Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Steampunk Christmas Angel

Hello all, Monique here showing you how to make this steampunk angel decoration for Christmas.!

Supply list:
  1. Sin City stamps : Crackle Background stamp,
  2.  Angel Feathered Wings heart shaped stamp , 
  3. Small Cogs and Gears steampunk stamp,  
  4. 1923 numerals rubber stamp 
  5. Octopus Time sheet .(The "lady" and the "steampunk" word)
  6. Angels Fly on the wings of love phrase word stamp
  • Photo frame 
  • Cardstock in white
  • Inks in browns and black
  • Versa-mark ink
  • Scissors

Step 1: Take the glass out of the frame and use is it to measure the size of the cardstock.
Draw around the glass using pencil and cut the cardstock to size.
Step 2: Use inks in browns to create an aged look on the white cardstock
Step 3: Make an impression with the crackle stamp using versa-mark. This will react with the other  inks and give a subtle crackle look.

Step 4: Spritz some water drops onto the cardstock to age it.
Step 5: Stamp the octopus lady using black stamp ink.
Step 6: Make a mask and cover the Octopus lady
Step 7: Stamp the wings over the masked Octopus lady. and then the gears onto the background
step 8: Stamp the sentiment  ( the Steampunk word and Angels Fly on the wings of love phrase word stampon a piece of cardstock that has been colored using ink.
Step 9: Cut the words out just use the word "angel"of the Angels Fly on the wings of love phrase word stamp, Ink the edges using black distress and adhere on the picture creating the word "Steampunk Angel).

Step 10: Use an alphabet stamp to make the word Christmas and stamp 1923 in the upper left corner.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mad Bonkers!


Hello Sin City Fans!!!
Today I am sharing some cards using one of the fab "Alice In Wonderland" sets available in store!!

Hope you enjoy the process - it's fairly long and involved - perhaps grab a coffee & snack?? LOL!!
  • Sin City Stamps: Art Journalling #2
  • Sheet 12 x 12 patterned or plain paper or card
  • Old Book Pages
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Stencil with Small Patterns
  • Embossing Fluid and Embossing Powders
  • Impasto Medium
  • White card
  • Black Base cards
  • Scraps of co-ordinating coloured card
  • Colouring medium: copics or pencils
  • Embellishments: "Alice" digital quotes (used here from:Digital Magpie@Etsy), Gauze/Muslin cloth scraps, charms, sticky mesh, playing cards
  • General supplies: brayer, sponge, spatula, scissors, cutting blade, ruler, pencil, glue, gel medium, double sided tape, heat tool
Note: You will need a "One Sheet Wonder" Template for this tutorial - so many to choose from if you do a search. I used the 12 x 12 template here:

To start we are going to make our "masterboard" to cut the One Sheet Wonder Template. This process is a perfect way to use patterned paper that you really don't like and give it a whole new lease of life!!

Start by adding strips of old book pages - adhere with a glue stick or gel medium.

Next step is to add some Gesso - use a spatula to scrape it thinly over the entire page. No need for a thick layer as we want to see the pattern and book pages underneath for interest and texture.

To add more texture use scraps of gauze/muslin and ahere randomly over the page with gel medium. Allow to dry.

Now to add some colour with some acrylic paint and a brayer. "Blob" the paint onto the page randomly and spread with your brayer. No need to cover the entire page - as mentioned before we still want to see what is underneath. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Now to have some fun with your Sin City stamps! For this page we are using stamps from the Art Journalling #2 set - great for background stamping. As below use archival ink to randomly stamp over the page - no need for an acrylic block or mounting just stamp!!

Adding even MORE interest to the page!! Use a sponge, archival ink and stencil with small patterns and randomly stencil and sponge the page.

And we haven't finished yet - keep your stencil on the go and emboss over the stencil, add embossing powder and heat set. Use complimentary colours so your page flows!

And FINALLY one last bit of texture! Apply "Impasto" medium with your spatula randomly over the page and allow to dry completely.

Rub some gold metallic paint over the "raised" impasto stencilled areas to highlight them.

And here is a section of the finished page looking sparkly, texture filled and "interesting" - ready to create with!!!

Now we have our unique had created masterboard ready to mark out the template and cut out! Mark out the back of the sheet with a pencil - remember to "number" each piece as per the template!

Gather your black base cards and masterboard pieces along with co-ordinating coloured card to mount your masterboard pieces on if you with to add a "border" colour and layer around each masterboard section as I have done with my cards.

Start to place the sections on your cards. The One Sheet Wonder used here makes 14 cards!! I have completed 4 cards to show you how they look!

Stamp your chosen "Alice" images on white card with Black Archival Ink and colour with your favourite medium and fussy cut ready to use.

Play around with your masterboard pieces, stamped "Alice" images, embellishments and quotes until you are happy and then adhere everything to the base cards!

 And here are the four cards I have completed - LOL I have ten to go!!!

Hope you have gained some inspiration!!
I loved making these - love to create my own backgrounds!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Robin Christmas Card

Hi Sin City Fans,
If you are short on time, take a look at this simple holiday greeting.   Try this minimalist design for a last minute card.  Use chalk to quickly color the robin to create this lovely soft effect.  Next, add a bit of artificial pine needles, a few berries, and a bit of baker's twine to finish it off.

Supplies:1. Flower & Bird Sketches Art Rubber Stamp Sheet Set  (robin)

2. Winter Wonderland Art Rubber Stamp Sheet (pine needles)

3. clear acrylic mounting block
4. black & green ink pad
5. chalk
6. red dimensional paint
7. baker's twine
8. artificial pine sprigs
9. white card base

A Closer Look:

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