Thursday, October 19, 2017

Watercolor Barn Sunset

5:00 AM

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 4110WC 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 brush. I 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!

Stamp A Scene Challenge

12:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Art Impressions just released three new mini Try Folds today and the new challenge is Stamp a Scene.  You could win prizes showing off your card that is showing a scene.  Be sure to read about it and enter on the Ai blog.


I used the super cute  Ai  Halloween Mini Try Fold  Set 4928 for my card.  It's really easy to make a mini try fold card because the directions are in the package with the stamps.  The dies to cut the windows are also included with the stamps.  It makes the cards really simple to put together.  I added layers to my card for some added interest.

You can see all three images when you open the front door on the card.  Like I said, The die cut that cuts the door is included in the package.  It cuts three sides of the door and scores one side of the door so it opens & closes.  

All three layers are cut with the MFT double stitched oval STAX and edged with a Black Soot Distress Ink Pad. 

I used my favorite paper collection on this card.  It's called Eerie and is from Basic Gray.  Sadly it's discontinued and the company is out of business. 
The jewels on the front of the card are meant for nail art.  They came in a wheel.  They're really inexpensive and perfect for card making! I attached them to the card with multi matte medium.

Everything was stamped onto Soectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock and stamped with Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

The images were colored with my Prismacolor pencils. Some of the images were blended using blending stumps and Gamsol.

Door and Wood - Sepia, Terra Cotta
Window - Pale Vermillion, Canary Yellow
Pumpkins - Yellowed Orange, Pale Vermillion, Poppy Red
Cat - Black , Pink
Hat - Violet
Candy - Apple Green, Violet, Electric Blue, Canary Yellow, Pale Vermillion, and Black

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Happy Meow-lloween

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I told you this in my last post, I love Halloween!  I also love bats and cats.  With all of that being said, you might have guessed that the Meow-lloween Set 4786 was practically made for me. It has three main images and several greetings.  I just had to make a shaker card with it!

It was quite difficult to get a picture of this card.  The acetate and sequins we giving me a hard time.

I stamped my image onto Strathmore 140 Lb. Watercolor paper with a Jet Black Archival ink pad using my Mini Misti.  I then colored it using my Marvy LePlume II markers.  Colors will be listed below.  I scribbled the markers  onto my Ai Watercolor Palette & picked then up with my WC #4 brush and a small amount of water.
The greeting is stamped onto a flag banner with Versamark Watermark ink and embossed with a Stampendous PearLustre Orange embossing powder.

I made this into a shaker card using Stampendous heat resistant acetate that I glued behind the black die cut layer with glossy accents.  I applied a layer of black foam tape around the opening.  Be sure to have a complete seal when you're making a shaker card so nothing falls out.  I added three colors of translucent 5 mm sequins and tiny yellow stars before I attached everything together like a sandwich.

I used a retired paper collection called Eerie from Basic Grey.

I used very few Marvy LePlume II Markers for this card.
Bat - Black 1
Cat - Rosewood 30, Brown 6

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Trick Or Treat ?

5:00 AM

Hello Ai Fans!

If you've followed my blog or You Tube channel over the years you'll know that I love Halloween.  It's such a fun holiday!  I love this image because of the silly look on her face.  The image is from the Be Scary Set 4521 and the Greeting is from the Halloween Treats MTF 4928

The papers are from an older Michael's paper pack called Ravenhead Manor.  I used stitched layers for all of the die cuts except for the greeting.  For the greeting I used one of the pieces from the 3D Frame Set 4887. It fit perfectly!  The punch I used is the Abstract Flower from EK Success. I added some random gems to the card using my Marvy jewel picker. I made my bow with the Bow Easy I & added a Tim Holtz spider charm hanging from it with some hemp.

The image is stamped onto Strathmore Bristol paper with Jet Black Archival ink.  I colored it using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I didn't use any water with them this time. 
 I used the following colors.
Face - Flesh Color 071, Beige 072, Light Pink 026
Spider - Deep Violet 084, English Lavender 803
Punpkin - Bright Yellow 052, Orange 070

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Road to a Friend's House...

5:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

I love making interactive cards so I have quite a few from the Try Fold line. Sometimes I want to use the images separate and I'm always looking for new ways to do this.  I saw an idea a year or so back to use one of the images stamped in the background while coloring just one main image as your focal image.  I just can't remember where I saw it.  I've been meaning to try the idea. I used two images from the Cottage TF Set 4202 and stamped them onto Strathmore 140 lb. paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. The background layer is stamped with Shadow Grey Archival Ink.

I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint the images.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Jiggle A Little Challenge and Wiggle Wobble Flamingo

1:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

This week I get to show the Wiggle Wobble release on the Ai site.  It features the release of the five NEW Wiggle Wobble stamp sets.  Each set comes with the stamps and dies along with 10 brads and and action wobble.  Right out of the package you can create a fun Wiggle Wobble card.  After you make your first card you just need to add more Mini Action Wobbles and  Brad 50 Packs to make more cards.  They are a blast to make and watch wiggle once you've make them.

The new challenge on the Ai site is Jiggle A Little.  It can be any card with movement.  That can be a variety of interactive cards.  As you know, those are my favorite kinds of cards.  Maybe you want to check out some of my past posts on my you tube channel to get some ideas.  Just enter a card because they just might choose your card as the winner! 

I placed the flamingo stamps into my Mini Misti and stamped them onto Strathmore Bristol 140 lb. paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I needed to stamp second impressions of both leg parts and the wing.

I used the matching die cuts with my die cut machine to cut out all of the parts.  Tip: Be careful to align the holes for the brads.

I colored the flamingo using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush.
Flamingo - Light Pink, Carmine Pink
Beak - Light Gray, Gray
Glasses - Light Cobalt

 I added a Black Glaze pen to her eyes.This is what she looks like finished.

I added a very simple watercolor scene to the background onto a piece of Strathmore 140 lb. Watercolor Paper. I added in a horizon line using Tropical 101 & blended out some color onto my Ai Watercolor Palette to add more Tropical marker below the horizon line with my #4 WC Brush.  I then added Tombow marker 912 to my  Ai Watercolor Palette and blended it below the water. Next, I went above the horizon line and stamped the clouds from the Watercolor EZ Project B.  I scribbled Magenta 20, Steel Blue 17 and Tombow marker 565 to my  Ai Watercolor Palette. One at a time, I applied each color to the sky using my #4 WC Brush

I used some DCWV papers I had in my scrap drawer to complete the card. As I was putting the finished flamingo onto the card, I added her onto the included action wobble and watched her dance around.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ai Stamptember Release

12:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

It's Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp and that means you can get exclusive stamp sets all month long.  

While supplies last, Simon Says Stamp will be offering stampers the Ai stamp set called 
To Perfection.
Just remember to get it fast because supplies are limited and once they're gone they won't be coming back.

My image is stamped onto Strathmore Bristol 140 lb. paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush.  I cut out the Image with a oval die cut and used foam tape to mount it over a rectangle of Lawn Fawn Rainbow Perfectly Plaid Paper Paper that was cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die.  I used a Lifestyle Crafts Label die to cut out the greeting. I added some of the Simon Says Stamp Confetti to the card using my Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

Colors Used:
Faces- 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 026 Light Pink
Hair- 072 Beige, O60 Brown
Pants- 303 Shadow Mauve, 083 Lilac
Jacket- 065 Mid Brown
Wine- 260 Deep Red
Cheese- 052 Bright Yellow, 067 Mustard
Fork & plate- 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!