Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thanksgiving Diorama Card

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Now that Halloween is over I am looking towards Thanksgiving.  I decided to use the Full of Thanks Set from last years release to make a really simple diorama card.  It has several layers with a silly image attached to each one.  It folds flat to fit into an envelope, but pops up and sits like a little scene.
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 images were fussy cut and set aside. The background was ink blended onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper with Distress Oxide inks using the foam pads on the mini blending tools. It was spritzed with a Distress Sprayer and dried for the white splatter effect.  From top to bottom the colors used were Fired brick, Fossilized Amber and Tea Dye. Lastly, the Greeting was stamped on.
The Diorama part was made using two 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of 65 lb. Kraft paper.  Don't use really thick paper or your box won't fit together very well. Both sheets of paper were cut to 8 1/2" x 4 /12".  The two outer pieces were cut at 6 3/4" and scored at 3/4" and 6". One piece was cut at 6 1/4" and scored at 1/2" and 5 3/4". One piece was cut at 5 3/4" and scored at 1/4" x 5 1/2". The Hero Arts Infinity Rectangle Dies were used to cut the openings, but any dies shape be used.  Tip : It is important to line the dies up with each other at this stage.  Cut the largest shape from the outside and line the next smaller die inside the cut area. The card base was assembled next. The smallest piece was attached to the next smallest inner piece with a liquid glue. The back edges were lined up with the window at the front. The outer piece without the window was set upside down and adhesive was applied to the outside of both sides of the inner pieces and they were attached to the outer piece towards the back. The card was shut to make sure everything moved correct.  Next, adhesive was applied to the outer portion of both sides of the inner pieces and the last piece was attached around it with the window facing out. The card was shut again to make sure everything was moving correct.  Lastly, the images were attached in place making sure the adhesive was only applied where they would be touching the card.  The finished card measures 6" x 4 1/4". 

Copic Marker Colors Used:
Pumpkin Pie - YR00, YR04, YR07, C1, E70, E71, BG72, BG75
Dog - E11, E13, E15, E19
Cat - E70, E71, E74
Mouse - C00, C1, C3, C5, R20
Turkeys - E70, E71, E74, E11, E13, E15, E19, BG72, BG75, BG78, YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, R24, R29, R39
Large Turkey's Shirt - C00, C1, C3

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Lots of Layers Challenge

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

It's week two of the Lots of Layers! 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 Christmas clear stamps. I'm using the Snow Friends Set. I had a hard time picking between the cute snowman images. As you can see, I went with the trio of snowmen that spell out the word Joy. I decided to go with something a little different and make a wiper card. The card looks like a regular card when you take it out of the envelope, but it reveals a surprise message as it opens.
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 main layer was cut with the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies. The next two layers were cut from the BoBunny Father Christmas 6x6 paper stack with the same dies.  They were all added to the card front.  The colored cardinal was fussy cut and added to the image with foam tape. A Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen was added to the stripes on the hat & scarves on the snowmen. It added a shimmer that the camera didn't pick up.  Black Nuvo Crystal Drops were added to the buttons. 
The wiper card was very simple to put together.  I just used a tutorial from SplitCoastStampers.  You can find the full supply list and directions here.
Copic Colors Used:
Snowmen - Coo, C1, C3, BG70, R20, blender
Nose - Y21, Y23, YR24
Buttons - E59, C9
Light Green - YG61, YG63, YG67
Dark Green - G03, G28, G07
Red - R24, R29, R39
Tan - E30, E31, E33
Snow - B45, B41, BG70, BV31


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

Happy Halloween!
I know it's a bit late for Halloween crafting, but I had to squeak in one more card.  I just loved all of the images in the Halloween Magic Set and was inspired to make a card with this fun image.  
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. A few of the images were enhanced with the Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer Pen.  It adds a clear shimmer.  The layer was cut out using the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies.
The mail image was added over a orange foil layer that was cut with the Oval Double Stitched Dies. The piece of decorative paper was cut to the same size as the card base and edged with a medium tip silver Pilot marker. Recollections enamel dots were final thing added to the card.

Copic Marker Colors Used:
Kitten - E70, E71, E74, R20
Bat - C5, C7, C9
Hat - V12, V15, V17
Pumpkin - YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07
Green- YG1, YG3, YG5
Shadow - W1, W3

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Thank Mew!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I just can't seem to get enough of the flutters.  Today I am working with the Cats Flutter Set. I needed to make a fun thank you card so I combined the cats with the Block Letter Set.  I ended up being able to make a custom greeting with the block letters.  I've really been enjoying having them in my stash. I just did the waving kitties as is, but think about all the ways you can dress them up.  I can hardly wait to do them again and add things to their paws!
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 parts were assembled following the directions provided on the packaging of the stamp set.
The base of this card is created with the 6x6 Kitten Smitten paper collection from Doodlebug Designs. Even the block letters are die cut from the patterned papers.  The bright papers were selected to make the earthy colors of the cats stand out.
Copics Marker Colors Used:
Brown Cat - E21, E25, E27, R20
Grey Cat - C00, C1, C3, C5, R20

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Add Embellishments! Challenge

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

It's week two of the Add Embellishments! 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 Windows To The World (WTTW). I'm using the Haunted House Window. This is a really fast and fun image to color and a greeting is even built in.
The image was stamped onto Canson XL paper with Jet Black Archival ink and colored with Marvy LePlume II Markers.  The markers were scribbled onto a WC Palette and painted on with a #4 brush.  The colored are listed at the end of this post. Once the image was colored it was cut with the Square Double Stitched Dies and attached to a black card stock layer that was cut with a larger black layer that was also cut with the same square dies.
The image was attached to a a side stair step card that was decorated with patterned paper. Some flat back gems were added to the corners of the image.  A Tim Holtz Spider charm was added to the Spider web. Here is a side view of the card.
Marvy LePlume II Markers Used:
Moon - Brilliant Yellow 43, Butterscotch 83
Sky - Blue 3, Violet 8, African Violet 86
House - Black 1, Brown 6
Grass - Olive Green 15

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sunny Shades

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I really enjoy working with the Girlfriends line of stamps.  They always seem to be having such a fun time.  Today, I am working with the Sunny Shades Set.  These ladies are having an amazing time posing with their sunglasses!  I really enjoyed coloring them and I'm sure you will too.  My friend Tere is celebrating her birthday on Saturday so I wanted to give her a fun card for her special day.  Happy Birthday Tere!
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 with the Oval Double Stitched Dies and attached to the front of the card.  The card is a pre-cut staircase card.  It has three steps in the center.  The card is covered with the Cedar Lane paper collection from American Crafts.
Here is a view of the card from the side.
Copic Colors Used:
Faces - E000, E00, E11, R20, R24
Hair - Y02, Y21, E13, C1, C3, C5
Glasses - B000, B02
Shirts - Y23, Y26, W1, W3, W5, BG10, BG32, BG13, R20, R22
Jacket - B000, B02
Pants - Coo, C1, C3, B000, B2, W1, W3, W5


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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Going Batty!

5:00 AM

Hello Ai fans!

I have a major love for bats, I'm sure you can tell from my header on my personal blog.  I HAD to have the Bat Flutter Set the second I saw it.  As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of the Ai interactive stamp sets because they come with the stamps and dies all in one set.  The flutters even come with enough mini brads for five cards.  I've been wanting to put this bat in front of  a galaxy background since I saw it.  I loved the outcome and I hope you do too.
The images were stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The dark areas were enhanced with Prismacolor colored pencils.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. The parts were assembled following the directions provided on the packaging of the stamp set.
The galaxy background is on a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. The paper was taped to a hard surface and completely wet.  Ganzai Tambi watercolors were used for this background. The blue, mint, yellow and purple colors were scribbled onto the background and allowed to blend and dry.  Another thicker layer of the same colors were added without wetting the paper first.  They were allowed to dry. A thinned out layer of black paint was added over the bright colors to look like night clouds.  Some gaps were left and some areas were made darker.  As a final touch Tsukineko All Purpose white paint was thinned out and splattered over the paper. Once dry, The background was cut out with the Oval Double Stitched Dies.

Copic Colors Used:
Bat - E31, E33, E13, E19, R21, R22
Pumpkin - YR000, YR02, YR04, YR07

Prismacolor Colored Pencils Used :
Rose, Burnt Umber, Indigo Blue

Ganzai Tambai Paints Used:
20, 43,61,62,139


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