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

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ships Siren Tag Card

Hi Chris here and today I am excited to share this card I created using shipping tags and Sin City Stamps!

Supplies Needed:
Sin City Stamps Octopus Time! Steampunk Art Rubber Stamps
Sin City Stamps Tall Ship with Sails Rubber Stamps
Spray Mist inks - 2 different shades of blue
Star Stencil
Multi-media Gloss
Washi Tape
Black Archival Ink
Letter Stickers

Step 1: Lay Star stencil over top of tags and paint Multi-media Gloss over some of the stars, Repeat for all 3 tags. Let dry.

Step 2: Tear a piece a scrap paper to mask off sea area.  Spray with blue ink mist. Wipe ink off of stars.

Step 3 : Mask bottom of sky and spray bottom of tag with other blue spray mist. Let Dry.

 Step 4: Stamp Octopus Lady from Sin City Stamps Octopus Time! Steampunk Art Rubber Stamps onto right half of first tag, slightly overlapping second tag.

Step 5: Stamp Sin City Stamps Tall Ship with Sails Rubber Stamps over third tag slightly overlapping onto right side of second tag. Add Greeting Stickers.

Step 6: Mat tags onto cardstock and add fibers.  On back side of matted tags use washi tape to create "hinges" for tags.
Trim top of tags to finish.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nautical Card

Hello Sin City Stamp Fans,
Today I have created a Nautical card, which those that know me is my absolute favorite subject matter when making cards. Sometimes a stamp by itself makes the best impact and I wanted to showcase several of the cool stamps from the Nautical Stamp Set.

   Rain droplet stencil
   Glitter embossing paste
   White embossing powder
   Various colors of card stock

Step 1:  Stamp three images from the Nautical Stamp Set using ink of your choice.

Step 2:  Using a stitched square die, I cut out the stamped images.  (you could use scissors to do this step)

Step 3:  I matted the images using navy blue card stock.

Step 4: Cut card layer in a wave pattern to create the ocean feel.

Step 5: Using the rain droplet stencil, apply the blue glitter paste.

Step 6:  Emboss sentiment in white embossing powder to bottom of the other card layer.

Step 7:  Add as many other colors of card stock in the same wave pattern as the top layer to bring out the inked image colors.  I also added cord/twine in a coordinating color before attaching the stamped images.

I hope you enjoy creating this project with your own spin on it.  Please share your creation with us at the Sin City Stamp Fan page.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quick makes Grungy Background Tag

 Hi all
I am back with a quick make using the Grunge Texture stamps by Pam Bray.

Cover tag with paint using a brayer. 
Add textures to the background using the Grunge Textures Set
Add a stencil with modeling paste.
Dry brush with metallic paint.

Stamp out the circles and chevron onto card.
Colour in and glue to tag
Add words

Add another chevron to top corner of tag
Stamp out an Octopus and colour in
Add to tag 

Thanks for visiting!
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Relax Tag- Quick Ideas

Hi all,

I am really liking these new Sin City Stamps!
 I find that I am able to come up with all kinds of desighns.  
The quick project I made today uses the Sin City Stamp "Background Grunge". This set comes with many different background stamps to choose to use.  I must admit I am a big fan of grunge and always look forward to creating with grunge stamps. This stamp set also has the bonus of rosettes to add to the creation.

I started my project by ink blending the tag.  After inking the tag I spritzed it with water to add another dimension to the look. Next came the stamping of the grunge background stamp on the tag. I stamped and colored several rosettes and cut them out, adding them to opposite corners of the tag using dimensional tape. I die cut the sentiment and added it to finish the tag. After finishing I realized I needed a little bling so I added a few dew drops and now I am happy!

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