Thursday, June 21, 2018

NEW Challenge 235 Patriotic Colors!

Hello, Ai Fans!

We are gearing up for a FUN summer, and Independence Day is just around the corner! To celebrate, our newest challenge features patriotic colors! Cheri is here to give us some inspiration with her take on the challenge!

Hi Ai Fans!
It's the first week of the Ai Challenge called "Patriotic Colours". I'm from Canada, so I made my card to Celebrate Canada's upcoming 151st Birthday on July 1, 2018! In Canada we have a long weekend to celebrate the Country's Birthday with lots of family themed fun and fireworks! I thought the Art Impressions stamp set called "One To Brag" would work perfect for my card!
I started by gathering up all the items I thought I would need to create this "Herringbone" Strip Card.
I decided my card base would be 4.25"x 5.5". I cut a piece of white cardstock at 4 x 5.25", this is what I will add my strips to. I cut a bunch of strips at 1/2" x 6" from some Canada themed papers.
Start by adding 3 strips to the card base. I used a tape runner to easily add my strips with.
Then all you have to do is decide what pattern you want to add your strips. I just butted each strip up against the previous one, working along in my chosen pattern.
Before I moved onto my next pattern choice I trimmed the edges to make it easy to use.
Here you can see how your strips will be going off the edge before you trim them.
I cut and scored my white card base and added a layering piece of red cardstock cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8"
Here you can see the finished Herringbone Card Base.
Now onto stamping and colouring my image. 
After I coloured my image with my Copic markers, I fussy cut out my image using my Brother Cut N Scan.
I'm using the sentiment called "King Of Cool" but I only wanted to use the "Happy Birthday" part of the stamp. I used some Washi Tape to mask off the remainder of the sentiment before inking. Don't forget to remove the tape before you actually stamp or you'll get a mess. (I did that a few times LOL)
I added some foam tape to both my image and sentiment for some added dimension! This Herringbone technique is really simple to do and actually quite fun! It's a great way to use up your scraps!
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E15, E17, E19
Reds: R22, R24, R27, R29
Greys: C0, C1
Spectrum Noir Glitter pen added to the cake

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thanks, Cheri! We love your patriotic birthday card! Our Ai People characters sure know how to party!
Join in our challenge! We have fans from around the world, so feel free to create a card with patriotic colors from your country! Here in the USA, we will be sporting red, white, and blue!

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

Before we go, we have some WINNERS to announce for our Odd Animals Challenge as well as a fun freebie for your order!

Top Spot goes to...

Thanks, Milene! We love your adorable "Holy Moley" card, fabulous watercoloring! Email to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! Helen, your Udderly Fantastic cows are just too cute with their colorful balloons and tutus! And Bonnie, your Old Goats are really rocking those neutral colors! Be sure to email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

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Happy Stamping!


Carol H. said...

Your card is awesome Cheri! Love the herringbone background!

Congratulations to the winners of the previous challenge!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Super fun!

Kate 'Rijacki' Ledum said...

Your Canada card is perfect!

Janet said...

Great cards congrats to winners!

Charne said...

Love that Canada card!

Dot J Freel said...

Love that clever design on Cheri's card! Have to try it.