Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Who's to say where the wind will take you

Mo here today on the Sin City Inspiration team blog,  sharing my art journal page "who's to say where the wind will take you".
 I love that sentiment and it made me think of traveling in a hot air balloon, in a perfect blue sky of course......

Supplies used:
Sin City Stamps sheets:
Water based ink sprays in purple and blue
White thread
Modeling paste
Circle stencil
Crackle Paste
Water proof stamp ink in black
Waterproof marker in black
Acrylic paint in brown and black
Water Spray bottle
Inktense pencils
Metallic paint in gold
 Step 1: Add a layer of gesso over the page, cut some threads  and place them around the edges in a swirly way. Use another layer of gesso over the threads and then let dry until the threads are adhered to the page.

Step 2: Use the waterproof stamp ink and the Faded page word stamp to start creating a background.

 Step 3: Dilute the gesso with water and go over the page so the impression of the stamp will be in the background.
 Step 4: Apply modeling paste through a stencil around the edges, Let dry

Step 5: Apply crackle paste on all edges around the spread partially covering the circles that where made in step 4.
Let this dry.
Step 6 : Spray some blue ink in the middle of the page, then spray some water and move the journal around to let the ink run over the page. Let dry when you are happy with how it looks.
 Step 7: Spray purple ink around the edges.
 Be careful to not let it run into the middle of the page but allow it to run around all textures ( the thread, modeling and crackle paste).
The ink will move easier if you spritz it with water.
 Step 8: Experiment a bit with the mister and the water to get the result you like.
If you have too much ink use a baby wipe to dab it off.  Spraying with the water bottle will give it a nice water drop effect .
When you are happy with your background, set it aside to dry.
 Step 9: Use a waterproof ink to stamp the Balloon and the sentiment.

Step 10: Use pencils to color the balloon.
Using a pencil, sketch some seagulls above the sentiment next to the balloon , then use a waterproof marker to give them detail.

Step 10: For the border, make a wash using brown and black acrylic paint mixed with water.
Paint this over the crackle.

 Step 11: Finish the page by adding a little gold metallic paint to the edges.

Here some pictures of the finished page

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

ATC Steampunk Bird Trio

Hi Everyone!
It's Jenn with you today to share this great little trio of ATC's created using Sin City Stamps Birds and Clocks set.
This set is one of my faves!
 I just love the detail of all of the gears.
For your own set of these and many more head over to Sin City Stamps online!

How these were made...............................................................................................................................
If you are unfamiliar with ATC's they are also known as Artist Trading Cards.
They are about the size of a playing card and are often traded among designers.
For this set, scraps and stash were used in the backgrounds in order to showcase the amazing detail of the Sin City Stamps!
Supplies used:

First, stamp birds in black archival ink onto heavier card.
Next apply and use heat embossing powder for added texture and strength.
Set These aside.

Next, scrape small amounts of white gesso onto cards using a paint scraper or old credit card.
 Do not cover entire surface.
Dry and then add patterned tissue tape.
Add a bit more gesso here and there and then use a text or texture stamp to add another layer.

Now the real fun begins!
 This is the part of creating ATC's I truly enjoy.
Just gather some bits and pieces and scraps of paper, string etc. and start building layers!
You can add stamping and ink splattering in between each layer as I did for even more texture.

Once you have all your layers down, add your birds with foam dots, some inspirational words, and emboss random areas in gold!

 I hope that you enjoyed this project and that you are inspired to create some ATC's of your own!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Feeling Bright & "Chip"per!!!!

Hi Fans!!

Some "re-purposing" for my ATC creations today - Paint Chip Samples!!
 If you are anything like me you love going to the hardware store and searching for alternative items to craft with - and they don't cost anything!!! AND I'm showing you how to use stamps for something other than their intended use ie. I've used the new Mail Art Set by Rick St Dennis to create these ATC's!

Sin City Stamps: Sending Smiles Whimsical Mail Art Set
Paint Chip Samples - go with hubby and raid the hardware store!
Coloured card
Texture Paste/Medium
Stencil - small designs work best
Acrylic Paint
Black Archival Ink
Colour Pencils
White paper/card to stamp on
Posca Pens
Ink Sprays
Embellishments ie. muslin cloth scraps, wording/phrases stickers or make your own computer generated wording
Tools ie. spatula, scissors, tape, glue, wipes for cleaning up!

First step is to raid the hardware/paint store - there are so many variations on how paint chip samples are provided so you can get all different "looks" depending on what you can find!!
They are great for all sorts of creations not just ATC's!

Cut your samples to ATC size 2.5 x 3.5 inches or if you have some pieces from other creations you can cut the samples slightly smaller and mount them on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch piece of co-coordinating colored card.
The samples shown below are 3 of each "method".

Next step is to add a bit of colored texture to the backgrounds.
These ATC's are really quite quick to make - we want the effect of the paint chip background to remain a main feature so the "added" bits are minimal.
Don't you just love a project that can be achieved in a short time??? For this step I have added a small amount of acrylic paint to the texture medium, mix with a spatula and using a small patterned stencil add to the ATC background. The stencil below had half a dozen designs on it and they are a perfect size for an ATC.
Set these aside to dry.

Cut some small pieces of muslin cloth for each ATC and ink spray in co-coordinating colors to your backgrounds and stenciled texture paste.
Set aside to dry - they don't take too long!

Whilst everything is drying you can get stamping and coloring from the "Sending Smiles Whimsical Mail Art Set"!!
Stamp your images onto white card stock with Black Archival Ink and color with your favorite coloring medium - color pencils used here - then cut them out.

Next step is to grab your big Posca Paint Pens, again in co-coordinating colors - and edge the paint chip backgrounds - gives a nice bright finish to these cards. The colored paint border can also be added to you words/phrases in the same matching color to make them stand out on the ATC as well.

Finally it's time to place the wording, stamped images and cloth onto the backgrounds and adhere everything!

I can't wait to use this set on some envelopes too - just love the designs and so excited that Rick St Dennis is designing for Sin City Stamps now!

Thanks for joining me today!! Hope you get inspired to have a play - perhaps pop over to the store and order yourself some of these stamps.........

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

How To Create A Serene Floral Art Journal Page

Hello Crafty Friends!

Learn how to create this serene art journal page using stamps from Sin City Stamps.

Products used
Purple Misting Ink
Blue Misting Ink
Green ink
Marker pens
A5 Drawing pad
Dry Wall Tape
Baby wipes
Blue Twine
PVA Glue
Water soluble powdered dyes
Enamel Dots
 Black ink pad
Navy blue ink pad
Modeling paste
Mini Stencil

1) Spray purple ink along the side of the page. Spritz some ink also onto your baby wipes and set them aside to dry.
2) Spray water over the page and allow the ink to run down.

3) Spray the page with blue ink and spritz with water to blend inks.

4) With the texture stamp, add some detail to the edge of the page.

5) Apply modeling paste to page using a stencil. Let dry.
6) Ink over the embossed area with a ink pad.
Splatter drops of additional color onto page if desired.

7) Make a few rough circles using twine and glue to page

8) Cut up the dry wall tape and your dry baby wipes. 
Glue them over the twine.

9) Stamp out your images onto cardstock and color in.

10) Cut out images and glue into position.

Tip: Use inks to dye white card stock ready to be used for stamping out images such as these small butterflies


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

End of your Rope - Quick Encouragement

Chris here and today I would to share this quick encouragement card I created with Sin City Stamps!  Often you need a quick greeting to send off to a special friend as a note of encouragement.  This card is just the thing!

Supplies Needed
Sin City Stamps Barbed Wire Chain Link Rope Background Texture Art Stamps
Cardstock (white and background color)
Archival Ink
Watercolor Markers & waterbrush
Jute/twine cord

Start by stamping rope onto white cardstock.

 Continuing stamping ropes until your background is filled.

Stamp Greeting onto Cardstock.
Color images with Watercolor Markers and Water brush. 

Mat Ropes onto Cardstock and attach to card base.  Add matted greeting to finish off the card. Attach jute knot to greeting,

Hope you enjoyed this card!

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