Thursday, 23 June 2022

Let the Drinking Be Gin

Do you know a gin lover? If so todays card made for Visible Image would be perfect! This one was so much fun to make. The zesty colours really make me happy on a summers day. 

I started by creating a Distress Oxide background, applying my colours to a craft mat, spritzing with water and 'smooshing' until I was happy with the layers. 

I then took the brilliant Fibres stencil and applied ink direct to it, spritzed it with water and transferred the ink to my background, using a brayer to ensure good contact between the stencil and card stock. 

I added another layer, this time stamping with the De-Stressed set ( such a useful one to have in the stash for added interest to backgrounds). 

I also stamped and embossed the splats from Keep Your Gin Up so that I could place them behind my glass. 

I stamped coloured and fussy cut all the elements before arranging them on my card, along with some torn bits from the Broken Mesh layering die to help add some contrast and make it 'pop'

I really do love the drinks collection. Perfect for every occasion so to me they are absolute staples in my stamp drawer. 

I think I may have to pour myself a little G and T this evening now too!

Do take a look at all the Visible Image social media pages where you can see lots of gorgeous inspiration from the DT and keep up with all the news of new releases. Talking of which, there are some amazing Christmas stamps now available for pre order too so definitely worth a look.


Friday, 10 June 2022

Life Is Better At The Beach

Today's post for Visible Image showcases the recently released At The Beach stamp set. I wanted to make a textured sea themed framed canvas as the beach really is my happy place.  

I started with a 5x7 canvas board and used acrylic paint to create a blue sea. 

I then applied gold paint on the sandy half. 

When the paint was fully dry I added some texture with the ocean stamp from the Ride The Waves set and Archival ink . 

I wanted to make my sea really textured so with a palette knife I applied Izink Ice randomly to emulate waves, and sprinkled white embossing powder on it while it was wet. I then carefully heat set it, moving my embossing gun around as the Izink Ice bubbled up. 

To add texture to the sand I first stippled a brown on top of the gold paint. While that dried I cut sand paper with the brilliant Framed Fibres die. To be honest I wasn't sure if the die would cut the coarse paper, but of course everything Visible produce is amazing quality, so I really shouldn't have been surprised that it handled it with no problem. 

I used more Ice, this time in gold and brown shades, and applied a layer over the sand. As it is so sticky I was able to adhere the sandpaper to it without the need for glue, and then I layered more over the top. 

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the sea shells and embossed with a clear glaze. I adhered gold balls and seed beads, and some broken shell to add even more dimension and mounted the shells with 3D glue. 

To finish I stippled white paint as sea foam and added the sentiment before mounting in a frame. 

Friday, 27 May 2022

Life Is Beautiful

The sun is shining, the weekend is here and life is indeed feeling pretty beautiful , so today I am sharing a card for Visible Image that celebrates that beauty.


I started this card with an inky sheet made with Dylusions sprays. I just love the vibrant colours in those little bottles. They sure do pack a colour punch!

I began by dry brushing white gesso through the Daisy Daisy stencil , just off the corner of my page. 

Once dry, I added colour in coordinating paints, building up layers to add depth. 

I then used a stamping platform to stamp the hummingbird from the Life Is Beautiful set, and also added some backgroud stamping and embossing. 

Adding some white embossing and highlights with a gel pen really helped to lift the whole piece and provide some contrast. 

I also added more shading to the daisy with pastel pencils, and coloured the birds wings with a sparkle pen. 

To finish I stamped and embossed the sentiment in white on black card and layered the whole image onto black card to frame it.

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Bee Happy

 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

Ride The Waves

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.