Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sin City Stamps Sugar Skull Blog Hop!


Welcome to our Sugar Skull Blog Hop for Sin City Stamps! Get comfy and grab your favorite beverage, are you ready to hop along and be inspired? The team has made so many awesome projects to share today and inspire you to create!

This post contains links to my shop Sin City Stamps and my Challenge blog Dream in Darkness.

The star of our Hop is the wonderful Sugar Skull sheet designed by our very own Michelle Frae Cummings!

So off you go, hop to it! We have teamed up with the Dream in Darkness Challenge team and the Sin City Stamps Inspiration team to bring you loaddddsss of eye candy!

Leave some love along the way and you will have a chance to win a prize! Details here:

"The premise of this blog hop is for you to meet our in house Inspiration team members along with a few guest members, discover more ways to create with these stamps and possibly win a set for yourself!

No matter where you have started, to qualify to win your own Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls stamp set, (we are giving away 3!) we ask that you visit each of the blogs participating, leave a nice comment and then come back to the Sin City Blog and let us know which blog projects you liked the most and why.

The blog hop will end on the 27th and the 3 winners will be announced on the Sin City blog and on our FB Fan Group on March 28th.

Now on to the show!!

Please click each photo to see it a bit bigger.

I made a mixed media canvas to share today. The substrate is an upcycled dollar store MDF plaque.

A bit like Monique, who used clay to stamp into, I covered the base with DecoArt Modelling Paste. Once the surface was spongy, I was able to stamp into it with my Sin City Sugar Skull stamps.

Once totally dry, I started to layer up DecoArt Fluid Acrylics in many different colors. I edged the canvas with DecoArt Carbon Black and Prussian Blue. I also used Prussian Blue over some of the surface texture. The highlights are DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Gold.

The layering and dry brushing helps bring out all the fabulous texture!

The last step was to apply DecoArt Antiquing Cream to get the nice patina. 

I stamped the Sugar Skull with Ranger Archival Ink onto Bristol Board. She is colored with various gel pens. 

That's it from me!
I hope you enjoy this Hop!

Check out the Sin City Stamps store HERE
Sin City Stamps Inspiration Blog HERE

Have a fabulous day!

By Michelle Frae Cummings available HERE


  1. Wow gorgeous colours and texture Kim - LOVE this!!! Think I need to try the clay background - looks so effective!

  2. Great background! Love the texture and deep colors.

  3. Gorgeous canvas and love the marble effect background

  4. B E A utiful!! love the texture and patina look!

  5. Oh my - what a LUSCIOUSLY ELEGANT background. Who would have ever thought you could make such loveliness with sugar skulls? No me!! The imprints and the colors and the textures just are INCREDIBLE Kim. WOW. What a BEAUTIFULLY FUN project. Xj.

  6. Never understood liquid acrlics until now.

  7. Stunning, Kim! That background is just fabulous...

  8. Fabulous Kim...and just my colours....
    fiona x

  9. Oooohhhhh Love All the Texture!!! I want to rub my finger over it!!! LOL... did not sound good but only another artist would understand! I also love all the pigmented colors! You Rock!!!

  10. Fabulous colouring over the texture paste.

  11. love love this stamped background!

  12. Oh my gosh Kim, I totally love this! Best idea and I can't wait to try it! Thanks for showcasing my stamps in this hop!

  13. Love thst stamped clay base. Lovely project. Hugz

  14. Lets the HOP adventure begin :)...will let you know when I am done ...:)

  15. I love how you upcycled a plaque from the dollar store! I also like how you used modeling paste. Beautiful canvas!

    1. Thank you! Best substrate supply store, so it doesn't feel so precious!

  16. by the way this is so so beautiful great project ...Hugs Kim....

  17. the texture and colours you've chosen x

  18. Love the tip on stamping into the modeling paste! Love those luscious colors!! xx

  19. Really love the work on the background, what a great use of paste and so effective. Colours are lush too.

  20. What a beautiful background...great colors.

  21. :) I really like the dark challenges with the bit creepy and interesting touch of dark dreams :) as well as the skulls-tamps :). The blog hop is a wonderful idea and the prize amazing :) - so I try my luck!

    Wow such a wonderful work in fully harmony with structures and colors. The skull found a great place! The background should be called foreground and is amazing modelled & colored! Beautiful work!

    Hugs Senna

  22. Oh WAU Kim. Your piece just makes me wanna touch it. Gorgeous colors and the texture you have created, brilliant!


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