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!

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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!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NEW VIDEO - Multi-Tone Bench & Dogs Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

This. Video. Is. AMAZING! If you've watched our Watercolor Wednesday videos before, get ready for a whole new way of looking at your markers and stamps! Bonnie introduces our new WC Benches Set and WC Dogs Set in this stunning, multifaceted image. Bonnie starts by stamping the two dogs, with one masked so the sleeping pup is tucked behind. She stamps the bench using the positioner over the two masked dogs and inks the image in Prussian Blue AND Sepia. As you pull the color, you will see this beautiful, rustic blue tone for this antique bench. Next, she stamps some branches on each side of the bench in Sepia and the vine and large grass from our Foliage Set inked in African Violet AND Pine Green. She adds a darker shadow under the bench and builds some sky around the bench. For the last step she uses some bud flowers from our WC Fall Set on the sides with Sepia on the stem and African Violet on the blooms. Don't forget to sign and date!

We hope you enjoy these new ideas from Bonnie this week! If you liked this video, please hop over to YouTube to leave a comment and give it a thumbs up! Especially if you loved this new multi-tone stamping! Don't forget to share your images with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #AiWatercolor!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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Rock & Roll by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Today, I am sharing a fun card featuring the Rock & Roll Mini Shaker set! The mini shakers are super cute and great for easy interactive cards!!

I started by stamping the image on some white cardstock and then just the smaller image on a piece of scrap paper. Then I used my Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils to color it up! I used: Espresso, Cider, Black, Vintage Blue, Sea Urchin, Violet Pearl, Cream, Royal Blue, Bark, Reef Blue, Velvet, Deep Purple, Eggshell, Pewter.

With the matching die, I cut out the small image. With a fancy square die, I cut out the main image and then stamped the Happy Birthday and Rock & Roll sentiments. With a mini action wobble, I attached the smaller image that I die cut over the bigger image.

From some gold embossed Kraft cardstock, I adhered the fancy square with the wobbly image. I also used the small star dies in the set and cut out some gold mirror stars. Then I just adhered them to the card and last rounded the corners of the card.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spooktacular by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
I am using another one of the Ai 2017 Halloween sets today - Spooktacular Set (Sku #4941).  This is about as scary as I get for Halloween!  Not very!
 I stamped and coloured three of the mummies with my Copic markers, then pulled out my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to make some festive backgrounds.  I mounted my image with pop dots, added one of the sentiments that comes in the set, and stitched 1/4" in from the edge with some black thread (always a little nerve wracking, one slip and it's toast!).  Here's a slightly different version:

I can't escape the fact that I'm a patterned paper fan... so with my last image I did the busier version:
 I hope you're enjoying some Halloween crafting time!  Be sure to join our current challenge on the blog "Create a Scene".  Happy stamping!
Copics used: C3, C1, YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12, Y35, Y11, G43, G40