Friday 28 June 2019

Mindful Moments by Visible Image

Good morning! So, who likes to start their day with a little mindfulness? Sadly for me the closest I get is grabbing 5 minutes with a coffee in bed courtesy of my lovely husband before I have to get up and be hurled into a day full of toddlers, preschoolers and teenagers, but that few minutes is much needed bliss to me! If you however are one of those folk who like to start the day more healthily with a little yoga then this card is for you!

When I saw the Mindful Moments set for the first time I envisaged a rainbow of colour. Rainbows are so therapeutic for me personally so maybe that's why. 

To create my background I  first scribbled Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens onto watercolour card.

The next step was to spritz with water and let the colours merge.

One dry, I applied clear paste through the Cosmic Skies stencil. 

While my gel was drying I created a rainbow on card using the same pens and stamped and heat embossed the main image and flowers on it and cut.  I also stamped the namaste sentiment in clear powder to create a resist, and I then inked over with black ink , which I also applied to the background once dried. 

To finish, I stamped the 'let go' upon her body, and used 3D glue gel to add all of the elements to the backdrop and mat and layered it on co ordinating card. 

Everyone deserves some calm in their lives,  and crafting definitely helps bring me mine. I hope you all have a way to find some too, whether that be crafting or something else that brings you peace for a while. 

Bye for now


Wednesday 26 June 2019

Faerie Magic by Visible Image

I absolutely adore faeries and all things magical, so was totally blown away when I saw the Faerie Magic stamp set from Visible Image. I may have squealed a little when she fluttered onto my doormat!

My youngest daughter used to be obsessed by a series of books about fairies where every one had a different power. As soon as I saw this gorgeous lady she just screamed Fire Faerie to me so I wanted to create a card that left no doubt as to her magical abilities.

I started by stamping her using the red and yellow pads from a Kaleidacolour ink pad. 

She needed her wings of course, so I created a mask from copy paper and stamped them into position .

To create the fire I carefully inked just her hair section and stamped it twice, rotating the stamp to make a flame shape.  

I then coloured the image with my watercolour pens before inking up a background using the mask to protect her, and applying distress inks. To keep the  small bubbles clean I used masking fluid.  I kept the area surrounding the faerie light with orange and yellow tones, blending into pinks and purples to reflect the light from her fire.

Once happy with the depth of the colours on the background I splattered water with a fan brush and stamped out some of the small elements to make a magical night sky before stamping and heat embossing the sentiment stamps. 

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece. I have several more ideas for her yet , and I'll also be back soon with more projects using the new release stamps so do watch this space!


Saturday 15 June 2019

Exciting News of the Visible Image Kind!!

So, it's been a while since I have blogged ( a whole year in fact!), but I am bringing my little corner of the internet back to share some exciting news with you all.

Anyone who knows me and my craft knows how much I have always loved Visible Image stamps.  They are so unique and really inspire me to get inky. Recently they held a call for a guest design team members, and let me tell you, I was beside myself with joy and excitement when I got an email back inviting me to join the guest team for a 3 month slot. What an honour!! Dreams really do come true!!

As soon as my pack of chosen goodies arrived I couldn't wait to set to work.  For my first project I chose to use Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz collection. I adore the character stamps so for me it was the natural choice to kick start my own adventure with Visible Image . 

To start with I created a background using distress oxide inks. I wanted a stormy look for this card so went with blues and greys. 

I wanted to try to recreate the tornado from the movie, with the ranch house at the centre, just like in the movie. This was easily achieved by using inks through the Time Tunnel stencil. I rotated it bit by bit as I inked to create layers. Then using my stamping platform I added 4 stamped images of the house to the centre.

To build my scene I inked some land using a torn paper mask. I added a tree from the Into The Woods set and horses from Stay Wild and the bird stamp from the Dorothy set. For a pop of colour I added flowers from Creative Chaos, fussy cut from some scrap card with Brushos on that I had squirreled away.

I finished up by using the whiskers stamp from Stay Curious (it's such a handy stamp for creating grass), embossing and cutting the house , and of course cutting and colouring Dorothy herself.  I used 3d glue gel to add some dimension. 

I really hope you like my finished piece and that you've found my step by step helpful. 

I'll be back soon with more Visible Image inspiration to share.

Have a great weekend.