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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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And here is the finished card:

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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

Sep 042017
 

Happy Labor Day! It’s my turn to share a project of the week on the House That Stamps Built blog. I originally got this idea from Wendy, the owner of Repeat Impressions and thought it might prove useful to some of you. So, I’m showing you how I store my unmounted rubber stamps from Repeat Impressions (but obviously, it would work for any company). Here’s what you will need:

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• a three ring binder (mine is for 8×11 inch paper and it is 1 1/2 inches deep from Staples)
• card stock or paper to fit your binder (I used white card stock from Staples just for a little sturdier weight)
• page protectors to fit your binder (mine are heavyweight sheet protectors from Staples, I think the package has enough to hold 70 sheets)
 Aleene’s Tack-it Over & Over adhesive ( I got mine from Amazon, but Repeat Impressions sells it)
a clear block
• ink

Because the adhesive needs time to dry, the first thing I did was scribble a fine layer over the backs of all my stamps. If you are not familiar with Tack-it Over & Over, it is a removable adhesive that will allow you to mount your stamps to a clear block over and over without having to reapply. After you have applied it, allow it to dry for several hours or overnight.

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Then, the real process (and fun) begins! I categorized my stamps according to the Repeat Impressions online catalog which makes it easier for me to find them when I need to add a link for a blog post. It also makes it easier to find a stamp rather than having to look through the entire binder. You can see in the photo below that I labeled the top of this page “Nature” to correspond with the “Nature” category on the website. Under that, to the left, I wrote the category “Flowers“. Then I stamped each image that fits in that category and labeled them with their item number and names. I also included the dates I got the stamps. Since I have a lot of the flower stamps, I filled the entire page, but you will see later on that some of my pages are nearly empty–leaving room for when I get more stamps in that category. On this page, I have “Vase of Tulips“, “Tulip Bouquet“, “Sunflower” and all the stamps from the “Flower Power Separates” set.

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After stamping the page, slide it in the page protector and place your rubber stamps right on top of the corresponding image. The Tack-it adhesive will stick to the plastic and you will always be able to find your stamp AND see what it looks like when it is stamped. This is a bonus for those sentiments that are hard to read backwards!

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Now, you can easily slide the card stock sheet out of the page protector to see the images and sentiments you have.

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I stamp both sides of my card stock so I can use both sides of the page protector, then I place them in the three ring binder and all my unmounted rubber stamps can now sit on a shelf. The pages below hold the “Holy Crap” set, “Music Background” and “Bass Harbor Light (lg)

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The photo below shows one of my pages that only has two stamps on it, leaving room for me to grow my collection.  : )

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And, this last one shows my entire collection, it just about fills up my 1 1/2″ binder.

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I hope this gives you an idea for a way to store all the fabulous unmounted rubber stamps from Repeat Impressions. It is so much better than how I was storing them: in the mailing envelope I got them in.

~ Heather

Jul 102017
 

I’m going to give you a quick little tutorial on how to do the out of the box die cutting technique; something that I find myself using quite a bit. Here’s what you need for this technique:
• an image (I used “Feline Friendly“)
• ink
• a die
• scissors
• pencil
• washi tape or similar low tack tape (I forgot to put it in the picture)

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This technique works really well for large images (ones that are too big to fit in your die) and needs to have a part or parts of the image that hangs outside the width of the die.

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Line up the die around your image where you want it and lightly trace along both sides of the die around the part of the image that falls outside of the die. For my card, it is along the sides of the die just around the cat’s tail. In the next photo you can see where I drew the lines:

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Take your scissors, and carefully cut along the IMAGE lines just until you have cut in far enough to be able to pop the piece up over your die (you’ll see what I mean in the next photo). I drew light arrow lines to show how far in I cut.

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Slide your die under the cut out part of the image until it lines up between the two lines you traced before and tape it in place so it doesn’t move. You can see how the cat’s tail is up on top of the die.

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Run it through your die cutting machine like normal. You can see that my die cut is smaller than the die; I ran it through a second time after adjusting it because I didn’t want all that white space at the bottom.

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Carefully and thoroughly erase any pencil lines and smooth the cut out portion down so you can’t see the cuts.

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And here is my finished card:

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I just love how his little tail is hanging out over the edge; I really think it adds to the cuteness. For my sentiment I used “Friends Make . . .“.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

May 152017
 

It’s my turn to post a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built. Paper piecing is not a new technique by any means, but I thought I would share a few hints and tips that I like to use.

Here’s what you need:
– your image
– card stock and patterned paper
– scissors (I like to use these scissors with little tiny blades, it helps maneuver around the image better) and I also used a craft knife for the little details
– a black marker
– ink

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Stamp your image on your card stock and then again on the patterned paper. This is a great way to use up some scraps; but I do like to use a pattern that I also use on the rest of the card.

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Cut out the part of the image you want to use from the patterned paper and color your image stamped on the card stock. Here’s one of the tips: use a marker similar to your patterned paper to color around the edges of the part you will be covering up. It helps just in case you didn’t cut exactly right. I also like to take the black marker and ink around the edges of the cut out piece. This helps eliminate any white edges and again helps if you haven’t cut it perfectly.

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Then adhere you patterned paper piece onto your main piece.

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I cut out the entire image and adhered it to my card.

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I hope this encourages you to use the paper piecing technique, and hopefully my tips help a little bit. Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions “9302-P, Cupcakes” and “1113-D, Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13”