Thursday, May 26, 2016

Brand new Mini TryFolds from Art Impressions!

Art Impressions is launching two brand new Mini Try-fold sets today, and I am sharing a step by step tutorial here and on the Ai blog.  Warning, photo alert!!  I wanted to show you exactly how the set works, so bear with me!  Here's my card:

I'm so excited to share the new Ai Mini Try-folds with you today!  These make the absolute prettiest cards that you can imagine.  I have all kinds of photos to share, with step by step instructions, so grab your coffee, and scroll down a ways to see how easy these are to create.
 I am using Blessings To You MTF (Sku# 4758).  The set includes 3 images, a sentiment, and two small dies, along with complete instructions for cutting and stamping on the back of the package.
 My cardstock is 4 1/2"x11" and is scored into thirds.  I stamped the largest image, centered on the right panel, and then placed the larger die over the opening in the middle of the image.
 After running it through my Cuttlebug, I folded the card sides in, and traced lightly around the opening with a pencil, onto the cardstock flap underneath.  This allows me to see where the next image should be stamped.
 With the top flap open, here you can faintly see where I'd traced through the opening, and now have stamped the second image over the pencil lines.  Then I will fit the smaller die into the center of this image, and run it through my machine.
 Once more, I will trace around the opening through to the bottom panel, which is the inside of the card.
Look closely!  You'll see the faint pencil outline which shows me where to position the small bunny image.  I put both the bunny and the sentiment onto the same acrylic block and stamped them over the pencil shape.
 So after stamping the bunny - this is what the card looks like with all of the panels folded.  The positioning of the images does not have to be exact - the idea is that you want to see a glimpse of all three layers when the card is folded shut.  Here are the layers coloured with Copic markers:

 In addition to the two Mini TF sets, we are also launching two new Clasp dies designed especially for the Mini TF's.  I'm showing Butterfly Clasp Die (Sku #4748):
I secured the die onto my cardstock with some washi tape, so that it would stay in place.  I only have the shorter base plate for my die cut machine, so I ran it through once, then turned the die around and ran the other end of it through - the tape kept the die from moving around.
All of the Ai dies cut beautifully.  The clasp simply wraps around the Mini TF, and there is a small slit on each butterfly that allows them to interlock, forming a belly band to keep the Try-fold closed.  I used my purple Copics to tint the edges of my butterfly, and then coated him with some Wink of Stella so that he shimmers.  Thanks for hanging in there through all of my photos!  Enjoy!
Copics used: BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00, BV000, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00, G46, G43, G40, R35, R32, R30, C3, C1, C00, B000, B0000, Y35, Y32, Y11.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Challenge #74

When I saw this week's inspiration photo at The Challenge... it was too good to be true.  I just happened to have this fun guy image stamped and sitting on my craft desk.  So I quickly coloured him up, and put together a card.  I was tempted to do the tractor red like the photo, but all ride'em mowers are green, aren't they??  I added a few red accents, though:

Patterned papers are Souvenir Collection by Bo Bunny; Cardstock is Cranberry, Outdoor Denim & White Daisy all CTMH; Stamps are Lawn Ranger & FDMD set by Art Impressions; Inks are Tuxedo Black, Memento & Onyx Black by Versafine; Maya Road twine; Cloud Dies, Taylored Expressions; Copic Markers.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Comfy on Couch - Girlfriends

Hello Ai fans!
There's nothing like colouring up one of the Ai Girlfriends images :o)  I selected some bright girly coloured papers that would work well with them all being in their jammies, and then set about colouring the image to match.  Here is Comfy on Couch Set (Sku #4050):
 I had an oops happen when I was almost finished colouring the entire image.  If you look at the gal on the left, where her hip meets the sofa... I was using that darkest plum shade, when it suddenly dropped a huge bubble of ink on my paper!  If you look closely you can still see traces of purple on the sofa, but by and large I was able to chase most of it back onto her top with my colourless blender.  Whew.
 I popped up the sentiment and the eyeglasses, and added a few gumdrops to finish things off.
 Copics used: Skin tones - E37, E34, E31, E11, E00, E000, E51, E50
Hair - E18, E07, E02, E57, E55, E53, Y26, Y23, Y50, C7, C5, C3, B21
Greens - G46, G43, G40
Blues - B28, B26, B24, B23, B21, B37, B34, B32
Greys - C5, C3, C1, C00
Pinks - R89, R85, R83, R81, E22, E20
Oranges - YR04, YR02, YR00
Yellows - Y26, Y23, Y21, E50

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Inspired By #16

It's my week to be the hostess on the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge blog!  We're at challenge #16 already - how time flies :o)  I chose a vibrant, artsy photo of a bicycle, in what I'm assuming is a European city?  I'm looking forward to seeing how you all interpret this one... the colours, the graphic shapes, the bicycle?
 Here's what I came up with.  It's easy to mainly see the blue & green in the photo, but if you look closely, the bicycle is red & yellow - so I played up all four colours with some patterned papers (Christmas papers if you can believe it?) and a few sequins.  This is about as CAS as I get!
My guest this week is my wonderful friend, Cheri Bury - who I am lucky enough to be on two design teams with!  She has a wonderful flair for bright colours, and making really fun & interesting cards.  Head on over to the Inspired By blog to see what Cheri & the rest of the Design Team have come up with this week.  And don't forget to link up your creation - you have until Thursday the 26th.

Patterned papers are Peppermint Collection by Crate Paper and 25th and Pine by Basic Grey;  Cardstock is White Daisy, Close To My Heart & Blue by Bazzill; Ink is Onyx Black by Versafine; Sequins are Craft Medly; Banner Dies by Verve; Stamp sets are Just a Number and It's Your Day by Close To My Heart.

Fusion Card Challenge

When I saw the current Fusion Challenge sketch... I knew that I had the perfect papers & polaroid die to create a card.  So I picked one of the new High Hopes images, and made a card very similar to one that I did a few weeks ago:
I used the sketch, and pretty much follwed the colour palette in the photo (but my light blue turned into aqua!)
Patterned papers are Perfect Vacation by Imaginesce; Cardstock is Outdoor Denim, Pear, Ruby & White Daisy, Close To My Heart; Inks are Memento Tuxedo Black & Sapphire by Close To My Heart; Stamp is Shake Your Booty by High Hopes; Verve Mini Bookplate die; Instagram die by We R Memory Keepers; Copic Markers.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Art Impressions Southwest Watercolour Mini

 I pulled out my Tombow markers and the new Ai Watercolor Mini - Southwest (Sku #4763) recently and painted up a storm!  So today I have two cards to share with you from my paintfest:
 Both images are quite similar, I changed up the colours of the foliage a little, and added a bit of a design to one of the pots.  I used my Tombow markers to colour directly onto the stamps, and after using my damp paintbrush to soften the lines, I went back in and added some colour by scribbling the markers onto my palette, and picking up the colour with my brush.  It doesn't show much in the photos, but there is a lovely pale turquoise sky around the plants.

 There are all kinds of Ai Watercolor videos on our You Tube channel done by both Bonnie & Kendra that give step by step instructions on using the wonderful Ai Watercolor stamp sets  You can find the one that is using the Southwest stamp set here.


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