Wednesday, August 10, 2022

**New Release** Peek-A-Boo Halloween Card by Lynn Dionne

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!

Watch video tutorial here!!!

Let’s play with the brand new Ai Peek-a-boo Set (5506)! This is just the sweetest Halloween set that includes a cute little Witch, Dracula, and Frankenstein plus all the the perfect coordinating sentiments and a few more elements to complete your cards. The peek-a-boo window is a bit spooky and when die cut will open to create a fun interactive surprise!

We will use a banner die from the Ai Journal Template Die Set (5543). This set has tons of elements that can be incorporated into all of your other does not have to be used to just create a journal. We will also die cut several spider webs from the Ai Web Dies Set (5462).

To create our woodgrain background we will be using a woodgrain cardstock...then we will be inking it with some Distress Oxide Inks in Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso and Black Soot. I’ll show you a fun little tip for enhancing your woodgrain background as well! Then let's die cut some grassy borders in black cardstock which will help with our spooky scene!

All of the coloring will be done using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in the following colors: Blender, Sugared Almond Pink, Pale Violet, Violet, Yellow, Orange, Flesh Colour, Wine Red, Fl Green, Green, Lt Gray, Dk Gray, Beige, Mid Brown.

You may want to check out one of the other cute new releases using the Ai Mousey Christmas Set (5564). Just click on the link below:

**New Release** Mousey Christmas - Edge-to-Edge Shaker Card!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a fun and crafty day!!!

Ai Peek-a-boo Set (5506)

Ai Journal Template Die Set (5543)

Ai Web Dies Set (5462)

Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush Pen

Signo White Pigment Ink Gel Pen 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Harvest Together Square Card by Nina

 Hello Ai fans, today I am sharing a fun square card I made using the new Harvest Together Set.

I stamped my images using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them using my Copic colors. I used my die cutting machine to cut the images using the dies included in the set.

To create the scene I used a Birdhouse die from my stash and cut it from red cardstock to make a barn and die cut its decorative pieces from white cardstock. I then assembled the barn and glued its pieces together.

I cut a square back ground and pressed it on a diluted Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create a sky with white clouds. 

I cut couple grass borders and ink blended them using Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.

I assembled the card using glue and some foam tape for extra dimension.


Monday, August 8, 2022

Happy Halloween by Sharon Caudle

 Hello AI Fans!!

So I'm sure you've seen the adorable new sets just released by Art Impressions! Today I'm showing you the oh so cute Peek-a-Boo Set #5506!! These are the cutest little Halloween characters ever!! I also added one of the little ghosts from 4927 Holiday Mansion accessory set which contains both Halloween and Christmas images! These were all stamped onto Cryogen White paper and then colored with Copic markers which are listed below. I love coloring Dracula with a white face.  In order to accomplish that, I leave the face uncolored and then used a warm gray marker to create some shadows. I also added pale pink cheeks and think it gives them a true vampire look.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope to see you again soon! 

Copics used:

E000, E00, E11, E21, E33, E35, E37, E70, E71, E74, E77
W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W8
T1, T2, T3, T4
V01, V04, V06, V12, V15, V17
YR02, YR04, YR09, YR12, YR14, YR27
Y08, Y19, Y32
R00, R20
YG21, YG23, YG67


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Harvest Together by ReneƩ Matarese

 Hello Ai fans!

Did you all see the fun new releases last week at Art Impressions?

They have 3 new holiday clear sets, one for Halloween, one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas!
They also have a new winter Windows to the World set.

Today I'm sharing the 5507 – Harvest Together Set.

If you love Fall as much as I do then this set is a MUST HAVE!
I love sunflowers so much but because I live in the woods and have a ton of deer I rarely have a sunflower bloom.  

I also love crows on my fall cards.  They bug me in the morning when I'm trying to sleep but they are a very pretty bird.

You can see all of the new releases for Summer 2022 here.

Copics used:
T4, T5, Y08, Y38, YR1, YR23, YR27, R39, R56, R59,
B000, B95, B97, YG93, YG95, YG97, E18, E42, E3, N2

Skin tones:
Marvy LePlume #3000 Brush Tip Markers
OR822 Pale Orange
R813 Blush Pink
OR823 Ochre Beige

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Watercolor Wednesday 8-6-2022

 Hello Ai fans!

It's our first Watercolor Weekend in August and we have a trio of cards spanning seasons.

Tricia went winter, while Karen and Dot have summer scenes.

Take it away Tricia!

Welcome Back Watercolor Fans! I am so excited you decided to join us again for an all inspiring weekend.  I chose to create a Christmas Magic Ornament card (still loving on these new images and the Christmas in July theme is OK with me to get a jump on my list.). 

To begin, I used some awesome painters’ tape that I got from Let’s Make Art.  I wish I had cut it down first, so I had the border around it, there’s always next time.  I painted the glass ornament and topper using Daniel Smith paints and Canson watercolor paper.  Sandy Allnock inspired and taught me with her Watercolor glass ornament with Christmas berries tutorial on YouTube, go check it out!  It is sooo easy!  I added some post-it tape in the middle of the ornament, where I placed my image, to protect it while I painted.  

Once it was completely dry, I broke out my Art Impressions NEW snowman stamp from the latest release.  I inked just the top half of him with a couple of colors.  First, I added 569 from his top hat to the top of his scarf only (not including his branches).  I also added it to the bird.  Next, I used my 969 and added that to the birds’ legs, the branches, his jacket and the bottom half of his scarf and a small amount on his eyes, nose and mouth.  I continued adding some to his hat.  TIP: I wish I had rubbed some ink off where I placed the greenery on his hat, so it was more prominent, again next time!  I stamped it off and stamped it in the middle of the ornament.  I pulled the color out of the lines and added some additional color from my palette. 

If you let each layer of color dry completely, you can build up some nice shadows.  Did you know that complementary colors on the color wheel allow you to build nice shadows?  For example, if you are using a red to color the scarf, you could layer in green to get some nice shadows.  Remember, make sure your darkest colors are in the shadowed areas and you leave white space and highlights.

Well, once I again, I thank you for spending some of your weekend with me and the watercolor crew.  Don’t forget to check out Karen and Dots’ projects. We love to see all of your wonderful watercolor projects and hope that you will come back next time!  Have a crafty day!

Hello Ai Watercolour fans!

I am sharing one of the newer released images from Art Impressions today, that will be on the Ai blog for the Watercolour Weekend this Saturday.  Here is my take on 5520 - WC SW Village:

I stamped one of the images in the set on my Canson XL Watercolour paper, using #992, as I wanted a lighter image.  With my stamp positioner, I added in the two mesa images from 5198 - WC Mountain Set, making the smaller one appear as though it was farther away.  The cactus from 5196 - WC Desert Set was added to appear closer to the viewer, along with rocks from 5415 - WC Large Rocks Set.  I used these colours from my palette to paint the buildings:  912, 993,761, 885, 991, 969.  The cactus was painted with #228, #177 and #173.  Layers of warm browns including #947 were painted on the mesas along with #565 as shadows.  I used my #228 marker directly on the paper to add in some foliage, and I used my Navy Twintone marker to darken all the windows.  #493 was painted in as the sky, and washes of brown were added to the ground.  After mounting the image on brown cardstock, I spattered metallic gold paint on the edges of the card, and popped up the image with 3D adhesive.

I made this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend. I'm seeing fall stuff on Pinterest and wishing the summer was over since it's so hot here in Las Vegas but this card isn't exactly fall looking, right?

Anyway, I hope you want to give this one a go so if you do, stamp the mailbox from the brand new 5575 Mailbox Birdhouse set inked with Tombow N25 and stamped off once. Use the stamp positioner to stamp the owl from the 5425 Peeking Animals. Stamp the branch from the 4964 inked in 969 next to the mailbox then stamp the foliage from the 4051 Foliage Set inked in 837. Stamp the large grass from that same set inked in 027 and 158. Then stamp the flower from the 5475 Flower Set inked in 249 and 947. Use a pencil to draw an envelope poking out of the mailbox then color it with the 837. Color the owl with the 947, N25 and 969. Be sure to use the TwinTone black fine tip to darken the eyes. The sky is 526. The sentiment is from the 5455 Birthday Buggy Set. Cut it out with the 5063 Double Stitched Dies Set.

Thank you for joining us for our Watercolor Weekend.
Remember to #Artimpressions on Instagram if you make something so we can see it.

Have you seen the latest release on the Art Impressions website?
There are 4 new sets, 3 holiday clear and one winter Windows to the World.

Don't forget to check out Bonnie's Watercolor Wednesday Live videos on Facebook.

Happy Saturday and happy crafting!

Autumn is Calling by Janet

Happy Saturday y'all! If you've been paying attention, you know that several new die and stamp sets have been released this week. They are all adorable but this one is my absolute favorite! The girl and boy scarecrows in set 5507-Harvest Together Set are the cutest scarecrows I've ever seen! Their expressions are so very cute. It also comes with a birdhouse and sunflower, two blackbirds and many perfect sentiments. I really love the one on I chose for this step card, "Leaves are falling, autumn is calling."

To make this card, I started by making the step card base. Then I colored and cut the images. This set comes with matching dies to make the cutting easy! I coated a piece of smooth white cardstock with Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink. To give them more texture I dropped water on the piece and then ran it through an embossing folder. Then I used a grass die to create two layers of grass which I cut to fit the card base. I used 4967-WC Fence Dies to cut two fence pieces which I connected with glue and then I attached the fence on both sides of the step card.

I cut the shaker frame from a die included in 5543-Journal Template Die Set. I lined the back of the frame with double-sided foam tape after attaching acetate for the window. Then I used a number of shaker bits from my stash to make myself a fun fall pumpkin shaker mix. I placed the shaker on the card and then I stamped the sentiment from the new set. I used another frame from the Journal Template Die Set to cut it out. 

I love how this card turned out. I look forward to making some more cards with this super set!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you check out the newest summer release. It's so full of fall fun!

Wishing you a very crafty day!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest 

Friday, August 5, 2022

NEW VIDEO - Episode 3! Christmas Journal Tutorial Using Copic Markers by Janet

Hi everyone! It's Friday and that means it's time for another episode in my Ai Journal video tutorial series. Instead of watercolor, I'm using Copic markers and using a mix of the new Watercolor Journal stamps and other non-watercolor holiday stamps. It's just a different way to approach the journal if you want to use Copics or watercolor just isn't your thing. Today's pages follow fairly closely with Bonnie's layouts with just a few different twists. 

You can watch the tutorial by clicking below. When you visit, leave a comment to let me know you watched and what you liked best. Don't forget to watch all the videos in the series for tons of ideas and Copic coloring tips.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you are enjoying the entire Journal line!

Wishing you a very crafty day!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest 

New Release - Peek-a-Boo Set Halloween Card by Tasha!

Happy Friday Ai Fans!

Tasha here sharing a new Halloween card created with the super cute 5506 - Peek-a-Boo Set

The set includes several Halloween-themed characters and the coordinating dies. It also has this cool window stamp that can pop open to allow a character to peek out. I love how this little kitty looks peeking out of the window!

For the greeting, I stamped "Happy Halloween" with black ink on to a white banner and cut a larger banner with the Ai 5133-Flag Double Stitched Dies. I also added a sparkly web and spider for extra detail! These spider webs are so awesome and come a variety of sizes.

All of the characters were stamped with black hybrid ink and colored with Copic Markers. I couldn't decide which character to use, so I used them all on this festive card. I love these not-so-scary characters!

Lastly, I added purple glitter paper, bright green cardstock, and a star pattern paper to complete the card. I think this interactive card is really fun and will be perfect to send out this Fall!

I hope you enjoyed a peek at the new Ai 5506 - Peek-a-Boo Set!
Have a great day!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Pretty in Pink Challenge #333

 Hello Ai fans!

It's time for a new challenge and to announce the winners of our Summer Fun challenge.

For our new challenge we want you to think PINK!!
Use pink somewhere on your card.

Our featured artist this week is Lynn (aka Pink Whisper Designs) so this challenge was made for her!

Before we get to her stunning PINK creation let's announce our winners from the Summer Fun challenge.

Our Top Spot went to Sintang Mayumi.  Her sunny yellow card stole the show.
She used 4900 – Reel Great Guys Set

Please contact Leah at
to claim a free stamp set of your choice!
Also, be sure to grab your badge to display on your blog, Facebook or Instagram!

Now for the Lucky Random Winner of our Summer Fun challenge...

She used a variety of watercolor stamps on her sweet card.

Please contact Leah at
to claim a free stamp set of your choice!

Now that we've wrapped up our previous challenge, let's get started on our new challenge!

Lynn used our brand new 5564 – Mousey Christmas Set and you are going to LOVE her card!
She also has a video tutorial so be sure to watch that too.

There were 3 other new releases yesterday.  

 **New Release** Mousey Christmas - Edge-to-Edge Shaker Card!

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!

Watch Video tutorial here!!!

Bonnie has done it again! She has created the most adorable Christmas stamp set with the most adorable mice. This brand new set is called "Mousey Christmas (5564)" and includes three little festive mice and all of the coordinating sentiments to make a super fun holiday card! And my favorite part.....the dies are included!!!

I thought this stamp set would be perfect for my "Pretty in Pink" challenge feature! Of course, when I found out that my feature card was to be a "Pink" theme I was so happy! As you may have figured out already....I love this color!

We will be creating an Edge-to-Edge shaker card! These are so super simple....yet have a great impact. It will look like you spent hours creating this and it truly takes no time at all! I'll show you how to create this design and give you a few tips for adding your shaker elements. This card design is very addicting so be prepared to want to make several more!

We will use the brand new Ai Journal Template Die Set (5543) as well and this die set includes all of the dies you would need to create a beautiful journal booklet. However, there are so many dies in this set that can be used in so many different ways. We will be using the little photo corners for the four corners of the front of this card. It is a perfect way to frame this edge-to-edge shaker design. We will also use the scalloped circles from this same set for our sentiment. This set has a lot of bang for the buck...I will be using lots of different elements in the coming weeks!

We will set the scene for this card by creating a peppermint striped background with some ink blending and lots of spattering. We will spatter our background with the ink from our marker, some white acrylic paint, and some sparkly liquid stardust! Then we will inlay this pretty background into another striped background to create our peppermint stripes.

I really wanted to stay with a pink and red color theme for this card so I used the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in a variety of pinks, reds and grays and then I added just a touch of turquoise. The colors I used in todays video are as follows: Lt Pink, Wine Red, Turquoise Green, Beige, Mid Brown, Lt Gray, Warm Gray 3, Warm Gray 4.

Once our image is colored in we can die cut it and then we can assemble our shaker pocket. We will fill it with some pretty hearts, sequins, and snowflakes!

Let's attach this pocket to a pretty pink top folding card base and add a fun sentiment to the inside of the card for a finishing touch!

Thank you so much for joining me today!  Have a fun and crafty day!!!

***New Release*** Ai Mousey Christmas (5564) 

Ai Journal Template Die Set (5543)   

Ai Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies (5063) 

Post-It Labeling and Cover-up Tape (1″x700) 

Wink of Stella Glitter Pen - Clear 

Now that you've seen Lynn's amazing pink creation we want to see YOURS!

✻ 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!
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✻ Make sure to get your link up by the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

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