection! Hurry, challenge closes April 8th at 5PM PT!


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 on 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

NEW VIDEO!!!



Watch Bonnie use our NEW Large Birdhouse Set and NEW Flower Set 4! There are only four stamps sets used in this project, perfect for creating a quick composition to send to someone you are thinking about. Enjoy!

Happy Stamping!