Feb 292016
 

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:

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Copics on Vellum (BG49 & RV25)

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Feb 242016
 

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! I hope your week is going well. Mine could be a little better. Lots of anxiety here this morning as I have to take Simon, one of my fur kids, to see an oncologist today. Ugh! :( He’s the beautiful Seal Point way down there in my sidebar. Positive thoughts from all you kitty lovers out there would be much appreciated.

On a happier note… It’s challenge day here again at The House and I’ve got a new sketch to share with you. So if you are planning to get inky this week, then we’ve got just the thing to help get you started. Check out my sketch and all the wonderful inspiration cards created by the RI Rock Stars… then play along for your chance to win a Repeat Impressions‘ gift certificate!

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Repeat Impressions Sketch F2416

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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Karen Hasheck.
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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Heather Mills.
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“F2416 Sketch” creation by Kathy Stacy.
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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! 😀 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 F2416 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on Tuesday March 1st. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on Wednesday, March 2nd we’ll be kicking off a new challenge and announcing our winner for February. 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 F2416 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!

Thanks so much for spending time 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 stop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Kathy Stacy will be sharing another great Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Feb 222016
 

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Happy Monday!
​Karen here and today it is my turn to share a Project of the Week at Repeat Impressions‘ blog, The House That Stamps Built. I am showing you an easy way to get the look of watercolor in your stamping, how to get an awesome woodgrain look, and how to make an easel card (just in case you have never made one.) Ready?

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I highly recommend using a MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) for this and any technique where you want to be able to stamp a second or third time in the exactly the same place. I stamped Repeat Impressions’ 1511-P Heart Shutters Window with brown ink using the MISTI for placement. Then I mixed Crimson Red and Orange Brusho Coloured Crystals with a little water and painted the colors onto the stamp, then stamped again with the MISTI. The result is an easy watercolor look to the stamping.

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Next I started working on the woodgrain look on the card front above. I learned both these techniques from the talented Karen at her Snippets blog here.  The woodgrain look starts with ordinary school glue drizzled on in lines on a piece of white cardstock.

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Waiting for the glue to dry is the hardest part and hurrying it along with a heat gun does not work well. I let mine dry several hours or overnight. After it is dry, I scored every 1/2 inch from the back of the glued piece.

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The next step is to choose some distress inks and rub directly on the glued scored piece, then spritz with water to mix the colors a bit. I chose Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany and Weathered Wood Distress Inks (by Ranger) for this weathered woodgrain look. I cut the inside of the Heart Shutters Window out with a craft knife and then attached it to the woodgrain front, and cut it out again.

I stamped 1302-F Some Bunny inside the window on a green piece the same size as the wood grain front (5 1/2″ square.) I created a square green card 5 1/2″ x 11″. The top half of the card is scored at 2 3/4″ and folded down. The woodgrain window front is attached to the bottom half of the folded front. I stamped and cut out Repeat Impressions’ 1318-P Cottontail Rabbit, and attached it to the bottom inside with pop dots. The front of the card is held open by the popped up rabbit. Here is a picture of the completed easel card standing up:

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I had fun playing with Brushos and glue and distress inks and Repeat Impressions great stamps to make this card. I hope you give them all a try!

Feb 172016
 

Good morning, crafty friends! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I am happy to report that I survived my first 3 stamp shows of the year and am finally back at home. Yippee!! :) Winter storm Olympia threw a few challenges in our path, but we eventually made it back to Maine safely.

A big thank you to all the stampers who came out to support us at the shows in TX, FL and SC over the last few weeks. It’s always a lot of fun to see so many familiar faces year after year and to make some new friends too. And thank you also to those who placed online orders while we were away. We really appreciate your patience while we get caught up on everything. Today is our first day back in the office and we are working hard now to get those orders in the mail as quickly as we can.

Today it’s time to introduce another WHAT IF? Wednesday Challenge here at “The House”. This week we have a beautiful Photo Inspiration Challenge for you.

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So “what if” we showed you this photo… What does it inspire you to create? What do you see?… Is your focus on the subject matter? The colors? The shapes? A feeling the photo brings out in you? A little of each maybe?

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

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Kathy Stacy.
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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Patti Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716” creation by Karen Hasheck.
Visit Karen’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 this photo 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 WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, February 23rd. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on February 24th we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a fun Sketch 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 WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1716 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, Karen Hasheck will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions