Happy 50th Birthday Mark!

Hi there! Today is a special day as it’s Mark’s Birthday! And it’s a big one as he turns 50 !! Mark received some amazing cards featuring our stamps, and today we have Jane Tyrrell here on the blog sharing the awesome card she made for him…

It’s time for my weekly Monday design team post for Visible Image and today is an extra special day as it is the birthday of none other than Mr Visible Image himself , Mark Alexander or Mr Awesome as the design team often call him, designer and co owner of Visible Image stamps. I decided to make him a special card as it is rather special birthday for him… he is joining the 50s brigade….yay!


I thought long and hard about my design and I know that Mark likes my galaxy inked backgrounds so that was my starting point, together with one of his awesome stamp sets, which I know he is particularly proud of designing.


It is also one of my favourites (yes I know I keep saying that but so many are!)


time spiral - clockwork orange - stamps - men



I also wanted to add the number 50 so I used the numbers from


alphabet stamps



I also used the fab planes and sentiment from


paper boats - stamps - paper planes - adventure



Here is my card..


cards for men - visible image stamps


I don’t have any process photos, as I was busy at the time also making my Wonderland samples, so I will talk you through how I made it. I made my galaxy background using distress oxide inks on black card stock. Then I stamped the time swirl in gold ink. I inked up the door for the first time, which is such a fun stamp, onto Kraft card, and embossed it in pale blue. I added a brass brad for a door knob.


open door stamp - dr who inspired card


The numbers, planes and falling man and woman were all black embossed and fussy cut out.

I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the Go to Words set and set it off into space propelled by the planes (OK that is a bit of artistic licence there from me 😂).




I also used the fab sentiment, which I white embossed, from “Destination unknown” as I thought it was so appropriate for Mark.




and one more shot..




Here it is once more..

50th birthday card - stamps - visible image



I made it with my fondest best wishes for such a talented man and a good friend.


So if you would kindly clear your throats and join me to virtually sing…..
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Mark,
Happy birthday to you .


I hope you have a fantastic day with Helen and here’s to even more exciting adventures together. I just love being a part of the Visible Image journey.


Thanks for stopping by.
Back soon.


Bye for now,

Jane x




Jane your card is incredible! Brilliant combination of stamps and an awesome card design… absolutely perfect for Mark! Thank you ♡

You will find more of Jane’s stunning projects over on her blog.



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We will be back tomorrow with an amazing project by Lisa Taggart which was also made for Mark’s 50th!


We’ve had a brilliant long weekend of celebrations, it’s back to work tomorrow and Mark will be finalising the designs for our September release… we are both so excited for these new stamps and stencils!!!


Thanks for visiting our blog today.

See you tomorrow!

Helen & Mark xx




Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar Stamp

Hi there! Happy Friday! We’re back with more Alice In Wonderland inspiration today! Heather Mitchell has combined our ‘Caterpillar’ stamp set with some of our background stamps to create an awesome card…


Well hello again!

I have to admit to not overly knowing the story of Alice in Wonderland but these fabulous Visible Image stamps have poked my curiosity to read the book (possibly watch it! Haha!) and understand the characters more.

Today it’s the turn of The Caterpillar… the very chilled caterpillar that offers Alice advice on how to best control her size issue!


alice in wonderland caterpillar stamp



To begin, I stamped the toadstool and Caterpillar images onto watercolour paper and painted using watercolours. Once dry, I’ve given the toadstool and the Caterpillar’s body a hint of shimmer although it doesn’t really show in the photographs (sad face!)


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Once fussy cut, I’ve secured the images together and added foam dots to make them stand out on the background and put them to one side while I made the background.



I’ve used a printed text paper background and wiped Gesso over it using a baby wipe to tone down the lettering. Once dry, I’ve then gone to town adding various background stamps from Visible Image using different shades of neutral colour ink pads.



For extra interest and to compliment the blue of the Caterpillar, I’ve stamped the arrows (in Blueprint Sketch Oxide ink pad) from the Destination Unknown set.



The sentiment is then stamped onto the off-cut paper and matted onto dark blue card, as is the background paper.  This is then mounted onto a kraft card blank and the imagery secured in place. To finish, I added a scattering of adhesive gems for a little bit more sparkle!


So… here’s what stamps I’ve used for this make:


alice in wonderland caterpillar stamp - visible image











 

Thanks for dropping by… H x




Fantastic card Heather ♡ Loving that background! Thank you!!

You will find more awesome inspiration from Heather’s over on her blog.



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Wake Up And Be Awesome!

Hello! Have you seen the new Ranger Lift Off ink? Jane Tyrrell is here with an awesome card featuring our ‘White Rabbit’ stamp set and ‘Wake Up And Be Awesome’ quote stamp, using some alcohol inks and a really cool lift off technique…


I have been lucky to get my hands on the amazing new Ranger Lift off ink. It lifts alcohol ink off from a porous to a non porous surface and opens up so many new crafting possibilities.  Tim Holtz has some brilliant videos on line and there is lots of inspiration around in blog land so do check it out.

For my Visible Image DT project today I decided to make another “lift off” alcohol ink background. After adding various inks I used the time swirl from the Ahead of our Time stamp set to lift it off.


time spiral - clockwork orange - dr who - stamps


Visible Image stamps work brilliantly with this technique. They lift off the ink perfectly as they are such an awesome thickness and quality. I love the effects you get.


ranger lift off ink


With the lifted ink I stamped this multi coloured time swirl below, which I can use another time. It’s 2 for the effort and price of one. That’s all good in my books.


time spiral stamp


I then coloured up the White Rabbit

white rabbit - Alice in wonderland stamps


using distress inks and added glossy accents to his fob watch and gold pen accents to his buttons and chain (you will see this in the finished card).


white rabbit stamp


I also stamped and coloured a couple of other little elements. First the teapot from The Mad Hatter set. I added the heart from the  Own Kind of Beautiful set for this project as I didn’t want to use the skull.


I cut it out and added festive berries distress glitter.

I also stamped up the light bulb from the Glimmer of Light set to pull my design together.


I stamped and white embossed Wake up and be Awesome

wake up and be awesome stamp

onto acetate and then put my design together.



This is my finished card…


ranger lift off ink - white rabbit card



Here are some close ups..



and you can see the light bulb shedding some extra light on the scene…it must be winter for Mr Rabbit as it’s 8.06 am and in his world it’s still not light 😂




and one last shot..


alice in wonderland card - white rabbit - visible image



There is also a really generous multi-buy offer here on the website if you buy all 7 stamps sets, but you need to hurry as it only lasts until 31 August!


Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing my latest creation today.

I hope that you may also have been inspired to have a go at this fun technique too.

5,4,3,2,1……………….LIFT OFF!


Back soon.

Bye for now,
Jane x




Such a brilliant card! The technique works perfectly with these stamps and Mr Rabbit looks awesome indeed! Thank you Jane  ♡

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We will be back later with a fantastic card from Heather!


Thanks for visiting our blog today.

Helen & Mark xx