Rainbow Butterflies – Visible Image

Hello there! Hope you’re having a great day.

Nicky Gilburt is here on the blog today with some fabulous inky butterfly cards she created recently…


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I have a selection of cards today, I’ve gone crazy for these butterflies from the Visible Image Own Kind of Beautiful Set. For these projects they just said to me ‘rainbows’ so I got my colours out (with a tiny bit of artistic licence ie pink to round up the ‘rainbow’ to 8 colours!)



 

 

 I lightly drew a 6cm radius circle onto a large square of card, and measured 8 points



 

Visible Image Own Kind Of Beautiful Butterfly COL stamp set
 


Then I stamped my background butterflies and then rubbed out my pencil marks. I added a dot of red tape to each one and stamped my sentiment carefully, inking up my stamp with five colours



 

 


On this card I just stamped and embossed my butterflies in white onto heat resistant acetate, but then I got a bit more adventurous with subsequent cards and got my coloured pigment inks out, plus the holographic powder…



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I also stamped and shadow stamped the background just subtly, and made a border using the same colour inks in the same sequence. Those extra criss-cross strips are there because they were my off-cuts when I trimmed the backing card and I simply couldn’t throw them away!






I love the sparkle in these butterflies.



One more share…



How cards evolve….I loved the subtlety of shadow stamping , or ‘second generation stamping’ where you stamp your colour first onto one card but then before you re-ink, stamp it again. This is such a simple effect, much more subtle colours and contrasts are achieved, should you wish to. even though I am a seasoned stamper it is good to remember this most simple but effective of techniques! This DL card was achieved in this way, but this time I put a bit of colour into each butterfly with a a couple of shades of distress ink on each,having stamped onto thin white card and heat embossed with white embossing powder providing a beautiful resist to the inks. 



 



I hope I’ve inspired you to go and make your own rainbows and create your own kind of beautiful!


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Thanks for looking! 

Nicky



These are absolutely fabulous! Thank you Nicky ♡



Enjoy the rest of your day and don’t forget to pop back soon for more projects from our wonderful team.

Mark & Helen xx

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Own Kind Of Beautiful – Summer Release @ Visible Image

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening!


Today we are excitedly sharing the 3rd preview from our Summer Release, and we are bringing back our beautiful small butterfly stamp in a brand new set!

Our stunning Butterfly INKognito design has been a best seller for the last 2 years, and in this gorgeous new set you’ll find a small Butterfly INKognito, flying the opposite way to our larger one so they will work wonderfully together…


Own Kind Of Beautiful


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The pretty butterfly is sized perfectly to be layered on top of the inky one!

We hope you love this new set, and the really beautiful sentiment ♡



If you missed any of our recent posts, you will find them HERE.


We also have some behind the scenes ‘making stamps’ photos over in our Facebook group today… come and join us there!



Don’t forget that you will find lots of gorgeous inspiration over on…

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Hope you will pop over and follow us!


Thank you for visiting our blog today, there will be another preview tomorrow!

Have a lovely evening.

Mark & Helen xx

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Visible Image Debut – Katy Leitch

We’re very excited to have NEW Design Team member Katy Leitch sharing her first Visible Image project today!



Visible Image stamps - winter butterfly card - Katy Leitch


It’s my first post as a member of the Visible Image Design Team today! I found out about the team before Christmas and I’ve been dying to make a start! My stamps arrived on Monday so I haven’t had a lot of time to make – hence I’ve just done a clean and simple card for today. I’m calling it ‘Winter Butterfly’ because I think the colours are really seasonal.


I stamped the Edgy image in Pumice Stone Distress Ink onto a panel of card, then stamped the butterfly and sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black. I stamped the butterfly again onto card and coloured it with Distress Stains in Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass, finishing with a few dots of white gel pen. I glued just the centre of the painted butterfly to the card panel so the wings are raised up. I added the panel to a white card blank with 3D foam tape – love this white-on-white layering; I think it looks really classy.

I don’t often work with clear stamps but I have to say these stamp really nicely and they are SO thick and heavy-duty!

There’s inspiration almost every day on the Visible Image blog and if you want to check out more work with Visible Image stamps or share your own, they have a Facebook Group too.


You can find the stamps I used via the links below:

Large Butterfly

 

Edgy


Imagine Dream Inspire


Thanks for stopping by :).
Katy x



Thanks Katy! Such a gorgeous card, and yes it has a wonderful wintery feel to it ♡


We will be back with a funky new project from Teresa tomorrow!

Have a great day.

Mark & Helen xx

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Altered Chocolate Box – Visible Image stamps

Hello! We are back with more fabulous inspiration for you!

Over to our marvellous Kim Bacon…

Is it too late to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR?

No, of course it isn’t!

I hope that you all made it happily into 2016?

As you may have noticed there have been some additions to the Visible Image design team following a DT Call late last year. Poor Helen and Mark had a really tough time selecting the successful candidates, the submissions were phenomenal.

2016 will see even more fabulous new stamps and stuff (yes, ‘stuff’, but I am not allowed to expand on that just yet) coming from Visible Image. You are going to have to watch this space. Top tip: head over to the Facebook group and you will hear all the latest news as it happens.
Right, on to my first project for 2016. I am known for my hoarding of useful bits and pieces and I have used an empty chocolate box tray for my piece today.

Naturally, I forgot to take a ‘before’ shot.



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I started by covering the whole thing with a layer of tissue paper just to block out the dark printing on the original box. I used a 50:50 mix of water and PVA glue.

Next I coloured some more tissue paper with Brusho paints in shades of blue, teal and lime. When all the pieces were dry I smothered them with more of the glue/water mix and pasted them onto the box. I deliberately made wrinkles and folds to add interest.

I waited for this to dry completely and then used a PVA glue with a mica content as a top coat. I have had this glue for years, no really, years and I am not sure where I got it from. I suppose you could use mica powder or a mica mister to add the sheen. Experiment! That is what it is all about.

Just to add even more shine, I applied some silver gilding ax very carefully to the raised folds and wrinkles around the frame.

Using black embossing powder I then stamped the INKognito butterfly onto a piece of heat resistant acetate the was cut to fir exactly into the frame. I also stamped the sentiment in black and a normal butterfly with a teal sparkle embossing powder onto more pieces of acetate.



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The butterfly was cut out and stuck over the black one using a clear silicone gel. The sentiment was stuck along the bottom of the frame attached to the sides.

This was a long project as there was a lot of drying time but sometimes it is nice to do something that isn’t instant.



Visible Image Flower Inkognito stamp set     AWM Large Butterfly ws2012


See you in a fortnight for another Marvellous Monday and in the meantime enjoy yourself, get crafty and show us what you have been up to!


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Happy Days! 

Kim



Wow what a transformation from a chocolate box! Fabulous project thank you Kim!

Our NEW DT members have been starting to receive their stamps, so we’re looking forward to seeing their first Visible Image projects very soon, when we will once again have our daily inspiration for you.

Meantime, we will be back with new inspiration from Teresa Morgan on Thursday.


Mark has been very busy designing all weekend and we are very excited about our NEW releases!!!

Have a great week!

Mark & Helen xx

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Live Life Now – Visible Image Stamps

Good Evening! Thank you for coming to visit our blog.

Kim Bacon is here to inspire you today with her latest work…


Hope you all had a good weekend?

Bit wet and windy here by the coast but then that is just how I like it!



Visible Image - Butterfly INKognito - Live Life Now - Kim Bacon


My project today features the lovely INKognito Butterfly stamp with the Live Life Now sentiment.

It starts with the usual Brusho background and some simple white embossing.



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I used the splatters of the butterfly wings to edge the card.

Mounting with white card makes the colours stand out.


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Visible Image Live Life Now stamp

 

See you next week for another Marvellous Monday and in the meantime enjoy your week, get crafty and show us what you have been up to!

Happy Days!  Kim


Thank you Kim this is such a beautiful card. Love our inky Butterfly in white against that gorgeous background ♡ ♡ ♡


Show us what you have created with our stamps for the chance to WIN a £25 coupon in our Show & Tell Challenge! More details HERE!

To ensure you don’t miss out on anything Visible Image you can subscribe to our Newsletter HERE, and come and join our Facebook group! We’d love it if you gave our Facebook PAGE a LIKE too… in return you’ll get the chance to WIN an awesome prize every Friday in our Freebie Friday giveaway 🙂


We will be back shortly with exciting NEWS!

Watch this space…

Mark & Helen xx

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Never Give Up On Your Dream – Visible Image stamps

Good Afternoon! We are back with more gorgeous inspiration for you this afternoon.

Over to Doreen OBrien…


Well it is Saturday again!


I am back  with some inspiration using the gorgeous Visible Image stamps.

My image “Butterfly INKognito” has been stamped using distress inks onto some white card. I then stamped the ”Bronte Script to add some dimension.

The sentiment, from the ”Sunshine Set, was next to be stamped before splattering some distress ink all over the card and inking the edge.



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Doreen xxx



This is such a gorgeous card. Fabulous distressed feel and don’t you just love green and gold, especially at Autumn. Thank you Doreen xx

You will find this sentiment and many many more gorgeous words stamps over in our website shop.


We will be back tomorrow with another double dose of Visible Image inspiration here on the blog. Karen is feeling festive and Kim J has more awesome mail art for you 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday! And don’t forget to show us what you have been creating with your Visible Image stamps for a chance to WIN some more in our monthly ‘Show & Tell’ challenge!


Mark & Helen xx

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Ink Splat Butterfly @ Visible Image

Good Evening! Hope you have had a great Saturday!

Ours has been busy.. stamp making, gardening, chores (yawn!) and an impromptu BBQ in the evening sunshine… a lovely end to the day 🙂

We have some awesome inspiration for you today! First up, here’s Doreen…



Hello…


Another week has passed and it is Saturday again which means I am back  with some inspiration using the gorgeous Visible Image stamps.


I have used my Brusho’s today for my background, I am still trying to get the hang of them but am quite happy with the effect.I have teamed up “Butterfly INKognito” and “Create your Imagination”



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We think you have done an awesome job with the brushos Doreen! Gorgeous splatter effect <3

You can find more of Doreen’s fabulous work over on her blog.


We’ll be back shortly with Susanne’s Saturday post!

Hope to see you back here a little later. Enjoy your evening 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Visible Image stamps – latest DT projects!

Hi There! Thank you for coming to visit us today 🙂

We are back from a fabulous week in Majorca, thoroughly rested, relaxed and tanned!



Sanya Ponsa - Sea @ Helen Michelle 2015


Santa Ponsa Sunset @ Helen Michelle 2015


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So, let’s catch up with what our awesome Design Team have been creating while we were away…



Lisa Nygards



Visible Image stamps - Alice in Wonderland - Lisa Nygards

Beautiful card featuring our gorgeous Alice In Wonderland character stamp.
More details on Lisa’s blog.



Kim Robertson



Visible Image stamps - Take Risks - Imagine - Kim Robertson

Awesome card created with our Imagine Dream Inspire set, one of the brilliant quotes from our Be Happy Set, and our Mystical MapThere’s a fantastic step by step over on Kim’s blog.



Teresa Morgan



Visible Image stamps - Fae Hope - Elf Maiden Fairy - Teresa Morgan



Visible Image stamps - Myrddin Magick - Wizard - Teresa Morgan

A fantastic set of cards created with two of the characters from our fantasy collection.. Fae Hope and Myrddin Magick. More details over on Teresa’s blog.



Pauline Butcher



Visible Image stamps - Angels Are Near - White Feather - Pauline Butcher

Stunning card created with our beautiful Angels Are Near set, and our Universal Background stamps.



Visible Image stamps - Sing - Silhouette Singer - Pauline Butcher

Gorgeous card created with our Sing set and Universal Background stamps once again… such an awesome and very versatile set of ‘must have’ stamps!

Come on over to Pauline’s blog for more details and photos from our workshop day in Bristol.



Amber Kroening



Visible Image stamps - Inky Flowers - Congratulations - Amber Kroening

Stunning card created with our unique Flower INKognito stamp, with our Congratulations sentiment.
More details on Amber’s blog.



Kim Bacon



Visible Image stamps - Leave Your Fears Behind - Crow Tree - Kim Bacon

Amazing card created with our Leave Your Fears stamp set, and Grunge Polka Dot background stamp.
More details on Kim’s blog.



Sue Joseph



Visible Image stamps - Angels Are Near - White Feathers - Sue Joseph

Stunning tag create with our Angels Are Near set. More details over on Sue’s blog where you can find out how she created this amazing background!



Kim Robertson



Visible Image stamps - Good Times - Masculine Card - Vintage Car - Kim Robertson

Amazing card created with our Vintage Car, a quote from our No Regrets set, Bronte script, and Tyre Marks.
Come on over to Kim’s blog for a brilliant step by step tutorial with loads of photos along the way 🙂



Lisa Nygards



Visible Image stamps - Rock Canvas - Silhouette Guitarist - Lisa Nygards

Awesome canvas featuring our Rock Out setMore details over on Lisa’s blog where you can see how Lisa created the amazing texture!



Teresa Morgan



Visible Image stamps - Butterflies - Book Folding Sculpture - Teresa Morgan

Stunning book folding sculpture featuring our Large Butterfly stamp…. WOW!
Come on over to Teresa’s blog for more details.



So many inspiring projects! Thank you so much 🙂 xxx



We hope you have been inspired 🙂 You will of course find all these amazing stamps and more over in our shop, or in your local craft shop 🙂 If they don’t yet stock us, then tell them about our stamps! 😉


We are getting rather excited about our next NEW stamps release… just two weeks to go! This time we will be bringing you more unique character sets, and once again something missing in the craft world right now!!! 

 

It’s good to be back! We’ll see you on Saturday with something awesome from Amber! Pauline is having a break this week as she’s on a secret mission! 😉

Have a great evening 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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All My Tomorrows – Visible Image stamps

Good Evening 🙂 Thank you for coming to see us today here on the Visible Image blog.

Hope you had a good weekend. We had a fantastic time at the Happy Stampers Festival in Port Sunlight on Saturday 🙂
Here are some piccies…



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Visible Image stamps - Port Sunlight - Happy Stampers - May 2015


We look forward to coming back in October 🙂



On to today’s inspiration!  We’ll pass you over to the fabulous Kim Bacon…


Another week begins and you know what that means? Yep!


Another inspirational blog from me for Visible Image.


How often do I tell you about how wonderful these stamps are? Well, I’m going to tell you again! They are fantastic! Made from a high quality photopolymer, these stamps are all hand poured, hand cut, packed with love and care and they perform bloomin’ marvellously!!


I am reminded of this every time I get out the stamp I want to use! As long as you wash off any ‘dodgy’ product immediately, these stamps will last and last!


By ‘dodgy’ I mean things that extreme stampers will have a go at using like bleach, gesso, polyfilla, anything wet in fact that might leave an impression! I always have a pot of water on the desk usually used to clean brushes but it is also where I drop my used stamps so they don’t dry out!



Right, on to my project for today! I love using brown craft card especially with blue ink. Something about it. I like to team it with green sometimes and this is where I went with this project.


Visible Image stamps - Butterfly - All My Tomorrows verse - Kim Bacon

 

I mentioned Gesso earlier on, and I am a little obsessed with white inking on cards at the moment. White stamping ink isn’t always very opaque and also there are times when I don’t want to use white embossing powder. Gesso, or even acrylic paint, is the solution for me. I also like the texture it adds.


The card I made this week uses wet Brusho paint applied direct to the stamp. I used Lime Green and Prussian Blue, but Peeled Paint and Chipped Sapphire Tim Holtz distress inks would work just as well as the colours are very similar.


Using Bronte script and ink splats I made the detailed background. Starting with the Brusho then moving on to the Gesso. The butterflies were done in the same way.


To make the sentiment stand out I used just the Brusho paint.



AWM Large Butterfly ws2012        Visible Image All My Tomorrows stamp


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See you next week for another Marvellous Monday and in the mean time enjoy your week, get crafty and show us what you have been up to!



Happy Days!  Kim


Fabulous card from Kim… she really does love those Butterflies 😉

We will be back tomorrow with something new from Suze!

Have a nice evening.

Mark & Helen xx

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Butterfly Flutter Into The Sky – Visible Image stamps

Hi There! Thanks for coming to see us today 🙂

It’s Fabulous Friday here at Visible Image so it’s over to the very fabulous Pauline Butcher…

Hi there,
 
It’s fabulous Friday again, and I’d like to share a creation I’ve made using some of the fantastic Visible Image Stamps available.
 
I decided to make a sort of mixed media card, using my very favourite butterfly stamps.

Visible Image stamps - Butterfly verse - Butterflies - Pauline Butcher
 

 

The stamps I used were……..
 
I started off with a piece of watercolour card, and smoothed Grunge paste through a wood patterned stencil, when it as dry, I painted randomly it using Aquatints. Using the Retro Dots background and the Bronte script, and some Distress inks, I stamped randomly holding the stamp in my hand, and not on a block, then with the Treasure Gold gilding wax on my finger, I added it to the raised bits to enhance the pattern.
 

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On a piece of black card, I stamped 5 smaller Butterflies and one large Butterfly with Versamark, and heat embossed using white powder, and fussy cut them all out, I  also used the same steps for the sentiment. I used Stickles as a colouring medium on the butterflies.
 



Don’t forget to post your Visible Image makes into the May ‘Show and Tell’, for a chance to win some stamps, there are already some great entries, details HERE.
 
Also check out the Visible Image Facebook Group, there is always lots going on HERE.
 
I am taking bookings for ‘Pauline’s Inky Workshop’, on Sunday 14th June, at a venue near Warwick, we will be playing with ‘Bleeding Tissue’ paper, and other messy stuff, lol, email me for further details robingphipps@msn.com
or PM me via Facebook.
 
Thank you once more for dropping in,
Big hugs, Pauline xxxxxxx

WOW! This is incredible Pauline! Stunning butterflies and that background is gorgeous! <3 You’ll find more of Pauline’s amazing work over on her blog.

We are off to Port Sunlight now (near Liverpool) for tomorrow’s Happy Stampers Festival… Hope to see some of you there 🙂

We will be back with more Visible Image stamps inspiration on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Mark & Helen xx

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Live The Life – Visible Image stamps

Good Afternoon 🙂  We are back with our second inspirational post today!

Over to the awesome Amber Kroening…

Hey there!  I’m back today with another Visible Image card. I really love how this card turned out!  I started with a plain white card base.  The blue background behind the butterfly was created by inking up and stamping the BACK of the butterfly stamp. Then I stamped the butterfly over the blue, in pink ink. I added a few bricks to the edges from the Max Rocks stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom and added a twine bow to the top.



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DESIGN TEAM CALL


May will be my last month on the Visible Image design team, and lucky for YOU, there is a design team call!  This is a great team to work with, so if you love Visible Image stamps, take great pics, and have an active blog, I would encourage you to apply!


Don’t forget to join in on our May Show and Tell!


For more Visible Image inspiration check out the Facebook group.



That’s all for today, thank you for stopping by!


Love this card! Fabulous work as always Amber… we are SO going to miss you!

Have an awesome weekend… it’s an extra long one here in the UK but the weather is miserable. Come on sunshine.. come out to play 🙂

We will see you on Monday with Kim Bacon’s latest work!

Mark & Helen xx

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Inky Flower stamp – Visible Image

Good Morning 🙂 Yay it’s the weekend! 

Sorry for missing yesterday’s post (seems to be becoming a habit!) but it’s for a very good reason… Loads of orders from our awesome customers keeping us extremely busy!!! Thank you <3

So here’s Pauline’s ‘Fabulous Friday’ post which, if you follow Pauline’s blog, you will have seen yesterday!


Hey my crafty friends, how are you?
 
 Another week has flown by, and I’ve been busy creating, as usual.


I was having a bit of  sort out, and found my Alcohol inks, so have been playing with them, I love their bright juicy colours, and of course they are the perfect match with some awesome Visible Image Stamps.
 



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Using a Distress Ink blending tool with a piece of felt, I put 3 colours of Alcohol ink onto the felt, and a drop of Blending Fluid, then pounced over a piece of  8″x 8″ white gloss card.


For the first card I cut a 5″ x 5″ piece from the pattered card I had just made, and stamped  the flower and stem using Versamark, and heat embossed using Black powder, then using the Happy Birthday stamp, did the same. a little bit of mat and layering onto a 6″ card blank and some Stickles, and hey presto……..



The second card was the left over pieces of  the card I had coloured, and again using the same stamps and versamark, but this time using a black sparkle embossing powder, adding Stickles to finish. 2 Very simple cards made.


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The Visible Image stamps used on these two cards were…

Flower INKognito ( one of my favourite ) and the Happy Birthday Set.
 
 
 



This was a tag I made for the lovely Mrs Awesome, (aka) Helen, as she was feeling very under the weather with ‘manflu’ last week caught from Mr Awesome himself, Mark, the owners of Visible Image Stamps.
 



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I made this tag in the same way as before, but instead of pouncing the ink, I dragged and weaved my tool onto the card, giving a sort of wavy effect, I stamped the Inkognito butterfly, and heat embossed in black powder again, I then stamped the large butterfly with Versamark and heat embossed, onto a small piece of heat resistant acetate, and fussy cut it, fixing it above the butterfly on the tag, a sentiment and some mat and layers, and of course Stickles to finish. 
 


 The Visible Image stamps I used on this were…
 
 



A new months ‘Show and Tell’ has started for May, so get your entries in for a chance to win some fantastic stamps, details HERE.
 
Check out our Visible Image group on Facebook HERE.
 
If any one out there is interested, Visible image has a Design Team call out at the moment, looking for new teamies to join us in spreading the Visible Image love,  details are HERE.
 
Hugs Pauline xxxxxx

 


Firstly thank you again for your gorgeous Get Well tag Pauline… I love it <3 And it worked… I’m better 🙂

Fabulous cards, so bright and summery! Awesome backgrounds for our awesome stamps! If you haven’t got your hands on some of our INKognito stamps yet, what are you waiting for?! You’ll find them all HERE!

You’ll find more of Pauline’s stunning work over on her blog. Keep an eye out on our Events Page for Pauline’s demo days and workshops 🙂

We will be back later with more Visible Image stamps inspiration from Amber, who leaves us at the end of May after 18 months on our team. We are very sad to lose her and will be sharing our favourite ‘Amber cards’ at the end of May!

Get your Design Team application in!

See you back here later!

Have a great Saturday 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Follow Your Dreams @ Visible Image

Hello 🙂 Thank you for coming to visit us today.

The lovely Kim Robertson is here with a gorgeous new card to inspire you, along with a very detailed step by step tutorial…

Hi folks

Today of course is the turn of my very special team Visible Image to be featured on our little  blog.  Each week I have been featuring just a couple of stamps to do some different styles of cards without using too many stamps, but I really wanted to use a few more this time… so I used quite a few on this one!

A few weeks ago I don’t know if you remember but I did a card in all grey (not quite 50 shades but a few haha!) with a pop of colour,  and I just love that style. It’s so elegant, so I thought Id have another go at it.

I hope you like it , I really truly love this style and enjoy creating it for you all to see.



Visible Image stamps - Believe - Butterflies - Dragonfly - Kim Robertson


I just love the dreamy soft background effect , with the grasses billowing at the front .


So to start this one I took some plain white card and perfect medium sticky ink with some clear embossing powder  to create those gorgeous billowy white strands of grass which seem to sit right at the front of where your eye is pulled to look with the sentiment, below you can see that the melted embossing powder really stands proud once the inks start to be rubbed into the images.





Here I moved on to the sides of the card and began stamping some of the Bronte border stamp randomly, in fact, I love this stamp so so so much I ended up putting a lot more on the card than I originally intended haha. I was using a combination of 2 different Momento Grey ink pads for this stage, London Fog and Grey flannel were the shades.  I also stamped some of the Small butterfly stamp flying off the top of the page.



This is where I knew I had to leave a gap but had no clue what size haha.. I started to add some of the momento inks to the edges to give the card a good grounding and pull the eyes to the centre.



This is the first layer of ink and you can already see a huge difference cant you  folks.



Next I used the grey momentos again, and re stamped the grass over the white embossing so that there is darker grass peeking from behind the white, I also stamped out 2 of the larger butterflies. I also took a couple of shades in the Ice greys from the promarker alcohol pen selection and drew close next to the blades of grass created before. I have also given the butterflies a very small outline around the butterflies too, which again is all designed as an illusion making it look like the blades of grass could almost be walked through and I just love it all in grey scale too.



So here is where I start to bring in a little colour , I stamped out my two dragonflies, I used my momento ink and a water brush to pull out a little colour and add some little extras to the butterflies too.  I also stamped the word believe from the  Follow your dreams set, I again used my promarkers in a few shades of ice grey to make it pull off the page a lttle.




Here are the two blues I used to pull in some colour on the dragonflies etc.



 I also stamped out the other sentence in the little Follow your dream set, and rolled up the corners a little flicked some water and highlighted the edges of the little circles to make them look like bubbles. I used a white gel pen for that.




So the last couple of pictures were just a few final finishing touches really, with the tiny burlap bows with the little sparkle stones for the centre. I added the sentiment onto foam and added it to the card and used bucket load of glitter onto some glossy accents but as per usual you cannot really see too much of the glitter picking up the light through the screen but this one really does sparkle lots.



Visible Image stamps - Butterfly - Dragonfly - Believe - Kim Robertson


I was really please how this card came out you could do this style with any colour, using just a couple of shades of a bland colour on its own, but as soon as you add the colour it really comes to life.





I said I used a few!



So I hope you will dig out whatever stamps you have, and have a go at creating something like this with a sepia background or a black and white background. Or maybe you will attempt the grey scale, it truly is great fun to try and looks stunning with just that suggestion of colour.


I would love to see your finished pieces, so do not hesitate to show off your work in our Facebook Group… there’s a monthly show & tell challenge for your chance to WIN some gorgeous stamps!


Lots of love and hugs       
 
 
Kim 
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WOW! Kim this is stunning! LOVE this effect! Gorgeous card and a brilliant tutorial… thank  you so much!


If you have missed any of our recent Design Team posts, you will find them all HERE.


If you would like to apply to join our Design Team you can find all the details HERE! We have received so many awesome applications already… so much talent to choose from. We’re very lucky!


Our next show is… Happy Stampers Festival in Port Sunlight, Saturday May 9th from 10.30am to 4pm. This is a ticket only event so you must ensure you book your tickets in advance – more details HERE


Our next workshop is on May 17th near Bristol, with the very talented Pauline Butcher and these stunning stamps…


OTB Poster May 17

Contact Amy at ‘Out of The Blue’ on 01454 312355 for more details and to book your place 🙂



We will see you here tomorrow with an awesome new card from Teresa Morgan!

Have a great night 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Good Times @ Visible Image

Good Afternoon to you 🙂

It’s time for some more gorgeous inspiration! This time it’s Kim Bacon here with a fabulous new card using some of her favourite Visible Image stamps…

WOW! WOW! and again WOW!
By all accounts the Bosses had a mega time at Ally Pally over the weekend!
Did you go? Did you meet them? What did you buy from the Visible Image stand?
Oh I am soooooo nosey! Maybe you will show us what you make in the Show and Tell soon. yes?


Right, today I have for you a bright little card I made using one of my favourite images, the butterfly. Not the INKognito butterfly that I usually use but the traditional butterfly. In fact I used both the large and the small one on this card.



Visible Image stamps - Good Times - Butterfly - Kim Bacon


I started by simply stamping directly onto a piece of white card with the 2 different colours of dye based stamp pad to create the block background. No stamp, just use the ink pad as the stamp. I left a bit of white space and kept the pressure to a minimum so as not to squish too much ink out from the pad.  Once this was dry I used a very dry brush with white gesso to mute the colours further. Taking the mini dots stamp I then stamped in both colours over the dry gesso. Butterflies were also added in the 2 colours.

 Using Stazon in Dark Cherry and black I stamped a big and a small butterfly onto acetate before cutting them out and sticking them to the card base using a clear silicone glue.


The sentiment was stamped onto another piece of the card in black ink and mounted across the card.



Here is the ‘Stamps I Used’ list and as always just click on the image to link you directly to the Visible Image shop page for that stamp…


0-Visible-Image-Butterfly-stamp-519x389     AWM Large Butterfly ws2012

polkadot background 2012ws     Visible Image No Regrets stamp set


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Click HERE to go to the Visible Image blog  Homepage to see the latest DT inspiration. You can also check out the Projects Gallery HERE


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See you next week for another Marvellous Monday and in the mean time enjoy your week, get crafty and show us what you have been up to!



Happy Days! 
Kim


What a fabulous card and gorgeous background 🙂 You’ll find more of Kim’s awesome work over on her blog. Kim is doing a 365 day ATC challenge with a random word theme for each day.. the results are brilliant 🙂

Come back a little later for something rather bright and funky from Pauline Butcher!


Mark & Helen xx

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