Visible Image Stamps and Alcohol Inks

Hello there everyone…

I know it’s been a while but what with Christmas and New Year and working it’s been a busy old time for everyone but we’re all back in the swing of things now… ish!

I’m determined to experiment with my Visible Image makes a little more this year and getting to grips with alcohol inks is way up on the list so I spent an hour just splodging the inks onto Yupo paper (a synthetic paper that doesn’t ‘suck up’ the inks).  I made a couple in this colour way but managed to ruin the first!


As you can see, I’ve used  Dare to Swim and Create Your Calm as the main focus for the card but have used a fair few of the gorgeous background stamps to aid it along!

This was the original background…

… and I began by using Scripted Streets and a Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink pad to remove the text and then began layering stamps using Archival ink pads using Posca pens and Inktense pencils to add a bit of detail.

Here’s some detailed photos…

The Seahorse was stamped using an Archival Black ink pad but it’s reacted with the alcohol inks and gone slightly purple which I rather like!

The little school of fishes from the Dare to Swim set, have been stamped using an old white Stazon ink pad that has gone a bit sticky. While still wet, I’ve smoothed silver crafting foil over the top so the foil has remained and the fishes are all shimmery.

The Ripple Effect has literally been used to create ripples in the water and I’ve highlighted them using Ranger Glossy Accents over Archival’s Watering Can ink pad.  I’ve also used DecoArt Media’s Liquid Glass to create tiny bubbles by the Seahorse’s nose.

The sentiment, also from the Dare to Swim set,  is heat embossed in bright white onto the torn vellum and the finished make mounted onto white and a dark blue shimmery card.

So here’s all the fabulous Visible Image stamp sets used for this make:

Create Your Calm


Dare To Swim


The Ripple Effect


Scripted Streets


Life is Beautiful


Keep your crafty eyes peeled for some new Visible Image releases coming soon… you will NOT want to miss these!! And, as always, don’t forget to join in on the Visible Image Facebook page.  Share your makes, pick up a few tips and join in with he challenges.  There’s always the blog too!  Jammed packed full of beautiful work by the DT and always lots of different styles and stamps/stencils being utilised.  Hope you’ll join us!

Catch you again soon,

Heather xx

Create Your Calm

Hello once again…

I’ve been itching to share this Visible Image DT project with you all as I just love how it’s turned out!  It really got my creative juices flowing and I adore all the different textures on there from the stamps I’ve used.

I started out by heat embossing The Ripple Effect in white embossing powder onto watercolour card before adding distress oxide inks in a watercolour style around the ripples themselves.

The oxides inks pads are great for creating watercolour backgrounds

To create a hint of sparkle to the project, Fibonacci was heat embossed using a gorgeous metallic copper powder, which looks beautiful when the light hits it.  Next, to contrast with the calming hues, I added Infusion powders to the areas in-between.

I used Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to make the ripples as it has a fine nib so is perfect for smaller areas

To build on the texture, I stamped the net from the Mesh-ellaneous set in a deep blue and then added the shoal of fish  and the sea plants (both from Dare to Swim).

I’m a little bit in love with Wow’s Copper Embossing Powders as they add warmth to a project with a hint of sparkle

With everything dry I could begin to add my main focal images; the gorgeous Sea Horse and the sentiment from Create Your Calm.

Even with all the different textures, the make still felt like it needed some dimension to it so I added clear gloss to the ripple areas to make it look glassy and add some movement and I just love the finished effect!  The ripple stamp works just beautifully with the Create Your Calm and Dare to Swim sets… def more to investigate there!!

Check out the Visible Image blog to see what the rest of the DT have been making.  That’s all from me for now… catch up again soon!

H xx


Mixed Media Canvas

Hello you lovely people…

Sneaking a quick post in today as I wanted to share this little canvas  I’ve made over the past few days using lots of the gorgeous stamps from Visible Image.

For regular followers of my work, you’ll know I love texture and layers and colour and I didn’t hold back with this mixed media make.

I started with a 15 x 15cm canvas (teeny tiny) and painted it with gesso to give myself a good surface to load up.  Once gesso’d, I smeared different coloured pink/red/purple acrylics over the top, wiping some areas off to give a faded look in places.

Once dry, I’ve used ‘Organics‘ stamps with Wow!’s Iris embossing powder

I’ve then painted a layer of watery gesso over the top and wiped away using a baby wipe before adding more stamps: How Fragile We Are, Ink Splats, Sparkle in the Rain, Somewhere in Time.

Layers of stamps in different colours add to the textured look of the canvas

Once I was happy with the actual canvas, I die cut different shapes using kraft card and painted with gesso. I wanted a similar colour to the canvas, so painted them with oxide inks and distress stain. The large star was made using the Strobe stencil and modelling paste (I know, I know… but I can’t step away from it!!)

I actually love this stamp a bit too much!

Once dry, I’ve dribbled watery oxide inks and distress stain (like the stars and circle) and then heat embossed Fibonacci over the top to add another layer of interest.  The circle has been texturised using Scripted Streets and Wow! Platinum embossing powder and the bigger star uses the seahorse stamp from Create Your Calm. The teeny tiny star in the top right has been coated in glossy accents (Ranger) and backed onto the canvas with some black thread.

Floaty gauze backs the smaller shapes and cotton thread adds a hint of different colour/interest

To finish, I’ve layered the die-cut elements together using a hot glue gun and added the heat embossed sentiments from he Imagine Dream Inspire set.

I’m loving the finished canvas but I’m not sure where I can perch it in my craft room as slightly running out of wall space! Ha!

Anyway, back on Monday for my regular post for the Visible Image DT. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

H xx