Thursday, December 14, 2017

It's a Catastrophy!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Today is the release of the New Work and Play and Funny Farm Stamp Sets.  I'm working with the Catastrophy Set 4933. I fell in love with this set the first time I saw it. The cat with the cone on it's head gets me every time!  It's the first one I had to color up.



I stamped my images onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. I colored them in with Copics and Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. I added some touches of Prismacolor pencils to highlight or darken certain areas.  For example.  I used the black pencil to color all of the darkest areas to push the lighter areas forward..



I used the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss paper collection on both cards.  I used the Tim Holtz Distress tool on the card with the Grey kitty to make it look vintage.  The bow on that card is Tim Holtz trim.  The enamel dots are from Recollections.


I used a Sakura black Glaze pen on this kittens eyes and nose.  It adds a slight amount of dimension.  After it dried, I added the pupil in with a Sakura white gel pen.

Colors used:
Copics - C1, C3, C5, C7 blender
Copics - RV10, RV04, RV04
Spectrum Noir- AB1, AB2, AB3
Prismacolor Pencils - Black, Crimson Lake, Marine Green


Colors Used:
Spectrum Noir - RB1, RB2, RB3
Copic - C1, C3, RV10 blender
Prismacolor Pencil - Black

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Jil's Top 10 of 2017

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

The year is coming to a close, so it's time for me to pick my favorite ten cards from my Art Impressions blog posts.  I figured I wouldn't have that many cards to choose from because I just joined the Ai design team in mid August, but I was wrong! I've made quite a few cards for the blog. Here are my favorites in no specific order.



Windy Day


New Ai Watercolor Stamps


Happy Meow-lloween





Here Comes Santa Claws!


Happy Birthday Jon!


The Road To A Friends House...


Singing Snowman Pop Card







I want to thank everyone at Art Impressions for everything they've done to welcome me to the design team. I'm really enjoying being a part of this team!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Holiday Mansion

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I was able to use the Holiday Mansion Set 4926 and HM Accessory Set 4927 earlier in the year when I used it as a Halloween, so I had to use it as a Christmas home. Both of these sets come with die cuts and I used most of them.  I wanted to mix a winter feel with traditional Christmas. I had to edit the traditional items because they took over quite fast. 


I stamped all of the images onto Bristol paper with Jet Black Archival ink using my Mini Misti.  I colored all of my images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and cut them out with their matching die cuts.  I hand cut the house. I added E.K. Success ballpoint tip glue where I wanted my glitter and added Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter.  I used the Tim Holtz Oval Stitched Thinlits to cut the layers from the 6x6 Crystal Frost paper collection by Craft Smart. 


Here are the colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers that I used:
Face - Flesh Color 071, Beige 072, Light carmine 021
Green - Deep Green 044, Pale Green 045
Red - Wine Red 024, Red 020
Blue - Cobalt Blue 031, Shadow Mauve 302
Gray - Mid Gray 096, Light Gray

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Dino Mouthful Set

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Art Impressions released another project line of stamps last week, Mouthfuls. As you know, that also comes along with a new challenge.  Be sure to check it out on the blog.

The card I made for you today is with the Dino Mouthful Set 4950I stamped all of the images with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper. I colored it with Copic and Spectrum Noir Markers.  I added a black glaze pen to the eyes & a white gelly roll pen to the pupil of the eye.  The cut out dinosaur is added over the Nestabilities label ten shape with foam tape.  I used papers from the 6x6 Birthday Bash collection from Pink Paislee. 


The stamps come with several other stamps you could add such as a basketball or a balloon. They all have matching dies included in the set.  You can also cut out a slip in it's mouth or it's arm.  I chose to cut a slit in both it's arm and it's mouth.


Here are the colors I have used:
Copics Tan - E11, E51
Copics Orange - Yr16, Y17 or Y02, Y17
Copics Pink - RV4, RV2, RV10
S.N. Teal - BT3, BT4
S.N. Yellow - LY1, LY3

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Here Comes Santa Claws!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I've been hard at work making Christmas cards for a few weeks now.  I always make simpler cards for some people that I know don't understand how much time goes into making a card.  I designed this card with those people in mind.  I used the Christmas Wreath Set 4791 and colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I chose this set for my cards this year because it comes with matching dies.  I was able to make tons of cards all at one time. I added a sentiment and was finished with it.  They came out very beautiful!


But of course, I couldn't leave it there!  I got out my Tropical Christmas Set 4788 and stamped out the flip flop images. I also changed up the sentiment & added it to a flag that I made with a few folds and extra cuts.  I glued on some gems and I made several of these for people that I figured would appreciate them more. I just couldn't stop there for today's post!


I made a pop up card with the rest of the images from the Tropical stamp set.  Because I live in Florida, I felt compelled to own this stamp set.  It's just so cute.  I used a retired pop up Sizzix die, but you could use any type of pop up base.  I colored all of these images with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and cut them out.  I followed the packaging for most of my coloring just to make things easier on myself.


Here are the star's of the card.  I love how they came out. I used very little water and blended the Zig's with each other. They are all stamped onto Strathmore Bristol paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.


Here are the colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers that I used:
Face - Flesh Color 071, Beige 072, Light carmine 021
Green - Deep Green 044, Pale Green 045
Red - Wine Red 024, Red 020
Blue - Cobalt Blue 031, Shadow Mauve 302
Gray - Mid Gray 096, Light Gray

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Ai stamps at Michaels!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

You really need  to check out the four new Ai stamp sets that are now in Michael's stores. There are two pop card sets that include the dies and two sets featuring the wonderful girlfriends.  All four sets will be sure to put a smile on your face.

Today I am using the Santa PopCard SC0803. I'm a bit partial to the pop cards because they include the dies you need to cut out all of the images including the pop card template. Remember that your package also includes all of the directions that you need to put it together.  If you need some extra help, go to the Art Impressions You Tube channel.



I cut the template with a piece of acetate.  It looks better and is easier to put everything together at the end when it's acetate.  The images are stamped onto Canson XL watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival ink.  I used very few colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color in my Santa Clause.   It was my goal to keep these easy so I could make several of these as my Christmas cards.  They were really easy to do because of all the white space on this image.  




I used a #4 Watercolor Brush and plain water to color.  Once everything was dry, I added a very light amount of Diamond Stickles to all of the areas on Santa Clause that have hair. 
The Distress Ink colors I used are:
Face- Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick
Fur- Pumice Stone
Clothes- Fired Brick
Bag- Forest Moss

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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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.



House:
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

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


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