Sunday, March 26, 2017

Swimming in the Ocean Greeting card

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am very excited to use the Sin City Stamps Nautical 2 Stamp Set because I am an avid cruiser and spend much time on the Caribbean Sea. (or at least I try to spend much time there, lol) This stamp set lends itself to ink blending, one of my favorite techniques. I hope you too will enjoy making cards with this stamp set.

   Sin City Stamps:
     Nautical 2 set
   Other supplies:
     Inks-in blues, greens, browns, pink
     blending tool
     Sentiment word die
     Seaweed die
     Foam tape
     masking tape

Step 1:
Mask off edges of card base. Blend ink, using three shades of blue, in the center of the card front. Next flick/splatter water on the blended ink. This creates the water effect.  Do as much as you like.

Step 2:
Die cut the seaweed.

Step 3:
Using two shades of green and one brown blend color onto the seaweed die cuts.

Step 4:
Stamp and cut out the fish and seahorse.

Step 5:
Ink blend the seahorse and fish to your liking, creating a realistic look to the sea life.

Step 6:
Die cut the sentiment and assemble the pieces into an eye pleasing arrangement.  Use foam tape to add dimension and sequins to give the card a little sparkle.
Now your project is complete.

I think the possibilities are numerous with this stamp set and am looking forward to seeing all the creations you post on our Fan Page.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Believe in Fairies Wall Hanging - Home Decor

Hello Sin City Stamp Fans,
It's Karen here today to share my hanging Spring plaque.  I bought an inexpensive Christmas decoration in the after Holiday sales. I didn't mind that it was ugly and poorly painted because I knew that I would be covering that design and transforming it completely. Now let me present my new springtime decoration featuring the lovely fairy & flower stamps from Sin City Stamps.

1. Fairies Blossoms 2 Stamp Set
2. Inhale Exhale Art Stamp Set
3. Art Journaling 2 Stamp Set
4. black pigment ink pad / black permanent ink pad
5. purple dye ink pad
6. gold & purple pigment ink pad
7. transparency / white cardstock
8. glitter glue
9. liquid adhesive / gold micro beads
10. watermark ink / embossing powder / heat gun / chipboard word
11. ribbon / mini gems
12. white acrylic paint / sponge brush
13. stencil
14. texture paste
15. purple & gold spray mists
16. clear crackle paint

1. Stamp flowers with black pigment ink on white cardstock. (1 xlarge - 1 large - 2 medium - 1 small) Color the flowers using a sponge applicator with purple die ink.

2. Carefully, cut them out. Use scissors to make a snip towards the center of the flower (1 large & 1 medium) and continue cutting a 1/2" circle from the center. To give the flower more natural dimension, overlap the edges of the two end petals and adhere them together.

 3. Next, snip between each of the petals so that each petal is able to curl. Begin to adhere the four concentric layers. The first layer is large 3D. The next flower is flat. The third layer is medium 3D and the smallest flower is flat. Lastly, gently curve and bend each petal to vary their placement. Apply liquid adhesive to the center of the flower and add gold micro beads to the wet glue. Gently pat the beads to make sure they are well embedded in the adhesive.

4. Remove the hanging ribbon so the plaque lays flat on the table. Use a foam brush to apply white acrylic paint to the plaque. 2-3 coats of paint may be needed. Set aside to dry. 

5. Use permanent black ink to stamp the fairies onto transparency. Carefully, cut them out. Make the wings dimensional by gently bending them.  Stamp another set of wings, folding them in half, and adhere them to the colored fairy on the largest flower. Apply iridescent glitter glue to the wings and set them aside to dry.

6. Randomly stamp different size flower stamps onto the white background board using purple pigment ink. To make a mask, stamp an image of the flower onto scrap paper and cut it out. Align the paper mask over the stamped image and stamp another flower overlapping the original flower. Remove the mask to reveal the layered images. Repeat masking & stamping.

7. Apply gold ink to bare chipboard. Next, apply watermark ink over the gold and add embossing powder and heat set. Repeat the process by adding different colors of embossing powder with each new layer.

 8. Stamp the script background design in the open spaces between flowers.
When dry, apply a light layer of white acrylic paint over the stamped flower images allowing a faint image to be visible through the paint. 

8. Place a stencil over the plaque and apply purple spray mist randomly through the stencil. 
When thoroughly dry, spray 3 areas with gold mist and allow to dry. 

Next, apply white crackle paint over those same 3 areas. 

After it is thoroughly dry, spray again with gold mist to allow it to seep into the cracks making them more pronounced.

 9. Place a stencil over the plaque and apply texture paste randomly through the stencil.

When thoroughly dry, spray purple mist over the texture paste design. 

9.  Attach the chipboard word partially overhanging the top of the plaque and reattach the hanging ribbons. Adhere gems to the center of the flowers and the chipboard title. Lastly, apply clear crackle paint over the texture paste flourishes.

 Arrange all the elements and stamped images and then adhere the largest flowers.
 Add the fairies to the plaque.
Stamp small butterflies onto white cardstock, color them, cut them out, and embellish them with mini gems.   

 A Closer Look:

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Thanks for visiting!