Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Creepy Creatures on Layered ATC's

Elina here today sharing with you my latest VLVS! creation; a set of ATC cards!

Aren't those Leslie Wood images adorable! I stamped them on white paper, colored with Promarkers, and cut out.

For cutting I used both paper scissors and a craft knife. Some of the parts were bit tricky to cut out precisely, and I could not avoid leaving a thin white border here and there. So here's a tip: If you're bothered with the borders, use a black marker pen to cover the white areas by the stamped border lines :)

For coloring the backgrounds I used two tones of blue Distress inks. After inking the background I splashed water on the cards and dried the paper with a heat gun.  This is such a fun and easy technique to add background patterns!

I continued decorating the ATC backgrounds with two border stamps. The larger one I stamped directly on the card, and the thinner border I stamped on a piece of light blue paper.

Before gluing the standing image on the card front I stamped the image on the background. The creature's hair was impossible to cut, so the easier option was to re-stamp the image on the background, to cut out the image,  and to glue the image on top of the stamped the background..

Here are two cards of the finished  ATC set. Hope you like them! :)

For this project I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Creepy Striped Creature by Leslie Wood
Creepy Creature Sitting by Leslie Wood
Whimsical Border
Typeset Scallop

Wishing you a nice day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Watercolour Bookmarks | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! 
Sue Plumb here today to share my latest design team project with you. I have been inspired by some of the fabulous tags that some of the team have produced lately and wanted to try my hand at something similar. Being the practical Virgo I am though, I really wanted them to have a purpose, so I decided to make some new bookmarks for my daughter. (She reads constantly and is always losing her bookmarks.)

I wanted to create something colourful (she loves colour) and also something that was a little bit quirky, but also with positive theme for her.
I started by cutting some white cardstock into pieces measuring 2.5x7"; then stamped the background patterns on using Staz On ink.
The stamps I used for my three backgrounds were:

Once I had the backgrounds stamped I added the watercolour using Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dust, which I mixed with water and applied simply with a brush. (I used the colours Paris; Peacock; and Velvet.) I then set them aside to dry while I moved onto the focal images.

I used some of the left over cardstock and Staz On ink to stamp out the images that were to be the focal points.
The three stamps I used were: 

I used Faber-Castell watercolour pencils to apply colour to each of the images, which I then blended out using a water brush before cutting them out

I then chose 3 quotes to add to each bookmark:

I stamped them onto cardstock; cut them out; then blended a small amount of watercolour pencil over the top. I then used Miracle Tape to stick the images and quotes onto my backgrounds before putting them into a laminating pouch and running them through the laminator.

Once they were laminated, I cut around each of the bookmarks. I used a hole punch to add a hole to the top of the blue one before tying a small tassle to it with twine.

My daughter was THRILLED with her new bookmarks, so I think there will be more of them being made at some stage. (I think these would make great little thank you gifts / teacher presents / party favours for older children - anyone who loves to read, really!)  

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used: 

Other materials:
- cardstock
- Staz On ink
- Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dust
- Faber-Castell watercolour pencils
- Miracle Tape
- laminating pouch
- cotton tassle
- twine

**Note: the book pictured is called "Nevermoor" by a wonderful Australian author called Jessica Townsend who lives locally to me. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has children that are Harry Potter fans, my daughter loved it**

Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter Surprise

Hello Friends!! 
Michele here and with Easter right around the corner I would like to share a couple of very quick and super cute pillow boxes.  These are PERFECT to give a little Easter surprise in!!

Stamps used:  Bunny Looking Right, Chick, Line of Grass.

I colored with Faber Castel Aquarelle pencils.

The grass is stamped in 2 colors of Archival Ink for a little depth.

These little boxes are perfect for a little treasure or treat for Easter.  I am putting little silver hand stamped initial necklaces in them for me nieces.  With some chocolate eggs tucked in there it will be a perfect little something in their Easter baskets!!

Happy Easter!!
Until next time...get inky!!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easy Easter Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today, I want to share a super cute and easy Easter card.
(which could easily be adapted for any occasion)

Stamps Used:
Wind-up Bunny

Other Items:
A2 Card Base- Black, slightly smaller white card stock for card front
Dylusions Paint- cut grass, fresh lime
Tim Holtz products- layering stencil, distress oxide ink (broken china), Chitchat stickers
Memento ink- Tuxedo Black
Lace washi tape
various markers

Let's Play
I started by brayering a piece of card stock with my 2 dylusions paints (all colors/products listed above), once dry I used one of my layering stencils to add some background depth.  (I used the same ink to lightly edge my card for a more blended effect). 

Next, I stamped the waybill/invoice stamp to add additional depth and visual interest.  Setting that aside, I stamped my little wind-up bunny on a separate piece of card stock.  I used various markers to color in the cute little details in my bunny, then cut her out (yep, I said her... because, why not).  

Next I began by using my Miracle tape to add my card front to my A2 card base.
I used wet glue to add my bunny, and my Tim Holtz chit chat sticker. (Of course the washi tape was plenty sticky and didn't need anything).

Well crafty friends, as you can see this is super fun and easy! 
 I hope you use this as inspiration for some cards of your own. :)

Thank you for visiting 
Happy Easter
(A bit early)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Destination unknown

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my blogpost for today. I have made a mini artjournal spread and I have filmed the process because it is easier than having to explain in writing how I made something ! So here are some photo's first :

Here is the link to the video: 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Watercolor Background and Stamping Journal Page with Fiona

Hello my gorgeous VLVS! peeps! Fiona here with you today to share an art journal page I have created with the amazing red rubber from VLVS!!!

 I had lots of water colour fun in the background with this one. I love the unpredictability of using water colours. They just do whatever they please ..... no point trying to control the outcome. Once I got the hang of that rule ... I then began to love using water colours in my work.

 They can be a little bit difficult to stamp onto though as they often warp the paper and make it difficult to get a clear image. So I do a little double stamping technique that I'll show you in my next VLVS! tutorial video.

I didn't over use the stamps with this page. I was looking at creating a simplistic effect. A lot of my journalling now days has got really busy and full of doodles and mark making so for this one, I wanted to pull it all back a wee bit.

 There is still some mark making but it's very tame in comparison to what I normally would do and it is with water soluble markers so it would blend in seamlessly with the background.

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

I hope you like my little creation and I'll be back again very soon with some more creaty arty farty stuff xx

Friday, March 09, 2018

"I Wish You Were Here" scrapbook layout | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! 
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features lots of delicious painty layers, and (of course) plenty of fabulous stamps! It also features a fun photo that was taken on dress up night at a scrapbook retreat I went to last year.

I took lots of process photos while I created this page so you can see exactly how I put it all together - and perhaps even try creating your own version?

I started with my cardstock and a selection of Flutter Colour acrylic paints. I didn't have any plan when I applied them, I just followed my instinct.

I started applying the paints using a wide brush, allowing each colour to dry before adding the next; then moved on to using my fingers. (Fingers make the best brushes!)

Once all the paint was in place, it was time to pull out my stamps to give my page some structure and depth.
The stamps I used for my background were:
Doodle Circle 

After I had stamped out my background marks, I decided I needed a little colour contrast; so I used my finger to rub a little pink paint into the centre of each circle.

With my background complete, it was time to start adding some focal images to my page that were going to help compliment my photo. I looked through the images I already had stamped onto tissue paper to see what would work with the theme of my page. 
The images I chose were:
Magic Maker Paintbrush

The butterfly was to represent the fact that it was the Flutterby retreat, and the paintbrush was to represent creativity and tie in with the painted background I had created. I adhered my images using an acrylic matte medium.

Once I had the focal images in place, I wanted to add some words to my page. I used the following stamps:
I Wish You Were Here

It was then time to add some texture to my page, so I collaged a few bits and pieces onto my page (torn tissue paper; plasterer's tape; paper doily; cotton thread).

I then added my photo on top, which I mounted onto some scrap cardboard first using Miracle Tape. 
With my photo in place, I then added my handwritten journalling before adding a few random sequins to my page to finish it off.

Here's a closer look at the finished details...

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:
Doodle Circle
Magic Maker Paintbrush
I Wish You Were Here

Other materials:
Staz On ink
Flutterby Designs Flutter Colour paint
Miracle Tape
tissue paper
plasterer's tape
paper doily
cotton thread
felt pen