Saturday, June 15, 2024

You're a Sweet Friend by Janet

It's Saturday and that means it's my turn to share with you a card creation from Ai. Today I've used the new 5904 Sweet Armful Set. It's an adorable set that features an adolescent bear and and elephant. The pair can be used together as I did or each can be used on their own. This set has matching dies. When used, they cut slits around the arms so that a cupcake and heart can be place in them. The heart and cupcake along with dies are also in the set. It also includes the "You're So Sweet," sentiment.

To make this card, I used coordinating papers from the 5742 Easter Journal Paper Pack. The center pink pattern was cut with 5063 Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies. The pastels in this paper pack were perfect for the soft look I wanted to achieve. There are so many pretty patterns in the paper pack that works for many themes besides Easter. 

I colored these cuties with Copic markers, cut the images out and arranged them, the extra hearts, and the sentiment to the front. I think it is a sweet card for someone sweet!

 Thanks for stopping by today. I hope my card gives you some ideas of your own. Please visit the store to see all the things you need for your card, journal, and tag making projects. Be sure to take a look at all the new releases while you are there. Have a great Saturday!

 Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest  

Friday, June 14, 2024

Keepin' it Reel! Card by Tasha!

Hi Art Impressions Friends!

Tasha here sharing a card featuring the fun new 5926 - Fishing Boat Set. This fish-themed set is perfect as we head into Summer and makes a great Father's Day card! The little fisherman looks so happy driving his boat and I love all the accessories!

For this card, I created a stenciled background using Distress Oxide Inks and stamped "Let's Go Fishing!" with black ink on to the water. I think the layered waves look awesome with the different shades of blue ink and the green trees reminds me of boating on a lake in Wisconsin; I love lakes!

To create the decorated fishing boat, I stamped the boat, fisherman, and his accessories with black ink and cut the images out using the included dies. I like that the dies cut openings for the windows to allow the fisherman to look as if he is driving the boat and waving as he cruises down the water. You can also totally customize the project since there are several different accessories you can mix and match, so each card can have a different look.

Lastly, I added layers of brown card stock and brown plaid paper to complete the card. I hope you enjoyed today's project and are having a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 13, 2024

PANDA-MONIUM Challenge #380 Week #2

 Hello AI Fans!

Welcome to week two of our PANDA-MONIUM challenge.

Art Impressions recently released a brand new set from Kimberley called KH5821 – Panda Set.
Her set inspired this Panda-monium challenge...Black & White cards or craft projects.


You DON'T need to use a panda bear unless you want to. It's just what inspired this challenge.

Last week, Sharon was our Featured Designer and she created an amazing black and white panda creation.

You won't believe Dori's fun, interactive panda card!

Tasha's  card fits both our PANDA-MONIUM and our The Great Outdoors Challenge!
Lynn has a video tutorial for her card.

Janet used the new  5927 – Father’s Day Die Set to create this box card.

You can hear all about my card here

Thank you to our amazing Design Team for all of your wonderful Panda/B&W inspiration!

Now let's see what you create!  You have two chances to win a free stamp set of your choice.
We award a Top Spot and a Lucky Random Winner.

✻ Please make a new card or handmade crafty creation. You can make any 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!
 ✻Please include your first name and last initial on your submission.
✻We love to comment on your entries, but keep in mind if you use a private group or a platform that you need to sign up for, we probably won't be able to.
✻ 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 if you can, by clicking and commenting on your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping! 

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Twirling Panda by Dori Mendiola

 Happy Thursday AI Friends!

My inspiration for today's card came from the current challenge "Panda-Modium".  This Pand-tastic stamp set is just the cutest and when I saw this interactive-style card, I knew that these pandas would be perfect and I just had to make one.  It looks like this panda will just run across the card, but actually he cartwheels across it.  Check out the video below to see him in action.  

I started off by stamping the pandas with Memento black ink on copic friendly paper.  I colored the images with my copic markers (colors listed below).  After coloring the pandas, I fussy cut them out.  The Pand-tastic stamp set has three pandas together as one image and the one on the right looked like he was prepping to do a cartwheel, so I decided to cut him off of the threesome and use him as the twirling panda.

To make the bottom panel, I cut the green cardstock with the largest Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched die.  I then cut the grass edge and the slider channel with dies I had in my stash.  Stamp the sentiment onto the green panel at this point, before creating the mechanism and attaching the foam tape.  Create the pull tab by cutting a piece of 1/2" x 6" green cardstock to match the grassy panel.  Cut a matching piece out of heavy weight cardstock and adhere to the backside for more stability.  Punch a 1/4" hole into one end of the pull tab and stamp "pull" on the other end.  Cut two discs (about 1/2" diameter) and glue a (1/4"or less) piece of rounded foam dot onto the middle of one of the discs.  Place the foam dot through the pull tab hole and through the slider channel to the front of the panel.  Adhere the other disc to the foam dot.  Attach your twirling image to this disc (front side).

To make the mechanism so that the panda twirls, I first made a sleeve, or collar, for the pull tab so that it wouldn't move around when pulling.  To do this, just take a scrap piece of paper (approx. 1/4" x 1 1/2") and fold into thirds.  Glue the tail down and then place the pull tab within the collar.  Glue the collar to the backside of the grassy panel making sure to hide it so it doesn't show through the slider channel.  Now here is the trick to make it twirl.  Take a piece of fishing line, adhere one end to the foam tape on the right side of the panel.  Make sure the front side of the panel is facing down and the grassy edge is facing up.  Bring the fishing line under the disc and then wrap clockwise three times around the disc.  Pull tightly, leaving no slack, and adhere the other end of the fishing line to the left side over the collar, with foam tape (see above).  Place another piece of foam tape over the fishing line and pull the line back over the new tape.  Place double foam tape around the edges.  Test the mechanism and adhere the green grassy panel to the card base.  Your image should be doing cartwheels across the card.

Add your finishing touches and your interactive card is complete.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed my card!
Have a great day!

Copics used:  C00, C1, C3, C5
R20, R22, R43, R46
BG53, BG57, YG13, YG17

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

So Sweet Armfuls of Honey w/ Hexagon Shaped Card by Lynn Dionne

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!

Watch video tutorial here!!!

Today's card was inspired by the current Ai "Panda-Monium!" Blog Challenge which is to create black and white cards! But you can certainly add an additional pop of color as we will be doing today! So, I thought it would be fun to create a hexagon style card using the brand-new Ai So Sweet Armful Set (5904). This little set includes the sweet bear that we will be using today as well as an elephant and a few items for these critters to hold which include a cupcake and a heart. There is also sentiment that says, "You're so sweet!" and we will be using that on the inside of the card. You will love these "armful" images because they come with the coordinating dies that will cut a slit above and below the arms so that they can hold the cupcake or heart...or anything else you would like!

Let's start by creating our hexagon card base using the Ai Hexagon Double Stitched Dies (5135) and black 100lb cardstock. I'll give you a few tricks and tips for creating this fun shaped card design in today's video!

Let's also die cut some smaller hexagons out of some white 100lb cardstock. For the smaller one we will be adding some beautiful yellow Vicki Boutin texture paste with a hexagon pattern using a honeycomb stencil. This will add so much texture and interest to our card. After the paste has dried completely, we can add some Distress Oxide in Wild Honey around the edges of our two layers.

Now that our card base and layers are complete, we can stamp our "armful" bear and some little bees from the Ai Birds and Bugs Set (5561). We can also stamp a vase from the Ai WC Small Container Set (4869) to hold some sweet honey!

Now we can color in all of these images using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in the following colors: Blender, Pink Haze, Haze Blue, Yellow, Mustard, Lt Brown, Blue Gray, Lt Gray, Warm Gray 6. All of these images have coordinating dies so we can easily cut them out! Don't forget to add a bit of sparkle to the wings of the bees using the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.

Let's go ahead and add the little pot of honey to our bear and add some Pops of Color in Sunshine to the top of the pot. This will give the look and dimension of some honey in the jar!

We can pop-up the bear and bees and add some black and white baker's twine to bring in the challenge color combination a bit more!

For a finishing touch, we can add another small hexagon on the inside of the card, add a bit of ink around the edges, stamp the sentiment, and add one more bee!

We hope you join us in this fun challenge...we would love to see what you create!

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

Ai So Sweet Armful (5904)

Ai Birds and Bugs (5561)

Ai WC Small Container Set (4869)

Ai Hexagon Double Stitched Dies (5135)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Here's Tool You! Happy Father's Day by ReneƩ Matarese

 Hello Ai fans!

Father's Day is almost here and if you're looking for a little last minute
inspiration then look no further.

I created a fun masculine card that came together really quickly due to the
coordinating dies.  Who has time for fussy cutting?

All products will be linked below.

My step-dad and my father-in-law are both getting the same card. 

Sorry guys...I'm SO BUSY right now.

My card is for the current Panda-Monium challenge going on right now.

Use pandas or make a black and white card.

The tool bag die also cuts little slits for you to insert all of the fun tools
wherever you want them.

To all the dads, fur-baby dads, grandpas, uncles, moms and grandmas and aunts who are also "dad"...have a wonderful day this Sunday!

Monday, June 10, 2024

Seas the Day by Sharon Caudle

 Hello AI Fans! 

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and it was full of fabulous weather! For those of you lucky enough to either live close enough to, or were able to visit the beach, I'm totally jealous! LOL! I had a fun time coloring up this colorful car from #5455 Birthday Buggy Set from the line of Rides at Art Impressions. And instead of using all the Birthday stamps that comes with it, I chose to grab #5509 Beach Accessories set. I might have given away my age by the way I colored it. LOL! Who remembers all the cute bugs around the 60's and 70's with flowers painted on them? I couldn't resist, so I grabbed #5739 as it had the perfect sized flowers for the car door. For the sentiment, I used #5399 Gull Friend Set. I started by stamping all the fun images onto Copic friendly paper and then colored them with Copic markers which are listed below. I created a beach scene by just grabbing some dies from my stash. 

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

Copic markers used:
Y35 and 38
YG01 and 03
B00, 02, 04, and 06
R22, 24, and 27
YR04 and 09
E33, 51, and 53
C3, 4, and 5

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Animals In Nature, Panda and Owl by Gennette Houghton

Welcome to Watercolor Weekend! I am so humbled to be here creating my first-ever blog post as the new design team member for Art Impressions, Tricia left some big shoes to fill, and I hope I can do her proud.  My name is Gennette (Nettie) Houghton, and I would love it if you would follow along with me as I share the cards I have made.  

For the 1st card I used Kim’s new set KH5821 Panda set, I started off inking the Panda in Tombow N25, stamping off a couple of times so the lines would be light.  Masking the Panda I then used 5010 WC Tree set 1 in TB 969, and a stamp positioner to place the tree behind the panda.  I then masked the two branches with post-it tape, and with the positioner, placed the 3rd branch using part of the stamp.  Pulling the color out of the tree, I then added more 969 from my pallet to darken the shadowed areas and create more definition. Since I stamped the panda in N25 I only pulled color out of the darker areas, adding several layers to darken and leaving highlights where needed.  With a touch of TB 947 in the white areas to create some texture and TB 565 for the shadows.  A black micron was used on the eyes and nose.


For the foliage I used 5073 Bible foliage set (you can also use 4051 foliage set 1), using just 1/3 of the stamp I inked it in TB 912, walking the stamp to create the base of the foliage section. Then using a small section of the same stamp I used TB 905 underneath to create a shadow effect.  I found it easier to turn my paper upside down for this step.  Adding water to blend the two colors together and letting it dry, I then used the smallest bamboo leaf from the panda set in TB 885, turning it in different directions to make it look more natural.  Since I didn’t want to lose any definition of the leaves, no water was added to them.


TB 133 was used for the sky, being careful going around the leaves, if it bleeds a little bit just rinse your brush off before continuing.  Then I used TB 228 as a layer for the ground and TB 565 for a shadow under the Panda.  Then added the teeny tiny grass from 4051 Foliage set 1 in TB 177 and pulled some of the color out.  I then finished it using the small bamboo leaf, inking only one leaf in TB 905 for the falling leaves.  Using set 5418 Bible Foliage set 2, inking half of the Kendra dot stamp in 912, added some dots throughout the scene.  


I live in the country, and one of my favorite things to do is to step outside at night and listen to the sounds of the native wildlife.  It’s always a joy when I get to listen to the owls in the area “talk” to each other.  It is almost like they are having a deep conversation with the length of time they go on conversing with one another.  For my next card I used another set of Kim’s, the KH5820-My Favorite Birds Set.

 I decided I wanted to set this in an oval frame, so I chose the dies from the 5065-Oval Double Stitched Dies, if you want a thicker frame skip the next size up and use the next largest one.  Using the smaller die a traced the outline on my watercolor paper to give me a guide.  Stamping the owl with the base colors TB 565 and 969, stamping off twice to then place my image in the center of my guide.  I then used a pencil to extend the owl’s branch to each side.  I wonder if you would be surprised with the colors I used, after defining the shadowed areas by pulling the color out, I used a mixture of TB 177 and 969, changing the amounts of each color to get a variation in different areas.  I used a black micron pen for the eyes with TB 025, the talons were colored with TB 992 and in the highlight area a touch of TB 025 with TB 969 for the shadows.  The branch was colored with TB 969, darkening the underside for dimension.  With TB 526 I colored in the sky adding a touch of TB 027 along the top edge for more depth with the foliage. I colored the branch from 4964 WC Branches Set with TB 027, framing the owl along 3 sides. The leaves are from 5126 WC Foliage Set 4 and I alternated between TB 228, 177, 027 to give a depth of color.  I used the two dies to create the frame and then used the largest one to cut out the image, lining them up and attached the frame with glue.  Thank you for joining me today, I sincerely hope you enjoyed my tutorial, until next time, Create…Share…Inspire!

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Tales from the Deep (end of the pier)! by Janet

 Hello everyone and welcome to the weekend! Father's Day is almost here and if you have a fisherman in the family like I do, you will be as excited about the new 5906 Bait & Tackle MB as I am! Is this not adorable? Ai has hit it out of the park once again with all the details that are packed into this little card.

All matchbook cards start out the same way. You use the same base card dies no matter what the theme is. It's super handy and makes it very affordable to add to your matchbook collection. The base is 5317 MB Template Dies. I cut mine out of a 6 x 6 piece striped cardstock. I cut the die again but just for the bottom half so that I could get a floor piece. I wanted it to have a more wood-like appearance. It's the first time I've done that and it worked well. It didn't make the card too bulky or interfere with closing the card up even though both the base and the woodgrain cardstocks were heavy weight. 

Once the base card was ready, I simply stamped and colored the images included in this set and then cut everything out with the included dies. The dies even put in score lines so it's easy to fold the tabs that are used to attach the pieces to the card base! I had a great time imagining this shop and coloring it all up. I chose to use the Gone Fishin' sentiment which is made to perfectly fit the die in the template set. I also thought the fish would be fun hanging on the awning. 

Although I didn't take a photo of it, I did make a matching envelope for this one. The MB cards fold up and a tab keeps them shut but the envelope is a great touch and makes it extra special. To cut the perfect little envelope, I used the 5318 MB Envelope Dies. And once again, once you have this die set you can use it for all your matchbook card creations!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope my card gives you some ideas of your own. Please visit the store to see all the things you need for your card, journal, and tag making projects. Be sure to take a look at all the new releases while you are there. Have a great Saturday!

 Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest  

Friday, June 7, 2024

I like you Beary much! Card by Tasha!

 Happy Friday Ai Friends!

Tasha here sharing a card inspired by the Panda-Monium Challenge and features the new KH5821-Panda Set. I think these little pandas are adorable and love the bamboo stamps!

To make the little scene, I stamped the two pandas and the bamboo with black ink. Next, I covered all the images with masking paper and used masking tape to section off the top of the paper. Once everything was covered, I used a stencil to create a colorful sky, I think it looks great behind the bamboo!

After the sky was blended, I removed all the masking paper and colored the images. I thought having different shades of green would allow the bamboo to stand out against the green grass and I like the light green color.

For the greeting, I stamped "I like you beary much" with the same black ink. The black & white color combo coordinates with the panda theme and I like the why the sentiment looks under the colorful design.

Lastly, I added layers of black and green cardstock before attaching the cared to a white card base. 

I hope you enjoyed today's project and will join in the challenge!