Monday, October 13, 2014

Murder Mystery Mail Art!!!

Ready for some Murder Mystery MailArt?
ok, lets see if you can solve the crime!!
(wildest/funniest guess in the comment wins this envelope!!! leave your guesses on the VLVS Blog HERE)

Stamps Used: 

other supplies:
Ink- black, brick red distress, weathered wood distress, frayed burlap distress ink
Markers in various colors (distress, stamping markers and copics for the skin)
White Jelly Roller pen
my fingers for the finger prints

Start by stamping your crime scene tape then masking it off, next stamp Sherlock. 
while your crime scene tape is still masked off use your jagged fence stamp and your ink drops/runs stamp (or blood in my case), Want to add some extra mystery? add a coffee ring stamp! 
for added fun ink up some fingers and add some random prints!! :D 

Who was drinking coffee at the crime scene?? The cops? Sherlock? the Criminal? you decide!!! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween Tag Tutorial

Hello Again!!! 
Today I'm going to share a super fun tag tutorial just in time for Halloween. This set was created for 100 proof press using the Skeleton Torso Stamp (found HERE)
Large Handwriting (HERE)
Profit & Loss Sheet (HERE)
Anatomical Heart (Optional for charms HERE)

Ok Lets get started...
(maybe grab your morning drink, because this is really photo heavy...)

I started with some patterned scrapbook paper for a nice base. 
(this paper was by prima a fairy paper set?)

Start by inking your tags with Distress ink in Wild Honey 

Next using distress ink in vintage photo stamp the large handwriting on the background  

Now for some contrast use the distress ink in Dusty Concord stamp the #'s from the profit & loss stamp

Now flick some water drops to distress your tag 

Ok, We're back to the dusty concord to distress around the edges of your tag

Next using Black VersaFine ink stamp your skeleton on the center of the tag, then rough up/distress the edges of your tag to give it a nice tattered look 

Now lets pull the tag together... 
I added some tiny tags (cut from scrapbook paper) and a tiny paper clip
I also added a strip of Tim Holtz washi tape on the side
(see below) 

(now re distress the edges and add ink on the edges) 

Ok, now ink up your ribbon using the same colors then dry, Tie on the tag and add some Tim Holtz charms... 
Want to see a bonus on making your own charms using stamps and shrink plastic???
If you said yes keep scrolling down ;) 

 Stamp your Anatomical heart on some shrink plastic 

Now cut it out as close to the stamp as you feel comfortable but be sure to leave room at the top to make a place to hook a ring through, then punch a hole (i used my crop-o-dile eyelet setter for this)

Here you see the size before it is shrunk (don't panic!) 
You can also see what I mean with the ring

Shrink your Heart 
(i forgot to take the ring out after my picture so i had to make a new hole because i had issues when shrinking since the metal got too hot and melted through the shrink plastic...)

Using alcohol inks distress your heart to your desired look

Now add to your charm ring and Enjoy!!! 

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! :D
Thank you for visiting!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Hello Again Everyone!!! 
It's me Tera here again with another super fun tutorial!! 
Today I want to share something that would be great as Halloween props, or for general decoration if you have a cabinet of curiosity's like I do! This is still in keeping with the creepy medical theme I have had the last few projects, as you can tell I LOVE this theme!!! 


Ok lets get started to create these vintage style medical labels I used the following:


Plate 1430 

Other Supplies:
Inks:  in Browns, Reds, Blacks, (any other colors you like) I really LOVE VersaFine in Sepia, and VersaFine Black (because these two won't run if you need to add more distressing) as well as the distress inks in Vintage Photo, Walnut stain, and Antique Linen 
Stamping Markers:in RED, BROWNS, BLACK, etc (these are optional if you want 2 tone labels like I made
Miracle Tape (or your adhesive of choice to adhere labels to you bottles)
Small Bottles to alter
DISTRESS STAIN (vintage photo, weathered wood)
Cardstock (for string tags) 
printer paper (for labels that will go directly on the bottles) 
DieCut Tags (optional)
String for tags
Non--Stick Craft Matte to work on
water spritzer

Start by swiping your distress stains (or distress ink) a crossed your craft mat, then spritz with water so the colors will flow better. Drag and blot your paper and cardstock through the stains (let dry between layers so it doesn't become "muddy", I love the look of the spots!)

Now (making sure that your paper/cardstock is completely dry) start stamping your numbers for your "Labels" In various colors to decide what you like the best, This is the fun Part!!! 

Once you have your desired # of "labels" cut them out, and decide if they need any "EXTRA Distressing" (many of Mine did!!) 

Once you are satisfied with the look of your labels, use your Miracle Tape and adhere to your bottles!! If you've also created form hanging tags, grab some string and tie it to your bottles

Thank you all in advance for your comments!
Hope you enjoyed this fun adventure!!! 

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