Visible Image and MISTI Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome, welcome, welcome!

Today the Visible Image DT has teamed up with the lovely DT folk over at My Sweet Petunia (in the good ol’ U S of A)  to have a blog hop so I hope you’ll join in and travel through everyone’s blogs and see what we’ve all been up to.  There are two fabulous prizes of $50!!  One lucky person will win $50 to spend at My Sweet Petunia and another the same at  Visible Image!!!

To win, all you have to do is leave comments on the participants blogs by Monday 30th April at 6am… if I’ve worked that out correctly!?  The winners will be announced on Tuesday May 1st on both the My Sweet Petunia and Visible Image blogs.

Helen and Mark from Visible Image sent over a gazillion stamps for their DT and in return we were able to chose a Misti Stamping Platform of our liking.  I chose the Mini-Misti as it’s super cute and diddy!

The Mini-Misti has a surface of 5″x 6″

The Mini-Misti is fabulous for creating perfectly stamped tags and ATC’s and comes with magnets which holds your base in place so you can reposition the stamp before closing the ‘lid’ to adhere it to the Misti itself.   By having everything secured, you can re-stamp 2 or 3 times so your image is faultless.

These stamps are from Visible Image’s Universal set

I wanted to create  grungy music style make for the hop and so to start, I stamped lots of the different background stamps from Visible Image onto white tissue paper.  Having already die-cut a tag from watercolour card, I gave it a layer of Gesso as I knew it was going to have to withstand lots of mediums.

I used Archival Ink to stamp with as it’s fabulously permanent and waterproof

Using a clear gel medium, I stuck the tissue paper images to the tag in a haphazard fashion and painted on a watery coat of Gesso to make the black less stark.  Once the Gesso layer had dried, I popped it on the Mini-Misti and held it in place using the magnets (which I’ve wrapped in masking tape so they are easily removable).

Once dry, I added 3 little stars from the Stars and Stripe stencil using crackle paste

To layer over the tissue paper, I used the fabulous Elemental stamp as I knew it would work well with the images I’d already chosen… I love the contrast between the scribbly stamps and the graphic look of Elemental.

I placed Elemental where I wanted it and closed the lid of the platform to adhere the stamp.

Once stamped, I added white embossing powder and melted it using a heat gun.  Once cooled, I repositioned the stamp on the top of the tag and stamped again.

I love the feint white lines over the tissue paper images

To add the colour, I firstly sponged ‘picked raspberry’ Distress Oxide around the edges and infilled with ‘worn lipstick’ to create a base.  By adding ‘Infusions’ in ‘Are You Cerise’, ‘Raspberry’ and ‘Violetta’ I was able to make a grungy looking background.  Once dried, I buffed up where Elemental had been stamped so it peeped through the colour.

I love how the colour has ‘stuck’ to the hand in the Elemental stamp!

To the base of the tag, I’ve stamped the music bars from the Music Speaks set, just to add extra interest.

I’ve turned the tag on it’s side so the music bar stamps fits where I want it to stamp

The next step is to add the main focal image… in this case the guitar from the same set as before.   I’ve used the music sets a lot lately and I just love the way they work with the other stamps (and not just the music stamps either!)

The Misti make it so easy to stamp and re-stamp until your image is perfect

After adding a mask over the guitar stamped image, I used the Misti to be able to locate exactly where I wanted the Creativity sentiment to go and I decided I wanted it to be split across the tag and the Misti enabled me to do this perfectly.

Mask areas out to create the look you want

With the sentiment in place, it was time to create the ‘top’ guitar.  I’ve used Distress Oxide ink pads in Seedless Preserve and Wilted Violet which I blotted onto a craft sheet before spritzing with water.  After swiping the card through the colours a few times/drying/spritzing,  I stamped the guitar using a Versafine ink pad as this gives such a good finish.

After fussy cutting out the shape, I decided to add some extra interest by adding a small section of white muslin and some wire (which I stapled into place) to the base of where the guitar would be.  Once secured in position, I added the guitar using foam dots.

To give a tiny hint of sparkle, I traced over the letters with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

To finish, I’ve added a few musical notes from the Music On, World Off set and threaded some dyed muslin though the top of the tag and there you go!


Here are the Visible Image stamp sets I’ve used for this make:









So… to be in with a chance to win… hop along to the following blogs and leave a little comment and it could be you that wins one of the $50 spree!!

Here are the lovely designers involved:

Veerle Moreels

Ilina Crouse

Lisa Taggart

Jeanne Streiff

Sharon Traynor

Kia Gibson-Clapper

Becca Cruger

Ceal Pritchett

Pauline Butcher

Giovana Smith

Josefine Fourage

Chris Dayton

Jane Tyrrell

Stephanie Severin

Tenia Nelson

Janine Tinklenberg

Elisa Ablett

Dina Kowal

Heather Mitchell (You’re already here!)

Kyra Sanders

Lynn Good

Susan Wymer

Lanette Erickson

Joan Bardee

Aga Baraniak

Judy Rozema

Eileen Goodwin

There’s bound to be inspiration aplenty so have a good nosy around and see what everyone has been up to and you might bag your self some new stash while you’re at it!

H xx

Tag a Friend Blog Hop

Good morning folks,

How is everyone this Monday morning?  I’m pretty good (thanks for asking!) I’ve had a much needed couple of days off although I’ve not found much time to be resting!  Why is it we’re all so busy all the time?  Rushing here, there and everywhere, forgetting friends birthdays, not having time to shop let alone finding time to craft!

Anyway, I’m digressing…  my fabulous ex-docrafts design team friends and I have organised a tag blog hop between ourselves.  We all made a tag, well… I’m afraid I cheated and used an old one as I’ve not had chance to make a new one this week… so sorry about that!

The ever-lovely Amy Surey (she of the fabulous sewn projects in Creativity magazine) sent me one of her tags and I sent her one of mine! Here is the one she sent me…


A lovely shaped tag using muted tones of pinks and neutrals.  I have to say I love the flower and the glass floral beads.  Very pretty!

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I’ve hung it from my pin board in the craft room  and it looks fabulous!

The tag I sent Amy was the gilding flakes bird one from a while ago which I hope she likes!

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Why not pop along and see what the other ladies have been making and sending? You can find them here… Amy, Katie, Mags, Michelle, Emily and Sarah.

Thank you for popping by… catch up soon xx