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

TIME: Wow! Embossing Powder

Hey everyone,

You may have seen this make floating about on social media but I’m only getting round to blogging it here now as I’ve been run off my feet!

I was in reflective mode when I made this towards the end of December and felt my first post for Wow! of 2020 should be ‘New Year themed’ of sorts.

Despite it’s fairly textured look, it was fairly easy to make. I used Wow!’s fabulous slow drying embossing pad to heat embossing the time swirl (from Visible Image’s ‘Ahead of Our Time’ set) using Wow!’s Black Magic powder. This a gorgeous powder, black with granules of gold and silver that melt to give the most sumptuous colour.

With this heat set, I’ve then used Brusho’s (in Ultramarine and Purple) to create a real ‘whoosh’ of colour and the fabulous thing is the embossing powder just resists it all! Spritz the Brusho’s with water (sparingly) and when dry, add Black Soot Distress Oxide ink pad around the edges. To add to the galaxy effect, spritz on a shimmer mist (I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist) and also splatter on Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.

To add the sentiment (from Visible Image’s ”Somewhere in Time’ stamp set)  I made a background using the same Brush colours as before and this time heat embossed over the colour using the same gorgeous Black Magic powder.  After trimming them into individual letters, I added some Black Soot around the edges and popped them to one side for now.

I wanted to emphasise the gold in the Black Magic powder and so found these fabulous star stamps (from Visible Image’s ‘Rock Out’ stamp set). Using the Metallic Gold Rich powder, I heat embossed them along the edges and added the trimmed larger stars over the top using foam tape.

With the heat embossing all complete, I decided to add some cheese cloth under the sentiment as I felt it didn’t ‘pop’ enough. If I added it and then heat embossed the gold stars, it also would melt in the heat!

After matting onto card and adhering to a card blank, I added some stamps to the inside of the card as I love to do that. You can’t beat a nice ‘ooh’ when people see you’ve also decorated the inside.

Don’t forget to join us over on the Wow! Embossing Fans Facebook page for monthly challenges. January’s is love themed… so love, Valentines, Weddings, Anniversaries etc… and there is some stinking makes!!

See you all again soon.

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

Ericka’s Maple: Visible Image

Hello again everyone…

I’m back sharing another of my makes for Visible Image today and this set, Erika’s Maple, is a little bit special as it was created in memory of the gorgeous Erika Philpott, one of Visible Image’s biggest fans.  Erika was Canadian so what better way to remember her than by us all creating beautiful things with her special maple leaf stamp.

As always with Visible Image stamps, this set is full of possibilities and I love the texture of the leaves and the slightly smudged/scribbly look of the individual words.

I started with a kraft card and used an ink brayer to roll on some gesso in a haphazard way and roughly added some orange toned Distress Oxide Ink Pads to create colour. While this was drying, I heat stamped the leaves onto heavy Yupo paper using Wow’s gorgeous Metallic Copper powder. You have to be careful using heat on Yupo as it can warp really easily so keep the heat gun moving at all times.

With the leaves cooled and trimmed, they were coloured using alcohol inks. I chose Autumnal colours but they would look brilliant in cool, icy tones… (ooh, idea for next make!) Although the leaves had texture, I thought the card needed more and so grabbed some corrugated cardboard. Having added some colour using the ink pads once more, I swiped the Wow! Slow Drying Embossing Pad over the ridges and embossed using the same Metallic Copper powder used for the leaves. I also used this powder to add a ‘frame’ on the card by just wiping the embossing pad onto the edges.

With the cardboard adhered in place, the leaves were added using foam tape to give extra dimension. The sentiment was then stamped and trimmed before layering and adding to the card.

And here is Erika’s Maple is all it’s beautifulness…

Some of the designs the other ladies from the DT are going up with are just stunning. You can see everything we make on the Visible Image Facebook group page or over on Instagram where Helen will show us all off! If you’re on Insta, check out the tag #visibleimage too as some absolute CORKERS get posted!!

Catch up again soon… H xx

Little Bit Broken: Visible Image

Well hello everyone…

If you’re reading this you’ve probably already seen the gorgeous new stamps released by Visible Image.  Which one’s your favourite?  Have to say mine is The Right Direction and Don’t Judge.  Love them, love them, love THEM!!

So today’s make uses Don’t Judge which is perfect for so many different occasions and journalling.

I’m really into smooched backgrounds right now but I don’t bother with a glass mat or anything. I just smooch various oxide ink pads directly onto watercolour card and then spritz to get some lovey drips going. Once dry, I splatter with a glimmer mist and some Distress Oxide Spray Stain just to add a faint hint of twinkle and some texture.

Once the background is dry and trimmed to size, I used Visible Image’s Fibres stencil to create some added interest behind the figure. In the stamp set there is a fabulous little scribble stamp and I’ve heat embossed it using Wow’s Metallic Gold to go under the other side of the figure.

With the background complete, I used the grey tonal oxide ink pads to create another (smaller) smooched background which I then stamped the different sentiments over in a darker grey.  Over this, I heat embossed the figure using Wow’s Ebony Superfine powder and used a Posca pen to scribble around the outline fo the figure so it echoed the stamped scribbles behind.

After trimming the figure, I stamped the jig-saw shape, carefully fussy cut it out, added vellum behind the shape and adhered the shape to the card.  The main sentiment was stamped onto an off-cut from the figure and layered onto card before stapling into place.  For a final bit of interest, I stamped the different words from he set at the top of the card in no apparent order or pattern.  I quite like the rough look!

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

That all from me today. Don’t forget (as always) to follow Visible Image on Instagram and Facebook for loads of inspiration and videos from Mark and the DT. It’s always brilliant to see everyone’s makes on the Visible Image Group Page too! I love getting inspiration from something someone else has done… you know when your brain goes ‘Ping!’!! Haha!!

See you next time, Heather x

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