Monday, April 30, 2018

Mail Art Monday!

Hello crafty friends! 

Tera here again to share a fun and simple
Mail Art Monday Envelope <3


If you know me, then you know mail art is my favorite thing to create! So, I am excited to get to share with you today! I decided to break the rules a bit with this envelope... Who says the envelope has to go long ways anyway? 

Stamps Used:

Other products:
A2 white envelope
distress ink (various yellows)
Archival ink (black)
Zig Clean color markers

I started by stamping the "bust of a man" on the right hand side of the envelope and again on a scrap piece of paper which I used to mask this off.  

Next I stamped the lower left part of the "flower and bird frame" stamp 
(yes, I cut my stamp apart... part of why I love buying my stamps unmounted. I know some of you will want to kill me for this, but it gets me extra use from my stamps... You could also mask that part of your stamp off when inking.) 

I then stamped the right side of "flower and bird frame" stamp. At this point I inked around the boarder of my envelope with the various yellows. 

Once my background was inked, I removed my Statue mask and begin to color all of the fine details. 
Super quick and easy!

Below you can see a "sample" address, and postage stamp... I am out of flower stamps so a trip to the post office is in my future ;-)

I hope you enjoyed this simple piece and maybe even find new ways to view some of your stamps... 
(I promise they don't cry when you cut them!)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The end is near

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my blogpost for today ! I have made another art journal page. I love making art journals and getting painty and inky !
I did film the process of making the background and putting the whole thing together and I would love it if you hopped over to my YouTube Channel.

Here is the link to YouTube: 

I have used the following stamps:

19568 - Double Coffee Rings
19569 - Mesh Texture
19572 - Tape X
19571 - Writing Triangles
19567 - Writing circles background
19134 - The end is near
18340 - Four men running
18958 - Radioactive 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Mail Art Monday with Elina

Hi VLVS! Friend,
Elina with you today, sharing with you my latest project; an envelope for our Mail Art Monday!

Oh, how I love creating mail art envelopes! This time I wanted to play with colors, and to create an envelope that would for sure bring a smile to it's receiver's face. I think that the adorable Creepy Creatures by Leslie Wood were just the right choice for the project!

For decorating the envelope I used the easy masking stamping technique: In this technique you start with stamping first the images you want to appear on top. Then you continue working towards the back, masking the already stamped images before stamping the next layer. For creating the masks you can use special sticky masking paper, but simple fuzzy cut post it notes work very well, too.

For the layered leaf background I used green Memento ink. Black stamping ink would have made the background too busy, allowing the main images to disappear into it.

Before starting the coloring with my Promarkers, I placed a few sheets of scrap paper into the envelope which blocked the colors from messing up the back of the envelope.

Inspiration for the striped frame I got from the cute striped Creature's socks and shirt :)

For this mail art project I used the followint VLVS! stamps:
Creepy Striped Creature by Leslie Wood
Creepy Creature Sitting by Leslie Wood
Doodle Leaf
Doodle Frame

Other supplies:
White envelope
Promarkers for coloring
Black marker pen and a ruler for doodling the striped frame

Wishing you a wonderful week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 20, 2018

"#EPIC" scrapbook layout | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project; and today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to show you. This page features a photo of my daughter when she first got her new tablet and her very own version of Minecraft for Christmas. (To say she was excited is an understatement.) 

For my layout, I wanted to create a background that reflected the theme and the colours that were depicted in my photo. I decided to use the Overlapping Squares stamp (designed by Corrie Herriman) and stamp out a pattern on my page that I could then colour to suit.

I used Staz On ink as I knew that I would be using a wet medium and didn't want it to run at all.

I then used Faber-Castell watercolour pencils to add splashes of colour to the squares, before blending the pencil out with a water pen.

Once the squares were coloured, I also used the pencils to add some shading around and between some of them.

Next, I wanted to add some less structured marks to balance out all the hard lines from the squares, so I used the Crackle Background stamp to add some random, organic lines. (I keep my stamps unmounted for exactly this reason - I like to be able to bend them and manipulate them to only use small areas of the stamps surface.)

I then used the It's Only a Hobby stamp to add a few phrases to my background; before using a Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray to add some random splatters around my page.

With the background complete, it was time to add some papery layers to my page. I used some patterned paper pieces from Amy Tan; along with some Project Life cards and a paper doily to create a mat for my photo and then adhered it to my page using Miracle Tape.

I added some scrap cardboard to the back of my photo to pop it up from the page; then added the word woohoo (fussy cut from another Project Life card) using foam tape on top.

For my title I used a wood veneer word from D-lish Scraps, which I coloured using Posca pens.

To finish off my page I added a Charms Creations handmade heart embellishment topped with a flair button from D-lish Scraps. 

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:

Other materials:
 - Miracle tape
- Cardstock
- Staz On ink
- Faber-Castell watercolour pencils
- Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray
- Amy Tan patterned paper
- Project Life cards
- D-lish Scraps wood veneer and flair button
- Charms Creations heart
- paper doily
- Posca pens
- felt pen

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Banksy Rolodex cards with Majo

Hello everyone,

today is my turn for another tutorial for you.

I haven't made any Rolodex cards in years. I once made a whole wheel as a present for a friend, now I thought it was time again to start a new one.

I bought some ready made cards, but they were so thin, I had to glue two together. I didn't like that, so I cut my own and use a corner rounder and the Heidi Swapp punch. It's an American Crafts Metall memorydex 2-Bay Loch punch.

I started by creating a master board with Distress Oxides, stencils and stamps:

I cut the cards (2 ¼ x 4"), rounded the corners and punched the holes for the wheel.

I stamped Banksy images and sentiments on my cards.

I wanted to get extra attention to the text, so I stamped it again on cardstock and adhered it to the cards.

All I had to do now was distress all edges and get the cards "wheeling".

These are all the stamps I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a good Wednesday and Happy Crafting ♥

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

People Are People

Michele here today with an art journal spread...I know, can you believe it?!!!

I started with a background I created with Dina Wakely paints and a stencil.  Stamping and doodling and this is what the final pages look like.

Stamps used:  Whimsical Boarder, Whimsical Lettered ManWhimsical Face with Horns, Whimsical Horned Boy, Numbers Set, Kids in Futuristic Hats, Cross Marks Background, Carved X's

I had so much fun coloring all of these characters on my page with my Prisma color pencils.

And this background...the stamping with the doodling...ahhhh.  I just LOVE it!

I had so much fun with this page!  Thanks for stopping by to see it.

Until next time...get inky!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Eat more...

Hello everyone,

For today's post I have an art journal page to show you. This cat has just got the cream eh... custard I think. lol.

The background is a mop up page from a gelli plate, you know at the end where there are so many left over paint bits. Sometimes these turn out really nice and I thought this one was great so I decided to use it for this page. I added some stamping and white splatters. After the cat was adhered I also added some more shading under him. 

He looks like he's having a great time, doesn't he ...

Not sure I'll take his advice though.. 

Anyway, I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Punk Page by Fiona

Hello my VLVS! peeps. Fiona here with you today to share a very colourful art journal spread I have created using the fabulous red rubber from VLVS!

 I really let my hair down with this one. Colour was my inspiration .... can you tell?

 I featured some of the punk style VLVS! stamps .... they are honestly some of my favourites!

 I decided that "Born To Be Wild" was the perfect sentiment for this page. I think we should all aim to be a little bit wild every now and then.

Viva Las Vegastamps! used: