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!

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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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.


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.

Jan 022017

Cheri here, starting off 2017 with a brand new Project of the Week. I’m calling it “dryer sheet background technique”.


Supplies you’ll need:
Several dye inks that react with water
Watercolor paper or heavier weight (100#) card stock
Water in a sprayer bottle
Used dryer sheets (one for each collection of colors you are using)
Craft sheet or some other waterproof base (freezer paper/waxed paper) for your work surface.
Stamps and ink to finish your project with.

Step 1 – Press your inks in a row onto your craft sheet.
Step 2 – Spray with water from your sprayer until you have nice saturation and beeding that looks like this. (If you’d like a softer background, use more water)


Step 3 – Place one of your dryer sheets over the watered inks on your craft sheet.


I like to let it sit on top of the ink for a little while in order for the dryer sheet to soak up some of the ink. Grab each end of the sheet and give it a slight twist back and forth then bring it to your card stock to the area you’d like the ink to be.


You can twist it again while on your card stock, however, unless you want the colors to mix together, be careful to keep the wet inks in their own area. When you’re satisfied with the coverage, you can get another generation using the same dryer sheet and another piece of card stock if you’d like. NOTE: You can repeat this process with other colors of inks and fresh used dryer sheets.



Step 4 – Use your new backgrounds as you’d like for new card or project creations.




I really liked how these big word stamps looked against these dryer sheet backgrounds. I used three of the 4 sets: You Series #10100, Thanks Series #10000 and Hello Series #9900. BTW, these sets all come in red rubber on cling too.

I hope you liked this tutorial and will give it a try. It’s really fun to do and to see the cool results you get with used dryer sheets.

Have a fabulous year ahead!