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

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Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone…

After walking the pupsters this morning I headed into the craft room to have a play.  I was meant to be tidying it up but pffffft!  Why tidy when you can get messy!  I decided to make a canvas for Craft Stamper’s May Challenge and here it is…

There are so many layers to it and it took me quite a few hours, mainly because I procrastinate way too much! The canvas already had a pinky/purple wash on it so I gave it a quick coat of Gesso, added some strips of tissue paper with text on before adding fresh colour.

I used a brayer to add a soft orange and a mid-tone pink and then added some white in the middle to lighten it slightly before splattering on some white Gesso for texture.

To contrast with the warm hues, I’ve heat embossed on Wow’s! gorgeous Primary Bluetiful Embossing Powder after just wiping a Versamark Watermark stamp pad on the top left corner and the bottom. I heat embossed it twice and rubbed away the areas I didn’t want the colour. Then, while it was still warm, I used a pointy tool to scratch away some of the colour to reveal the pink/orange below the surface.

After rummaging in my various (rather large) boxes of stamps I found an old Kaisercraft stamp with a butterfly and the numbers ’36’ on which I stamped in various areas.  I particularly love the little swirl on the end of the stamp as it echos the butterfly antenna which I have to admit was a happy coincidence!

While rummaging, I also found (another Kaisercraft stamp I think?!) which was teeny tiny polka dots which I’ve added using a gorgeous teal colour acrylic paint.  Using a dry brush, I’ve then added DecoArt’s Rose Gold acrylic from their Dazzling metallics range and this gives a beautiful warm sheen.

The white dots come courtesy of Visible Image’s Two Tone stencil and I lightly marked where the  the MDF butterfly would sit so I could stencil the dots around the butterfly.

The MDF butterfly was painted in a teal colour acrylic and once dry I added DecoArt’s Crackle Paste.  I had intended to leave it white but it looked bare so I’ve wiped on Prima’s Metallique was in White Gold for warmth.

For the butterfly wings, I’ve used Wow’s strawberry Sundae embossing powder with Visible Image’s Count Me In stencil on Crafter’s Companion Vellem (fabulously thick!) and added white Posca pen to grunge up the numbers.  This was then glued to the back of the butterfly.  I’ve twisted some copper wire to make the antenna and adhered them in place before securing the butterfly over some cheesecloth which I spritzed using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide spray.

I kept the text simple and used the wording from Visible Image’s Wings of Change.  ‘Transform’ is heat embossed onto acetate before adhering to Vellum and gluing in place.


‘Metamorphosis’ was stamped onto tissue paper before being secured to the canvas using matt gel medium.  To finish the canvas, I used a palette knife to add some crackle glaze just for some extra texture and a slight gloss.

And there you have it!  I rather love this canvas and might actually pop this one up in my craft room.

Catch 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

 

Wings of Change 3D Make: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

It’s such a gloomy day as I sit writing this post… very ‘meh’ outside but not to worry as I’ve bought some sunshine into the craft room with this little 3D make using Wings of Change, Random Art of Kindness and Creative Chaos, three of the recent releases by Visible Image.

I love making cards and getting messy in my journal but every now and then a 3D idea pops up and this was one such make.  I’ve got some old wooden spools left over from an old DT and as I’m forever trying to de-clutter the craft room (it really is getting ridiculous now) I thought it would be a good base to fly these gorgeous butterflies.

I started with the butterflies and flowers.  Heat embossed them onto watercolour card and fussy cut them all out before colouring using a mixture of watercolours and Distress Ink Sprays.  Once dry I’ve added some Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer (in Midas Touch) and on the yellow flower (I added some white Porsca pen as well).

The wire is floristry wire I picked up in Hobbycraft eons ago (usually I like to wrap stuff in it or use it crumpled up under an embellishment) and it’s stuck using a hot glue gun.

The base has been painted in an ombré effect using acrylics and then I’ve stamped over and round the spool using the background stamps and the smaller flower from Creative Chaos.

I’ve used a white Stazon ink pad for the bottom circles and a white Posca pen for the little dots at the base of the flowers.  The flowers themselves were initially stamped using a Sepia Archival ink pad and then over stamped using just a black Versafine.  I’ve then highlighted some areas using the Posca pen again.

To hold the butterflies in place, I’ve stuffed some kitchen roll down he spool and added some hot glue to each end of the wire before inserting it.  The butterflies have been added first and lastly I added the flower image (which has had extra assistance by the way of a strip of acetate holding it to the stalk so it didn’t wobble).  Lastly, I’ve dyed some cheese cloth using Distress Oxide Sprays and used it as grass.

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

And here are the Visible Image stamp sets I’ve used…

Wings of Change

 

Creative Chaos

 

Random Art of Kindness

And there you have it.  One rather charming make which now sits atop a box on my desk… a little bit of Spring right there!

As always, don’t forget to pop on over to the Visible Image blog… lots of inspiration and ideas from all the DT members and of course the Visible Image Facebook page has some awesome makes on it from everyone.  Don’t be shy, come on in and get involved!  We’re af friendly bunch – honestly!

Until next time… H xx

See Everything: Visible Image

Hello again everyone,

I’m back today sharing a card I made using the new (and rather popular!) See Everything stamp set from Visible Image.  I absolutely adore this set… ticks all the boxes for me.  You can make grungy distressed cards or something elegant and simple.

I made the card for my daughter’s birthday and I knew she would also love this set as she is very much into graphic images and bright colours.

Obviously the main image is the See Everything stamp which I’ve reversed to get the full face effect.  If you haven’t used this technique before (I hadn’t – good ol’ YouTube!) I found stamping it carefully onto acetate and then using the acetate to ‘stamp’ the image the easiest method.  You do have to be careful and not slide the stamp when stamping initially or when pressing the acetate onto your background but if you’re careful you can get some amazing effects!  I used Versafine to stamp and then I heat embossed both images in Wow’s Superfine Black powder (it really is the best).

Before adding the background colour, I masked out the areas I wanted to colour using Pēbēo’s Drawing Gum.  Once the gum had fully dried (air dry) I used watercolour to add the background colour and allowed it to dry once more before adding Distress Crayon through the Two Tone stencil.  I then smudged the circles a bit using a watercolour brush as I didn’t want a perfect circle.

I could then do the bit I love… peeling away all the gum!   This reveals beautifully white areas I could then paint using a mixture of watercolours and Distress Spray Stains.

Wanting to fill the card as much as possible, I then stamped various other Visible Image stamps (see below) to fill the areas.  I love the little lightbulb from Glimmer of Light and have highlighted them using a Posca pen and in-filled using Derwent Intense pencils.

Once I had all the different stamps done and dusted and everything was coloured, I added Nuvo Aqua Shimmer in Glitter Gloss to some of the circles and then Ranger’s good old Glossy Accents to others.

To finish, I’ve matted the background onto bright yellow and orange card before popping on a card blank (8×8″).

I have to say, she loved the card and I was chuffed with how it turned out!

So, here is the pretty extensive list of Visible Image stamps used… see if you can spot which ones I’ve used from each set!

See Everything

 

Random Art of Kindness

 

Glimmer of Light

 

Universal

 

Shape It Up

 

Imperfection is Beauty

 

Life is Beautiful

 

Two Tone

Phew!  Think I got them all!?

There has been some stunning makes using the new mixed stamps on the Visible Image FaceBook page so don’t forget to pop in and check them out.  Everyone’s makes look just stunning!

Hope to see you all again soon… H xx

Wings of Change: Visible Image

Hello there everyone…

I’m back today with, what has to be, one of favourite makes lately and I’ve been itching to share this one.  I’ve used the beautiful new Wings of Change stamp set from the fabulous Visible Image.  I am absolutely loving these new mixed media stamps and I know a lot of  you are too.

I wanted to make a textured-layered-mixed media type card so to start I grabbed a sheet of vellum and using a brayer, roughly added some white acrylic.  I definitely wasn’t careful about this as I wanted a rough look.

Over this I’ve used Archival’s Watering Can ink pad to stamp some background interest using stamps from Creative Chaos and See Everything.  When this was dry, I’ve pulled out my old and trusty sewing machine to stitch around the edges.

To create the butterflies, I’ve first made a background using alcohol inks on yup paper.  I’ve used Tim Holtz’s colours for Ranger and the colours are so intense and just beautiful.  I stuck with blues, purples and pinks but they would work in any colourway you fancied.

With the background 100% dry, I’ve given it a quick swipe with an anti-static cloth and stamped all the butterflies from the set over and over.  They’ve then been stamped again onto vellum using VersaFine’s Onyx Black ink pad and then heat embossed them using Wow’s Black Twinkle powder.  For the final layer, they’ve been stamped onto acetate using Archival ink before all being fussy-cut out, ready for layering.  The words are from the ‘metamorphosis’ stamp (with the Wings of Change set) where I’ve trimmed them to make more of a statement.

The butterflies are layered with the vellum at the bottom then the coloured, alcohol ink for the middle layer and finally the acetate layer on top (I’ve glued them down their middles only so I can bend their wings so they stand out more ).  The little strips of words have then been glued over the acetate in the middle of the butterflies.

I then had the magic idea of sewing the butterflies onto the background vellum so it would match the border I’d sewn previously.  So, I lightly glued them in place and gave my little sewing machine a  total heart attack by asking it to do what I shouldn’t but bless it, it came through for me (thank you little machine!)

Then all that was needed was for me matt it onto some black card before adhering it to a white card blank before finally folding the butterflies wings to give them some lovely dimension!

Gorgeous even if I do say so myself!

Here are the gorgeous, amazing, beautiful Visible Image stamps I’ve used for this card…

Wings of Change

 

See Everything

 

Creative Chaos

As always, head on over to the Visible Image Facebook page for daily inspiration and to see what everyone has been sharing… there are some absolutely cracking makes from everyone.  The Visible Image blog also has all our DT makes uploaded and shared, so that’s always interesting to read as it can spark an idea (well, it does with me!)

And if that wasn’t enough… keep your eyes peeled for Visible Image on Create and Craft TV (hands up who caught the awesome Wizard of Oz shows last week?!)  Mark (and Helen!) will be on there every month now, demo-ing new ideas and all their stamps and stencils!  Excellent news!!

Catch up soon folks… thanks for popping by!

H xx