Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Gift Tags - Penguins on Ice

Hello everyone.  I want to share some really cute Christmas gift tags with you today.  I love this set of stamps from Sin City Stamps, and I could not stop making tags using these cuties!  As we get closer and closer to Christmas, I know that your time is getting shorter.  So, I thought I would share something  you could make several of in an afternoon, and use in many different ways.

Each tag was sized to fit the chosen stamp image used.  All were cut from one piece of ivory card stock.  The tag sizes are as follows:

Blue tag:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2"

Green tag:  2-1/2" x 4-3/4"

Red tag:  3-1/4" x 5-1/2"

Each tag was first stamped and embossed with black embossing powder and colored with Copic markers.

Color each tag with blue, green, or red distress inks, leaving the center uncolored and light.

Stamp tiny snowflakes around the image with white ink.

Add matching trim or ribbon to each, and on the green and blue tags, add holly leaves with a red dew drop from Robin's Nest.  Instead of using a round hole punch on the red tag, I used a ribbon slot punch to thread the ribbon through.  This made it really easy to tie a bow on the front of the red tag, as shown below.

Add small amounts of glitter glue to snow, water, and ornaments.

Stamp "To:" and "From:" on the reverse if you are using them as gift tags.

Here are pics of each tag individually.


Sin City StampsPenguins on Ice rubber stamp set; Pam's Christmas Collection
Other:  tan card stock, red, green, blue distress inks, black pigment ink, black embossing powder, white ink, crystal glitter glue, ribbon and trim, paper holly leaves, red dew drops (Robin's Nest)

Remember, if you don't want to use these as a simple gift tag, they make excellent focal images for a card front, too!  So give them a try and make a bunch.  Be sure to stop by the Sin City Stamps blog for inspiration, and the online store to check out the awesome stamp collections, stencils, and die cuts.

Have a wonderful weekend, and stay crafty, my friends!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Advent Calender

Happy Wednesday to you all.
There is still no snow here in Southwestern Ontario.
It is hard to get into the Christmas spirit but I am working on it.
This month our sponsor is Walnut Hollow.
Please check out their blog!
I made an advent calender with their Rustic Pallet.

Supplies Used:
Walnut Hollow: Rustic Pallet 11x11
Scrap paper and Cameo with a free file from SVGcuts
Hersey Kisses..Burlap Ribbon..
White Acrylic Paint... Cricut to cut other numbers

Here is the rustic wood pallet. I painted it white.

I cut 25 cone shapes in three different sizes with 
all different paper.

I distressed them all with ink and added some
waxed cord I had from CTMH.
I got them placed on the pallet.
As you can see in the picture below I have used
Terri's stamps..(I love them)

Then I played with the placement again and added 
some burlap ribbons.

I added a Hersey Kiss to each cone.
This picture is up close.

I wanted to show a close up of Terri's alpha...

Here again is the finished Advent Calender..

Thanks for stopping by..
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Cards with Pam Bray's Christmas Collection

Hello again.  Barbara here with another special post today.  I am still having a ton of fun using Pam Brays Christmas Collection rubber stamps.  As the holidays draw closer, I am making cards that are much quicker to make, but look great!  

This is a regular A2 size green card.  I embossed a slightly smaller piece of red card stock with a roses embossing folder and adhered as my second layer.  Then I die cut the snowflakes from white card stock and adhered.  Now for the fun!

I stamped the candles twice onto white card with Memento black ink.  Then I colored with Copic markers and cut out one completely, and the second one I cut out only the holly leaves.  I used pop dots to raise the candles above the snowflakes.

I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of green print card with green StazOn ink and cut into a ticket shape, wrapping a bit of baker's twine around it.  This was adhered directly to the card.

And here is a bit of a close up of the dimension I got by using pop dots on the candle centerpiece.  I also added a few drops of red Pico Embellisher to the berries.
And there you have it, a really quick and easy card that you can make multiples of in a jiffy. 


Sin City Stamps:  Pam Bray's Christmas Collection rubber stamp set
Card Stock:  Green, red, white
Copic markers in reds, greens, yellows
Irresistible Pico Love Letter Embellisher
Roses embossing folder
Snowflake die cut

I hope you enjoyed this fun and super quick Christmas card.  Check back for more inspiration from the rest of the team, and thanks for stopping by.

Have a wonderful, creative week!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Steampunk Tray

Hello! Peggy here to show you how I made my shadow box out of a serving tray. This month we partnered with Walnut Hollow Prooducts to showcase Siin City Stamps.

Products used today are
Acrylic paint brown/black/gold/silver
Metal tape
Chipboard lettering
Chipboard gears
Tim Holtz Chipboard clock
Gold Embossing powder
Patterned paper
Foil embellishments 
Versa Mark ink
heat gun
Distress ink

I started by painting my box brown with a large brush in the same direction of the grain.
Second coat was watered down black acrylic paint appied with a cloth

This is my result. Next distress paints in gold and silver lightly appied to the edges and outside. Now for some sandpaper to further distress the edges.
I hand cut a butterfly by folding a piece of cardstock in half and cutting half of a wing leaving the center in tact. When opened I had a matching wing butterfly.

Next I cut small pieces of metal tape and applied it solely vertically and horizontally. Then I glued chipboard gears and lettering and covered with metal tape. I used the bottom of a paint brush to bernish all indentations. I also ran some black acrylic paint over the lettering and rubbed off creating shadows in the crevasses.

Below I stamped background journaling stamps from the Terri Sproul collection as well as some steampunk images. I also distressed the edges with distress stain.

I found the perfect spot to stamp the thee headed lady by Sin City Stamps. I also needed a steampunk airshiship and balloon which I stamped on black cardstock with Versa Mark ink and gold embossed using my heat gun.
One more stamp embellishment a steampunk pocket watch stamped with stazon ink on metal.

Put it all together with chains hanging from the ballon and on the handles. A few more metal gears on the outside and thats it!

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial! Please stop by Walnut Hollow and Sin City Stamps for your crafting needs.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Steampunk'd Christmas

Hello it's Gracie! Days are going by so fast and Christmas is right around the corner, so there's only a few more days left to make beautiful Christmas projects. Today I have a tag to share with you. To make it I used a very nice stamp set from Sin City Stamps called Steampunk'd Christmas. I honestly love how this tag turned out.

To make my tag I followed these steps:

1. Stamp and heat emboss in gold the largest gear stamp on a beige cardstock tag. I stamped it twice.
2. Stamp and heat emboss in gold a post stamp on the tag too.
3. Apply Crafter's Ink in Aquamarine and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to the tag using a sponge applicator.
4. Die cut three poinsettias in white and sponge with ink to match the tag's background.
5. Embellish the poinsettias with aquamarine pearl stickers.

6. Stamp the Christmas word sentiment to a piece of beige cardstock and cut a banner.
7. Apply inks to the banner to match the rest of the design.
8. Double mount the sentiment banner to the bottom of the tag using foam adhesive.
9. As a final touch, add jute twine around the poinsettia bouquet and a piece of gold ribbon to the tag eyelet. I roughly sponged aquamarine ink the the gold ribbon to give it a vintage look.

The Steampunk'd Christmas stamp set is so versatile! It gives you so many options to create both backgrounds and focal elements on any paper crafting or mixed media project.

I hope you liked my tag and tutorial. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2014


I am sharing a Christmas Card I made for SinCity Stamps today.  I used a technique I learned from Terri Sproul's Tuesday night show.  She does a live "Art Journal" show every week and she shows us many techniques!  Click her link above to find out more.

She showed us the technique I used for this card several times but I never tried it until now.  It is awesome and I know it will be in my "favorite techniques" file for sure!
This technique is like reverse stenciling.
I took out my stencil, paint and baby wipes.  I loved the flourish of the fish's tail so I taped off the rest of the fish.  I painted my whole piece of paper and let it dry.  I put my stencil on top and used the baby wipes to wipe off the paint that was inside the stencil.

How cool is that???  I can't believe I didn't try it sooner!  The flourishes look like flowers, I think.  

I stamped the Merry Christmas directly on the reverse stenciled, dry, paper.  I love how crisp these stamps are!!

I also stamped the postal stamp on some patterned paper to add to the top right corner.
I matted the reverse stenciled and stamped paper and added a bow with a button.

I hope you try this technique.  If you do be sure to let Terri know, I'm sure she'd love to see!!  Check out her Art journal group, All Things Terri Sproul!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Christmas Clock with Walnut Hollow

Hello, and welcome to my first Sin City Stamps post for December.  This month, we are proud to have Walnut Hollow as our sponsor.

I began my project with their rustic wood ledge.  It is quite rough, but instead of sanding it, I covered it with a good, thick coat of white gesso.  I wanted to maintain the texture without getting splinters.

Next, I covered the front and sides of the box with the green gold texture paint.  This paint is very thick and needed to be applied with a palette knife.  After spreading a medium thick coat, I dabbed the paint with the side of my knife to obtain this cool texture.

Mist entire box with Turquoise Shimmer Mist, then Primary Yellow, dabbing some of the excess mist as you go.  Let dry.

Apply Patina Gilder's Paste to high spots with your best tool, your finger.

Mist entire box again with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist.  Let dry.  Can you see the pretty gold flecks?

Apply German Silver Gilder's Paste to the high spots, leaving some of the Patina showing.  Now I am really loving it.

Drill  a hole in the center of the wooden snowflake large enough for the clock hand shaft to go through easily.  I also stamped snowflakes from Penguins on Ice set with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.

Paint the wooden snowflake with the orange yellow metal color paint.  Let dry.  Use a baby wipe or damp paper towel and gently remove the orange yellow paint from on top of the embossed snowflakes to reveal the silver embossing.

Adhere two Clock Die Cuts together for extra thickness.

Heat emboss the clock die with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  Two coats of embossing powder were needed to get a smooth, metal look.

Adhere clock face to front of wooden snowflake.  
Paint the metal pendulum with the orange yellow metal color paint.  Let dry.  The photo shows just the hanger painted to show you the difference.

Measure and paint two ¼" wooden dowels with the orange yellow metal paint and adhere to lower half of box along the sides.

Put clock parts together and adhere wooden snowflake clock onto box at the top, just above the two dowels.  Adhere glittered snowflake to pendulum, and three rusty metal snowflakes to inside box.

Adhere reindeer ornament and holly sprig to bottom of box.

Select four matching scroll die cut pieces from the Clock Die Cuts, cover with Versamark ink, and heat emboss with a rust embossing powder.  The photo shows the one on the left "rusted".

Adhere to the sides of the box in the center.

Another look from the front and side!  I really love how this turned out.


Sin City Stamps:  Penguins on Ice rubber stamp setClock Die Cuts; Clock Die Cut
Walnut Hollow Rustic Wood Ledge
Other:  white gesso, Green Gold Texture paint; Versamark ink pad; wooden laser cut snowflake; Primary Yellow and Turquoise Shimmer Mister; Patina  and German Silver Gilder's Paste; Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist; Orange Yellow Precious Metal Color; Clock with Pendulum parts, rusty metal snowflakes, Christmas ornaments

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I know it was long, but mixed media usually is.  In any case, I hope you are inspired to make your own clock, whether for Christmas, or as a gift specific to someone you know.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit Sin City Stamps and the team for all your stamping inspiration, and gift giving, products.

Have a super wonderful weekend!