Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mower Each Day

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I know this  Born To Ride set doesn't come to mind first when you're making your Valentine's Day cards, but give this set a second look.  Just add some hearts where I added the sequins for more impact. 
The image was stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. It was cut out with the Double Stitched dies from My Favorite Things.  The greeting was stamped with Onyx Black Versamark Ink and cut into a cloud shape.  It was then mounted behind a cloud shaped frame that was made from the Doodlebug paper.  The main image was cut out and mounted to the card front with foam tape.  Kitten Smitten paper from Doodlebug was used on the card front.
Copic Markers Used :
Face - E000, E00, E11, E04, R20
Hair - E31, E33, E35
Gloves - Y21, Y23, Y26
Pants - BG70, BG72, BG75
Shirt/Hat - Y02, Y17,Y32, C00, C1, C3, C5
Lawn Mower - YG00, YG01, YG05, G07
Grill - C00, C1, C3, C5
Chair - E31, E33, E35
Grass - YG00, YG05, G07

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Perfect Pastel Challenge

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

It's week two of the Perfect Pastel Challenge on the Art Impressions Blog.  Be sure to check it out and enter a card for the chance to win some fabulous prizes.  We're celebrating the release of the NEW Valentine and Easter clear stamps. The Valentine Critters set features four cute critters with loads of punny sentiments. The images in this set are really fun to color and sure to put a smile on anyone''s face!
The images were stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. Diamond Stickles were added to the hearts and around the circle on the otter card.  The Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Marker was added over the heart on the hedgehog card. They were cut out using The Circle Double Stitched Dies and the Square Double Stitched Dies. Both cards used the Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Mint Blush 6x6 Paper pad.  The die behind the otter is from the Spellbinders Heart Circles set.  The dies behind the hedgehog are from the Spellbinders Marvelous Squares set.  
Copic Markers used:
Otter - E31, E33, E35
Shirt - BG10, BG32
Hearts/Flower - R20, R21, R22
Stem - YG61, YG63, YG67
Hedgehog - E51, E53, E55, RV10

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Is That Cake?

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Happy New Year's!  I hope you all enjoyed your Holiday's!  You might recognize this card.  It's from the Winter Creativation release.  I think these guys are really funny because they look like they haven't shaved in some time.  They're from the Ole Buck Set . I thought they might be perfect for the man in your life.
The images were stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post.  The ground was added using a series of small dots with the tips of the brown Copic markers.  Just start with a higher concentration of dots closer to the image and scatter them more as you get farther away from the image. The dot technique is a really great way to add texture to your images and backgrounds.

The background was added using paper from the American Crafts Color of Memories 12" x 12" sheet of paper.  The Pink Paislee Outfitters 6" x 6" collection was also used.  Some My Minds Eye enamel dots were added to the entire card as a finishing touch.  

Copic Colors Used:
Face - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E35, E37, E39
Blue - BG70, BG72, BG75
Green - YG61, YG63, YG67
Yellow - Y21, Y23, Y26
Brown - E30, E31, E33
Black/Grey - C7, C5, C3, C1
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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Meowy Christmas

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

We're getting down to the wire for Christmas cards.  I've been trying to come up with some faster cards that I can make up in batches.  I sat down and made a few of these the other night.  I combined the Christmas Wreath Set with the Mini Cat Spinner Set.  Both stamp sets came with matching dies. The only thing I had to do was color them while watching a movie and die cut them before I added them to the card.  I found the perfect paper 6x6 paper pad at Michael's a few weeks ago called Christmas Pets and it had both dog and cat images in it.  It even had the perfect sayings for me to cut out and add to my cards.  
The images were stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. The cat and wreath were cut out using their matching dies. Several layers of the patterned paper were cut and edged with a Pilot Medium Tip Gold Marker.  The center panel, cat and wreath were attached with foam tape.  The sentiment and the bow were added with another layer of foam tape.  The bow and berries were covered with a layer of the Spectrum Noir Crystal Glitter Marker. 
Copic Colors Used:
Cat - Coo, C1, C3, C5, RV10
Wreath - YG61, YG63, YG67
Bow/Balls - R81, R83, R85
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Dachshund Through the Snow

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Last year Ai came out with the Santa Paws Set and it has to be one of my favorite Christmas sets of all time.  The dogs in it are dressed for Christmas.  Whats not to love?  I picked three of the dogs and made a fun scene. I combined it with the Recollections Christmas Pets 6x6 paper pad that I found at Michael's for a super fun card. 
The images were stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. They were fussy cut with EK success Cutter Bee scissors.  You can't tell from the picture, but a Marvy Snow Marker was added to the white areas of the Santa jacket.  The marker goes on wet and is heated until it puffs up.  A Spectrum Noir Clear glitter pen was added over the yellow areas on the other two dogs. The dachshund was added with foam tape.
The background was made with Distress Oxide inks onto an oval of Bristol paper. Two masks were cut from masking paper using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Dies.  The masks were applied to the paper before any inking was done.  A soft layer of Stormy Sky Distress ink was applied toward the center of the top portion of the oval and then the Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink was blended around it.  A very thin layer of Black soot Distress Oxide ink was applied around the edges. The top mask was removed and a very light layer of Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide was applied. The bottom mask was removed and a heavier layer of Shaded Lilac ink was applied. All of the blending was done with the distress mini blending tool and blending foams.  Water droplets were added to the entire background with a Distress sprayer. After about a minute, the water was picked up with a paper towel.  A mix of Perfect Pearl colored Perfect Pearls and water was spattered onto the background to give it some shine.  It was attached to the card front with foam tape.

Copic Colors Used:
Dachshund - E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
YG61, YG63, YG67, Y11, Y15, Y15, Y26 R22, R24, R29, R39
Santa Dog - E30, E31, E33
B21, B24, B28, R24, R29
Chihuahua - E31,E41,RV10, E00
RV20, Coo, C1, C3, YG61, YG63, YG67, Y11, Y15, Y26, 100, R24, R39

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Meerkat Surprise Pop-Up Card Tutorial

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I just can't stress enough how much I enjoy interactive cards!  If you've been following me here on the Ai blog for any time this news won't shock you.  When I saw the Meerkat Set in this new release I knew I had to make them pop up in some way. I went through my old favorite cards and came up with the surprise pop up card that I had made based on a tutorial from SplitCoastStampers. It's quite easy to make with a few simple folds.
This is a photo of the card front while it is closed.
This is what the card front looks like when you pull the ribbon to reveal the hidden message.  You could also add a gift card.
The image was stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  It was then gone over with a very light layer of Prismacolor colored pencilsThe colors used are listed at the end of this post. It was fussy cut with EK Success Cutter Bee scissors.
Paper from the Echo Park Party Time bu Dani Mogstad 6 x 6 paper collection was added to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of paper. It was then cut with the A2 Rectangle Double Stitched Dies. The top of the die wasn't cut.  This is easy to do, just send the die through the die cut machine with the plates together just up to the point that your don't want to cut link in the photo.
The paper was scored on the interior portion of the cuts from the bottom up at 1", 2 7/8" and 4 3/4".
The middle fold is a mountain fold, which just means it will fold up from the back.  The other two folds are valley folds, they fold down.
A half circle was added to the top of the panel using the Circle Double Stitched Dies.
Another greeting and image were stamped with the same ink and Colored the same as before.  They were stamped inside the card top to be sure the image could be seen when the card was opened.
This is a back view of the front card panel. Strong tape was adhered to the bottom inner piece. It will be attached to the tag. The tag is 2 7/8" x 4 3/4". It is a piece of card stock with a piece of the pattern paper over it.  The We R Memory Keepers Deco/Stub Corner Chomper was used on the top edges.
This is the back view of the front card panel. The tag was flipped over and lined up with the bottom of the front panel and attached to the adhesive strip.  This will form the pull tab for this card.
A eyelet and ribbon were added to the center of the top of the tag. A thin layer of foam tape was added around the back and added to a top folding A2 card base.

Copic Colors Used:
Meerkats - E40, E42, E33, E25, E29
Teal - BG10, BG11, BG13
Pink - R81, R83, R85

Prismacolor Colored Pencil Used:
Sandbar Brown 1094, Dark Brown 946

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Santa Pop Out Rectangle Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

As I told you last week, I was eagerly awaiting the Ai Christmas clear stamp release, so you shouldn't be surprised to see me using the Sleight Bells Ring Set again. This week I went with a more traditional approach and used the Santa image.  I just love how versatile the stamp set is!

The images were stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. The image was cut out leaving a small white border.

The card base is the pop out rectangle card die from Ellison.  My friend Tere cut me a bunch of them.  It even cuts the inner pieces.  She just cut me those out of chipboard so I had templates. They were cut from the BoBunny Father Time 6x6 paper collection and gold edged with a medium tip Pilot Gold marker. The greeting was stamped with the Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and cut with a flag banner die.  The greeting and the Santa image were attached to the card with foam tape.  Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss - Simply White, Gloss - Red Berry and Bottle Green were added around the front panel. 
Copic Marker Colors Used:
Face - E000, E00, E11, R20
Beard - C3
Suit - R08, R29, YG07, E07, R24
Trim - C1, C00
Belt - C00, C3, C5, C7, C9
Bag - G40, YG61, YG63, YG97
Gold - Y11, Y15, Y26, (E27)
Sled - E50, E51, E53
Gloves/Bench/Rails - E30, E31, E33


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