Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Remember This Dream..Journal Page



Hello everyone!
Today I am here to share a journal page I recently created!
I used the Love of Butterflies- Sin City stamp set.

Journal pages are a fun and great way to relax.
They are also a way to "unload" when you have many ideas floating around in your mind!!
 Sin City Stamps carry hundreds of different stamps so there are endless possibilities for adding many items to your pages!!

Here are a few "tips" for you that I use and believe to be very helpful when Art Journaling!

  1. Create a background with colors and textures as a starting point.
  2. Add some basic stamping for dimension.
  3. Find your focal point or points using larger and/or more detailed stamps as I have done with the butterflies on this one.
  4. Use embossing powder to enhance around larger stamps!

Here are a few closer views of this page!
 I hope you are inspired to do some journaling on your own and to check out all the amazing stamps Sin City Stamps have to offer!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sugar Skull Blog Hop Winners!


Well that wraps up our first of many Sin City Stamps blog hops! 
We hope you enjoyed yourself as you went from blog to blog, gaining new insight as to what you can do with these Sugar Skull stamps. 
We thank you for visiting us and hope to see you again soon!

There are 3 winners of this stamp set and they are the following:

Congratulations! 

Please visit the Sin City Stamps Fan group for more giveaways!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Inchy Girls...

Welcome to my latest Sin City Inspiration Creations (that's a tongue twister)!!!!!


So today I am sharing some greeting cards using a great funky gal set available in store! You may remember earlier in March I shared some pocket letters using "masterboard" backgrounds made with Sin City Stamps? Well I'm sure you are like me and cannot bear to throw away even the smallest piece of lovely decorated card - soooo today I am using those left over bits from the ATC's/Pocket Letters to create "inchie" backgrounds for a couple of greeting cards. Hope you feel inspired and also not guilty about hanging onto those bits of leftover card LOL!



Supplies List:
  • Sin City Stamp Set Just Us Girls
  • (Masterboard Leftovers used Sin City Stamp Set Dandelion Wishes with Butterflies & Flower and Bird Sketches)
  • Watercolor paper or card for stamping "girl" images
  • Black Archival ink
  • Watercolor pencils and Aqua-wash pen
  • Scraps of co-ordinated colored card
  • Co-ordinating base cards
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • General supplies like scissors, glue, double sided tape, small hole punch, embellishments, fibers etc.
Instructions:


 Firstly get your left over strips from your "masterboards" and cut them slightly smaller than 1inch square -if you have a square punch use that. Luckily I had a square punch just smaller than an inch so it made life easy! Plus if you have an inch punch grab your co-ordinating plain coloured card and punch out the same number of squares. Punch/cut 9 of each.


You have one inch and slightly smaller than an inch squares. Glue the smaller squares onto the co-ordinating coloured inch squares. Now this next step is optional (I love the effect of sewing on my creations so I have decided to sew). Using your sewing machine and a zig zag stitch sew around the border of the small squares - this is quite fiddly and time consuming because you are working with such a small piece of card - but worth the "fussiness" because you get a great effect!


Next get your co-ordinating coloured card and start to assemble your layers of the card! The first "layer" to add your inchies to is cut a 9cm x 9cm square - arrange your 9 "inchies" evenly over and adhere. Then cut a contrasting colour at 10xm x 10cm square and adhere to the back of the inchies layer. Follow this with the next layer of contrasting coloured card at 11cm x 11cm square. Finally adhere all those layers to the base card which is 12cm wide x 24cm long (to be folded in half of course!). See pic below for layout!


Now that the "base" card is ready let's stamp out those groovy gals from the "Just Us Girls" Stamp Set. You can use any colouring medium you like for this! I've used watercolour card and pencils with an aquawash pen because I hadn't done any watercolour colouring for a long time and thought these stamps were good for this effect!


Fussy cut the images and then arrange on your card with some embellies! Depending on the colour scheme you have use embellishments that are complimentary eg. neutral card uses muslin cloth scrap, wording stamped on brown paper and string tied at spine of card, the pastel card uses lace, pastel card to stamp the wording and co-ordinating coloured fibres tied at the top of the card. I used 2 gals per card but you can use one or 3 totally personal choice!



Hope you have enjoyed my inchie card process and maybe feel inspired to create something yourself with your left over bits & pieces - or at least not feel guilty about keeping scraps because you just never know what they might come in handy for LOL!!!

Remember to check back here regularly so you don't miss out on more DT inspiration with the amazing stamps available at the Sin City Stamps!!!

And the new Fan Group at Facebook is a great place to hang out and see even more creations!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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.



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

Supplies:
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

Directions:
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!