Thursday, 12 May 2022
Today I am sharing a card full of delicious texture, using the brand new Bee Happy stamp set from Visible Image. I love bees and this set, teamed with the new Honeycomb Hex stencil make a perfect combination.
I started by die cutting a hexagon from 300gsm black mixed media card stock (you need a heavy weight card for this technique as it uses a lot of texture paste so you don't want it to warp).
I lay the Honeycomb Hex stencil over the top and applied a generous layer of gold texture paste through it.
While the paste was still wet I sprinkled over some embossing powders and perfect pearls in complimenting colours.
Then came the fun part- heating it up! I applied heat with my embossing gun until the powders melted and the paste bubbled.
Just look at that texture! So good!
Once the whole surface had bubbled, I seat aside to cool completely. While it did I stamped and coloured my bees and sentiment.
Once totally cool I brushed off any leftover powder with a soft brush, and adhered some pieces cut from the Torn Fishnet die before adding my bees and sentiment with some 3D glue gel.
It really does look good enough to eat don't you think?
The new Summer release is an absolute cracker, so do follow Visible Image on the social media links below to see what the DT and customers have been making and to keep up with news of new releases etc.
Thursday, 28 April 2022
Today I am sharing a card made using the brand new Ride The Waves stamp set from Visible Image. It so makes me want to head to Cornwall, sit on the beach and watch the surfers on the water!
I started this card with a sheet of watercolour card, coloured with Dylusions spray inks. I stamped and embossed the waves stamp with a purple Versafine Clair ink .
Using a circle stencil made from card I applied some white gesso with a sponge to create a moon.
To add highlight and to the sea where the moon falls on it I added more gesso, a little diluted, between the stamped areas. The embossing acted as a resist ensuring that the stamping didn't get covered too.
I stamped my surfer and boat on the horizon and birds in the sky and added some more highlights with a white gel pen. I also used a water brush to lift some of the ink to create clouds.
It has been a busy week for Mark and Helen promoting this new collection on the Crafters TV channel earlier in the week, and today,Friday 29th, on HobbyMaker. You can see all the shows and Marks amazing demos over on YouTube so do check them out. It is such and incredible release for the summer. The DT can't put the collection down so also head over to the Visible Image socials on the links below to check out all the gorgeous samples.
Thursday, 14 April 2022
Pre orders are open now for the April Release from Visible Image, and it's an amazing collection you won't want to miss. I am sharing my first card, using the wonderful Afternoon Tea stamp set.
I began by stamping the main design onto white card, then with a ruler I drew a line behind the tea cup as I wanted to create a table for it to sit on.
I re stamped the elements onto a post it note and cut to create a mask, then used a blending brush and distress oxide ink to colour the backdrop.
I added a layer of interest using the new Honeycomb Hex and Bubbles and Fizz stencils.
To create my table I used distress ink, and added a woodgrain effect with the pour stamp from the set. I love how versatile Visible Images stamps are!
To finish I stamped and coloured some flowers onto the background, and stamped the teapot and cup on patterned paper and adhered to the card. I coloured the cake in watercolour paint and added some glitter to the icing.
I'll be back soon with more inspiration using the new release, but in the mean time do check out Visible Image on the links below as the design team inspiration is incredible!
Thursday, 31 March 2022
Have you ever used your stamps and stencils for something other than papercraft? Today I am sharing a project for Visible Image where I have done just that and created myself a unique pencil case. It was so easy to do and I love that I have something useful and pretty to take with me when I take my art supplies on the go.
I used a cheap blank pencil case that I purchased recently in a local craft shop. The first step was of course to colour the case with fabric paint. Before I did this I ensured that the material was wet as this helps the colours to blend together. I applied diluted paint randomly on both sides and hung to dry. A good tip for this stage is to insert something plastic inside the case to separate the sides so that the colours don't bleed through.
I actually applied a second coat once dry as I wanted my colours to be bold. I then ironed the case as heat sets the paint should you wish to wash it. It also meant that it was nice and flat to lay my stencils down and stamp on.
I began to decorate by using the Daisy Daisy stencil and dry brushing fabric paint through it.
I added more detail and colour through the Two Tone and Seeing Stars stencils.
I then added more detail by stamping the solid flower from Imperfection is Beauty and grid from Transmission Glitch sets in Versacraft Ink. For this step I used a block but placed my fabric on the foam mat of my stamping press to ensure I was able to get good enough pressure to transfer the ink to the fabric first time.
To finish I stamped some butterflies from Wings of Change and a sentiment from the Brighten The World sets and coloured in Posca pens before ironing once more to ensure that my case became washable.
This was such a fun project to make. I highly recommend stamping on fabric to bring a whole new dimension to your crafting if you haven't tried it.
Do check out the Visible Image social media platforms as there are lots of exciting things in the pipeline with new releases and TV shows coming up. So much inspiration too!
Friday, 18 March 2022
Today I am sharing my process to create this card that featured on the recent Visible Image shows on the new HobbyMaker craft channel. If you haven't already, do check HobbyMaker out as they have some superb companies on.
I began by creating my background on my gel plate. I used Alcohol ink through the Breaking Glass stencil, and allowed to dry completely before lifting my print with a thin layer of white acrylic paint.
Then I lay the stencil in place over the card, and randomly applied Distress Crackle Glaze.
While my glaze dried I stamped and embossed the vase on heat resistant acetate. I painted the back of the image with acrylic paint.
By using a mix of tones I achieved the water effect I was looking for. Once dry I fussy cut this and stamped and coloured the daisy.
When the crackle dried (which looked amazing. Such yummy texture!) I assembled my card, adhering the elements with 3d glue gel.
I popped some fibres behind the flower for added dimension and doodled a border to complete it.
Do follow Visible Image on the social media links below to keep up to date with news, be inspired and to be the first to hear of new product launches. There are some amazing things in the pipeline this year that we on the team are all VERY excited about so it's definitely worth keeping your eyes open for posts.
Thursday, 3 March 2022
It's officially Spring now and so the perfect time to be sharing some inspiration for Visible Image using their new Spring Awakening stamp set.
I wanted to make a mixed media canvas to showcase the beautiful flower. I started with a small canvas board which I adhered various patterned papers to.
I wanted to set the flower on a separate layer, so I used greyboard, which I applied a coat of gesso to and brayered paint over.
I then used the Transmission Glitch background stamps to add a layer of interest.
I stamped the flower on some mop up card and fussy cut.
Then it was time to colour the base canvas. I used Izink pigment, which I sprayed with water to help the ink move and give a drippy effect.
I then added another layer, using Izink crackle texture paste through the Distressed Brick stencil.
Then more stamping with Transmission Glitch, and I coloured the squares.
To finish I set the small board over the larger one, and mounted the flower on some mesh fabric and silky threads to add more texture, and of course added a sentiment. A few paint splatters helped to pull the whole piece together.