Daisy Daisy from Visible Image

Morning everyone!

I am loving this beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, pottering around in my garden and I have a few beautiful blooms of Daisys popping out between some foliage… although I don’t get many Hummingbirds making an appearance unfortunately!

For this weeks Visible Image DT inspiration, I’ve used two new stencils, Daisy Daisy and Heavy Rain and overlaid the beautiful Life is Beautiful Hummingbird.

So here’s how I did it…

I began by trimming some watercolour card to 7.5″ square and laying the Daisy Daisy stencil in the middle.  I’ve given it a good spritz using the new gorgeous Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Spray and then carefully removed the stencil before drying.

As I wanted to stencil over the flower, I used the stencil again to make a mask and secured it in place with some low-tack masking tape.  I’ve then used the Heavy Rain stencil to add the fabulous lines across and up/down using the oxide ink pads shown.

To give the Daisy some definition, I’ve used my Derwent Intense pencils on the petals, some I’ve used a water brush on and some I’ve left and when this layer was dry, I added a few swishes of white Posca pen.

The Hummingbird was added using a stamping platform as I wanted a good coverage and knew I may have to re-ink it two or three times. I’ve used Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord Oxide ink pads for this, dabbing the ink pads over the stamp, stamping it on the background and then  changing colour.

The sentiment is also from the Life is Beautiful set and has been stamped using Versafine Clair Rain Forest and added to the card using foam tape.

To complete the make, I’ve matted it onto a navy card and then onto an 8×8″ card blank.

I am loving the new stencils and stamps… what’s your favourite?  Ripped Fishnets is very popular stencil and I love it too… but I also love Words of Support.  Great for journal makes and you may have seen my journal page I recently posted on the group page using that alongside the new Bad Day stamp set.

If you’ve bought any of the new releases (or anything Visible Image to be honest!) keep an eye on Instagram and the #visibleimage as there is sooooo much amazing stuff being posted daily… and of course, the group page on Facebook has fabulous cards and makes uploaded too!

Enjoy the weather while it’s lovely and sunny (I hope it is wherever you are!) and I’ll catch up again soon xx

 

Under the Sea: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

Welcome back to my blog!  Today I’m sharing a bit of a busy make using the new Ripped Fishnet stencil from the wonderful Visible Image.

I started with a basic green and grey shaded background to which I then added the Ripped Fishnet stencil.  Over the stencil I added a mixture of Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Oxide Ink.

For some reason (and I have absolutely no idea why) I decided to add these large green bubble shapes which I’m not sure about now.  I used the Mesh It Up and centre of the Daisy Daisy stencil to add some interest to them and splattered them with white Posca pen and indian ink.

The Ripped Fishnet stencil is crying out for sea themed makes and I had to do one to get it out my system so I grabbed Dare to Swim and Art Rebel for those gorgeous fish!  The fish were heat embossed onto a tag I hadn’t made into anything… and the jellyfish stamped and then clear embossed to seal the colours.

The jelly fish was coloured using a mixture of Derwent Intense pencils and Arteza Brush Pens before being trimmed and set aside.

I decided to add some fine-liner scribble around the bubble shapes and then added the Scripted Streets text dotted around for some extra texture.  For a little bit of sparkle, I added the cute shoal of fish in WOW’s Aquamarine powder and they do look lovely and shimmery.

For the seaweed, again I’ve clear embossed over Distress Oxide inks and coloured as I did the jelly fish.  They’ve then been layered on the card using foam dots with the fish woven in and out.

The images have been layered and I’ve added some glossy accents to the circles on the jelly fish and dotted a few around as bubbles.

The sentiment, courtesy of the 2020 Vision set, has been stamped twice to create a slight shadow and I’ve given the large circle the glossy accents treatment to match the rest of  the card.

It’s a very busy card and a bit quirky but I kind of like that!  Here are the Visible Image products I’ve used for the make…

If you’re a Visible Image fan, I hope you’ve managed to catch some of the Facebook Lives Helen and Mark have been doing.  Mark has been demoing the new stamps and stencils and showing the design team samples we have all made.  Loads of new inspiration every day on both Instagram and Facebook and not just by the DT, by everyone… and every one is amaaaazing so do check it out.

I’ll be back soon with another Visible Image make… bye for now 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

 

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

 

 

Revolution: Visible Image

Good morning everyone…

Now… I made this waaaaaay before the new Visible Image challenge of making a card using red, white and blue was announced but wanted to play with the colours again as I loved making this so no, this is NOT my entry into the challenge!

I do have to admit I’ve never seen Les Miserables.  It’s just not my cup of tea but the Revolution stamp set  from Visible Image hugely reminds me of it… I don’t know if that’s where Mark gained his inspiration from or not.

I couldn’t resist making a French inspired Revolution card, using the colours of their flag albeit in a different order.

I started this card like I usually do, making an inky background. I’ve use Distress Spray Stains for this in Candied Apple and Blueprint Sketch and just sprayed and spritzed them onto watercolour card so I got a good drip.

Taking one of the swirly stamps from the set, I’ve stamped and heat embossed it onto the red side of the car. I’ve used WOW!’s Primary Apple Red embossing powder for this.

I’ve then used one of the other damask style stops and heat embossed it using WOW!’s Primary Blue Tang powder and it goes super nicely with the Blueprint Sketch.

The main image has been stamped using a Versafine Black Onyx ink pad and then heat embossed using a clear gloss powder. I’ve then used Derwent Intense pencils to add some shading to the circles and to the trellis work being the handsome figures head.

I then decided to add some stencilled images to the top and bottom of the card and so used the fabulous Stars and Stripes stencil. I used modelling paste mixed with red acrylic paint to stencil the ends of the stripes with and a row of three stars. These are wonderfully matt in comparison to the gloss of the heat embossed figures and patterns.

The fabulous sentiments are heat embossed onto black card using an opaque white powder. These have been matted onto white card and then added to the card using foam tape.

All that remained then was to add Glossy Accents to the circles on the main image and to add the card to a 7×7″ card blank.  Such a majestic stamp set and it really stands out as something different for me.

Don’t forget to catch up everything Visible Image on their Facebook page and you can find loads of inspiration the group page too.  For those of you on Instagram check out the #visibleimage tag!

Thanks for reading… catch up soon xx

Picket Fence + WOW! Embossing Collaboration Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog and to a wonderful collaboration between Picket Fence Studios and Wow! Embossing Powder!  The hop runs for a week and the winners will be notified on May 11th 2020.

I love the Picket Fence Studios stamp set I chose for the hop, I Work for Watercolour, as it pretty much sums me up… haha!  The set contains fabulous brushes, paint tubes, a palette and some perfect sentiments stamps and is just wonderful.

So, here’s some info about the hop…

PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize!

WOW! Embossing Powders is giving away a $25 gift certificate to either their UK or USA store.

Picket Fence Studios is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store.

The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on THE POSTS.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally.

All sounds a bit fabulous doesn’t it?!

The images are set on to watercolour card and I’ve used WOW!’s  brilliant Embossing Ink Pad Refill, Conditioner & Freestyle Tool to create hand-drawn circles.

The little tubes of paint are just so cute and I absolutely adore them!  Having stamped them using Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, I used WOW!’s Clear Gloss Super Fine powder to seal the stamped image before colouring using watercolour brush pens.  I use the clear gloss powder all the time and it is so fine it embosses everything just beautifully.


The fabulous watercolour palette has been treated exactly the same way as the tubes of paint. However, for the little cubes of paint, I’ve used WOW!’s Mixed Media Embossing Brush and fourteen different coloured powders to create a colour palette.

To add to the creative feel of the project, I dripped some of the Embossing Brush ‘goo’ down the card (and onto the tag too) and heat embossed Metalline Flame to contrast with the subtle aqua tones.

The tag has been made exactly the same way and would be perfect added to a bundle of art goodies for a friend!

Don’t forget you need to add comments onto everyone’s blog post to be in with a chance of winning the vouchers so here is a list of today’s designers…

Picket Fence Blog
Lydia Fiedler
Carisa Zglobicki
Michelle Lupton
Heather Mitchell *You are currently here*
Sara Sherlock  *Next stop on the hop*
Gemma Campbell
Erica AB Anderson
Mindy Eggen
Jo Herbert
Susie Moore
Jenny Colacicco
Verity Biddlecombe
WOW! Embossing Powder Blog

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog… good luck!!

Heather 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

Catherine Pooler & WOW! Embossing Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to a fabulous blog hop!  Both the Catherine Pooler Designs & WOW! Embossing Powder Design Teams have joined forces to bring you some stamping & heat embossing fun. Some of the design team are using some fabulous new products from both Catherine Pooler Designs & WOW! Embossing Powders stores.

Thank you so much for joining us!

Prizes
Both companies are giving away a prize each.

WOW! Embossing Powder – $25 Gift Card

Catherine Pooler Designs – $25 Gift Card

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.

Winners to be announced the week beginning 11th May 2020.

Get ready for a ton of fun and inspiration!

So… hello from me, Heather!  The products I used for my makes were the gorgeous Catherine Pooler Zest Bouquet stamp set and co-ordinating dies… and yes, something different form me but I just loved it!  I also used her fabulous ink pads, Be Mine (that scrumptious pink) and Grape Crush (that rich purple).

Both card and tag were made in the same, easy way.  I’ve ‘smooshed’ the “Be Mine’ ink pad over smooth card stock and once dry, added strips of ripped low-tack masking tape across the card.  In the gaps, I’ve smooshed the WOW! Embossing Ink Pad and then added the super sparkly Catherine Pooler inspired WOW! powders.

The stamp was heat embossed using the fabulously slow drying WOW! Embossing pad and then heat embossed using their Ebony Black Super Fine powder.  The cheery image has then been coloured using watercolour brush pens.

The tag is made in the same way…

I love the Grape Crush ink pad… so rich and delicious!

The sentiment on both the card and tag has been stamped onto vellum and ripped along the edges.  I’ve then double layered it to add extra interest.

 

Here is the full list of designers in the hop..

Catherine Pooler Blog
Erica A-B
Chrissie Tobas
Heather Mitchell *You are currently here*
Karen Baker *Your next stop on the hop!*
Ashlee McGregor
Susan Powell
Verity Biddlecombe
Ilina Crouse
Jenny Colacicco
Daniel West
Jo Herbert
Wow! Embossing Powder Blog

Don’t forget, each comment gives you another entry so check out each designers makes and leave them a comment!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post… Heather 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