Things happen for a reason… don’t they?

Hello, thank you for visiting our blog today.

We want to let you know about some changes happening here at Visible Image…

Earlier this year we received some rather unexpected news! The photopolymer we use to make our stamps was being discontinued, something we never imagined happening!!!

After considering the various options, and testing other photopolymer products, we made the decision that we would stop manufacturing the stamps ourselves. It wasn’t an easy decision to make at all, but we believe it is the right decision for us and for the future of Visible Image.

So our stamps will have a new look!

Here’s our awesome NEW packaging…

Visible Image stamps - new packaging 2016


Having made stamps for over 12 years, Mark certainly knows everything there is to know about superb quality clear photopolymer stamps.. and he wouldn’t settle for anything less! Both Mark and Pauline have ‘road tested’ our new stamps, putting them through their paces, and they were both more than happy with the results! So, we hope you will feel confident and re-assured about continuing to buy our stamps, which are made here in the UK, are still very deeply etched and pre-cut ready for you to use.

Those of you who have followed us for quite some time will know that over the past year we have struggled to keep up with the very high demand for our stamps, which has resulted in longer waiting times for orders, and us working ridiculous hours!

In order to keep creating amazing, original designs something had to give… and that day on the phone when the news was delivered, it made us stop in our tracks and really think about everything! We were burnt out, and we could not continue the way we had been for much longer. So, we truly believe that this is the right path for us to take… ‘Even in our darkest moments, there is always a glimmer of light’.


There are so many positives from this decision!

You will receive your orders quicker!!!

Not only will we be able to bring you even more awesome stamp designs, but we will finally be able to bring you many other products! This is something we have wanted to do for so long, and have so many ideas for, but we just never had the time due to spending most of our time manufacturing!

Mark will have a lot more time to get inky creating awesome projects to inspire you! More time to demonstrate, and will appear on Craft TV more regularly… ‘Creativity is good for the soul’.

We’ll be able to organise a lot more workshops and demo days!

And, we will have more time for family, friends and ourselves! After all, there is more to life than working… ‘Life is meant to be lived!’


For a short time there will be a cross over period…

Therefore orders will either contain stamps we have made ourselves and/or the new stamps.. The quality will be superb whichever you receive.

We will also be working closely with our stockists to make the transition to our new branding as seamless as possible.

As our stamps will now come in larger sized packaging, this has given us the opportunity to add extra stamps to some of the sets.

We hope you will see this change as a positive thing, and that you’ll continue to support us on our exciting journey! We promise you nothing but exceptional quality products, incredible designs, and as always we intend to ‘stand out’ and ‘dare to be different!’

(Couldn’t help getting a few of our awesome quote stamps in there!)


Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for all your support.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us: [email protected]


We are both incredibly excited about the future of Visible Image!

Mark & Helen xx

Visible Image LOGO


64 thoughts on “Things happen for a reason… don’t they?

  1. Exciting changes! LOVE the new look packaging. I am sure that your new stamps will be of great quality. So glad you got more time and space for your creative endeavours. Looking forward to seeing you in Port Sunlight. X

  2. Looking forward to new products and new projects. The very best of luck and love on the next part of a very exciting journey. You have all of us ” addicts” behind

  3. Wishing you every success, although I know you don’t need it. I have been thinking for a while that it is a lot of work for two people and I am sure you will go from strength to strength. Rest assured we will keep buying your fantastic stamps . Xx

  4. I am SO pleased for you, truly! Of course, as a customer, it’s great but what’s even better is you get “time for YOU”! How exciting to look forward to all opportunities this will bring to you. I am sure I’m not only one who wants you to go from strength to strength, both as a company & as a family. I will admit, things happening for a reason? I’m still waiting for answer to that one. Lol. I’ll take hope from this post.
    Massive kudos to you for taking a risk & trusting. It certainly paid off!

    • Thank you so much Caroline. I certainly believe ‘some’ things happen for a reason, but some things I will never understand! Hugs, Helen xx

  5. What exciting news!! Looking forward to seeing the new products that you bring in and know that you wouldn’t make the change if it wasn’t a positive one!!! Thanks for taking the time to let us know about them!!

  6. What fabulous news! It just proves that having a positive attitude towards the ‘bad’ news really made a difference. I love your stamps and even ordered while I was on holiday in Florida because I didn’t want to miss your generous 30% discount! All the best and thank you for explaining everything x

  7. Good luck to you both. I’ve wondered how you have managed to do it all yourselves for a long time! It will be great to see more of your creative side and as you say – life is to be lived! Hope to see you at Ally Pally in Sept. Very best wishes Sue

  8. Hope this lightens the load for you. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of your ‘babies’ but they’ll fly I’m sure!!!

  9. Even when it seems to be bad news, things do work themselves out for the best. I’m glad to hear you will be continuing to make your stamps even if it is with someone else’s help. Sometimes we have to think about what is best for us. And there is so many more positives that will come with your decisions. I love your stamps and think you are on the path to a better success. Best wishes for you and Mark. All will be just fine. One day I will too be making money doing what I love (everything art) and its decisions like yours that will help me along my path as well. Sometimes too much of a heavy load is just too much. But there are ways around it to continue to do what you do. And what you love to do. Sending hugs.

  10. Congrats to your decision, think it wasn’t an easy one. But it is the right one if you feel it is. Everyone has to beware his private life quality and if you feel this its the best for everybody ❤️

  11. Fantastic news for you as a family and as crafters/designers . You get to continue with yr passion to create inspirational artwork and design quality crafting products, but you can focus more on the most important thing in life… yr family. Exciting times ahead xx

  12. its true..everything happens for a reason! Now we will be able to enjoy lots more of your creative work because you have the time to breathe & enjoy creating! I will miss your packaging though 🙁 I find it really easy to see the image on that simple white background and the envelopes are so easy to store. All the very best to you deserve this “break” and a new direction xxx

    • Thank you Wendy. It will still be easy to see the images as when you turn the packaging over they are printed in black outline. Helen xx

  13. It would be lovely to see you on Hochanda more time to demonstrate and show off your fabulous stamps. Onwards and upwards.

    • Hi Jacqueline! We are on Create and Craft TV and our next show is at 4pm on Saturday September 10th – hope you can tune in to see Mark and Pauline doing some fantastic demos!

  14. So pleased to read this news. You were both working yourselves into the ground, will be so nice for you and your family to have more time together. Life is too short to be all work and no play. Looking forward to seeing you on tv again soon. Take care. xxx

  15. I haven’t used your stamps before, but they look awesome.
    Have you considered also doing digital stamps? It’s a great way to branch into worldwide sales without people worrying about the cost of postage or things getting lost

  16. Congratulations and very best of luck with your new ventures! I have every faith that your stamps and products will continue to be the best quality and fabulous designs 🙂 xx

  17. Every cloud and all that. You both work very hard and have great passion for what you do. The polymer ‘incident’ was a blessing in disguise. I love your stamps, and I know you wouldn’t ever compromise on quality. The time you gain by having someone else manufacture the stamps will allow you to spend more time designing new products which is fantastic for us crafters but more importantly you will get to spend more time with your gorgeous family. I raise my glass to your future Mark and Helen. Cheers xxxxxx

    • Thank you so much Kim! We were only saying yesterday how much we miss you!!! Lots of love and hope to catch up with you one of these days down in sunny West Wales xxxxxx

  18. Through out my life when things had appeared to be disasterous they have sorted themselves out for the better. Have faith in yourselves sometimes we need a nudge in the right direction. I retired and now I feel happy and enjoy life happily helping others.

  19. Totally understand why you’ve done this. I was wondering how on earth you kept up with the orders … you must feel you’re on a constant treadmill! Time to get off & enjoy life. Take care xxx

  20. There’s always a light at the end if the tunnel. I’m sure you’re stamps will remain of high quality and your customer service remain impeccable. I will definitely be continuing to order from you and hopefully get to say hi again at the NEC November. Good luck. Xx

  21. Something had to give – think this is a blessing in disguise for you. Enjoy, perhaps I’ll be able to get to a workshop if you have more. Feel free to come over here to Italy to give one, we have plenty of spare bedrooms!! 🙂 x

  22. I am quite sure the quality of the stamps will be as fabulous as ever. I also know now you will have a fabulous work/ life split. Thank you for all your extremely hard work, and may you continue too grow both personally and business wise. Thank you for the information I look forward too trying out the new stamps. Hugs

  23. So glad you are moving forward with this solution – you couldn’t continue as you were going. Good on you for seeing the positives – look after yourselves! Big hugs rachel x

  24. Very exciting and totally the right decision, I’m sure. Sounds like a win-win situation all round, and I wish you the very best of luck with it all. So glad you will now be able to have more time to yourselves and at the same time see Visible Image go from strength to strength. Can’t wait to see all your new ideas! x

  25. WOW!!! The new packaging is amazing. I love the colours. They definitely show off the fantastic Visible Image designs.
    Yes, things happen for a reason, but as they say, “as one door closes, a window opens elsewhere”. Hey, that’s a good quote for a new stamp, on the best quality photopolymer as always!!! What do you say Mark?

    Visible Image are known for their quality and uniqueness and long may it continue!
    And yes, everyone deserves a bit of down time, especially a hard working pair like you two, so enjoy!!!
    Lots of love,
    Lisa xxx

  26. I was delighted to read your news and there are indeed exciting times ahead for you both. After incredibly hard work you now will reap the rewards and continue to succeed in your new ventures. Having time for yourselves will be reward itself! I sincerely wish you every success for the future and good luck as you enter this new and exceptional chapter ahead! Grab those reins in both hands and enjoy the ride!
    Carol X

  27. Good luck guys, life is definitely for living and if this gives you more time for that then you have made the right decision! One question, are you still taking on new suppliers? Best wishes, Helen x

    • Hi Helen, thank you. Yes we are but probably not until October when all the new stock is ready as this is a huge process for us. Helen

      • Then I shall have to be patient until October!! Can’t wait to stock your gorgeous stamps in my new shop :). Wishing you both continued success x

  28. The new packaging looks cool and i have absolutely no doubt at all that your stamps will always be of the highest quality! It will be so cool you will have more time for yourselves. As a long time sufferer of M.E. I know, too late, how important it is to take time to relax – working all the time is not good! I think this is an awesome change for you! xxx

  29. Look forward to using moore of your stamps in future sounds a good move for you as a couple and company all best love Joy xx

  30. So pleased for you! I know what it feels like to be running yourself ragged trying to keep up with orders!! Glad things have turned out so well for you and look forward to more of your gorgeous stamps. xx

  31. Wishing you all the best, sounds like a good idea to me, change isn’t always a bad thing, and things do happen for a reason. Enjoy !

  32. I love everything you guys do and that will never change – looking forward to all the new designs, inspiration and amazing products you bring to us. You deserve a bit of time for yourselves – lots of love – Anji

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