Hello! We hope you are staying safe in these testing times and in the crazy weather some of the World is experiencing at the moment. We have had terrible storms here in the UK, with flooding and damage, which seems quite cruel in these already difficult times.
Today’s inspiration by Heather Mitchell is very fitting.. a gorgeous mixed media card featuring our tree of life stamp and the sentiment from this set ‘storms may break its branches but new leaves will always grow’ (written by me Helen!). This stamp set will be featured on our Create and Craft TV shows this Saturday, more details below.
Today’s card came about by accident really. I’d made a few backgrounds using the Visible Image stencils, air dried them and then popped away and forgot where I’d put them… but hey-presto! Clearing up the other day I found them – hurrah!
I can’t seem to step away from the Ripples stencil!
I’ve used Distress Oxide Sprays for the colour (Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon) and once they were dry I’ve just added a few lines of Derwent Inktense pencils around the Ripple lines.
For the tree, I’ve stamped it using Versafine Clair in Rain Forest and then heat embossed it using WOW!’s Clear Embossing powder to seal it and give it shine. The petals are coloured using Arteza brush pens, which I think are my new favourite product.
For the swirling leaves, I’ve again stamped them using the Rain Forest Versafine Clair and heat embossed them with the clear powder. After colouring with the Arteza pens, I’ve trimmed them and layered a few using foam tape.
I love the font of the sentiment… really simplistic and fits the mood of the set perfectly. Here I’ve just stamped it in black and then heat embossed with the clear powder once more.
With the leaves added, I’ve smooshed some Distress Crayons around the edge before matting onto a shimmery navy blue card and adhering to a 5×5″ card blank.
I wasn’t sure about the card when I finished it… you know how sometimes they can sit staring at you? But I was looking at it the other day, the leaves swirling around the ripple stencil and it reminded me of the way Van Gogh used to paint his thick swirls onto so many of his paintings. Not saying for a moment it’s Van Gogh worthy, but it has made me love it!
Don’t forget to upload your Visible Image makes to the Facebook group… so much amazing stuff posted lately, just incredible talent!
As for me… I’ll see you again soon xx
We adore this card and love the ripples stencil with these stamps, they work wonderfully together. Awesome texture! Thank you Heather ♡
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We are back on Create and Craft TV this weekend!
Mark will be demoing this stamp set and lots more on Create and Craft TV this Saturday at 12:00 midday and 6:45pm! We can’t believe that it has been 14 months since we were last on your TV screens, how time flies! We are very excited to be back with monthly shows! 😀 🎥 Our shows will also be broadcast in the USA so check out times on createandcraft.com 🇺🇸
New YouTube videos on the way next week too! 🎬
Pop back later to see more fantastic inspiration from our amazing team ahead of our shows.
Helen & Mark xx