How Fragile We Are

Good Evening, we are back with a second dose of inspiration here on the blog today.

Lisa Taggart is here with an absolutely stunning project…

Hi,  I’m mixing a little of the old with the new this week. Today’s project is essentially made like a shaker card in the sense that it has two layers- card and acetate sandwiched between ‘shaker’ foam.

I liked the idea of creating a background scene- a land of butterflies behind glass… and where the butterflies escape through the cracks.


This is the new featured stamp set: How Fragile



and the other sets used:

Live Life Now

Own Kind of Beautiful


To begin using watercolour card and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens I created a background


Using the butterflies from the ‘live life now’ set I heat embossed them on top using dark blue glitter embossing powder.


Taking an A4 sheet of heat resistant acetate I also stamped and heat embossed the cracks in black  I coloured the centres and extended and highlighted the cracks using a posca white pen.


On a separate sheet of acetate the butterflies from the ‘your own kind of beautiful’ set where also heat embossed in black,coloured and on the reverse painted in white to make the colour stand out.


After the butterflies were cut out the background was edged using shaker tape. A couple of the butterflies were adhered to the background.


The top acetate panel was stuck on top and the rest of the butterflies placed, some half out and the rest free. A black frame was cut and placed on top along with the sentiment which had been embossed in white onto black card and cut out.


Hope you like the idea.

Till next time..

Lisa xx

Amazing project and such a brilliant idea Lisa! Thank you ♡

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We’ll be back later with fantastic new inspiration from Elisa Ablett!

Mark & Helen xx



Rainbow Butterflies – Visible Image

Hello there! Hope you’re having a great day.

Nicky Gilburt is here on the blog today with some fabulous inky butterfly cards she created recently…



I have a selection of cards today, I’ve gone crazy for these butterflies from the Visible Image Own Kind of Beautiful Set. For these projects they just said to me ‘rainbows’ so I got my colours out (with a tiny bit of artistic licence ie pink to round up the ‘rainbow’ to 8 colours!)



 I lightly drew a 6cm radius circle onto a large square of card, and measured 8 points


Visible Image Own Kind Of Beautiful Butterfly COL stamp set

Then I stamped my background butterflies and then rubbed out my pencil marks. I added a dot of red tape to each one and stamped my sentiment carefully, inking up my stamp with five colours



On this card I just stamped and embossed my butterflies in white onto heat resistant acetate, but then I got a bit more adventurous with subsequent cards and got my coloured pigment inks out, plus the holographic powder…



I also stamped and shadow stamped the background just subtly, and made a border using the same colour inks in the same sequence. Those extra criss-cross strips are there because they were my off-cuts when I trimmed the backing card and I simply couldn’t throw them away!

I love the sparkle in these butterflies.

One more share…

How cards evolve….I loved the subtlety of shadow stamping , or ‘second generation stamping’ where you stamp your colour first onto one card but then before you re-ink, stamp it again. This is such a simple effect, much more subtle colours and contrasts are achieved, should you wish to. even though I am a seasoned stamper it is good to remember this most simple but effective of techniques! This DL card was achieved in this way, but this time I put a bit of colour into each butterfly with a a couple of shades of distress ink on each,having stamped onto thin white card and heat embossed with white embossing powder providing a beautiful resist to the inks. 


I hope I’ve inspired you to go and make your own rainbows and create your own kind of beautiful!

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Thanks for looking! 


These are absolutely fabulous! Thank you Nicky ♡

Enjoy the rest of your day and don’t forget to pop back soon for more projects from our wonderful team.

Mark & Helen xx

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All My Tomorrows – Visible Image stamps

Good Evening 🙂 Thank you for coming to see us today here on the Visible Image blog.

Hope you had a good weekend. We had a fantastic time at the Happy Stampers Festival in Port Sunlight on Saturday 🙂
Here are some piccies…

Visible Image stamps - Port Sunlight - Happy Stampers Festival - May 2015

Visible Image stamps - Port Sunlight - Happy Stampers - May 2015

We look forward to coming back in October 🙂

On to today’s inspiration!  We’ll pass you over to the fabulous Kim Bacon…

Another week begins and you know what that means? Yep!

Another inspirational blog from me for Visible Image.

How often do I tell you about how wonderful these stamps are? Well, I’m going to tell you again! They are fantastic! Made from a high quality photopolymer, these stamps are all hand poured, hand cut, packed with love and care and they perform bloomin’ marvellously!!

I am reminded of this every time I get out the stamp I want to use! As long as you wash off any ‘dodgy’ product immediately, these stamps will last and last!

By ‘dodgy’ I mean things that extreme stampers will have a go at using like bleach, gesso, polyfilla, anything wet in fact that might leave an impression! I always have a pot of water on the desk usually used to clean brushes but it is also where I drop my used stamps so they don’t dry out!

Right, on to my project for today! I love using brown craft card especially with blue ink. Something about it. I like to team it with green sometimes and this is where I went with this project.

Visible Image stamps - Butterfly - All My Tomorrows verse - Kim Bacon


I mentioned Gesso earlier on, and I am a little obsessed with white inking on cards at the moment. White stamping ink isn’t always very opaque and also there are times when I don’t want to use white embossing powder. Gesso, or even acrylic paint, is the solution for me. I also like the texture it adds.

The card I made this week uses wet Brusho paint applied direct to the stamp. I used Lime Green and Prussian Blue, but Peeled Paint and Chipped Sapphire Tim Holtz distress inks would work just as well as the colours are very similar.

Using Bronte script and ink splats I made the detailed background. Starting with the Brusho then moving on to the Gesso. The butterflies were done in the same way.

To make the sentiment stand out I used just the Brusho paint.

AWM Large Butterfly ws2012        Visible Image All My Tomorrows stamp

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See you next week for another Marvellous Monday and in the mean time enjoy your week, get crafty and show us what you have been up to!

Happy Days!  Kim

Fabulous card from Kim… she really does love those Butterflies 😉

We will be back tomorrow with something new from Suze!

Have a nice evening.

Mark & Helen xx

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