Posted: July 30th, 2021 by

Phoenix Rising | Lifting Others | Card

Hello and Happy weekend to you! Leanne is here on the blog today showing how she made an amazing card with our FACE IT and PHOENIX RISING stamps, with the bare tree from our INTO THE WOODS set and lots of paint and ink…

Hey there!

I’m sharing this creation that I’ve made using some of my Visible Image stamps.

phoenix stamp | flames | eyes | face | we rise by lifting others | handmade card

Many people ask where I get my ideas from or how I got to the finished result so today I’ve got a couple of step by step photo’s so that I can explain what I did with this one.

Believe it or not, I often don’t start with much of a clue of what I’m going to do with a stamp set and because my style is experimental, it often changes very much along the way!!!

So here we go…

Ok, so I chose a piece of card that I’d sprayed with my ink sprays previously (this was a yellow and pink sprayed piece) and I stamped the eyes from Visible Image’s Face It! stamp set in black versafine clair ink and clear embossed over the top to seal it.  The eyes were then covered with some masking fluid.

I then used my Ecoline liquid watercolour in black to give an ombre effect coming down from the top of the page using a 1 inch watercolour flat brush – this darkened that original sprayed piece of card perfectly for me.

Next I used the Visible Image Into The Woods stamp set (the stand alone bare tree) and firstly stamped using a Versafine smokey grey ink pad, and then applied my Dylusions yellow and orange paints to the stamp with a dauber and had lots of fun!

I have now rubbed away the masking fluid from the eyes (they still look a little pink as remember, I had used a yellow/pink ink sprayed piece of card to start with).  Now I stamped the Pheonix from Visible Image stamp set Phoenix Rising in black Versafine clair ink, and covered that with black embossing powder to cover any areas that were struggling to cover over the Dylusions paint – note, some of the embossing powder caught the damp paint but that’s ok – it adds to the effect!

Here is the finished card

face stamps | eyes | phoenix | flames | tree | handmade card

You will see that I have coloured the whites of the eyes with a grey watercolour pen, and highlighted with white pastel pencil. The eyes have been coloured with an orange watercolour pen. and then I have used black, orange and white pastel pencils to take the glow of the flames up in to the eyes. Matted on to another piece of card that I had blended mustard seed and Kitsch Flamingo distress inks on to, and used the flames stamps from the Pheonix Rising set with Versafine clair ink. The sentiment is also from the Pheonix Rising set, and I have white embossed onto black card for this.


face stamps | eyes | lips | closed eyes | wink | clear | rubber

phoenix stamp | flames | we rise by lifting others | clear | rubber

forest stamps | woods | trees | owls | stay grounded | clear | rubber

Well, hope you stuck with me, a lengthy post and hope that you got a small glimpse in to how my mind works to achieve the effects that I need!

Thanks for stopping by!

Leanne xxx

Incredible card! It’s full of drama! Loving the combination of stamps and the effects created with the tree stamp!

Thank you Leanne ♡


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