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

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

Faerie Magic: Visible Image

Hello and happy Tuesday to you all…

It’s been a glorious weekend here.  The weather has been stunning (for once) and even better I had a long weekend from work so no day job for 4 days… yipeeee!  Time always seems to be against me especially when I am desperate to play with the new stamps by Visible Image so when a long weekend is on the horizon, I get super excited!

Yet again, Mark and Helen have pulled it out of the bag with their new stamps and I know everyone has been excited to order so I hope my make today provides a little inspiration for you.

The Faerie Magic set is just adorable.  The main faerie stamp is fabulous but you also get all those little stamps which will be so handy on other projects.

When I get new stamps, I often just sit staring at it for a while to get the feel of it and see if inspiration pings me in the face.  I’d already made a couple of cards when I came up with this idea of having her half off the card with her wings all sparkly and floaty.  Unfortunately, I got totally immersed in the making and forgot to take step-by-step photos so for that I apologise… but I’ll talk you through it!

 

To start, trim some watercolour card to your chosen size and stamp the lovely lady using a Versamark embossing pad and Wow’s Ebony Supafine embossing powder.  Use a scalpel to trim around her top half and then stamp her again on some scrap paper to create a mask.  Fold the card in half and use low-tack masking tape to adhere the mask in place over her bottom half.

Using Distress Oxide ink pads (I used Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves) blend the three colours together and place the Collision stencil over the masked image and the bottom of the card.  Again, using the oxide ink pads (this time I used Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire) blend over the pink hues, taking care around the mask before peeling away the mask and the stencil to reveal the flashes of colour.

Add some splatters of gold ink before colouring the faerie and her bubbles!  Stamp some extra ‘bubbles’ in a mid-grey tone down the right of the card and then the stars and moon stamps in clusters before adding sparkle Stickles to the moon and stars and Wink of Stellar and glossy accents to the bubbles on the faerie.

The faerie’s wings were heat embossed on vellum using Wow’s ‘Vanilla Sparkle Glitter and then adhered to a thick-ish acetate before trimming and securing into place.  To finish, brush the card with an anti-static bag (as I found the embossing powder stuck like glue in places) and stamp the sentiment using the same Vanilla Sparkle Glitter as before.

And there you go!  Here’s the two Visible Image products I used for this make…

Faerie Magic

 

Collision

You’ll find lots of daily inspiration over on the Visible Image Facebook page and over on Instagram so pop on in, say hello (we’re a very friendly crew!) and share some of your makes!

Catch up again soon… H xx

 

 

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

Visible Image: Somewhere In Time

Hello everyone…

Well, Visible Image have some utterly gorgeous new stamp sets coming out soon but before I get all excited over new makes using those I thought I’d share this card using Somewhere In Time stamp set.

I just love this set as the clock face is brilliant for fussy cutting and layering up using foam dots (which I’ve done here).

So, for the background (which I apologise, I forgot to photograph during its making as I got carried away!) I’ve used the 1983 stencil and inked through it using Distress Oxides and then turned it 90 degrees and layered up the colours.  I’ve then carried on with the number theme and used Count Me In over the top.

Further layers have been added by stamping the number stamp from the set randomly around the clock face and then adding Fibonacci.

For the clock face I’ve squished some Distress Oxide Ink Pads on a glass mat and spritzed lightly with water and dried using a heat gun.  Once dry, I’ve given it a little spritz of a gold shimmer spritzing spray (which you can barely see but I know it’s there!)


Before starting work on the clock face, I’ve heat embossed the inky splodge using Wow’s brilliant Rich Gold powder. I love watching it melt… totally mesmerising!

Then, after heat embossing the clock face three times, I’ve secured one full face onto the gold image and then fussy cut the different shards of clock out and layered them up using foam dots.

Some I’m kept at two layers and others I’ve used three. The clock hands are old Docraft stock that I had laying about and were perfect! Having made a hole in the centre shard, they’ve been secured using matching brad that come with the set.

I then decided (rather late on) to heat emboss the cogs around the edge of the card too.  Have to admit, this would’ve been easier if I’d done it before gluing the clock in place but hey-ho, you live and learn!

I was debating which sentiment to add to the card and then realised I had the perfect one!  The fabulous In Your Hands is oh-so perfect!

After stamping, I’ve used a black fine liner to draw squiggly boxes around the sentiment so it’s encased nicely and then I attached these using foam tape.

To finish the card, I’ve mounted it on another oxide background of the same colour as the clock face so it all ties in nicely.

The Visible Image Products I used for this make are…

Somewhere In Time

 

In Your Hands

 

Fibonacci

 

1983

 

Count Me In

Visible Image have some utterly fabulous new stamp sets coming out in a few weeks and are available for pre-order from Friday 8th June so keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

I’m off to cut the grass… catch up 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

Butterfly Ink: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

A quick blog post from me today using the gorgeous Butterfly Ink stencil from Visible Image.

I’ve made a smooshed background using Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink pads and spritzed it slightly with water to oxidise the ink and create a speckled pattern.

With the background made, I’ve then taped the stencil in place and using Oxide Ink Pads again to create a wonderful, bright warm spicy colour to which I’ve stamped the ‘stem’ detail from Random Art of Kindness using an Archival Distress ink pad in Barn Door

What I’ve done then is sprayed Distress Resist Spray over the butterfly before applying the text stamp from Scripted Streets.  The resist spray stops me getting more ink on the butterfly but it also gives it a lovely sheen once dry.

The sentiment, from Imperfection is Beauty, has been stamped in black ink and then, using a stamping platform, been heat embossed in a gorgeous silver colour.  The design has then been finished by matting it onto silver card and then onto a 6×6″ card blank.

And that’s it today.  A simple one from me for this week’s DT inspiration and here’s the Visible Image products I’ve used for this card…

That’s all from me this week… catch you again soon.
H x