Visible Image: New Releases for June ’19

Hello…

I don’t know if you’ve seen the new stamps previewing for Visible Image over the past week or so but they’ve just released NINE new stamp sets!! Whoop!!  All are available for pre-order now and will be released on 22nd June for all your inky mitts!  Mark has designed them all in the usual, slightly off the beaten track, Visible Image style and Helen has done an amazing job on the sentiments and all are going to be super popular as always!

Today I’m using the new Guardian Angel set… which kind of reminds me of the statue’s out of Dr Who.  No?  Just me then! Haha…

I love this stamp set, it’s so unusual and quirky and not like anything else on the market and I love that about Visible Image products… all that little bit different from everything else.

Anyway, to start this card I cut up a poster I bought from Paperchase that had an old New York map on it, adhered it to card and used a brayer to apply Gesso.

Using Distress Oxide ink pads in Dusky Concord, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire I’ve added stripes of colour before spritzing with water to give a mottled effect.  For more texture, I then splattered black and silver ink before drying.

After much procrastination, I decided to add the Strobe stencil using a large die cut circle.  I wanted a graduated colour so used Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink pad on the centre of the circle, then Hickory Smoke before a light coat of Black Soot.  Looking at it, I felt it needed some light so went around the outside (over the black) using Scattered Straw and while the stencil was still in place I spritzed on gold Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

To add some interest to the outskirts of the card, I’ve stamped on the little bubble stamp (which I know will be used so much on other projects so thank you Mark for the little background stamps you add to sets!)

I don’t know if it shows up in the photo but the bubbles have been graduated in colour from Ice Spruce at the top to Hickory Smoke in the middle to Black Soot down the bottom.  I’ve used the die cut circle from before as a mask.

The Angel itself was heat embossed using Versamark and Wow’s! British Summertime which is a fabulous opaque grey.

Derwent’s Inktense pencils have been used to add colour.  I love the smooth application of them and the colours are so beautiful.  I opted for the same palette of colours so it echoed the background.

With the Angel and the wings all colours, it was time to start layering up the card.  Having fussy cut the Angel, I added gold wire to the rear to break up the image.  Using foam tape on the wings and the main image, I’ve given the Guardian Angel some dimension and I think looks a bit more dramatic.

For the finishing touches, I’ve stamped, coloured and trimmed the feathers and the dove and secured them to the card (some have foam dots added, some don’t).

To lighten the mood of the card, I’ve heat embossed the sentiment using Wow’s Opaque Bright White powder (this really is the best powder on the entire planet!)

It was then just a matter of adding glossy accent to some of the bubbles and on the dove and crackle accent to the feathers before placing to one side to dry thoroughly.

Here’s some of the products I’ve used… not all as I couldn’t fit them in the picture!

And here’s the Visible Image products I’ve used for this card…

Guardian Angel

 

Strobe

And that’s it for today.  Hope you love the new releases as much as I do.  Check out the Visible Image Facebook Group for daily inspiration from the design team and don’t forget… all the new stamps can be pre-ordered before their release on June 22nd.

Hope to catch up soon… H x

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Visible Image: Into the Woods

Hello again…

My little craft room is situated at the front of the house and when I look outside I can see a huge Horse Chestnut tree which is just beautiful whatever the weather or season.

I was sitting at my desk the other day as the sun was going down and I could see all these glorious colours in between the branches and the surrounding trees and it totally inspired me to make this card for my Visible Image DT inspiration this week.

I hadn’t actually aimed for it to come out quite so atmospheric but I just love the spooky look to it… couldn’t be more different to the actual tree but the colours are the same.

I’ve used watercolour card as it captures everything I load onto it so well and I began by taping it  down using a low tack tape.

Make sure the tape is low tack otherwise it will rip the base card as you remove it

The main colour comes from Distress Oxides and I’ve used Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needles and Black Soot at the base of the card and Fossilised Amber and Spiced Marmalade for the warmer hues.  I added these using the sponge applicators before sprinkling PaperArtsy Infusions on in matching tones (In the Navy and A Bit Jaded for the darker areas and Golden Sands and Rusty Car over the warmer areas).

Infusions have Walnut crystals in them so you get a beautiful brown speckled effect when spritzed with water

Once dry, I added some extra background texture by stamping the text from Scripted Streets in Spiced Marmalade (Distress Oxide) and the round circles from Shape It Up in the same Pine Needles ink pad I used on the background.

Have a rough idea where you’ll stamp the tree and use the circles as though they were the leaves… if you get me?!

Next was to stamp the tree and I used a Versamark ink pad for this and heat embossed it using a clear gloss powder from Wow!  Always good to remove any static from the card by swiping with an anti-static bag before stamping as this helps stop the powder sticking to other inky areas.

Once the embossing powder has cooled, I’ve used a Posca pen to add highlights to the tree

To add the first layer of trees, I’ve ripped some scrap paper and taped in place and used the same coloured ink pads to emphasise the landscape.  With the scrap paper still in place, I’ve added the first set of trees in exactly the same way as the tree.

You can just make out the scrap paper covering the area of the card I didn’t want to stamp on (a wee bit blurry photo-apologies!)

Once this step is completed, you do exactly the same for the last set of trees, adding the Posca pen again for highlights.  Add the bird in the top left and then the text around the edge of the card to finish the front of the card.

I wanted to decorate inside the card too as it looks lovely on A-frame cards when you can see something peering through when it’s standing upright and so matted and layered card stock (to match the front of the card) leaving bright white card on top.  Having then stamped one of the line of tree stamps on the bottom edge I finished the card by using the same bird motif in the top left in a gorgeous rich copper embossing powder (from Wow!)

Here’s the Visible Image products  I used in today’s make…

Into The Woods

 

Destination Unknown

 

Scripted Streets

 

Shape It Up

 

As always, you can find daily inspiration from the rest of the DT over on the Visible Image Facebook page where you can keep up to date with all the goings on like Create and Craft appearances!  Find Visible Image on Instagram too!

That’s all for now but see you again soon… H x

Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone…

After walking the pupsters this morning I headed into the craft room to have a play.  I was meant to be tidying it up but pffffft!  Why tidy when you can get messy!  I decided to make a canvas for Craft Stamper’s May Challenge and here it is…

There are so many layers to it and it took me quite a few hours, mainly because I procrastinate way too much! The canvas already had a pinky/purple wash on it so I gave it a quick coat of Gesso, added some strips of tissue paper with text on before adding fresh colour.

I used a brayer to add a soft orange and a mid-tone pink and then added some white in the middle to lighten it slightly before splattering on some white Gesso for texture.

To contrast with the warm hues, I’ve heat embossed on Wow’s! gorgeous Primary Bluetiful Embossing Powder after just wiping a Versamark Watermark stamp pad on the top left corner and the bottom. I heat embossed it twice and rubbed away the areas I didn’t want the colour. Then, while it was still warm, I used a pointy tool to scratch away some of the colour to reveal the pink/orange below the surface.

After rummaging in my various (rather large) boxes of stamps I found an old Kaisercraft stamp with a butterfly and the numbers ’36’ on which I stamped in various areas.  I particularly love the little swirl on the end of the stamp as it echos the butterfly antenna which I have to admit was a happy coincidence!

While rummaging, I also found (another Kaisercraft stamp I think?!) which was teeny tiny polka dots which I’ve added using a gorgeous teal colour acrylic paint.  Using a dry brush, I’ve then added DecoArt’s Rose Gold acrylic from their Dazzling metallics range and this gives a beautiful warm sheen.

The white dots come courtesy of Visible Image’s Two Tone stencil and I lightly marked where the  the MDF butterfly would sit so I could stencil the dots around the butterfly.

The MDF butterfly was painted in a teal colour acrylic and once dry I added DecoArt’s Crackle Paste.  I had intended to leave it white but it looked bare so I’ve wiped on Prima’s Metallique was in White Gold for warmth.

For the butterfly wings, I’ve used Wow’s strawberry Sundae embossing powder with Visible Image’s Count Me In stencil on Crafter’s Companion Vellem (fabulously thick!) and added white Posca pen to grunge up the numbers.  This was then glued to the back of the butterfly.  I’ve twisted some copper wire to make the antenna and adhered them in place before securing the butterfly over some cheesecloth which I spritzed using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide spray.

I kept the text simple and used the wording from Visible Image’s Wings of Change.  ‘Transform’ is heat embossed onto acetate before adhering to Vellum and gluing in place.


‘Metamorphosis’ was stamped onto tissue paper before being secured to the canvas using matt gel medium.  To finish the canvas, I used a palette knife to add some crackle glaze just for some extra texture and a slight gloss.

And there you have it!  I rather love this canvas and might actually pop this one up in my craft room.

Catch you again soon… H x

Dare to Swim: Visible Image

Well hello to you all and a belated Happy Easter!

I’m back with another make for the Visible Image DT today and I’ve gone all watery and deep sea like!  Dare to Swim is a stunner of a stamp set and I love (in my little textural way) to grunge it up and add layer upon layer.

Unlike most of my makes, this piece was made directly onto the kraft card blank, whereas I normally use watercolour card (and then matt it onto a card blank) as it holds much more weight.

A few of the products I’ve used in this make…

I began by braying gesso over the card blank to stop the inks I intended to use from just soaking into the card.  To add extra texture, I stamped Organics onto tissue paper (using VersaFine Claire in Nocturne) and used a matt gel to adhere to the card.

The Fibres stencil has been added in random areas using a modelling paste.  I chose the area of the stencil that had quite small holes (for want of a better word!) as the card is only 7×5″. Using Distress Oxide Spray Stains, I’ve then dripped the inks down the card and spritzed with water to create a watery effect and left to air dry as using heat would cause the card to buckle.

With the background colour in place, I’ve worked into the stencilled areas using Distress Crayons and a water brush and I’ve also used distress crayon on the edge of the card to frame it.  Using the seaweed stamp from Dare to Swim, I’ve used green and blue Distress Oxide ink pads to dot it around the bottom of the card and the little grey shoal of fishes is stamped using Archival’s Watering Can ink pad.

The circles on the right are from the gorgeous Live in the Moment set and they’ve been heat embossed using Wows! Vanilla Sparkle Glitter and Ranger’s Glossy Accents has been added to the circles to add an extra watery feel.

The fabulous Jellyfish has been heat embossed onto vellum using Wows! Opaque Bright White and coloured using watercolours before also having some glossy accents added. He’s then been fussy cut out and secured in place over some dyed cheesecloth and et voila!  Finished!

And here are the Visible Image products I’ve used for this make…

 

Dare to Swim

 

Organics

 

Live in the Moment

 

Fibres

As always, there’s lots more DT inspiration over on the Facebook page or you can catch up on the Visible Image blog or over on Instagram!

Catch up again soon… H xx

 

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

 

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