Thursday, August 31, 2017

Steampunk Octopus Lady tag

Hello My turn again to show one of my makes, hoping it will inspire you to create.

Supplies used :

Water soluble crayons
Distress ink
Spritz bottle
Baby wipes
Black waterproof stamping ink
White cardstock

Step 1:  Cut out a tag shape and apply the crayon colors to the tag
 Step 2: use a baby wipe to carefully blend the colors.
 Step 3: wet the circle background stamp and apply some purple crayon to it and make impressions over the entire tag.
 Step 4: take a dry cloth and carefully dab off the extra water.

 Step 5: repeat the process using yellow and blue and the rose stamps.

step 6: Do the same with turquoise distress ink

 Step 8: Stamp the Octopus lady using black ink
Step 9: add the text

 Step 10: make a border using the border stamp from the  Wildflower Yikes set
 Step 10: ink the edges using black distress ink, punch a hole and add the ribbon.
 here some closer looks

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dreamers Gotta Dream Tag

Hello Crafty Folks!

Today we are making a fast and fun tag using the new Sin City Stamp Set called "Dribonez".  
It made me think of dreaming while wearing a sleeping mask so, I went with it!
 I hope this imagery will invoke the concept of dreaming and allow your mind to set itself free.
 We are the crafty people so there is no telling where we will go with our creations if our minds are set free. 

I used the new Sin City "Background Grunge" stamp set to create the background for this tag. 
 I ink blended the background creating a powdered mat finish. Next came the stamping and coloring of the skull from the Dribonez stamp set. After cutting the skull out I used dimensional tape to pop it up off the tag.  I added a few mirrored stars for whimsy and a ribbon to finish the tag off.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Flower Fairies....

Hi Sin City Stamps Fans!!
Thanks for joining me today!

I've created a couple of embossed tags with some cute little flower gals in soft color tones!

Sin City Stamp Set: Fairytale Fantasy Figures
Sin City Stamp Set: Dandelion Wishes with Butterflies
Sin City Stamp: Background Roses
Tags - 6cm x 12cm used for this project
White Embossing Powder and Ink
Distress inks - 3 of your favourite colours
Black Archival Ink
White Card scraps
General supplies: heat tool, sponges, glue, tape, scissors, colouring pencils or markers, fibres, cloth scraps - embellishments of your choice

The first step is to emboss the tags ready to add the Stamped Fairytale Gals. Gather your tags, distress inks & sponges, background stamp, ink pad and embossing powder and heat tool.

Stamp the background stamp with white pigment ink onto your tags - covering the whole of the tag. cover with white embossing powder, tap off excess powder and replace safely in the pot and then heat emboss.

Next step is to add the distress ink to the tags. Use your favourite colours and sponge onto the tag. The white embossed image looks great with these inks!

Put aside the tags while you stamp the cute little Flower Girls from the Fairytale Fantasy figures Set. Use Black Archival ink and colour with your choice of colouring medium. I used Copic Markers for these stamps. Fancy cut the stamped flower girls.

Stamp a sentiment from the Dandelion wishes with Butterflies Set. Used here: Make a Wish and Good Morning sentiments. Stamp with opne of the same colour Distress Inks you used to sponge the tag background. Fussy cut the sentiment and ink the edge with a sponge.

Arrange the images and sentiments on the tags and adhere. Add any bits of cloth or embellishments of your choice here too. finish off with some complimentary fibres at the top of the tags.

I love these tags - they are so soft and girly!

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Hope you have a great day stamping!!!!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Little Mouse Friendship Card -Quick Ideas

Karen here with today's "Quick Idea".
How about creating a complete card with single image?
This cute little parachuting mouse creates a humorous card good for any occasion.
One small stamp, repeatedly stamped at varying angles makes a quick background.  Also, notice I created a cloudy scene for the little rodents.  Cut out some simple cloud shapes and hold the mask in place while you carefully apply chalk around them. Simple yet effective!
Sin City Stamps:
Sending Smiles Whimsical Mail Art Rubber Stamp Sheet by Rick St Dennis

You light up my life! Phrase Rubber Stamp

Supplies: clear acrylic mounting block, black ink, colored pencils, chalk, pens

A Closer Look:

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Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Learn How To Create This Entangled Octopus Time Card


Here I have a steampunk themed card made using the Octopus Time stamp set.
Card blank
Sepia ink
Purple ink
12 x 12 steampunk themed papers

Cover a 6 x 6 blank card with brown paper and the half with patterned paper.

Cut out a large hexagon from faux print style paper and glue to center of card.

Stamp out the octopus lady onto white card using a purple ink pad. Use sepia coloured ink to colour over the white areas and then adhere to the edge of the hexagon. 

Stamp out the cog cluster onto card and color in before cutting out and adding to the corner of the card.

Finish by adding a witty sentiment.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Fairytale Art Journal Layout by Jenn

Hi Sin City Friends and fans! It is my turn on the blog to share some of my work to inspire you to create something amazing with Sin City Stamps!!
 I just love these whimsical fairy and dragon stamps! You can purchase this set by clicking the image below. There is a sequel to this set available as well!

For this journal layout, I used a combination of products and several techniques. I started with a script stamp that was inked with a rainbow of colors as the base.
I used chalk inks. Let this dry before proceeding to next steps.
Spritz some ink in colors of your choice on a craft mat. Spritz with water and then dip stencil and lay on your page. Dry and repeat with next color. I used Art Anthology Colorations in Timeless and Waimea Bay here.
Stamp images onto a watercolor heavy paper with black ink and sprinkle with clear embossing powder to achieve a raised outline. Activate powder with a heat tool.
 To color images, use a water brush and watercolor pencils or paints.
Once dry add a pearlescent spray or powder for some glitz!

**TIP** cover your colored images with a watermarking or clear embossing ink and coat with clear embossing powder. Activate with a heat tool. This enables you to add water and other wet mediums once these images are on your page without changing the image colors.
Blend and dry in between colors.Fussy cut fairy image and use a circle punch for dragon and set aside.

 On to the circles.......................................................................................................................................
Using a heavy cardstock create a background that uses the same color palette as your images. For this I used stencils, texture paste, and spray inks. Use a variety of coordinating ink colors with stencils, drying in between. For texture add texture paste through another stencil. You can layer as much as you like so play! Have fun!
Once you achieve the pattern you like, use circle punches in various sizes to cut out and set aside. I added a few other colors than what is shown above. A pink and a purple were used.
Using a matte gel or other adhesive arrange and adhere your circles to your page.
On the other side add some hand drawn circles with watercolor pencils and water brush. Then adhere the fairy image.
Choose a pencil in a bright coordinating color such as the hot pink I used here and outline circles. Go over the drawn outlines with a paintbrush or water brush. As a final touch, I spritzed a few colors on the back of a stencil in a rainbow and lightly patted on this side to add a bit more color.

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So that is how I did this! As always thanks so much for viewing my post and I hope you are inspired to get crafty!! Until next time! Jenn

Monday, August 21, 2017

Summer Daisy Friendship Card

Hello Sin City Fans,
It's Karen on the blog today to post my Summer Daisy Friendship Card.  I used a beautiful daisy stamp that comes in the Flower Bird Sketches Rubber Stamp Set.  This is a perfect feminine card that can be used for a variety of occasions by simply changing the color scheme.  I aimed to create a country kitchen & quilt style patchwork card suitable for a woman who is not a fan of bling like gems & glitter.  I love that Sin City Stamps are not only for those who like a distressed & vintage style but also can be used for clean & cheery designs.

1. Flower Bird Sketches Rubber Stamp Set (Sin City Stamps)
2. Art Journaling #2 Rubber Stamp Set (Sin City Stamps)
3. watermark ink pad & black ink pad
4. white embossing powder
5. paint brush & heat gun
6. colored pencils
7. 5x7" card base
8. pattern paper
9. white gel pen
10. gold ink pad
11. scallop edge punch

1. Stamp the daisy flowers using watermark ink onto red cardstock twice.
2. Apply white embossing powder and heat set.

TIP: Before you melt the embossing powder, closely check the image for any tiny particles of embossing powder that have gone astray and use a paint brush to carefully sweep them away.

3. Color the embossed images using colored pencils.  Use gold ink to color the center of the flowers.

4. Carefully cut out the flowers of one image and adhere them to the complete image using dimensional foam tape. Offset the petals to create a layered appearance.
5. Adhere the complete flower panel to a piece of scallop edge white cardstock.

6. Next, attach green cardstock to the card base leaving a narrow border and then adhere pattern paper on top leaving a 1/8" matte.

7. To give the appearance of stitching, use a white gel pen to draw a dashed border around the edge of the red cardstock.

8. Use black ink to stamp the word "friends" onto white cardstock. Add a black frame and trim away excess paper.  Adhere it overlapping the lower portion of the red panel.

9. Finally, add more faux stitching by using a white gel pen to draw a dashed border around the edge of the green cardstock.

 A Closer Look:

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For more inspiring paper-craft projects from the Design Team, be sure to visit us at the Sin City Blog and follow us on Facebook. Don't forget to join the Sin City Fan Group.

To learn more about our designer Karen, please visit her blog, Art & Soul.

Thanks for visiting!

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