Rise And Shine!

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog!

Today I’m sharing a card using the new Rise and Shine and Midnight Sky stamp sets from Visible Image… and you may have noticed I’ve squeezed in the Lava stencil too for clouds.

The mixture of the two stamps works brilliantly and I really enjoyed playing with the textures and layers… as always!

How fabulous is that sunny sun?! She’s beaming out and I’ve used two layers to make the best of her sun rays. What you can’t see on the photo is a little hint of gold shimmer around the sun’s face but if you look really (really!) closely you can see a bit of a shimmer on the darker orange on the left there.

The wonderful sparkly clouds have been made using Visible Image’s Lava stencil and crackle paste to which I sprinkled on a white shimmer embossing powder while the paste was still fresh. Once the paste has dried, then you can melt the powder and you get this fabulous bubbly texture… which for me is just amazing!

I adore the Midnight Sky set… that little moon and the dinky astronaut that comes with the set is just perfect. Here I’ve coloured the moon using Arteza brush pens and I love the pale purple I’ve used on him… with that grey?! Delicious! He’s on a galaxy style background with a few Posca pen splatters here and there and those tiddly stars are heat embossed… and I don’t mind the extra splats of powder around them as it kind of echoes the larger stars.

Obviously the large stars are also heat embossed and layered up with foam tape so the star and I’ve scrunched some white cotton underneath for extra texture and interest.

And the sentiment… well… it’s just perfect and totally true and I love it.

I’ve made a short video for this make which you can watch here… it even has some funky music so you don’t have to listen to me wittering on! Haha! I’m trying to get into making videos and tutorials more but I find I have to be really organised in my making and I’m just not that type of maker. An idea will spark off a general idea but I have been known to completely do a 180 degree turn and make something entirely different but it’s great making the videos and I’m chuffed with how it’s come out.

If you didn’t catch the recent Facebook Live that Helen and Mark did with all the latest DT samples you can watch it here. Lots of ideas and inspiration and amazing makes from my fellow fabulous DT ladies and of course all the new stamps are available to order now and I know they’ve been super popular once again!

Don’t forget you can find Visible Image on all the socials… Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter so do give them a follow as they sometimes just give their stuff away!! Shocking behaviour!! Haha!!

Catch up again soon everyone… stay safe. H xx

New Release from Visible Image

Hey everyone…

Hope you’re all well and good?! I’m just going to ignore everything going on in the world right now and just concentrate on the latest release of stamps from Visible Image! There’s six in all and today I am sharing my make using the gorgeous Phoenix Rising.

I love the grungy look of this set look forward to exploring and experimenting more with it to make something not so obvious, if you get me, something away from the fire and hot colours… I’m just not sure what yet!

This set has one main stamp, the Phoenix, and then two fabulously abstract stamps which I’ve used as flames on this make. You also get two sentiments ‘Hope’ and ‘We Rise By Lifting Others’ which couldn’t be anymore poignant at present.

The background was made using Distress Oxide Sprays (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon and Candied Apple) and I’ve made it so the lighter colours are in the middle. I’ve just sprayed them and spritzed on water to allow them to drip a bit.

I’ve mopped up the left over spray on my mat using some watercolour card and left this to dry. I would be using this later to stamp the Phoenix on as the main focal point.

With the background now dry, I’ve used my go-to stencil from Visible Image, Strobes, and a product which is new to me; Izink Ice in Melted Butter. The Ice is a translucent gel/paint and for me it’s just perfect as you can see layers underneath the you use it.

You can heat dry the Ice which is perfect for me as I’m super impatient the it comes to waiting for things to dry and I actually quite enjoy watching paint dry with a heat tool.

The fabulous Phoenix on the card was stamped onto that mopped up card I’d saved and stamped using Versafine Clair ink pads (Cheerful, Summertime and Tulip Red). It’s then heat embossed using WOW’s Clear Embossing Powder. I’ve repeated this 3 times in total to get a good depth on the Phoenix.

I used the same method of stamping and heat embossing (using the same colours) to create a tinted fire like layer at the bottom of the card. The great thing about using a glossy clear embossing powder is the amazing glaze it gives you!

After edging the card with black ink, I’ve added the sentiment which has been stamped on the off-cut of card I used for the Phoenix itself and also edged it in black. To really make those colours ‘POP’ I’ve matted the card onto black card stock and then onto a 7×7″ card blank.

You can exactly how I created this card by clicking on this link here that will transport you to my (new) YouTube channel. There’s not a lot of content at present but over time will fill up nicely so if you fancy subscribing, you’d be very welcome!

You can see all the new stamps from Visible Image on Create & Craft on Thursday November 12th with Mark, some of our DT makes and a couple of fabulous demo’s!

That’s all from me today. Lots of inspiration using the new stamp sets over on Instagram and the Visible Image Facebook group page so do check those out. If you’re on Pinterest, there are LOADS of images to mooch through an again ideas and inspiration from so do take a peek!

Look after yourselves! H xx

Just Be Happy!

Three little words that seem so, well… happy! I absolutely love the Just Be Happy stamp set from Visible Image. The sentiments are punchy and in your face and I just adore the fonts and those little squares around the letters.

Sometimes a sentiment doesn’t need a fancy card to balance it. Sometimes the sentiment is all that is needed really or that’s the conclusion that I came to with this make.

This was soooooo easy and quick to make and I just love the swirly rainbow with the Time Tunnel stencil.

I’ve trimmed a 6×6″ square of 300GSM watercolour card as I knew I’d be adding lots of water to get the effect I was after.

Tape the stencil down well (I popped a little bit of tape on the middle circle too).

I used Versafine Onyx Black for my Time Tunnel but you could use whatever ink pad you prefer. For the embossing powder, I’ve used Wow’s Ebony Black Superfine powder. I’d normally use a black ink and then use their clear embossing powder so you don’t get any black speckles but I wanted a really black-black so thought it was worth the risk!

Sprinkle the powder over the image and then heat. Don’t worry too much if it’s not perfect as it’s a grungy card and you won’t notice on the finished make.

Once heated, you can start adding colour. I’ve gone for a rainbow look using Arteza Brush pens but you could use whatever you have to hand… watercolours, watercolour pencils, you could even smooch an ink pad on a mat and use that with some water… same effect!

I’ve added plenty of water to my colours and then dabbed with kitchen roll if it got out of hand! I wasn’t bothered that it was patchy in places, to me that just adds to the make.

All that is needed then was the sentiment and I chose Just Be Happy because it seemed to go with the cheery and bright colours!

You’ll see this card, along with lots of others on Create and Craft on November 27th! In the meantime, catch up on everything Visible Image by heading over to their website and subscribing to their weekly newsletter… and of course Pinterest has everything Visible Image so you can get inspiration from all their stamps and stencils past and present (which I find invaluable in times of brain silence!)

Thanks for reading and catch up again soon. H x

Butterfly Ink: Visible Image

Morning everyone…

As I type this post up it is a vile day here. Windy, rainy, really horrible but for me it is perfect crafting weather and I look forward to these Autumnal days with the weather beating on the windows… makes me feel all snug inside.

My make for Visible Image today is a super simple one but I absolutely love it and am going to be making some more for cards for friends. I’ve used the beautiful Butterfly Ink stencil and one of the Just Be Happy sentiments and that it… very sparse for me!

I had intended to do something much more convoluted but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

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I began by taping the stencil to watercolour card. I generally use watercolour card as it holds up to whatever I throw at it which is usually quite a lot! It’s 300GSM hot press card (which means it’s smooth) if anyone is interested!

I’ve then smoothed the glorious and gorgeous Golden Crackle Paste through the stencil and my word, I love this stuff. The Golden paste is so light and fluffy, it’s like stencilling with whipped cream.

The colour comes from Wow Embossing Powders ‘Pop’ powder. A mix of a vibrant orange alongside silver and white grains which gives a beautiful effect.

The powder has been sprinkled on to the paste while it’s still fresh (damp) so it sticks and then I let it air dry overnight which is when the crackles appear. Once perfectly dry, melt the powder… and I never tire of watching the melt!

I had intended to drip colour down the butterfly so it seeped into the cracks but I decided to keep it simple. Instead, I used the new-ish Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Spray to paint around the butterfly and leave lots of white space – which is very not me!

I do love the subtlety of the pale Speckled Egg against the real bright intense colour of the orange and then the little cracks across the butterfly look just fabulous!

The Life is a Journey sentiment, from the Just Be Happy set, is perfect (I thought) for a butterfly and I’ve used Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide Spray to add the colour and then given a couple of the letters some glossy accents just as a change in texture.

Why not have a go at re-creating this card? You don’t have to use the Butterfly Ink stencil… the technique would work with any of the Visible Image stencils.

if you’re a Visible Image fab (and why wouldn’t you be?!) you would have seen the recent ‘Facebook Lives’ by Mark and Helen showcasing some of the Christmas stamps and stencils alongside some of their other ruddy marvellous stamps. If you’ve missed any of them, you can catch them all on the Visible Image page under the videos section.

I’ll be back with another make very soon! xx

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Hey everyone and welcome again to another Visible Image instalment!

When I saw the Ho! Ho! Ho! stamp from the new release it reminded me of a Christmas decoration we had when I was small.  The Santa was a mobile with each element cut from card that was yellowing, torn and sellotaped back together and hung from the ceiling with cotton.  I remember feeling quite sad the year it had to be thrown away as I loved putting it up and watching it twirl around.

The Ho! Ho! Ho! stamp though is incredibly similar and I knew instantly I had to have a go at replicating the decoration albeit on a much smaller scale.

After die-cutting an aperture out the card stock and the card blank, I added some sheet music from an old book (Verdi’s Requiem if you’re interested!) using Matt Gel Medium.

I wanted to add some words around the edges, so using the Christmas Backgrounds stamps, I stamped onto plain masking tape using a Versafine ink pad and then clear embossed over the top so I could colour it and not ruin the text.

Over the music and the stamped masking tape, I added the Inked Holly stamp using WOW!’s Metallic Gold embossing powder as I knew I was going to add a sprig of holly to the corner and this would bring it all together.

I coloured the background using Distress Spray Stains in Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral and then added more gold embossing powder around the edge of the aperture and the card using WOW!’s Freestyle Tool.

I wish I’d remembered to take photos of me making the Santa but sometimes I just get ‘in the zone’ and switch off and forget so apologies!

Firstly, I’ve heat embossed the stamps onto water colour card using a grey opaque embossing powder and then trimmed them out.  To add some texture to Santa, I’ve used a WOW! Embossing pen and their Sparkling Snow to add the fluffy edge and pom-pom to his hat and then to strips in his beard and moustache.  Using watercolour pens, I’ve then added colour to the hat and greys to the beard leaving the glasses plain.

It is nice and easy to make, just a bit of patience required when adding the cotton to get it straight. To attach it, I’ve just used tape before adding the coloured card over the top.

The background, uses Distress Oxide Sprays and the Boot Print stencil on watercolour card. I’ve simply sprayed the card with Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke and Picket Fence before adding some shimmer spray. Now I think something went wrong somewhere in this process as after drying I used Crackle Paste to add the boots… however, once the paste had dried, it all fell off! So I added a layer of matt varnish to seal the colour and then used a grit paste to add the boots… which stayed perfectly!

To finish, I’ve heat embossed the Inked Holly sprigs and layered them onto the corner using foam tape.

Once you get going, it didn’t take too long to make and I’m going to try and make a few (smaller and possibly not as involved) versions for my Christmas cards this year!

So here are the new products I’ve used for the make…

I hope you’re enjoying all the inspiration from the design team… there has been some spectacular makes! As always, join in on the Visible Image Facebook group or follow them on Instagram. Don’t forget everything we make gets uploaded to good ol’ Pinterest too!

See you next time… H x

StencilGirl & WOW! Blog Hop

We are collaborating with both Stencil Girl & Seth Apter for a two-day blog hop. Today is the first day of the hop. 
A $35 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl® Products,
a $35 Gift Certificate to Seth Apter’s Shop
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Wow!
Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
Then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment to win.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
Three winners will be chosen at random from all blog comments!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Wednesday, September 23rd  at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Thursday, September 24th.

I was super excited to take part in the hop as I’m all about texture and layering and I have loved the products I’ve been working with.  My first make is a large 8×8″ card which I’ve assembled to get this transparent layered effect.

Distress Oxide ink pads provide a good background medium to which I’ve added the Seth Aper PaperArtsy stamps.   Seth’s fabulously grungy Stencil Girl Drips stencil has been heat embossed using WOW!’s Soft Mango Transparent powder.

I’ve layered the Swirl and Urban Insiders Star stencils using ink pads before heat embossing the final stamps on top using the same Soft Mango powder as before.

The final layer of the card was the grungy You Got This stencil which I’ve heat embossed using another translucent powder, Oasis.

I like to challenge myself with colours sometimes and it’s rare that I use yellow in my makes as I prefer a cool palette but my second card is being and cheery and a complete contrast to the previous cards colours.

I’ve started again with a smooshed effect background using the Distress oxide ink pads before adding some more of the Seth Apter PaperArtsy stamps.  I then used the same Soft Mango powder as before to add the Drips.  I love how the Soft Mango powder is transparent and so you can see the images underneath.

For the focal point I used the Urban Insiders Circle stencil with WOW!’s Oasis powder and I did this by using a blending sponge with a pointy tip (one like you’d use for make-up) and this is fine enough to get into that detail on the stencil.

I then overlaid the Urban Insiders Star stencil using Primary Fuschia Fusion and gain, as this is transparent it allows you to see all the layers underneath.  All that was needed then was a sentiment and I love this drippy Time After Time stamp from the Seth Apter/PaperArtsy range.

My final make is a real indulgence and I made it not really with this hop in mind but purely because I wanted to see if I could make something using only WOW! powders.

I’ve used a brayer to apply the Slow Drying Embossing Pad over the board and sprinkled on Oasis as in the previous make, heat embossed it and then used the Drips stencil once more to add subtle lines down the piece.  The brayer gives a fabulous texture, very patchy in places and I like that it’s not consistent.

The green on the make is the beautiful Primary Chartreuse which, when heated up so it’s molten,  I’ve scratched cross-hatchings into using a pokey-tool.

I’ve multi-layered the drips around the edge of the make using the Seth Apter/WOW! Trio’s Cosmic and Metalz and the Mixed Media Embossing Brush.  I’ve been quite generous with the goo on the brush as I wanted big drips than I could blow down the board using my heat tool.

The yellow circles are from A Seth Apter/PaperArtsy stamp set which I added using the Provencal powder from the Riviera Trio.

To finish, I’ve again added the wonderfully grungy Urban Insiders Star stencil and overlaid the Swirl using Primary Bark.

A lot of products used on this textural grunge piece!

Here are the Stencil Girl/Seth Apter stencils I used for the three makes:


You Got This


Urban Insiders Star

Don’t forget…
You have until Wednesday, September 23rd  at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Thursday, September 24th.
Head over to Day 2 that starts tomorrow on the Stencil Girl blog.

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Inked Holly: Visible Image

Hey everyone…

How is everyone?  Hope you’re all good.

Hands up who’s seen the new Christmas stamps and stencils for Visible Image yet?!  Oh my… aren’t they fabulous?!  I love the grungy mixed media sets (endless possibilities) and the stencils give you those two classy ‘Christmas’ titles as well as that cute bauble!

I have been beavering away behind the scenes creating some samples for Helen and Mark and this was one of my first…

I adore the Inked Holly stamp. I’ve always loved a good holly and ivy stamp but the take Mark has put on this is  fabulous!  So, I began by making my typical inky, drippy background using Distress Oxide Sprays (Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass) and after leaving to dry, I added the white heat embossed segments of the stamp around the edges.

I then had a brainwave to use one of the music stamps, Music Speaks, to add the music as I was humming ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ whilst making this! (You are too now, right?!)  For the music I used  Versafine Clair’s Morning Mist ink pad and wiped any excess off the white heat embossed image.

To add some texture to the background, I used the Mesh It Up stencil.  I have a few little Liquid Pearl bottles that I rarely use and though they would look fabulous through the stencil.  Having squished a good lot of the Platinum Pearl out onto my glass mat, I added the medium using a palette knife and left to air dry.

The central focal point of the layered stamp was super easy to make.  After die-cutting a circle in watercolour card, I added Distress Spray Stains (not Oxides!) to create a watery effect.  I used the same colours as before but obviously you get slightly different colours because they’re not oxides.   Once completely dry, I heat embossed the stamp using WOW!’s Metallic Platinum powder and then three times more onto a separate sheet of watercolour card.

The leaves and berries are coloured using my Arteza watercolour brush pens and I’ve then given all three a spritz of Tattered Angels ‘Pretty Pink’ Glimmer Mist.  Once dry, I’ve fussy cut each one out of the main stamp and layered the holly leaves at a slight angle to each other using foam tape adding Ranger’s Glossy Accents to the top berries.  Then I  added some red cheesecloth behind the die-cut to break up the background.

Before adding to the card, I drew around the edge of the die-cut (and the background) using the WOW! Freestyle Tool added the same platinum powder.

This stamp is perfect for creating mixed media Christmas cards and tags but you could simply stamp it in one colour and colour it for bright and gorgeous Christmas tags or cards.  So versatile!

All the Christmas stamps and stencils are available to pre-order now and are released on Friday 18th September… so plenty of time for all that Christmas crafting!

The design team have been busy making samples to share some inspiration for each of the stamp sets and stencils so keep checking the Visible Image Facebook page for lots of ideas!  You can check out their Instagram page too and Helen has been updating  daily with all our makes.

Catch you again soon for another Visible Image make… H xx

Words of Support: Visible Image

Morning, morning, morning…

It’s been a few weeks since the new Visible Image stamps and stencils came out and by now I’m assuming you have a favourite or two!  When the DT were shown the stencils waaaaay before they were a reality, I was super excited to have a wordy stencil such as  Words of Support and one that was so poignant was just such a breath of fresh air!

This make was super simple but I’ll give you a quick run down…

I started the make using a gel press background I’d already created a while back.  I used a 7″ circle press for this and just brayered on pink and white acrylics.

I love the fact that the new Ripped Fishnet stencil is outline free so I popped him on top of the gelli print and used Distress Oxide Ink Pads to add some colour.

I didn”t tape the stencil down so had to be a bit careful but look at the what you get…

… lovely mottled effect!

I wanted to use the words separately so trimmed a hole in some scrap paper to mask off areas and to blend the colour, I used a mixture of Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves.

The jigsaw pieces from the Don’t Judge set, were stamped onto another pre-made background that I added some shimmer mist too, trimmed and added to the card using foam tape.

The small sentiments, also from the Don’t Judge set, were then stamped around the edge before trimming and matting onto black card and then to an 8×8″ card blank.

A really lovely card to send to someone in need a little hug… and here’s the lovely goodies I made it with…

For more ideas and inspiration, you can check out Visible Image on Instagram and follow the hashtag #visibleimage where you’ll find so many amazing makes from all over the world!  Plus the  Visible Image Facebook page has daily posts from us design team members as well as all Visible Image fans.  It’s a lovely community so pop on over if you haven’t already!

I’ll catch up again soon… H xx

Daisy Daisy from Visible Image

Morning everyone!

I am loving this beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, pottering around in my garden and I have a few beautiful blooms of Daisys popping out between some foliage… although I don’t get many Hummingbirds making an appearance unfortunately!

For this weeks Visible Image DT inspiration, I’ve used two new stencils, Daisy Daisy and Heavy Rain and overlaid the beautiful Life is Beautiful Hummingbird.

So here’s how I did it…

I began by trimming some watercolour card to 7.5″ square and laying the Daisy Daisy stencil in the middle.  I’ve given it a good spritz using the new gorgeous Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Spray and then carefully removed the stencil before drying.

As I wanted to stencil over the flower, I used the stencil again to make a mask and secured it in place with some low-tack masking tape.  I’ve then used the Heavy Rain stencil to add the fabulous lines across and up/down using the oxide ink pads shown.

To give the Daisy some definition, I’ve used my Derwent Intense pencils on the petals, some I’ve used a water brush on and some I’ve left and when this layer was dry, I added a few swishes of white Posca pen.

The Hummingbird was added using a stamping platform as I wanted a good coverage and knew I may have to re-ink it two or three times. I’ve used Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord Oxide ink pads for this, dabbing the ink pads over the stamp, stamping it on the background and then  changing colour.

The sentiment is also from the Life is Beautiful set and has been stamped using Versafine Clair Rain Forest and added to the card using foam tape.

To complete the make, I’ve matted it onto a navy card and then onto an 8×8″ card blank.

I am loving the new stencils and stamps… what’s your favourite?  Ripped Fishnets is very popular stencil and I love it too… but I also love Words of Support.  Great for journal makes and you may have seen my journal page I recently posted on the group page using that alongside the new Bad Day stamp set.

If you’ve bought any of the new releases (or anything Visible Image to be honest!) keep an eye on Instagram and the #visibleimage as there is sooooo much amazing stuff being posted daily… and of course, the group page on Facebook has fabulous cards and makes uploaded too!

Enjoy the weather while it’s lovely and sunny (I hope it is wherever you are!) and I’ll catch up again soon xx


Chaotic Shaker Card: Visible Image

Hey everyone,

How is everyone?  Hope you’re all well and adjusting to getting to back to normal-ish again.

I’m back today sharing a card I made using the new utterly fabulous Ripped Fishnet stencil from Visible Image.  I want to say straight out, I didn’t set out to make a shaker card.  Shaker cards are way off my radar and not sure what happened!

I started out with the Ripped Fishnet stencil and some modelling paste which gave an awesome texture.  Once dry, I used Distress Oxides to colour the entire background (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade).

As I wanted the texture to stand out more, I popped the stencil back over the dried one and using a blending brush, added Ripe Persimmon.

To use up some backgrounds I already had made, it was about now I decided to make a shaker card.  Never again.  I don’t have the patience or the neatness for anything requiring restraint.

This background was made using the Scribble stencil and I die cut it before spraying with Distress Spray Stains to make a nice bright colour.

The rim of the shaker circle was also a pre-made background using Grate-Ful that I also die-cut.  I can’t even explain how I made the shaker bit as I’ve permanently erased it from my mind as it was so stressful!

The central flower for the shaker, from the Creative Chaos stamp set, was stamped using Versafine Clair (Nocturne) onto another background made using the wonderful Drizzle stencil.  After trimming the flower, I positioned where it was to be on the background and then stamped it in black again so the stem would come out of the shaker and continue down the card.

Having adhered the flower to the centre of the shaker, I added some Tonic Nuvo Sunset Yellow Butterfly Confetti before topping with a heat embossed sentiment on acetate.

To finish, I’ve added two of the smaller flowers from the Total Chaos set and randomly stamped the DNA stamp around the edges of the card.

Have to say, I do love the finished card but I think I’ll stick to my textures and layers in future!

Find tons of inspiration over on the Visible Image page on Facebook or on Instagram by searching the hashtag #visibleimage.

Catch you next time, H x