Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Art Journal: True Awesomeness

Hi VLVS! Friends,
Today It's my pleasure to share with you my latest art journal page I made in my new small (3.5"x5.5") Moleskine book:

I started with painting the page background with white and blue acrylic paints, mixing the paints together with a brayer and a paint dabber. Once the paint was dry I added some text patterns, first yellow dots and tiny circles and then some random texts. When stamping the texts I did not attach the stamp on an acrylic block but held it in my hand, and bend it so that only a small part of the stamp's pattern touched the page.

For stamping the lovely girl I used black Memento ink, and for coloring my Promarkers. When fuzzy cutting I left out the smallest details on her hair and on her wings, re-stamped the image on the page, and glued the fuzzy cut image on top. As finishing touch I decorated her dress with a white gel pen.

The quote text is actually longer, but for this page I used only the second half of it:

For this project I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Wishing you a nice day!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Books and Dragons in the mail

Hello Crafty People!

Happy Memorial Day and Mail Art Monday!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful day, and I hope you had an amazing weekend!

As I'm sure you know, I love creating mailart... This piece is no exception!
I loved this little dragon stamp, so it was a clear winner when I sat down to play!

(You know how a stamp just calls to you some time, this was the one that called to me when I was pondering what to create.)

Blue and Green combos are always a favorite color combo, so when it came to a dragon envelope, what better color combo to use?! 

I started by stamping the dragon in memento ink. Then I built the rest of my envelope around him. I chose to use a variety of my favorite art journal style stamps.  The edging was colored with distress oxide inks.

I colored with alcohol markers. I also used Wink of Stella clear glitter on the belly of my dragon
(you can see in the GIF below)

I hope you all like this envelope as much as me. :D 

I may have to keep this envelope around for a while! 

Have a wonderful week! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I'm late, I'm late....

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my inspiration post today !

I have made an Art Journal spread and I have gone for an Alice in Wonderland theme. I love Alice in Wonderland. Strange really if you know that I only started to read the books as an adult. I got really interested when I started crafting as the characters are great for cards, tags, journals... you name it.

This spread was made in my homemade gel printed book. I learned making this in a workshop with Birgit Koopsen. You make lots of gel printed pages and then glue them together to make a book. 
There is a video from Birgit to show the process HERE

I started with heat embossing the Dandilion here and there on the pages. I used fine detail white embossing powder by WOW. Next I stamped the background with similar colours of Archival inks as the background and with grey and black for contrast. Next I added some washi tape and stamped the rabbit and the sentiment. 

The rabbit was coloured with Copic Markers and cut out. I rest amped him onto my page and was then able to cut off small details like the watch chain. I then adhered the coloured one over the top. I also added some shading under him. 

The stamped sentiment was cut into smaller pieces and adhered to the page. A little doodling with a white pen finished the whole thing off. 

I used the following stamps:

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Art Journaling ► Majo

Good morning, my friends!

Majo here today! 

I'd like to show you another Art Journal page with one of my favorite stamps, the Scribble Heart!

I used Distress Oxides in three different colours on my watercolour paper and applied some texture with a stencil. For a bit more interest, I did some stamping with the scribble circle and the crossmarks background stamp.

I stamped the scribble heart overlapping, the second time without re-inking. 

The sentiment was stamped twice, since I changed the words just a bit.
 (Excuse me, Mr. Warhol!)

The exclamation mark is from this sentiment: 9184!

I distressed the edges, et voilĂ , ready is my journal page.

I used the following stamps:

The page was glued into the journal with Miracle Tape

Happy Crafting and a Happy week for you all ♥

Monday, May 21, 2018

"Space Girl" Mail Art | Sue Plumb

Hi VLVS friends!
Sue Plumb here today to share my project for Mail Art Monday. 
I recently held a giveaway on my Sue Plumb Designs Facebook page to celebrate {inter}National Scrapbook Day and needed to post the prize out to the lucky winner. Of course I didn't want to send a boring old box, so I took the opportunity to bust out some mail art and make the package a bit more exciting when it was received.

 I recycled a pizza box I had previously received scrapbooking supplies in so I had some details on the front I had to cover up first; which I did quickly by roughly applying some Colour Blast black heavy gesso with a wide brush. I then cut an 8x8" piece of cardstock to use for my address label and stamped out my design.

I was dying to use one of the Space Girl stamps designed by Katy Paltridge (daughter of Fiona) from the new release plate #1501, and I chose some complimentary stamps to use along with it. I used the word Starbound and also the rows of stars which were both from the astrologically themed new release plate #1500. The final stamp I chose was the Sky of Stars Background, which has been one of my recent favourites on high rotation. 

I then used a selection of Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and a water brush to add some colour to my images. (Using watercolour pencils is one of my favourite colouring methods for stamps - quick, easy, accurate, and I love the look of them.)

Once I had added all the colour, I adhered my label to the box using Miracle Tape and then used a white Sharpie pen to add some detail to give it a "galaxy" type appearance.

Then it was simply a matter of adding the recipient details to my label and sealing over it with clear packaging tape to protect it.

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

Stamps used:
- "Space Girl" from plate #1501
- "Starbound" from plate #1500
- "Rows of stars" from plate #1500

Other materials:
- American Crafts white cardstock
- Staz On ink
- Colour Blast black heavy gesso
- Faber-Castell watercolour pencils
 - white Sharpie 
- felt pen

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wall Art by Elina

A few weeks back I bought myself a new art journal book. It's a small Moleskine sized 3.5" x 5.5" with red hard covers, and with my name printed on the cover. I love it!
Now it was time to create the first page into my new book. Here's how it looks like:

I started with inking the background with a few yellow, orange and brown Distress ink. Once finished, I splashed water drops on the page, picked up the wet ink with a kitchen towel, and dried the page with my heat gun.

Before adding the collage elements on my page, I decorated the page top and bottom with pattern stamps:

For the background brick wall I took a few pages from an old book, and covered partly the printed texts by dabbing yellow, brown and white acrylic paints paints on the page. Once dry, I took out my black StazOn ink, and stamped brick wall images on the paper(s).

I fuzzy cut the stamped images, and cut some parts into smaller pieces. I glued the pieces on the page using matte collage glue and a brush. Re-building the brick wall was just like playing good old Tetris!  :)

I think this page is the perfect start for my new book. And it was so fun to create!

For my project I used the following VLVS! stamps  (click the pictures for more info):

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Trio of ATC's

Hiya!!  Michele here today with a trio of ATC's.

These ATC's are cut from a piece of kraft paper that was gelli printed with Dina Wakley paints.  It was one of my favorite prints and almost killed me to cut it up BUT I love how these ATC's ended up so I am so happy I did it!!

Stamps used are all from the latest release, Spring 2018, and at this time they are available by the plate.  They will be released individually very soon but until then I have links to the plates.  Plate 1502, this one was designed by my good friend Tina Walker and are all images of hand carved stamps she created.  The sentiment, Glitter is Always an Option, is on Plate 1501.

All of the doodling is done with my brand new Posca Paint Pens, I LOVE THEM!!!

All stamping is done with Archival ink.

I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone creates with these images!!  Make sure you share on our Viva Las VegaStamps Groupies Facebook page!!

Until next time...get inky!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A quick tag

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my first blogpost for May. I have made a tag and it wasn't without problems... lol. Sometimes you have something in your head and it just doesn't work out that way so this tag is actually my second attempt !

and.. in the end I still added the washitape and the ribbon. I didn't film this as I thought it was finished but I kept looking at it and thought it needed something else. 

Here's the video:

I have used the following stamps: 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Easy Any Occasion Cards

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share 2 easy cards that are fun for any occasion. You can easily customize these to your exact occasion needs by just switching colors or a stamp or two.

Color wheel lines
Solid color wheel
Scribble Circle
Row of Numbers
Death head Moth
Squiggly Star Collage

Other Products:
Distress ink and archival ink
A2 card bases in white
Cutter bee scissors for my fussy cutting

I started with a plain white card base in A2 size. I used to distress ink to stamp the colored images, and any black details were stamped with black archival ink.

You could add pop-dots to add depth to your card, or you could do this card with lots of masking to keep everything as flat single layer card. I chose to do mine as a few flat layers. :)

(the star, the moth, and the yellow lined color wheel were my 3 layered pieces)

I hope you enjoy these cards! Thank you for visiting.