Sunday, June 13, 2021

Ahoy there Birthday Gull! by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

My very sweet niece just turned 21 and I needed a card.  She's not your traditional 21 year old.  When asked what she wanted for her birthday?  Dinner and a night at a local casino with me, her mom, grandma and her other aunt!

The Funny Farm series at Art Impressions is one of my favorites!!
For her card I used the new 5399 – Gull-Friends Set.

I used several of the "stitched die" sets from Art Impressions.

I also used the gull from the 5325 – Sail Mini Dies.

On the inside I used one more stitched die...

For those of you who are curious... my niece came out about $60 ahead!
We'll consider that a big, birthday win!!

Copics used:
B91, R83, N1, Y06, Y17, YG11

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Watercolor Weekend Roundup! NEW Foundations Animals and Veggies!!

                                                          Hello, Ai Fans!

Welcome to another Watercolor Roundup!

This weekend our Watercolor Design Team has some creative, inspiring creations for you using the new Foundations 5426 Veggies and 5425 Peeking Animals!  

Be sure to follow these lovely ladies on social media by clicking the link in pink next to their names!

Karen Day - Blog - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

Karen used the new WC Peeking animals set to create this sweet scene.
Don't you love the white bunny?!

You can read a summary of how Karen made her card on her blog.
To see more of Karen's beautiful creations follow her on Instagram!

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

I can hear Bonnie's voice saying "I just love seeing how everyone envisions my stamps differently."  Tricia created a unique card with the WC Veggie Set. Don't you love the unexpected colors?!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - PinterestYouTube

Dot used the new WC Peeking Animals with the WC Foundations Potting Bench. My favorite part is the owl and the sweet summer garden hat!  What's yours?

To see more of Dot's beautiful creations follow her on Instagram!

Hope you enjoyed this weekend's inspiration, and Happy Stamping!

Two Ways to Copic Color a Cat and Shaker Element Tips - Loveable Animals Set by Janet Axtman

Happy Saturday Ai fans! Today on the blog I've combined two of my favorite things - shaker windows and a loveable kitty. This little cutie is one of four animals in the Loveable Animals set. It comes with accessories for the animals to hold and several sentiments. Each animal die cuts open the arms so that they can hold a package, a piece of paper, a cupcake and more. 

This kitty was Copic colored. The colors can be found at the end of this post. In the video for this card, I show you how to make a simple cat with some basic shading as well as how to take it up a notch and add his stripes. I'll also give you a few tips on how to make the window frame for a shaker and on placing a shaker element on a card base. The full tutorial is below:

Copic Colors Used:
Cat: CO, C1, C3, C5, R20, Colorless Blender
Flower: Y13, Y17, YG03, G24, BV04, BV00

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Creating!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Lake House Cards by Tasha

 Happy Friday Ai Fans!

Tasha here sharing two cards created with the pretty Boat Window Accessory Stamp Set (#5409)

This stamp set includes the boat house scene and a little boat image with a coordinating die. You have the option to just use the scene stamp as is, stamp and cut out the boat image, or stamp the boat directly into the scene. Being able to add or remove the boat allows you to really personalize your design.

I stamped all the images with black hybrid ink and used Copic Markers for the coloring. I like having little stars in the sky, it makes me think of being up north in WI.

My second card uses the stamp alone without the boat. I also used different colors and added more white gel accents. It's fun to mix up the color combinations! I think this scene would also look nice with Fall colors; I may need to try that out next!

To complete both cards, I added layers of card stock and glitter paper before attaching them to a card base.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

New WC Foundations Peeking Animals and Veggies!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Welcome to another Watercolor NEW Release!

This week we have the new 5425 – WC Peeking Animals and 5426 – WC Veggies.  These new sets are just PERFECT to add accents to the new Foundations series. These new foundation stamps take the guess work out of planning out your project, yet offer endless possibilities!

Yesterday Bonnie gave a sneak preview to all of her Facebook fans with a LIVE coloring tutorial featuring the new veggies and animals.  If you missed out you can click the photo below and like and follow Art Impressions on Facebook so you never miss out again!

Our Watercolor Design Team also joined in on the fun and has some breathtaking creations for you!

Be sure to follow these lovely ladies on social media by clicking the link in pink next to their names!

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - PinterestYouTube

Karen Day - Blog - Facebook - Pinterest - Instagram

If you're looking for some watercolor tutorials you can find over 250 videos on our Pinterest page!

Hope you enjoyed the design team's inspiration.  Check back this Saturday for our Watercolor Weekend Roundup where our DT will share with you how they made their cards.
 Happy Stamping!

Bridge Window Cards by Crystal

Hi Ai fans! I love all of Art Impressions Window to the World sets so this week I made two cards using the Bridge Window Accessory set. One of my cards I made I used the new Shadowbox Window Die set. I stamped all of the images onto water color card stock in versafine black ink. I like to color the Window to the Word images in with water colors since they are so small and detailed.  

For my first card I used the new Shadowbox Window Die set. The shadowbox die pops out and gives it a 3D look when the card is open but when it is folded shut it lays flat.  

I used pattern paper to make the front of the card look like you are in a room looking out the window at a bridge and church. This die set cuts out the sentiment that is stamped around the image so I added the "Hello" to the front of the card.

My second card I die cut the image out with a double stitched square. 

I added blue pattern paper to the top and green to the bottom so it looked like grass and sky. I matted that layer with pattern paper. 

Happy Stamping! 


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Mini Slimline Perfect Partners w/ Metallic Gilding/Opal Polish by Lynn Dionne

Hello Ai Fans!!!

In todays video and card we will use the Flamingo Twist Ties Set (4984) in a new way to create a fun mini slimline card!!! So rather than create a twist card I thought that we would create an anniversary card with a beautiful tropical background. 

To create this textured background we will be using the Sizzix 3D Textured Impressions Tropical Leaves embossing folder. And to give this background a little bit of shimmer and interest we will use the beautiful metallic gilding/opal polish from Creative Expressions. I will show you my Creative Expressions Gilding/Opal Polish sample booklet in this video and if you would like to learn a lot more about this product you can click here Metallic Gilding Polish

Finally, we will add some floral sequins, pearlescent vellum, and Nuvo Dream Drops to finish the look!

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

Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Alcohol Markers - 

Coral Blend & Shades, Ice Grey Blend & Shades, Tan Blend


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Birthday Cake Gift Card Holder by Jil Lebel


Hello Ai fans!

I used the Cake Gift Card holder die set to make this birthday gift.  Just add a gift card and you have the perfect birthday gift..
I started by cutting the pieces from Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth card stock colored them with Copic markers.  The colors I used will be listed at the end of this post.  I then cut the images out with the matching dies that come in the set. I then cut a silver piece of cardstock with the Envelope Gift Card holder die.
I then attached the colored cake pieces to the front of the envelope.  I added glossy Accents to the frosting and dropped some clay confetti circles into it.  I then added the happy birthday banner with foam tape.
Copic Colors Used:
Cake -E41, E43, E42
Pink - R85, R83, R81
Blue - B97, B95, B93
Flame - R27, YR18, 

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, June 7, 2021

Forest Scene with Bri Firth

Hello Ai Fans - Bri here! Today I am sharing a card featuring the Deer Window Accessory Set from the ShadowBox Windows series. This window accessory illustrates a beautiful forest scene. The writing around the image reads "May you stand firm and find the strength to move mountains". This card is featured on my personal blog as well, check it out here

I used Spectrum Noir Triblend markers to color the Deer Window Accessory square image and matted it onto a green stitched square that I die cut with the Double Stitched Square die set. I matted the scene and the card front with solid white cardstock. To tie the neutral colored pattern paper in with the scene I stamped a tree from the WC Tree Set 1 all along the bottom border to look like a tree line. I added light green enamel dots for embellishment.

Check back next week for more Ai inspiration made by me!

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