Life Is What You Make It

Hi there! We have Lisa Taggart here on the blog today with an incredible mixed media piece featuring lots of our stamps and stencils, including our NEW Street Dance Boys…


Gosh I had a lot of fun with this one! I’m very privileged and excited to be featuring some more of the October 2018 release stamps and stencils! I’ve also included some of our old favourites just to mix it up a bit!


background stamps and stencils - street dance



Today I’ve gone for a mixed media edgy urban feel. It combines acrylic paint and ink.


Here are the products:


Street dance Boys stamp set


street dance - stamps



Set the Tone stamp set


background stamps



Grate-ful stencil


grate effect stencil



Fibonacci background stamp


fibonacci spiral - stamp



Elemental background stamp


blue print elements - stamp



No Regrets stamp set


life is what you make it - stamp



The steps:







I cut this in half and used the other bit for another project. I also added some blue paint to the bottom.







The main images including the sentiment were stamped using Versafine onyx black. I tried to line up the figures with the lines of the background stamp.

I also dripped some magenta paint from the top to grunge it up a bit!

After adding the splatters I added extra interest to the edges by randomly stamping parts of the elemental stamp and then hand drew some scribbly lines to create a border.






stamps - stencils - dance boys


Till next time..

Lisa xx



Wow wow wow! This is incredible! What a superb background for our Street Dance Boys stamps! Love the combination of stamps and stencils you have used here Lisa! Thank you ♡

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Halloween Tag

Hi! We are back with our second dose of inspiration from Jane Tyrrell today. Are you in the mood for something spooky? We love how Jane has combined our NEW hand stamps with our skeleton and skull stamps to create her awesome Halloween tag…


Good Evening

We are already a week into October which is still sharing its glorious colours everywhere.



Today I am using the new “You Are Not Alone” set



together with the Mr Bone Jangles stamp set



the moon from the Believe in Unicorns Set



the fab text stamp from the Scripted Streets stamp set




 

As soon as I saw the new “You Are Not Alone” set I had two initial design ideas. The first I had was for the sky inspiration card I created here . The 2nd was to get the hands to hold Mr Bone Jangles skull! Yes I know that my imagination works in very strange ways.


At the end of the month it’s Halloween, when things go bump in the night and ghouls and witches fly…mwwhhha haa haaaa so I thought it a good time to put my second idea together.

I always create tags for my big and small kids goodie bags so today’s make is one of them.

I started with a kraft tag to work on. I stamped the moon in white ink and added some splatters of distress ink to make an autumnal coloured primary layer. I also stamped some of the clouds (you can see this further down)



I gradually built up the background, by stencilling on the skull, and then stamped on Mr Bone Jangles. I also red embossed one of  the star bursts from the Rays of Light stamp set and added some text from scripted streets in red ink.





I added some white pen and red embossed the edges.

This became the base of my tag.


Next it was time for some Hammer Horror!  (I’m showing my age now). I was also really fascinated by the anatomy dissection lectures I attended as a student at King’s College during my physiotherapy training and I still love anatomy now.  A few years back my daughter and I really enjoyed the Body Worlds show which came to this country and I drew on all these memories for my inspiration.

I red and black embossed the hands


I amputated  trimmed off the tip of the back finger 😉 so that the hand could hold the skull.


I then added a little more shading using distress inks.



I also have a fab skeleton hand in my charms collection and a saw brad so I bloodied them up!


It was then time to put my tag together.


Here it is…



with some close ups…





and one last shot…



I really had some great Hammer Horror fun making this and plan some more Halloween tags in this vein (pardon the pun!)


Thanks so much for indulging me in my Halloween fun. I hope you might be inspired to try something similar with these fab stamps? They are so versatile for so many very different themes.


Back soon.


Bye for now,

Jane x




This is so awesome Jane! Love all the dripping blood.. the hands work so well for Halloween! Thank you for the brilliant inspiration ♡

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NEW stencils – Visible Image

Good Morning and Happy Saturday to you! It’s a beautiful day here in Wales, the sun is shining and the trees are displaying all the gorgeous Autumnal colours. We are counting down to the release date of our amazing new stamps and stencils, so we will be sharing lots of brand new inspiration here on the blog! Heather Mitchell is here this morning with an amazing card featuring 2 of our new stencils with our stunning new ‘You Are Not Alone’ stamp set…

Hello everyone!

I’ve been playing with my Gelli plate recently and had prepared some backgrounds (using some of the Visible Image beautiful products naturally!) and I was itching to use them, so when the gorgeous new stamps and stencils landed on my door mat I knew exactly what to do with them!

The first card uses the new 1983 stencil and all I’ve done is simply draw around the outlines using a Derwent Inktense pencil in a matching purple hue and then used a teeny tiny brush to water the edges and blur them slightly.



geometric - two tone - stencils


To add to the geometric vibe, I’ve then used the new Two Tone stencil with some Graphite Texture Paste.



The hands on the You Are Not Alone stamp set are truly amazing!  I didn’t want to stamp them onto card and then fussy cut them out as I wanted a more translucent look, so I’ve heat embossed onto vellum, adding the sentiment from the set first in white and then in copper powder (to create a slight shading).


pointing hand stamp


The flash of light that I’ve positioned beaming out the finger, has been heat embossed in several metallic shades (copper, platinum and rich gold) and I’ve added a few adhesive gems to finish it off before matting it onto purple pearlised card and attaching to a 7×7″ card blank.


Ghost Print


The second card started life as the ghost print of the Gelli print used above. A ghost print is where you take off the excess ink on the Gelli plate after you’ve already pulled a print. This print is usually faded and lighter in appearance but very often they’re my favourite print as you can get some fantastic texture coming through!


strobes - rays - stencil


Over the print, I’ve layered the small fading polka dots from the Set The Tone set and then added the three different sized circles from the You Are Not Alone set used previously.



The gorgeous Hummingbird, from the Life is Beautiful set, looks fabulous positioned over where the Strobe stencil has left a textured gold print and has been heat embossed in a beautiful sparkly amethyst colour. To finish, I’ve added the sentiment from Voices In Your Head set and matted it onto matching turquoise card before adhering to a card 7×7″ blank.


hummingbird stamp



Here are the NEW Visible Image products I used for these cards:


1983 Stencil


geometric pattern stencil - new stencils



Two Tone Stencil


two tone stencil - squares - circles - new stencils



You Are Not Alone Stamp Set


you are not alone - stamp - sentiment - reaching hands



Set The Tone Stamp Set


two tone - background stamp - rays



And these are the other Visible Image stamps and stencils I used…


Strobes Stencil


strobes - rays - stencil - visible image



Count Me In Stencil


numbers - stencil



Life is Beautiful Stamp Set


hummingbird stamp - visible image



Voices in Your Head Stamp Set


Inspiring - quirky - quote stamps


Catch up again soon,
H xx




Heather these cards are AMAZING! The texture you create with our stencils is so awesome! Loving all the details and touches of gold.. thank you ♡

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Mark & Helen xx


 

Underwater Ripples

Good Evening! Hope you have had a good week, it has gone so fast here! Can’t quite believe it’s Friday tomorrow.. already!! Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered our NEW stamps and stencils! We are quite overwhelmed by the number of orders we’ve received so far, with initial stock of some designs already sold out, more stock has been ordered! Wow!!! Our Design Team are loving the new stamps and stencils and we will have some fabulous inspiration for you really soon! Today’s inspiration features one of our older backgrounds: ‘The Ripple Effect stamp’ teamed up with our stunning seahorse. Over to Heather Mitchell…


Hello once again…


I’ve been itching to share this Visible Image DT project with you all, as I just love how it’s turned out!  It really got my creative juices flowing and I adore all the different textures on there from the stamps I’ve used.



seahorse stamp - ripple effect stamp



I started out by heat embossing The Ripple Effect in white embossing powder onto watercolour card before adding distress oxide inks in a watercolour style around the ripples themselves.


The oxides inks pads are great for creating watercolour backgrounds


To create a hint of sparkle to the project, Fibonacci was heat embossed using a gorgeous metallic copper powder, which looks beautiful when the light hits it.  Next, to contrast with the calming hues, I added Infusion powders to the areas in-between.


I used Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to make the ripples as it has a fine nib so is perfect for smaller areas


To build on the texture, I stamped the net from the Mesh-ellaneous set in a deep blue and then added the shoal of fish  and the sea plants (both from Dare to Swim).


I’m a little bit in love with Wow’s Copper Embossing Powders as they add warmth to a project with a hint of sparkle


With everything dry I could begin to add my main focal images; the gorgeous Sea Horse and the sentiment from Create Your Calm.



Even with all the different textures, the make still felt like it needed some dimension to it so I added clear gloss to the ripple areas to make it look glassy and add some movement and I just love the finished effect! The ripple effect stamp works just beautifully with the Create Your Calm and Dare to Swim sets… def more to investigate there!!


Products Used:


The Ripple Effect


the ripple effect stamp



Fibonacci


fibonacci background stamp



Mesh-ellaneous


mesh background stamps



Dare To Swim


jellyfish stamps



Create Your Calm


seahorse stamp


That’s all from me for now… catch up again soon!

H xx




This is incredible Heather! Your background is awesome… loving the ripple effect stamp with the seahorse!
Thank you ♡

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Enjoy your evening.

Mark & Helen xx