Thursday, November 16, 2017

Full of Thanks Set

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

When I am selecting my stamp sets I am always looking for different ways to use them.  I didn't have this in mind when I got these sets.  It just came to me.  I looked at the turkey in hiding and decided I had to figure out where to hide him.  Behind a window was the perfect place.  I put him on an action wobble so he quivers when the card is opened.  I used the Full of Thanks Set 4939 and Cottage and Die Set 4746.

Both of my images were stamped with jet black Archival ink onto Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper.  I colored them using my Inktense pencils using my #4 watercolor brush and very little water.

Roof - Tan, Red Oxide, Light Olive, Madder Brown, Payne's Grey
Building - Antique White, Sicilian Yellow
Stone- Sicilian Yellow, Payne's Grey
Shutters - Tan, Red Oxide, Madder Brown
Door - Light Olive
Chimney - Red Oxide

Body - Madder Brown, Saddle Brown
Tail - Red Oxide, Chili Red, Light Olive, Mallard Green, Chili Red

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Squirrel Spinner Flip Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

For today's card I wanted to put a fun twist on a spinner card, so I added it to a flip card.   I used the Mini Squirrel Spinner Set. I just love this chubby little squirrel that's spinning around. I didn't add the acorn to the spinner.  I just hid it in some flowers off to the side of the card.

I used the Crafter's Companion Die'Sire Diamond Swirl Dies to cut the flip card and the layers.  It comes as one set. The layers are cut from the Pebbles Woodland Forest 6'x6' paper pad.

The spinner element is easy to put together.  All of the directions are in the package.  I Just cut both sides of the squirrel and colored them.  I sandwiched both squirrel images facing outward around a piece of gold thread using Ranger multi matte medium. I attached the squirrel to the center of the card using Ranger multi matte medium to sandwich the string between the layer of the card and a layer of decorative paper. The greeting is stamped with an Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad onto a piece of paper cut from a Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Three.

My images were all stamped onto Strathmore 140 Lb. watercolor paper with a Jet Black Archival ink pad. I used Peerless Watercolors to color these images with my #4 watercolor brush. I just used two colors, ecru and warm sepia.

It's very hard to show the spinner element, but here it was spinning. They are tons of fun to send and receive.  I hope you give one a try!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Deer Window Card

Hello Ai fans!

It's almost November and you can't even tell here in Florida.  It's still unusually hot here. All of the leaves on the trees are green.  Nonetheless I had to make a fall card.  I think the Deer Window M4879 Window to the world stamp is so peaceful and serene, so  I decided to use it for my card.  I made a shadow box card.  I used different measurements, but this tutorial shows the basic way I made it. 

Start the card with one piece of craft card stock. Cut it into two pieces that are 7" x 4 1/4". Score them at 1/2" and 1 1/2" on both sides of each piece. Fold each piece as shown on the link. You'll want to die cut a window to fit the front. I used the Tim Holtz Bigz Die Window and Window Box because it gave a large viewing area.I cut it out of a piece of Cherry Sticky Back Wood.  I added a piece of White Birch Sticky Back Wood to the center section of the front piece. Then measured the window opening and cut it with a craft knife.  Attach the window and window box onto the front of the card.  Attach the sides of the card together at the outermost 1/2" of craft paper by matching up your sides.  Use a strong tape like ScorTape.  Attach your colored Deer image at this point lining it up with the window.  Use a adhesive like Ranger Multi Medium Matte so you have a few seconds of wiggle time. I added a few flowers from Hobby Lobby along one side of my card along with two pieces of paper that were punched from the Martha Stewart Branches punch.  I attached them with Beacon Fabri-Tac. When you put your card into the envelope, push the sides in so the card pops up when the receiver takes it out of the envelope.

The image is colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers onto Strathmore Bristol paper. Use clean water and a #4 paintbrush. Just applied use the brush on your marker to apply color where your image would be darkest.  Use a damp paintbrush to pull the color out into the image.  It is important to use a damp brush.  If you use too much water, it will just bleach out your color. Once they were dry I added a drop of Diamond Stickles to the center of each flower.

Here is a view of the image outside of the frame. 

I used the following Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
Tree Trunks - Beige 72, Deep brown
Grass and Trees - Olive Green 43, Beige 72
Deer - Beige 72
Flowers - Cornflower Blue - 37

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Singing Snowman Pop Card

Hello Ai fans!

Today is the release of Ai's five newest Pop Cards.  These really take pop cards to a new level!  I'm using the Singing Snowman Popcard 4943 stamp set.  It comes with the stamps and dies to cut out the everything but the Popcard Template 4862.  Remember to get the popcard template if you haven't bought one in the past. You will need it for the card to work.

I used a die cut from Crafter's Companion to frame the circular window.  It's from the Downtown Abby collection called Ornate Circle Frame.  I used a Lifestyle Crafts die called Label to frame the greeting that is stamped with Onyx Black Versafine Ink.  I edged the label with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and a round foam inker. All of the papers are from a collection I got at Michael's last year. It's from Craft Smart and is called Crystal Frost. I edged the layers with a Pilot medium point silver marker.

 It is not difficult to assemble the card.  Just follow the simple directions provided here on last weeks blog post by Sharon.  She walks you through how to put together the mansion card, but it is similar to put together all five of the new designs. 

The images are stamped onto Strathmore 140 Lb.watercolor paper with a Jet Black Archival ink pad. They are colored with a combination of Marvy LePlume II and Tombo Dual Brush Markers using a #4 paint brush.  
Marvy Le Plume's used Pine Green 72, Persimmon 89, and Black 1.
Tombow's used Sea Blue 373, Pink Rose 703, Brown 879 and Pale Cherry 912.

This is what the side of the image looks like when the card is completely open.  I also added in one of the birds above the front opening. 

Be sure to join the Third Dimension Challenge for your chance to win prizes!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Fun Owl

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I had to fit in one last Halloween card with this adorable owl from the Happy Meow-lloween Set 4786. I has a candy pail and is reaching for candy so I had to do something a bit different with it.  I decided to make a background with the small piece of candy that came in the set.  We used to do this all the time before we had patterned paper available.

Randomly stamp the candies all over your Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth card stock with a Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink because it's Alcohol Ink Friendly.  Color in the candies.  I used my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink markers because they are inexpensive and I love how they blend.  I'll list the colors at the bottom of the post.  Cut your paper out using the All Prettied Up Die From Mama Elephant. Stamp the owl on a separate piece of the same paper and color and cut out leaving a small border of white if you like that look.

Create the background on a piece of Canson XL Cold Press XL Watercolor paper.  Sponge on Four color of Distress Oxide Inks using the Tim Holtz Round blending foams. Start in the top corner with Fossilized Amber using a circular sweeping motion.  Next come in with Spiced Marmalade Using the same motion next to the Spiced Marmalade blending the two together a little.  Your next color will be Wilted Violet and your last color you use will be Black Soot.  As you go through the colors blend them into each other using the previous color for smooth transitions.  Once you have your background to your liking.  Spray it with large drops of water using the Distress Sprayer or use your hands. After about 30 seconds pat the water off with a paper towel. Add some drops of Perfect Pearl Spray and let it air dry.  

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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

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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

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