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!



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



ripples | circles | stencil | visible image



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

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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 createandcraft.com 🇺🇸


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


 

Break Free | Smashed Vase Stamp

Good Afternoon, we are back with our second dose of fabulous inspiration today! Heather Mitchell has combined stamps from our ‘Break Free’ set with our ‘Ripples’ stencil to create a texture-licious card…

Well hello everyone…

I hope everyone is keeping well and managing to keep themselves occupied in these (still) weird times we find ourselves in.

Today’s Visible Image make uses the fabulous Break Free stamp set along with Ripples, one of the new stencils.


smashed vase | daisy | break free sentiment



ripples | circles | stencil


The background is made using Distress Oxide Ink Pads, some of the neutral colours (which I rarely use so made a change).  I’ve smooshed each ink pad onto a glass sheet and layered up the colours.



Once dried, I’ve used modelling paste through the Ripples stencil and left to air dry.



To add a hint of glitz to the background, I added DecoArt Metallic Acrylic in Champagne Gold using a brayer.  It’s not perfect and although my intention was to just brayer the raised areas, it has gone over the background in places but I’m okay with that, it just adds to the texture!


For the smashed glass part of the stamp, I’ve used Brusho’s and Distress Oxide Ink pads once again to get quite an intense blue and then the image has been heat embossed using WOW!’s Metalline First Frost powder.  I stamped the image twice so I could cut around some of the parts and layer them using foam dots.



For the vase, I made a watery mix using Iced Spruce and Tumbled Glass Oxide Ink Pads and painted it onto watercolour card.  Once dry, I heat embossed using the same powder as previous.  Having trimmed the vase, I layered it onto the broken glass I’d already made.


The flowers were lovely to make!  Using my old favourite smooshing technique, I took Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and a touch of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink Pads and layered the colours.  After heat embossing the flower image several times (using WOW!’s Black Ebony powder) I trimmed and shaped them using one of those metal ball tools you get for shaping flowers ( I have no idea what they’re called!) and layered them.  The centre of the top flower I heat embossed using Metallic Copper Regular just to bring some warmth to the flowers.


After assembling the flower and securing it to the background, I heat embossed the sentiment and added that using foam tape.  This was then matted onto shiny gold card before adding to a card blank.



And there you go!  I think we’d all quite like to break free from this situation we’re all currently in but for now, we’ll all do our bit and stay home.  Whilst at home, check out the Facebook LIVES the Visible Image team have been doing on their page to keep us all inspired… they’ve been brilliant and I’ve really enjoyed them!  Oh!


Right… I’m off for a(another) cuppa.  Stay indoors lovely people and be safe… until next time xx




Wow the ripples look stunning with that gold acrylic paint! Your vase is awesome and the daisy looks gorgeous layered up.  Thank you Heather ♡

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



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We will be back later with more fabulous inspiration! Hope to see you in our Facebook group 🙂


Stay safe.


Best Wishes,
Helen & Mark xx