Life is What You Make It @ Visible Image

Hi There! Second post on our blog today 🙂

Playing catch up after an extremely busy few days following our Black Friday sale! So many of you got yourselves some amazing deals 🙂

Here’s some Wonderful Wednesday inspiration and a brilliant tutorial from the fabulous Kim Robertson…

Hi Everyone

Can you believe another week has gone by it is crazy how fast it goes when you are soooo busy , I just haven’t known where this year has flown to but gosh its gone like Concorde in the early days  lol.

As you all know Visible Image had a fab new launch last week with new stamp sets called Express Yourselfso this week I am showing another one of the cards I made with 2 of the fab stamps from the Be Happy set.

For this one I have kept it fairly simple and used just one ink, some Mica , embossing powder, 1 backing stamp and 2 sentiment main focus stamps from the new set. Of course I then decorated it with a few simple flowers and some natural fibres and bows but you can decorate with anything you have of course or leave it plainer for a gentleman.

Here is today’s card…

Visible Image stamps - Life is what you make it - Kim Robertson

I went for a subtle background and used only some Vintage photo ink around the edge of the backing piece to bring the edges in and create a frame.

So to start I chose the Take risks stamp and some white card. I also decided on this gorgeous Pearlescent interference blue Mica powder from Ranger to create a backing page as opposed to lots of ink just for a change. So although it is extremely hard to see on the white card I had stamped the Take Risks stamps randomly on the backing with perfect medium and then got out my mica.

I then used a soft brush to add the powder dry to the ink and here you can see it picking up some of the colour, You can also cover a background in perfect medium and lay down your mica, ink up your stamp in perfect medium and then stamp onto the mica and it will pull up the powder and leave you with a negative image too.

This is what my backing piece looked like at this stage, I then decided to add some dots with the grunge polka dot background too in the same way so I haven’t shown that as it is the same as this , I just held the stamp in my hand rather then on a block so I could get in where I wanted to for this one. I measured out some mats and started to put them together next.

 Here is the very back in gold and black.

I then took the mica backing and inked the edges as described earlier in Vintage photo. I used some vintage cotton lace and wrapped it around the bottom third of the card and also wrapped a thin piece of matching blue ribbon around that and layered that piece onto some gold added foam to the back and mounted it onto the black and gold layer. This is our backing card ready so now onto the main focal point.

I stamped out the ‘Life is what you make it ‘ stamp onto black card with perfect medium embossing ink and added this gold embossing powder and of course tapped off the excess and heat set.

I added the black card onto a piece of white card added some burlap and some matching lace and ribbon, I also added some twine later after this photo for extra fibres, as you can see below.

I then added foam to the back to raise it u off the card and added it on an angle to our base.

I tied bows from burlap ribbon and blue ribbon to match and added them, I also added three white roses which I later added some perfect medium too and a little perfect pearl to give just a slight pastel tint to the flower edges , I also added some stamens and some curly cues in green wire as you will see in the finished pictures below.

Lastly I added some tiny blue bling to the ribbon and some larger on the edges to tie in the frame.

It is a real shame the mica does not show up so pearly and sparkly in the photos as it really does stand out and sparkle in real life but it is very pretty.

Below I have added the lovely new stamp set and the backing stamp I used for this one too.

Be Happy Set
Grunge Polka Dot Background

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, I have enjoyed using these stamp sets of course as they are lovely.
Huge crafty hugs


Thank you Kim! What an absolute stunner <3 xxx

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Thanks for visiting today 🙂

Mark & Helen xx
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