Saturday, September 20, 2014

I'm Late.. I'm Late... for a MailArt Date!!!

Hello again Everyone!!!!!!!!!!  

Today I want to share a fun piece of MailArt that I created for the wonderful
100 Proof Press Stamp company! 

Ok I know it has been a while since i have had regular blog posts, 
I'm sorry life has been all sorts of crazy lately, and my art has been set on the back burner 
(School and real life/family must come first) 
But I know you all have been there too and hopefully you all understand :)  
Stamps used:

Don't you just love the fun carefree feel of this envelope? Want to make some yourself??? 
There is a wonderful tutorial by the fabulous blogger Tiffany Smith showing you how!!! 
HERE is her Blog (Southern Gals Designs) 
  HERE is the link directly to her video tutorial
She is such a wonderful mixed media artist and you will love her southern accent!!! 
Please leave her a comment to show some love and let her know I sent you over! :D 

Here's a closer view ow the AWESOME "HARES" 

(one more full front view of the envelope)

Thank you all again!!
(Hopefully more to come soon!!)
 Please stop by 100 proof Press Blog and Tiffany's blog and show them some love!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mail Art Mania is Back!!

Hello again!!!
It's me Tera here again with another super fun piece of Mail Art created for Viva Las VegaStamps!

For this piece i wanted to stick with the fun medical theme from my last post, but go in a slightly different direction.
 If you like what you see here you can easily recreate it with the following products:
Stamps used: 

Biohazard 2 x 2

Other Items:
Black Marker
Your favorite Black Ink
Color Box ink-Seattle grey (or other Dark grey ink)
Distress ink- Weathered Wood (or other light grey ink)
post-it note or other item to trace to draw your "Rx pad"
Ink Blending tool or make-up sponge
Scrap paper to create "masks" to cover images you want to protect

To begin stamp the Doctor With Needle 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 and Man With Organs Exposed 1 3/4 x 2 1/2  in black and create a mask to cover them so that non of your other stamping/inking will get on them. Next trace around a post-it note to create the base shape of your Rx pad. Stamp the Prescription Pad 2 x 2 letters on the upper right corner and add some numbers for fun! Cover the freshly stamped area of your Rx pad to protect it from further inking/stamping.

Now stamp all of your "background" images (these ones will be in the darker grey)... After those have dried use your blending tool to add the base color of weathered wood (or your favorite light grey ink). Now you can add your Wow factor stamping in black to pull the whole piece together. Make sure to stamp some over the "masks" so that it gives you the depth and feel that they are behind the 1st focal images we stamped... (this is why we use the "masks") 

Remove the masks and enjoy your work of art!!!! 
(add shading with a pale grey marker for added depth if you'd like) 
Can you imagine what the post office workers will be thinking when this passes through?? 

Below are a few more angles so you can see more detail 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stencil Girl Meets VLVS!

Hello Again Everyone! 
Today is my day in the super fun VLVS and Stencil Girl Blog Hop!!!!!

Today's Stops are: 
Tera Callihan <----- you are here

Stamps Used:

Banksy Achieve Greatness 1 1/2 x 2 1/4

Other supplies:
You will need stencils. (Stencils can be bought HERE... prepare to drool over the AWESOME selection!)
Art Journal, Acrylic Paint (i used cheap paint in red, white and turquoise), sharpie paint marker (black), magazine pages, and Washi Tape

Grand Prize will go to 2 lucky people. They will win what is pictured below from StencilGirl and VivaLasVegaStamps. ALL comments on ALL blogs are elgible to be entered for the entire week.One comment per blog please. Giveaway will close Sunday, August 31st @ 11:59PM Central. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Today I started with a page in my art Journal that i had added a magazine page to previously. I gave the page a light white wash, then after it dried I outlined the details on the girl. I also painted the background around the girl Turquoise and added a touch of red to her lips. 

Next I started with my 1st stencil "Twist Lattice" and added some fun geometric shapes with red paint. I also added some skull washi tape with a wash of red paint to pull it in as well. (let paint dry completely before moving on)

From there I added the film strip washi tape and the tiny camera washi tape 
(I have been doing some photo shots lately so it is relevant to me) 

Next I used the "Inside Out stencil" for the word Secret, Inside, and for the edging details on the pages. I stamped around the page as well as writing a few words in. This is a perfect base page for me now so that I can fill with journaling and write when the mood strikes :-D
 I do love having pages pre-arted up!!  
Here Are some more photo's and Details on the GIVE-AWAY below!!

Thank you all for Hopping to my blog, don't forget to check out the other blogs if you are starting here : D

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Doctor is In!

WARNING: If you are easily offended or don't like strange or creepy themes this card may not be for you

Hello again everyone!!! It's me again, today I am going to share the card I created for the VLVS Shaped Halloween Card swap on the Facebook VLVS Groupies page If you are not a member I recommend joining, So much fun and inspiration going on over there!!! 

Stamps Used: 

Coffee Ring Stain 2 3/4 x 2 1/4

Other Supplies-- 
A4 card cut into a file folder shape
Ink- Archival Black, Distress ink- Frayed Burlap, scattered straw, black soot, brick red
scrap paper (for making masks)
Marker Sprayer for distressing
make-up sponge or distress tool for additional shading
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher/stapler 

Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die - Tag & Tie 

Scraps of orange paper (for the circles on the tag)cord/string
Black marker (fine point for writing and drawing lines) 
water spritzer optional
score tool/board optional
File folder to trace top of (or you can wing it! lol) 
Glossy Accents (or Glue of choice) 

To Begin cut your card Base - 8.5x 5.5 score or fold at 4.5 This gives you the long and short side of your file. On the long side trace the tab of your file , then on the short side trace the inward dip (make sure they are on the same side so it looks right). Cut out your base and admire ho cute this mini file is!

I start by stamping/drawing all of my masked off images in archival black ink: the Doctor was stamped then stamped on scrap paper to create a "mask" to protect it while i work, For the Rx pad, I traced my acrylic stamping block with a black marker leaving one corner open so i could draw it to look like folded paper. (You can also trace a post it not in your size of choice and you will save yourself from cutting out a "mask" for this.) I then traced it again on scrap paper to create a mask (and just folded the corner of the mask to match what i drew rather than guessing)

Next, stamp the skull, Rx pad with the Rx label from the Rx stamp (I cup mine out, so i can use it separate and still use the cute note box on other pieces : D ), and using the Type letters from plate 1430  I stamped out the J. Kevorkian (AKA "Dr. Death" get it a Rx for death, from Dr. Death himself... hehe) The Tiny #'s are numbers from the corners of the Plates of rubber : P Also stamp the patient (aka pt.) Name that you would like... Mine is patient X1446

Now, place both of your "mask" on to cover up your focal pieces. Get out your scattered straw ink and a makeup sponge and add color over the entire front of the card (careful not to move your masks). Set this aside to dry while you do this next step...

On a separate piece of paper stamp the "Radioactive" in red , then cut it out to look like a rectangle medical sticker "chart note"... Using the black soot distress the edge so that this will pop against the background! Also While you have the red out stamp the "Do Not Read This!" on the file tab
  (After All this is a confidential patient file!) 
Attach the radioactive "sticker" using your tiny attacher/stapler

Back  to the file, Sporadically stamp the dictionary page stamp to distress the file....Remove your masks (admire your clean we are going to grunge it up more!) Using your frayed burlap distress ink, ink up the coffee ring stamp (I spritzed my stamp with water at this point to give it the wet/watery coffee look but you don't have too) then stamped as if coffee had sat on the file and Rx script

Take the marker spritzer with the black soot Distress marker and add some grunge all over where you feel it's to "clean" and bright!  

Cut out the tab in plain card stock (bread tie looking thing) then 2 of the reinforcing circles in orange .  Distress the pieces with the frayed burlap, then glue the circles on the front and back to reinforce the piece to look like the "Toe Tag". Tie yours cord around it and attach with the tiny attacher

Enjoy your spooktacular work!!!
Below I have a few more views : P

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Vintage Game Of Tag

Hello, Its Me Tera here again with another fun project to share that I created for Viva Las VegaStamps! 
Today I am sharing a fun Vintage themed Tag that I created. 

I started  with a base of patterned paper by Prima, and a main focal image that I wanted to build around. 
(From here I really got into the swing of everything and forgot to take progress shots as I went so bare with me while I try to explain my madness :-D) 

 I started by stamping Chicken Wire 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 randomly on the background in frayed burlap. 

Next I stamped the Big Ben 1 3/4 x 4 1/4 on the left side in VersaFine Sepia.
 I also inked and distressed around the edges in various shades of browns.  On a separate sheet of paper I stamped the Bearded Man 2 1/4 x 2 1/4  in verafine black and distressed it with versafine sepia. I also stamped the #7 from Plate 1430  then embossed it with black embossing powder before i cut it out and distressed it.  At the top right I stamped Butterfly Specimens 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 then also embossed it in black. To finish things off I added some film strip by Tim Holtz to the side, as well as some random spots of Tim Holtz washi tape. I popped up the 2 pieces on pop-dots, then embellished with UmWow Studio Gears

Below are a few more detail pictures :-D

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Exciting News!!!

Hello Everyone!
I have some super exciting news!!!!

I have been invited to be a part of the 100 Proof Press Rubber Stamps Design Team!!! 
I am so very excited!! 
 It has been killing me not to share this news before this!!! 
Now that it is Officially posted on their blog I can share my 1st official project with you!!! 
(My intro can be read HERE)

I hope you will hop over there to show your love also, they have such a wonderful assortment of stamps so if you haven't checked them out yet you really should!!!
Stamps used for this project:

Thank you all for stopping to look today! I hope you are inspired to create something fun today!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Circus Mail part 2

Hello it's me again here with a super fun 2 part Circus Mail Art series. 
you can view part 1 HERE
I really really love this awesome plate of rubber, It is super awesome with the new USPS Vintage Circus postage. (Also how cute would these be in a MINI album!?!)
Also I apologize ahead of time but my scanner wouldn't work so its hard to see the amazing details of these stamps... you'll just have to buy some and try them!! you'll love them!

Stamps used: 

Admit One Ticket 1 1/4 x 2 1/2Striped Border Arrow 1 1/4 x 2 3/4Strong Man 3/4 x 2 1/2Zoltar Machine 2 1/4 x 4Circus Lady 1 1/4 x 3 1/2Bearded Lady 2 1/4 x 2 1/2Shoes Hanging From Wire 1 1/2 x 5Circus Strongman 3 3/4 x 3 1/4Spinning Swing Ride 3 1/4 x 4 1/2Under The Big Top 1 1/4 x 3Bulls Eye Target Solid 1 x 1Be True 3/4 x 1 1/2Bulls Eye Target Open 1 1/4 x 1 1/4The Greatest Show 3/4 x 1 3/4

I started by stamping out my envelopes and a set of "masks" to mask off the areas i don't want covered by sprays. (Below you can see I used scarp paper to create my masks)

I even love how these envelopes look even with out color, the detail in these stamps is just unbeatable! 

Next I masked of the parts is wanted to stay white, and sprayed the envelopes with "kiwi" tattered angels ink spray then removed the masks and allowed to dry
(in the 1st two below I decided to leave them at this step so a friend could color them to match her art journal... they are still really cool though and the stamps seam to pop off the page!)

To finish off my piece I added my postage stamps and tried to match the colors in them by using my distress markers and a water brush for a fun vintage feel.


I hope you are feeling inspired to send some at through the mail now!!
Happy stamping!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Circus Mail Art Part One

Hello Again Everyone!!!

Today I am super excited to share some super fun Circus Mail Art that I created for  Viva Las VegaStamps (full tutorial on the VLVS blog). This is part 1 of a 2 part series 
(part 2 will be live on the 22nd)! 

Thank you for stopping in!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Mail Art Madness continues... Whovian and scientists!

Ok its Me Tera here with another Mail Art post! 
(this is just totally telling on myself for being a total sci-fi geek!)
I meant to share this piece a while ago but keep forgetting, so here it is:

This 1st Envelope was made using my New Tim Holtz Laboratory stamp set that I received from my mom for my birthday, as well as a few odds and end stamps  (script stamps not sure who by, The words found & finding from 2 other TH stamp sets, and some #'s from G45 sets ) I also used some black tattered angels, washi tape (TH), and vintage photo distress ink :-D

(better picture)

 Ok these 2 are both drawn by me for 2 different friends who are also Doctor Who Fans
 (I really need to get these sent out to them!!) 
This one still needs the highlights added yet, and the "TARDIS" you see on the left is actually the Phone Booth stamp that I drew up for Viva Las VegaStamps!! You can buy it HERE
they also have a Whole Doctor Who plate of stamps HERE
and lots more Whovian stamps! 

I hope you all enjoy!!