Thursday, September 10, 2015

Challenge 168: Cut Your Cards!

Hello again, Ai Fans!

Sharon with 4688 Haunted House TF
It's challenge time! And we're back with NEW Ai stamps! Before we dive in, let's recognize the winners of our previous challenge "Southern Style!"

Our Top Spot is awarded to...
Congrats! What fabulous coloring on the hilarious Pig Front and Back set! Visit Cynthia's blog to see more pictures of the card. Cynthia, email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable mentions are...


Congrats to y'all! Linda, we love how you got creative using the pig from our Elephant & Pig mini front and backs! And Elina, we love how you transformed the BBQ Couple with the fun cowboy hats! Be sure to email with you address and a set of your choice!

Did you hear we're releasing NEW stamps? Last challenge our Texas ZooCrew led the stampede, and this week we have brand new Tryfolds and Windows to the World! You may have seen them in your local craft stores, and now they are available at!

Joining us today for some fabulous inspiration is Sharon! Let's see what's she's crafting up!

Hello AI Fans!!

I'm super excited today because I get to help celebrate two brand new Try-Fold sets AND three Windows to the World stamps!

First I'm going to show you the Haunted House Try-Fold #4688!!  Please do not let these stamp sets intimidate you! They are amazingly easy to stamp out and color, and boy do they ever make a huge impact!  The complete instructions on how to create your Try-Fold card is on the back of every Try-Fold Stamp Set. It tells you where to position your stamp on each section of your card. I find it easier if I put a small pencil mark where I need to position the stamp rather than guessing.  I stamped the card and got busy coloring.

Once you get it completely colored, if you use Copic markers, you'll most likely notice that the ink has bled through your paper.

So at this point, to cover up the messy looking backs of the paper, I like to line the inside of the two outside card panels with a matching paper.

You can then cut around your image as stated in the instructions.  Once you get it cut, create a matt for your card (this will cover the Copic blead through from the main image of the Try-Fold and give your card a sturdy base. I usually like to create a double mat.

And this is view with the front panels closed. Isn't it fun?!! 

I wanted to create a belly band to help keep the card closed until the recipient opens it. So I just took a piece of matching cardstock and wrapped it around the card. Then I colored up the Giant Jack-O-Lanterns (sku# I1267) and fussy cut it out to attach to the front of the belly band.  So fun!!  By the way, when I was looking through my stash to find the Giant Jack-O-Lanterns, I discovered I actually have two of them!! So I'm giving one away on my blog! Just pop over to HERE to enter the give away!!

I hope you will give Art Impressions Try-Fold Sets a try (heehee)  and show us your creation! 

Copics used:  YG03, YG06, YG13, YG21, E95, E97, E99, YR21, BV000, BV01, BV04, E31, E33, E35, E37, E71, E74, E13, E15, E51, E53, C1, C3, C5, T1, T2, B000, Blender

Next I'm showing you the With Love Window to the World Stamp! These are really, really, REALLY quick and easy cards! And they are really beautiful too!  They fit perfectly with the Art Impressions Window Die (sku 4619) which is what I used for this card.

And a view of the inside

This took no time at all! I really want to practice my water coloring with this image. :)  I simply centered the window pane in the upper center of my card front and put it through my Cuttlebug. Then I used a piece of cardstock to cut out the window frame and mounted it to the card front lining it up with the window panes. After gluing that down, I took my snowman image and lined it up in the window the way I wanted it to show, and then adhered it to the inside. Done!

Copics used: B000, BG93, C1, E33, Y23, W3, R20, B41, and Blender

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and hope you love the new releases as much as we do!!  

What lovely holiday cards! Thanks, Sharon!

Are you inspired? For this challenge we want to see you cut your cards! Maybe you'll make some tryfold or window cards.... We'd love to see them!

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, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

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Elina said...

Oh, thank you so much! Congrats to Cynthia and Linda as well, I really like your cards. What a fun challenge that was. Sharon, beautiful cards for inspiration again!

Linda Gibb said...

Well you've convinced me to try the try-fold card with your really cute & spooky Halloween card. Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

Cheri Burry said...

Awesome card Sharon! I love the belly band!

She's a Color Queen said...

Sharon I love your tri-fold card. Wonderfully done!

Karen Day said...

Gorgeous cards, Sharon! And a great tutorial :o)

Cynthia said...

Oh my goodness! What a great way to start the day. Thanks so much ladies and congrats to Elina and Linda as well. Adorable DT samples this week!

Charne said...

Congrats to the winners! Super new releases! The belly band on a tryfold card is such a good idea! All that snow and snowmen and cute bunnies..... aaaaaaahhhhhhh LOVE!

Renee Matarese said...

Both your cards are adorable! I love the band on the TryFold and the wintry feel of the window card.

Kerry said...

Congrats to the winners!!! Gorgeous cards Sharon and an awesome tutorial!

dyeandpigment said...

I love the tryfold cards and had them as a project at our last stamp club meeting. Everyone had fun coloring and cutting them. I love the new halloween tryfold. I'm hoping you will be at the convention in November in WI so I can get my hands on these. Thanks.