It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge. For October, the team has chosen a nighttime scene featuring pumpkins and black cats.
As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you. You have until Tuesday, October 26th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions. If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!
Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:
I began the card by using a homemade circle stencil out of heavy plastic to create a moon with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I then covered that moon with a mask and inked the rest of my background with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord Framed Burlap, and Peeled Paint. I then stamped all my Repeat Impressions images on Plate 2300 and Apple Basket 512-H on Canson’s Mixed Media paper so I could add Zig Clean Clear Color Brush Markers. After fussy cutting all the images I arranged them on the card front.
Happy Monday! That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating “Purple & Green.”
Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, October 30th and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.
For my card I used the My Favorite Things “Witch Way Candy” an adorable stamp set I’ve been wanting to use for some time. I colored all the images with Copic Markers and fussy cut them all. The window die is also MFT and the background stamp is Hero Arts. I finished up distressing the edges.
I’m looking forward to seeing your “Purple & Green” entries this week!
Happy Saturday Friends! It’s time for another Send a Smile 4 Kids (SAS4Kids) challenge and the theme for this entry is CELEBRATION! Whoo Hoo! Your celebration cards can be anything you celebrate for kids like birthdays, graduations, a job well done or heck, just celebrate by sending a hello!
Our sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:
1) DRS Designs: a $10.00 Gift Certificate
2) Kitchen Sink Stamps: 15.00 Gift Certificate.
My card today celebrates these beautiful butterflies by DRS Designs called, “Large Butterflies”. I colored them using a stipple method I learned at Kit & Clowder using RV99, RV69, RV66 & RV63. I outlined them with a clear gel pen and popped them on over Doodlebug pattern paper. The die I used to cut the “V” shape is from My Favorite Things.
We hope you’ll join us over at Send A Smile 4 Kids and “Celebrate” with us during our challenge. You have until Friday, October 28th to enter. We also would love to see you donate some of your cards to our kids. Here’s how.
The background was created using the Pasted Resist Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD. I began with the Tim Holtz Poinsettia stencil and embossing paste. After that was dried, I sprayed with Red Pepper Color Wash Spray. Then over that I lightly spritzed Dylusions White Linen Spray. This combination of colors is really vibrant and perfect for a holiday red. I also spritzed the white Dylusions over my black card stock for more texture. My card base is a very deep olive green and looks really great against that stunning red.
Stop on by the Technique Junkies Store to check out the October Release.
Until then, happy inking
It’s the second Wednesday of October and that means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, Patti is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “Food or Beverage.”
My card features Repeat Impressions “Coffee Cling Set 9303P” which I paper pieced using Carta Bella Fall Blessing paper pack.
I hope you break out your creativity for the “Food or Beverage” Designers Choice Challenge this week at The House that Stamps Built. Happy Wednesday!
The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration using the October Technique Junkies release. You have only a few days left to claim your 15% off discount on this new release for the holidays.
I started my card sing the Pasted Resist Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD found at Technique Junkies. I then sprayed with Art Anthology Colorations in Avocado, Leaf, and Sandcastle. So I didn’t cover all that gorgeous texture, I used only a portion of the “Baubles S713″ background stamp as a strip of interest then added another new October Release sentiment called, “Joyeux SDX087”. My red background was created by spraying Color Wash Spray in Red Pepper and a spritz of Dylusions White Linen spray for “snow”.
Stop by Technique Junkies store to pick up some great supplies for your inky pleasure! Don’t forget, we are also celebrating 30 Days of Christmas at the TJ Design Team Blog beginning on October 15th through November 15th. Hope you’ll join us.
For my card today I began by creating a rainbow background by gold heat embossing Hero Arts “Tiny Flags” and using distress inks in rainbow order. Geometric cards can really be fun as they create such sharp and clean lines. Using the Hero Arts Friendship Definition stamp as my base background, I chose a friend sentiment as my focal image.
I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our October “Geometric” Card Challenge! See you there!
It’s the first Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built color challenge! You have until Tuesday, October 11th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions. Also, if you use a Repeat Impressions stamps, you will receive an additional entry for a better chance to win.
Here are this weeks colors:
For my card this week I used Repeat Impressions “Plate 2300” which is a collection of Halloween images. I started by creating the background by stenciling black pan pastel through the Tim Holtz web stencil. I then stamped the Repeat Impression bats and spider webs on a blue panel. My sentiment is also from the Halloween Plate 2300.
Hello stampers! It’s my week for The House that Stamps Built project of the week! Today I’d like to bring you a Distress Crayon and Collage technique great to use for some of your fall projects.
For this project the supplies I used are:
- Distress Crayons
- Distress Collage or Crazing Medium
- Distress Brush
- Distress Stains in Gathered Twigs, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade
- Distress Sprayer
- Die Cutting Machine, any
- Card Base Die
- Archival Inks in Sepia and Black Soot
- Gold Embossing Powder
- Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: “Maple Leaf Silhouette 5127-K, Oak Leaf 5110-I, Falling Leaves 3306-I”, and “Pinecone 812-G”. My sentiment is: “Let Us 2826-H”
Let’s start with the card base. Grab some watercolor paper and apply several Distress stains (or sprays) to your nonstick surface. Then add a few spritzes of water to get the ink moving and dip your paper into the ink to soak up some lovely color. Did you know that Distress Sprays are exactly the same formula as the Distress Stains, just in a spray bottle?
Dip your watercolor paper into the ink. Alter the way you dip by tapping or dragging. You can go back in a few times until you get the patterning you like. Then heat set.
Next, I did a little stamping with Repeat Impressions Falling Leaves using Sepia archival ink as we are going to apply more wet medium and need a waterproof ink.
Now, lets stamp the Large Oak, Maple, and Pinecone stamps on the Tim Holtz Tissue Paper. I used black soot, which I made from the Distress Reinker and a DIY ink pad as they don’t sell a regular Black Soot pad. The Black Soot is a truer back while the Jet Black archival has a bit of a blue tint.
Once stamped, it’s very important you let dry or heat set.
Loosely cut out the images. There is no need to be very fussy.
Compose your images the way you would like and begin adhering them to your background using the Distress Collage Medium. You can use either the standard collage medium, crazing, or vintage medium as it really doesn’t matter. You can also use regular matt medium of you don’t have the Distress line.
Once all is adhered I heat set again. It you used crazing and applied it thick enough, you’ll have little cracks which look really great with the Distress Crayons.
Now it’s time to add the Distress Crayons. I used Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade. To camouflage the edges, apply the distress crayon around the adhered stamped leaves and rub in with your finger. I added a little bit of Mustard Seed in the background as well as white as highlight.
Here is the finished piece after the Distress Crayons. I think you can’t hardly see the edges of the collage pieces.
I stamped and embossed my sentiment. So that your sentiment lines up perfectly with your die cut card base, simply cut your sentiment with the same die you used on your card based and viola, a perfect fit.
I hope you’ll try some Distress Collage on your cards this week and we’d love to see you enter them in our weekly challenge here at The House That Stamps Built. Each time you do, you are entered in for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.
Happy Monday! We are celebrating “Frame It” for the Cards in Envy challenge this week. That means we’d love to see cards that showcase anything framed. Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.
The challenge will run through Sunday, October 16th. Our design team will also be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.
My card features watercolor the “Art Impressions Way”. This is a great tutorial method that Art Impressions offers using their rubber stamps. My sentiment is from WPlus9’s Doodle Buds.