Thursday, June 21, 2018

NEW Challenge 235 Patriotic Colors!

Hello, Ai Fans!

We are gearing up for a FUN summer, and Independence Day is just around the corner! To celebrate, our newest challenge features patriotic colors! Cheri is here to give us some inspiration with her take on the challenge!

Hi Ai Fans!
It's the first week of the Ai Challenge called "Patriotic Colours". I'm from Canada, so I made my card to Celebrate Canada's upcoming 151st Birthday on July 1, 2018! In Canada we have a long weekend to celebrate the Country's Birthday with lots of family themed fun and fireworks! I thought the Art Impressions stamp set called "One To Brag" would work perfect for my card!
I started by gathering up all the items I thought I would need to create this "Herringbone" Strip Card.
I decided my card base would be 4.25"x 5.5". I cut a piece of white cardstock at 4 x 5.25", this is what I will add my strips to. I cut a bunch of strips at 1/2" x 6" from some Canada themed papers.
Start by adding 3 strips to the card base. I used a tape runner to easily add my strips with.
Then all you have to do is decide what pattern you want to add your strips. I just butted each strip up against the previous one, working along in my chosen pattern.
Before I moved onto my next pattern choice I trimmed the edges to make it easy to use.
Here you can see how your strips will be going off the edge before you trim them.
I cut and scored my white card base and added a layering piece of red cardstock cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8"
Here you can see the finished Herringbone Card Base.
Now onto stamping and colouring my image. 
After I coloured my image with my Copic markers, I fussy cut out my image using my Brother Cut N Scan.
I'm using the sentiment called "King Of Cool" but I only wanted to use the "Happy Birthday" part of the stamp. I used some Washi Tape to mask off the remainder of the sentiment before inking. Don't forget to remove the tape before you actually stamp or you'll get a mess. (I did that a few times LOL)
I added some foam tape to both my image and sentiment for some added dimension! This Herringbone technique is really simple to do and actually quite fun! It's a great way to use up your scraps!
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E15, E17, E19
Reds: R22, R24, R27, R29
Greys: C0, C1
Spectrum Noir Glitter pen added to the cake

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thanks, Cheri! We love your patriotic birthday card! Our Ai People characters sure know how to party!
Join in our challenge! We have fans from around the world, so feel free to create a card with patriotic colors from your country! Here in the USA, we will be sporting red, white, and blue!

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, July 4 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, we have some WINNERS to announce for our Odd Animals Challenge as well as a fun freebie for your order!

Top Spot goes to...

Thanks, Milene! We love your adorable "Holy Moley" card, fabulous watercoloring! Email to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! Helen, your Udderly Fantastic cows are just too cute with their colorful balloons and tutus! And Bonnie, your Old Goats are really rocking those neutral colors! Be sure to email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

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Happy Stamping!

Let's Bake Some Memories by Crystal Schneider

Hi AI fans!!

Today I have a card featuring the Whisk it set

I wanted her to be a standing in front of the oven a little bit so I stamped her first then made a mask for her. I used a full sheet of sticky post-its to make my mask because that is what I had on hand. I then stamped the oven. I left the mask on her and made one for the oven too so I could stamp some fun wallpaper. I wanted the wall paper to be very light so I stamped the background image in lavender. I used my stamp platform to keep my cupcakes straight. 

I added some trim to break up the wall and the floor. I colored the wood trim with TN1, TN2 I added some little lines to make it have texture and look more realistic. 

I had planned on my stamped paper being square 5"X5" but I had accidentally stamped one of the cupcake stamps over lapping and a little crooked on the side. I was so far along I just kept going I figured I could fix it later. The only way to fix it was to just trim it off.  

I matted my stamped panel with some hot pink pattern paper. 

Thanks for stopping by today I'm going to go make some cupcakes now! 

Spectrum Noir Markers used:
TN1, TN2, BT1, AP3, TB4, IG2, IG3, IG4, MB1, MB2, MB3

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Bench Swing & Cat Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a NEW Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie transforms our WC Bench Set into a swing with a sleepy Siamese cat and pillow. She shows in the video many different ways you can create the swing and add different critters that you prefer! Watch the video below for the full tutorial!

Did you know, you can search our YouTube? Simply click on the magnifying glass in the top right of the screen on our channel page and you can easily find videos using your favorite sets, such as our Garden Wagon, Rustic Containers or Old Barn!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

View on YouTube:

Brighten Your Day by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Have you seen the 2 new Funny Farm stamp sets yet? My card features the Guinea Pig Out set!! 

I started by stamping one of the guinea pig images on watercolor cardstock. Then I used my Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils and an alcohol blender pen to activate the pencils.  I used: Clay, Bison, and Gravel. Then I fussy cut him out.

I have lots of older 6 x 6 pattern paper pads that have leftover strips of paper. I can't throw them out, so instead, when I have time first I trim them to make sure they are straight. If they are really wide I will cut them in half. Then I added the strips to a panel in random order. The extra on the sides I trim and throw away (these are too small to use). I keep these panels on hand for one when I need a fast card or two if I just feel like making an easy, no thinking card!! I know we all have days like that!

So, I picked out one of my premade backgrounds and added it to a white card base. From black cardstock, I cut a circle and added it to the card with foam tape. On a strip of white cardstock, I stamped the Sending You a Grinny Pig to Brighten Your Day.

I added the sentiment strip with foam tape and then added the cute guinea pig above the sentiment and on top of the circle with foam tape. Last I scattered a few sequins across the card.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Craftiness = Happiness by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

Today I used the Craftiness = Happiness mounted stamp from Hobby Lobby. My friend Char and I go way back.  In fact, we met on the internet in a rubber stamping e-mail group in June of 1998! It was only fitting that I had to get this stamp to celebrate the anniversary of us being friends for 20 years.
This particular card is a birthday card.  I used a greeting from Office Party Set 4998. The two combined great to make this fun easel card.

The image is stamped with My Favorite Things Intense Black ink onto Spectrum Noir paper and colored with Copic markers.  The colors are listed below.  The panel is cut out and mounted onto a standard sized card panel.  The patterned papers I used are Picnic Table from Recollections.
 It was very simple to turn the standard A2 card base into an easel card.  An A2 card is a 9" x 51/2" piece of card stock scored at 41/4".  To turn it into an easel card, just score it at 21/8 on one flap.  Then you will need to attach your decorative panel to only the bottom half of the easel.  I added some rose trim to hold everything up once the card is opened.  I also stamped the sentiment inside. 

Copic Colors used:
Faces - E000, E00, E11, E04, R20
Hair - E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, C1, C3, C5
Blue - B00, B32, B34
Green - YG61, YG63, YG67
Yellow - Y11, Y32, Y35
Pink - R81, R83, R85
Orange - Y35, YR14
Grey - C1, C3, C5
Brown - E30, E31, E33, E35

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hugs to You! by Carol Hintermeier

Hello, Ai fans!

Today I have a card for you using the oh, so fun Giraffe Twist Ties stamps!  This also comes with a die to perfectly cut out the opening.  To get started, I watched this instructional video on Art Impressions YouTube channel.  

I colored these sweet giraffes with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I also used the markers to swipe in some grass to give them a place to stand.   For the inside, I used Distress Oxide inks, a stencil and stencil brush for the sun rays.

Thank you for taking a look and hope you have a great week!

Spectrum Noir markers used:  
GB1, GY1, GY2, GY5, TN6, AG1, AG3

Sunday, June 17, 2018

You're one in a Melon! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a thank you card with you. 
Caution...bragging mom moment! lol!  My daughter won several scholarships at Senior Award night and I need to make a thank you card for each individual/organization that gave her money.

For one of the cards I used 4970 – Produce Stand MTF from Art Impressions.

Although this set is meant to be a Tri-fold card I only made it 2 layers since I needed 7 cards. I couldn't spend TOO much time on one card.  I still think it's quite special and the recipient will appreciate it!  The photo above shows the awning closed.  You then open the "window" to show the sweet little raccoon inside the card.

Then, you open it up and you can see the little guy that you got the sneak preview of.  I made this card for a woman named Melanie ... because she gave my daughter an award for digital art ... and ...she's one in a MELON... get it?? "Melon-ie"??  Cheesy, I know!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Flags, Fields, and Flower Quilts!

Happy Watercolor Weekend, Ai fans! Today we have three more fabulous projects for you, are you ready?! Check out the different twists our designers have used in their projects today! Don't forget you can follow these ladies on social media (links above their project photos) so you can enjoy even more inspiration throughout the week!

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

I made another red, white and blue card for the Watercolor Weekend roundup. I needed a flag so I drew that one using a pencil, a ruler and that Veteran card for my inspiration. Maybe Art Impression's Creator/Owner Bonnie can create a flag stamp for us to use in the future. 
This is day 16 of #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. Join the fun! The goal is to color something daily even if it's a few minutes because we are all happier when we color or be creative. You can find out more info by going to the fabulous Kathy Racoosin's blog, click here.

I used five stamp sets and seven markers to create my card. See the list of supplies below:

Other Supplies: White Prismacolor Pencil, Canson Watercolor Paper

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
My project for today’s Watercolor Weekend celebrates summer with “Bright and Beautiful Blooms”. Watercolor the Art Impressions Way by inking up the multi-flower long stem from Flower Set 2 in Scarlet and Olive Green. Stamp the single long stem from Flower Set 2 in Violet and Olive Green. Add greenery to the bottom from Foliage Set 1 in Olive Green. Fill in around the previously stamped blooms and add height with the small flower from Flower Set 3 in Brilliant Yellow. Scribble a little Olive Green and Salvia Blue onto your palette. Brush Olive Green into the greenery and finally Salvia Blue for the sky.
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 8 Violet, 15 Olive Green, 43 Brilliant Yellow, 60 Salvia Blue, 94 Scarlet

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I have really been into trying to create quilt patterns with my dies and stamps. My mom is a spectacular quilter and I wanted to try some with paper, so here is what I came up with. 

I die cut several watercolor squares using the Spellbinders Die. Using one of the squares, I stamped the mini watering can from the WC Wishing Well Mini Set in Sepia. I added some foliage with the vine from the WC Foliage Set 2 in Olive Green. I added some flowers from the 5009 – WC Mini Flower Set in Violet and Magenta. I added some grass using the WC Foliage Set 1.

On two more squares, I stamped the flowers from the 5008 – WC Flower Set 3 using Olive Green and Magenta. I cut them in half. To create the batik triangles, I scribbled color onto a craft mat and sprayed them with water. I dipped the watercolor paper into the pools of color. I die cut these with the Spellbinders Die. I also used this die to cut some additional triangles from the Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Plum Punch cardstock. I assembled my quilt and used a stitched rectangle to cut out the center. I ran the piece through my die cut machine using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!. I cut the Gina K Designs Heavyweight Cardstock- Fresh Asparagus and Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Wild Lilac mats using the next two stitched rectangles. I adhered them together and placed them on a white card base.

I hope you will try some new techniques with your stamps. We would love to see what you come up with!

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 45 Sepia15 Olive Green8 Violet20 Magenta

Thanks, team! We LOVE to hear what you think of our watercolor projects, so be sure to drop us a line in the comments below! Also, don't forget to use your #aistamps if you are joining the #thedailymarker30day challenge on Instagram this month!

Happy Stamping!