Life Is Beautiful | Hummingbird Stamp

Hello and Happy Saturday to you! We hope you can relax a little. We have some wonderful inspiration coming your way over the weekend, kicking off with a beautiful card by Heather Mitchell featuring our Daisy Daisy stencil with our hummingbird stamp…

Morning everyone!

I am loving this beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, pottering around in my garden and I have a few beautiful blooms of Daisys popping out between some foliage… although I don’t get many Hummingbirds making an appearance unfortunately!


hummingbird daisy card | visible image stamps



For this weeks Visible Image DT inspiration, I’ve used two new stencils:


Daisy Daisy


daisy stencil



and Heavy Rain


rain stencil



and overlaid the beautiful Life is Beautiful Hummingbird


hummingbird stamp | life is beautiful sentiment



So here’s how I did it…



I began by trimming some watercolour card to 7.5″ square and laying the Daisy Daisy stencil in the middle.  I’ve given it a good spritz using the new gorgeous Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Spray and then carefully removed the stencil before drying.

As I wanted to stencil over the flower, I used the stencil again to make a mask and secured it in place with some low-tack masking tape.  I’ve then used the Heavy Rain stencil to add the fabulous lines across and up/down using the oxide ink pads shown.



To give the Daisy some definition, I’ve used my Derwent Inktense pencils on the petals, some I’ve used a water brush on and some I’ve left and when this layer was dry, I added a few swishes of white Posca pen.



The Hummingbird was added using a stamping platform as I wanted a good coverage and knew I may have to re-ink it two or three times. I’ve used Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord Oxide ink pads for this, dabbing the ink pads over the stamp, stamping it on the background and then  changing colour.



The sentiment is also from the Life is Beautiful set and has been stamped using Versafine Clair Rain Forest and added to the card using foam tape.



To complete the make, I’ve matted it onto a navy card and then onto an 8×8″ card blank.




I am loving the new stencils and stamps… what’s your favourite?  Ripped Fishnet is very popular stencil and I love it too… but I also love Words of Support.  Great for journal makes and you may have seen my journal page I recently posted in the Facebook group using that alongside the new Bad Day stamp set.


If you’ve bought any of the new releases (or anything Visible Image to be honest!) keep an eye on instagram and the #visibleimage as there is sooooo much amazing stuff being posted daily… and of course, the group on Facebook has fabulous cards and makes uploaded too!


Enjoy the weather while it’s lovely and sunny (I hope it is wherever you are!) and I’ll catch up again soon xx





This is such a gorgeous card! We love the effect of the hummingbird stamped over the daisy, such wonderful chalky texture too! Thank you Heather ♡

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Helen & Mark xx


 

Eternal Love | Reverse Stamping

Hi there! We hope you had a lovely weekend, doesn’t Monday come around again quickly! We are back to catching up with the latest Design Team inspiration here on the blog, today’s wonderful inspiration comes from Nadine Carlier featuring our super popular ‘Love is Love’ stamp set…

Hello! It is hard to believe that August is already halfway over. The beginning of the year went by so slow and now it is flying by. At least it is for me.


For today’s project, I have a card I created using a reverse stamping technique to create a watercolored stamped image.


love | stamp | face | script | watercolour card


Below is a video tutorial showing exactly how I created my project.


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The stamps I used are:


Love Is Love Stamp Set




Scripted Streets Stamp Set


script stamp | inky | map | streets | background



To adhere it all together I used my Xyron Mega Runner.






face stamp | love is love | script | embossing | card





What a brilliant card! We love this technique for this stamp, such a quick way to add colour. The torn edges and the embossed script look awesome! Thank you Nadine ♡

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Exciting News!


We are back at Create and Craft TV on Saturday August 29th at 12:00 and 18:00 UK time! Mark will have lots of awesome demos lined up featuring some of our best selling stamp and stencil designs! Get the date in your diary and we’ll share more details soon!



We will be back with more fabulous inspiration from our wonderful team tomorrow!

Thanks for visiting our blog today, stay safe and well.

Helen & Mark xx


 

Summer Kindness | Dragonfly Stamp

Hi there! Wow it’s another scorching hot day here in the UK! So perfect for more gorgeous summer inspiration… Jane Tyrrell has a beautiful card to share with you featuring our new dragonfly stamp…



Happy summer! Yes we have enjoyed our longest day too and the long summers days loom ahead. I live very near the River Wandle as it winds its way back up to London and I delight in my walks along it.

As I walked along yesterday I saw a flash of colour in the undergrowth


I only had my phone with me (very unusal for me!) but I managed to snap a very summery visitor, a shimmery dragonfly.




This leads in perfectly to my latest design team project for Visible Image and I am sharing another sample I made using the brand new stamp release which is released tomorrow!


I made a summery card using the lovely dragonfly from the Summer Wings set:


summer stamps | butterfly | dragonfly | line drawings


I decided to get out my alcohol inks and made a summery background





I cut it down for a 7X5″ card


I stamped all the images onto acetate which I had also added alcohol ink to (I will use the butterflies for another project).



I also gold embossed some of them (sorry no photos!) I decided to use just the wings of the gold embossed acetate dragonfly and gold embossed another on some inky mop up card. I used the 2 together to make a real statement dragonfly.



This was just right for my alcohol ink background.


I also decided to use one of the fab sentiments from the new Equality, Hope and Love stamp set

equality | hope| love | sentiment stamps | definitions



Here is my finished card.

kindness sentiment stamp | dragonfly | alcohol inks



with some close ups..







and one last shot:


dragonfly stamp | acetate | embossing | alchohol inks


I have LOTS more samples to share over the coming weeks and do keep an eye out on social media where mine and my teamies samples are being shared.


Thanks so much for stopping by.


Bye for now,

Jane x




What a stunning background for our dragonfly stamp Jane! The colours are fabulous together and the gold embossing and acetate layer look really beautiful. Thank you! And thank you for sharing your photos of the wonderful dragonfly you spotted too ♡

You will find more of Jane’s inspiring cards and projects over on her blog.


 

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Love is Love | Mixed Media Face Stamps

Good Evening, we have some more gorgeous new stamps inspiration for you today. Heather Mitchell has inked up our ‘Love is Love’ set and is here to show you what she made…


Evening all,

You can’t have not seen the new Visible Image stamps that are on pre-order now… and aren’t they beauties?!  I absolutely love this Love is Love set… bang on perfect for these volatile times in which we find ourselves.




I’ve barely been able to put this stamp set down since it arrived Friday and my head is whirring away with possibilities and ideas for it.

To begin the card, I’ve added some star washi tape strips to watercolour card and gesso’d over the top to protect the tape.  After overlaying the Square Route stencil, I’ve created an ombre effect using Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean to which I’ve then lightly spritzed water over to add texture.



After using a black permanent fine liner to draw in some scribbly lines in the stencil gaps, I’ve flicked on some black indian ink to break up the blue and add extra interest.

Having already measured where the two face stamps would lay on the card, I used the sentiment for the set, Love is Love, down the centre.



The two profile stamps are just brilliant! The words on them (trust, love, eternity, friendship, loyalty, empathy, kindness etc) are so bang on trend and perfect for all types of cards and journalling and I cannot wait to journal with this set!

I’ve heat embossed the profile stamps using WOW!’s Opaque Bright White embossing powder and then used oxide ink pads (Candied Apple, Picked raspberry, Seedless preserve, Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed) to create the rainbow effect.  Once trimmed, I’ve secured them directly to the card before matting onto black card to finish.



Once again, the new stamps are on pre-order now from the online shop and are due for release on Friday June 26th… just in time for the weekend!


mixed media face stamps | love is love



squares stencil



Check out the Visible Image Facebook group or instagram for loads of inspiration from the design team using the new stamps… we can barely put them down!


See you soon, H xx




What an awesome card! We are loving your design, from the rainbow colours to the scribbles in the stencil lines! Thank you so much Heather ♡

You will find more inspiring projects from Heather over on her blog.




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Just Be Happy | Splashed Ink | Cards

Hello! We have the awesome Giovanna (giogiocraft) here on the blog today with some gorgeous ‘happy cards’ featuring silhouette stamps and vibrant ink splashes!

happyCard1


Ehehhe these cards just make me smile! To make the ‘splashy’ effect you need a siringe or a straw, and then have fun 🙂


The stamp set I used is Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist


happy - jumping - girl - rubber stamp



happyCard2


And I also inked the sentiment stamp Voices In Your Head


quirky sentiment stamps - rubber



happyCard3



happyCard4



happyCard5



happyCard6



TUTORIAL:

Mix  some crystal powder  and a bit of water (this technique works pretty well also with acrylic paints and watercolours)


happyCardTuto1

aspirate with syringe (just a little bit)


happyCardTuto2

then put your card in a box to protect all around you and with a swift movement of your hand empty the syringe


happyCardTuto3

if you don’t have a syringe you can use a straw blowing the mist around


happyCardTuto4

when dry add a stamped image and a sentiment


happyCardTuto5



happyCardTuto6



happy cards - silhouette stamps - inky - Visible Image



 

We love these cards Gio! You can’t help but smile looking at them! Thank you for brightening our day ♡

You can find more of Giogio’s wonderful projects over on her blog.



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Those Who Have Seen Her | Fairy Stamp | Visible Image

Hello! Ericka is here this evening with an amazing card featuring our Faerie Magic stamps on an incredible alcohol inks background…


Happy Wednesday! This weekend I played with this beautiful set from Visible Image called Faerie Magic. I love this faerie and played around with stamping her to give her a shimmery look.


fairy stamp | card



To start off, I stamped the faerie image on Bristol Smooth paper because I wanted to use my Zig markers to color her. I masked off her face and used Verafine ink in my MISTI so that only her face was in dark ink since I wanted that it to stand out.


I then used Versamark ink and stamped the rest of the image and heat embossed it with Emerald Creek ‘Kiss the Fairy’ Embossing powder that has a beautiful pink shine to it. I love using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to watercolor and used the following colors for my faerie: Dark Pink 027, Pink 025, Flesh Colour 071, Blush 069, Cobalt Blue 031, Light Blue 036, and Lemon Yellow 051. I love how easily these pens blend together to make interesting color combinations.



After cutting the faerie out, I made the background using Yupo paper and alcohol inks. Originally my plan was to make a soft pink and blue background, but as you can see, I got a little carried away with the colors. I used Pink Sherbet, Aqua, Turquoise, and Tranquil Alcohol inks.  I also stamped the faerie image and heat embossed it with the same powder so that I would have some of the details I cut away from my image. I added gold foil at the end mainly because it’s a faerie and gold foil goes with everything lol.


fairy stamp


I heat embossed her wings on vellum with the same embossing powder so they would be translucent. I then used foam tape to adhere the faerie and wings on to the alcohol ink background. I stamped the sentiment on vellum with Versfine ink and clear heat embossed that as well.


fairy stamp | alcohol inks | yupo paper




Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!




Wow Ericka our Faerie stamp looks incredible, and your background is stunning! We really like how you only stamped her face and shoulder in black.. and what a brilliant name for an embossing powder “kiss the fairy”!! Loving that lime green against the pink too. Thank you 

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Mark & Helen xx


 

You Are Loved | Valentine Card

Hello! We hope you had a great weekend! We were busy in the garden making the most of a rain free Sunday. Sharon Traynor is here to inspire you today with a romantic gift set featuring some clever designing with our really cool jumbled letters stamp and ‘You Are Loved’ sentiment…



This week I have a whole gift set made with the fantastic ‘One Kind Word‘ stamp set.


jumbled letters - stamp - typewriter - you are loved



Now I’m not one of those people that really ‘does’ Valentines day, but when I spotted a neat little positioning trick to make a heart shape out of this text stamp…



I just couldn’t stop myself from going crazy and making a whole coordinating gift set for Valentines day!

So, I made a matching card and envelope with some wrapping paper and a coordinating gift tag


valentine card - typewriter stamp



handmade stamped wrapping paper


I really love how pretty this set looks.


And it is so easy to create these too, once you see how to make the heart shape, which actually is incredibly simple to do!


Just stamp the image once Then rotate and stamp again. (The black lines in the second photo below shows the side of the stamp that I rotated and how it matched up to the first stamped image). Easy peasy!






valentine card - jumbled letters - typerwriter - stamps


To make the card, I stamped the typewriter and the sentiment in black ink, then stamped the heart (using the method  in the photos above) over the typewriter in a pink ink.

The smallest heart from the stamp set was stamped a few times around the border and a little doodling added before mounting onto coordinating pink and black paper, and then affixing to a card blank.

On the envelope flap I stamped the heart shape again and added the ‘You Are Loved’ sentiment.




The wrapping paper was made by sticking some sheets of printer paper together and stamping the heart shape in a repeating pattern all over the paper.


The sentiment was stamped into the middle of the hearts on one row, missing the next row and stamping it again in the hearts of the row underneath, continuing like that on each alternate row until the last row on the paper. Then a smaller heart was stamped into some of the gaps in a regular pattern across the paper.


The gift tag was made by heat embossing onto black paper and fussy cutting out into a heart shape. That was then attached to white card and fussy cut to make to give a white border, and the back of the tag would then be easy to write on. An eyelet was added and the tag attached to the present with black ribbon and a few pink flowers to match.



Stamps Used:


typewriter stamp - you are loved - jumbled letters



Other Supplies:

Versafine onxy black ink, Versacolor 33 pink ink, Versamark clear ink, WOW! opaque bright white embossing powder, Black micron pen, misti stamping tool, printer paper, black ribbon, pink flowers, black & pink paper and white card.

I do hope you like this set and that you will pop by again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx




These are so pretty Sharon! You’re the first to spot that the jumbled letters will make a heart ♡
Clever card design and gorgeous wrapping paper too. Thank you!

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Gemini | Sister | Card

Hello! Thanks for coming to check out today’s inspiration! Sharon Traynor is our Queen of ‘clean and simple’ cards here at Visible Image, and she has really wowed us with her latest creation…



gemini stamp | sister card



Have you ever had a happy accident with your inks and stamps? I admit that most of my accidents are very far from happy and mainly involve dropped ink pads or smudged fingerprints. However my venture into the different ways to mirror stamp resulted in something I didn’t expect, but absolutely loved… and the bonus is that it is repeatable. Happy days!

There are many methods you can use to stamp a mirror image, e.g using a brayer, or piece of acetate, there is even a product called ‘Mirror Image’ that you can buy. But I haven’t seen anything that leaves this type of pattern when you stamp, so I might just claim this technique as my own! 😉


This isn’t the ‘kiss stamping’ method (because I use the back of the large stamp), and I know that stamping on the back of a stamp to produce a mirror image is not a new technique either, but what I think is ‘new’ is the way I let the stamps peel apart to make those patterns.


I made a little video (2 mins 48 seconds long) showing how I achieved this look, because it is sometimes easier to see how to do things rather than explain in words, but there is also a photo and text ‘how to’ below this video link.






Doesn’t that ink look all textured/patterned, and it also matches the impression on the image of splashed and moving water. The beautiful head silhouette from the  Visible Image ‘No Space For Dreams’ set (one of my favourite sets!) and mirror image stamping have been in my head for a while now, so I’m glad I that it worked out so well.


The method used here is to take a large stamp, stamp your image onto the back of the large stamp and then take a print onto paper or card.


TIP Use a large stamp with lots of detail on it because stamps with open areas do not work well at all. (I used the large Visible Image Organics stamp).


woman - head - stamp



So, first of all I lined up the profile silhouette stamp in my misti and attached it to the door.

Then I placed the large stamp face down onto the grid paper in the Misti i.e. the detail of the stamp was in contact with the grid paper and the flat back of the stamp was facing up. I should say that the grid paper inside the misti has been laminated and that means that photopolymer stamps will slightly cling to it so they won’t move.

Next the silhouette stamp was inked up and I closed the misti door and pressed down as you would normally.

Now comes the magic…. just let the two stamps peel apart on their own and don’t touch anything until they have done that. As the stamps do peel apart on their own, the ink pools and created the big splodge (for want of a better word) and all the little threadlike veins. You can see from the photo that both the stamped image and the actual stamp have the same pools and veins. Fab!



sister stamp



Now, leave the head silhouette in the door because you will use that in a moment.

But before that, take your piece of card and press it firmly on top of the large stamp using your fingers or even a brayer – making sure not to move the card! When you peel the card away you have your mirror image ready.

Next, remove the large stamp from the Misti and place your card back in with the stamped silhouette facing upwards, then close the Misti door so that the ‘normal’ image stamps.

My first ‘happy accident’ went into the picture frame and I added a stamped ‘Gemini’ as a label.

But to finish the card front I cut it down to size, stamped the word ‘Sister’ between the two faces and edged it with a promarker.


     


On the inside I stamped the full sister sentiment.

Then the area above the crease was masked and the splashes around the outside edges of the face stamp was used to create a loose border (with second generation ink).

sister definition stamp



Stamps Used:


(click on the image to be taken directly to the stamp set in the shop):


                   


Other Supplies:

Nenah Solar White card, Altenew dye ink (ultraviolet), Promarker (sugar plum), Misti stamping tool



I hope you like this card and picture. Now…. if only I had a sister who was a Gemini…


Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx




What a fantastic effect you have created Sharon! The mirror imaging and the addition of the Sister and Gemini words are absolutely perfect too!  Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiration and very exciting discovery! ♡

You will find more of Sharon’s brilliant cards and projects over on her blog.


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Mark & Helen xx