Visible Image Stamps and Alcohol Inks

Hello there everyone…

I know it’s been a while but what with Christmas and New Year and working it’s been a busy old time for everyone but we’re all back in the swing of things now… ish!

I’m determined to experiment with my Visible Image makes a little more this year and getting to grips with alcohol inks is way up on the list so I spent an hour just splodging the inks onto Yupo paper (a synthetic paper that doesn’t ‘suck up’ the inks).  I made a couple in this colour way but managed to ruin the first!


As you can see, I’ve used  Dare to Swim and Create Your Calm as the main focus for the card but have used a fair few of the gorgeous background stamps to aid it along!

This was the original background…

… and I began by using Scripted Streets and a Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink pad to remove the text and then began layering stamps using Archival ink pads using Posca pens and Inktense pencils to add a bit of detail.

Here’s some detailed photos…

The Seahorse was stamped using an Archival Black ink pad but it’s reacted with the alcohol inks and gone slightly purple which I rather like!

The little school of fishes from the Dare to Swim set, have been stamped using an old white Stazon ink pad that has gone a bit sticky. While still wet, I’ve smoothed silver crafting foil over the top so the foil has remained and the fishes are all shimmery.

The Ripple Effect has literally been used to create ripples in the water and I’ve highlighted them using Ranger Glossy Accents over Archival’s Watering Can ink pad.  I’ve also used DecoArt Media’s Liquid Glass to create tiny bubbles by the Seahorse’s nose.

The sentiment, also from the Dare to Swim set,  is heat embossed in bright white onto the torn vellum and the finished make mounted onto white and a dark blue shimmery card.

So here’s all the fabulous Visible Image stamp sets used for this make:

Create Your Calm


Dare To Swim


The Ripple Effect


Scripted Streets


Life is Beautiful


Keep your crafty eyes peeled for some new Visible Image releases coming soon… you will NOT want to miss these!! And, as always, don’t forget to join in on the Visible Image Facebook page.  Share your makes, pick up a few tips and join in with he challenges.  There’s always the blog too!  Jammed packed full of beautiful work by the DT and always lots of different styles and stamps/stencils being utilised.  Hope you’ll join us!

Catch you again soon,

Heather xx

Visible Image: Journal Page

Hello again,

I’m back today with a textured, layered journal page using the gorgeous stamps and stencils from Visible Image.

I always feel so relaxed when working in my journal, no one else see’s what I’m making (usually!) so I have a good play around. With this page though, I knew exactly where I was going and how I wanted to achieve it.

I began by making the sea, masking off areas and adding Distress Oxide inks to create a rough sea scape. I’ve separated the 3 ‘layers of sea’ by using different Visible Image stamps and stencils.

The first layer uses the dots from the Two Tone stencil and the smaller dots from the Set The Tone stamp set while the second uses the largest grungy circles from The Ripple Effect.

The top layer, that the boat bounces along on, has the Two Tone dots stencilled on and then Cosmic Skies over the top (I’ve coloured the paste using DecoArt Acrylics).

To make the white of the rough waves, I’ve stamped the circles from The Ripple Effect in Stazon White ink and then applied a silver foil while the ink was still slightly damp, to give a slight hint at sparkly waves. Unfortunately the sparkle doesn’t photograph well but it is there!

The sky is a blend of Hickory Smoke, Ices Spruce and Black Soot Distress Oxide ink pads and I’ve stamped the rain from Sparkle In The Rain using an embossing pad and then used Wow’s Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

The lightening is from the Organics stamp set and hat embossed using Wow’s Metallic Gold Rich powder.

For the watery sun, I’ve used their Stop Meshing Around stencil with Mustard Seed Distress Oxide and then heat embossed the circles from Shape It Up in Vanilla Sparkle Glitter from Wow.

The little paper hat boat, from Destination Unknown, has been added to the page using foam dots and sits atop a slither of white muslim to indicate the rough foamy waves.

To finish, I’ve stamped the words from the Destination Unknown set around the edges using different blues and added the ‘take risks’ sentiment from the Just Be Happy set.

A cute little journal page that I love!

Here’s the Visible Image products I’ve used… a lengthy list today!

Phew! You have no idea the amount of cleaning up that took place after that make! Haha!!

Anyway, don’t forget to pop on over to the Visible Image blog to see what the other design team members have been creating… there are (as always) some stunning makes and don’t forget to get involved on the Visible Image Facebook page… always lots going on and you an pick up some great tips!

I’ll catch up again soon,

H xx

Visible Image: Something Sparkly

Hello… hello… hello to you all and welcome to my blog!

If it’s your first time here, it’s lovely to ‘meet’ you and thank you for joining me and if you’re a returning reader, thank you to you too!  I appreciate you all taking 5 minutes to spend reading my ramblings, I really do!

So, over on the Visible Image Facebook page there is a monthly challenge where you can win vouchers to spend on their website page and buy whatever you fancy!! This month’s theme is something sparkly and instead of going down the Christmas route so I made this instead…

I love, love, love the Shining Bright stamp set… I love the way you can add extra stamps and stencils in the light bulb and create something out of the ordinary or use the filiments on their own… and the sentiments are just bang on!

To start with, I created a simple ombre background using Distress Oxides and then have spritzed with water and a gold shimmer spray to add some texture and a bit of glitz. I’ve then taken the fabulous new stencil, Grate-Ful to add the detail around the edges. It’s really simple to do… just grab some masking tape, mask off the areas you don’t want to use and using a sponge applicator, add your chosen colour, moving the stencil as required (I’d wipe the stencil when moving it so you don’t get any colour bleeding through).

To break up the straight lines of Grate-Ful, I’ve stamped the dotted circles from the You Are Not Alone set and heat embossed them in Wow’s Opaque Bright White. I love the way Mark designs these sets… always adding little stamps that you know you will use over and over again and not just with the set they came with… inspired!

For the light bulb itself, I stamped the image onto watercolour card using a Versafine black ink pad and then heat embossed using a Wow! Clear powder. The yellow background is the utterly gorgeous Distress Oxide pad ‘Mustard Seed’ and I’ve used it like a watercolour (smooching the pad on a glass mat and adding a little water to it).

I then made a mask of the light bulb and fussy cut out the middle components before using the Strobe Stencil with a Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide ink pad. Once dried, I used a sparkly heat embossing powder, Wow’s Neutral Ultra Shimmer. All my heat embossing powders are from Wow! as I honestly think they are the absolute best in the UK and you get perfect results every single time and the colour and type of powder is just fabulous (and the prices are pretty darn perfect too!)

Once I’d addd a grey colour to the screw part of the lightbulb, trimmed it and added foam dots and put it in place.

The sentiments sit on a sparkly Mustard Seed background has been been stamped exactly the same way the light bulb was (VersaFine and clear embossing powder) and I’ve added some of the gold shimmer spray before stamping. Once adhered to the card using foam dots, I’ve backed the finished card onto matching yellow card before gluing onto a card blank.

Perhaps you could enter the monthly challenge? The winner is chosen at random so no need to feel apprehensive about entering and besides, we’re a duper friendly bunch so you can rest assured there will be lots of love kicking around for the entrees.

So if you feel inspired, here are the Visible Image products I’ve used on today’s make…

That’s all from me today… catch up again soon.
H xx

Visible Image: Life is Beautiful (and sparkly!)

Hello everyone…

I’m back today sharing another make for Visible Image.

I’ve gone all sparkly and glittery today having bought some gorgeous new embossing powders at the NEC last weekend and have used them on the utterly divine Life Is Beautiful stamp to create a multi coloured, textural Hummingbird on a geometric background.

The background itself is made using the 1983 stencil which I’ve layered it up using different Oxide ink pads (as I wanted a  chalky, matt finish).  Although it’s not very clear in the photographs, I have used the Count Me In stencil over 1983 and used the Distress Resist Spray to add texture.  Once I was happy with the colours, I’ve added the Grate-Ful stencil, again moving it around to create a grid pattern.

The circle details, to the right of the bird, are also stamped in glitter powder and I placed them here to break up the rigidity and geometric look of the background.

For the Hummingbird, I wanted to use teals and blues as I love them against the pinks and purples.

Having done a basic stamp using a white opaque embossing powder, I’ve then used glitter embossing powders to make him shine!  Taking each colour at a time, I’ve stamped certain areas, added powder, melted and then done a different area to really build up the colour.

The sentiment has been stamped using one of the glitter powders used on the bird and have been added using foam tape.  To finish, I’ve matted the image onto a shimmer teal coloured card and then onto a dark graphite shimmer card.

Here’s the Visible Image products I used for this make…


Life Is Beautiful






Count Me In

Don’t forget to join in with this months challenge, ‘Make it Sparkle’ over on Facebook where you win a voucher for £40 to spend on Visible Image products!  Check out the blog too where there is so much inspiration to get those creative juices flowing!!

Thanks for popping by… I’ll catch you next time!

Heather xx






Visible Image: Autumnal Colours

Hello everyone,

You can’t have not noticed the weather has taken a definite chillier turn in the past few weeks and I for one just love the Autumn.  The darker, cosier nights, the smell of a log fire and the excuse to hibernate in your craft room in your PJ’s when you get in from work!

Near me, there is a beautiful Maple tree and I just love the reds, oranges, golds and yellows it’s showing at the moment and it inspired me to make today’s make…

In amongst the new October releases from Visible Image, is a fabulous background set of stamps, Set the Tone and I know we’re going to be firm favourite!  I had the idea to make an Autumnal sunset using the ray of light type stamp (that’s what I’ve been calling it anyway!) and the Strobes stencil.

After making the background (using Distress Oxide Ink Pads), I’ve used the Strobes stencil to add a subtle sunbeam effect before using the ray of light stamp with gold embossing powder.  The ‘sun’, also heat embossed in gold, is the circular ink splat from the Organics set.  To add finer detail, I’ve used the polka dot stamp (also from Set the Tone) randomly around the sun and it’s beams.

To add depth to the scene, I’ve stamped the first stamp using a grey colour and I love that it’s stamped a bit mottled as I feel it add to the effect.  The rest of the stamps are all in black and I used a stamping platform for these as I didn’t want to run the risk of it not stamping correctly!

To finish, I’ve sponged grey and black inks around the edges and matted it onto both a Marigold colour and black card before adhering to a card blank.  I decided not to add sentiment to the card as I didn’t think it needed one… I love it just the way it is!

Here’s a look at the Visible Image products I’ve used for this make:




If you’ve made something using the colours of Autumn and Visible Image products, why not post it on their Facebook page by November 1st  and you could be in with a chance of winning a £40 voucher to spend on their fabulous stamps and stencils!!

See you again soon, H xx

Visible Image: One Kind Word

Howdy doody everyone…

All these gorgeous new stamps and stencils from Visible Image have got me rather excited!! I am loving the graphic look to the stencils and know that they are going to be used loads… and the stamps? Well, Mark has pulled his designer hat out of the bag yet again and created some real beauties!!

My make today uses the utterly brilliant One Kind Word stamp set and the Grateful stencil.  So many possibilities with this set and I know both will become firm favourites with everyone.

Really easy make this one. Create a distressed background using a mixture of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide ink pads and spritz with a shimmer spray. To add extra texture, splatter some Antique Bronze Distress Spray Stain and leave to dry.

While drying, ink up the typewriter stamp and stamp twice, fussy cut them both, placing one to the side. With the other, trim around the paper and the bar bit (that holds the paper in place… which I’m sure has a proper name but I have no idea what it is!) and trim a longer piece of paper to fit in the space. Ink all over with a linen coloured ink pad and edge with dark brown.

Stamp the letters and splat with the same Distress Spray Stain as before. When dry, feed the paper through the typewriter and attach some tape on the back to secure in place. Take the other stamps typewriter image and attach foam tape to the front. Secure the (now complete) other image over the top.

Before adhering to the background, take the Grateful stencil and mask off various areas to give a random look. Apply red ink through the stencil and then stamp the sentiment to the bottom of the background before attaching the main image. Once in place, curl the corners for added effect and voila!

Here are the two new Visible Image products I used…



Check out the gorgeous makes from the other DT members over on the Visible Image blog or on their Facebook page!

Catch up again soon xx

Visible Image: New October Releases

Hello everyone…

It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since Visible Image released new stamps and yet here we are again with some gorgeous new stamps and stencils!

I’d been playing with my Gelli plate recently and had prepared some backgrounds (using some of the Visible Image beautiful products naturally!) and I was itching to use them, so when the new stamps and stencils plopped on my door mat I knew exactly what to do with them!

The first card uses the new 1983 stencil and all I’ve done is simply draw around the outlines using a Derwent Inktense pencil in a matching purple hue and then used a teeny tiny brush to water the edges and blur them slightly.

To add to the geometric vibe, I’ve then used the new Two Tone stencil with some Graphite Texture Paste.

The hands on the You Are Not Alone stamp set are truly amazing!  I didn’t want to stamp them onto card and then fussy cut them out as I wanted a more translucent look, so I’ve heat embossed onto vellum, adding the sentiment from the set first in white and then in copper powder (to create a slight shading).

The flash of light that I’ve positioned beaming out the finger, has been heat embossed in several metallic shades (copper, platinum and rich gold) and I’ve added a few adhesive gems to finish it off before matting it onto purple pearlised card and attaching to a 7×7″ card blank.


The second card started life as the ghost print of the Gelli print used above. A ghost print is where you take off the excess ink on the Gelli plate after you’ve already pulled a print. This print is usually faded and lighter in appearance but very often they’re my favourite print as you can get some fantastic texture coming through!

Over the print, I’ve layered the small fading polka dots from the Set The Tone set and then added the three different sized circles from the You Are Not Alone set used previously.

The gorgeous Hummingbird, from the Life is Beautiful set, looks fabulous positioned over where the Strobe stencil has left a textured gold print and has been heat embossed in a beautiful sparkly amethyst colour. To finish, I’ve added the sentiment from Voices In Your Head set and matted it onto matching turquoise card before adhering to a card 7×7″ blank.


Here are the NEW Visible Image products I used for these cards…






And these are the other Visible Image stamps and stencils I used…






Don’t forget to check out what the other DT members have been making with the new stamps by either following Visible Image on Facebook or by going to the Visible Image website and clicking on the blog.

Catch up again soon,
H xx