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




Live in the Moment



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


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