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.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Foundations Rocker

 I am excited to finally be using 5470 - WC Foundations Rocker for the first time for the Watercolour Weekend on the Art Impressions blog!

When I use a larger image like this, I like to pick out a limited colour palette ahead of time - and I stick to it.  It ties the scene together, and keeps it from becoming too busy.  For my scene I used these Tombow Dual Brush Markers: 027/N65/126/177/606/493/676.  I do the same thing with the flowers and foliage, repeating the same images in different areas.  Here are the stamp sets that I used: 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 New/4868 - WC Flower Set 2/5009 - WC Mini Flower Set/5007 - WC Foliage Set 3/4964 - WC Branches Set.

I placed my Foundations stamp into my Misti, coloured it with #027 and stamped it onto some Canson XL Watercolour Paper.  I started with light washes of colour, and gradually built up the layers to achieve the tones that I wanted.  I painted the pots, chair and birdhouses first, and then began filling the pots.  I start with one stamp, and place the image in several pots in the same colour, then move onto the next - making sure to balance out where the colours are, while building my pots.  I added a few branches and dots, and added shadows with 565.

Be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to show!

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Spring Mix

 I've been working with some new products from The Greetery over the last week or so - this is the lovely stamp & stencil set called Print Shop Spring Mix.  The stencils fit together beautifully - the hardest part is picking your colour palette:

I used different combos of Distress Oxide inks along with my blending brushes and foam blenders.  This was such a quick way to have multiple backgrounds ready, and then I just chose an assortment of sentiments to have a nice group of cards for my stash.

I was able to get eight of these made, and plan to give a few as gifts.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Pussy Willows

 So excited to have some new products from The Greetery in my hands... these are the new Pussy Willow dies that I had fun putting together this weekend.  Not gonna lie - they were fiddly and took some time to assemble, but I absolutely LOVE the end result.

The 3 stems come together on one die, so I cut them out of white cardstock, and coloured them with layers of Copic Markers, then the stems are glued down over the pussy willows.  It made sense to do a whole bunch at once, so I have a little stash to use over the next while.  I used an oval Pinkfresh Studio die, a bow from The Greetery, and some older papers from Close To My Heart to put a couple of cards together.
Here's my stash of pussy willows!

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Ai Bunnies!

 With the month of April upon us, I had to paint something pretty & spring-like for Art Impressions' Watercolour Weekend, so I've pulled out nine different stamp sets to put my scene together:

I began by colouring the boots from 5194 - WC Shoe Set in #N55 Tombow Dual Brush Marker, leaving the top edge uncoloured.  Using my stamp positioner, I added the bunny from 5425 - WC Peeking Animals, the pail from WC Containers and the sitting bunny from 4874 - WC Bunnies Set, all in #N55.  I painted in colour on all of them, adding #533 and #565 to the boots, N55 to the bunnies, and #N55/451 to the pail.  For the bouquet, I used the pinecone from 5472 - WC Christmas Wreath Set, adding #993 to the center, and #725 around it, to create the roses (be sure to not colour the entire pinecone!).  As a filler flower, I used the tiny blooms from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2 stamped in #606, and the tiny leaves in 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 in #177 as the greenery.  After masking the boots & bunny, I stamped the two grasses from 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3 in #177, and used it as a wash on the ground.  The two carnation stems in 5475 - WC Flower Set 6 were coloured with #993/126, and added to the pail and on the ground.  To finish, I added some #526 to the sky, and die cut my scene with 5063 - Stitched Rectangle Die.

Be sure to check out the Ai blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have to share.

Friday, March 25, 2022

WTF? (Who's Turning Fifty?)

 My lovely friend Sheri, decided to throw herself a month-long 50th birthday party!  Why not?  And her husband's big birthday follows shortly thereafter, so I made up a couple of square birthday cards featuring some of their favourite things.  Both are featuring Art Impressions stamps... I think she might recognize who they're from before she opens them up.

Sheri has a bit of a thing for lighthouses, so I pulled out some of the new Ai Watercolour stamps, this is the Lighthouse Set and Cliff Set, both coloured and painted with Tombow Dual Brush Markers.

And Matt is a bit of a golfer, so I had plenty of Ai golf images to choose from, and coloured this one up with Copic markers. 
Happy Birthday, Ballantynes!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Ai Lighthouse

Hello Ai Watercolour fans!

I've once again enjoyed painting with the 5466 - Lighthouse Set:

I chose one of the larger images in this set, and paired it with a large cliff from 5465 - Cliffs Set.  I began by colouring the cliff in #565/#969 and stamping it on my Canson XL Watercolor Paper.  I used my stamp positioner to place the lighthouse where I wanted it, using the same colours.  Because the cliff was not quite large enough for how I wanted my scene to look, I used one of the rock images from 5415 - WC Large Rocks set, colouring half of it, and stamping it in the lower right corner - it perfectly extended my cliff, and I drew in the top edge with a pencil.  I pulled out all of the colour from the stamped lines with a damp brush, then layered in shades of #N55/#969/#565 to create the browns, greys and shadows of the cliff.  I painted shades of #526 mixed with #565 to create the water and sky, adding a few grey cloudy areas.  #569 was painted in stripes on the lighthouse, and #837 added in the bright red roofs and accents.  I painted #N55 to the lower edges of the stones around the base of the lighthouse, keeping the tops white to suggest the round shape of the stones.  #177 was dabbed on to create a treed backdrop, and as a wash for the grass.  The seagulls from 5473 - Seagull Set were stamped in #N55.  I die cut my scene using the 5063 - A2 Double Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Be sure to check out the Art Impressions blog on Saturday to see what Dot & Tricia have created.  Happy painting!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Reason to Smile Wreath

 And here are my last 3 cards from my stencil class last Saturday at the Papercrafter's Workshop.  (I have one more that I may get finished this week...).  I really loved these warm tones, and Sheri came up with some really interesting slimline designs:

I used some Pinkfresh Studio slimline dies to cut them out, and a stitched rectangle die for the smaller one.  Great to have a few more for my card stash.


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