Friday, October 20, 2017

Be Brave

Hi Chris here and I am sharing with you this adorable Halloween Card I created with my Sin City Stamps!

Supplies needed:
Sin City Stamps Dandelion & Iron Works Stamp Set 
Sin City Stamps Halloween Cobweb
Sin City Stamps Jack-o-Lantern
Card Stock - black, kraft,
Oxide ink, Black ink
Paper Dolls and Chipboard greeting

To recreate this card start by stamping Sin City Stamps Dandelion & Iron Works Stamp Set  with oxide ink onto kraft card stock.
Trim stamped image. 
Stamp Sin City Stamps Halloween Cobweb onto upper right corner of background.

Mat background onto black card base.

Rub orange and green oxide ink onto Kraft card stock.

Stamp Sin City Stamps Jack-o-Lantern with black ink over inked card stock.

Fussy image and add to card.  Finish card by adding paper dolls and chipboard greeting!

I hope you are inspired to break out your stamps and get stamping!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spider Web Halloween Tag

Hi Sin City Fans,
I hope you will enjoy my tutorial for this cute Halloween tag.  If you feel a little uncertain about stamping onto acetate, I hope to calm your fears and show you how easy it is.  Also, be on the look out for my special tip about other ways to attach acetate to your project.  Let's get going!

Grunge Cobwebs Halloween Background by Pam Bray Designs (Sin City Stamps)
2. clear acrylic mounting block
3. acetate
4. permanent black ink
5. permanent orange marker
6. spray mist
7. pattern paper
8. ribbon
9. hole punch gems
11. pumpkin embellishment & small leaves


1. Randomly spray orange mist onto white cardstock. When thoroughly dry, splatter flecks of copper spray.

2. Next, spray purple mist generously until a small puddle forms. Slowly tilt the paper so that the paint runs. When dry, splatter some flecks of purple spray.

3. Cut the misted background into a tag shape and matte it with a narrow border of pattern paper.

4. Use permanent black ink to stamp the Grunge Cobweb image onto acetate. Turn the impression over and use an orange permanent marker to highlight parts of the design on the reverse side.  (TIP: To discretely attach the acetate to the project... one can use stitching, brads, staples, or attach tape under an embellishment that will be on top of the acetate.)

5. Punch two holes about 3/4" apart centered along the top of the tag. 

6. Thread ribbon through the holes from the front to the back so that the tails extend off the back of the tag.

7. Cross the ribbons over and thread them back through the same holes from the backside to the front of the tag. Then, neatly trim the ends of the ribbon.

8. Make spiders by attaching two black gems of different sizes to form the head and the body.  Then use a permanent black marker to add the spider's legs.

9. Finally, embellish the tag with a pumpkin embellishment and green glittered leaves.

A Closer Look:
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To learn more about our designer Karen, please visit her blog, Art & Soul.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Altered Day of the Dead Tag

 Hello all
Check out this sugar skull tag created using Sin City Stamps. 

Red Acrylic paint
Blue Acrylic paint
White pearl paint
White card
Shrine Tag
Colored inks
Black archive ink

Coat the tag with gesso and then glue together.

Paint red and light blue with acrylic paint and then stamp around the top using the flourish stamp.

Stamp our the Sugar skull and flowers onto a white card and color in with inks before cutting out.

Glue the flowers around the sugar skull and then glue the stamped flowers around the frame.

Paint a large flower with acrylic paint and dry brush with pearl white paint. Glue to top of tag.

Dry brush whole tag with pearl white paint.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Skully Tea Bag Gift Holders....

Hi Spooky Sin City Fans!!
Today I'm sharing another creation for this month of Halloween!
I've created some fun "tea bag" gift holders - hope you enjoy the process!

  • Collage Labels: Custom Labels used for this project by Art Tea Life@Etsy
  • Black Card 10cm x 25.5cm folded into 3
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Kraft Paper
  • Muslin Cloth
  • Distress Inks: Brushed Corduroy & Tea Dye (any aged/brown colours will work)
  • Cobweb Stencil or your favourite Halloween style stencil
  • White Paint or Texture Paste
  • General supplies: scissors, glue, double sided tape, spatula, sponge

First step is to cut your base holder to size using the black card. For this tutorial the cut size is 10cm height by 25.5cm width - folded into 3 (each third 8.5cm). As shown in picture below diagonally cut the last panel to make the flap for the tea bag to slip in. Note: you can make any size folder to fit any size teabag or even a gift card!

Next step is to use your stencil and white paint or texture paste and sponge over the facing side of the black card. This cobweb stencil is a Silhouette File cut on a Cameo Silhouette from Acetate. Any style of spooky stencil will have the effect! Set aside to dry. Once dry fold into three and glue the flap over. 

Next stamp your skulls and bones from the "Dribonez Skulls & Bones Border Set" with black Archival Ink onto Kraft paper. Stamp a range of the designs - they all work perfectly with this little project!

Print labels onto Kraft Paper. I was very lucky to have the lovely lady from ArtTeaLife make me some custom labels especially for these creations because I couldn't find the exact wording I wanted on any collage labels!!!

Fussy cut your stamped images and tear the labels from the collage sheet to give an aged worn look.

Use a sponge to "stain" the scraps of muslin cloth to age them and start to arrange the cloth, labels and stamped images on the front of the folded holders.

 Glue everything to the front of the folder and you have some cute spooky and gruesome little gifts!!!

Thanks for joining me again!
Hope you keep popping back each day for more Halloween inspired creativity by the DT!!
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dribonez ATC Set

Hi all

I have a quick make for Sin City stamps  using the new DriBonez set by Rick St Dennis.

Product list
Blank ATC's
White Card
Mixed Mediums

                  Start off by spritzing a few blank ATCS with blue inks and leave to dry.
          Apply a stencil mask with green texture paste and leave it to set.

Stamp out the bones stamps onto the white card and color in.
 These were colored in using inks

Adhere some words to the ATCS

Create different designs by layering up different stencils with modeling paste.

For this ATC, I  used the grungy background stamps to create a pattern.

The skulls were colored in using sepia ink which gave them an old feel.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Magic Night - Halloween Gift Bag

Hi Ladies,
Even without any Halloween Stamp Sets I was still able to create this spooky gift bag.  Using texture stamps, lines of text, & vintage keys, I created this creepy background.  The next time you think you don't have the design you need, spend a bit more time looking at stamps beyond their obvious uses.  You may be surprised at how creative you can become.

1. Fairies &  Blossoms 2 Rubber Stamp Set - Fairy Poem Sentiment Word Art
2. Hearty Doodles Art Rubber Stamp Set - background grunge circles.
3. Dress Forms Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set - Vintage Keys Small Border Rubber Stamp
4. Circle punch
5. Gold spray mist
6. Chipboard witch's hat
7. Black, purple, green ink pads
8. Chalk
9.  Mounting block
10. Glitter glue
11. Plain gift bag
12. Gold stars & ribbons
1. Use a circle punch to cut a 2.5" circle of white cardstock and position it in the upper right area of the background paper. Carefully, hold it still while applying yellow chalk lightly around the circle. Next, remove the circle mask to reveal a glowing aura around the moon.

(Punch a gold glitter circle and attach it over the chalk circle with foam tape.)

2. Use black ink to repeatedly stamp a script background making sure to overlap the edge of the paper. To make a second generation image, don't re-ink the stamp and just re-position it and press it to the paper again. You may even apply a third generation impression. With each impression the intensity of the design lightens. Re-ink the stamp and continue to fill the background with first & second generation impressions leaving occasional empty spaces. (sample below: 1st - 3rd generation stamping)

3. Stamp the sentiment using purple ink in an open white space.  Create more variety to the background by randomly stamping a texture stamp using purple ink making sure to overlap the edge of the paper.

4. Use black ink to stamp a candelabra in the lower right corner.  Add a chipboard witch's hat to the left of the sentiment.

5. Add more layers by repeatedly stamping a cluster of keys in opposite corners.  Use the multi-generational stamping technique to add depth to the background. 

6. Next, randomly stamp some lime green texture impressions.  Gently apply black chalk around the edges of the stamped artwork to create an eerie haze.

7. Finally, add glitter glue to the candle flames and apply a few splashes of gold mist.  Embellish with small gold star stickers and attach the stamped artwork to a plain gift bag. Carefully, trim away any overhanging paper and tie a coordinating ribbon to the handles.

A Closer Look:

To purchase the stamps for this project, visit

For more inspiring paper-craft projects from the Design Team, be sure to visit us at the Sin City Blog and follow us on Facebook.  Join the Sin City Fan Group. HERE

To learn more about our designer Karen, please visit her blog, Art & Soul.
Thanks for visiting!