Monday, December 9, 2019

Merriest of Christmases by Carol Hintermeier

Happy Monday Ai Friends!  Have you seen the beautiful new Art Impressions Exclusive Poinsettia Set?  It's only available at and is a must-have for your floral cards, I think!  There are four main beautiful floral images in the set with several sentiments to choose from.

I stamped this image with Versamark ink onto some 80# Neenah Solar White.  I heat embossed it with some gold embossing powder.  Then I used my Prismacolor Premier pencils to color it.  (I've listed the colors below.)  Next I stamped it again onto some masking paper and fussy cut it out.  I didn't cut around the fern images as these are embossed and will resist the ink.

Next I used a background blender brush and inked on some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink.  Be sure to use a clean, dry towel to buff the Oxide Ink off of the embossed areas, then remove the mask.    I stamped the sentiment with some Versafine Onyx Black ink.   I die cut it out with a Rectangle Double Stitched die.

I added this piece to a gold layer I created by embossing the edges with the same gold embossing powder.  These were adhered and added to a pink cardstock layer and all layers are adhered to an A2 top-folding card base.  My last step was to add some NUVO Bright Gold Crystal Drops here and there for an extra bit of shine.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you're not to busy with holiday happenings to get in some crafty time this week!

Prismacolor pencils:
Pomegranate, Tuscan Red, Magenta, Process Red, Pink, Blush Pink, Deco Pink,
Dark Green, Grass Green, Prussian Green, True Green, Apple Green
Spring Green, True Green, Black, White

Sunday, December 8, 2019

There's snow friend like you! by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a snowman card because who doesn't love snowmen?

I used one of the images from the set 4935 – Sparkle & Cheer.

I love old fashioned Christmases and this guy in his sweet top hat reminded me of that feeling.  I popped the snowman up on foam tape to give him some dimension.

I used one of the verses on the inside of the card.

Copics used:
YG11, YG63, R56, R81, R85
E42, E43, C0, C1, T3

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Exclusive Poinsettia Set! Available Only at!

Hello, Ai Fans! Happy Watercolor Weekend! We are here with three fabulous projects featuring inspiration from our NEW Poinsettia Set! This 6"x 8" set is filled with a variety of poinsettia images and holiday sentiments! It is perfect to stamp with water-based ink to pull the color from the lines like our watercolor technique, or stamp with a permanent waterproof ink (like Staz-On) and watercolor. It can also be stamped and colored with your favorite coloring technique, be it colored pencils or markers, and looks fantastic embossed! This set is extra special because it is exclusively available at! Be sure to grab yours here in time for Christmas crafting!
Without further ado, let's take a look at what our Watercolor Guest Design Team created with this gorgeous set!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello, My favorite artist Bonnie Krebs, Art Impressions owner/creator designed this large, beautiful 5209 - SBC Exclusive Poinsettia set which is available exclusively from I love using the sentiments on all of my Christmas cards. I made this one by stamping the wreath in Memento Desert Sand on Bristol smooth paper. I watercolored the poinsettias first using Ranger Distress ink in candy apple on a palette. I didn't use the usual #4 brush, I used the #1 brush as the images are pretty small. After the poinsettias were dry, I used 757 to make the darker areas. I used 993 on the centers of the poinsettias then after they dried, I added 026 for the darker areas. I used 249 on the holly leaves and then after they dried, I added 026 to the holly. I watercolored the berries in 827 and after they dried, I added 606. I stamped the sentiment in the center of the wreath using leaf green Archival ink. I stamped the sentiment on the inside with the same ink. I cut out the circle using the 5064 - Circle Double Stitched Dies and cut out a frame for it of that rose gold die paper. I cut out the background pieces using the A2 Rectangle Double Stitched Dies

Karen Day - Blog - Facebook - Pinterest
I used the largest image in the set, stamping it twice on my Canson XL Watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and then embossed them both with clear embossing powder. For this project, I used my Tombow Dual Brush markers - scribbling them onto my palette, and picking them up with a damp paintbrush after mixing varying amounts of water. I use a "glazing" technique, starting by colouring each section of the image with the lightest colour, then layering on more colours, getting darker each time. All the poinsettia petals got a pale wash of #991 Light Ochre, and then I began adding three different layers of #837 Wine Red - a pale pink layer, and then 2 more, concentrating the colour near the veins. I wanted to warm up the tips of the petals even more, so I added #946 Gold Ochre, which gave them more of a peachy glow! The leaves were done in the same manner, starting with #991 to give a yellow undertone, then layers of #158 Dark Olive, #249 Pine Green, and finally a mixture of #565 Deep Blue #249 Pine Green for the darkest tones. I kept the holly greenery light & bright using #991, then #126 Light Olive. I used my artistic license to colour the holly berries with #533 Peacock blue and shaded with #565 Deep Blue (red berries just wouldn't look right!) Since the image is stamped in black, it meant that all of the ferns and delicate foliage remained black, so I painted a pale green wash behind them to suggest greenery, and then continued to paint a wash of blue & green, just to break up the plain background a little. I used one of the sentiments from the set, and stamped it with my Misti. The image is matted with some metallic blue cardstock which really picks up the colour of those berries! I adhered it to a moss green card base using 3D pop dots.

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
WOW! December came in like a hurricane up here in the New England Region. These poinsettias were the perfect pop of color amidst all of the glorious snow. I loved watercoloring these beautiful flowers. They are quick and easy so you can make lots of beautiful Christmas cards. I hope you will try your hand at watercoloring these amazing images created by Bonnie Krebs at Art Impressions.

Using my MISTI stamping tool, I positioned the poinsettias in the middle of a 4.5 x 6 inch piece of watercolor paper. I inked the poinsettias and the berries up with 925. Next I inked the foliage up with 177. I stamped it down on the watercolor paper (similar to watercoloring with the AI watercolor stamp line). I used my brush and added water to the lines, remembering where the darkest areas would be. After the first layer dried, I added some additional color from my palette. I continued to add color to the areas I wanted the darkest until I was satisfied with the result. I did go in with my fine tip and darken some additional areas.

Next I moved onto the foliage. I dabbed my brush around to soften the color and give the branches some depth. Once that was dry, I added some 569 around the bottoms of the poinsettias and leaves for a shadow. As a final detail I threw a little bling on the poinsettias with my Wink of Stella pen.

Using a method that I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s site, I did partial die cutting around the pointsettias. I wanted the stitched look to continue without cutting into the hard work I did on the flowers. I fussy cut out anything that didn’t get cut with the partial die cutting. I placed the piece back into the MISTI and lined up the sentiment. Using Gina K Designs Amalgam ink, I stamped it along the bottom right of the poinsettias.

I added the watercolor piece to a mat of Gina K Designs Christmas Pine card stock cut to 4 x 5.25. I secured it to a card base made out of Neenah Solar White 110 lb card stock. 

This card was so easy to make that I am going to enjoy creating some beautiful cards with these designs. I would love to see what you come up with. Tag me on Instagram (@tobin0971)! Happy stamping!

Thanks, team! These projects sure are inspiring! There are just so many ways this set can be colored! Each way is so jolly for wintertime!

If you love this set, you can hop over to to buy it, as it is only available at! 

Happy Stamping!

All roads lead to home by Sharon

Hello AI Fans!

Are you a fan of Art Impressions Windows to the World?  I sure am! I love the sayings that Bonnie puts around these beautiful works of art!  This one truly touches my heart. It's Christmas Drive  and who doesn't want to be home for the Holidays?!  They are so beautiful colored with watercolors, but this time I used my Copics to bring it to life.  Colors used are listed below. 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today, and until next time - stay crafty!!

Copics used:
BV00, BV01, BV02, BV04. BV25
G29, G82, G85
C3, C5
Y11, Y13, Y26, Y28
R22, R24, R27, R35

Friday, December 6, 2019

Dachshund through the Snow | By Jessica Shier

Hello Ai Fans!

I wanted to share another card using the Santa Paws set. I also have a card process video for you! My last one for the 2019 year on the Art Impressions blog. For this card, I stamped the little Dachshund multiple times to create a pattern. I have a little Dachshund so I had to use this stamp!

Watch the video here.

I used some Copic friendly pigment ink and hand stamped the Dachshund image at an angle on a piece of Neenah 80lb cardstock. To color this little cutie I took inspiration from the packaging of the Santa Paws stamp set. I also was going for a herd of Dachshund look. Which is a conversation that my Brother in-law and I had, haha.  I'll have all the Copic markers I used listed below. 

After stamping the Doxies and coloring them I used a Art Impressions Rectangle Double Stitch die (2nd largest) and die cut the herd of Dachshund panel, a aqua blue cardstock and red craft foam. I also used the largest Rectangle from that same die set to die cut a piece of light gray cardstock. 

Before I proceeded with cutting the triangle I stamped the sentiment "Dachshund through the snow" on to the aqua blue cardstock and also stamped and fussy cut the little bone with the bow. I used the same technique to color the bone with Copic Markers.

All I have left to do is chop the corner so that you can see the sentiment and bone and adhere all my layers together on to a A2 cardbase. 

Copic Markers Used:
R29, R14
YG67, YG63
Y15, Y02
E59, E57
E81, E43

Thank you so much for joining me today!
Happy Stamping.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

NEW Funny Farm on the Scene! PLUS Challenge 271 Animal Cards!

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NEW Funny Farm
Hello, Ai Fans!

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are back on the blog with inspiration and another NEW release! Send festive greetings with our NEW Funny Farm clear sets! "A little bird told me" the Hoppy Birdy set is perfect for celebrations of all ages, filled with quail, party accessories, and a variety of phrases. For mischievous messages, use our Crazy Antics Set, featuring party animal anteaters! With co-owner and designer Bonnie Kreb's signature illustrative style, these sets are truly unique additions to your collection! What are you waiting for? Hop on over to to grab yours today!

Be sure to check out our release video below for a closer look!

Hoppy Birdy

Here's Sharon with a fun tutorial on how she made this stunning quail card!

Hello AI Fans!!

Today I get to show you the fun and oh so "tweet" Hoppy Birdy Set which has just been released at Art Impressions Shop! How fun is this sentiment??!!  You get a large selection of both images AND sentiments in this set!  

I also made a super simple card using another of the images and sentiments in the set.

I started out by stamping both images using my stamp platform.

Then colored them up using Copic markers (colors used are listed below)

After coloring the image, I trimmed it down to size for matting. 

After matting all my layers,  I added mounting tape to the back of my image. 

Added a twine ribbon topped with a button and this card is done! 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today, and until next time - stay crafty!! 

Copic markers used:
E21, E23, E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E37, E39, E97
B000, B14
BG13, BG15, BG18
C3, C5, C8

We're kicking off our NEW challenge, Animal Cards! We want to see how you create cards with critters as a main element of your card! Though you can use any animal stamps you have, we'd love to see any Funny Farm or Ai animals if you have any in your collection! Hurry, challenge closes December 18 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 your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

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The Art Impressions office will be closed the following dates:

December 23 - 27
December 31 - January 1

Be sure to place your order by December 17 to receive it in time for Christmas!

Happy Stamping!

Happy Mail by Crystal

Hi Ai fans! 

This week I had fun making a couple cards using this Happy Mailbox  Cubbies set. 

I colored the mail boxes in fun colors that I would love to see mail boxes in. 

The best part about this stamp set is placing all of the mail and gifts into the mail boxes. 

Such a sweet sentiment "Sending smiles across the miles". 

Happy Stamping!