Posted: September 12th, 2017 by

Grungy Rock

Hello! We are back with more awesome inspiration this afternoon! Nicky Gilburt has made some ‘seriously grungy’ cards with our NEW stencils…

I’m sharing a card I made with one of my favourite ever Visible Image stamps.. the amazing ‘Rock Out’, and the brand new ‘Stars and Stripes’ stencil which is also up there at the top of my list too!

For this card I stepped away from the bright colours and went for three natural Distress Oxides – Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Iced Spruce.

Firstly I made a pale inky background onto Daler Rowney mixed media paper, just smooshing and picking up bits of ink which I had applied to a glass mat and spritzed. I love the fact that at this point you have a piece of soggy card that really looks like it should go in the bin! Only crafters get it….

I helped this to dry with my heat gun, then taped my stencil over the cardstock. Iced Spruce through the stars, Frayed Burlap through the stripes BUT I pretty much avoided the middle, I sponged down from the top of each stripe and up from the bottom, achieving (I am going to confess, I didn’t realise how good it was going to look, I just thought I’d try it) that bright shine across the whole of the stripes.

I love the illusion that I have used colour to lighten that area, when in fact I used NOTHING!

From that point it was easy and exciting to finish the card. I stamped my rocking guitarist in Versafine Onyx Black, added a couple of stars either side of him and the ‘Rock Out’ words across the stripes in Iced Spruce. A touch of black fine liner to make the grey stars pop and this was complete.

I found some corrugated card that had waited 12 years in my cupboard to be used, and the card was finished!

You might have seen this one on Create and Craft at the weekend, it’s one of my show samples, but I’m sure you will agree, the whole Design Team never ceases to astonish. I LOVE Visible Image shows, Mark and Pauline are incredible with their designs and demonstrations. You can always catch up with the Create and Craft shows for 7 days, but remember that you can order directly from Visible Image or your favourite local or online retailer too, and be quick, those new stencils are going to fly out of the door!!!

Happy crafting!

Brilliant card Nicky.. loving the sepia tones for this grungy look! Thank you ♡

You can find more of Nicky’s fabulous cards and projects over on her blog.

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We will be back later today with a gorgeous card from Jane Tyrrell, featuring another of our NEW stencils!

Thanks so much for stopping by our blog today.

Mark & Helen xx

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