Visible Image: Elemental

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

Today I’m sharing (yet another) DT make for Visible Image and today’s uses both Elemental and Glimmer of Light stamp sets.

Having just purchased all the new gorgeous Distress Oxide ink pad colours, I gathered all the neutral colours (Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Iced Spruce) and made an inky background to which I added some gold spritzing ink for a hint of shimmer.

I love the textures you can make with the Distress Oxide ink pads… perfect for stamping over!

Once this was dry, I heat embossed the Elemental stamp in Wow!’s Metallic Copper.  If you never used heat embossing powder, it is just mesmerising to watch it melt and I particularly fond of the copper colour way as it really adds a warmth to your projects.

I’ve matted the background onto scuffed up black card to give a clean finish

To add the light bulbs, I stamped these in black Stain ink and coloured using Distress Spray Stains in Mustard and Spiced Marmalade and then added Ranger’s Glossy Accents to make them shine and give a glass effect.  Once fully dry (allow to air dry) I threaded some floristry wire through a small hole and twisted the wire to secure it’s position.  Having given the top a little twirl, I adhered them to the card using 3D foam dots (under the bulb) and a small strip of masking tape to the wire.

The sentiment is stamped using Wow!’s Ebony heat embossing powder and I love the way it lays over the Elemental stamp (lovely bit of texture!)

For the large Moth, simply heat emboss in Wow!’s Sea Foam White and fussy cut him out.  To add a slight hint of colour, I’ve used a gold spritzing ink to paint on some extra sparkle.  Once finished, secure him to the card using 3D foam dots.

And there you have it, although in hindsight I would’ve stamped the Moth a few times and layered up his wings using vellum or acetate but maybe next time!

Have a lovely Monday whatever you’re doing and hope to see you on over on the Visible Image Facebook page soon.

H x

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‘How Fragile We Are’

Hello everyone…

You’ll all know, as crafters/artists, that when you find a product you love that it’s really hard not to use it in all your makes… and that’s kinda how I feel about the gorgeous How Fragile We Are and Organics stamps from Visible Image.

The colours are bright and unashamedly bold

I wanted to make to make a card using both stamps and so to begin, I heat embossed the smashed stamp in Wow!’s British Summertime embossing powder which is a gorgeous grey colour.  To join the stamps up was a little tricky but I used the Tonic/Tim Holtz stamping platform (which enabled me to line the Organic stamps exactly where I wanted them) and then I carefully joined the two stamps together using a  Wow! embossing pen to make it look like a natural flow.


Organics flows seamlessly into How Fragile we Are

Before adding the colour, I’ve dabbed the Fibonacci stamp around to add some extra detail and  heat embossed it in bright white so it contrasts with the other stamps.  Then comes the fun part… getting inky!

Distress Spray Stains have been used for the vibrant colour

I loved adding the colour.  I’ve spritzed the watercolour paper so it draws the colour into it and used a pipette to drip the colour into the specific areas, using a paintbrush for the smaller compartments.

Before adding the sentiment, I’ve spritzed some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Crocheted Doily  and a light flick of watered down gesso.   The sentiment itself is heat embossed onto a grey/black washed background and added to the card using foam tape.   To finish, matt onto black card and then onto a card blank.

I particularly love the colour in this card… I’m all about the bright colours at the moment (I think it’s because I’m bored of the grey, dreary days of Winter).

Here’s the Visible Image stamps I used for this card:

How Fragile We Are

Organics

Fibonacci

Do pop on over to the Visible Image Blog to se all the other DT’s projects and makes… they are all stunning!!

Thant’s all from me… see you next time!

H xx

 

 

Mixed Media Canvas

Hello you lovely people…

Sneaking a quick post in today as I wanted to share this little canvas  I’ve made over the past few days using lots of the gorgeous stamps from Visible Image.

For regular followers of my work, you’ll know I love texture and layers and colour and I didn’t hold back with this mixed media make.

I started with a 15 x 15cm canvas (teeny tiny) and painted it with gesso to give myself a good surface to load up.  Once gesso’d, I smeared different coloured pink/red/purple acrylics over the top, wiping some areas off to give a faded look in places.

Once dry, I’ve used ‘Organics‘ stamps with Wow!’s Iris embossing powder

I’ve then painted a layer of watery gesso over the top and wiped away using a baby wipe before adding more stamps: How Fragile We Are, Ink Splats, Sparkle in the Rain, Somewhere in Time.

Layers of stamps in different colours add to the textured look of the canvas

Once I was happy with the actual canvas, I die cut different shapes using kraft card and painted with gesso. I wanted a similar colour to the canvas, so painted them with oxide inks and distress stain. The large star was made using the Strobe stencil and modelling paste (I know, I know… but I can’t step away from it!!)

I actually love this stamp a bit too much!

Once dry, I’ve dribbled watery oxide inks and distress stain (like the stars and circle) and then heat embossed Fibonacci over the top to add another layer of interest.  The circle has been texturised using Scripted Streets and Wow! Platinum embossing powder and the bigger star uses the seahorse stamp from Create Your Calm. The teeny tiny star in the top right has been coated in glossy accents (Ranger) and backed onto the canvas with some black thread.

Floaty gauze backs the smaller shapes and cotton thread adds a hint of different colour/interest

To finish, I’ve layered the die-cut elements together using a hot glue gun and added the heat embossed sentiments from he Imagine Dream Inspire set.

I’m loving the finished canvas but I’m not sure where I can perch it in my craft room as slightly running out of wall space! Ha!

Anyway, back on Monday for my regular post for the Visible Image DT. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

H xx

Set of ATC’s

Evening everyone…

I’ve got an evening off so am catching up on a few bits before heading back into work tomorrow… Booooo!

For those that follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen some of these but I made a set of eight artist trading cards for no other reason than I wanted too.  I really enjoy making ATC’s as they can be made quite quickly but always look so effective.

All the same colour way but all different!

I’m going to skip through them quickly so you can see a bit more detail…

 These were super simple to make and they are all cut from the same A4 sheet of watercolour paper to which I’ve stencilled modelling paste and added various strips of printed paper and washing tape before adding the colour.

After cutting into the 2.5 x 3.5″ ATC size, I’ve taken each card and embellished with stuff I had lying about and added the sentiments using a Dymo machine.

That’s all for today… see you all soon!

H xx

Textured ‘Visible Image’ Hanger

Hello everyone and happy Monday to you!

Today I have a little hanging to share with you that uses so many of the gorgeous new Visible Image stamps.  They may not be that ‘in your face’ (so-to-speak!) but they are definitely there when you look a little closer.

Firstly I applied modelling paste through the ‘Fibres‘ stencil and then added acrylic paint to give an ombre type effect.  I’ve then used the new ‘Fibonacci‘ and ‘Elemental‘ stamps’ to add extra interest while also applying some Art Alchemy wax in Brushed Iron to some of the raised texture.

The Fibonacci stamp is just awesome for background interest

The backgrounds for the florals are made using using distress oxide ink pads and the ‘Tattered Floral’ Bigz die.

Tim Holtz’s ‘Tattered Floral’ die was perfect for this project

I’ve loaded different colours onto and craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged the card through the colour.  Once dry, you can add yet more colour and get fabulous texture before die-cutting. To add the detail onto the flowers, I’ve used the new stamps (and some of the old) to add texture and more colour and then shaped and layered then up.

Fibonacci

Organics

The florals are joined together using brads or buttons sewn on

Once stamped, I’ve edged the florals using a Vintage Photo Distress ink pad and given them a little spritz with gold ink and splattered lightly with white gesso.

For a sentiment, I chose to use the ‘Creativity’ off the ‘Creativity’ stamp and heat embossed it onto a strip of vellum.  This was then tucked around the hanger and secured using the florals and some small dabs of hot glue under the sentiment itself.

I love the contrast in textures between the crisp vellum and the background

Visible Image products used in this project:

Hope you’ve been enjoying looking at all the design teams inspiring projects over the last week or so… I know there are still some stunning makes to come so keep a look out over at Visible Image!  The Visible Image folks are currently out in Phoenix exhibiting at the wondrous Creativation and I have an inkling it’s going rather well so big up #teamawesome!!

Thanks for looking…

H xx

Visible Image: Where Dreams Take you

Hello everyone again,

I won’t keep you long today, just popping in to share a Visible Image card I made a while ago that I shared elsewhere but forgot to blog!  Doh!

I used some Craftwork Cards paper as the base and the teal colour was added using a gel plate (which I don’t use nearly enough).  The stamps have all been layered up… you can see the hand from the new ‘Elemental‘ stamp in the top middle and the older Visible Image stamps like ‘Scripted Streets‘, ‘Inky Splat‘ and ‘Destination Unknown‘ all lurking too.

I love the rough edges created by the Gelli plate so I certainly didn’t want to neaten them up!

 

I can count 6 different stamps in this one section alone!

I love the huge eye from ‘Where Dreams Take You‘… a stunning stamp that always stamps perfectly.  I wasn’t sure you would get the detail if I used embossing powder but you so do!  Gorgeous!!

That’s it!  Short and sweet today!  Hope you’re all having a great day no matter what you’re up to.

H xx

New Stamps from Visible Image!!

Hello, hello, hello everyone…

It’s been a super exciting week for everyone involved with Visible Image as the lovely Helen and Mark have been busy designing and releasing their new utterly fabulous stamps. 

As a DT member, I was very lucky to get my inky mitts on these a while ago and have just loved spending time experimenting and playing with them.  Today, I have a couple of real grungy makes for you… loads of texture and different layers.

As you all well know, I am a HUGE fan of Distress inks and Distress Oxides and I sat making some A6 inky backgrounds the other day using oxides and watercolour paper (as it hold the ink/water really well).

The first one uses new stamps ‘Organics‘ and ‘Elemental‘ alongside the ‘Fibres‘ stencil.  The background used Black Soot, Faded jeans, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves oxide ink pads that I’ve squished onto a craft sheet, sprayed with water and laid the watercolour paper over the top.  Repeat this until you are happy with the layering.  The great thing about oxides (as no doubt you know) is the you can layer light colours over dark… they’re brilliant!

Inky oxide background

Over this, I stamped the largest of the ‘Organics‘ stamps using clear embossing powder from Wow!:

You can just see the subtle ‘Organics’ stamps in the clear embossing powder

Over this I added ‘Elemental‘ using Iris embossing powder.  Like the clear powder, you can see the image but it’s very subtle and in the Iris has a light lilac sheen to it.

I love this mathematical stamp!

To add more texture, I’ve used modelling paste through the ‘Fibres‘ stencil and when thoroughly dry, painted clear Distress Crackle Paint over the paste.  Allow the crackle paint to dry naturally, remember the thicker you paint it the thicker your cracks will be.

Once dry, I’ve used Prima Marketing Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in Brushed Iron over the cracks to really highlight them.  As the cracks were quite fragile, I then gave it a coat of Matte Varnish from Liquitex to preserve the cracks.

To finish, I’ve added some wire that I’ve simply stapled on and attached the sentiment which comes form another new release:  ‘How Fragile‘.

The sentiment is heat embossed in white over a black, drippy, inky background

Ta-da!

My second make today, is similar but different (if that makes sense).

I used another inky background as a base

I stamped ‘Fibonacci‘ using a Vintage Photo oxide ink pad and then over this added ‘Elemental‘ in Iced Spruce.  I’ve added a strip of  texture using the fabulous ‘Strobe‘ stencil with modelling paste.  I kept the finish quite textured as I wanted to see the palette knife marks in the paste.

The stencil has been glammed up using the Prima Marketing Alchemy wax in White Gold

The sentiment was added next and this comes from the ‘Just be Happy‘ stamp set.  Stamped onto another inky background, I’ve used Wow!’s Ebony Super Fine embossing powder and attached it to the A6 background using screw head brads.

By masking off areas, I’ve picked areas of ‘Elemental’ to add more detail

Ta-da… again!

And there you go.  Lovely textured makes using the new gorgeous stamps from Visible Image!  All the new stamps are available for pre-order NOW and will be shipped when Helen and Mark return from Creativation on January 26th.

There’s so much inspiration over on the Visible Image Blog so do head on over to see what the rest of the DT has been making… and keep up to date this week by checking out the Visible Image Facebook page as Helen and Mark are flying off to exhibit at Creativation on Tuesday!!!

I’m also having a give-away over on my own design Facebook page, so if you fancy winning yourself a set of Visible Image stamps pop on over and leave a comment on the thread.

Other than that… see you all soon!

H xx