Ericka’s Maple: Visible Image

Hello again everyone…

I’m back sharing another of my makes for Visible Image today and this set, Erika’s Maple, is a little bit special as it was created in memory of the gorgeous Erika Philpott, one of Visible Image’s biggest fans.  Erika was Canadian so what better way to remember her than by us all creating beautiful things with her special maple leaf stamp.

As always with Visible Image stamps, this set is full of possibilities and I love the texture of the leaves and the slightly smudged/scribbly look of the individual words.

I started with a kraft card and used an ink brayer to roll on some gesso in a haphazard way and roughly added some orange toned Distress Oxide Ink Pads to create colour. While this was drying, I heat stamped the leaves onto heavy Yupo paper using Wow’s gorgeous Metallic Copper powder. You have to be careful using heat on Yupo as it can warp really easily so keep the heat gun moving at all times.

With the leaves cooled and trimmed, they were coloured using alcohol inks. I chose Autumnal colours but they would look brilliant in cool, icy tones… (ooh, idea for next make!) Although the leaves had texture, I thought the card needed more and so grabbed some corrugated cardboard. Having added some colour using the ink pads once more, I swiped the Wow! Slow Drying Embossing Pad over the ridges and embossed using the same Metallic Copper powder used for the leaves. I also used this powder to add a ‘frame’ on the card by just wiping the embossing pad onto the edges.

With the cardboard adhered in place, the leaves were added using foam tape to give extra dimension. The sentiment was then stamped and trimmed before layering and adding to the card.

And here is Erika’s Maple is all it’s beautifulness…

Some of the designs the other ladies from the DT are going up with are just stunning. You can see everything we make on the Visible Image Facebook group page or over on Instagram where Helen will show us all off! If you’re on Insta, check out the tag #visibleimage too as some absolute CORKERS get posted!!

Catch up again soon… H xx

Little Bit Broken: Visible Image

Well hello everyone…

If you’re reading this you’ve probably already seen the gorgeous new stamps released by Visible Image.  Which one’s your favourite?  Have to say mine is The Right Direction and Don’t Judge.  Love them, love them, love THEM!!

So today’s make uses Don’t Judge which is perfect for so many different occasions and journalling.

I’m really into smooched backgrounds right now but I don’t bother with a glass mat or anything. I just smooch various oxide ink pads directly onto watercolour card and then spritz to get some lovey drips going. Once dry, I splatter with a glimmer mist and some Distress Oxide Spray Stain just to add a faint hint of twinkle and some texture.

Once the background is dry and trimmed to size, I used Visible Image’s Fibres stencil to create some added interest behind the figure. In the stamp set there is a fabulous little scribble stamp and I’ve heat embossed it using Wow’s Metallic Gold to go under the other side of the figure.

With the background complete, I used the grey tonal oxide ink pads to create another (smaller) smooched background which I then stamped the different sentiments over in a darker grey.  Over this, I heat embossed the figure using Wow’s Ebony Superfine powder and used a Posca pen to scribble around the outline fo the figure so it echoed the stamped scribbles behind.

After trimming the figure, I stamped the jig-saw shape, carefully fussy cut it out, added vellum behind the shape and adhered the shape to the card.  The main sentiment was stamped onto an off-cut from the figure and layered onto card before stapling into place.  For a final bit of interest, I stamped the different words from he set at the top of the card in no apparent order or pattern.  I quite like the rough look!

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

That all from me today. Don’t forget (as always) to follow Visible Image on Instagram and Facebook for loads of inspiration and videos from Mark and the DT. It’s always brilliant to see everyone’s makes on the Visible Image Group Page too! I love getting inspiration from something someone else has done… you know when your brain goes ‘Ping!’!! Haha!!

See you next time, Heather x

Vintage Sparkle: Wow Embossing Powder

Hello, hello…

Just a quick one from me today as this make has already been shared over on the Wow Blog but wanted to pop it on here too so my regular followers can catch up incase they’ve missed all my constant plugging for it over on Facebook and Instagram!

You will notice I’ve gone in a different direction for this make… no bright colours, no bold statements, just delicate hues for once.

Background was made super easily using acrylics and some fabulous Wow! Vintage Romance embossing powder which was sprinkled on after I stamped their gorgeous Sexi-Hexi stamp (which, I’m sorry to say is no longer available over on Wow! but you can buy it in other places though).

I stamped Aall & Create’s utterly sublime ‘Blossomed Numbers’ by Tracy Evans in Vintage Champagne for the background. It’s a super delicate colour with a little sparkle to it.

To make a focal point of the main flower, I heat set it again in Vintage Romance and used Distress Oxide ink pads to add colour.

After wrapping vellum around the card, I used Visible Image’s ‘Stars and Stripes’ stencil to add a few stars down the edges and added the flower using foam tape.

The sentiments were stamped onto watercolour card and added before matting the card to silver card and adhering to a card blank… and ta-da! There you go.

You can, as always keep up to date with everything Wow! on their Instagram page as well as their Facebook page. Why not follow the Wow Embossing Powder Fans page on Facebook too? Sooooo many posts and inspiration from everyone that uses Wow!’s products.

See you all again soon… H x

The Right Direction: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a Visible Image post and what better way to get back into it than with one of their new Autumnal releases.  Now we all know Visible Image are known for being that little bit different from the usual stamp companies, they go that little bit quirkier I feel and aren’t afraid to be a bit ‘out there’.  The new Autumnal releases will blow your mind!!

We all have our favourites on the DT, obviously, and I have to say this one, The Right Direction, is one I was drawn too,  Whether it’s because my Dad had a black Capri when I was growing up, whether it’s the cityscape or I don’t know… but I am loving it!

I began this make by heat embossing the cityscape using Wow’s Metallic Silver Super Fine embossing powder onto watercolour card.  Using Distress Spray Stains, I dribbled ink to make the sky, wiggling it around and spritzing with a little water to get a funky background.

The embossing powder, once set, creates a barrier between the cityscape and the sky line so you can pretty much go nuts on the colours and it doesn’t seep into each other.

The cityscape was coloured using Derwent Intense pencils, using a dash of yellow to highlight.

To create a road for the car to sit on, I stamped the stem from the Imperfection is Beauty set and used the Intense pencils again for some colour.  The sentiment, steering wheel and little cars around the edge were all heat embossed in black and the ‘Driver’ sentiment was embossed in the same silver as the cityscape.

With the car heat embossed in Wow’s Opaque Primary Cardinal Red and coloured using watercolours, I trimmed it and adhered to the card using foam tape and voila!

And here is the the fabulous new stamp set…

The Right Direction

A short and snappy post for today but I’ve got lots more makes up my sleeve!

Don’t forget to check out Visible Image over on Instagram and also the Visible Image Group page on Facebook for loads of inspiration and to see what everyone else is making with their stamps and stencils!

Catch you again soon… xx

October Guest Designer Wow! Embossing Powder

Hello everyone… or should that be ‘Cześć’ as I’ve just come back from a little break in Krakow and Lodz.  Absolutely fantastic place and thoroughly recommend to everyone!!

I was asked a while back if I’d like to be the October Guest Designer for Wow! Embossing Powder and of course I said yeeeeess please!!  Wow’s products are always on my craft desk and I honestly don’t think you can buy better quality powders (I’ve tried – always gone back to Wow!).  The sheer range of colours and genres (metallics, sparkles, opaques, pearl, glitter, even glow in the dark and puff!!) is phenomenal and their Slow Drying Embossing Pad is just perfect.  If you haven’t tried them and you’re into your stamping, just buy a couple (they’re only cheap) and try them for yourself.  You will love them and to watch them melt – so mesmerising!!

Anyway… you might have seen my makes and blog posts for Wow! Embossing Powder over the last few weeks but suddenly realised I hadn’t blogged them on my site… shocker.  My first make for them used their gorgeous Thankful stamp set with Metallic Gold Sparkle powder.

‘Merry and Bright’

Heat emboss with the Metallic Gold Sparkle, colour and add extra sparkle with a Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

Distress oxide background for a chalky, grungy look with an aperture die-cut. Add more embossing powder to frame.

Finished card with the products used

You can find the full write up for Wow! over on their blog… just press HERE!

My next make for Wow! uses Aall and Create stamps and stencils and looks a little something like this and uses Black Twinkle and Pop from the Confetti Trio (the little polka dots around the edges).

‘Sparkle and Shine’

Heat emboss on watercolour card with Black Twinkle and paint using watercolour paints

Mask the border stamp to add the stencil before adding dimension to the project using glossy/crackle accents and foam dots.  Stamp polka dots around the edge to frame using ‘Pop’ from the ‘Confetti’ trio

Finished card with the products used

Again, the full write up for Wow! can be found HERE!

My next make you make not have seen as it’s part of the inspiration for Wow!’s October Challenge (Christmas) and uses just the one colour – the beautiful Rose Gold.

‘Noel’

Ombre a background, spritz with gold ink and heat emboss using the beautiful Rose Gold powder from Wow!

Tear some corrugated cardboard and swipe the slow drying embossing pad over the ridges before dusting with the Rose Gold powder and heating

Layer the elements over one another before matting onto card

Finished card with products used

So there we are.  That’s the first three of my makes although I do have a couple still to share.  Hope you like them… I’m pretty chuffed with them although to be honest the powders make it so easy!  You can see LOADS of inspiration over on Wow!’s Facebook page or upload your own makes to their Facebook Fan Page and see what everyone else has been up to!

I’ll be back soon with new makes to share.

H xx

Recycle: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

My day for Visible Image inspiration has ticked on round again (where do these days go?!) and today I have something a little different for you.

I honestly didn’t know where I was going with this card, it  evolved as I was going along, as it usually does with me. Rarely do I have an actual plan for my makes… I just see what happens and what works.

I started by smooshing Distress Oxides (Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers) onto trimmed watercolour card and spritzed with water to get a watery, inky background. Using two acetate circles, I used Derwent Inktense pencils to draw around the circles and took a brush to add water and soften the edges before adding Distress Crayons.   I then used a Wow Embossing pen and their Rose Gold powder to add definition.

I then decided to add more texture using the polka dot stencil from Set The Tone and I heat embossed this using Wow’s Verdigris powder.  Having decided to go with some sore of aqua theme (as that seemed obvious where I was heading) I used one of the mesh stamps from Mesh-ellaneous around the edges.

Using the circles as masks once more, I added clear shimmering fish from Dare To Swim and heat embossed the ‘seaweed’ using stamps from the Organics set and Wow’s Oceanic powder.

With the background complete, I took the larger fish from Art Rebel and heat embossed using ‘Flame’ from Wow.

Having trimmed one fish from card, I decided to add some netting (from an orange bag) and some fish line under it to add to the whole pollution theme.

For the sentiment I took the large letters from Just Be Happy to make the word ‘recycle’ and heat embossed them in Rose Gold before trimming and matting onto white card and adding to the card using foam tape.

There you have it.  Something a bit different today.  Here’s all the Visible Image products I used for this make..(quite a lot today!)

Don’t forget to join us on the Visible Image Facebook page for daily inspiration from the DT and amazing makes from crafters using Visible Image products… there really are some uber talented people out there! You can also keep up with all thing Visible Image on their Instagram page too.

Catch you next time… H x

 

Christmas Eve: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

It’s my day to share another of my latest DT makes for the fabulous Visible Image and today’s is another Christmas card!

This card uses Christmas Eve, a really gorgeous set of stamps that you can layer up and do all sorts with!

So… I started with a simple watercolour background to which I spritzed on Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mist and then splattered some watery Gesso over once the Glimmer Mist was dry.

The roof top stamp was them heat embossed using Wow!’s Black Ebony Super Fine powder and then I’ve highlighted the rooftops using a white Posca pen and coloured in the windows using a yellow Sharpie.

I’ve added a scribbly hand drawn border using a fine liner and popped on some zig-zags to look like stitching.

The Christmas tree has been stamped using Bright White Opaque Wow! powder and has been embossed onto black card and then simply fussy cut and adhered to the card over the roof tops slightly using foam tape.

I felt the card was looking a little ‘cold’ (if you get me) so I heat embossed some stars using Wow!’s Metallic Gold Rich powder and this just adds a little warmth.  To add extra interest to the corner, I’ve stamped the holly from the Christmas Chaos set twice, trimmed around one so just the holly remains and then used tiny foam dots to attach to the original holly image.  Having coloured it using watercolours, I  added glossy accents to give a lovely shine!

To finish, the sentiment has been stamped using VersaFine Clair (in Nocturne) and then for some extra Christmas sparkle, I’ve adhered a few clear adhesive gems in the night sky.

Here’s the Visible Image stamp sets I’ve used to make this card…

Christmas Eve

 

Don’t forget to check in regularly on the Visible Image Facebook page for loads of inspiration and tips from the other DT members and of course Instagram has loads of makes (especially if you search for #visibleimage!)

Catch up again soon… thanks for looking!

H x