Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Cat | Sue Plumb

Happy Halloween everyone!
Sue Plumb here with my latest design team project for you. In keeping with the Hallowen spirit, today I have a creepy mixed media scrapbook layout to share using some of the recently released Halloween stamps and a snap of our family cat. Unfortunately our furry boy has a bit of a reputation for giving my daughter a scratch or a nip, so I made this page especially for her. (She instantly proclaimed it to be her favourite page I have ever made and it is already framed and up in her room! haha)

I went with a different size for this layout - opting for an 8.5x11" size page, instead of the usual 12x12" I usually create. I started with a piece of white cardstock, and added some Dina Wakley acrylic paints to the background. First 'Elephant', followed by 'Umber', 'Black' and then 'Cheddar'. I alternated between using a brush and brayer to apply the layers; finishing off with 'Buff' applied to the area where my photo was going to go.

Once the paint was dry it was time to add some stamping! I began with the Cross Marks Background, stamping it randomly around my page using Staz On ink. I also added some larger marks using the Carved Xs stamp.

Once I had the marks down on the background, I added some feature images - the new Raven Looking Up in the bottom right corner; and the Ext Witch Hazel label a few times around the page. I also added the Beware Of: list, using the Set of Vampire Teeth to frame it at the top and bottom.

I couldn't create a page like this without any "blood", right?! I used Colour Blast 'Sunburnt' Colour Artist Ink and applied it by dripping it onto the page using the dropper, and also by splattering it using a small brush.

I then added my photo (I had pre-cut around the silhouette and attached some cardboard to the back); adding a small paper doily and some frayed gauze underneath it before securing it to the page. I altered my photo to give it some extra "creepiness" by rubbing a little red paint around his eyes and using a fine tip white Sharpie to white out his eyes.

I used a handmade DIY chevron embellishment from Charms Creations and altered it by stamping directly onto the fabric using the Row of Distressed Lines stamp. I then attached it to my page using Helmar 450 adhesive.

I stamped the May Contain Human Flesh quote onto some white cardstock, then fussy cut around it and stuck some cardboard underneath to pop it up from the background.

To complete my "list" and also to provide a title for my page, I added the words the cat using some old Sassafras Lass alpha stickers.

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

Stamps used:
Cross Marks Background
Carved Xs
Raven Looking Up
Ext Witch Hazel
Beware Of:
Set of Vampire Teeth
Row of Distressed Lines
May Contain Human Flesh

Other materials:
- cardstock
- Dina Wakley acrylic paints (Elephant, Umber, Black, Cheddar, Buff)
- Tsukineko Staz On ink
- Colour Blast Colour Artist Ink (Sunburnt)
- fine tip white Sharpie
- paper doily, gauze
- Miracle Tape
- Charms Creations chevron
- Helmar 450 adhesive

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

That look of otherness ..... ► Majo

Hello crafty friends,

It's my pleasure today to show you a little tutorial for a fun card I made with some of my favorite images ....

 I used watercolor paper to stamp my background, the beautiful wall, this stamp is so very versatile for many occasions!

 I stamped my images also on watercolor paper, which I had inked a bit, because I wasn't sure in the beginning how the little creatures would end up. This is just me, I roll with the punches, no plan, just let go.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum. Due to the dark wall in the back, I had to enlighten this a bit by adding 2 layers of tape ...

 After I fuzzy cut everything I colored all pieces with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. 

The otherness? Well, here it is ... the Tim Holtz Paper Doll! 

A close up of the vellum ...

This was so much fun to create, I love all the colors and I love the little funny creatures!

I have used the following stamps:

 19877, 19876 and 19878 from Plate 1474
19997 from Plate 1480
Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz Paper Doll

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Happy Crafting ♥

Friday, October 26, 2018

Art journal page by Elina

Elina here with you today, sharing my latest art journal page for which I used the fun 'mirror stamping' technique:

My starting point was a page in my art journal that had got some paint from the project next to it. I did not want to try to cover the paint stains with gesso, but used a piece of craft cardstock instead. Before gluing the strip on the bottom of the page I inked the page with yellow and orange Distress inks.

I stamped the main image on white paper, and replicated it with mirror stamping: In mirror stamping you first stamp the image on a smooth surface like the back of a large stamp or a piece of ez-mount foam. Then you use that surface as your stamp, and it transfers the inked image onto your paper. This technique works best for outlined images, but as you see here, it can very well be used for more detailed images, too. My mistake was to use a bit dry ink pad, and I had to reinforce some of the lines of both images with a thin black marker. But the result looks quite nice!

For the bottom part of the page I added layers of stamped images. Some of the images I fuzzy cut and glued on the page, some I just stamped on the previous layers.

The top of the page I decorated with stamped dots and stamped and fuzzy cut circles.

Using various stamped images and creating collage art journal pages is so much fun. True art journaling pleasure!

For this page I used the following VLVS! stamps (click the links for more info):

Clown Face
Row of Distressed Lines
Writing Circles Background
Typeset Scallop
Tired Of Trying To Cram
Doodle Dots
Multi-Leaf Branch
Staple X

Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Organised Chaos a Video Tutorial by Fiona

Hello VLVS! peeps! Fiona here with you today sharing a little video tutorial I have put together using the awesome Tina Walker designed stamps from VLVS!

Creating this page was so much fun. I love the way it turned out, how the hands are reaching out to help the upside down chick hanging from the top of the page.

I often think our art is exactly this .... organised chaos and that it can all crumble so easily if we don't have the help of our fellow artists holding us together.

This page is a tribute to all the awesome artists who support me in my art work.

Here is the link to the video tutorial:

VLVS! stamps used:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bright ideas

Hello crafty friends!

I hope you are all doing well. Today I want to share and inky tag...
(this is one of the larger 3 x 6.25 in manila tags)

Stamps Used:

Other Products: 
Distress oxide ink- Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean
manila tag (6.25 x 3)
Archival ink- Jet black
white Gelly roll pen
black ink pen
glass craft mat

I started by adding blue (salty ocean distress oxide) and yellow (fossilized amber distress oxide) ink on my glass work mat, then blotting it up with my tag. 
(you can set this aside to dry or use a heat tool)

I originally planned to go with an Alice in wonder land theme
(but like many bright ideas, my brain changed its mind and said no... lets try something else. )

(I'm sharing this so you can see we all have these moments where things just don't come together like we plan)

So you can see I next stamped my scribble circle and my /// in black archival ink. 

When my brain changed gears, I chose to add more blue edging around my tag with a blending tool. Next I added more details my stamping the chevron and adding details with a white Gelly roll pen. 

Ok, to finish my piece off I used a separate piece of card stock and stamped my light bulb. 
(I used distress ink to color the card stock before stamping on it)
I used pop dots to adhere my light and to give it depth. 

I hope you have all enjoyed this fun "bright ideas" tag! 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Skull ATC's

Trick or Treat!!
Michele here with a couple of Skull ATC's for the last of my Halloween shares for this year.

I created an alcohol ink background and used the new lift ink.

Stamps used:  Skull, Spooky, Mwahahahahahaha

This ATC shows what the 'lift' looks like on the alcohol ink background on Yupo paper.  It will be a great background and I love the detail!

The skull is then stamped on white card stock using what was lifted.

A little fussy cutting and distressed edges on this one for some great depth!!
Are you still creating for Halloween??  We would LOVE to see!  Share over on our Facebook page!!

Until next time...get inky!!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Life is beautiful

Hello everyone,

welcome to my blogpost today ! I have made a postcard and I have a video too ! yay !

I can't get enough of this face stamp, it is fabulous ! 

Anyway, if you'd like to see how I made this postcard then hope over to the VivaLasVegaStamps! YouTube Channel HERE or click on the pic ! 

I have used the following stamps for this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by ! 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Shout It Out a Journal Page by Fiona

Hello my VLVS! peeps. Fiona here with you today to share an art journal page I have created using the uber talented Tina Walkers stamps.

 I absolutely love the hand crafted look to these stamps and couldn't wait to give them a go.

 My art journal page today is all about shouting out about your art .... we often are our own worst critiques and often don't even call our art art! So this is me saying ... shout it out ... shout it loud!

 This is a huge shout out for my friend Tina to celebrate her amazing art! She is such an inspiration too me and I think you'll agree, her art is awesome!

Viva Las Vegastamps Used:

Thank you for popping in and checking out my art. Later in the month I'll have a little video tutorial for you sharing another arty creation using the fabulous VLVStamps!. See you then xx