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




And…

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

Mark & Helen xx

Swim Deeper

Hello! We are back with more gorgeous inspiration as promised.. show much to share with you today!

Over to Dot Leathbridge…

Dare To Swim is one of the new stamp releases from Visible Image.

Blue Bottles are the jellyfish in our region that we often see washed up on the beach… painful too if you go swimming when they are about! They are only tiny, but they pack a fair punch.


This set has everything! From jellyfish, to weed, to fish, to bubbles – along with a sentiment.



2017-02-26 Visible Image - stamps - Dare To Swim - jellyfish stamp - Dot Leathbridge


For this card my distress crayons were used for the background.

It gives a lovely muted look and reminds me of what it looks like underwater.
The drips are done with the crayons too – so versatile!


Stamp set used:


Dare To Swim


Visible Image Dare To Swim jellyfish COL stamp set.jpg

 

This is such a gorgeous scene Dot.. beautiful background ♡ Thank you!



Stay tuned for more…

Mark & Helen xx

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