Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Jil's Top 10 of 2018!

Hello Ai fans!

I can hardly believe it's almost the end of the year.  This has been my first full calendar year with the design year and I feel so blessed to be a part of this extraordinary team!  I am looking forward to seeing what the new year will bring us.  I'm sure it will be pretty exciting and inspiring!  Bonnie, Kate, Annelise and the rest of the Ai team sure work hard to bring us some of the more innovative and fun designs out there.  Now it's time to look back on my 10 favorite designs from the last year.  I had no idea it would be so difficult, but I managed to pair it down.
Doggy Kisses Set
Bat Flutters Set
Uptown Girls Set
Sleigh Bells Set
Full of Thanks Set
Crafty Girls Set
Elephant Twist Ties

Sweet Easter Set

Valentine Bear Set

Nuts About You Set

I hope you all have happy holidays and I'll see you in the new year.  Thank you for giving me the chance to show you my work along with the amazing Ai designs during 2018!

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Carol's Top 10 of 2018!

Hello Ai Friends!

Today is my turn to share my favorite ten cards of 2018.  It's really hard to choose even though I just joined the team back in June!  It's been so fun using these fabulous Art Impression products!   Here are my picks, in no particular order.

I used the Snow Friends Set for this pair of cards featuring this trio of fun snowmen:

I adore this scarecrow from the Happy Fall set:

I had so much fun making the glow-in-the-dark starry background for this sweet girl and her cat from the Halloween Magic Set:

Yes, I love snowmen and especially these from the Watercolor Snowman Set:

This card uses the beautiful Hello Friend Mini Tryfold set:

I have warm thoughts of summer from this card using the Beach Tryfold Set:

Here I watercolored these fun gals from the Girlfriends Set - 3577:

I love beaches and this has to be on my list of favorites.  I used the Island Window set.

I used the Perfect Duet Set for these two cards:

Finally, I have to include my card from my very first Ai blog post!  I used several different watercolor sets.  If you would like to see which ones, HERE is a link to my blog featuring this card with links to all the sets I used.

I hope I've included some of your favorites too!  The blog team will be taking a break December 20 and we will be back on beginning January 3.  I'm so appreciative of you all for your encouraging and kind words of support!  I'm so honored to be on this wonderful team with so many talented ladies and designing for such a fabulous company!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family!  See you in 2019!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

ReneƩ's Top 10 of 2018

Hello Ai fans!
Today I'm sharing with you my 10 favorite cards I made in 2018.
You can click on each picture to go to the original post.
I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Below is the inside of my Blanche card and it's called a book fold.

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
See you in 2019!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Gorgeous Holiday Cards!

Hello, Ai Watercolor fans! Thanks for joining us this lovely Saturday for another Watercolor Weekend Roundup with our watercolor team! With the countdown to Christmas in t-minus 10 days, we are here with some fabulous inspiration for your holiday cards! These projects are so sweet and have details that give that extra special touch. Take a look!

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

My card for the Watercolor Weekend Round-up is one of those classic scenes of dragging the Christmas tree home. Hope you recreate it and tag me on Instagram. I will be attempting to explain, step by step, how I make my Art Impressions watercolored cards so your feedback is welcome. I'm certain it took longer to create this post than it did to make my card (haha). My memory is not so good so I will take pictures along the way. 

The first thing I did was create the tree sideways using the 4960 - WC Fir Trees set. I stamped the trunk in sepia and then stamped all of the branches in pine green. I used water on my brush to dab at the colors just like Bonnie Krebs, owner/creator of Art Impressions does on her YouTube videos.
I had watched Sandy Allnock's video on YouTube where she converted the little kids to be dressed in winter clothes so using the stamp positioner, I inked up the little boy stamp from the 5054 - WC Little Boys Set in sepia but I didn't ink the right side of his shirt so he could be dragging the tree. I drew in the hand and arm using the sepia fine tip. Next I used my palette to color the little boy's boots in black, his jacket in sepia and painted his hands in the Prussian blue to make them look like he was wearing mittens. I didn't ink the brim of his hat either, so I could make it a snow hat instead. I used the olive brown from the palette to paint in a scarf.
I colored the hat in with the olive brown from my palette and used the Prussian blue to color in a hat band and ball of fur on top of it. I colored the boys hair with brown from the palette. I do believe it's my new favorite color for hair since my red-headed grandson Caide was born. I used a dab of rosewood on the palette to paint in his face and ear. I used the fine tip of the Prussian blue pen to add the fringe to the scarf and the outline the mittens, hat band and ball of fur. I took my olive brown fine tip and drew in the lines on the hat and scarf. 
I stamped the house from the 4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set in Sepia then pulled the color out of the lines. I used lt. teal on the palette to color in the windows, sepia for the chimney and olive brown for the door, roof and around the windows. I drew in the wreath using the fine tip of the pine green pen and the bow in persimmon. I used the little foliage from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set to created the little bushes. I softened the green foliage with a wet brush then added the little berries with the fine tip of the persimmon pen. I used a lot of water and small amount of African violet on the palette to create the snow, the smoke from the chimney, and a small amount of sky. I added Wink of Stella glitter to the snow. I stamped the sentiment, then I used the Rectangle Double Stitched dies to cut it out and then the largest sized die to cut out the background piece of paper which I adhered to the back of my scene, then I adhered that to the card base. Lastly, I signed my name and date to the bottom right corner using my favorite pen - a Copic multi liner 0.03 pigment ink.

Other Supplies: Wink of Stella glitter pen, Copic multi liner 0.03 pigment ink, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram

My clear “Merry Christmas” card for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend is sparkly, fun and festive, just perfect for this holiday season.

Trace the largest circle from the Circle Double Stitched Dies in pencil onto a 4 x 5¼ piece of watercolor paper. Fill the upper 2/3 of the circle with little dots of Molotow Masking Liquid. Let dry completely. Mask off the bottom 1/3 of the circle with post-it notes or masking paper. Stamp the two larger pine trees from WC Tree Set 1 in 72 Pine Green as the lowest row of trees. Next ink up the same pine tree stamps with 72 Pine Green, but first stamp it off onto paper, then stamp it behind the first row of trees for a lighter look. And finally, stamp the small pine tree from WC Tree Set 1 in102 Jade Green behind the second row. Watercolor the Art Impressions way by pulling the color from the lines with water and a paint brush. Scribble 60 Salvia Blue onto your palette and brush in for the wintery sky. Remove the masking fluid and pencil line from the circle with an eraser. Add sparkle pen over all the little white dots left behind from the masking liquid. Then carefully brush on the sparkle pen over the front row of trees (keep in mind the pen is water based so it will move the ink). Cut a piece of transparency film to 8½ x 5½, score at 4¼ for a side folding card. Run a holiday sentiment die through your die cutter on gold glitter paper. Add adhesive to the back of the die cut and dymo strip with adhesive and adhere to the front of the clear card. Center and adhere the watercolored piece on the inside of the card. I opted to put a blank piece of 4 x 5¼ piece of watercolor paper on the back of the clear card to hide the adhesive and have a place to write a sentiment/signature.

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 60 Salvia Blue, 72 Pine Green, 102 Jade Green
Other Products: Pencil, Eraser, Christmas Die by Studio Calico, Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, 3M Transparency Film, Xyron Sticker Maker and Xryon Mega Runner, Post-It Notes, Gold Glitter Paper, Dymo, Gemini by Crafters Companion

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Welcome to another watercolor weekend with the Art Impressions Watercolor design team. For my project, I decided to go with a simple Snowman card. This would make a perfect Christmas Card. I hope you will give it a try.

The Snowman
I inked the Snowman stamp up with several different colors. First I used the African Violet on the areas that I wanted to be white, around the head, and the middle and bottom balls. I inked the scarf in English Red and the hat, buttons and face with Black. Huff on the stamp to make sure all areas stamp well.

To begin, I pulled the color out of the lines starting with anything I wanted to remain white. Note, be careful not to get too close to the red as it will bleed into your white areas.

Next, I pulled the color out of the hat and used my palette to add additional black to the right and left side of the hat, slowly building the color. Once it dried, I added the mini leaves inked in Pine Green to his hat. To create the berries, I used the English Red direct to the paper. To enhance the darkest areas, I used the fine tip of the Black marker.

I lightly pulled some color out of the coal on his face and buttons. I added very little water and used my fine tip to really darken the bottoms of each piece. Make sure to leave the white highlight.

Next, I pulled the color out of the scarf, make sure you leave white space on top. Underneath the scarf should be really dark as well as the crease. I added some additional color from my palette.

After I inked up his branches with Sepia, I used a bit of masking tape to protect the scarf while I stamped his right arm. I used the same tape to mask off where I wanted to stamp his left arm so it wouldn't be so long. There is really no need to add water to the branches.

The Bird
Using Sepia, I stamped the bird onto my stamp positioner so I could place it on top of the branch. I added some Sepia and Vermillion to the bird and added some additional color from my palette and used my fine tip to darken his wings. Make sure you leave white space and darken in the eye.

The Background

To finish up, I diluted my African Violet on my palette with water. I brushed it into the background to create a dark sky, building the color slowly. Be careful to avoid getting too close to the lines as they will reactivate the color and will bleed into your background. Once it is to your liking, let it dry and add snow using a white gel pen or a Sharpie paint pen.

And finally, sign and date your masterpiece! Check out my blog for all the details on how to create the card. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and make sure you check out all the design teams projects. We hope you are inspired to create a card of your own! Tag us on Instagram and use the #AIWatercolor!
Thank you, team! Love these beautiful holiday projects! With a variety of styles shown here, there is certainly something for everyone to try. It is such a special time of year to handcraft a homemade card for someone! Before you send your card in the mail, snap a picture and tag us on Instagram and Facebook with #aistamps so we can see your creations! Wishing you a great holiday season from the Ai Watercolor Design Team!

Happy Stamping!

Sharon's Top 10 of 2018

Hello AI Fans!!

Wow!! I can't believe the year is almost over!  So now it's time to pick my top 10 , which is always very hard! I love every single one of Art Impressions images, so it makes this task extremely difficult! But here we go in no certain order...

This card was for one of my Besties, and I think this portrays the three of us pretty well!! LOL!  

These Critter Cups are just too adorable, don't you think?? What a fun way to give a little treat to a special someone!!
Critter Cup Val/Eas Set

The Twist Ties are amazing and this set is so perfect for a little one!!
Elephant Twist Ties

On the way to a Best Day Ever using
Road Trip

I won't pretend!  The Flutters are one of my very favorite lines at Art Impressions!!
Sheep Flutter Set 

This is one of my favorite images from Art Impressions. LOVE the Girlfriends line!
Picture Perfect Set

I just really love her all dressed up in pink!!
Baseball Set

And how about the wonderful set for teachers!!
Office Party Set

This is one of my favorite projects this year and have really enjoyed giving them as gifts!  I used  several stamp sets.  Christmas Cheer Set, Magical Christmas MTF, Sparkle and Cheer Set, Snow Friend Set

And last but certainly not least, I couldn't resist including another of my favorite Flutters! 

So that's it!! This is my last post for 2018. I would first like to thank every one of you for visiting us and supporting our favorite stamp company of all time! I'm wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and hope you are truly enjoying the season with your loved ones! 

Big hugs and see you in 2019!!