Thursday 11 April 2024

You're A Classic

 Cards for men can often be a struggle for us crafters,  but Visible Image have perfect stamps for any occasion, including birthdays for the chaps in our lives. For this weeks inspiration I have chosen to use the brilliant You're A Classic stamp set to create a fabulously inky card any male would be delighted to receive. 

I began by cutting a piece of watercolour card to fit my base card, and stamped and embossed the sketched car in=mage in white over it to create my background. 

Because embossing acts as a resist, I was then able to spray the card with Distress Spray Stains and water without losing any of the detailed image.  When the ink was dry I used a fan brush with water to lift some of the colour and add more texture. 

I then used the Glitch Numbers stencil and Distress Ink to add another layer of interest. 

Carrying on with the numbers theme I took the small background stamp and randomly stamped in black around the cars.

The main image was stamped onto Kraft card, embossed and coloured with metallic paint before fussy cutting. 

I left a border around the edge, which I coloured with a white paint pen to help the image pop and add contrast. 

To add even more texture and lighten the card a little I used the Broken Mesh die cut from silver card and torn into small sections which I then adhered to the card.

To finish I bordered the background on black card and mounted the car and sentiment on foam pads. 

In case you aren't aware, you can now buy Tim Holtz products on the Visible Image website- how good is that?!  They really are the perfect combination of stamps and mediums so shopping for supplies just got really easy!  Click on the links below to shop and browse the socials for inspiration- you will find SO much! 

Thursday 28 March 2024

Little Ladybirds

We all go through tough times on occasion and there's nothing nicer than to receive a card from a supportive friend to help get us through. Visible Image stamps and sentiments are absolutely perfect for such cards so today I am sharing a little inspiration with that in mind. 

Last week when I went to the outside bin I spied a teeny little ladybird- the first I have seen this year, and that prompted me to dig out my Little Ladybirds Stamps and have a play. 

Ladybirds love flowers of course, and the Daisy Daisy stencil makes such a beautiful background with ink blended through it lightly.  I chose to stick with just one colour as I really wanted the red shell to pop against it. 

With my background inked I stamped three bugs in position. 

I then re stamped and coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut round the bodies. 

I layered these in position on foam tape, and applied a generous layer of Glossy Accents over the top to add some shine. 

I stamped the sentiment ( from the So Much Stronger stamp set) directly on the card and mat and layered on co ordinating red card to finish.

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Thursday 14 March 2024

A Happy Easter Bunny

 It's not long now until Easter will be upon us ( please tell me I am not the only one devouring far too many Mini Eggs now they are in the shops!) and to celebrate I have made a bright cheery card focusing on the cute Happy Bunny stamp set for this weeks inspiration for Visible Image. 

I began by stamping and embossing the rabbit onto watercolour card and spraying ink and a little water over it. 

I wanted the colours to be pale so rather than drying it then, I rolled a paper towel over it to lift a lot of the colour and left to air dry. 

Once dry I inked through the Half Tone stencil with coordinating colours. This stencil is SO useful for adding a bit of interest to a background.

I added some flowers from the Flower Power set ..

..and coloured them with neon watercolour paint. So vibrant!

I re stamped the bunny on white card, coloured and fussy cut. 

I wanted to add some eggs to embellish  the card, and remembered I had some balloons already stamped from the Birthday Balloons set that would be the perfect shape! I cut off the ends and used a white paint pen to add a pattern. Hey presto perfect Easter eggs!

Finally I created a backing paper to layer the main image on. Using the large Flower Power stamp I simply inked around the border of a white sheet of card in coloured ink and mat and layered to complete my card.

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Thursday 29 February 2024

Flowers for Mothers Day

It's almost Mothers Day here in the UK and what better to go on a card than a big, bold beautiful flower.
For this weeks inspiration for Visible Image I have chosen to combine the fabulously grungy Flower Ink stencil and Mother Definition stamp on a pretty one layer card. 

Here's how I achieved it...

I adhered the stencil to some super smooth card and blended a base layer of yellow Distress Oxide ink, deepening until I was happy with the shade.

I then blended brown ink into the centre section. 

I then added some shading by working out from the centre in orange and red tones. 

Using a small stencil brush and a white pigment ink i then swept the ink out from the centre. This really helped to soften the colours. 

I then took the insert to the stencil and coloured around the outer edge of it repeatedly to add more dimension and interest. 

Using a stamp platform, I added my sentiment directly on to to the card and added highlights with a white gel pen to make it pop. 

Before mat and layering to finish, I added more detail to the middle of the flower, carefully drawing lines with a white paint pen all around the middle before adding in some shading with pencils to create dimension. 

I wish all the mums out there a lovely relaxing Mothers Day and for those folk that find the day difficult I send love and hope that you can find something to make you smile a little on the 10th March. 

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Thursday 15 February 2024

Kick Off Your Birthday

 Have you seen the brand new release from Visible Image yet? It's a fabulous collection, and includes some incredible stamps for the sports fans. I have chosen to use Kick Off Your Birthday stamps and Holodeck stencil for my first project for this release as I am pretty sure all of us crafters have a football fan in our life!

I began by cutting some cloud shape masks on a post it note, and also cut an uneven piece to mask off the ground before laying the Holodeck stencil over the top. Distress Oxide inks give such a lovely blend and so these were my ink of choice.

I then removed the masks and coloured the grass, covering over the blue with the opposite side of the post it section. 

I stamped the footballer in position in order to ensure that the splatters formed part of the image. The Distress Oxide inks do affect the stamped image as you can see, but as I planned to re stamp and die cut on this occasion it wasn't a problem. 

Using the dies I re stamped, embossed,  and cut the main image and football. Before adhering them with gel glue I also stamped the filler stamps on the grassed area for added detail. 

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