Sunday, March 3, 2024

Bunnies & a Village by Karen Day

 Hello Ai Watercolour fans!

  It's Watercolour Weekend time, and I have a couple of projects to share today.

First, something spring-like:

I stamped the bunny on a stump from 5737 - Bunny & Chicks Set in N57, as I wanted softer lines for my scene.  After masking him and the pot, I began building my bouquet, with all the flowers from 5794 Whimsical Flowers, and the leaves from 5795 - Berries.  After pulling the colour out of the lines with a damp brush, I built up the shadows & shading on the bunny using N57 - keeping most of him unpainted, as I wanted a white bunny, and did the same with the daisies, adding a little extra grey in some areas to indicate shadows.  I used #533 on the bluebells, which is a lovely lilac/blue colour, again adding layers of colour where I wanted it to be darker.  #565 was used for the foxglove-like flowers, and I used both #126 and #177 on the leaves, as I find two colours make them a little more interesting!


I mixed together #565 and #177 to create the blue/green shades of the pot, adding touches of the 533 and 565 as shadows.  For the stump, I used several shades of brown (992/969/947) mixing and layering them in the crevices to create the darker and warmer shades of the bark.  With the larger grass from 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1, and #177 - I added in the grass, painting it out and adding it as a wash along the ground.  A wash of #493 was painted as the sky (it's very faint in the photo!), and I added a few dots to my scene using my black Twintone marker.


I cut out my scene using 5061 - Square Double Stitched dies, and my sentiment, which is from 5734 - Friend Sentiments Set, was cut with 5064 - Circle Double Stitched Dies.  Both were matted with some pale blue cardstock and added to my patterned background.

My second card has been in the back of my mind for a few months.  Last fall my husband and I visited Mont Tremblant, a ski resort just north of Montreal - and the 5746 - SF Village stamp reminds me so much of the village!  Scroll down and you'll see a photo that was my inspiration.

I stamped the Scenic Foundation onto my Canson XL watercolour paper using Tombows #969/565.  I picked my warm and bright palette of: #993/837/373/476 to paint the buildings, layering the colours to create darker, shaded sides and keeping the sunnier sides brighter.  #837 was also used for the chimneys.  Layers of #N57 were painted onto the planters, sidewalks and to create the cobblestones.  Several layers were painted to create the chalkboard sign.  I used #249 along with the leaves stamp from 4052 - Flowers set 1 as the shrubs in the planters, and the small green from 4867 - Foliage Set 2 to create the greenery in the flower boxes.  After softening them with a damp brush, I used the Bleed Proof White Paint to add dots that became flowers in the boxes.  The mountains and hillsides were suggested behind the buildings with washes of #565/177.  #565 was also used to add shadows under eaves, in doorways, on planters and in the windows.   A wash of #493 was added to the sky.  


I like to leave a little white space around my paintings, so I selected one of the 5063 Rectangle A2 Double Stitched dies to cut out my image, then mounted it with some 3D foam adhesive to my card base.  A few enamel dots were sprinkled around it.  Here's a photo of Mont Tremblant:


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Happy EasteT to All My Peeps! by Janet



Now that it's March, Easter will soon be here and that means it's Easter card making time! Yay! Today I chose to use one of the newest Easter sets called 5869-Easter Bunny Puppet Set. This set has many pieces and allows you to dress a boy and girl bunny. The pieces are so cute and a lot of fun to work with. Here I used all the pieces so that you could see them all. The polka dot paper comes from 5873-Mini Birthday Journal Paper Pack and the Easter egg paper is from 5742-Easter Journal Paper Pack. The sentiment is from the super cute 5733-Easter Sentiments Set. Just for fun, I thought it would be cute to make a pink girl bunny.

It starts with a white 6 x 6 card base. I cut a green square at 5 3/4" and glued it to the card. Then I cut a slightly smaller blue polka dot paper square from the Mini Birthday Journal Paper Pack. I cut two layers of grass and tucked the two dressed up rabbits into it. Then I cut a border for the top of the card and stamped and cut out the sentiment. I added three heart enamels as the finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll stop by the store to see all the things you need for your card, journal, and tag making projects. 

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

Friday, March 1, 2024

Sending Easter Wishes Card by Tasha

 Happy Friday Ai Friends!

Tasha here sharing an Easter card featuring the sweet bunny from the 5221 - Sending Love Cubbies Set. This set is adorable and is perfect for Easter/Spring cards!



I started by stamping the bunny and letter before using the included coordinating dies to cut the images out. The mailbox also has a die and opens, but I stamped it directly on to the card. This bunny looks so cheerful!

For the background, I used markers to create the grass and added puffy blue clouds with a stencil and Distress Oxide Ink. For a little extra detail, I attached several teal enamel hearts to the sky. The tiny hearts are perfect for this type of card and I love the color!

After the ink dried, I stamped "Easter Wishes" from the 5733 - Easter Sentiments Set. The handwritten greeting looks so pretty and goes well with card's theme. 

Lastly, I added a layer of Ai pattern paper, pink paper, teal glitter pattern paper, and cream plaid paper. I think this card is great for Easter, but it could also work for a birthday, or as an everyday card for someone special!

I hope you enjoyed today's project and are having a wonderful day!





Timber! March Guest Designer Challenge #375

 Hello everyone!

We just completed our second Guest Designer challenge and
have the winner who will be our April Guest Designer!

Our entrants followed our All Creatures Great and Small challenge and we selected

Dori M!

She created a spectacular magic picture changer interactive card using 5399 – Gull-Friends Set.
Dori will have all of March to order her free stamp set and create a card for our April Guest Designer Challenge.
She will have her card featured on the Art Impressions social media and will serve as inspiration for all of you for 
April's challenge.  We hope you will join us!



Dori, please contact Leah at Feedback@artimpressions.com
to claim a free stamp set of your choice and she will give me your email address so that we can 
begin brainstorming for our April challenge when you will be our Guest Designer!


Now for our Lucky Random Winner who will receive the
 Exclusive Frog Freebie EX5584 from 2022.



#20 Maggie L.



Congratulations Maggie!
Please contact me at Renee@artimpressions.com to claim your free stamp.

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Now to introduce our March Guest Designer.

We're so excited to share Ginger McNally's beautiful card.

Our theme for March is Timber!
We want to see your cards using trees, branches, tree stumps, bushes etc.

I am Ginger and I have been chosen for the March Designer.  I feel very honored to be chosen.  Really, I am more of a collector than a designer.  I fell in love with AI stamps in 1997.  They had such cute stamps especially the front and back stamps.  Then about 2020 I saw the watercolor stamps Bonnie created.  I jumped right in and started learning to watercolor with Tombow markers.  AI seems to get better every year. It is so fun to build scenes with their stamps.  Then Bonnie comes out with most of the work done...stamps that are scenes.  Today I am using one of those stamps.  The Rock and Pond #5560.  Bonnie has a video on you tube that really helps to create this card.



I started stamping the stamp with markers #969 and #565.  Be sure to stamp off first so you will not have a dark picture.  I then started Putting blue in the sky #526, then I began pulling the color out of the fence, trees and rocks.  I used #969 on the fence, put leaves on the trees with #249, used the brown twin tone to make the bark on the trees.  I pulled the color out at the bottom of the rocks.  Then I stamped the small grass among the rocks.  I started working on the water.  I added layers of color to make the pond.  I tried to darken around the poles in the water.  I added the white gel pen to the water.  I then stamped the flowers

Tombow Markers--969, 565, 526, 249, 636, 837 plus the brown twin tone and white gel pen.

Stamps used-5560, 5373, 5008, 5009, 5126 and the small grass AAA1374.

This was so much fun. Try to join the challenge this month, it is so easy and lots of fun.

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Wow Ginger!  What a lovely scene you created!

We know lots of people will inspired to join our challenge because of your card.

As usual, I also have a little bonus prize!

For as long as I have duplicate stamps I will choose a random winner.
These will be for U.S. residents only since these will be mailed by me personally
and not Art Impressions.

This month I have the Exclusive Mouse Freebie EX5539 from 2022.


You will be automatically entered to win when you upload your project to the challenge.

Good luck everyone!

I can't wait to see what you create.

Here is the fine print:

✻ 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 MUST use Art Impressions stamps or dies! You may use other companies products but the main focus should be on Ai items.
✻If you win, you will receive one free stamp set of your choice. In return you will create a brief write up explaining how you made your item and email it to me. (Reneé) and you will mail your project to Art Impressions at your expense. (cheapest method possible is fine) International winners may submit photos through email. We will share your creation on Art Impressions social media.
 ✻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 crafting!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Shake. It. UP!! Challenge #371 Week 1

Hello everyone!
It's time for a new challenge.

We have Janet as our Featured Designer this week and her card is MAGNIFICENT!!

Our new challenge is Shake It Up.
Make a shaker card or include something that shakes on your card like a wobble.


Before we share Janet's card, let's see who won our last challenge.

For our Top Spot we selected Beverly Sizemore for her hilarious birthday card that used the retired birthday couple.





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

Our Lucky Random Winner was #3 Tasie





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

Now for the star of our show...we have an AMAZING card from Janet. 
She worked so hard on this card and it's simply gorgeous!

Tell us about your card Janet.

Hello Ai Fans and welcome to a brand new challenge. This one is called Shake It Up. You can play along by linking up your own shaker card or any card that shakes in some way. It's my pleasure to be the feature artist for this challenge and I am thrilled to show you how I made my shaker card to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! This year, it falls on March 17th so it's just the right time to make a St. Patty's card. My images are from the humorous 5006 - Sham-rock Set. Below are all the images I colored. I didn't use all of them but anything I don't use, I just put back in the stamp package for the next time I pull out a set. This lady is doing a jig and is so cheerful. I love her green suit! I also gave a try at coloring a green beer.

My card is just a series of rectangles with the top rectangle being a frame. Except for the largest green mat, I cut all the rectangles using the 5724 - Nested Rectangle Dies. I love all the new nested sets because it provides so many matting options! Below is a photo of the set. I marked the dies I used to cut my rectangles with blue washi tape. These dies worked great on an A2 sized card base, I used the following dies as marked in blue. Working from the outside in, I use the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th dies. 

Below you can see two matted rectangles and the shaker frame. This is how I cut and stacked them. The largest rectangle set on the left is a white A2 card base with a piece of green cardstock cut at 3 7/8" x 5 3/16" on top. This is the only rectangle that I cut without a die. The second rectangle set was cut with the 1st and 3rd die. The frame was cut using the 4th and 7th die.

This is the 2nd rectangle set from above just after I cut them out.

The 4th and 7th dies are used to create a frame. This will be the shaker frame with an acetate window. Under the window, I'll add all kinds of fun St. Patrick's themed shaker pieces.

Once the white frame was cut, I cut another piece of acetate using the 4th die and glued it to the back of the frame. Then I added three layers of foam tape around the frame. Normally I use only two layers but my shaker pieces are large and I wanted to make sure everything would be able to move freely in the shaker. Here you can see the frame turned upside down so you can see the foam tape. You can also see the shaker bits I used. This came in a shaker set I had in my stash. If I didn't have this, I would have used green and gold sequins.

Here's closer look at the thickness of the three layers of foam on the back of the frame. I purchase my foam tape in rolls from Amazon in different widths. I used quarter inch width for this frame. It fits perfectly!

At this stage, I had glued the rectangles on top of the A2 card base as well as the shaker with all kinds of gold and green St. Patrick's Day goodies inside. To attach the shaker, simply place all the shaker bits you want in the center area of the shaker. Then peel the backer off of the foam tape and carefully place it on the card being sure to apply pressure so that the seal is solid so all the bits will stay inside the shaker. You should also be careful to make sure that all the bits are in the center so they don't get caught under the foam tape.


And that's all it takes to create this shaker card! I really like the multiple frames that stack and highlight the shaker in the middle. After this was prepared, it was ready to decorate. I framed the shaker with the pieces I had colored and cut out. I thought it would be fun to have her holding the hat and have a 4-leaf clover sticking out of the pot of gold. I made a looped green bow and glued the beer stein to the center. Although there are many fun sentiments in this stamp set, I really didn't think one was needed. I will likely add one of them to the inside of the card instead.


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll stop by the store to see all the things you need for your card, journal, and tag making projects. 

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest


✻ 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!


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Butterfly Clasp w/ Center Gatefold Design by Lynn Dionne

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!


Watch video tutorial here!!!

Let's create an elegant Easter card using the beautiful Ai Butterfly Clasp Die Set (5590). This clasp was designed to work with the Ai Journal Series. It is perfectly sized to provide the ideal closure for your Ai journals. However, we are going to use it in a fun and different way today!

We will start with the card base using some white 100lb cardstock and for patterned paper we will be using some pretty lavender stripes for the card base, and we will be using the lavender florals for the gatefold portion of this card.

I will give you all of the measurements for the layers and gatefold in today's video. Also, for the front flaps of the gatefold we will be using the Ai Journal Cover & Bookmark Dies (5723) to create the pretty scalloped edge.

Now for the inside of the gatefold we will use the Ai Nested Heart Dies (5721) and then we will add the "Easter Blessings" sentiment to a fun little banner using the Ai Journal Template Dies (5543). This set has several fun dies for all of your card making needs!

Finally, to complete the elegant look of this card let's add a few sparkly lavender gems!

This card would be wonderful for a wedding, thank you and sympathy card as well!

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

Ai Butterfly Clasp Dies (5590)

Ai Journal Cover & Bookmark Dies (5723)

Ai Nested Heart Dies (5721)

Ai Journal Template Dies (5543)

Post-it Labeling and Cover-up Tape



 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Irish you a lucky day! by Reneé Matarese

 Hello everyone!

We're just 19 days away from St. Patrick's Day.
I was flipping through my book of stamps and came across this
little cutie and really wanted to use him.



All images and the sentiment are from 5006 – Sham-rock Set.  My husband and I aren't Irish (at least not that I know of) but I like to share a little Leprechaun love each St. Patrick's Day.


Copics used:
YG09, YG17, C1, T3,
E000,E02, E07, E21, E29, E43, E97
Signo Pigment Ink Gel Pen – Gold