Underwater Canvas

Hello! We have even more awesome inspiration coming your way here on the blog today!

Lisa Taggart is here sharing an incredible canvas she created for a magazine feature earlier this year…


Hello today I am happy to be sharing a canvas I made for Visible Image a while ago using some of their new 2018 stamp releases and a couple of items from existing designs. Thus combining the old with the new…


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I was fortunate to have this piece appear in the March 2018 issue of Craft Stamper magazine as part of a team feature…


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The design also appears on the introductory page of the Visible Image catalogue.


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Links for the products can be found here:


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Fibres stencil




I wanted to create a multi layered piece to give the impression of an underwater mirky depth. I did this using a variety of mediums and masking tricks.

I masked using a combination of heat resist embossing for the sea horse and some of the foilage and fluid masking through the stencil. When colouring I used a combination of brusho powders, Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and acrylic paint.

To create dimension and light  I payed particular attention to the placement of the dark and light colours both for the foilage and the background water. I also concentrated a fair bit on the finer details- the colouring of the seahorses, gelli fish and the bubbles.

I decided to use the reverse of the canvas to create a box frame. I used texture paste through the stencil and embedded art stones for extra bubble like texture. I wanted to mirror the scene inside the frame. I painted the inside of the frame using the aqua colour to reflect the light and highlighted the stones using gilding wax and glitter kiss.

Finally the rusty wire around the frame as well as adding texture in a similar shape to the stencil it also depicted a metaphoric contrast- the calm scene as against life’s stresses on the surface.



Here’s a closer look :


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Well I hope you like it!


Lisa xx




This is such a stunning piece of art! Thank you so much Lisa.. the depth, texture and colours are incredible ♡

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Dare To Swim

Good Evening! Elisa Ablett is here on the blog today with a really beautiful scrapbook layout…



Hi everyone,


Elisa here from the design team for Visible Image with my next share for the month.


I wanted to showcase just how versatile the awesome stamps at Visible Image are by creating a multi dimensional mixed media layout featuring ‘Dare to Swim’ and ‘The Ripple Effect’ stamp sets.


To start with I stamped on Acetate with black Staz On Ink and fussy cut the images out and set them aside while I created my background.




The background colours and texture is created with Distress Ink Oxides, Distress stains and ART -C water brush pen.
I stamped ‘The Ripple Effect’ stamp on the background using the distress ink oxide ink pads masking half of the stamp off to create a half circle pattern. When you stamp them together they look like a wave!


Add some more stamping in black using the smaller bubble stamps from the Ripple Effect set across your page along with the fish from Dare to Swim.


Here are some close ups of the finer details!







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That’s it from me today, don’t forget to use your stamps on all sorts of different projects AND materials to get the most out of the stamps!


Don’t forget to leave me some love in comments 💜

Elisa



Amazing layout Elisa! Your sea is stunning.. Thank you ♡

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Mark & Helen xx



Dare To Swim

Hello! We have an incredible mixed media project from Teresa Morgan to share with you here on the blog today…


I actually made this way back earlier in the year for Creative Stamping magazine. I love creating weathered effects with acrylic paint and when I was asked to create a mixed media project with the Dare To Swim set, I couldn’t wait to get started.





The rusted panels are created from mountboard and flat backed gems, painted with washes of acrylic and an application of Antiquing Cream. The underwater scene is painted onto the centre panel and has a shimmering shoal of foiled fish.




The beautifully detailed jellyfish is stamped and embossed onto acetate and glittered for an etheral effect.




A group of stamped bubbles covered with Liquid Glass decorate the central frame.




Aged rusty effect:




I hope you enjoyed taking a closer look at this project.




Stamps Used:


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Thank you Teresa.. it is absolutely awesome! The rust.. the gorgeous texture.. those bubbles ♡

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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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Swim Deeper

Hi and thank you for stopping by our blog today!

Veerle Moreels is here with some gorgeous inspiration…



Sometimes a card doesn’t need loads of bells and whistles and a simple stamp combined with a beautiful text is all it needs. And Visible Image has loads of sets that can do just that.

Today I’m sharing a take on such a CAS card using the ‘Dare to Swim‘ stamp set. I love the words this set holds as it so true. I chose to combine it with a CAS version of the jellyfish (using perfect pearls to put him down)  so my words wouldn’t get lost.


If only we would dare to swim a bit deeper sometimes…





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Don’t forget to take part in the May challenges over in the Visible Image Facebook group for a chance to WIN a great prize!

Veerle


Really beautiful card Veerle.. clean and simple can be so hard to do but you have perfected it for sure ♡

You will find more gorgeous projects over on Veerle’s blog.



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Bold and Beautiful

Hello there! We have yet another stunning project to share with you here on the blog today.

Over to Pauline Butcher…

Hi again,
 
It’s my turn to share a little Visible Image love, this is a rather large 10″ tall black tag,
and I’ve used the awesome Dare to Swim stamp set on it.




I stamped the small fishes with Versamark, and heat embossed them, using three blues of embossing powders.




The bubbles were stamped using a white ink pad, and the seaweed heat embossed with green powder.
I then stamped the jellyfish with Versamark and heat embossed with a yellow powder, the sentiment was done in the same way.




I coloured the jellyfish using Stickles, and gave it a glow using a white crayon.



Stamps Used:


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Thanks so much for visiting,
hugs Pauline xxxxx
 



Wow such a gorgeous tag, those bubbles are stunning, as is the jellyfish! Thank you Pauline ♡

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Stay tuned for another amazing Design Team project, Nicky will be here next with another real ‘wow’ card!

See you soon!

Mark & Helen xx

You must SEA this inspiration…

Hello! We hope you are enjoying all the inspiration we are sharing here on our blog today.

Next we have two stunning projects from Pauline Butcher which were created for our Trade Show stand back in February. Over to Pauline…

Hello there,
 
You are getting two projects from me this week!


They are both created using some of the awesome new stamp sets available from Visible Image.


The first project is using the fantastic Dare to Swim set, there are such a fabulous array of extra stamps in this set, I love it…
 

 


 

I found this paddle thing in my MDF stash, and thought it would be perfect for an underwater scene, so using some acrylic paints I painted the background, then added the little fishes and  the sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed with some Blue sparkle Embossing powder. I also popped some bubbles randomly around using some white ink. The jelly fish and the seaweed were stamped onto heat resistant acetate with Versamark, and heat embossed using different colours of Embossing powder, then fussy cut. I painted on the back of the jellyfish, using Starlight paints.

 



For this next very simple card I used the great Stay Wild set, a must for horse lovers…

I started off making a background with some Brusho paints, then stamped the jumping horse with Versamark,
and heat embossed it with white powder, I also did the same for the sentiment.

 

 

On top of the white embossing, I sprinkled some frantage powder, and some other powders,
and heated from underneath, this gave a sort of splashed look.
 

 

 



Stamps used:

Dare To Swim

Stay Wild

 

Don’t forget to enter the Visible Image ‘Show and Tell’ challenge, for a chance to win a £25 voucher
to spend on some new stamps over in the Facebook group!

Thanks for popping by, hugs, Pauline xxxx



These are both so awesome! Thank you Pauline ♡
Loving the stunning jellyfish in those fabulous colours… and those bubbles ♡ ♡ ♡
The effects created around the horse are superb!

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Next today we have a gorgeous tag created by Veerle.

See you soon!

Mark & Helen xx

Dare To Swim

Hi there, we still have a few more stunning projects to share with you today here on the blog, as we catch up with everything our incredible team have been creating with our NEW stamps!

Over to Elina Strömberg…

Hi!

Today I’m sharing with you a card I made using the new ‘Dare To Swim’ stamp set by Visible Image:


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Aren’t those stamps gorgeous!


I stamped the images on light blue cardstock, and coloured them with a few blue and green Promarker colours.
The darker blue shades I inked with Distress inks.



For the white highlights I used a gel pen, and the white quote I stamped and heat-embossed on a piece of white vellum.
Attaching vellum especially on a dark background is sometimes tricky as the glue dots may show through.

The easiest solution is to fold the ends of the vellum strip on the back of the card and not to use glue on the card front at all.

The dark blue plants are die-cut using a Sizzis/Tim Holtz die from some time back.
Before gluing them on the card front I added some lighter colours on the leaves (with a white gel pen and a light blue pastel pen). Done!


For more information on the lovely Visible Image stamp set please click on the picture below:



Wishing you a beautiful week!
Hugs,
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Wow such a beautiful card ♡ Thank you Elina!


Thank you for visiting today, hope you will check out the rest of the projects shared this weekend on here on our blog.

Mark & Helen xx



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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.



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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:


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



Stay tuned for more…

Mark & Helen xx

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