Monday, March 30, 2020

The Road not taken ► Majo

Hi Sweets!

I'm on the VLVS! Blog today with a card I made for the Craft Stamper Magazine in UK. 

 Unfortunately, it got stuck in the mail and didn’t make it on time to the editor.

So this gives me the chance to show it to you here on the blog. 

It’s so self-explaining, I don’t need to say much about it.

.... some colose ups for you:

I have used the following stamps:

Thanks you so much for stopping by. Stay safe, my friends ♥

Friday, March 27, 2020

'HIDE & SEEK World Champion' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

My turn up on the blog today with my latest project for Viva Las VegaStamps! a fun mixed media tag featuring a couple of the New Release stamps.

To start my project I created a rust effect on my background tag using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and Chunky Rust Embossing Powder and Walnut Ink. I also smoothed Patina Matte Wax over the textured areas.

I also stamped the Binder Clip and Sasquatch in Versafine Ink in Sepia and Black and coloured the stamps with Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks.

To create the Tree background, I used Mustard Seed Distress Ink on a white cardstock. Then stamped the Tree with no leaves stamp over the top. Next you trim your Tree Background to fit behind the polaroid frame die cut.

Next you assemble your tag by adhering with glue and also 3D foam mounting tape. I printed the funny quote from my computer onto cardstock and glued to my frame.

Here are the links to the shop and products used.

Viva Las VegaStamps Products:-

New release 2020 Stamps

Other Materials:-

Shipping Tag
Polaroid Frame
Rusty Hinge Distress Stain
Finnabair Patina Matte Wax
Emerald Creek/Seth Apter Chunky Rust Embossing Texture Powder
Walnut Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks
Mustard Seed Distress Ink Pad

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, make sure you leave some love!


Elisa x

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Travel the universe

Hello everyone, 

Do you sometimes have difficulties to make a decisions? I do, and that's why I want to show you two quite similar tags today. Also, these are great examples of getting more out of your stamps - I'll get back to that later.

I started by stamping the moon on my tags with a light grey Archival Ink. To intensify the color, I did this several times with the help of a stamping tool. I also stamped the moon on some masking paper, cut that out and out it onto the tag.

The rest of the background was quite simple. I added some Oxide Inks with a blending tool. To make the moon shine, I used lighter colors around it and went darker the further I moved away from it. But what would the moon be without some stars? I added them by sprinkling some drops of water and watered white acrylic paint.

Whild everything was drying, I prepared my focal images. I stamped the mermaid as well as the dancer and used watercolor to bring them to life. They needed quite a lot of fussy-cutting, but it was totally worth the effort.

They just needed something to stand on and while browsing through my stamps, I found one that was halfway matching. You can see what I mean in the following picture. On the left there is the "original" stamp with the woman on the docks and on the right what I made out of it. I just cut off the parts of the image that I didn't need to have just the pier.

After the coloring and fussy-cutting I placed all the elements on my tag and heat embossed my "travel the universe" quote in silver. Just make sure that your tag is entirely dry before  heat embossing over the Oxide Inks.

As my last finishing touches I backed my tag with some navy blue cardstock and added a piece of ribbon - luckily I had one in my stash that was perfectly matching.

Stamps I used:
Plate 1494 >> the dancer stamp is missing as a single item in the shop. The VLVS team is working on the issue, but you can find the stamp along with two others from this project on this plate in the meantime.

Other materials:
- Canson watercolor paper
- Cardboard navy blue
- Masking paper
- Oxide Inks (Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot)
- Archival Ink (Shadow Grey)
- Watercolor 
- Versafine Watermark Ink 
- Embossing powder (silver)
- Ribbon

Hope you feel inspired and found some helpful tips. See you soon!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Usual suspect

Hello everyone,

For today's DT post I have made a mini journal page.

And here's how In made it:

I tore a page out of my journal and cut is slightly smaller. I coloured it with Distress Oxide Inks by dunking it in pools of ink and water. Drying in between layers. I then sprayed water over it and dried again. Next I did some stamping in the same colours. 

Next step: Adding some stencilling with an UmWow stencil and white paint. I also drew around the hearts with a white paint pen and added some splatters. 

I thought it needed some black so I added more stamping. That was my background done. 

I stamped this doggie and coloured him with my Copics. I only added shading because I wanted him to be a white dog. 

I adhered him on the page and added some washi tape for him to sit on. The sentiment was added and doodled around. Lastly I glued the page back into my journal. 

I have used the following stamps:

Other materials:

Distress Oxides:
Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmelade, Chrushed Olive and Broken China. 

UmWow stencil : Chunky Heart

Versafine Clair ink. 
Copic Markers 
washi tape

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Wild Side

Happy Monday all!!  I hope everyone is staying safe during these interesting times.
I have another page in my Scribble Girl journal.  I had picked this page to share today before the world turned upside down.  I think it is very appropriate and Perspective is very necessary for us all to get through this. 

I stamped the images on Dina Wakley tissue and added them with gel medium.  Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays and Acrylic Paint background, Dina Wakley Stencils and Posca Paint Pens to color the stamped images and doodle.

For a little contract I left one of the stamped images uncolored.

If you are stuck at home I hope you are finding some time to make art!  And I hope you are staying safe!

Until next time...get inky!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I am not afraid of storms

Hello everyone,

welcome to today's project which is a mini journal page.

I made the background with acrylic paint and a stencil on the gelli plate. 

I added shading in  the circles with a coloured pencil and some blending solution. 
The boy was coloured with Zig Clean Real Brush markers. 

I have used the following stamps:

Other materials:
Gel press plate by Gelli Arts
"Amsterdam" Acrylic paints 
Distress oxide inks
Archival ink
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Coloured pencils

Thank you so much for stopping by today !

Monday, March 16, 2020

A little Gift box ► Majo

Hi Folks!

Majo here today to show you a gift box I made for my friend’s Birthday.

I have used the stamps from Plate 916, a very versatile set, which I love very much, since I always love flowers J

This is the little box I upcycled:

I will give this to a friend who borrows sentiment stamps from me all the time, now she will have some of her own.

I cut my panel according to the size of my box, scored the lines and applied distress ink in 3 different colors. I didn’t take pictures of this process, you all know this works.

 When my panel had dried up, I started stamping my flowers. I didn’t want to use black ink; it would’ve been too hard in my eyes, so the “Watering can” from Ranger was right down my alley.

I wrapped the panel around the box, added a ribbon and ready!

I must say, this was a fun project, the size of the stamps enabled me to stamp really close together, I have a few more projects on my mind already.

The flower stamps I used:


 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop over!

Happy week and happy crafting ♥

Friday, March 13, 2020

Shopping your stash - Alcohol Ink Art with Josefine

Hands up if you have craft supplies that you've bought a long time ago and then never really knew what to do with it. Probably not just one thing, but several, right? One of those items for me are alcohol inks. I like the effects but everytime when I attempted a project I never knew what to do with it. So, again I was looking through my random craft stash and grabbed my alcohol inks (and between us, I have quite a few bottles...). This time, I was determined to make something with it. Ha!

A few weeks back, I found small panels for the use with alcohol inks at my local Hobby Lobby. They were on sale and I decided that this is the sign for me to try it one more time. As you can imagine it took me a few more weeks till I then finally decided to use them. 

First panel, and I added a few drops of alcohol ink with the blender. The colors looked nice, but I was not really convinced. Texture was missing, so I went with the Police Tag and some Alcohol Lift ink. And voila, much better.

Of course, I had to experiment with a few layers of alcohol ink. You can see that my fingers started to switch colors too.

One more panel. Different color scheme now. But I'm starting to see why people like them.

I ended up with five different panels. All using a mix of alcohol inks and alcohol pearls. I guess, it is quite fun. But then again - what to do with them? 

So, I continued with the Alcohol Lift ink, but a different pattern. The Punchinella/ Sequin border looked really nice.

For whatever reason it took some time for all that ink to dry, so while waiting, I stamped the Pair of butterfly wings onto a scrap piece of paper, fuzzy cut it out and adhered it behind a paper doll. At this time, I wasn't sure what to do with it.

I actually let the alcohol panels sit over night and continued with some more texture the next day. Trying white pigment ink turned out to be very interesting. The partial scribble adds a fun feeling to it.

Adding one more item from my "lost craft stash" - glow in the dark embossing powder. By now, I knew that I wanted to create a cohesive piece with these 5 art panels, so one had to have a sentiment on it. Since I had the paper doll ready to go, I thought this "you are beautiful" sentiment works well.

A few more extras, like this stitching lines on the border of two of the pieces and some cross marks using colored archival ink and white pigment ink interchangeably. 

And at the end, I adhered them to a small, long canvas. As you can see, I added a bit of foil to one of the alcohol inked panels. I did that while it was still wet. Just a bit more glimmer, that's all :)

Here you can see in a bit more detail the dimension that the different stamp techniques added - a mix of lift ink and stamping on top with colored and white ink.

And of course, the glow in the dark sentiment. Pretty neat.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my little experiment using craft supplies that are usually hidden somewhere in my craft room.

Stamps I used: