Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Art Journal Page "Bee" by Jenn Engle

Hey everyone! I have a super simple art journal page to share with you today.


I started out by adhering tissue paper to my background for texture. I then took several colors of Dina Wakley Acrylic and just smeared it all around, with my fingers.

I then did some background stamping and applied my vintage postage stamps.
I journaled some song lyrics and popped my bee stamp on there and done!


Other Supplies:
Tissue Paper
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic in Ocean, Evergreen, White, Sky
Vintage Postage Stamps
Fude Ball 1.5mm Pen

Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Best Selfie Ever | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! 
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features an assortment of VLVS stamps; a painted background; and (what I consider) my best selfie EVER!

During my recent trip all the way from Australia to Arizona to attend Creativation, I was lucky enough to also squeeze in a day trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The canyon has been number one on my bucket list of places to visit for as long as I can remember, so to finally tick it off was an absolute dream come true!  (And hence why I have called this my best selfie ever.)

To compliment my photo, I chose to use some stamps from plate #927, which features a number of travel themed phrases and images. I decided to pair the stamps with a painted cardstock background using Dina Wakley acrylic paints by Ranger.

To start my page I began by brushing on some of the blue "Sky" paint using a wide brush, then added some of the deep blue "Marine" over the top using the same brush. Next, "Elephant" grey paint went over the top using a small brayer to apply it. Finally, I added some highlights using "Evergreen" with the tip of my finger.

With all the colour in place, it was then time to turn to my stamps to add some depth to my background. I started with the Stitching Lines and Sawtooth Stitching Lines stamps, which I used to add lots of horizontal lines to my page using StazOn ink. This was to mimic the textures and layers of rock I saw in the canyon walls.

Next, I wanted to add some extra interest in the top section of my page around where my photo was going to be placed. With so many lines already on my page, I wanted to use a more organic shape, so what could be more perfect than trees? 
I used the Leaves Blowing From Tree and Weathered Tree, stamping them both out a number of times using "Faded Jeans" and "Iced Spruce" Distress Oxides. I also added some text to my background using the Wanderlust stamp and StazOn ink.

At this point I also added some small torn pieces of woodgrain and chevron print washi tapes before I moved onto creating a layered mat for my photo to sit on. I used a combination of tissue paper, paper doily, tag, small kraft bag and some frayed gauze, which I secured to the page using staples before adding my photo on top.

I love adding things directly onto my photos on my pages, so I decided to stamp out a couple of things that I could adhere to the photo. I used the You Are Here and one of the Set of 2 Hands Pointing, which I stamped onto white cardstock using "Faded Jeans" Distress Oxide, and then cut around them.

Now it was time for the finishing touches. Alongside my photo I added a denim handmade heart from Charms Creations, which I topped with a flair button from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

For my title, I used a wood veneer word from Corbett Creations and some Cocoa Vanilla Studio alphabet stickers.

I also added a few wood veneer hearts around my page and splattered some copper coloured mist.

The final piece of my page was to add my journalling (although to be honest, I could have written 1000 words about this day and still not come close to expressing how I felt.)

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used: 
Stitching Lines
Sawtooth Stitching Lines
Leaves Blowing From Tree
Weathered Tree
You Are Here
Set of 2 Hands Pointing

Other Materials:
- Miracle tape
- Bazzill cardstock
- Dina Wakley acrylic paints
- Tsukineko StazOn ink
- Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
- washi tapes
- Collage materials (as specified in post above)
- Charms Creations heart
- Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair button and alphabet stickers
- Corbett Creations wood veneer word
- wood veneer hearts
- Colour Blast 'Sienna' Colour Shimmer Spray
- felt pen

Thursday, February 21, 2019

She was...

Hello crafty friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Today I want to share a fun art journal page using some of my favorite Viva stamps. 

Stamps Used:

I started with a blank page that was 8.5 x 5.5in. 

I created my base with distress oxide- mustard seed, and picked raspberry. I also added a few flicks with the distress oxide spray. 

I also used my distress oxide picked raspberry to stamp my background details. 

My focus pieces were stamped with Black soot distress oxide ink. 

On a separate page, I stamped my 2 sentiment stamps and I cut them out. To add extra depth I matted the cut out bits. 

I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Adventure awaits

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blogpost where today I have a tag to share. I really love this colour combination and I come back to this time and time again. I tried to do it with Lindy's Inksprays but failed miserably so used Distress Oxide Inks instead (over the top). That worked out fine !

This tag was made with the following stamps:

I also used the following other materials:
Prima Art Basic Modelling paste
UmWow Studio stencil Dahlia
White gesso by Amsterdam
Lindy's Stampgang Flat Fabio Sprays
Distress Oxide Inks
Archival inks 

Thank you so much for stopping by today !

Monday, February 18, 2019

Love. Repeat. By Guest Inspiration Team Member Elisa

Hi VLVStamp lovers/hoarders/aficionados,

Elisa here from the Guest Inspiration team with my first project and post on the blog and I am still pinching myself that I am here !

I was inspired to create this mixed media art journal page by all the lovely sunrises I have seen so far this year walking myself to better health and happiness in 2019. The gorgeous stamp set Plate1502 with the Ethos range of stamps by Tina Walker and sentiments were a perfect companion to my hand dyed calico fabric background.

The background was created using a tie dye kit and calico scraps. The colours represent the ocean, sky and sunrise. We have such beautiful sunrises here on the East Coast of Australia and I am lucky enough to sink my feet into the sand and watch the sunrise each morning while I walk.

VLVS! Supplies: 
Plate 1502 :
Ink pads : Staz on - Black 

Other Supplies:
American Crafts Black Cardstock
Fabric Dyes - Navy, Teal, Coral, Cobalt, Orange
Cotton Thread,
Book Paper,
13Arts Ayeeda Inks,
Prima - Bloom Collection 6 x 12 Circle Stencil,
Ranger Distress Inks - Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio

Thank you for stopping by the blog today !


Elisa xo

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