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CTMH November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | November 1, 2009

If it’s the first day of the month…then…it’s Blog Hop Day!  Welcome to the CTMH November Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop!  We will be featuring Around the Block (D1377) shown here.

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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.

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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.

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Now, place the block onto the stamp and voila!  The stamp sticks to the block and is positioned just the way you want it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Now “hop” on over to Carla’s blog to see what she’s created.


If you get lost on the “hop” or find links that aren’t working, check out this post for a complete list of participating consultants & their blogs.


Are you inspired by this blog?  One of the ways you can help support this blog is by ordering your Close To My Heart products through me.  You can order from me 24/7 at: http://heleno.myctmh.com or email me at helen@hookedonstamping.com.

During November, CTMH is running STAMPGANZA!  Buy two stamp sets, get one of equal or lower value free!  This is a great month to be a hostess!  Want to know more…just ask.

Remember, the November SOTM is only available during November…so, get yours today!  Click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

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39 Responses to “CTMH November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Lori Miller Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Wonderful card, Helen! Love the perspective — I am always inspired by you!

  2. Nona Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! Cute card!

  3. Jill Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Helen, this is fantastic! Such a pretty card, and a great tutorial.

  4. Caren Goldstein Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:16 am

    FAbulous as always Helen.

  5. Cindy Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Great Card!

  6. Barbra Otten Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Wonderful Helen, loved the whole new take on it using just the tops of the houses.

  7. fancyMelissa Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Very cool. And kudos on the tutorial! – Melissa

  8. Amy McVey Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Wow Helen! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and I love how you used the house as a chimmney…what a great perspective. Thanks for sharing it with us Helen.

  9. Michelle Nist Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Wonderful! I love making bricks this way! :)
    Great, interesting perspective for the whole thing.

  10. Adeline B Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 8:38 am

    What an inspiraitonal way to use this stamp set!

  11. Traci Godbee Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Love this card!!

  12. Lora Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 9:44 am

    WOW!!! What a great way to start this hop! I love the look of the stacked houses—you’re definitely a creative thinker. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Mary Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 9:45 am

    This is great! Loved the Twilight card!

  14. Chris Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Very clever Helen! I love the icicles.

  15. Cibele Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Love the card and the tutorial!

  16. Shirley Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Great tutorial!!!

  17. Nancy Brown Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Your card is spectacular. I love how you added a tutorial with it.

  18. Carla I. Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Cute card Helen! And love the tutorial.

  19. sandyh50 Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:37 am

    What a great tutorial! I wish I could “see” the potential in stamps like you do. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Tammy Lea Pinchard Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Helen, you are sooooo talented! This is AWESOME!!!

  21. Judy Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Awesome card Helen! Love the depth you created.

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  23. Sheila Bennett Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    You are SO clever! Your chimney looks great – using the different bricks (solid and outline) gives it a really nice texture.

  24. Wendy Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    The monocromatic look is beautiful and thanks again for another great tutorial!

  25. Barbara Harris Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I didn’t join the blog hop this time but I’m still hopping anyway to see all of the gorgeous creations…lol
    Wow….this is so creative!!! It’s beautiful!!

  26. Amy Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    WOW what a great tutorial. I love the monochromatic look of this card and the roof tops oh so stinkin cute!

  27. Terrie Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Once again Helen, you blew me away! I only hope as I get better at this, I can think outside the box like you!!! Beautiful, creative work!

  28. Kimberly Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Love what you’ve done here! It’s very inspiring!

  29. Haley D. Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    That is one cool card! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  30. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Helen, This is a fabulous tutorial. I especially love the way the bricks turned out with the use of the outline and solids! The icicles are super!

  31. Krista Ritskes Says:
    November 1st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Helen, this card is gorgeous! Love all the instructions, too.

  32. Jackie Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I think this is a wowie card! Twilight is one of my fave colors and I love the way you think outside the box!

  33. MIsty Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    This is beautiful! Love the tone on tone idea as well as your step by step instructions. Very nice!

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  35. Karen Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Awesome card and tutorial! Always so inspirational! Now, just to find the time…!!!

  36. Joy Anni Says:
    November 8th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    This is so wonderful, I am always amazed at your artwork on the board and on the hop. I am going to try this how long did it take you. I am just starting to blog and you are an inspiration.

  37. Jena Says:
    November 8th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    What a fun house-top card – love the chimney! TFS!

  38. Jen_nifer Says:
    November 8th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Great tutorial, and wonderful card!

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