Monday, January 16, 2017

Carefree & Fearless Card





Hello Ladies,
My name is Karen and today is my first blog post for Sin City Stamps.  I'm thrilled to have been invited to share my creations with you.  To complete my nature inspired friendship card, my project incorporates three different Sin City Stamp Sets.  The sweet little bird and sentiment stamp of hope were perfect to create my encouragement card.
 Let me show you how I did it.

Supplies: 
1. Sin City Stamps -Art Journaling #2 Rubber Stamp Set 
2. Sin City Stamps- Flower & Bird Sketches Art Rubber Stamp Sheet Set
3. Sin City Stamps- Inhale...Exhale Art Stamp Sheet Set
4. White cardstock.
5. Black & brown ink pads.
6. Green & copper ink mists.
7. White gel pen.
8. Colored chalk.
9. A 5"x7"card base
10. Embellishments: paper doily & burlap leaf die cut.
11. Scissors.
12. Adhesive and foam tape.

Directions:
1. Use the black ink to stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card base.

2. Use the brown ink to stamp script randomly over the background.


3. Place the leaf die cut in the upper right corner to act as a 'mask' while you lightly mist it with the green ink spray.
4. Carefully re-position the die cut randomly on the card and continue misting to create three distinct clusters. Set aside the leaf die cut to dry in order to use it later as an embellishment.

5. To create small splatters, remove the spray nozzle from the bottle of copper mist and carefully flick droplets of the ink over the card. Set this aside to dry.

6. Using the brown ink and flourish stamp, to randomly add design onto the card base.
Be sure to overlap the edges of the card.
Next, use a white gel pen to accentuate the dots in the flourish designs.

7. With the black ink, stamp the bird image twice on white cardstock.
Color in one of the bird using chalks and carefully cut out.
Color just the bird's wing on the second image and cut this out.
Attach the bird's wing using foam tape to add dimension.

8. Adhere the bird and leaf die cut to a white paper doily.
To give the doily a distressed and vintage appearance, apply brown ink lightly around the edges with an ink applicator or makeup sponge. 
9. Finish the card by attaching the doily cluster to the card base.
A Closer Look: 

Thanks for visiting!


   
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

How to Make a Fabulous Faux Chalkboard Birthday Card


Hi Chris here and today I am excited to share this birthday card I created.  Every January our family is slammed with birthdays!  We have 4 within 8 days!!! So I am always wanting to increase my stash of Birthday cards! 

For this card I was inspired by the ever popular chalkboard writing trend! 
With some stamps and white embossing powder you too can easier re-create this fun technique!

Supplies needed:
  1. Sin City Stamps -Dandelion Wishes
  2.  Sin City Stamps - Art Journaling #2 
  3.  Embossing Powder - White, Black
  4. Heat gun
  5.  Inks -Versamark, Black Ink
  6.  Black & White Cardstock - Smooth
  7.  Blank card and patterned paper to fit the front.
  8. Sheer ribbon, paper flower and floral sprig.
  9. Adhesive and foam tape
  10. Scissors

Step 1 - Faux Chalkboard writing - Using the Dandelion and Make a Wish greeting from the Sin City Stamps -Dandelion Wishes set, use the Versamark ink to stamp yhem onto the smooth black cardstock.
Heat Emboss with white embossing powder.

Trim 'make a wish' into a banner. Set both pieces aside. 

Step 2 -  Background - The lacy background stamp from Sin City Stamps - Art Journaling #2   is not large enough to stamp the entire background so you will need to stamp it top-to-bottom to cover the cardstock. Don't worry if you don't get the stamping perfectly aligned, we will take care of that in the next step. 


Step 3 - Background part 2 -Stamp the brick background twice with a juicy black ink (as shown) and cover quickly with black bossing powder. Remove excess powder and heat emboss.  Ink edges of the background card with black ink. 


Step 4  - Trim your patterned paper slightly smaller than your blank card and adhere in place.
Next add your stamped background.


Step 5 - Adhere your Faux Chalkboard Dandelion piece onto the card and attach the 'Make a Wish" banner with foam tape.
Embellish the rest of your card with a sheer ribbon bow, pearl floral sprigs and the paper flower.

 Hope this inspires you to start stamping!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Brrrr... Icy Winter Greetings


Hi Chris here and today I am sharing this super cute icy winter greeting card
 created with the Penguins on Ice Sin City Stamp set.   
This set is so much fun and perfect for all your winter projects!


List of supplies:
  1. Sin City Stamps Penguins on Ice
  2.  Archival Ink Jet Black (will not bleed when using watercolors)
  3. Versa Mark ink
  4.  Assorted brush tip markers in the following colors: light to dark blue, yellow, green, pink and black.
  5. A waterbrush or a cup of water and small paintbrush.
  6. White embossing powder.
  7. Heat gun
  8. Decorative tag
  9. Glittered silver cardstock
  10. Ribbon, white hemp cord and a jingle bell.
  11. Craft sheet or a plastic plate.

Begin by using the archival ink to stamp the Penguin with the fish image onto white cardstock.

 The easiest way to "paint" any design with markers is to 'scribble' your marker onto your craft sheet or plate and then pick up your ink with a water brush. Dilute the ink with water as you work to create different shades of the same marker.  You can see the color difference below.


Use the same technique and other markers to color the rest of the stamped image.



Use the the dark blue marker to stamp the word "Brrrr..." onto your tag.
Stamp the snowflakes using the versa mark ink.
Sprinkle them with the white embossing powder and heat set them with your heat gun.


Layer everything as shown, securing with adhesive.

Finish off the card with a double bow and the jingle bell. 

 I am really loving the silver and blue combination, what do you think?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Minty Birthday Wishes


Hi Chris here and today I am excited to share this sweet Birthday card I created for one of the many upcoming family birthdays.  I just love the color combination of the mint, pinks and gold!

 List of Supplies: : 
VersaMark
White Embossing Powder
Watercolor gelatos- in gold, pink and mint green.
Ribbon
Pearl Floral Sprig
Paper Roses
Heat embossing tool
Damp cloth or baby wipes
Scissors and adhesive


1. Stamp the Diamond background stamp onto white cardstock with Versamark ink. Sprinkle the design with the embossing powder. Shake off excess powder into its container. Use the heat gun to melt the powder until it is glossy and smooth.

2. Scribble the gelatos onto the background.

3. Blend the gelatos with a damp cloth or baby wipe. Don't you love how the diamonds pop after this step?

4. Repeat the embossing technique for the butterfly and sentiment, both from the  Dandelion Wishes set.
5. Color them and blend with the gelatos. 

6. Hand cut the butterfly and banner shape. 
7. Assemble the card by adhering the stamped diamond background to the front of your card.
8. Then add the banner as shown.



9. Finish off the card with a 2 loop bow, the floral sprig, paper rose and the stamped butterfly.



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Announcing the 2017 Sin City Inspiration Team!

First of all: a special THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who auditioned! 
We were amazed to see so many talented people apply for our inspiration team!
 We loved seeing your work, visiting your blogs and learning about YOU!
 If we could, we would accept everyone who tried out, 
but alas we had limited spots open on the team.

In 2017 we are excited to show you how you can incorporate rubber stamping into a variety of mixed media designs!  Our team will be challenged to think 'out side' the box. 
This includes categories like: art journaling, scrapbooks, jewelry, fabric art, collage, mixed mediums  and more!
 We will provide inspiration for you to use in your everyday life, home, office and gift giving idea's!.



 Please help us welcome the new  (worldwide) 2017 Sin City Inspiration Team!

 Michelle Frae Cummings

is a mixed- media artist, instructor and freelance writer. 
She lives with her husband, Brian and son Dyllan in sunny California.
Michelle has painted sets for local play houses, created costumes, designed store front windows, taught at local scrapbook stores, public groups, and sells her art locally and online. Michelle’s passion is color.
Whether she is painting with it, sewing, wire wrapping or planting it in her garden, she’s content.
It’s how she expresses her dreams and inspirations.  


Chris Pozzi   
 is a avid scrapbooker, cardmaker and loves to dabble with mixed media. She is a mom to 3 active kids, Meagan who just finishing college, Sarah a sophomore in college and Alex in 8th grade.  She's passionate about adding ink and stamps to her projects! Chris loves thinking of multiple ways to use stamps and strives to create projects that inspire others. 






 Irit Shalom 
 is an Israeli designer, paper crafter, stamper and a Mixed Media artist. In her real life she is a part time working Dentist, Mom of 4 grown- ups, Grandma of 3 adorable little people and a wife of a retired high Police officer. She was back to crafting about 7 years ago when she became an empty nester and since then she is a visible part of this industry. As she was born in Ukraine and immigrated to Israel in her early teens, Russian is her mother tongue, Hebrew is a language she uses daily and English is her third language and she just hopes that you are not going to laugh from her mistakes here and there. 


 is a designer/crafter from the state of Oregon. A mother of two and grandmother as well.  She began scrapbooking her children's photos when they were young and soon progressed to cardmaking and stamping. She has studied many forms of Art both personally and academically in college. In recent years she has grown to love the use of stamps, stencils, and other mediums to create mixed media projects of many types. A very versatile designer for sure and lover of all styles from vintage to steampunk. One of her favorite quotes to live by is Creativity takes courage..Henri Matisse



 Sharon Rogers  


has been crafting for at least half her life and has dabbled in a range of crafty escapades which explains why her husband feels she is a hoarder and can’t possibly need anymore craft supplies – but you can never have too many - Right? She loves anything quirky and out of the ordinary and loves to add humour and a different “view” to her creations. She believes all stamps should be versatile and have many uses – not just the subject  they were necessarily intended for!




Katie Lamb
 is a mixed media artist and craft blogger based in Birmingham United Kingdom. She lives with her other half Anthony and three cats.Katie enjoys Sci-fi movies ,books, TV shows, Horror and always a good mystery. She enjoys creating art journals and adding lots of layers and textures.

Katie loves working with versatile products that set your imagination and creativity free.



 Shilpa Nagaonkar  
   enjoys experimenting with past and present techniques, working with various mediums, styles and sharing her vibrant creativity with others.  She loves working with stamps, stencils and can't wait to inspire others with her colorful idea's.


 

Karen Sessions   
 is an American currently living in London, England. She has enjoyed a lifetime of creative hobbies including: sewing, ceramics, jewellery making, calligraphy, and knitting.  She began rubber stamping as a teenager in the late 80's because drawing was never in her talent portfolio. Her current loves are scrapbooking, card making, and mixed media. Karen describes her creative style as embellished, girly, layered, and full of textures.



loves the freedom to use all kinds of media in her art work. Her style is mostly Dark Art, Vintage or Steampunk, and she is always looking for new techniques to learn. Monique enjoys coloring art and travel journals. She enjoys making tags and altering items.






Saturday, December 10, 2016

Inspiration Team Update

Hi Everyone, 
     Thank you ALL for your amazing applications!
 I know we said we would announce the new team today....but we are still reviewing the applications. You are all 'Super' talented! 
So please be patient with us and check back here
on the Sin City Blog
 as we will make our Inspiration Team announcement soon!

See you then!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sin City Stamps Inspiration Team Call






Do you love creating with rubber stamps and mixed media?

Do you love creating fun and imaginative projects?

Do you have an active blog?

Are you active on Social Media?

Do you take fabulous photographs of your projects and write great steps by step instructions?

If you said YES to all of the above we would love you to apply  to join our 2017 Inspiration Team!

We are looking for 5-7 creative individuals to represent Sin City Stamps with inspiring projects!

If you think you have what we are looking for and can make the commitment to Sin City Stamps, then please apply.

What are the benefits  of a Sin City Stamps Inspiration Team member?
* Your bio, picture and blog on the Sin City Stamps blog.
* Promotion of your work and projects to Sin City Stamps Instagram,
Facebook and from other team members worldwide.
* Free Sin City Stamps to create with!


 What we require from you;
2 posts per month during a 3 month trial period. - New owner, new team!
(please do not apply if you cannot commit to posting on time)
  • Your posts on our blog , must have step by step instructions, Sin City Stamps product list and photos. These can be  Layouts, Cards, Art Journaling, Mini Albums, Jewelry, Fabric Art,  Mixed Media or Home D├ęcor projects. You can mix it up or do what you are most comfortable doing.
  • Your posts will be due by the 15th of each month
  • Once your project is live on the blog, you will be required to post a teaser on your own blog.
  • You will also be expected to be active on the teams Face Book group and regularly promote each others projects. 
  • We ask that our designers have a dedication to our brand and would like applicants to NOT be serving on more than 3 Inspiration teams for the duration of your term with us.

How do you apply?

Email michellefraecummings@gmail.com with "Sin City Inspiration Team Audition" - in the  subject line, by midnight Monday December 5th, 2016 PST.
Please including the following;

  • Full contact information (name, address, contact number, email address, web/blog address, all social media links)
  • Clear head shot. - We want to see who you are! 
  • Tell us a little bit about yourself, your design strengths and experience in crafting.
  • Tell us why you would enjoy being part of our inspiration team.
  • Let us know if you have been on or are now in any other design teams. Please include links.
  • On your blog, create a post including a minimum of 5 projects that you have created using rubber stamps and any mixed media supplies. This way we can see how creative you are with a variety of  mediums.  It is helpful if you can showcase Sin City Stamps but not required.
Remember be true to your style, we want to see the real you in your projects as we are after a variety of styles that represent all artists.

You must send a direct link to your audition post in your email to us.
  • They do not have to be new projects but we will also be looking at your photography skills as well as tutorials on your blog.

We will announce our New Inspiration Team on Saturday December 10th, 2016

Please share this post with anyone you think maybe interested in joining the 
2017 Sin City Stamps Inspiration Team.
 The Inspiration Team call is open immediately for ALL countries

I can't wait to see your applications
Good Luck!
Michelle



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Watch this space!

Hi!

It's Kim here today!

Watch this space, we will be announcing our Inspiration Team call very soon!

Make sure to subscribe and follow us! You can find Sin City Stamps on Facebook, HERE

Sin City Stamps online shop will be re-opened soon also!

Questions? Feel free to email me at sincityartstamps@gmail.com 
Facebook works great, too!

Have a fabulous day!
~kim

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tea Pot Greeting



Hi Chris here and today I am sharing this card I created for both Sin City Stamps and Just Imagine/Kreaxion Punches.
Tea Pot Die Cut
Tag Die Cut
Flower and leaves Die Cuts
1/2 Round Flat Back Embellishment
Other Supplies
Kreaxions Punch # 903 with C insert
Graphic 45 papers
cardstock

 I created this card by first adding my Graphic 45 paper to my card base. I then trimmed another piece of Graphic 45 and used Kreaxion punch with the C insert to create the corner punches. I added my Sin City Stamps Die cut tag, some faux stitching and a punched border strip which I created using Kreaxions punch. I added the Sin City Stamps die cut Tea Pot and flower to finish off the card. I hope you are inspired to create!

Monday, April 18, 2016

A rose for Mom


Hi Chris here and today I'd like to share this simple & quick MOM card I created for Sin City Stamps. 
Rose Die Cut Card
Yellow Ribbon
Other Supplies - paper Rose, Card Stock, Graphic 45 paper

To create this card I started by adhereing a coordinating color of cardstock on the inside of my card. I then matted my patterned paper block onto cardstock and hand wrote my greeting.  I lightly inked my rose with a Distress Marker  and added the rose on top of a ribbon bow.  Super Simple, Super Quick, & Super Sweet! just in time for Mother's day! So get creating!