Thursday, May 25, 2017

NEW At Michaels! PLUS, Challenge 209 White Space is Nice Space

Hello, Ai Fans!

NEW Clear at Michaels
Hooray! We have added two new clear sets to our collection at Michaels! These sets were exclusively designed with your festivities and travels in mind! Our Big Birthday Wishes set is sweet to celebrate your girlfriends! "Girls just wanna have fun" with our Road Trip set, featuring fun sentiments that perfectly fit inside the street sign stamp! Grab a set today at your local Michaels store!

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Joining us today, Karen shares a sweet tutorial to kick of our White Space is Nice Space and to celebrate our new sets at Michaels!

It's all about "CAS" here on the Ai Challenge this week... and personally, I find this the most difficult style of cardmaking!  I'm all about patterned paper & bright colours, so I have to work hard to achieve a balanced look where white space is involved.  I am using SC0794 today - one of the new acrylic sets available at Michaels stores through Hampton Art.  Here's what I came up with:
For me, balance is a big part of cardmaking.  I chose to make a large card - it's 6" square.  The image itself would've worked on a much smaller card, but because I chose to put a 3/8" frame of teal cardstock around it, I needed the larger amount of white space around the frame to balance it out.
 After colouring with Copics, I fussy cut the image and attached it with pop dots for a little added interest.  I glued "friends" down flat, but attached "best" with pop dots -again- for balance.  I could've stopped there, but with the sentiment taking up the top left corner, I opted to add a few enamel dots to the lower part of the card for (you guessed it) balance.
 In addition to the banners and main image, this set includes a cupcake and three sentiments, so I chose one of them for the inside of my card.  So get busy and start creating!  We would love to have you join us this week for "White Space is Nice Space"!
 Copics used: Skin tones - E11, E00, E000, R30, E53, E51, E50, E34, E31
Greys - C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Blues - B95, B93, B91, B21, BV04, BV01, BV00
Pinks - RV14, RV13, RV11, RV10
Greens - BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00
Yellows - Y11, Y38, Y35, Y32, Y21

What a fantastic card, Karen! Your clean and simple design and beautiful colors really make your coloring pop!

It's your turn! We want to see your clean and simple cards for our "White Space is Nice Space" challenge! It's the perfect time to show off your coloring with your favorite stamps!

✻ 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, June 7 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 Dots and Stripes challenge!

Top Spot goes to...

Congrats! We love your bright colors of our Girlfriends in their polkadot and striped bathing suites! Too cute and fun for summer! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Congrats, you two! EK, your dotted embossed background really features our Out To Lunch Girlfriends and your pink color-blocking mimics some sweet stripes! Margo, we love your coloring with our Birthday Wishes Set and adore your coordinated paper! Be sure to email with your address and select the stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thank you to all of our entrants, we hope you'll join in for our new challenge! 

By the way, we have two exciting new products available at our website!

WC Travel BoxBonnies Favorites

Do you wonder what Bonnie's most used colors are in her Watercolor Wednesday videos? Look no further than Bonnie's Favorites Pen Set! This 12 pen Marvy Le Plume II set features our most-loved colors for Ai Watercoloring! Visit our website to view the list of colors included and to purchase this set for yourself. Remember, we also sell Marvy Le Plume II pens individually if you want to try new colors or replace old favorites!

Take your watercolor stamps on vacation with our WC Travel Box! Each box includes a slim palette and three acrylic blocks, so all you need is to add your favorite stamps, markers and brush for watercoloring on the go. If you have taken our 2017 Watercolor Workshop, you have used great little boxes in class! Click here to purchase one for yourself!

Happy Stamping!

watercolor birds by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
Today I am sharing a simple card using some of the Ai Watercolor Sets.  I've used 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.
I love the little nest in the bird set!  I've masked the bucket and pot to add the nest and flowers.

I diecut an edge on my kraft layer to make a simple banner. Then the image circle was popped up with foam tape and some twine plus a few Nuvo drops finished the card.
Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NEW VIDEO - Faded Background Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie is using the tree from our Old Barn Mini Set to create a beautiful faded background, inking in African Violet and Brownish Grey and stamping the image off three times. She adds some tiny foliage to the base of the trees using a short vine from our WC Foliage Set 2 New, inking in African Violet and Pine Green and stamping off three times again. From there, Bonnie adds tiny grasses in the background and larger grasses in the foreground. She then builds the vine from our WC Foliage Set. She then adds some water to the middle ground and beautiful flowers from our WC Flower Set 2. To finish the image, she uses the tiny dots from our Garden Wagon Mini Set and uses the Signo White Pen to add white flowers to the background as well!

We hope you like this new video with new techniques this week! Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and give us a "thumbs up" on this video to let us know to make more!

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