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A Blog Named Hero – Rainbow Magic

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a little Hero Arts inspiration for the Rainbow challenge at A Blog Named Hero.


Who doesn’t absolutely love the colors of the rainbow.  I know it gives me a happy feeling with all those vibrant colors.  This month we are collaborating with Avery Elle, who generously provided the Design Team with stamps to play with.

For my card today I started by stamping Avery Elle’s “Pure Magic” bunny in the hat which I then masked and stamped the balloon and stars from Hero Arts.  The image is colored with Copic Markers and finished off with glossy accents and Ranger Enamels.

March ABNH

I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our March Rainbow Card Challenge!  I’ll see you later on this month with another card showing off more Avery Elle goodness.






The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

Can you believe it’s already the second Wednesday in June?  That means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built!  Today, Melissa is hosting our challenge and she has chosen the theme, “Fresh & Fruity.”  Okay – who’s old enough to remember the commercials by I-Hop “Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Pancakes”.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. You have until June 16th to enter and don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my “Fresh and Fruity” inspiration I thought about strawberry ice cream on a beautiful summer day. I stamped Repeat Impressions, “Cool Treats 9008-N” and “Chill Out 9013-D” in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I distressed the sentiment with Spun Sugar Distressed Ink while still in the die – I love that look.  I then used rectangle stitched dies from Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite things and set the ice cream upon a My Favorite Things oval die.

I took some liberties with my stamped image by cutting out a larger bite from the third ice cream as I wanted it to look like a progression of yummy bites.  No stamps were harmed in the process.

I sure hope you come enjoy a “Fresh & Fruity” day with us this week at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

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The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 6-8-15

Hello stampers!  Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here.  It’s my week for The House that Stamps Built project of the week!  I don’t know about you but I love the look of splatter on my cards and art journal pages.  Sometimes it can be scary to add black splatter on your finished projects so I want to go through 10 ways I’ve learned to create a variety of splatter goodness.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies I used are:

  • Multiple Brushes – #2 liner, #4 Fan Blender, #8 Round, a water brush, tooth brush, and a basting brush
  • Water Bottle
  • India Ink
  • Distress Paint and/or Acrylic Paint,
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica’s
  • Mist of any type – I used Glimmer Mist in Black Magic
  • Distress Pen in Black Soot with Spritzer Tool
  • Watercolors
  • Reinkers
  • Plastic surface or acrylic block
  • Paper – I used 140 lb Watercolor but you can use your favorite.
  • Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 9706-U, Flowers, and 5806-H Happiness


The great thing about making spatter marks on your page is that you can vary the size of the “splat” based on the tool you use, the firmness of your tap on the brush, and the type of ink you use.  Please remember, if you plan on adding any other inks or mediums to your project after your splatters, please use a permanent ink, such as India Ink.

Again, the tutorial will give you specific combinations of ink and tool, but they are all interchangeable.   The technique is basic. Simply load and tap the brush.  You want to be about 6 inches above your project and tap gently.  The harder you tap, the larger the splats.  Let’s get to splatting!

Pic3 - tap top

Technique #1: Gelato Splat

Begin by scribbling on a non-porous surface such as a plastic top or an acrylic block with your gelato.  Spritz with water until it’s a loose consistency (pic on right).  I always test off my project first.  For this example I am using a #8 brush which provides a rather large splat.

pic1-gelato       Pic2-Gelato

Technique #2: India Ink Splat

This is my favorite combination.  The india ink does NOT require any additional water, is a vibrant and with a #2 liner brush, makes a fine small splatter.


Technique #3: India Ink Direct Splat

This is a very bold splat and one I use in my art journal.  To create this, pull up the ink using the dropper and simply flick it across your project without squeezing the plunger.  This makes long “painty” type splats.

Pic5, india

Technique #4: Distress Paint Splat

Distress Paint is good to use because it’s thinner than most acrylic paint.  I do add a small amount of water to loosen it a little more, but not too much. For this example, I used a fan brush which makes clustered splats that are medium in size.  You can move the brush around so it is vertical to the paper and would get less clustering.


Technique #5: Basted Splats

This is a fun tool used for basting food though once used in paint, it should be dedicated to your craft room.  I used traditional acrylic paint mixed with a small spritz of water and flicked.  The splats are a bit bigger but you get good range.


Technique #6 – Magical Mica Splat

I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica for this technique but you can use any type of mica powder, perfect pearl or dry colorant. I also used a water brush which comes in small, medium and large.  This is the small brush, thus creating small splats.  You can see that the ink is more translucent and not as vibrant as the india ink, but sometimes that is exactly what you need.


Technique #7: Distress Marker Splats

This tool has been around for years through Stampin’ up but last year was redistributed by Ranger.  You can use the Distress Markers but be warned this is water soluble ink and if you plan on adding anything else over the top of your project such as matte medium or other inks……IT WILL RUN (ask me how I know).   The good thing is you can use other markers such as sharpies or Faber Castell Pitt Pens in the same tool and create a permanent splat.  The thing I do really like about this tool is it makes super fine splats.

pic9 spritzer

Technique #8: Watercolor Splat

Same as the distress ink, watercolor is not permanent but does make an excellent option. I’ve again used the #8 brush adding a small amount of water to loosen the watercolor.


Technique #9: Misty Splats

Using Mists of any kind is another fun way to get splats on your page.  Simply shake the bottle, remove the cap and tap directly onto your project.  Based on the height and force you use will vary the size of the splats.  This is also a great way to add colored splats.


Technique #10: Toothbrush Splats

I thinned out distress ink with water and dipped the toothbrush in.  Taking your thumb, drag across the bristles slowly creating a fine mist.  This one gets a bit messy so if you like, you can wear gloves.

Pic12 toothbrush

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my 10 ways to put splatter on your projects and give a few a try.  Please join us in the weekly challenges here at The House That Stamps Built for your chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

I’ll leave you with my final project using Technique #2, India Ink and with a liner brush.  After stamping the Repeat Impressions “Flowers 9706-U” image I watered colored the piece with Dylusions Ink.

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

Splatter RI-wm

The Crafty Nurse

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The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes

It’s the fifth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built Anything Goes challenge.  This doesn’t come around too often, but it’s your time to do anything you wish.  You have until Tuesday, May 5th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

For my card today I wanted to celebrate spring.  Here in New York, it’s been a long time coming!  I started by stamping the Repeat Impressions “My Sunshine 8402-M with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink so I could color it with Copics.  This stamp comes with the sentiment, which you can choose to use, or not.  If you don’t want to use the sentiment, simply cover it with scotch tape, then apply your ink and remove the tape.

To create the background I used B91, V20 and Zero markers.  The die is Lawn Fawn’s Journaling tag as well as Lawn Fawn’s 6 x 6 paper pack, “Bright Side” collection. The circle, flag, and rectangle dies are all from My Favorite Things. I finished it off with a few gems applied in a series of three.

4-29 - Anything Goes-wm

Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! If you use a Repeat Impressions Stamp in your design, you’ll get an extra entry!

Oh, and 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 for the week of 4-13-15

Hello stampers!  Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here.  It’s my turn for The House that Stamps Built project of the week!  I hope you’ll find some helpful information in my post today that moves you forward on your crafting journey.

Have you ever seen paper pieced or fuss cut images that look as if they are just plopped on a card as an afterthought?  Do you feel like you can’t cut out your images because you don’t have a steady hand and you always get a white edge? Do you know why?  Your images aren’t grounded.  You don’t have to be a perfect fussy cutter if you follow some of the tips below for both fussing cutting and paper piecing.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:

Fussy Project Pic 1

The first step for paper piecing is to chose your pattern paper and stamp the portion of the image you want to be patterned.  I’ve used the top of the ice cream cone of “Cool Treats” from Repeat Impressions Stamps.

One of the best tips to fussy cutting is to hold your scissors straight and move your paper as you cut.  That allows for better control when you are cutting around curves.

Fussy Project Cutting 3

Next, take your black permanent pen and begin lining the edge of your fussy cut piece.  The best way to avoid accidentally slipping and marking the top of your image is to start away from you and pull toward you slowly.  Do this around the entire image.

Fussy Project Marker Lining

This technique works for colored images as well.  If you notice in the picture below, you can have a rather large white edge as you cut and don’t have to worry about it because the the marker will cover it up.

Fussy Project White Edge             Fussy Project White Line Gone

Before you add your paper pieced section onto the stamped base, you’ll want to also edge around the base of your project.  Again, remember to start away from you and pull towards you. If your pen slips, it will glide on the back of the project instead of the front.

Fussy Project Pull away from you

Now, apply some adhesive to the back of your paper pieced project and apply on top of your colored image.

Fussy Project - Apply to bottom

Another trick some crafters use once they apply their paper pieced element down on their card is to come back with a light grey marker and edge the entire image, this time on the actual card base to give it further depth with shading.  Or, if you’d like, instead of going around the entire image you can take the grey marker and apply it only to the transition between the paper pieced element (the ice cream) and the base (the cone).  This also helps blend the two together so they don’t look pieced together.

Here’s a top view of my completed project so you can see the nice shading around the image which helps it look integrated into the card instead of laying right on top of it.

Fussy Project - Final

Well, I hope you’ve gotten a few tips and tricks this week at The House That Stamps Built and we look forward to seeing your cards in our current Heat Embossing challenge that I am also hosting this week.  I hope you’ll give this technique a whirl.  I’ll leave you with my final project and wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

Fussy Project Card-wm


Copic Colored Poppies

Copic Poppies

Copic Poppies

Finishing up my April Simon Says Stamp card Kit and decided to take a break from watercolor and do some copic coloring, which is a favorite technique of mine.  This stamp is from Penny Black called “Blooming Garden”.  I heat embossed the image and used the colors R22, R24, R27, R29, R39, C0 and Y67.  The ribbon is from Ellen Hutson’s free gift with any purchase.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things “Flopsey Flowers”.  I’ve entered this card into Open-Minded Crafting, Challenge 10.  There is something about a red poppy I just adore.  Perhaps it’s my native Californian roots.

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