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




Stop Meshing Around




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




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…





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

Into The Woods

Hello everyone…

I’m back today sharing a couple of makes for Visible Image and once again, I’ve used one of their fabulous new releases – Into The Woods.

The DT has already come up with some absolute stunning makes using this stamp set but I can’t seem to get away from making it look dark and moody!

The first card uses a mixture of mediums for the background and once dried, I’ve used the largest stamp from The Ripple Effect with a clear embossing powder to create another texture.


To break up the sky, I’ve stamped Scripted Streets randomly in a deep brown as well as taking the stripes from the Stars and Stripe stencil and teaming it with Nuvo’s Hybrid Metro Grey ink pad.  As you can see, the circles from The Ripple Effect has resisted the ink and left a hint of a circle.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and mix elements of stencils with stamps

The wood landscape stamps are just fabulous.  Lovely and wide (they are A5 in width) you can layer them in different colours to create depth, or as I have done here, just used a black ink.  I can see these being hugely popular… especially if you add a hint of white embossing powder to resemble snow – a Christmas scene right there!!

Textures and tones are easily created by different mediums

To finish the card, stamp the sentiments onto grey inky card using a black ink pad and secure to the card using foam tape.   Matt onto black and and attach to a card blank… et voila!

My second make today is really moody and quite haunting.


The background is similar to the first one, generated exactly the same way.  When dry, I’ve die-cut a circle from card and used the negative to add grey Oxide Inks in Hickory Smoke and Iced Spruce.  I’ve used my finger to smudge the ink and once happy with the colouring, I’ve added Nuvo Aqua Shimmer in Glitter Gloss around the edges for a hint of sparkle.  Once the mask has been removed, I’ve used Derwent Inktense pencils to add a little yellow to the edges.

The owl has been stamped in the same glossy embossing powder as the trees

The woods have been stamped using Wow’s embossing powder in British Summertime (excellent name for a grey!) and Ebony Superfine Black.

The detail on the large tree is just beautiful!

To finish, add a sentiment.  I’ve chosen ‘Always listen to the voices in Your Head’ as I loved the font and felt it worked well with the moodiness of the card.  Add black ink to the edges and matt onto an olive green card before securing to a card blank.

And here’s the stamps used in todays projects…

Into The Woods


Voices In Your Head


The Ripple Effect


Scripted Streets


Stars and Stripes

Check out the other DT makes using the new releases… they are all absolutely stunning!!

Have a good day and catch you next time…

H x

PaperArsty Zinksi Florals

Hello everyone…

Something a wee bit off my normal range today.  I’ve, for a loooong time, loved the PaperArtsy Zinski stamps.  Their super quirky and you can really mess around with them, mixing them up.

I’ve had some of the Zinskiart floral stamps for a good while but hadn’t used them in ages… but was recently asked to make a thank you card on behalf of my daughter’s Maths class for their teacher and out they came! I loved putting them all together (and she was chuffed to bits with he hugeA3 card!) so it got me all fired up for them again.

I’ve Gelli printed onto music score paper for this background


The papers I’ve stamped onto have all been Gelli printed and then fussy-cut out.  Before adding them to the background, I’ve added yet more texture using stamps and die-cut clouds.


I love this quirky little bird and have added leaves, stamped using different shades of green Distress Oxide ink and black, so I could perch him up high.  The bird himself has been stamped over card sprinkled with PaperArtsy Infusions so he has a lovely speckled effect.

Once all the elements have been stuck to the card, glossy accents have been added to different elements.  These really draw your eye in and give  different dimension to the card.  I’ve also spodged on Liquid Pearls to mimic the polka dots on the stamps.

So, with this card made, I thought I’d quickly make some cards to have to hand in case there’s a birthday or occasion I forget and came up with these quirky cards…

All quick and easy to make but wow… super therapeutic with all that colouring!  Lovely!!

Catch up again soon people… enjoy the sunshine!

H xx

Butterfly Ink

Hello everyone and thank you for joining me here today!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock of late, you will have seen that Visible Image has released six new stamps and eight new stencils.  They have absolutely done it again and produced the most fabulous images and sentiments that I know everyone is going to love/want/need!

As someone who loves to add texture to their makes, I have a huge love of stencils.  I absolutely love all of them if I’m honest as they’re all so versatile and you can pick certain elements out of all of them to use in different ways but the Butterfly Ink stencil really caught my eye.

Butterfly Ink Stencil and the sentiment is from the Voices In Your Head set

I wanted to use the stencil is a really simple way to show how fabulous it is and so I made a card using just the stencil, a sentiment and some crackle paint.  All Visible Images stencil’s are fabulous quality, so lovely and thick so that they holds mediums really well and they’re pretty tough (my stencils go through a bit of a bashing and have all survived!)

Having secured the stencil to some watercolour card, I’ve applied crackle paint quite thickly in places as I wanted a some lovely thick cracks.  Once dried (air drying is best) I’ve dripped different coloured inks along the cracks that the ink spreads.

I love the subtle colour that the ink gives

Around the edge of the butterfly, I’ve used a watercolour pencil to give a watery outline and I’ve also given him a coat of matt varnish to protect the crackle and stop it flaking off over time.

Visible Images sentiment stamps are always so perfect!

The sentiment is from the new Voices In Your Head set and comes with four sentiments that you can easily mix up and use the words to form your own sentiments.  I have been known to cut sentiment stamps into individual words (if they aren’t already) as I like to mix things up a bit and this makes it easier.

Having trimmed the image down, I’ve inked the edged using a matching ink pad and then matted it onto black card.  The sentiment has then been stamped over a watery inky background and secured to the bottom of the card using foam tape.

The new stamps and stencils are going to be flying out of Visible Image HQ and if you need any encouragement, head on over to their blog where you’ll find plenty of inspiration from the other DT members.  Here’s what I used for this make:

Butterfly Ink Stencil


Voices In Your Head stamp set

Thanks for looking, see you all soon!

H x


Incredible Butterfly Ink

Hello everyone…

A very impromptu post today as I’ve had some lovely comments over on the Visible Image Facebook page about this little make…

I was only playing when I made it but sometimes that’s when you get the best results.

So some of you were asking for a tutorial and (obviously) I can’t go back and re-make (and I haven’t got the time to make another one) so I thought I’d talk you through the process, is that ok?

The stencil I’ve used is one of the gorgeous new releases from Visible Image and is called Butterfly Ink.  It’s one of eight new stencils and all are amazing!

Anyway… to start, I taped the stencil (please use low-tack tape or it’ll ruin everything!) to textured card.  I’ve then drawn around the butterfly using Derwent Inktense pencils.  I did the Tan colour first using a fine paintbrush to add water and dilute the lines.

Be careful when adding water that you don’t add too much as it will seep under the stencil, so less is more.  I then added the Bark colour in the same way…

Don’t forget to add colour to the elements around the butterfly

Use the colour around the edges to then colour the butterfly itself.  I teased the colour out of the edges as this gave enough colour for me but you can add as much or as little colour as you like.  To make the Frayed Burlap colour slightly more intense, I’ve given it a very light spritz, as this really makes the colour come alive.

Once dry, take a Wink of Stella brush and added subtle sparkle around the outline

I’ve used Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink pad on the sentiment as I love the chalky finish you get.  I didn’t use a stamping platform or an acrylic block, I literally stuck the stamp to my fingers and freehanded the stamping so I could control where I wanted the lettering to start/end.

Once dry, I added more shimmer using the Wink of Stella on some of the letters. To finish, I’ve matted it onto black card and then onto a beautiful copper pearlescent card before securing it to a 7×7″ card blank.

And there you go!  A really easy card to make and even if you fluff up the outline (like I did in places) it doesn’t matter as you can use a brush to erase any mistakes!  I’d love to see any cards you create using this technique so do tag me any!

Catch up again soon,

H x