Posted: April 7th, 2021 by

Design Team Intro | Ali Carubia

Hi there! Next up is another of our existing designers who is staying on the team…

Ali Carubia

Ali is on our BLOGGING TEAM!

We love Ali’s striking cards and fabulous backgrounds, and how wonderfully she interprets and co-ordinates our stamps, stencils and sentiments!

I started crafting about 20 years ago. My style is varied, my favourites are bright colours and silhouettes. I have an extensive collection of paper, stamps, inks, paints and sparkly things!

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For my latest Visible Image inspiration I’ve been playing with two fabulous stencils to make a couple of cards for my friends. These were fun and easy to make.

Quirky rose stamp | ink swirls stencil | kindness + friendship | handmade cards

To make the DL card:

Take a A4 piece of 300gsm white stamping card, cut it down to 210mm x 196mm and scoring at 98mm.

Trim the left over strip to 84mm x 194mm to make the card topper.

Tape the Visible Image ‘Ink Swirls’ stencil over the bottom 2/3’s of your card strip with masking tape. Use a brush or blending foam to apply the weathered wood distress oxide ink through the stencil, add a little black soot distress oxide in places – avoid the straight edge at the top of the stencil.

Wipe the ink off the stencil, flip it over and move it over the top 1/3. Match up the swirls as best you can and ink up as before. Flick a little water over your inked card, leave for a few seconds and then pickup the drops with paper towel.

Wipe over another piece of white stamping card with an anti static bag. Then stamp the rose from Visible Image’s Random Art of Kindness 6 times using black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Fussy cut the roses, I cut slightly outside of the embossed lines.

Colour the roses with a base coat of orange ink and then add the red and pink ink.

Use the remaining orange and pink on your applicators to colour a sentiment from the ‘Words of Support’ stencil onto white card with the orange at the top and the pink at the bottom.

Heat emboss with clear embossing powder as before.

Trim the sentiment and mount it onto a scrap of black card with a border of about 1.5mm (1/16″).

Stamp the flower stem 3 times using black versafine ink as above and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Glue your inked piece onto a larger piece of black card with a border of about 3mm (1/8″).

Glue 3 of the roses flat onto the topper using pva glue. Shape the remaining 3 roses using your fingers and use 3d foam to fix them onto your card.

Use a white gel pen to add highlights to the flower heads, then doodle around the outside of your card with a fine black liner pen.

Colour the circles on the stems with a red pen and then cover these with glossy accents.

Attach your card topper to the white DL card blank you made earlier and attach the sentiment using 3d foam to the bottom right hand corner.

Your finished card will look like this ?

To make the square card:

The process is the same except you don’t need to move the stencil and only 4 roses are needed. I found this card even quicker to make ?

The measurements for the 6″x 6″ square card are:
card topper – white stamping card 130mm x 130mm
black card matt – 138mm x 138mm

I used a different sentiment and a couple of adhesive gems on this one…


  • Visible Image Stamps – Random Art of Kindness
  • Visible Image Stencils – Inky Swirls & Words of Support
  • Spectrum Noir Harmony Inks – Tangerine, Chinese Red & Fuchsia
  • Distress Oxides – Weathered Wood & Black Soot
  • Black Versafine ink pad
  • Masking tape
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Red marker pen
  • White gel & black fine liner pens
  • Glossy Accents
  • Red gems
  • Heat gun
  • A4 White stamping card (300gsm)
  • Black card for matting & layering
  • 6″ x 6″ white card blank
  • double sided tape or pva
  • 3d foam pads

  • quirky flower stamps | hope | kindness | sentiments

    word of support | stencil

    ink swirls stencil

    I hope you have enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by ?

    Ali xxx

    These cards are so striking and gorgeous Ali! They would be adored by anyone who received them. Thank you 


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