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

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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

The White Rabbit: New Visible Image Releases

Well hello, hello…

Yes, I know… I’ve been proper slack blogging but I had a good excuse – I moved house! Yay! I now have a shiny new craft room that I don’t have to share with bikes, spare beds and boxes of junk!

In my absence, the wonderful Visible Image have released a truly magical set of Alice in Wonderland stamps and I’m sharing my first make using the gorgeous White Rabbit stamp set with you today.

How fabulous is he?!  The detail is amazing and although I was little nervous to start with (my colouring skills are a tad rusty to say the least!) I absolutely loved playing with him!

The tag started life as an actual tag on our new dining room table which I painted in Gesso before wiping Distress Inks over the top using a baby wipe.  I was after a subtle background so chose pale colours and then used the Time Tunnel stencil in a slightly darker blue.

Along the right hand side, I stamped the ‘Tick Tock’ words and overlaid the spiral from the Ahead of our Time set.

The rabbit was stamped using a Versamark ink pad and I’ve coloured him using watercolours (as I don’t have any fancy comic markers or the like).

I added 3D foam dots and popped him over the spiral, finishing the tag with the sentiment and some lovely cotton ribbon. He looks rather smart I think!

The new releases are just awesome and I know they’ve been incredibly well received both in the Uk and across the world which is just fabulous for the Visible Image folks.

Here’s the Visible Image stamps I used for The White Rabbit tag:

The White Rabbit

 

Ahead of our Time

 

Time Tunnel

If you love this tag, head on over to the Visible Image Facebook page or their blog to see what the other DT members have made… and you will be blown away!!

Catch up again soon, H xx

Beautiful Butterfly Ink

Hello everyone…

I’m watching the footie while I type this so if the odd ‘Goooooaaaaal’ seeps in I apologise! Haha!

My DT card for Visible Image today uses the utterly gorgeous Butterfly Ink stencil but I’ve used just the one wing, adding lots of texture and interest along the way.

The background has been made using the Stop Meshing Around stencil with distress oxide inks and Infusions… (and there has been a goal but we won’t talk about that one!! GRRRRR!!)

The main butterfly wing has Elemental just peeping through the texture with the Fibres stencil adding some sparkle and to add extra definition, I’ve used Derwent Inktense pencils around the outline.

The sentiment come from the Own Kind of Beautiful set, which is where I got the idea for the card from to begin with as I love these beautiful butterflies!

The cute little heart is from the same set and just adds a finishing touch!

 

The Visible Image products used for this make are…

Count Me In

 

Fibres

 

Stop Meshing Around

 

Elemental

 

Own Kind of Beautiful

Don’t forget to pop on into the Visible Image blog for more DT inspiration!

See you again soon (it’s still 1-1 btw!)

H xx

Into the Woods

Hello everyone,

I’m back with not one but two Visible Image makes using their gorgeous Into the Woods stamp set.

I’m enjoying making cleaner cards at the moment and trying to embrace all that white space, which is something that doesn’t sit comfortably with me but I’m trying!

I started by working out where I wanted the main focal point to be, in this case the beautiful tree image, and made light pencil marks where the branches would be.  Using Distress Spray Stains in Bundled Sage and Forest Moss, I dotted a small amount of ink onto the card and used a straw to blow the ink around.  I layered up the ink as I didn’t want to put too much down at once.

Once I was happy with the look, I used the circular image from the Life is Beautiful set to add a bit more interest.  This was stamped using a Nuvo Hybrid ink pad in Metro Grey.  I also added a circle to the top of the card where the sentiment was to be placed to break it up.

Using a stamping platform, I then stamped the tree and the Take Chances sentiment.  I didn’t want to use a stamping block as I wanted the images to be dark and would be able to stamp confidently two or three times without the image being compromised.

To finish the card, I’ve splattered some gold Distress Spray Stain and added some pale gold sequins.  This is all then matted onto a moss coloured card before matting onto card stock.

My second card today also uses Into the Woods alongside Organics.

I’ve used water colour card as usual (as it soaks up the watery inks nicely)  and torn two strips of masking tape to create the border for my colour block.

Using Distress Oxide ink pads in Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint, I’ve made a wash of colour to which I’ve stamped over using the Organics stamp set.

Once this is completely dry, I’ve heat embossed the tree and the distress line (on the left) in Bright White powder and then moved it slightly on the stamping platform and then embossed in black.  This creates a lovely highlight.

The sentiment was taken from the Imperfection is Beauty set and is also stamped using embossing powder.  To finish, I’ve matted it onto black card and et voila!

Here’s the stamp sets I’ve used for these makes:

Into the Woods

 

Life is Beautiful

 

Take Chances

 

Organics

 

Imperfection is Beauty

Don’t forget to take a look at the Visible Image blog or the Visible Image Facebook page where you’ll see lots more fabulous inspiration from the other design team members.

Catch you next time!

H xx

 

Stay Beautiful!

Hello, hello, hello…

Feels like I’ve been away a while as I was so ridiculously busy and then it all came to stop after I managed to damage my neck/shoulder in some way.  It’s so irritating (and painful) and I’m just bored of it all now!!

Anyway, a bit of gentle crafting never hurt anyone and it’s a superb way for everyone to relax so that’s what I’ve been doing.  Unfortunately with all this spare time, I’ve been watching a lot of You Tube tutorials and my product wish list has tripled in size! Haha!

Enough of my chatting… today’s make is pretty simple.  Just a stencil and stamps and it was super quick to make.

 

I’ve used the Strobe stencil on watercolour card to create the main focal point, mixing modelling paste with acrylic paint to make a calming grey colour.  Having left it to air dry overnight, I then heat embossed the largest stamp from Ray of Light in gold onto vellum.  This vellum was one I found recently and already has a gold print on it but I love the pattern created… almost like a mini How Fragile image!

The simply stamped sentiment comes courtesy of Into the Woods and Life is Beautiful and has been attached using foam dots.

I was going to heat emboss the ‘Sparkle’ sentiment on it’s own but felt the card needed some texture so added Infusion powder in Raspberry for a splash of colour.

To finish, I’ve matted the watercolour card onto raspberry and black card before giving the inside of the card a bit of interest by adding  strip of colour along the side.

A really simple card but I love it!  The Visible Image products used on this card are…

Strobe

 

Sparkle

 

Life is Beautiful

 

 

into the Woods

Don’t forget to pop on over to the Visible Image blog to see what the other designers have been up to!  There are, as always, some truly stunning makes.

See you again soon!

H x