Friday, March 6, 2015

The Clock Struck 12 with Tamiko!

Happy Friday folks, it's Tamiko here!  So many have done fairy related pieces and to tell the truth I have been a little jealous.  I have found a way to make up for it though!  Who doesn't like a good fairy tale?  I know I do to this day!  Having an almost 10 year old doesn't automatically give me the get out of fairy tale free card either, but you know what, I'm cool with that.  So today I present my take on on Cinderella.. from my journal.  

My supply list for this project includes:
Sin City Stamps- Plate of Rubber- Bingo
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Faber Castell Gelatos (various colors)
Deco Art Media Line Acrylics (various colors)
Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter
Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens 
Paint brushes
Baby wipes
White Unibal Signo UM 153 Broad Gel Pen
Faber Castell Pitt Pen (medium) Black
Stazon Ink Pads (various colors)
Darice Heat gun
Ranger Embossing powder in Black Soot
Versamark Watermark Stamp pad

I began doing a rough sketch of where I wanted everything to be in my journal which gives me plenty of room for play! I then coated both pages with clear gesso.  Liquitex is gritty, it adds a lot of tooth to the page which is a good thing when you expect it.  I also scribbled with my gelatos in various colors to create a night sky, using shades of blues and purples.  I also gave my page an inked edge look with the gelato in black.  When I apply my gelatos, I find that that the key is to dip them in water.  You can also use baby wipes to move the color, but then I always wet my fingertip... it leaves a more lineless blend.  Took some Titanium white fluid acrylic by Deco Art's Media line and used the handle of my brush to do dots which in turn look like stars. Did some loose line work around them with my white gel pen.

I did most of my drawing and added some smaller details to the floor with the Pattern 2 stencil. I only used the inner concaved diamond shape to create a patterned floor with my Pitt pen. I later painted around the shapes with a metallic gelato watercolor wash.

Then I took my stamps from the Clockworks plate and stamped them on on the page with Stazon ink.  That ink once dry doesn't smear or come off if wet again.  I stamped there to give the background some texture.  Then I took those stamps and stamped versamark ink to water color paper.  The ink from the stamps came off with the versamark, but it didn't matter, you won't see that color in a moment!  The Ranger embossing powder was sprinkled generously over the juicy stamped images of the roman numerals.  Shook off the access and hit it with the heat gun.

I then took the images cut away some of the excess paper and added a little color by creating a water color wash with my squished metallic gelatos that I sprayed with water, and brushed the water color paper and over the embossed image.  Added some good old Helmars Super-Tac to the backside, for a QUICK hold to my page.

Used some Faber Castell Glass bead glitter to the shoes and dress because don't all princesses sparkle?  Especially if it's for ONLY a few hours?  Stamped some swirly doos from a stamp from the Bingo Plate set to the dress for pattern and texture.

Every MIRACLE takes a little time- is the popular quote from Cinderella that I included on the stairway of my piece today to remind not just YOU, but also myself.  Cool thing to ponder!  I hope you are able to be on the receiving end of a few miracles, heck, even better, why not make a few come true for other folks.. :)  Have a MAGICAL weekend and don't forget to visit SIN CITY STAMPS for all your stamping desires. :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Motivational Magnet

I don't know about you but I can always use a little extra motivation whether in art or in my life. It is known by my friends that I have been trying to lose weight so I figured some motivational words placed strategically on the fridge would work...and a magnet would be perfect.

I began by re-cyling an advertising magnet ( I get them from the front cover of my phone book ) and covering it with some of my handmade paper using the Beacon Quick Grip to adhere it.

Then I used some Ranger's Distress inks in coordinating colors to stamp some background words from the Anime Fairies Art Rubber stamp set. 

And I added some hand stitching with embroidery floss around the border of the heart and dangled some stars that also are on the  Anime Fairies Art Rubber stamp set. This plate of rubber has so many wonderful embellishments on it that work so well together.

I wanted my baby dragon ( isn't he cute? ) to have some dimension so I double stamped the image. Once on the heart and then again on the same green background paper. It also helps to keep your fussy cutting to a minimum to not have to try and cut out the finer details. I embellished my little dragon with some sparkly goodness before gluing them together.

 The roosters that I collect and keep in my kitchen were my inspiration color palette for my magnet.

Thank you for visiting.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Winged Bodice Card

Hi Chris here sharing this card using Sin City Stamps Anime Faireis #2 and Vintage Fashion Stamp sets.

Supplies used:
Sin City Stamps:  Sin City Stamps Anime Faireis #2Vintage Fashion
Cardstock: Kraft, White, Core'dinations Kraft Core
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz
Bodice Template:
Ink: Tim Holtz Distess Ink (fired Brick), Staz-on
Adhesives: ATG, Quickie Glue Pen
Glitter: Wow
Punch: Kreaxions/Just Imagine #920
Other: Sequin ribbon, gem, Vellum

To create this card's background,  I started with Core'dinations Kraft core card stock and used a Tim Holtz Embossing folder.  I sanded the background piece to bring out the Kraft Core.  I added a punched border using one of my Kreaxion punches (# 920).

I then traced a bodice template from  Sin City has lots of bodice stamps that would look great on this card.  I then stamped multiple partial images of the umbrella from the Vintage Fashion Set.

I then cut out the images and added to the bodice for a lace ruffly look.

 I then added some sequin ribbon to the center of the dress for a belt.  I added a red gemstone to the center of the ribbon.

 To create the wings I stamped the wings from the Anime Fairies 2 onto vellum with Staz-on and then fussy cut out the wings.  I used my Quickie Glue Pen to add glue to parts of the wings and then added red glitter and then I attached the bodice to the card.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art Journal Canvas

Friday is here again and the weekend is near! For my fellow artists & crafters I am excited so share my mixed media art journaling project. This is my second project to share since becoming part of SinCityStamps Design Team (DT).
For this project I decided to make a canvas and use the Art Journal Rubber Stamp set by Terri Sproul that can be purchased from  I hope you enjoy this project and join in the fun by making your very own. 

Supplies List:
  • facade (surface): 8in X 10in Artist Loft Canvas (20.3cm x 25.4cm),  # 8 manila tags and vintage ephemera
  • distress ink: gathered twig
  • archival ink: watering can, red geranium and black
  • embellishments: mini gears, ruler ribbon, buckle, brad, metal corners, compass coin, mini corners, mini numerals, long fasteners, mini fasteners, and alpha letters.
  • adhesives: matte finish spray, matte medium, glossy accents, double sided tape and pop dots
  • tools: craft sheet, mister, heat tool, scissors, ink blending tool, ripper, paper cutter, and craft pick.
  • stamps used: Art Journaling Rubber Stampset by Terri Sproul
Step 1: We will start out this project by taking a canvas, vintage ephemera, and tissue tape to start the background on the canvas

Step 2: Let's start off by running some tissue tape across the lower part of the canvas and upper left corner.
Then we are going to take gathered twig distress ink (you will come to learn this is one of my favorite colors- I use it in all of my projects) and cover the canvas.
Step 3: Now that we have the background of the canvas started. We will now create the water drop effect onto the surface of the canvas.  Take a water mister and by water into the palm of your hand; then flick the water onto the canvas.

Using your heat gun start drying the canvas and blot up the remaining water with a cloth or paper towel.
Step 4:  Now we need to seal the canvas because distress ink is reactive with water (or water based solutions).  So we need to seal the canvas before we start attaching ephemera to the background.  
For this step we will use Matte Finish spray by holding the canvas and spraying the entire canvas.  Then set the canvas aside to allow for it to fully dry.
Step 5:  Our next step is to take more tissue tape and vintage ephemera and apply this to the canvas. We first want to start by placing additional tissue tape directly onto the canvas.
 Step 6: Then take Matte Medium and cover the canvas.  This will allow for the ephemera to sick to the canvas. The Matte Medium will also serve to seal the tissue tape onto your project.   When applying the matte medium to your project use a foam brush or sponge.
Step 7: We are now going to start placing the vintage ephemera onto the canvas and then using matte medium apply that over the top of the ephemera.
Step 8: While that dries we are going to take a #8 manila tag and using a stamp from the Art Journaling set we are going to stamp it onto the surface of the tag using black archival ink.

Step 9: Now take the tag and cut it down to the size of the stamp.  Allow for enough room at the edges so we can use a paper distresser to rough up the edges. 
Take gathered twig distress ink and dirty up the stamped area by using a ink blending tool.
Step 10: Using a paper distresser rough up the edges of the stamped image.  We will now take Tim Holtz idea-ology label letters and place a saying onto the stamped image. 
We will then apply some gathered twig distress ink to dirty up the edges.  I finished it off by adhering it to the canvas with idea-ology long fasteners.
Step 11: Now let's take some ephemera and use the "Journal" stamp. Stamp this saying onto ephemera paper by using distress embossing ink.  Then using embossing powder cover the stamped image with the embossing powder.   I used the Watering Can embossing powder and then used a heat blending tool to create the embossed effect.
Step 12: Take the paper and tear off the sides around the embossed journal word and dirty up the edges by using an ink blending tool.  I then took some embellishments to add further dimension to anchor the corners (I used mini gears).
Next we will apply this to the upper left corner canvas by using double sided tape.

Step 13: Now select another stamp from the Art journaling Rubber set and complete Step 8 & 9 with a different stamp to create a similar affect.
I then placed this behind the other stamped piece on the canvas with double sided tape.
Step 14:  I then continued this process of stamping and adding further detail on the canvas.
Step 15: The final step was to take some ruler tape and a buckle to add further dimension to the piece.   I then continued adding embellishments onto the canvas.
You will continue this process till you feel your project is complete.  Here is a picture of my finished piece.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave me a message on how I finished off this project by use of embellishments or stamping.
Thanks for checking out this fun canvas project and if you don’t have the Art Journaling stamp set go purchase it today. YOU WONT REGRET IT! 
This is a must have and will be a great addition to your very own craft stash.

Check out the store today there is such great stamps, stencils and products that you can chose from that will be great additions to your art space.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

High Flying Fun!!

Hello All Lanette Here!

Today I am going to share some high flying inky fun with you! First lets take a look at my tag and

Here is my finished tag:
then I will show you how I mad it :)

Sin City Supplies Used: Art Rubber Stamp Plate- For Him Collection

Other Supplies Used: Ranger - Tag, Archival Ink. Tim Holtz- Die, Embossing Powder, Distress Stain, Distress Ink & Blending Tool, Stencil. Spare Parts- Flower, Ribbon. Prima -Stencil. Faber Castell- PITT Marker. Mister Hueys Mist. Vellum.

Now lets look at my process......

First I started by building my tags background. Using my craft mat as a plate I laid down a mix of Distress Stains. After spraying my tag with a bit of water I dragged my tag through the color creating that fabulous vintage background.

After my tag was dry I  added a fun steampunk stamp from the For Him Rubber Plate. I used Archival Ink because its waterproof and I always stamp on a foam pad to help ensure my images come out clear.

Next I added a layer of texture using some distress ink and a Prima Stencil, just a bit here and there nothing too deliberate.

Now I just had to add a bit of sparkle after all she is a lady! So I added a bit of Mister Hueys Gold Mist through a Tim Holtz stencil.

Finally I finished my tag off with a bit of ribbon that I colored using my left over Distress Stain. Also I added a bit of pop to my ribbon by stamping it with this fun stamp from the For Him Rubber Plate and a PITT marker.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

I hope that I have inspired you to have some inky fun of your own!

After all time flies! You gotta get inky when you can!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015


Do you believe in fairies?  If you do, you will LOVE the Anime Fairies Stamp Sets at SinCity Stamps!  There are 2 different Anime Fairy sets to choose from, in addition to other Fairy sets!  Awesome!!
Anime Fairies 2 set

I used a watercolor effect technique.

I gathered my supplies and picked markers and papers with complimentary colors.

I sprayed a lot of water on watercolor paper.  Then, I dipped my marker in the water.  As you can see, the small amount of ink instantly spreads in the water.  When you are done dipping your markers, just rub them on a clean piece of paper and you will see the marker is good to go.

You see how awesome the colors swirl into each other in my extreme close up :)

I love how there are some areas where the colors collided and left a water line.  Other areas are just really nicely swirled colors.  That's the fun of this technique.  You never know what you will get!
I stamped directly on top of the dried "watercolor effect" paper and cut my fairy out.  I LOVE the waterline in her!  It looks like she is behind a shadow, looking out.  If I tried I couldn't get this effect!  I put her on some gauze, to keep her looking soft, and used foam squares to adhere her to the card.  I glued the butterfly on the body only and folded the wings up.  Butterflies and fairies always leave a little fairy dust behind so I added some glitter and a trail of rhinestones.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Please visit the SinCity Stamps site and get some fairies of your own.  You know you believe!!