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The House That Stamps Built; Project for the week of 6/13/16

Hello stampers.  Kathy, The Crafty Nurse back for a fun “how’d you do that” technique using fishtail dies for this months project of the week at The House that Stamps Built!  It looks difficult, but is actually super easy.  As we are fast approaching 4th of July, I used a patriotic theme.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:

  • Die Cutting Machine, any type
  • Flag or chevron type die
  • Design Paper or Colored Card Stock
  • Cardbase
  • Washi or Low Tack Tape
  • Liquid Glue, I used Tombow Mono Liquid
  • Craft Tweezers
  • Dye Ink, I used Hero Arts Shadow in Royal Red
  • Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 3702-G, USA


To begin, choose a die that has a 90 degree angle.  I happen to have a set of 4 dies from Sunny Studios called “Fishtail Banners” but you can use the other style I’ve shown here by My Favorite Things called, “stitched edges” or even an actual flag die as long as it’s large enough.


Next, temporarily tape together two of the dies to create your chevron.  You can make it any size you like.  To make it bigger, simply add more space between each die. The middle channel between the two cutting edges is the size of the chevron you’ll get.



Now it’s time to cut.  Align the center point of the die with the middle of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of design paper or card stock.  This is a perfect size for this particular die as it extends to both ends but if it’s smaller or bigger, you can just trim to the desired size.


Here is the size of the chevron I’ve cut.


For the next cut, simply place the dies on the edge and repeat. This keeps the size of the chevrons the same.


Okay – now for the assembly.  Simply interlock the two alternating colors in an under/over pattern.


Then decide how large of a center opening you want by placing your chevrons on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 inch piece of card stock.


It’s now time for some glue.  It’s much, much easier if you use liquid glue so you can adjust your pieces.  I grasp the two chevron’s together and using a fine tipped bottle, add my glue.


I then begin placing the chevrons using craft tweezers.  You can alternate under and over patterning, but honestly, it really doesn’t matter.  Just make sure you get realatively regular placement.



Continue laying down the chevrons until you have the outcome you like.  You can add a few, or fill up the whole page, it’s totally up to you.


Here’s my final card.


Thank you much for joining me here today at The House That Stamps Built blog.  Let me know if you have any questions and stop by on Wednesday for our Photo Inspiration Challenge.

The House That Stamps Built; Project for the week of 2/29/16

Hello stampers.  Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here “leaping” into some fun background techniques this month for my project of the week at The House that Stamps Built!  I hope you’ll find some helpful information in my post today that helps you move forward on your crafting journey.

I have always love techniques and playing with inks.  I found that Copic Various Refills have the same properties as regular adirondack alcohol inks so any technique you do with those, can be done with Copic refills.  I’ve listed just a few of my favorites.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:


Copics on Vellum (BG49 & RV25)FebPOTW2

Begin with BG49 at the bottom of a strip of vellum.  I would recommend using a piece larger than you actually need.  With good consistent pressure, color back and forth to the midpoint of your vellum.


Next, take your colorless blender and soften out the BG49 toward the top.


Then, reverse the strip of paper and from the other end begin doing the same with your RV25. You can see that it is beginning to create a third color in the middle as they mix together.


Then bring back the colorless blender again to go over the entire piece.


Do not be alarmed when you get ink that transfers to your colorless blender.  It’s not ruined. Simply color back and forth on clean scratch paper and it will be good as new.  You may still see color, but it won’t come off on your next project.


To clean up your work space, grab the 91% alcohol and spray it liberally, then pick up with paper towel or cotton square.


Here is the vellum panel stamped with Repeat Impressions “Life is not 6113-k”


The next technique is so easy, but makes an impressive background. The key to getting great movement with alcohol inks is using either glossy card stock or specialty stamping paper by Ranger.


Start by placing drops of various refills on a non-porous surface.  I just used my craft mat to dot random patterns of the three ink refills. I then took a spray bottle with 91% alcohol (you can get this at Walmart or any pharmacy store), and gave 3 good sprays.


Then, dip your glossy card stock into the ink and viola!  You can leave it like it is, or keep dipping until you are satisfied.


The next technique drops ink directly on the paper.  You can use vellum, glossy, or even transparencies.


After applying the ink droplets you can spray with the 91% Alcohol to get movement.


This next technique also uses ink direct to paper, but adds even more movement by blowing through a straw when the ink is still wet.  You must work quickly as these inks dry fast!


This next technique uses a pipette filled with 91% alcohol to drip small amounts over a copic colored background.  This would be great for water scenes.


Finally, here are the creations I made during my creative play today. 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 challenge this week.


Sketch Saturday #386 – Bugaboo

Happy Saturday!!  You know what means…. It’s time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday!

The sketch this week is sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps who is offering the winner 7 free digi’s of their choice!

Here is the Sketch:


I love Bugaboo images and today I’ve chosen to color up “Ornaments Bear” with Copic Markers.  The background is Hero Arts Silver Pigment ink that is heat set with clear powder.

The paper is an Carta Bella’s “Bundled Up” and the sentiment is from Ellen Hutson by Julie Ebersole.

I sure hope you’ll join us this week at Sketch Saturday.  You have until Friday, November 13th to enter.  I look forward to your entry and who knows, you could be the winner!

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Sketch Saturday #380-Bugaboo

Happy Saturday!!  You know what means…. It’s time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday!

The sketch this week is sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps who is offering the winner 7 free digi’s of their choice!

Here is the Sketch:


I love Bugaboo images and today I’ve chosen to color up Girlz-Witchy. I’ve colored this sassy witch with Copic Markers and used a bit of various refill and 91% alcohol to create the background.

The paper is an older pack from Authentique called, “Enchanted.”  The sentiment is from Inkadinkado.

I sure hope you’ll join us this week at Sketch Saturday.  You have until Friday, October 2nd to enter.  I look forward to your entry and who knows, you could be the winner!

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Send a Smile 4 Kids: Challenge 106 – Christmas in July

Happy Saturday my Friends.  Today at Send a Smile 4 Kids (SAS4Kids) we are celebrating “Christmas in July.”

If you aren’t familiar with SAS4Kids, their commitment is to support hospitalized children by providing home-made cards that parents, staff, or even the kids themselves can give during this time of need. It’s not a sad cause, in fact, we don’t focus on Get Well cards at all, but make the cards happy and fun.   I sure hope you will join both in our challenge and by sending in some cards, especially now that Operation Write Home is closing. To find out more about donation, look here.

This challenge will run through Friday, August 7th and give you a great head start on some holiday card making.  This challenge is sponsored by some very generous donors who are giving away some great gifts for the winning entry.  The design team also chooses their favorite so there are lots of ways to win.

The donors and prizes are:

1) A Day For Daisies:  Prize: $12.00 Gift Certificate

2) Dollar Graphic’s Depot: Prize:  $15.00 Gift Certificate

3) Fred She Said: Prize: $10 Dollar Gift Certificate

Wow – thank you sponsors, Send a Smile 4 Kids really appreciates your support.

Now, let’s get to some inspiration!  My first card is from A Day For Daisies, called “Christmas Pixie Two.”  I had a bit of fun playing with 91% Alcohol and my Various Ink Refills to create the background.  After applying the color with the Copics and Alcohol I brought in a piece of burlap and sprayed that with 91% Alcohol and pressed for 3 seconds over the color to create texture.  After the background was made, I went on to color the rest of the image with Copics and stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s 2014 Holiday Release by Julie Ebersole.

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My second card is from Dollar Graphic’s Depot called, “Santa and Friends”.  I also colored this with Copic Markers and used Carta Bella “Bundled Up” paper pad. The Sentiment is a stamp and die set from Papertrey Ink and the oval dies are My Favorite Things.

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I hope you’ll join us for our Christmas in July Challenge and consider donating some cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

A Day For Daisies: New Release 7-24-15

It’s Friday and time for the new release from A Day For Daisies! WooHoo!  I love new release day!

For my Design Team inspiration, I chose “Bird in Flight.”  I colored this adorable image with Copic Markers.  To create the background, I made a mask by printing out the image again and using a temporary adhesive to keep it steady.  I then took Various Ink Refills in pink and blue green and dropped them on my background using a dropper.

To create the card background I stamped an impressions obsession stripe with white pigment ink.  The “happy” die is from My Favorite Things and cut out in both pink and blue green using Echo Park’s “Creative Agenda” 6 x 6 paper pad.  I popped it up using foam tape and finished off my card with a variety of sequins from my stash.

I hope you’ll stop by and see all the other designers cards showing the new release this week at A Day For Daisies.  Also, the Newsprint Challenge is still running through Thursday, July 30th at Noon, stop on by the A Day For Daisies Blog.

We’d also love for you to visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!

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