Thursday, May 12, 2022

New Ai Simple Scene

Time for another Watercolour Weekend on the Art Impressions blog.  

Today I was inspired by all of the beautiful canyons in photos I've seen of Utah, where the rivers run through the striking scenery.  Here is the new 5525 - WC SW Simple Scene:

I stamped all of my images in N57 (Warm Grey 5) onto my Canson XL Watercolor paper.  Starting with the simple scene, and then using my Stamp Positioner, I added a mountain from 5198 - WC Mountain Set, the cacti from 5520 - WC SW Village and 5196 - WC Desert Set, then added rocks to the foreground from 5414 - WC Small Rocks Set.  I added layers of colour to the rocks and ground using #947/992/969, and added shadows using #569/565.  The sky and water were painted with #493, and the river was shaded with #565.  I used #098/126/565 on the cacti, and finally added touches of #493 and a little #703 to brighten things up a little.  The sentiment is from 5136 - WC Sentiment Set 2.  I used the 5062 Rounded Rectangle dies, and mounted it to my base with some 3D foam adhesive, and added a few sparkly jems.

Be sure to check out the Ai blog this Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to share for the Watercolour Weekend.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Home & Heart

 Here's my second card made with the sweet Simon Says Stamp Exclusive set from Art Impressions, called 5546 - Home & Heart Set:

I used my Copic Markers to colour this sweet image, mounted it on some patterned papers that have been in my stash for awhile, and added a few enamel dots.

Only available on the SSS website, while supplies last.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Ai Simon Says Stamp Exclusive

 You should head on over to the Simon Says Stamp store to get your hands on the latest Art Impressions exclusive stamp set called 5546 - Home & Heart Set.  It is only available through SSS for a limited time, while supplies last.  There are a bunch of adorable images, perfect for a whole bunch of occasions.  I chose the sweet bunny image:

I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and coloured her with Copic markers.  I used papers and embellishments from my stash, and created a 5 1/2" square card.

Check out the Ai blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created - and there's sure to be some great inspiration on the SSS blog today, too.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

New Ai Houses

 There are two more Watercolour sets being released on the Ai blog today!  Here's my project with #5527 - WC Cape Cod Village

I coloured the smaller image with #969/565 and stamped it on Bristol Smooth Cardstock (I haven't used this in a while!).  After pulling out the colour with my damp #4 brush, I picked my palette of colours, using #569/993 and a mix of 856/969 to make a rusty, muted red shade - then painted in the houses.  I chose to have the sun coming in from the right, so I kept all of the surfaces facing that direction brighter, and added shading to the opposite sides that would be in shadow.  Using my stamp positioner, I added in the mountains from #5198 - WC Mountains Set coloured in #553.  I added the trees using #5372 - WC Mini Foliage Set in #177/249, masking the houses so that they would appear behind them, and adding some shrubs in front.  I painted in the hills with #565, added a wash of green for the grass, blue for the sky, and then placed the fence from #5371 WC Barn Set using #969.

I used a decorative die, wrapped some twine several times around my card base, and mounted it with some 3D foam adhesive.

Saturday, April 23, 2022


 I purchsed the wonderful Toadstool Dies in my recent order from The Greetery.  I've really wanted them ever since they came out last fall... so I went to town this weekend, making up about 30 of them to use on a few cards.  I made use of 13 Distress Oxide inks to create some fun blends:

I ink blended some grass onto my kraft cardstock, assembled and adhered my toadstools, and added a few magical sparkles with a white gel pen.  The photo doesn't show it well, but the panel is matted over some matt/metallic gold cardstock that sets off the gold embossed sentiment from Pinkfresh Studio.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

New Art Impressions Watercolour stamps!

 I am excited to share some of the newest stamps that are releasing today on the Art Impressions blog!  These little critter containers are going to be a sure hit with all the Ai Watercolour fans.  Here are a couple of cards made with 5521 - WC Animal Planters and 5528 - Desert Succulent Set:

I had some fun with colour.  Cacti are interesting plants, and I thought these needed some touches of colour, so I added fun accents to the plants, and a few reflections to the pots.

I've used all 6 of the succulents in my two paintings, but there are two other critters in the set - check out the Ai blog to see the other images painted by Dot, Tricia & Bonnie.  And stay tuned - there are more new sets to come!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Happy 25th

 My youngest and all her friends are turning 25 this year, so I had a special request to make a pink and girly card that matched the party theme for one of her friends today.  I loved doing this!  Used a mixture of old CTMH papers/stamp, and some newer dies from Spellbinders & Pinkfresh Studio.

I ink blended some Distress Oxide inks behind the image, and around the edges of the paper to deepen the colour a little, and added a metallic sentiment and a little bling to finish it off.


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