Dec 252017

Merry Christmas!!! Today is Project of the Week day here at The House That Stamps Built blog, and it’s my week to share a project with you. Raise your hand if you have one of those Giant packs of Mulberry paper that were so popular in the mid-2000s. Raise it really high if you still have TONS of it left! My hand is raised as high as I can get it, so I’m going to show you how you can use some of it up.


I learned this technique from Bonnie Garby and now I use it all the time. It really adds great texture and softness and uses some of that mulberry paper. Here’s what you need:
–mulberry paper
–dies and/or straight edge
–fine paint brush and water or I used my SU! blender pens (an aqua brush would also work)


Lay your die on the mulberry paper, making sure you leave some room around the edges as it is hard to tear if you don’t have much paper to grab onto.


Use your wet paintbrush (or blender pen/aqua brush) to trace around the edge of the die. Go over it several times to make sure it is damp.


Then gently tear around the water line. It tears quite easily and the tear stays along the wet line for the most part. But, the softness of the torn edges hides any place where it might tear off the line a little bit. In the photo below, you can see my torn circle and the tracing around my label die. This was the first time I had tried this with such a sharp point on the die, but you will see later it still worked perfectly.


As you can see below, this left a narrow border around the label. I ended up cutting those wild fibers a little bit before I adhered everything.


To do a straight edge for a panel mat, use your ruler, or I use my perfect layer tool to draw a straight line with your wet paintbrush/blender pen. This part is even easier as the straight lines tear really nicely!


And while I was creating this project, I discovered a great way to use those little torn strips left over from tearing a mat–you can adhere them to the back of another panel and no one will ever know they were scraps!


And here is the finished card:


I love the softness of the mulberry layers; it adds so much interest. The white label die cut was in my bits and pieces stash and the multi-colored dotted paper and the silver snowflake were cut from scraps as were all the mulberry layers. I heat embossed the ornament image, poinsettia, and the peace sentiment with silver embossing powder and colored in the ornament topper with a silver sharpie. Love how it turned out!

~ Heather

Dec 182017

Hi, Donna here with the Monday Project of the Week! I am going to show you how to get a cool stenciled background using Distress Inks and/or Distress Oxide Inks, a stencil and water.

First ink up a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper with Distress Inks and/or Distress Oxide Inks:


Spray stencil of your choice lightly with water and set on your inked paper:


Immediately press a paper towel to the stencil to soak up all excess water:


Trim to size desired and embellish as desired:


I hope you get a chance to try this simple technique.
Thanks for stopping by, happy Monday!

Dec 112017

Hi everyone, Deonna here, I’d like to share a Quilted Embossed Christmas Card with all of you today.

This will be my last Project of the Week with Repeat Impressions for awhile. After much deliberation, I’ve chosen to step down off the design team.  I just think that I need a break for awhile. Miscellaneous things have been happening in life that I need to care for.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t ever be back.  I may be begging to come back. Lol!

Anyway, let’s just get started with my tutorial.

RI Stamps – 9402-U Quilt Background (I cut all of mine apart)9403-P Quilt Frame9404-H Our Friendship, and 9408-H Friendship Quilt Square.
Cardstock base – Baja Blue cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″
Red cardstock at least 4 1/4″ x 5″ and a scrap for the sentiment
Embossing stamp pad
Black detail embossing powder – Recollections
Heat tool
Paper trimmer
Black ink – Ranger Archival
“Let it Snow” patterned paper pieces – 5 to 6 different prints.
Powder tray or piece of scrap paper


1.  Gather the above supplies and stamp using stamp 9403-P Quilt Frame onto the red cardstock using the black ink. Trim the square out leaving 1/4″ border around the image. Set aside.




2.  Gather various pieces of coordinating patterened paper that you want to use. (This would be a good time to use your scraps.)


Using your embossing ink, powder tray and black embossing powder, stamp each of the individual stamps from the 9402-U Quilt Background that were used on the 9403-P Quilt Frame (above in step 1)

With the embossing ink – Stamp each of the corners onto your chosen patterned paper. Stamp twice with one scrap and twice with another patterned paper. You will need to stamp 4  of each of the same design for the last two. Add embossing powder and heat set.




3.  Once each square is embossed, cut each of them out using your scissors and set aside.



4.  Repeat step 2 and 3 with the square stamp 9408-H Friendship Quilt Square. Stamp the image with embossing ink onto 2 different patterned papers. Cut out the entire stamped image of the first and just the star center of the second. Set aside.



5.  Stamp and emboss the sentiment 9404-H Our Friendship onto a piece of red cardstock. Trim into a square.  Trim a piece of patterned paper slightly larger then the sentiment.



6.  Lay each piece onto the stamped quilted square on the red cardstock from step 1. Make sure that your paper pattern is going the direction that you desire and glue each one down over the top of the base stamped image. Glue the star onto the center square and glue into the center of the quilted square. Glue the entire quilted square onto your blue card base. Glue down the sentiment and embellish as desired. I chose to only add some buttons that I had in my stash.







Finished project…


Dec 042017

Hey there, House friends!

Cheri here with a new Project of the Week for you!

If you’re a card maker, you have probably had moments when you can’t find your mojo and a card creation is nearly impossible to create. I’ve had a few of those moments myself (okay…more than “a few”). When I can’t find my mojo, I use someone else’s and look through online card postings until I find something I find inspiring and use that as my “jumping off point”. In other words, I “Copy And Share with Everyone”…CASE…someone else’s card.

In the card making world, it’s a compliment to have your creation CASE’d, and it’s customary (and appreciated) to give credit to the original card if you post yours online.

I find tons of inspiration right here each and every week when I see what the Rock Stars have created for each of the many challenges we have during the month. That said, my POTW for you this week is to show you cards I’ve CASE’d from three of these talented ladies.

First up is one I CASE’d from Patti’s October TicTacToe challenge. Isn’t that the cutest card?


I took Patti’s card and created this one. The CASE part here is I used the same stamps and while my card is a bit different from Patti’s I used hers for the inspiration for mine. (My regret is I didn’t put googly eyes in the background. I loved that touch she gave her card). Stamps used are RI#2307-E “Trick or Treat Ghost” and RI#2316-G “Boo”. The ghostly circles/orbs in the bg of my card were made by dipping a pen cap into white pigment ink.


Most of us don’t copy the original card to the very detail, we often change it up, but use the original as a starting point.


This is a card Shirley made for an inspiration challenge back in January. I needed a birthday card for my brother, and thought this would be a fun card to CASE and make for him. Stamps used on both Shirley’s card and mine are from the Holy Crap stamp collection. On my card I also used RI#2710-D “Sm. Pine Tree” and RI#2709-I “Large Pine Forest”. I also added some borders around the bottom layer.


The last CASE example I have for you today is this card made by Heather.


I kept pretty closely to Heather’s great card but thought it would make a fun Christmas card by just changing up the colors and a few details. We both used RI#5116-I “Cat Sitting Sil” I changed the sentiment using RI#8909-G “Magical Christmas”, and added a die cut snowflake in place of her floral.


There you have it for my POTW for you. I hope you’ve found some inspiration and will be encouraged to CASE cards of others when you’re at a loss for inspiration…just give them credit if you post them online.

Thanks for stopping by!