Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Don't waste a moment of your life ► Majo

Hello Folks,

today I’d like to show you a page I made for my smallest art journal, it measures approx. 4 x 6”.

 I started by stamping the main image, my most fav lady from the set 1517 and masked her with drawing gum. I inked the ray stamp in 4 different colors (I used the "Bundled Sage" to ink the edges and her hairdo) .......

..... and stamped it on top. After adding another background stamp and the sentiment, I rubbed off the gum and inked her spiky hairdo and her cheeks. 

At last I added some of the words from set 1517, just to give my page some snark.

 I have used the following stamps:

Main image and words from Plate 1517
Doodle dots from plate 1471

I hope you enjoy my little page.

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and enjoy crafting

Adventure Awaits - ICAD

Hi everyone,

This year's ICAD challenge is almost over and today's index card is already no. 60 out of 61. Of course, I had to do one more with some VLVS stamps that I want to share with you today. It's a simple one and you could easily recreate this design for a card. So I'm giving you a quick overview about how I made this.

I started with collaging old book page fragments for my background. I added a layer of gesso as well as some Distress Paints so it does not appear too busy.
I chose the world map for my background, but wanted it to kind of fade into the background. Therefore, I did some second generation stamping, which means that I stamped the image onto a scrap paper and then onto my card without reinking the stamp. This way you can get a lighter impression.
To finish the background I used a blending tool to ink the egdes in brown.

For the focal points I used another trick: My background had some texture from the book pages, but there were some fine details in the stamps I wanted to use. So instead of stamping them directly onto the card, I used a napkin (one of the white layers when you seperate the napkin). I like using pigment ink for this technique because the impression is a bit better and even with a stamping platform I'm not able to stamp the image twice.
After leaving the napkin to dry for a minute or two, I tore the images (a slightly wet brush helps) and glued them to the card with matte medium. Make sure you don't use this technique on a water-reacvtive background.

Just added the quote that I stamped onto another piece of a book page and that's it for my card.

Stamps used:

Other material:
- Index card 3 x 5 inch
- old book/ledger paper
- Archival Ink (Potting soil, Blue violet)
- Versafine Ink (Onyx black)
- Distress Paint (Stormy sky, Broken China, Tumbled glass)
- napkin (white or plane layer from seperating printed napkins)
- matte gel medium (not a heavy one)

See you soon!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Not everything in black & white makes sense with Josefine

Hello and welcome back to the VLVS! blog. I'm sharing a new page in my zine art journal using a bunch of different stamps - some of which that were in the grab bag that I got just recently. 

The page already had a background. You can see what that looked like in my first post about this journal. I simply added a bit more stamping on top. All in similar colors with a mix of Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. Btw, the tree is not blurry. I stamped it twice, once in a lighter shade of blue and then a second time in a darker shade of blue.

The tree needed someone next to it. I wanted to make sure that the image of the statue is crisp, so I used a stamp block and put a piece of foam underneath the page - both things that help with getting a detailed image.

Since the background was rather busy, I needed a bit more to make the statue stand out. I used the Distress Inks and Oxides as watercolors and colored the statue in. Once that was dry, I went over the stamped lines with a very fine micron pen.

In the end, I added a sentiment to the right and a few more patterns to outline the sentiment.

And to add just a bit more texture, I decided to adhere the postage stamp to the top left. This has been laying on my desk for months now and I finally felt that I found a good spot for it.

If you haven't seen it yet, here is another page in the same journal.

Stamps used:

Thanks for stopping by and see you next time :)

Friday, July 24, 2020

Halloween ATC's

I have been thinking about Halloween for a couple of weeks already, anyone else??
So I thought I would get cracking on some spooky projects.

I created this fun set of FOUR ATC's using a a gelli print I did some time ago with Dina Wakley paints and scribble sticks.

First I stamped all of the whimsical images directly on the ATC. Then on a piece of cardstock to be colored with Copic markers and fussy cut.

I just left all of the legs stamped as they were in black archival ink.

One of the images is popped up and the other is adhered directly on the ATC for a little dimension.

Last but not least of course, all of the sentiments are stamped on white cardstock and cut to fit each ATC.

Halloween is right around the corner...are you getting ready??

Until next time...get inky!