Monday, February 27, 2017

Celebrate, lt's Mail Art Monday

Welcome Back for another Mail Art Monday!

Today I wanted to share a birthday themed Postcard that I made for a friend.

Stamps Used:

To start, I used a piece of paper that I had already painted with some Dylusions paints, and a stencil.

Next, I stamped the set of birthday kids, and colored them with a variety of zig clean color markers.

After these were colored, I decided to add some more texture to the background with white Dylusions paints and a homemade stencil (I used a die cut to make it). 

On a separate piece of paper I stamped my sentiment. I also decided the background needed just a touch more stamping...  

Once I felt everything looked just like I had hoped I glued my sentiment on and glued my postcard to a sturdy piece of black card stock. I also hand drew some stitching around the edges. 

Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoy this Mail Art Monday inspiration. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Art Journal Page by Jenn Engle

I have an art journal page to share today. There is also a process video so you can see exactly how I made it!


Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The end is near

Hello everyone,

Today I have an art journal spread for you. I thought I'd try something different by not painting the whole pages but leaving some white space which is really difficult for me. I have filmed the process so if you rather watch the movie then click the link below.


I quite like how this turned out, even though I am not a big 'white spacer' ! 

Here's a detail photo of Mona, she's up to no good ! 

Here you can see another detail..... 

I have used the following stamps for these pages :

Here is the link to my YouTube tutorial :

Thank you so much for stopping by today !

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

She Was... Tag by Shanna

Hello everyone Shanna here. I have a new tag I made and had a blast creating it. I was limited to what I could use as my craft stuff is currently packed and in storage while we wait to close on our new home. So this was tons of fun to create.

I started my tag off with some quick spot stamping using the stamp Dictionary Page - 19015. Then I used some different colors of Distress Paint on the Expanding Rays Silhouette - 19896 and stamped it on the tag. 

Let it dry then add some Distress Ink over it. I love how the Distress Paint pops out. 

I added water splatters but it didn't show too well so I went over with another color of ink. 

So I totally forgot to snap a photo of stamping Doodle Circle - 19823 on white cardstock and cutting it out as well as stamping She Was - 19632 on canvas. I then stitched it down on the tag. My original idea was to use clay however the paint wasn't sticking to my clay right and every time I tried a certain technique it kept coming off so we shall try clay stamping another day. 

Here are some close ups I hope you enjoyed this quick little project. 

Stamps Used:

Other Items Used:
Ranger Ink #8 Tag
Distress Ink and Distress Paint
Canvas scraps
Bombay Black India Ink
Stitching (sewing machine)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mail Art Monday with Fiona

Hello my gorgeous VLVS peeps! Fiona here with you today to share a little mail art this fine Monday!!

I used a combo of pigment powder, gesso, black pen ink and a Gelato to create the artsy background.

And then stamped on it and heat embossed!

I love how the Quill Pen is like it's writing the address for you!

And then I stitched around it with my machine!! I was very careful not to sew it shut LOL

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

See you all again very soon x

Friday, February 17, 2017

Art Journal: Creativity Takes Courage by Cheetarah

Hi everyone, I'm back this week with some more Banksy inspiration, this time for our February challenge. I made the art journal page in my pocket journal based on this month's mood board which is this:

Isn't it fantastic?? Words like reds, oranges, greens, blues, pinks, purples... ALL the colors! Spray paint, art, graffiti, artists, surrealism, banksy, stripes, splatters, drips, dots and more inspired me to take some fun stamps and my distress paints and play! A list of stamps and materials are at the bottom of this post. 

I took a page on which I already had some paint and texture on and dabbed some more distress paints in well, ALL the colors and had it run over the page from left to right. I dabbed them straight on the paper  and used a mini mister to get the paint run. Did this in layers and dried each time so the paint wouldn't get mixed/muddy. Then took some fun mixed media / texture stamps and stamped them randomly on the page with Staz-On inks. Then took out my Dali Stamp and worked out on where I wanted him placed with a stamped image on a clear sheet. 

Before I did that I wanted to convey a graffiti sprayed wall and used some Paper Artsy fresco paint in Hint of Mint the middle and with a mini mister I let some watery paint drip down. On it I stamped the "create art every day" phrase with Staz-On jet black. I spattered some of that fresco paints over the page as well as Liquitex black and gold INKS! I adhered Dali to the page and then into my pocket journal. Here are some detail shots:

I noticed the page I was working on had some script text with modeling paste on it as well which gave a lovely sub texture under all the layers of paints. Fun thing to discover :)

I added some black distress crayon to outline the page after I adhered it in my journal.

Create art every day!!

Hope this inspired you to play along with this month's challenge!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps used:

Staz-On Jet black, royal purple, cherry black, mustard, rusty brown, azure, cactus green 
Distress paints fired brick, wilted violet, blueprint sketch, mustard seed, twisted citron, fossilized amber 
Fresco paints Hint of Mint 
Liquitex inks Black and gold 
Alcohol markers
Distress Crayon in black

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Challenge Inspiration by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends!

It's Susanne here and I'd like to share two Artist Trading Cards today. I used our monthly challenge theme as my inspiration.

 I love the stripes and the turquoise colour splashes!

I cut two 2.5" x 3.5" cards from heavy weight watercolor cardstock. I used a pink acrylic spray to give it some color. While this dried, I picked a gelli printed deli paper with orange hues and cut it to strips. I adhered those with Gel Medium and added some texture with the Dictonary Page, after it was dry. Now it was time to stamp the main images (Whimsical Horned Boy, Whimsical Lettered Man ). I used StazOn Jet Black ink. Of course I wanted to have these gorgeous turquoise splatters on my ATCs. I used Dylusions Paint "Vibrant Turquoise", thinned it down with a little bit of water, and added the splatters with a brush.
I used WOW! Opaque White powder to add the title and the sewing border on this card.

I added some doodling to this card with an acrylic fineliner.

Thank you for stopping by today. Don't forget to enter our February challenge!
xx Susanne.

Viva Las VegaStamps!:
Whimsical Horned Boy
She was a dreamer
Whimsical Lettered Man
Sawtooth Stitching Lines
Dictonary Page 
WOW! Opaque Bright White powder
Gelli Plate
StazOn Inks

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Born to Be Wild

HI, hi!!  Michele here with a quick gelli print background technique for a fun Banksy card.

Let's jump right in and get started!

You might notice I took some inpiration from this months inspiration still have time to link up!

I have been using my gelli plate a LOT lately...I LOVE the background I can create with it.

I used Dina Wakley acrylic paint and a brayer to put a nice layer of paint on my plate.

Then lay your paper right in the paint and apply pressure all over to pick up the paint.  You can also lay a stencil in the paint first to get an awesome pattern.

Don't clean you stencil right away though becasue there is still precious paint on it to apply another layer on you background.  This stencil is an Um Wow Studios creation!

I always like to create multiples, I mean while you are all painty your might as well!!

When everything is dry and trimmed the stamping begins!

I used my white Signo pen to add some doodling.

Marioneete Girl is stamped in archival ink and then heat embossed with Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder.

You will also notice some splatters!!  Done with the same Dina Wakely paint.

Now...we are also hosting a swap over at Viva Las VegaStamps!  If you visit our Groupies Facebook page you will find an event with details.  There is a short window to get involved in this months OR we will have another one starting in March.

Our February theme is Bansky and we are swapping mail art.  I made some envelopes inspired by our inspiration challenge also.

Join us PLEASE!!!  We love a good swap!!

Until next ime...get inky (or painty-LOL).