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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Watercoloring with Distress Markers by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Dana, here with a with a card featuring the Watercolor Clay Pot set. I used my Distress Markers to color the images. I want a more spring-like feel so I used pinks as my main color!

I started by coloring the pot with a distress marker and stamping it on watercolor paper. I used some water and a paint brush, along with many other markers to color the pot. With the foliage I did the same thing, adding details and shading until I was happy with the image. The Distress Markers I used where: Weathered Wood, Festive Berries, Forest Moss, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick. 

Next, I used Papertrey Ink's Half & Half die to cut out the image. I found some pattern paper from Echo Park Paper that matched the colors I used and added one pattern to the card base and strip of another pattern in the middle.

I added the image the card with foam tape, trimming off the extra at the top. Then I scattered some matching sequins across the card. I decided to go without a sentiment for the front when a card is needed I can stamp a sentiment on the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Threads with Karen Day

Hello Ai Sewing fans!
 I've had a creative long weekend, gardening, card making and sewing up several projects.  I have one of them to share with you today.  When I first saw the wonderful Shop Hop fabrics designed by Bonnie Krebs, I had the idea to make a fabric bunting to show off all of the different prints in the collection.  And while I've only used ten of the fabrics (there are 18 in the collection!), you get the idea of how pretty these are.
 I have a large shelving unit in my craft room that is right behind where I stand at my drafting table, with all of my supplies on it.  It was looking a little blah... so the bright Shop Hop fabrics will jazz it up a little.
 I drew my pennant shape on a piece of paper (each pennant is 6" x 9") and added a 1/4" seam allowance.  Then I cut two of them out of each fabric, and one of a medium weight fusible interfacing that I ironed onto the backside of one of each print.
I sewed a 1/4" seam on the two long sides of each pennant, turned them inside out and ironed them flat.  The Therm O Web medium weight fusible tricot interfacing gives them the perfect amount of body to hang nicely:
I kept an inch of space between each pennant, and sewed them all onto an 8 foot length of turquoise seam binding.  I cut a bunch of 1" x 6" strips of the different fabrics and tied them along the bunting between each pennant.
The Art Impressions Shop Hop fabrics are available through Henry Glass & Co. - happy sewing everyone!

Where will Art Impressions be? June 2017

It is almost June, so we wanted to give you a quick preview of where you can meet the Art Impressions team is heading! We love traveling and meeting new friends at stamp and scrapbook conventions, and next month we are visiting four corners of the USA at three Stamp & Scrapbook Expos and the Great American Stamp Convention! Our booth is packed full of our most popular stamps and newest releases, with prices marked 15% lower than our website! We offer a different FREE make and take each day of the show featuring our innovative products for interactive cardmaking! Watch our watercolor specialist demo, giving you an opportunity to see our watercolor technique up close and personal. You can even sign up for our Watercolor Workshop for some hands-on experience! Plus, students of our Watercolor Workshop will receive an exclusive $20 stamp set!
You will create 4 beautiful watercolor images to mount on cards in our Watercolor Workshop!
Workshop Title: Watercolor Stamping by Art Impressions
Workshop Length: 120 Minutes
Difficulty Rating: Basic
Class Description: New for 2017! Learn to create beautiful watercolor paintings using rubber stamps, markers, and a brush! For several years, Art Impressions has introduced stampers all over the world to their exclusive technique that creates beautiful watercolor scenes. They are easy to use and versatile for all users. You will leave class with your own stunning scenes; no two designs are alike. In our watercolor class, you will create four card samples with our new Watercolor Mini Project Series. Our instructors will take you step by step through the basics of building scenes sharing helpful techniques with hands-on training. You will receive a free, exclusive stamp set, only available for 2017 class attendees (a $20 value)!

  • What products will be highlighted: Watercolor stamping with water-based markers, watercolor paper and a damp brush.
  • What will I learn or complete: Four hand-stamped watercolor scenes to mount on four cards and an exclusive stamp set ($20 value).
  • What do I need to bring to class: Scissors or paper trimmer, foam tape, and tape runner. Optional: Corner rounder.

Sold out Watercolor Class in Anaheim, CA!
Puyallup, WA   Stamp & Scrapbook Expo June 2-3  *Classes Available
St. Paul, MN Stamp & Scrapbook Expo June 9-10  *Classes Available
Arlington, TX Great American Stamp Convention June 16-17  *Classes Available Fri. Sat.
Chantilly, VA Stamp & Scrapbook Expo June 23-24  *Classes Available

Print this coupon to bring to the show for 30% off one stamp item before noon (either day of the show)

To view our full show schedule, click here.

We hope to meet you at a show near you! If we won't be traveling near you, don't forget that on our website we offer FREE shipping on USA orders over $30, and a flat rate of $15 for international shipping! Be sure you are signed up for our retail newsletter to be the first to hear of any sales or promotions!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Zoom Zoom by Kerry

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
I just want to 'zoom' by and share a fun shaker card using the Rock & Roll mini shaker set.
It's so fun and especially with the action wobble.  Honestly, I want to add an action wobble on everything, hehe!

Copic markers used:

B45, B97, BG11, C1, C3, E13, E15, E31, R027, R29, W6, W8, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG13, YG17