Saturday, October 20, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Creative Harvest Cards!

Hello, Ai Fans! Halloween is just around the corner, and we are here with more harvest inspiration for you today! Let's take a look at the super creative projects our Watercolor Guest Design Team has crafted!

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

Who doesn't love a tree house? My son Scott has been promising to build my granddaughters a tree house and I know they would love it! I created this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend using the tree from the brand new 5056 - WC Fairy Doors Set and a cabin from the 4963 - WC Rustic Cabins Set. The pine trees in the background are from the 5010 - WC Tree Set 1. The flowers are from the 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set. I drew the ladder in using the sepia marker.

Other Supplies: Canson Watercolor Paper.

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
There’s something lurking in the dark in my Watercolor Weekend project. It’s simply SPOOKTACULAR!

Tape off a 3” x 3” square on your watercolor paper. Stamp the pumpkins from WC Harvest Set with a combination of 49 Vermilion and 88 Terra Cotta with the stems in 45 Sepia. Mask off the pumpkins with Post-It Notes then stamp the tree from WC Fairy Doors Set in 86 African Violet. Draw in the ghost eyes with watermark pen, add glow in the dark embossing powder then heat with your heat gun. Stamp in the leaves from WC Foliage Set 1 in 86 African Violet. Watercolor the Art Impressions way by pulling the color from the lines with water and a paint brush. Stamp in the grass from WC Foliage Set 1 in 86 African Violet. Darken up any lines on the tree and pumpkin using the fine tip of your markers. 

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 45 Sepia, 49 Vermilion, 86 African Violet, 88 Terra Cotta
Other Products: VersaMarker Watermark Pen, SparkleNSprinkle Glow in the Dark Embossing Powder, Post-It Notes, 3M Blue Painters Tape, Heat Gun

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Hi Art Impressions Fans and welcome to watercolor weekend. I wanted to embrace the beauty that is Fall with this easy Autumn Church project. I shared it on Instagram when I spent the whole day water coloring...YAY me!

I started off by inking the sitting boy in Brownish Grey. I stamped him in the middle of the page. Just like all of our projects start, I pulled the color out of the lines. I added some Steel Blue to his jeans, Sepia to his hair and Pale Pink to his skin, all from my palette.

Then, I cut a mask and covered him to protect him while I stamped the rocks (Sitting Things set) he is sitting on. Using my positioner, I stamped the rocks underneath the boy (inked with Sepia and African Violet). I used my palette to add a blend of Sepia and African Violet to add color to the rocks.
Next, I stamped a branch from the Branches set. Using my fine tip of my Sepia marker I extended the base of the branch to create a tree. I added some details with Brown and Olive Brown from the palette.
For the church, I inked it with Sepia and stamped it in the top right corner. I pulled the color out of the lines and added some additional Sepia to the roof and African Violet to the building. Once it was dry I added some darker lines with the fine tip of my Sepia marker. The post it tape serves as a quick mask over the church so I could stamp the trees from the Churches set inked in Sepia.
The leaves were all created with the small foliage from the Foliage Set 2. I inked it in English Red, Orange, Brilliant Yellow and Olive Green. I stamped it in several areas with each color to create a random fall scene. Adding some to the ground gives the effect of falling leaves. This is a favorite technique of mine for Autumn.
Once the leaves were stamped where I wanted them, I added some of the small grasses around the tree, rocks and church. I also added some Olive Green sporadically around the middle of the scene. To finish the scene, I added a small amount of Prussian Blue to the sky.

I hope you like this quaint Autumn Scene and I hope you will join me and the rest of the AI watercolor guest design team! Happy Watercoloring!!

Thanks, team! What fun techniques! Dot, we love how you mixed and matched different sets to create a treehouse! How unique! And Tricia K, your glow in the dark eyes in your spooky forest are just too cute, and sure to surprise your recipient! Tricia O, the way you created a larger autumn scene with the boy in the foreground and church in the background is simply lovely! Thank you for your beautiful creations this week. Makes us excited for the next Watercolor Weekend already!

Be sure to leave some comment love for the team, we love to hear what you think!

Happy stamping!

Be Scary by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Do you dress up for Halloween? If you do, are you cute scary or SCARY scary??!! LOL! This little cutie pie is adorable! For my card I used #4521 Be Scary Set. from Art Impressions. I would LOVE it if she walked up to my door! What a treat! :)  The papers I used are an older digital set from Nitwit Collections. I wanted to give a big shout out to Georgia and Joel! I got to see them on Friday at the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo! It's always awesome getting to meet someone from the company! Everyone is so nice and I can't tell you how proud I am to work with this company!! 

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

Copics used:  
E000, E00, E04, E21, E95, E97, E99
R20, R27
G82, G83
C1, C3, C5, C6, C7

Friday, October 19, 2018

Too Cute to Spook by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Halloween is just around the corner and I couldn't resist making one more card. This little Witch is just "too cute to spook" don't you think? My card today uses an image from the Art Impressions "Halloween Magic set". 
Look at the number of stamps and sentiments you get in this set! Great value, and think of all the combinations you can make!
I had these card bases left over from another project and put them to good use with the "Halloween Magic Set".
I used the Ai "Oval Double Stitched Dies" to cut my image out and make an oval frame to put her in.
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E21, E11, R20
Hair: E23, E25, E29
Outfit: BV04, BV08, YR04, YR09
Cat: N4, N5, N7
Dot outline: 110, Y35, V17, YR16, FYG2

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Challenge 243 "Add Embellishments" Featuring Windows to the World!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Did you catch our new release last week? We added SIX clear stamps to our famous Windows to the World collection! This line is known for beautifully illustrated images with sentiments that wrap around the edge, perfect for making quick and elegant cards! Grab your favorites today at!
Christmas Drive Haunted House Autumn Window  
Desert Window Succulents Window Covered Bridge Window  
Let's take a look at what our designers created today! Click the designer's name to go to their blog for more details about their card. Don't forget to leave a little comment love, we always enjoy hearing what you think!

Carol with Covered Bridge Window

Thank you, team! We love how your beautiful cards are fit for all different seasons!
Come join our challenge! We have one week left, and we want to see in particular how you love to embellish your cards! Look above at the samples to get an idea of some embellishments, or show us your own unique take on the challenge! Winners receive stamp prizes, so there's always a good reason to enter our challenges!

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, October 24 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

One more thing! We have an exciting promotion to share with you! For a limited time spend $50 and receive a FREE 3D Frame Die! This die creates triangular edges around the square opening to either mount on a card, or use with the easel it cuts for a standalone frame! Not only does it fit our Windows to the World line perfectly, but it is fantastic for other stamped images, and even photos, too! Here's how to participate in this offer.

1. Enjoy shopping at and fill your cart with at least $50 of other products
2. Add our 3D Frame to your cart (a $28.75 value!)
3. Apply coupon code 3DFRAME to your order and continue checking out

Hurry, this offer expires October 24!

Details: Cannot be combined with other offers, one coupon code per order. One free 3D Frame per order. Coupon code value is $28.75, which is equal to value of 3D Frame. Must have at least $50 of otherproducts in your cart to apply offer. Must add 3D Frame to your cart and apply coupon code 3DFRAME. Not valid on wholesale orders. Not valid on previous orders. Offer expires 10/24/18.

Happy Stamping!

Happy Fall Card By Crystal Schneider

Hi AI Fans! 

Fall has finally gotten here! Time to pull out all of my warm sweaters and fussy socks. 

This week I played with the Happy Fall set 4525 I fell in love with this one right away! This little scarecrow is too cute. I stamped him with black Memento ink so I could color him in with alcohol markers but I think next time I will color him in with water colors. 

Before I colored him in I masked him off so I could add some color to the background. I added some sunset colors I wanted it to look like he was sitting outside on a nice fall evening with the sun setting behind him.

I used Art Impressions new Rectangle Double Stitched dies to cut my colored page out and for the pattern paper. 

Added a little twine for a little detail and added the sentiment with foam tape so it would sit nicely over the twine.

I kept this card really simple I wanted the focus to be on the adorable little scarecrow.

Spectrum Noir Markers: 
OR1, OR2, OR3, TN2, TN3, TN5, TN9, PP2, GB4, GB6, GB9, YG1, YG2, YG3 

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Fairy Door in Tree Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Time for another Watercolor Wednesday! Bonnie is still working through our latest releases and this week she creates a stunning tree with our Fairy Doors Set. With hanging purple flowers and red blooms around the trunk, this colorful image is great for any occasion!

We hope you enjoy this week's video! We always love to hear from you, so feel free to hop over to the video and leave us a comment!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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