Thursday, September 29, 2016

THREE NEW Hampton Art Stamp & Dies Sets! PLUS Challenge 194 The Perfect Pair

Hello, Ai Fans!

Blog Tutorial

Clear _ Dies Sets

Announcing the perfect pairs for your holiday stamping, from Ai to a store near you! Our three new stamp and die cut sets, produced in collaboration with Hampton Art, are wonderful for creating easy cards for your favorite time of year! AC Moore now offers our adorable Fright Night set and will receive our Snow Much Fun set in October! And don't forget to stop by your local Michaels store in October to check out our new Warm Wishes set! Keep an eye out for them in stores near you!

Happy Fright Night Snow Much Fun Warn Wishes

Diane is here today with a creative tutorial with one of these versatile new sets! Take it away, Diane!

Hello Ai friends!
Diane here with a tutorial for our current Challenge.  Here I am using the AC Moore clear set called Snow Much Fun (0736) which includes matching dies!


On my card today, I used the penguin die to cut a window in my card front.




The cute penguin and a few flakes are stamped on the INSIDE.  :)




To begin, I diecut a partial circle from white cardstock.




Next, I added 2 strips of patterned paper scraps to a black card base and then adhered my white circle.  I placed the penguin die where I wanted it to cut a window and ran it through the die cut machine.  Note- depending on your machine, you may need to run it back & forth a few times to cut through the layers.




Once my penguin window was cut, I placed a white layer of cardstock on the inside of the card and lightly traced the penguin opening with a pencil.  The pencil lines are used as a guide to position your image when stamping.  I usually "wing it" but you can use a stamp positioner for exact placement.  After the image is stamped on the inside, gently remove the pencil lines with an eraser.




Now your penguin is visible from the card front!




Color the penguin and complete your card as desired.  I added a banner sentiment and a few stamped & diecut flakes (with rhinestone centers)...both from the same stamp set!




Now it’s your turn to make a card or project using a stamp & die combo and join us in the Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!
Happy stamping!





Thanks, Diane! What a cute projects and creative use of dies!

Alright, time for our new challenge! This challenge is all about using your stamp and a matching die! After all, they were made for each other!

Here are the challenge rules …
✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
✻ Share the Ai love by clicking and commenting your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, October 12th at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!



And now, time to celebrate the winners of last week's challenge "Cards to Die For"!

Top Spot is awarded to...

Rosali

Congrats, Rosali! We loved your swing cards with our Snowman & Penguin Mini Set! We love how you used dies to create windows for these little critters to peek through! Email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable mentions go to...


Amy Marshall!

Congrats, you two! Cynthia, we loved your creative bookmark with our Raccoon Mini Spinner Set! Using the die for an extra opening is so cute! And Amy, we love how you combined our Twinkle in a Tangle and With Love Window with the Window Die! What a great Christmas card! Email annelise@artimpressions with your address and the stamp set of your choice for a prize!

We hope you will all join us for our new challenge!

Before we go, we have an exciting announcement!

We are excited to announce the 2016 Art Impressions Warehouse Sale, a two-day class and shopping spectacular on November 18-192016! The Ai education team will be hosting NINE fun-filled and inspiration packed classes! From watercolor stamping to interactive cardmaking, there is something for everyone! Plus, we will have a huge onsite store at the Quality Suites Keizer with incredible deals! RSVP at our Facebook Event to let us know you are coming! Check out the details of the event and classes on our Warehouse Sale page!

Sorry, there will not be an online warehouse sale, but sign up for our email newsletter for information on grab bags following the event! We hope you can join us or have a friend stop by for you!

Happy Stamping!

spec-tacular by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
 
Today I am sharing 2 cards using the 2 new Place Card Pals sets... Cat & Owl Placecard Set (4805) and Christmas Placecard Set (4806) .
 
When I first saw the glasses die in the Cat & Owl Set, I knew it would be perfect paired with the sentiment from Spec-tacular Set (4290) .

 
On both cards I created the hair with 2 mustache diecuts from the Christmas Set (one was cut in half).  I used brown hair for the little girl and added a sparkly bow.  Then I switched up some papers and used gray hair to make an "older" lady.  ;)  Her sentiment is You First (3472) .
 

There are endless ways to be creative with these dies!
 
Have a great day and… happy stamping!
 
 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

NEW VIDEO - Fall Villa Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

We are continuing our autumn-themed Watercolor Wednesday videos with a beautiful Fall Villa Scene. Watch as Bonnie creates a structure off in the distance by using part of the Tuscan Villa from our WC Series 9 Set 1 and adding a tree in the foreground from our Old Barn Set. Bonnie simply adds a couple pencil lines to design a stream running near the building. With rich red, orange and yellow Marvy markers, you can make fallen leaves and full foliage to complete the scene.

We hope you love this new addition to our Watercolor Wednesday videos. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and give this video a thumbs up! We love hearing your feedback, so leave us a comment while you're there!



View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sl5YwFL6Gtc