Inject Some Colour

Hello!

It’s July 1st so that means a brand new challenge has started over in our Facebook group!

The theme for July is ‘a splash of colour’…. so much fun to play along with!


It’s Helen here today with a project I made for the 3D challenge in Craft Stamper magazine’s June issue, which just so happens to be great inspiration for this month’s challenge theme…

I chose one of my favourite quotes from our Express Yourself range as inspiration for my project…
I stamped out the words then cut them up so that I could place them randomly




The 3D item we all used for this feature is our brilliant MDF Monoliths…



our first and only MDF product which was designed by Mark back in 2015, and made for us by the awesome Candy Box Crafts... you really must check out their website if you aren’t familiar with them! They have so many brilliant items and kits.



Ok… so firstly I cut a piece of card 17cm x 10cm to fit my Monolith and coloured it using black soot distress ink




Next I splashed it with water to create a rainy look




While it was drying I stamped and embossed flowers from our Create it set and cut them out


          



I used a neon pink ink pad to colour one of the flowers



I wiped away the pink ink so the black embossing was still nice and sharp.



Next I took the awesome rain stamp from our Sparkle in the Rain set and stamped it all over my card in black versafine ink


          



Then I covered my stamp in white acrylic paint and randomly stamped it over my background




I placed my words and flowers on the card and added a touch of pink to the middle flower as if the ink was blowing onto it


          



Next I stamped the stems from our Imperfection is Beauty set in black paint




I stuck my card to my Monolith, then it was time for some colour…
I used diluted pink acrylic paint and just kept adding more water and more colour with my paint brush until it started to run


          



I glued everything in place and then added more painty drips, and created a pool on the base of my Monolith too

I flicked some paint about too, to give the effect of it blowing off the flower




Once dry, I stuck my Monolith to the base and my project was complete…







I hope you like what I created! What will you make for our ‘splash of colour’ challenge?


We look forward to seeing your entries over in our Facebook group throughout July!



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We have more inspiration from our awesome team coming your way this weekend.


Thanks for visiting us here today on the Visible Image blog today… hope you have a great Saturday!

Mark & Helen xx

Beauty Goes Far Deeper

Hello again! We have a super stunning project to share with you next, created for a gorgeous feature in Creative Stamping magazine last month. Nicky Gilburt is here to give you all the details of how she created her beautiful card…

I’d like to share a special project that I did for Visible Image using their beautiful Dare to Swim stamps. It was a very special undertaking as part of the design team, to produce three pieces for Creative Stamping Magazine to show the variety of what could be achieved with one design.





My background colours were achieved through mixing and adding water to Distress Crayons, and the design started off life like this:




Hard to believe – but the way that you can get the crayons to work for you with a bit of water – they are amazing!



I focused on depth, and researched what water looked like from beneath the surface. With strokes of white pen to show the rays of light shining through the water I think I achieved this




Once my background was very dry and I had added some shoals of fish and blue seaweed, I rubbed it with an anti-static bag and stamped and embossed the jellyfish in white. I used the same white marker pen and a paintbrush to soften the ink strokes to add a touch of translucency to the jellyfish before sealing them with glossy accents and a tiny sprinkle of glitter



Mark’s cleverly designed bubbles and shoals of fish added that final bit of depth to the image, and I split the text of the sentiment into two parts, changing from black to white too, to show, hopefully, how dark it is down there!


I mounted my image on a matching background, created using the same principle of blending the crayons and adding some stamped images. Edge to edge water




Full details of this card and the two other creations by our amazing Pauline and Teresa are in Creative Stamping magazine, Issue 43, if you were lucky enough to get a copy!





This amazing set of stamps, unrivaled both in detail and size, is called Dare to Swim:



Don’t miss out on all the beautiful creations and ideas over in the Visible Image project galleries!


Happy Crafting
 Nicky x



This is an absolutely stunning project Nicky.. your rays through the water are incredible and your jellyfish are beautiful! Thank you so much ♡

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



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We have more superb inspiration coming your way this weekend, and if you have missed any of our recent posts you will find them HERE!


Make sure you share your Visible Image creations with us in our Facebook group or tag us on instagram @visibleimagestamps and on twitter @visible_image!


Have an awesome day, hope the sun is shining where you are!

Mark & Helen xx

I’ve Got My Eye On You…

Hi! We are back with our second post today.. we have so many projects to share with you! It’s been so busy here at Visible Image.. there really are not enough hours in the day at the moment!

If you saw our recent shows on Create and Craft TV then you will definitely have seen this incredible card created by Jane Tyrrell…

I chuckled when the presenter held my card up to her face. It is such an amazing stamp, so realistic.

Today I am sharing the details of how I made it…

First I stamped and embossed all 3 stamps from the “Where Dreams Take You” set.
I then made a cloudy sky using a die cut cloud and distress inks


I covered the eye with masking fluid and added a sun ray using archival ink through my stencil


I added some star stencilling and also stamped the stars from the Believe in Unicorns set.



I added some green glitter pen and glossy accents to the eye and some Frantage to the card. Below is the wet eye…with glossy accents applied. It’s fun watching it dry….from cloudy to clear…


Once the eye was dry I then had my finished card!


Here it is…
I have my eye on you………😉




and a couple of close ups. It’s really hard to seen the sparkle in the eye from my photo






Here are some more photos courtesy of Create and Craft TV…




This really is the most amazing stamp set. If I had to choose a Top 3 Visible Image stamp set, this would be it. I have owned my eye since it was first released many moons ago and use it so often



Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the very kind comments that you take the time to leave.

Back soon!
Bye for now,
Jane x



It really is an awesome card… the detail is superb. Thank you Jane ♡
You can find more of Jane’s inspiring cards and projects over on her blog.


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We will be back later with even more fabulous inspiration…
Nicky Gilburt will be sharing the stunning project featured in Creative Stamping magazine last month!


Thanks so much for visiting us here on the Visible Image blog today!
Have a fantastic Saturday.. it’s a hot and sunny one here in South Wales!

Mark & Helen xx

We Always Think We’ll Have TIME…

Hi there!

Jane Tyrrell is here on the blog today sharing a rather special project she made with our NEW stamps…


Good morning

The new stamp sets really are awesome! They are larger sets, A5 size, and there is so much you can do with them.
I was like a kid in a sweetie shop, as I had so many ideas, when my sets arrived.


Somewhere in Time




Ahead of Our Time



I received the new stamps hush/hush a couple of weeks ago to make some samples with and today I am sharing my first project.

I made myself some very “cosmic” backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks on black card



I was aiming to make a galaxy with my inks.





I die cut 4 panels using my ancient but much loved Sizzix accordion die and added some stamping around the edges using the cogs and spring stamp which I gold embossed.



I stamped and decorated each panel centre. These words were white embossed.



I loved adding hands to the time swirl from the Ahead of time set..I fussy cut and embossed the falling man and woman; he is just about holding on to time 😉 but I think she has slipped into the vortex….I wonder if there is a black hole out there…?




I made myself some die cut cogs too which I altered with mixed media products and finished my card with these great quotes from the Somewhere in Time set.





and here is the big reveal of my Time accordion card…





As a member of their Design Team I get a real buzz seeing my work on television. I made 2 other “Time” projects for the show, which I will be sharing very soon. I was waving to them on TV.


Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all the very kind comments that you take the “Time” to leave…pun intended 😆 I hope you got a chance to see the show..or set up your recorders to watch at your convenience. You can still watch on ‘catch up‘ over on the Create and Craft website… but today is your last chance! (You need to search for the June 9th shows).


Back soon.
Bye for now,
Jane x



Incredible project Jane… absolutely superb! Stunning background and the addition of the clock hands is awesome!
Thank you so much we were very proud to show this off on TV! ♡

You will find loads of gorgeous inspiration from Jane over on her blog.



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We will be back soon with a beautiful project from Veerle…


Thanks so much for visiting our blog today.

Mark & Helen xx

 

 

Live In The Moment

Good morning, afternoon or evening! Wow this week is going quickly!

Teresa Morgan is here to inspire you on the blog today with a fantastic mixed media project…



Good Morning!! Have you been enjoying the new release previews?? The DT have and we can’t wait to get our hands on them to start creating some inspirational samples for you all!! For now we are contenting ourselves by playing with our existing stash…this week I have a mixed media journal page to share – I have lots of step by step photos to help you through the creative process, hope you enjoy it!



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I started by Mod Podging some book page and corrugated card to my background piece of cardstock:


I added some lace and mesh before painting a layer of gesso to blend it all in and prepare for ink/paint:


Sprays are so easy to use:


Some are misted over the page, others I tapped in blobs to create more visual interest:


Let this dry… and work on the tag. I stamped the music score and blended inks around the edge:


The dragonfly is stamped with Archival ink and coloured with the Dylusions and Cosmic Shimmer sprays:


Back to the main piece – I added some stencil detail with black modelling paste:


The sentiment is embossed with black powder and highlights added with a white gel pen:


You can see some of the pretty gold shimmer here too:


I love all the texture details:


Little doodled detail:


Even the lace picks up the sparkle and shimmer:


Some details added with a white gel pen and black fineliner complete this page….
thanks for sticking through all the pictures, I hope that they help explain how I build this type of project!!





Stamps Used:


Live In The Moment

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Music Speaks

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Wow! Absolutely love this Teresa thank you ♡ Great to see how it came together too!  You can find more of Teresa’s cards and projects over on her blog.



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 where you will find all our awesome stamps!
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Thanks for visiting today 🙂


We hope you will pop back later to see preview #8.


Have a great day!

Mark & Helen xx

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Live In The Moment Debut – Visible Image stamps

Good Afternoon! Hope you are having a great weekend so far.

Susanne Rose is here to inspire you today, with a stunning project created with one of our BRAND NEW stamp sets due for release in February!

Over to Susanne…



Hi everyone. I am very proud to show you one of the brand new stamp designs from Visible Image that will be released in Febuary. I used the awesome dragonfly from the “Live in the Moment” set.

To add some dimension to the card I layered different labels on top of each other.

Scroll down to see some step by step photos.


Visible Image stamps - Live In The Moment - Dragonfly stamp - Susanne Rose


I started by inking the lables with Distress Ink Black Soot and stamped the dragonfly into the center.



To separate the sentiment, I always masked the part I don’t want to stamp with washi tape. I inked the stamp, removed the tape and stamped.



I add color with pearlescent watercolors and distressed the edges of all the layers.


I stamped the script stamp from the Revolution set partially into the background to add more interesst. For some more sparkle I used the Retro Dots Background, stamped it with VersaMark ink and added gold metallic PanPastels.



I use 3d foam pads to build the layers and adhered everything onto a white card base.




I hope you like my card. I’m totally excited about this awesome stamp set. Love it!


xx Susanne


Stamps from Visible Image:
Live in the Moment (coming soon!)
Revolution Set
Retro Dots Background


If you would like to read Susanne’s post in German, head over to her blog 🙂


WOW! Isn’t this just amazing! One of those projects you can’t stop looking at, so much fabulous detail to be seen!

Thank you so much Susanne, stunning project for the debut of our ‘Live In The Moment’ set ♡ ♡ ♡


It is such an exciting time seeing all the amazing Design Team projects coming in! Something quite special about seeing the very first things created with our new stamps ♡


We will be launching this stunning set and more on our Create and Craft TV show… Sunday February 14th @ 11am…
 sharing the Visible Image love on Valentine’s Day! ♡  ♡  ♡



Hope you will pop back later today when we will be sharing some sneak peeks from our VISOMETRY range! Geometrics get funky 🙂


Have a fantastic day!

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.



Visible Image stamps - inspirational quotes stamps - Brushos - Susanne Rose


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

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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.



Visible Image stamps - inky eye stamp - flower - Pauline Butcher


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.



Visible Image stamps - inky eye stamp - flower - Pauline Butcher 2
 


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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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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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 
XXXX 



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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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.



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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




 

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…



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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.



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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







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 
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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…



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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.


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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…. 



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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.



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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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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.



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


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..?



2015-09-05 Visible Image stamps - Merry Little Christmas - Contemporary Tree stamp - Kim Robertson 1


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