Saturday, October 01, 2016

October Challenge - Demonic

Hiiii! We are here with the October Challenge and it is a bit spooky... but rest assured we do not require you to get spooky with your entry. Just be inspired by a single element OF our mood board. 

Here it is :


You might draw inspiration from the star and or stars, the text, dictionary, the numbers, the list aspect, stripes, oranges & tans, blacks & whites, neutrals in general, a SPLASH o' color (any color,) the demonic little being, other stamps by Mary Vogel Lozinak and or anything else you find inspirational about our mood board. 

Don't forget the rules:
-Create a new project based on our inspiration board (it has to be posted this month, but you can certainly link up to other challenges as well!)
-Use at least one (but certainly more if you want) Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps
(We are now allowing competitors stamps to be on your work, but please make VLVS! the focus of the project, thank you.)
-Post it to your blog with a link back to us
-Upload to our linky using your direct blog post link (You may also upload via facebook, flickr or other gallery)
You could win a Project Spotlight post on our blog + some new rubber of course.
And visit us back here for inspiration!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

witching hour



hi there lovelies
Kassa here again...

i've got my spook on early and brought you this 'witching hour' mini journal page that's full of color and FUN! FUN! FUN!


how adorable and awesome is creepy creature sitting stamp designed by the fabulous Leslie Wood - heeheehee :-) i just couldn't resist sitting her on the Tim Holtz Ideaology broomstick, she is just the PERFECT size, too darn cute!





in the background i overstamped the design open circles stamp which helps give depth to the many layers of paints and markerpen doodles.  

around the edges i randomly stamped doodle frame, i used this little gem of a stamp with a little black ink on this particular page to help draw your eye away from the main image, thus enables the eyes to travel around the page in an easy flow. 



Dina wakley Media Paints were layered with a touch of Golden Fluid Neon translucent Acrylics, doodled with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons & doodled with marker pens...

and how relaxing it is to colorise Leslie Wood's amazing 'Creepy Critters' with my various coloring pencils :-)))

HAPPY HALLOWEEN eeeeeeeep!

thanks for stopping by today, you can leave me some love if ya likes and if you want to find more of my 'Happy Art' here's where to look...

instagram - where i post the most :-)))
facebook - where i post frequently...
blog - where i post infrequently 'tut, tut, tut lol'

Mwah Kassa xoxo



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Almost Halloween!!!

Michele here today to share two Halloween cards.  One is a CAS card and one is a stamped scene.
Halloween cards are one of my favorites to make.  You really can get away with anything, all you need is your imagination (and some AWESOME Viva Las VegaStamps!!!)

First the CAS card:


I used the Bat Skeleton and Oct. 31 on this card.


The little bats are from Um Wow Studio, bat confetti.



The paper is Authentique and Bazzill.  Of course there had to be a little bit of splatter with Distress Stain.  I also used the Distress Stain to color the ribbon.

Next is a spooky scene card:


I used the Gnome Skeleton, Gnome Lady Skeleton, Gnome Large, Cemetery, Spooky and Full Moon stamps.


I did some masking with the gnome skellies.


Do you think this gnome is a little scared??  I used more of the bat confetti from Um Wow.


I used Distress spray for the erie background, Authentique and Bazzill paper and archival ink.

Be sure to check out our Facebook fan page, Viva Las VegaStamps! Groupies.  You can always find LOADS of inspiration there!!  You also still have time to link up to our inspiration challenge for September, click here.

Until next time, get inky!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's mailart Monday !!!

Hello everyone,

and welcome to Mailart Monday !




For this post I have made an envelope. I also took some photos along the way to show you how to make this:




I used the gelli plate and some of the techniques I learned in Birgit Koopsen's workshop. 

Here's how:



First, mask off the bit where the address has to go. I used some all over sticky post-it note for this. It did come off every time I printed but I just stuck it back on. 



Next, paint.. not too much and 2 or 3 colours. I used 2 yellows and an orange..




Roll them out with a brayer..



And print your envelope. This is the first layer.




I used the leftovers on the plate to do the back of the envelope. 




Next more paint, in darker or contrasting colours. Add texture with stamps, bottle caps etc.. 




I printed this on the right hand side of the envelope.. I continued doing this with different colours all over the envelope until I was happy.. 
Make sure, when using stamps to wash them straight after use as you don't want dried paint on them. 



This is the envelope after I finished printing.. (front)




And here is the back. 




Now for the stamping. The world is your oyster really, use what you like, where you like. I chose some Banksy inspired stamps. 




As you can see Salvador Dali did't stamp very well but this is easily rectified with a black marker. I used a Faber Castell Pitt artist pen, big brush.. 





et voila ! fixed ! 




Next I did some doodling with black and white pens and also some more stamping which I forgot to photograph but I am sure you got the idea ! 

And here is the finished envelope again front and back.






I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I have compiled a list of all the stamps I have used for this:


Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 





Friday, September 23, 2016

Abstract Art Journal Page

Hello VLVS peeps! Fiona here with you today to share a little art journal page I have been working on. I have been inspired to create some abstract journal pages recently and the best addition to these pages are the amazing Viva Las Vegastamps!


My process ....... there is no process!!

Well that's not 100% true because I do always start by choosing my colors and then add them randomly to my page (with my fingers).


For me at the moment it is all about the layers. So after I add some color, I add some white gesso to fill the gaps and blend it all together and then I'll add some black to add contrast.


I am obsessed with circles at the present moment so everything I make has circles on it! The Doodle circle stamp is my ABSOLUTE favorite stamp to use on a journal page.


After a lot of adding and covering and scribbling with a pencil and then scribbling some more with a pen, I finally get to a point where I will add some stamping. 


With this particular page I've also added some old stamps. I find ephemera so interesting and I love to use it as inspiration for my projects.


Viva Las Vegastamps Used:

Grunge Numbers can be found on plate 1444

I hope you've enjoyed my art journal page and sort of understand the process not process that I follow!!

See you again soon xx



Thursday, September 22, 2016

August WINNERS

Hiya folks -- we have some winners to announce from our August Challenge!

The voted winner is.. Julie S.!! with this fabulous piece:



and our random winner is... Krisy!!!

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!!! >> If both ladies could email me @ deedee430@gmail.com we can get you a prize in the mail. be sure to include your shipping address. :)

And please feel free to use the following graphic, you can even link it back here to us to show which challenge you won! 


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Greetings from Banksy

Hello World! 

Tera here...

Today I want to share some quick and easy any occasion cards I created using some of the Banksy stamps on my ever growing stack of gelli prints. 

(if you are like me you probably have a stack or some master boards lying around... so grab some and cut those bad boys up!!!)

 ... If you don't have any, then grab a brayer or sponge dobber and slap some paint on some cardstock for bases.. lol (thats basically what my bear card is) ...




The reason I love Banksy stamps on these is because they are so bold they will show up on busy backgrounds, or shine on simple ones too! Basically you can't go wrong!! 

(stamps used listed at the bottom) 



I also used some crayola slick sticks and Tim Holtz distress crayons for some extra shading and the circle doodles. For some added grunge I flicked black dylusions sprays randomly also... the black marker is micron for the extra doodles. 

Stamps Used: 
Plate 1482 (you save $ if you buy as a plate)


Thank you for visiting!
I hope you've enjoyed these fun off the wall greetings! 
(I need to make more so I can use up my growing gelli print stack!)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Skulls and bones



Hi all!!
This months inspiration challenge is SPOOKTACULAR!!


Michele here today with some challenge inspiration...this month I did a canvas inspired by bones, skeletons, spooky, creepy halloween!

I have a little tutorial on the background to share but first, here is my canvas.


I started building my background with an Um Wow Studio stencil and some heavy gesso.


While that was drying I used some of the Tim Holtz tissue and stamped the Skull several times in grey ink.


In black archival ink I stamped the Humerus Bone around the edge of the canvas.


On the canvas I sprayed Antique Linen Distress Spray and water.


After some dry time...I used matt medium to put down the tissue.


I did a little random stamping with the Smear/Smudge and Ink Drips with brown archival inks.


The skulls on the tissue look like a watermark!!


I just love background stamping!!


And a look at the crackle in my resin skull cast using Amazing Casting Products.  Thanks to Tina Walker for the use of her mold!!!
I also used a chip cobweb from Um Wow Studios, a fuzzy spider from my stash, black thread, thickers and cheese cloth srayed with Distress Spray.


I hope you are inspired!!!  You can link up your creation here.

Until next time, get inky!!