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

October Guest Designer Wow! Embossing Powder

Hello everyone… or should that be ‘Cześć’ as I’ve just come back from a little break in Krakow and Lodz.  Absolutely fantastic place and thoroughly recommend to everyone!!

I was asked a while back if I’d like to be the October Guest Designer for Wow! Embossing Powder and of course I said yeeeeess please!!  Wow’s products are always on my craft desk and I honestly don’t think you can buy better quality powders (I’ve tried – always gone back to Wow!).  The sheer range of colours and genres (metallics, sparkles, opaques, pearl, glitter, even glow in the dark and puff!!) is phenomenal and their Slow Drying Embossing Pad is just perfect.  If you haven’t tried them and you’re into your stamping, just buy a couple (they’re only cheap) and try them for yourself.  You will love them and to watch them melt – so mesmerising!!

Anyway… you might have seen my makes and blog posts for Wow! Embossing Powder over the last few weeks but suddenly realised I hadn’t blogged them on my site… shocker.  My first make for them used their gorgeous Thankful stamp set with Metallic Gold Sparkle powder.

‘Merry and Bright’

Heat emboss with the Metallic Gold Sparkle, colour and add extra sparkle with a Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

Distress oxide background for a chalky, grungy look with an aperture die-cut. Add more embossing powder to frame.

Finished card with the products used

You can find the full write up for Wow! over on their blog… just press HERE!

My next make for Wow! uses Aall and Create stamps and stencils and looks a little something like this and uses Black Twinkle and Pop from the Confetti Trio (the little polka dots around the edges).

‘Sparkle and Shine’

Heat emboss on watercolour card with Black Twinkle and paint using watercolour paints

Mask the border stamp to add the stencil before adding dimension to the project using glossy/crackle accents and foam dots.  Stamp polka dots around the edge to frame using ‘Pop’ from the ‘Confetti’ trio

Finished card with the products used

Again, the full write up for Wow! can be found HERE!

My next make you make not have seen as it’s part of the inspiration for Wow!’s October Challenge (Christmas) and uses just the one colour – the beautiful Rose Gold.

‘Noel’

Ombre a background, spritz with gold ink and heat emboss using the beautiful Rose Gold powder from Wow!

Tear some corrugated cardboard and swipe the slow drying embossing pad over the ridges before dusting with the Rose Gold powder and heating

Layer the elements over one another before matting onto card

Finished card with products used

So there we are.  That’s the first three of my makes although I do have a couple still to share.  Hope you like them… I’m pretty chuffed with them although to be honest the powders make it so easy!  You can see LOADS of inspiration over on Wow!’s Facebook page or upload your own makes to their Facebook Fan Page and see what everyone else has been up to!

I’ll be back soon with new makes to share.

H xx

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

 

 

 

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

 

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