Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Her Sparkly Star Shaped Self - August Challenge Inspiration

Hi all, it's Cheetarah here and I've made a little something for you to inspire you for our August Challenge. I have made an index sized art card inspired by the colors and imagery from our mood board below

Isn't it gorgeous and don't you just long for a summer sunset at the beach? 
It has inspired me to make the following

I am just absolutely in love with that Fancy Mermaid, the large moon and all the mixed media journaling stamps from the latest release. I've mixed a few oldies too, like the sentiment which is is a part of Tired of trying to cram stamp, which I LOVE! A full list of stamps and materials used is below. 

I also have a filmed the process which you can watch here:

Hope you enjoyed that and inspired you to play along with our monthly challenge :)

List of stamps used:

Other materials:
Gelli printed papers of which you can see the process HERE 
alcohol markers 
Staz-On inks store grey, midnight blue, azure
distress crayons 
liquitex titanium white INKS

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mail Art Monday with Jenn Engle

Hey friends! Today I have an envelope to share with you.

Stamps Used:

I started out by putting a layer of gesso on my envelope. I taped off the center of Bug Specimens because I just wanted the frame. I could then heat emboss with black embossing powder to get a blank space for the address. Then, I heat embossed Wildflowers Silhouette with white embossing powder. I did this so it would act as a resist for the next step. 

I added some Distress Oxide Ink to my background to make it look like the sky. Where I had embossed the flowers, there was no ink and you can see the flowers perfectly now!

While my background dried, I took a piece of cardstock and several colors of Distress Ink and used a paintbrush to splatter all over the paper. I used Distress Inks, but any kind of watercolors or even acrylic paint would work. It just needs to be thin enough to be able to splatter with a paintbrush. Once I was happy with all the colors, I stamped Butterfly Specimens and fussy cut several of the butterflies. 

I glued the butterflies down with several strings of yellow thread behind them to make them stand out. I also only put glue on their bodies so their wings could stand up. If I was going to send this thru the mail on its own, I would skip the thread and adhere the butterflies completely. 

Finally, I splattered some watered down Dina Wakley Acrylic in Lemon around the envelope and that was it! To see exactly how I made this, you can check out the process video!

Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide Ink
Distress Ink
Black and White Embossing Powder
VersaMark Clear Ink Pad
Yellow Acrylic Paint

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Feed your soul

Hello everyone,

and welcome to VivaLasVegaStamps! Blog. Today I have an art journal page to share.

This AJ page was made on a gelli print. I added texture to it with a Lego block and a flower stencil. 

I stamped the background and used another flower stencil and white paint to add some more interest. 

I then stamped the tree, lengthened the base and added the sentiment. 

I used the following stamps :

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Choose To See the Good Stuff!

Hey everyone Shanna here! I have a new art journal spread to share with you all. I am thrilled to be playing with the newest stamps that were just released and in case you missed them head on over and check them out here!

I had such a blast creating this spread and made a video so you can see. Grab a drink and watch how I made it!  

Here are some close ups. I love the new plate 1495 the best because you can create some really fun backgrounds. They all are really great.

Stamps Used:

Other Items:
ColorBox Pigment Ink - Frost White
StazOn Black Ink
Dina Wakley Paints 
Gelli Plate
WOW Embossing Powder - Black

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to share your own VLVS creations in the Facebook Group

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Art Journal Page Tutorial by Susanne

Hi there!

Susanne here today and I'm sharing a step by step art journal project. This one is made in my homemade traveler's journal. I used gelli printed papers as my base pages.

Use gel medium and adhere the mixed media die cuts to the page. Cover it with a layer of gesso. Stamp the main image and the sentiment on tissue paper, cut it out and adhere it to the page.

Now it's time to add colour with Brusho powders. I sprinkle the pigments onto my page and spread them arround with a wet brush. I am adding colour until I am happy with the result.
While I am drying the colours with a heat tool I am spritzing water droplets with the Distress Sprayer onto the page to create some more texture.

I make the Dancing Lady pop out more by adding a shadow around her. I'm using an Inktense pencil.

Finally I add some stamping:

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Viva Las VegaStamps!
Tired of Trying to Cram 1
Dancing Lady
There is a Universe
You are Beautiful
Howling Coyote Silhouette
Straggly Pine Trees 
Archival Ink
Sizzix Tim Holtz Mixed Media Dies
Distress Sprayer
Gel Medium
Tissue Paper

Monday, August 07, 2017

MailArt Monday with Michele

Today is Mail Art Monday but first... let's wish a very Happy Birthday to Miss DeeDee!  Hope it is an AMAZEBALLS kind of day!!

OK, now back to business...Michele here today with a whimsical envelope.

I mixed some of the brand new stamps with a fun one from last year,

Distress Oxide Ink for the background and Prisma colored pencils added color to the images.

There you have it!
Until next time...get inky!!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Always remember you are beautiful - by Cheetarah

Hi everyone! It's Cheetarah here and I've got a little mixed media piece I wanted to share with you today.

The really fun Whimsical Jester stamp and You are Beautiful phrase are my focal points. I have used some pigment powders, modeling paste, gelli printed deli papers and home made stencil for this piece. A full list of the stamps and materials used are listed below. I also have recorded the process video for this which you can see here on our Time2Stamp channel: 

So what I didn't film was the piece it started on. It was a huge cardboard piece which was mixed with collage elements and left over stamped images which I then toned down with gesso and cut up into smaller pieces to work on. On this piece I also used the papers the VLVS! unmounted rubber comes with, like the Birds on the wire. In the end I didn't use that stamp, but the paper element of it was there. I quite like how this piece turned out :) 

Here are some more close up's:

Stamps used: 

Staz-On jet black, midnight blue, vibrant violet, black cherry, royal purple 
Color Bursts mustard, merlot, indigo 
Lindy'magical shaker oompah loompah pink 
Liquitex modeling paste and INKS! in white and gold
Art medium glue 
Tissue papers 
Random collage papers and gelli printed deli papers 
Tim Holtz Sizzix mixed media die cut for my stencil 
Black pearl rub on
Black soot distress crayon. 

Hope you enjoyed this :) Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Index Card Art by Jenn Engle

Hey everyone! I have a small piece of art to share today using this big, beautiful moon from the newest stamp release. 
Stamps Used:

This card is fairly simple, as I wanted to highlight the Moon stamp. I started out by "smooshing" several colors of ink spray onto my background.

After that, I did some background stamping. Then, I heat embossed the moon so it would stand out. 

I added some phrase stickers, black scribbles around the edges with a FineLiner and that was it! You can check out the video at the end of this post to see exactly how I made this card and the names of all the products used.

Other Products Used:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Ink Sprays
Twinkling H2o's
Clear VersaMark Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Phrase Stickers

Process Video:

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August Challenge!

It's time for a NEW Challenge!

Can you believe this challenge? um. YUM?! there is SO much goodness happening here.. we're featuring Michele Kosciolek's new TASSEL stamps! Plus anything sea or ocean related like shells, starfish, coral, sand, water and more. Don't forget to include some scenery and a lovely mermaid or two! Color choices are totally up to you, we've used pinks, purples, oranges, a dab of yellow, beautiful blues and teals & a delicious warm gray. TONS to choose from!

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!