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


Visible Image: Destination Adventure Card

Hello everyone!

Well… what a snowy and cold week that was!  I hope you’re all safe and got to throw a few snowballs, if that’s you’re thing, or managed to avoid them if it isn’t!  I love the snow.  I love watching the pupsters jump in it and shovel their nose through the powder only to come up with a big whale-type snort! Ha!

Anyway, enough of the cold stuff… let’s move onto to warmer climes with my latest Visible Image DT make.  So last Wednesday was my birthday and I met my lovely crafty friend for lunch and she suggested a wander round Hobbycraft (how could I refuse!).  I managed to pick up a fabulous little globe die and I knew exactly what stamps would work perfectly with it.

I’m really into my tags at the moment and thought a tag would suit the travel theme perfectly so I layered up two different sized tags that I’ve die cut using a Sizzix/Tim Holtz combo.  The larger tag I’ve then die cut again to add some interest to the bottom.  After heat embossing Fibonacci in bright white, I’ve then built up the colour using Distress Oxide ink pads.  To add extra detail, I stamped Elemental over the top lightly using a Sepia Archival Ink and then used the mesh stamp from the Mesh-ellaneous set around the edges.

For the top tag, I’ve used the fabulous Fibres stencil along with the new Resist Spray from Ranger.  It’s very subtle but you can just see where the colour has resisted and made a mottled effect.  To that, I’ve added Elemental (again using Archival’s Sepia ink pad) before heat embossing the rain stamp from Sparkle in the Rain in that gorgeous copper colour.

After die-cutting the globe, I’ve added the sentiments from the Destination Unknown stamps and layered them together before adhering to the card blank.  Perfect for someone off on an adventure!

The Visible Image stamps I’ve used for this make are… (ta-da!)…



Destination Unknown

Sparkle in the Rain

I hope you like today’s inspiration.  Do check out the Visible Image blog page for some amazing makes but he other DT members… truly stunning work.  Catch you next time…

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