Friday, July 3, 2015

Artist Trading Cards with Tamiko

Hey folks, happy Friday. It's the day before our Independence Day here in the USA and well I am thinking of sparkly things!! ::smiles::  not the history, the food, the family gathering, but the sparkles and fireworks of the nights to come. With that in mind, I wanted to have a little sparkle with my project for today.  Check it out with me.

 I first began by recycling a pizza box and cutting it into ATCs (2.5x3.5 inches) and postcards (4x6 inches). I will only be using the ATCs today.  Once I removed the top layer or paper from the corrugated board, the second only a partial amount of the paper and the last, I left alone.  I then took my brush and used some gesso to prime my cards.

After I added gesso, I decided to use one of my Love of Butterfly stamps to add texture to the flat untouched ATC base.

I know I have said this before.. but some folks buy coloring books when they want to color.  I buy stamps.  There are many hours I spend coloring stamps with no real project in the making.  The even bigger upside is when I need finished one, I almost always goto my stash of pre colored images from the Just Us Girls stamp set by Terri Sproul. I used neocolor II and Derwent inktense pencils.

I then saturated my ATC gessoed bases with the vibrant Twinkling H20s from ColourArte.  I even colored a butterfly, just because I love coloring stamps and this combination of the colors here seemed to blend well together.  

If that wasn't enough, I added some very fine gold glitter with the use of my Helmar's Acid Free that I have enclosed in my fineline applicator. My ATCs were almost done.. had to make sure everything adhered in place.  I pulled it all together and still added even more sparkle with some sequins.

The ATCs make me happy. The stamps from Sin City Stamps and the color from the Twinks, made the ATC come to life!  I bid you all a safe and fun holiday weekend!!
Don't forget that for the month of July that with a purchase of a stamp plate you will receive one ATC stamp. :::yayy:::

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sympathy card

Hi everyone, can you believe it's July already? I can't, summer sure is going by quickly!
I made a card for you today using Terri Sproul's Plate of Rubber Stamps "Leaves".

First I used some watercolors and did a drip pattern across my paper and while that was drying I stamped the leaf stamp onto some colored paper using my Versamark ink and embossed it. Then I cut it out.

After everything was adhered to the card I used my Ident pen to outline the leaf and a Micron pen to doodle some lines around the edges of the card.

I really like how the textures of the water coloring look with the glossy embossed leaf.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Vintage Style Bluebirds Card

Hello all!  I have a really pretty vintage style card to share with you today using two of Terri Sproul's new stamp sets from Sin City Stamps.

Stamp image onto slick white card stock with black StazOn or any permanent ink.
Paint the birds, nest, flowers and leaves with Twinkling H20s in Burnt Umber, Pink Azalea, Ocean Wave, and Moss Green.  The best way to activate the "twinks" is to spritz water into each pot and let them sit for a few minutes.
I wanted to age the paper, so I used a blending tool to add Antique Linen distress ink to the white card stock.
Here is a close up of the coloring with the antiqued background.
Next, I layered this piece onto a pink card stock layer, then onto a dark green card stock layer.  I left the tiniest border of each color around the image.  Then I die cuts a piece of tan card stock with the Fancy Tags die, and before removing the paper from the die, I used the blending tool to add more Antique Linen distress ink to it.
When I removed the die, the tag now has this nice, aged look and highlights.
I adhered the stamped piece slightly off center of a 5"x7" periwinkle blue card base, and I cut the tag in half, adhering each half to the sides of the stamped image, as shown.
Die cut a branch from brown mat board with the bird branch die and adhere to the card front above the nest image.
Add some paper flowers to the left side, covering the edge of the branch.
Punch several leaves from the dark green card stock scrap, and paint with the Moss Green Twinkling H20s.
Adhere the leaves around the flower bouquet, and cut leaves apart to add to the branches.
The give my card a nice balance, I decided to stamp two butterflies from the Terri Sproul's Wish stamp set with black StazOn ink.  I used the Pink Azalea, Ocean Wave, and Moss Green twinks to color them.  Then I fussy cut them out, shaped their wings and adhered to the right hand side of my card.  I added Amber glitter liner to their butterfly bodies.

Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps: Terri Sproul's Vintage SetTerri Sproul's Wish
ColourArte:  Twinkling H20s:  Burnt Umber, Pink Azalea, Ocean Wave, Moss Green
Card stock:  White, Pink, Green, Periwinkle Blue
Black StazOn ink pad
Antique Linen distress ink
Blending tool
Bird Branch (Sizzix)
Brown mat board
Fancy Tags Two die (Spellbinders)
Leaf punch (Martha Stewart)
Paper flowers (Prima, Recollections)
Amber Glitter (Viva Decor)

I hope you enjoyed my card project today.  I love these sets and I think you will too.  So pop on over to the Sin City Stamps online store and check out all of the new sets and products that Sin City Stamps carries.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Independence Tag

Happy Friday fellow stampers... It is hard to believe that this year is almost half over.  In the honor of the fast approaching Independence Day, JULY 4th, I decided to make it patriotic.  For this project I decided to make a tag and use the metal madness stamp sets that can be purchased from  I hope you enjoy this project and it was so much fun to make. 

Supplies List:
  • facade (surface): #10 and a patriotic sheet of patterned paper that you can use for layering.  Mine was patriotic colors (red, white & blue)
  • distress ink: gathered twig, walnut stain
  • archival ink: cobalt
  • embellishments: crinkle ribbon, jump ring, word band observations, jump ring, brad, metal corners, adornments souvenir star, large numberals #4, and stars
  • adhesives: double sided tape and pop dots
  • tools: craft sheet, mister, heat tool, scissors, ink blending tool, ripper and sewing machine
  • stamps used: Metal Madness Stamps set

Step 1: The first step in this project is to determine the background; which is the base to any project for me.  First start by taking a plain #10 manila tag and cover it with a coat of distress ink.  I chose to use gathered twig but any color can be used when completing this effect.

Step 2: Now that you have the background of the tag started lets then create the water drop effect onto the surface of that.  Take a water mister and squirt water into the palm of your hand.  Then flick the water onto the tag.
Once you have splattered the tag with water take a heating tool and dry the tag.  This will give you a really cool splatter effect.  If you still have water splotches on the tag you can use a rag (or paper towel) to blot it off the tag.

Step 3: Then we will take the metal madness background stamp and cover that across the tag.  I chose to use Cobalt archival ink. 
Step 4: Now we will take washi tape and patterned paper and further develop our background.  We will take the patterned paper and cut into strips.  Then using a ripper rough up the edges of the paper.  Using gathered twig distress ink darken up the edges and apply to tag using double sided tape.
We then will take washi tape and later that onto the tag as well.
Step 5:  In this step we are going to take some Kraft-core paper and using a sanding block sand down the paper to give it a worn look.  Then I took a picture card from Idea-ology holiday emphoria that was patriotic.  I centered this into the sanded paper for dimension.
Then using a sewing machine I added a jagged stitch around the photo to anchor it onto the Kraft-core paper.   We will then rough up the sized with a ripper and add metal corners around the sides for an embellishment.  Then place that on the tag using pop dots.
Step 6: Using a ripper now rough up the edges of the tag.  Then take walnut stain and dirty up the edges.
Step 7: We are going to continue adding embellishments to the tag and accents as we work to complete our piece.
Add more embellishments to further complete your project to your satisfaction.
Step 8:  We will finish off the tag by adding ribbon and an embellishment at the top of the tag.
I dirtied the ribbon with gathered twig to give it a more aged & worn look
Thanks for checking out my project and if you don’t have the metal madness stamp set in your stash be sure to add it today.  This a must have and great addition for anyone’s craft stash.
Check out the store today there are such great stamps, stencils and products that you can chose from that will be great additions to your home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Art Journal with Lanette

Hello All Lanette Here!

Today I'm going to share a pretty little Art Journal Page with you :)

First lets take a look at my finished page ,then we can take a look at how I made it.

Sin City Supplies Used: Dressform Stamp SetArt Journal 3 Stamp Set

Other Supplies Used: Stazon Ink,

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

I started by randomly stamping a few of the Dressform Stamps with a waterproof ink, I used Stazon.

After  stamping I covered my Page completely using a mix of Art Anthology Colorations Spray.

 Next I stamped my Text using a few quotes from the Art Journal 3 Stamp Set, to add a bit of a pop I embossed my images.

Next I colored my verses with a contrasting Colorations Spray.

Now it was time to add a bit of texture to my page, using a stencil and some modeling paste I added these fun bricks along the side of my page.

Just to frame and add a bit of a grungy look to my page I used my finger to roughly added a bit of black gesso around my page and over my bricks.

before I added my verses to my page I randomly stamped around the page with this pretty little flourish stamp from the Art Journal 3 Stamp Set.

 And there you have it a quick but pretty page in your Art Journal!

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, June 21, 2015


Hello and thank you so much for visiting today!  I have a super fun post to share!!

Terri SproulBarbara Rankinand Myself have all made Mixed Media Cards,using my Big Bold Blossoms Stamps!  And we all made videos to go with them!  Is that awesome or what??

And because we did this awesome thing, there is a special coupon!
40% off everything in the store!!  SUPER AWESOME!

This is the card Barbara made~

This is the card Terri made~

And this is the card I made.

Here are the links to our videos too.

 I hope you enjoy the videos and get AMAZING things from the store with that super coupon!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Father's Day.. with Tamiko

Hey folks.. Thank Goodness It's Friday!!!!  As I look forward to the weekend, as much as the next person, I realize that this weekend contains Father's Day.  ::smiles::  I am sure there will many family gatherings and dinners to honor Dad.  This day reminds me how much I miss my dad, but I determined to fill it with only the grandest of memories.  Well let's get to my Father's Day card!

What I used to create this card is..
Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black
Koi Water brush
Papers- book page, tissue paper and base card
Embellishments- seam binding, flowers, 
Misc.- Scissors, paper trimmer, sponge applicator, wipes, 

First I took a portion of my diamond texture sheet and pounced some gesso on it.  I used the gesso because at the time I knew I wanted to add color.  Gesso primes the chipboard, therefore giving it a chance at displaying it's fullest intensity of the color. I also use the gelatos directly to the gessoed  chipboard then moved the color with a dampened finger.  I made sure to leave some white exposed.

I crumpled up the tissue paper, then flattened lightly to adhere it to my cardstock with matte medium. Also applied it over the tissue paper, because you never know what you may add the top layers. I took a dictionary book page (which happens to high light FATHER), rubbed some gelatos and moved the color with a little matte medium instead of water. that was done to kinda set the gelatos should I decide to add anything else wet over it.  Doing that helps not totally reactivate the gelatos.

I took the chipboard and stuck it down using the tacky glue.  Grabbed my seam binding and swished it around in some water-spritzed gelato yumminess for color.

Stamped my butterflies with archival ink because once it's dry, it's waterproof..  Now I am going to add more colors with the gelatos to the wings and edges.

Once that is dry I will begin placement on the card base and add the butterflies, flowers and bling.  I have to have extra sparkle.  Even if it is given a man, it's made by a woman!  ::smiles::  I also added some black gelato to color and frame my card.  Then I decided it was a little darker then I wanted.  Looked around and BAM!  Deco Art Metallic Lustre, in the most awesome turquiose, yep.. using it!! ::laughs:: Here are a few close ups.

Thank you guys for stopping by the blog!  I hope that the weekend is full of ONLY the most awesome memories of fathers, past, present and future,  Don't forget to plan ahead and consider Sin City Stamps for are your stamping needs!