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The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 10-3-16

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:


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.

I’ll leave you with my final project using the Distress Collage technique.  Happy Crafting!!

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #145 – Use Sponging

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with Sketch #145 at From The Heart Stamps.  These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist. The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image. The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to use add sponging.

I used only the sketch this week highlighting the “Hope Butterflies”  image which I fussy cut to place over the square element in the sketch.

The paper is Cottage Living by Pebbles.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and added a sentiment die by Savvy Stamps.  The cross stitching border die is by My Favorite Things.

Sketch 145

I hope you’ll join us for the sketch #145 this week at From The Heart Stamps. 


The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 8-3-15

Hello stampers!  It’s my week for The House that Stamps Built project of the week!  Today I’d like to bring you some tips and techniques for ways to create frames using your dies.

For this project the supplies I used are:

Die #1

Spellbinders Label #4

Framing your project  using dies will help your project pop.  One of the easiest ways to create a frame with your dies is to dry emboss it.  So many of us forget that a majority of our dies can be embossed to create a beautiful yet subtle frame around it.

Die #3

To accomplish this, after you have cut out your die, turn it over onto your cutting machine platform, then put a rubber mat over the top and run it through again.  You normally have to change your platform because the rubber matt is thick, but that’s easy enough.

Die #2

Another way to create a frame with your dies is with ink.  After you cut out your image, keep it in the die.  Using a distress tool, lightly apply ink in circles around the edges.  My favorite color to use is Antique Linen Distress Ink but this happens to be Simon Says Stamp Fog ink.

Die #4

Once you remove the die you have a perfect white edge around your image that gives great definition.

Die #5

The next way to create a frame was born out of frustration at wanting a frame smaller than the next available sized die.  To solve this, choose your pattern paper and turn it over onto the back side. 

Die #6

Then trace the image with pencil around the outside edge of the die.

Die #7

Die #8

Once you’ve traced the die on the backside of your paper, fussy cut it out. If you want the frame wider, then cut along the outside of the frame line.  If you prefer it more narrow, fussy cut along the inside of your line.

Die #9

Here is the example of cutting on the outside of the pencil line.

Die #10

Another way to create a frame is by using two dies at once.  This can be done with any of your dies to create a thin frame that is great to use for shaker cards, popped up, or just to highlight your image.  For the first example, I used the die I cut my image with and the next larger one.  In this example I put the tape on the cutting blade side but it doesn’t really matter.

Die #11

Here is the frame cut out.

Die #12

Here is the frame nested on the sentiment.  To adhere this you can either pop it up or normally I turn it over and scotch tape it to the image for an inlayed look.

Die #13

The next way to use this technique is by using the die you cut your sentiment out with and the one smaller instead of the one larger.  It’s too small for my image, but would be a nice look popped up if your image was a better fit.

Die #14

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and techniques for creating a few different types of frames using your dies. We’d love it if you joined us in our weekly challenge here at The House That Stamps Built for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.

I’ll leave you with my final project using Repeat Impressions “Happiness 5806-H” using distress ink and fussy cut pattern paper frames. The die I used to cut out the background is Simon Says Stamp and the rectangle panel across the card is a My Favorite Things die.

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week and hope I’ll see some of your frames soon!

Die Card-wm

The Crafty Nurse


Send a Smile 4 Kids: Animal Cards 4 Kids

It’s Saturday and time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. Today we are celebrating Animal Cards 4 Kids!  Seems like most kids like animals so this should be a great challenge.

You have until Friday, July 10th to enter, which means an extra week!

I also want to share more great news that Send a Smile 4 Kids continues to grow and has added even more hospitals and volunteers to take your donated cards.  With OWH closing on August 1st, we sure hope you’ll consider donating some cards for kids in need.  Check out how.

Now, let’s see what this week’s sponsors are generously donating:

1) Crackerbox Palace – offering 3 digital images of winners choice

2)  All Dressed Up – offering 2 digital images of winners choice

3) DeeDee Digi – offering $15.00 Gift Certificate to store.

My first card features “Friendly Lion” from Crackerbox Palace.  I wanted the image directly on my card base for a clean & simple card. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps called, “Film Strip Sentiments.” I finished off with a few black pearls and called it a card.

Be careful when you are coloring directly onto your card base with copic markers because they will bleed through if you don’t open your card or use a barrier between the layers when you color.  Ask me how I know!

Lion CBP-wm

My second card uses an adorable image by All Dressed Up called, “Little Treasure.”  I used my Copic’s in the trending colors of mint and coral and a great new Pebbles 6 x 6 paper pack called, “Cottage Living”.  The stitched base is a die from Simon Says Stamp and the circle die is My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is from The Craft Spot, called, “Tiny Tag 2.”

Teddy-All Dressed Up-WM

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using Animal images 4 Kids.

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