By Helen | November 1, 2009
Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and join us on a journey of amazing things you can do with this stamp set. There are over 60 CTMH Consultants joining in on the fun.
I like to look at things a bit differently…like upside down! When I did that with this stamp set, the idea came to me to make the “house” into a chimney…and thus, the beginnings of this card were born.
Before I get started with the tutorial…let me give you a tip on getting the “house” stamp on your block with straight lines. This stamp has long, thin sections. Put the stamp down on grid paper, as if you were stamping the image. Use a piercing tool or toothpick to nudge the lines until you’re happy with it.
Now, place the block onto the stamp and voila! The stamp sticks to the block and is positioned just the way you want it.
Now…here’s the tutorial for making the card…
Start with a 4.5″ x 6.5″ White Daisy Cardstock panel. Ink the “house” with Twilight ink and stamp it partially off the left side of the panel.
Using the solid brick set, the open brick set, the individual solid brick and the open brick and Twilight ink, fill in what will become the chimney.
Tip: Use a sticky note to “mask” off the background – this prevents bricks from going outside of the chimney lines.
Tip: I’m going to be covering the bottom part of the chimney with a “roof,” so there’s no need to take the bricks all the way down to the bottom. I stopped at roughly 2″ from the bottom.
Ink the roof in Twilight ink and stamp it slightly off the right side of the panel. Using Twilight ink stamp the house and the windows.
Tip: Stamp the roof onto a sticky note such that when you cut it out the sticky part remains – this will hold the mask in position.
Place the mask over the roof.
Ink the roof in Twilight ink and stamp it slightly over the mask of the other roof. Using Twilight ink, ink up one leg of the house stamp and stamp it under the roof. Ink the window in Twilight ink and stamp it.
Tip: Create a watercolor palette by pressing the lid of an ink pad against the surface of the ink pad. I do this with the ink pad closed – it’s flexible!
Tip: Using a DRY waterbrush will give you darker color.
Using a waterbrush and Twilight ink, ink areas of the images as desired.
Cut a 2.5″ x 12″ strip of Twilight Cardstock. Play with the positioning until you like the angle of the roof. Use just a small piece of adhesive to hold the Twilight Cardstock in place so you can cut off what overhangs.
You’ll be left with an angled roof section…it doesn’t look much like a roof…so, let’s add some shingles. Flip the piece over and using a stylus add score lines.
Tip: I like to use a soft surface, such as a mouse pad so the stylus creates impressions.
After creating all of the score lines, flip the roof right side up. Use a sanding block to reveal the white core, giving the piece the look of shingles. Adhere the roof to the bottom of the panel.
Ink the cloud in Twilight ink and stamp it once. Create a mask as before, and position it over the first cloud. Stamp a second cloud overlapping the first. Add one more cloud on the left side of the panel.
Using a wedge cut from a Round Sponge and masks, lightly sponge on Twilight ink in a pouncing motion until the entire sky is colored.
Using the “smoke” lines and Twilight ink, add smoke coming from the chimney. Mount the completed panel to a 4.75″ x 6.75″ Creme Brulee panel.
Add an Ivory Organza ribbon around the panel. Add a ribbon knot.
Tip: Secure a 6″ piece of ribbon across the front of the panel; wrap the ends to the back and secure with tape and Liquid Glass. Then…tie a knot onto the front! This saves you ribbon and makes positioning your knot a breeze!
Mount onto a 5″ x 7″ card base covered with the plaid patterned paper from the Aspen paper pack. Sponge the edges of the card using Twilight ink.
Maybe it’s all the talk of snow my son is getting at college…or maybe it’s the wintery feel of the air that got me thinking…this card needs some snow! I pulled out my Create-A-Shade paint and added touches of icicles and snow. What do you think?
- CTMH D1377 November Stamp of the Month – Around the Block
- CTMH Aspen Paper Packet (X7103B)
- CTMH Ink in Twilight (Z2160)
- CTMH Waterbrush (1771)
- CTMH Liquid Glass (Z679)
- CTMH Create-A-Shade Paint (Z1039)
- Sticky Notes
Now “hop” on over to Carla’s blog to see what she’s created.
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