The Forest: Visible Image

Hello again everyone…

Lots and lots of new Visible Image stamps sets and stencils out (or coming out) in the next couple of weeks and I’ve been really lucky to have been sent some of each to have a play with.  I’ll be honest, I was slightly over excited when they arrived… such an amazing release and Mark has done it again for #teamawesome.

So today I’m focussing on The Forest stencil which is just beautiful and I have 2 makes to share with you.  Once again, the quality of all the stencils is just amazing… perfect thickness… as I hate it when you spend out for stencils and they turn out to be all whispy and thin, don’t you?

I absolutely love the colours on this card and it was so easy to make.

The back ground is made using Distress Oxide Ink Pads in an Ombre effect using Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberry.  I then lightly tapped on some black indian ink for a bit of texture and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Pretty Pink for some gently sparkle… and  the light really reflects off the sparkle on the finished card.

Overlay the stencil and make another ombre effect using Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Weathered Wood and ensure the inks are dry.

With the background complete, I used the foreground stamp from the Into the Woods stamp set and added Versafine Clair Glamorous to the bottom and their Warm Breeze to the trees.  I used a stamping platform for this as I wanted a real hit of colour so over the colours a couple of times.  When satisfied, I heat embossed them using WOW!’s amazing Clear Embossing powder.

For final touches, I heat embossed the cute little owl in black and then the sentiment, also from the Into the Woods set, onto black card, trimmed and added using foam tape.

My second make today starts off with a grey smooshed background using Distress Oxide ink pads in Hickory Smoke, Ice Spruce and Weathered Wood.  They’ve also been given the indian ink and Glimmer Mist treatment for extra interest.

I’ve done another ombre background on this card too but this time used Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, faded Jeans and Dusty Concord,

I’ve then used Prima’s Graphite Texture Paste (which has a wonderful subtle gritty finish) with  the bird from the new Time Flies stencil to create this dominating image over the card.

To finish, I used the little sentiment from the Break Free stamp set.

The fabulous new stencils are available to pre-order from this Friday 3rd July and are released on  17th July… and if you enter the monthly challenge over on the Visible Image Facebook page, you could bag yourself £100 voucher… and that’s A LOT of stencils! Haha!!

Keep an eye out on all the socials for lots of inspiration, Instagram and Facebook are uploaded too regularly with sneaky peaks and makes.

I’ll be back soon with another new make to share.  thanks for reading!

H xx

Love is Love: Visible Image

Morning all,

You can’t have not seen the new Visible Image stamps that are on pre-order now… and aren’t they beauties?!  I absolutely love this Love is Love set… bang on perfect for these volatile times in which we find ourselves.

I’ve barely been able to put this stamp set down since it arrived Friday and my head is whirring away with possibilities and ideas for it.

To begin the card, I’ve added some star washi tape strips to watercolour card and gesso’d over the top to protect the tape.  After overlaying the Square Root stencil, I’ve created an ombre effect using Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean to which I’ve then lightly spritzed water over to add texture.

After using a black permanent fine liner to draw in some scribbly lines in the stencil gaps, I’ve flicked on some black indian ink to break up the blue and add extra interest.

Having already measured where the two face stamps would lay on the card, I used the sentiment for the set, Love is Love, down the centre.

The two profile stamps are just brilliant! The words on them (trust, love, eternity, friendship, loyalty, empathy, kindness etc) are so bang on trend and perfect for all types of cards and journalling and I cannot wait to journal with this set!

I’ve heat embossed the profile stamps using WOW!’s Opaque Bright White embossing powder and then used oxide ink pads (Candied Apple, Picked raspberry, Seedless preserve, Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed) to create the rainbow effect.  Once trimmed, I’ve secured them directly to the card before matting onto black card to finish.

Once again, the new stamps are on pre-order now from the online shop and are due for release on Friday June 26th… just in time for the weekend!

 

Check out the Visible Image Facebook group or Instagram for loads of inspiration from the design team using the new stamps… we can barely put them down!

See you soon, H xx

Gel Press Tutorial: Visible Image

Hello everyone and lovely to see you here…

I’m back today with a tutorial for Visible Image showing you how I made the Gel Press cards I recently posted on the Visible Image Facebook page and I was going to attempt a video but honestly, no one needs to hear me wittering on and I am utterly inept when it comes to technology!

These were the two cards I shared on the Facebook page…

… and I had such a good response and there was a hearty ‘yes please’ to my tutorial offer so I hope this helps in some way.

This is the card I’m going to make with you today and take you through the process step-by-step.  It really is very simple and fairly quick to make.

These are the main tools I used for the make… a 6″ round Gel Press, the Into the Woods stamp set, masking tape, a small brayer, a water spritzer and some watercolour card which I trimmed into a 7″ square.  The Gel Press is brilliant.  Made from a rubbery gel, it holds mediums on the surface and allows you to press stencils or stamps (or anything  – leaves, end of tubes, corrugated card, bubble wrap) into the medium and create mono prints which you can then use alone or add more images or text too.

Stampers Grove have an amazing selection of Gel Press plates in various sizes and shapes so if you’d like to experiment with one, why not buy a small one to see how you get on?  There are hundreds of YouTube videos explaining different techniques and they’re hugely inspiring.

The first step in making your circle is choosing your medium and I used Distress Oxide ink pads but you could also use Distress ink pads or Distress Spray Stain or Distress Oxide Sprays… the choice is unlimited and each different medium will give you a different looking effect.

Firstly dab the ink pad around the gel press to build up colour but try not to contaminate each colour by over laying on the other.  You can see where I’ve dabbed the ink onto the gel press and then how the oxide ink almost ‘comes to life’ when I’ve spritzed with water.  Also, give the watercolour card a very light spritz as this helps the colours bleed into each other and creates a watercolour effect.  Next, lay the card onto the gel press, smoothing it down gently.

Distress Oxide ink pad colours used:

        • Black soot
        • Hickory Smoke
        • Chipped Sapphire
        • Faded Jeans
        • Stormy Sky
        • Dusty Concord

It’s hard to see but on the first photograph here I had quite a lot of water pooled around the black area so I just grabbed some kitchen roll and soaked it up by using a corner of the paper towel to slurp up the excess.  After slightly drying, I spritzed the card very lightly with water and overlaid another piece of paper towel.  This takes the colour away where the water drops have been and you get a lovely texture in the background.  I’ve then sprayed on some Glimmer Mist in a pale gold colour but you can leave this out if you’d like a ‘cleaner’ card.

Once dry, overlay a sheet of scrap paper and draw round the circle.  Trim the circle out and  tape the sheet over the watercolour card so any stamped images that go over the circle won’t print onto the card itself.

For the background tree stamp, I used the Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke ink pad and you can see where the excess has stamped onto the scrap paper we taped down.

The foreground trees and the beautiful lone standing tree are both stamped using Onyx Black from Versafine and I’ve stamped both going off the edges so that there are no edges stamped not to he finished card.

Stamp the sentiment from the set however you choose (so many ways to play with those words!) and then remove the scrap sheet from around the card.

I’ve then taken the little star stamps from the Faerie Magic set and stamped them using Weathered Wood (Distress Oxide) just around the sentiment to add extra interest but you could add a few small adhesive gems or sequins in a co-ordinating colour.

To finish, I matted the card onto a navy blue card stock and then onto an 8×8″ card blank which I then trimmed to size… and that, as they say is that!

I went on to make this card as I made a few backgrounds while I had the Gel press out and I’ve used the Night Owl set for this make, heat embossing the owl to add a different texture.

The Gel Press or Gelli Plate (two different makes of the same product) is a lovely way of working.  You can never be sure what’s going to appear when you peel that paper off and I love that!

If you have a go at this, please upload a photo onto the Visible Image page as I’d love to see them.

Thanks for reading everyone… catch up again soon.

H xx

Up-Cycling Challenge: Visible Image

Hey everyone…

The latest challenge over on the Visible Image page is an up-cycling challenge where you are encouraged to up-cycle something you would normally throw away!

I sat (for ages) trying to figure out what to make and then it hit me that what I actually needed was a small box to pop my makes in so that they are kept separate from those cards I’ve already blogged or posted on social media.  I like keep my un-posted makes separate so I know where my head is at!

I needed a box wide enough to fit an 8×8″ card in and initially I looked at a small cardboard box I had but realised the porridge box in the bin was perfect!

At 8.5″ on it’s side, it was perfect size-wise but a tad flimsy so I backed it with some thick card and then added watercolour card over the top so I could distress and grunge it up.  I filled in the gap round the top of the box using modelling paste and a palette knife just so it looked a bit more ‘finished’.

I didn’t have a theme for the box, didn’t know where I was going with it really so I just went with the flow.  I began by using the Stars and Stripes stencil, utilising the stars with modelling paste for the sides of the front  of the box.  Once dried (over night) I just spritzed it with blues and green Distress Oxide Spray as I love the chalky finish they give and added some Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon to the stars to contrast with the cool colours.

I had to use my favourite stencil, Ripples, on the project somewhere so grabbed a Chipped Sapphire ink pad and dotted the fabulous circles around the box.

It was then a matter of layering up the stamps.  I love the two fish from Random Art of Kindness so stamped those swimming around and then added the seaweed image from the Dare to Swim set.  I hadn’t really intended the box to have an underwater theme but the colours kind of dictated it a bit.

I love the Scribble stamp on the Total Chaos set and had o have it on the make somewhere so heat embossed it using WOW’s Angel Eyes powder

To give the box a random feel, I added the tree from Into the Woods using Versafine Clair ink pads in Rain Forest and Verdant and ‘sealed’ the ink using a clear powder from WOW.  The leaves, from both Total Chaos and Tree of Life, are done exactly the same way and coloured using Arteza watercolour brush pens.

The sides needed some art and so again, make it a little quirky, I used the bulbs (and moth) from Glimmer of Light and Shining Bright and tucked the word ‘Shine’ in between them.

For the front of the box, I went all out colour clash and stamped the gorgeous Visible Image eye using Versafine Clair Charming Pink and Glamorous which I then heat embossed using a clear powder.

To finish, I needed a hefty sentiment, something that meant something to me so I chose Create Your Imagination from the Just Be Happy stamp set.

So there we have it… think I’ve mentioned it all!?

You can find the challenge on the Visible Image Facebook group page and there is a HUGE £40 voucher for the first winner and then two £20 vouchers for the next two! Enough to grab yourselves a stamp set or stencil or two… and there are some new ones on there way!!

Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you soon and thank you for taking the time to read my posts… it’s massively appreciated.

H 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

Just for Me… for a change!

Hello everyone… hope you are all well and staying safe inside, tucked up with a book, your crafty bits or even if you’re screaming and shouting at your family… at least you’re inside.

Over the years of crafting, I have made very few things for me and I decided a while ago I was going to change all that.  I’ve started to use my journal more and I’ve made a few things ‘just for me’.  So as I’m off work at the moment, I thought I would use the gorgeous  Visible Image stamps to make a little canvas for my craft room.

I have a lot of stuff on the walls in here… framed photos, paintings by relatives (which aren’t great but sentimental), a gorgeous textured make by the Mum of someone I work with and I thought it was about time I added to it.

It’s not a huge canvas, only 8×6″ but it took me a while to do… waiting for the inks to dry, the crackle paste, the modelling paste and then all that fussy cutting!  I didn’t take any pictures along the way as I usually do, I just got lost in the making process.

The background colour is a mix of Distress Oxide ink pads and Distress Oxide Sprays (colours: Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio) which I’ve smooshed on and then spritzed and dripped…. I also dripped on some shimmer ink too.

I’ve then used an Aall and Create stencil (Totally Dotty) to add some texture over my crackle paste.

The stamped and heat embossed images have all been stamped onto watercolour card coloured using Distress Spray Stains (colours: Pink Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spiced marmalade) using Versafine and then heat embossed using Wow!’s Clear Gloss embossing powder.  All the stamps are Visible Image and are from either Total Chaos, Creative Chaos or Random Art of Kindness.

The different elements have been layered, cut into, and the dots saved to add elsewhere.  The main floral image was stamped five times and layered using foam tape and those little leaves… arghh! I love them!!

And that, as they say, is it.  Just a little one today… who knows maybe I’ll venture onto a bigger one as I do have some kicking around here somewhere!?

All the stamps used are from Visible Image and and I said, the ‘Totally Dotty’ stencil is from Aall and Create.

I’m off to get these pupsters out… or maybe have a cuppa… better get dressed first!

H xx

WOW! Embossing Powder and Whimsy Stamps Collaboration

Hello everyone and welcome to my small part of the WOW! Embossing Powder and Whimsy Stamps blog hop!  Hopefully you’ve hopped on over from Lisa Mensing‘s blog… so hello and welcome!

The blog hop starts right now and will run until the 5th of April.  As we have so many talented designers wanting to play along we decided to celebrate by split the blog hop up over two days.

The Winners will be chosen at random in the week of the of 8th of April from the comments left on THE POSTS.

There are two prizes which means two winners!!!!  WOW! Embossing Powders has – 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your powders safely in and Whimsy Stamps is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on the designer’s blog post and each comment you leave is an entry for a chance at getting your hands on these prizes.
This hop is open internationally.
Here is a list of all the lovely people taking part in the hop today…

Being a circles fan, I chose the Circles Circles stamp set and here I used it with the Seth Apter Trio’s form WOW! – Cosmic and Metalz.

The fabulous ‘Happy’ die is also from Whimsy Stamps and cuts beautifully!

My next make uses the same stamp set but is very different…

I’ve used the gorgeous Aztec, Rose, Mayan and Inca glintz powders from WOW! which look spectacular and have this beautiful sheen to them.

I’ve used the same powders on the die-cut sentiment and they look stunning!

Scrumptious powders!!

Next up on the hop is Lori U’ren so pop on over once you’ve left a comment on here… remember each comment is another chance to win!

Good luck everyone!!

Heather x

 

Total Chaos: Visible Image

Hello again…

Today’s make uses the Total Chaos stamps from Visible Image but I’ve omitted the large central flower and concentrated on the other smaller stamps in the set.

As fabulous as the huge flower is (and it really is!!) the other stamps in the set are just as fabulous on their own too.

I began by filling a 7×7″ section of watercolour card with Distress Oxide ink pads in blues, and then ripped some scrap paper to create a mask for the grass.  For extra texture, I used the polka dots from the Two Tone stencil and used the same greens on those.

The dinky florals and leaves have been heat embossed onto watercolour card, coloured using watercolours and then fussy-cut out.

Before securing everything in place, I’ve measured where the small yellow flower was going and then heat embossed the scribble using gold powder so that it sat underneath.

I also heat embossed the sentiment on at this point using WOW!’s Opaque Bright White powder and then heat embossed the ‘TY’ at the end using a green powder and coloured using watercolours.

It was simply a case of layering the florals up using foam tape and dots.  As you can see. I’ve used good ol’ Glossy Accents on some parts of the flower to highlight certain parts and a give bit of shine!

A really magnificent stamp set that I absolutely adore.  You can find lots of inspiration over not he Visible Image Facebook page and of course on Instagram (*top tip* search out the #visibleimage tag for more makes!)

See you next time, H xx

Revolution: Visible Image

Hello everyone,

I’m back today sharing my latest card for Visible Image using their new Revolution stamp set and you may recognise this card if you managed to catch Helen and Mark on the Visible Image Facebook Live recently.

I just love this set and it comes with NINE small stamps to use on backgrounds or use as a focal point… it’s all just fabulous! If you look in detail at the main stamp, you have text going around it, a clock, those little circles (which would be perfect for glossy accents or even stamping in) and there are even birds flowing out the bottom.  Honestly, it’s just an incredible design.

I began this make by making an ombre background with the focus in the centre of the card and I used the brown tonal distress oxide ink pads for this.  Once done, I’ve spritzed with water and then splattered it with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Spray, oh, and I gave it a little spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist too as I’m addicted to the stuff!

I’ve then taken the floral emblem (can I call it that?!) and stamped it down one side using  Hickory Smoke oxide ink pad.

The main image has been heat embossed using WOW!’s Black Magic powder and it’s just perfect or this as it’s black but has flecks of gold and silver in and just looks fabulous when melted.

With this complete, I also heat embossed the fleur-de-lis emblems in gold onto a scrap of background card, fussy cut them out and attached to the card using 3D foam dots.

In the top right, I used the swirly stamp (?!) with gold embossing powder and I was going to stamp all the way round the card but decided just to keep it on one side as it looked more effective.

Having stamped the sentiment stamps down one side (also using the Black Magic embossing powder) I decided to grunge it up a little and add some more embossing powder around the edges, to give it a tarnished and worn look.

If you head over to the Visible Image Facebook page, you can see lots (and I mean oodles) of inspiration from everyone using this and the other new stamps released this month and don’t forget their Instagram page too!

See you all again soon…. H xx

Total Chaos: Visible Image

Well hello again…

Goodness.  I’ve been in a crafting frenzy since the latest stamps form Visible Image arrived as I cannot get enough of them!!  How fabulous are they?!  I totally take my hat off to Mark and Helen as once again they have produced a fabulous array with something for everyone.

Creative Chaos was a hugely popular set and I have seen it on many pages and Instagram posts so when I found out they were doing a bigger version I was super excited!  Total Chaos is an A5 set, the larger flower being 1/3 bigger than in Creative Chaos.  There is also a fabulous funky flower, a leaf that is to die for and that scribble stamp!! Arghhh!! Heaven!!

This is my first make using the set and I’ve used a gelli print background I had already made.  I loved this print as it’s pretty textural and the paint has crackled around the edges slightly.

You can see that I’ve used the Stars and Stripes stencil on both the gelli print and then used it to stencil on some Tonic Studios Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Poppy Pink) down one side.

The background was made using Distress Oxide Ink Pads and Spray Stains. I’ve just smooshed the ink pads over the watercolour card, spritzed with water and then, while wet, spritzed on the Distress Spray Stains.  I wanted the colours to blend and bleed in to each other and by adding lots of water and the spray stains that’s exactly what I got!

I left the background to air dry as I didn’t want any warping and once dry added a good spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pretty Pink) to get a beautiful shimmer to the card.  With this dry, I stamped the large flower head four times using Versafine Clair (Nocturne) and then the leaf three times.  I managed to squeeze on the small flower head a few times too!

To emphasise the beautiful flower, I trimmed and layered up different elements and used foam dots to achieve this look.  Having stamped the full flower where I wanted it onto the gelli print, I then stamped the scribble stamp several times around the edges so it appeared behind the flower.

Before adhering the flower head in place, I scrunched white cotton thread to it acted as a 3D scribble almost… if you get me?!

I treated the leaves and little flowers the same way, layering them up before gluing in place.

With everything added to the background, I stamped the ‘Chaos Theory’ stamp in the top corner, almost like a postmark and then added Ranger’s Glossy Accents to give yet more texture.  With the addition of a few adhesive gems, the card was matted onto black card stock before adding to an 8×5″ card blank.

Here are the Visible Image products I used for this make…



All the new stamp sets are available for pre-order now and are officially released on February 15th!! I cannot wait to play with them all… such an amazing release!

Check out all the February 2020 releases all the DT inspiration for the new stamp sets on Visible Image’s Facebook page and Instagram and don’t forget to upload your own makes!

Thanks for reading… catch up soon,

H xx