Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FEBRUARY 2017 ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hello there!  

Today is a new challenge for us at The House That Stamps Built and it's one of our followers favorites, Anything Goes.  

I'm always in need (or so it seems) for male birthday cards, so that's what I decided to create for the challenge this week.  


I created this card by first stamping the Mason jar RI#9701-S "Jar With Lid", on a separate panel of white card stock.  I then colored it with Copic Markers.  I then stamped the ship RI#9508-J "Ship (in a bottle)" and colored that with Copics as well.  After fussy cutting the image I then ran it through a bubble embossing folder for "texture".  I wasn't pleased with the raised bubbles so ran the image back through the die cutting machine just between the embossing plates.  This flattened the raised bubbles and I liked it much better.  

I stamped the jar image a second time on some fun foam and cut the shape out and placed it behind the colored image so I could lift the image off the background layer, giving it demension.  I stamped RI#2501-H "Happy Birthday From..." (using only a portion of the stamp) in VersaMark ink and heat embossed white ep to make it pop. For some fun detail I added clear Nova Chrylstal drops. 

Come on over and play along with our ATG challenge.  The details on how to enter the challenge, and what you can win, are at THE HOUSE.    

You won't want to miss the cards from these awesome team mates of mine...

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  

Have a fabulous day!  


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PLAYING WITH MY BRUSHOS

Hey there Junkies,

I've been inking up my fingers (literally) lately with my Brusho pigment ink powders....they are such fun to play with and create awesome backgrounds.  If you have them, you know what I'm talking about.  

This card was so much fun to make....


I used Strathmore Watercolor paper (cold press, 140#) for the first time.  I bought a 9x12 pad from ACMoore recently when they had a sale and this pad was only $5.00. I thought I couldn't lose at that price.  I've never used it before and was really pleased with the performance and the amount of water it could take without warping.  I'm not an expert in watercoloring, but for the price, this was great paper to use with the Brushos.  

I first gave the watercolor panel a good wash with clean water before sprinkling on the pigment powders, it allowed the crystals to "move".  If more water was needed, I spritzed it with water.  I added each color separately, and they blended very well.  

The stamp I'm using for this is #SD716 "Something Will Grow".  I love the sentiment that is attached to this floral image, and the bg certainly shows off that stamp well, I think.  I splattered some watered down black acrylic paint once the panel was dry and that finished off the design.  So easy, but I love it.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you can get your own hands inky soon!  

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