Thursday, February 22, 2018

Challenge 226 Anything Goes WEEK 2!


Hello, Ai Fans!

We are here with some seriously fun inspiration for our "Anything Goes" challenge! That's right, this week you can create anything for our challenge! The sky is the limit! Let's take a look at what our designers created this week. Find more information on each card by clicking the designer's name to go to their blog. Plus, all the stamps they used can be found at artimpressions.com!

Cheri with Birdie & Eggnus and Anything New?





Sharon with various WC Sets featuring WC Cottages Set
Thanks, team! Always so fun to see all your different styles and diverse sets you choose for these Anything Goes challenges!
Now it's your turn! Show us your crafty creations, and you just might win! Joining is easy, simply post your photo online and link it our InLinkz below!

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, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Speedy Recovery by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!! 

The Catastrophy Set is perfect if you are a cat lover or know one!! Several images and lots of funny sentiments are perfect for cat lovers!!

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions
I started by stamping the cat with the collar and then using my Spectrum Noir Markers to color it. I used: BO3, BO4, GB3, IG2, Blender. Then I used a stitched rectangle to cut out the image.


I picked out some pink and gold pattern paper, one pattern was pink with gold dots and I used a stitched rectangle to cut it out and adhered it to a grey card base. From a pink triangle pattern, I cut just a little bit bigger than the stamped rectangle.


I found from my stash some gold washi tape and I added three stripes of it on the polka dot paper lengthwise. Then I added the image and other pattern paper on top with foam tape.


I stamped the Wishing Your Furry Friend a Speedy Recovery sentiment and notched one end. I added the sentiment with foam tape. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!



NEW VIDEO - Wooden Gate & Flower Pots 2

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new twist on one of our recent Watercolor Wednesday videos!

This week, Bonnie changed things up with our Wooden Gate to add a two of pots in front and multiple robins around the image. Bonnie starts by partially inking our Wooden Gate and pulling the color out of the lines. She uses her Stamp Positoner to place our Small Containers on the ground in a row and a hanging plant to the left side, adding color to them from her Palette. To make the plant hanging, she simply draws in the plant hanger with a few straight and curved lines. Next, she adds vines, flowers, buds, and branches around the image, from the right post to the blooming pots. For a final touch, she adds four robins from our WC Bird Bath Set, enjoying the fragrant flowers and sweet sunshine!

We hope you enjoy this week's video! We love to see your creations, so don't forget to hashtag #AiStamps on Instagram or Facebook!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!



View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OAAvLfYidJQ





Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Easter Blessings Watercolor by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I am in love with the Easter Blessings 4886K stamp set.  The image I used today has the cutest little bunny hiding in the flowers.  I used my Marvy LePlume II markers to color the image because the color is transparent so it can be layered.



I started by stamping my image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto 140 Lb. Strathmore Watercolor paper. I needed to stamp the image a few times because the paper has a very heavy texture so I used my Mini Misti. I colored my image using my Marvy LePlume II markers.  I colored the markers directly onto the flower centers and pulled the color out with my brush and water. I added a second layer of color onto most of the flowers using my Ai Watercolor Palette to add color from the markers to my images.



Colors Used:
Iris Purple 55, Violet 8, Brilliant Yellow 43,
Olive Green 15, Steel Blue 17, Brownish Grey 40


Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, February 19, 2018

sweet Easter chick by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
 
Today I am sharing a card using one of the new Ai Easter sets. Here I used 5004- Sweet Easter Set. This card screams "spring" and I'm sooo ready for it!
 

Have you ever pulled out some patterned paper that was just so pretty that you hated to cover it up? Well, that was the case here! I wanted to add more layers, etc. but decided to keep it clean & simple with this beautiful paper.
 
It's always difficult to show the glittery shimmer on cards so I hope this conveys a bit how gorgeous this paper is. It's such a complement to the sweet flower and chick images in this set and really lets them shine. That chick is so cute!
 
 
Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!
 
 
 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Easter Holiday Mansion by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing the Holiday Mansion set
along with the 4976 – HM Easter Set.


This Mansion is such a fun, interactive set with loads of accessories to make it even cuter!


When you open the doors and windows all sorts of surprises await!


Here's the inside of my green card.


I made another one, this time in pink.


I used a few different stamps and rearranged some of the Easter accessories on this one. 


Aren't these just the cutest!?







Saturday, February 17, 2018

29+ years by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Today I've got a couple cards I made using 4901 Teachers Rule Set from Art Impressions. This is a great set for all the teachers in your life! I used the same colors on both of her except the skin tones. I apologize...I'm having a hard time with my pictures because the lens on my Canon died. So while I'm waiting for a replacement lens, all my pictures are being done with my phone and it's just not the same. 












Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and hope to see you back again soon! Until then - stay crafty!!

Copics used: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21, E23, E33, E35, E37, E53, E59
Y35, Y38
R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, R37
T1, T2, C5, Blender


Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Changing Seasons

Welcome back to another Watercolor Weekend! Twice a month we bring you a bundle of inspiration from our Watercolor Guest Design Team that you won't want to miss out on! This week, be inspired by three different seasons - Winter, Spring and Summer! One of our favorite parts about our watercolor technique is by using different combinations of stamps and colors, you can create a scene for any season, whether it looks like the weather outside your window or of a place of your dreams! Take a look at our team's creations!

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

Spring has arrived here in Las Vegas. I made this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup using some pretty spring colors. I used a house from the 4958 - WC Cottages Set and two of the branches from the 4964 - WC Branches Set to make the trees. The grass and leaves are from the 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1. The tiny leaves from the 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 were used to make the bushes by the house. The flowers were from 4052 - WC Flower Set 1. The fence was made using the 4967 - WC Fence Dies as a mask. 


Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
The tropics are calling for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend. It’s “Tiki Time”!

This is a two-part project – the main design and the mat. Start by creating the main design. Stamp the bungalow from 4110 WC Structures in 45 Sepia in the center of your watercolor paper. Mask off the roof of the bungalow using a Post-It Note or masking paper. Stamp the palm trees from 4269 WC Tree Set with 45 Sepia and both 15 Olive Green and 11 Lt. Green. Then stamp the foliage from 4867 WC Foliage Set 2 on both sides of the bungalow in 15 Olive Green. Pull the color from the lines using your watercolor brush and water. Scribble a little 45 Sepia onto your watercolor palette and brush onto the bungalow. Add 60 Salvia Blue to the palette and brush into the sky. Add 101 Tropical to the palette and brush in for the ocean. And, add 36 Manganese Blue to the palette and brush into the windows. Darken up any lines on the bungalow and add cross-hatch detail with the fine tip of 45 Sepia. Dot in 28 English Red for flowers onto the foliage. I used a 2½ x 2½ inch die to cut out the design and matted with a slightly larger piece of kraft cardstock. 

To create the mat, cut a 5½ x 5½ inch piece of watercolor paper. Lightly trace the matted design with a pencil in the middle of the 5½ x 5½ inch piece of watercolor paper. Using leaves from 4867 WC Foliage Set 2 and 4761 WC Watering Can, stems from 4963 WC Fall Set and flowers from 4606 WC Cottage by the Beach, stamp in a random square pattern around the pencil line in various greens - 11 Lt. Green, 15 Olive Green, 48 Leaf Green, 102 Jade Green. Pull the color from the lines using your watercolor brushand water. Erase the pencil lines and mount the main design onto the mat using foam tape.

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 11 Lt. Green, 15 Olive Green, 28 English Red, 36 Manganese Blue, 45 Sepia, 48 Leaf Green, 60 Salvia Blue, 86 African Violet, 101 Tropical, 102 Jade Green
Other Supplies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Die, Design Your Life 3D Foam Tape, Post-It Notes, Kraft Cardstock

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Happy Watercolor Weekend!! This weekend I chose to do another winter project. I used the Covered Bridge stamp along with the birch trees and a branch from the Branches set.

I used my positioner to place the trees where I wanted them. Instead of using the entire stamp, I chose portions of it. I also used my Molotow masking fluid to mask them off to protect them while I stamped the bridge.

I used my palette to color the bridge and to create the stream and snow banks. 

This was such a fun card to make. Visit my blog for all the details and check out my video on YouTube if you want to paint along with me.

Don’t forget to upload your projects to Instagram and tag us so we can check them out.

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 45 Sepia28 English Red86 African Violet

What inspired you today? Tell us in the comments below! You also have a PERFECT opportunity to share your creations with us! Join our "Anything Goes" challenge by linking a project or two so we can see what you are watercoloring! Besides, you just might win a prize!

If you are just beginning your watercolor journey, be sure to visit our new beginner's guide for some great information! Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring Chicken by Cheri Burry!

Hello Ai Fans!
Just popping in today to share with you a couple of cards I made using the Art Impressions "Spring Chicken" set. I am a big fan of the "Ai Bird Brains" line of stamps so when I saw these cuties I knew I had to add them to my collection!

I love the way theses cards have a "lift the flap" element to them for an interactive detail!
 I chose papers from the American Crafts "Color Crush" collection for a nice spring like feel. After all I have had enough of winter and needed a boost of spring LOL!
Love the saying on the coffee cup!!
Look at all the images and sentiments that come with the "Spring Chicken" set! Oh just imagine all the possibilities!
Copics Used:
C00, C01, C1, C4, YR12, YR14, YG23
R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29
E95, E97, E99, BG72, BG75, E50, E51, E53
W0, W2, B000

Happy Stamping!
Supplies: