Revolution: Visible Image

Hello everyone,

I’m back today sharing my latest card for Visible Image using their new Revolution stamp set and you may recognise this card if you managed to catch Helen and Mark on the Visible Image Facebook Live recently.

I just love this set and it comes with NINE small stamps to use on backgrounds or use as a focal point… it’s all just fabulous! If you look in detail at the main stamp, you have text going around it, a clock, those little circles (which would be perfect for glossy accents or even stamping in) and there are even birds flowing out the bottom.  Honestly, it’s just an incredible design.

I began this make by making an ombre background with the focus in the centre of the card and I used the brown tonal distress oxide ink pads for this.  Once done, I’ve spritzed with water and then splattered it with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Spray, oh, and I gave it a little spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist too as I’m addicted to the stuff!

I’ve then taken the floral emblem (can I call it that?!) and stamped it down one side using  Hickory Smoke oxide ink pad.

The main image has been heat embossed using WOW!’s Black Magic powder and it’s just perfect or this as it’s black but has flecks of gold and silver in and just looks fabulous when melted.

With this complete, I also heat embossed the fleur-de-lis emblems in gold onto a scrap of background card, fussy cut them out and attached to the card using 3D foam dots.

In the top right, I used the swirly stamp (?!) with gold embossing powder and I was going to stamp all the way round the card but decided just to keep it on one side as it looked more effective.

Having stamped the sentiment stamps down one side (also using the Black Magic embossing powder) I decided to grunge it up a little and add some more embossing powder around the edges, to give it a tarnished and worn look.

If you head over to the Visible Image Facebook page, you can see lots (and I mean oodles) of inspiration from everyone using this and the other new stamps released this month and don’t forget their Instagram page too!

See you all again soon…. H xx

Total Chaos: Visible Image

Well hello again…

Goodness.  I’ve been in a crafting frenzy since the latest stamps form Visible Image arrived as I cannot get enough of them!!  How fabulous are they?!  I totally take my hat off to Mark and Helen as once again they have produced a fabulous array with something for everyone.

Creative Chaos was a hugely popular set and I have seen it on many pages and Instagram posts so when I found out they were doing a bigger version I was super excited!  Total Chaos is an A5 set, the larger flower being 1/3 bigger than in Creative Chaos.  There is also a fabulous funky flower, a leaf that is to die for and that scribble stamp!! Arghhh!! Heaven!!

This is my first make using the set and I’ve used a gelli print background I had already made.  I loved this print as it’s pretty textural and the paint has crackled around the edges slightly.

You can see that I’ve used the Stars and Stripes stencil on both the gelli print and then used it to stencil on some Tonic Studios Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Poppy Pink) down one side.

The background was made using Distress Oxide Ink Pads and Spray Stains. I’ve just smooshed the ink pads over the watercolour card, spritzed with water and then, while wet, spritzed on the Distress Spray Stains.  I wanted the colours to blend and bleed in to each other and by adding lots of water and the spray stains that’s exactly what I got!

I left the background to air dry as I didn’t want any warping and once dry added a good spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pretty Pink) to get a beautiful shimmer to the card.  With this dry, I stamped the large flower head four times using Versafine Clair (Nocturne) and then the leaf three times.  I managed to squeeze on the small flower head a few times too!

To emphasise the beautiful flower, I trimmed and layered up different elements and used foam dots to achieve this look.  Having stamped the full flower where I wanted it onto the gelli print, I then stamped the scribble stamp several times around the edges so it appeared behind the flower.

Before adhering the flower head in place, I scrunched white cotton thread to it acted as a 3D scribble almost… if you get me?!

I treated the leaves and little flowers the same way, layering them up before gluing in place.

With everything added to the background, I stamped the ‘Chaos Theory’ stamp in the top corner, almost like a postmark and then added Ranger’s Glossy Accents to give yet more texture.  With the addition of a few adhesive gems, the card was matted onto black card stock before adding to an 8×5″ card blank.

Here are the Visible Image products I used for this make…



All the new stamp sets are available for pre-order now and are officially released on February 15th!! I cannot wait to play with them all… such an amazing release!

Check out all the February 2020 releases all the DT inspiration for the new stamp sets on Visible Image’s Facebook page and Instagram and don’t forget to upload your own makes!

Thanks for reading… catch up soon,

H xx

Breathe: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

A little while ago I made a stack of gelli printed backgrounds, popped them away somewhere safe and then forgot about them… until the other day when I was looking for something else and came across them and one of them was the starting point for today’s Visible Image make.

I’ve used just two visible Image stencils on the background, 1983 and Stars and Stripes, and the colours were perfect to go with the Just Breathe stamp set.

Having decided I wanted quite a textured look to my focal point, I grabbed some printed text paper and heat embossed the torso stamp using Wow!’s ‘British Summertime Regular’. I then set about trimming it out using a new scape blade so it was tip-top sharp and cut beautifully.

With the image trimmed it was time to start placing it on the background and I decided to have some of the white edging (that hadn’t been printed on) on one side so I could add more colour and texture.

For this I used the Count Me In stencil and Distress Oxide Ink Pads in Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. They were layered, moving he stencil around so that was all a bit of an organised jumble!

With the background trimmed and scuffed up around the edges, I matted it onto silver card stock before securing to an 8 x 5.5″ card blank. As I wanted the wanted the torso stamps to really stand out, I roughly drew around it onto vellum and cut it out. Having scuffed those edges too, I softened the image by adding some white cotton behind it, added 3D foam dots to the rear of the horse and adhered into place.

The heart was then heat embossed in red onto a scrap of card, trimmed, edged in black and popped in place using more 3D foam dots.

The sentiment, from the Just Be Happy set, was heat embossed onto some card I had already sprayed and inked using Distress Spray Stains and ink pads.  Using the same ‘British Summertime Regular’ heat embossing powder as before, matted onto silver card stock using foam tape and secured in place.

And there you have it…

 

Don’t forget to share your Visible Image makes on their Facebook page, I for one love seeing everyone’s different takes on the stamps and stencils. Aaaaannnd you get all the latest info about releases… and there are some absolute beauties coming your way in February that you might need to pre-order as they are going to fly out of Visible Image HQ!!

Catch you again soon, H xx

A Rather Special 21st Card…

Wowsers… what a grim old day it is today!  Grey and bleak here and by the looks of it, it’spretty darn cold and just starting raining heavily too.  No wonder the dogs are hiding under blankets keeping snuggly warm!

Yesterday we celebrated my middle daughter’s 21st birthday.  Her actual birthday is Boxing Day but we celebrate it a month later so she gets her own special day and it doesn’t get lost in the Christmas chaos.

She loves to travel and meets up with friends around the world, not bothered to travel alone either. So the card I made had to be a) pretty damn special for her 21st and b) travel related. After searching high and low for a die I thought I had, it nowhere to be found so a good crafty friend sent me a similar die and actually it proved better than I could’ve hoped!

The ‘Create-A-Scene’ dies are very old Xcut/Docrafts and come from my DT days with them, as do the ‘All Aboard’ elements of the card (washi tape, ribbon, tag etc).

The background I created using old maps, posters, washi tape and pages from a disused book I have lying about. I collaged them together using a gel medium and painted them with a light layer of gesso so the colours and text could still be seen.

Having faffed about for too long trying out different colours, I ended up making the kinetic focal point using scraps from previous projects as these had a bit of texture and weren’t so bland as plain card stock.  Making this took A LOT longer than I anticipated.  Quite fiddly to make and a couple of the smaller elements (such as the propellers) kept tearing when removing them from the actual die.

With the globe/aeroplane/boat all made, I began layering up the background.  Having die-cut a couple of clouds, I heat embossed them using a fabulous new powder from Wow! Embossing Powder.  ‘Caribbean Charm’ is a trio of gorgeous colours… the one I’ve used is Dominica and is a grey, silver, white sparkly powder and is just beautiful!!

 

The balloons are from the ‘Stay Weird’ set from Visible Image and have been heat embossed, layered and then had some twirly wire added to the back before securing into place.  I’ve tried to keep everything surrounding the globe as flat as possible otherwise the plane and boat wouldn’t move… but I failed a bit as I get so carried away with layers!

The card had to have a super-sparkly 21 on it so I die-cut three of each number from Tim Holtz ‘Wordplay” Bigz Die (a worthy investment!),  layered them up and then used Wow’s ‘A Girl’s Best Friend’ from their Sparkles range to bring on the sparkle!

All it needed then was a sentiment (this on his an old Craftwork Cards stamp) which I stamped using Versafine Clair’s Charming Pink ink pad and added to the card using foam tape.

I’ve decorated the inside of the card too as it always finishes it off nicely I think.

And there you have it… Happy 21st Birthday to her!!

Bloom & Grow: Visible Image

Hello again,

I’m back to share another make for Visible Image and today’s card uses the Atomic Flower stencil  alongside the super popular Wings of Change stamps with the sentiment from Bloom and Grow.

I rarely use ‘hot’ colours and so I challenged myself to create something using only warm colours for a change. To create the background, I’ve trimmed water colour card and smooshed Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and Ripe Persimmon straight onto the card before spritzing with water to create a drippy, watery effect.

Once dry, I’ve used Festive Berries and Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayons around the edge to frame it.

(Excuse the dodgy jumper… it was a freezing cold when I made this!)

Using the Atomic Flower stencil, which I attached using low-tack masking tape, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord Distress Oxide Ink Pads have been sponged on.

Over Atomic Flower, I used the circles from the Two Tone stencil to add a few circles down the left of the card.

With a  good spritzing of Glimmer Mist, scripted Streets Streets was added in Picked Raspberry just to break up the colours.

With the background complete, it was time to focus on the beautiful butterflies from Wings of Change.  These have been heat embossed onto water colour card using Wow!’s Fluorescent Tickled Pink powder and painted using the same colour Distress Oxide ink pads as I used on the background with the exception of Festive Berries.

With these trimmed, I added the sentiment using a shadow effect. Firstly, I stamped Bloom and Grow using Tonic’s Nuvo Metro Grey ink pad and, after applying an anti-static bag, used a stamping platform to slightly shift the sentiment before inking with an embossing pad and dusting with the same Tickled Pink powder.

The butterflies were added to the card using foam tape and their wings slightly bent to give a little dimension to them.

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

As always, don’t forget to stay in touch with everything Visible Image via their Facebook page and Instagram. New releases coming soon so keep an eye out for those!! Eeeeek!!!

Have a great week… H xx

TIME: Wow! Embossing Powder

Hey everyone,

You may have seen this make floating about on social media but I’m only getting round to blogging it here now as I’ve been run off my feet!

I was in reflective mode when I made this towards the end of December and felt my first post for Wow! of 2020 should be ‘New Year themed’ of sorts.

Despite it’s fairly textured look, it was fairly easy to make. I used Wow!’s fabulous slow drying embossing pad to heat embossing the time swirl (from Visible Image’s ‘Ahead of Our Time’ set) using Wow!’s Black Magic powder. This a gorgeous powder, black with granules of gold and silver that melt to give the most sumptuous colour.

With this heat set, I’ve then used Brusho’s (in Ultramarine and Purple) to create a real ‘whoosh’ of colour and the fabulous thing is the embossing powder just resists it all! Spritz the Brusho’s with water (sparingly) and when dry, add Black Soot Distress Oxide ink pad around the edges. To add to the galaxy effect, spritz on a shimmer mist (I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist) and also splatter on Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.

To add the sentiment (from Visible Image’s ”Somewhere in Time’ stamp set)  I made a background using the same Brush colours as before and this time heat embossed over the colour using the same gorgeous Black Magic powder.  After trimming them into individual letters, I added some Black Soot around the edges and popped them to one side for now.

I wanted to emphasise the gold in the Black Magic powder and so found these fabulous star stamps (from Visible Image’s ‘Rock Out’ stamp set). Using the Metallic Gold Rich powder, I heat embossed them along the edges and added the trimmed larger stars over the top using foam tape.

With the heat embossing all complete, I decided to add some cheese cloth under the sentiment as I felt it didn’t ‘pop’ enough. If I added it and then heat embossed the gold stars, it also would melt in the heat!

After matting onto card and adhering to a card blank, I added some stamps to the inside of the card as I love to do that. You can’t beat a nice ‘ooh’ when people see you’ve also decorated the inside.

Don’t forget to join us over on the Wow! Embossing Fans Facebook page for monthly challenges. January’s is love themed… so love, Valentines, Weddings, Anniversaries etc… and there is some stinking makes!!

See you all again soon.

H xx

Don’t Judge: Visible Image

Well hello there…

So how are the Christmas preparations going?  I’m ‘nearly’ there but all this Christmas prep really interferes with your crafting and I’ve had barely any time to create lately and that always frustrates me. However, luckily I have a fair few makes ‘tucked away’ for busy periods and this drippy ink make is one of them.

Using Visible Image‘s fabulous Don’t Judge stamp set and Collision stencil, I began by spritzing a rainbow of Distress Spray Stains onto watercolour card (I used Blueprint Sketch, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed). This is pretty messy but I have a cardboard box where I do all my spritzing with a heap of scrap paper in the bottom to catch drips and soak up excess.

I used Wow!’s Ebony Superfine Embossing Powder to heat emboss the figure stamp onto white card and took the collision stencil and grey/black ink pads (Distress Oxide ink pads in Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot) and stencilled into the space.

After trimming, I used a fine liner to scribble into the white lines left by the stencil

The sentiment comes from the Brighten the World set and I stamped it several times so I could trim the words individually and place them where I wanted too. I decided to stamp the word ‘colour’ in different colours to highlight the sentiment.

The words were matted onto black card and everything adhered into place before matting the whole thing onto more card and securing onto an 8×8″ card blank.

Here’s some of the products I used for the make…

As always, don’t forget to follow Visible Image over on Facebook and join in on their group page where everyone can post to ask questions and share ideas and inspiration.  Instagram is always an excellent source of inspiration and aside from the Visible Image page, if you search for the #visibleimage or #visibleimagestamps you can a plethora of makes from all over!  It’s fabulous to see!

All that now remains is to say is thank you for reading and staying with me in 2019.  I know my blog isn’t the most used or read but it’s nice to get  a few followers.

I’ll see you in 2020 where I may have some rather fabulous news to share… 😉

Happy Christmas to you all and have a safe start to 2020.

H xx