Monday, January 27, 2020

Lovable Animals Valentines Cards | Art Impressions

Hello Ai friends!  Today I have two cards using the new Lovable Animals set.  This is an absolutely adorable set that has four cute critters, several accessories for them to hold, and sentiments for each critter.  It even comes with all the dies you need to cut them out.  The dies for the animals cut around their paws/feet so they can hold whatever you'd like to tuck in!  I love how this set has a large heart die to use in various ways.

This first card features the oh, so cute elephant.  Both critters and the accessories are stamped in Copic safe ink and colored with the markers I've listed below.  I used the Double Stitched Rectangle dies to cut a white rectangle, and a red one.  These were layered onto a top-folding A2 card base.  I die cut the heart from the same red card stock and added some white stitching and sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella.  I layered the heart onto a black striped strip and cut off the over hanging part.  The elephant is popped up with foam squares on top of the heart.

I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink and die cut it with a Tag Stitched die.  I cut a larger red tag to go behind it and tie them together with red gingham ribbon from my stash.  I used foam squares to pop it up.

This next card has the cute kitty with the sentiment made just for him!

After I colored the cat and die cut it out, I worked on the background.  I die cut pink card stock with a Rectangle Double Stitched die and inked on clouds with a cloud stencil and white pigment ink.  This layer adhered to a white rectangle, and this is on a top-folding red A2 card base.  I popped the cat up with foam squares.

The heart he is holding was die cut with an included die.  I added white stitching, clear sparkle, and Glossy Accents.  Once it was dry I tucked it into his paws.

The sentiment was die cut with a Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched die and also popped up.

I love the size of the critters in this set.  They are easy to color and so fun for your Valentine cards.  Be sure to check back next Monday as I will have another card using the owl from this set.  Have a wonderful, crafty week!

Copic markers:
Elephant card:  C5, C3, C1, RV25, RV25, RV14, RV13,  RV25, RV14, RV13, C3, C1, C00
Cat:  YR24, YR31, YR20, R32, R21, R20, R00, W3, W1, W00

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Owl Always Love You! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a Valentine's Day card made with the new Art Impressions set called 5219 – Lovable Animals Set.

There are 4 adorable animals in this set and a variety of sentiments to go along with them.

I was so excited when I saw this set because I love animals so much and especially owls.  You can check out Ai's entire Valentine line here

Copics used:
YG07, 45, 67, YOOOO, 08, 11, 32,
ROO, 21, 27, 83, E000, 17, 23, 26, 55, 57, 81

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Valentine Bears by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Today's card features the cutest bears ever!  This is the Valentine's Bear Set from Art Impressions. I just totally love these cutie patooties!!  This was a super simple card where I just stamped these adorable cuties onto cryogen white and then colored them with Copic markers. 

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

Copics used:
E33, E35, E37, E51, E53
R22, R24, R27
RV32, RV34
C2, C3

Friday, January 24, 2020

Valentine Bear Mountain Scene | By Jessica Shier

Hello Ai Fans!

It's Jessica! This week I'm back at practicing some water coloring. I had this mountain scene panel floating around which I made during the Art Impressions Warehouse Sale watercolor class with Kendra. I decided to pair it with the HM Valentine set, specifically the bear, mailbox and sentiment. I thought it would make for a cute whimsical card.

HM Valentine, WC Mountains, WC Cottage, Tombow Markers

Since I already had the background done from the class it was pretty easy and fast adding in the little bear, mailbox and sentiment. How fun would it be to do a bunch of the watercolor backgrounds and then later on pair them with other Art Impression stamps.

There was just enough room between the flower beds that I could stamp the bear with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. I stamped the bear directly on to the watercolor background. I also used a piece of Ranger Watercolor paper and used the same Versafine ink to stamp the mailbox. After water coloring those two images I used the coordinating die on the mailbox but I didn't have it centered correctly, so it did cut a bit crooked. To fix this I used a pair of scissors to trim off the rest of the white border, up to the black line.

I also used the sentiment that came in the HM Valentine set, stamping that on to a piece of pink card stock and die cutting with the Art Impressions Flag Double Stitch Die.

HM Valentine, WC Mountains, WC Cottage, Tombow Markers

I did add a bit more detail to the watercolor panel with the mountains and cabins, using the Tombow Markers that I have. Basically deepening the ground line under the trees and house and adding some more shading to the mountains. You can find a similar tutorial using the WC mountains and cottage stamp sets here from Bonnie.

I cut down the background piece to and added one of the colored card stocks from the class behind it, which is a beautiful Navy blue color. Then adhered the banner and the mailbox, making sure to overlap the scene and blue card stock to draw your eye across the entire card front. 

HM Valentine, WC Mountains, WC Cottage, Tombow Markers

Tombow Markers HM Valentine: 969, 451, 493, 553, 743 
Tombow Markers Background: 249, 565, 696, 969

I can't wait to try a scene card like this again. If you have any questions I'm available in the comments! 
Thanks so much for joining me today!
Happy Stamping.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

20% Off Twist Ties and Flutters and Shades of Pink Challenge #274 Week 2!!!

Hello Ai Fans! 

We hope you enjoyed our first new release for 2020 last week! In addition to this being the second week of our "Shades of Pink" Challenge, this week we are offering a discount worth dancing for! 
Today, January 23rd, all Twist Ties and Flutters are 20% off with your online purchase! 
Use Coupon Code TWISTNSHOUT at checkout, and your discount will be applied to your cart. Stock up on these fun interactive sets! We've included some samples of past designs below to refresh your memories on these lovely sets.

Jil used our Tree Twist Ties below...

Or, take some inspiration from how Sharon used our Dog Flutter Set!

Now, without further ado, our design team is back this week to get you in a colorful mood with inspiration in Shades of Pink! You can find all of the details and supplies used by clicking the designer's name below.

Carol using Sending Love Cubbies
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Crystal using our Lovable Animals Set 

Reneé using our Sending Love Cubbies

Jil with our Lovable Animals Set 

Jessica using our Sending Love Cubbies

Sharon with our Lovable Animals Set 

Niccole using our Sending Love Cubbies

 We can't wait to see your ideas come to life that include any hue of this popular color! Bright pink and floral? Hearts and pastel mauve? Pull out your rose-colored glasses and have fun with it! If you're looking for some inspiration, please check out our Valentine's category on or our Valentine's Day Pinterest Page.

We want to see how you create cards with pink as a main element of your card! Though you can use any stamps you have, we'd love to see any Valentines from Ai if you have any in your collection! Hurry, challenge closes January 29th 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!

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

Happy Stamping!

Life is Short Enjoy the Ride by Crystal

Hello Ai fans!

This week I played with the Work and Play stamp set Enjoy the Ride

I stamped and colored this bike in fun colors. After I was done coloring it in I fussy cut it out. 

I kept this card very simple. I embossed the background and inked just a rough circle where I placed the bike.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

NEW VIDEO! Valentine Hearts Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome back, Watercolor Wednesday fans!

Today we have our guest artist, Kendra Krebs, create three unique Valentine's Day themed cards!

View on YouTube:

Couples Frame by Niccole

Hello Ai fans!!
I am stopping by today sharing a fun project I made using the Love Birds stamp set from Art Impressions.  I had so much fun with this one.  It could be used in so many different ways and for so many different occasions.
I started by stamping my image of the couple hugging onto white paper.  I Copic colored it with shades of gray, black, and red.  This is my all time favorite color combo.  I might be dating myself BUT that was the color combo of the wallpaper ... YES you heard me right, I said wallpaper LOL that I had my room decorated with in high school.
I added Wink of Stella to my lady's hair to give her gray some shimmer. I also added some Crystal Effects to her glasses to give them some dimension and shine.  I fussy cut my couple out. From there I added one of the Action Wobbles onto the back of my couple.  I found a frame from Michaels. A $2 frame at that ... YAY! AND ... it was already painted black.
I figured out where I wanted my couple and I attached my stamped couple to the frame. And VOILA ...

Here is one more look at the completed frame.  What do you think?  Cute right?  Now to figure out what picture of my husband and I do I want to put in the frame ... Hmm! 
Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please come back soon to see what the Ai team has been up to!

Copics used:
C0, C2, C4
E00, E11
R11, R22, R24, R27, R29
T5, T7, T9

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Cat Twist Tie Valentine Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I haven't used any of my Twist Tie stamp sets in a while.  When I was thinking of making Valentines Day cards, I thought that the Cat Twist Tie Set would make a really fun Valentine. I colored the cats like three of our cats that love to cuddle with each other.
I started by stamping the images onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored them with my Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. I then fussy cut the images leaving a tiny white border. I placed the single cat into the die cut and die cut it so that it's arm was cut out.
The card base is a Twist Tie Card but you can make your own following the directions on the packaging.  I used the dies included in the stamp set to cut the two openings on the card front.
The background is blended using Distress Oxide Inks.  I covered the back of the card using the Masking paper. Starting at the top I blended on tattered rose, spun sugar and worn lipstick ink with the mini ink dabbers.  Then I set it aside to dry for about a half hour.  I placed the Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts Stencil over each side of the card and added Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide ink using the mini ink dabbers.  I attached the cat images over the die cut areas with Ranger Multi Medium matte. Then I added the sentiment and some heart shaped gems to the front of the card.
Copic Colors Used:
Warm Gray Cat - Woo, W1, W3, W5, W7
Gray Cat - C1, C3, C5
Orange Cat - E30, YR21, YR24

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!