Friday, May 26, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One stamp- Four ways

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Sin City stamping tutorial.
This time I decided to make 4 ATC cards with the very same stamp set and with 4 very different techniques.

Product list:
Sin City stamps: Dandelion Wishes with Butterflies

Other products:
White, black and Kraft cardstock
Vellum paper

Black pigmented ink
Clear, colorful and white embossing powder
Clear embossing ink
Heat gun
Colored mists
Gel Medium
Texture paste
Acrylic paints
Crackle Glaze

 Step by step instructions:
ATC #1
1. Make two white cardstock ATC card, (2 ½ "x 3 ½")
 Stamp with the same stamp over both cards.
Use the black pigmented ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

2. Use large acrylic block and mist it with 3 or 4 different colors.

3. Wipe the stamped ATC card over the misted block.

4.  Stamp a few butterflies, then using the clear embossing ink, heat emboss them with a mix of colorful embossing powders and glitters.

Hand cut the butterflies.

5. Glue a couple of hand cut vellum stamped butterflies over the first card.
Use a stencil to add Gel Medium over the card.

6. Stamp the small words with Sin City stamps and hand cut one to add over the first finished ATC card.
Ink the edges of the card with paint or ink.

 ATC #2
7. Mist the second white cardstock. Stamp the card. Add color with three different mists directly onto  the card.
As you can see we have a different background with this technique.

8. Use another stencil to add Gel Medium over the second card.

 9. Glue the stamped vellum butterflies over the second card and add another stamped word.

 ATC #3
10. Stamp more images over black cardstock ATC card using clear embossing ink and white embossing powder.

11.Paint over the textured ATC card with Gelatos. Wipe the color with baby wipe to create circles around the flowers.

12. Add some texture with a stencil and white texture paste.

13. Ink the edges and glue two vellum butterflies. Glue the stamped words.

ATC #4
14. Stamp  in the same way as on ATC #3 over Kraft cardstock.

15. Paint over and around the stamped images with acrylic paints.

16. Add a thin layer of Crackle Glaze over the card. Let the glaze dry.

17. Glue a butterfly and the stamped words.

So here all 4 ATC's  together and to tell the truth- I'm not sure if I like one more than the other... 
I think that the black is my favorite, but as you know we all like different things.
So just go and try each and every technique and have fun!

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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!