You Got This | Handmade Card

Hello! We hope you are having a good weekend, and managing to take a little time out. Ali is here on the blog today with a really inspiring card for anyone going through something difficult or testing. It features 2 of our awesome stencils: SKULL SHADOW + LAVA, with the big butterfly stamp from our BUTTERFLY EFFECT set and the ‘you got this’ sentiment from LOST FOR WORDS…

This week’s blog post is all about me [lol], I’ve had a tough week and my mind is working overtime. Crafting keeps me grounded.

I’ve used a couple of Visible Image stencils on this card – Skull Shadow and Lava, the big butterfly is one I made a couple of weeks ago but didn’t use, and the fab sentiment, ‘you got this’.

You Got This | Handmade Card | Skull Stencil | Butterfly Stamp


Cut a piece of heavy white cardstock (300gm) to 6 7/8″ by 6 7/8″ (17.5 cm x 17.5cm).

Draw through the skull stencil onto copier paper using a pencil and cut out around the edge to make a paper mask.

Spray the back with stencil spray or a little low tack tape folded over itself and put to one side.

skull stencil

Position the Skull Shadow stencil on the left of the card and tape down.

Tip a little black gesso into an old tin and stipple over the middle of the skull and just around the edge with an almost dry brush.

Tap off the excess paint onto your craft mat.

Remove the stencil and draw in the edges of the teeth and the top of the skull with a pencil.

Put your stencil into water with a little dish soap to soak.

Use a bit of kitchen sponge to cover the card with black gesso, use a fine paint brush to do around the teeth and the top of the skull.

Use a heat gun to dry your card then cover the skull with the paper mask you made earlier.

Position the Lava stencil over the top right of the card and tape in place with a little low tack tape.

Apply some holographic or glitter paste using a spatula, avoid going up to the edges of the stencil and having any straight lines.

Gently remove the stencil and position over the bottom left and apply more paste. Then stencil over the gaps. It doesn’t matter if the blobs merge as it will blend in with the design.

You could leave your card to dry between stencilling but don’t allow the paste to dry on your stencil. Better to risk a bit of smudging – it all adds texture 😀.

Gently peel off the paper mask, I found using a pokey tool on the edges helped get it up.

Leave your card to dry – this may take a few hours. You could speed things up with a heat gun but be gentle as the extreme heat may make the paste bubble and crack.

Stamp the large butterfly from the Visible Image Butterfly Effect set onto white card using black versafine ink then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Tip some shimmer shaker pigment onto your craft mat and add a drop of water to make liquid paint. I used Bright Sunshine, Tangy Tangerine and Raspberry Rose Shimmer Shakers from Cosmic Shimmer.

Have fun colouring your butterfly with these bright shimmery paints.

Cut out your butterfly leaving a little white border and then cover with Star Dust stickles.

Stamp the “You Got This” sentiment with black versafine ink onto white card, and clear heat emboss as before.

Cut out and fix it to black card matt with a 1/8″ border.

When your skull card is dry, use the Cosmic Shimmer iridescent blue and green watercolours on the skull – leave the teeth white – I painted them orange and had to repaint them white later on.

You could paint just one of the teeth gold, like a pirate 😎

Matt and layer your painted card onto white card with a 1/16″ border, onto black card with a 3/16″ border and then onto an 8″ x 8″ white card blank.

Mould your dry butterfly between your fingers to lift the wings and fix to the skull using 3d glue gel.

Fix your sentiment to the bottom right of your card using 3d glue gel or foam tape.

I added some white dots to the wings and some doodling around the sentiment with an orange pen to finish it.

You could use glossy accents on your skull’s white teeth to finish them off too.

Here is my completed piece.


  • Visible Image Stamps – Butterfly Effect & Lost For Words
  • Visible Image Stencils – Skull Shadow & Lava
  • Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Shakers – Bright Sunshine, Tangy Tangerine, Raspberry Rose
  • Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour palette – Carnival
  • Black Gesso
  • Holographic gel medium (That’s Crafty) or glittery gel (Cosmic Shimmer)
  • Black Versafine ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Paint brush, stencil brush, spatula
  • kitchen sponge, little tin tray
  • heat gun
  • White heavy card (300gsm) and black & white card for matting and layering
  • Copier paper for masking
  • Low tack tape, stencil spray
  • white and orange gel pens
  • 7″ x 7″ white card blank for second card
  • pva, 3d glue gel and foam pads

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    I hope you have enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by 💖,

    Ali xxx

    Amazing card!!! Loving the combination of stamps and stencils used, and the contrast of the holographic glitter against the black.

    Thank you for your fantastic tutorial Ali… YOU GOT THIS! ♡ ♡ ♡


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    Helen + Mark xx


Skull Shadow Moon | Visible Image

Hello and Happy Monday to you! We have a real mix of inspiration coming your way today.. Halloween… Christmas… and NEW stamps! First up is Lisa Taggart with some incredible Halloween art work featuring our skull stencil…

Hello my friends it’s Visible Image day and today we are getting spooky! I’ve had a lot of fun creating this Halloween scene.

skull stencil - halloween card -  leave your fears behind

Here are the visible image products used:

skull stencil

trees stamp - forest - stay grounded

crow stamp - branch - leave your fears behind

The Steps:

Firstly an ink spray background dried and cut down to size.

I created a moon using white gesso.

Using the stencil I carefully sponged the image using distress oxide ink I then enhanced the stencilled image using inktense coloured pencils, a charcoal pencil and some more distress oxide ink.

I masked the moon and created some splatters using watered down white gesso.

I then began the stamping. I also gessoed the right side of the moon again as I wanted the eye sockets and nose to be the main dark areas. The hill was made through a torn copy paper mask and black ink.

I used all of the tree shapes for background interest. I highlighted parts with my white pen. For the foreground I used parts of the tree stamps ( small branches) from both stamp sets and pale distress oxide ink. I roughly drew in the grave stones using soft pastel and a black pen.

Finally I stamped the sentiment and later highlighted it in white.

The close ups:

You will find plenty more inspiration from the rest of the team and our group members on Facebook. Our friendly Group is here check it out for inspiration and support.

Till next time…

Lisa xx

Oh wow! What an incredible Halloween scene Lisa, the skull stencil looks fantastic in the moon, and your sky is gorgeous! Thank you ♡

You will find more of Lisa’s inspiring projects over on her blog.


Transform | Skull Stencil | Butterfly Stamp

Hi! We are really excited to welcome Stempelfrida to the blog today with her debut post as a Guest Designer! We love how she has used our skull stencil in a really pretty way…

Yipieyayeahhhh! Dabadoooo and strike, finally I can show you my first card I made with the Visible Image products. I was invited to be a guest designer for Visible Image for three months. First I was allowed to choose a generous package of their goodies and that has not only arrived with me in the meantime (THANK YOU!!!!!), but I was also already creative. Here comes my first piece of art!

skull stencil - card

First I sketched the skull template with a pencil, so that I had an idea where the butterflies were to be distributed. Then I stamped the butterflies randomly over the open places. For this I took the skull template again, so that I got the white line at the edges. The mask has a big free area in the left part with the matching edge and so I used it upside down to keep the edges free when stamping the butterflies. The picture is not upside down as you might have thought it would be. Then I outlined the edges of the skull with a multiliner. You can see this in the photo.


I used Copics for my colouration. The butterflies as well as the backgrounds are designed with it. Have you noticed it? To achieve a very special effect, I let the skull go over the white part on the right side. I also overlapped one or the other stroke of the butterfly.

For the white greyish parts I worked with white acrylic paint and the Fibres stencil. I had already suspected that the colour would take on a slightly greyish tone and used this to draw white structures on the edges with a Signo marker. At the bottom of the image I drew free hand with acrylic pencils.

The writing is stamped with Versamark and embossed in white.

So, what do you think? Do you want to see more of what I made with the Visible Image products?



butterfly - stamp - grungy

skull stencil

fibres - stencil - texture

Other Supplies:

Stamp pads: Versamark; Memento tuxedo black
Embossing powder: Stampendous! detail white
Copics 0, 100, BG11, BG13, BG49, RV02, RV06, RV09, RV69
Copic Multiliner 0.5
Signo Marker white
Triton Marker violet red

Fantastic card Stempelfrida! We love how you added the gorgeous butterflies to the skull. Great project! Thank you ♡

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