Thursday, February 14, 2019

"Soul" An Encaustic Panel by Jenn Engle

Hey everyone! I am super stoked to share with you how I incorporated some VLVS with my encaustic piece.


If you want to see exactly how I made this, how I incorporated the stamps into encaustic and my inexpensive approach to encaustic be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post!


R&F Encaustic Medium
Small Crock Pot
Canvas Panel
Vintage Ephemera
Tissue Paper
Staz-On Ink Pad
Mark Making Tools
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic in Raw Umber
UmWowStudio Soul Chipboard

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

{ with love }

Tomorrow is the big day...the day of LOVE.  Happy Valentines Day!

Michele here with a trio of ATC's in honor of the king of 'heart' day...CUPID himself.

If you saw my last post, you saw a background I created with Distress Oxides for my spacey card.  Well, I had a few bits left (I never throw scraps away, HAHA) and used the leftovers for 3 ATC bases.

Ahhh, the vintage feel of these ATC's makes me sosososo HAPPY!!

Stamps used:  Writing Background, with love, Carved X's, Pears Cherub

All images are stamped in archival ink, colored with Prisma Colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.

Happy {HEART} Day!!

Until next time...get inky!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ethos tags | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have some mixed media tags to share that I created to showcase some of the fabulous "Ethos" stamps (from Plate #1502) designed by Tina Walker. 

I began by cutting my own tags from some smooth white cardstock using a tag die. I then used Ranger Distress Oxides to create a watercolour style background. I used a combination of three colours (Cracked Pistachio; Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass) and swiped each of the pads onto my craft mat. I then added a little water using a spray bottle and used the tip of my finger to swirl and mix the colours a little before dabbing the tags face down to soak up the ink.

I then set the tags aside to dry. I love the effect that this technique gives, and the fact that each tag was different.

Once the background colour was in place, it was time to add some background detail. I chose a variety of stamps to use for the backgrounds, stamping each one with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide.
The stamps I used for the backgrounds were:

I added a sentiment to the bottom of each tag using the Create Art Every Day stamp which I stamped using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide. I then used the same ink to stamp out each of the Ethos stamps I had chosen to feature on my tags. (You will see that many of the stamped images are "imperfect" - this is exactly the effect I was looking for by using the Distress Oxides and works well with the hand carved look of these stamps.)

With all of my feature images stamped out, I simply fussy cut around each one and then began constructing my tags. 
Using the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide gave me the inspiration to include a small amount of denim fabric on each of the tags. (I LOVE denim!) I simply cut some scraps from an old pair of jeans and used my Tim Holtz tiny attacher to secure the pieces onto the tags. 

I also added some messy white cotton thread onto each of the tags before using foam tape to mount each of the feature images on top. I finished off each tag by punching a larger hole at the top and tying another scrap of denim fabric through it.

The Ethos stamps I featured on my tags were:
Ethos Hands (pictured above)
Ethos Owl (at left, below)
Ethos Flower (at right, below)

From left to right below:

And finally, Ethos Seeing Double (as shown below).

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used: 

Other materials:
- Tag die
- White cardstock
- Ranger Distress Oxides
- Denim fabric
- Staples
- White cotton thread
- Foam tape

Friday, February 08, 2019

Destination unknown

Hello everyone,

For today's inspiration post I have made an art journal with a video ! Yay ! I finally dug out my Lindy's Stamping sprays again, I hadn't used them in ages ! And I absolutely love the result !

If you'd like to see how I made this then please hop over to the VivaLasVegaStamps! YouTube channel ! 

I have used the following stamps:


Other materials :

Prima Marketing Finnabair Modeling paste & Matte Medium 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage paper - botanical 
Tim Hotlz layering stencil 
Archival Inks Saffron, Tiger Lily and Jet Black 
StaZon Ink - Dove Gray
Lindy's Stampgang Star Burst Sprays - Yellow rose of Texas and Marigold Yellow Orange
Amsterdam Acrylics - Gesso 
Amsterdam Acrylics - White Titanium paint
White paint pen Molotow

I hope you enjoyed my post ! 

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Junk Journal Style Envelope Package

Hello Everyone!

I'm excited to share with you today a small paper project using 
vintage paper, lace, metal elements and 2 of my favorite

They are:

The process for this project was very easy and fun! Some crunched 
paper, ephemera, stamping, and stitches did the magic! I wanted to
create a vintage envelope package for a special and talented friend 
who is a master at creating junk journals! I love the tiny scissors 
stamp. I used it for a little tag to show that the package needs to be 
opened from that side. 

Here are some more pictures from this project:

Hope to provide with some inspiration for your future vintage projects.
With me, until the next opportunity my friends!

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Adventure Awaits

Before we get all befuddled with the next holiday let's get lost in space!!
Our February inspiration board is spacy!!

Michele here today with some spacy inspiration.

I created this any occasion card with a background that uses Distress Oxide inks, they blend SO good!!!  Some wateer splatters and 'stars' created with a white pen.

Stamps used:  Astronaut, Adventure Awaits

The astronauts are all stamped, colored and fussy cut to be adhered to the card, one is popped up for some texture.

The oxides are perfect for creating galaxy backgrounds!

All coloring was done with Prisma Colored pencils blended with Gamsol.

Make sure you play along for your chance to win some fantastic red rubbah!!  Link up here.
Can't wait to see what you create!

Until next time...get inky!!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Feeling foxy on Mail art Monday

Hello crafty friends!

Happy mail art Monday!

Stamps used:

Today I want to share a fun and bright card using Mary Vogel's awesome fox, and some of my favorite art journal style stamps. 

I started my stamping my scalloped boarder in memento black ink. 
(I then masked this off, sorry I got excited and didn't take pictures until I started coloring).

Next, I stamped the fox from Mary Vogel.  I also masked this off, and used a notecard to mask the space for the address box. I used a black micron to trace the address block. 
(I also drew a few "stitch lines around the address box" before placing the mask back down)

With everything masked off. I used distress oxide ink in peacock feathers to color the background.  To add extra depth I used a Tim Holtz layering stencil (ths061) and added twisted citron distress oxide ink. 

To color everything,  I removed all the masks.  I used blick alcohol markers to color all of the images, then I added extra details with colored pencils and a white paint pen.

Finally,  I stamped my row of numbers in black soot distress oxide ink. 

I hope you've all enjoyed this fun little envelope and feel inspired to create some too!

Saturday, February 02, 2019

February 2019 challenge :

New challenge time!

Let's get SPACEY & WHIMSICAL for February's board. Anything dreamy, galaxy, stars & moons, suns, celestial, planets, galaxies. Also think astronauts, weird scenes in space, sci-fi. What might be floating around in the galaxy of your fantasies? Just have fun & go for it!

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!
Inlinkz Link Party

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ask Permission by Guest Leanne Jago

Hello Viva Las VegaStamps!,
It is my first time here as a guest designer on the VLVS inspiration team and I am so excited to be here. **Insert squeal of delight**…
My first project I wanted to create a little mixed media piece.

Drawing inspiration from the January 2019 challenge inspiration board, combined with my love of Banksy inspired stamps and a sentiment to start the year of on a good note.  
Also, I wanted to take the time to remind myself that, as an artist I don’t need to ask permission to create whatever my soul and heart wants and desires at the time and to just enjoy the ride.

Here is a process video : 

VLV! Supplies

Other Supplies:
Index Card
Atelier Gesso Primer
DecoArt Media: Crackle Paint, Antiquing Cream Black
Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
Lindys Magical Shaker: Cowabunga Copper
Tissue Paper
Momento Ink Pad: London Fog
Tim Holtz/Ranger: Oxide Ink: Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Broken China
Stabilo All Pencil: Black
Liquid Correction Pen.

Thank you.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Art Journal Page by Jenn Engle "Love.Repeat."

Hey everyone! I have an art journal page to share with you today. I just love the hand carved look of the Ethos Woman by Tina Walker stamp, so I had to give her a page of her own. To see exactly how I made this page, you can watch the process video at the bottom of this post.



Other Supplies Used:
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks
Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Grid Stencil
Stabilo Marks-All
Dina Wakley Media Washi Tape
Liquitex Acrylic Ink

Thanks for looking!