Brighten the World: Visible Image

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

For this weeks Visible Image make, I’ve turned to their gorgeous Butterfly Ink stencil as it’s been a while since I used this little beauty.

I totally forgot to take some photos as I was making this (you know how easy it is to get ‘in the zone’ sometimes!) so I apologise but I’ll talk you through how it was made.

So, firstly, I cut some watercolour card 6.5″ square and adhered it to a glass mat.  Over that I laid the Butterfly Ink stencil and using a palette knife, smoothed modelling paste through.  As I know I wasn’t going to stamp over the image, I left it a little textured on top.

I left the modelling paste to air dry and then I could inky with my Distress Spray Stains.

Usually I go for cool, calm colours but I felt this needed brighter, punchier colours so reached for Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spun Sugar and Spiced Marmalade.

After spraying (which I do into a box so it doesn’t go everywhere) I’ve let the inks drip into each other and then dried using a heat gun and I wish I’d let it air dry as the watercolour card has buckled somewhat but I’m too impatient to wait… and once the inks are dry, I added some Glimmer Mist so give some subtle sparkle.

To give the butterfly some definition around the edges, I used a Derwent Inktense pencil (Outliner) with a watercolour brush to soften the lines.

To add the gold, I’ve used WOW!’s Mixed Media Embossing Brush and swiped some of the goo around the butterfly before adding their amazing Metallic Gold powder.

The sentiment across the middle (and top right) are both from the Wings of Change set and I’ve stamped it using Versafine Clair (Nocturnal) and then heat embossed using the same WOW! Metallic Gold powder as before.

I’ve use WOW!s Opaque Bright White powder for the sentiment and this comes from the brilliant Brighten The World stamp set.  This is a set I use all the time and is perfect.  You can use odd words or combine the sentiments and they’re perfect for my messy journal too.

To finish, I’ve matted the inky card onto black card and then onto a 7×7″ card blank.  Excellent!

What do you think of the new Visible Image fancy-pants packaging?!  Isn’t it GORGEOUS!!!  Mark has done an incredible job and he’s used my new personal favourite Visible Image stencil, Ripple!

As always, keep up to date with all things Visible Image on their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram and while you’re on Insta, follow the hashtag #visibleimage for loads of great makes.

That’s all from me… catch up again soon xx

 

 

Catching up with WOW! Makes

Hello everyone…

I thought I’d share some of my WOW! makes on the blog as I normally write straight onto the WOW! blog and so skip my own.  So today I’m just uploading… not going into detail as I’d be here forever!

This make was for the January Challenge and uses the super sparkly Hot Gossip and the beautiful Metallic Gold Rich.

I do love this card… the grungy background is awesome!!

This ‘TIME’ card uses Visible Image stamps on a Distress Spray Stain background which I’ve then splattered with gesso, Posca pen and more spray stains.

Literally only just ‘released’ this one for WOW! A lovely floral card using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals for the die-cuts

I do love a floral card although usually I grunge them up and texturise them but I tried to keep this more mainstream.  Using the Sara Naumann inspired Parc Florals trio, I’ve layered the florals onto a heat embossed background and then added Kiwi Krush for the leaves.  Jury’s still out for me on this one…

I really love using feather stamps and dies and I got this Altenew set, Golden Feather, for my birthday earlier in the year.

Teamed with the Seth Apter inspired Metalz and Cosmic Trio of powders, I love the detail the powders bring out on the feathers.  the Metalz and Cosmic powders are not super fine but still, they pick up all the detail… just superb.

My absolute favourite WOW! make!

My cogs card is right up there as one of my favourite WOW! makes.  Again, I’ve used the Seth Apter powders along with the WOW! Mixed Media Embossing Brush to create this textural patina effect which I’ve seen so many times on other peoples work but never attempted myself before.  I’m waiting to get out of lockdown so I can frame this make for the craft room.

March’s challenge was to use the Glintz powders which I’ve teamed with a simple ‘hello’ stamp and a Tim Holtz die-cut which I then used as a stencil

Beautiful, beautiful colours from Sara Naumann again… Sea Turtle, Sea Salt and Sea Mist

I’m a huge fan of cool colours… maybe it’s because I was bought up by the sea?  I don’t know but I love them.  These Sara Naumann powders are some of my favourites in the WOW! collection.  Here I’ve used the gorgeous Create Your Own Calm from Visible Image to highlight the colours… gosh, they really compliment each other.

April’s challenge is Rainbows! Something I’m sure the WOW! team never anticipated becoming so widely used in April!

The gorgeous and glittery Bundled Up trio from Catherine Pooler sparkling away on this floral card

One of my go-to Visible Image stamps is Creative Chaos so when they released a larger, Total Chaos stamp I was a bit over excited!  I’ve layered the petals using Peppermint Scrub for the edges, Skylight for the skinny flowers on the right and sparkly Sage for leaf.  Got my favourite Metallic Copper on the background too on the computer/digital stamp.

So there you go… just ten cards for now but shows a variety of styles.

Thanks for reading… 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

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

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

The Right Direction: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a Visible Image post and what better way to get back into it than with one of their new Autumnal releases.  Now we all know Visible Image are known for being that little bit different from the usual stamp companies, they go that little bit quirkier I feel and aren’t afraid to be a bit ‘out there’.  The new Autumnal releases will blow your mind!!

We all have our favourites on the DT, obviously, and I have to say this one, The Right Direction, is one I was drawn too,  Whether it’s because my Dad had a black Capri when I was growing up, whether it’s the cityscape or I don’t know… but I am loving it!

I began this make by heat embossing the cityscape using Wow’s Metallic Silver Super Fine embossing powder onto watercolour card.  Using Distress Spray Stains, I dribbled ink to make the sky, wiggling it around and spritzing with a little water to get a funky background.

The embossing powder, once set, creates a barrier between the cityscape and the sky line so you can pretty much go nuts on the colours and it doesn’t seep into each other.

The cityscape was coloured using Derwent Intense pencils, using a dash of yellow to highlight.

To create a road for the car to sit on, I stamped the stem from the Imperfection is Beauty set and used the Intense pencils again for some colour.  The sentiment, steering wheel and little cars around the edge were all heat embossed in black and the ‘Driver’ sentiment was embossed in the same silver as the cityscape.

With the car heat embossed in Wow’s Opaque Primary Cardinal Red and coloured using watercolours, I trimmed it and adhered to the card using foam tape and voila!

And here is the the fabulous new stamp set…

The Right Direction

A short and snappy post for today but I’ve got lots more makes up my sleeve!

Don’t forget to check out Visible Image over on Instagram and also the Visible Image Group page on Facebook for loads of inspiration and to see what everyone else is making with their stamps and stencils!

Catch you again soon… xx

October Guest Designer Wow! Embossing Powder

Hello everyone… or should that be ‘Cześć’ as I’ve just come back from a little break in Krakow and Lodz.  Absolutely fantastic place and thoroughly recommend to everyone!!

I was asked a while back if I’d like to be the October Guest Designer for Wow! Embossing Powder and of course I said yeeeeess please!!  Wow’s products are always on my craft desk and I honestly don’t think you can buy better quality powders (I’ve tried – always gone back to Wow!).  The sheer range of colours and genres (metallics, sparkles, opaques, pearl, glitter, even glow in the dark and puff!!) is phenomenal and their Slow Drying Embossing Pad is just perfect.  If you haven’t tried them and you’re into your stamping, just buy a couple (they’re only cheap) and try them for yourself.  You will love them and to watch them melt – so mesmerising!!

Anyway… you might have seen my makes and blog posts for Wow! Embossing Powder over the last few weeks but suddenly realised I hadn’t blogged them on my site… shocker.  My first make for them used their gorgeous Thankful stamp set with Metallic Gold Sparkle powder.

‘Merry and Bright’

Heat emboss with the Metallic Gold Sparkle, colour and add extra sparkle with a Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

Distress oxide background for a chalky, grungy look with an aperture die-cut. Add more embossing powder to frame.

Finished card with the products used

You can find the full write up for Wow! over on their blog… just press HERE!

My next make for Wow! uses Aall and Create stamps and stencils and looks a little something like this and uses Black Twinkle and Pop from the Confetti Trio (the little polka dots around the edges).

‘Sparkle and Shine’

Heat emboss on watercolour card with Black Twinkle and paint using watercolour paints

Mask the border stamp to add the stencil before adding dimension to the project using glossy/crackle accents and foam dots.  Stamp polka dots around the edge to frame using ‘Pop’ from the ‘Confetti’ trio

Finished card with the products used

Again, the full write up for Wow! can be found HERE!

My next make you make not have seen as it’s part of the inspiration for Wow!’s October Challenge (Christmas) and uses just the one colour – the beautiful Rose Gold.

‘Noel’

Ombre a background, spritz with gold ink and heat emboss using the beautiful Rose Gold powder from Wow!

Tear some corrugated cardboard and swipe the slow drying embossing pad over the ridges before dusting with the Rose Gold powder and heating

Layer the elements over one another before matting onto card

Finished card with products used

So there we are.  That’s the first three of my makes although I do have a couple still to share.  Hope you like them… I’m pretty chuffed with them although to be honest the powders make it so easy!  You can see LOADS of inspiration over on Wow!’s Facebook page or upload your own makes to their Facebook Fan Page and see what everyone else has been up to!

I’ll be back soon with new makes to share.

H xx

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

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