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

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The Cheshire Cat: New Visible Image Releases

Morning everyone…

I’ve a lovely new card to share today that uses the gorgeous new Cheshire Cat stamp set and the brilliant Dark Hearts stencil from the new Wonderland releases from none other than Visible Image.

My starting point for the card was the Dark Hearts stencil, so I created an ombre effect background using Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink pads and gave them a little spritz with water to add a light distress effect.  Once dry, I overlaid the stencil and used Iced Spruce, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot ink pads to create a further ombre effect.

 

With this done, I put the background to one side to concentrate on the main focal point.

The fabulous Cheshire Cat image was stamped onto watercolour paper using a Versafine ink pad and then painted in using a purple watercolour and Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain. Once dry, he was fussy cut out and I attached foam dots to the back to make him stand out on the card.

The tag background he is sitting on uses the Count Me In stencil and more Distress oxide ink pads. After stamping the claw marks, I’ve wrapped some polka dot and pink ribbon around the card before layering it onto black card stock and adding a few adhesive gems.

The sentiment and fish bone stamp has been heat embossed in metallic silver and the wording has been slightly outlined using a white gel pen for a bit more depth.  To finish, I’ve simply adhered the Cheshire Cat onto the tag and attached to the already decorated card blank. Simples!

Here the Visible Image products I’ve used for this make:

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Count Me In

If you like what you’ve seen today, why not pop on over to the Visible Image blog to check out what everyone else has been making?!  I’m telling you… there is some truly AWESOME work going on!!

That’s all for now… catch up soon!

H xx

The White Rabbit: New Visible Image Releases

Well hello, hello…

Yes, I know… I’ve been proper slack blogging but I had a good excuse – I moved house! Yay! I now have a shiny new craft room that I don’t have to share with bikes, spare beds and boxes of junk!

In my absence, the wonderful Visible Image have released a truly magical set of Alice in Wonderland stamps and I’m sharing my first make using the gorgeous White Rabbit stamp set with you today.

How fabulous is he?!  The detail is amazing and although I was little nervous to start with (my colouring skills are a tad rusty to say the least!) I absolutely loved playing with him!

The tag started life as an actual tag on our new dining room table which I painted in Gesso before wiping Distress Inks over the top using a baby wipe.  I was after a subtle background so chose pale colours and then used the Time Tunnel stencil in a slightly darker blue.

Along the right hand side, I stamped the ‘Tick Tock’ words and overlaid the spiral from the Ahead of our Time set.

The rabbit was stamped using a Versamark ink pad and I’ve coloured him using watercolours (as I don’t have any fancy comic markers or the like).

I added 3D foam dots and popped him over the spiral, finishing the tag with the sentiment and some lovely cotton ribbon. He looks rather smart I think!

The new releases are just awesome and I know they’ve been incredibly well received both in the Uk and across the world which is just fabulous for the Visible Image folks.

Here’s the Visible Image stamps I used for The White Rabbit tag:

The White Rabbit

 

Ahead of our Time

 

Time Tunnel

If you love this tag, head on over to the Visible Image Facebook page or their blog to see what the other DT members have made… and you will be blown away!!

Catch up again soon, H xx

Visible Image and MISTI Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome, welcome, welcome!

Today the Visible Image DT has teamed up with the lovely DT folk over at My Sweet Petunia (in the good ol’ U S of A)  to have a blog hop so I hope you’ll join in and travel through everyone’s blogs and see what we’ve all been up to.  There are two fabulous prizes of $50!!  One lucky person will win $50 to spend at My Sweet Petunia and another the same at  Visible Image!!!

To win, all you have to do is leave comments on the participants blogs by Monday 30th April at 6am… if I’ve worked that out correctly!?  The winners will be announced on Tuesday May 1st on both the My Sweet Petunia and Visible Image blogs.

Helen and Mark from Visible Image sent over a gazillion stamps for their DT and in return we were able to chose a Misti Stamping Platform of our liking.  I chose the Mini-Misti as it’s super cute and diddy!

The Mini-Misti has a surface of 5″x 6″

The Mini-Misti is fabulous for creating perfectly stamped tags and ATC’s and comes with magnets which holds your base in place so you can reposition the stamp before closing the ‘lid’ to adhere it to the Misti itself.   By having everything secured, you can re-stamp 2 or 3 times so your image is faultless.

These stamps are from Visible Image’s Universal set

I wanted to create  grungy music style make for the hop and so to start, I stamped lots of the different background stamps from Visible Image onto white tissue paper.  Having already die-cut a tag from watercolour card, I gave it a layer of Gesso as I knew it was going to have to withstand lots of mediums.

I used Archival Ink to stamp with as it’s fabulously permanent and waterproof

Using a clear gel medium, I stuck the tissue paper images to the tag in a haphazard fashion and painted on a watery coat of Gesso to make the black less stark.  Once the Gesso layer had dried, I popped it on the Mini-Misti and held it in place using the magnets (which I’ve wrapped in masking tape so they are easily removable).

Once dry, I added 3 little stars from the Stars and Stripe stencil using crackle paste

To layer over the tissue paper, I used the fabulous Elemental stamp as I knew it would work well with the images I’d already chosen… I love the contrast between the scribbly stamps and the graphic look of Elemental.

I placed Elemental where I wanted it and closed the lid of the platform to adhere the stamp.

Once stamped, I added white embossing powder and melted it using a heat gun.  Once cooled, I repositioned the stamp on the top of the tag and stamped again.

I love the feint white lines over the tissue paper images

To add the colour, I firstly sponged ‘picked raspberry’ Distress Oxide around the edges and infilled with ‘worn lipstick’ to create a base.  By adding ‘Infusions’ in ‘Are You Cerise’, ‘Raspberry’ and ‘Violetta’ I was able to make a grungy looking background.  Once dried, I buffed up where Elemental had been stamped so it peeped through the colour.

I love how the colour has ‘stuck’ to the hand in the Elemental stamp!

To the base of the tag, I’ve stamped the music bars from the Music Speaks set, just to add extra interest.

I’ve turned the tag on it’s side so the music bar stamps fits where I want it to stamp

The next step is to add the main focal image… in this case the guitar from the same set as before.   I’ve used the music sets a lot lately and I just love the way they work with the other stamps (and not just the music stamps either!)

The Misti make it so easy to stamp and re-stamp until your image is perfect

After adding a mask over the guitar stamped image, I used the Misti to be able to locate exactly where I wanted the Creativity sentiment to go and I decided I wanted it to be split across the tag and the Misti enabled me to do this perfectly.

Mask areas out to create the look you want

With the sentiment in place, it was time to create the ‘top’ guitar.  I’ve used Distress Oxide ink pads in Seedless Preserve and Wilted Violet which I blotted onto a craft sheet before spritzing with water.  After swiping the card through the colours a few times/drying/spritzing,  I stamped the guitar using a Versafine ink pad as this gives such a good finish.

After fussy cutting out the shape, I decided to add some extra interest by adding a small section of white muslin and some wire (which I stapled into place) to the base of where the guitar would be.  Once secured in position, I added the guitar using foam dots.

To give a tiny hint of sparkle, I traced over the letters with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

To finish, I’ve added a few musical notes from the Music On, World Off set and threaded some dyed muslin though the top of the tag and there you go!

TA-DA!!

Here are the Visible Image stamp sets I’ve used for this make:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So… to be in with a chance to win… hop along to the following blogs and leave a little comment and it could be you that wins one of the $50 spree!!

Here are the lovely designers involved:

Veerle Moreels

Ilina Crouse

Lisa Taggart

Jeanne Streiff

Sharon Traynor

Kia Gibson-Clapper

Becca Cruger

Ceal Pritchett

Pauline Butcher

Giovana Smith

Josefine Fourage

Chris Dayton

Jane Tyrrell

Stephanie Severin

Tenia Nelson

Janine Tinklenberg

Elisa Ablett

Dina Kowal

Heather Mitchell (You’re already here!)

Kyra Sanders

Lynn Good

Susan Wymer

Lanette Erickson

Joan Bardee

Aga Baraniak

Judy Rozema

Eileen Goodwin

There’s bound to be inspiration aplenty so have a good nosy around and see what everyone has been up to and you might bag your self some new stash while you’re at it!

H xx

Kori Kumi Part II by Craft Consortium

Hello everyone,

I’m a little bit excited to share with you some projects I made for the gorgeous new Kori Kumi collection by Santoro London and Craft Consortium.  The second part of the range is just amazing… the colours are bright and beautiful and perfect for Spring/Summer makes and the illustrations adorable!

The collection, aside from the paper pad, is full of fabulous embellishments… twine wooden shaped, buttons, stamps, resin flowers and leaves, enamel dots, sequins, washi tape (gorgeous watermelon washi tape!!!) the most amazing flock powder (it really is brilliant!!) and the cutest water melon resin shapes that I have really fallen for.

So… here’s the first make:

The clouds have crackle glaze painted over them so they have feint subtle lines over them

I had a distinct urge to sew round the torn papers to create a rough sea look and to add to this, I sprinkled heat emboss powder on the edges to give extra texture.  I like the mix of delicate colours with the intense navy of the background and the fact the little figure looks serene while the sea looks choppy.

My next make is an MDF tag which I loved decorating:

I really enjoy making tags as you can layer up elements and create a cute decoration

I started by trimming thick corrugated cardboard to the tag which I had painted in a sage green/blue acrylic and then sprayed distress inks over to add texture.  Using a section of the papers, I added rips and holes so you could see the corrugated cardboard peeping through before adding coloured texture paste with Tim Holtz’s ‘Rays’ stencil.

(Excuse the dodgy photo – suddenly though it would be good to snap it pre-embellishments at about 2am!)

The figures were trimmed from the papers and the hearts embossed using the folders from the first half of the Kori Kumi collection… so much in this range with these new releases it’s so easy to find embellishments to add!

My last make is this ‘Bon Voyage’ card using a mixture of the two parts of the collection:

This thoughtful traveller is perfect for leaving cards

After layering the papers, I’ve added strips of the washi tape from the collection, a doily heart and strips of twine before adding the flowers (made using the dies from the first half of the collection) and the centres are sparkly sequins just to add a hint of pzazz!

So that’s the first half of my makes… I’ll share the others in a few days!  Oh and a huge congratulations to the guys at Craft Consortium who recently won ‘Most Innovative Product Range 2017’ with this gorgeous new collection!  I knew it was going to be a winner… these colours are addictive!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks, hope it stays sunny 🙂

Heather x

Mixed Media Tags

I’m really enjoying exploring and experimenting with mixed media at the moment and I don’t always get it right but I’m enjoying trying.

Having had some amaaaazing products for Christmas, my absolute favourite has to be the modelling paste as it takes your creating to another level and I love pulling a stencil back to reveal a raised image underneath.  I’ve found tags an easy starting point for this although I feel I  should start an art journal as the ones I’ve seen looked just beautiful and I used to love my sketchbooks when I was at art college.

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Various stencils have been used alongside corrugated card to create the textures

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The lace has been coloured using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink Stain and white acrylic before having the metal buckle added

The paper roses (From Santoro) has been inked using Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains. I’ve used Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Candied Apple before giving them a golden finish with a gold Artiste Spritzing ink.  The slithers of corrugated card were scraps from a project I made a while ago and I loved the different colours.  To echo the gold in the roses, I’ve hand drawn little hearts towards the top of the tag and scribbled circles in a few places to break up the pink.

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I love the green hues alongside the warm copper tones

I’ve become a bit of a fan of Kim Dellow recently and love all her doodling images she posts on Instagram (check her out if you don’t already follow her). Many of her images are simple but look so effective and I tried to experiment with my own. In hindsight, I would’ve doodled first and then stencilled but it’s good to make mistakes!

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Again, I’ve layered up textures and images to create this tactile tag that I rather love. The way the hexagons come through the modelling paste is heavenly… almost like I did it on purpose!

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Archival Ink pads, heat embossing and modelling paste have all been used on this tag

My third and final tag today, uses Paperartsy stamps alongside their JOFY stencils.  Having coloured the background using various Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads, I’ve sprayed it with water and ground a little salt over the tag as this ‘splits’ the colours and leaves a rather lovely speckled effect.  Once dry, just dust off the salt!

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In my quest to use different mediums, I’ve used gilding flakes for the bird over a stamped grassy background.  Not all the bird has taken the flakes but that’s okay, as I wanted a ‘barely there’ effect.

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The central image has been made using modelling paste and then coloured using Distress Ink Pads and foam blenders

I’ve used the same two colours on the sentiment as on the top of the seed pods, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Ink Pads.  I love the way the light catches the gilding flakes and the light spritz of gold ink.

I’ve already got another tag finished but that one is under wraps for now 🙂

Take care folks… have good week (but take a brolly, I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those weeks!)

Heather xx

 

Hurrah! Fabulous News!

Afternoon ladies and gents,

Hope you’re all well?  I’m back from my muchly needed and muchly fabulous holiday and at long last I can share some rather wonderful news with you!

A little while back, I applied for the Craft Consortium design team and I’m chuffed to bits to say they liked what they saw!  So, say hello to the latest member of their rather lovely DT!! *waves*

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I’ve had a friend on the DT for a while and they only ever have good things to say about the company and their products speak for themselves… absolutely gorgeous!  I was thrilled to bits to be accepted and  since  I’ve been back I’ve busy creating with the ‘Kori Kumi’ range from Santoro.

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The decoupage images are super easily to put together and the accessories are beautiful!

 

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This MDF tag uses mixed media alongside their cute wooden shapes

 

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This gift bag uses the ‘Floral Die Collection’ and gives you 23 floral shapes

 

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The ‘Blowing Kisses’ stamp set is super cute (as they all are!) and work hand-in-hand with watercolours to create a delicate picture

 

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The cute images adapt well to all styles as this layered and distressed card demonstrates.

So there you have it!  I’m so chuffed to be part of Craft Consortium, they are very much a company to watch methinks.  Hop on over to their website to check out their ranges and recent blog posts introducing the other new DT members.

I’ll be back soon with more Craft Consortium makes for the team and a blog post that is a bit different to my usual posts!