Friday, September 21, 2018

Wall hanger / canvas ► Majo

Good morning crafty friends!

Today I'd like to show you a little canvas I made for the front door (Unfortunately Hubby wouldn't let me hang it up.) Just kidding!

 I started with a 4 x 6" canvas and applied gesso with a stencil. I painted the panel with Dina Wakley acrylic paint.

I stamped the lovely Mona Lisa on a piece of tissue and adhered it to the panel.

I added more stamping on the background for a bit of texture using the numbers, the doodle dots and the cross stitch stamps. After adding the sentiment I distressed all edges and screwed in some rings for the hemp cord. A little wooden charm completed the canvas.

Some close ups of the textured background ....

I used the following stamps:


Have a wonderful time and Happy Crafting ♥

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Just because...

Hello everyone,

welcome to my 2nd blogpost this month. I have made an Art Journal spread this time and this is it.

The background was made with acrylic paint, a stencil, a babywipe and a blending tool. I started out on a gessoed surface. Next I added the stamping around the edges. 
The lady and the sentiment were stamped on tissue paper and adhered with gel medium. 
Lastly I drew a line around the edges. 

A close up of the 'Banksy Wall singer' that is from the latest release. 

The sentiment is from the same sheet. Love them both ! 

I have used the following stamps: 
from the new release:

and for the background I have used my favourites:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Live Your Art | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook page that I created using some awesome Banksy stamps and a couple of photos of my son indulging in some spray paint art action.

This page was alllll about the background! I drew my inspiration from the colours and shapes in the photos to guide me as I constructed my layers. I began by adding some teal Kaisercraft acrylic paint in the centre of my page using a brayer. I then used a wide brush to apply some Colour Blast black heavy gesso in a few spots over the top of the teal paint.

Next, I took a yellow Faber-Castell gelato and added a few little scribbles here and there before using a baby wipe to blend them out into the background. I then went back with my brayer and some white acrylic paint and stripped back the colour a little in a few places. I used the Donna Downey "Live Your Art" stencil and sponged the title in using Staz On ink, then used a Posca paint pen to add a few highlights.

Now it was time for some stamping! I used the Banksy Salvador Dali Street Artist stamp and placed him at the beginning of my title. I also used the Banksy Who's Bad stamp to add the words above him. In the bottom corner of my page I used the Banksy Ladder Painter just underneath my title.

I wanted to add a bit of extra interest and help draw the viewer's eye through my title, so I used the Row Of Chevrons stamp and stamped it several times at the beginning of the title words. I then took a pink gelato and added some random scribbles to the page to mimic the pink on the art in the photos. I also splattered some Colour Blast 'Rainforest' Colour Spray. 

Next, it was time to add some textured layers for my photos to sit on. I used a paper doily, some punchinella and some frayed gauze. I then added some cardboard to the back of my photos to pop them up before adhering them on top.

After the photos were in place, I was able to add the Look mum I am a street artist quote using the Banksy Look Mum stamp. (Could there have been a more perfect quote for this page?!)
To finish off, I added some twisted pieces of coloured wire which I secured in place with staples; and then a few dots and spots using my favourite Doodle Dots stamp.

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too! 

Stamps used:
Banksy Salvador Dali Street Artist
Banksy Who's Bad
Banksy Ladder Painter
Row Of Chevrons
Banksy Look Mum
Doodle Dots

Other materials:
- Bazzill cardstock
- Kaisercraft acrylic paint
- Colour Blast black heavy gesso
- Faber-Castell gelatos
- Donna Downey "Live Your Art" stencil
- Tsukineko Staz On ink
- Posca paint pen
- Colour Blast 'Rainforest' Colour Spray
- Paper doily, punchinella, frayed gauze
- Coloured wire, staples

Friday, September 14, 2018

Beware of...

WOW!  September already and you know what that means???  My favorite card making season is upon us!
Michele here today and I LOVE making Halloween cards!!!
I am sharing one today using some new images from the last release.

Stamps used:  Raven Looking Up, Bats Over Moon, Beware Of, Cross Marks Background, Row Of Numbers.

My background is Distress Ink blended with a Nuvo blending brush (may favorite new blending technique) and splattered with water.  This is over the background stamps heat embossed with Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder.

I absolutely LOVE the way water reacts with Distress Ink!!!

Perfect sentiment right??!!

I was also inspired by this months inspiration challenge.  You can find more info on that here.

Be one the look out for more Halloween goodness coming you way soon!!

Until next time... get inky!!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Something Wicked...

Hello Crafty Friends! 

I hope you are all safe from the storms and doing well. 

Today I want to share an easy Halloween card.  I'm naming this card "something wicked" because of the sentiment inside... :) 

Stamps Used:

Other products:
Distress ink- carved pumpkin, spiced marmalade, and mustard seed. 
Distress oxidize -black soot and fossilized amber. 
Washi tape (bought at a yardsale)
Cardstock- black and white
Distress stain- black soot
Pop dots
Adhesive (miracle tape is a great one)

I started by creating my backgrounds.  The layer I stamped on I created with my inks and a blending tool.  The base was created with water and smooshed ink on my glass craft mat. 

(Look how great this creepy tree and owl are... this is just stunning on own!)
After the base pages were dry I stamped my tree on the top card base.  To add extra grunge I flicked a few drops of water on the base, and a few flicks of black distress stain added to the grungy creepy feel. 

I added the top layer to the base using the pop dots. 

(Sentiment on the inside)

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy Halloween card!

(I need to get to work making more for some crafty friends!)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Colorful ATC's - By Elina

In less than two week's time I'll be attending a live ATC swap. In order to have enough cards to swap, my ATC factory is already full speed, and soon I'll have a pile of ATC's to take with me!

This time I used the lovely 'Whimsical Beaked Guy in Crown' stamp as my main image, and put him on a colourful background painted with acrylic paints:

I colored the background with a brayer, and once the first layers of paint were dry I also used acrylic paint for stamping. My craft mat was my ink pad; I spread a thin layer of paint on the mat with my brayer, and stamped random patterns on the background paper. When stamping with acrylic paints it's important to clean the stamp right afterwards. Don't let the paint dry on the stamp!

There are now seven ATC's in this series. This main image was so cool that I just had to make several cards on the same go!

Before gluing the main image on the card front I added some stamped textures on the background. StazOn or Archival inks work well on acrylic paint.

I think the cards look quite nice! I hope someone will pick them up on the ATC swap! :)

For this project I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Whimsical Beaked Guy in Crown
Measuring Tape Section
Carved Xs
Whimsical Triangle Banner

Wishing you a wonderful day.Thanks for stopping by in our blog!

Friday, September 07, 2018

Don't Blink | September Challenge Inspiration | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I am sharing a piece I created recently that was inspired by this month's awesome "For the Birds" challenge. It also showcases one of the amazing new release stamps, which I couldn't wait to use!

Here's a look at this month's challenge inspiration...

One of my arty friends has been using index cards a lot lately, and I was inspired by the pieces she has been creating to use an index card for my project. (One of the good things about index cards, is that they are almost exactly the same size as a standard photo, so they fit nicely into 6x4" photo frames!)

Here is my card inspired by the challenge...

To begin my project, I used some gel matt medium to adhere some book paper onto the index card. I then applied heavy white gesso using a brush. I chose to use a brush as I wanted the texture of the brush strokes to show through; but in hindsight, next time I will go a little thinner with the gesso so the text is more visible on the finished piece.

After the background was prepared; I used black Staz On ink and the new Raven Looking Up stamp as the focal image of my piece. I then added some tree branches across the top and bottom of the card using the Branch Antlers stamps. I also inked around the edges of my card.

Next, it was time for some colour! I wanted my piece to have an eerie feel, so I opted for green as the main colour. I used Faber-Castell gelatos to scribble gently onto the card, then used a baby wipe to blend the colour out.

I started with the darkest shade around the edges of the card, moving towards lighter shades in the middle. In the centre of the card I used a yellow, blended with a small amount of green; and along the edge of the raven's silhouette I also added a small amount of orange.

Once the colour was complete, it was time to add some text. I used the recently released That Look of Otherness stamp and combined it with Don't Blink to form my focal quote. I stamped each of them out on some scrap white cardstock, then used the orange gelato and a baby wipe for blending to add a small amount of colour over the top.

I then cut the words out and inked the edges of each piece with black ink. To add some texture to my project, I added some messy white cotton thread before sticking the pieces of the quote down.

To finish off, I used Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink and a small brush to add some fine splatters randomly around the card.

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you.
Don't forget to enter this month's challenge for your chance to win some new rubber and a feature spotlight on the Viva Las VegaStamps blog. (Link your entries HERE)
I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:

Other materials:
- Index card
- Book paper
- Mont Marte gel matt medium
- Colour Blast white heavy gesso
- Tsukineko Staz On ink
- Faber-Castell gelatos
- Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink
- Baby wipes (for blending)
- White cotton thread
- Liquid adhesive

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Home Decor / Letterbox ► Majo

Hi my crafty friends.

Today it's my turn to show you a little something I created with the new Halloween stamps.

I bought this letterbox for the new kitchen, and it was a) too white and b) I didn't like the word "LETTERS".


I decided to use the cute monsters from the new stamp set, which had just been released in August, to pimp it up.

I tend to re-decorate a lot around the house, so it's not a surprise I created the panel in three different colours.

I applied Distress Ink, stamped all my images side by side and darkened the edges a bit. A little bleaching highlighted my monsters :)

I used non-permanent adhesive, so I can easily swap the panels in the future.

Here are the stamps I used:

10874  (One of my favs!) 

These new stamps are so much fun, hop on over and check out the other lovely images and sentiments on this new plate!

Happy Crafting ♥