Oct 092017

Hi house guests, Cheri here with a new Project of the Week for you. This is more like a two-fer….two projects showing ways to use those individual solid stamps that often times sit in our stamp collection waiting for some love.

The first is a technique using Distress Oxide Inks and direct to stamp layering and the second is an older technique called “faux artisan tile” showcasing those inked stamps.

Disclaimer: I don’t have a lot of photos….my process photos somehow got deleted in the transfer from camera to computer. It’s a new camera and I’m still getting used to it. I think I hit the wrong button.

Here at the supplies you’ll need: Distress Oxide Inks (colors of your choice), solid stamp, VersaMark Ink, clear embossing powder, embossing buddy and a MISTI or other stamp positioner tool, card stock.


Layer Inking process: Swipe the card stock panel with the anti-static tool. Adjust your card stock panel and stamp on your MISTI. Arrange your stamp in the center of the cs panel.

I used 3 different colors for each stamp in my example. Take your lightest ink and begin stamping, either selective areas or over the whole stamp. I did both in my projects. Stamp the inked stamp to the cs panel. Take the next lightest color and do the same, repeat with the darkest color.

Faux Artisan Tile process: Leave your stamp in the MISTI and clean the ink off.

  1. Once you’re happy with your image, remove it from the MISTI. Before proceeding to the next step, your image must be completely dry. This is very important. You can use your heat tool (not in photo) to speed this up.
  2. Use the anti-static pad and swipe it over the dry image. Place the cs panel back in the MISTI and Ink the stamp again, this time with VersaMark Ink.
  3. Stamp the image again with the VersaMark, then taking the image out of the MISTI cover it with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 multiple times – at least 3 or 4 times.
  5. Cover the entire card stock panel well with VersaMark ink, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
    Here are my completed projects.


Stamps used RI#5127-K “Maple Leaf Sil” and RI#3213-G “For the Beauty”.


RI#5106-H “Butterfly Sil” and RI#9206-H “Beautiful Days”


RI#2719-K “Large Pine Sil” and RI#2203-H “May Your Heart” (I used only a portion of the stamp).

There you have it… two ways to show those solid stamps some love. I hope you found some inspiration and fun here today and give these projects a try.

Aug 142017

Hi there,

Cheri here with a helpful stamping tip for you instead of a project.

Often times, especially with rubber stamps, it’s difficult to decide just where you’d like an image on your project. The stamp positioners, or MISTI are wonderful tools, but in the case of being undecided as to where you’d like the image or sentiment, this is a great tip and comes in handy for me often.


Shown in this photo are two pieces of packaging materials. The one on the left is a sturdier piece of acrylic that came in something, while the one the right is a celophane package. Both work equally well.

I cut the pieces a little larger than an A2 card because that’s the card size I usually make.


You don’t need the MISTI or stamp positioner for this step, but in the photo I used the MISTI because my cardstock was already in it.

I placed the acrylic piece right on top of my CS and began placing my stamp around it while I decided where I might like the image to be.


At this point, you can move the acrylic piece around and around the area of your CS and get a good idea of where it pleases you. If you’re using a MISTI, you can wipe the image off the acrylic piece, move the stamp and repeat the step.



The same process applies to the sentiment. It’s a great way to get the right sentiment in the right place.

When you’re ready, just slide your acrylic off the CS and ink and stamp. Finish as you’d like.


The stamps I used here are RI# 3602-P “First Light” and RI# 3212-H “To Everything”.

I hope you like this little tip, it’s been helpful to me for many years and I hope it is for you.

Have a happy day and I hope you get some craft time.

Jun 192017

Hi everyone,

Cheri here with a fun Project of the Week for you. I love doing all sorts of craft things with pretty napkins and one of the things I like to do is make cards with them. Let me show you how I do it.

The supplies I use are napkins (of course), gel matte medium, two paint brushes (one for the gel medium and one for water – only one brush is shown in the photo) and card stock of your choice. I used 80# white for this.


The first thing you’ll need to do is separate your napkins. Some are 2 ply and some are 3 ply. It’s important to only have the image layer of the napkin. The easiest way I’ve found to separate the panels is take a piece of tape, and stick it to the back side of the napkin and pull off the layers. They come apart easily this way. Once separated, you can cut the napkin is sections.



The next step is to find the area of the napkin you want to have on your card layer and you can easily tear that away by taking one of your paint brushes get it lightly wet and barely touch the outside area of the image, being careful to keep the water from wetting more area than you wish.


The next step is to apply gel medium to the brush you’ve set aside for that and use the gel to attach the torn napkin to your card stock panel. Brushing gently from the center to the outside in order to avoid wrinkles.


Once dry, you can trim your piece and create your card. This is a great technique for a quick card using just a sentiment stamp.

I have made these in sets and given them as gifts many times. They really are quite fun to make and I’m sure you can think of many other ways to use those pretty napkins.



Above I used Repeat Impressions stamps #8114-F Chicken Soup/Puppies and #1112-E “Just a Note”



and Repeat Impressions #1145-F “Greetings From” and “Happy” plate #9800

I hope you’ll give this project a try… it’s really a fun one.

Apr 242017

Hello… Cheri here for The House That Stamps Built with a new Project of the Week for you. I’m calling it faux silk background, but it may have another name somewhere else.

This is what it looks like.


Stamps used are 10301-H “Patti’s Flower Solid, 10310-H “Mum Solid”, 10308-H “Kathy’s Flower Solid”, 10306-E “Daisy Solid Sm.”, 10311-C “Leaf Solid Sm.”, 10318-D “Leaf Solid Lg.”, 10204-D “Leaf Cluster Solid”, 9009-F “Butterfly Sm.” and 1105-E “Thinking of You”.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:


A piece of white card stock cut a little smaller than your tissue paper piece. Tissue paper, dye inks of your choice, glue. You can use a glue stick, I used ATG double sided tape.

Begin by inking your stamp(s) with your choice of ink and stamp your tissue paper in the area or areas where you’d like your image or images to appear.


Once you have the tissue paper piece to your liking you now must do the hard part….wait for it to dry completely. You can hit it with a heat gun if you can’t wait, but it’s very, very important that the ink is completely dry.

When the tissue is dry, roll it into a ball then unroll it carefully. Cover your white card stock with glue completely, and gently lay your tissue piece over it carefully tapping it to the card stock piece to adhere.



Here’s a close look at what it should look like.


Trim the edges and use it on your card base as desired.

I hope you like this and give it a try, it makes a unique and lovely background.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a super creative week!