Sunday, October 22, 2017

Magic is in the Air! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a fun Halloween card with you.

I colored the rickety old haunted house with watercolor pencils.

I wish this little trio lived outside of my house.  My son has been lucky enough to see a barn owl from two lots down fly past his window a few times but I've never seen him.

Don't you just love the sparkle that these fusible glitter sheets add?

I wanted to create something with some dimension to it.  Kind of like a scene and not just a card.  This can be displayed all season long.

Fantasia Pencils: 3, 29, 43, 45, 50, 53
Staedtler Pencil: 80 Gray
Not pictured below...Paper Studio Be Jeweled (Hobby Lobby)
Sizzix Red Die Bare Tree

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hi Punkin Pie by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Can you believe it's almost time for Halloween?? Those little trick or treaters will be knocking on our doors very soon!  Do you ever get adult trick or treaters as well?  We do sometimes. And if I ever had this cutie show up at my door, I believe I'd have to fill her bag cause she's so adorable! She's 4520 Punkin' Pie Set from Art Impressions! :)  Oh! I almost forgot to tell you!! I'm so excited cause I'm in Sacramento today at Scrapbook Expo, and I am taking a watercolor class from Art Impressions!!! If any of you are there, holler at me! I'm in the Saturday morning class and will be arriving late as a group of us are taking a bus over and don't arrive til around 8:30 and then we have to get checked in. Hope to see you there!!!

I paired her with some beautiful fall papers from Bo Bunny and colored her up with Copic markers. 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and hope to see you again soon! Until then - stay crafty!!

Copics used:
E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, E23, E33, E35
YR18, YR21, YR65, YR68
R20, R27
V12, V15
N3, N5, N7
C2, Blender

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Fresh Fall Inspiration!

Happy Saturday! It's the third Saturday of the month, so it's time for our second Watercolor Weekend of October! Our Watercolor Guest Design Team is feeling the fall season with these beautiful autumn projects! They are sure to inspire you to do a little watercolor today!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest

I made this card for the Watercolor Weekend round up on the Art Impressions blog. You may recognize this bench as the one with a sleeping kitten on it (3545) but I didn't ink up the cat. I took the sleeping puppy and used the 4774 - stamp positioner to place the dog right where I wanted him. Then I added fall trees, leaves and grasses. 

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 6 Brown, 13 Ochre, 28 English Red, 45 Sepia, 49 Vermillion, 56 Dull Blue
Other Supplies: Tombow Marker N15

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
I have two versions of my “Birds On A Wire” project for this Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend – summer greenery and full on fall.

The process is the same for both versions of “Birds On A Wire”, just a few additional colors on the fall leaves. Start by masking off a 3”x3” square on your watercolor paper using 3M Painters Tape, washi tape or Post It Notes. Stamp the tree branches on the left, bottom and right using stamps from the Branches Set in 45 Sepia. Next build the trees by stamping leaves from the Foliage Set 2 in 15 Olive Green and 96 Jungle Green for the summer greenery version and 15 Olive Green, 96 Jungle Green, 6 Brown, 13 Ochre, 45 Sepia, 89 Persimmon for the fall version. Pull the color from the lines with your Watercolor Brush No. 6. Next, draw in the wires using a ruler or the edge of your Stamp Positioner with 86 African Violet. There are 6 birds in the Bird Bath Set, I used 5 out of the 6. Using your Stamp Positioner, stamp the birds in 45 Sepia onto the wires. Pull the color from the lines with either your Watercolor Brush No. 6 or Watercolor Brush No. 1. I found it easier to use the Watercolor Brush No. 1. Put 6 Brownand 86 African Violet onto your Watercolor Palette and brush these colors onto the bird’s chests. Add detail back into the eyes, beaks and wings using the fine tip of 45 Sepia. Place 60 Salvia Blue (or any other pale blue) onto your Watercolor Palette, water it down and paint it into for sky. And finally, remove the tape and sign your masterpiece!

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 6 Brown, 13 Ochre, 15 Olive Green, 45 Sepia, 60 Salvia Blue, 86 African Violet, 89 Persimmon, 96 Jungle Green
Other Supplies: Post It Notes, 3M Painters Tape

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Woo Hoo it's Watercolor Weekend time again! This weekend I wanted to do an Autumn Farm Scene. I am just loving doing fall scenes with apples, pumpkins and mums.

Here are the details of my project. I started off on a piece of Canson XL WC Paper Pad cut to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8. I inked the Veggie Cart up with African Violet, stamped it off and re-inked it with Sepia. I pulled the color out of the lines and added Brown to the wooden buckets.

I used the new Dogs set to add a sleeping puppy underneath the Cart. I used Sepia and Brown on the palette to give him a little bit of color. I added the tiny grass in Olive Green around the card and the puppy along with a bit of Sepia. Using the palette, I created a sun with Brilliant Yellow and a hint of a sky with the Steel Blue.

I masked off the left basket and inked the apples (to use them as pumpkins), using the stamp positioner I stamped the apples into the bucket. I masked the apples and stamped them again. I used the Sepia to add some lines to the apples. I added stems to the small pumpkins with Olive Green. I used thewatercolor palette to paint on the Brilliant Yellow as the first layer and then added Orange and Terra Cotta, leaving some of the Yellow for a highlight.

Next I masked off the middle basket, inked the mums with Olive Green and English Red, stamped them a couple of times, re-inked and stamped again.

I followed the same process of masking with the right hand basket of apples. I added some Olive Green and English Red (so they look like Macintosh --my fav). I added a tree in the background using the new Branches set. I added some fall leaves using the flower from the Garden Wagon Mini Set.

To create the card, I cut a mat from some Gina K Designs Cranberry Tart cardstock and mounted it to a base card of 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.

What beautiful projects! Leave some comment love, we love to hear about your favorite projects and tips from our designers! Watercolor Weekends are a chance to roundup some of our favorite projects from the week, but you can find even more inspiration on our designer's personal blogs and Instagram accounts! Be sure to share what you create with us with #AiWatercolor!

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

Happy Watercolor Weekend!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Monster Mash by Cheri Burry!

Happy Halloween Ai Fans!
.......they did the Mash, the Monster Mash! Now it seriously doesn't get any cuter than a bunch of Halloween characters dancing around and I know the sound is the Monster Mash! Today I am sharing with you 2 cards I created using the Art Impressions "Spooktacular set".

Of course I had to use the Doodlebug Boos and Brews 6x6 collection on my cards! I kept the designs simple and concentrated on making the stamped image the main focus! I stamped the sentiments directly on my coloured panels using my MISTI! Super easy and fun to do!
Copics Used:
BG05, BG07, BG09
YG17, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG91, YG93, YG97
YR14, YR16, YR18
V05, V06, V09
Y0000, Y00, Y02, Y15, Y32, Y35, Y38
N0, N1, N3, N5, N7, N8
E00, E21, E43, E44, E47

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

NEW VIDEO - Winter Mini TryFolds Quick Tips

Hello Ai Fans!

With the recent launch of our new Holiday Mini TryFolds, we wanted to share a quick video on how to easily align the stamps and dies. Kate shows how you would stamp each image, align the die and then trace the inside of the opening on the next panel for perfect alignment! Our Winter Window was fun to use colored pencils on, or you could use watercolor markers. If you use alcohol-based markers, just line the insides of the folds with patterned paper to cover any bleed.

We hope you enjoy this fast video and that it helps in your Mini TryFold crafting endeavors!

Happy Stamping!

View on YouTube:

Watercolor Barn Sunset by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I know that many of you love the Ai watercolor series as much as I do.  I always look for new ways to use them.  I was watching video's on YouTube last Saturday and Sandy Allnock did several video's using Ai stamps. She used the Watercolor stamps with darker colors and I had to try it right away.  I was thrilled with the results!

This card used three stamp sets  WC Fir Trees Set 4960, and WC Structures 4110, WC Sentiments Set 4903.
I used my Zig Clean Color Markers.  They aren't the Real brush tip.  They actually have a bullet tip and a fine point tip on the other.  The bullet tip is great for coloring directly onto stamps. Once I had the color on my stamp I stamped them  onto my Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor paper. I moved the color around with my #4 watercolor brushI used my watercolor palette for the sky and ground.  I just scribbled the marker color onto it and picked it up with my watercolor brush.

For this card I used Light Brown- 62, Dark Brown-62, Mid gray-96, Black-10

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Challenge 219 Stamp a Scene WEEK 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!
Mini TryFolds
Welcome back to our Thursday challenge post here on the blog! We're hosting week two of our "Stamp A Scene" challenge, featuring our THREE new Mini TryFolds! We did an early release of our Halloween Treats set and now is a great time to grab it for your fall crafting! In addition, we have two new sets perfect for Christmas! Our Winter Window set die cuts two panes that hinge open and close, revealing a curtain and sleeping kitty under a Christmas tree! The Magical Christmas set features a door that swings open to a fireplace adorned with stockings and Santa of course! All three of the Mini TryFolds contain clear stamps for easy positioning and dies to cut and score openings to reveal the layers underneath. Grab your set today at!
Magical ChristmasHalloween TreatsWinter Window

Last week, fabulous Renee gave a sweet preview of a coordinating card and gift tag! Joining her today are the rest of our design team. Give them some love in the comments! You can always click their name to view more details, including pictures of their unfolded card, on their personal blog, as well. Enjoy!

Cheri with Halloween Treats MTF

Dana with Winter Window MTF

Diane with Magical Christmas MTF

Jil with Halloween Treats MTF

Karen with Halloween Treats MTF

Renee with Winter Window MTF

Sharon with Magical Christmas MTF

So fun to see all the different coloring and assembling from our design team! They sure do inspire our current challenge!
This challenge, show us how you like to stamp your scenes! Do you use one large stamp? Or combine several smaller stamps? Do you create layers in your scene with Tryfolds or Mini TryFolds?  Do you like indoor scenes or outdoor landscapes? There are numerous ways to make your own scene, so show us what you've got! It's easy to join, and winners receive stamp prizes!

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, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!