Stormy Days | Tree of Life Stamp

Hello! We hope you are staying safe in these testing times and in the crazy weather some of the World is experiencing at the moment. We have had terrible storms here in the UK, with flooding and damage, which seems quite cruel in these already difficult times.

Today’s inspiration by Heather Mitchell is very fitting.. a gorgeous mixed media card featuring our tree of life stamp and the sentiment from this set ‘storms may break its branches but new leaves will always grow’ (written by me Helen!). This stamp set will be featured on our Create and Craft TV shows this Saturday, more details below.

Hey everyone

Today’s card came about by accident really.  I’d made a few backgrounds using the Visible Image stencils, air dried them and then popped away and forgot where I’d put them… but hey-presto!  Clearing up the other day I found them – hurrah!

tree of life stamp | ripples stencil | mixed media card

I can’t seem to step away from the Ripples stencil!

I’ve used Distress Oxide Sprays for the colour (Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon) and once they were dry I’ve just added a few lines of Derwent Inktense pencils around the Ripple lines.

For the tree, I’ve stamped it using Versafine Clair in Rain Forest and then heat embossed it using WOW!’s Clear Embossing powder to seal it and give it shine. The petals are coloured using Arteza brush pens, which I think are my new favourite product.

For the swirling leaves, I’ve again stamped them using the Rain Forest Versafine Clair and heat embossed them with the clear powder. After colouring with the Arteza pens, I’ve trimmed them and layered a few using foam tape.

I love the font of the sentiment… really simplistic and fits the mood of the set perfectly. Here I’ve just stamped it in black and then heat embossed with the clear powder once more.

With the leaves added, I’ve smooshed some Distress Crayons around the edge before matting onto a shimmery navy blue card and adhering to a 5×5″ card blank.

I wasn’t sure about the card when I finished it… you know how sometimes they can sit staring at you?  But I was looking at it the other day, the leaves swirling around the ripple stencil and it reminded me of the way Van Gogh used to paint his thick swirls onto so many of his paintings. Not saying for a moment it’s Van Gogh worthy, but it has made me love it!

Products Used

tree of life stamp | storms quote | sentiment | Visible Image

ripples | circles | stencil | visible image

Don’t forget to upload your Visible Image makes to the Facebook group… so much amazing stuff posted lately, just incredible talent!

As for me… I’ll see you again soon xx

We adore this card and love the ripples stencil with these stamps, they work wonderfully together. Awesome texture! Thank you Heather ♡

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


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We are back on Create and Craft TV this weekend!

Mark will be demoing this stamp set and lots more on Create and Craft TV this Saturday at 12:00 midday and 6:45pm! We can’t believe that it has been 14 months since we were last on your TV screens, how time flies! We are very excited to be back with monthly shows! 😀 🎥 Our shows will also be broadcast in the USA so check out times on 🇺🇸

New YouTube videos on the way next week too! 🎬

Pop back later to see more fantastic inspiration from our amazing team ahead of our shows.

Stay safe.

Helen & Mark xx


An Ode to Autumn

Hi there! We hope Monday has been gentle with. you!

We are kicking off another week of fantastic inspiration with an amazing card by Jane Tyrrell…

Now that we have reached December, autumn is fading fast and winter really is just around the corner. Darkness arrives by late afternoon and the temperature is dropping like a stone.

Autumn 2017 really has been quite exceptional here in the south of England. Warmer that normal temperatures and lots of sunshine kept the leaves on the trees and turned them into every fiery shade of gold, red and orange you could imagine. These have really fuelled my crafting muse and I thought I would share an autumnal nature photo as a last ode to autumn.

Today is also my Monday inspiration for Visible Image and I decided to make an autumn sprite to say goodbye to this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

I used distress oxide inks and the wonderful Face it! stamp set..

I added masking fluid to keep her eyes white and then built up the inks using the wrinkle free technique.

I then used the Stencil to create her face by blending some more inks.

I removed the masking fluid and coloured her eyes and lips. I added some die cut cobwebs

and leaves which were stamped with script from the Scripted Streets set. I gave some extra crackle too.

I also added details to her face from the Create it set.

The sentiment is from the Imperfection is Beauty set.

Meet my autumn sprite…

she is saying a fond farewell to autumn 2017.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, especially at this very busy time of the year….are you ready?

Back soon.

Bye for now,
Jane x

This is just stunning Jane! Love all the autumnal detail, your sprite is fabulous!! Thank you ♡

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We will be back tomorrow with awesome inspiration from Tenia Nelson!

Thanks for visiting our blog today.

Mark & Helen xx