Born To Perform

Hello there! Wow wow wow… we are totally blown away by the number of orders we have received for our NEW stamps already, and they only went on pre-order late on Friday evening! Thank you so much to everyone who has ordered so far, we cannot even begin to describe how amazing it feels that you love our designs so much! ♡ ♡ ♡

As promised, we will have loads of fabulous inspiration for you over the next few weeks. Just when you think your Design Team cannot possibly get any better…!

Nicky has been really busy and has very inky fingers this weekend. We adore what she is about to share with you today…


Oh. My. Goodness.

When something comes along that just takes your breath away…

This image of the ballerina from the Born To Perform set of stamps by Visible Image, is truly the most beautiful image of a dancer I have ever seen. I have sought an image like this, and then Mark delivered, without even knowing how high up on my wishlist this was!

With the brand new February 2017 release of some ground breaking new stamps, this set, Born to Perform, delivers style and potential in bucket-fulls. I chose to keep my first card simple,to showcase the beautiful ballerina, so here it is…

2017-01-29 Visible Image - ballerina stamp - born to perform - Nicky Gilburt 2

If you know anything of my style, you will understand (and sympathize) how hard it was for me to achieve this effect. I needed to keep the white space but my, it was a challenge that I enjoyed!

To get the background effect I took three of the new Nuvo Aqua flow pens, in Aqua Splash, Indigo Dawn, and Spiced Ginger. One by one I dropped liquid from each pen onto a large acrylic block and pressed it onto watercolour card, drying with a heat gun between each press.

Two colours:

Nicky 1


Preparing to add third colour:


Nicky 2




Nicky 3

If you don’t dry between colours, they can merge and go murky. It’s a slow process but SO worth it to get the optimum result! And you can add more colour if you feel it needs it.

I then stamped the dancer in purple pigment ink, which remained wet long enough to be able to add glitter purple embossing powder, and which I then heated with my heat tool.

Nicky 4


You can see here that I then got a little splatty, mixing a couple of drops of ink with water, in my palette, and flicking the brush over the watercolour card. Again, dry with a heatgun if you can. I also dotted around my image with an embossing pen and sprinkled the purple glitter powder over it, just to match the splash of the tutu!


The final touches were to add the key words, and then some super tiny gems in toned colours. I hope they add a little movement and flow to the project.


2017-01-29 Visible Image - ballerina stamp - born to perform - Nicky Gilburt


If you want to see more of Visible Image’s new releases for 2017 then click here!

The next few weeks are going to be terribly exciting as Helen, Mark and the Design Team showcase all the new stamps from the February release!

I’m off back to my creating, I look forward to sharing something else from the new release very soon.


Happy crafting!


Such a gorgeous card Nicky.. loving your splatters of colours and super sparkly ballerina ♡ Thank you!
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Mark & Helen xx


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