Thursday, August 17, 2017

Windows to the World by Jil Lebel

5:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!
One of the thing that I love about Ai is the wide range of interactive cards.  The Windows to the World Collection can be simply colored in and attached to a card or they can become interactive using the window dies. I have chosen to use this Window Die (SKU #4619) and I attached it around my image Day Spent Window (SKU #4584) on the front of my card. There are two different window dies available. The greeting I used is from the WC Sentiments Set (SKU #4903).

I chose this image because the dog looked just like our dog Sherlock. He loves running around in our backyard.  

I colored this image with a water brush using a combination of Marvy LePlume II  Tombow Dual Brush Markers Scribbled onto my Ai Watercolor Palette. 
Marvy LePlume II - 15 Olive Green, 45 Sepia, 90 Suede
Tombow Dual Brush - 533 Peacock Blue, 847 Crimson

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Curious Cat Shaker Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai Fans!!

I am really honored to be joining the Art Impressions design team!  This is my first post & I really hope you'll keep coming back each week to see what I have to share with you. 

I used my Distress Inks to watercolor the Purrr-thday Set (SKU #4568) or with Dies(SKU#4829). It's a back & front set. I decided to attach the back sides of the cats to the front. 

Here is a closer look at the cats themselves.

  I wanted them to be looking inside the window at a cupcake . The cupcake is from the Big Birthday Wishes Set (SKU # SC0794) that used to be only available at Michael's stores.  You can now get it from the Ai website!

When the card is open you can see all of their curious little faces.

Just in case you were wondering, this card is cat approved! 

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Showered With Love Ai Challenge Card

12:00 AM

The Art Impressions Blog  is hosting a new challenge, Showered With Love. Show us the shower cards you can create! We would love to see baby or bridal shower cards. Joining our challenge is easy, plus, you just might win Art Impressions stamps!

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I decided to make a card with a bridal shower theme. 


I used the Gazebo Try Fold (SKU #4338) stamps.The try fold sets are usually used on three separate panels but I wanted to make a flat card today.  I just stamped all four stamps onto my watercolor paper & colored them with a mix of my Tombow dual brush markers & my Marvy LePlume markers & a water brush.  Here is a very similar birthday card that I made with the unaltered stamp set .

 You can see how the stamp set is actually a birthday set.  I just masked the balloons off of the gazebo.  I replaced the candles with a second layer of cake after some more masking.  I also masked the sign in the front left hand side because it had a birthday message.  I added in the rose from the Sweet Wishes Mini Try Fold set ( SKU # 4848).  It took a little extra time, but it gave me two uses from one stamp set.  This is what both cards look like.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Dad!

My dad celebrated his birthday last week & I knew just which stamp image I was going to use for his card. My father has had his piloted small planes since he was in college.  I'd had the Art Impressions His & Her's Flying High Michael's Stamp set in my collection for quite some time.  I knew I wanted to watercolor it, but I wasn't sure of the colors until I saw a video from Kristina Werner last week.  She colored an envelope with a plane on it using Vintage Photo & Ground Espresso Distress Inks.  I paired Those colors up with the colors from the Tim Holtz Correspondence  paper collection.  

I love the way my distress inks went on the Strathmore paper.  I smushed my ink pads directly onto the Art Impressions Waterolor Palette & lifted the color off with my brushes.

Here's the You Tube Video!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Magic Slider Cards Without a Die Cut

Hello Everyone!

    I'm blogging again after being quite sick.  I've put up a few video's, but no blog posts.  Sorry about that.  We went to a wedding in North Dakota with almost all of the family.  My oldest son, Kane, had to stay behind to work.  We missed him, but understand that work is always priority. The land there is so beautiful.  We enjoyed every minute of it, but it was also great to be home.  

   I love how older card making trends become new again.  One of them was shaker cards & the latest is the magic slider card.  When Lawn Fawn came out with the die cut set to make them I almost bought it, but I wasn't very eager to part with my $40.  In the back of my head I knew I could make my own without too much effort.  I also didn't think that I would make too many of them. Any of you that know me know that I have no problem buying things if I think I'll use them.  So I decided to design my own magic slider card without the dies.  I came up with a simple method & still have the money. I filmed the entire process, but the video didn't translate to my movie maker.  I'm not sure why.  I'll have to look into it.  I may just post it as is soon if I can't get it fixed to give you the idea of how I did it with the measurements. 

Here is the raccoon card with the window closed.

As it starts opening.
Almost there.
Finally open.

I also did the same style of card using a dragon image for my husbands 30th birthday which was Tuesday.  It came out really cute & he just loved it.  This is a really fun card to make because it has that WOW factor. Here are some pics of the dragon card.

Here it is closed. I left off the sequins for his card.

I added the 30 die cut into the inside.  I left the dragons beard white so everything wasn't so dark.

Here is a closer view of the front.  Sorry about the glare.  I just love how this image came out.  The StazOn ink on the Acetate almost looks embossed.

I'll have the video up on you tube soon & I'll post it here.  As always the supplies are listed below. 
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Distress Oxide Painting & Background Featuring Lawn Fawn Hoppy Easter

I am in love with my Distress Oxide ink pads.  I just couldn't wait to get another chance to paint with them again.  I figured that it would be fun to do a cut image with them this time.  I also wanted to start some of my Easter cards.  I decided that it might be fun to make these bunnies look plastic like Easter eggs so I picked a few bright colors to paint them with.  I stamped them & their accessories onto my Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper using my Jet Black Archival ink.  I just painted with the Oxide ink using my #4 paint brush.  I added the shine marks towards the end after everything was dry.  I cut the images out, but you could use the matching die cuts.  The middle image is attached with a mini action wobble spring.  Right after I attached it in the video my cat saw it & started playing with it.  It's priceless!

The background is done onto a #8 manilla tag. I used the smooshing technique and three Distress Oxide inks.  I used Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio & Broken China.  The bunnies are painted with Wilted Violet, Broken Chine & Cracked Pistachio. The smooshing technique is rather simple.  You smoosh your ink pad onto your Ranger craft sheet & spray it with water, then take a piece of plastic & tap it into the ink & tap it onto your paper.  That is what created the drops on my background.  I find it gives me way more control & smaller dots.  You can see the entire technique in the video below.  Be sure to watch to the end to see Ceasar playing with the action wobble bunny.  It's really cute! Thanks for stopping by!  Jil
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Stampendous Build A Bouquet Pop-Up Watercolor Card

4:44 AM

I used two stamp sets from Stampendous to make a water colored pop-up birthday card.  This is the front of the card using the clear stamp set from Michael's that came with a matching die cut set.  The images are colored using the Peerless watercolor sheets.  The background papers are from a paper pad that I picked up from Michael's some time ago.  I show how I colored it in my video.  My Tim Holtz Script Celebration Words Die Cuts came in handy for the greeting.

The pop up section is made with the retired Sizzix pop n' cuts dies that they did with Karen Burniston.  I used the Bigz XL A2 card base tray with the 3-D label insert for the pop-up part.  I cut that out of black paper.  I also cut a horizontal A2 card out of  black paper to fit it into.  I stuck the pop-up portion into the card with a generous amount of adhesive.  Just be sure not to add any adhesive behind the pop-up area.  I added layers once I know the pop-up is working correct.  The flowers were also colored with the Peerless watercolor sheets.  I went over the flowers with my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  Just remember that it is water based & will move around the watercolor. The video showing me making this card is below. Thanks for stopping by!  Jil
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