Monday, August 19, 2013

Amazing tags and layout by Vivian Keh!

Hi there, Hampton Art fans!  Vivian Keh here to share with you a tag I crafted with my Hampton Art stamps.  Today's grungy effect was achieved using stamps in conjunction with texture paste.

A bit of lace gave the project some light and softness.  If you haven't stamped into paste before, I hope you will give it a try.  Very fun.

Of course, the impression is not precise as it is with regular stamping.  But with the right stamp (filled shapes, the simpler the better, not fine lined stamps), you can achieve interesting textures and an almost immediate grunge appeal.  For my focal image I crafted a blossom using a technique I shared in a recent video.

I also did some heat embossing with a beautifully decorative butterfly stamp that comes in the Hampton Art/ Echo Park SC0524 "Sweet Girl" stamp set that I used for this project.
1. Heat emboss gold butterflies on tag.
2. Spread texture paste on portions of tag.
3. Stamp into wet texture paste to create impressions.  Press hard.
4. Sprinkle embossing powder onto wet texture paste.
5. Use heat tool to dry.
6. Spray mists and dry.
7. Use distress ink on edges.
7. Apply chalk ink over raised areas and dry.
8. Add embellishments.
Hampton Art -  SC0524 "Sweet Girl" Clear Stamp Set, watermark ink
Sizzix - Tag and Bookplates die, Gulian die, Arbor die
Shimmerz - Texturez paste
Tsukineko - Embossing Powder
Maya Road  - mist
Ranger - Perfect Pearls Mists, Distress Ink
Prima Marketing - Chalk Ink
Recollections - Metal Embellishment
Aquabee - Bristol Vellum
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Lace
Hello, friends!  Vivian Keh here with a tag that celebrates my love of color.  I have been using primary colors in my crafting projects a lot lately and appreciating so much how the colors mix on my papers, enjoying the process as much as, if not more than, the result lol!

Using my Hampton Art/ Echo Park  SC0524 "Sweet Girl" Clear Stamp Set, I heat embossed clear, then went over with a nice selection of mists.

Personally, I prefer it when the embossing is imperfect, when little nooks and crannies are left after heating, because this leaves interesting little dots of paper surface within the stamped image that take pigment nicely.  It's also attractive, as you can see below, when mists pool and dry on top of the embossing.

The sentiment came from the same stamp set.

1. Heat emboss the leaf shapes using clear embossing powder.
2. Mist on top using primary colored mists and water.  Then dry.
3.  Stamp sentiment and add embellishments.
4.  Use distress ink along edges.
5. String seam binding through the top.
Hampton Art - SC0524 "Sweet Girl" Clear Stamp Set, Watermark Ink, a la mode Clear Embossing powder
Sizzix -Tag and Bookplates Die
Memento - Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Tattered Angels - Sheer Mists
Ranger - Dylusions Mists
Aquabee - Bristol Vellum
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Seam Binding
Scraps of Darkness - Gems from June "Firecracker" Kit
Hello, friends!  This month at Hampton Art, I went a little tag crazy!  I love the tag format - something about it always encourages me to experiment and play.  Today's tag is very simple and a little funky.  I used Hampton Art/ Jillibean Soup's jb0040 "Chilled Cucumber Soup" Clear Stamp Set, bending the butterfly straight strip into more of a bough shape before stamping and heat embossing with it.

I used only one pretty tangerine colored mist to bring out my masked butterfly boughs.

And used the largest sentiment from the set in the center.  I have some funky black tulle trim that I picked up eons ago and have been hoarding.  I used it here to accentuate a playful, funky feeling.

1. Curve the straight butterfly strip on your acrylic block.
2. Stamp and heat emboss clear.
3. Spray with mist and water.
4. Distress edges and draw stitch marks around the perimeter.
5. Add small floral embellishments, and tie tulle at the top.
Hampton Art - Jillibean Soup jb0040 "Chilled Cucumber Soup" Clear Stamp Set, Watermark Ink, a la mode embossing powder
Sizzix - Tag and Bookplates Die
Memento - Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Ranger - Distress Ink
Sakura - Pigma Sensei pen
Fiskars - paper punch
Last month I shared a layout using the Hampton Art/ Echo Park Bundle of Joy stamps set for the little girls in our lives - this mama to furry babies used the stamps to scrap her little doggie princess.  Did you know there is another Hampton Art/ Echo Park Bundle of Joy set for little boys?  This is my little boy...

Well, not so little - a handsome and healthy 30 something pounds.  He's been with me through thick and thin, and these days enjoys tons of sleep, homemade dog food, play sessions at sunset (which keep him svelte lol) - quite the life.

The sentiment and dandelion stamps are from the Hampton Art/ Authentique IC0233 "Footloose" Cling Stamp Set.

These words and the bold branch stamp are from the Hampton Art/Echo Park SC0527 "Bundle of Joy" Clear Stamp Set.  The background was achieved by playing with mists and water.  I tried to leave alone those areas where the misting patterns turned out particularly interesting to me.

Hope you enjoyed my project today!
1. Spray watercolor paper with mists and water.
2. Stamp images and sentiment.  Some of these were stamped with plain black ink.  Others were stamped with Stamper's Big Brush Pens in coordinating colors.
3. Adhere photo.
4. Add stitch marks.
5. Adhere cheesecloth and embellishments.
Hampton Art - Echo Park SC0527 Bundle of Joy Clear Stamp Set, Authentique IC0233 "Footloose" Cling Stamp Set
Tattered Angels - mists
Ranger - Dylusions Ink Spray
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - Stamper's Big Brush Pens
Memento - Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Sakura - Pigma Sensei Pen
Fiskars - Paper Punch
Me and My Big Ideas - Gems
Scraps of Darkness - Cheesecloth
Strathmore - Watercolor Paper


  1. Great tags! Love them all. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love your style. I can't believe I only discovered your art about a month ago on YouTube. Truly inspirational and now I am hooked on sprays!!

    1. Woot woot Diana! One can never have too many mists lol!

  3. Wow, what a nice set of crafted goodies you shared with us! I've never stamped right on paste before as I didn't know you could! I am going to have to try the technique now! THanks for sharing with us!

    1. so glad you are going to try this - remember to clean out the stamp right when you are done with it so that none of the paste gets stuck in there.

  4. Hi Vivian
    Leaving more love here as well as on your own blog.....LOL
    I'm totally amazed by your tags ! Love soaking inspiration from such a talented artist like YOU !!!
    Love your work. And love you're sharing such pretty projects ! Thanks a lot !!
    Hugs from SPAIN

    1. thanks so much! i appreciate you stopping by the HA blog, Monica! - Vivian

  5. I love the ideas and techniques you share with us Vivian and that first tag has my mind racing with possibilities. Thank you so much for sharing. Jenny x