Underwater Beauty

Hello! We have a day packed full of gorgeous inspiration here on the blog today!

We have so many stunning samples to share with you leading up to Friday’s shows on Create and Craft TV.

Elina Strömberg is up first today…

Hi and Happy Wednesday,
Today I wanted to show you a tag project I made with Visible Image ‘Dare To Swim’ stamp set and Distress Inks. The base of my project was a white size 8 tag that had a nice bit glossy finish. Just perfect for some creative play with stamping and inking!

I started the project by stamping and heat embossing the jellyfish on the tag. Then I inked the entire tag with a few blue and green Distress inks and stamped the seagrass and fish school images with StazOn on top.

I wanted to highlight the beautiful jellyfish and the air bubbles by removing the ink from those. For that I used bleach: I took a Fantastix colouring/painting tool (a small brush would have done, too), dipped the top of it into bleach, and painted over the areas I wanted to remove the ink from. After waiting a few seconds I saw the magic happening: the bleached spots started turning white!When working with bleach you need to choose a stamping ink that tolerates the strong liquid. The technique works well with heat embossed images, and also StazOn allows you to paint over it without dissolving the stamped image. If you have not yet tried this technique I suggest you give it a try; I’m sure you’ll love it!



I removed the ink also from the seagrass, and re-colored the leaves with green ProMarkers. Also the jellyfish got back some colour and shadowing from my markers, as well as the tiny fish on top of the tag.



Before gluing down the stamped quote words I misted the entire tag gently with plain water. Loved the tiny bubble patterns it created!


 

Hope you like my tag!

For more information on the stamp set I used, please click on the picture below:


Wishing you a nice week, thanks for stopping by!
Hugs,


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Just Be Happy

Good Evening! (or is it morning or afternoon where you are?!)

I have been ‘playing’ again and this time I was in a pink mood!
I also wanted to see if I could create something using only one colour (and of course black and white).



Picked Raspberry is probably my favourite colour of distress ink!

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I only distressed parts of my card, making sure I left some white space,
and then flicked a little water at it and dried off.

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Next I took one of my favourite background stamps ever…
the ripped fishnet from our Mesh-ellaneous set.

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I inked up parts of it and stamped it randomly without putting it on a block,
this gives a much more worn look.

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I also added some more fishnet stamping in black, and then stamped another of my favourite stamps
(in black also) leaving space for my sentiment and focal image.

I chose one of the quote stamps from our Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist set (which will be back in stock this week!)


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and the awesome inky butterfly from our Own Kind of Beautiful set.


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Lastly, I flicked some diluted black acrylic paint here and there, especially around the butterfly as if it was spraying off it!

My finished card..



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Hope you like it! I had a lot of fun creating it ♡



Stamps used: 


Mesh-ellaneous

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The Ripple Effect

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Own Kind of Beautiful


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Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist

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Thank you for visiting our blog today. Veerle will be here tomorrow with some awesome inspiration,
and we will be previewing another NEW set from our February release!

Helen xx

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One Design.. Five Cards

Hello! We hope you are having a great day!

We have some stunning inspiration for you today from Veerle Moreels, and a fabulous tutorial video too…


Hi,

Today I am showing you one design to make 5 different cards for different occasions ( Birthdays, sympathy cards, just because,… ).

Even to make cards that are for women – men – teenagers-…  So I just went ahead and showed how easy it is in the video …


If you go and give it a try… tag me so I can see all your beautiful work using the hashtag #acoloredmind  or #onedesignfivecards That way I can easily find your work and see the beautiful things you all make.

 

 

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More close ups can be seen in the video.



Social Media links for Visible Image
Shop where you will find all their awesome stamps!
Blog: see all the latest posts here
Facebook GROUP: join in with the banter and enter the ‘Show & Tell’ Monthly Challenge
Facebook PAGE: give us a like and enter the weekly giveaways!


You can also follow Visible Image on
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These are absolutely stunning Veerle  ♡ Thank you for your fantastic video too!


You can find more of Veerle’s gorgeous cards and projects over on her blog. Follow Veerle’s YouTube channel too!


We hope you are feeling really inspired to get your stamps and inks out and have a play!

Thanks for visiting and come back soon for more wonderful inspiration from our amazing team ♡


Mark & Helen xx

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Vision @ Visible Image

Hello, thanks for stopping by our blog today.

We have another awesome card by Pauline Butcher to inspire you…

Hellooooo,
 
I’m back with more Design Team inspiration for ‘Visible Image’, using a couple of awesome stamp sets..Where Dreams Take You  and Live Life Now.

 
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I stamped the fabulous eye, using Versamark, and heat embossed it using a Wow Red powder, yummy. I stamped the eye again with black ink, onto a sticky note, and fussy cut it out, I placed this mask over the embossed eye, and coloured the background using Distress Inks. I then stamped the ‘Go where your Dreams take you’, again using Distress ink. 

 

 
I stamped the small butterflies with Versamark, and heat embossed them with the red powder, I then took the mask off, and coloured the Iris, and put a bit of shading into the corner of the eye. The ‘Vision’ sentiment was stamped with Versamark, onto a separate piece of card, and again heat embossed using the Red powder, and fussy cut. 

I used Stickles, to bling up the butterflies, and to put a twinkle in the eye.
 



Time for you to get out your Visible Image Stamps, and enter the December Challenge, just create a card, using only Visible Image stamps, and enter HERE, for a chance to win a £25 voucher, to spend in their shop.


Thank you for popping in, hugs, Pauline xxx 



Stunning card Pauline! ♡ Loving our fantastic eye in red!

You’ll find more of Pauline’s cards and projects over on her blog.


We’ll be back with more gorgeous inspiration to inspire you, so come back and visit us again soon!

Mark & Helen xx

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Dragonflies – Visible Image

Hello there! We have more fabulous inspiration to share with you here on the blog today.

Over to Dot Leathbridge…


I’ve been having fun with the new dragonflies from Visible Image!


As there are now new smaller ones, the set is so versatile.



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This card uses the acrylic block technique as a background with some dragonflies stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.


The ink used is Color Burst. I love the intense colour that this product has!


The words are also stamped with the same ink.


After seeing/reading somewhere that you can spray your stamp lightly with water and mix colour onto the stamp with your finger, I decided to give it a go with the words. No different to what you do on the acrylic block…just using a stamp instead.
The multi-tones that came out on the words was amazing!!! And as long as you don’t have it too wet, then the words are quite crisp.

The stamp set used was:

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This is my final DT make for this year for Visible Image.
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Take care!
Dot


Fabulous effects here Dot! Beautiful card ♡

You will find more of Dot’s inspiring projects over on her blog.



Thanks again for visiting us today. Come back soon!

Mark & Helen xx

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Capture The Moment – Visible Image

Hello and thanks for coming to visit us here on the Visible Image blog today!

Pauline Butcher is here with a very colourful project to inspire you…

Hi there,
 
I’ve created a tag, for my Visible Image Stamps inspiration this week, using the awesome Capture The Moment stamp set. 



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I used Brusho’s for the background, sprinkled and spritzed, and when dry, I stamped and heat embossed the ‘Smile’ sentiment, which comes in the set, with Wow red Embossing powder.


I stamped the sensational ‘Camera’, 5 times, and heat embossed them with Black Embossing Powder, I then fussy cut them, reducing the size each time, to decoupage them. I coloured the red bit in with a Sharpie pen.




The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with Black Embossing powder, and fussy cut, matt and layered onto red and black card.

 

I used some acrylic glue around the edges of the tag, and sprinkled some black micro beads, and left to dry, before adding the camera, and the sentiment using 3D glue gel.

 

 


Thank you for popping in.
Hugs Pauline xxxx



Wow check out that 3D lens! Amazing! Thank you Pauline ♡

You will find lots more of Pauline’s inspiring cards and projects over on her blog.


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

And don’t forget to show us what you create with our stamps for a change to WIN a £25 coupon over in our Facebook group.


Have a fantastic day!

Mark & Helen xx

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Imperfection is Beauty – Visible Image

Hi there, thanks for visiting us 🙂

Nicky Gilburt is here to inspire you on the blog today with a gorgeous card…


Hello,

Here’s my latest card.

The main stamps used are from Imperfection is Beauty, and the background features two stamps from The Ripple Effect


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How apt that this is the set that I chose to play with, I had previously made a set of backgrounds with Distress inks, spritzers and paints, and this was one of my least favourites, as I felt it was less than perfect, the ink hadn’t spread evenly across the sheet, making a mottled effect botttom left. However….




when I stamped the two scripty flowers onto separate pieces of coloured card, and cut them out, it all seemed to work. And I thought that the effect actually seemed….right!




I used the bubble circle outlines and stamped and embossed with white, making it super easy to roughly fill them in with watercoloured distress ink. I used the same colour to stamp the other full circles, to tie them together, and stamped random patterns round the edge of my design to add interest and highlights.



Click these links to get to the Visible Image shop, The Visible Image Facebook page, and the Facebook group where you can share your makes for a chance to WIN a voucher!


Happy Crafting!
Nicky xx


We love this card ♡ Gorgeous background.. Thanks Nicky!

You can find more of Nicky’s fabulous cards and projects over on her blog.


Be sure to come back and visit us soon for more gorgeous inspiration from the team.

Mark & Helen xx

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Rainy Day Sparkle – Visible Image

Hi there! We are sharing some more awesome inspiration by Elina today.


As we head into winter we expect lots of rainy days! So keep this sentiment in mind…



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The backgrounds of these cards were first inked with Distress inks and the patterns were added with plain water: On the larger card I let water just drip down creating light vertical lines. Once dry I added more water on the bottom of the card, and splashed some drops on the upper part of the background.



On the smaller ATC card I first inked the background, and placed a stencil with vertical dot lines on the cardstock. I misted the stencil with water, pressed dry with a paper towel, and removed the stencil. Creating fun patterns on your project background could not be easier!


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On the larger card I stamped and fussy cut the quote text, but for an ATC sized card the text was too big. I used the same lovely quote, but wrote it with tiny rub-on letters. I have bought the letter set from craft flea market and I love it! The set is years old, but the rub-ons still work well. Originally the set was needed for correcting machine writer typing errors- a little piece of history, isn’t it!




On the ATC card I stamped the image with Archival ink. For the larger card I used black embossing powder that had a hint of sparkle in it.


The ‘Sparkle’ word on the larger card was heat embossed twice; first using black powder and then a second time with a hint of glitter powder.


The stamps are from Visible Image: ‘Sparkle In The Rain’ and ‘Smile Sparkle Shine’. Love them!

 

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Despite any the rainy weather I wish you a sparkling day!

Love,

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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



 

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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!


Click these links to get to the Visible Image shop, the Visible Image facebook page, the facebook group where you can share your makes and get inspiration, and of course there is more inspiration here on the blog
 

 

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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Here To Inspire You @ Visible Image

Hello there! Thank you for visiting our blog today 🙂

We have some wonderful inspiration to share with you today, created by our amazing Design Team. Whether you have already got your hands on some of our latest releases, or have them on your ‘wish list’, we are sure these awesome samples will make you want to get out your stamps and inks and PLAY!



Visible Image stamps - Trust Your Madness - Teresa Morgan


Teresa Morgan created this brilliant card with our awesome ‘Trust Your Madness‘ quote stamp, and Teresa has used our fantastic ‘Scratch The Surface‘ stamp in the background. You’ll find more details over on Teresa’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Teenage Kicks - stand out - converse trainers - Sue Joseph


Sue Joseph created this awesome card using our ‘Teenage Kicks‘ stamp set! More details over on Sue’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Bite Me - Grungy lips stamp - Wilma Voermans

Wilma Voermans has created these awesome mixed media journal pages featuring our ‘Bite Me‘ stamp set. You’ll find a video tutorial over on Wilma’s blog showing how she created her wonderful texture!




Visible Image stamps - Sparkle In The Rain - Pauline Butcher

Pauline Butcher created this super sparkly card using our ‘Sparkle In The Rain‘ stamp set. Head over to Pauline’s blog to see how she created it.




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Susanne Rose made this stunning mixed media wall hanging with our beautiful ‘Live In The Moment’ stamp set. You’ll find more details on Susanne’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Unicorn - Mixed Media MDF Monolith - Denisa Gryczova

Denisa Gryczova created this fabulous mixed media Monolith featuring our ‘Unicorn Magic‘ set. More details can be found over on Denisa’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Broken Wings - Kim Johnny

Kim Johnny has decorated one of our MDF Monoliths using our ‘Learn To Fly Again‘ stamp set. Amazing texture and brilliant interpretation of these gorgeous words. More details on Kim’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Visometry Set 1 - Geometric shape stamps - spirograph stamp - Teresa Morgan

Fabulous card created by Teresa Morgan featuring our funky ‘Visometry Set 1‘ stamps and the words from our ‘Shine Bright‘ set. You’ll find more details over on Teresa’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Don't Let The Rain Dull Your Sparkle - stamp - silhouette woman with umbrella - Elina Stromberg

Amazing card created by Elina Stromberg with our ‘Sparkle In The Rain‘ stamp set. If you head over to Elina’s blog you’ll also find Elina’s brilliant Monolith featuring this set!




Visible Image stamps - cassette tape stamp - Just hit the play button - Shilpa Nagaonkar

Shilpa Nagaonkar has used our awesome ‘Just Hit Play‘ stamp set on her brilliant canvas. You’ll find more details on Shilpa’s blog.




Visible Image - Music Speaks - sound wave stamp - Sue Joseph

Sue Joseph has created this awesome card with our fantastic ‘Music Speaks‘ stamp, and the sound wave stamp from our ‘Background Noise‘ set.




Visible Image stamps - Shine Bright - Light Bulb stamps - Pauline Butcher

Brilliant card by Pauline Butcher using shrink plastic with the light bulb stamp from our ‘Shine Bright‘ set! Pauline has also used our ‘Ink Splats’ stamps for a really cool effect on the brick wall. Head over to Pauline’s blog for more details.




Visible Image stamps - Jazz It Up - Silhouette Sax player stamp - Corrie Herriman

Corrie Herriman has created this awesome card featuring our ‘Jazz It Up‘ stamp set. You’ll find more details of how she created her fantastic background over on Corrie’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Capture The Moment - camera stamp - Susanne Rose

Susanne Rose has created this fabulous shaker card using our brilliant ‘Capture The Moment‘ stamp set. More details over on Susanne’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Learn To Fly Again - Feather stamp - Kim Bacon

Kim Bacon created this stunning MDF Monolith featuring our ‘Learn To Fly Again‘ stamp set, and the fabulous feather from our ‘Angels Are Near‘ set.




Visible Image stamps - sparkle in the rain - silhouette woman with umbrella - Katy Leitch

Katy Leitch created this fantastic card with our ‘Sparkle In The Rain‘ stamp set. You’ll find a great tutorial video for this card over on Katy’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Go Where Dreams Takle You - Dragonfly stamp - Dot Leathbridge

Dot Leathbridge has used the dragonfly from our ‘Live In The Moment‘ stamp set, and the gorgeous words from our ‘Vision INKognito‘ set to create her stunning card. You’ll find more details over on Dot’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - Shaped Cards - Dragonfly - Unicorn - Rain lady - Carol Fox

Carol Fox has created this fabulous trio of really cool shaped cards featuring our ‘Live In The Moment‘ ‘Sparkle In The Rain‘ and ‘Unicorn Magic‘ stamp sets! More details on Carol’s blog.




Visible Image stamps - How Fragile We Are -  Cracked Glass stamp - Veerle Moreels

Veerle Moreels created this stunning tag with our ‘How Fragile We Are‘ stamp set. You’ll find more details over on Veerle’s blog.



Huge ‘thank you’ to our awesome team… you are all so talented  ♡




NEWS…
We are really excited to be back on Create and Craft TV in less than 2 weeks time, as part of their 13th Birthday celebrations! Tune in to watch Mark and Pauline’s brilliant demos on Saturday April 16th @ 1pm! And as always there will be some great multi-buys on the show! More details soon!



Our April ‘Show & Tell’ challenge is open for entries, so whatever you create with our stamps this month, be sure to upload your photo to our challenge album over in our Facebook Group! You never know, it could be you winning the £25 voucher this month!



Thanks for visiting and we hope you leave us feeling really inspired.. perhaps you are heading straight to our shop!!!



We will be back with more gorgeous projects from the team later today! We have so many amazing projects still to share with you! And our daily blog posts will be resuming this week too 🙂


Just want to finish by saying a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who has ordered our stamps and MDF Monoliths over the past few months, we have been overwhelmed by the number of orders placed, and we are thrilled to bits that you are loving our designs! There is so much still to come this year… exciting times!!!


Have a really great day 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Brightening Your Day @ Visible Image

Hello 🙂 We are back with more brilliant inspiration for you!

Elina Strömberg‎ has been creating the most amazing cards with our NEW stamps…

Hi!

Have you been following the product release news in the Visible Image Facebook group over the past days? Don’t the new February release items just get your creative juices flowing! If you want to get a good overview of the entire product release just follow this link to see them all!

I was very lucky to have the chance to play with those goodies already a few days back. And here’s a set of three cards I made:

The versatile Shine Bright stamp set was perfect for playing with watercolours. I started with stamping the lightbulb image on heavy watercolour paper, and continued with covering the edges with masking fluid. Masking fluid protected my lightbulb when I started adding yellow and orange watercolours on the background.



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Once the watercolour was dry I wanted to add more texture on the background, and used yellow ink and a mask to draw light beams around the lightbulb.

I finished the card by colouring the lightbulb with water soluable crayons and white gesso, and heat embossed the ‘Shine Bright’ text on the card front.



Orange and yellow were the main colours for the following two cards, too. The adorable 80’s look of the cassette in the ‘Just Hit Play’ stamp set made me choose a bit retro colour palette with several yellow and orange tones. (Or maybe it was the rainy and grey winter weather that asked again for bright sunny colours, lol!)

I started the CAS style card with stamping circles on the background. I stamped the image one more time on a piece of scrap paper, cut out the center of it, and used the piece of paper as a mask when colouring the circles. I did not colour all the circles as I wanted the background to have enough white in order to keep the look light and airy.


 


Stamping the quote on two lines only required some masking, as the stamp holds the texts on four lines. For alining the texts perfectly I could have used a stamp placement tool, but I did not mind that the lines were jumping a bit.

I used a piece of white vellum as quote background. Vellum is an easy way to calm down a busy background and to highlight elements like this quote text.



I often continue the card front pattern on the inside of the card. I think it gives the project a nice finished look. This time I simply cut a slip of white cardstock, stamped the same circles images on it, coloured them with yellow ink, glued the strip on a piece of vellum, and adhered it on the inside of the card. Done!



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When inking the yellow and orange background of my second ‘Just Hit Play’ card I used a strip of scrap paper as a mask. When finished I splashed some water on the inked surface, and after drying with the heat gun the light splash marks created a nice texture on the colourful background.



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Then I stamped the cassette image on white cardstock, cut it out, and glued it on a piece of corrugated cardboard. 3D stickers would have worked just as fine, but cardboard is a much cheaper material when you need to lift a larger element from the background. Under the cassette there’s some black sewing thread that I glued down with tiny glue marks.



I’m sure I will use both of these new stamp sets not just for creating more cards, but also for decorating my scrapbooking layouts and art journal projects. The images are stunning, and I know they both will be a big hit!


 

 The above cards were made using these Visible Image products (click on the pictures for more info):


   



Wishing you a nice and bright day!

Hugs,
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Wow! Totally awesome cards Elina! Thank you so much ♡ Amazing work with our NEW stamps! Loving all the yellow and orange tones and the retro feel to these cards.



We will be back tomorrow with more fantastic inspiration!

Thank you for visiting our blog today.

Mark & Helen xx

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Visible Image stamps and Brushos tutorial

Hello and Happy Saturday to you! Hope you have a great weekend planned!

Today Susanne Rose is here with her latest inspiration and a fantastic video tutorial using Brushos to create some amazing inky backgrounds that go perfectly with our stamps…

It’s my day today to share some inspiration with the super unique Visible Image Stamps.

I created a video for these two happy Brusho cards. You’ll find a list of the stamps I’ve used at the end of this post.



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Have fun watching the video!



Here are some detailed images.






I  hope you like the cards! I wish you an awesome weekend!


Stamps from Visible Image:
Butterfly INKognito
This is me set
Smile Sparkle Shine

Susanne




Thank you Susanne! Brilliant video with some really cool techniques! Love these cards ♡


We will be back later today with another preview from our February release!

Have a great Saturday.

Mark & Helen xx

Feather Wreath – Visible Image stamps

We’re back with another gorgeous Design Team project today!

Over to Pauline Butcher with her fabulous Friday inspiration…

Hellloooo again,
 
It’s another Fabulous Friday, the gateway to a great weekend hopefully, and another of my makes using one of the awesome stamp sets from Visible Image. 

The set used for this card is ‘Angels are Near‘.


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The background is Brusho’s on white card in a circle. I stamped the feather six times with Festive Berries Distress ink, in a circle shape.

I then stamped the sentiment in the centre using Versamark, and heat embossed with Black powder, and highlighted it with a white pen. 

 I sprinkled Black Frantage around the outside of the feathers and heated from underneath to set. 
 
 
On Black card, I stamped the feather stamp six times using Versamark, heat embossed with pale Blue and dark Blue powder, and fussy cut. I used Gold Gilding wax around the edges of the background card, and all the edges of the 6 feathers. Lastly I placed the feathers in a circle and attached using Glue Gel.
 
 



Have you seen the Visible Image January SALE, there are 30% off selected stamps, and 50% off Christmas Stamps, what a bargain, go fill your boots HERE.
 
Still plenty of time to get you entries into the January Visible Image ‘Show & Tell’ challenge, and take a peek at the fantastic cards already entered HERE.
 
There’s also a big buzz going on in the Facebook Group, and another show on Create and Craft TV has been booked for Sunday February 14th at 10am, Mark and I will be showing you his awesome new Stamp designs, you could always get your OH to buy them for Valentines Day, especially if he’s forgotten, hehehe !!!!!
 
Thanks for popping in, see you soon,


Hugs, Pauline xxxx 



This is such a gorgeous card, it’s a wonderful idea to create a feather wreath. Thank you Pauline ♡


If you have missed any of our NEW stamps previews, head to the blog homepage where you will find all the links to recent posts!


Come back later to see the first NEW stamp from a really different collection 🙂

Enjoy your day whatever you are doing 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Double Vision @ Visible Image

It’s Fridayyyyy! And it’s fabulous which means Pauline is here which some colourful inspiration to lead us into the weekend…


Hi Crafters,
 
This is my first Blog of 2016, so Happy New Year, and I hope the forthcoming year brings you happiness and smiles.
 
This week I wanted to share an 8″ x 8″ card I made for the Visible Image TV show on Create and Craft in December, using some of their awesome stamps.



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The stamps I used on this project are… Vision INKognito set and Flower INKognito Set.
 
The background was created using Brusho’s, the sprinkle and spritz method, onto some white 7.5″ x 7.5″ card, whilst it is still wet, place a harlequin design stencil on top and dry through it with kitchen roll, remove the stencil, and leave the card to dry naturally.



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The eye needs to be stamped twice, onto heatproof acetate using Versamark, and heat emboss it using Black embossing powder, then fussy cut them both out. Turn one eye over thus making a pair.

On the reverse side of the eyes, (remembering that one will have the embossing on the front, and one the embossing on the back) 
colour the iris with alcohol pens, then paint over the eyes with white gesso, ( you might need to do 2 coats) so when you turn them over to the front, you have a coloured  iris, and whites of the eyes.

Pop these to one side, whilst you complete the background.
 
Right, on your now dry background card, place the eyes in a position you’re happy with, but don’t glue them yet, you can gauge how much card you have left to decorate, remove the eyes, using the INKognito flower head, stamp the bottom half of the card using ‘Mustard seed’ Distress ink, then stamp over again with ‘Ripe Persimmon’, giving a sort of 3D look.
 Using the longest bit of the flower stamp splats, stamp around the top of the card using ‘Salty Ocean’.
 
Now attach your eyes, using glue, you can see where to stamp your sentiment, and using Versamark, and heat emboss with White Embossing powder.
 Now the eyebrows, (which is the Inkognito Flower Stem), stamp using ‘Mustard Seed’, then stamp again using ‘Salty Ocean’.
 To finish off, add some white pen as the light source in the eye, use some Black Stickles around the eye, and yellow Stickles in the middle of the flowers for that bit of bling.
 



Have a look at the January Visible Image ‘Show and Tell’, and get your entry in, for a chance to win some fantastic stamps, and there’s some really awesome new designs coming out very soon.
 


The next Visible Image Create & Craft TV appearance, is scheduled for Saturday February 6th, at 11am,
 Mr. Visible Image (Mark) and myself will be demoing some fantastic new stamp designs and… something else !!!
 


If you keep your eye on the Visible Image Facebook group HERE, you may well get some sneak peeks at some point……just saying !!!!
 


Thanks for visiting, and sorry about the rambling, lol,


Hugs, Pauline xxxxxxx



Wowza! What an awesome project!  Thank you Pauline for your brilliant step by step too.

We hope you will have a go a creating yourself a pair of Visible Image eyes.. and make sure you show us over in our Facebook group!!!


We will be back tomorrow with some super Saturday inspiration from Susanne Rose.

Have a great evening.

Mark & Helen xx

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Smile Sparkle Shine – Winter Mannequin

Hello and thank you for coming to visit us here on the Visible Image blog today.

We will pass you straight over to Teresa who has a very warm welcome for you…


Welcome back to a new year of Visible Image inspiration!! I can’t wait to share new stamps and projects with you all – 2016 is going to be full of exciting new designs and products. Today I am sharing a mixed media piece that I made for the January issue of Craft Stamper magazine



Visible Image stamps - Mannequin - Mixed Media - Teresa Morgan


I used a paper mache torso mounted on a wooden spool and coaster for the base. A couple of coats of gesso prepared them for decorating. I used DecoArt modelling paste and a burlap stencil to add texture to areas of the torso. DecoArt Crackle paint and antiquing cream was applied to the stand.

I used the Universal set of stamps to add pattern to the torso, embossing with WOW embossing powder in white, pink and silver. Blue mica spray added extra colour.



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The sentiment is stamped and embossed onto tissue paper before being glued in place with Mod Podge. I added silver Stickles and blue gilding wax for extra sparkle and shine. Some pretty floral trim adds the final decorative touch.



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Stamps Used:

Universal Set

Smile Sparkle Shine


All the links you need:

Visible Image Website  – buy stamps, get inspired, contact details and newsletter sign-up

Visible Image Blog homepage – daily inspiration from the DT

Visible Image Facebook Group – DT inspiration, monthly Show and Tell contest, hang out with other Visible Image fans and share your work

Visible Image Facebook Page – all the latest news and information


I’ll be back with more inspiration next Thursday!
Teresa 



Isn’t this stunning! Love the wintery feel and all that gorgeous texture.. that silver is fabulous against the white…It would look amazing on your dressing table ♡

Thank you Teresa xx



We will be back tomorrow with fabulous Friday inspiration from Pauline Butcher!

Our NEW DT members are eagerly awaiting their first packages of stamps and we cannot wait to see all the wonderful things they create ♡  And just wait until you see our first new stamps release of 2016.. !!! We won’t keep you waiting too long.

Hope to see you back here tomorrow, and hope you’ll leave Teresa a comment.

Bye for now.

Mark & Helen xx

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Visible Image Stamps – Create and Craft TV Demo Cards

Good Morning and Happy Saturday to you! 

Today we are sharing Pauline’s amazing demo cards from our Create and Craft TV show last Saturday.. what an amazing show it was! Mark and Pauline managed to get 5 demos in between them which was awesome..that’s down to some fantastic prepping!

The first multibuy sold out in just half an hour and the second before the show ended! Thank you so much to everyone who watched the show, and who bought the stamps 🙂

Here’s Pauline with more details of how she created her stunning cards… 

Hi there my lovely friends,

As you probably know, Visible Image Stamps had a show on Create & Craft TV last Saturday, between the Awesome Mr Mark Alexander and myself, we managed to demo five cards, mine were very quick, so I thought I’d run through them again in a bit more detail…
 
Card One

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


The first demo was using the stamp set… Angels are Near.


For the background, I took a piece of white Centura Pearl card, and using 3 Distress ink colours, I blended them, spritzed it with water, and blotted with kitchen towel. 

Using the feather stamp covered in Versamark, I stamped in the middle, then heat embossed using white detail powder. Using the feather again, but only the splatty end of it, and a gold ink pad, I stamped around the edges of the inked background, I then applied gold gilding wax with my finger around the four edges. mat andd layered it onto a card blank. 

 I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment using a gold sparkle EP, onto a small piece of card, added gilding wax to the edges, and mat and layered it onto the card

Visible Image stamps - Feather stamp - Pauline Butcher
 
The feather was stamped again onto a piece of heat proof acetate, with versamark, heat embossed using the gold sparkle EP again, and fussy cut, this was applied to the card using 3D glue.
 
Card Two
 
Visible Image stamps - Inky Butterfly - Live Life Now - Pauline Butcher

The stamp set is called Butterfly Inkognito Set.
 
I stamped both the butterfly and the sentiment on a white piece of card, using a Versamark pad, and heat embossed with Clear powder, when it had cooled, I blended over the stamping, using 3 colours of Distress ink, and like magic the image and sentiment appear, I then spritzed with water and dried. 

Using a tacky glue on my index finger I went around the edges of the card, then sprinkled glitter on it to give a sparkly edge.


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I stamped the butterfly using versamark, onto heat proof acetate, and heat embossed using a white detail powder, I folded the acetate so’s that the butterfly’s wings were together, and cut some rounded wings, taking off all the ink splats, this was attached to the card leaving the wings free to flutter, I added glitter glue for that extra sparkle.
 
Card three


 Visible Image stamps - Behind Every Mask Lies A Story - Pauline Butcher


The stamp set is called Behind Every Mask.
 
Taking 2 similar colours of Distress ink, I used Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar, I put the ink straight from the pads onto my glass mat, sprayed water onto it so it was nice and wet, and ‘smooched’ (my term, lol) my card into the mixture to cover the card with a coloured wash, I dried it straight away using my heat gun. Using Picked Raspberry, I edged the cars with my blending tool.
 
Now to the bit that I did’nt show on TV, because of time… I mixed a small bit of gold mica powder with Picked Raspberry and water, and using a paint brush, I went around the edges of the background, I also did the same to a small piece of card for the sentiment. I added a touch more water to the mixture that was left, loaded up my paint brush with it and flicked it over the coloured background. 

Taking the image and the sentiment, I stamped them both using Picked Raspberry, I also coloured in the iris’s of the eyes with a blue pen, and added a dot of gold mice & water to the middle of the eye. 
 
Visible Image stamps - crow mask stamp - Pauline Butcher

I stamped the mask image with Versamark onto heat proof acetate, then used some yummy Pink/Gold sparkle EP  and heat sealed it, I fussy cut it, also cutting out the eyes too, and attached it to the card with 3D glue.
 

Thank you for watching the show, and also if you emailed in thank you too.
 
Check out the Visible Image Facebook Group, lots of daily inspiration, news and general chat, with lovely people who are fans of the awesome stamps.
 
I wish you and your families a very very Merry Christmas, and have a fabulous New Year.
 
Hugs, Pauline xxxxxx 


Thank you so much Pauline for taking the time to share how you created these stunning cards, and thank you again for such awesome demos on the show! You are a natural in front of the camera!


We have received so many orders, and so many fantastic emails, messages and comments… quite overwhelming! Thank you so much for loving what we do here at Visible Image!


We are very excited about our next show early in February… and the brand new designs we will be launching! We cannot wait to reveal all 😉

We have a very busy Saturday here, cutting and packaging a HUGE pile of stamps!

Hope you have a good day, and you are feeling more prepared for Christmas than we are!!!

We’ll be back with Mark’s demo cards in the next few days.

Have an awesome weekend!

Mark & Helen xx

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Planner, Tag and a little bit of Jazz @ Visible Image

Good Evening, hope you have had a decent start to the new week. We don’t tend to see daylight much here in the UK at this time of year.. dark going to work and dark coming home! So we are here to brighten up the dark rainy evening with some gorgeous Visible Image stamps inspiration 🙂


Here are some of the latest projects from our wonderful team…



Susanne Rose

Hi my dear Planner Fans!

It’s my day today to share some inspiration with the super unique Visible Image Stamps.
I’d like to share today how I pimped my daily planner with stamps from Visible Image together with the DCWV 12″ x 12″ Silver Lining Stack:



When you cover a book with another paper it’s important that you only glue down the front and the back NOT the spine! I embossed all my images with silver powder.


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The first inner page, which is normally white, was also pimped a little.


Stamps from Visible Image:
Just making Memories
Revolution
Man INKognito


See you soon!

Hugs, Susanne.






Kim Johnny

Hi dear friends!


Thanks so much for coming by today. A small post gearing up for the Holidays!


I had a small play making another Christmas tag, using my White Christmas Visible Image stamp set.



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I am really enjoying the vintage feel Holiday color scheme, the opposite of the bright colors I usually play with, hope you like it!




All images are stamped and heat embossed, I love embossing for shine and texture. The white is Wow Opaque Bright White, a fellow Visible Image teamie told me about this amazing powder. Love that it stays white on the dark background! Thanks Teresa 🙂


Have a wonderful day.


Hugs and well wishes,
~kim



Kim Bacon

My DT piece for today features one of my favourite, and unusual stamps from Visible Image.


Back in February 2015 the guys at Visible Image came up with yet another brilliant set of stamps with a music theme.


I can’t remember seeing any stamps like this before, and when they were launched they sold like hot cakes!


It’s nice to revisit old favourites and I hope you are inspired by this card.



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First I painted a red and orange background using Brushos and then used some bleach to add the stars.


I used black embossing powder for the main image, the sentiment and one of the stars.


Some mounting and layering and a little bit of wet brush work to add a shadow and the job was done!


Visible Image INKognito Jazz it Up Sax Saxaphone stamps   Visible Image Universal background stamps 


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 ladies… amazing work as always! ♡ ♡ ♡


Feeling inspired? Show us what you create with our stamps over in our Facebook Group where our monthly ‘Show & Tell’ challenge is well under way!And there is a £25 coupon to spend on our stamps up for grabs!


You will find all our awesome, original stamp designs RIGHT HERE!


And you will be seeing a lot more of us very soon as we bring our amazing stamps back to your TV screens with live demos and much more! More details to follow soon!!!

We have so many exciting new designs to release early in 2016 and we cannot wait to show you! But we will let you enjoy the festive season first 😉


Thank you so much for visiting us today, enjoy the rest of your day.

Mark & Helen xx

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Best Days @ Visible Image

Hi There! Thank you for visiting us here today!

We have an amazing tutorial from Kim Robertson to share with you with some fantastic techniques. Hope you’ll have a go!  

Here’s our mega talented Kim…


Hi Folks

As promised here is the step by step for my recent pink card that was done in aid of The Big Pink week for Breast Cancer awareness.

To remind you of my Pink card here it is…



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And here is the full step by step…




To start I took a rectangle piece of white card and used some picked raspberry and spun sugar distress inks to blend it all out to this fade in the above picture. I then used raisin adirondack ink and the script stamp from The Revolution set and stamped off the page in a random pattern, but leaving the top right and bottom left corner fairly clear.




Next I tore the paper toward me on those two corners that I left blank to expose the inside core. I used some of that raisin ink to rub those edges and also some Walnut stain Distress ink to darken them a little further. Set aside to dry.



I took a larger piece of white Card and glued the pink hessian I had in my stash to it to the left hand side.



I added foam to my first piece and added it to the second with some wet glue to stick on the Hessian really well.



Then I gave it a black mat to sit on which instantly makes the darker ink stand out.



I used some dripped glue with some Frantage embossing powders and glitter to add some interest to the the top right of the card as I knew I was going to attach something above this.



I stamped this lovely sentiment out and tore the edges inking the same way as the last piece with raisin and a little Walnut stain. Raising it up on to foam and adding it on a jaunty angle to the card front.



Next I took a plain white resin piece, which was a side on butterfly or moth one or the other and added some pink to it with a Promarker and the added glued and cover in glitters. This I glued above the embossing we did and to the to right of the sentiment.



Here is a close up




All that was left from here was to add a little breast cancer symbol in ribbon topped with a pearl and I tied a bow using some of the hessian taken from the edges of another piece and added a sparkler to the knot and Voila… complete.



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Here is the finished item again



The stamps I used were…




I hope you enjoyed this one and you can see what you can do with just a couple of fabulous stamps, and some hessian and glitter too.

Thanks for stopping by as always.
 
Lots of love
 
Kim 
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What an awesome card and a brilliant tutorial.. thank you so much Kim!  xxx

We hope you will pop back over the weekend to see the latest projects from Susanne and Kim J.

Have a lovely evening and a fantastic weekend.

Mark & Helen xx

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ROCK OUT – Visible Image stamps

Good Afternoon! We are back with our 3rd inspirational post today… wowza! We hope you have been suitably inspired  ❤

Our final post for today comes from Pauline Butcher who, as always, is injecting some colour into Friday!!!

Helloooo,
 
I hope you are all well, just a quickie today, a card I made for one of my recent workshops, I do love passing on techniques.

The unique stamps I’ve used, are designed and made by hand, 
by Mark and Helen at Visible Imagethey both work very hard, and are very passionate about their company and their fabulous stamps.
 
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I used Brusho’s for the background, along with spray starch and cling film, such a cool vibrant outcome!
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark, mixing 2 colours of sparkle Embossing powder, before heating to set.

The Image is made using Angelina Fibres, placed on top of the stamp which has Versamark on, then ironed, such a fab technique, and finally fussy cut.

 



If you are going to the NEC next week, do pop along to the Visible Image Stand, B09 where you meet Helen and Mark, see some of the stunning stamps available, also see loads of inspirational DT work, and you will also see me, I am doing ‘Make & Takes’, but get in early to book your place as they are limited.
 


It’s the last few days to get your Pink entry into the Visible Image ‘Show and Tell’, for a chance to win some fabulous stamps, check it out HERE.


Also pop over the the Visible Image Facebook Group, and see the inspiration the fans of the stamps are producing, HERE.
 
Thanks for checking my post out. 

See you again soon,
Hugs,
Pauline xxxx
 


Awesome work Pauline thank you! ❤ ❤ ❤

It’s like this technique was made for this stamp! If you LOVE music or make cards for someone who does, then head over and check out the whole collection HERE!

We will be back tomorrow with some fantastic Halloween inspiration from Teresa Morgan, and something Christmassy from Susanne Rose ❤ 

Hope to see you then! Enjoy the rest of your Friday 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Vintage & Masculine @ Visible Image

Hi There! Thank you so much for visiting our blog today! We have so much awesome inspiration for you today, as we catch up with all the latest Design Team projects.

Next up is Kim Robertson with a brilliant tutorial for an amazing masculine card with a fantastic vintage feel…


Hi Everyone

Nice to see you all. Huge thank you ‘s to all that entered our Big Pink event for Breast Cancer awareness and a welcome to any new visitors as well as huge hugs to all my lovely ladies that are always here.

As of next week my Visible Image day will be moving to Tuesdays, so it will be Visible Image Wednesday no more and Visible Image Tuesdays instead!

Here is today’s card .. You know how I like to add some masculine themes in from time to time as I genuinely enjoy doing them, so today’s card is just that using some wonderful stamps as always from Mark and Helen.



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Do you like my little scroll haha..



So with out further chatter here is how I put this one together.




I started by stamping the Reason to Smile stamp out twice on ‘off white’ card with Black archival ink. Leaving a gap on the other side of the card.



I ripped toward me on the right hand side only and created an exposed edge to the paper.



I inked the edges of the whole piece first with Tea dye and then with Vintage Photo, I then used the same Vintage Photo and stamped the script from the Revolution set over the entire background.



I gave the edge another layer of ink on the raw edge only and used a piece of ribbon like a measure down the centre Vertically.



I added all this to black card, and matted that onto off white card before setting this part aside to work on the little scroll.




So I took a length of the same off white card and stamped the Reason to Smile with Vintage Photo onto it once. I used scissors to ruff the edges and create some ripped raw pieces and inked them all wit the same combo of inks as before. I rolled the top of the scroll back work and the bottom forward around a pokey tool, and then I took two new little eyeshadow applicators and ripped off the end sponges, I added some Treasure gold to the ends and glued them inside the rolled up sections, I created a little mat with the same off white and black card



 Here is the side view




Here is an image of the writing as I went back and using a trusty white gel pen I added it to highlight and make the writing pop forward.



Next I stamped out the feather from the gorgeous Angels Are Near set using perfect medium, and embossed it in gold shiny embossing powder. I fussy cut the feather out and added ink around the edges, I also added some treasure gold and buffed to a bright shine too.



Using glossy accents I added some largish blobs of glue all around the edges and using that clear glass glitter added plenty for a huge sparkle.



Back to the base section I wrapped lots of hemp string around the card vertically and secured at the back with tape and then gave the card another mat and layer of black and off white to complete the base.



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I added the feather to the left over the writing and mounted the scroll on foam and added that also to the base.



2015-10-30 Visible Image stamps - Reason To Smile - Feather stamp - Vintage Masculine card - Kim Robertson


I tied a bow with the same ribbon and added that to the bottom right over the string and covered the knot with a sparkler which looks like concrete. I finished off with old watch parts I had laying around and a key also.


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So this is the finished card, What do you think?



The sets I used on this one are…





So this was Wednesday’s masculine inspired card, I love these rich Vintage browns and especially teamed with the blues in the range of distress too, such as Salty Ocean but for today I kept it tonal and in the brown family, and gave it rawness with the rips and gorgeousness with glitter too, see even men can have glitter haha!

Have a great Wednesday my friends.


Lots of love
Kim 
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WOW! How amazing is this?! Thank you so much Kim for your fantastic step by step tutorial, we’re sure lots of people will be wanting to try making this. Look at all that gorgeous texture and sparkle ❤ ❤ ❤


Make sure you show us what you create with our stamps and you could be in with the chance of winning a £25 coupon! More details about our ‘Show & Tell’ challenge HERE!


Hope you will come and join our Facebook group or LIKE our Facebook PAGE… or both! 🙂


We will be back soon with something ROCK from Pauline Butcher! And if you missed any of our earlier posts you will find them HERE!

And of course you will find all our amazing stamps HERE!

See you later! Have a great Friday 🙂 

Mark & Helen xx




 

Time is Precious – Visible Image Stamps

Good Afternoon! Thank you for stopping by today 🙂

Pauline Butcher has been creating with one of the awesome sets we released earlier this year! Over to Pauline…

Hello, 

Gosh where has this week flown to, I think my craft room eats time, lol !!!! 

Talking about Time, my creation for today, is a fab set of stamps from Visible Image, called Time is Precious.
 
I am still feeling the vibe from the Visible Image Blog Hop last Friday, it was in aid of Breast Cancer Care, so I am carry on the theme, and using a bit of pink !

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My background is a piece of glossy card, with the Shaving foam and Alcohol Inks technique, then added some texture using wax, and Mica flakes. 

 I stamped the pocket watch with Stazon, onto Acetate, and then stamped again  (2nd generation), so it was very faint, then fussy cut both, I then used a gold Sharpie pen on the wrong side of the acetate. 

 I stamped the clock again, onto white card, and heat embossed using a Gold Sparkle powder, fussy cut, also cutting out the face of the clock. I stamped the clock one last time, using Stazon, onto white card, cut the face out and attached it to the gold clock, then added Glossy Accents for the glass.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed.
 


Don’t forget the Visible Image ‘Show and Tell’ challenge, your chance to win some fabulous stamps, check it out HERE ( No blog needed). And join in the buzz in the Visible Image Facebook Group, HERE.
 


Thank you for popping by, see you soon, 

Hugs, Pauline xxxx 


WOWZA!!! Isn’t this amazing! Loving those drips and all the gorgeous texture ♥♥♥  Thank you Pauline xxx


We will be back tomorrow with more fabulous inspiration from Susanne Rose. Hope you’ll join us then!


Why not treat yourself to some NEW stamps this weekend??? You can get a HUGE 20% OFF
with coupon code: thankyou20 until the end of the month!

A little thank you from us to you, for loving what we do! ♥


Have a fabulous Friday! And don’t miss our Freebie Friday giveaway over on our Facebook PAGE today!!! 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Sparkle in Pink – Visible Image Stamps

Good Evening! Thank you for visiting our blog 🙂

We are back to our PINK theme this evening and we have a sparkly pink number from Kim Robertson to share with you!

Over to Kim…

Hi my fellow Crafters

This week sees the start of The Big Pink week all around the country in aid of the amazing Breast Cancer awareness campaigns all over the world. The Visible Image team have been no exception and have been creating some gorgeous pink cards and projects all week, with more to come! Culminating in a fabulous blog hop on Friday with a masssssssive prize (sneaky picture at the end of this post) to win from Mark and Helen at Visible Image and what a fun hop it will be too…. all will be revealed on Friday!


Today here is my Vision of pink sparkliness …



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You know how much I love the Colours of the Wind set, and that beautiful big leaf, so I decided to use a couple of different distress inks in of course ‘pink’ tones, and do a background covered in sparkle with the Smile Sparkle Shine sentiment stamped onto the glitter, and brushed out using a damp paint brush.

Here are some photos from along the way creating this one.

 


I didn’t do a step by step for this stage as I have done something similar very recently with this stamp set, and how I ink and stamp tone on tone.  I have also stamped out the little leaves in Versamark and embossed them in clear to start, so they work as a resist in the usual way. The larger leaf was of course stamped off the page and I used Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar distress inks along with a tiny amount of Vintage Photo. I have also used some Raisin Adirondack ink too to add depth in the leaf detailing and, as I knew I wanted to cover this in glitter, some of the leaves would need to be quite dark to show through.

 


I covered the pink in a sticky sheet and made sure it was very smooth before tipping on some very sparkly clear glitter, I added a few mat and layers in white and plum card, I then went back in with the white glue and added another layer on certain parts of the leaves, so I could added some glass glitter for texture on the card too.

In this photo the white glue is still drying and eventually the whole thing turned clear with incredible sparkle, but of course it never shows on camera. Those of you who met me this year at Ally Pally and did the Make and Take, or have seen my items on the amazing Visible Image stand at the shows, will know just how sparkly they are in person.



Here is a close up of the glue drying with the second layer of glitter, you can just keep building the layers if you want a really rustic texture.



So next I inked up my Smile Sparkle Shine stamp with the same Raisin Adirondack which is still a water based ink, so I knew if it skipped in places I could water brush it out.

Luckily the image came out, even though on glitter, perfectly with these amazing quality stamps although of course the higher parts on the glitter looked like it had little dots, so I used my water brush and just smoothed out the colour then left it to dry.

Once it was dry I took a Red Promarker in a nice rich deep tone and added just a few shadows to some of the letters, to make them look bright and vivid in colour, and the alcohol covers the glitter but allows it to sparkle too which looks so pretty.


 

Here is what it looks like after that last stage.

 


On the bottom right corner I decided to add the little breast cancer symbol in ribbon, and on top I added a little pink leaf and a sparkly pink gem. I also added those gems to the corners of the card too.

 

The stamps used for this one…

 

Colours of the Wind

 

 

This Friday is the special Blog Hop day for Visible Image, who are not only being tremendously generous with 50% of sales of the Stay Strong stamp going to this very important cause…




But just look at this amazing prize you could win by entering the blog hop…

 


Oh my goodness, there are characters, including a snowman… a car.. mixed media stamps… backgrounds… an Alien… sentiments and special verses too, something for absolutely every style of crafter wow wow wow!!! In fact there is over £100 pounds worth of stamps here which is wonderful, so be sure and have a go as you never know… Ooo I rhymed…!!!

 

Best wishes to all and I will see you on Friday for the blog hop.

 

Love
KIM 
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Wow what a stunner… thank you so much Kim xxx


And thank you to everyone who has bought our Stay Strong stamp so far this month, helping us raise funds for Breast Cancer Care. We have raised £111 from sales of this stamp so far, and our grand total currently stands at £231 so thank you to everyone who has donated to this wonderful charity through our Just Giving Page.



You can buy your STAY STRONG stamp HERE!



We will be back tomorrow with some more gorgeous PINK inspiration from Teresa Morgan.


Have yourself a relaxing evening!

Mark & Helen xx


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Autumn Time – Visible Image stamps

Good Afternoon! We have a fantastic tutorial for you here on the blog today, from one of our very talented demonstrators Kim Robertson, featuring of course some of our stunning stamps!

Over to Kim…

Hi folks

I have been creating with the Autumn/fall feel therefore I used colours appropriate to this time of year, before I start getting all ‘pink’ for raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Care, which is so important to all of us in many different ways. So today I used the wonderful Winter Tree which I had been coveting for so very long, and finally Helen treated me to it after the Ally Pally show! Along with some other wonderful goodies including this fabulous sentiment entitled  “What Really Matters”and the Colours Of The Wind set.



So here is today’s card…



2015-10-12 Visible Image stamps - Winter Tree - What Really Matters - Kim Robertson


I was really pleased with how this one came out as I simply love these colours, so warm and vibrant.



If you would like to learn how I put this one together then please read on…

I started by  inking my Winter Tree stamp with Versafine archival ink in Sepia, and used just the branches to adding some low hanging broken branches across the top and upper sides of the card. I also stamped the whole tree to the bottom left in the same ink.



Time1


I used a template of a circle here to rub a little scattered straw Distress Ink off the circle to give a yellow glow

 


Time2


I stamped out the sentiment also in versafine but black onyx this time.



I used a light grey promarker to give a slight shadow to the tree and make it look like it is more 3D from the page.



Starting to use more of that same Scattered Straw distress ink, I rubbed a little around the edges of the age allowing a couple of spots where the ink streaks further onto the page.



I used a range of warm tones to further enhance the edges and drag some colour into the picture too, I used next Wild Honey and then Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo, still using just the same piece of cut and dry foam as we did at the show, those of you who took my little make and takes will know, or if your an inker like me.



I also added some gold sakura stardust and metallic pens to highlight the tree, you can also paint with them if you used a wet brush, so I added a light wash of warm goldy mica sparkle in paces too, which is very hard to pick up on camera of course.



I further enhanced the tree, the non shadow side, with the metallic pen which you can see the light bouncing off here.



I also added some white gel pen on the very highlighted parts of the tree, and a highlight to the sentiment and the edges of the branches too.



I added a light spritz of water in places to spread out the ink a little with a brush, and give it that water painted feel. And while it was still damp, I brushed on some Blush Perfect pearls mica powder, these have their own binding agents so no need to set, but if you new the card would be handled a lot once you had finished you could spray a fine mist of hairspray into the air and waft the card through it but don’t spray it directly onto the card as it will leave either a wet patch or stain and the paper will have a transparent look to it, spoiling all your hard work.

You can see in the picture above the mica shimmering on the card in random places and it took on the colours of the ink but also had a pinky coral tone to it too which really looked good with these ink tones.



So from here I wanted to add some mat and layers and I used cream gold and a redy Burgundy pearl for the outer edge, to bring out the tones in the perfect pearl.



You can see the tone of the red card better in this one .




And here, you can start to see the ink layers and the mica  but also the shadow and the highlight on the tree.



Lastly I used the small little leaf stamps from the Colours of the Wind set which I love, and used them to create the little mixed leave montage along the bottom of this card.  I used Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo , Fired Brick and Rusty Hinge, and once they were all dry I went back in with some metallic pen washed over with a little water brush and some white highlights in places and grey shadow too, as before.



Here is a close up of the ink layers and how the leaves stand forward proud like they do because of the shadows and highlights etc.



2015-10-12 Visible Image stamps - Winter Tree - What Really Matters - Kim Robertson


The finished card again… I truly hope you like this card as much as I do.



So here are the stamp sets used…





I hope you enjoyed this one and will maybe try it for yourself, or create something like it, as this could easily be a picture for the wall, or other art. It doesn’t have to be a card… it could be a tag or a wall plaque too.


Huge crafty hugs to all.


Love
KIM 
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Isn’t this card just so beautiful, captures Autumn perfectly! Love all those rich colours.

Thank you so much Kim xxx



We will be turning our blog PINK for the rest of this week, leading up to our BIG PINK BLOG HOP on Friday! Raising money for Breast Cancer Care.


Hope you will pop back later to see some fabulous PINK PROJECTS!



Mark & Helen xx







Visible Image Stamps – Latest Inspiration

Hello and welcome to our rather neglected blog… well just lately anyway!!!

It has been a busy old time here at Visible Image basecamp for a number of reasons…. Loads of orders (thank you!)…exhibiting at quite a few craft shows… a road trip and some very exciting meetings… AND and lots of designing too!!!

Right.. on with today’s post! We have so much gorgeous new inspiration to show you from our fabulous Design Team, so make yourself a cuppa and read on…



Sue Joseph

My card this week is ALL about the sentiment


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Best Days Of Your Life - Sue Joseph


I LOVE this verse, it’s called The Best Days. I used wow black ebony to heat emboss it and with a verse like this you dont need a busy card, hence just my paint splats, the words say it all!

I created the background with my new toy the Art spinner and used shimmer paints and neon paint. Layered and matted onto some green mirror board and kraft card and finished with some flat back green gems and hessian. ribbon.




Pauline Butcher

No your eyes are not out of focus, lol, I wanted to try something a little different with this card, and I used a couple of super duper Visible Image Stamps.


2015-10-10-Visible-Image-stamps-You Are Loved - Pauline Butcher


My inspiration came from a retro 3D poster I saw recently, although I haven’t tried to view it through a pair of 3D glasses, lol, but you get the idea !!!!

The Visible Image stamps I’ve used are You are Loved and Grunge Polka Dot.

I stamped the background with the Grunge Polka Dots, 4 times, using 4 different Distress ink colours, I also did the same on another piece of card and stamped the sentiment in Versamark, heat embossed it using clear embossing powder, fussy cut it, mounted it onto black card and fussy cut it again, to give a thin black outline.
And hey look, no bling or glitter used, that was incredibly hard, lol !!!!



Teresa Morgan

This week I am sharing a bright and beautiful card..


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Music Wave stamp - Ink Splats - Teresa Morgan

I have stamped the Ink Splats with various colours of Distress Ink to create my inky rainbow. I then took the music wave stamp from the Soul Music set, and stamped with black Archival Ink, then flipped the stamp upside down to continue the flourish across the page. I love how the music notes are not all ‘the right way up’, so you can use this stamp in any direction without it looking odd!




Lisa Nygards

The wonderful sentiment I’ve used today has gone PINK this month! Not the actual stamp, but the package. It’s called STAY STRONG and during october 50% of the sales for this stamp will be donated to Breast Cancer Care! Buy yours now!


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Stay Strong sentiment stamp - Lisa Nygards


I’ve played around with pink inkpads that react with water, and some mists to do my background. The horse is from the Revolution set, and the darker spots around the edge are stamped with part of the other horse from the same set. When it was dry I stamped the sentiment on top of it all.




Doreen OBrien

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


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Colours of The Wind - Autumn Leaf stamp - Doreen OBrien


I have used Gelato’s for my background and over stamped with the Bronte Script. The leaf stamp and sentiment from the Colours of the Wind set have been inked up with Red Geranium and Potting Soil Archival inks.




Kim Bacon

I have been having a look through some of my old stuff and saw this little gem which didn’t get published last year. It is still such a cool technique and it is nice to revisit some of my older projects. It means that new visitors to me and Visible Image don’t miss out on something!


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Create With Your Soul - Flowers- Kim Bacon

So, I started with a nice crisp piece of white card. Using those pots of inky paint from Pinflair called Gentle Blends, I applied colour to the daisy silhouette from the Happy Birthday set from the ‘More Than Words’ range. I used a sponge to apply the colour directly to the stamps. I stamped the first time onto my base card and then did a second stamping onto a separate piece of white card. This gave me a vibrant first impression and a dull, light second impression.


I then used the seeded flower head silhouette from the Thinking of You set, again from the ‘More Than Words’ range, to overstamp the coloured daisies in black ink.


On the piece of card that I had done the second impression stamping, I used black ink to stamp the Create With Your Soul sentiment. All pieces were layered onto black card and the sentiment was added to the main card using foam pads to raise it up.



Susanne Rose

I’d like to share a card today on which I used the awesome Smile Sparkle Shine stamp.


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Smile Sparkle Shine - Susanne Rose


The background of the card is created with Twinklings H2O. The Visible Image sentiment is stamped with Memento Luxe and embossed with clear embossing powder.




Pauline Butcher

I’m back with a little bit of inspiration for you, a card using some of those fantastic Visible Image Stamps that I love using so much! On this card, the stamps I used are Winter Tree and the sentiment is Me Time


2015-10-10 Visible-Image-stamps- Me Time sentiment - Forest Background - Pauline-Butcher

A very simple card to make, I used some Brusho paints on the background, mixing them with water and just washing them over the card. I then used some Spectrum Noir Aqua Tint inks, and using the dropper provided in the kit, just dripped them down the card. This gives the impression of trees, so I stamped Winter Tree with Distress Inks onto the inky background. I finished off with the sentiment stamped in Versamark, and heat embossed with Black powder, I filled in the letters with some Stickles for that little bit of sparkle.




Kim Johnny

I am so happy it is October! I love the cooler weather, here for me it should be soon anyways! And of course, I love Halloween!


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Paint The Town DEAD - Zombie - Kim Johnny


Today for my Visible Image DT play I made a tag using the wicked Zombie Dawn set!

She is a bit more ghosty I think… On top of the acrylic paint and ink background, everything is heat embossed. I really love how embossing makes everything shiny and adds more POP!  The pumpkins are made with texture paste using a Dreamweaver metal stencil with orange embossing powder on top.

Zombie Dawn, the hands and sentiment are all fine stamps by Visible Image! I hope you have fun getting ready for Halloween later this month and I would really love to see what you make!





Karen Liddle

Time for some more inspiration using stamps from the fab Visible Image..


2015-10-10 Visible Image stamps - Poinsettia stamp - Karen Liddle

First I stamped the Poinsettias from the Pointsettia Stamp Set, then used Brushos to add the colours.  Starting with the flowers, I took a paintbrush and painted the flowers, with water, then sprinkled just a tiny amount of the red Brusho and spread it around a little to fill in all the petals, I did this for each flower.  Then I painted water onto the background, and again sprinkled the Brushos, letting the colour spread as normal, but using the paintbrush to help the colour spread.  I finished off with gold gems in the flower centres and the Merry Christmas sentiment.




Huge thank you to our wonderful team, gorgeous gorgeous work xxx

We hope you have been suitably inspired!



You will always find our daily Design Team inspiration over in our Facebook Group, and that’s where you will find our monthly ‘Show & Tell’ Challenge too! Show us what you have made with our stamps and you could be the winner of our fabulous prize! The winner is always chosen at random so it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or more experienced stamper 🙂




Throughout October, we are raising funds for Breast Cancer Care with fun challenges, competitions, and our BIG PINK BLOG HOP! There are some amazing prizes to be won so we hope you will join in and show your support for this wonderful charity.

Breast Cancer Care’s BIG PINK event will help more people find a way to live with, through, and beyond breast cancer.

We are also donating 50% of all sales of our ‘Stay Strong’ stamp during the whole of October too…

 

Our Stay Strong stamp was created with those facing tough times in mind. Whether you want to use it on a card for a friend, or to create a wonderful plaque for yourself or a loved one, the words are perfect…

 

 

 

Donations can also be made via our Just Giving page

We hope you will come and join our Facebook BIG PINK EVENT!




We are also giving you a fantastic 20% OFF all our stamps until the end of October… how awesome is that!!!


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We love that you love them! 🙂

Enter coupon code: thankyou20 at the checkout to get your discount!



Thank you so much for visiting our blog today, and we promise not to neglect it again!!! 😉


We will be back shortly with some fabulous PINK PROJECTS from the team, to inspire you to enter our PINK challenge! And make sure you visit our blog this coming Friday (October 16th) and take part in our BIG PINK BLOG HOP!!!

Have a great Monday.

Mark & Helen xx

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Find Courage – Stay Strong – Visible Image Stamps

Good Evening to you! Thank you for visiting our blog today.

Today’s inspiration from Kim Robertson is one of the stunning cards she demo’d at Ally Pally…



This card uses the same techniques as the tags we made at Ally Pally (my tags tutorial can be found HERE)



Visible Image stamps - Stay Strong - Kim Robertson

This photo was taken before I added lots more glass glitter in the waves, and the black little flat back sparkles in the corners to finish off.

 

So to start….

 


Stamp the script from the Revolution Set randomly how you would like it on the background, I had mine in the two opposite corners as shown here.




Next I inked the background with the colours of my choice , opposite on the colour wheel and infinitely blendable too, I added two layers as always, go back to the post on the tags for more step by steps on how to blend inks and why two layers etc.


I then added tone on tone inking and some flicked water as before and blotting the ink away to leave rings and shapes to fit in with splashing water.




Here is the small piece of UTEE with the small Fleur de Lys pressed into it when molten, to leave this wonderful indentation to which I added some black archival ink to the centre and rubbed over with some Treasure Gold wax to pick up the high points.



I stamped my sentiment onto card and inked the edges, and mounted it onto black card. I also added grey and blue around the lettering to make the writing really stand away from the card, like a shadow.


I added each item to the card with foam to make the card a little more dimensional.



Lastly I went back in with my trick with the glitters in the wavy corners to really make some wet looking sparkles appear out of the waves with the white horses of the sea.


Here are the stamps sets used…


Ok lovelies, see you soon

Kim 
XXXX

 

Thank you Kim for another great project… LOVE this card!



Our Stay Strong stamp was created with those facing tough times in mind. Whether you want to use it on a card for a friend, or to create a wonderful plaque for yourself or a loved one, the words are perfect…

 

 



We are raising funds for Breast Cancer Care throughout October with fun challenges, competitions, a BIG PINK BLOG HOP and more! PLUS we will be donating 50% of all sales of our ‘Stay Strong’ stamp during the whole of October too!

Breast Cancer Care’s BIG PINK event will help more people find a way to live with, through, and beyond breast cancer.

Donations can be made via our Just Giving page

More details coming soon! Join our Facebook EVENT now!

 

This Saturday we will be at the Happy Stampers Festival in Port Sunlight with the very talented Pauline Butcher demonstrating on our stand!  Hope to see some of you there 🙂


You can find out about all our upcoming shows HERE.

We will be back tomorrow with Teresa Morgan’s latest project…it has a Halloween theme!



If you missed our HUGE catch up post of all the latest Design Team inspiration earlier today, you really need to check it out HERE!


Have a great evening, and thanks again for visiting us here on the Visible Image blog today.

Mark & Helen xx

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Awesome Tags Tutorial @ Visible Image

Hi there! Thanks for popping over to our blog today. 

Kim Robertson has put together some brilliant step by step tutorials for the amazing tags she created for her ‘Make & Take’ projects at the Ally pally show. We hope you will have a go…

Hello my lovelies

This post shows you how I created the tags for the ‘make and take’ sessions during the recent show at Ally Pally with Visible Image.

I created a Christmas one and a UTEE one! We had a great time, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and went away with a tag they had created themselves, using several different techniques. Many of the ladies and gents had never even touched a stamp or inks before, and were very happily surprised at how special their tags looked, and they were all totally individual!

We were fully booked by around 10.30-11 for the Saturday sessions and just had a few places left on Sunday, but we did tweak the 6 seat table into 7 and 8 sometimes to accommodate where we could through both days, but still had several people asking for spaces throughout the show, so that tells me you were all very interested in the gorgeous stamps and techniques we had used on these tags.

Thank you to those of you that came or wanted to join in, and for all the lovely kind words. I do take those words to heart and appreciate every one taking the time to want to speak with me, and Mark and Helen the dynamic duo…  Haha!  I call them this because Visible Image is Mark and Helen.. no huge team, no one helping, just Mark and Helen! They create, make, hand cut, and package every single stamp by hand.. every single deeply etched amazing stamp made by their own fair hands! Going to the show and seeing the work involved in building the stand, again just the two of them! I am in awe… my hat is firmly off to them, yet the stamps are so amazingly priced, and you can do sooo much with them. I thought I would mention all this for those of you who didn’t know!

Here are the step by steps so you can follow along at your leisure, rather than under the time constraints at the show….

The first one is the autumnal tag…



2015-09-17 Visible Image stamps - UTEE - Be Brave -Stay Strong - Leaf - Kim Robertson


It was to show the layering of the background and how you can create them but also stamping in to Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).




So to start I took the script stamp that was from the Revolution set of stamps which is still one of my favourite sets. I used it with black archival ink which is oil based so we will need to waft a little heat over it to set it so we don’t smudge it. I was stamping off the page onto paper.

Then rub over with an anti static pad this helps it to dry even further and stops the embossing powder sticking to the archival ink just done. Clean your stamp from using the archival with a wipe and using embossing ink, versamark or perfect medium etc stamp the same script or whatever you would like on the opposite side of the tag or where you would like it, we are avoiding the centre as we will be adding the utee to the centre. Add your embossing powder, I used clear as the tag here is white but you can use white if your tag is buff coloured etc. Heat set.




Next I chose a couple of colours of ink and I colour it corner corner side so what I mean by that is two corners and the opposite side will be one colour and the corners and the opposite side will be the other colour.

Once you have the first layer of ink on the tag (don’t expect  to much at this stage) go back and add a second layer of the same colour to deeply saturate the paper so it should look like the above at this stage.



Next I took my Autumn leaf  from the Colours of the Wind set with Rusty Hinge DI, and added that on the bottom right corner tone on tone, sticking to that theme I added a few more little leaves in the orange with orange and in the blue with the Blue.


To pull the eye more into the centre I added a darker in around the edges at this stage. I didn’t do this bit at the show just purely as we were in a real tight time crunch as the utee part is the longest section of the make and take. Lastly here I sprayed some water into my hand and flicked it onto the tag, I Left it until the ink starts to dissolve (it looks like a ring starts to appear around the edge) once it does that blot off the water with a paper towel, blot don’t rub. I used the dark ink also to stamp a swirl across the hole in the tag and a coupe of other places as another little layer on the backing.


You can see it here.



The Backing is now finished.


You can waft a heat gun over it to dry it but I just put it to one side now to dry while I do the utee section.




This is what we are looking to achieve next.


To keep this a little shorter I will explain how to in easy steps.

  1. Choose sentiment
  2. Cover that stamp in versamark/perfect medium and set aside ready.
  3. Take a small piece of card and add some Versamark/perfect medium straight to the card you can also use tombow glue if you prefer lots of bubbles. (make sure you have enough for your sentiment to fit it)
  4. Tip on UTEE , pour off excess onto paper and tip it back into the pot now before you switch on your heat gun. (pour off don’t tap, we want to build thick layers.
  5. Heat this from BELOW. Once it starts to melt you can heat above but if you do it at this stage you will blow it all over the table, house, furniture, cat, dog  you get the drift haha…
  6. Next if you take a long time putting the gun down and slurping ya tea etc and the utee cools right down you can add more versamark (don’t do it while its molten folks or bye bye versamark) and the next layer of UTEE, if you are quick and you have heated the UTEE and it is still boiling hot tip on more UTEE as it will stick to itself. Melt again.
  7.  Repeat the last stage a third time (three layers of utee).
  8. Have your stamp ready next to you and as soon as your 3rd layer of UTEE is molten and still wet add your stamp into it , push hard but don’t skid it, so straight down onto the utee. once it is set into the utee take your hands off and sit back for a second. Leave it alone to cool slightly. Don’t go make the tea or walk the cat, we don’t want it cold, we just need it to cool off a bit… A. you don’t want to burn yourself and B. you need it to keep its shape when we remove the stamp.
  9. Ok its been a while so pick up the stamp block and pull the card away from it.
VOILA…. You did it…. Marvel at your cleverness… Hehe!


Rip the edges all around , crack the utee ( trust me it looks good. ) then rub a dark ink into the edges that are exposed, I favour walnut stain or vintage photo but if you use blues or your tag is really dark colours consider black, it looks fab.


OK add foam to the back and add it to your tag. choose some nice ribbon for the top and add some bling or a button to cover the knot if you choose or leave it rustic. I also Matted and layered my tag twice using card from my stash to make it nice and thick to last the rigours of the show.


2015-09-17 Visible Image stamps - UTEE - Be Brave -Stay Strong - Kim Robertson



The sets I used on this one were ‘Revolution’, and ‘Colours of the Wind’. And the sentiment is ‘Stay Strong’ which I love. I will show all the sets at the end of the post.





Next is our Christmas tag…. 



2015-09-17 Visible Image stamps - Christmas Tag - Merry Little Christmas - Kim Robertson


So those of you who were at the show saw the sparkle on this tag. It is not showing up on the camera as well, but people were constantly commenting on this sparkle! If I was in the glitter trade I could have sold a fortune lol, but it wasn’t about that, it was showing these stamps off, and how they stand up to all I put them through hehe.


So lets gets started..



I used a slight off white card so for this stage I embossed some snowflakes in clear, If your card is buff coloured like Manila tags then you can emboss in white if you prefer or keep it buff its entirely your choice.

So ink your snowflake with Versamark/Perfect medium and stamp off the edge of the tag, tip on your choice of embossing powder and heat set.



Choose two colours of ink , I used here seedless preserves and peeled paint but it kinda looks like dusty Concorde in this light for pictures. You can use any colours you like together, and at the show it was fantastic the colour schemes and different tags people were creating. I was soooo proud of everyone as they achieved what they thought they couldn’t do…. yeahhhh!!

So again, I colour corner corner side, I like how it comes out and it always works, I use the analogy of how flowers grow, they always seem to be off numbers and look better if you plant them the same in 3’s or 5’s etc.

First layer of ink we are trying to get wet into dry so it will never look really cool with just one layer of ink but this is what it looks like with one (above) it will be patchy and may have some lines etc, do not worry about it just move on.



Next we add a second layer of the same inks, it will start to look much more saturated and more like the real colours and much more blended. Once this is done we will use the same snowflake tone on tone so green on green purple on purple or whatever colours you choose. I added just a few on edges here and there like branches almost as I knew I needed room on the left for my tree and sentiment.

I also spritzed some water in my fingers and flicked it at the tag waiting til it started to dissolve the ink as it is water based (its gets a ring around the edge as it starts to lift) take a piece of kitchen towel or a cloth and dab the water off, dab not rub. You will be left with patches of missing ink which gives us more texture to the background.

If you were doing a water scene you could used these dots and turn them very simply into bubbles as I have done many times before on the blog but I will do again this week to show what I mean.



So this tag I made at home was very much bigger than the ones we used at the show again with time constraints of a ‘make and take’ we had to downsize a little but here I took my tree as I showed on the blog last week used two or three greens (use the colours you want on your tag) and I stamp out three slightly overlapping, then I go on the next layer and overlap and layer them til I have a larger tree, which looks like above.




You can see lots of little white dots on my tree in a zig zag pattern like a pearl string, that is achieved with a white pen making dots so this was next.



Now if you look at the tree, I went back and added gold baubles which are just using a gold gel pen and drawing three circles slightly smaller in size randomly all over the tree, I know we are covering this in glitter so you think it will not show, but it all adds to how it looks at the end, without this step the tree can look flat.



I also added some white around the edge some of the snowflakes in the purple to pull it forward.



Next just above my tree I stamped in Versamark/Perfect Medium and embossed in gold the sentiment that goes with the little tree set, it says ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’.


I took a quickie glue pen and dotted it all over the tree randomly, then tipped on some iridescent glitter. Once this was done I took some glue, any that is thicker than the quickie glue that dries clear, and laid down much bigger blobs of glue randomly all over the tree and tied on Glass Glitter. Now glass gitter is the most sparkly shiny glitter ever, but you do have to be careful as it will cut you after all it is glass shards. But, treat it with respect and you can do some amazing things with it. So tip on your glass glitter and tip off the excess, admire the sparkle as it will be reflecting all the iridescent glitter underneath and all the work you have put in to building up to this bit.




I was testing out which bow I wanted at the top of the tag here but I ended up matting and layering this one to make it nice and sturdy for the show, and then going back in with the ribbon at the top and the bow and then I found a nice button which I added too.



2015-09-17 Visible Image stamps - Christmas Tag - Merry Little Christmas - Kim Robertson


Which you can now see all finished on this tag. You can’t see half the sparkle this tag has here as the folks who saw it in person with be able to tell you!


So that was the two finished ‘make and takes’ from the Alexandra Palace craft show this weekend, September 2015.


These are the stamp sets I used on these two tags…







Visible Image Stay Strong sentiment stamp







You can either use these stamps, which are all linked directly to the stamps in the Visible Image shop, or browse through the stamps until you find something you would like to use on your tags. It isn’t about using the same, it is making tags individual to you and who you would like to give it to. The Christmas one can be added to a tree for example and themed to match.

I hope you enjoyed the process of making these tags and would like to give it a go, I was astounded at the quality and clever pieces made at the show as we were limited on time of course being ‘make and takes’ not workshops, but everyone managed to do brilliantly. I really enjoyed meeting you all, and will treasure all the hugs and your kind words.



Again a huge thank you to all who wanted to book, and I apologise to those who could not book on. But, I will be doing a lot more so keep your eyes out… and do ask your local craft shops to ask for Visible Image demo days if you would like us to do that.


Visible Image has some amazing plans coming up, and over the next year you will hear an awful lot about them and see lots of new goodies. They have already got to the stage where they have their own office and are no longer making the stamps from home, which is an amazing achievement, and soon they will be moving forward with the next phases, I am sooo proud to call them my friends, and to have been with them for so long.

Great things to come folks…..



Thank you to all who attended, a huge thank you to Mark and Helen for asking me to come along and looking after me with all the refreshments during the shows too.


See you all soon


Much Love
Kim 
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We would like to thank Kim once again for her fabulous company at Ally Pally, for inspiring all our customers at the show, and for doing an awesome job of teaching all these brilliant techniques! It was so busy and you coped so well 🙂 Thank you also for spending a huge amount of time on this step by step tutorial for your tags… amazing job! xxx


We will be back later with another tutorial from Kim for this amazing demo she did at Ally Pally…


Visible Image stamps - Stay Strong - Kim Robertson



Hope you will pop back later on 🙂

And don’t forget to use coupon code: allypally20 for 20% OFF all our amazing stamps right now!

Have a great afternoon!

Mark & Helen xx

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Ally Pally Make & Takes – Visible Image Stamps

Hi There! We are very excited to share with you some amazing tags created by Kim Robertson!

Kim will be running ‘Make & Take’ sessions on our stand at Ally Pally this coming weekend and will be teaching the techniques she used to make these tags. It will be so much fun, so if you are coming, make sure you come on over and get your name down early, as spaces are limited.

Here’s Kim with more details…

Hi Folks

Today I have something that I have been working on for the shows at Alexandra Palace over the coming weekend.

As most of you know by now I will be at the craft show doing Make and Takes on the Visible Image stand which I am looking forward to sooo much, I am also doing a couple of the demos in the tent over the weekend too which will be great fun.

Mark and Helen are as we speak beavering away making and packing all the stamps by hand, they amaze me how they get everything done, it is just the two of them working all hours designing, writing, creating, making and marketing all the fabulous stamps they sell, and my hat is not only off to them, it is on the floor and stamped on lol (slightly dramatic but hey why not I am impressed lol) and they are kind lovely friends too…. wow.

Anyway I thought you would like to see some  of the tags I put together for the Make and Takes…

So this is what I will be helping people to achieve…

This first one is an Autumn feel tag, I will be showing how to get the background ready, and all that layering with embossing powder and inks and then that amazing centre featuring the ‘Stay Strong’ stamp pressed into UTEE.

On the blog over the weekend will be full tutorials on how to make these, so that the people who come to the Make and Takes have it written down to have a go at home, and so those who can’t make it to the show so can follow along anyway so look out for that this weekend.



2015-09-17 Visible Image stamps - UTEE - Be Brave -Stay Strong - Leaf - Kim Robertson


I just love the inks and the depth with how your eye starts at the central piece but then travels to the backing, where you immediately see the leaf, but then start to pick up on a the other items with in the backing.




Here you see it from the side angle with the script stamp from the Revolution set used and embossed in clear over white card, then at the end of all the inking some treasure gold added over the writing in places, just around the edges. I love to do this as the raised embossing really grabs the shine on the wax. Once it’s dried you can take a cloth and buff it ’til it really shines, as of course originally it was used as a furniture polish to add shine and colour to wood.



Here is a close up of the tag with a tiny button in the centre, and some thin ribbon through the centre. You also can see how the ink colours blend and how I have added all the layers to build the depth you see from afar.


The stamps used on this one are .








My thoughts on these these two sets… first when Revolution came out my jaw hit the floor as they say! I immediately saw crashing waves with white horses,  and that script is just beyond perfect for mixed media and scrapbooking.Also those of you who like to journal wow, use a white gel pen to write your message over a colourful background rather than black pen on a light colour. It creates a stunning effect.


Then there is the Colours Of The Wind set, well does this not scream Autumn? And tucked within the leaf is a tree… Amazing! I dont know another brand with such forward thinking ideas.I love this leaf and the small leaves around can be used separately, so you can have falling leaves exactly where you want them.



Here are a couple of cards I originaly created with these two sets… Do you remember them?


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This was the one I envisioned the very first time I saw Revolution!

 

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And something a little different, look into the background and you will see lots of embossed leaves too, with lots of ink blended all around.



The second Make & Take tag is a christmassy one ..



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With it being half way through September already, people have been wanting quick-ish Christmas cards.. Well why not send a tag for people to hang on the tree, or their Christmas card line instead and it can be a piece of art as well as your seasonal wishes.


Most of you saw my little tree I created with the Visible Image Merry Little Christmas set a couple of weeks ago, which is a fun way to create a larger tree so we will have a go at this one too.



The stamp sets I used for this one were.


 






I am not a huge Christmasy person now the kids are all grown, but I just love the dellicate Snowflake here in the White Christmas set, and as soon as I saw the Merry Little Christmas set I saw the larger tree made with shades of green, or whatever colour you choose… your imagination is the only thing that can choose how your tag comes out but with these amazing stamps the possibilities are endless as a famous man once said lol  (Eddy Izzard at the end of a recycling advert on telly) LOL  Trivia tooo … Haha!



Here are a couple of recent cards made with these sets…


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2015-09-05 Visible Image stamps - Merry Little Christmas - Contemporary Tree stamp - Kim Robertson



Well I hope I haven’t overloaded you all with too many pictures, but I truly hope I see as many of you as can possibly make it over the weekend. And I would love to see you on the Make and Take table enjoying some time together, whilst playing with yummmy stamps… what can be better….


Don’t forget the extra posts after the weekend too, showing you how I made the tags!


With love and best wishes to all


Huge Hugs 
 
Kim 
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When Kim sent us photos of her projects we were totally wowed! Aren’t they stunning!!! Thank you Kim xxx


We are SO excited that Kim will be at Ally Pally with us for the very first time! We don’t usually have a demonstrator at the show, so to have Kim running Make & Takes AND demonstrating in the main demo tent too will be awesome! We are really looking forward to seeing lots of our wonderful customers, Facebook group members and to making lots of NEW Visible Image addicts who have not discovered our amazing stamps yet! 😉



Thank you so much for visiting our blog.. if you missed any of our latest inspiration you will find it all HERE!


We will be back on Monday with all the gorgeous work shared by our amazing team over the weekend. If you want to see it sooner then come and join our Facebook group.

Mark & Helen xx

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Card – Visible Image stamps

Good Evening! Sorry we have been missing in action here on the blog these last few days, it has been another crazy week for us here at Visible Image! So many stamps to be made for our fantastic customers 🙂

So we will be catching up with all the latest cards and projects from the team! And wow do we have some stunners to inspire you!!!


We will start off with a brilliant tutorial from Kim Robertson, showing how with just one of our NEW Christmas stamp sets, some inks and a gold pen, you can create an absolutely stunning card…



Hi my lovlies,


Hope all is well this week , today I gave myself a little challenge , I decided to limit myself to one stamp set from the gorgeous new Christmas range from Visible Image so I chose The Merry Little Christmas set. Then I decided to keep to one colourway just a few tones of it. I really enjoy doing things like that and sometimes it can give you more inspiration by limiting how much you can choose.


So here is today’s card.



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Definitely something a little different and almost whimsical don’t you think.

So My usual tutorial begins here and I hope you will have a go , it is as complicated or easy as you want it to be, you certainly can leave out any of the fiddly steps and simplify it if you would like a quicker card to do.



So using the little Christmas tree swirl I stamped it three times on white paper with the Adirondack ink Meadow.



Using the same stamp and Lettuce ink pad stamp the swirl again , slightly offset the three trees as I have here in the picture.



Next using a darker green  Archival Ink pad stamp the swirl again but this time in the centre to give the rounded shape of a Xmas tree.



Once you have got the basic shape using the swirl and different green inks you can take a gel en in white and doodle a pattern onto the tree, I went for a sort of ear garland wrapped around the tree branches.



Next Using a gold gel pen I added some droplets to the branches, just a few gold dots in varying sizes made these.



Using a cold grey 2 promarker I went around the decor with the pen creating a shadow in the tree.



I also added a litte cross hatch sketching to a few of the corners to give it that artsy feel.
Using a quickie glue pen and some glitter I added this to all the shadows.



Of course you all know you cannot get the full sparkle on camera whatever you do but here is a litte peep at the gleam lol.



Cut to size and ink the edges ready to go as your topper for the rest of the card once complete.




I took a larger piece of card and using the swirl stamp again added the three colours and over lapped some of the colours etc. I used the inks and blended the edges so it isn’t so stark white at the edges.



I added  the extras exactly as I did on the tree section we made together so here you can see some of the cross hatch sections and some of the white highlights and the gold little dots in a little garland pattern.You can also see that I added that same grey alcohol marker in sections.



I added the whole piece onto a mat of very dark aubergine card, I really do love this card and it goes fab with the greens in the inks.



Ok, so next I stamped the sentiment from the set in Black momento ink so we can go very close with the alcohol marker to give the letters a shadow, we also need to add a little highlight on the letters too and then of course mat the whole piece on that same dark card.

So adding everything back together here is the the finished piece again.



2015-09-05 Visible Image stamps - Merry Little Christmas - Contemporary Tree stamp - Kim Robertson

 Of course what’s a tree without something sparkly and pretty on the top..?



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Here is another view which picks up a little sparkle on the tree.



So the fabulous Stamp set I used for this one from Visible Image was…


Merry Little Christmas



So I hope you enjoyed today’s card and you will have a go at limiting yourself and just see what you can come up with, sometimes if your creativometer is running a little low this gives a boost and kick starts the old brain juices into action again.



On to some exciting news… I will be at Ally Pally this month on the 19th and 20th, on the hugely popular Visible Image stand doing make and takes for both days, and I will also be in the tent doing some demo’s on each day so I hope you will come down and say hello and join us on the table to see what quality these stamps made by Mark and Helen truly are. I cannot wait to meet you all if you can get down to the show and have a good old chit chat and a craft together, it will be AWESOMMME. Huge Thanks to Helen and Mark for asking me to join them for the weekend, what an honour…. Thanks guys. xx



Have a wonderful weekend.


Huge hugs from me to you


Kim 
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Isn’t Kim’s card amazing?! We hope you love this stamp set as much as we do!

Thank you so much Kim for your fantastic step by step tutorial as always 🙂


We will be back a little later with something rather colourful from Pauline Butcher!



Thanks for visiting.

Mark & Helen xx