Thursday, October 22, 2015

Challenge 171: Use Water-Based Inks! PLUS, New Watercolor Minis + Easel Dies!

Hello Ai Fans!
Diane with Wooden Door
We're back with a new challenge and some beautiful new stamps and dies! First, let's wrap up the last challenge for "Let's Go for a Spin!"

Top Spot goes to...


Congrats! Such a cute card to display a Frosting Spinner mouse! Eva, email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable mentions are...



Way to be creative, you two! CraftyPaws, what a fun way to use the Dog Mini Front & Back into a spinning card! And Tami, we're ready for some whirlwind trick or treating with More Hands More Candy! Don't forget to email with you address and a set of your choice!

Okay, time for something NEW! Are you ready?

New_ Ai Watercolor Mini Project Series_

ClayPot _4701_Wooden Door _4702_Flower Cart _4703_
We have 3 new Watercolor Mini sets to add to the collection! Here's a peek from our friends at Scrapbook Expo!
We also have some fabulous new dies! Cardmaking is easy and oh so lovely with an easel frame die. Frame your stamping like the artwork it is!
New_ Easel Card Dies_
Square Easel Dies _4699_ Scallop Easel Die _4700_

Need some advice for making your own easel card? Here's a full length tutorial to get you started!

It's Thursday, and you know what that means... New challenge!
Diane is here to show how she used some of these new goodies!

Hello Ai friends!  Diane here with a tutorial today!
The new Ai Challenge is “Use Water-Based Inks” and we are showcasing the NEW Watercolor images and the NEW Easel Card Dies!  How exciting!  I am sharing how I made my card today with the Ai Wooden Door (4702) stamp set and the Ai Scallop Easel Card Die (4700).  I also used a sentiment from the Christmas Scene TryFold (4687) stamp set.

I started by die-cutting two of the Scallop Easel Card die with vanilla cardstock for my card base, and set those aside.
I wanted to make a scalloped mat for my card, so here is how you can easily do that.  Using the widest (open) scalloped section of the die, I cut a patterned paper layer for the front.  Start with a piece of patterned paper that is 3 1/2" x 5".  Center the 3 1/2" width in the die (leaving equal space on both sides).  Use low-tack tape to hold in place and diecut.

Now trim the height of the patterned paper to 4 3/4" tall.  Adhere this layer to one of the vanilla diecut card bases.
Next diecut an oval window with the smallest oval die.

Set aside and use both oval dies to cut a frame with red cardstock. Also cut a sentiment label from a scrap of vanilla cardstock.

I stamped the door, tree, and logs with Versafine Black ink and water-colored the images with Twinkling H2Os and a water-brush.  Then I inked the wreath with a green marker and stamped it last.  I lightly touched the wreath with the water-brush.

When dry, adhere the water-colored image behind the oval diecut window.  Then adhere the second vanilla card base behind the image, lining up both card bases and the scallop edges.
NOTE:  Kate has a wonderful video HERE showing how to put the Easel Cards together.  Please check it out!

Following Kate's instructions in the video, fold both sides back.  Then cut the small tab on both sides half-way to the scored line, starting from each end.  Fold the easel sides on the scored lines and fold down the tabs.  I glued the sides down but it isn't necessary.  It will look like this from the back:

Adhere the diecut oval frame around the window.  Stamp the sentiment, and finish your card as desired.  I placed some punched branches under the sentiment and popped it with foam dimensionals.

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the "Use Water-Based Inks" Challenge!
Happy stamping!

Thanks, Diane! Beautiful watercoloring! Your Wooden Door painting is framed like a piece of art in the Scalloped Easel Die card! Alright, folks, join in the fun--we want to see what beautiful water-based crafts you can create. You can use a watercolor effect with brushes or other creative uses. Lets see what you got!

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, November 4 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!


Karen Day said...

Gorgeous card, Diane! Your colour choices are so soft & lovely - and a great tutorial for the new dies!

Sharon Caudle said...

Beautiful!!! I love the colors you chose and how you layered the front with pattern paper! Gorgeous water coloring too!

Charne said...

Congrats to the winners! whooot!
And Diane, what a beautiful card and decor piece you made! I really think these easels are super for displaying cards!

Eva said...

Thank you so much!!! I am very very happy!!!!
Awesome news release, watercolors and dies.
Hugs ;)

Shari said...

Congratulations, spinner winners.
Love the easel dies. Such a great idea for Christmas cards. I really want to make shaker cards out of it, though. ^_^

Cheri Burry said...

Wonderful tutorial and card Diane! Your watercoloring is perfect!

Dana said...

Fabulous card!! The tutorial is awesome, i love your watercoloring!!

Renee Matarese said...

This is so beautiful!