Monday, January 05, 2015


I have had this picture of my hubby's grandparents for a while and wanted to create something special for it.  When I saw the Design Team call for Sin City Stamps  I decided to try and combine the two. I have wanted to try out for this team for over a year.

I love the designs on their stamps and am anxious to get my first order!  TO create this layout i tried to pick stamps that were similar to some of Sin City's stamps. I have included a step by step creation process below.  

The first thing I always start with is just simply laying out the design to get a feel for what I want to do.  Sometimes the finished product turns out exactly like the "starter" one and sometimes it doesn't. 

Next I used a Crafters Workshop stencil and Momento Ink on both sides of where I wanted the photo to go.  Hint ... I used just a bit of Washi Tape to hold the stencil in place for easy removal!

I added a bit of color using this Heidi Swapp Stencil and some Tim Holtz ink.  The paint splatter on the paper was part of the paper design so I had to do was match the color. I added a little bit of the stencil to the left of the photo, and then on the top right  and the bottom right of page.

For the large photo matte, I used the back of a package from a Prima Stencil.  I thought it looked very Vintage, but too  "white".   So I masked off some of the design using post-it notes and stamped over the top using 2 different background stamps.

Before adhering the stamped photo background, I tied a sheer ribbon around the background.

I love that large butterfly stamp, but didn't want it to be just white in the background, so I stamped the image onto some text patterned paper that had just a hint of pink in it.  I then fussy cut out the butterfly and added a tad more pink to the butterfly using my Tim Holtz ink and a dauber.  You can see that little bit of color really pops. 

I matted the photo on a multicolored paper and used pop dots to raised the photo off the stamped background.  To finish off the layout I added some matching die cut roses, banners, tags and title.  I thought the roses kind of blended into each other so I added some punched leaves in with the roses. I love how the layout turned out and it was a blast playing with all the stamps and the inks!!  BE sure to check out Sin City Stamps  and the Sin City Blog for lots more inspiration.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the tutorial! i love the look of layering stenciling/stamping but I can never get it to work right for me. gorgeous end result!

Terri Sproul said...

wow, really pretty, thanks for your interest in SinCity STamps