Feb 272017
 

Hi there everyone! Cheri here with a new Project of the Week to share. It’s called “Masking with Rubber Cement”.

You can purchase masking fluid in many art departments and online in many locations. However, you can also get the same results by using plain old rubber cement and it’s a whole lot cheaper.

Here is one of the projects I made using the technique I’m going to show you.

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For this card I used RI Stamps #9114-I “Heart Air Balloon” and the sentiment is #2505-H “The Very Best…”.

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project.

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Watercolor Paper, Rubber Cement, Small Paint Brush (for applying the rubber cement), Assortment of Distress Inks or watercolor medium of your choice, VersaMark Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Waterproof ink and your choice of stamps. Paper Mask for balloon image. (Note: I used my MISTI stamp positioning tool for stamping my images)

Stamp the Heart Balloon stamp onto the watercolor paper panel, in the area where you’d like the “front” balloon to be. Stamp with VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat emboss. Note: When stamping, be sure you get a good stamped image with the ink. Sometimes it takes two or three times to get a good impression on watercolor paper.

When cool, use the paper mask to cover this stamped and embossed image. Again, place the balloon where you’d like it to appear behind the front one. Repeat the inking process, apply the embossing powder and heat emboss.

I taped my card panel down with painter’s tape on a piece of board I use to keep the watercolor paper flat while adding water. It reduces warping.

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Using your small paint brush, apply the rubber cement to the center of your images or to any area you’d like to mask (preventing watercoloring to color the area). Be sure to get good coverage in the areas you want masked. Now, wait for it to dry… it takes about 10 minutes.

When your rubber cement is dry, you can now apply your watercolor (with a clean brush, NOT the one you used for the cement). You can give the background a wet wash and apply color that way or you can apply your wet watercolor straight to the paper. Both effects are quite nice. I’ll have an example of the wet watercolor to paper application at the end of this post.

For the wet wash, just “paint” your watercolor panel with clean water. I smooshed the Distress Inks on an acrylic block and picked up some color with the brush I used to apply the water to the watercolor paper and dropped each color in the area where I wanted it.

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After your background is as you like it you can remove the rubber cement by simply rubbing it off with your finger.

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In this photo you can see where some of the watercolor got in areas where I didn’t have enough rubber cement coverage. I fixed that by taking a very small brush and just wetting those areas and dabbing it off with a paper towel.

Now just decorate your card as you’d like it.

Here’s a second card I did using the wet paint to dry paper. The same process was followed except for that.

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Stamps used for this card are #10303-H “Daisy Outline Large”, #10302-E “Daisy Outline Small”, #10319-F “Leaf Outline Slender” and #10321-H “Stem Outline”. The sentiment is #1112-E “Just a Note”.

I hope you enjoyed this and you give it a try.

Feb 222017
 

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I’m finally back from doing our first three shows of the year. Now I’m busy trying to catch up on everything and getting ready to hit the road again next week for another show in Illinois too. Whew… No rest for the weary around here any day soon! :)

But today here at “The House” it’s time to kick off a new challenge. We have one of our ever popular Anything Goes Challenges to wrap up our monthly rotation. So for this week’s challenge the sky is the limit. Feel free to submit any style of card or stamped creation that you wish.

Here are the wonderful creations the RI Rock Stars came up with to inspire you and get us started.

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~F2217” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217” creation by Laurie Unger.
Visit Laurie’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

And now it’s your turn! The rules are really simple… Remember, your creation doesn’t have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would really love to see them! 😀 Plus you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions! Simply stamp up whatever you wish, upload your card to your blog or Splitcoast gallery, then link it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

We will be accepting submissions to this Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217 until 5pm EST on February 28th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On March 1st we’ll kick off a new challenge and announce our February challenge winner. One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!

So what are you waiting for?! Why not play along with us and start stamping up a card now. We can’t wait to see your creations! When you are ready to share your card, please add the direct link to your entry using the link button below. And please be sure to provide a link back here and reference Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge ~ F2217 in your blog or gallery posting.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your challenge creation linked here soon. And please be sure to drop by again on Monday when Rock Star, Cheri Weston will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Feb 202017
 

Good morning!

I’m the Monday morning hostess at The House That Stamps Built. It’s my turn to share a ‘Project of the Week’ with all of you. Today, I chose ‘Stamping on Photos’ as my topic for the day.

If you are a very patient person, there’s nothing to this technique. However, patience is not my strongest asset!

For today’s tutorial, I’m using these Repeat Impressions stamps:

8621-E Congratulations
2821-H Wish You Were Here

Let’s get started!

First, you will need an ink that works on non-porous materials. I’ve found that these three inks work best. StazOn is my favorite. It’s permanent and can be used on paper, transparencies, etc. It also dries faster than the other two do.

The key to stamping on anything slick is to NOT rock or wiggle, and to let things dry. Don’t even THINK about touching them for what will seem like an eternity! You might test on some extra photos before stamping on something important.

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Since I tend to rock and wiggle, I thought it best to use my MISTI for this project. First, you will decide where you want the stamp to be. Place it face down on your photo.

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Close the door, gently press on your stamp, and open the door. The stamp should be on the left side. Straighten it up a bit, if needed, then ink stamp. Shut the door again, and press gently on the stamp. When you open the door, your stamping should be ‘picture perfect’…hee hee. If it’s not, you can just close the door, and have another go at stamping.

Now, if you do not have a MISTI, I highly recommend using a stamp positioner of some sort – Stamp-a-ma-jigs work great, but you have to be careful not to smear if you re-stamp.

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The next step is to create you card!

I have to admit to ‘that moment’, when you’re typing up your blog, you’re on a very tight timeline, and you look at the photo, and realize that you DID smear some ink! Yep….just look at my upper left arm! Not a bruise. Nope, it’s ink! Ranger Archival Black Ink, so it’s not going away anytime soon!

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I used the same procedure for this next card. This photo has a story behind it that I’ll share at the bottom of this page. I’m thinking this will actually be going into a scrapbook, as it’s a special story!!!

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I hope that you will give this a try! Come back and let us know if you do – we’d love to see your finished projects!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

My story is this: I’ve been morbidly obese nearly all of my adult life. In August 2015, I made a life changing decision, had weight loss surgery, and began losing weight. For 40 years, I was the mom on the sidelines, watching other moms participate. Our kids were not raised on a beach, or in a pool – that would mean I’d have to wear a swim suit… Anyway, by the time this photo was taken, I’d lost about 85-90 pounds, and was feeling very good. I’d flown to Germany to help our daughter, as she had a toddler and a new baby, and her hubby had to come to the US for 10 days or so. One day, DD told me that we were going on a hike. I got my shoes on, made a bathroom stop (thank goodness!!!), and off we went. Imagine my surprise when we pulled up at the base of this ‘hill’, and she informed me that we were going to the top! I nearly cried! “I can’t do this”, I said, repeatedly. She calmly and loving said that I COULD do this, and that she’d help me. We made it to the top and only stopped for a couple of short breaks. When I got to the top, it was the best feeling ever! She had so much faith in me, while in my own mind, I was still that mom on the sidelines! Thanks to our sweet Melissa, for helping me grow!

Feb 152017
 

Good morning, crafty friends! I hope you are all having a good week. We’re on route to SC now for the StampScrapArtTour Show in Columbia this weekend. If you are anywhere in the area we sure hope that you will come see us!

Today it’s time to introduce a new Inspiration Palette Challenge for you. This new challenge is a fun cross between our previous Photo Inspiration Challenges and our Color Challenges. Below I have posted a photograph with a corresponding color palette so that you can choose to find your inspiration in whichever suits you best.

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Check out all these wonderful interpretations created by our design team Rock Stars.

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Patti Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517” creation by Laurie Unger.
Visit Laurie’s blog

And now it’s your turn! The rules are really simple… Remember, your creation doesn’t have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would really love to see them! 😀 Plus you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions! Simply create something using the palette above as your inspiration, upload your card to your blog or Splitcoast gallery, then link it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

We will be accepting submissions to this Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, February 21st. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on February 22nd we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a super fun Anything Goes Challenge! We’ll announce our February challenges winner here on the first Wednesday of next month. One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!

So what are you waiting for?! Why not play along with us and start stamping up a card now. We can’t wait to see your creations! When you are ready to share your card, please add the direct link to your entry using the link button below. And please be sure to provide a link back here and reference Repeat Impressions Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F1517 in your blog or gallery posting.

Don’t forget… Take part in one weekly challenge or all of them. The more you play along, the more chances you have to win! Each submission enters you in the drawing for our gift certificate. And you don’t always have to use our stamps in your creations, but we will reward you if you do. Each submission using a Repeat Impressions stamp will earn you an additional entry in the drawing!

Thank you so much for visiting here with us today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your challenge creation linked here soon. And please be sure to drop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Patti J. Gilliam will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions