How Fragile We Are | Canvas

Hello and Happy weekend! We have Heather here on the blog today with an amazing mixed media canvas featuring lots of our stamps and stencils with our ‘How Fragile We Are’ sentiment stamp…

Hello to you all and a very happy new year to all of you. I’m back with some new Visible Image inspiration for you and I’m hoping to ‘up my game’ a bit this year and push myself into new directions.

My first make for 2021 is this 8×6″ canvas using Shining Bright, Glimmer of Light and How Fragile for the main focal images of the piece.

how fragile we are | moth stamp | lightbulb | mixed media canvas

I’ve been having a bit of a clear out in my craft room of late. I gave a huge amount of paper pads away to some neighbours and in my clearing up I found some half used canvases of which this is one.

Before I gave it a couple of coats of gesso, the canvas was a pale blue with various stamped images, it even has some tissue paper strips down one side but none of the bothers me as I love a bit of texture!

Once I’d gesso’d it (gesso is a primer so is a good base for most surfaces) I clear embossed Fibonacci in a couple of random places so that once I added ink, the image would come through and give some white texture in the background.

I used Distress Oxide Sprays (Chipped Sapphire, Rustic Wilderness and Evergreen Bough) for this make as I love their matt and almost chalky finish and just dabbed them on using the tiny straw in the bottle and brushed them on. I did go over them using blender brushes just to neaten the surface slightly before adding crackle paste with the fabulous Count Me In stencil.

While the crackle pastes dries I began on the little circle (5″ in diameter) and this is just to break up the rectangle really, to add more interest and somewhere to focus the images. I’ve used Organics to continue the crackle theme that I’ll be using on the main bulb. Having stamped it using VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, I used a clear embossing powder to add a bit of sheen and to protect the stamping as I wanted to add Distress Oxide inks over the top.

Time | Make It Count

Hi there! We have Sharon Traynor here on the blog today with a vibrant time themed card featuring our COUNT ME IN stencil with a sentiment from our SOMEWHERE IN TIME set..

vibrant time themed card

Hello there. My isn’t this year just flying by? We really do need to “live in the now and make every moment count” so that we don’t miss anything, don’t we?

Today it’s time for some of my Visible Image design team inspiration and I thought I would do something different from all those autumnal colours that are around at the moment, so I created a card with fresh, bright colours.

I’ve been experimenting with a bit of mixed media recently and this was one of my first attempts at making an ‘un-grungy’ (is there such a word?) mixed media card.  The idea is that I will eventually, over the winter, train myself to do a little more mixed media in my CAS cards. I really like how this one has turned out with such pretty colours.

So in the time honoured tradition of my DT blog post, here’s how I made this:

First, wet your card panel with some water and then add some distress stains. As the distress stains are sadly no longer being sold, you could achieve a similar result using a tiny drop of re-inker or maybe some brushos, but I’m sure that many of us still have some stains laying around that need to be used up.

distress stains

Next, take the stencil and add coordinating colours of Luna paste through parts of the stencil.

Cosmic shimmer luna paste | numbers stencil

Remove the stencil and wash it immediately, then set the card panel aside to dry. I love how the paste actually dries in such a random pattern that it kind of looks like an animal print.

Once the card panel is dry (I left mine overnight but it really doesn’t take that long), partially stamp into the blank areas, using some of the smaller stamps in the set, with matching distress inks and distress the outside with a blend of one of the inks.

time themed stamps | numbers stencil

Now comes the fiddly part. Stamp the word TIME and heat emboss it with a clear sparkle embossing powder, then fussy cut each letter separately. Also stamp the rest of the sentiment and cut it into a banner.

To assemble the card, mount the card panel onto a card blank with fun foam, affix the TIME letters and add the sentiment banner with fun foam for a little more dimension.

Doesn’t the Luna paste sparkle beautifully and give that little bit of texture and dimension?

Stamps and Stencil Used:

smashed clock | watch | time | stamps

numbers stencil | entwined | jumbled

Other Supplies:

White card, Distress Stains and Distress Inks (picked raspberry, mustard seed and salty ocean), Luna Paste (stellar champagne, moonlight rose, moonlight ocean), Versamark onyx black ink, WOW! clear sparkle embossing glitter, fun foam.

That’s it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

Wow this is amazing Sharon! The stencil looks stunning with the sparkle of the luna paste, and we love the vibrant colours! Thank you ♡

You will find more of Sharon’s fabulous cards and projects over on her blog.


All our social media links:

Shop where you will find all our stamps and stencils
Blog see all our latest posts here!
Facebook group show us your Visible Image projects, and enter our giveaways & challenges!
Facebook PAGE like and follow us and watch our LIVE demos!
YouTube subscribe to our channel for inspiring video tutorials from Mark

You can also follow us on:

Don’t forget to show us what you have created with our stamps and stencils by tagging us on instagram @visibleimagestamps or uploading your photos to our Facebook group.

We will be back tomorrow with more wonderful inspiration from our super talented team!

Take care,

Helen & Mark xx