Friday, November 24, 2017

Creating Brick Background

Hi Stamping Friends,

Today's focus is on creating your own background paper.  My nephew celebrated his second birthday with a fire truck theme party.  The brick background stamp created the perfect matting paper for my main photo.  When you don't have the perfect patterned paper to match your photos, make your own.  Let me show you how.

1.  Brick Wall Section Art Rubber Stamp by Terri Sproul (Sin City Stamps)
2.  Black ink pad
3.  Dye ink pads (red, maroon, rust)
4.  Ink blending tool
5. Water spray bottle
6. non-stick craft mat

1. Use black ink to stamp the brick image repeatedly onto white cardstock making sure to overlap the edge of the paper. To make a second generation image, don't re-ink the stamp and just re-position it and press it to the paper again. You may even apply a third generation impression. With each impression the intensity of the design lightens. Re-ink the stamp and continue to fill the background with first & second generation impressions leaving occasional empty spaces.

2. Swipe a red ink pad across a non-stick craft mat and mist lightly with water until you see small beads of ink forming.

3.  Next, place the stamped brick panel face down onto the wet beads of ink. Press down gently and move the paper around until all the ink is absorbed.

4.  Continue repeating the process with two other shades of red ink until you are satisfied with the blend of colors.

5. Use an ink blending tool to help blend the wet ink and cover any white areas.  Then add a hint of rust ink to the brick background panel.

6. Finally, matte the main photo and adhere it to the upper left side of the layout.

Happy 2nd Birthday Colin!
You can find the brick stamp image at
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

3D Christmas Card

Hello Peeps!

Just have to warn you up front, I am trying something new to me... a 3D Christmas card!
I am very pleased with the final product and (to tell you the truth) it was surprisingly simple to make.

  Sin City Stamps - Romance Classic Couples

Other Supplies:
  Damask stamp
  Garland stamp
  Ornate frame dies
  Symmetrical tree die cuts
  Foam tape
  Gold embossing powder

Step 1:  Die cut out 4  Christmas trees.

Step 2:  Emboss garland onto tree cuts. Next score a vertical line down the center of each tree for folding.

Step 3: Fold trees in half along score line.

Step 4: Glue the wrong sides (side without embossing on it) of trees to each other forming the 3D effect.

Step 5:  Stamp the couple from the Romance Classic Couples stamp set. Cut out couple.

Step 6:  Die cut out the frame in gold.

Step 7: Die cut the inner stamp of the frame in white. Stamp the damask image in the center of cutout. Ink the edges of cutout.

Step 8:  Using markers color the couple.

Step 9:  Assemble the pieces onto the card base adding sequins to the tree and a ribbon bow to the top of the frame. I popped up the couple to add more dimension to the card.

We hope you try making a 3D card if you have not done so yet. Please share your creations with us on Sin City Stamps Fan page on Facebook.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

I wish I was an Octopus

Hi! Chris here! When I saw this stamp I new I had to have it! As soon the stamps arrived I got to play (I can't really call stamping work, now can I?) To recreate this project you will need:
Other Supplies: Tag, black & Cream cardstock, Black Archival Ink, Watercolor Mists, Washi Tape, Fibers

Start by masking off the center sprocket in the wings from the Sin City Stamps Classic Spark Rubber Stamp Set  with Washi Tape

Stamp onto tag with Archival ink. (Note: gently ink your stamp so the the washi tape doesn't pick up the image underneath.)

Stamp Octopus lady from the Sin City Stamps Octopus Time! Steampunk Art Rubber Stamp Set  leaving wings in the background. 

Stamp Grunge Circles along edges of tag with the Sin City Stamps Background Grunge Art Rubber Stamp Set

Mist tag with Yellow, Orange, then Purple water color mists. Let dry. 


 While tag is drying stamping sentiment onto cream cardstock. Cut into banner and mist to coordinate with tag. Let dry.

Mat tag onto Black cardstock and add fibers.

Add sentiment to finish tag!

I hope this project inspires you to get stamping!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Yikes Tentacle Plant Mixed Media Tag

Hi all

Here is an easy mixed media tag made using Monique's  Wildflower Yikes Stamps.

Product list
Large tag die cutter
white card
Black archival ink
Tyveck Material
Metallic paints

Start off with a large blank tag and using a blending tool, Apply light orange ink across the top and bottom of the tag. Next use purple ink and apply it across the middle and blend a little into the orange.

Stamp the boarder stamp around the edges of the tag and then stamp the wildflowers into the corners of the tag. You can layer up the tentacles to  create larger flowers.

Stamp out Yikes into the center of the tag.

Cut out cogs from Tyveck material and paint with metallic paints. 
Tyveck can be bought as sheets or you can buy disposable overalls and cut that up.
Create a flower by placing a metal brand though the center of the cogs and melt with a heat tool.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mermaid & Bubbles Card

Hi Sin City Fans,
It's Karen here today to share my underwater creation featuring the lovely Misty Mermaid stamp by Rick St Dennis.
Hold your breath...we're going under!

1. Misty Mermaid Art Rubber Stamp by Rick St Dennis (Sin City Stamps)
2. Background Grunge Art Rubber Stamp Sheet designed by Pam Bray (Sin CityStamps)
3. Phoebe Art Doll Rubber Stamp Sheet designed by Jayne Alexander (Sin City Stamps)
4. alcohol inks
5. watercolor paints
6. chalk / color pencils
7. clear epoxy medium
8. shells / sea horse charm
9. card base 5x7"

1. Color the mermaid's skin & hair with chalks. Add her facial details and shading with colored pencils.

2. Paint the mermaid's tail with pearlescant watercolors in shades of blue & green.
3. Carefully fussy cut the mermaid.

4. Create a watery background by applying green & blue alcohol inks to glossy cardstock. Then use permanent black ink to add a subtle impression of bubbles randomly across the background.

5.  Attach shells over the mermaid's bust.

6.  Stamp the angel's hair (Pheobe) multiple times, paint it green, & fussy cut to create the underwater vegetation.

7. Attach the mermaid & vegetation to the alcohol background.

8. Attach a large shell embellishment to the lower right corner.  Embellish with various sea-life charms or buttons.  Finally, use clear epoxy medium over some of the stamped bubbles.   Create smaller bubbles in groups of three and set aside to dry. 

A Closer Look:

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Background Stamping!

Hi Fans!
A quick ideas "idea" LOL!!
Sometimes a subtle use of a stamp is all that you might want on your work and not to have the stamp as the main focus point of your creation - but that doesn't mean that you have to ignore your large range of Sin City Stamps!!!
I have several examples to share where the only stamping is lightly in the background between the textured stenciling but it just finishes off the pages perfectly.
Stamps used are from the following set:

I think the text stamp works well with this double page spread. I wanted a Steampunk feel to match the collage woman and the circle texture/stencil matches the elements on her hat. The text stamp ties in the old book pages on the left hand side of the layout!

And a different look:

I used the brick wall look stamp for this double page spread - I think it ties in with stencil and texture paste I used over the white background. This was a fun page with a bit of humor and the grungy wall with the vintage style boy all works well together!

Hope you might have some fun combining your Sin City Stamps with your other favorite elements!

Happy Stamping!


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