Sunday, October 29, 2017

You Make My Heart Smile

 Hi Crafty Folks,

Today I made a fun fall card to kick of the season.  It is a simple layered card that would be easy to assembly line produce. The sentiment can be change to fit any occasion you would need.

  Sin City Stamps - Knock on Wood
Other Supplies:  
  Card stock in various fall colors
  Die cut sentiment
  Die cut leaves
  Gold embossing powder
  Various fall color inks
  Foam tape

Step 1:  Measure and cut layers to fit your chosen card size (each layer being a quarter inch smaller then the last.)

Step 2:  Die cut various fall leaves. Next emboss the cuts with gold embossing powder using Sin City Knock on Wood Stamp set to give the leaves a wood grain texture.

Step 3:  Ink blend the leaves with various fall colors to coordinate with the card stock.

Step 4:  Die cut the chosen sentiment.

Step 5:  Glue sentiment onto top card layer.

Step 6: Stack and glue the remaining layers forming the card base.

Step 7: Using foam tape affix the sentiment layer to the card base.

Step 8:  Arrange gold twine and leaves to your liken and add several gold pearls to complete the card.

We hope you enjoy making your version of this card.  Please share it with us at the Sin City Stamps Fan Page on Facebook.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Stamped Pen Pouch

Hi everyone, in this post I will be showing you how to make a Pen pouch using the

Supplies needed:
  1. Sin City  Correspondence Pen Ink and postage stamp sheet 
  2. Linen bag (I used a bag that is originally meant to store sunglasses in)
  3. Waterproof stamp ink in Blue, red and black
  4. Stamping tool (Like MISTI, I used a home made one)
  5. Tape

Step 1: Make sure the bag is flat (cut out washing instructions and as much as you can of the excess fabric that is inside the seam)
Step 2: Tape the pouch to the stamping tool (make sure there are no wrinkles)
Step 3: Start stamping using the pen nibs (you may need to change the position of the tape in order to stamp all over the pouch).
 Stamp the left side lighter (the other side was stamped twice on the exact same spot to get a better impression on the fabric)
Step 4:  Stamp the fountain pen on the left side over the light impressions of the pen nibs using red ink. You might need a second or third impression to get a clear image on the fabric
Step 5: rRpeat step 4 but now using blue ink
Step 6: Repeat step 3 using the mechanical pencil next to the fountain pens using black ink.
Make sure the ink has dried before using the pouch.

See above and below the finished project

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Skully Tags..

Hi Everyone!!
How are you all enjoying this month of Halloween????
Even though we really don't celebrate Halloween here in Australia I just LOVE creating spooky Halloween themed things!!!

I just love tag art and these are really quick and easy to make - so if you are running behind with your Halloween decoration you can whip these up in no time!

You may have seen another of my Blog posts using these collage labels and the skulls - I've used the same elements.
I was so lucky to have these collage labels made especially for me to use with this fantastic skull set - Sandy at Art Tea Life @ Etsy customised the labels with the skull/bone theme I wanted!
You really need to grab this set from the store "Dribonez Skulls & Bones Borders" - a great set by artist Rick St Dennis and beautifully made by Sin City!!

All you need to do to create these tags is print your labels on kraft paper and tear out and layer and adhere over a base tag - a glue stick works perfectly and is quick to dry. Trim around the edge to remove the over hanging bits. Re-punch the hole at the top and add some string.
Stamp the large skulls onto kraft paper and fussy cut and adhere to the front of the tag with a piece of muslin cloth which has been sponged with Distress ink to give an aged look.
To finish sponge all around the edge of the tag to age as well.

All done - perfect & easy!!

Have fun!

Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Be Brave

Hi Chris here and I am sharing with you this adorable Halloween Card I created with my Sin City Stamps!

Supplies needed:
Sin City Stamps Dandelion & Iron Works Stamp Set 
Sin City Stamps Halloween Cobweb
Sin City Stamps Jack-o-Lantern
Card Stock - black, kraft,
Oxide ink, Black ink
Paper Dolls and Chipboard greeting

To recreate this card start by stamping Sin City Stamps Dandelion & Iron Works Stamp Set  with oxide ink onto kraft card stock.
Trim stamped image. 
Stamp Sin City Stamps Halloween Cobweb onto upper right corner of background.

Mat background onto black card base.

Rub orange and green oxide ink onto Kraft card stock.

Stamp Sin City Stamps Jack-o-Lantern with black ink over inked card stock.

Fussy image and add to card.  Finish card by adding paper dolls and chipboard greeting!

I hope you are inspired to break out your stamps and get stamping!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spider Web Halloween Tag

Hi Sin City Fans,
I hope you will enjoy my tutorial for this cute Halloween tag.  If you feel a little uncertain about stamping onto acetate, I hope to calm your fears and show you how easy it is.  Also, be on the look out for my special tip about other ways to attach acetate to your project.  Let's get going!

1. Grunge Cobwebs Halloween Background by Pam Bray Designs (Sin City Stamps)
2. clear acrylic mounting block
3. acetate
4. permanent black ink
5. permanent orange marker
6. spray mist
7. pattern paper
8. ribbon
9. hole punch gems
11. pumpkin embellishment & small leaves

1. Randomly spray orange mist onto white cardstock. When thoroughly dry, splatter flecks of copper spray.

2. Next, spray purple mist generously until a small puddle forms. Slowly tilt the paper so that the paint runs. When dry, splatter some flecks of purple spray.

3. Cut the misted background into a tag shape and matte it with a narrow border of pattern paper.

4. Use permanent black ink to stamp the Grunge Cobweb image onto acetate. Turn the impression over and use an orange permanent marker to highlight parts of the design on the reverse side.  (TIP: To discretely attach the acetate to the project... one can use stitching, brads, staples, or attach tape under an embellishment that will be on top of the acetate.)

5. Punch two holes about 3/4" apart centered along the top of the tag. 

6. Thread ribbon through the holes from the front to the back so that the tails extend off the back of the tag.

7. Cross the ribbons over and thread them back through the same holes from the backside to the front of the tag. Then, neatly trim the ends of the ribbon.

8. Make spiders by attaching two black gems of different sizes to form the head and the body.  Then use a permanent black marker to add the spider's legs.

9. Finally, embellish the tag with a pumpkin embellishment and green glittered leaves.

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Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Altered Day of the Dead Tag

 Hello all
Check out this sugar skull tag created using Sin City Stamps. 

Red Acrylic paint
Blue Acrylic paint
White pearl paint
White card
Shrine Tag
Colored inks
Black archive ink

Coat the tag with gesso and then glue together.

Paint red and light blue with acrylic paint and then stamp around the top using the flourish stamp.

Stamp our the Sugar skull and flowers onto a white card and color in with inks before cutting out.

Glue the flowers around the sugar skull and then glue the stamped flowers around the frame.

Paint a large flower with acrylic paint and dry brush with pearl white paint. Glue to top of tag.

Dry brush whole tag with pearl white paint.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Skully Tea Bag Gift Holders....

Hi Spooky Sin City Fans!!
Today I'm sharing another creation for this month of Halloween!
I've created some fun "tea bag" gift holders - hope you enjoy the process!

  • Collage Labels: Custom Labels used for this project by Art Tea Life@Etsy
  • Black Card 10cm x 25.5cm folded into 3
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Kraft Paper
  • Muslin Cloth
  • Distress Inks: Brushed Corduroy & Tea Dye (any aged/brown colours will work)
  • Cobweb Stencil or your favourite Halloween style stencil
  • White Paint or Texture Paste
  • General supplies: scissors, glue, double sided tape, spatula, sponge

First step is to cut your base holder to size using the black card. For this tutorial the cut size is 10cm height by 25.5cm width - folded into 3 (each third 8.5cm). As shown in picture below diagonally cut the last panel to make the flap for the tea bag to slip in. Note: you can make any size folder to fit any size teabag or even a gift card!

Next step is to use your stencil and white paint or texture paste and sponge over the facing side of the black card. This cobweb stencil is a Silhouette File cut on a Cameo Silhouette from Acetate. Any style of spooky stencil will have the effect! Set aside to dry. Once dry fold into three and glue the flap over. 

Next stamp your skulls and bones from the "Dribonez Skulls & Bones Border Set" with black Archival Ink onto Kraft paper. Stamp a range of the designs - they all work perfectly with this little project!

Print labels onto Kraft Paper. I was very lucky to have the lovely lady from ArtTeaLife make me some custom labels especially for these creations because I couldn't find the exact wording I wanted on any collage labels!!!

Fussy cut your stamped images and tear the labels from the collage sheet to give an aged worn look.

Use a sponge to "stain" the scraps of muslin cloth to age them and start to arrange the cloth, labels and stamped images on the front of the folded holders.

 Glue everything to the front of the folder and you have some cute spooky and gruesome little gifts!!!

Thanks for joining me again!
Hope you keep popping back each day for more Halloween inspired creativity by the DT!!
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