Monthly Archives: February 2015
Happy Monday! This Cards in Envy Challenge will focus on Puppies! We all love those cuddly creatures. For our challenge, please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, March 1st and our design team will be choosing their favorites to feature on the blog.
My card features a Tiddly Inks puppy called “Flying High”. I colored him with copics which I highlighted with Uniball Signo White Pen. The design paper and sentiment is American Crafts and the stitched panel is My Favorite Things.
Come on over and let us see your sweet puppies.
Hello stampers! This is my first Project of the Week for The House that Stamps Built. I am so excited to share with you a few little tidbits that I’ve picked up along my travels. I just love working with distress inks and how they interact so well with water. Today I’m bringing you a very clean and simple project featuring a Distress watercolor background made with a tool most of you have – an acrylic block. So lets get started!
For this project the supplies you’ll need are:
- Distress inks of your choice 1 to 3 colors
- Non-Stick Craft Mat
- An Acrylic Block
- Water, either plain or pearlized
- Card Stock – I used Smooth Bristol, but you can use Neenah, watercolor paper or your favorite.
- Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 5806-H, Happiness, and 9116-N, Hot Air Balloon Cluster
- Stamp-a-ma-jig – optional
The first step is to make sure you clean your acrylic block. If yours are anything like mine, I have to use alcohol wipes, which takes off all the permanent ink that doesn’t come off with a normal cloth or baby wipe. If you don’t have an acrylic block, you can use a solid stamp, like the ones Repeat Impressions has on sale called “Plate 5200”. With this months sale and the discount offered on my blog, you’ll really be scoring!
Next, choose the colors of distress ink you’d like to use. I made two different card panels using different colors so you may see different colors in the examples. Once you’ve chosen your colors, apply a line of color on your craft mat or any other smooth surface such as glass. Then apply a good amount of water or if you prefer, pearlized water (I make mine with perfect pearls and water).
Now, place your acrylic block down into the ink. If you need to you can “smoosh” it around a little.
Next, pick up the acrylic block and place in onto your chosen card stock. When you pick it up, work quickly, and pull straight up. It looks like you don’t have much ink, but you do. You can press down firmly and that helps soak the ink in the paper. Keep it there a few moments to allow absorption.
After you remove the block, you may have some puddling. You can either heat dry it if you like the watercolor look, or you can wick it up with a paper towel as shown.
Once dry, it’s time to stamp. I like to use a stamp-a-ma-jig when I use cling stamps so I make sure to get my image straight.
Here we have our panels. Now it’s time to trim the panels to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and apply to a colored card base.
Now, let’s add some sequins. I have two different ways I like to add sequins. For larger sequins I use glue dots. For sequins, I use the Multi-Medium in Matte.
For the glue dots, just apply the sequins to the dots while still on the backing paper then apply to your card using tool.
For smaller sequins, dab a little Multi-Medium on your craft sheet, grab the sequins with your tool, and swipe the sequins through the medium then on to your card.
Here are the finished clean and simple cards. I hope you will give this technique a try!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all. Hope you are spending time with those you love. Today at Open-Minded Crafting we begin our “Up In The Air” challenge, which runs through Friday, February 27th. There are lots of prizes offered by our generous sponsors so I hope you’ll join us. Our design team will also choose their favorite so your card may be featured at Open-Minded Crafting Challenges.
Here’s our sponsors this week and the prizes they are offering:
Let’s get on to some inspiration! I chose an image from A Day For Daisies, which I colored with Copics and used an older paper collection called “Love” by Fancy Pants. The circle and heart dies are My Favorite Things and the scallop die is Lifestyle Crafts. I created the clouds using Pan Pastels.
Can’t wait to see what is up in the air for you!
Happy Valentines Day friends! Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is generously offering a $25.00 Gift Certificate for our random winner. Get your card in by Friday, February 20th for a chance to win.
Here’s the sketch:
For Valentines day I thought it appropriate to make a love card. I used the Bazzill paper pack called “Love Story,” which also has a sheet of card panels like the one on the front of my card. Talk about quick and easy!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!
It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for a new challenge at The House That Stamp Built! For this challenge, Joy is hosting our Designer Choice Challenge and has chosen the theme of Thank You cards. It’s great to keep a few of these made up and ready to use. As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!
How about some inspiration to motivate you? I’ve used Spring Blossom 1320-m & Thank You 2524-F. I colored the image with Copic Markers. The papers are My Minds Eye “Stella & Rose and the focal die is spellbinders inked with distress ink while still in the die. The strips across the card are a My Favorite Things die stamped with a text stamp and the sentiment banner die is Simon Says Stamp.
I sure hope you enter a card at The House that Stamps Built this week. Happy Wednesday!
Today I’m bringing a digital image from A Day For Daisies, one of my most favorite companies for digital images. This is a new release and I just love these elephants. They are perfect for Valentines. The paper is from the Simon Says Stamp kit and the design is from Mojo Monday Sketch.
Happy Sunday Friends. Today, I’ve chosen to work on sketch #214 from My Favorite Things. The image is “Birthday Princess” I bought on the cheap from the last MFT sale. I colored her with copics and paper pieced her with the February Simon Says Stamp kit, which I also used for the design papers on the card. The circle die is MFT also.
Happy Weekend! My two favorite days of the week, shhhh, don’t tell my boss. It’s time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge celebrating BOYS!!! We have some really super sponsors this week too. You have until Friday, February 20th to enter.
Say, did you hear that Send a Smile 4 Kids is growing? Isn’t that fantastic? We’ve added more hospitals and more volunteers to take your donated cards. We hope that after you enter the challenge you consider sending your cards to SAS4Kids for children in need. Check out how.
Now, let’s get on to those sponsors:
1) Sqigglefly – Offering 3 digital images of winners choice
2) Stitchy Bear – offering a $10.00 Gift Certificate
3) Fred She Said – offering a $10.00 Gift Certificate
Now how about some inspiration? My first card uses Stitchy Bear’s “BBKakes Heart Boy I”. He’s colored with Copic’s and the paper is My Minds Eye “Love” collection. The heart is a My Favorite Things die and the sentiment was cut out of one of the pattern papers. I love his smirk.
The next two cards are from Squigglefly. Both are sporty cards colored with copics.
Happy Saturday! That means it’s time for a new challenge at Sketch Saturday. This week our sketch is sponsored by A Day For Daisies who is offering a generous $12.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner. I love these digital images and can’t wait to see how you use the sketch to show off some of these beauties. You have until Friday, February 13th to enter your card.
For my card, I used “Flowers in my Garden” coloring her with Copic markers. The paper is from Monte Paper Mill “Hello Darling” 6 x 6 collection. I cut out some spellbinder flowers and stamped them with My Favorite Things script stamp. The scallop die is Lawn Fawn and the circle and flag dies are My Favorite Things. I finished off with recollections gems and called it a sketch!