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

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

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

Christmas Chaos: Visible Image

Hello everyone,

I’m back today sharing another Christmas make for Visible Image.  I’ve used the fabulous Christmas Chaos and the Christmas Backgrounds sets which are just brilliant especially if you like grungy makes like I do!

I kept the background for this card nice and simple, using Distress Oxide’s to create a traditional coloured background to which I added Paperartsy’s Infusions to give a little more depth and then spritzed with some shimmer spray for some glitz.

For the Tree, I coloured some card using Distress Oxide’s again and then heat embossed the beautiful Christmas text using Wow’s Metallic Gold powder to give a rich, warm colour.  Over this I stamped the tree outline from the Christmas Chaos set and fussy cut it out.

I’ve heat embossed the star image three times onto gold card and trimmed two and then trimmed just the star.

After adding foam dots to one of the images and to the trimmed star (so I can layer it up over the top of the tree) I’ve popped this to one side to add some dyed cheesecloth.

The cheesecloth was dyed using Distress Spray Stain and I used the Candied Apple red to match the background of the card. I didn’t want it to stand out too much, just provide a hint of texture under the tree.

The cheesecloth has been glued into place and then the tree added over the top with foam dots behind it.  I added two dots stacked together in the middle of the tree and just one on the outer edges as I wanted a curved look rather than just a flat finish.

For the sentiment, I ripped two sections of vellum and stamped on the top one before stapling it in place and winding round some twine.  This was them matted onto gold card (same card as I stamped the stars onto) and adhered to a card blank.

Fairly simple card for me and it’s a traditional card with a modern edge, if you get me.

Here is the gorgeous Visible Image stamps I’ve used for this make…

Christmas Chaos

 

Christmas Backgrounds

 

Don’t forget to get hold of all the latest Visible Image news and inspiration form the DT by following them on Facebook and Instagram.  Some lovely (and might I add super talented ladies) have joined us on the permanent DT from the guest DT and are making some amazing projects so keep an eye out for them!

That’s all from me today but I’ll catch up soon when I just might have some news to share 😉

H xx

Christmas Chaos: Visible Image

Hello everyone,

Seems a tad weird posting Christmas makes in this amazing weather (too hot?!) but with Christmas fast approaching, I couldn’t resist playing with the new Christmas releases from Visible Image… so I’ve plonked myself down in the garden under a HUGE umbrella with my two hot water bottles Stan and Syd the Dachshunds next to me (because that’s what you need in this heat… two dogs snuggled right up close!)

Christmas Chaos is a ‘very me’ stamp set.  A mixed media set that is perfect for grunging up and layering and getting inky with… or not… it depends on how you like to work.

I have to admit, I’ve used four of the new stamp sets on this make but the main focal point, the wreath, is made from Christmas Chaos.

I didn’t take any stepped photos for this make (apologies Mark and Helen!) as I got too ‘in the moment’ and this is the only one I remembered!  Having stamped each of the smaller images, the holly, the scribbled star and the number 25 from the number line, I’ve coloured each one using a mixture of watercolours, spritzing inks and watercolour pencils in order to get  vibrant Christmas colours.  Once dried I’ve gone over certain elements using a Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pens to give a hint of sparkle, scribbled a white Porsche pen over some and added glossy accents to others.

Once dried, they were all fussy cut out (no mean feat I can tell you!) and placed to one side.

The middle of the wreath I decided to make into a shaker, so having die-cut my circles out, I used Distress Oxides (Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans) to create a dark sky background.  After a little splatter of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Spray and some white Gesso splatters, I’ve heat embossed the gorgeous little roof stamp and some stars from the Christmas Eve set using Wow Embossing Powders.

For the shaker element, used beads and some sequin stars I’ve had hanging around for ages and, after constructing it all together, I added some bells (why not, it is Christmas!) and some small glitter balls I’d saved from some crackers years ago.

As the wreath element is quite busy, I chose a simple background on which it could sit so stamped the larger text stamp from Christmas Backgrounds in Festive Berries – how apt!

The sentiment, from Sentimental Christmas, was stamped using Versafine Clair (in Nocturne) and matted onto red and black card before adding foam tape to the rear to give it a little lift.  I added a sprig of holly to the sentiment and one to the top left of the card and ta-da!  All finished!

Here’s some lovely images of the new Christmas stamps for you to drool over…

Christmas Chaos

 

Christmas Eve

 

Christmas Backgrounds

 

Sentimental Christmas

The Visible Image Facebook and Instagram pages are brimming with inspiration at the moment so check back regularly to keep up to date!

I’ll see you again soon with more Christmas makes… I’m off to enjoy some sun!

H xx