Saturday, August 19, 2017

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Summery Projects!

Hello, Ai Fans! We are rounding up another Watercolor Weekend! Watercolor Weekend is twice a month here on the blog, where we feature our Watercolor Guest Design Team! We know you love our Watercolor line, and want to share even more inspiration for your own projects! Take a look at what our team members, Dot Freel, Tricia Kennedy and Tricia O'Bin, have created this week! Remember, you can visit their personal blogs, Instagram, and other social media to view more projects!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Art Impressions watercolor fans,

I have never been to England but my craft room is decorated in the shabby chic style and we have always called it the "cottage" room. I made this birthday card using the English Cottage from the AI Watercolor Series 6 Set 1 - 3497 for the bi-monthly Art Impressions Watercolor Weekends Roundup. I made one similar to this one and framed it for my cottage room.

I've often wondered why I hadn't seen the little bridge stamp set which is included in Set 1 - 3497 used on any cards in the AI watercolor cards on Pinterest. I've seen several with the big bridge, but none with the little bridge. Just looking at other Pinterest AI watercolor cards can inspire me to create something new. There are definitely tons of them out there. You can follow my Pinterest board by clicking on this link.

Sometimes my best cards happen when I have to stop half way and go back to it later. I love how this one turned out when I came back to it. Maybe because it had dried completely? I ended up stamping more leaves with olive green to my trees and then I added the flowers. I added the shade to the water under the bridge and I made my Happy Birthday banner using my Brother label maker.

If you have made a card with the small bridge, please tag me @dotjiris in it so I can see how you used it. I plan to use every one of my AI watercolor stamps again and again in different ways and colors. What other stamps do you get to use more than a few times? Such a bargain for the money and super fun to make. I seriously want them all!

Marvy LePlume II Markers: 45 Sepia15 Olive Green28 English Red86 African Violet
Other Supplies: Tombow 249 Green Pen, Tim-Holtz 4.25-X-5.5-Distress Watercolor Cardstock

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
My project for today is a summer inspired watercolor scene displayed in a 4x6 silver frame - “At The Beach”. I started by stamping the tiny pail from the WC Small Container Set first in Sepia (stamped it off on a scratch piece of paper) then re-inking the stamp in African Violet (again stamping it off on scratch paper) before finally stamping it onto the actual watercolor paper. When inking the stamp in Sepia and African Violet, it combines into a nice shade of gray, almost metal-like. I added the wild grasses from the Garden Wagon Mini Set on both sides of the pail along with the small grass stamp from the WC Foliage Set 1 in Sepia. The pail was filled with flowers from the WC Flower Set 2 in Magenta and Olive Green and completed with the small grass stamp from the WC Foliage Set 1 in Olive Green. I mixed Rosewood and Sepia on my palette and brushed in the beach. Next, I stamped the umbrella from the WC Series 2 Set in African Violet. With the umbrella in place, I added Manganese Blue to my palette and brushed in the ocean. I put English Red on my palette to fill in the umbrella for a great pop of color. And, Salvia Blue on the palette to complete the clouds. The final step was to add dot detail around the pail and flowers.

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube

When you see Easy Watercolor Painting do you think not you? If you are like me and you love the look of watercolor paintings but you can't paint, then I have the technique for you. I will show you an easy way to watercolor using stamps and water-based markers. 

In April of 2016 I came across a watercolor video, I was so intrigued by the artwork that I thought, I can do that, and so it began! I recently started this new blog (I used to be at and a YouTube channel where I have just started creating videos to show you how easy it is to watercolor without having any experience. Anyone can do it and I'll show you how step-by-step.

I began by stamping the chest using Sepia on Canson XL watercolor paper. I pulled the color out of the lines. I made a mask for the chest and stamped the cobblestone using Sepia. I added vines using Olive Green around the chest. Once I softened the vines, I used the daisy bunch to add flowers in Brilliant Yellow and Violet. I also used the flower from the Spring Basket stamped in Persimmon. I used the Prussion Blue on my watercolor palette to add color to the chest. I added the small grass to the cobblestone in Olive Green and stamped the small daisy from the new flower set using Prussian Blue and Olive Green.

I cut a background I did using Brushos to 4 x 5 1/4 and added craft foam to pop it up. I cut a stitched circle at the top and stamped the "Love You A Bunch" sentiment in the bottom right corner. I attached the watercolor painting to the background so that it showed through the window and adhered the entire panel to a top folding white card.

Here is another project using the same chest of flowers. See how each one comes out different even though it was the exact same stamps and process? The background was done with stencils and ink.

Thanks for joining me for this weeks Watercolor Weekend. Visit my YouTube Channel HERE to see how you can make this easy watercolor painting.

Other Supplies: Silver Brush 3000S-6 Black Velvet Short Handle Blend Squirrel, White Fun Foam, Neenah Classic Crest Paper 110 lb, Brushos

What beautiful watercolor projects! They are very inspiring, especially for this last stretch of summer! Did you enjoy this week's roundup? Let us know in the comments, we love to hear what you think! You can also share your creations with us on Instagram with #aistamps and #aiwatercolor so we can see what you have been creating as well! Happy Stamping!

Teaching is not stressful! by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!! 

Today I'm showing a card I made using #4901 Teachers Rule Set from the Work and Play line over at Art Impressions!  I just love this stamp with this sentiment! Since it's back to school time,  why not create a fun card using this set! 

Isn't she just too cute?! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and hope you're having an awesome start to the weekend! Until next time, stay crafty!! 

Copic markers used: E000, E00, E11, E33, E35, E37, E42, B000, B91, B93, B95, YG13, YG17, YR02, YR04, YR07, Y32, Y35, Y38, R02, R20, R22, R24, R27, C1, C2, C3, C4, W2, W3, W4, Blender pen

Friday, August 18, 2017

NEW VIDEO - Hanging Baskets Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a Watercolor Wednesday ... On a Friday! Bonnie was traveling this last week, but she couldn't leave you hanging (pun intended)! So today, we have a beautiful Hanging Baskets video! Bonnie starts by stamping the branch from our Clay Pot set and adding leaves with the vine from our Foliage Set 1. She then uses her Stamp Positioner to add three baskets, two from our Small Containers Set and one from our Wooden Chair Mini Set. She adds some Molotow Masking dots to the sides where she'll have white flowers and then pulls the colors from the lines and adds dimension to the round containers. Next, she adds blooms from our Flower Set 1 and and ivy vines from our Foliage Set 2 New. Bonnie includes a WC Birds Set image on the branch and lines for the baskets with a ruler. For the final touches, she removes the masking and and some dots with her Signo White Pen.

We hope you enjoyed the video this week!

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Baseball Funnies by Cheri Burry!

Happy Friday Ai Fans!
Who doesn't love a great Baseball card?? And then to add to the fun it's also a Get Well greeting as well with that fabulous Art Impressions humour! 
This is the "Baseball set" from the Ai People collection. Since I didn't have any baseball themed paper, I went online and found this great Digital paper!! I split the sentiment in half so that I could use half on the front of my card.
I decorated the inside to match and used the remaining half of the sentiment on the inside!
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20, R24
Uniform: R22, R24, R27, R29, N1, N3, N5, N7
Hair and bat: E43, E44, E47

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Day Well Spent By Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!
One of the thing that I love about Ai is the wide range of interactive cards.  The Windows to the World Collection can be simply colored in & attached to a card or they can become interactive using the window dies. I have chosen to use this Window Die (SKU #4619) & I attached it around my image Day Spent Window (SKU #4584) on the front of my card. There are two different window dies available. The greeting I used is from the WC Sentiments Set (SKU #4903).

I chose this image because the dog looked just like our dog Sherlock. He loves running around in our backyard.  

I colored this image with a water brush using a combination of Marvy LePlume II  Tombow Dual Brush Markers Scribbled onto my Ai Watercolor Palette. 
Marvy LePlume II - 15 Olive Green, 45 Sepia, 90 Suede
Tombow Dual Brush - 533 Peacock Blue, 847 Crimson

Thanks for stopping by & Have a Great Day!

NEW Ai Blocks at Hobby Lobby! PLUS Challenge 215 Orange & Purple

Hello, Ai Fans!
Fall is just around the corner! Swing by your local Hobby Lobby to find THREE new Art Impressions wood mounted stamps for your autumn paper crafting! Our "Haunted House" block is perfect for spooky salutations, and our "Halloween" block adds a playful touch this October! Send sweet thankful greetings with our harvest-themed "Filled with Thanks" block! Each of our Hobby Lobby wood mounted stamps feature full-color images to inspire your coloring. Grab yours at your local Hobby Lobby! 

Diane is here to share a fantastic Halloween Treat bag! Check it out!

Hello Ai friends!  Today I am sharing how I made a little treat bag with the new Hobby Lobby 4783- Haunted House block.  The Ai images turn a simple bag into one that is totally unique and fun to give (or receive!).

First, cut TWO 6x6 squares of double-sided patterned paper.  Then score each @ 1/2, 1 1/2, and 2 1/2".  Turn it 90 degrees to the right and score again at 1 1/2".

Cut the small rectangle from the bottom left corner and discard.  Then cut the 2 1/2" vertical scored line up to the 1 1/2" horizontal line.

Turn it 180 degrees and mark the bottom of the bag @ 1" and 2 1/2". Score from each mark to the corner of that rectangle.

Flip the paper over and fold those scored lines to create the bottom flap.  (It helps to tape or glue the flaps down.)  *Now repeat those first steps on the second piece.

Fold all scored lines and apply strong tape to the 1/2" flaps on each piece. (place the tape on the side which will be the outside of the bag)

Adhere each 1/2" flap to the opposite side of the other 6x6 piece to assemble the bag.  Fold in the bottom flaps and adhere.
Note- you can cut a 2 x 3 1/2" piece of cardstock to place inside the bottom of the bag to make it nice & sturdy.

Next, mark both sides 1/2" down and 1/2" in from each top corner.  Use these marks as a guide to adhere ribbon handles with eyelets or brads.  Cut two pieces of 10" to 12" of ribbon for the handles.  If using eyelets, slip the ribbon through and knot each end.

Now the bag is assembled.  Stamp, color, and cut out your favorite Ai images to add to the front!  I colored the cute Haunted House with Copic markers.

The finished bag is 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2" deep.

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite Ai stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Orange & Purple” Challenge!
Happy stamping!

Wow, Diane! Love this sweet bag and how you've used those bold oranges and purples! Join our challenge! This one is a color challenge, we want to see how you pair these juxtaposed colors together! You do not have to create a Halloween card, but we do want to see you use Orange and Purple! It's easy to join our challenge, simply upload your card photo online and link to it using our InLinkz. As always, Top Spot wins a prize pack and two honorable mentions win a stamp set of their choice!

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, August 30 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Let's recognize the winner from last week's Showered with Love challenge!

Top Spot Goes to...

Congrats, Beverly! We love your sweet and clean Baby Boy card featuring our Easter Blessings set! Such a wonderful transformation of an "Easter" set for another occasion! Email to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Congrats, you two! Lisa, what a wonderful celebratory card you've created with our Love Spinner! Perfect for celebrating a bridal shower! And Katie, we love your coordinating baby shower card and gift tags! Such a sweet use of our Welcome Little One MTF! You two, email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thank you to everyone who joined our challenge! We hope you and your friends will be back with our Orange & Purple challenge!