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

 

Grate-Ful

 

1983

 

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

Visible Image: Artist Trading Coins

Hello everyone,

You can’t have failed to notice the recent trend for artist Trading Coins recently so I thought I’d make a few for Visible Image.  It’s so lovely to concentrate on a smaller area than a card and they can be made fairly quickly.

Each coin is meant to be 2.5″ in diameter but I have to admit mine are slightly bigger but this doesn’t matter – to me at least!

I chose different colour themes for each coin, greens, blues and pinks and started by applying distress oxides to card before die-cutting the circles.

The skull coin uses the utterly fabulous Mr Bone Jangles stamp set, which I absolutely love big time!!   After applying the background colour, I stencilled Stop Meshing Around and then over stamped the smaller circles from the Shape It Up set.  The skulls were stamped using Versafine and then heat embossed in black.  The sentiment, from the Just Be Happy set, was then heat embossed in Bright White onto the scrap from each coin and attached using foam dots.

For the green coin, I’ve stencilled Stars and Stripes using a grey ink pad and then spritzed lightly using a fine gold mist.  The beautiful eye, from the Where Dreams Take You set, has been stamped in Versafine ink and heat embossed as before.  I’ve then coloured the iris and added white to the eye (although it looks more a light green in the photo) before stamping the ‘dream’ sentiment from the Imagine Dream Inspire set and, again, adhering using foam dots.

My final coin is quite heavily stamped/stencilled!

I began by adding text using the Scripted Streets stamps and stencilled Count Me In over the top using 3 different pink shades.  With the stencil still in place, I added embossing ink and then a shimmery powder.  The white heat embossed circles are taken from the Live In The Moment set.

The black sparkly butterfly (underneath the main image) was heat embossed onto vellum and fussy cut out to create a shadow. Having stamped the top butterfly in a beautiful verdigris embossing powder, I attached this using foam dots down the body of the butterfly and slightly bent it’s wings to add some dimension. The sentiment, from the Life Is Beautiful set, was then stamped and secured as before.

Now, I know you’re meant to swap these cards but frankly I love these!  Having seen other coins made into square cars, I think that’s what I’m going to do with these… add a background and add the coins to the card blank.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!

The Visible Image products I used for these makes are:

The blue coin:

 

 

 

 

The green coin:

 

 

 

The pink coin:

 

 

 

 

Phew! Quite a list for these makes but well worth it!!

Don’t forget to pop on over to the Visible Image Blog to check out what the other DT members have been making.  Have a fabulous crafty week and I’ll catch up soon.

H xx

The Cheshire Cat: New Visible Image Releases

Morning everyone…

I’ve a lovely new card to share today that uses the gorgeous new Cheshire Cat stamp set and the brilliant Dark Hearts stencil from the new Wonderland releases from none other than Visible Image.

My starting point for the card was the Dark Hearts stencil, so I created an ombre effect background using Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink pads and gave them a little spritz with water to add a light distress effect.  Once dry, I overlaid the stencil and used Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot ink pads to create a further ombre effect.

 

With this done, I put the background to one side to concentrate on the main focal point.

The fabulous Cheshire Cat image was stamped onto watercolour paper using a Versafine ink pad and then painted in using a purple watercolour and Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain. Once dry, he was fussy cut out and I attached foam dots to the back to make him stand out on the card.

The tag background he is sitting on uses the Count Me In stencil and more Distress oxide ink pads. After stamping the claw marks, I’ve wrapped some polka dot and pink ribbon around the card before layering it onto black card stock and adding a few adhesive gems.

The sentiment and fish bone stamp has been heat embossed in metallic silver and the wording has been slightly outlined using a white gel pen for a bit more depth.  To finish, I’ve simply adhered the Cheshire Cat onto the tag and attached to the already decorated card blank. Simples!

Here the Visible Image products I’ve used for this make:

The Cheshire Cat

 

Dark Hearts

 

Count Me In

If you like what you’ve seen today, why not pop on over to the Visible Image blog to check out what everyone else has been making?!  I’m telling you… there is some truly AWESOME work going on!!

That’s all for now… catch up soon!

H xx

The Caterpillar: New Visible Image Releases

Well hello again!

I have to admit to not overly knowing the story of Alice in Wonderland but these fabulous Visible Image stamps have poked my curiosity to read the book (possibly watch it! Haha!) and understand the characters more.

Today it’s the turn of The Caterpillar… the very chilled caterpillar that offers Alice advice on how to best control her size issue!

To begin, I stamped the toadstool and Caterpillar images onto watercolour paper and painted using watercolours. Once dry, I’ve given the toadstool and the Caterpillar’s body a hint of shimmer although it doesn’t really show in the photographs (sad face!)

Once fussy cut, I’ve secured the images together and added foam dots to make them stand out on the background and put them to one side while I made the background.

I’ve used a printed text paper background and wiped Gesso over it using a baby wipe to tone down the lettering. Once dry, I’ve then gone to town adding various background stamps from Visible Image using different shades of neutral colour ink pads.

For extra interest and to compliment the blue of the Caterpillar, I’ve stamped the arrows (in Blueprint Sketch Oxide ink pad) from the Destination Unknown set.

The sentiment is then stamped onto the off-cut paper and matted onto dark blue card, as is the background paper.  This is then mounted onto a kraft card blank and the imagery secured in place.  To finish, I added a scattering of adhesive gems for a little bit more sparkle!

So… here’s what stamps I’ve used for this make:

 

 

 

 

 

The other DT members are adding their fabulous makes to the Visible Image Facebook page everyday so remember to pop on over and check them out for more inspiration!

Thanks for dropping by… H x