Category Archives: Art Impressions

Proverbs 3:5-6

Hello! I recently had a chance to do a page with some of the new stamps from the Art Impressions Bible Journaling line. They are not yet released on the website (they will be later this month) but you can watch for them at Scrapbook.com or check with your local stamp store. I was thrilled to see that Bonnie created a set for my favorite verses… Proverbs 3:5-6. It also has two other verse stamps to choose from and lots of other possibilities.

Bonnie has many video tutorials where she teaches watercoloring the Art Impressions way and bible journaling. Be sure to check them out. She uses Watercolor Ground to prep her pages but I haven’t tried that yet.  I have only tried gesso and I don’t like using that. I really don’t mind a little wrinkle and bleed-through so my method will be slightly different.

First I stamped the words and images from Ai 5131- Stone Path Set with Versafine Black ink. I chose this ink because I wanted to watercolor with my Derwent Inktense pencils. Make sure you heat set the ink! I like to mix it up and combine stamp sets you normally wouldn’t use together so I tried to think of a person or critter that I could add to the page. I decided upon this cute mouse from the Ai 4803- Mouse Slider Set. I think he looks pretty happy about the path he’s chosen.  Then I colored my page with the Inktense pencils and a waterbrush. I love that Ai includes a colored image in their packaging. It gives you a great guide or starting point for coloring!

After it was dry I stamped the grass & flowers (4051- Foliage Set and 4868- Flower Set 2), inking them with various markers. Then I lightly went over them with the waterbrush using Bonnie’s technique.

I made a coordinating tab for my page with the same grass and flowers and adhered it with Scor-Tape.

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions 5131- Stone Path Set, 4803- Mouse Slider Set, 4051- Foliage Set and 4868- Flower Set 2, mega date stamp; paper- vanilla; ink- Versafine Black, water-based markers; accessories- water brush, tab punch, Inktense pencils, Scor-Tape.

He Shed / She Shed

Good morning! Today I have the last 2 cards that I made for the summer trade show to share. These are from the fabulous Art Impressions’  Mini Tryfold line. Here I used 5027- Tool Shed MTF and 5028- Potting Shed MTF.

I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 card base and scored in 3 5/8″ from each end to make the trifolds. Each fold/layer was stamped and die cut to peek through to the center of the card. I’ve shared quite a few of these by now, so I’ll just let you scroll down and see the pics. 🙂

What guy wouldn’t love his own “man cave” for his tools?

Now here’s a great version for us gals!

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions 5027- Tool Shed MTF and 5028- Potting Shed MTF; paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Pink Pirouette, silver, SU! dsp, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Gina Marie Wonky Stitched Squares, SU! Washi Label punch, Die-Namics Tool Charms and Stitched Square Scalloped Frames, paper doily, oval punches, gemstones.

Christmas Circlet MTF

Good morning! Today I have another card that I made for the summer trade show. This one uses one of Art Impressions’ Circlets, 5025- Christmas Circlet MTF. When closed, you can peek through each fold to the images inside. What a sweet winter scene!

I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 card base and scored in 3 5/8″ from each end.

Here’s the front of the card opened. It was die cut around the candy cane signpost.

The right side is die cut around the house and tree…

When fully opened, Santa appears!

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions 5025- Christmas Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, MME- Merry Little Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross-Stitch Circles, Stickles.

how about a really late Halloween card?

I was making a few card samples with some awesome new Art Impressions stamps for the upcoming January trade show when I realized that I never shared the cards I made for the LAST trade show in July! Ooops! I should have shared those in September but life got busy this fall.

The first card I made was with the Ai 5026- Halloween Circlet MTF. Instead of a traditional trifold card, I created a fold-out one that spells “BOOO” as it unfolds. When the three circle panels are together, the images peek through the die cut openings.

I printed a huge letter “B” from my computer (Showcard Gothic Font) and cut it out, then used circle dies for the rest. The stamped bats are from 4784- Old Bat Set (a must have!).

Each panel is connected with a white brad.

This was so fun to make!

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions 5026- Halloween Circlet MTF and 4784- Old Bat Set; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross-Stitch Circles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, brads.

hearts filled with thanks

Hello! I needed a few thank you cards and today I will share the first one. I miss creating with my Art Impressions stamps while we are busy with our home reno so it was fun creating this! Ai has an “anything goes” challenge that just began so it’s a great time to get yours out to create something too!

Here I used one of my favorite Ai Windows to the World images, M3180-Farm Window. (And here’s a card I made with the same image last year).

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The Windows to the World images are fun to create with because you can die cut a window on the front of your card and place the image on the inside or simply place it on the outside as I did here.

It has been such a rainy summer and fall here this year. It’s hard to believe that winter is already upon us. I wanted to share one last fall card….December is just around the corner!

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions M3180-Farm Window; paper- white, black, Echo Park- The Story of Fall; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross-Stitch Squares, Echo Park Thanks die, gemstones.

ghoul friends

Hello! I mentioned last week that we have been busy here with remodeling and I have a bunch of cards and projects that I’m a bit behind on sharing. Here’s one that I am way late with…or maybe really early for next year! ha! I love the Art Impression gals and this Halloween set is a cute one!

Here I used Ai Ghoul Friend Set.

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The glasses (wine and corrective eyewear!) all have Crystal Effects to make them shiny.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

stamps- Art Impressions Ghoul Friend Set; paper- white, black, SU! Pear Pizzazz and Tangelo Twist; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Spellbinders Marvelous Squares, foam tape, Crystal Effects, enamel dots.

pumpkin spice latte

Hey… It’s FALL, y’all!  I have an extra fun card to share today for Simon Says Stamp’s 2018 STAMPtember® releases! You may have noticed that I stepped down from the Art Impressions team to focus on some home improvements and a few other things. But I am happy to occasionally continue guest designing for Ai! I love their stamps and you will love this special set designed for SSS’s Stamptember!

Are you a lover of all things fall and pumpkin spice? This set is for you!

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These two gals from Ai- SSE18 Pumpkin Spice are so cute sitting on the pumpkins…I just had to paper piece some of their clothing in autumn prints!

Be sure to check out all of the SSS’s Stamptember releases!

stamps- Art Impressions SSE18 Pumpkin Spice; paper- white, Echo Park the story of fall; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges, Spellbinders Labels 10, gemstones.

sloth-some

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing my last “official” card for Art Impressions. As of the end of May I took a break and stepped down from the Ai team. You’ll see me posting some cards from time to time, though…I still love Ai!

The current Ai Challenge is “Odd Animals” and we are featuring the NEW Funny Farm Release! This is such a fun line. Here I used 5002- Sloth-some Set.

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When I saw this pack of paper at Hobby Lobby months ago, I knew it would be perfect for the sloths!

Now go break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Odd Animals” Challenge! Happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 5002- Sloth-some Set; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Blueprints 14, SU! Designer Label punch, foam tape.

happy camper

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Door Openings” and we are featuring the NEW Mini TryFolds Release! Here I used 4969- Happy Camper MTF. This is such a cute camper and I decided to color it in fun, girly colors.

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The back of the camper is die cut for a window to open!

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What gal wouldn’t be a happy camper in a pink & yellow RV?

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Again, I made a card inside of the card to place the Tryfold images. My base (blue) is 5 1/2 x 6 1/2, scored @ 2 1/4. The insert (pink) is 5 1/4 x 8, scored @ 4.

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The seating area is also die cut to see the images inside.

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A little fox lays inside along a cozy scene.

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Do you know a camper to send this to?

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Door Openings” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4969- Happy Camper MTF; paper- white, SU! Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Echo Park- Summer Dreams; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Stitched Scalloped Squares and Jumbo Ric Rac, BossKut Sun, PTI clouds, Gina Marie Grass die, LaLa Land Heart Banner, SU! Oval punch.

Produce Stand MTF

Hello friends! Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card I made using one of the Ai Mini Try-folds sets. Here I used 4970- Produce Stand MTF. Are you having a picnic or get-together today with family and friends? Today’s card is all about those yummy fruits we will surely be eating!

I love how you can peek through each layer of the tryfold cards and see the images inside. Here you get a little peek of a cute critter having a sweet summertime snack.  My card base is 4 1/4 x 11. Each end is scored @ 3 5/8″.

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The front awning, die cut, closed…

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…and open…

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The second image is a cute window with more fruit.

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The inside sentiment and raccoon…

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What a sweet set!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4970- Produce Stand MTF; paper- white, SU! Pink Pirouette, Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes and Summer Dreams; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Stitched Rounded Rectangles and Blueprints 21, enamel dots.