Visible Image: Elemental

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

Today I’m sharing (yet another) DT make for Visible Image and today’s uses both Elemental and Glimmer of Light stamp sets.

Having just purchased all the new gorgeous Distress Oxide ink pad colours, I gathered all the neutral colours (Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Iced Spruce) and made an inky background to which I added some gold spritzing ink for a hint of shimmer.

I love the textures you can make with the Distress Oxide ink pads… perfect for stamping over!

Once this was dry, I heat embossed the Elemental stamp in Wow!’s Metallic Copper.  If you never used heat embossing powder, it is just mesmerising to watch it melt and I particularly fond of the copper colour way as it really adds a warmth to your projects.

I’ve matted the background onto scuffed up black card to give a clean finish

To add the light bulbs, I stamped these in black Stain ink and coloured using Distress Spray Stains in Mustard and Spiced Marmalade and then added Ranger’s Glossy Accents to make them shine and give a glass effect.  Once fully dry (allow to air dry) I threaded some floristry wire through a small hole and twisted the wire to secure it’s position.  Having given the top a little twirl, I adhered them to the card using 3D foam dots (under the bulb) and a small strip of masking tape to the wire.

The sentiment is stamped using Wow!’s Ebony heat embossing powder and I love the way it lays over the Elemental stamp (lovely bit of texture!)

For the large Moth, simply heat emboss in Wow!’s Sea Foam White and fussy cut him out.  To add a slight hint of colour, I’ve used a gold spritzing ink to paint on some extra sparkle.  Once finished, secure him to the card using 3D foam dots.

And there you have it, although in hindsight I would’ve stamped the Moth a few times and layered up his wings using vellum or acetate but maybe next time!

Have a lovely Monday whatever you’re doing and hope to see you on over on the Visible Image Facebook page soon.

H x


Mixed Media Canvas

Hello you lovely people…

Sneaking a quick post in today as I wanted to share this little canvas  I’ve made over the past few days using lots of the gorgeous stamps from Visible Image.

For regular followers of my work, you’ll know I love texture and layers and colour and I didn’t hold back with this mixed media make.

I started with a 15 x 15cm canvas (teeny tiny) and painted it with gesso to give myself a good surface to load up.  Once gesso’d, I smeared different coloured pink/red/purple acrylics over the top, wiping some areas off to give a faded look in places.

Once dry, I’ve used ‘Organics‘ stamps with Wow!’s Iris embossing powder

I’ve then painted a layer of watery gesso over the top and wiped away using a baby wipe before adding more stamps: How Fragile We Are, Ink Splats, Sparkle in the Rain, Somewhere in Time.

Layers of stamps in different colours add to the textured look of the canvas

Once I was happy with the actual canvas, I die cut different shapes using kraft card and painted with gesso. I wanted a similar colour to the canvas, so painted them with oxide inks and distress stain. The large star was made using the Strobe stencil and modelling paste (I know, I know… but I can’t step away from it!!)

I actually love this stamp a bit too much!

Once dry, I’ve dribbled watery oxide inks and distress stain (like the stars and circle) and then heat embossed Fibonacci over the top to add another layer of interest.  The circle has been texturised using Scripted Streets and Wow! Platinum embossing powder and the bigger star uses the seahorse stamp from Create Your Calm. The teeny tiny star in the top right has been coated in glossy accents (Ranger) and backed onto the canvas with some black thread.

Floaty gauze backs the smaller shapes and cotton thread adds a hint of different colour/interest

To finish, I’ve layered the die-cut elements together using a hot glue gun and added the heat embossed sentiments from he Imagine Dream Inspire set.

I’m loving the finished canvas but I’m not sure where I can perch it in my craft room as slightly running out of wall space! Ha!

Anyway, back on Monday for my regular post for the Visible Image DT. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

H xx

Set of ATC’s

Evening everyone…

I’ve got an evening off so am catching up on a few bits before heading back into work tomorrow… Booooo!

For those that follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen some of these but I made a set of eight artist trading cards for no other reason than I wanted too.  I really enjoy making ATC’s as they can be made quite quickly but always look so effective.

All the same colour way but all different!

I’m going to skip through them quickly so you can see a bit more detail…

 These were super simple to make and they are all cut from the same A4 sheet of watercolour paper to which I’ve stencilled modelling paste and added various strips of printed paper and washing tape before adding the colour.

After cutting into the 2.5 x 3.5″ ATC size, I’ve taken each card and embellished with stuff I had lying about and added the sentiments using a Dymo machine.

That’s all for today… see you all soon!

H xx

New Stamps from Visible Image!!

Hello, hello, hello everyone…

It’s been a super exciting week for everyone involved with Visible Image as the lovely Helen and Mark have been busy designing and releasing their new utterly fabulous stamps. 

As a DT member, I was very lucky to get my inky mitts on these a while ago and have just loved spending time experimenting and playing with them.  Today, I have a couple of real grungy makes for you… loads of texture and different layers.

As you all well know, I am a HUGE fan of Distress inks and Distress Oxides and I sat making some A6 inky backgrounds the other day using oxides and watercolour paper (as it hold the ink/water really well).

The first one uses new stamps ‘Organics‘ and ‘Elemental‘ alongside the ‘Fibres‘ stencil.  The background used Black Soot, Faded jeans, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves oxide ink pads that I’ve squished onto a craft sheet, sprayed with water and laid the watercolour paper over the top.  Repeat this until you are happy with the layering.  The great thing about oxides (as no doubt you know) is the you can layer light colours over dark… they’re brilliant!

Inky oxide background

Over this, I stamped the largest of the ‘Organics‘ stamps using clear embossing powder from Wow!:

You can just see the subtle ‘Organics’ stamps in the clear embossing powder

Over this I added ‘Elemental‘ using Iris embossing powder.  Like the clear powder, you can see the image but it’s very subtle and in the Iris has a light lilac sheen to it.

I love this mathematical stamp!

To add more texture, I’ve used modelling paste through the ‘Fibres‘ stencil and when thoroughly dry, painted clear Distress Crackle Paint over the paste.  Allow the crackle paint to dry naturally, remember the thicker you paint it the thicker your cracks will be.

Once dry, I’ve used Prima Marketing Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in Brushed Iron over the cracks to really highlight them.  As the cracks were quite fragile, I then gave it a coat of Matte Varnish from Liquitex to preserve the cracks.

To finish, I’ve added some wire that I’ve simply stapled on and attached the sentiment which comes form another new release:  ‘How Fragile‘.

The sentiment is heat embossed in white over a black, drippy, inky background


My second make today, is similar but different (if that makes sense).

I used another inky background as a base

I stamped ‘Fibonacci‘ using a Vintage Photo oxide ink pad and then over this added ‘Elemental‘ in Iced Spruce.  I’ve added a strip of  texture using the fabulous ‘Strobe‘ stencil with modelling paste.  I kept the finish quite textured as I wanted to see the palette knife marks in the paste.

The stencil has been glammed up using the Prima Marketing Alchemy wax in White Gold

The sentiment was added next and this comes from the ‘Just be Happy‘ stamp set.  Stamped onto another inky background, I’ve used Wow!’s Ebony Super Fine embossing powder and attached it to the A6 background using screw head brads.

By masking off areas, I’ve picked areas of ‘Elemental’ to add more detail

Ta-da… again!

And there you go.  Lovely textured makes using the new gorgeous stamps from Visible Image!  All the new stamps are available for pre-order NOW and will be shipped when Helen and Mark return from Creativation on January 26th.

There’s so much inspiration over on the Visible Image Blog so do head on over to see what the rest of the DT has been making… and keep up to date this week by checking out the Visible Image Facebook page as Helen and Mark are flying off to exhibit at Creativation on Tuesday!!!

I’m also having a give-away over on my own design Facebook page, so if you fancy winning yourself a set of Visible Image stamps pop on over and leave a comment on the thread.

Other than that… see you all soon!

H xx



‘How Fragile’…fabulous new stamps from Visible Image

Hello everyone and a very happy belated new year to you all…

Exciting times at Visible Image HQ where so much has been happening!  Just before Christmas, they moved premises and have been super since busy organising everything for the new stamps launching  this week.  Mark has designed the most amazing/beautiful/stunning stamps… they truly are unlike anything else on the market.  They’ve also been preparing to exhibit for the first time at Creativation over in Phoenix…jealous… moi?!

The new stamps started launching on Monday but if you haven’t caught up with all the (pretty damn amazing) new stamps so far, click on their Facebook page here or pop on over to their blog to see the truly scrumptious designs!

Today’s designs to be unveiled include this gorgeous design called ‘How Fragile’ and, like all the other stamps, is available for pre-order from tomorrow, Friday 12th January.

I’ve made a few projects using the stamps in this set, but I particularly like the simplicity in this monochrome tag.


To begin with, I’ve taken damp watercolour paper and blown/dribbled black watercolour paint and graphite ink around it to look as though the colour is spilling out from the effect.


Once fully dry, I stamped the cracked image in white opaque embossing powder over the black drips and then painted the centre to give a ‘hole’ effect.  Next, to enhance the smashed look, I’ve added a thick layer of Distress Crackle Paint into several of the shards (the thicker you use the crackle paint, the better results you get).


In keeping with the colour scheme, I’ve then stamped the ‘How Fragile We Are’ sentiment in the same white heat embossing powder onto grey card and then matted it onto the same black card I’ve matted the actual tag on to.

The other members of the design team have come up with some amazing designs using the stamp so do pop on over to Visible Image blog for all the latest stamps and photos.  You can also keep up with all their latest news on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!

It’s an exciting time for Helen and Mark… and for the design team too as for many of us it’s the first time our work will be shown at Creativation… and that is a HUGE deal in the crafting industry!

If you’re lucky enough to be going… pop along to Booth 539 and say hello to the fabulous Helen and Mark and see the gorgeous samples created (I have a feeling they are going to be incredibly busy over in Phoenix when everyone sees how outstanding and diverse their stamps are)!

Don’t forget… all the stamps are available for pre-order from Friday 12th January from the Visible Image online shop and all your usual crafty places.

That’s all for today but I’ll be back very soon as I have so much to share with you in the next few weeks as I can’t seem to stop creating with these gorgeous new stamps!

Thanks for looking as always!

H xx

P.S.  Check out my design page over on Facebook (here) as I’m going to be giving away a fabulous Visible Image stamp set!  Whoop!!


Visible Image: Fibres Stencil

Hello again everyone,

I’m back again with my latest make for the Visible Image DT and this time I’ve concentrated on texture using the stencils and the background stamps… and who doesn’t love a bit of texture!

I started by  adding Distress Oxide Ink Pads to watercolour paper to create a watery background and then, using the Fibres stencil, I’ve applied modelling paste.  Once fully dry, more colour has been added before flicking white Gesso over the 8×8″ background.

I love the added texture the stencil gives over the already textured background

You can see from the photograph, I have then used various stamps to add yet more layers before stitching around the corners to frame the card.

Once the background was a wash with colour, gilding wax was added to some of the raised areas to add a muted sheen

I’ve then randomly stamped the number stamp from the ‘Somewhere in Time‘ set before adding the parallel lines from ‘Sparkle in the Rain‘ and the script from ‘Scripted Sheets‘.

The heart was die cut from watercolour paper before having the colour applied

I didn’t want to add too much more detail to the card, so kept it fairly simple by adhering a die-cut heart that has been coloured and then had a thick layer of crackle paint added.  Again, I love the extra texture this adds, especially as it’s flaking away in parts.

To finish the card, I added a simple sentiment courtesy of the ‘Just be Happy‘ stamp set which has been backed onto black card and adhered to the card using 3D foam dots.

Regular followers will know what a huge advocate of texture and layering I am and the Visible Image stencils are perfect for this.  When combined with the stamps, the images you can create are never ending!

And here’s the list of the lovely ingredients I’ve used:

Visible Image products:                                                                                                                                    Fibres stencil, Just be Happy, Sparkle in the Rain, Scripted Sheets and Somewhere in Time stamp sets

Distress Ink Pads:                                                                                                                                                 Mown Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive Oxides: Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick

Other products used:                                                                                                                                     Distress Crackle Paint, Liquitex Modelling Paste, StazOn Jet Black ink pad, Archival Watering Can ink pad

Thank you all for looking… see you again soon!


Visible Image: Strobe Stencil

Help everyone…

How is everyone doing?  As I write this it’s a ridiculously miserable day,  dark, drizzly, windy and chilly and just the sort of day I want to tuck myself up in a duvet… however, my new make for Visible Image definitely blows away the cobwebs!

As November is ‘Tag Challenge’ time over on the Visible Image Facebook page, for my inspiration this week I’ve chosen a tag I made using the Strobe stencil.

I have to admit, I absolutely adore my finished tag.  The colours are just so vibrant!  It was very easy to create (albeit a bit on the messy side!)

The tag is made from 300gsm watercolour paper, this way I knew it would soak up the colour well

I’ve used modelling paste through the stencil and allowed it to dry overnight.  I’ve then used various Distress Ink Sprays to drip colour from the middle and pour it down the strobes but I haven’t sprayed the ink, I removed the top and used a pipette to gulp up the ink and then drip.

I wasn’t entirely happy with my tag at this point and felt it needed yet more colour so I dabbed some Distress Oxides on my craft mat, sprayed with water and then dipped the tag in the ink.  To add a little sparkle, I’ve added splash of gold spritzing ink, which you can see glowing nicely in the photo above!

The little Origami boat stamps are adorable and I love it in this colour against the hot colours

As the background is so vibrant, I kept the detail simple and used just one of the fabulous Origami boat’s from Destination Unknown set held in place using 3D foam dots over some fibres that I’ve stapled down.  There are a few droplets of Liquid Glass on their too which adds a lovely different texture.

The sentiments have been stamped on white card and I’ve distressed the edges using Distress Ink pads before matting them onto black card.  To finish, I’ve threaded some bright pink and red ribbon through the punched hole which echoes the colours perfectly.

And there you go!  This make is a definite keeper… you know, those projects you make that you can’t bear to give away and you just get out to look at lovingly now and again! Hehe!

Right… here’s the ingredients for the tag:

Visible Image Products:
Strobe Stencil, Destination Unknown stamp set

Distress Ink Products:
Sprays – Picked Raspberry, Spiced marmalade, Candied Apple,
Oxide Ink Pads – Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral

Other items:
Indigo Blu ‘Luscious Pigment Powder’ in Pink, Docrafts Spritzing Ink in Gold, DecoArt Liquid Glass, Stayzon Ink Pad in Jet Black, Fibre, 3D Foam Dots

Thank you for looking and hope to see you next time!


Heather x