Monday, December 11, 2017

Mail Art Monday - In the pale Moonlight by Cheetarah

Hi every one it's Cheetarah here to inspire you with this winter wonderland themed envelope for this week's Mail Art Monday! It started to snow a lot this weekend and it inspired me to create the above envelope for you. Let me show you how I made it. 

I've taken an envelope and masked the address part off with a post it tape. Then applied these colors of distress Oxides over it and finished with a mist of water and some splats of black soot. 

Then took Picket Fence distress stain and spattered on the envelope with a small brush to create some snowflakes. 

Then stamped fir trees with Memento Paris dusk and also with London fog above the first row of trees to create some depth. 

Then on the bottom I stamped the city silhouette with memento tuxedo black and darkened it with a Higgins black marker to get a stark silhouette on the foreground. Added some gold accents to the windows and reflection in the black aria's. 

Some more stamping in the top aria and took the masking tape away to accentuate the blocked off part for the address. 

I wanted to use this woodland critter by Lesley Woods as my focal point so I colored with copics, promarkers and added shimmer with wink of stella. Then fussy cut and adhered it to the envie. 

Lastly accentuated with a white gel pen and doodled a border around it and some more golden accents in the city silhouette. 

Stamps used: 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, December 08, 2017

Sneak Peek at My Christmas Cards

Hey Groupies!!
Michele here today with more holiday crafting! 
Today I am sharing my 2017 Christmas card design with you.  I am so excited about this stamped scene...oh these Viva Las VegaStamps! images make me SO happy!

So here is the card...then I will share the process with you.

Just a couple of images but  OHHHH do they pack a punch!
STAMPS USED:  Christmas Tree in a Car, Christmas Trees Large, Christmas Wishes.

I started by stamping my focal point in archival ink.

I stamped and cut a mask.

Then stamped the next image.

Then stamped and cut another mask.

The I inked around both images with Distress Oxide inks.

Then peeled off the masks...

I finished up with some water spritzing and splattering of Distress Stain (Picket Fence).  The images are colored with Prisma Colored pencils.

The white space creates the PERFECT snow!

I have been thinking about adding some sparkle with my Wink of Stella pen, what do you think?

I am so happy with the color combination and how the images POP. 
Now I better get busy because I have another 24 to make!  I limited myself to 25 of this many cards do you make for the holidays???

Until next time...get inky!!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Art is anything you can get away with.

Hello everyone,

Today I have a tiny little book to show you. Sometimes I just fancy doing something different and one day I made a little booklet from one sheet of 12' x 12' paper. It was lying on my desk when I  thought to cover the outside of it in fabric and next to add gesso to the cover and the pages too. Before I knew it I had stencilled, stamped and doodled on the pages and this little book was born ! I love it and will make more !

Here is the outside. If you want to make one of these books; there are lots of tutorials on the internet and youtube. Just look for 'book from one sheet of 12 x 12 paper'. 

There are 8 double spread mini art journals in this book and here are the photos. 

Spread no. 1
I used an UmWow Studio stencil and Distress Oxides for this. 

Spread 2. Stencil used is by UmWow Studio and I used Distress Oxide Ink.

Spread 3. Stencil by UmWow Studio, used with Distress Oxide Ink.

Spread 4. Stencil by UmWow Studio, used with Distress Oxide Ink. 

Spread 5. Stencil by PaperArtsy used with Distress Oxide ink.

Spread 6. Stencil by UmWow Studio, used with Distress Oxide Ink.

Spread 7. Stencil by UmWow Studio, used with Distress Oxide Ink. 

Spread 9. Stencil by UmWow Studio, used with Distress Oxide Ink. 

Another view of the book. 

And the back. 

I have used a lot of stamps for this book. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

A Little Christmas Journaling With Fiona

Hello VLVS peeps! Fiona here with you today with an art journal spread inspired by CHRISTMAS!!

 One of my favourite colour combinations at Christmas time is red and turquoise. I love the two together. Then I top it off white crisp clean white.... and a touch of black!

 And it's not Christmas anything without a star!

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

See you all again soon xx

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Sweater Weather

Hello everyone! Shanna here and I have a quick altered tag to give you some December Challenge inspiration.

Is this not a fabulous inspiration board for December! So much fun and it has my favorite color!!!! I do hope you take some time to play with us this month!

So I altered a quick tag and had fun with some paints and textured materials. 

So I had a total different plan for my tag and it DID NOT WORK! I originally wanted to use some gold foil paper with the background stamp but the glue was not working with me :(. So I changed gears fast.

Let's start with the base of the tag. I used two colors of Distress Paint to make the background. I sprayed with water and ran it through the paint and then heat set the paint. I love the messy look.

Then after my background stamp not working for the gold foil technique I stamped with black ink and then ran through some ideas before settling on a clean and simple textured fix. 

I don't have any photos of the stamping on canvas but it was pretty much that simple and cutting it out. I added a thin cheesecloth piece, adhering them by using a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I also grabbed some random trim I had in a bin to finish off the tag. 

Here are some photos and up close shots. Get in the spirit of holiday and HAVE FUN!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today!

Stamps Used:
Sweater Weather - 19304
Winter Woods Scene - 19793

Other Items:
Distress Paints
StazOn Black Ink

Friday, December 01, 2017

December Challenge!

It's getting super cold in Vegas --- in the winter the wind rolls in and everyone gets chilly. In other parts of the world the snow is falling and people are bundling up. Which brings us to our December Challenge!

We're partnering up an older stamp with a new one & inspiring with this covered bridge scene. Think Winter, cold, chilly, snow, the wilderness, trees, Christmas tree hunting, flurries, snow, ice, and anything that might go with it! Colors are tans, browns, wood tones, teals, yellows... black & white and anything else that inspires you for winter.

Don't forget the rules:
-Create a new project based on our inspiration board (it has to be posted this month, but you can certainly link up to other challenges as well!)
-Use at least one (but certainly more if you want) Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps
(We are now allowing competitors stamps to be on your work, but please make VLVS! the focus of the project, thank you.)
-Post it to your blog with a link back to us
-Upload to our linky using your direct blog post link (You may also upload via facebook, flickr or other gallery)
You could win a Project Spotlight post on our blog + some new rubber of course.
And visit us back here for inspiration!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Art Journal Page with Jenn Engle

Hey everyone! Today I have a fun collage-y style art journal page to share. I love to layer up my stamps in backgrounds and foregrounds. It really stretches how you use your stamps when you think of using them in multiple ways!

I started out by applying some patterned tissue paper to just the middle section of my page and then using gesso to try to camouflage the edges.

Next, I applied some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and magicals for background color. I did a little background stamping with just a portion of Nature Collage to get a little interest.

Lastly, I worked on my focal collage. I started with some sheet music paper and some washi tape. Then, I stamped Banksy Child Fishing in Paper Boat with brown ink. I added a butterfly and a quote on top. I also scuffed a little gesso around the butterfly to grunge him up a bit.

As a final touch, I added some rub-ons that look like paint splotches and some scribbles all over the page with a regular pencil.

To see exactly how I made this page, you can check out the video tutorial.

Tim Holtz Postale Tissue Paper
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals
Sheet Music
Glitter Washi Tape
Jane Davenport Rub-Ons
Archival Ink
Butterfly Image from computer
No. 2 Pencil

Thanks so much for looking!