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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Exciting things are happening at Visible Image right now. Mark and Helen have been super busy setting up a brand new filming studio which looks incredible! They will be bringing demos and fun chat to their fans three times a week via Facebook live on their page. Wow! Do follow Visible Image on their social media platforms via the links below, so you don't miss out on all the news, fun and inspiration. There have already been a couple of live shows, so you can watch those via the Facebook page any time you like too.

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.