Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Mixed Media Tag Tutorial by Susanne

Hi there!

Susanne here today with a mixed media step by step tutorial. I created a mixed media tag with lot of texture.

Here are the step by step instructions:

1. Draw a simple flower and add Crackle Paste. Add some stamping after the paste is dry.

 2. Mix white and gold liquid acrylics and add a thin layer to the tag.

 3. Use acrylic paint to color the flower. Let it dry.

 4. Add DecoArt media Antiquing Cream, wait until it's dry and wipe it off. Add some more stamping to the background.

 5. Add some shadows with a black Gelato. Add some additional color with Oil Pastels to the flower.

 6. Add white paint splatters and a black border with an Oil Pastel to finish the tag.

Enjoy recreating you own flower.
xx Susanne.

Viva Las VegaStamps!:
Waybill/Invoice Background
Typewriter Keys
Spirit Animal
Deathhead Moth

DecoArt media Fluid Acrylics (Gold, Titanium White)
DecoArt media Crackle Paste
DecoArt media Antiquing Cream Black
Staz On Jet Black Ink
Faber-Castell Oil Pastels
Faber-Castell Gelato Black

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mail Art Monday with Michele

It's mail art Monday!!!  The last one for June and we are half way through the year...OMG time is FLYING!!

I have a quick tutorial on stamping AND masking your envie.

 I started by stamping some images on my envelope. I always use archival ink.

Then I stamp the same images on book pages and cut them out.  I also used a scrap bit of paper to cut a rectangle for the address.  These are placed on top of the stamped images on the envelope and the rectangle is in between.  This is by FAR my most favorite technique and I use it ALL.OF.THE.TIME!

Then I used Distress Ink, broken china and stormy seas for my background colors.

Of course some water spritzing to add that look of well, water.

Some coloring, doodling and a bit more stamping and VIOLA!!

Of course I couldn't leave the back of the envie alone!!!

A couple of detail photos.

AND I was on a roll so here is another one.

And a close up.

This bumble bee is one of my favorite bug stamps.

And there you have it...another mail art Monday in the books.
Until next time...get inky!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Food !

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blogpost today ! I have made a trio of ATC's to inspire you with and I hope you'll pick up your stamps and make something too !

And here's how I made them:

I started with a gelli print. This is a mop up page. 

I cut the page into three ATC's. There were some small pieces left which I will keep to use as collage material in another project. 

Next I added some stamping. I used VersaMark and WOW embossing powder and also Archival Ink in the colour Watering Can. 

I stamped all the images on book paper with Archival Ink. I always use the edges of the pages for the sentiments I am going to use. That way they have the same colour as the images. Next task is to cut everyone out. 

Having a look where I am going to place everything.

And here is the finished result. 

I hope you enjoyed this short tutorial. 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today !

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Learning To Love Purple

Hello VLVS! peeps, Fiona here with you today and I have a little video to share of an art journal page I created.

I'm learning to love purple because for some unknown reason my brain keeps making me use it in my art!!!

 I have never been a big fan of the colour but it just keeps creeping in to my creations. In all reality I think I am learning to like it.

 And I paired it up with green and pink so it doesn't over power the piece. I tried something different this time in my journal too. I stamped first!

I mean I stamped in between too but I began the process with some background stamping. Anyway you can see it all in the video.

Here is a link 

VLV Stamps used:

I am totally enjoying exploring with different colours and different stamping techniques in my art journal. I feel i'm really starting to develop a style. I hope you feel inspired to get your VLV stamps out and have a little play in your journal too xx

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

There is a universe inside you - notecard by Cheetarah

Hi all! It's Cheetarah here and I am sharing a note card I made with some lush Cat Kerr designs for VLVS! as the focal point. This card was fairly simple put together, it's stamped all on one layer and has a fun and bright effect due to the background stamp and perfect pearl sprays I used. 

So I first stamped the Girl's face, masked it off and then stamped Expanding rays silhouette background over the masked face with a mixture of yellow and orange memento dewdrop inks. 
The stamped some bits of the Squiggly stars and numbers here and there for some texture. 
When the mask was still on I sprayed some perfect pearls kiwi glimmer mist over it for a sunshine effect for the rays. I then took the mask off, made sure the card was dry and colored the face with some letraset pro-markers. 

Lastly I stamped the sentiment under the face, matted the card on a light blue cardstock (blue skies) and called it done! 

VLVS! used;

Also have you seen the NEW Releases for this summer?! They are just stunning and with a 20% off for the pre order for a limited time so grab that up quick :) 
And don't forget our monthly challenge where you could win up some free rubber by linking up a project based on the challenge theme :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mail Art Monday with Jenn Engle

Hey guys! It's Mail Art Monday time and I made a standard size envelope with my current favorite Banksy stamp, Mom Preparing Anarchist. I just love this stamp so much!


I started out by applying Dylusions Paint to my background. I then applied the same paints thru a chevron stencil. I did my stamping and then finished it off with some white paint thru an dots stencil to pull everything together. 

I felt like the back needed a lil somthing, so I stamped this Banksy Sweeping Under Lady. I just love how it looks like she's lifting up part of the envelope. 

Thanks so much for looking!