PaperArsty Zinksi Florals

Hello everyone…

Something a wee bit off my normal range today.  I’ve, for a loooong time, loved the PaperArtsy Zinski stamps.  Their super quirky and you can really mess around with them, mixing them up.

I’ve had some of the Zinskiart floral stamps for a good while but hadn’t used them in ages… but was recently asked to make a thank you card on behalf of my daughter’s Maths class for their teacher and out they came! I loved putting them all together (and she was chuffed to bits with he hugeA3 card!) so it got me all fired up for them again.

I’ve Gelli printed onto music score paper for this background


The papers I’ve stamped onto have all been Gelli printed and then fussy-cut out.  Before adding them to the background, I’ve added yet more texture using stamps and die-cut clouds.


I love this quirky little bird and have added leaves, stamped using different shades of green Distress Oxide ink and black, so I could perch him up high.  The bird himself has been stamped over card sprinkled with PaperArtsy Infusions so he has a lovely speckled effect.

Once all the elements have been stuck to the card, glossy accents have been added to different elements.  These really draw your eye in and give  different dimension to the card.  I’ve also spodged on Liquid Pearls to mimic the polka dots on the stamps.

So, with this card made, I thought I’d quickly make some cards to have to hand in case there’s a birthday or occasion I forget and came up with these quirky cards…

All quick and easy to make but wow… super therapeutic with all that colouring!  Lovely!!

Catch up again soon people… enjoy the sunshine!

H xx


Butterfly Ink

Hello everyone and thank you for joining me here today!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock of late, you will have seen that Visible Image has released six new stamps and eight new stencils.  They have absolutely done it again and produced the most fabulous images and sentiments that I know everyone is going to love/want/need!

As someone who loves to add texture to their makes, I have a huge love of stencils.  I absolutely love all of them if I’m honest as they’re all so versatile and you can pick certain elements out of all of them to use in different ways but the Butterfly Ink stencil really caught my eye.

Butterfly Ink Stencil and the sentiment is from the Voices In Your Head set

I wanted to use the stencil is a really simple way to show how fabulous it is and so I made a card using just the stencil, a sentiment and some crackle paint.  All Visible Images stencil’s are fabulous quality, so lovely and thick so that they holds mediums really well and they’re pretty tough (my stencils go through a bit of a bashing and have all survived!)

Having secured the stencil to some watercolour card, I’ve applied crackle paint quite thickly in places as I wanted a some lovely thick cracks.  Once dried (air drying is best) I’ve dripped different coloured inks along the cracks that the ink spreads.

I love the subtle colour that the ink gives

Around the edge of the butterfly, I’ve used a watercolour pencil to give a watery outline and I’ve also given him a coat of matt varnish to protect the crackle and stop it flaking off over time.

Visible Images sentiment stamps are always so perfect!

The sentiment is from the new Voices In Your Head set and comes with four sentiments that you can easily mix up and use the words to form your own sentiments.  I have been known to cut sentiment stamps into individual words (if they aren’t already) as I like to mix things up a bit and this makes it easier.

Having trimmed the image down, I’ve inked the edged using a matching ink pad and then matted it onto black card.  The sentiment has then been stamped over a watery inky background and secured to the bottom of the card using foam tape.

The new stamps and stencils are going to be flying out of Visible Image HQ and if you need any encouragement, head on over to their blog where you’ll find plenty of inspiration from the other DT members.  Here’s what I used for this make:

Butterfly Ink Stencil


Voices In Your Head stamp set

Thanks for looking, see you all soon!

H x


Incredible Butterfly Ink

Hello everyone…

A very impromptu post today as I’ve had some lovely comments over on the Visible Image Facebook page about this little make…

I was only playing when I made it but sometimes that’s when you get the best results.

So some of you were asking for a tutorial and (obviously) I can’t go back and re-make (and I haven’t got the time to make another one) so I thought I’d talk you through the process, is that ok?

The stencil I’ve used is one of the gorgeous new releases from Visible Image and is called Butterfly Ink.  It’s one of eight new stencils and all are amazing!

Anyway… to start, I taped the stencil (please use low-tack tape or it’ll ruin everything!) to textured card.  I’ve then drawn around the butterfly using Derwent Inktense pencils.  I did the Tan colour first using a fine paintbrush to add water and dilute the lines.

Be careful when adding water that you don’t add too much as it will seep under the stencil, so less is more.  I then added the Bark colour in the same way…

Don’t forget to add colour to the elements around the butterfly

Use the colour around the edges to then colour the butterfly itself.  I teased the colour out of the edges as this gave enough colour for me but you can add as much or as little colour as you like.  To make the Frayed Burlap colour slightly more intense, I’ve given it a very light spritz, as this really makes the colour come alive.

Once dry, take a Wink of Stella brush and added subtle sparkle around the outline

I’ve used Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink pad on the sentiment as I love the chalky finish you get.  I didn’t use a stamping platform or an acrylic block, I literally stuck the stamp to my fingers and freehanded the stamping so I could control where I wanted the lettering to start/end.

Once dry, I added more shimmer using the Wink of Stella on some of the letters. To finish, I’ve matted it onto black card and then onto a beautiful copper pearlescent card before securing it to a 7×7″ card blank.

And there you go!  A really easy card to make and even if you fluff up the outline (like I did in places) it doesn’t matter as you can use a brush to erase any mistakes!  I’d love to see any cards you create using this technique so do tag me any!

Catch up again soon,

H x

Create Your Calm

Hello once again…

I’ve been itching to share this Visible Image DT project with you all as I just love how it’s turned out!  It really got my creative juices flowing and I adore all the different textures on there from the stamps I’ve used.

I started out by heat embossing The Ripple Effect in white embossing powder onto watercolour card before adding distress oxide inks in a watercolour style around the ripples themselves.

The oxides inks pads are great for creating watercolour backgrounds

To create a hint of sparkle to the project, Fibonacci was heat embossed using a gorgeous metallic copper powder, which looks beautiful when the light hits it.  Next, to contrast with the calming hues, I added Infusion powders to the areas in-between.

I used Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to make the ripples as it has a fine nib so is perfect for smaller areas

To build on the texture, I stamped the net from the Mesh-ellaneous set in a deep blue and then added the shoal of fish  and the sea plants (both from Dare to Swim).

I’m a little bit in love with Wow’s Copper Embossing Powders as they add warmth to a project with a hint of sparkle

With everything dry I could begin to add my main focal images; the gorgeous Sea Horse and the sentiment from Create Your Calm.

Even with all the different textures, the make still felt like it needed some dimension to it so I added clear gloss to the ripple areas to make it look glassy and add some movement and I just love the finished effect!  The ripple stamp works just beautifully with the Create Your Calm and Dare to Swim sets… def more to investigate there!!

Check out the Visible Image blog to see what the rest of the DT have been making.  That’s all from me for now… catch up again soon!

H xx


Visible Image and MISTI Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome, welcome, welcome!

Today the Visible Image DT has teamed up with the lovely DT folk over at My Sweet Petunia (in the good ol’ U S of A)  to have a blog hop so I hope you’ll join in and travel through everyone’s blogs and see what we’ve all been up to.  There are two fabulous prizes of $50!!  One lucky person will win $50 to spend at My Sweet Petunia and another the same at  Visible Image!!!

To win, all you have to do is leave comments on the participants blogs by Monday 30th April at 6am… if I’ve worked that out correctly!?  The winners will be announced on Tuesday May 1st on both the My Sweet Petunia and Visible Image blogs.

Helen and Mark from Visible Image sent over a gazillion stamps for their DT and in return we were able to chose a Misti Stamping Platform of our liking.  I chose the Mini-Misti as it’s super cute and diddy!

The Mini-Misti has a surface of 5″x 6″

The Mini-Misti is fabulous for creating perfectly stamped tags and ATC’s and comes with magnets which holds your base in place so you can reposition the stamp before closing the ‘lid’ to adhere it to the Misti itself.   By having everything secured, you can re-stamp 2 or 3 times so your image is faultless.

These stamps are from Visible Image’s Universal set

I wanted to create  grungy music style make for the hop and so to start, I stamped lots of the different background stamps from Visible Image onto white tissue paper.  Having already die-cut a tag from watercolour card, I gave it a layer of Gesso as I knew it was going to have to withstand lots of mediums.

I used Archival Ink to stamp with as it’s fabulously permanent and waterproof

Using a clear gel medium, I stuck the tissue paper images to the tag in a haphazard fashion and painted on a watery coat of Gesso to make the black less stark.  Once the Gesso layer had dried, I popped it on the Mini-Misti and held it in place using the magnets (which I’ve wrapped in masking tape so they are easily removable).

Once dry, I added 3 little stars from the Stars and Stripe stencil using crackle paste

To layer over the tissue paper, I used the fabulous Elemental stamp as I knew it would work well with the images I’d already chosen… I love the contrast between the scribbly stamps and the graphic look of Elemental.

I placed Elemental where I wanted it and closed the lid of the platform to adhere the stamp.

Once stamped, I added white embossing powder and melted it using a heat gun.  Once cooled, I repositioned the stamp on the top of the tag and stamped again.

I love the feint white lines over the tissue paper images

To add the colour, I firstly sponged ‘picked raspberry’ Distress Oxide around the edges and infilled with ‘worn lipstick’ to create a base.  By adding ‘Infusions’ in ‘Are You Cerise’, ‘Raspberry’ and ‘Violetta’ I was able to make a grungy looking background.  Once dried, I buffed up where Elemental had been stamped so it peeped through the colour.

I love how the colour has ‘stuck’ to the hand in the Elemental stamp!

To the base of the tag, I’ve stamped the music bars from the Music Speaks set, just to add extra interest.

I’ve turned the tag on it’s side so the music bar stamps fits where I want it to stamp

The next step is to add the main focal image… in this case the guitar from the same set as before.   I’ve used the music sets a lot lately and I just love the way they work with the other stamps (and not just the music stamps either!)

The Misti make it so easy to stamp and re-stamp until your image is perfect

After adding a mask over the guitar stamped image, I used the Misti to be able to locate exactly where I wanted the Creativity sentiment to go and I decided I wanted it to be split across the tag and the Misti enabled me to do this perfectly.

Mask areas out to create the look you want

With the sentiment in place, it was time to create the ‘top’ guitar.  I’ve used Distress Oxide ink pads in Seedless Preserve and Wilted Violet which I blotted onto a craft sheet before spritzing with water.  After swiping the card through the colours a few times/drying/spritzing,  I stamped the guitar using a Versafine ink pad as this gives such a good finish.

After fussy cutting out the shape, I decided to add some extra interest by adding a small section of white muslin and some wire (which I stapled into place) to the base of where the guitar would be.  Once secured in position, I added the guitar using foam dots.

To give a tiny hint of sparkle, I traced over the letters with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

To finish, I’ve added a few musical notes from the Music On, World Off set and threaded some dyed muslin though the top of the tag and there you go!


Here are the Visible Image stamp sets I’ve used for this make:









So… to be in with a chance to win… hop along to the following blogs and leave a little comment and it could be you that wins one of the $50 spree!!

Here are the lovely designers involved:

Veerle Moreels

Ilina Crouse

Lisa Taggart

Jeanne Streiff

Sharon Traynor

Kia Gibson-Clapper

Becca Cruger

Ceal Pritchett

Pauline Butcher

Giovana Smith

Josefine Fourage

Chris Dayton

Jane Tyrrell

Stephanie Severin

Tenia Nelson

Janine Tinklenberg

Elisa Ablett

Dina Kowal

Heather Mitchell (You’re already here!)

Kyra Sanders

Lynn Good

Susan Wymer

Lanette Erickson

Joan Bardee

Aga Baraniak

Judy Rozema

Eileen Goodwin

There’s bound to be inspiration aplenty so have a good nosy around and see what everyone has been up to and you might bag your self some new stash while you’re at it!

H xx

Visible Image: Zodiac Aries Card

Hello everyone,

Heather back again with a new make for Visible Image!

I’m sure you’ve come across Visible Images’s gorgeous Zodiac stamps by now and if not you have to check them out – they make birthdays super easy!  This month is Aries and one of my oldest friends has her birthday within this month and I thought the Zodiac Aries stamp set  would be just perfect for her.

The background was made with Distress Oxide ink pads and I’ve randomly stamped Fibonacci in areas using Wow! embossing powder in Metallic Platinum. Using white and silver Distress Spray Stains, I’ve gently flicked some ink over the top to break up the grid on the stamp.

Then, taking some of the excess background card, I’ve stamped the Ram’s head several times using Opaque Bright White embossing powder (from Wow! again) and then layered the head using foam dots.

Lastly, I added the sentiments (not all are from the Aries stamp set as I chose personality traits from the other sets that suited my friend).  These were, as before, stamped onto spare background card and matted onto card, they were then attached using foam dots to add a bit of dimension.

A super easy card but it looks pretty special and even better as it means something to the person it’s made for.

Zodiac Aries


Why not hop on over to the Visible Image blog to see what everyone else has been making… there are some absolute stunners!!

Take care and catch up again soon xx

Bank Holiday Inspiration from Visible Image

Hello everyone and Happy Bank Holiday to you all!

Hope you had a relaxing Easter and managed to spend some time crafting.  Not me unfortunately.  I’ve worked all over it and not one egg has passed my lips (although I did treat myself and my colleagues to a handful of those tiny Lindt bunnies)

Anyway, I’m here to share another make I’ve created for the Visible Image DT.  This one uses the utterly amazing Mr Bone Jangles stamp set alongside the Grungy Union Jack stencil… and here’s how I did it:

Start by making a drippy background using Distress Stains in Blueprint Sketch and Stormy Sky onto watercolour paper.  Mixed crackle paste with DecoArt’s American Acrylic Paint in Neutral Grey,  and use a palette knife alongside the Grungy Union Jack stencil and once fully air dry, paint with DecoArt’s Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.  Once dry, wipe away the excess using a damp cloth as this removes the excess paint and just leaves the coloured crackles.  Adding silver gilding wax gives a wonderful  metallic finish.

I wasn’t overly careful wiping away the antiquing cream as I like the extra smudgy effect it gave.

Stamp the headphones from the Music On World Off set and these along with Mr Bone Jangles onto acetate using Stazon ink.  Carefully cut these out and attach to the card over a slither of muslin.

I love the added texture of the muslin through the acetate

Around the edges of the card, stamp Elemental randomly using Archival Ink’s Watering Can to add extra interest

To add to the music theme, add musical notes and the lightening flashes from the Music On World Off set using embossing powders in Black and Metallic Platinum.

To finish, add the sentiment and add the ‘Parental Advisory…’ image from the same set as the musical notes.

You could of course adapt the card to use the Stars and Stripe stencil which would look equally awesome… and in fact I’ve already had a go at this and will share soon!

Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your Easter… why not pop into the Visible Image blog to see the gorgeous makes the other DT members have been up to?!

H xx