Thursday, March 23, 2017

Challenge 204: Spring-y Cards Week 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Have you heard?! All 11 of our new Watercolor 2017 sets are now available at! This week, we are featuring our 3 new containers and 3 new critters sets! These sets are so adorable and versatile, with infinite possibilities for mixing and matching! Pair them with your favorite flowers and foliage for a gorgeous springtime scene!

New_ Watercolor
Small Containers Ornate Rustic
Bird Cats Bunnies

Our design team is here to show their springtime creations! Don't forget to visit our designer's blogs for more details about their technique! You can find the stamps they used at

Cheri featuring WC Rustic Container Set and WC Birds Set

Dana featuring WC Small Containers Set and WC Cats Set

Diane featuring Garden WagonWC Small Containers Set and WC Bunnies Set

Karen featuring WC Ornate Containers Set and WC Birds Set

Kerry featuring WC Rustic Container SetWC Bunnies Set and WC Cats Set

Renee featuring WC Small Containers SetWC Bunnies Set and WC Cats Set

Sharon featuring WC Ornate Containers Set and WC Birds Set

Fantastic work, designers! Loving these combinations! Those little animals are too cute peeking out from flower pots!

This is the last week to enter our Spring-y Cards challenge! It's easy to join, just add a link to your project using our InLinkz! Besides, you just might win some free Art Impressions stamps! This challenge is all about creating a springtime card, so break out those florals, baby animals and bright colors!

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

Matthew 11:28 by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
Today I am sharing a different project than I normally make with my Ai images. I started bible journaling a year ago and I've had Ai's Madge (1549) in mind all year to use for the Matthew 11:28 verse...“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

Madge is perfect for this verse...she illustrates how we all, at times, feel.  We simply need to put our trust in Him.  He gives what no one else can give- rest from our daily problems and the burden of our sins.
I stamped Madge with Stazon Black ink (no page prep done) and colored her with Prismacolor pencils, blending them with Gamsol. She was stamped again onto patterned paper and I cut out her shirt to paper piece it. I also used a small scrap of the same paper to make a little "tab" at the top of the page.
Here's my full page...

I hope you liked this different Ai project today and it inspires you to try some bible journaling too!
Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Watercolor Throwback - Easy Skin Tones

Hello Ai Fans!

This week, we wanted to throwback to one of our very first Watercolor Wednesday videos, from! One of the most frequent questions we hear is, "How do you easily color your people images?" Bonnie takes your favorite Marvy Markers, her WC Palette and a brush and transforms this image in a matter of minutes! Another thing we love about this technique is how easy it is to shade and create patterns!

We hope you enjoy this throwback to November 2015! If you liked this tutorial, give it a "thumbs up" on YouTube, and subscribe to be notified of any new videos!

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I'm Silently Correcting .... by Dana Warren

Hello, AI Fans!!

Dana here with a card featuring the NEW Teachers Rule Stamp Set! This set is so so awesome! I love all the sentiments, they are spot on!! 

I started by stamping the sitting teacher on white cardstock and then used my Spectrum Noir Markers to color her up. I used: BG3, BG6, BG10, BT3, BT4, BT5, CR7, CR11, CT1, CT4, DR1, DR6, DR7, EB5, EB6, GB8, OR1. Then I fussy cut her out leaving a small white border.

Next, I found some pattern paper that has office type forms and added it to a white card base. From white cardstock, I die cut a circle and added it to the card. With foam tape, I added the colored image.

For a sentiment I stamped the I'm Silently Correcting Your Grammer on a strip of card stock. I trimmed it down a little and notched one end. The nonnotched end is tucked under the image and-and adhered with foam dots. Last I added a few cork dots that I found in my stash.

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WC Series 3 by Karen Day

Hello Ai Watercolor fans!
I'm combining a bit of old & new today.  Last fall I painted up several images using WC Series 3 Set #1 (Sku #4056) and WC Series 3 Set # 2(Sku #4057).  I had always thought of these as "harvest/fall" stamps... until I saw this watercolor tutorial by Kendra Krebs - and she used it as a spring/farmer's market theme.    Here is one of the images that I painted, that I made up into a springlike card, along with the brand new WC Sentiments Set (Sku #4903):
 I used some smooth watercolour paper along with my Tombow & Marvy markers, then softened the lines and pulled out the colour with a damp paintbrush.  I added a little bit of sky, and stamped the sentiment once everything was dry.  After matting, I used pop dots to mount it, and tied some Maya Road twine underneath.

The grass is from Foliage Set (Sku #4051).  You can find a wide range of Marvy Markers on the Art Impressions website here.  Happy painting!