Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NEW VIDEO! Snowy Christmas Tree Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to the second video in our Winter Watercolor Wednesday series! If you missed last week's Rustic Winter scene, you'll want to hop over to YouTube to check it out too!

This week, Bonnie builds a snowy fir tree in the forest, adorned with ornaments! She starts by drawing a pencil line down her watercolor paper and adding the different shaped pieces from her WC Fir Tree Set. She draws in the snowy lines with her African Violet marker and pulls the color upward to give the appearance of snow. Bonnie then adds the trunk with the fine tip of her Sepia marker. To make the ornaments, she simply creates circles with her Tropical and Magenta markers, trying to leave a highlight on the bulbs. To finish the image, Bonnie adds tiny flecks of snow with her Signo White Gel Pen maker.

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Dress the Turkey by Dana Warren

Hello, AI fans and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

It's almost time to eat some turkey and pumpkin pie!! Art Impressions Full of Thanks, is a great stamp set to have on hand, for before Thanksgiving or after!!

My card features the dressed up turkey! Which I didn't release had pants on!! I thought he was just wearing a jacket and bow tie, didn't release it until I was taking pictures!! But, he still is looking good!!

I stamped him, the pumpkin pie and wishbone on some watercolor cardstock. With my Distress Markers, I colored him up, using: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge and Tea Dye. I cut out the turkey with a circle die and fussy cut out the pie and wishbone.

From a fall themed pattern paper pad, I trimmed up some scraps and adhered them to a Kraft card base, some at different angles, I didn't want them to be perfect. Then I added the circle, pie, and wishbone with foam tape over the strips. Last I stamped the sentiment in a brown ink.

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sparkle & Cheer by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
I really love this sweet snowman set from the newly released Ai Christmas clear sets - here are three cards made with Sparkle & Cheer (Sku #4935):
The three snowman images in this set are just darling - and quick to colour up!  You'll have a stack of Christmas cards ready in no time.
I used some festive plaids, and added a hint of lime green to make things pop a little.  I used some lime green thread in my sewing machine to zigzag stitch on each one, also.
Happy stamping!

Monday, November 20, 2017

giving thanks by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing another card using the 4939- Full of Thanks set. This time I used the cute turkey in disguise!  I think he is the one giving thanks...for not landing on the dinner plate!

I used a Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks die for a layer to pop him up on and then added a few gold rhinestones for the "ground".
Have a great Monday and a wonderful Thanksgiving… happy stamping!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Mansion by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!
Today I'm sharing the Art Impressions Holiday Mansion and HM Accessories.
I also used the Ai Snowflake Dies.

I fell in love with Diane's idea to use a tea light behind the mansion and just had to give it a try.
Since she made a Halloween card I thought I'd make a Christmas version.
You can see her card I was inspired by HERE.

I used an acetate card base so that the tea light would glow more.  I liked feeling like the house was set in it's yard and you could see the front and back yards making it more dimensional.

Open the front door and you see the verse.

Here's the inside.

I also made a coordinating gift box with some more of the HM Accessories.

One little pointer if you decide to try something like this. I wanted the house to be all silver because I thought it was festive.  You can't see the lines enough for them to matter but you can see them enough to bug me...Next time I'll probably stamp the image on cardstock first.  Then I'll cut it out and use it as a template to cut out the specialty paper.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Merriest Christmas Set by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!

Hope you're having an amazing start to your weekend before Thanksgiving in the US! It's now one of the busiest times of the year and I love and cherish every moment of it! Today's card features the beautiful Santa from #4790 Merriest Christmas Set.  from Art Impressions. I just adore the vintage feel to this set!  I colored up Santa in his finest with Copics. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today and hope to see you back again soon! If you'd please indulge me for a moment, I'd like to say how very thankful I am to have the opportunity to work with Art Impressions and the design team.  I am continuously amazed at the love, support, and talent that I see every day. To be a part of this was always my dream, and to know I'm living that dream every day is beyond amazing.  I wish each and every one of you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. May your hearts be filled with love and joy, and may your tummies be full of turkey and pie! God bless! 
Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E33, R20, R35, R37, R39, G82, G85, Y35, Y38, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, Blender

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Holiday Inspiration

Have you started your holiday cards? Our Watercolor Guest Design Team sure has! Glean some new ideas for your projects here on Watercolor Weekend! Take a look and leave a little comment love about how the team has inspired you today!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
I made a shaker card for the Watercolor Weekend Round-up on the Art Impressions blog this weekend. I used the - Wooden Door stamps for this one. I love purple and green together so I made the door purple. I knew I wanted to add multi-colored lights on the house, wreath and fir trees which I made using the new 4960 - WC Fir Trees Set. I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add that little bit of sparkle to the lights and the snow.  I just used the fine tip of the Marvy LePlume II pens to draw the multi-colored lights.
Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
I’m excited to share this fun and festive last minute Thanksgiving project for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend – Personalized Turkey Place Cards. 

Using a 3”x4” piece of watercolor paper, trace around a 7/8” button, set the button aside. Take the large straight pine bough from the WC Fir Trees Set and stamp one on each side of the circle (slightly overlapping the pencil line) in 82 Mustard, 13 Ochre, 88 Terra Cotta, 27 Olive Brownand 45 Sepia to create the turkey feathers. The final center feather is stamped once in 18 Dark Brown. Erase the pencil line. Pull the color with your watercolor brush and water. You can either hand write, stamp or print the name on the place card. I opted to print it. Measure down 1½” and score a line lengthwise across avoiding the stamped image. Use an xacto knife to cut out the top few feathers so they pop up once folded. On a small scrap piece of watercolor paper, stamp the large straight pine bough from the WC Fir Trees Set in 13 Ochre then cut into a tiny triangle for the beak. Next stamp the large branches vine WC Foliage Set 1 in 28 English Red then cut out one teeny tiny leaf for the snood (yes, I looked that up, it’s the red dangly thing on the beak). To assemble the turkey body, place two self adhesive pearls onto the button as eyes, use a small glue dot or glue to add the beak and snood. And finally, attach the body onto the feathers with a glue dot and your turkey is complete. Happy Thanksgiving!
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 82 Mustard, 13 Ochre, 88 Terra Cotta, 27 Olive Brown, 45 Sepia, 18 Dark Brown, 28 English Red
Other Supplies: Want 2 Scrap Self Adhesive Pearl Bling, 7/8” Black Buttons, Glue Dots, Xacto Knife, Stylus, T-Square Ruler, Printer, Blossoms Script Font

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I used the pumpkin stamp as a container for the fall flowers. I first inked half of the pumpkin stamp with African Violet and Sepia. I wanted my pumpkins to be white, leaving off the top of the pumpkin to allow for the flowers to spill out the front and sides.

I added the leaves in Brilliant Yellow, Orange and English Red. I softened each layer after I stamped it so that I could layer each color easily. I stamped the wheat (I think that i what it is LOL) in Brilliant Yellow. I softened it and then inked the Lily stamp up with Terra Cotta and Olive Green. I then added the branch with the red berries inked with Sepia and English Red.

I cut these out using a square stitched die. I cut a piece of Sweet Mango cardstock to back the middle image.

I created the background by using alcohol inks on photo paper. I cut the shadow of the Thankful die out of this layer. I backed it on a piece of Cranberry Tart cardstock. I cut the word thankful from Sweet Mango cardstock. 

Love these festive projects! What do you think? Let us know in the comments below, and share your own projects with us with #AiWatercolor on Instagram, or posting pictures on our Facebook Page! If you are looking for even more inspiration, be sure to visit the designer's other social media pages below:

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

Happy Watercolor Weekend!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Wonder set by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Just popping in to share a few more Christmas themed cards with you today! These adorable images are all from the "Christmas Wonder Set" by Art Impressions! I love that there are so many options that you can create with this set!
All three cards are made using papers from the Bo Bunny Fa La La 6x6 collection. On all 3 cards I did mask off the main image to add the trees, Christmas trees and lamp post. I've also added Crystal Stickles to each card for some bling!
Copics Used:
E00, E07, E08, E09, E21, E42, E43, E44, E47
YR21, YR23, YR30, YR31
C1, C3, C4, C5, C6, C8
YG17, YG95, YG97
R24, R27, R29
BG72, BG75, BG78
Y02, B000, W0

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Happy Stamping!