Thursday, 24 January 2019

* Textured Houses


Today I have been playing with rubber stamps and ink again. I made this card:

I was inspired by a challenge at the Rubber Dance Facebook group:

My card actually fits both challenges, I think - I used the colour palette and my new Textured Houses stamps.

I used a selection of Distress Oxides both for the background and to add colour to the houses. The background was made using an acrylic stamping block. I applied the Oxides to the block making sure not to overlap the inks. The ink was spritzed with water and then used as a stamp. I think I put a little too much water on the ink, but liked the effect it gave.  Once dry, I splattered the background with white and black diluted paint.
The house row was stamped twice onto watercolour paper and heat embossed in silver. I used the same palette of Distress Oxides as watercolours to paint the houses. The first house row was left whole, but the second row was cut into two sections.
I glued the top houses directly onto the background; the middle row has foam pads at the top to give it some dimension and the bottom row is fully mounted on foam pads. The dimension shows a little better here:

I decided to add silver heat embossed stars and a sentiment from Tim Holtz's Small Talk pad. The background was mounted onto shimmery midnight blue card and then onto the blank card base.

Here you can see the colours of oxides I used:

That's all for today!

Thanks for stopping by.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Daring Cardmakers Just Stamping 25/01 (#2)
A Gem of a Challenge #1 AG 31/01 (#2)
Cardz TV #81 AG 31/01 (#2)
Crafting With Friends #78 AG 31/01 (#2)
613 Avenue Create #217 AG 01/02 (#2)
Paper Funday #1 AG 03/02 (#3)
The House that Stamps Built #J2319 AG 05/02
Fashionable Stamping #142 AG 10/02 (#2)
Crafty Creations #383 AG 12/02



  1. Hi Carole this is a stunning card I love the colours and the stamps you have used. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. This is a lovely card! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Funday Challenges! Donna - DT Member

  3. Oh my goodness, this card is gorgeous! I love everything about it.

  4. Thanks for linking this lovely card up to the "Anything Goes" challenge over on The House that Stamps Built! What a beautiful blue color scheme - love that awesome background!

  5. Fantastic! The silver embossing gives it such great depth and I love your background!

  6. Cute! Those houses are really fun and that background is fabulous!! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  7. Your distress background is totally beautiful. The embossed houses really pop. We're happy to see your artistry at 613 Avenue Create.

  8. Just so beautiful and the sentiment is gorgeous. The colours are stunning. Thanks for joining in at Daring Cardmakers. x

  9. I love all the creativity on this card and the blues are fabulous. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  10. A lovely card, the blue tones work so well with the sliver embossed images.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Avril x

  11. Wow! love your card, the background, the colors, everything! Thank you for playing with us in Pink Gems Challenge.


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