Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nuts About Mail Art

Hello again,
 it's me Tera here with a fun piece of mail art, that is just because I can.

When it comes to mail art I usually have a rhyme or reason,  but today I just created to create.  I basically picked stamps to use just because I liked them, and regardless of theme. 

To start I began with a standard A2 envelope and stamped the fun little acorn.  I masked it off then stamped the doodle circles and grunge plus signs. ( I used them as an x)

The row of chevrons was used to create a focal spot for the address to be easily observed.   

Now that all of the foreground stamping is done, I used various blue and green distress inks to lay color down on the background until I got a fade I was happy with. 

From there i decided to add my background by stamping the numbers and dictionary page randomly in various distress inks.   

Now to finish everything off i removed the mask and colored the acorn using a water brush and zig clean color markers. I also used black glitter pan pastels to edge around the acorn giving it a little bling. 

Stamps Used:

Numbers Set 2 1/2 x 2

Thank you for checking out this tutorial, I hope it inspires you to get creative today! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Father's Day blog hop!

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to the Viva Las VegaStamps Father's day blog hop!

You'll want to make sure you hop along with us and comment on each blog, because VLVS will be giving away one pound o' rubber to one random comment from one random blog in the hop!!!

Blogs in the Hop:

For my piece I chose to create an ATC inspired by my dad.  It's hard to believe he's been gone a year and a half already!! 

 Anyhow, When I think of my dad, one of the first things I think of is how strong he was.  So, needless to say I chose "strong" for my focal word. 

I started by inking my card stock with antique linen distress ink, then embossing my card stock with a Tim Holtz embossing folder (forgive me I can't remember the name).  Now to help the embossing really pop, I sponged on some vintage photo distress ink. To add a little more depth I also stamped the Waybill/invoice stamp lightly with vintage photo ink.  Now flick a few drops pf water to react with the distress ink and add some more grunge.

On a separate piece of card stock I stamped the word strong (from the strong man stamp), and Beethoven in black VersaFine ink.  I fussy cut them out, and lightly distressed the word strong and Beethoven with vintage photo ink so they would match the background. Lastly, I glued everything together.

Thank you for hopping along with us! I hope you enjoyed this memorial ATC as much as I enjoyed making it.  

Monday, June 6, 2016

Time to celebrate- Mail Art Monday!

Hello Again!!!

Welcome back for another fun Mail Art Monday project!!!

This one is super special to me. 

This was created in honor of my friends and I finally graduating dental hygiene school!

Yes, that's right... I'm officially a Registered Dental Hygienist!!! 

SO... Let's ... CELEBRATE!!!!

To start I began by stamping the creepy cone hat and creepy bald guy, and masking them off.  I also stamped the writing triangles and masked them off too.  At this time you should also mask of your desired address space (and trace around it).  

Now time to add the fun stuff...
Stamp the doodle frame first across the top, then the chevron banner below it... 
(because why have 1 banner when you can have 2 !?! ) 
Stamp Celebrate above the address box

Are you still hanging in there? 
Time to pull this all together... I used Distress ink in blues, greens, and yellows to base ink the background... then to detail the background I randomly stamped the doodle dots and numbers set.
Now stamp the dictionary page around the edges to help pull focus to the center.   

Now, Lets see how things look without the masks.
(this is always one of my favorite parts!) 

Ok, now we are in the final stages!! 
Stamp the stitching on the address label and color everything in. 
(I used watercolor brush pens to color mine)

Then, to finish everything off I used black pan pastels to edge everything and make them pop!

Thanks for sticking in with me, I know this was a long one. 
I hope you enjoyed this piece as much as me!! 

Stamps Used:

Creepy Cone Hat

Saturday, May 28, 2016

SDC 246- Don't Use Black

Miss me yet?

Ok, Last one for today I promise!!

This one was an extremely hard challenge for me! 
If you know my art, I almost ALWAYS stamp in black ink, and when I don't I still doodle in black... 

I'll be honest I don't love how it came out 100%, but It was a fun challenge, and I think the recipient will enjoy this envelope to go with her birthday card (1st post of today)...

I do absolutely love Burru, so I knew he'd be cute no matter what color I stamped him in! 

Have a great day and I hope you find some inspiration to get you crafty today too!! 

SDC 245 Circles Challenge

Hello Again!

(I know so soon?) 

Ok This was a challenge I could do a hundred times, Honestly I love circles, so I was excited to see this theme, but I had to wait until I was home from vacation to play! So here It is... 

For this challenge I used the adorable Schmurfy stamp on a tag that I had created with dylusions sprays.  I "stamped" the green metalic circles (which shine in real life) with the cap of one of my brush pens. I also lifted some of the color through punchinella waste to add more circles :D 

I hope you enjoy! 
(see other peoples cool entry's HERE or play along too!) 

SDC 244 scribble challenge

Hello everyone! 

I have 3 quick post today to share the 3 pieces I made for the Stampotique challenges this month! 

(this month I actually created a piece for each week.. It's a miracle right?! The 1st one is posted on flickr since I was in a hurry then)    

Ok so this 1st challenge - SDC 244 was scribbles

For this I created a birthday card.. I love how cute it came out!! 

See other post for the challenge HERE or join too!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Nursery Rhyme Time... Mail Art Monday


Its's me again... 

(coming to you from Myrtle beach today, but more on that later)

Today I'm here to share how I created this fun and easy envelope inspired by this months inspiration board

Don't forget to check it out and play along with us! 

(link up your project here)

I used the words mouse and numbers to inspire me... Then went a little wild with the story book rhyme "hickory dickory dock" ... Start by stamping out your mouse/rat critter, then masking him off. 

Next stamp the clock over that ... (Also masking it off)....  At this point you begin the background.  
I began with stamping the dot textures around the clock to add depth, and I added the chevrons to create an address label.  Next I inked the background green using various distress inks (crushed olive, mowed lawn, and hints of mustered seed)

For added depth I used black glittered pan pastels around the clock and mouse. I also decided to color in my chevrons with a black glitter wink of Stella pen (just because I wanted to play with it!!! lol) 

(the quote I printed from Microsoft word and used black pen around before gluing down)

Thank you for stopping to visit with us! I hope you found some inspiration to kick off a crafty day!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mousey Monthly Challenge inspiration

Hello Every one!! 

I'm here today with a little something to inspire you for this months 

monthly inspiration challenge over at Viva Las VegaStamps!!! 

The words that inspired me were: weird, different, grey, tan, black, white, neutrals, mice, rays, critters, cheese, numbers, splatters, light bulb, bright ideas, light bulb moment, spritz, distressed and grungy
(Stamps used at bottom of post)

To start I used plain card stock to cut out a tag measuring 2 3/4" x 4 3/4"
Next I stamped my mouse/rat and the set of 3 triangles so that I would have the placement of my focal images.. 

(if you want to make masks this is the time to mask them off... this time I just glued cut outs on top of each of these after I did the background).

now I stamped all of my background images in a kind of randomness... The coffee ring was stamped in distress ink- pumice stone, I also used this to sponge ink onto the entire background. all of the other images were stamped in black ink. (archival and versafine were on my desk today).  I also used the black ink to distress the edges of my tag

(same thing for the back of the tag)
(to make the light bulb Pop and look 3D I edged it in black pan pastels)

For the crinkle ribbon I used vintage photo, pumice stone, and black distress ink on my craft mat with a little water. 

I hope this inspired you to join in our challenge! 

I can't wait to see everyone's creations!!! 

Stamps Used: 

Creepy Rat With Cheese 2 x 2 1/4

Large Lightbulb 2 x 3

 Writing Triangles 1 1/4 x 3 1.4

Tape X 1 3/4 x 1 3/4

Plate 1455 (the last 4 above are all from this plate... Honestly this is my must have all time fave plate... so here is the link to it too) 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Spring Fever Mail Art Monday Video Tutorial

Hello Everyone! 

I'm Back.....
(Hopefully more after I graduate in MAY!!!!!!!!!)

Welcome Back for another awesome ....

Mail Art Monday Video Tutorial!!! 

As many of you may know, I love creating Mail Art.  So to share that love with you I created this super fun Spring themed envelope to share with you and to hopefully inspire you! 

This would be perfect for Mother's Day, Birthdays, I miss you, or any occasion!!! 

Also if you want to see more mail art ideas and inspiration I have officially created and Instagram account just for my rubber stamped art!!  >>> HERE 
(more art there than what I actually blog!)

Stamps used:

Caterpillar 1 x 2 1/2

Stitching Lines 1 x 6

Monday, April 11, 2016

Banksy Takes Over The Postal Service!

Hello Again, and welcome back for another Fabulous 


Today Banksy is here to take the over the mail with the latest mail art craze... Pocket Letters!!
If you are like me.. then you love the idea of fun art that you can scare with friends and can also be easily kept in a binder to enjoy for years! 

I love that these fit perfectly into a standard business envelope and that you can tuck special surprises into each of the "pockets"... 
 some of my favorite things to add are Washi samples, Tea, Stickers, decorative paper clips, and of course... don't forget the letter!!! 

To create this pocket letter I cut my black cardstock into 9 ATC sized pieces (2.5"x3.5") to use as my base. Then I cut a piece of decorative scrapbook paper to 2.25" x 3.25" so that I would have a small black boarder when they were layered. I glued one base to each colored piece. 

I picked my theme (Banksy) and then began by stamping out each of the black base images on my cards . Next I decided I wanted gold as my accent color, so I added hints of gold to each card to bring everything together. 

(Don't think of them as a layout just do 1 card at a time.. It won't feel over whelming that way....You can always move them around to find a layout when you finish them all.) 

After all of the cards where assembled in the pockets I punched out some gold confetti to add to my pockets for a few shakers. (with gold washi tape to hold it in of course)... If you choose to do this and you want to fill the backs of each pocket add your surprises in the back before adding confetti and taping... it will be easier

Stamps Used:

Banksy Gas Mask Flower Girl 2 x 3 1/4

Stitching 3/4 x 2 1/2     (yes 3 different stitching stamps! One can never have too many!! lol)

Smear/Smudge 3/4 x 4 1/4