Aug 172015

Hi there and happy Monday! This week it is my turn to share my Project of the Week with you and I have chosen to create some Monochromatic cards.

Here is a quick definition of Monochromatic for you:

1. of or having one color.
2. of, relating to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue

I really like to create this type of card when I feel like I have been in a creative rut. It is a simple way to jump start my creativity without having to pull together too many colors or elements, therefore my monochromatic cards tend to fall in the clean and simple category. Below you will find a couple of examples.

First, as always, gather some stamps and cardstock/embellishments that you think would work. I knew I wanted to use the Repeat Impressions Large Lobster #2702-M and Large Sea Turtle #4103-K so I pulled some reds for the lobster and greens for the turtle.

Next, I stamped the images and started figuring out my layout for each card.

Next, I put the cards together and added some Clear Wink of Stella to both the lobster and the turtle and finished off each of the cards with some coordinating sequins.



You can see the shimmer a bit on the turtle card, but the lobster is just as pretty!

Thanks for stopping by The House That Stamps Built blog. We would love it if you would give Monochromatic a try.

Have a great day,

Jun 222015

Hi there!

Well, it is my turn to share a Project of the Week with you and I thought we would put together a simple shaker card.

As always, gather your goodies:


Stamp your image and lay out your card:


I used Memento Black ink and Red and Blue Tombow markers to color the Repeat Impressions God Bless Flag #3507-J and then stamped it onto some white cardstock.  I cut a scalloped panel to go behind and layered that to a red, star embossed panel and then attached all of that goodness to a white cardbase.

Next, you will want to create a frame and then adhere acetate (clear plastic sheet) to the back side.  Next, I added two layers of foam tape around the edges:


Now, lay your shaker goodies (sequins, beads, etc…) on top of your stamped image.


Next, lay the frame over the top.  This way, you don’t have to worry about lining your image up as you can see right where you are putting your frame.

Voila!  Your card is now finished!


I hope you will take some time to make a shaker card and come back and share with us.  


Apr 272015

Hello! It is my turn to bring you the Repeat Impressions Project of the Week and I chose to do the Distress Bokeh technique for you.

Bokeh is a photography term and is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

I wanted to try this technique using Distress Inks and a White Pigment ink. I gathered some supplies:


I gathered some of my favorite Repeat Impression Stamps, a variety of Distress Inks/Daubers, White Pigment Ink, a stencil with holes (you could make your own using dies) and some white cardstock.

First, I added the ink to the cardstock. I wasn’t too worried about getting a perfect blend as I will be covering most of it in the next step.



Next, I used the White Pigment ink and stencil to add random dots all over the backgrounds. You can use a sponge or a dauber, but I preferred to just use my finger for this part. I covered most of the purple background but went a bit less with the dots on my yellow background. After all of the larger dots were added, I used a finger dauber to add the smaller white dots which represent the brighter bits of light showing through the blurred backgrounds.


I stamped the Repeat Impressions Snowflake Outline (lg) #8917-I and the cluster of Snowflakes #8805-K in various shades of purple. I know, you are thinking snowflakes, isn’t it Spring? These snowflake stamps are some of my favorites and this background just called out for them :) Plus, it actually snowed a bit a little higher up today and that is a good thing for us here in California right now.


Here are my finished cards:


I stamped the Repeat Impressions Dragonfly (lg) #4401-O and Happy Everything #3104-F in black ink and finished it off the card with some Diamond Stickles and enamel dots.


I stamped the snowflakes in a variety of purple inks from my stash and added the Snowmen Fall #4601-H sentiment, stamped in black. For a finishing touch on this one, I added a punched snowflake and some enamel dots.

I hope you will give this technique a try, it is quite fun and very easy to make several at one time.


Mar 022015

Hi there! Melissa here this week to share a technique that I like to use from time to time.
Today, I am sharing: Stamping on Print Paper

I love this technique for when I am in a hurry as it really moves the process along, especially when you are in a time crunch.

As always, start by gathering some supplies. I decided to use images from the Contain Yourself and Bottom’s Up collections so I gathered my stamps and supplies that I thought I might need/use.


I pulled my stamps, cardstock, ink, embellies and other items and got busy :)


I stamped the Happy Frog #9724-G in black ink onto some green/white dot paper and the Lemon #9611-H onto some yellow tone on tone dot paper and worked on my layouts for my cards.


Here is my frog card, I think he is adorable. I added some shading with a Copic marker in the areas where Wendy (RI Illustrator) added some shadows on the image. This is great because you know right where to add your shading making it easy peasy. I fussy cut the frog and popped him up using foam tape onto the right side of an oval panel that I had stamped the Un-frog-gettable #9704-F sentiment on. Next was all about assembly. I added a few little die cut hearts for a finishing touch on this one.


For this card, I stamped the Lemon with black ink onto the print paper and fussy cut. I added some shading just as I had on the frog card following Wendy’s guidelines making this one just as easy as the first. I added some die cut leaves out of the scrap from the frog card (great way to recycle) and stamped the When Life #9604-F onto another scrap of cardstock and die cut into an oval shape. I added some color to the center of the oval with a Copic marker.

I would love to see what you do with stamping on print paper, come back here and leave a link in the comments so that I can check it out.