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
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!