ATCs & Zodiac Stamps – Visible Image

Hello! Thanks for visiting our blog today! We have not 1 but 3 posts coming your way today! Sorry we neglected our blog over the weekend, but a little ‘time out’ was needed.

First up today is Lynn Good with some fantastic and very colourful ATC’s to brighten what is a very dull start here in Wales today. Lynn is bringing a little Australian sunshine to the UK…


Hi everyone, today I am sharing an ATC set and a card that I have created for the Visible Image Design Team.

As my new stamps have not arrived yet, I am using some from their current collection – here are the ATC’s that I have created:


I have used watercolour paper and Distress Ink – Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin and Chipped Sapphire.


I began by creating the background



and then I have used a couple of stencils and chipped sapphire distress ink



This is showing on the atc’s.  On the card I have used carved pumpkin and created a contrast in similar colours.


I have then added some embroidery cotton and stamped title.  Here are some close ups:


 

 



For the card, although it is hard to see in the photos, I have used embossing powder and as I have heated the image I have used purple foil to give a metallic effect



Here is a list of the products that I have created.























Thanks for stopping by and I have that I have inspired you to create :).




These are fabulous Lynn! Your backgrounds are awesome! Thank you ♡

You will find more of Lynn’s fabulous projects over on her blog.



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Daughters..

Hi there! We are back with more beautiful inspiration here on the blog today.

Over to Sharon Traynor…





Hi!
Are you like me? You know exactly what card making style suits you, but you simply have to try something totally opposite every now and then?  That was me last week. So, I had a play with a couple of my fantastic Visible Image stamps and the urge to get all inky again got the better of me.  My crafty session ended up with 2 cards using the same fabulous stamps and inks, but created with 2 completely different styles. One CAS and one full-on inky.




This daughter definition stamp is absolutely wonderful in the beautiful words it uses – I especially love the phrase about a daughter being a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.It is also a perfect sentiment stamp to use for the thin, white embossing on black card sentiment style that seems to be the ‘in-thing’ at the moment. Actually, any of the Visible Image Definition stamps would be perfect for this style.


Anyway, I decided to make a shutter card, so above you can see it partially opened, and here is what it looks like from front on when it is standing up.


 

1) How to make the shutter card



You can watch my video… 



or follow the written instructions…


Take a piece of card 26cm x 18cm and ink blend a background with the 3 distress inks listed below. Flick some water onto the background and dry it. Then randomly stamp the kaleidoscope of butterflies stamp (isn’t that a wonderful definition of a group of butterflies? a kaleidoscope) in aged mahogany and worn lipstick distress inks as well as worn lipstick distress oxide.


TIP: If the back of the card gets inky, you could colour it with the distress oxide and randomly stamp the butterflies on that to make it all co-ordinate. However, if you are using a lighter weight card, it may become flexible and have trouble standing up. If that happens, you may need to glue some white card on the back to fit over your inking instead.


Heat emboss the sentiment in white onto black card and cut it into each individual line.


For how to make the cuts and scores on the shutter card, please CLICK HERE for a page which gives all the measurements and cuts in photographs. Then carry on as follows:



Once the shutter card has been cut and scored, glue the slivers of sentiment as shown above.

N.B.

  • the ‘daughter (daw’ter) n.’ and ‘beautiful; she lights up your world;’ are only attached on the beginning half of their length.
  • the ‘a little girl who grows up to be’ is positioned so that it is hidden by ‘daughter (daw’ter) n.’ when the card is closed.


Ink up another spare piece of card in the same colours as the background and randomly stamp the ‘splattery bits’ from the large butterfly  from the Live Life Now set across it. Punch out (or die cut) 3 butterflies from that piece of card. Add a little aged mahogany to their wing edges, and draw in a body in the same colour, then cover them with distress stickle for a sugary sparkle. Once that is dry adhere some clear gems onto their wings.


Take some linen-type material and ink part of it in dried marigold with a hint of aged mahogany, and leave the other part un-inked. Cut 3 pieces of un-inked material, and 3 smaller pieces in the inked material and fray each edge. Adhere these, and the butterflies to the card in layers with glossy accents as shown above.


2) How to make the CAS card

 


For the CAS card, mask off where you want the inky panel to be and blend the distress inks into it. Spritz water onto the panel, then stamp the butterflies in aged mahogany, and then remove the masking. Heat emboss the first line of the daughter definition sentiment in white embossing powder onto black cardstock and adhere over the inky panel. Attach the whole panel to the front of a card blank and then add the butterfly (made as above in the shutter card). Finally stamp the whole of the daughter definition onto the inside of the card in black ink.


Stamps Used:


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


https://visibleimage.com/product/live-life-now/      https://visibleimage.com/product/daughter-definition/


Other Supplies:


White cardstock, Blending tools, Distress Ink (aged mahogany, worn lipstick, dried marigold) Distress Oxide (worn lipstick), Ruler, Pencil, Craft Knife, Black Card, Anti-static pad, Versamark Clear Ink, Wow! Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Butterfly Punch, Distress Marker (aged Mahogany) White Linen, Distress Stickles, Gems, Glossy Accents.


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like my cards, and I really hope to see you again soon.


Hugs,
Sharon xx




These cards are so beautiful Sharon.. love how different they are, yet equally as elegant as each other.
Thank you for another fantastic video too ♡

You will find more of Sharon’s gorgeous cards over on her blog.

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Mark & Helen xx

 

Mother’s Love

Hello and Happy Monday! We hope your week has started well.

It’s been a really busy day here, now that the snow has melted we can get back to normality! All our deliveries have arrived, so all our stamps are now back in stock!

Jane Tyrrell is kicking off this week’s inspiration with 2 beautiful cards…

Good morning I hope that you survived the weekend with the Beast? Goodness me that was a few days that I hope I don’t have to repeat this year. Our snow melted away yesterday and that cruel, cold East wind has vanished.

 Mother’s day is this Sunday (11th March) in the UK and I have tried to made lots of different styles of my handmade cards for selling at Dotty’s Tea house in Carshalton.  I have made clean and simple (CAS) ones, vintage, cute and some of my Visible Image “Face It” cards.


Today is my Monday dose of Visible Image design team inspiration and I am am sharing 2 versions of a card I designed.

This week I decided to use my fab Face it stamp..




with the Face stencil/mask




I also decided that rather than just using the top line ,as I did last week, that I would use the whole Mother definition stamp.



I also chose some words from the Aries, Cancer and Pisces Zodiac sets from the ‘Written in the Stars collection’




I white embossed them on to black card and cut them out.




I made 2 versions of my Mother Face It cards, one with the eyes shut and one with the eyes open.


First up is the eyes open card. I used picked raspberry, wilted violet and fossilized amber distress oxides for both backgrounds. I used Distress Glaze to protect her eyes. I blended the inks and then added a little spritz of water before drying.



I masked off all but the “Mother” part of the definition and stamped in red ink first. I then stamped the rest of the definition in black. I added some definition to her face using the stencil and chose the words “caring” and “gentle”. You could make other versions: different word choices make the card really personal to the recipient.
I coloured the lips and added glossy accents to the lips for some glamour.




and these words.




For the eyes shut version I used exactly the same background process but the thing I love about using inks is that no background, even using the same colours, ever comes out the same. Every single one is unique and one of a kind, just like our own Mums.

 



Here is a close up of her




her words




and here they are side by side.



I hope the weather is more kind this week to everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave.


Back soon,


Bye for now,
Jane x



These cards are absolutely fabulous Jane! The colours are gorgeous, so cheerful, and your choice of sentiments is perfect ♡♡ ♡

Thanks Jane!

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Destination Unknown

Hello! We have some fantastic inspiration from Teresa Morgan here on the blog today…



This monchrome card is perfect for men and boys’ cards. I teamed the ‘Son definition’ with some ‘Destination Unknown’ stamps, and placed them on the Union Jack Stencil background.





Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Inks look great through the stencil, creating enough colour variation to keep it interesting. The plane is stamped onto a scrap of card then cut out and glued onto the card.




I wanted a small splash of colour so embossed the word son with red embossing powder.



Grungy Union Jack




Son Definiton




Destination Unknown




Brilliant card! Thank you Teresa ♡
Great combination of stamps and the stencil makes the perfect background!

You can find more of Teresa’s inspiring projects over on her blog.



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We will be back with some fabulous inspiration from Pauline Butcher tomorrow.


Have a great evening!


Mark & Helen xx




Stamps and Stencils

Hi!

Today we are sharing some of the samples created by Mark on our September Create and Craft TV shows. Some of our awesome NEW stencils were designed with our super cool music stamps in mind, and our NEW family definition stamps are a perfect addition too…




Mark stayed with traditional colours for his first 2 cards. Our brilliant ‘Grungy Union Jack’ stencil doesn’t need much more than some distress ink to create a superb background!



Grungy Union Jack Stencil


The awesome guitar from the ‘Music Speaks’ set was embossed onto black card using white embossing powder, cut out and adhered to the card using foam pads for depth.




The ‘Father definition’ stamp was masked off to just use part of it, and stamped in Versafine black ink.



Father Definition stamp



Music Speaks Stamp Set



Mark’s next card features stamps perfect for those awkward teenage cards…




Having masked his card in two parts, and coloured the left side blue using distress inks, he then flicked some water onto the ink. Mark then blended distress inks through the stripes part of the ‘Stars and Stripes’ stencil in red, on the right side of his card.

Next he used some white texture paste through the stars part of the stencil, over the blue distress ink.

The ‘Teenage Kicks’ stamp was stamped using Versafine black ink, cut out and again adhered to the card using foam pads. The Brother sentiment was masked off and stamped in black, and one of the definitions was then masked off and stamped below.





Brother Definition stamp



Teenage Kicks Stamp Set



Stars and Stripes Stencil



Mark also created a more ‘girly’ version of this card…




On this card Mark stamped the trainers in pink and added some glitter to the toes!




By adding some dylusions paint to the texture paste, the pink stars add a more feminine feel to the background, against the black distress ink. Mark then used a Wink of Stella pen to add some sparkle!





Daughter Definition stamp



The last card has a far grungier feel…




Mark created a dark grungy background using Distress Oxide inks, splattered with water then dried. He then blended Black Soot distress ink through the fantastic ‘Play Guitar’ stencil.


Mark double embossed the awesome guitarist from the ‘Rock Out’ set using silver powder and adhered it to the card using foam pads for dimension.





Play Guitar Stencil



Rock Out Stamp Set



Super cool cards for teenagers and music lovers of all ages!




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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


Mark & Helen xx


 

Definition of a Mother

Hello there! We have lots of gorgeous inspiration to share with you this week, having now recovered from a busy weekend at Ally Pally!

We enjoyed hanging out with our fabulous Design Team member Jane Tyrrell at the show…


Good morning. I hope you had a lovely weekend? I went to the Crafting at Ally Pally Show in London on Sunday.


The show is held in the Great Hall of the Palm Court, such a fantastic place, with the gorgeous stained glass round window letting the light stream in,


Ally Pally is high on a hill in North London and the views out across to the iconic London skyline are stunning.



The Visible Image stand is so bright and vibrant, it really does stand out in the hall.




I love the way that Helen and Mark decorate every inch of their stand.
I am so proud to be a part of their Design Team and I love seeing all our work displayed.


I enjoyed waving to some of my cards displayed there…I winked at my eye card ?


The display below had the new brilliant family definitions stamps at the top and you will spy my DT card I shared last week using “Father”.

The card I am sharing for my Visible Image DT post today uses “Mother,” on the top far left.




I made it for the recent Create and Craft TV shows last week using the “Mother” sentiment:



First I made an Oxide background…


Then on a plain piece of card I repeat stamped the large grungy heart from the Own Kind of Beautiful set:




I then cut around their tops and painted them with the same colours I used for the background.



Below the hearts I stamped the Mother definition stamp, accenting “Mother” in red. I also stamped out some small hearts which I added Glossy Accents to. I then stamped and embossed in red just the “beautiful” part of the ‘Own kind of Beautiful’ sentiment onto my oxide background.




Here is my finished card…



It really was a lovely day at the show, and if you ever get the chance to visit Ally Pally I would highly recommend it. The next crafting show will be next April.. it will certainly be going in my diary.


It is also such a great opportunity to catch up with 2 very special people…


Yes dear Helen and Mark aka Mr and Mrs Visible Image… such fun and such gorgeous souls. I just wish it was more than twice a year we got to meet!


Enjoy the week ahead.

Bye for now,
Jane x



This is a really beautiful card Jane.. thank you! ♡

It was so great to see Jane at the show! It’s not often we get to catch up with our Design Team friends in person.
We loved meeting new customers along with our lovely regulars, and Facebook group friends!



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A Father’s Wish…

Hi there! Jane Tyrrell is here with a sunshiny card, perfect for Father’s Day or a fantastic Birthday card…


It’s time for my weekly inspiration for Visible Image.




I used the brilliant Strobes stencil




Today’s card is another of the samples I made for the Create and Craft TV shows.


I also used the NEW Father Definition stamp







I used Distress oxides through the strobes stencil and then added the Father sentiment plus some accent stamps from the Own it! and Create it stamp sets. We also have a “distressed” challenge running during September over on our Facebook page…do come and join us..you could win £40 voucher to spend on your choice of Visible Image stamps.




Back soon, and if you are going to the Stamping Show at Ally Pally on Sunday.. do shout and I will say hello! I will also be catching up with Helen and Mark at the Visible Image stand.


Bye for now…I need to get back to the beach ?
Jane x



Love this Jane! Thank you ♡ Great Autumn inspiration too.. the little tree and leaves are so awesome!

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We have been busy catching up with all the latest Design Team inspiration here on the blog over the last few days, so if  you have missed any of our recent posts you will find them all HERE!


Thanks for visiting our blog and we hope you enjoy the rest of your day!


We will be back tomorrow with some ‘distressed’ challenge inspiration from Corrie!


Mark & Helen xx

Music Stars

Hello! Thanks for visiting our blog today… we’re back (a little later than planned) with an awesome card by Jane Tyrrell featuring stamps which will feature on our Create and Craft TV shows this coming weekend! More details at the bottom of this post. Jane has combined them with one of our brilliant NEW stencils…

Good morning all,
I am here to share the second sample I have made for Visible Image for the Create and Craft TV shows this Friday 8 September at 7pm and Saturday 9 September at 9am.


Visible Image’s brand new stencil range have been designed by Mark Alexander and are made by Tando Creative. They are the best quality and a useful 6X6″ size. At the moment there are 10 cool designs.




For today’s sample I used the stars and stripes stencil, as the shows are also being transmitted to our friends in the USA




We are also restarting the monthly challenge over on our Visible Image Group Facebook group where you have the chance to win a £40 coupon to spend on the website. Our theme for September is “Distressed”. You can interpret this in any way you wish using your Visible Image stamps. I chose to go with using “Distress” inks and Oxides.


You can also enter our “anything goes/show and tell” challenge every month using Visible Image stamps, which runs year round. This has a £25 voucher for the winner! Both challenges’ winners are drawn at random so whether you are a seasoned Visible Image stamper, or just inking up your first purchase, you are in with a chance.



For this sample I inked up one of the brand new “We are Family” stamps…

I chose Son, such an apt description:



This is my own 28 year old darling son personified. I had him in mind when I designed my card. He likes very CAS (clean and simple) cards and also listening to music and going to concerts. He also strums on a guitar in his home on occasions. So I knew which stamps would be perfect for my card. The Rock out! stamp set ..these work brilliantly with male cards. My son gave this design his seal of approval ?




This is what I got up to…
I stamped the son sentiment onto a Kraft card blank and positioned the stars and stripes stencil just above.

I used Salty Ocean and Candied Apple distress oxide inks to ink through.



I also made up some funky rock star elements. I made some stars from white card which I could then use as templates.



I cut out a red, white and blue star using my templates from snippets of card. I decorated them with the fist and large star from the Rock out set and I also used the little stars from the “Feel the Beat” stamp set
I also stamped and embossed a guitar which I coloured with original distress inks.


I then put on my creative hat to come up with this card…










Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the comments that you kindly take the time to leave.


Bye for now,
Jane x



Brilliant card! Love it! Thank you Jane! ♡

You will find more of Jane’s inspiring cards and projects over on her blog



Our NEW family definition stamps, music stamps, and this NEW stencil are a perfect match…
it’s like we planned it 😉




We are so excited to launch our NEW stencils and ‘We Are Family’ collection on Create and Craft TV this weekend…

Friday September 8th at 7pm BST (GMT+1)
And Saturday September 9th at 9am BST (GMT+1)

Sky 674 – Freeview 23 – Virgin 748 – Freesat 813 –
Apple TV – Amazon Fire

Or watch online:

http://www.createandcraft.com/gb/

www.createandcraft.com/us

You can watch our shows on catch up for 7 days online too!

Make sure you tune in or set your recorder for the shows, as Mark and Pauline have some awesome demos planned!



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Available from your favourite Visible Image stockist very soon!


Have a great day!


Mark & Helen xx


NEW Stars and Stripes Stencil

Hello! Hope you are having a good weekend.

Have you seen our quirky NEW family definition stamps? We think they’re really cool, and rather useful, so we’re really excited to be launching them on Create and Craft TV next weekend!

Nicky Gilburt is here on the blog today sharing a superb card featuring not only one of these new stamps but an awesome NEW stencil too…


Hello,

For todays card I had the idea to use the stripes from the aptly named Stars and Stripes stencil






I simply positioned the stencil over my card and used blending sponges and a selection of four Distress Oxides through the stripes. I also stamped separately four stars which come on the ‘Rock Out’ stamp set, cut them out and stuck them round the awesome definition of the word SON..




which was stamped with white embossing powder onto white card. I then used my blending sponge and blue Distress Oxide ink to colour the card behind.




All mounted on a simple A6 tent fold card, this card was complete within minutes, and I love the simple effect achieved through using just one section of these new amazing stencils. And I know that Visible Image fans are going to love these too!




September’s Visible Image challenge theme is…. Distressed! Be sure to add your make to the album over in the Facebook group to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous £40 coupon to spend in the Visible Image Shop!

 


Happy crafting!
Nicky



We absolutely love this card! Thanks Nicky! And how awesome that it’s so quick to make too!
You can find more of Nicky’s fabulous cards and projects over on her blog.



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We will be back later today with a stunning mixed media tag from Veerle Moreels, and tomorrow we have a brilliant card from Jane Tyrrell, using the exact same stamp and stencil as Nicky… but with a totally different look!


Thanks so much for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


Mark & Helen xx