Sparkly Eyes

Hello! We are back with more gorgeous inspiration this evening. Sharon Traynor has a fabulous CAS card for you today.

Close your eyes to the past, open your mind to new beginnings…


What a wonderfully positive and uplifting sentiment that is.


This fab New Beginnings sentiment from Visible Image stamps was one of the ones that I couldn’t wait to use as soon as it came through my craft room door, and I knew it would be a perfect match for the closed eyes in their Face It! set too. Face It! is a set that I have had for a little while now, and I have been itching to ‘bling’ it like all those amazing glittery eye shadows that you see, but I had to wait until this sentiment arrived.


This is a fairly quick to make card because you are only spritzing with distress marker pens, stamping and adding glitter. The time consuming piece is waiting for the glitter to dry, but you can get on with other crafty projects while that happens 😉


Distress marker spritzing is one of my favourite techniques because it is a clean way to achieve the brusho look without having dyed hands for days. Maybe that’s just me – I love brushos but I do end up covered in them. Anyway, distress marker spritzing is a technique that I really don’t use enough.




How to make this:


Using distress markers and the distress marker spritzer, spritz a band of colour horizontally along the centre of a piece of card measuring 13.5cmx20cm (5.5″x8″), using first the tumbled glass marker and follow that with the salty ocean marker.

Using black ink, stamp the closed eyes onto the spritzed band. Stamp the first two lines of the sentiment above the eyes, then the last two lines of the sentiment below the eyes. Use a post-it note to mask off the lines that you do not want to stamp, and remove the post-it note before stamping.

Once the ink is dry, draw a line with glue to mark the area where the lower part of the eye lid meets the upper part of the eyelid. Sprinkle picked raspberry distress glitter over the glue and set aside to dry.

Once dry, add glue to the lower lid and sprinkle with tumbled glass distress glitter and set aside to dry again.

TIP: If you are sending something glittery to someone that doesn’t like the way that glitter sheds, you can always use glossy accents to keep the glitter in place.

Mount the panel on an A5 card blank (14.8cmx21.1cm or 5.75″x8.25″) with fun foam.

The finishing touch is to add 3 tiny gems at the side of each eye to represent glittery eye liner.



Stamps Used:


(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

         https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/face-it/


Other Supplies:


White card, Tim Holtz distress marker spritzer, distress markers (tumbled glass, salty ocean), versafine onyx black ink, post-it note, stamping platform or stamping blocks, glue, distress glitter (picked raspberry, tumbled glass), fun foam, tiny clear gems.


That’s it from me for today.

Thank you for coming to visit and I really hope to see you again soon.


Hugs,
Sharon xx


 

Her Spirit Was Strong..

Good Evening! If you love texture and shimmer you will adore Elisa’s inspiration here on the blog today…


Hi everyone,

Elisa here with my latest mixed media project for you.




A mixed media tag featuring a couple of Visible Image’s background stamps:


the new awesome Fibonacci




and De-Stressed




To create the tag, I started with a heavy base chipboard tag from 2Crafty Chipboard, perfect substrate for a mixed media tag. Next came a background of gesso’d old book paper, torn and distressed.


I then stamped my feature dragon flies, hand coloured with a bit of the gorgeous teal dylusions shimmer spray, and then fussy cut them out and 3d mounted them over my background.


Live In The Moment




I loved using the Cosmic Skies Stencil to create a small and subtle amount of texture for my background. I used a white modelling paste as I find that it doesn’t soak up colour as much as other mediums leaving you with bright colour!


Cosmic Skies stencil






Close ups for the finer details –

 

 

 


That’s it from me today, make sure you leave me some love!
Elisa xx




Wow that turquoise is stunning! Love how you used the stencil.. thanks Elisa! ♡

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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:


Create Your Calm




Organics




Dare To Swim



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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Mark & Helen xx

 

 

Skull and Metal

Hi there! We are back with more fantastic inspiration this evening.

Heather Mitchell loves creating amazing texture with our stencils…


Hello everyone!


I’m here to share another make I’ve created for Visible Image.  This one uses the utterly amazing Mr Bone Jangles stamp set alongside the Grungy Union Jack stencil… and here’s how I did it:





Start by making a drippy background using Distress Stains in Blueprint Sketch and Stormy Sky onto watercolour paper.  Mixed crackle paste with DecoArt’s American Acrylic Paint in Neutral Grey,  and use a palette knife alongside the ‘Grungy Union Jack’ stencil and once fully air dry, paint with DecoArt’s Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.  Once dry, wipe away the excess using a damp cloth as this removes the excess paint and just leaves the coloured crackles.  Adding silver gilding wax gives a wonderful  metallic finish.



I wasn’t overly careful wiping away the antiquing cream as I like the extra smudgy effect it gave.



Stamp the headphones from the Music On World Off set and these along with ‘Mr Bone Jangles’ onto acetate using Stazon ink.  Carefully cut these out and attach to the card over a slither of muslin.


I love the added texture of the muslin through the acetate



Around the edges of the card, stamp the ‘Elementa’ background stamp randomly using Archival Ink’s Watering Can to add extra interest



To add to the music theme, add musical notes and the lightening flashes from the ‘Music On World Off’ set using embossing powders in Black and Metallic Platinum.





To finish, add the sentiment and add the ‘Parental Advisory…’ image from the same set as the musical notes.





You could of course adapt the card to use the Stars and Stripe stencil which would look equally awesome… and in fact I’ve already had a go at this and will share soon!


Products Used:


Mr Bone Jangles stamp set




Grungy Union Jack Stencil



Music ON World OFF stamp set



Elemental background stamp


Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

H xx




Brilliant card Heather! Love the metallic texture with these stamps, it looks awesome!! Thank you ♡

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The Story Behind The Mask

Good Evening! Wow it has been nearly 2 weeks since we have blogged… so sorry!

We have been so busy finalising NEW stamp and stencil designs, and orders have been incredible too! There are only so many hours in the day so something had to give… hopefully though, if you are a member of our Facebook group, you will have already seen some of the latest cards and projects our Design Team have created. If not, come and join us there… and show us what you have created with our stamps and stencils too!


This evening Jane Tyrrell is here on the blog sharing an awesome card she created with some brilliant stamps…



The card I am sharing today uses the fab Maskerade stamp set from the February 2018 release. I made it for Craft Stamper’s March edition, you might have spotted it in print.. and I can now share a few details.



I wanted a piece of inky card for the background and used these distress colours. I stitched round the outside with my sewiing machine.



I stamped the happy mask on gold and the sad on cream card and fussy cut them out.



I decided to make mine into “real” masks using ribbons and eyelets.




And then put together my card..





And if you are interested to know which “story” is behind my masks they are pages from Charles Dicken’s “A tale of two cities”.  My Hb gave me an old copy he no longer needed and I use it lots in my crafting.



Here are some close ups.






and one last shot



Thanks so much for stopping by.


Bye for now,
Jane x




This card is absolutely awesome Jane! What a brilliant idea to use pages from that book as your story.. love the ribbon too! Thank you Jane ♡

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How Fragile Are We

Good Evening! Thank you for visiting our blog today.

Veerle Moreels is here with a stunning new tag…


How fragile we are…

How fragile are we…



It always amazes me how, by just switching the two last words from place, you get (well I get) a completely different feeling. And depending on what the feeling is that is racing inside of me I’ll choose one or the other…



And it isn’t very hard to make a project using these words. Visible Image has enough stamps that match these words AND the little reminder I want to give myself.  Choosing the colors wasn’t hard either… this project needed black and white. And then this little tiny red heart…at the end of a very fine root of the tree.



Clean and simple, yet strong enough for me with all my tiny elements coming together…



Stamps Used:


How Fragile




Leave Your Fears




Such a beautiful tag Veerle.. thank you  ♡

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Imagine Dream Inspire

Hi there! We are back with more gorgeous inspiration this evening. Lynn Good is here with her latest project…


Hi everyone, today I want to share some Artist Trading Cards that I have made for the Visible Image Design Team.





I have made four cards, measuring 2.5 in x 3.5 in.
I began with a piece of watercolour hot pressed paper that is 300 gsm.
I have stuck to three colours of distress inks and have blended them together on the paper



I have then used the same colours through 3 Visible Image stencils – Strobes, Time Tunnel and Fibres

 


Again using the same colours I have stamped randomly with a mixture of stamps that I have listed and linked to the Visible Image store at the bottom of the blog.

 


I have then cut the paper into the 2.5 x 3.5 inches and stamped the focal point with black ink and used a sparkle embossing powder over the top.
The big words were stamped with blank ink.



Here are some close ups:


 

 

 



The products that I have used:































Thanks for stopping by and till next time – Happy Crafting 🙂




These are fantastic Lynn.. loving those backgrounds!
Thank you ♡

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Mark & Helen xx