Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Steampunk Vamp by Tracy Blackwolf

 Hello Everyone!!

           Here is my new blog post for this week...Its a mixed media piece...Enjoy..

So first I created the background by spreading texture paste all over a canvas tile. I have it at a  different thickness  on two corners just to give more depth. I then sprayed with red and some black Glimmer Mist. Then wait for the paste to dry overnight. I then made some gears and bat wings  using a mould. painted those with black Gesso and red acrylic paints. Once dry I stamped the bats all over in black ink. I stamped the vampire and moon and painted with shimmering H2O's and fussy cut them out.

Once the wings were dry, I used Guilding glue and a paint brush to add some metallic dual color flakes to the wings. I love this stuff! 

I also stamped dripping blood stamp on the moon. Then I used hot glue and started to assemble all the parts onto the tile. The last thing I did was add some amber wax paste here and there for highlights.
Stamps Used:
Bats   18909
Moon  19507
Dracula  17686
blood drip 18961
Other products:
Finnabair moulds.. Wings andbones,Machine parts
Amazing casting Resin quick cure
Chromo Flakes
Prima amber lights wax paste

Hope you Enjoyed and are Inspired!

Monday, May 10, 2021


Hello everyone!

Today I made a postcard with LOTS of glitter!  Well, who doesn't like a bit of glitter to cheer up our dull days? 

I used smooth card, sized 4 x 6" and put some colour down in the middle with Distress Inks 

I stamped my main image and coloured her in with Polychromos pencils

Once I'd stuck the image onto the card, I put glitter on the dress and dripping down to the ground, with so it looks like she is "shedding" glitter!

Lastly, I added the sentiments and drew a border round the edge of the postcard.

Hope you like it!

Stamps Used:

Lady Posing    SKU 18615

Everywhere She Went   SKU 19919

Glitter Whore   SKU 19918

Other Products:

Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet

Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne

Black Fine liner

Polychromas pencils

Holographic glitter

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Mini Art Journal page - by Arwen

 Hi Lovelies 💜

Welcome to the VLVS Inspiration Blog.

Today, it's my turn to share my project.

I decided to create a new tiny art journal.


The stamps, I used:

 - Banksy We are clever

- Whimsical bug

- Whimsical circle face Lady

Other materials:

- Staz on

- Stencils

- Texture paste Nuvo

- Distress Ink reinker

- Color spray Dylusion Shimmer spray

- Canson paper

 I hope, you like my little page :)

See ya soon with a new project.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Fancy A Cuppa??

 Who is ready to meet ALL their friend for a cuppa and CATCH UP??!!  I am and have been for a LONG time!!

This tag is inspired by my dream of restrictions being lifted!

My tag background is Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Spray.  The images are stamped in Archival Ink and colored with Prisma and Jolly Colored Pencils.

The washi acting as a 'table' is a 10mm designed by Tina Walker.  Fantastic isn't it??

I had a scrap of some paper twine from May Arts that finished off my tag perfectly!

The bright colors of the macarons make me smile and I am hopeful we can grab a cuppa soon!!

Until next time...get inky!

ATCs with a twist - Nutrition facts

Hey everyone,

Today I'm sharing an interactive and snarky artist trading card tutorial with you. They are easy to make, but nevertheless so fun. Let's get started!

Here's a little video of how it looks when you unfold them:


Since I made two ATCs, I cut two bases with a hight of 3 3/8 inch and a width of approximately 4 1/2 inch. I made a seam at 2 3/8 inch but didn't fold it yet. So one part of each card was a little smaller than an ATC. On the other part I stamped the hilarious lady on a scale. I placed her in a way that she almost touches the upper and lower edge. I cut everything that's right from her as well as between her legs and inked the edges with a black marker. 

Next I added some color blending with three different oxide inks to the inside of the card (where nothing is stamped) and a little speckled egg to the front next to the woman. I didn't do any masking here, just tried not to blend over the lady too much.

Then I stamped the nutrition facts to the inside and a fun quote next to the woman: 'I'm allergic to food. I break out in fat."

I colored her in quickly with my ZIG markers and folded the card after everything was dry. To keep the card closed, I wrapped a rose ribbon around the card and tied a bow to it. With double sided tape I added the folded part to some ATC sized pieces of black cardstock. The tape also keeps the ribbon in place.

Do you like interactive cards and ATCs as much as I do?

Here are some more detail photos:


Stamps used:
Lady on scale (18492)
Nutrition facts (4335)
I'm allergic to food (18391)

Other material:

- Canson watercolor paper
- black cardstock
- Oxide Inks (black soot, broken china, speckled egg)
- blending tool
- score board
- ZIG real brush markers
- double sided tape
- ribbon

See you soon!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Choose your own adventure ► Majo

Good Morning, my friends,

 today I’d like to show you a tag I made with a Banksy stamps, I have used so many times, I just love the little gal.


I stamped her on a piece of watercolor paper I had inked before with distress inks in different shades of green and turquoise. I stamped the “Sky of Stars” for more texture. I cut out the circle. I also stamped her on a piece of design paper and glued the circle on top. 

After stamping my sentiment, I adhered it to the panel and glued it on to the tag. A little piece of lace, two wooden charms and ready is my creation for today.

 The Stamps I have used:




Stay safe, my friends, and find time to craft ♥









Art journal cover - Soul of a mermaid

 Hi everyone,

Recently, I was invited to a letter journal round robin - actually the first time I'm participating in something like that. Today I'm sharing my cover for this letter journal. 

If you're not familiar with this form of art journal swaps, I'll give you a short explanation: Everyone who participates creates a journal that fits into a standard envelope. The journals are sent around in a circle, the recipient creates a spread in it and sends it to the next person and so on. Once the journal returns to the owner, it is filled with lots of pretty pages by the other artists.

I created a quick blue background base with acrylic paints applied with a baby wipe. On top, I added some stenciling with the same colors, just introducing a light grey shade as a new one. I dried the paints very well and then doodled around one of the stencil patterns with a fine black pen to accent the design. Also, I added some spatters with watered down acrylic paint.

Next I added some background stamping with the dictionary page as well as the invoice/waybill stamp, both stamped with teal and only partly to create just a subtle background element.

Because of the aqua tone of the cover I thought of the mermaid stamp and chose it as a focal image for the front. I stamped the mermaids onto watercolor paper, colored them with ZIG markers, cut them out and inked the edges with a black marker. As they screamed for something to be placed onto, I combined that with the title. I die cut the words into some black cardstock, tore the edges with the help of a ruler and placed a nice shimmery paper from my scrap collection under it.

I glued the elements down and stamped the mermaid and sailor quote on the back. After making the the fold, I inked the edges (as well as the fold) with a blending tool.


Stamps used:
Dictionary Page (19015) 
Waybill/Invoice Background (19416)
Mermaid Trio (18187)
Soul Of A Mermaid Mouth Of A Sailor (20639)

Other material:
- Canson watercolor paper
- black cardstock
- shimmer or glitter paper
- acrylic paints (Lukas: arctic, turquoise, prussian blue, light grey || Liquidex: bright aqua green)
- Archival Ink (paradise teal, seafarer)
- Versafine Claire Ink (nocturne)
- ZIG real brush markers
- stencils (Lemon Creation: broken circle
|| A.B. studio: arches || Dina Wakley: fractured circles)
- alphabet dies (Tim Holtz: gift card bag with alpha)
- black fineliner

See you soon!

Monday, April 26, 2021

PaperDolls by Tracy Blackwolf

            Hello Everyone! 

  So for this weeks project I did something a bit different....I was very inspired by the stamp Striped Leggings. I went a bit wild and made eight paper dolls !

It took a bit of trial and error matching up some of the torsos with the legs but I'm happy how they turned out...I stamped the legs first on a postcard size paper, then I stamp the torso using a clear acrylic block so I can see about where to stamp it. I used both sides of the card if I didn't get a good fit the first time.
I then used color pencils and Shimmering H2O's water colors to color them all in. After that I fussy cut them all out. For the Bride of Frankenstein, I hand cut a Waist and arms out of black paper to give her a torso. The fun comes when you embellish them....from wings to crystals to tiaras.. you can get pretty crazy and add as much as you like. Then they can be added to a tag or a canvas or a could even add a magnet and stick them to your fridge.
They were really fun to make and now I look for more stamps to use with these legs!! 
I hope you enjoyed and that you are inspired to make your own dolls too! You could even cut out the face of a loved one and stick to the face for a personalized paper doll. Until next time...get Arty!!

Stamps used:

Striped Leggings   19639

Snake Lady            19113

man grabby hands  4800

Bride of Frankenstein 19906

screaming lady hands  4408

Marilyn cake   929

pretty witch       1639

Lady big hands and mouth  14930

Egyptian lady   817

Other products used:

Wing 3D emboss and cut TH


Shimmering H2Os water colors paints

color pencils

Dream BIG

Hello everyone!
Today I am showing you a tag I made using the lovely Raven. I hope you like it!

To make it, I first brayered colour onto a tag with Distress Inks, and sprinkled water on the edges to bleach out some colour.

I then stamped my images, before colouring in some detail and blending some darker colours around the edges with Distress Inks.

I made the sentiment and decided to keep it white, but thought it needed a border around the edge, which I just did freehand (can you tell, ha ha!)  I put it on sticky tabs to raise it from the tag.

Lastly, I found some wool and fibres to decorate the tag.

That's all folks! See you next time!

Stamps used:

Raven Looking Up            SKU 20269
Birds on a Wire                 SKU 13039
Dream Big                         SKU19047
Cross Marks Background SKU 20165
Brick Background            SKU 19077

Other Items Used:

Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Forest Moss, Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover.
Sticky tabs


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Life Is Now In Session

 It seems that my last couple of projects have been tags and it looks like I was inspired again to create another tag.  But aren't tags FUN??!

And of course I always like to have some painted papers handy to choose from.  This is Dina Wakley acrylic paint brayered on to a piece of Ranger kraft cardstock.  I LOVE the bits of kraft peeking through the paint!!!

I was just in sunny Florida so I have sunshine and blue skies on my mind!

Stamps used:  Couple Kissing, Expanding Rays Silhouette, Life Is Now In Session

Our couple is stamped in Archival ink and colored with Prisma Colored Pencils.  They are ground with a bit of Um Wow Studio rusty washi tape.

I stamped the rays in Distress Paint, mustard seed and ripe persimmon.  A little dab of broken china on our chip cloud just ties the sun and sky together!

I am certainly ready for more fun in the sun and DEFINATELY ready for life to be back in session!!

Until next time...get inky!!