The Future is in Your Hands | Smashed Clock Stamp

Hi there! Heather Mitchell is here to inspire you today with an amazing card featuring our smashed pocket watch stamp with some stencilling, background stamping and gorgeous gold embossing…


Hello everyone…

Today I’m sharing a card using the Visible Image Somewhere In Time stamp set.

time - card - smashed clock - future is in your hands

I just love this set as the clock face is brilliant for fussy cutting and layering up using foam dots (which I’ve done here).

So, for the background I’ve used the 1983 stencil and inked through it using Distress Oxides and then turned it 90 degrees and layered up the colours.  I’ve then carried on with the number theme and used the Count Me In stencil over the top.

Further layers have been added by stamping the number stamp from the set randomly around the clock face and then adding the Fibonacci stamp

For the clock face I’ve squished some Distress Oxide Ink Pads on a glass mat and spritzed lightly with water and dried using a heat gun.  Once dry, I’ve given it a little spritz of a gold shimmer spritzing spray (which you can barely see but I know it’s there!)

Before starting work on the clock face, I’ve heat embossed the inky splodge using Wow’s brilliant Rich Gold powder. I love watching it melt… totally mesmerising!

Then, after heat embossing the clock face three times, I’ve secured one full face onto the gold image and then fussy cut the different shards of clock out and layered them up using foam dots.

Some I’m kept at two layers and others I’ve used three. The clock hands are old Docraft stock that I had laying about and were perfect! Having made a hole in the centre shard, they’ve been secured using matching brad that come with the set.

I then decided (rather late on) to heat emboss the cogs around the edge of the card too.  Have to admit, this would’ve been easier if I’d done it before gluing the clock in place but hey-ho, you live and learn!

I was debating which sentiment to add to the card and then realised I had the perfect one!  The fabulous In Your Hands is oh-so perfect!

After stamping, I’ve used a black fine liner to draw squiggly boxes around the sentiment so it’s encased nicely and then I attached these using foam tape.

To finish the card, I’ve mounted it on another oxide background of the same colour as the clock face so it all ties in nicely.


The Visible Image Products I used for this make are…

smashed clock - stamp - time - cogs

inky - hand print - stamp - future is in your hands

|fibonacci - maths - stamp background - spiral

stencil - pattern - 1980

numbers - stencil - count me in

Visible Image have some utterly fabulous new stamp sets coming out in a few weeks, available for pre-order from Friday 8th June, so keep an eye on the Facebook page and instagram for previews!

I’m off to cut the grass…

Catch up soon, H x

Heather this is such an awesome card! Love this sentiment with our smashed clock, and the gold embossed cogs look so good against your background! The metal hands on your layered up clock look great too. Thank you ♡

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Time.. to be happy again

Hello! Veerle Moreels is here on the blog today with an emotive card featuring our skulls and hearts stencil with an inspiring time themed quote…

How little can make you happy when creating?  One layer, two… nine? I think it’s already known that I’m not the girl of many layers. I’m also not the girl of loads of color or bright colors.  So yes, today I’m sharing yet another piece with loads of white, greys and blacks and just one pop of color. But Visible Image their stamps and stencils are strong enough to hold as little layers or colors and still stand out above loads of other stamps I have here at home.

So what did I put on my table?

Some greys, black, and that one pop of red that I love so much in combination with my greys and blacks ^.^ And of course words, the perfect words for my image <3

How it was made?

You start by masking of the shape of a heart. Not hard at all to make your mask as you can just go and trace the heart using the stencil.

Then I layed down a layer of grey watercolor… can’t go without my watercolors can I ^.^

Then remove the mask and lay down your stencil to brush on a thin layer of grey which will have your stencil appear in the background.  Gradually built up on the black the closer you get to your heart.

You then color in your heart in red… and finish it off with some glossy accents before you put down the words…

Products Used:

Fantastic card Veerle, that pop of red is perfect. Thank you ♡

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We Always Think We’ll Have Time..

Hi! Sharon Traynor is here with a beautiful canvas featuring the smashed clock stamp and more from our brilliant ‘Somewhere in Time’ stamp set…

Today I have taken a break from cards and I’m sharing a canvas that I made with some Visible Image stamps that also featured in the October edition of Craft Stamper Magazine.

smashed clock - pocket watch - stamp

The inspiration behind this canvas came from the sentiment used, and the thought that if we procrastinate and delay doing things in life for too long, we may miss amazing opportunities. The missed opportunities are represented by the sparkling shards of clockface and glass falling from the clock as it speeds along on it’s flight.

This is a 5 minute video showing how the canvas was made…


For a light and airy canvas I used a limited colour palette and left lots of white space.

Texture comes from the dimension paste added through a homemade wing template. Once dried, distress inks created a second wing and were also used to add additional sweeps of light colour.

Several clocks were stamped and coloured in matching colours before being cut into the ‘shards’.

Some shards were glossed and others glittered for variety.

A complete clock image was placed at the top of the wings and the shards were then attached, at varying dimensions, both on top of the clock and falling in a wave downwards.

The sentiment strips were also raised on foam. More inking and shards complete the design along the canvas edges.

Stamps Used:

smashed pocket watch - stamp - clock - time

Other Supplies:

Pre-primed canvas picture, Distress Inks (peacock feathers, shaded lilac),Versamark clear ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Distress Marker (shaded lilac), Versamarker watermark pen, scrap card, Paper Artsy Grunge Paste, WOW! embossing powders (opaque bright white and cha cha cha embossing glitter), stardust Stickles, Docrafts Chronology metal clock hands, Papermania X-cut Chronology Cogs, a brad, Ranger Glossy Accents, mod podge, fixative, scrap paper. Craft knife, spatula, blending brushes, die cut machine, stamping platform, stamping blocks, tweezers.

That’s it from me for now.

Sharon xx

This is really beautiful Sharon, loving the white space and the sparkle on the broken pieces.  Thank you ♡

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


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