Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bright ideas

Hello crafty friends!

I hope you are all doing well. Today I want to share and inky tag...
(this is one of the larger 3 x 6.25 in manila tags)

Stamps Used:

Other Products: 
Distress oxide ink- Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean
manila tag (6.25 x 3)
Archival ink- Jet black
white Gelly roll pen
black ink pen
glass craft mat

I started by adding blue (salty ocean distress oxide) and yellow (fossilized amber distress oxide) ink on my glass work mat, then blotting it up with my tag. 
(you can set this aside to dry or use a heat tool)

I originally planned to go with an Alice in wonder land theme
(but like many bright ideas, my brain changed its mind and said no... lets try something else. )

(I'm sharing this so you can see we all have these moments where things just don't come together like we plan)

So you can see I next stamped my scribble circle and my /// in black archival ink. 

When my brain changed gears, I chose to add more blue edging around my tag with a blending tool. Next I added more details my stamping the chevron and adding details with a white Gelly roll pen. 

Ok, to finish my piece off I used a separate piece of card stock and stamped my light bulb. 
(I used distress ink to color the card stock before stamping on it)
I used pop dots to adhere my light and to give it depth. 

I hope you have all enjoyed this fun "bright ideas" tag! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Skull ATC's

Trick or Treat!!
Michele here with a couple of Skull ATC's for the last of my Halloween shares for this year.

I created an alcohol ink background and used the new lift ink.

Stamps used:  Skull, Spooky, Mwahahahahahaha

This ATC shows what the 'lift' looks like on the alcohol ink background on Yupo paper.  It will be a great background and I love the detail!

The skull is then stamped on white card stock using what was lifted.

A little fussy cutting and distressed edges on this one for some great depth!!
Are you still creating for Halloween??  We would LOVE to see!  Share over on our Facebook page!!

Until next time...get inky!!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Life is beautiful

Hello everyone,

welcome to my blogpost today ! I have made a postcard and I have a video too ! yay !

I can't get enough of this face stamp, it is fabulous ! 

Anyway, if you'd like to see how I made this postcard then hope over to the VivaLasVegaStamps! YouTube Channel HERE or click on the pic ! 

I have used the following stamps for this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by ! 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Shout It Out a Journal Page by Fiona

Hello my VLVS! peeps. Fiona here with you today to share an art journal page I have created using the uber talented Tina Walkers stamps.

 I absolutely love the hand crafted look to these stamps and couldn't wait to give them a go.

 My art journal page today is all about shouting out about your art .... we often are our own worst critiques and often don't even call our art art! So this is me saying ... shout it out ... shout it loud!

 This is a huge shout out for my friend Tina to celebrate her amazing art! She is such an inspiration too me and I think you'll agree, her art is awesome!

Viva Las Vegastamps Used:

Thank you for popping in and checking out my art. Later in the month I'll have a little video tutorial for you sharing another arty creation using the fabulous VLVStamps!. See you then xx

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

We are the weirdos, Mister ► Majo

Majo here with my latest design team project for you. 

Today I have a Halloween themed card using the stamps from the latest Halloween release. As soon as I saw the bale of hay, I knew that Tim Holtz Paper Dolls had to sit on it.

I applied distress oxides on a panel and added the stars with a stencil. To soften the purple color I added some water and just let it run down.

After stamping the bale of hay I added the circle with the bats and also some single ones from the same stamp on the side. The sentiment fits the look of the ladies, don’t you think?

I added corrugated board underneath the finished panel for some dimensions and used Miracle Tape to adhere all this to my card.

I used the following stamps:

... and the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.

Happy Halloween ♥

Friday, October 12, 2018

Art journal spead: Just because


With Banksy now popping up on tv, in newspapers and on social media I had to take out my Banksy stamps and to create a new spread in my small Moleskine book:

I started with stencilling and inking the page background. I splashed water on the Distress ink, dried the page with my heat gun, and stamped patterns on top. For the pink crosses I used acrylic paint, and for the small numbers a black dye ink.

The main image is heat embossed and painted with watercolors. Heat embossing works very well with watercolors, as the melted powder resists the colors, leaving the black color true black.

I think the background texture looks quite nice. It matches well to the brick wall patterns on the woman's face.

Here's a list of the VLVS! stamps I used for this spread:

Banksy Wall Singer
Banksy Just Because
Rows of Numbers
Carved Xs

Hope my page inspires you to get creative and to take out your own art journal :)

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Trick or Treat | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project for you. Today I have a Halloween themed mixed media scrapbook layout to share featuring some of the recently released Halloween stamps. Halloween isn't as big here in Australia as it is the US, but it is steadily growing in popularity each year. (My kids think any occasion where you get to collect candy from the neighbours is a great idea, and I am happy to hand out treats to kids who have made an effort to dress up.)

I started this page with a sheet of Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock and some Dina Wakley acrylic paints. I used the colours Lime, Sedona, Tangerine, Lemon and Cheddar. I used several methods of applying my paint - starting with a brush, then a brayer and finally, my fingers! Once I had all the colours down, I went back over it with some white acrylic and my brayer where I wanted to place my photos.

Once my background was dry it was time to pull out my stamps. I started with the awesome Spider Web in Tree Branches and stamped it several times on my page. I followed that with the Bats Over Moon at the top of my page. (I repeated the smallest bat a few times to increase the "battiness".)
I then added the Jack O'Lantern on the right side of my page, before adding the Beware Of: list in the bottom left corner. 

I love the way the black images pop against the warm colours of the paint!

With all the stamps in place, the main structure of my page was all mapped out and it was simply a matter of filling the blanks between them. 
I wanted to add an extra layer behind my photos, and reached for one of my favourite items - some paint sample cards from the hardware store. I love using these! Not only are they easy to coordinate with whatever colours you are using, but they are also free! I stamped them with the Evidence Label for some extra detail before adding them to my page.

Now it was time for some texture! I added some pieces of torn printed tissue paper; a paper doily; some small pieces of punchinella; and frayed gauze to my page and then secured it with staples.

Next, I added some small red ink splatters randomly around my page using Colour Blast 'Sunburnt' Colour Artist Ink and a small brush.

To finish off, I added some cardboard to the back of my photos to mount them up, before sticking them down on the page.

I then added some handwritten journaling with a felt pen and my page was done!

I was really happy with how this page turned out and can't wait to take some more Halloween photos this year to use these stamps again. (First I need to convince my kids to dress a little creepier this year!)

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

Stamps used:

Other materials:
- Bazzill cardstock
- Dina Wakley acrylic paints
- Tsukineko Staz On ink
- Paint sample cards
- Collage materials (tissue paper, paper doily, punchinella, gauze)
- Colour Blast Colour Artist Ink
- Felt pen, staples

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

City Morgue

We are getting closer and closer to All Hallows Eve!
I am sharing a tag with you today.  AND I made my own washi tape using a new Viva Las VegaStamp! and Dina Wakley white tape!


Stamps used:  Set of Vampire Teeth, City Morgue, Cross marks Background, Rows of Numbers


I stamped the fangs in clear embossing ink and used Ultra High Gloss Embossing powder.  Then Distress Ink in fired brick and barn door.  Splattering of water and vintage photo around the edges...

My custom washi and background stamping are the perfect finishing touches for this FANGtastic tag.

Until next time...get inky!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Mail Art from the Great Unknown

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Happy Mail Art Monday
and Columbus Day if you are here in the USA.

Now, Time for some explorer themed mail art... (with a hint of steam punk)

Stamps Used:

I started by using an A2 envelope. I stamped my 2 foreground stamps and traced my mini playing card (address label block).  

Next I created a "cloud" background with scarp paper and ink in weathered wood, hickory smoke,  and broken china distress ink. 

Next, I used my waybill/ledger stamp to add random texture and detail to the background with cornflower blue archival ink.

I also stamped my numbers randomly in watering can archival ink.  Across the top, I also added a bit of texture with my punchinella stamp. (below you can see a close up of some detail for the numbers, ledger, and texture)... you can also see I added a few flecks of black stain, and glitter spray.... I also added white dots with a white gel pen. 

Below you can see the whole picture, I added color detail, and bits of washi tape, and glitter. 

More detail...

And even more details... 

I hope you have all enjoyed this explorer themed envelope.