Friday, December 4, 2020

Large Snowflake die background | By Jessica Shier

 Hello Ai fans!

Happy Friday! It's Jessica here with some inspiration using the Large Snowflake Die set. This card came together super quick, most everything besides the snowflakes were extras. I don't know about you, but a lot of the time I color or die cut more images then I need to for one card. This results in a small collection of random things. Let's dive into the snowflake die set a little more first. 

I used a shimmer white cardstock to die cut all of the snowflakes. These area adhered to a Neenah Solar white 110lb cardbase, with Multi Medium Matte glue. Using tweezers makes this process a lot easier especially for those little flakes! 

I had this green cardstock banner left over and also a red ornament that is die cut using the Christmas Mini Dies. The other elements are pieces from a few cards I made previously. I usually have "leftover" images or die cuts floating around my craft space.

Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy stamping!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Pet Project Challenge Week #2 + Wednesday Live Video with Bonnie!!!

Hello, Ai Fans!

We hope that you and your family had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Thank you for supporting Art Impressions during our recent Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Super Sunday and Cyber Monday Sale!!

We are so thankful for you, our customers, and Art Impressions Family!

Don't forget to stop by our blog this Saturday for Watercolor Roundup, where our fabulous Watercolor Design Team (including Dot, featured above), provide beautiful tutorials, inspiration, and creativity!

We are in week 2 of our new challenge!

We have some creative inspiration for you from our Design Team

 created this surprisingly easy 3-D card for our feature last week, 
using the new Feline Set!

Bri used our Koala Set for a "koala-ty" cup of cuteness!

Jessica used our Feline Set and created the "purr-fect" card for the cat who wears the crown!

's version of our cuddling Koala Set is so bright and beautiful!  

Jil made a "piece of cake" card using one sassy cat from our new Feline Set set!

Crystal's marsupial is soaking in some "Koala-tea" time on this Koala Set card!

Sharon's card is the "cat's pajamas" and also uses the new Feline Set!  

Inspired? Check out the challenge rules below, and enter your creation!

For this challenge, the critters are king! Whether your card is inspired by your fur babies or the King of the Jungle, we want to see all things animal!
If you're looking for some starter ideas, check out our Funny FarmStackers & SlidersTwist Ties, or Flip Cards on our Pinterest Page

We want to see how you create your own Animal-Themed card! Though you can use any stamps you have, we'd love to see any Art Impressions products in your collection!
Hurry, challenge closes Wednesday, December 9th at 5PM PT!

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 the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday on Wednesday Live with Bonnie, for her
LAST live project of 2020!!!

She created a darling slimline, winter card, using some of our popular winter sets!

Here is a link to the supplies you'll need for this project : 

Don't forget, you can always watch the videos after they air here : 

See you back next week with our usual Watercolor Wednesday on YouTube!

Snow Place Like Home for the Holidays! by Crystal

Hi AI fans! I'm so excited it is December my favorite month for decorating and crafting. Art Impressions has so many adorable stamp sets for Christmas cards. This week I played with the Chubby Snowmen stamp set. This set is packed full of cute images and adorable sentiments. 

I really have a huge collection of pattern paper from my scrap booking days. I don't think I am the only person who crafts who can't ever part with any pattern paper. I used a lot of old scraps of Christmas pattern paper for this card. I don't do any scrap booking any more but that is how I started and would buy all of the paper. I found this fun December 25 card in my stash and thought it would be fun to add too this card. 

That snowman image is so cute I just want to hug him. I colored him in with alcohol markers and then die cut him out with the coordinating die that came in the set. I used the sentiment "Snow place like home for the holidays!" stamped in black onto white card stock. I adhered the sentiment below the snowman under his feet. I think the sentiment helps the snowman look like he is grounded to the card and not just floating in the air.  

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Koala Hugs Card by Lynn Dionne

Hello Ai Fans!!!

In todays card and video I will be showing you this brand new Koalas Stamp and Die Set (5349)! It is absolutely the most adorable set of Koalas...and who doesn't love Koalas! 

This set includes several sentiments including "Happy Birthday Have a Koala-Tea Time", "Hugs", "Cute and Cuddly", and many more!

We will create a fun frame card and beautiful background using some reactive ink pads in Lemon Drop and Fruit Punch....yummy! All of the coloring will be done using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens which will be listed below.

Watch the video tutorial here!

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

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens used:

Blender, Yellow, Mid Green, Olive Green, Green, Tea Rose, Gray Brown, Lt Gray, Dk Gray

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Reindeer Flutter Card by Jil Lebel


Hello Ai fans!

I used the Reindeer Flutter stamp and die set to make an interactive Christmas card.  The penguin's legs and feet lift when the tab is pulled down.  
I started by stamping the images onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth card stock with Gina K Black Amalgam ink and 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 followed the directions on the package to make the flutter mechanism so the penguin legs move when the tab is pulled.  
I used papers from the Bo Bunny 6" x 6" Father Christmas patterned paper. I layered a piece over gold glitter paper to form the center piece.  I used the enclosed die to cut a small slit behind the reindeer body.  I inserted the tab into the slip so that it came out behind the center piece.  It is attached with foam tape.  I added the Pull Here by Lawn Fawn with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. The greeting is stamped onto t white circle with the same ink.  The circles are from the Java Gift Card Holder set.
Copic Colors Used:
Reindeer - E30. E31, E33, E35, E37
Penguin - C1, C3, C5, C7
Red - R35, R37, R39
Green - YG03, YG61, YG63
Yellow - Y13, Y26, Y28

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Koala-ty Hugs by Bri Firth

Hello Ai Fans! Today I am sharing a single-layer card featuring the new Koalas stamp set. This card is also featured on my personal blog, check it out here
First, I stamped the image and colored it with Copic Sketch alcohol markers. The colors I used are listed below. Once I finished coloring the image I masked the image with Gina K. Designs Masking Magic paper. It was really easy to create the mask since the stamp set comes with coordinating outline dies! I used Purple Tape to mask the bottom section of the card. 

I used Milled Lavender Distress Oxide to ink blend the top half of the card. I used Dusty Concord ink to create the splattering effect on the ink blended portion of the card front. After I removed the masks I stamped the "Koala-ty Time" sentiment in black pigment ink in the white space. For the final touches I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs to create the detailed edge. 
Check back next week for more Ai inspiration made by me!

Copic Markers I Used
Nose: E47, E49
Cheeks: R20, R22
Ears: R20, RV000
Gray Koala: W8, W6, W4, W2, W0
Brown Koala: E44, E43, E42, E41, E40

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Giraffe Pop-Ups by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Who doesn't love a giraffe??
Today I've used the new #5354 Giraffe Pop-Ups and 
5133 – Flag Double Stitched Dies.
On the front of my card it says Here's to you!
The best part is when you open it!

Bam!  When you open the card, the cutest giraffe ever pops up!
You can choose to keep him "within" the card depending on what size you make it or he can extend beyond which is so much fun!

The second I saw this new set I knew that I had the perfect paper for it!

I added some gold sparkle because...why not?
I also found an old set of animal themed staples for my Fastenater so I added one of those.


Copics used:
E01, E41, E74, G99 W1


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Christmas Wonder Card featuring Karen Day

 Hello Ai fans!

I have a sweet caroling trio to share with you today, from the Christmas Wonder Set - 4936:

I coloured my image using Copic markers, and die cut it with the 5065 - Oval Double Stitched Dies, then mounted it on a slightly larger oval of dark red cardstock.

I ran an uneven line of stitching around my patterned paper with my sewing machine, adhered the oval, and added bits of pine boughs and berry sprigs.  A tiny tag was added with 3D pop dots, and a tiny bow of Baker's twine finished it off.  It doesn't show very well in the photos, but I added Wink of Stella to the Santa hats, and on the boughs and berries.

Happy stamping!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Fairy Winter Wonderland | By Jessica Shier

 Hello Ai fans!

Have you seen this Fairy Cubbie set? It is adorable! I thought I would create a little winter wonderland for these magical little fairies. Using kraft paper and copic markers and a few different white materials to really make my frosty vision come through. 

I stamped the fairy house and fairies with a copic friendly ink on to Neenah Desert Storm 100lb cardstock. The Copic colors I used will be listed below. The lovely thing about coloring on kraft paper with Alcohol markers is that you don't need a lot of colors since the pigment will be more muted. To add a highlight I went over areas with a Prismacolor White pencil. For more bright white areas and also the ground I used a White Gelly Roll pen. 

I like to add dimension to these cubbies. To pop up the fairy house I used black craft foam. The leaves are stamped NUMEROUS times with Versamark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder. Gives the leaves a frosty look! I used a pattern paper (Kaisercraft Magenta paper pad) that has a similar pink to the pink Copic marker I used. I liked the gradient of pink colors from that paper but a solid cardstock would work well too.

The sentiment is from the Chubby Snowman set. I also popped up the sentiment and a few of the leaves with some black adhesive foam dots. This panel is mounted on a Bazzill Peanut Cluster card base. 

Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy stamping!

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