Spring is on the way, and so are NEW releases! We are excited to announce FOUR gorgeous additions to our Circlet Mini TryFold line! Our Circlets are so popular, and it's easy to see why! Each set contains three circular stamp images designed to layer together, as well as two dies that cut the openings. Send homemade greetings with our Front Porch Circlet, featuring a sleeping kitty at the front door. Our Pasture and Dock Circlets are perfect for masculine or feminine cards, featuring horses in the field and boats on a peaceful lake. Last but not least, our Easter Circlet is perfect for sending blessings this spring. Take a look at our video from Creativation to see a variety of cards you can make with our Circlets! Grab all four sets at artimpressions.com!
Carol has a tutorial you won't want to miss! Let's take a look!
Hello Ai Fans!
For our Stripes and Circles challenge I'm using the beautiful new Front Porch Circlet MTF. I wanted to do something a bit different with this Circlet and decided to make a cute tag!
Since I wanted the images to be stamped crisp and clear, I used Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock. To step it up even a bit more, I pulled out a couple of my long neglected Watercolor Sets and stamped a wreath around the first two circle images. I wasn't totally certain how this would work with the water color stamps, but I have to say it worked great! I stamped each image onto a piece of Bristol Smooth using Versafine Onyx Black in, which is waterproof.
After stamping each image, I stamped the wreath using the techniques that Bonnie teaches in her watercolor videos. To color the images I scribbled each marker color onto my pallet and used a barely damp paint brush to color each one. (The markers I used are listed at the end of this post.)
I then used the awesome new Tag Stitched Dies set to cut each one into a tag shape. The main thing I was careful with was to measure where I placed the tag die so that the images would still line up. Here's a photo showing what I mean.
Measure above and to the right of the die, as shown in first photo. Then for the others, I used those measurements to make pencil lines for the die placement. Everything lined up just right this way! I used the reinforcer die to cut the shape to go around the tag hole where the ribbon is.
Here is a view of the second layer:
And the third layer. (I actually have a yellow front door on our home!)
I love how this came together. It would be perfect to give as a card, or tied onto a package for a pretty gift tag. Of course, you can make this as a mini Tryfold following the directions on the back of the packaging. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my different take on this Circlet. I can't wait to see your creations linked up for the challenge! Happy crafting!
Marvy LePlume II: Olive Green, Leaf Green, Ochre, Yellow, Magenta, Sapphire,
Manganese Blue, African Violet, Brownish Grey
Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush: Fog Gray, Dark Brown, Deep Brown
Wow, Carol, this project is so sweet! Love your watercolor wreath and that yellow door!
It's time for a new challenge! This week is all about Stripes and Circles! You can use one or both elements in your cards to qualify for our challenge! Remember, we pick a "Top Spot" winner for a prize pack and two Honorable Mentions for a stamp of their choice! Playing along gives you a chance to win, and shares your creativity with other Ai fans!
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, February 13 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!
Let's not forget the winners of last week's Lots of Hearts challenge!
Top Spot goes to...
Congrats, Carina! We think your Puppies Flutter card is too cute with all your little die cut hearts and customized sentiment! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address to claim your prize pack!
Honorable mentions go to...
Congrats, you two! We love the Welcome Little One card perfect to shower a new baby with love! And Debbie, your card with our retired Tina set is super cute with your ink blended sky sprinkled with hearts! Be sure to email email@example.com with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!
We hope everyone can join us for our new challenge! It's going to be a fun one!
Something BIG is coming! Be sure to check your email on Sunday, February 3, for a big surprise you won't want to miss! This news is coming to our newsletter subscribers first, so be sure you and your stamping friends to sign up for our emails!