Hello There! We had a great time at the Hobbycrafts show in the NEC last week, it was so great to meet lots of our wonderful customers and we also met lots of crafters who hadn’t yet discovered our awesome stamps! We were thrilled to receive so many fantastic comments about our designs, our stand, and of course the amazing samples created by our brilliant Design Team.
Receiving comments like ‘I loved your stand at the NEC, so many exciting stamps’ and ‘Wow your stamps are so different! How have I never seen you before?!’ make all the hard work and long hours so worthwhile! We’d like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who came to see us and bought our stamps 🙂
We’d also like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Pauline Butcher who held fantastic ‘Make & Take’ sessions on our stand throughout the show, even teaching people who had never stamped before to create an awesome tag they were extremely proud of 🙂 Well done!
While we were away at the show our team were busy as always creating such gorgeous things to inspire you, so here on the blog today we will be catching up with all their cards and projects. So… grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy today’s post…
Today I have a mixed media canvas using some fabulous Visible Image stamps!
The canvas is small, about 5 inches by 7 inches.
It is primed with white DecoArt gesso. On top of the gesso, I did some random stamping using various Visible Image stamps. Over the base coat I added color using DecoArt paints and Derwent Inktense Color Blocks.
I used the “Good Times” sentiment from the No Regrets set.
I wanted to try something a bit different to get more texture, so I stamped the awesome Flower INKognito in Archival Ink onto fabric.
I stamped around the edge of the swatch with the ‘splatter dots’ portion of Flower INKognito. In the background you can see a few dots from the Retro Dots Background stamp also.
For my background I used black and red dylusion spray and shaving foam, love it!
I just love to make christmas cards this time of the year. It starts to build up the right atmosphere before the ”big day”.
The background is made by masking of a square and then add a few different colors of distress ink. I’ve used three different blue, but then I decided to add some pink in the middle at the end. On top of the ink I brushed a small amount of white/clear mica powder. Then I stamped the tree from Rockin’ Around set with black Versa Fine ink pad. Dried it a bit and the brushed on some gold mica powder. It sets even after a while since the ink dry very slow. Brushed of the excess powder.
The sentiment from White Christmas set is stamped with the same ink pad but now on a piece of Vellum. Here the ink dries even slower so I heated it for a while, and then brushed on some blue mica powder on top to coordinate with the blue background. Mounted it on a card base and finally added some bling at the tree.
If you are anything like me you will always be looking for different ways of using your stamps to get as much value for money as you can. This week I have taken a completely non-Christmas stamp set and created a fun Christmas card!
My background is a piece of white cardstock which I sprayed with Goosebumps spray. (For those of you who haven’t come across this before, it’s a bit like a thinner version of Glossy Accents in a spray bottle. It dries completely clear and raised up, making a great resist for inks). Once dry I blended a couple of blue Distress Inks over the card, then with a damp kitchen towel quickly wiped over to reveal the ‘snow’. Then I added some torn card across the bottom and smeared some Stickles along the edge to create the snowy ground.
I coloured the Alien with Promarkers, cut him out and glued in place. The little Santa hat is drawn freehand, then coloured and glued on his head!
The sentiment is also from the Alien Invader Set. I stamped it in black then added the word Season’s with a red Promarker before cutting out and matting onto red card.
I started with a background made fom Brusho’s, just sprinkling the colour and spritzing with water, and letting it drip. I stamped the small star using a brusho and water mixture. The Sleigh was stamped using a Blue Versafine ink, along with the top of the tree stamp. The snow is white Frantage plus glitter, and the sentiment was heat embossed in white, and fussy cut. Stickles was added to finish it off.
I LOVE shaker cards. And it was time to create my first shaker card with Visible Image Stamps. I picked the White Christmas set because I’m in love with the snowflake. I used it a lot of times during the last few weeks, because it is so awesome and so versatile! On this card I did an embossing resist technique with the snowflake and Distress Ink “Mermaid Lagoon”. I used silver powder to emboss the sentiment onto some Vellum.
I decorated the shaker window with dies from Marianne Design and a little bit of snow, beads and sequins. The background is also colored with “Mermaid Lagoon”. It is so easy to build up these cards and they are so beautiful.
Have you started getting ready for the Holidays, shopping, wrapping gifts, yet? Just in case you are at the wrapping stage….today I wanted to share a quick gift tag.
I used the Visible Image stamp set, Rockin’ Around.
Take a piece of white cardstock or your favorite paper. Fold the top down almost 1/3 of the way to make the flap. On the underside of the flap you can write your message or greeting.
I stamped and clear embossed the full trees on the inside first. Then I stamped and clear embossed the tree on the top flap. I masked off the lower ‘underneath tree’ portion with the clear plastic sheet the stamps are covered with for storage, I did not want to get a ghostly image if I did not line it up perfectly.
I added color using Distress Inks in vintage tones. The spritzed with water mist. Once dry there were some areas I wanted to tone down so I used some Dylusions spray ink in white.
Today I decided to go real sweet (cute)!
I’ve made a lollipop card. Easy to do with a paper straw and some fantasy on top. I’ve used the BIG Merry Christmas stamp on this one, and embossed the words with Platinum embossing powder. Die cutted the parts and two extra for the backside.
Forgot to take a picture on the backside, but it’s only a white circle there in the middle so I can write a message if I like to.
I did a double bow and attached a charm to it and then decorated with some bling around the circle.
We’ve all been in Christmas mode for a while now so I thought I’d take a break from the festivities this week and share a funky birthday card.
I have used the amazing Captain Awesome Set to create a fun shaker card! The background is blended Distress Inks with some faux bleach spots (created by splashing some water then dabbing off with kitchen roll). The image is coloured with Promarkers, then cut ut and glued onto the background.
I die cut a circle aperture in some teal card, stamped and embossed the sentiments, then attached some acetate behind the aperture. This is mounted on 3d foam with some star sequins inside.
Thank you so much ladies, you never fail to WOW us! 🙂
We are sure that you’ve been suitably inspired by all these amazing samples! You can get your hands on all these stamps over in our online shop. Postage is just £1.50 within the UK and £3 everywhere else 🙂 Or why not make a ‘wish list’ and give it to your family for Christmas pressies…. it’s just 6 weeks away now, can you believe that?!
Thank you so much for coming to visit our blog today, we’ll be back later with a PINK step by step tutorial from Kim featuring our gorgeous Stay Strong stamp, and tomorrow Pauline will be here with her ‘Fabulous Friday’ post.
Have a great day!
Mark & Helen xx