Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Guinea Flip Birthday Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I could hardly wait to start sharing the my flip cards with you.  They are so fun and different from anything else that is on the market right now.  I used the Guinea Flip Card Set along with a few images from the Octopus Flip card set to make a boyish Birthday card.
The images from the Guinea Pig Flip card set were stamped onto Strathmore Bristol Paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Several of the cupcakes from the Octopus Flip Card set were also stamped out and colored. The colors used are listed at the end of this post.  The color was applied to a Watercolor Palette and then applied with a #4 Brush in light Layers of color. All of the images were cut out.
The card base was cut with the Flip Card Die following the instructions on the stamp packaging.  The Happy Birthday sentiment was die cut out of black paper. The front of the card was colored using the MFT Mini Cloud Edge Mix-Ables Stencil with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Spare sheets of white cardstock were die cut with a grass border and colored with Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  They were splattered with watered down Iced Spruce Ink and added to the card using adhesive and foam tape.  The colored guinea pigs were added over the grass. The Happy Birthday die cuts were added over the guinea pig arms. The cupcakes were added around the card.
The inside was colored using the same stencil with Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  The greeting was stamped onto the flap with black ink. The guinea pigs were attached right below the greeting.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used:
Guinea Pigs -Mid Brown 065, Lt. Beige 074, Mustard 067, Brown 060, Cool Gray 099, Deep Brown 068, Pale Pink 028
Cupcakes - Dull Blue 034, Shadow Mauve 303, Light Blue 036, Pink 025, Mustard 067

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Desert Window by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fan!

Today I have a quick and easy to make card using the Desert Window stamp.  This is such a pretty stamp and I've designed my card in a more masculine style, but I think it could be great for anyone! 

So...is there water in the desert?  I don't know since I've never been to a desert.  I kept pondering whether to color in some water or to leave it as sand.  I just saw it as water. I even asked my husband what he thought.  He gave the correct answer and agreed with me!  LOL!  I just saw that part as water, so that's how I colored it!  It was stamped with some Copic safe ink and colored it with Copics. (Listed below.)  I die cut the image with the second largest Square Double Stitched die.  I adhered it to another square using some burnt orange card stock.

I embossed a 4" x 5.25" panel and wrapped the natural twine around it.  I then added foam tape to it and the matted image and put them onto a coordinating A2 card base.

So, which way would you color this--water, or sand?  We always appreciate you stopping by!  Have a fun and crafty week!

Sand & hills:  E13, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39, E55, E57
Cactus blooms:  RV21, RV23, RV25
Water:  B000, B00, B01, B02
Cactus: YG41, YG67, YG99, G03, G05, G09, G28
Sunset sky: Y13, Y15, Y17, YG17, YR01, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR18, E08

Sunday, March 17, 2019

It's your birthday! by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

I only have one thing to say...Where was this awesome little dude when my son was little??  He's 20 now but he was obsessed with dinosaurs between about 2 and 8 yrs of age.  He would have loved this!

The balloons and dino are all popped up on dimensional
foam to give the card some pop!

I used another image and verse from this set.
All in all there are 7 images and 3 sentiments in the set.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Bikes and Beaches!

Hello, Ai Watercolor Fans! It is time for another Watercolor Weekend, a special blog post featuring projects from our Watercolor Guest Design Team. Today we welcome Karen Day as our new design team member! You may remember Karen's beautiful cards from our weekly design team, so please welcome her back in the comments. Inspiration today includes plenty of beach-inspired scenes, as well as that cute bicycle we all love so much. Let's take a look!

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 Hello Watercolor Friends,

You may think it's a little early for beach scene cards but my three grandsons, Conor, Caide and Charlie, are in Hawaii right now probably in a similar scene. Lucky boys! I made this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend using the brand new 5119 - WC Beach Boys Set. There's also a WC Beach Girls set which I have to get! The first thing I did was stamp the boy in the middle (Caide) using 40 brownish grey. Next I stamped the beach ball and then masked it off and stamped the standing boy (Conor) also in the 40 brownish grey. I stamped the third boy (Charlie) again in the 40 brownish grey. I used 77 pastel peach on the palette to watercolor each boy. I used 6 brown to color in the hair of the boy in the middle. I used 969 brown for the other two boys' hair. Coloring their trunks was fun. First I added the stripes and flowers using my favorite Copic Multi Liner 0.03 pen. I colored the trunks and beach ball using the 5 yellow, 565 blue, 725 pink, and 34 pale green. I used the 969 brown to color in the shovel handle and 40 brownish grey for the actual shovel. I used 990 to watercolor in the sand and 565 to color in the water and 36 manganese blue for the sky. I added 565 blue to the palette to watercolor in the shadows under the ball and kids. I used the 40 brownish grey fine tip to add the dots to the sand. I stamped 3 of the birds using the 40 brownish grey from the 5069 - My Fortress Set. I used a Signo White Pigment Ink pen to add white caps into the ocean, the high light on the ball and dotted the centers of the flowers on the swim trunks. I used my Copic pen to sign and date it. I cut it out and framed it using the 5062 Double Stitched Rounded Rectangle Dies and a rounded corner punch for the card itself.

You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.
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I started creating my image cluster by stamping the puppy from the WC Mini Critters Set, the sitting little girl from WC Beach Girls Set, the beach ball from WC Beach Boys Set - masking each as I went along - and finally stamping the umbrella from WC Beach Girls Set. I coloured each of the stamps with my 992 Sand Tombow marker, except for the girl, where I used my LP38 Oyster Grey Marvy marker. I wanted a paler shade for her skin tone, as she's sitting partially in bright sunlight. I also used the fine tip of my LP38 marker to draw in the blanket. With a damp WC Brush4 paintbrush, I softened all of the lines, and then began filling in the colour by scribbling my markers onto my palette: Tombow 991 Straw for the hat/ball; Tombow 885 Warm Red for the umbrella, and added more water to make it more of a pink shade for her swimsuit & the ball. I used my LP86 African Violet Marvy marker to create the shadow under the umbrella, and in and around all of the images on the blanket. Her skin tone is made with several layers of Tombow 850 Flesh, and then I used the same colour to sketch in the suggestion of a sandy beach. I picked up the LP86 with my brush and painted in the water, and after watering it down a little more, used it to paint in the suggestion of a sky as well. *Design tip! You'll notice that I placed everything on the left side of my painting, leaving the upper right corner mostly white. The white space provides a sense of balance for the cluster of images. I could've added a sentiment up there, but felt like it would've been too busy. To assemble my card, I popped up the image and the stripey pink frame that I created with adhesive dots with my periwinkle cardstock peeking out from behind. Happy painting!  
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Someone shared the photo on Facebook and I love it so I thought I would try to recreate it using my Art Impressions watercolor stamps. I was very happy with how it turned out.

Step 1 - The Planter: I stamped the planter from the WC Window set inked in 969-Chocolate. I left off the bottom of the planter so I could stamp the small grasses below it to ground it. I added some additional color (969&569) from my palette and added some additional lines to make it look like wood slats. I also added some additional details with the fine tip of the marker.

Step 2 - The Bike: To protect the planter, I masked it off and stamped the bike inked in Chocolate. I pulled the color out of the lines and added some additional color from my palette.

Step 3 - The Foliage & Flowers: I inked the small vines from the Foliage Set 4 set with 249-Hunter Green and stamped it into the planter as well as both bike planters. I added water to the foliage.

I used the small flower from the Foliage Set 2 inked with 725-Rhodamine Red and added them to the planter. I used the same color to ink the single flower from the Mini Flowers set and stamped it into the back planter. I used 636-Imperial Purple to ink the small dots in the Mini Flowers set to stamp into the front and back planters.

I inked the small grasses with the Dark Jade and stamped below the planter. I added water to all the blooms and grasses. I added a small amount of 526-True Blue to the sky. Sign and Date! 

Step 4 - The Card: I cut the square out with a stitched square die. I cut mat from Gina K Black Onyx card stock about 1/8 bigger than the square. I added some white craft foam to the back of the watercolor piece. I had a piece of watercolor background that I had from another project made from watercolor markers which I used to cut a stitched banner from the new stitched banner dies. I cut a little bigger one from Black Onyx card stock. To make the weathered wood background, I scored a white piece of card stock at 1" intervals. I added some Dark Chocolate ink from Gina K Designs direct to the paper in long swipes. Finally, I white heat embossed the Hello from the new WC Sentiments 2 set.

I assembled the card and added it to a white card base. And that's it!

Thank you, team! These projects are just so lovely! Like what you see? Be sure to leave a comment to let us know! Also, don't forget to follow the pink links by the designer's name to visit and follow them on social media, you're sure to find more project ideas with them, too!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Sweet Wishes & Happy Anniversary By Jessica Shier

Hello Ai Fans!

This week I'm mixing up the Love Birds and Sweet Wishes sets, to make some anniversary cards. I love the beautiful floral wreath paired with the cute love birds. For this one I tried no line coloring with Copic markers. Colors I used are listed below. 

I stamped the the wreath and birth images with a light gray ink, which gives me the no line color effect. Then colored them in with Copics. To add texture I used a 3D embossing folder for the wood pattern background. Then used Distress Ink in Pumice Stone to add color and really make the texture show. To add even more texture I add a circle of pattern cork paper. It was fun to mix up some patters.

I thought the wreath needed a cute little tag. Both of the Love Birds and Sweet Wishes have great sentiments so I added the one from Sweet Wishes to the little tag from the Tag Stitched Die set and attached it to the wreath with some glue after tying a baker's twine bow through the tag. The sentiment Happy Anniversary is embossed on black card stock with white embossing powder. 

Copic Markers Used:
YR27, Y35, Y18, Y13
R17, R02
BG75, BG18, BG13, BG11
G17, G14, W6

I hope you enjoyed this card design today! Thank you all so much for stopping by. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

NEW Flip Cards and Flip Card Die Available NOW! PLUS, Challenge 251 Cutting Edge!

New Flip Cards

Whoo-hoo! It's a happy day, our NEW Flip Cards are ready to roll! Flip Cards are clear stamp sets featuring the front and back of animal characters, and sentiments that come in two parts, so they are perfect for stamping on the front and inside of your cards! Use our Flip Card Die to make a unique card with a sweet reveal! Sent festive greetings with our Guinea Pig ("It's GUINEA be great!"), Octopus ("SEAS the day!"), and Warthog ("Go HOG wild!") Flip Cards! You can also say "Thank you" with our sweet Sloth set as well! Seeing these sets in action is a MUST, so check out our video from Creativation to see these cards flip and fold! Find more inspiration on our blog, and grab these sets at artimpressions.com today!

Flip Card Die Guinea Flip Card Sloth Flip Card Octopus Flip Card Warthog Flip Card
Here we have Niccole sharing a fun tutorial! Let's check it out!

Hello Ai fans!

I am here today making a flip card with the new Ai Flip Card Die and one of the new coordinating stamp set called Sloth Flip Card. The back of the insert of the Flip Card Die does a wonderful job explaining the die and where to place the die for cutting.

I taped my card down to my pat so it was even and then I taped my die to my paper.  It is important to make sure the die is above the 3.25 mark or your card will fold short.

As you can see it cuts it along with a scored mark for folding. That is pretty much it for the card base.  Easy peasy right?? Now on to the fun part decorating our card.

I cut two pieces of kraft paper to the specifications above.  This way it fits perfect with a small frame around it.

I colored my sloths with Copics and cut them out with my Scan N Cut.  I stamped my Thank you once in the middle and then stamped off the other two to give them a lighter view.  I added a thin stripe of gold glitter card stock along with a black and white stripped piece.  I took that same paper and cut a tiny piece to add to my sentiment block to offset it. I glued everything and added a few gold gems to finish off the front of the card.

For the inside I did pretty much the same just a different view.  Isn't it adorable that the stamp has the back sides of the sloth as well? I did add a strip of black and white to the top so it was not so plain.

Here is the side view so you can see it is still the size of an A2 card and will fit in a standard A2 envelope.

Here I am showing a back view so you can see how the flip action works. Doesn't it pack a big punch without a lot of effort with making the card?

Once again here is the finished card.Thank you so much for stopping by and I cannot wait to see what you have created using the Flip Card dies and stamps.

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Copics used:
E21, E23, E25, E27
E30, E31, E33

Thanks, Niccole! This card is so cute and classy with a special flair! And, it is the perfect inspiration for our new challenge...
That's right, this challenge is all about the "cutting edge!" We are so excited to see how you interpret this challenge! Will you make your very own Flip Card? Use partial die-cutting along the side of your card? Or maybe use pretty edge boarder punches? The choice is yours!

 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, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Before we go, let's recognize the winners of last week's Floral Cards challenge!

Top spot goes to...

Congrats, Andrea! We adore the patterned paper you created with your WC Flower Sets! Just so beautiful, and that bit of gold just makes it shine! Email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Congrats, you two! We adore BOTH of the ways you created with our Easter Blessings Set! From shadowbox to hand colored background, your coloring is stunning and is perfect for spring! Please email annelise@artmpressions.com to request a stamp set of your choice, along with your shipping address.

Happy Stamping!

You're Still My Everything. By Crystal Schneider

Hi AI fans! 
This week I made a card using this cute little couple sitting on a park bench from the love Birds stamp set.

I was a scrapbooker before I became a card maker  so that means I have a huge collection of 12X12 paper for making scrapbooks. I would like to scrapbook again but have a hard time making time for it. So the other day I thought I should pull some paper out and use it for cards. When I was looking through my paper collection I came across some super old at least from 5 years ago acetate overlays and that is how the idea for this card came along. 

To get the opening I used a Square Double Stitched die centered from side to side but closer to the top of a 4 1/2" X 5 1/4" card base.  I die cut a large rectangle and a smaller one using the Rectangle Double Stitched dies I cut a square out of both rectangles to make a opening in the card.  I adhered the acetate over the larger rectangle and under the smaller rectangle. 

 I then adhered the pattern paper and acetate to the front of the card base. 

At the bottom front of the card I stamped "You're Still My Everything." in Versa Fine black ink and stamped the hearts in red ink on both sides of the sentiment. 

I stamped the image with Memento black ink colored it in with alcohol markers then fussy cut it out. I adhered the image to the inside of the card. 

I stamped Happy Anniversary under the image with Versa Fine black ink.

Spectrum Noir Markers:
TN1, TN2, TN3, IB1, IB2, IB3, DG1, DG2, DG3, EB1, EB2, EB3, FS6, IG2, IG5

Happy Stamping!