Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eileen Hull Mix Media House Album with Stampotique Stamps

Do you want to play a game? This month Eileen Hull’s design team are playing with Stampotique stamps. This is one of my favorite stamp companies & I have been lucky enough to do a few guest posts for them over the years. I especially love Daniel Torrents creepy, funky designs. I decided to make a mini album to document some of our summer activities in a simple one photo per page format. How about some ideas on how to use your stamps in a mini-album?

Picture of a mini-album with the house shaped cover.
Summer 2017 House Pocket Album

Welcome To My House!

I had way too much fun designing this & just kept adding details. Here is my super mix media album. There are lots of yummy details on the cover. I plan on binding this with The Cinch binding system when it is finished. Punching the sides of the book gives me an idea of where the binding will be. Using rings to hold the book together makes it easy to add and swap the order of pages as the summer goes on. 

Stampotique Welcome Door by Daniel Torrente

 Let's Play With Stamps!

I knew I wanted Daniel's Welcome Door stamp on the cover of my book but it was far too big. Technique #1: I stamped my image, took a photo of it, shrunk it down & printed it out on card stock. You could also scan the image. 

Painting the door with some of the colors used on the cover worked well. Once dry adding accents with glitter pens made the door stand out. I also outlined the stamp details back in with a black pen. 

Using Eileen's House Pocket Die

Let's Play With Paper

I have tons of paper as a scrapbooker & lover of paper in general. I decided I would use my stash up & incorporate some of Eileen’s new paper pad for this project. I choose the House Pocket Stitchlits die by Sizzix #661902 as the base of my project. This would be the perfect time to do a smash type book. On the right is a page from Eileen's paper pad with a quote glued in. 

This is the back side of Eileen's paper. Technique #2: This is a great way to use a stamp directly on busy paper. Cover a space with some white gesso to dull down the pattern & stamp on that spot once dry. Used some water color pencils to color in a few flowers on the back ground paper & colored Carrot by Jill Penney in with the the same pencils. Then added a bit of water to give it a water color look. The flower is die cut from resin paper. 

Technique #3: Another way to stamp directly on busy paper. Stamp & heat emboss in black, I used Janet Klein's sunflower in medium. Once cool use chalk pens and glitter pens to color in the image. These pens have great coverage.

Here is the finished sunflower page on the left. On the right- Technique #4 is simple but one of my favorites. Stamp Heart Shirt on tissue paper, cut out & use decoupage glue on the back ground & the tissue, carefully place the image down. This creates a translucent look so the background shows through. Add a layer of glue over the image to protect it.

Technique #5- This is pretty basic, stamp Octopet in archival ink, color in with watercolor markers. Cut image out & paste. Use a light color like grey & add shadows.This helps the image pop. 

Technique #6- This is great for small detail that you can't really cut out. Stamp your image where you will be placing it. Stamp you image a 2nd time on card stock, cut out but don't worry about the hard to cut portions. In this case I did not cut out Reggie's teeth. Line image on top of stamped image & adhere. You can see in the photo below the teeth are magically there! 

Well that is it for now. I hope this post inspires you to play with stamps! Thanks to Stampotique for supplying some of the stamps to play with & Marvy Uchida for letting me play with their pens!! Stay tuned I plan on doing a 2nd post showing how I made the details on the front cover, flowers...

Playing in my awesome friend Kim's site at Emerald Creeks. The challenge this month is Surf, Turf or Both. I have turf on the outside & surf on the inside!
I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge. The theme this week is "Emboss It." The eves of my house are embossed with Emerald Creeks Charred Gold emboss powder.

Playing along with a new site I found called SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Eileen Hull  



  1. Karen, I LOVE your album, I love the stamps you chose, especially the octopus and the fabulous seahorse - Reggie!! Shrinking the door was a genius idea and I love the brickwork too. Fabulous work! Anne xx

    1. Thank you so much Anne! This was a fun collaboration!

  2. What a cool little house! Love the brick exterior and all the details you've added to make it so unique! Thanks for joining us at SASPC this month! hugs, Maura

    1. Thanks so much Maura, glad I found your site!!

  3. this is beyond cool!!! I love how you did this!

  4. So AWESOME Karen! Love the stamp choices! Your book is awesome. Great job and love all the details!!!!

    1. Thanks Donna, it was fun to make!!

  5. So many awesome technique tips Karen! This is such a cool book <3



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