Live Life Now

Hi there! We have some gorgeous new inspiration to share with you today here on the blog.

Here’s Nicky Gilburt with all the details…

Hello, and happy weekend! For my Visible Image blog post today I thought I would revisit a favourite of mine, but with a new twist… This Live Life Now set has the most enchanting inky butterfly, and it also now has a cluster of tiny ones to compliment the design. So I set myself a challenge of making them work together – hardly a challenge really – they were made for each other!


I wanted to do a simple piece of work this time, or at least, one that looked simple! It is sometimes hard for me to keep a light touch. Here on the Design Team, we all have our own styles, and we embrace our differences, and together showcase a huge range of styles of work. But all of us seek to learn, to add new twists, and to sometimes take ourselves out of our comfort zones. My fear is….white space. Seriously! Where others can make clean and simple cards, with delicate brushstrokes or touches, I seek out colour, depth, vibrancy. I LOVE pastels and pale but I need a stop sign in my head if I am to achieve the kind of results I desire without laying the colour down too thick!

So I tried! With the help of:

Visible Image Live Life Now stamps


  • Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 5 (Pastels)
  • a delicate diamond patterned stencil
  • Nuvo Clear Mark ink pad
  • Silver glitter embossing powder
  • Broken China Distress Oxide
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Baby wipes
  • a water spritzer
  • Mixed Media cardstock


To make my background I lightly spritzed the card and scribbled bursts of pastel colour around, but I didn’t go right up to the edge. I then laid the stencil over and, with a baby wipe, wiped all the colour off. This left the lovely soft harlequin pattern, which I then left to dry.


Once dry, I stamped my feature butterfly in clear embossing ink and added silver glitter powder. I did the same for the tiny butterflies and heat set everything.

For the sentiment, I stamped in Distress Oxide, but as it looked a bit damp, I sealed it with clear embossing powder, a great technique for keeping your inking where you want it to be! It also adds a beautiful glossy sheen to your work.

To finish, I matted and layered the piece onto a top folding A5 card. I don’t often ‘go big’ with Visible Image pieces, but I think that in order to show the space, and imply movement, you have to allow for space. And that is how the white on this card managed to remain white!

Happy crafting!

Nicky x

Ooooh loving this card! How gorgeous the gold looks against that fabulous background ♡ Thanks Nicky!

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

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We will be back soon with more stunning inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today, and we hope you have an awesome weekend.

Mark & Helen xx

The Butterfly Effect @ Visible Image

Hi there! We have more gorgeous inspiration for you here on the blog today.

Here’s Teresa Morgan with a stunning card that you may have seen on our Create and Craft TV show last month…

Welcome to my project for the week. I have used the amazing Ripple Effect stamp set along with one of the gorgeous new butterfly sets to create this modern card.


My background is a Gelli Plate print using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics onto glossy card. I stamped the ripples over the base card with Versamark ink and embossed with WOW Powders in Opaque White and Bluetiful.

Visible Image Stamps - The Ripple Effect, Be your own kind of beautiful

The butterflies are stamped and embossed onto Heat Resistant acetate in silver, then cut out and glued along the bodies onto the ripples.

Visible Image Stamps - The Ripple Effect, Be your own kind of beautiful

To finish, I stamped and embossed the sentiment before cutting apart and matting onto blue card. This is attached with 3d foam.

Stamps Used:

Own Kind of Beautiful

Visible Image Own Kind of Beautiful butterfly inky stamp set

The Ripple Effect

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Thank you Teresa it’s such a beautiful card ♡

We hope you are feeling inspired! Our ripple stamp is one of our absolute favourites… so gorgeous and very versatile!

See you very soon with more awesome inspiration.

Mark & Helen xx

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Visible Image Debut – Veerle Moreels

Hello! We are back with more gorgeous inspiration for you, and the very first post by NEW Design Team member Veerle Moreels…

My very first project to share with you is a tag and the moment I saw this new text stamp
I knew what I wanted to make…

That needed a butterfly don’t you think so too? I colored him in using my Gansai Tambi
watercolor paints and used the same color together with some black to make my background.

And to bring some of the metallic back at the bottom of the tag,
I attached my text using a fine metallic wire…

And the finished tag…

Visible Image stamps - Learn To Fly Again - Broken Wings - Veerle Moreels


You can find all the stamps right here, just click on the picture:

If you want to check out all of the stamps JUST CLICK HERE

They have so many new stamps released this month, you definitely should check them out!


This is so beautiful and a wonderful interpretation of the words ♡ Thank you Veerle ♡

We still  have more awesome inspiration yet to come this evening…. An amazing Monolith from Susanne Rose!

See you later 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Wings of Sympathy – Visible Image stamps

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

We have some stunning inspiration for you today and more NEW stamps previews too 🙂

First up is Pauline Butcher with a really beautiful card…

Hi there,
It’s time for me to share another creation I’ve made, using Visible Image Stamps.
Unfortunately, I had to make a sympathy card for a friend, never a nice thing to do, but these lovely stamps came to my rescue, and I kept it nice, simple and quick, almost ‘clean and simple’.

Visible Image stamps - Inky Butterfly - With Sympathy - Pauline Butcher
The stamps I used are…

I stamped the Inkognito Butterfly using Black Versafine onto white card, then blended Picked Raspberry Distress ink lightly around the edges. I mixed some of the same coloured ink with water, and flicked it over the card.

 I stamped the Large Butterfly onto another piece of card, using Versamark, and heat embossed using Black detail powder, fussy cut it, then coloured it using Distress Inks and a water brush.
I stamped the sentiment using Black Versafine ink.

I put a paper middle inside the card too, using the beautiful verse that comes in the the sentiment set.
Get your entries into the January Show & Tell, for a chance of winning some vouchers for some fantastic Visible Image stamps, and don’t forget to become a member of their Facebook group, where the new February stamp designs are being shown daily.

Some of these new designs will be showcased on Create & Craft TV, on February 14th at 10am.. Mark and myself will be showing you some more demo’s.

Thank you for popping by,
Hugs, Pauline xxxx

Such a beautiful card Pauline, for such a sad occasion ♡

We will be back with our next preview… this one’s a bit retro!

See you later 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Butterfly Flutter Into The Sky – Visible Image stamps

Hi There! Thanks for coming to see us today 🙂

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

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

Visible Image stamps - Butterfly verse - Butterflies - Pauline Butcher


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

Visible Image stamps - Butterfly verse - Butterflies - Pauline Butcher 1

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend!

Mark & Helen xx

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