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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A new way to use Viva Las VegaStamps! and Die-namites dies

Hello Again! 
Today, I am here to share a super fun Christmas Mail Art envelope I made for the Viva Las VegaStamps! and Die-namites blog hop.

Products Used:
Die-Namites Die Leafy Branch


Santa Collage 3 1/2 x 4 1/4

Holly Large 2 3/4 x 2 1/4

Noel 1 1/4 x 2 1/2

Jingle Bells 3/4 x 2

Pen Tips 2 3/4 x 2

Scrapbook paper to create your Envelope
verasFine Sepia Ink
Distress ink:  Brick Red, Vintage photo
paper to cut your "Mask" out of
makeup sponge or blending tool

Start by cutting your scrapbook paper of choice into an envelope shape you like, I made mine pretty basic as you can see above, 

Next, I stamped all of the stamps listed above in Sepia Ink, and Brick Red ink
(you can also see the piece I die cut to use as my "mask")

(here are the bottom right 2) 

(here are the top right 2)

Now start inking over your "mask" in distress ink (vintage photo) 
remember to overlap some areas to add depth 

another view

You can imagine all the wonderful uses for this technique this holiday!!! Imagine custom gift wrap, tags, cards and more!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dreaming of Spring Mail Art

Hello, It's me Tera here again with a "dreaming of spring" mail art piece
(Its snowing here in Ohio, and I'm so NOT a winter person!!! I bet you can see why I'm ready for spring again already)

Lets get started...

Stamps Used:

Girl in Princess Costume 

Butterfly Specimens

Line of Grass

Field of Wildflowers

Other supplies: 
Distress Markers
Distress ink: in various greens, and weathered wood for the sky
Black ink of choice

Start by stamping the Girl in Princess Costume in the black ink of your choice, then stamp it again on scrap paper to create a "Mask". place your "mask" over your stamped image to protect it while you work. Next stamp your Line of Grassand Field of Wildflowers in various greens. 

Along the edge of your envelope stamp your Butterfly Specimens in black ink. Now add your "clouds" by selective "masking" and inking. (remember to leave the center light so you can read the address on your envelope).

After all of your ink has dried, remove the "mask" and use your markers to add color to bring everything to life! 

I hope you are inspired and dreaming of spring along with me!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Feed your soul Mail Art

Hello Again, It's me Tera here with more fun Mail Art!! 
Today's envelope is a little sweeter/cuter than my normal style and I must say I love it!!

Viva Las VegaStamps Used:  

Feed Your Soul 3/4 x 4 1/4

Line of Grass 3/4 x 3 3/4

Boy in Tub Boat 2 1/2 x 3 3/4

Plate 1449 (plane found on this plate) 

Place Stamp Here 1 1/4 x 1 1/4

Start by stamping your line of grass in various green inks along the bottom of your envelope, don't be afraid to stagger them for depth. Next stamp the Boy in Tub Boat in versaFine Sepia ink. While that drys you will want to make a mask to cover the image so you can sponge on some clouds without getting any on the boy image. After I used a mask to create some clouds, I then stamped the plane in VersaFine sepia ink. I removed the mask from the boy, and colored him with various markers, and added a touch of red to the plane too!

Now pick your quote to stamp along the grass.. Mine was "Feed Your Soul" I 1st stamped it in black ink, then added white highlights with a gel pen to make it pop! To finish the piece off I stamped the "place stamp here" square so everyone would know yes, it really will go through the mail!

Thank you for stamping along with us!!