Destination Unknown | Paper Plane Stamps

Hello! We hope you had a good weekend. We decided to take some much needed ‘time out’ in the sunshine which was lovely! We have so much inspiration to share this week and we are on Create + Craft TV on Thursday [details below]. Stempelfrida is kicking off the week with a fantastic card featuring our Destination Unknown set which includes the paper plane stamps…

Discover, explore, the unknown: the greatest adventure is what lies ahead!

What do you want to discover? What lies ahead of you? Maybe only in your dreams? Yes, these are difficult times for big steps, we have to limit many things. But our dreams always remain with us and in them we can wish for everything, imagine everything. And that feels sooo good! And you know what? There are dreams that are so beautiful because we can dream them and because they are not real. As dreams they are the most beautiful.

destination unknown | sentiment stamp | paper plane stamp | handmade card

I had the idea of a pastel card with a wall and a light feel. The wall is made up of small pieces. In the middle I have left a breakthrough.

For the background I wiped a background with three colors Distress Oxides. On this I stamped different patterns with the same colors and stamped the saying on the white stripe at the bottom. I chose a shade of gray for this to keep the lightness. I have also stamped the paper plane in this tone and colored it with Polychromos pens.

I used water to create bright dots on the background and also added white splashes with a Posca brush pen. The texts should be easy to read, but not too dominant. Therefore I embossed them in white.

At the edges I added a little bit of doodling in a gray tone. Some of the small circles I have first emphasized with white and then in yellow and orange.


paper plane stamp | destination unknown | sentiment stamp | handmade card

Stamp pads: Memento espresso truffle; Distress Oxides spun sugar, dried marigold, wild honey, dusty concord, mustard seed, squeezed lemonade, kitch flamingo, twisted citron; Versamark

Embossing powder: Stampendous! detail white
Polychromos pencils 205, 112, 140, 120, 154, 249, 255
Posca pens: yellow, bright yellow; white PCF
Sakura 1.0


paper plane | boat | stamps | rubber | clear | destination unknown | explore

inky flower stamp | rubber | clear | mixed media | card making

teenage stamps | converse | trainers | brick wall | graffiti | clear | rubber

ink splat stamps | coffee ring | clear | rubber | card making


numbers stencil | entwined | jumbled

We love this card! The gorgeous summery colours and the combination of stamps and the sentiment really resonate right now, with the feeling of hope for coming out the other side of this pandemic! Thank you stempelfrida ♡

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There will be lots more inspiration on our Facebook page and instagram today that you won’t want to miss, and we will be back here on the blog later today with Angie’s new video tutorial, so do check it out!

Stay safe. Stay creative.

Helen & Mark xx


Fearless Tiger Stamp | Pencil Colouring

Hello and happy weekend to you! We hope you can enjoy a little time out and sunshine. Sharon is kicking off this weekend’s inspiration on the blog with an amazing card featuring our FEARLESS TIGER stamp with some beautiful no lines pencil colouring…

Tyger, Tyger, burning bright…

tiger stamp | colouring | pencils | stamp | clear | rubber

….in the forests of the night.

What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

That poem, ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake, is seared into my memory, having studied his ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ for my English Literature exams, oh so many, many moons ago! And it rattles around in my brain every time I see a tiger image. Those romantic poets have a lot to answer for because I have a similar relationship with William Wordsworth when I see images of clouds and daffodils (I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud), and John Keats when I see autumnal images (Ode to Autumn).

Anyway, back to tigers…

tiger face handmade card

I had such a great time taking this beautiful Visible Image fearless tiger stamp, and trying some no-line pencil colouring. He is such a majestic image, isn’t he? And he works so well on an inky background for a quick card, but I think the no-line colouring lets you emphasize his soft, ‘furriness’ and his whiskers.

Here’s a brief run through of how I coloured him, and I apologise for the quality of some of these pictures; I seem to have picked up a bit of glare on them.

First, stamp the image in a feint colour of ink on your chosen card/paper. I used black on black because I always intended to over-stamp and clear heat emboss in the last step to give some additional texture. If you want to do the same, be sure to keep your stamp in the same position in your stamp positioner until you have finished colouring.

I wanted to start colouring around the eye area, so I added a little bit of white fur by making some small ‘flicky’ lines around the eye, then adding a white spot in the eye and using both yellow and green on the eye itself.

Once I was happy with the eyes, I added pink to the tip of his nose, and started colouring with yellows and oranges on the nose area. This area needs to be pretty smooth compared to the rest of the face, so go very gently here and gradually build up the colour.

Next I coloured the rest of the face with the ‘flick’ method. If you look closely you will see that as well as the oranges and yellows I’ve added pink into the fur to tie in the nose, and there is a little bit of light brown too. On some of the white parts you will also see a tiny bit of blue as well as grey.

Carry on building up the colours slowly and gently until you are happy with the result.

Then add him back into your stamp positioner and re-stamp in a clear embossing ink, then heat emboss with a clear powder. I think you can just about pick up the shine and texture of the embossing in this picture, especially in the bottom left.

To finish off, mat him onto white card, and then onto more black card. Stamp the sentiment and add that too.


Black paper
White card
Polychromos pencils
Versamark embossing pad
Wow! clear embossing powder
Versafine black ink

fearless tiger | stamp | clear | rubber | card making

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon xx

Wow our tiger stamp looks incredible Sharon! Your no lines pencil colouring is so beautiful, and he looks amazing coming out of the darkness… gorgeous! Thank you 


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Have a lovely Saturday.

Stay Safe! Stay Creative!

Helen + Mark xx


Spreading Some Love and Kindness

Hello there! Thanks for coming to check out today’s inspiration, we hope you are doing ok. Heather is here on the blog today, spreading some love and kindness with a gorgeous mixed media card featuring our ONE KIND WORD stamp set…

One Kind Word. Says it all at the moment doesn’t it? Thankfully I have my art to turn to during these lockdowns, and wow what a saviour it has been.

It seemed appropriate to make something a little more light hearted than maybe I’ve been feeling lately, and I have to admit I love the One Kind Word set. You can sneak quite a lot on that little piece of paper trapped in the typewriter, although this time I’ve gone for just one of the sentiments in the set.

I’ve gone with a pink theme for this make, although I was originally toying with the idea of a blue/turquoise mix, but I had this old gelli plate background in my drawer (that I’ve been saving for ages and didn’t want to use) and picked the pink to go with it. The print is a mop up print (a print you do to ‘clean’ your plate of paint/ink) and I love the mop-ups usually more than the prints themselves. You get these crusty bits of old paint picked up and I just adore the texture it creates. Perfect!

First thing I did was to create the heart. This is just a generic die-cut heart, approx 10cm across that I inked using Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick. Having then attached the Strobes stencil over the top, I added Picked Raspberry oxide ink. However… it all then went a bit wrong. I was adding some beautiful Tattered Angels Glimmer Spray (Lovely Lilac) for a bit of shimmer and the bottle fell over and went everywhere.. Uh-oh!

So rather than start again, I went with it as actually it looked lovely and heat dried it. The spray gave a really subtle lilac colour and where it had run, the mottled effect was quite pleasing (although I wouldn’t recommend tipping your inks everywhere).

Once dried, I secured the Strobes stencil in place (again) and added the Picked Raspberry. To add to the overall love and kindness theme, I used the Words of Support stencil and just masked off the word ‘love’, adding it using Candied Apple oxide ink pad.

The typewriter was really easy to do. Simply stamp in black and then heat emboss using clear powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment using a grey ink instead (VersaFine Claire Morning Mist).

Once trimmed, I coloured the ‘paper’ in the typewriter using Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink pads (not oxides).

With the type writer added to the heart using foam tape, I used the small hearts from the One Kind Word stamp set to float around the type writer and to add to the general theme. These were just heat embossed onto gold card and attached using teeny tiny foam squares.

I then decided that ‘something’ was needed behind the heart to and so settled on my old favourite stencil, Strobes. Rather than just use modelling paste, I used Izink Ice as it’s translucent and is just fabulous! I applied a thin-ish layer of Freesia using a palette knife and then allowed to air dry.

Once the Ice was dry, I added foam tape to the rear of the heart and to add extra texture (because that’s what I do) I then twisted some black cotton onto the tape to break up the background.

The sentiment was heat embossed using gold powder onto a similar coloured scrap card I had and then matted onto gold card.

With the card complete, I matted it onto the same gold card as the sentiment and then onto black card to make those colours ‘pop’!


typewriter stamp | kindness sentiments | card making

strobes stencil | rays | sunshine | sunlight

words of support | stencil | kindness | mindfulness

Catch you all again soon.

Stay safe, do what we have too and don’t put loads of pressure on yourself.

H xx

Amazing card Heather! We love this design, the heart looks fabulous layered on top of the strobes stencil, and your gelli print is awesome! The touches of gold look wonderful with the pink tones. Thank you ♡


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Sending our best wishes to you all, and we hope you have a good day. Most of all… just be kind to yourself.

Stay safe and well.

Helen & Mark xx


Picking Up The Pieces | Card

Hello! It is a cold, wet and windy day here in Wales, so we are brightening it up with an amazing card by Ericka Strange! Ericka’s card is so vibrant and the words from our ‘Don’t Judge’ stamp set are really inspiring for anyone going through a tough time…

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you are all having a good January so far.

I love this set from Visible Image, and the many ways to use it. Today I’m using the heart portion with the puzzle pieces.

broken | picking up the pieces | stamp | rubber | clear

To make my hearts, I started by using Distress Oxide sprays and photo paper. I love the bright colors that result in the spraying Distress Oxides and smooshing photo paper on the ink.


Once the ink is dry, I use a paper towel to wipe off the oxidized part and always love the results I get. I stamped the heart and puzzle pieces with Black Archival Ink and let it dry on the photo paper. Archival ink works the best since the photo paper in nonporous and won’t smear. I then fussy cut out the pieces and arranged them on white cardstock.


I used foam tape for my center heart in order to give my card more dimension and then I traced the hearts with black pen to help the lines stand out on the white card base.


I stamped the sentiment in Versafine ink and clear heat embossed it. to finish my card, I attached it to black cardstock.


Don’t Judge Stamp Set

jigsaw | heart | broken | healing | stamps | mental health | rubber

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a happy week and remember we all have pieces we are picking up and we can also help others with theirs.

Wow this card is superb Ericka, and so striking! We love the missing and scattered puzzle pieces from the hearts.. thank you 

You will find more of Ericka’s inspiring cards over on her blog.

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Open Your Mind | Owl Stamp

Hello! We have stempelfrida here on the blog today with a brilliant card featuring our NEW ‘Night Owl’ stamp teamed up with an inspiring sentiment from our Autumn release…

owl card | handmade | stamps | Visible Image | stempelfrida

Today I have a card with the beautiful owl from the autumn release of Visible Image for you. The card is quite wintry by the background, but the temperatures here in Germany are already around 0°C.

Just this morning I saw a very emotional message by a craft friend who said that she was overwhelmed by the many things she felt committed to, but now decided not to catch up, but move forward from now on. I think, this hits all crafters at some point that they are overwhelmed by the things that you think are expected by others. Our hobby should be relaxation and enjoyment. I wish you all that you always have fun crafting.

And if you should fall into a creative hole or you feel overwhelmed by the expectations, I wish you the strength for a new beginning!

I painted the background for my owl with acrylic paints. For the lines at the edges I used a posca pencil and a sacura marker. First I stamped the text with a greyish Distress Oxides colour and embossed it with transparent powder. Then I stamped the text again with Versamark leaving some space to the first impression and embossed it with a dark brown powder. To see it even more clearly, I reinforced some parts with a white marker. I stamped the owl in a brown tone and then coloured it with copics and polychromos. Then I fussy-cut it and attached it to my card with spacer pads.


Visible Image Night Owl stamp set

owl stamp | flying | branch

Visible Image Brave and Strong stamp set

sentiment stamps | brave | strong | inspiring | positive

Stamp pads: Memento rich cocoa; Distress Oxides iced spruce; StazOn jet black; Versamark
Embossing powder: Rayher transparent / clear; Stempelträume Candy Braun 
Copics Y17, YR27, E41, E31, E33, E37, E59
Polychromos 103, 187, 180, 280, 177, 199
Posca dark brown
Sakura 0.8 
Acrylic paint

open your mind | new beginnings | card

What a fantastic card! You have coloured our owl stamp beautifully stempelfrida, and we love how you offset the sentiment giving it depth. Your snowy scene is perfect for a winter card. Thank you ♡

You can find more of Stempelfrida’s wonderful inspiration on her blog.


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Typewriter Stamp | Stencilled Backgrounds

Hello and Happy Friday to you! We have lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way here on the blog today! First up is Giogiocraft with 2 brilliant cards featuring our typewriter stamp and sentiments from our ‘One Kind Word’ set on stencilled backgrounds…

typewriter stamp - stencils - card

I love old typewriter! Welcome to my new tutorial with Visible Image stamps: today I create a couple of simple cards using one of my favourite set One Kind Word.

I’ve made two versions, on white cardstock and using a book page:

typewriter stamp - stencil - handmade card

typewriter stamp


Stamp on a piece of cardstock the typwriter from the set ‘One Kind Word’, stamp it also on scrap paper and cut it out.


with this one mask the typewriter


lay the stencil Geometric Maze and dab with a sponge several colours of Distress Oxides



lift up the stencil


add a sentiment, here I used the sentiment stamp set Own It!


for the second card I used the stencil Count Me In 

and a sentiment stamp from the typewriter set


typewriter cards - stencils - stamps - visible image