Thursday, March 31, 2016

Reminiscing ...

Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you a standard 4.25" x 5.5" card I made using a stamp you may not have seen before, or at least not for a while : this adorable angel pigs stamp, which contains two pigs. Seriously how adorable are they :)

 I think the pigs are looking very thoughtful, sitting up there in the clouds with their angel status ....  reminiscing perhaps about the past, about the days of rolling, frolicking and cavorting in the mud. Here is a close up of one of the piggies, so you can see how I reached my conclusion : 

The background is stenciled and I used water soluble powders to color it. The clouds are hand cut and I used a cloud die. I lightly sponged the edges in gray and layered them. The pigs are stamped in black ink and colored with alcohol markers. I fussy cut them and cut off the wings. Then I stamped the pigs again in grey ink, fussy cut and glittered them. I attached and glued everything together.

I thought this might be a great card for sending to someone to let them know you are thinking of them, they are certainly unique and memorable images :) Angel Pigs 4794

Nikki x

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

She Was A Dreamer Tag by Fiona Paltridge

Hello VLVS peeps! Fiona here with you today to share a little tag I created using some of the super dooper rubber stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps.

"She Was A Dreamer"

My tag making skills are still developing but I'm happy with the end result for this one. It's just that it takes me sooooo long to make even just one of them as I agonize over every step!

I really don't like fussy cutting but some how I always manage to end up doing some!!

I have to say my most favourite stamp at the moment is the stitching ones. They are so real!

Viva Las Vegastamps I used include:

Sawtooth Stitching lines

Until next time xx

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"Still" an Art Journal Page by Jenn Engle

     Hello! Today I have a very simple art journal page using the Whimsical Jester Stamp on acetate. I think this stamp works well with the acetate stamping technique because you are able to see thru all those tiny lines and intricate details to the background.
     The Whimsical Jester can also be purchased on an entire plate of rubber (plate 1457), and I think that all of the images on this plate work so well with acetate stamping.
To see exactly how I made this page from start to finish, be sure to check out the process video linked at the end of this post.

“Whimsical Jester”

"Numbers Set"


Here is how I created these pages from start to finish:
Thanks so much for looking,
Jenn Engle

Friday, March 25, 2016

You are here

Hello everyone,

It is my turn again today. I have made another art journal.... As usual here is a look at the finished project. I have a step-by-step tutorial for you so sit back and relax !

And here is how I made this :

I used Distress Inks a and a blending tool to colour my background. After I took this photo I decided to used Seedless Preserves as well,  but only at the bottom. 

This is how it looked after I finished blending those colours. 

Next I stamped the background, using the same inks and black Archival to add some contrast. 

Next I used VersaMark with this lovely flower stamp as I wanted to heat emboss this with WOW white embossing powder. 
There is a complete list of all the stamps I used at the bottom of this post. 

This is how it looks after I applied the white embossing powder. 

I then stamped the main images; later I decided not to use the bird. I coloured TweedleDum and TweedleDee with Copic Markers and cut them out. 

I used a piece of acetate on which I stamped the sentiment, so I could determine where I wanted it on this page... 

Here's a close up of the acetate....

And here is my page, put all together... 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today !

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

boys tutorial and winner give away

Hi Hermine here, this time with a little tutorial, sijple but effective. And ofcourse the announcement of the winner of my give away.

step 1:  take 3 colours distress ink. Stamp one colour directly on paper with the inkpad, take a waterbrush and blend the colour, take a second colour and do the same in a angle, same thing with the third colour.

step 2: Stamp Spotty Background 1461, Line of Chevrons 18965, Bubble warp texture 19566 and Stitching 19575 with the same colours you used for the background.

step 3: Stamp with Stazon Black Man in Flying Machine 18161 and Boys just want to have fun 19766. Take a water brush and remove some of the colour in the man. Then matt on black paper and glue onto a double square card.

And now for the winner and that is:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said: Absolutely gorgeous. I love using spotlights and they are so effective here. Wonderful designs. Fabulous giveaway. Thank you x 

Congratulations Tracy, please could you mail me your snail mail address to .

Hope you like the tutorial.

Warmly Hermine

Used materials:
Distress ink

Monday, March 21, 2016

More Manly Mail!!!

Hello Everyone!!
Tera Here...

Today I am here to share some more fun Mail Art for this months monthly inspiration.

I'm loving this months inspiration. I hope you are having as much fun as I am! I know some people struggle with making masculine themed art, but with these awesome stamps It's just so easy!!!

Stamps Used: 

Straggly Pine Trees 2 1/2 x 4 1/2

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mid Month Challenge Inspiration

Michele here with a little mid month inspiration for this months challenge.
The March inspiration board leans towards masculine and was just the push I needed to create a card to be used for a man!

Here is my take, I was inspired by the theme and colors...

Other items used:  Distress markers, Distress ink, Archival ink, Mover and Shapers die, Bazzill cardstock.

I just love watercoloring these stamped images!!

You have until the end of the month to get linked up and you can check out the other entries here.

Until next time,,,get inky!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Eat My Dust

How exciting, Nikki here with my very first post ... I have been a fan of Viva Las VegaStamps! for a number of years, and am delighted to share my first make on the Design Team.

I have made a 4"x6" postcard featuring one of the newest additions to my VLVS addiction, erm ... I mean collection ! LOL. 

I enjoyed coloring Lady on Scooter, with copics and metallic pencil, isn't she great. I sure hope I am still scootering at her age!
The wording 'Eat my Dust' is to demonstrate just how fast she is actually going ...  
Can you see the determination on her face :

For the background I wanted to do something in stark contrast to her somewhat conservative demeanor so I went for a northern lights mystical sort of background, with lots of space dust :)

I used mixed media card stock and painted it with black gesso, then sponged on white actylic paint. When that was dry I sponged over the white with alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue. Adding color on top of white always makes it appear more obvious and vibrant. I splatted water down white acrylic for my stars :

 Now to really highlight this gorgeous gal. I used my 4" round gelli® plate with green acrylic and a stencil, then I stamped this onto my background and rolled off some of the excess paint on the roller to make the ground and added a little green into the sky :

This green whimsical moon-like sphere was perfect to highlight the focal image. I adhered my image to the postcard with miracle tape. Finally I added the wording 'East my dust' with letter stickers.

Stamps used :

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to sharing my makes with you over the next few months :)
Nikki x

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mail Art Monday with Jenn

Hey! It is thrill to be sharing my very first Design Team project with you today.
 "Mail Art Monday" is right up my alley because I love decorating envelopes to send out goodies to my crafty friends. My envelope today combines some of my fave colors and some of my fave stamps. Be sure to check out the process video at the end of this post!



Here is a start to finish video of my process for creating this "Mail Art Monday" project.
Thanks so much for joining me!

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Weathered Wood Background

Who doesn't love a weathered wood background???
Michele here to share a quick and easy way to create one.

Start with a piece of cardstock.

I used gel medium and painted randomly on the cardstock using a brush in vertical strokes.

After the gel is completely dry use your scoreboard and with the gel side down score every 1/4 inch.

I used Antique Linen Distress ink, the ink pad directly on the paper, for the first layer of color.

Then with a blender and Vintage Photo Distress Ink I blended the next layer of color.

I added Barn Door DIstress Ink and some stamped caution signs,  Radioactive and Caution Safety Glasses stamped with Staz On.

Here is the complete card.

Banksy Gas Mask Flower Girl is watercolored with Distress Markers adn she is holding a Prima flower.  ALong the bottom is the Wildflower Silhouette with some UmWow Studio flower confetti painted with Distress Paint. The sentiment is created with my Dymo Label Maker.

I was on a roll with my backgrounds so I also created this fun boy card.

This one has a bit less gel and some white drips on the 'fence'
Chevron Banner is stamped in Staz On directly on the fence.  I also used Boy and Dog Looking Up, Wildflower Silhouette and Boys Just Want.

A little watercoloring with Distress Markers.

UmWow Studio flower confetti painted with Distress Paint.

And a tiny bit of May Arts burlap string.

Don't forget about our monthly inspiration challenge and of course join us on our Facebook Fan Page.

Until next time...get inky!!