Just Breathe: Visible Image

Hello again…

It’s time again to share some inspiration for the Visible Image design team.  Today’s card uses the totally gorgeous new Just Breathe stamp set that was released in June.

I wanted to make a grungy card using distress oxide ink pads for the background.  Using Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs, I’ve just smooshed them on a glass mat and layered up the colours until I was happy.

For the die-cut heart, I’ve matted a piece of old map onto card and used the lighter distress oxide ink pads in the same way as before.  The colours I’ve used for this are: Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap and Old Paper.  I’ve then stamped the ‘Breathe’ sentiment all over it with Archival Ink in Watering Can.

The torso stamp (and honestly, how fabulous is it??!) is heat embossed onto white card using Wow’s Metallic Copper heat embossing powder.  To add some depth (and I know I’m not the best at shading) I’ve painted in-between the bones using grey watercolour and added some watered down tea dye distress ink to the edges and bones.

The torn vellum strip at the bottom has had thermal ink splats stamped on and the ‘immortal’ sentiment heat embossed over this.  A ripped strip of card has been tucked in behind it and both have been edges using Vintage Photo distress ink.

To finish, I’ve matted the design onto black card and adhered to a 7×7″ and added a few dabs of Ranger Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold.

Here’s the gorgeous stamp set to swoon over…

And there you have it!  If you haven’t already seen the Visible Image Summer Sale… with a stonking 30% selected stamps and stencils (and there is LOADS to choose from!!) hope on over and grab yourself an absolute bargain.  These stamps are super-duper quality and the stencils are definitely the best quality and thickness I’ve some across – and I have loads of different makes!

Catch up soon folks… H xx

 

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More Faerie Magic: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

I’m back today sharing another Faerie Magic make for Visible Image, one of their new releases.

As you know, I love a bit of texture and layering so decided to make some Gelli Print backgrounds a while ago which I could use as backgrounds and I love the text peeping through the paint on this pull, which is the ghost print (the 2nd pull of the same image).

I’ve used corrugated cardboard to create the stripes and large bubble wrap for the polka dots and you can probably spot the stars from the Stars and Stripes stencil.

After trimming the print to size,  heat embossed the Faerie stamp using Wow’s heat embossing powder in Metalline Violet.  To create the raised look, stamp her again onto watercolour card and colour using whatever you have to hand (I used Derwent Intense pencils and Distress Oxide ink pads).

Once coloured, add Wink of Stella to give some sparkle and then, when dry, added glossy accents.  With this dry, carefully fussy-cut the faerie and place to one side while you work on her wings.

I found some old adhesive glitter sheets in my stash and they were perfect for the wings.  Heat emboss two sets of wings using the same powder as previous, trim and stick one set in place.  With the other set, adhere to cardboard and trim.  Place 3D foam tape to the outer edges of this set so they are raised on the edges only, and pop into place.

To echo the bubble wrap dots, I added the small circular stamp in the Faerie Magic set to the left edge of the card and just peeping out from under the Faerie, you can see the ‘stem’ from the Random Art of Kindness stamped in Tonic’s Nuvo ink pad in Metro Grey.

With the stars in place, adhere the trimmed and coloured Faerie using foam tape.

For the flurry of stars, stamp the trio of stars directly onto the background using a permanent ink pad (I used Archival Ink in Jet Black) and colour using a yellow Sharpie pen.  For added sparkle, I brushed on some yellow glitter glue I didn’t know I had and then left to dry.

While drying, I coloured some card using the yellow Sharpie and stamped more stars and cut a few out.  Add tiny bits of foam tape to the back and adhere randomly over the (already stamped) stars.  To match the sparkly stars, add some sparkle to the Faerie’s hair (I used Ranger Stickles in Rose Gold).

Stamp the ‘Faerie’ sentiment’ in black permanent ink and matt the background to card before adhering to the card blank.  Add the other sentiment in the set onto some of the scrap Gelli print and also matt and layer (I also added added some foam tape to give it height).

To finish, add some dabs of glossy accents on the smaller dots and leave to dry.

Here’s the Visible Image products I used for this make…

Faerie Magic

 

Random Art of Kindness

 

Stars and Stripes

There is so much gorgeousness over on the Visible Image Facebook page, lots of inspiration to get those creative thoughts going so do pop over regularly.  You can also find plenty of inspiration over on Instagram on the Visible Image page or by using the #visibleimage so check it out!

Thank you for reading… hope you liked the make 🙂

Heather 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: Into the Woods

Hello again…

My little craft room is situated at the front of the house and when I look outside I can see a huge Horse Chestnut tree which is just beautiful whatever the weather or season.

I was sitting at my desk the other day as the sun was going down and I could see all these glorious colours in between the branches and the surrounding trees and it totally inspired me to make this card for my Visible Image DT inspiration this week.

I hadn’t actually aimed for it to come out quite so atmospheric but I just love the spooky look to it… couldn’t be more different to the actual tree but the colours are the same.

I’ve used watercolour card as it captures everything I load onto it so well and I began by taping it  down using a low tack tape.

Make sure the tape is low tack otherwise it will rip the base card as you remove it

The main colour comes from Distress Oxides and I’ve used Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needles and Black Soot at the base of the card and Fossilised Amber and Spiced Marmalade for the warmer hues.  I added these using the sponge applicators before sprinkling PaperArtsy Infusions on in matching tones (In the Navy and A Bit Jaded for the darker areas and Golden Sands and Rusty Car over the warmer areas).

Infusions have Walnut crystals in them so you get a beautiful brown speckled effect when spritzed with water

Once dry, I added some extra background texture by stamping the text from Scripted Streets in Spiced Marmalade (Distress Oxide) and the round circles from Shape It Up in the same Pine Needles ink pad I used on the background.

Have a rough idea where you’ll stamp the tree and use the circles as though they were the leaves… if you get me?!

Next was to stamp the tree and I used a Versamark ink pad for this and heat embossed it using a clear gloss powder from Wow!  Always good to remove any static from the card by swiping with an anti-static bag before stamping as this helps stop the powder sticking to other inky areas.

Once the embossing powder has cooled, I’ve used a Posca pen to add highlights to the tree

To add the first layer of trees, I’ve ripped some scrap paper and taped in place and used the same coloured ink pads to emphasise the landscape.  With the scrap paper still in place, I’ve added the first set of trees in exactly the same way as the tree.

You can just make out the scrap paper covering the area of the card I didn’t want to stamp on (a wee bit blurry photo-apologies!)

Once this step is completed, you do exactly the same for the last set of trees, adding the Posca pen again for highlights.  Add the bird in the top left and then the text around the edge of the card to finish the front of the card.

I wanted to decorate inside the card too as it looks lovely on A-frame cards when you can see something peering through when it’s standing upright and so matted and layered card stock (to match the front of the card) leaving bright white card on top.  Having then stamped one of the line of tree stamps on the bottom edge I finished the card by using the same bird motif in the top left in a gorgeous rich copper embossing powder (from Wow!)

Here’s the Visible Image products  I used in today’s make…

Into The Woods

 

Destination Unknown

 

Scripted Streets

 

Shape It Up

 

As always, you can find daily inspiration from the rest of the DT over on the Visible Image Facebook page where you can keep up to date with all the goings on like Create and Craft appearances!  Find Visible Image on Instagram too!

That’s all for now but see 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

Dare to Swim: Visible Image

Well hello to you all and a belated Happy Easter!

I’m back with another make for the Visible Image DT today and I’ve gone all watery and deep sea like!  Dare to Swim is a stunner of a stamp set and I love (in my little textural way) to grunge it up and add layer upon layer.

Unlike most of my makes, this piece was made directly onto the kraft card blank, whereas I normally use watercolour card (and then matt it onto a card blank) as it holds much more weight.

A few of the products I’ve used in this make…

I began by braying gesso over the card blank to stop the inks I intended to use from just soaking into the card.  To add extra texture, I stamped Organics onto tissue paper (using VersaFine Claire in Nocturne) and used a matt gel to adhere to the card.

The Fibres stencil has been added in random areas using a modelling paste.  I chose the area of the stencil that had quite small holes (for want of a better word!) as the card is only 7×5″. Using Distress Oxide Spray Stains, I’ve then dripped the inks down the card and spritzed with water to create a watery effect and left to air dry as using heat would cause the card to buckle.

With the background colour in place, I’ve worked into the stencilled areas using Distress Crayons and a water brush and I’ve also used distress crayon on the edge of the card to frame it.  Using the seaweed stamp from Dare to Swim, I’ve used green and blue Distress Oxide ink pads to dot it around the bottom of the card and the little grey shoal of fishes is stamped using Archival’s Watering Can ink pad.

The circles on the right are from the gorgeous Live in the Moment set and they’ve been heat embossed using Wows! Vanilla Sparkle Glitter and Ranger’s Glossy Accents has been added to the circles to add an extra watery feel.

The fabulous Jellyfish has been heat embossed onto vellum using Wows! Opaque Bright White and coloured using watercolours before also having some glossy accents added. He’s then been fussy cut out and secured in place over some dyed cheesecloth and et voila!  Finished!

And here are the Visible Image products I’ve used for this make…

 

Dare to Swim

 

Organics

 

Live in the Moment

 

Fibres

As always, there’s lots more DT inspiration over on the Facebook page or you can catch up on the Visible Image blog or over on Instagram!

Catch up again soon… H xx