Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sin City Stamps Design Team Application

Hello everyone, and Happy Father's Day to all those special men out there today.  I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful Sunday with their families!

Well, it's that time of year again, and I am applying for the Sin City Stamps Design Team once more.  I hope you will leave me a nice comment below and let me know you were here.

As promised in my previous post, I want to continue with my Wizard of Oz chipboard book, stencils and die cuts from Sin City Stamps.  Eighteen new stamps sets have been released this week, three of which are Wizard of Oz themed.  Since I have not received them yet, I want to share more techniques with you about how to use the stencils and die cuts in your chipboard book.

Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps Tin Man Chipboard BookLion Die CutLion StencilScarecrow Stencil Scarecrow die cut TIn Man Stencil; Tin Man die cut Girl Stencil; Girl with Dog die cut
Graphic 45 8"x8" Magic of OZ paper collection
Core-dinations card stock
Acrylic paints
Stipple Brushes

The Scarecrow

Place stencil onto your background page and mark around the scarecrow's face with pencil.
Color in face with Yellow Ochre acrylic paint.  Let paint dry.
Realign stencil and apply more paint on his hands, sleeves, and collar.
Finish painting your scarecrow with red (hat), clover mixed with burnt umber (shirt, pants), burnt umber (boots, facial features).  So here he is, my cute little scarecrow.  Now, I am going to give him his outline with the outline die.
Simply adhere the outline die over your stenciled image, and voila!!!  Don't forget to cut away his face area.
I went back with a tiny brush and added some shading.  Here is a closeup.  Isn't he adorable?
Next, paint the "Brain" chipboard piece with red on the word, and copper on the gears, and dry brush the edge of the letters with copper.
Before adhering to my page, I added one of my metal gears I had in my stash.  And here it is, my almost completed page.  I've left lots of room in my mini book for stamping those fabulous images in the newly released Wizard of Oz stamps sets.

The Tin Man

This stencil lends itself perfectly to doing a bit of paper piecing.  I first chose a silver metallic paper.  I want my tin man to face right, so on the reverse side of my silver paper, I placed him facing left and outlined with a pencil.  My outline looks something like this.
Cut around him loosely because the outline die cut will cover those areas.  My pencil lines will not be seen as they are on the reverse.
Before adhering my die cut to my silver sheet, I like to dry fit it to see if I need to remove any extra bits that are exposed.  Then I glue the two pieces together.  Well, here he is, but wait, his axe is empty. You could either do a bit more paper piecing, or what I did in my next step.
I simply placed the stencil onto my page, adding paint through the axe portion only, i.e., burnt umber for the axe handle and copper with gold for the blade.  Then I matched up my die cut with the paint and adhered him to the page.

I painted the chipboard heart with a mixture of engine red and burnt umber, and the word "Heart" with sunflower.  I distressed the word with some brown ink.  Again, I found a metal heart charm that I adhered to the chipboard.  Awesome!

The Cowardly Lion

This time, I removed the lion's face and body portions of the die cut image, leaving only his mane intact.  I taped the die cut down so it would not move and covered it with the stencil, painting sunflower  mixed with a tiny bit of burnt umber onto the die cut.
Then I lightly stippled a mixture of the sunflower and more burnt umber around the edges to give a bit of dimension.
I used the paper piecing technique to add a solid sheet of tan card stock inside the die cut image and adhered them together, as before.  I painted the Courage chipboard with a mixture of clover and sunflower paint, giving a dry-brushed edge with just the sunflower.  And here is the almost-finished page.  Again, I am saving lots of room for photographs, phrases, quotes, etc., and those fabulous Wizard of Oz stamp sets that I have on order.
I certainly hope you enjoyed my stencil and die cut coloring techniques today, and that I have inspired you to use your stencils and die cuts in many different ways.  Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and be sure to check out the Sin City Stamps website for a closer look at their newest releases.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Father's Day with your family and friends!!!



  1. Brilliant Barbara and I am sure you will make it to the team again, - what would they do without you? Can't believe it's that time already.... 6 months just fly by. Love your wizzard of Oz creation!

    1. Thanks so much, Astrid. It is a fun book and I am having fun with the stencils and die cuts. I cannot wait to get the stamp sets.

  2. Fabulous! Love all things Wizard of Oz!

  3. A beautiful book. Love the Wizard of Oz. Can't believe you weren't picked before. Here's hoping this time's the charm.-Karen Seidlitz