See Everything: Visible Image

Hello again everyone,

I’m back today sharing a card I made using the new (and rather popular!) See Everything stamp set from Visible Image.  I absolutely adore this set… ticks all the boxes for me.  You can make grungy distressed cards or something elegant and simple.

I made the card for my daughter’s birthday and I knew she would also love this set as she is very much into graphic images and bright colours.

Obviously the main image is the See Everything stamp which I’ve reversed to get the full face effect.  If you haven’t used this technique before (I hadn’t – good ol’ YouTube!) I found stamping it carefully onto acetate and then using the acetate to ‘stamp’ the image the easiest method.  You do have to be careful and not slide the stamp when stamping initially or when pressing the acetate onto your background but if you’re careful you can get some amazing effects!  I used Versafine to stamp and then I heat embossed both images in Wow’s Superfine Black powder (it really is the best).

Before adding the background colour, I masked out the areas I wanted to colour using Pēbēo’s Drawing Gum.  Once the gum had fully dried (air dry) I used watercolour to add the background colour and allowed it to dry once more before adding Distress Crayon through the Two Tone stencil.  I then smudged the circles a bit using a watercolour brush as I didn’t want a perfect circle.

I could then do the bit I love… peeling away all the gum!   This reveals beautifully white areas I could then paint using a mixture of watercolours and Distress Spray Stains.

Wanting to fill the card as much as possible, I then stamped various other Visible Image stamps (see below) to fill the areas.  I love the little lightbulb from Glimmer of Light and have highlighted them using a Posca pen and in-filled using Derwent Intense pencils.

Once I had all the different stamps done and dusted and everything was coloured, I added Nuvo Aqua Shimmer in Glitter Gloss to some of the circles and then Ranger’s good old Glossy Accents to others.

To finish, I’ve matted the background onto bright yellow and orange card before popping on a card blank (8×8″).

I have to say, she loved the card and I was chuffed with how it turned out!

So, here is the pretty extensive list of Visible Image stamps used… see if you can spot which ones I’ve used from each set!

See Everything

 

Random Art of Kindness

 

Glimmer of Light

 

Universal

 

Shape It Up

 

Imperfection is Beauty

 

Life is Beautiful

 

Two Tone

Phew!  Think I got them all!?

There has been some stunning makes using the new mixed stamps on the Visible Image FaceBook page so don’t forget to pop in and check them out.  Everyone’s makes look just stunning!

Hope to see you all again soon… H xx

Wings of Change: Visible Image

Hello there everyone…

I’m back today with, what has to be, one of favourite makes lately and I’ve been itching to share this one.  I’ve used the beautiful new Wings of Change stamp set from the fabulous Visible Image.  I am absolutely loving these new mixed media stamps and I know a lot of  you are too.

I wanted to make a textured-layered-mixed media type card so to start I grabbed a sheet of vellum and using a brayer, roughly added some white acrylic.  I definitely wasn’t careful about this as I wanted a rough look.

Over this I’ve used Archival’s Watering Can ink pad to stamp some background interest using stamps from Creative Chaos and See Everything.  When this was dry, I’ve pulled out my old and trusty sewing machine to stitch around the edges.

To create the butterflies, I’ve first made a background using alcohol inks on yup paper.  I’ve used Tim Holtz’s colours for Ranger and the colours are so intense and just beautiful.  I stuck with blues, purples and pinks but they would work in any colourway you fancied.

With the background 100% dry, I’ve given it a quick swipe with an anti-static cloth and stamped all the butterflies from the set over and over.  They’ve then been stamped again onto vellum using VersaFine’s Onyx Black ink pad and then heat embossed them using Wow’s Black Twinkle powder.  For the final layer, they’ve been stamped onto acetate using Archival ink before all being fussy-cut out, ready for layering.  The words are from the ‘metamorphosis’ stamp (with the Wings of Change set) where I’ve trimmed them to make more of a statement.

The butterflies are layered with the vellum at the bottom then the coloured, alcohol ink for the middle layer and finally the acetate layer on top (I’ve glued them down their middles only so I can bend their wings so they stand out more ).  The little strips of words have then been glued over the acetate in the middle of the butterflies.

I then had the magic idea of sewing the butterflies onto the background vellum so it would match the border I’d sewn previously.  So, I lightly glued them in place and gave my little sewing machine a  total heart attack by asking it to do what I shouldn’t but bless it, it came through for me (thank you little machine!)

Then all that was needed was for me matt it onto some black card before adhering it to a white card blank before finally folding the butterflies wings to give them some lovely dimension!

Gorgeous even if I do say so myself!

Here are the gorgeous, amazing, beautiful Visible Image stamps I’ve used for this card…

Wings of Change

 

See Everything

 

Creative Chaos

As always, head on over to the Visible Image Facebook page for daily inspiration and to see what everyone has been sharing… there are some absolutely cracking makes from everyone.  The Visible Image blog also has all our DT makes uploaded and shared, so that’s always interesting to read as it can spark an idea (well, it does with me!)

And if that wasn’t enough… keep your eyes peeled for Visible Image on Create and Craft TV (hands up who caught the awesome Wizard of Oz shows last week?!)  Mark (and Helen!) will be on there every month now, demo-ing new ideas and all their stamps and stencils!  Excellent news!!

Catch up soon folks… thanks for popping by!

H xx

 

Creative Chaos: Visible Image

Morning all…

Life seems to be rushing past me lately and there just aren’t enough hours in the day, like wading through treacle almost and I’m finding it all bit  frustrating really as I have so many projects and ideas inside my head all revolving around the absolutely damn-well fabulous new mixed media stamps from Visible Image.

Today’s make uses Creative Chaos.  A stunning stamp set incorporating delicious inky flowers and circular grungy stamps.  I (and the other design team members!) just love it!!!

I’ve made a chalky background using Distress Oxide ink pads and added some white acrylic to the edges just using my finer to smudge it in.  Having stamped the circular polka dot stamp (if you get me) using Archival’s Watering Can ink pad, I’ve then over stamped the DNA motif a few times using a VersaFine ink pad.

I wanted a grungy look to the flowers so decided to cut up an old map of The lake District I was given a while back.  I stamped the flowers, large and small, onto the chalky background and then onto the map (having chosen some interesting areas).

After trimming the flower heads from the map, I then inked the edges using Distress Ink Pads in Vintage Photo and Tea Dye and adhered them over the stamped images on the background.

I decided to add some dimension to the middle flower, to stop it looking too flat and so trimmed some white cheesecloth and black cotton and wedged both between the layers of flower (using foam tape and a hot glue gun).

Still not happy with the effect I was getting, I felt it needed some extra texture so used Inktense pencils on the flower stalks and a white Posca pen  on the stamped flower heads and over some of the background images.

I’ve split the rather wonderful sentiment up and used it either side of the main flower stalk and highlighted areas with the same white Posca pen.

To finish, I’ve added little dots of glossy accents over a selected amount of the polka dot circles which make sit so lovely to run your hands over now it’s all dry! I’ve then matted this onto black card and then onto a 7×7″ white card blank.

This make has to be one of my favs at the moment and here’s some of what I used to make it…

 

This is the original stamp set… look how utterly marvellous it is and bow down to worship it!!

Isn’t that, frankly, just a beautiful, beautiful stamp set?!  And the best thing is… all the new mixed media releases are all just as amazing!!! Mark and Helen really have pulled it out of the bag with this one… huge round of applause to them for designing and making these!!!

As always, don’t forget to follow Visible Image over on Facebook for daily inspiration from the DT and from everyone, there’s always so much to inspire you… and of course, the blog is there for a round up of everything we’ve been making!

Catch up again soon… thanks for reading.

H x

Visible Image: New Wizard of Oz Stamps

Hello again…

Visible Image have been super busy lately (as always!) and have produced some truly amazing stamps and stencils for February’s release.  The Alice in Wonderland stamps went down a storm and they were followed recently by the gorgeous Wizard of Oz stamps and dies… yes, that’s right… dies!!  Having been a Wizard of Oz fan since I was very small I was so excited to get my inky mitts on these!!

The Oz Flying Monkeys used to scare the life out of me when I was small (and even a bit now too!) and I really wanted to use them and so my first make was this card…

The dark background uses Distress Oxide ink pads in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Chipped Sapphire along with a splatter of Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.  The moon is  Mustard Seed oxide and the swirly Time Tunnel stencil has been made using Carved Pumpkin.

The scary monkey (look at its eyes… just haunting!) has been heat embossed in Wow’s Super Fine Ebony embossing powder onto watercolour card before using a mixture of watercolours, Distress Spray Stains and Derwent Inktense pencils (and a little gold gel pen) to colour him in.

The little flying monkeys have been stamped using a Versafine Onyx Black ink pad and then heat embossed using the same Wow powder used on the large monkey.

For the sentiment, I made (another) grungy background using my much over-used oxides, and die-cut two little clouds.  Having edged them with black, I stamped the sentiment on using Wow’s Opaque bright White embossing powder and attached using foam tape.

 

My second make is a tag…

For this wee fella, I’ve heat embossed him using Wow’s Metallic Copper powder and coloured him using the same materials as before just in different colours.

I’ve upped the menacing look by giving him red eyes and they do look very demonic!

The background is my ever go-to favourite Strobe stencil over which I’ve lightly stamped the smaller monkey stamps using Archival’s Watering Can ink pad just to give a hint at the monkeys.  Having fussy cut the monkey out (and I didn’t have the dies at the time of making so excuse some of my dodgy areas!) I’ve placed him on the wall I’ve stamped using the brick stamp from the Teenage Kicks set.

The bright purple sentiment has been heat embossed using Wow’s Metalline Violet embossing powder, each word trimmed  and then added using tiny foam tape. Some stained muslin and ribbon have been threaded through the punched hole to finish.

And there you go!  Wonderful stamps (and dies) which, rightly so, have been super popular.

Check out the Visible Image Facebook page and their blog for more inspiration from the design team and to catch up on the latest releases and news… oh and don’t forget Instagram!  Use the hashtag #visibleimage to find awesome makes from all over the world!

Thanks for reading … until next time xx

Wizard of Oz releases: Visible Image

Well hello!

How fabulous are the new releases from Visible Image looking?!!  I don’t know about you but I used to love watching Wizard of Oz on the telly when I was small (no DVD’s back then!) and it was usually at Christmas it was on and everyone would groan as I sat down AGAIN to watch it for the umpteenth time! Haha!!

So these new stamps are just beautiful and come with rather fabulous contrasting dies too so none of that fussy cutting (although at the time of writing we’ve not got ours yet so I have fussy cut!)  Visible Image have done an extraordinary bundle on the website too, so if you love all things Yellow Brick Road, these are a must!

Ahh… Dorothy and little Toto.  So I started with a simple make using Time Tunnel to make a sparkly rainbow… which looks simple but wow, is that time consuming!!

Having stamped the door from the Ahead Of Our Time set, I’ve adhered it using 3D foam dots (behind the door) and a dab of glue (on the door frame), this gives the door a bit of depth. Having stamped and fussy cut the house image, I’ve added them to the background using more 3D foam dots, all at jaunty angles.

Dorothy has been coloured using watercolours and Derwent Inktense pencils. I’m not the greatest at colouring in like this so I’m pretty pleased with the results! Toto has been a given a little splash of glitter, not that you can’t see it overly well in the photos.

Finally, the sentiment (of which there are two with Dorothy!) has been heat embossed using Wow’s Opaque Primary Cardinal Red.  I was going to emboss in a glitter but when I did a little experiment, the glitter wasn’t fine enough for the words. I’ll have to invest in more glitters obviously! Haha!!

Right… here’s what I used for this project…

And here’s where you can find all the details you need for the Visible Image products…

 

 

 

Don’t forget to check all the fabulous inspiration from the DT using these new releases and all Visible Image products over on the blog and on the Visible Image Facebook page.

I’ll be back soon to share some other new makes for Visible Image!

Heather x

 

Mixed Media Piece

Morning all,

I’ve had this week off so it’s been great to catch up on DT makes for Visible Image (Wow, do they have some gorgeous stuff heading your way!!) but also I’ve had time to make for the sake of making… and that includes this.

I didn’t start out to do anything other than make some grungy backgrounds that I could pop away for later use but I loves the ‘drippiness’ of the inks on this one so just carried on.

It’s A4 in size and on watercolour card so holds the mediums perfectly.  You can see I’ve saturated the top with spritzing inks and I’ve just let them drip down and dry naturally so the paper didn’t buckle.

Once dry, I’ve added the Allium JOFY stencil from Paperartsy using an Old Paper Distress Oxide ink pad and then highlighted it using a Posca pen.  The polka dots are modelling paste that I sprinkled Wow’s Primary Dovetail while still wet and then melted the powder… oh, I added a small amount of gold powder too.  By doing this, you get a fabulous bubbly texture that I, personally, love but I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

I’ve then gone in with my Tim Holtz stencils, added the words ‘LOST’ and ‘FOUND’ and then scribbled a couple of arrows through a stencil just using a fine liner.

The beautiful quirky flowers are from AALL & Create and I’m just in love with everything they produce. There’s so much on each stamp so you can pick individual images out or just stamp the whole damn thing! Love, love, love!! Anyway, the florals are stamped on the background and then I had the bright idea of stamping the flower head onto text (as I love that look) and working into it with Posca pens again and gold finaliser. How fabulous are these flowers though? I just adore the scribbly effect… beautiful!!

The AALL & Create set comes with dinky words that I’ve found you can slot into unexpected places… like in the leaves not he flowers… super cute.

I really love adding Glossy Accents to makes as it just gives a delicate texture without it being in your face too much, if you get me. So I’ve doodled over the florals at the top of the piece using the gloss and Posca to add highlights.

And with a little bit of gold finaliser added for a touch of warmth, the piece is done!

I’ve already started an A3 one… another drippy, textured piece so keep an eye out for Insta pics on that!

Catch up soon,
H xx

Visible Image Stamps and Alcohol Inks

Hello there everyone…

I know it’s been a while but what with Christmas and New Year and working it’s been a busy old time for everyone but we’re all back in the swing of things now… ish!

I’m determined to experiment with my Visible Image makes a little more this year and getting to grips with alcohol inks is way up on the list so I spent an hour just splodging the inks onto Yupo paper (a synthetic paper that doesn’t ‘suck up’ the inks).  I made a couple in this colour way but managed to ruin the first!

 

As you can see, I’ve used  Dare to Swim and Create Your Calm as the main focus for the card but have used a fair few of the gorgeous background stamps to aid it along!

This was the original background…

… and I began by using Scripted Streets and a Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink pad to remove the text and then began layering stamps using Archival ink pads using Posca pens and Inktense pencils to add a bit of detail.

Here’s some detailed photos…

The Seahorse was stamped using an Archival Black ink pad but it’s reacted with the alcohol inks and gone slightly purple which I rather like!

The little school of fishes from the Dare to Swim set, have been stamped using an old white Stazon ink pad that has gone a bit sticky. While still wet, I’ve smoothed silver crafting foil over the top so the foil has remained and the fishes are all shimmery.

The Ripple Effect has literally been used to create ripples in the water and I’ve highlighted them using Ranger Glossy Accents over Archival’s Watering Can ink pad.  I’ve also used DecoArt Media’s Liquid Glass to create tiny bubbles by the Seahorse’s nose.

The sentiment, also from the Dare to Swim set,  is heat embossed in bright white onto the torn vellum and the finished make mounted onto white and a dark blue shimmery card.

So here’s all the fabulous Visible Image stamp sets used for this make:

Create Your Calm

 

Dare To Swim

 

The Ripple Effect

 

Scripted Streets

 

Life is Beautiful

 

Keep your crafty eyes peeled for some new Visible Image releases coming soon… you will NOT want to miss these!! And, as always, don’t forget to join in on the Visible Image Facebook page.  Share your makes, pick up a few tips and join in with he challenges.  There’s always the blog too!  Jammed packed full of beautiful work by the DT and always lots of different styles and stamps/stencils being utilised.  Hope you’ll join us!

Catch you again soon,

Heather xx