Monday, February 13, 2017

Banksy Takes over the post Again!

Hello Again!
Welcome back to another Mail Art Monday!

Today I want to share the Envelopes I made for the VLVS Banksy Mail Art swap on the
(I hope some of you joined in!)

To start I created a pair of A2 sized envelopes using my Envelope punch board and some blue watercolor looking scrapbook paper.  

Next I stamped all 3 of my Banksy stamps in black Stazon ink. (stamps listed below)

I masked off my address block, with an business card that I often use as a mask. 
(Hence the ink all already all over
I traced around this with a black Micron pen.

Now to enhance the blue color, I used Distress inks in salty ocean and tumbled glass. 
The stencil I used was by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous (THMS055)

Next, I added a few flicks of picket fence and black soot distress stains. 
After I removed the mask I added a few doodles around the inside of the address lock with my white gel pen and a black Micron. 

I hope you all enjoy these fun envelopes, and I hope you feel inspired to get inky!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Love Bugs

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I want to share a card that I created for the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge
 "Love Bugs"

Ok, so this theme started off as a bit of a challenge for me, but I "love" how it came together...

Anyhow, for this piece I began by stamping Daniel's hearts in black ink, then used red ink to cover the card base... 
(yes my fingers were red after this step so, be careful coloring your character... lol.  I used a baby wipe before moving on.)

Next, on a separate piece of card stock I stamped Newton and Mervyn.  I stamped mine in archival black because I knew I wanted to use alcohol based markers to color them.  I would recommend coloring them before cutting them out, as I also did this backwards, but then you have more to hold onto while coloring.

 I then added Mervyn's head to Newton's body. On a scrap piece of cardstock I drew a heart for my little guy to hold and stamped out the barcode text so that I could add "handle with care" to my little heart. I used glossy accents to glue it all together and that was it. Nice and simple!

For the finishing touch I drew my little bee and colored him with gel pens.
 (i wish I had the Stampotique Bee that Jo has drawn, but it's still in my wish list...)

I hope you all enjoy this little card and feel inspired to play along! 
Hope you had a Happy Valentines Day! 
(I hope you also got to enjoy some candy!)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Stampotique New Release samples

Hello Everyone! 

As you may already know, Stampotique Originals has 6 new release stamps this month!!! 

(And even better yet, they are going to change their releases from 2 large ones a year, to 1 small release each month!!!!!!)

(Artist trading card)

You can find all 6 of the new images HERE

(You may notice I only have 5 projects...Yes I know Epic fail on my part.. but rest assured I have some awesome pieces with the dream catcher, but you will have to wait! lol )

(The 4 piece's below are all A2 sized cards)
A friend has me on a bit of a card kick! 

This one is so fun to color!

So some of you may or may not know, but I LOVE rain themed items...
This "Brolly" umbrella was instant love!!!! 
Not only is it awesome on its own, but it fits a ton of my people/animal stamps!
(I already have 3 other pieces made with it!!!!!)

(I LOVE this new swing by Arwen!!!!!! Of course Buru was my first thought to go with it! This is an instant favorite It fits so many of my characters!!! More will be shared soon hopefully)

(Just in time for spring/Easter)

Thank you for visiting!
 I hope you've enjoyed all these pieces, as much as I enjoyed making them!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mail Art Monday with a grungy twist

Hello Again Everyone! 

It's me Tera, here again with another fun
 Mail Art Monday tutorial

For this piece I was inspired by this months inspiration board.
I just love the vintage, grungy feel of everything.  I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do!

(and be shocked I actually remembered to take a picture at each step!!)

Other Supplies: 
Black ink (Versafine Onyx Black)
Distress inks- Ground espresso, weathered wood, Iced Spruce, hickory smoke, pumice stone
distress ink blending tools
water (for droplet effect)
Distress Spray stain -Black Soot , white (picket fence)

Begin by masking off where you want your address to be (I traced around this with my black micron).  Next I stamped my focal image to build around in black ink. 

 To start my layers for the background, and give this piece depth, I stamped the next two images in "Hickory Smoke" distress ink.  

Next, I wanted to add some more foreground/mid-ground layers so I went back to black and used some of my smaller stamps to partial stamp some of the spaces.

I liked how this step looked so I used distress inks to ink the background with my ink blending tools.  This pulls the piece together, but I wanted a little more grungy feel, so I added some water droplets, as well as drops and splatters from the 2 distress stains. 

(this is the 1st layer of ink)

I let everything dry then removed my mask to reveal the final piece. 

(Now to find the perfect postage stamp to go with it!) 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Favorite Stamp Challenge

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed your Holidays and got to spend some time with family! 
I had a wonderful time, but I'm glad for the holiday hustle and bustle to be over! 

Today over at the the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge we are having a new challenge.  The theme is "favorite stamp", for those of you whom know me this is a difficult challenge... I have so many favorite stamps!!! So for this I decide to use this I decided to use my newest stamp I'm in love with!!!! (Penelope)... which was hard to choose between her and my other love Buru, but she may be edging past him slightly... 

After all, Who doesn't love a lady with scissors?! 

For the card base I used the ink blob method, which is basically pressing my ink pad upside down on my craft mat, then spritzing it with water to make the colors run like water color.  I also added a few flicks of my perfect pearls spray ink for shimmer. 

After that dried, I stamped Penelope directly on the card (yes some colors show through but I'm ok with that). I chose to color her with a variety of markers in coordinating colors to the card background. 

On a separate piece of paper I stamped her head and hand with the scissors since I couldn't get my markers to cover the color as well as I'd hoped. Then I just cut out these 2 small parts and glued over the original, which was way easier than fussy cutting a whole character!

To finish of the card I stamped the "approach with caution" on a separate piece of paper then glued it on.  This is a great any occasion card!  Especially if you have a friend who's having a bad day that may get a kick out of a fun lady with scissors!! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Whovian Mail Art Monday

Hello Again Everyone! 

Welcome Back for another ...

Mail Art Monday with Viva Las VegaStamps! 

Some of you may know that I am a Doctor Who fan! 
If you are a "Whovian" too, then hopefully you will enjoy this envelope too!

It's also, super easy to create! 
I only used 4 stamps (but you could even just rock it with the main two if you wanted!)

Stamps Used:


Brian Kesinger Dalek And Victoria

Doodle Dots

Mesh Texture 

To start I stamped Victoria and the the Dalek in black momento ink. I then masked it off immediately.  I used a business card to mask of the address box, and a traced around it with a black marker.  Under that I stamped the "exterminate" stamp.  

The red ink for the background was sponged on using red distress ink.  I stamped the two texture stamps for the background in the same red so they would just add a light texture.  I used white gel pen to add a little more texture with a few random scribbles. 

I removed all of the masks, then used a variety of alcohol markers to color my main stamps, and used a black micron to add a bit of "stitching" around the label.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Mail Art Monday Card Collection

Hello Again Everyone! 
Welcome back for another mail art Monday! 

today I wanted to share something a little different than my usual envelopes... Today I want to share a set of 3 cards that I made using my new circle stamp designs.

 The base idea for these cards was to use these circles as flowers. 
I hope you like these :D

Stamps Used:

Heart Pattern Circle by Tera Callihan 2 1/4 x 2 1/4

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Holly Wally Mail Art Tutorial

Hello Everyone!!! 

Today I am here to share my first video tutorial for Stampotique Originals

for this weeks Designers Challenge

stamps linked below

(The theme is Christmas)

I hope you like this short video! 
(I ended up creating 2 envelopes with this same style, but different color schemes) 


Stamp Links:

Monday, December 12, 2016

Count Down to the New Year... Mail Art Monday

Hello World!!!
Welcome Back for another fun Mail Art Monday!!! 

Today I went with a Vintage/Victorian style...
I feel like these have a fun New Years vibe, especially with the clock! 

Stamps Used for these envelopes:

Pen Tips 2 3/4 x 2

To create these fun envelopes I stamped my main images and masked them off. I then stamped all of my background images. I used Tim Holtz distress ink in weathered wood for the background. Before removing the masks I also added a few flicks of black dylusions ink for added texture. 

After removing the masks, I used my zig clean color markers to color a bit of visual interest. 

Happy New Years to you all!! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Door Hanger

Hello Again! 

Today I want to share a cute holiday door hanger I created for this weeks 

Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge 

Naughty or Nice

I wanted to create something fun that could double as a cute holiday decoration, so I decided to make a fun and easy door hanger ...
(Which I may have to share with my niece!)

To create this I stamped "Newton" on a piece of white card stock with memento ink in tuxedo black. I then used a variety of alcohol based markers to color him. I then cut him out and trace around his head with a pencil so that I could draw a Santa hat with a black marker (then colored and cut it out).

Next I created the little sign with a scrap of cardstock. 
(We want Santa to know we've been good this year, Right?!) 

To Finish Newton I glued on his hat and the sign in his hands. 

The base was created by cutting some polka dot scrap book paper, and a 2nd piece of black card stock to add a sturdier base. To create the hole for the door knob, I traced around one of my glue bottles then hand cut it...
 (my circle cutter was hiding, which I of course found right after cutting this!!)

Anyhow, I hope you like this little piece of Holiday fun, and I hope it inspires you to get creative!! 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
(also I will have a special holiday envelope video tutorial to share with you for Stampotique on the 14th, so be sure to stop back!!)