Friday, April 17, 2015

It's 5 o'Clock Somewhere... With a TWIST!

Welcome to Viva Las Vegastamps! Susan here with a tutorial perfect for celebrating happy hour. It's been quite a week and I can certainly use one of these after tax day.

For my creation today, I'm using just one image - "Martoony #9179". By stamping on deli paper, I'm going to seamlessly layer this onto another monoprint on deli paper to get a painterly feel without all the fussy cutting. I stamped the image onto deli paper using black StazOn ink.

While that is drying, I quickly paint a sheet of white cardstock with DecoArt® Americana ® Neons Thermal Green acrylic paint using a recycled gift card to spread the paint over the sheet. WHOA that is bright! I will use this as my base layer.

I place my stamped image over my monoprint and plan placement. I want to add a little color to my martini before tacking down.


Using a small paintbrush, I fill in the liquid with some of the neon green diluted with a bit of water; and tint the glass with diluted Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint. 


I tear out my image from the larger section of deli paper and now I'm ready to assemble. Using a matte gel medium, I spread a layer onto the base green painted cardstock and press my monoprint into it. I use my makeshift scraper to smooth down and add a layer of gel medium to the top. 

I repeat the process with the martini glass. I used a small paintbrush to apply gel medium to the back of my image, pressed it down, then used the scraper to flatten down. I love the seamless look and my three layers are now one. Now I'm ready to do my favorite part... hand color!


I used my Sakura of America Gelly Roll® Stardust® Pens to add color to the glass and lime twist - this makes them pop! Using the Versamarker {this is a pen filled with Versamark ink} I strategically placed the clear fluid to apply a small amount of Violet Pearl WOW Embossing Powder to give that liquidy shimmer.

"Time for Happy Hour with Van Gogh"

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Other Supplies: Deli paper; monoprinted deli paper using Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic paints {Cadmium Orange Hue and Cerulean Blue} on a Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate; white cardstock; DecoArt® Americana ® Neons Thermal Green acrylic paint; Mermaid Lagoon Ranger Distress Paint; Versamarker; Violet Pearl WOW Embossing PowderSakura of America Gelly Roll® Stardust® Pens; paintbrush; recycled gift card; and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium.

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Thanks so much for dropping by! It's a brand new month - check out the April inspiration board... just makes you want to get inky. Join us and play along with the April inspiration challenge {CLICK HERE for details}. Just make a creation using the inspiration above and your stash of VLVS! stamps... you could win more RUBBER!

Have you seen the four new plates of stamps that are on pre-sale??? CLICK HERE to feast your eyes! Take some time to browse around the blog here and the amazing creations from the entire VLVS! Team... there's so much amazing inky inspiration to see!

If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my blog, sbartist : painting in the dark HERE. Hope you have a fabulous day!!  Sb

Thursday, April 16, 2015

When the moon is full...

Hello everyone,

Today I have a postcard for you. It might give you some inspiration to play along with our challenge  this month. Here it is:

This postcard was started with a piece of white card stock measuring 6" x 4". I painted it around the edges with a pinky/purply colour from a kids water colour set.  Next I glued a dictionary page over the top of it with gel medium. I pulled some bits off,  so the pink from the original card was visible again. I distressed the edges of the card with my scissors (I do not own one of those distressing tools) and aged it slightly with a blending tool and Distress Ink, I used Walnut Stain. 
Next I punches some circles and coloured them, cut them in half and adhered them to the card. I then put a stencil over it and drew the stars. I just went around the stars with a pen and then filled them in. 
 Next I did a bit of background stamping and I thought that nicely finished off the background. The moon was stamped next; once on the card and once on white paper. I cut out just the moon from the white paper and glued it on the moon on the card. I used another bit of white paper and a punch to create the scallops and the black and white check was done with a fineliner. The last thing I did was stamp the lovely fairy, colour her and age her as well with the same distress ink so she was not too bright. I glued her on the checkered border and that was that ! 

I used the following stamps :

18415 - Large fairy lady from plate 1367

This is the inspiration board that the card is based on:

I used the following elements: 
dictionary - script - stars - moon - checker - tan - distressed - old - pink - scallops - half circles 

Why not play along this month and win yourself some lovely rubber ! 

Thanks for stopping by today ! 

Corrie x 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bleached fox

Hi Hermine here with a tutorial. Using black paper and bleach. Hope you like it.

step 1: Take a piece of black paper, test it first to see if it will bleach, not every paper does. Take a round sponge and dip into bleach and stamp on paper. Do the same with a little one, this one did splash a bit so they look more like stars, but I don't mind, even more so I like it, it matched the dark background.

step 2: Take a stylus tool and tip with a ring shape, dip into bleach and stamp onto the large circles. Take a little round sponge, dip again into bleach and stamp again in the middle of the circle. Take a brush and splatter some bleach.

step 3: Take the clockface 19468 and dip into bleach and stamp onto the right side of the card. Clean the stamp asap.

step 4:  Stamp the cute fox in coat 19158 with Versamark and emboss with black embossing powder.

step 5: Take an old brush and discolour the inside of the fox .Stamp Writing Circles background 19567 with bleach on the left hand side of the card to balance the card a bit more.

step 6: Glue this card onto a double kraft paper square card.

Hope it inspires you.

Warmly Hermine

Used materials:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Feed Your Soul

Hello everyone and welcome to a new and awesome day for inspiration. 
Shanna here with a new art journal spread to share and it was extremely fun to create as I was testing some colors out to see if I would like them. 

I started out with the stamp Writing Circles Background - 19567 stamped it across my spread using the Mustard Seed Distress Paint, and with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint I used the stamp Writing Triangles - 19571

I then splashed some Abandoned Coral Distress Stain on my craft mat, spritzed the puddle with water, and smoothed my pages in the puddles. I also did the same thing using some Mustard Seed Distress Ink. I really love the color scheme of this spread. 

Then I started stamping the rest of my images with some black ink. I started with the Banksy Girl Watering TV Antennae - 19603, then stamped the Three Staples 19576 in a couple places, the

I stamped the Double Coffee Rings - 19568 on the opposite side of the journal to help create a little bit of a balance. I stamped my sentiment Feed Your Soul - 18926 on some white paper and cut it up to add it to the journal page using a gel medium. 

I used my Big Brush pen to shadow the sentiment well make it pop and be bolder. 

Thank you so much for stopping by don't forget to keep coming back for more inspiration from the team!

Thursday, April 09, 2015


Hi, hi!!  Michele here today with a quick and easy background technique that you are going to love!!
You will need watercolor paper, Distress Ink, an acrylic block and spray bottle with water.

 Now I wasn't planning on being inspired by this month's challenge BUT it has been swimming around in my head for a couple of days...

 I created a pair of cards with my background technique.

My color isn't quite and razzleberry-ish but I was also inspired by checkerboard, dictionary, circles and whimsical.

VLVS!: Writing Circle Background, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and March Hare.

I just love fussy cutting VLVS! images, they are perfect for popping up!

Other items used: G45 Mother Goose, Distress Markers, Um Wow Studio Checkerboard Mask, Dylusion Paint-black, Dylusion Spray-white, Archival Ink, white pen.

I left off the sentiment because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted...what do you think??

Can't wait to see your entry this month!!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Homemade Project Life

I bought the W R Memory Keepers 3 x 4 punch from Winners for like $16.99 and thought I would give it another try.  The last time I couldn't figure out how to open the darn thing so I returned it, plus I had bought it from my local scrap store for $33 so this time the price was right. 
I got the one with the square corners and that way I could either leave them square or round them myself with my paper rounder.

I wanted to do a page Project Life style using papers I cut with the new punch as well as Viva Las VegaStamps!.  How did I like using the punch you ask? It was pretty easy once I figured out how to open it but you do need to use a little force and it got tiring on the hands.  You wouldn't want to make a day of this that's for sure!

NOTE: you have to push down at the exact same time as unlocking this unit. I googled everywhere for this information and had to figure it out myself.  They should indicate this in the directions but they don't. 

I think this will help me use up more of my 12 x 12 papers and it will also be handy for cutting down any 4 x 6 photos.  Here are the papers I cut using a variety of ones from my massive, guilt inducing stash:
I liked how these all went together so I placed some of them onto my pocket page
Then I got the pictures I wanted to use and placed them onto the page as well and placed a few more things on.
Then I started adding some embellishments
Here is my finished page using the couple kissing, the man and woman symbol , the tag and the large arrow heart.
and here is the project without the watermark as it's cutting off the bottom of the page
and a couple close ups

I hope you enjoyed my project and until next time!

Monday, April 06, 2015


Hello!  Mary here with a Spring-inspired card set.

I began by stamping the Butterfly Gossamer/Large image with VersaMark ink and embossing it with Wow embossing powder in Primary Ebony.

I LOVE this image!!  Because it's 4 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches in size, it can totally rock the whole front of a card without much else needing to be done.

Next, I wet the inside of the image with a wash of water before I began 'watercoloring' with a few colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang spray ink.

In total, I painted up five cards, but here's a peek at three.

When I was done coloring them up, I spattered a bit of ink to fill up a bit of that white space.

Since I wanted to wrap these pretties up as a set, I decided to create a closure with another stamped butterfly on vellum.  StazOn ink is my favorite ink for stamping on vellum, as it dries well on non-porous surfaces.

To finish up my closure, I fussy cut out the butterfly, and added it to the top of a clothes pin with some thread and sequins.

And here's a peek at the set.  I decided to stamp a sentiment at the end and used the 'FLY' portion of the Get Cape Wear Cape Fly image.

To bundle up my set, I just wrapped some May Arts silk ribbon in a couple of colors around them and clipped it in place the butterfly clip.


Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you've found a bit of stampy inspiration.  Now, go grab your favorite VLVS! rubber and get to stamping!!

xx Mary