Oct 032016

Hello stampers! It’s my week for The House that Stamps Built Project of the Week! Today I’d like to bring you a Distress Crayon and Collage technique great to use for some of your fall projects.

For this project the supplies I used are:

Distress Crayons
Distress Collage or Crazing Medium
Distress Brush
Distress Stains in Gathered Twigs, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade
Distress Sprayer
Die Cutting Machine, any
Card Base Die
Archival Inks in Sepia and Black Soot
Gold Embossing Powder
Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: Maple Leaf Silhouette 5127-K, Oak Leaf 5110-I, Falling Leaves 3306-I, and Pinecone 812-G. My sentiment is: Let Us 2826-H


Let’s start with the card base. Grab some watercolor paper and apply several Distress stains (or sprays) to your nonstick surface. Then add a few spritzes of water to get the ink moving and dip your paper into the ink to soak up some lovely color. Did you know that Distress Sprays are exactly the same formula as the Distress Stains, just in a spray bottle?


Dip your watercolor paper into the ink. Alter the way you dip by tapping or dragging. You can go back in a few times until you get the patterning you like. Then heat set.


Next, I did a little stamping with Repeat Impressions Falling Leaves using Sepia archival ink as we are going to apply more wet medium and need a waterproof ink.



Now, lets stamp the Large Oak, Maple, and Pinecone stamps on the Tim Holtz Tissue Paper. I used black soot, which I made from the Distress Reinker and a DIY ink pad as they don’t sell a regular Black Soot pad. The Black Soot is a truer back while the Jet Black archival has a bit of a blue tint.


Once stamped, it’s very important you let dry or heat set.


Loosely cut out the images. There is no need to be very fussy.


Compose your images the way you would like and begin adhering them to your background using the Distress Collage Medium. You can use either the standard collage medium, crazing, or vintage medium as it really doesn’t matter. You can also use regular matt medium of you don’t have the Distress line.


Once all is adhered I heat set again. It you used crazing and applied it thick enough, you’ll have little cracks which look really great with the Distress Crayons.


Now it’s time to add the Distress Crayons. I used Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade. To camouflage the edges, apply the distress crayon around the adhered stamped leaves and rub in with your finger. I added a little bit of Mustard Seed in the background as well as white as highlight.


Here is the finished piece after the Distress Crayons. I think you can’t hardly see the edges of the collage pieces.


I stamped and embossed my sentiment. So that your sentiment lines up perfectly with your die cut card base, simply cut your sentiment with the same die you used on your card based and viola, a perfect fit.


I hope you’ll try some Distress Collage on your cards this week and we’d love to see you enter them in our weekly challenge here at The House That Stamps Built. Each time you do, you are entered in for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.

I’ll leave you with my final project using the Distress Collage technique. Happy Crafting!!


The Crafty Nurse

Aug 082016

Hello stampers. Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here with some tips and tricks to embossing on Mulberry for my Project of the Week at The House that Stamps Built!

I was digging through my stash the other day and found some gorgeous mulberry paper and wanted to share how to use this supply for your focal image.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:
Mulberry Paper (larger than your focal image)
Embossing Powder
Distress Ink and tools
Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 2908-I, Shade of the Elm, 5131-I Pine Silhouette, and 8600 Plate of Sentiments
Stamp-a-ma-jig – optional


Begin by treating your piece of mulberry paper with an embossing buddy or powder. This helps so the embossing powder doesn’t stick.


Stamp and apply your powder to the mulberry – I used gold.


Emboss your image with a heat gun. I used “Shade of Elm” Make sure before you apply the heat to let your tool heat up for a few minutes so when you do emboss, it’s quick.


Now we are going to make a “torn edge”. To do that, take your aqua or water brush and paint a line around your image. You can create a square, a circle, or an oval. For that matter you can draw any shape you like.


I used a square for my shape but rounded the edges in my final project.


To get the torn edge, just pull the mulberry toward you while it is still wet.


Here is the final mulberry stamped piece.


To create the background of your card, choose an image with texture. I stamped “Pine Silhouette” and clear embossed.


I then distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.


Then applied water splatters.


Wipe off the extra ink over the embossing.


Apply a clear stick glue to the back.


Adhere to your project.


Stamp your sentiment. I used the Stamp-a-Majig to stamp Plate 8600 sentiment, “Happy Moments“.


Finally, put all your elements together for your final card.


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.

Jun 132016

Hello stampers. Kathy, The Crafty Nurse back for a fun “how’d you do that” technique using fishtail dies for this months project of the week at The House that Stamps Built! It looks difficult, but is actually super easy. As we are fast approaching 4th of July, I used a patriotic theme.

Lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:
Die Cutting Machine, any type
Flag or chevron type die
Design Paper or Colored Card Stock
Washi or Low Tack Tape
Liquid Glue, I used Tombow Mono Liquid
Craft Tweezers
Dye Ink, I used Hero Arts Shadow in Royal Red
Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 3702-G, USA


To begin, choose a die that has a 90 degree angle. I happen to have a set of 4 dies from Sunny Studios called “Fishtail Banners” but you can use the other style I’ve shown here by My Favorite Things called, “stitched edges” or even an actual flag die as long as it’s large enough.


Next, temporarily tape together two of the dies to create your chevron. You can make it any size you like. To make it bigger, simply add more space between each die. The middle channel between the two cutting edges is the size of the chevron you’ll get.



Now it’s time to cut. Align the center point of the die with the middle of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of design paper or card stock. This is a perfect size for this particular die as it extends to both ends but if it’s smaller or bigger, you can just trim to the desired size.


Here is the size of the chevron I’ve cut.


For the next cut, simply place the dies on the edge and repeat. This keeps the size of the chevrons the same.


Okay – now for the assembly. Simply interlock the two alternating colors in an under/over pattern.


Then decide how large of a center opening you want by placing your chevrons on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/5 inch piece of card stock.


It’s now time for some glue. It’s much, much easier if you use liquid glue so you can adjust your pieces. I grasp the two chevron’s together and using a fine tipped bottle, add my glue.


I then begin placing the chevrons using craft tweezers. You can alternate under and over patterning, but honestly, it really doesn’t matter. Just make sure you get realatively regular placement.



Continue laying down the chevrons until you have the outcome you like. You can add a few, or fill up the whole page, it’s totally up to you.


Here’s my final card.


Thank you much for joining me here today at The House That Stamps Built blog. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you’ll stop by my blog and subscribe at The Crafty Nurse.

Jun 052016

Good morning! I hope you are having a great weekend so far. It’s day four of our Frames – Oval & Round Release celebration. In case you missed it, you’ll want to scroll down to my previous posts and get caught up. From Thursday thru today we have been bringing you a few extra special posts to celebrate the release of our NEWEST stamp series, Frames – Oval & Round. The RI Rock Stars have been taking turns posting their wonderful creations to showcase this fun and versatile new series.

This newest series features 6 fun frames… a big, bold dotted oval frame and a matching smaller frame; a big, wavy dotted frame and a matching smaller frame; and two circle frames, one regular round dotted and one wavy dotted. These bold, but simple frames can be paired with any number of our other stamp designs and are a fun addition to any card layout.

Today’s fantastic creations were made by RI Rock Star, Kathy Stacy and Rock Star alumnae, Karen Hasheck.

Frames – Oval & Round card creation by Kathy Stacy.
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Frames – Oval & Round card creation by Kathy Stacy.
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Frames – Oval & Round card creation by Karen Hasheck.
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Be sure to scroll back to each of my release posts… Thursday, June 2nd thru Sunday, June 5th… and leave us a comment to be entered into a drawing to win an unmounted sheet of this Frames – Oval & Round series. To qualify for this free giveaway your comments must be left no later than 5pm Eastern Time on Sunday, June 5th. On Monday, June 6th I will announce the winner on Repeat Impressions’ Facebook page so be sure to “Like” and follow us there if you don’t already.

Can’t wait that long or not feeling lucky? No worries… These new stamp designs are all available for order and shipping now! Choose from wood mount, cling mount, or plain unmounted rubber. You can also purchase the entire series on one plain, unmounted sheet of rubber so that you can get ALL 6 stamps in this series at a huge savings over purchasing them individually.

To view the complete series please visit the Frames – Oval & Round page of Repeat’s online store.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed all this fabulous design team inspiration. Don’t forget to leave comments here for your chance to win! And please be sure to drop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Shirley Hotop will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

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