Sometimes Life Just Sucks | Canvas

Hello and happy weekend to you! Lynda is here on the blog today with a stunning mixed media canvas, featuring our ‘sometimes life just sucks’ sentiment with our Daisy and smashed vase stamps…

Today’s project is a mixed media canvas, featuring the stunning ‘Break Free’ stamp set as the main focal point. This was so much fun to make!

sometimes life just sucks stamp | mixed media canvas | daisy

I started with a piece on thick backing board recycled from a paper pad. I adhered corrugated cardboard and used the ‘Ink Swirls’ stencil and texture paste for my base layer.

Once the texture paste was dry, I applied generous smatterings of Izink sand texture paste and left to air dry.

The next stage was to cover with gesso and again. leave to dry ( I am SO impatient when it comes to things drying so these steps were very frustrating for me haha!)

Then came the fun part! I set to work with a combination of spray paints and distress oxide sprays.

They reacted beautifully together and just look at that texture!

Once the paint was dry ( yes, more drying!!) , I used the fabulous new ‘Grunge Tones’ stamps with white paint to add more texture, and added paint splatters with a fan brush.

I used the ‘Break Free’ stamp set, embossed in white, on an inky mop up sheet I had to hand, and fussy cut. I added more texture by mounting it on top of some sisal. I just love the natural fibres for creating interest.

I added the sentiment from the ‘Lost for Words’ set and layered on black card to finish.


ink swirls stencil

daisy stamp | smashed vase | break free

sentiment stamps | card making | clear photopolymer

grunge background stamps | dots | circles

Wow that texture is incredible! Stunning colours and wonderful layers! Thank you Lynda ♡


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Helen & Mark xx


Break Free | Smashed Vase Stamp

Good Afternoon, we are back with our second dose of fabulous inspiration today! Heather Mitchell has combined stamps from our ‘Break Free’ set with our ‘Ripples’ stencil to create a texture-licious card…

Well hello everyone…

I hope everyone is keeping well and managing to keep themselves occupied in these (still) weird times we find ourselves in.

Today’s Visible Image make uses the fabulous Break Free stamp set along with Ripples, one of the new stencils.

smashed vase | daisy | break free sentiment

ripples | circles | stencil

The background is made using Distress Oxide Ink Pads, some of the neutral colours (which I rarely use so made a change).  I’ve smooshed each ink pad onto a glass sheet and layered up the colours.

Once dried, I’ve used modelling paste through the Ripples stencil and left to air dry.

To add a hint of glitz to the background, I added DecoArt Metallic Acrylic in Champagne Gold using a brayer.  It’s not perfect and although my intention was to just brayer the raised areas, it has gone over the background in places but I’m okay with that, it just adds to the texture!

For the smashed glass part of the stamp, I’ve used Brusho’s and Distress Oxide Ink pads once again to get quite an intense blue and then the image has been heat embossed using WOW!’s Metalline First Frost powder.  I stamped the image twice so I could cut around some of the parts and layer them using foam dots.

For the vase, I made a watery mix using Iced Spruce and Tumbled Glass Oxide Ink Pads and painted it onto watercolour card.  Once dry, I heat embossed using the same powder as previous.  Having trimmed the vase, I layered it onto the broken glass I’d already made.

The flowers were lovely to make!  Using my old favourite smooshing technique, I took Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and a touch of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink Pads and layered the colours.  After heat embossing the flower image several times (using WOW!’s Black Ebony powder) I trimmed and shaped them using one of those metal ball tools you get for shaping flowers ( I have no idea what they’re called!) and layered them.  The centre of the top flower I heat embossed using Metallic Copper Regular just to bring some warmth to the flowers.

After assembling the flower and securing it to the background, I heat embossed the sentiment and added that using foam tape.  This was then matted onto shiny gold card before adding to a card blank.

And there you go!  I think we’d all quite like to break free from this situation we’re all currently in but for now, we’ll all do our bit and stay home.  Whilst at home, check out the Facebook LIVES the Visible Image team have been doing on their page to keep us all inspired… they’ve been brilliant and I’ve really enjoyed them!  Oh!

Right… I’m off for a(another) cuppa.  Stay indoors lovely people and be safe… until next time xx

Wow the ripples look stunning with that gold acrylic paint! Your vase is awesome and the daisy looks gorgeous layered up.  Thank you Heather ♡

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Stay safe.

Best Wishes,
Helen & Mark xx


Break Free Stamp Set | Daisy

Hi there, thanks for visiting us here on the blog today. Ericka Strange is here to inspire you today with a super stunning card featuring stamps from our ‘Break Free’ stamp set…

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy and sane. Today I’m playing with this Break Free Stamp Set from Visible Image which mirrors my sentiment as we start our 3rd week of social distancing and in close quarters with my wonderful family.

I love this stamp set and the great images and had a fun time coloring and embossing it.

I started by stamping my image in InkOn 3 Fade Out ink to do some no-line watercoloring with my Zig Real Brush Markers. I then added colored pencils to the image for additional shading.


I wanted to add a little more to the image, so I used Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide and lightly blended it around the flower. I then took the Strobes stencil and used Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide to color in the rest of the card.


I added some embossing details on the broken glass using Emerald Creek Fractured Ice Embossing Powder by painting on WOW Embossing Ink on my image. I love the glass look this powder gives the image.


Once I was done embossing, I added the sentiment on vellum and then did additional embossing on the vellum to continue the shattered glass look.

Check out the video here.



smashed vase stamp | daisy | break free

strobes stencil | rays | sunshine

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day and stay healthy!

This is stunning Ericka! You have made the smashed vase look so real and your colouring of the daisy is so beautiful… Thank you 

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Stay safe and well.

Mark & Helen xx


Break Free | Daisy Stamp | Smashed Vase

Hello! We are back with more NEW stamps inspiration today. Jane Tyrrell has got her hands on our ‘Break Free’ set which is a little different because as well as containing a fabulous daisy stamp, separate stem and vase, it also includes an awesome smashed vase stamp, some incredible stamp designing by Mark…

Good Afternoon

Today I am sharing one of a pair of tags I have made, I will share a step by step and the other tag soon!

The NEW stamp set I have used is called Break Free

smashed vase stamp | daisy | break free

My flower has spotted the sunshine and has broken free from the vase…shattering it in its excitement! 😊

mixed media tag | smashed vase stamp | daisy

A close up of the shattered glass and spilt water, which in real life is very textured indeed. My recipe for making this is secret for now but all will be revealed soon!

and one last shot..

This coming Friday and Saturday February 21-22, I will be demonstrating for Stampers Grove at the Create It! show in Farnborough, Hampshire. I will be there both days sharing lots of tips and techniques, all  the new Visible Image stamps and stencils release plus lots of oldies too.

Remember to look for my badge I will be wearing…

It would be lovely to see you there.

Back soon,
Bye for now.
Jane x

Your tag is stunning Jane!  The daisy looks fabulous against your sunshiny background. We can imagine you creating your secret recipe for the shattered glass… whatever it is, it looks amazing!!! Thank you ♡ Have a great time demoing at the show… everyone is in for a treat!

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Break Free | Smashed Vase Stamp

Hello! We hope you are having a lovely weekend. Pauline Butcher is here on the blog today showcasing our NEW ‘Break Free’ stamp set which includes a beautiful daisy, separate stem, vase, and an incredible smashed vase! Over to Pauline and her stunning card…

Hi There,

It’s my day to share a project I’ve made using a Brand New ‘Visible Image’ stamp set, called Break Free.

daisy | smashed vase | break free | card

This card is  8″ x 8″, so I cut a piece of Bockingford Hot Pressed Watercolour 300gsm paper 7″ x 7″ for my background, I spritzed it with water, then randomly added some drops of ‘Brea Reese’ liquid watercolour inks, in yellow, Magenta, Ultramarine and Ocean Green, I then spritzed with water again, and let the colours drip, wick and merge together. I left this to dry naturally.
Whilst the background was drying, I took another piece of Bockingford, and stamped three daisies, using Versafine Onyx Black Ink, then dried them with my Heat Tool, I then coloured them in, using Zig Clean Color watercolour Brush Pens, but I could have used a paint brush and the liquid inks instead. 
I then fussy cut the daisies and added some Stardust Stickles to their centres.


I also stamped the smashed Vase using a Versacraft pad, onto Bockingford, put  on ‘Wow’ Nice Ice Blue Embossing Glitter, thn heat embossed with my heat tool. I also stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink, again onto Bockingford.
Now the background is dry, using the smashed Vase stamp in my hand (not on a stamping block), and using Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink, I stamped all over the background, making sure that the stamping was all going the same way. I dried the background with my heat tool,  I then went over the background with an anti-static bag, and again using the smashed Vase stamp, but this time on a block, and I stamped in the middle of the background, using Versamark, and again heat embossed with the ‘Wow’ Nice Ice Blue embossing glitter.

The background was then adhered to a black card mat, and then onto a yellow card mat, and adhered to the 8″ white card blank.


I stamped three stems onto the background, using a green Oxide Ink, ready for the daisies to sit on, and using the smashed Vase image, that was heat embossed onto the Bockingford, I fussy cut the vase, and some of the smashed pieces, and adhered them to the main image, using 3D Glue Gel, to give dimension. I also added the daisies, and cut the sentiment into an arrow shape, and added that to the card with 3D glue gel.

To finish off, I added some random Stickles around the smashed bits, used a Sukura sparkle pen randomly over the inky background, then used Glossy Accents on all the vase pieces.

Stamps Used:

smashed vase stamp | daisy | break free

Thank you for visiting.

Pauline xxxxxxx

Pauline this is amazing! The smashed vase looks fabulous with the ice blue embossing and glossy accents. Your daisies look beautiful and your background is gorgeous.. Thank you ♡

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Thanks for visiting our blog today, have a great evening!

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New Stamps Previews #1

Hello! We are so excited to reveal our new stamps and stencils over the next 4 days! Today we are previewing four A6 size inspiring stamp sets…

Free Your Imagination

inky bird | stamp | book | quill | ink | splats

There are so many creative possibilities with the incredible inky bird, wonderful book, quill and ink! Whether you love art journaling, card making, or everything mixed media, you will love creating with these stamps!

Break Free

flower stamp | smashed vase | break free

The flower head can be used on it’s own or with the stem, and in the vase or smashed vase for maximum versatility! The sentiment ‘break free’ is so inspiring for anyone who feels held back or enclosed by a situation.

Beauty is Art

bust stamp | grecian | borders | goddess

Our goddess bust, broken tile and decorative edges will give your projects a fabulous grecian feel, and the words are timeless in this clean and sharp font.

I’ve Got A Text

mobile phone stamp | card making

Our mobile phone stamp set will enable you to create super cool cards for so many occasions using the text boxes, phrases and emojis!

We hope you love our first reveal!

Our February 2020 release will be available to pre-order from Friday January 31st | release date: February 15th and includes some brilliant character stamps, original verse stamps, stunning mixed media stamps and some awesome stencils!

If you have a store and would love to stock our stamps and stencils please get in touch!

Thanks for visiting our blog today, be sure to pop back this evening for preview #2.

Have a great Monday!

Helen & Mark xx