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The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge.  You have until Tuesday, August 30th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

August Sketch

For my card I’ve used a variety of stamps from Plate 2300 at Repeat Impressions  though all of the stamps can be purchased separately in the Halloween section of the store.  The background began with some play from Brusho’s powders in warm tones.  I then did a bit of distress inking and created the embossed background using a Darice Fall Folder.

August Sketch

Hope you’ll join us at The House That Stamps Built, for our Sketch Challenge. Don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 11-16-15

Hello stampers!  The Crafty Nurse here with some creative play for The House that Stamps Built project of the week.   I can’t get enough of the Brushos Watercolors and today I’ve got a great way to use Brusho’s for adding color to your flowers and leaves. Don’t forget I’m offering a 10% discount to the Repeat Impressions Store (discount code on my blog sidebar).

For this project the supplies I used are:


Before we begin, I wanted to share with you how I store my Brusho’s.  I use a push pin to create a hole in the top and then keep the pins in the bottle so I don’t lose any powder.  When you want to use the pigment, remove the pin and shake it out.  Easy as pie.


To prepare our ink palette shake the Brusho’s pigment into the wells.I used Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Sea Grass Green.


Step 1:  Ink stamp with distress ink.  The first one I used was Fossilzed Amber.  Make sure the entire stamp is covered.


Step 2:  With your water brush, apply a dabs of water to the surface of your inked stamp.  This is why we are using Distress Ink because it plays so well with water.  You can see that it’s activated that Fossilized Amber ink.


Step 3: Dip your water brush into the dry Brusho’s powder and apply to inked and watered stamp.



Step 4: After applying all your colors, hold up the image and give it a spritz of water.  Here is a sample of how much water should be used below.


Step 5: Time to Stamp.  The trick here is to make sure you use watercolor paper and once you stamp down, hold it for a count of no less than 5 seconds and 10 if you are not too impatient.  That way the pigment makes good contact with the paper and really soaks in for the most vibrant outcome. 


Step 6: If you need a little extra pigment you can always do a direct to paper application of the Brush’s with your water brush as I’m showing here.


Step 7:  Choose some alternate base Distress Inks to change up the colors of the leaves.  I used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick.


You can see my sample and tell the differences in the base color. The top right is Fossilized Amber, The left is Dried Marigold and the bottom right is Worn Lipstick.


Step 8: Finish stamping your panel and distress.  I used Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.


Here is my final card made by watercoloring with Brusho’s. To finish the card I cut out the panel using a WPlus9 stitched die, added Ellen Hutson Ribbon, and die cut a Papertrey Ink Thanks die which I topped with Pico Embellisher in shimmer.   I can’t wait to break this technique out on other floral stamps.


I hope you’ve enjoyed how to watercolor with Brusho’s.  I hope you’ll join us this week for Karen’s Designer Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built  which focuses on “sentiments” where you will have a chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, November 18th, we are having a “Photo Inspiration” Challenge that I know you’ll love!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 9-28-15

Hello stampers!  The Crafty Nurse here with some creative play for The House that Stamps Built project of the week.  I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to see the new Sentiment Stamps, by Repeat Impressions because they are FANTASTIC!  There are two sets out now with two more to be offered soon.  They have one big sentiment word with a great choice of smaller sentiments that can be combined in a ton of different ways.

For my project of the week, I’d like to show you a couple of different ways to use sentiments stamps.  Let’s get started!

For this project the supplies I used are:

  • Water Bottle
  • Black Waterproof Ink (I used Hero Arts)
  • Distress Ink or any other dye based ink.
  • A large stamping tool, either the Fiskars or the Misti
  • Brusho’s
  • An acrylic block
  • Versamark
  • Embossing Powder
  • Micron .01 Pen – waterproof
  • Paper – I used 140 lb Watercolor but you can use your favorite.
  • Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: Happy Cling and Hello Cling

Sept POTW1

Both projects today are great for making multiple cards for gift sets or donation.  To allow my cling stamps to stick, I apply a bit of Alene’s Spritz-on Tacky Glue and let dry overnight.  I then grabbed my Fiskars Stamp Press as I don’t own a Misti (sure wish I did), and centered it over the press.

Sept POTW2

To ensure that you get a good inking when using the press, I added my acrylic block underneath the press before I inked which allows the flexible stamp press to become firm and not buckle or bow causing uneven inking.

Sept POTW3

Sept POTW4

I then inked up the entire stamp and stamped it on a white card base.

Sept POTW5

Sept POTW6

To finish off the card I added doodling…..

Sept POTW7

Then inked up with some color and sprayed with a bit of shimmer. How easy is that???

Sept POTW8

My next card uses the Hello Sentiment Stamps after they had been cut apart.  I used the super fun Brusho’s watercolors now in the Repeat Impressions store so I could show you a different, softer way to use them as actual watercolors.

Sept POTW9

I like to use the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors to kit out my cling stamps.  I also cut them close so you don’t have any over stamping issues.

Sept POTW10

To get placement, I layout the stamps the way I want them on my card.

Sept POTW11

I then turn the stamps over in the same placement so they can be picked up all at once with the stamp press.

Sept POTW12

I ALWAYS give a test stamp first when I’m stamping text blocks so that I know the words are facing the right way and even.  Take this time to reposition any words you don’t like or became uneven.

Sept POTW14

Once tested and all is looking good, I stamped the front of a card base with Versamark ink and white heat embossed.

Sept POTW15

Now, let’s have some fun with Brusho’s.  If you want to “tone down” the colors, you can use the Brusho’s like a watercolor.  I shook out a small amount of pigment onto my craft mat and sprayed with water making two areas of pigment for coloring.  You can also apply pigment directly to the stamps or put your stamp in the pigment (like a stamp pad) for a more watercolor feel. If you have watered it down enough, using text blocks make a great background for another focal image.

Sept POTW16

I thoroughly wet a 140# watercolor paper around the words only with a flat brush.  I then picked up the color from my mat and applied to the card.  Don’t you love this soft look?

Sept POTW17

I finished off the card with a My Favorite Things border die and a Simon Says Stamp card base die and called it done.

Sept POTW18

I hope you enjoyed how to get more out of your sentiment stamps. The holidays are a great time to use this technique as once your stamps are on the press, you can duplicate easily.

Please join us in the weekly challenges here at The House That Stamps Built for your chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, September 30th, we are having an “Anything Goes” Challenge!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

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