Category Archives: Art Impressions

you’re kidding!

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Create a Background” and we are featuring the NEW Funny Farm line of stamps.  I was so excited to see this release…there are fun images of cows, goats, chickens, and dogs with plenty of punny sayings to go with them!  Here I used the AICS37 Old Goat Set.

old goat diane zechman

My first background idea didn’t quite work out the way I envisioned, so I decided to stamp the goats twice in a gray ink to make them seem like they are, well, in the background. lol. I stamped and cut them again on a sticky note to create a mask for their legs and sponged some gray “ground”.

Then I stamped the goats again onto scrap cardstock with black ink and colored just one goat, cut him out by hand and popped him up over the gray image.  I diecut the cloud border with some plaid paper to give the card a more masculine look.

old goat side diane zechman

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AICS37 Old Goat Set; paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, DCWV Dots, Stripes, & Plaids; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog; accessories- Copics, foam tape, Misti, Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, rhinestones.

another birthday?

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the AICS37 Old Goat Set from the NEW Funny Farm line. These goats are a lot of fun and you can check out my other post today for a more masculine card using this same set!

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I thought the sentiment box looked a bit plain down in the corner, so I added a portion of one goat to peek out from behind.  The goat on the top was mounted with a Mini Action Wobble!  I do believe these new Funny Farm images are going to get a lot of use!

CHA 6b diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AICS37 Old Goat Set; paper- white, black, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares & Cross Stitch Squares, Mini Action Wobble, twine.

happy birthday to mooo!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the AICS39 Udderly Fantastic Set from the NEW Funny Farm line.  And be sure to check out the Ai challenge that starts today….these new critters are loads of fun!

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How cute is that cow floating by with a party hat and balloons?  I just had to add some Stickles to the tutu!  (I even “painted” her “toe-nails”)  :)

Have a great day and… happy stamping!Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AICS39 Udderly Fantastic Set; paper- white, black, SU! Pixie Pink and Bermuda Bay, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Blueprints 26 & Cross Stitch Squares, sequins, Stickles.

be joyful frame

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Let’s Distress” (use Distress ink or distress your edges) and we are featuring the new Windows to the World stamps PLUS a fun new 4887- 3D Frame Die!  Here I used M4877 Be Joyful to make a mini framed image that stands up!

be joyful frame diane zechman

The frame is very simple to assemble…just fold each side and slip the tabs through the slots, then add cardstock and a stand (included in the die) to the back.

I lightly “distressed” the edges of my frame with some sponged ink. Then added some Darice string pearls and paper flowers around the edges to finish it off.

Here’s the back-side…

be joyful frame back diane zechman

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions M4877 Be Joyful; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Cosmo Cricket- Material Girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress- Tea Dye; accessories- Ai 4887 3D Frame Die, Copics, glue dots, Darice pearl string, paper flowers.

AHH!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4671- AHH Set from the Ai People.  This gal is hilarious… some days you just need to let it all out. ha!

AHH diane zechman

I kept the card CAS to focus on the lady. Sponging a bit of pink in the center of the oval helped make her stand out. I stamped her a second time, cut her out, and layered her over the first image.  Her shirt was paper pieced to match the skinny border of patterned paper.

Do you know someone having a bad day? She’s perfect!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4671- AHH; paper- white, black, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Distress- Spun Sugar; accessories- Copics, MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals, Baker’s Twine, paper flower, button..

two great reasons

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4901- Teachers Rule set.  This clear set is perfect for this time of year to thank all of our teachers for their dedication throughout the year and wish them a great summer!

two reasons diane zechman

I used a piece of 5 1/2 x 12 double-sided patterned paper to make a Double Diagonal Gate Fold Card and added a belly band to keep it closed.  The teacher and flower are attached to the band which slips off to open and reveal the rest of the sentiment inside…

two reasons open diane zechman

The paper was scored at 2, 4, 8, and 10. Then I marked both 5 1/2″ sides @ 2 3/4 and cut diagonally from the 4 and 8 inch scored lines.  The triangles cut off were flipped and adhered to the opposite lower corners.

My inside layers are 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 x 5. The belly band was cut to 1 1/4 x 8 1/2.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4901- Teachers Rule set; paper- white, black, SU! So Saffron, Bo Bunny- a Gift of Love; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Crushed Curry; accessories- Scor-Tape, Copics, EK Success Retro Flower punch, button, glue dot.

friendship blooms

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using two new watercolor sets… 4868 – WC Flower Set 2 and 4903 – WC Sentiments Set.

This is a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 card which will fit into either an A2 envelope or a #6 3/4 standard business envelope.  It’s fun to change up the size once in a while!  The bottom corners were rounded to sort of match my scalloped edge on the patterned paper.

friendship blooms diane zechman

The Ai watercolor sets are a lot of fun! For this card, though, I didn’t use watercolor paper and brushes… I just inked the stamps with markers and stamped onto regular cardstock.

To begin, I sponged green ink onto the bottom of each card using the negative piece of scrap cardstock from a grass die as my mask. You don’t see much of the edge of the grass when you are finished, but I think it looks better than just sponging a straight edge.  Then I repeatedly inked and stamped each flower to fill it in.  Don’t forget to stamp some flowers “second and third generation” so you have lighter and darker images. To do this, simply stamp your flower a second and third time without re-inking the stamp.

friendship blooms 2 diane zechman

Then finish your card as desired.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4868 – WC Flower Set 2 and 4903 – WC Sentiments Set; paper- white, Doodlebug kraft in color; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Always Artichoke; accessories- corner rounder, CC Designs Grass Border die, MFT Stitched Scallop Edges, twine, Nuvo Drops.

big birthday wishes

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “White Space is Nice Space” and we are featuring the 2 new Michaels Clear Sets!  Here I used SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes to make my card.

big birthday wishes diane zechman

In order to have lots of white space, I layered my white panel onto a white card base and kept my patterned paper to a minimum…just a thin strip on the side!  This is such a cute set…these besties look like they are having so much fun.  I kept my color scheme to pink, yellow, and orange…with a little gray and brown neutrals thrown in (HAVE to have some chocolate!).  :)

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes; paper- white, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp- Scallop Stitches, Nuvo Drops- Dandelion Yellow & Ripened Pumpkin.

watercolor birds

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a simple card using some of the Ai Watercolor Sets.  I’ve used 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

I love the little nest in the bird set!  I’ve masked the bucket and pot to add the nest and flowers.

WC nest diane zechman

I diecut an edge on my kraft layer to make a simple banner. Then the image circle was popped up with foam tape and some twine plus a few Nuvo drops finished the card.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, SU! Crumb Cake and Pool Party; ink- SU! markers; accessories- Ai watercolor brush, Ai Watercolor Palette, Ai 1″ clear blocks, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, foam tape, baker’s twine, White and Neptune Nuvo Drops.

Panda PopCard

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Dots & Stripes” (use dotted or striped pattern paper on your card) and we are featuring the very FUN new Art Impressions PopCards sets!  I was so excited to see these released and I finally got a chance to create with them!

Today I am sharing how I made a fun, interactive card with the new Panda PopCard (4860) stamp set and the PopCard Template.  My sentiment is from the Hobby Lobby AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set.

Panda PopCard 10 diane zechman

As I was editing the photos of the steps I took in creating this card, I typed some directions directly onto the photos. I hope this helps.  Click on each photo to see a larger view.  (Kate also has a wonderful video HERE showing how to put the PopCards together. Be sure to check it out!).

First I chose some patterned paper I wanted to use and colored my images to match.  The Panda only requires one of each image plus the PopCard Template.

Panda PopCard 1 diane zechman

Next up is assembling the mechanism that makes the card interactive!  Just fold the template on the 2 center perforated lines to form a “U” shape. Then slide the “arms” of the template through the die cut slots in each piece.

Panda PopCard 2 diane zechman

Your panda will look like this from the front, with the PopCard Template hidden behind his layers…

Panda PopCard 3 diane zechman

Now adhere the bear to the inside of the card.  Then cut 2 slits in the fold across from his belly.  I marked with a pencil where I wanted to cut and then turned my card inside out to make it easier to cut the slits.

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Bend the little cut section toward the center of the card.  A 1/2″ strip will adhere to the top of it and also to the back of the bear.

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If desired, you can punch or die cut a window for your bear to peek through!  I added a piece of acetate in the window.

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Assemble layers and finish as desired.  I added a single balloon from the set with some Clear Wink of Stella to make it sparkle.

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When opened, the Panda pops up!

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A side view…

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Panda PopCard (4860), Hobby Lobby AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set; paper- white, black, SU! Pool Party, Colorbok- Carnival 6×6; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions PopCard Template, Copics, baker’s twine, rhinestones, Scor-Tape, MFT Cross Stitch Squares, acetate, foam tape, Clear Wink of Stella.