Posted: July 15th, 2017 by

Time is Ticking…

Hello! We have some superb Saturday inspiration coming your way today from Nicky Gilburt…

I’ve been playing with the fantabulous Ahead of our time and Alphabetical stamps from Visible Image, making up my own quotes using the letters, and backgrounds too…can you see the tick tock? Look into the image! Having all these possibilities allows you to really get creative. No constraints, no restrictions…think of something to say and say it!!


I inked up my backgrounds with distress oxides and splashed the card with water to get the bleached-out effect. I stamped my main feature with brown Nuvo Hybrid ink, I love this ink as you don’t have to think about what pens to use with them -it’s untouchable, there’s no ‘wrong’ medium to use! Alcohol or water-based pens – they can’t touch it!


I formed the words with the stamps. They look quite lively here, but once all the other elements are added they will become more of a background.

The masking of the frames from the alphabetical set resulted in a funky display of boxes into which I stamped my required lettering.

Adding extra stamps from the set, in dark colours, and shading from the outside in with distress inks, adds, I hope, to the depth of the image, or at least that’s what I tried to create! I also masked over the whole of the ‘MAN’ boxes to bring the letters to the foreground.

Stamps Used:

Ahead of our Time

Somewhere in Time


Happy Crafting
Nicky x

Brilliant card Nicky! Love how you used the alphabet in the background for added interest along with the cogs! ♡

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Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you are having a great weekend so far.

We’ll be back with more fantastic inspiration tomorrow.

Mark & Helen xx

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