Whiskers by Laurel Burch

I’ve always loved the Laurel Burch feline images – colorful, quirky – just like most of the cats in my life. So when I saw that Stampendous released Whiskers as a stamp, I had to have it. While the image would be beautiful in all sorts of bright Copic inks, today I just didn’t feel like figuring out all of those colors.

Sometimes I’m a lazy colorist. There, I’ve said it.

So instead, I pulled out six shades of Distress Inks in rainbow hues to form a colorful background. I heat embossed the image, added a bit of vellum and attached a die cut “hello” cut from gold foil. And with little effort, I have a card ready to pop in the mail to brighten a friend’s day.


Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Basics in Black; Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper; Gold Foil by Bazzill
Stamp: Laurel Burch Whiskers (*) by Stampendous!
Inks: Versamark Watermark Ink by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed
Embellishments: Black Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous
Die: Scripty Hello by Lawn Fawn

Work in Progress: Persian Motifs

Persian_Motifs_grandeI recently purchased several Altenew stamps and finally had a chance to play around with them. I’m not particularly skilled at heat embossing — I usually end up with more embossing powder scattered on my workspace than on the card — but the Persian Motifs stamp set seemed perfect for a little heat embossing and a lot of distress inks.

Work in progress — final product later!


Paper: Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Stamp: Persian Motifs by Altenew
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar.
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! in Detail White

Watercolor Geraniums

It’s been several months since the last post, but there has been lots of activity here at Rowhouse Greetings. We live in a nineteenth century Baltimore rowhouse and like any older home, it needs some periodic TLC. So now that the dust is settling, it’s time to get back to work with some new cards to celebrate the coming spring.

I usually work with Copic inks, but I love these watercolor style stamps from Penny Black. Geraniums are a particular favorite and we usually plant them in front of the house. Since the window is next to my workspace, it’s nice to look out and see such a cheery splash of color. It’s still too early to plant them for this season, so this card will do for now.


Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110 lb.
Stamp: Light Touch by Penny Black
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Mowed Lawn.

Skeleton Lady

I’m loving the new Halloween stamps from Stampendous. While not a style that I would normally do, working with these stamps has been a fun “thinking outside the box” exercise.  More coloring with Distress Inks. Used Strathmore Mixed Media paper for the top layer. I use very little  water with Distress Inks because I like the darker wash of color so the paper tends to stay flat.

The inside of the card has a simple “Happy Halloween” sentiment, which is an image I created using PicMoney. The font is De Walpergen Pica.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Happy Halloween Sentiment
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Happy Halloween Sentiment


Paper: Bazzill Cardstock in Blackbird; Stratmore Mixed Media paper; Midnight Magic 6×6 paper pad by Recollections
Stamp: Skeleton Lady by Stampendous
Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®; Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Broken China, Weathered Wood, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Hickory Smoke, Spiced Marmalade, and Mustard Seed by Ranger
Dies: A2 Matting Basics A and A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Embellishments: Black satin ribbon by Celebrate It.