Apr 212014
 

Hi everyone!

Cheri here with a new Project of the Week for Repeat Impressions and The House That Stamps Built blog.

I hope you all had the chance to see Brenda’s awesome POTW last week. What an incredible job she did with water coloring backgrounds! Absolutely beautiful, and I will definitely give her technique a try.

This week, I’d like to show you another technique with water coloring – this time on images and with Distress Markers. Many of you have these markers and many of the Repeat Impressions stamps are perfect for this technique.

You may have seen this card I did for Joy’s “Easter Designer’s Choice Challenge”

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Here’s how that effect is accomplished

Supplies needed: Watercolor paper, waterproof ink, aqua pen or small paint bush, Distress Markers and open line stamp.

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Step One: Stamp your image with the waterpoof ink on the water color paper then add your first color of Distress marker.

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Step Two: Add water with your brush or aqua pen, brushing the ink upwards pulling the color slowly with small amounts of water. Some people (including me) like to leave the pen dry and just squirt some water on a waterproof surface like waxed paper, or craft sheet.

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Step Three: Add your next color and repeat the process until you have the full amount of color spectrum you like.

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Use a paper towel to blot up excess water from the paper as you go. You can add more water or more color with the DI markers until you get the coloring effects you like. Be careful though…even water color paper has a saturation point. Too much water may pill the paper.

Now, your image is ready to create a card or another project. Have some fun and enjoy this fun technique.

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The RI stamps I used for this technique are RI# 9203-P “Daisies and Butterflies” and the sentiment is RI #1304-J “Beauty of Spring Time”.

To enhance the flowers and the butterfly on this image I used a glitter pen to highlight those areas.

Enjoy the technique and if you use it, please let me know. I’d love to see what you create.

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Apr 162014
 

Woohoo! It’s Wednesday again and time for a new sketch challenge. So are you ready for some wonderful mid-week inspiration? Here’s the latest sketch I designed, along with all the cards the Rock Stars created for you. Now we hope you’ll play along… we’re always looking forward to seeing what you’ll all come up with too!

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Repeat Impressions Sketch A1614

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Deonna Bemish.

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Cheri Weston.

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Joyce Morien.

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Melissa Cash.

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Geri Utterback.

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“A1614 Sketch” card created by Brenda Turner.

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

We will be accepting submissions to this A1614 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on April 29th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on April 30th we will post a new challenge and announce our winner for April. 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 Sketch A1614 in your blog or gallery posting.

Don’t forget… we also have a great Designer’s Choice Challenge going on now too! Our Rock Star hostess, Joy Hadden has a great theme challenge for you this time. Please visit my DCC49 ~ Easter post for all the details and wonderful inspiration from the Rock Stars.

Thanks so much for spending time here with us this week. We hope you’ve been inspired and look forward to seeing your challenge card 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 then… Happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Apr 142014
 

Hello, Brenda here. It is my turn for a Project of the Week and I decided to show you how to make a watercolor background. This is a technique that I have loved for some time. In the past I always used it on fall themed cards. So this time I went with spring colors and whipped up this card.

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I used #3908 Celebrate Spring that I stamped on top of the watercolored background. Super quick and easy. I went with a basic sketch and embellished with at butterfly that I cut out with Spellbinders die called Flutters. I topped it off with a few pearls.

Here are the steps to create your own watercolored background.

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1) To start, gather your supplies.
~ Watercolor paper
~ paintbrush
~ watercolors

2) I like to use the smoother side of the paper which gives you a smoother look. In frame 2 is an example of the rougher side. If you desire to have more texture then use the rougher side.

3) With a wet paint brush load up some paint and the with a sweeping motion go back and forth on the paper until you get the desired look. If the color is too intense then add more water. I like to overlap the colors slightly so that it blends. Here again is where a little more water will help. You can see in frames 3 and 4 that I went with a monochromatic background.

4) I don’t have a lot of patience waiting for the paper to dry so I like to speed it up with my heat gun. Be careful not to over heat or the paper will burn. Not that I know anything about it. :)

5) This is a super simple technique and the beauty of it is that you can use your kids watercolor paints.

I hope you give this a try and enjoy it as much as I do.

Brenda

Apr 092014
 

Happy Wednesday everyone! We have a fun, new Designer’s Choice Challenge for you today. This one is timely and should be easy enough so that you can all join in. RI Rock Star, Joy Hadden is hosting and would like you to create cards with an Easter theme.

Here’s the fabulously sweet card that Joy created to get us all started. Love her coloring on this one!

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“DCC49″ card created by Joy Hadden.

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So a few days ago Joy shared this card with her fellow Rock Stars and asked them to create their own Easter cards. Check out all the fantastic creations they came up with to inspire you this week! Such beautiful Spring colors!

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“DCC49″ card created by Cheri Weston.

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“DCC49″ card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“DCC49″ card created by Joyce Morien.

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“DCC49″ card created by Geri Utterback.

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“DCC49″ card created by Deonna Bemish.

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“DCC49″ card created by Melissa Cash.

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“DCC49″ card created by Brenda Turner.

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And now it’s your turn. Here are all the details…
1. Create a card with an Easter theme. And remember, your creation does not have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would reeeally love to see them! :D Plus, there’s an added bonus… you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions!
2. Post your DCC creation on your blog or online gallery and be sure to reference Repeat Impressions DCC49 ~ Easter. Then link it here with the inlinkz widget below. (Please provide a direct link to your post, not the entire blog.)
3. Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, April 22nd at 5PM EST.
4. On April 23rd we will introduce a new Designer’s Choice Challenge (DCC) to play along with and announce our winner for April. For this challenge the winner will receive any one unmounted sheet of stamps of their choice!

Don’t forget that we also have a fun Sketch Challenge happening now too. There are still a few days left to get in on this one and an opportunity to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate! Please follow this link to my WHAT IF? Wednesday ~ Sketch Challenge A214 post to see my sketch layout and all the wonderful cards the Rock Stars created to get you started.

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

Until then… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions