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

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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

 

Visible Image: Somewhere In Time

Hello everyone…

Well, Visible Image have some utterly gorgeous new stamp sets coming out soon but before I get all excited over new makes using those I thought I’d share this card using Somewhere In Time stamp set.

I just love this set as the clock face is brilliant for fussy cutting and layering up using foam dots (which I’ve done here).

So, for the background (which I apologise, I forgot to photograph during its making as I got carried away!) I’ve used the 1983 stencil and inked through it using Distress Oxides and then turned it 90 degrees and layered up the colours.  I’ve then carried on with the number theme and used Count Me In over the top.

Further layers have been added by stamping the number stamp from the set randomly around the clock face and then adding Fibonacci.

For the clock face I’ve squished some Distress Oxide Ink Pads on a glass mat and spritzed lightly with water and dried using a heat gun.  Once dry, I’ve given it a little spritz of a gold shimmer spritzing spray (which you can barely see but I know it’s there!)


Before starting work on the clock face, I’ve heat embossed the inky splodge using Wow’s brilliant Rich Gold powder. I love watching it melt… totally mesmerising!

Then, after heat embossing the clock face three times, I’ve secured one full face onto the gold image and then fussy cut the different shards of clock out and layered them up using foam dots.

Some I’m kept at two layers and others I’ve used three. The clock hands are old Docraft stock that I had laying about and were perfect! Having made a hole in the centre shard, they’ve been secured using matching brad that come with the set.

I then decided (rather late on) to heat emboss the cogs around the edge of the card too.  Have to admit, this would’ve been easier if I’d done it before gluing the clock in place but hey-ho, you live and learn!

I was debating which sentiment to add to the card and then realised I had the perfect one!  The fabulous In Your Hands is oh-so perfect!

After stamping, I’ve used a black fine liner to draw squiggly boxes around the sentiment so it’s encased nicely and then I attached these using foam tape.

To finish the card, I’ve mounted it on another oxide background of the same colour as the clock face so it all ties in nicely.

The Visible Image Products I used for this make are…

Somewhere In Time

 

In Your Hands

 

Fibonacci

 

1983

 

Count Me In

Visible Image have some utterly fabulous new stamp sets coming out in a few weeks and are available for pre-order from Friday 8th June so keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

I’m off to cut the grass… catch up 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

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

Creative Chaos: Visible Image

Morning all…

Life seems to be rushing past me lately and there just aren’t enough hours in the day, like wading through treacle almost and I’m finding it all bit  frustrating really as I have so many projects and ideas inside my head all revolving around the absolutely damn-well fabulous new mixed media stamps from Visible Image.

Today’s make uses Creative Chaos.  A stunning stamp set incorporating delicious inky flowers and circular grungy stamps.  I (and the other design team members!) just love it!!!

I’ve made a chalky background using Distress Oxide ink pads and added some white acrylic to the edges just using my finer to smudge it in.  Having stamped the circular polka dot stamp (if you get me) using Archival’s Watering Can ink pad, I’ve then over stamped the DNA motif a few times using a VersaFine ink pad.

I wanted a grungy look to the flowers so decided to cut up an old map of The lake District I was given a while back.  I stamped the flowers, large and small, onto the chalky background and then onto the map (having chosen some interesting areas).

After trimming the flower heads from the map, I then inked the edges using Distress Ink Pads in Vintage Photo and Tea Dye and adhered them over the stamped images on the background.

I decided to add some dimension to the middle flower, to stop it looking too flat and so trimmed some white cheesecloth and black cotton and wedged both between the layers of flower (using foam tape and a hot glue gun).

Still not happy with the effect I was getting, I felt it needed some extra texture so used Inktense pencils on the flower stalks and a white Posca pen  on the stamped flower heads and over some of the background images.

I’ve split the rather wonderful sentiment up and used it either side of the main flower stalk and highlighted areas with the same white Posca pen.

To finish, I’ve added little dots of glossy accents over a selected amount of the polka dot circles which make sit so lovely to run your hands over now it’s all dry! I’ve then matted this onto black card and then onto a 7×7″ white card blank.

This make has to be one of my favs at the moment and here’s some of what I used to make it…

 

This is the original stamp set… look how utterly marvellous it is and bow down to worship it!!

Isn’t that, frankly, just a beautiful, beautiful stamp set?!  And the best thing is… all the new mixed media releases are all just as amazing!!! Mark and Helen really have pulled it out of the bag with this one… huge round of applause to them for designing and making these!!!

As always, don’t forget to follow Visible Image over on Facebook for daily inspiration from the DT and from everyone, there’s always so much to inspire you… and of course, the blog is there for a round up of everything we’ve been making!

Catch up again soon… thanks for reading.

H x

Visible Image: New Wizard of Oz Stamps

Hello again…

Visible Image have been super busy lately (as always!) and have produced some truly amazing stamps and stencils for February’s release.  The Alice in Wonderland stamps went down a storm and they were followed recently by the gorgeous Wizard of Oz stamps and dies… yes, that’s right… dies!!  Having been a Wizard of Oz fan since I was very small I was so excited to get my inky mitts on these!!

The Oz Flying Monkeys used to scare the life out of me when I was small (and even a bit now too!) and I really wanted to use them and so my first make was this card…

The dark background uses Distress Oxide ink pads in Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Chipped Sapphire along with a splatter of Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.  The moon is  Mustard Seed oxide and the swirly Time Tunnel stencil has been made using Carved Pumpkin.

The scary monkey (look at its eyes… just haunting!) has been heat embossed in Wow’s Super Fine Ebony embossing powder onto watercolour card before using a mixture of watercolours, Distress Spray Stains and Derwent Inktense pencils (and a little gold gel pen) to colour him in.

The little flying monkeys have been stamped using a Versafine Onyx Black ink pad and then heat embossed using the same Wow powder used on the large monkey.

For the sentiment, I made (another) grungy background using my much over-used oxides, and die-cut two little clouds.  Having edged them with black, I stamped the sentiment on using Wow’s Opaque bright White embossing powder and attached using foam tape.

 

My second make is a tag…

For this wee fella, I’ve heat embossed him using Wow’s Metallic Copper powder and coloured him using the same materials as before just in different colours.

I’ve upped the menacing look by giving him red eyes and they do look very demonic!

The background is my ever go-to favourite Strobe stencil over which I’ve lightly stamped the smaller monkey stamps using Archival’s Watering Can ink pad just to give a hint at the monkeys.  Having fussy cut the monkey out (and I didn’t have the dies at the time of making so excuse some of my dodgy areas!) I’ve placed him on the wall I’ve stamped using the brick stamp from the Teenage Kicks set.

The bright purple sentiment has been heat embossed using Wow’s Metalline Violet embossing powder, each word trimmed  and then added using tiny foam tape. Some stained muslin and ribbon have been threaded through the punched hole to finish.

And there you go!  Wonderful stamps (and dies) which, rightly so, have been super popular.

Check out the Visible Image Facebook page and their blog for more inspiration from the design team and to catch up on the latest releases and news… oh and don’t forget Instagram!  Use the hashtag #visibleimage to find awesome makes from all over the world!

Thanks for reading … until next time xx