Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Watercolor Classes

Hey there, Blog friends!  

I love taking the OnLine Card Classes , I've learned some great techniques from outstanding instructors and have taken many of them. 

Recently, I signed up for the Intermediate Watercolor class facilitated by Dawn Woleslagle (of WPlus9) and I've learned so much.  (You can link over to the class from the badge on my right sidebar).  These classes are a great way to grow your creative side and I would encourage you to sign up for any one of them.  

I combined a couple of techniques; glazing and color mixing which Dawn covered in the preliminary class, and made this card.  It's not great, but it was fun and I liked the results.  I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and Koi watercolor paints.  The image is Impression Obsession "Fair Madien" stamp which I stamps with Archival Ink "Watering Can".  I stamped it off before stamping it on the watercolor paper in order to get the lighter, faded lines.  The sentiment is from Gina K Designs, Hugs and Prayers set. (this set is discontinued).  

Thank you for visiting and I would love to hear what you think of this watercolor image.  


Happy Wednesday, blog friends!!!  

A fun color challenge at THE HOUSE this week....

Lots of fun with this color grouping and it can be used with almost any stamp in your collection or technique you like.  

I saw these "blocks"of color and took it literally....

On this card I used RI Stamp #7118-I "Queen" and RI#5132-D "Heart Sil (sm).  I created the "blocks" with the square "Flip Stitch Die Set".   I colored the "Queen" with Copics and added some "doodling" to frame her.  

I hope you'll grab some crafting time and play along with this fun color challenge.  I, and the other Rock Stars would love to see your creation.  

Speaking of the Rock Stars....take a peek at what they've'll be glad you did!  

                            Deonna - Heather - Joy Karen - Kathy - Patti J  

Please visit THE HOUSE for more details on how you can enter the challenge and possibly be the big winner of a $25.00 GC for some awesome Repeat Impressions stamps!  

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 1, 2016


Hi everyone, Cheri here with another easy peasy POTW for The House That Stamps Built.

This is a great way to get more from your stamps while creating something different and unique with them.  I'm sure there are other names for this technique, but for this one, I'm calling it "on the edge stamping".  

Here are the supplies you'll need:

Stamps of your choice, ink for stamping, ruler, scissors, card stock.  If you decide to color your images, you'll need your favorite coloring medium.  For my cards I used Copic Markes as well as colored ink.  

Step 1 - determine where you'd like your image to end on your card stock layer.  I choose 1/2 inch from the edge.  You will then lightly draw a line down the layer with a pencil.  Keep your pressure light so the mark is easy to erase.  

Step 2 - line up your stamp to overlap the penciled line and placed up against the cut edge of the card stock layer.  

Step 3 - Stamp your image as you'd like it to appear.   (I used a MISTI for my stamping.  It makes it easier if you have to re-stamp the image).

Step 4 - Color your image, then cut it out along the penciled line you have drawn on the card stock.  

Finally, finish your card as you'd like it.  For this card I kept my butterflies as a panel, however you'll notice on my second card, I cut the stamped edge and let it be a "border" on the card.  There are so many possibilities using this technique.  Stamps used for this card:  RI#9001-L "Butterfly (Lg)" and RI# 6103-J "Thinking Vertical" .

For this card, I stamped the heart images with colored ink before cutting them out to form the border.  RI#5118-H "Heart Sil Lg", RI#5132-D "Heart Sil sm" , RI# 3405-C "Random Hearts", RI# 1204-I "Love".

I hope you'll be give this a try and if you do, please share your link on our FaceBook Page.  

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