Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hi there blog friends!!! 

Here we are with another Wednesday Challenge from The House That Stamps Built. 

This week it's a sketch challenge and we hope you'll join in on the fun. 

 This was a true challenge for me....I couldn't seem to create anything I was satisfied inspiration finally came after watching an old black and white just never know where inspiration will find you.  

 The stamps I used for this card were RI#3306-I "Falling Leaves", #3212-H "To Everything" (I used only a portion of it) and my focal image is RI#1609-J "Winter Tree".  

For details on how you can join the challenge this week, head on over to The House. You'll be able to enter your card or project there and you'll be placed into a drawing for a $25.00 Repeat Impressions shopping spree.  

Here is a group of incredibly talented ladies ready to show you what they've created using this sketch.  

Deonna - Heather - Joy - Kathy - Laurie - Patti J - Shirley

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you find some craft time today.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Hi blog friends!!!!  

I'm here with a new post for Technique Junkies.  At first sight, I couldn't resist this TNJ Peonies #S626 stamp.  I absolutely love peonies and each year, I eagerly await their full blooms.  We have 5 peony plants in our yard in multiple colors - 1 each of white, wine, and light pink and 2 dark pink.  They are one of my favorite flowering bushes.

I colored it using a faux watercoloring technique I found on YouTube.  There are many of these techniques out there, you can easily find one you might like better.  

I stamped the entire image using My Favorite Things, Chalk Box, "Ripe Raspberry" and using my aqua brush, I "painted" it.  In the places where the color was too intense, I added more water to those spots and "lifed" it off with a dry paper towel.  

The sentiment is TNJ #SDX057 "Seeds of Today", was stamped with VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.   

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a creative week!!! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hello everyone!  

I have a Project of the Week for you from The House That Stamps Built.  

I don't know about you, but I love making Christmas cards.  The problem is, it can take a long time to make Christmas cards for those special people on your list. Finding an easy technique that looks like it took hours is priceless.  

Here's a resist technique called "soft shadows".

The supplies you'll need and you probably already have them in your stash.

Neutral card stock
Embossing ink (I used Versamark)
Anti-static tool
White embossing powder
Soft colored dye ink
Stencil brush (it works better than sponging for this technique) 
Soft cloth/paper towel
and a heat gun (not shown).

Note:  You may have seen resist sponging techniques that resembles this technique using a sponge.  However the small stencil brush allows you to add color in smaller amounts and you have more control. 

Step 1 - Prepare your card stock with the anti-static tool.

Step 2 - Stamp your image using the embossing in, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set.

Step 3 - Load the stencil brush with the soft colored dye ink you've chosen and using a small circular motion begin applying the ink to your embossed image.  You don't want to press too hard, it's easier to apply more ink where you need it later.  Continue applying the color until you are satisfied with the amount of ink.

Step 4 - Using your soft cloth or paper towel to wipe the white areas of your image, removing the excess ink.

Step 5- Prepare your card as you like.  My sentiment for this card is RI#3907-G "Rejoice".

I hope you liked this technique for making easy cards that pack some "pow".  

Thanks for stopping by. 

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