Thursday, September 21, 2017

Five MORE New Watercolor Sets! Plus, Week 2 of Challenge 217 Flowers & Foliage

New Watercolor Sets

Remember when we said there is more watercolor fun on the way? It's HERE! We are releasing five MORE Watercolor Sets today, as well as our latest edition of our Watercolor Catalog! Turn a house into a home with our three new structures sets, WC Cottages, WC Mini Cottages and WC Rustic Cabins! Each of these sets contain detailed houses with their own style and personality, designed to use together for larger scenes or on their own as the main focus. We has so many requests for a WC Dogs set, and we are pleased to announce that these puppies are now available! These dogs and other critters will look so cute sitting on our new WC Bench set, which also includes two small benches for your backgrounds. To spark inspiration, view our video showing these sets and card samples from the Mixed Media Event. Also, hop over to our blog for more samples from our design team and a chance to enter our Flowers & Foliage challenge! Find all of our new sets in the Watercolor 2017 category at
WC Cottages WC Mini Cottages WC Rustic Cabins
WC DogsWC Bench  WC Catalog

Last week we featured our fantastic Watercolor Guest Design Team, and this week our weekly design team is here to show their take on our new watercolor sets! Find more details on the designer's personal blog by clicking their name, and check out these sets they used at! 

Cheri featuring WC Cottages

Dana featuring WC Bird Bath and WC Branches

Diane featuring WC Rustic Cabins and WC Fir Trees

Jil featuring WC Mini Cottages, WC Dogs, and WC Branches

Karen featuring WC Dogs and WC Fence Dies

Renee featuring WC Bench Set and WC Dogs

Sharon featuring WC Bird Bath and WC Fir Trees

Beautiful projects, designers! Love how all of these sets mix and match with your watercolor collection!
There is still time to enter our challenge! While this is the perfect time for our watercolor fans to shine, all styles and mediums are welcome to join in this challenge! We are looking for floral and leafy inspired projects. Take it back to summer with flowers, or look forward to fall with fallen leaves! Top spot earns a prize pack, and honorable mentions choose a stamp set of their choice for a prize! You can't win if you don't enter!

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, September 27 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.

✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Okay! Light the Candles!

Hello Ai fans!

I'm needed a few more fun Birthday cards, so I thought the Light's Out Set (SKU 4371) would be perfect.  I added the main image to the Action Wobbles (SKU 4776).

The image is colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. I added some white highlights with white Sakura Gelly Pen.

I used the following Spectrum Noir Alcohol marker colors.
Face and body parts - FS2, TN4, FS4, FS8
Hair snd Grays - GG2, GG3, GG4
Blues - BT4, BT5
Oranges - BO2, BO4
Fire Extinguisher - DR2, DR4

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NEW VIDEO! Fir Trees Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie uses our NEW WC Fir Trees Set to create beautiful branched trees in all different styles. She uses the curved and straight branches to design different looks on six different trees, only using her Pine Green and Sepia Marvy markers. My favorite is the beautiful Christmas tree she creates towards the end, so fun for holiday cards!

We hope you enjoy this full tutorial on this set and start adding some trees to your watercolor scenes! You can always share your work on our Facebook and Instagram, make sure to hashtag #AiWatercolor! Bonnie always appreciates a "thumbs up" on her videos, so let her know if you enjoyed them!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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It's Been Ruff by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

If you or someone you know loves dogs, you have to have this Doggy Kisses set! Not only is it cute, but it's also sooo funny! Perfect for the dog lover who happens to be under the weather!!
Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions
I started off by stamping the dog withholding the bear, doesn't he/she look warm and cozy and oh so cute?!?! I also stamped kleenex box and teacup. With my Spectrum Noir Markers, I colored them all up. I used DR1, DR6, DR7, IG1, IG2, JG5, JG6, TB4, TB5, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN6, Blender. Then I fussing cut out each image, leaving a small white border.

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions

Next, I picked out some pattern paper from Echo Park Paper Co. Petticoats and Pinstripes pad. I went with a pink for the background and a lovely flower pattern strip. From a yellow and white pattern, I cut a circle.

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions

After playing with the arrangement I went with putting the circle behind the flower pattern strip and then added the images with foam tape. To the right of the circle, I stamped the sentiment Heard it's Been Ruff.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Farm WTTW by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
I have a Windows to the World card to share with you today, in wonderful fall tones.  Here is Farm Window (Sku # M3180):
 I have sort of a "mottled" (non-blended) style of colouring with Copic markers, which I think worked fairly well with this image, as it gives more of a textured look to the grass and foliage.  It's also a quicker way to colour - so this card came together in no time!  I love plaids that are on the diagonal, and they worked well with the square image.  I used a couple of stitched dies to cut out the image and a small banner.
Copics used: Greens - YG95, YG93, YG91, YG03, YG01, YG00
Oranges - YR18, YR07, YR04, YR02, Y11
Reds - E18, E07, E41
Blues - B93, B91
Greys - W3, W1
Browns - E47, E44, E43, E41, E57, E55, E53

Monday, September 18, 2017

Halloween mansion with tea light by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing a Halloween card using the Ai 4926- Holiday Mansion Set, 4927- HM Accessory Set, and 4784- Old Bat Set (for the moon!).

When we were making samples of the new releases for display at the trade show, I was asked if I could make a Halloween version of the mansion in an easel type card with a battery operated tea light behind it.  What a fun challenge!
Since the mansion is quite tall, I kept the normal size of the card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  To create the base for it to sit on, I added a piece of 4 1/4 x 9 inch cardstock, scored at 5 1/2.  The 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 section of this piece was layered onto the card back (I just doubled the thickness of it).  The smaller section folds to the inside when closed and has the die cut wooden boards image popped up to hold the card front when the card is opened.

To create tinted windows and an eerie glow inside, I sponged purple ink onto both sides of a piece of vellum.  The windows and doors of the mansion were diecut and then it was held in place on the front with temporary tape so the openings could be traced. Once it was removed, the dies were lined up and cut a second time through the front layers.  The vellum was adhered to the back of the mansion and then the mansion was lined back up to the diecut openings on the card base.

Smaller elements from the 4927- HM Accessory Set were added and the moon is from the 4784- Old Bat Set.  Additional images and a sentiment were placed on the inside, along with the tea light.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!