Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sin City Stamps and Gelli Plates Backgrounds

Hello everyone, and welcome back for more Halloween fun!  I just love October because I love making anything related to Halloween.  I've always been a fan of spooky movies, and this genre is just my thing!  

Today's project is a very colorful and a bit creepy card that I made using my Gelli Arts printing plate for a background, and a few of my favorite Sin City Stamps rubber sets.
While playing around with my gelli plate, I also made this same or similar background on a different color card stock to see what the difference would be.  Then I couldn't help myself.  I had to turn it into a  tag, or a card to slip into a pocket, or even used as a focal point on a card.  

I have prepared a bit of a tutorial for you using Snapguide.  All you have to do is click START THE GUIDE for complete instructions.

Check out How to Use a Gelli Printing Plate for Card Making by Barbara Rankin on Snapguide.


Sin City Stamps:  Urban Grunge stamp plate; Clockworks Inspired by Terri Sproul stamp plate; Metal Madness stamp plate; Entangled stencil; Honeycomb chipboard pieces
Gelli Arts:  5x7 gelli printing plate

Other:  5" x 7" pre-folded kraft card; Card stock:  Orchid, black, kraft
MME Haunted 12x12 paper pad
Ink Pads:  Versamark, white pigment, dark brown chalk ink,
Distress stains:  Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters
Black and lime green glitter; Black lace ribbon; White gel pen; Clear acrylic squares (1" and 1/2") 
Momenta wooden tickets; Detail white embossing powder; Glimmer Mists:  Dewberry, Olive Vine, Bittersweet

I hope you enjoyed my gelli printing plate project today, and that I have inspired you with all of the great products available at Sin City Stamps.  And be sure to stop by the SCS Blog regularly for more inspiration from the team!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 12, 2014


How would you like to use your Gelli Plate like a stamp?  It is such a fun way to Gelli!!

This month, the design team was given a 3"x5" Gelli Plate to use.  What a fun size to play with!  You can put it on an acrylic block and stamp with them!  Stamping color blocks that are 3"x5" is cool, but what if you added punchinella or a stencil on top?  AWESOME HAPPENS!!

I made 2 cards with my Gelli Plate and my Halloween Bingo Stamp Set.

Are they fun or what!!
Check out my Snapguide tutorial to see how!!


Check out How to Use Your Gelli Plate as a Stamp. by Daniella Hayes on Snapguide.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sin City Stamps and Gelli Plate Printing

Hello fellow crafters, Peggy here to share my Gelli Printing fun.
This month we are partnering with Gelli Arts and I must tell you it is Very addicting!
Supplies used today are:
Acrylic Paint 
Vellum Paper
Punch for trim
Enamel Accents

I started out with a clean gelli plate and I randomly placed acrylic  paint sparingly. Using my brayer I spread the paint evenly. 

This picture below shows using only white paint. 
After laying down color I placed my stencil on top of the paint and added a second layer of paint. Since the first layer on my gelli plate was wet and sticky the stencil stayed in place. I used my brayer to spread secondary colors on top.

Here is my gelli plate ready for printing.

I placed a sheet of vellum on top of my gelli plate
And gravity pulled my sheet toward my gelli plate. Because the vellum is semi transparent you can see which spots needed a gental touch to adhere to the vellum paper.

As you can see this process is very addicting.

Here is one of my favorite  prints cut out and ready for mounting. I desided to make a few cards.
Below I used a flower cut out from Sin City Stamps to place over my print.

Here is my finished product. I layered yellow cardstock on black cardstock. Next I used a MS punch on black cardstock for the bottom. I also used ribbon and lace embellishments and finished it off with enamel accents.
Below is a print with the background paint made into a card using the same process.

So much fun! I had a great time making prints. Next time I think I'll include the kids!
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and check out Sin City Stamps for your stamping, chipboard , stencil needs and more!
I would also like to thank Gelli Arts for their fabulous  Gelli plate!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

One Layer Printing & Stamping with Gelli Plates

Hello, it's Gracie posting today. I'm excited to share a project I made for Sin City Stamps in partnership with Gelli Arts, the makers of Gel Printing Plates. I created a stamped image with an amazing background, all in one layer!

Alice 2 Art Rubber Stamps - Sin City Stamps
5"x7" Gelli™ Printing Plate - Gelli Arts
Memento Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black
Paints: acrylic paint in metallic silver, poster paints in blue and yellow
Cardstocks: white linen cardstock, blue and green leather textured cardstock
Embellishments: 1/4" red satin ribbon, Vynil silver gem
Adhesives: Mounting foam tape, Uhu all purpose adhesive

I have a step by step photo tutorial for you at Sin City Stamps' blog. To view it, please start the guide below.

Check out How to Do One Layer Printing & Stamping With Gelli Plates by Gracie CH on Snapguide.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my fun Alice in Wonderland card and it's tutorial! I truly recommend you try out the Gelli Plates, they are very versatile and easy to use. 

If you would like to check out this cute art rubber stamp, click on the link added to the supply list or click here to be directed to Sin City Stamps store

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Strip My Gears

Hi! Laura here posting a masculine Halloween card 
or maybe just a I love you card for your guy!
I have used a Gelli Plate for my card.
Gelli Arts are our sponsor this month at Sin City Stamps.
I have to tell you it has been an experience using the Gelli Plate.
One I am not quite comfortable with yet 
but I do love playing with it.
You have to try it! It's fun (but messy) ..Did I say it was fun?
I have played for 3 or 4 days but wasn't happy with anything I made
but did this today. I hope you like it...

Products I used today

Brayer, Acrylic Paint - orange and metallic purple
Black Ink, ribbon and lots of copy paper.
TH craft mat.

One of the videos I watched said the gelli plate has to 
be on a porous surface. I left  it on the bottom piece of plastic.
I also put it on my TH craft sheet.

I put paint on the gelli plate then added the mask.

I added the next colour and use some different masks.

Here is the gelli plate with purple acrylic paint on it. 

Add your tag...then I put copy paper over
just to press the tag down.

The purple paint was metallic ..
You can see how it smeared abit but
I love how it looks.

On the right is the gelli plate with paint on it
and I pressed the stamp on it.
Isn't it cool how the gelli plate holds the stamp..

This is the next layer on the tag.

On this one I used my fingernail to make this pattern.

The next one is done with more masks layered over the purple.

I made the tags into a card. I thought about adding this
ribbon to make it more for Halloween but
I liked the other ribbon better.

As you can see below I stamped strip my gears on 
the middle tag.

Here is my finished card...

Thanks for stopping by...

Please drop by the SinCity Stamps and 
check out all the wonderful products..... 
masks, stamps, diecuts etc.
Also check out our fabulous sponsor..

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween Card with Gelli Arts Printing Plates

Hi all!  Barbara here with a fun Halloween project using a product from this month's sponsor, Gelli Arts, the makers of those fabulous gelli printing plates.  If you have never seen or heard of these, you are in for a treat.  They are so much fun and so easy to use.  And they are a perfect complement to Sin City Stamps stencils and stamps.

Halloween is one of my favorite themes, so I had to make a Halloween card.  And Sin City Stamps  has the best Halloween stamp plates. They have become my go to stamps for the occasion.

tag removed from pocket
I have prepared a short video on how to care for and store your Gelli plate, and to show you the process for making my gelli print, as well as putting my card together.

Sin City Stamps:  Halloween Bingo and Halloween Takes Flight rubber stamps; Brick Wall stencil
Gelli Arts 3" x 5" gelli print plate
Black CS, Orange CS, Orchid CS
Halloween print paper
IMAGINE Crafts Ink Pads:  Brilliance Lightning Black; StazOn Midi Jet Black
IMAGINE Crafts: Bronze Irresistible Pico Embellisher 
3D Crystal Lacquer
Metal skull charms 

Here are a few closeups for you.

I hope you enjoyed my card project and video today. Please be sure to visit Sin City Stamps, too, for new releases and more products designed just for you!

Have a fab weekend.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October's Featured Artist - Barbara Rankin

Hello everyone.   We are starting a new feature over at Sin City Stamps.  The first Wednesday of each month, Sin City Stamps will be highlighting one of their amazing artists, showcasing  their designs and art.  I encourage you to stop by frequently to see new products, designs, and examples of what can be created with the fabulous stamps, stencils, and chipboard products designed just for you!  I get to go first!!!  And be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a fabulous offer!

My name is Barbara Rankin, and I am not only a member of the Sin City Stamps Design Team, but I am honored and excited to also be an artist for Sin City Stamps. I love all forms of "crafting", from sewing, to needlework, to paper crafting, to my newest love, mixed media.  From my earliest beginnings, I have always been fond of dimension, and to this day, I still love creating with dimension.  My style is varied, but I truly love vintage, Victorian, Steampunk, and shabby chic.  I have been published in several magazines, as well as contributing artist in a book that showcases mini albums, another form of art I really love.  Depending on my mood, and sometimes, the seasons, my art will take shape from my surroundings.  I also love quotations, and I use them as my jumping off point a lot.

My first design for Sin City Stamps is this Shrine Chipboard Book Designed by Barbara Rankin.  It is quite versatile, and can be used as a free standing frame to sit on your table or fireplace mantel.  I have even used these shrines to make a mini album, with complete directions you can view by clicking here.  You can decorate and display it to feature your favorite photographs, or even use it to commemorate the changing of the seasons, as I have done here with my "Autumn Beauty".  The possibilities are endless!


Closeup of Deer Under Trees

Much to my surprise and excitement, the Deer Under Trees chipboard piece fit perfectly with my shrine and gave such a wonderful view outside the window.  I actually placed myself inside looking out at the beautiful turning leaves of the tree, and the cute deer in my yard.  Ahhh, Fall is upon us!

You can purchase these chipboard pieces individually through Sin City Stamps, or you can purchase my complete kit, as shown here, through Altered Pages.  And just for stopping by, you get this special offer from me to you.  If you use code featured33 in your Sin City Stamps shopping cart, you will get a whopping 33% discount on your purchase.  In addition, I am offering a free Shrine Chipboard Book Designed by Barbara Rankin, that's me, to one lucky person who leaves me a comment, either on my blog or the Sin City Stamps blog.  Winner will be chosen by random at the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and as always, stay CRAFTY, my friends.

Barbara Rankin

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fast and Easy Fall Cards by Pam Bray

Hi it is Pam today on the SinCity Stamps Blog sharing with you a few fast and easy Fall Cards. I am using my Fall Collection Stamp Sets 1 and 2 from SinCity Stamps. Sin City Stamps designs, presses and packages deep etched art rubber stamps and I proud that they are the manufactures of my stamps, stencils and chipboard.
 I love the feathers of the Fall Collection Collection Set 2 and the nice size of the the "Thanks" sentiment from the Fall Collection Set 1. I used several different colors of Memento Inks to stamp my feathers with on a piece of Steampunk Spells yellow paper and added it to the top of my card base, along with a Scallop Flower Border and added a few gemstones and bow.
 Fall Collection Stamp Set

For my second card I used both the Fall Collection Stamp Set 1 and 2. I first stamped my sentiment using both stamp sets to the front right corner and then stamped sunflowers from the Fall Collection Stamp Set 2 onto yellow paper from the Steampunk Spells paper, added it to my card base along with a scallop flower border and strip.
 I stamped and fussy cut sunflowers out and added them to the top of my card along with placing flower soft to the center and adding small bow.

 Fall Collection Stamp Set 2
As you can see you will receive a lot of stamps for the the price of $20.00 a set so make sure to check out the rest of my collection in the SinCity Stamps Store, just click HERE!!! 
Also, make sure to check out all the fabulous products that SinCity Stamps has to offer in the the store. Thanks for stopping by and will see you again real soon. Hugs Pammejo
Xyron Tape Runner
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells
EK Success Border Punch
Rust Ribbon
Variety of Memento Ink

Friday, September 26, 2014

Halloween Treat Box


Peggy here to show you how I altered this box. All month we have been patnered up with Pan  Pastels.  Now that it is officially  Fall I can't  get my mind off Halloween! This box could be used for home decor or filled with treats for a special  little ghost.

List of supplies used today :
Black oven baked clay
Black Gelato
Various metal gears
Homemade Stencil
Black Acrylic paint
Rub and Buff
Fixative spray
Black Cardstock

I began by covering my box with pieces of clay that had been poked to resemble metal. I stamped my red rubber unmounted stamp into the clay and I cut around the balloon image. I baked my pieces in the oven with the given instructions on the package of clay.

I painted the box with black paint. After drying I glued each piece on the box with crystal lacquer.
I colored my pieces with my finger and rub & buff lightly catching the raised areas only. I used pan pastels on the edges of my balloon embellishment.

I created a piece of paper for the inside bottom of my box using a pan pastel blend using my soft tools sponge.  I cut out a homemade stencil and using my black gelatos I randomly  placed some bats, again using my finger for applications. I sprayed my cardstock with a sealer to ensure the pan pastels and gelatos stay in place.

I made some bats cut out of black cardstock, colored with black gelatos and edged with purple pastels.

I used some thread to simulate the bats pulling the balloon through the air.

Finally I added some metal embellishments.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and I encourage you try Pan Pastels and Sin City Stamps!