Heart Plaque | Equality Sentiment Stamp

Hi there! We hope you had a lovely weekend, doesn’t Monday come around quickly! It’s the longest day of summer today (although we haven’t seen any sunshine here in Wales today), but Jane is here with a wonderfully vibrant heart plaque to brighten the day, and also celebrate PRIDE with fabulous rainbow inks and our Equality sentiment stamp.


Good Afternoon

As June is Pride month I could not let the month pass by without making something to celebrate this most important annual event. I decided to make a mixed media heart plaque. Equality in this world for everyone is so very important, so the Equality Hope + Love stamp set below seemed perfect to use. I love this definition of the word Equality.


equality hope love kindness | sentiment stamps | clear | rubber


I also wanted to share some love so I also used the gorgeous grungy heart from the Follow Your Heart stamp set


grunge heart stamp | love you | sentiment stamp | clear | rubber


and I added some background stamping using the uber useful Grunge Tones stamps


grunge background stamps | dots | circles | two tone | clear | rubber



This is what I got up to;


I used an MDF heart from my stash and painted it with gesso.



Using yellow acrylic paint and one of the grunge tones stamps I repeat stamped all over.



I repeated this using the other stamps in the set using red and blue paints.  Do remember to wash your stamps immediately after using paint.



I stamped out the equality sentiment from Equality, Hope and Love, cut it up and matted it onto red card.



I then cut out a smaller heart shape from card by hand and coloured it using a rainbow of distress inks.




I then stamped the Follow Your Heart in the centre and clear embossed it, adding some white pen and then added some more grunge tones stamping around the edge.




Here is the finished plaque with its gorgeous rainbow ribbon.




mdf plaque | pride | heart stamp | grunge | equality sentiment | clear | rubber



A couple of close ups where you can see I added some glossy accents to the bubbles, and decoupaged a couple of the elements in this lovely heart stamp.








Supplies


mdf plaque | pride | heart stamp | grunge | equality sentiment | clear | rubber

 
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Bye for now,

Jane x




Wow! This heart plaque is amazing! Our grunge heart stamp looks stunning against the fabulous rainbow inks, and the sentiments are perfect for PRIDE month! Thank you Jane ♡

 

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Daisy Stencil | Card Making Video

Hello! Happy Sunday to you! We hope you are having a good weekend. Jen is here on the blog today with a new video showing how she created a gorgeous summer card with our DAISY DAISY stencil using masking fluid, background stamping using our GRUNGE TONES stamps in white pigment ink + embossing, and some beautiful ink blending.


daisy stencil | mixed media card | grunge background stamping | card making



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daisy stencil | card making | mixed media | visible image



grunge tones | background stamps | visible image



sentiment stamps | card making | quirky





Fabulous card! The masking fluid creates a lovely effect on the petals and the colours and texture are wonderful. Thank you for your brilliant video Jen 

 

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Butterfly Effect Stamps | Handmade Bookmark

Hello! It’s almost the weekend! Yay! We hope you have some good things planned. Ericka is here on the blog today with a gorgeous handmade bookmark created with our stunning BUTTERFLY EFFECT stamps…


Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well. Summer is in full swing at my house which means some time to relax and hopefully read a couple of books. What better way to keep track of my page than to create a bright and pretty bookmark with the Visible Image ‘Butterfly Effect’ stamp set.


butterfly stamp | big | large | bookmark | handmade



big butterfly stamp | handmade tag



To start making my bookmark, I took out a leftover background I had made using Distress Oxides in Kitsch Flamingo and Savage Patina and a brayer. I then added the smaller images from the Butterfly Effect stamp set in the same colours of Distress Inks. I then added some WOW! Embossing clear powder to add a little dimension.



I stamped the butterflies on Bristol Smooth paper and heat embossed in WOW! Embossing Carnival which is a pretty dark blue with sparkle. I then used my Zig watercolor pens to watercolour them. Once my images were dry, I cut them out and added to my tag.



I added the sentiment from the set and added a big pink ribbon I had in my stash.


handmade tag | butterfly stamps | distress oxide inks

 

Supplies


handmade tag | distress oxide inks | big butterfly stamp | visible image



big butterfly stamp | grunge bubbles | circles | visible image



Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good weekend and have a little time to relax.




What a stunning bookmark, loving those colours and the butterfly looks beautiful! Thank you Ericka 

 

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Mythical Mermaid Stamp | Handmade Card

Hello! Thanks for visiting our blog today, it’s been a busy week so we have lots of wonderful Design Team inspiration to catchup with here on the blog. Lynda has made a really beautiful handmade card with our gorgeous Mythical Mermaid stamp, on a fabulous gelli print background..


As you may have been made aware, this week has seen World Oceans Day being celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our seas. Todays project for Visible Image was made with that in mind. Obviously mermaids don’t really exist, but I like to think they do , and in this card the Mythical Mermaid is watching over her sea creature pals keeping them safe.


mythical mermaid stamp | handmade card


My card started from a circular gel print that I had made a while ago while creating backgrounds for the recent summer release of stamps. I made it on my round gelli plate using acrylic paints and the fabulous Ripped Fishnet stencil.



I started by stamping my mermaid in position using a stamp platform. Once stamped, I kept the paper and stamp in place as wanted to lay down a layer of white gesso in the areas for colouring, and then once dry I was able to stamp in the details.



I painted her with skin tone acrylic paint, and used a Sparkle Pen on her top and tail to add some shimmer.



I then stamped the dolphins, and background stamps inside the circle, embossing the bubbles in white and the fish with Distress Glaze.




I coloured the dolphins and sand with Polychromo pencils, and also added some shading to the mermaids features.



To finish, I coloured the bubbles and added glossy accents, and mat and layered on complimentary blue card.



The beach really is my happy place, so creating this sea themed card was so relaxing to do. Hopefully I will find time to visit the coast for real soon, and who knows, I may even spot a mermaid !



Supplies


Ripped Fishnet stencil



Mythical Mermaid stamp | Under the sea | clear | rubber





What a gorgeous card! The circle gelli print looks fabulous and perfect for our mermaid stamp, surrounded by all her under water friends. Thank you Lynda ♡



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We hope you have a lovely evening and a great weekend!

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Visible Image | ATC Swaps Tutorial

Hi there! Thanks for visiting our blog today! Jane is here today to tell you all about the Visible Image ATC Swaps, and for those of you who are new to making Artist Trading Cards Jane has all the details you need…


Hello, it’s time for my latest design team make for Visible Image! Last month I started up an “official” Visible Image Artist trading card (ATC) swap over in the Facebook group. I pair up participants who create an ATC using the theme given, and then post to each other. It was a great success and everyone voted to continue it as a regular event. If you like trading ATCs I highly recommend you come over to the Facebook group! and join us! So far 53 Visible Image fans worldwide have taken part. Some of the Design Team (including myself) also take part.


ATCs | Visible Image stamps


Above is a selection of the ATCs I have made in the past and below is the swap I made for the first “just be you” swap.



I thought today it might be useful for people who have either never heard of ATCs, or don’t know where to start, to show from start to finish my way of making an ATC. This post might also be useful for future reference. Please bear in mind that this is how I personally approach my ATC making, and there are many different ways of doing so.


The theme for the current swap is “here comes summer”. The swap on Facebook is for one ATC but I always chose to make 4 as I keep one, I send one to my 7 year old crafting granddaughter and I swap one elsewhere.



The first thing I did was to choose which stamp sets I wanted to use for the theme. I decided to work with the Summer Wings butterflies


summer wings stamp set | butterfly stamps | dragonfly | line drawings


and to add some background interest to my ATCs I also chose to use the gorgeous grunge circles stamp from the Butterfly Effect set.


big butterfly stamp | grunge circles | bubbles | stamps | clear | rubber


To make my background I used one of my shaving foam distress re-inker marbled backgrounds. I wanted something really light with lots of white space. There are lots of videos on line if you are not familiar with this really old technique. I first made these with food colouring when I was at primary school! This one was made using Squeezed Lemonade, Salvaged Patina and Kitsch Flamingo re-inkers.


I then cut four 3.5 by 2.5 inch backgrounds from the sheet.


All ATCs need to be this “standard” size.


Many people including me, display them in trading card pockets and if they are not this size they won’t fit.



I stamped the word ‘summer’ from the Summer Wings set using Versafine ink and clear embossed to give a shiny appearance and to add some texture.


ATCs can be created in portrait or landscape form so I decided to make 2 of each. I always like add some background detail so I stamped the grungy circles from the  Butterfly Effect set using the new Salvaged Patina distress ink. I love this new colour and yes you can stamp regular distress inks using Visible Image stamps. Their quality is such that the ink does not bead.  Regular distress ink give a lovely subtle vintage effect which you can see above. If you stamped in an oxide you would get a much more intense effect but that was not was I was looking for.



Next I got out my bag of inky scraps and chose some pieces which co ordinated with the backgrounds.



I stamped out lots of the 3 sizes of butterflies and cut them out.  They are so useful for adding to any project that it’s always a time saver to have some ready to go. I cut off the antennae as I would be re stamping the whole butterfly again on the ATC.



To me what makes an interesting ATC is lots of little details. I often use my sewing machine to sew around the edges but you can also use a “faux” sewing effect with a sewing marking wheel. Just use it against a ruler. I use the metal edge of my ruler.



It leaves holes behind like those from a sewing machine.



You can then use a pen to go over the line and it looks like stitching. Try to not be too neat as it looks much more realistic! I used a gold pen this time but black and silver also looks good.


I added some ink to the edges.



I then played with placement of the butterflies. When designing odd numbers always look better than even, and 3 of something is very pleasing to the eye.


I used 2 large and 1 small for my 3 butterflies. Once I was satisfied with the placement of  the butterflies on each card I stamped them in Versafine ink.



I then adhered the butterflies on top.


To give the cards a good thickness of around 300gsm I back mine with the inside of a Weetabix packet. This is really good quality kraft card and free! Just cut it slightly smaller than the ATC and adhere together.



For finishing details I added a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to parts of the wings and some of the small circles, and then Glossy Accents on top for real sparkle!



The final touch was to add some co ordinating sequins.




So here are the 4 all together as a group..


Summer ATCs | butterfly stamps | visible image | clear | rubber



and individually








This is the one sent to my Visible Image group swap partner




and one final photo with the products used


Visible Image stamps | ATCs | Distress Inks


I hope this tutorial has been useful. If you have never made an ATC do have a go! They are such fun and a great challenge to design in a small scale. You don’t need tiny stamps either…these 5 below were made using the new large A5 Dragonfly Reflection set… I just used parts of the dragonfly with the words.


dragonfly stamp | clear | rubber | ATCs



I do not blog everything I make so if you would like to check me out on instagram @jane.tyrrell then you won’t miss anything.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Bye for now,

Jane x




Thank you so much for your excellent ATC tutorial Jane ♡

We love all of these, so gorgeous and beautiful made!



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Vibrant Card | Flower + Dragonfly Stamps

Hi! Happy Sunday to you! We hope you are enjoying some time out this weekend. Ericka is here on the blog today with an amazing vibrant card featuring our big grungy flower stamps with our gorgeous dragonfly stamp…


Hello! Summer has started here and today I have a bright summery project using the Visible Image latest release: Dragonfly Reflection, Where Flowers Bloom, and Butterfly Effect.


Vibrant Card | Flower + Dragonfly Stamps | Clear | Rubber


For my project, I started with a gel print background I made using Dylusions Shimmer Paints. These paints are awesome and the shine and bright colors are perfect for summer. It is however, a little difficult to get a good photo with all the shimmer.



After I pulled the print of my gel press, I stamped the Dragonfly and Blooms in Versfine ink and clear embossed them. I also stamped these images on some other gel press prints I had printed out and cut them out so I could add them to my project.



I also added elements from both of these sets in white ink and clear embossed the page.



I attached the blooms and dragonfly with foam tape to my project. I also stamped and embossed the dragonfly wings with WOW! Embossing Powder in Carnival.



I then stamped the sentiments from the Where the Flowers Bloom set in Versafine ink and clear embossed it as well.



To finish my card I added the small butterfly from the Butterfly Effect stamp set.



I added my project to an 8×8 black cardstock to give it a framed look.


big flower stamps | dragonfly stamp | vibrant card | handmade



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Thanks for stopping by and do check out this great release from Visible Image!



Wow! Such a striking and vibrant card! Our flower and dragonfly stamps look wonderful, and your background is awesome! Thank you Ericka 

 

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Vibrant Card Flower Dragonfly Stamps 

Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles

Hi there! We hope you are having a nice weekend so far. Sharon is here on the blog today with an absolutely stunning card created with our DRAGONFLY REFLECTION stamp set embossed in glitter, and some fabulous coloured bubbles.


embossed dragonfly stamp | coloured bubbles | layered wings | handmade card


Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles



Hi! For a long while now I’ve admired the beautiful cards made by Rahmat where she draws bubbles and colours them with her colouring pencils. So when the amazing Dragonfly Reflection stamp set from Visible Image arrived I knew I wanted to have a try at colouring some bubbles, using the round stamp with the grid as a base.  I need more practice, but for a first attempt I think it doesn’t look too bad.


Here’s how I made it


Use a stamp positioner for these first steps creating the bubbles.

Stamp the circle in antique linen and leave the stamp in the stamp positioner.



Colour the circle with coloured pencils.



Return the card to the stamp positioner and re-stamp the circle with versamark clear ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.


Repeat this process twice more to get 2 more bubbles.



Coloured Bubble stamp


Stamp the dragonfly onto the card panel and emboss with a lilac glittery embossing glitter, then roughly colour the wings with the same colours you used for the bubbles.


grunge dragonfly stamp


Stamp the sentiment onto the panel, blend some light blue ink around the corners and add a little doodling to the edges. Back the panel onto black card.


Edge the card blank with the same coloured pencils and set this aside.



Heat emboss the dragonfly onto heat embossable acetate using a sparkly light blue embossing glitter.


Cut the dragonfly out.


Heat emboss the additional wings with a clear multi sparkle and cut these out leaving a little tab on the inner part of the wings.


Embossed Dragonfly Stamp


Place the acetate dragonfly on top of the image on the panel, secure it with low tack tape, then cut two slots either side of the dragonfly’s body for the wings to slot into (cutting the slots through only the acetate dragonfly, the embossed image on the cream card and through the black mat too).


Slot the extra wings through the slots on the acetate dragonfly, then feed them through the slots on the cream panel and secure with tape on the reverse.


layered dragonfly wings | stamp | clear | rubber


Add the panel to the card blank and you are done!


Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles | handmade card



Here is an alternative version of this card using black card as a base.





Supplies


Embossed Dragonfly Stamp | Coloured Bubbles | handmade card



Cream card, Black Card, Distress Inks (antique linen, tumbled glass) Versamark clear ink, Polychromos pencils (I used 101 white, 109 Dark Chrome Yellow, 110 Phthalo Blue, 124 Rose Carmine, 131 Medium Flesh, 134 Crimson, 140 Light Ultramarine, 141 Delft Blue, 154 Light Cobalt Turquoise, 168 Earth Green Yellowish, 171 Light Green, 177 Walnut Brown), WOW! Embossing Glitters (royal crush, coastal, clear multi sparkle), WOW! embossing powder (opaque bright white).


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dragonfly stamp | grunge | inky | circles | mesh | wings | clear | rubber


Thanks for stopping by today and I will see you here again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx




Wow this is so beautiful! The glittery embossed dragonfly looks wonderful, and the layered wings are stunning. The gorgeous coloured bubbles look fabulous too. Thank you for this brilliant tutorial Sharon 

 

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