Thursday, 10 June 2021

Mythical Mermaid Card

As you may have been made aware, this week has seen World Oceans Day being celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our seas. Todays project for Visible Image was made with that in mind. Obviously mermaids don't really exist, but I like to think they do , and in this card the Mythical Mermaid is watching over her sea creature pals keeping them safe. 

My card started from a circular gel print that I had made a while ago while creating backgrounds for the recent summer release of stamps. I made it on my round gelli plate using acrylic paints and the fabulous Ripped Fishnet stencil.

I started by stamping my mermaid in position using a stamp platform. Once stamped, I kept the paper and stamp in place as wanted to lay down a layer of white gesso in the areas for colouring, and them once dry I was able to stamp in the details.

I painted her with skin tone acrylic paint, and used a Sparkle Pen on her top and tail to add some shimmer. 

I then stamped the dolphins, and background stamps inside the circle, embossing the bubbles in white and the fish with Distress Glaze. 

I coloured the dolphins and sand with Polychromo pencils, and also added some shading to the mermaids features. 

To finish I coloured the bubbles and added glossy accents, and mat and layered on complimentary blue card. 

The beach really is my happy place, so creating this sea themed card was so relaxing to do. Hopefully I will find time to visit the coast for real soon, and who knows, I may even spot a mermaid !

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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Ahead of Our Time Visible Image Fathers Day Card

 Fathers Day is just around the corner here in the UK and with that in mind my inspiration piece this week uses one of my favourite stamp sets, Ahead of Our Time, and the new Father Definition sentiment stamp from the recent summer release. The sentiment stamps are so useful for all occasions, and I do love the definitions on them. They really make me smile. 

This card was super quick to make, so only one process photo I'm afraid,  and it uses a gelli print that I have had in my stash for a while. This was created with acrylic, and fluid acrylic paint and the Visible Image Ripples stencil. The copper fluid acrylic gives it a real sheen which is difficult to pick up on camera. 

To create my card I first stamped the fabulous spiral clock in brown Archival ink.  I then stamped the man in black Versafine Clair over the top. Fortunately I used a stamping platform, as after the first inking I realised I had something stuck on my stamp that caused a few marks. I am such a messy crafter!! But as I had the stamp in place on the platform there was no issue fixing it. Once happy with that I heat embossed him. 

I stamped the Father Definition on white card, and cut out the descriptions so that I could lay them vertically on the card. Edging each one in  black made it pop. I used a Kraft card as my base as the brown really complimented the design. 

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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Butterfly Effect by Visible Image

 I have had such a lovely time playing with the brand new Summer release from Visible Image this month. They are such fantastic stamps, and a really great size for home decor pieces, so I decided to make some wall art using the Butterfly Effect set and my round Gelli plate for this weeks design team inspiration. 

I am not overly well practiced in using the gel plate I must admit ( it is definitely on my 'must use more' list!)  so I was unsure how my print would turn out, but that is part of the fun of creating papers with it so I just had to make myself relax and go for it! 

My first layer was created by applying paint through the Butterfly Ink stencil.

I then took Ripped Fishnet and applied paint through that, framing the butterfly. 

Once dry, I applied another layer of paint through the Mesh It Up stencil.

Again, once dry I added another layer, this time with the Time Tunnel stencil. 

Then came the scary part- pulling the print ( after adding a thin layer of fluid acrylic). 

I was SO relieved that the finished print turned out well! 

As you can see, the Butterfly Effect stamp fits the stencil perfectly. 

I stamped the large and smaller butterflies in Stazon ink on an alcohol ink background and fussy cut once dry. 

I wanted to stamp and emboss the background stamps inside the circle, so drew round my Gelli plate onto copy paper and cut to create a mask. I embossed in white to help make the image pop. 

I inked a drop shadow around the central image to help add dimension, and mounted it with glue gel. I stuck the smaller butterflies around the edge of the circle, and added the sentiment before mountinf oto black card and framing. 

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Visible Image New Release- Where Flowers Bloom

Today is a very exciting day as it is new release day for Visible Image and I get to share my first inspiration piece with one of the brand new stamp sets, called Where Flowers Bloom. It's a gorgeous floral stamp set with the inky, creative edge that Visible Image are known for. 

I decided to create a gardeners journal, using an Eileen Hull Sizzix journal die. I used grey board from the back of used paper pads as my substrate and applied a coat of white gesso before applying layers of acrylic paint with a brayer.

I stamped the main flower first using my stamping platform, and embossed. I repeated this a couple of times until I was happy with the depth and colour of the embossing powder. 

I then stamped the other flower and background stamps randomly over the rest of the cover and painted the open flowers with acrylic ink. 

I wanted to add some embellishments to the spine, so I also stamped onto shrink plastic, painted then heated. I love doing this- it's like watching magic happen before my eyes!

How cute are they?! They finish it off perfectly I think. 

The DT have been creating some stunning inspiration, so do check out their work on social media, and share any creations that you make with the stamps too of course. They are available for pre order via the website now. 



Thursday, 29 April 2021

Break Free Mixed Media Canvas

Today's DT project for Visible Image is a mixed media canvas, featuring the stunning Break Free set as the main focal point. This was so much fun to make! 

I started with a piece on thick backing board recycled from a paper pad. I adhered corrugated cardboard and used the Ink Swirls stencil and texture paste for my base layer .

Once the texture paste was dry, I applied generous smatterings of Izink sand texture paste and left to air dry. 

The next stage was to cover with gesso and again. leave to dry ( I am SO impatient when it comes to things drying so these steps were very frustrating for me haha!) 


Then cam the fun part! I set to work with a combination of spray paints and distress oxide sprays. 


They reacted beautifully together and just look at that texture!

Once the paint was dry ( yes, more drying!!) , I used the fabulous new Grunge Tones stamps with white paint to add more texture, and added paint splatters with a fan brush.

I used the Break Free stamp set, embossed in white, on an inky mop up sheet I had to hand, and fussy cut. I added more texture by mounting it on top of some sisal. I just love the natural fibres for creating interest.  

I added the sentiment from the Lost for Words set and layered on black card to finish. 

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