Visible Image: Fibres Stencil

Hello again everyone,

I’m back again with my latest make for the Visible Image DT and this time I’ve concentrated on texture using the stencils and the background stamps… and who doesn’t love a bit of texture!

I started by  adding Distress Oxide Ink Pads to watercolour paper to create a watery background and then, using the Fibres stencil, I’ve applied modelling paste.  Once fully dry, more colour has been added before flicking white Gesso over the 8×8″ background.

I love the added texture the stencil gives over the already textured background

You can see from the photograph, I have then used various stamps to add yet more layers before stitching around the corners to frame the card.

Once the background was a wash with colour, gilding wax was added to some of the raised areas to add a muted sheen

I’ve then randomly stamped the number stamp from the ‘Somewhere in Time‘ set before adding the parallel lines from ‘Sparkle in the Rain‘ and the script from ‘Scripted Sheets‘.

The heart was die cut from watercolour paper before having the colour applied

I didn’t want to add too much more detail to the card, so kept it fairly simple by adhering a die-cut heart that has been coloured and then had a thick layer of crackle paint added.  Again, I love the extra texture this adds, especially as it’s flaking away in parts.

To finish the card, I added a simple sentiment courtesy of the ‘Just be Happy‘ stamp set which has been backed onto black card and adhered to the card using 3D foam dots.

Regular followers will know what a huge advocate of texture and layering I am and the Visible Image stencils are perfect for this.  When combined with the stamps, the images you can create are never ending!

And here’s the list of the lovely ingredients I’ve used:

Visible Image products:                                                                                                                                    Fibres stencil, Just be Happy, Sparkle in the Rain, Scripted Sheets and Somewhere in Time stamp sets

Distress Ink Pads:                                                                                                                                                 Mown Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive Oxides: Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick

Other products used:                                                                                                                                     Distress Crackle Paint, Liquitex Modelling Paste, StazOn Jet Black ink pad, Archival Watering Can ink pad

Thank you all for looking… see you again soon!



Visible Image: Strobe Stencil

Help everyone…

How is everyone doing?  As I write this it’s a ridiculously miserable day,  dark, drizzly, windy and chilly and just the sort of day I want to tuck myself up in a duvet… however, my new make for Visible Image definitely blows away the cobwebs!

As November is ‘Tag Challenge’ time over on the Visible Image Facebook page, for my inspiration this week I’ve chosen a tag I made using the Strobe stencil.

I have to admit, I absolutely adore my finished tag.  The colours are just so vibrant!  It was very easy to create (albeit a bit on the messy side!)

The tag is made from 300gsm watercolour paper, this way I knew it would soak up the colour well

I’ve used modelling paste through the stencil and allowed it to dry overnight.  I’ve then used various Distress Ink Sprays to drip colour from the middle and pour it down the strobes but I haven’t sprayed the ink, I removed the top and used a pipette to gulp up the ink and then drip.

I wasn’t entirely happy with my tag at this point and felt it needed yet more colour so I dabbed some Distress Oxides on my craft mat, sprayed with water and then dipped the tag in the ink.  To add a little sparkle, I’ve added splash of gold spritzing ink, which you can see glowing nicely in the photo above!

The little Origami boat stamps are adorable and I love it in this colour against the hot colours

As the background is so vibrant, I kept the detail simple and used just one of the fabulous Origami boat’s from Destination Unknown set held in place using 3D foam dots over some fibres that I’ve stapled down.  There are a few droplets of Liquid Glass on their too which adds a lovely different texture.

The sentiments have been stamped on white card and I’ve distressed the edges using Distress Ink pads before matting them onto black card.  To finish, I’ve threaded some bright pink and red ribbon through the punched hole which echoes the colours perfectly.

And there you go!  This make is a definite keeper… you know, those projects you make that you can’t bear to give away and you just get out to look at lovingly now and again! Hehe!

Right… here’s the ingredients for the tag:

Visible Image Products:
Strobe Stencil, Destination Unknown stamp set

Distress Ink Products:
Sprays – Picked Raspberry, Spiced marmalade, Candied Apple,
Oxide Ink Pads – Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral

Other items:
Indigo Blu ‘Luscious Pigment Powder’ in Pink, Docrafts Spritzing Ink in Gold, DecoArt Liquid Glass, Stayzon Ink Pad in Jet Black, Fibre, 3D Foam Dots

Thank you for looking and hope to see you next time!


Heather x


Visible Image ‘Somewhere in Time’ Stamps

Good morning, morning everyone and a special hello  *waves*  if  you have popped in from Visible Image where I’m now a DT member!!  Eeeek!

I was super inspired when my Visible Image DT kit arrived (and just a little blown away at the awesomeness of the stamps).  I got very excited as, even though they’re sold in sets, they are so interchangeable and many of the images and sentiments can be used in different ways… which, as a crafter, is just fabulous!

The ‘Somewhere in Time‘ set really caught my eye.  I loved the fractured pocket watch… it seemed to represent how I’m feeling at the moment.

Obviously, me being me, I had to start with an inky background and so I reached for some watercolour paper and my Distress Oxide’s.

I loved the stormy look I created with the Oxide and spritzed with gold ink to add a little sparkle

I’ve added elements of ‘Fibres‘ and the gorgeous ‘Strobe‘ stencils before stamping the text from ‘Scripted Sheets‘ and the cogs from ‘Somewhere in Time’.

I placed the ‘Strobe’ stencil so it looks like light is shining onto the main image

Text stamps are a great way to add texture and break up areas of colour

Once the background was complete, I could start adding the main images.  Using Wow! Embossing powder, I stamped the background of the watch and added the detailed image over the top once cooled.

The detail on Visible Image stamps is just incredible… even the smallest detail stamps perfectly every time

To break up the text, I’ve used the rain stamp from the ‘Sparkle in the Rain‘ set before adding the sentiment.  The title ‘Time’ stamp is from the ‘Somewhere in Time’ set and the sentiment from ‘What Really Matters‘.

I hope you like my first post for Visible Image, it’s been quite daunting… and for those of you that like to know what’s been used, here’s a list of the magic ingredients used in this project:

Visible Image Products:
Somewhere in Time, Scripted Sheets, Sparkle in the Rain, What Really Matters and both Fibre and Strobe stencils

Distress Ink Pads:
Oxides: Iced Spruce, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Oxides Tumbled Glass
Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye
Distress Spray Stain: Tarnished Brass

Wow! Embossing Powders:
Primary Ebony Super Fine, Metallic Silver

Other Items:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ‘Basically Bare’

Quickie Christmas Cards

Hello everyone…

Chilly day here today but thankfully I’m off so am hibernating with a cuppa in the craft room catching up on blogging and Instagram etc.

I’ve been trying to sort out some of the mountain of un-used ‘stuff’ I have in the craft room lately, and thought I could go though the Christmas boxes and make some quick cards.  It all started with a Craftwork Cards workshop I went to a few weeks ago and we were given a sheet of embossed baubles (you may have seen these on my Facebook page if you’re a follower on there.. if not, pop on over as I post much more on there).

You can see I’ve added colour to the embossed die-cut baubles using Distress Oxide ink pads and the rather beautiful sheen comes from a gilding wax.

I so loved the quickness, I decided to make a few more along the same lines-ish!

The wooden embellishments on these two cards have been heat embossed in a sparkly red glitter and the embossed sentiment uses scrap paper and I’ve highlighted the lettering with gold acrylic.

My favourite two cards feature wooden snowflakes from Docrafts Bare Basic range that I’ve had for years and never used.

The snowflakes have been given a coat of Wow!’s Opaque Bright White and then Ultra Shimmer embossing powders and have been glues to a stencil background with some washing tape as the main sentiment.

Super quick cards and I’ve only used scraps of card and left over embellishments!  I’ve got so much Christmas stuff… stamps, embellishments, wash tape, ribbons etc… I should pull my finger out and get making more really!

Catch you again soon, H xx





Stencilled Beneath the Sea Tag

Hello once again,

Really super quick post from me today.  Had a very busy (but lovely) weekend and am heading off for an early night.

After hoovering and washing the car today (taking it round to the car wash counts as washing it yourself, right?!) I had a couple of hours spare and felt the need to create (again) so came up with this little tag:

I started with a white tag to which I colour blended oxide inks and spritzed them while drying to add a subtle texture.  I’ve taken the same Dutch Doobadoo ‘Wavy Bubble’ stencil that I’ve used on a couple of my recent makes and added ‘Salty Ocean’ oxide ink and faded it out in the middle.

The sparkly sunburst comes courtesy of a Tim Holtz stencil and Wow! Embossing powder in (the aptly named) ‘Under the Sea’.  After a quick spritz of gold ink, I’ve stencilled the gorgeous ‘Mini Nautilus’ from Crafter’s Companion in modelling paste to create a raised texture. I love this stencil… so delicate but works beautifully no matter what medium you are using!

The cute dies are Katie Skilton for Sizzix and I just love them! I’ve added some detail on the fish using yet another Tim Holtz stencil and his oxide inks in Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber.

To finish, I’ve scribbled a quick line border, added some ribbon and twine and popped on a hand written sentiment.  Not bad for a quick make!

Right… I’m off to bed although I think pupsters Stan and Syd have already beaten me to it!  Look at cheeky Syd…

Night all xx

Indigo Blu Distressed Card

Hello again folks,

I’ve been busy with my inks, stamps and stencils again, making a fabulous mess int the craft room… which I must clean up as we’ve got people staying the weekend!

Anyway, this 8×8″ card did take me a while, I won’t pretend I knocked it up in half an hour!  Lots of different layers of inking and stencilling and I like to let the modelling paste dry naturally.

So, I started with an oxide ink background, like this…

… and heat embossed some fine dots and a fabulous bird stamp which you can’t overly see in the photograph.  The modelling paste was added through a stencil and left to dry overnight.

Having dug around in my (many) boxes of stamps, I found a beautiful set by Indigo Blu, ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ which I’ve barely used and yet love so very much.

The strip of thimbles (seen here in sparkly pink!) and the main image is from this set.

I wanted to frame the main image and found these plain wooden  frames in my stash.  Having painted it with acrylics and then stencilled in a lighter colour, I’ve heat embossed the edges using a copper powder.

So there you are!  Took me a while but I got there in the end!

Today’s ingredients are:

Oxide Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China

Embossing Powders:  Papermania ‘Sea Foam’, Wow! Strawberry Sundae, Sweet Cheeks, Primary Ebony Super Fine, Metallic Copper

Stamps:  Indigo Blu:  ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’,  ‘A6 Circle Dot Background’ Kaisercraft: ‘Tiny Dots Texture clear Stamp’, ‘Betsy’s Couture’, Stampendous: ‘CRP135 Bird Post’

Stencils:  Tim Holtz: ‘Cargo’, Dutch Doobadoo: ‘Wavy Stripes’, TCW ‘Mini Believe Script’

Acrylics:  Docrafts Artiste Acrylics  Lagoon, Sage

Other items: Papermania:  Bare Basic large Wooden Frame, Black card, Card blank

Distressed Butterfly Card

Morning/Afternoon/Evening crafty folk…

Who was it that switched on Autumn full throttle today?!  Blustery, drizzley and very dull and drab looking… not even the golden tones of the leaves on the trees can lift my spirits today… although to be fair most of the leaves are trampled on the floor due to the winds.

Anyway, it was so amazing last night to get all my chores out the way early and sit down and create for a few hours.  I’ve been missing stamping and inking lately so pulled everything out and made this:

I had absolutely no plan with it, just inked and let ideas roll…

The small bottle tucked away at the bottom is a mini stamp from PaperArtsy

I love this butterfly stamp from Prima and I’ve tricoloured it using Wow!’s fabulous powders

The Oxide Distress inks are a really game changer, and I love using them on watercolour paper as you can layer up and spritz to your hearts content!

After the base stamping, I’ve spritzed with gold ink to warm the colour palette and create more texture

The sentiment is one that I love and works so perfectly with anything butterfly I feel.  I’ve merely printed it onto card using an old typewriter font and cut and matted onto the same graphite card stock that the card is backed onto.

For those you that like to know colours etc… here’s a list of ingredients:

Ranger Oxide Inks:  Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, Iced Spruce

Wow! Heat Embossing Powders:  Colour Blend Verdigris, Metallic Silver, Vintage Amethyst, Primary Ebony Super Fine and Wow! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad

Stamps:  Prima Marketing Inc: ‘Love Letter’ item no: #580179 (main image) , PaperArtsy: ‘Mini 63’ (Bottles)

Stencils:  Dutch Doodadoo:’ Chicken Wire’, Unknown: ‘Honeycomb’

Other ingredients: Liquitex Modelling Paste, Liquitex White Gesso, Papemania Gold Spritzing Ink

So now I have to clear up my messy desks from last night as I have got a bit over excited and just plonked stuff everywhere… and then I can start all over again!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

H x