Thursday, March 1, 2018

NEW 2018 Watercolor Sets NOW Available! PLUS, Challenge 227 Watercolor Wonders!

2018 Watercolor

We know our Watercolor sets are highly anticipated from our new releases! We are thrilled to release SIX sets on our website today! Take a look at our two new Watercolor Minis, the WC Truck Mini Set and WC Wishing Well Set, these two include wonderful main images for your scenes. Additionally, Bonnie designed new "basic" sets to mix and match with your current collection, including Foliage, Flowers, Mini Flowers, and Trees! See these sets in action in our video from Creativation! Nab these lovely sets up today and start creating your spring watercolor projects, and stay tuned for six more sets coming next week!
Wishing Well Truck Trees Foliage 3 Flower 3 Mini Flowers
Today we are featuring our fabulous Watercolor Guest Design Team! We share their projects on the First and Third Satudays of the month, and we are so excited to provide even more watercolor inspiration to you today!

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

I'm so excited about Art Impression's Creator/Owner Bonnie Krebs' brand new Watercolor Stamps! I used the well from the brand new set 5012 - WC Wishing Well Mini Set and I used new foliage and flowers from the new 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3 and 5008 - WC Flower Set 3. Both of these sets are must haves in my opinion. Seriously, how cute are those flowers I used? I also used a bird from the 4966 WC Bird Bath Set.

Marvy LePlume II Pens: 15 olive green, 45 sepia, 79 grape, 50 ultramarine, 101 tropical, 105 lt. teal
4773 Acrylic Blocks
4774 - Stamp positioner
Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
I’m excited to feature two NEW watercolor sets, Truck Mini Set and Flower Set 3, for the Watercolor Wonders Challenge in my “Truckload of Texas Bluebonnets” card.

First stamp the truck from the NEW Truck Mini Set in the lower left corner using a combination ofSepia and African Violet to achieve a beautiful grey color. Ink up the barn from NEW Truck Mini Set in Sepia and stamp in the upper right corner. Pull the color from the lines on the truck and the barn with your brush and water. Add a combination of Sepia and African Violet to your palette and brush onto the truck. Add Sepia and English Red to your palette. Brush the Sepia onto the roof of the barn. Mix the Sepia and English Red and brush onto the barn. Darken the windows with a little African Violet from your palette. Use a post-it note to mask off the bed of the truck then stamp the tiny flower from the NEW Flower Set 3 in Sapphire on the top ¾ of the flower, African Violet on the bottom ¼ of the flower and Olive Green on the stems. Stamp a portion of the fence from the NEW Truck Mini Set in Sepia on both sides of the barn. Use a post-it note to mask off the sides of the barn and stamp in trees using the two small leaf branches from the Foliage Set 2 in Olive Green. Add the small grass from theFoliage Set 1 around the barn and field and a combination of small and large grass around the truck using Olive Green. Add Salvia Blue to your palette and brush into the sky. Add dot detail for flowers in African Violet around the barn. Finally, to make the flowers resemble Texas Bluebonnets, put a dot of Copic White Opaque on the tip of each flower.

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 15 Olive Green, 28 English Red, 45 Sepia, 60 Salvia Blue, 86 African Violet, 100 Sapphire
Other: The Stamps of Life Stitched Rectangle Die, Copic Opaque White, Post-It Notes, Kraft Cardstock, Patterned Paper

Tricia O'Bin Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Introducing the new Wishing Well, Foliage 3 and Mini Flowers stamp sets. These are amazing sets and when I saw them I knew they would be some of my favorites going forward. I also grabbed a sentiment from the 4886K – Easter Blessings stamp set. 

I started off by using a Spellbinders oval die and a pencil to lightly mark a border. Using African Violet and Sepia, I stamped the Wishing Well in the middle of the oval. The Foliage set 3 has this beautiful vine that looks like a climbing bush. I also used one of the new small foliage stamps in the set behind and to the right of the well. Who can forget about the tried and true grasses, which I use in almost every project. I softened the lines and stamped the flowers (they look like 3 hearts) in Magenta all around. Next, I started out with the mini flower in Olive green (used it like foliage). I added another of the mini flowers inked in Sepia and Pink. Then I added some leaves from the foliage 3 set and finally the heart flowers in Prussian Blue.

I used the Grey marker and Black copic multiliner to trace along the pencil line to create a border. I stamped the Easter Blessing sentiment using Versafine Black Ink. Lastly, I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the Well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope my Easter Wishing Well gives you inspiration to get out your stamps. I hope you consider playing with your stamps and joining in with the Challenge!

Thanks, Team! What fabulous projects!
We're gearing up for a new challenge, and it's your time to shine! For two weeks we are hosting our
"Watercolor Wonders" challenge! Share your project for a chance to win Ai stamps! All you need to do is create a wonderful project with watercolor, whether that's with our WC stamps or with your favorite line art stamp to color up with a brush!

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, March 14 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Now it's time to recognize the winners of last week's challenge, Anything Goes! We had lots of fun entries, so it was hard to pick!

Top Spot Goes to...

Janet K!
 Congrats, Janet! We loved how you colored the First Bloom Window and coordinated with dotted paper, burlap and lace! Looks like spring to us! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Amy Marshall!

Helen F
Congrats, you two! Amy, we love how you made a set of watercolor cards and a purse to put them in! What a darling gift! And Helen, we think the way you made the Any Cake raccoons peek into the living room is just adorable! And we appreciate your no-line coloring, too! Please email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize.

Thanks for joining our challenge, see you next week! Happy Stamping! 


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Lovely projects all around!

Karen Day said...

Wonderful to see the new sets in action! Gorgeous projects.

ionabunny said...

Congrats to the lucky winners. Hugz

Anonymous said...

Wow - what a a bunch of wonderful projects with the new sets. Cant't wait to have some of these sets.
And congrats to the winner!!!

Hugs & greetings

S. Molinari said...

Congrats to the winners! Can you join a challenge if you don’t have a blog, but do have a public flickr or instagram account?

Jil Lebel said...

The Watercolor Team really did some beautiful work for this release. I love all three cards! I am sooo in the mood for spring after seeing these beautiful cards.

katieo said...

Beautiful inspiration. I just purchased a lot of the new sets at the Scrap book Expo

Cynthia said...

Congrats to the winners! Thanks for the fun challenge and DT inspiration.

Bev Laplante said...

I just finished the truck and the barn. I am so excited. I am learning a lot. Love your stamps.