Thursday, September 11, 2014

September CTMH Blog Hop: Back to 'school' we go!

September brings all the kids back to the CTHM consultants from  The Brae-er's - Close to my Heart Unit Family have decided to go back to school too!!  This hop will have a bit of a different twist on it- we will create a piece of artwork using current product BUT it must have a tutorial aspect.  This could be done in a video, by picture tutorial or in another format.  We may do something simple (like how to use our embossing folders) or some of us may go BIG!

So for this Blog Hop, You will see creations from our team that may include stamp sets,patterned paper,inks, embellishments and more from the New Close To My Heart Idea book ~ 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact me to place an order or you can order on line at:

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae Montgomery at

If you came from Chris Robertson- reinker bubbles then you are in the right place!  Hope you loved her ideas!

For this blog hop I've decided to show you how to do the Magical Masking Tape Technique or as some call it the painters tape background use masking tape to transfer ink for a unique background

Supplies Needed

  • Masking Tape, or green or blue painters tape (I used green painters tape in 2 widths) 

  • White and Lagoon Cardstock, Seaside Paper Pack 

  • Water-Based Ink (Glacier, Lagoon, Flaxen) 

  • Stamps

  • Step-by-Step

    STEP 1:  Tear off a strip of tape a little longer then your ink pad.  I used the wider tape first for the sand in the new Flaxen color.  Lay the piece of tape directly on to the stamp pad, sticky side onto the ink

    STEP 2:  Ink the tape up well by rubbing your finger over the tape. Gently pick it up and place the piece of tape directly onto the card. Rub the tape well -- it will stick, but it's easy to remove, and the beauty of using painters' tape versus masking tape is that it won't pull up your paper fibers when you remove it. Pull up just a section first

    If the coverage of ink isn't what you hoped for, gently lay it back down and rub the tape again to move the ink around a bit. 

    STEP 3:  Remove the tape, and ink up your next color, repeating as many times as you'd like to get the desired effect you want.  I used the narrower tape for the Lagoon and Glacier Ink.
    To Make the sky a bit wider (or if you don't have the wide tape, reink the tape and repeat higher up!)


    STEP 4:  Allow all of the ink to dry thoroughly before stamping a sentiment or other art on top of your painters' tape stripes. Embellish the card as you wish. Here I used the Lighthouse from the beautiful Seaside Greetings Stamp set and it lines up perfectly with the sand and the water!!!  I then used the Lagoon ink to embellish the inside of the card.

    The paper size was 6x12 inches

    Tah-dah!  You've now learned how to stamp using Painters' Tape. Fun, ehhh?  And a cool part: no stamp clean-up ... just throw away your used piece of tape when you're done.  

    A little hint: If you're making more than one of these cards, you can use individual pieces of tape for each color ink pad. Simply write the color on the back (non-sticky) side of the tape and use it as much as you need to, without fear of cross-contaminating ink colors.

    CTMH Products Used ~

    Seaside Greetings $19.75 D1609
    Seaside Paper Packet $10.95 X7192B

    September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days! Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2014–September 30, 2014.

    Your next stop on the Team Braer Hop is Julie Sinnott to help inspire you with her amazing tutorial! 

    If you get lost along the way, you can head to Brae's blog at, as she has the complete blog list .

    Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way.  Join us next time where we will be featuring things where it will be showing things that make us Happy With CTMH 

     Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with next time!!

    1. Brae Montgomery- inked embossing folders
    2. Michelle Stewart -resist embossing -
    3. Chris Robertson- reinker bubbles (if it doesn't work I will do something else)
    4. Tamara Lisowski - Painter’s Tape Background Technique
    5. Julie Sinnott -  basic blending with the markers
    6. Carol-Anne Grenier -
    8. Darcel Kirvan - Hip Pic/Artbooking album
    9. Heather Dawson ttp://
    10. Michelle Hughes - shaker card