Saturday, November 18, 2017

Merriest Christmas Set by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!

Hope you're having an amazing start to your weekend before Thanksgiving in the US! It's now one of the busiest times of the year and I love and cherish every moment of it! Today's card features the beautiful Santa from #4790 Merriest Christmas Set.  from Art Impressions. I just adore the vintage feel to this set!  I colored up Santa in his finest with Copics. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today and hope to see you back again soon! If you'd please indulge me for a moment, I'd like to say how very thankful I am to have the opportunity to work with Art Impressions and the design team.  I am continuously amazed at the love, support, and talent that I see every day. To be a part of this was always my dream, and to know I'm living that dream every day is beyond amazing.  I wish each and every one of you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. May your hearts be filled with love and joy, and may your tummies be full of turkey and pie! God bless! 
Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E33, R20, R35, R37, R39, G82, G85, Y35, Y38, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, Blender

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Holiday Inspiration

Have you started your holiday cards? Our Watercolor Guest Design Team sure has! Glean some new ideas for your projects here on Watercolor Weekend! Take a look and leave a little comment love about how the team has inspired you today!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
I made a shaker card for the Watercolor Weekend Round-up on the Art Impressions blog this weekend. I used the - Wooden Door stamps for this one. I love purple and green together so I made the door purple. I knew I wanted to add multi-colored lights on the house, wreath and fir trees which I made using the new 4960 - WC Fir Trees Set. I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add that little bit of sparkle to the lights and the snow.  I just used the fine tip of the Marvy LePlume II pens to draw the multi-colored lights.
Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
I’m excited to share this fun and festive last minute Thanksgiving project for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend – Personalized Turkey Place Cards. 

Using a 3”x4” piece of watercolor paper, trace around a 7/8” button, set the button aside. Take the large straight pine bough from the WC Fir Trees Set and stamp one on each side of the circle (slightly overlapping the pencil line) in 82 Mustard, 13 Ochre, 88 Terra Cotta, 27 Olive Brownand 45 Sepia to create the turkey feathers. The final center feather is stamped once in 18 Dark Brown. Erase the pencil line. Pull the color with your watercolor brush and water. You can either hand write, stamp or print the name on the place card. I opted to print it. Measure down 1½” and score a line lengthwise across avoiding the stamped image. Use an xacto knife to cut out the top few feathers so they pop up once folded. On a small scrap piece of watercolor paper, stamp the large straight pine bough from the WC Fir Trees Set in 13 Ochre then cut into a tiny triangle for the beak. Next stamp the large branches vine WC Foliage Set 1 in 28 English Red then cut out one teeny tiny leaf for the snood (yes, I looked that up, it’s the red dangly thing on the beak). To assemble the turkey body, place two self adhesive pearls onto the button as eyes, use a small glue dot or glue to add the beak and snood. And finally, attach the body onto the feathers with a glue dot and your turkey is complete. Happy Thanksgiving!
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 82 Mustard, 13 Ochre, 88 Terra Cotta, 27 Olive Brown, 45 Sepia, 18 Dark Brown, 28 English Red
Other Supplies: Want 2 Scrap Self Adhesive Pearl Bling, 7/8” Black Buttons, Glue Dots, Xacto Knife, Stylus, T-Square Ruler, Printer, Blossoms Script Font

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I used the pumpkin stamp as a container for the fall flowers. I first inked half of the pumpkin stamp with African Violet and Sepia. I wanted my pumpkins to be white, leaving off the top of the pumpkin to allow for the flowers to spill out the front and sides.

I added the leaves in Brilliant Yellow, Orange and English Red. I softened each layer after I stamped it so that I could layer each color easily. I stamped the wheat (I think that i what it is LOL) in Brilliant Yellow. I softened it and then inked the Lily stamp up with Terra Cotta and Olive Green. I then added the branch with the red berries inked with Sepia and English Red.

I cut these out using a square stitched die. I cut a piece of Sweet Mango cardstock to back the middle image.

I created the background by using alcohol inks on photo paper. I cut the shadow of the Thankful die out of this layer. I backed it on a piece of Cranberry Tart cardstock. I cut the word thankful from Sweet Mango cardstock. 

Love these festive projects! What do you think? Let us know in the comments below, and share your own projects with us with #AiWatercolor on Instagram, or posting pictures on our Facebook Page! If you are looking for even more inspiration, be sure to visit the designer's other social media pages below:

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

Happy Watercolor Weekend!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Wonder set by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Just popping in to share a few more Christmas themed cards with you today! These adorable images are all from the "Christmas Wonder Set" by Art Impressions! I love that there are so many options that you can create with this set!
All three cards are made using papers from the Bo Bunny Fa La La 6x6 collection. On all 3 cards I did mask off the main image to add the trees, Christmas trees and lamp post. I've also added Crystal Stickles to each card for some bling!
Copics Used:
E00, E07, E08, E09, E21, E42, E43, E44, E47
YR21, YR23, YR30, YR31
C1, C3, C4, C5, C6, C8
YG17, YG95, YG97
R24, R27, R29
BG72, BG75, BG78
Y02, B000, W0

Don't forget to pop on over to the Ai blog and play along with our "Tag It"  Challenge!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Challenge 221 Tag It WEEK 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Holiday cardmaking is in full swing, and we are here to bring you even more inspiration with our Tag It challenge! This challenge features our FIVE new holiday clear stamp sets, some of our cutest ones yet! From our hilarious Full of Thanks and Santa Paws to adorable Sparkle and Cheer and Christmas Wonder sets, there is something for everyone! Plus, GF Christmas set is a wonderful choice for those holiday friendship cards! Grab your stamps today at!
Sparkle and CheerFull of Thanks

Christmas WonderGF Christmas Santa Paws

The design team is here to share their terrific tags! Find more details by clicking the designer's name, and don't forget to leave some comment love!

Cheri with Sparkle and Cheer

Dana with Santa Paws

Diane with Christmas Wonder

Jil with Santa Paws

Karen with Full of Thanks

Renee with Santa Paws

Sharon with Full of Thanks

Wow, designers! Love all these different tags! Makes us want to start wrapping presents so we can top them with tags like yours!
TAG, you're it! We want to see the tags you can create with our new Tag It Challenge! We are looking for creative tags - you can make large or small tags, layered or clean and simple, for Christmas, Birthday, or any other occasion! We can't wait to see what you create!

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

Full of Thanks Set by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

When I am selecting my stamp sets I am always looking for different ways to use them.  I didn't have this in mind when I got these sets.  It just came to me.  I looked at the turkey in hiding and decided I had to figure out where to hide him.  Behind a window was the perfect place.  I put him on an action wobble so he quivers when the card is opened.  I used the Full of Thanks Set 4939 and Cottage and Die Set 4746.

Both of my images were stamped with jet black Archival ink onto Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper.  I colored them using my Inktense pencils using my #4 watercolor brush and very little water.

Roof - Tan, Red Oxide, Light Olive, Madder Brown, Payne's Grey
Building - Antique White, Sicilian Yellow
Stone- Sicilian Yellow, Payne's Grey
Shutters - Tan, Red Oxide, Madder Brown
Door - Light Olive
Chimney - Red Oxide

Body - Madder Brown, Saddle Brown
Tail - Red Oxide, Chili Red, Light Olive, Mallard Green, Chili Red

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NEW VIDEO - Rustic Winter Scene Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new Watercolor Wednesday, as we kick off our Winter and Holiday series! Bonnie wows us again with a beautiful woodland scene, covered in snow, and dressed up with fir boughs! Bonnie starts by stamping the stump from our WC Rustic Container Set in the center and adding branches on either side. Bonnie draws in snow mounds around the stump's base and piled on the top. She then uses her Stamp Positioner to place a tiny birdhouse and bird above the snow mound. For the snowflakes, Bonnie adds dots of her Molotow Masking pen and fully lets it dry. She then adds the fir sprigs from our WC Foliage Set 2 New and uses the fine tip of her Persimmon pen to add berries and her Pine Green to add a holly branch in the bird's beak. She finishes the image with a wash of African Violet over the Molotow, adds details to the snowy areas, and removes the masking. Don't forget to always sign your work!

We hope you enjoy this new creation and look forward to many more wintery scenes to come!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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Western Birthday's by Dana Warren

Hello, AI fans!!

I have to cards today featuring some no line coloring using the Long Horn set and the Armadillos Set. Originally I was going to use my Distress Markers to color the images, but as I was deciding what ink to use with my no line coloring picked out some Hero Arts ink and used them to color the images.

Since the Hero Art inks are a dye ink I thought they would act similar to other dye inks. But this was not the case. Coloring with the ink was a bit of challenge, it dried quickly and didn't spread as easily, but I made it worked and I really liked how it turned out!

I stamped both images on watercolor cardstock with Hero Arts Cup of Joe after stamping it off first. Then I used the following Hero Arts inks to color the images: Cup of Joe, Butter Bar, Soft Apricot, Fresh Peach, Green Hills. 

With a stitched rectangle I cut out each image and then used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to ink up each pannels, even over the images a little bit. This made the cardstock a little less white. I picked out some western-esk pattern paper and inked the edges with the Frayed Burlap. From my stash, I found some denim fabric tape and added it to each panel. 

With Papertrey Ink's Classic Kraft (stamped twice) I stamped the sentiment on each panel. I also found some wood embellishments and I added them and the colored images to each panel. last I adhered each panel to a white card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

GF Christmas Set by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
Don't you just love it when a new Ai Girlfriends stamp comes out??  I do - and this is such a fun one for the holidays.  Here is GF Christmas Set (Sku #4938):
 I adore all things plaid, especially for Christmas - so I used this sweet Lawn Fawn paper as my starting point by pulling out the green & teal colours, then picked a few other warm tones to finish colouring the image with Copic markers.  I kept the layout fairly simple by just using a circle die for the image, matting it, then adding a popped up sentiment and a few enamel dots to jazz it up.  Happy stamping!
Copics used: E11, E00, E000, E34, E31, E53, E51, E50, R37, R35, R32, R30, BG18, BG15, BG11, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00, Y26, Y23, C5, C3, C1, C00