Category Archives: Art Impressions

nutty & nice

Hello! I have an extra fun card to share today for Ai and Simon Says Stamp’s 2019 STAMPtember® releases! Once again Art Impressions is participating and Bonnie has created a super fun set. Be sure to check it out because these sets are only available while supplies last! I love Ai stamps and you will love this special set designed for SSS’s Stamptember, Ai 5205- Nutty & Nice! Also visit their blog for lots of inspiration!

These ladies look pretty festive in their paper-pieced jammies, eating fruitcake!

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions- 5205- Nutty & Nice; paper- white, black, SU! Riding Hood Red, doodlebug- home for the holidays; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions 5132- Tag Stitched Dies, MISTI, Copics, Die-Namics Blueprints 20, circle punches, ribbon, crochet thread, foam dimensionals, Stickles, rhinestones.

go. fish.

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I shared a bible journaling page! Here’s one I did a few days ago. While reading a daily devotional toward the end of June, one page was focusing on this verse. As I was reading, this image of the Art Impressions fishing buddies came to mind and I knew I wanted to use it in my bible. I also wanted the main words to be short and to the point. Here’s what I came up with.

The men in the boat, the fish, and the words on the tab are all from the Ai 4900- Reel Great Guys Set. The word “O-FISH-ALLY” is also from the set and was masked from one of the sentiments. I used the birds image (to cover up a little smudge!) from the Ai 5069- My Fortress Set. The letters for “go. fish.” were stamped with the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha stamps.

I masked and sponged the sun first (with a 1″ circle punched from cardstock), then the skyline. Then I sponged the bottom, changing from the yellow/orange colors to blue/green. The men & boat were stamped onto the page and again onto white cardstock. The cardstock was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. Then the image was cut out (minus the fishing poles and water) and layered on top of the one on the page.

I hope you are inspired to give it a try and glorify Him with your creativity!

Have a blessed day!

Ai on HSN

Hello! Long post today with lots of pics. I’m just popping in today to share some cards I made for Art Impressions’ big debut airing on HSN! Tune in now…or if you haven’t seen the show this morning, check out the website for the great bundles that are being offered!

I made 2 cards for each of the Circlet TryFolds in the bundle, the Cabin and the Lighthouse. First, I made an Acetate Tent Card with the Lighthouse set.

From the front, you can see through the image on the acetate panel to the images on the inside.

Here’s a photo with a side view to show how the card was put together. The acetate is adhered to the top and bottom flaps which were first die cut with some cloud borders. I started with 4 1/4″ x 10 1/4″ and scored @ 1 3/4, 7 1/4, 8 1/4 and 9 1/4. The circle images were adhered before the top of the acetate was attached. Note: I die cut and punched the circle sentiment from the back image and brought it to the front of the card!

The sentiment circle was popped up with diecut foam sheet.

I am a bit hooked on this style of card right now…so cute!

My second Lighthouse card was done in a traditional trifold style. I started with 4 3/4 x 11 and scored each end @ 3 5/8″. I love the dark pink and navy color combo!

The first fold opened…

…and the second fold opened, which reveals the image inside that you could peek through and see from the front.

The first Cabin card I made was similar to this Lighthouse card I made last year.

My blue card base is 5 1/2 x 6 1/2. The 6 1/2″ side is scored at 2 1/4. My white card insert is 5 1/4 x 8, scored @ 4″. The patterned paper layers are 2 x 5 1/4 (front), 3/4 x 5 1/4 (middle), and 3 3/4 x 5 (inside back).

This is another fun card design to use with the Tryfolds!

For my last card, I wanted to show how you can use the images to make a simple card without the trifold designs. Here I used just the inside image with the deer and layered it onto the card front.

Now go check out Bonnie and Kate in their HSN debut!

Have a great Tuesday and… happy stamping!

Lighthouse cards:

stamps- Art Impressions 4979- Lighthouse Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Night of Navy, Cumb Cake, Melon Mambo, The Paper Studio- The Pink Navy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions 5133- Flag Double Stitched Dies, Copics, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, clear acetate, 2″ circle punch, Gina Marie In and Out Cut Stud Dot Circles and Sand Dollar, foam craft sheet, Impression Obsession dies- 189-C, 184-L, and 078-F,  Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, Whimsy Stamps Stitched Cloud, Die-Namics Cloud Trio.

Cabin cards:

stamps- Art Impressions 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF; paper- white, black, SU! Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Lawn Fawn- Perfectly Plaid & Let’s Polka in the Meadow; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions 4967- WC Fence Dies, 5134- Banner Double Stitched Dies, and 5133- Flag Double Stitched Dies, Copics, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles and Cloud Trio, Scor-Pal, enamel dots, C.C. Designs Grass Border, Memory Box Deer Trio, Whimsy Stamps Stitched Cloud, foam dimensionals.

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 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).

Ai thanks diane zechman

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.

Ai ghoul friends diane zechman

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!

Ai Stamptember 2018 diane zechman

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.