Close Your Eyes

Good Evening! It’s International Women’s Day and Aga Baraniak has a strong, feminine art journal page to share with you…

Today I made watercolor woman with stamps from Visible Image virtue of the fact that it is March 8 🙂 splashed her a little bit and pochlapaÅ‚am watercolors. It looks great on my wall !. I used a little new and old stamps. I used the eyes once before and I’m a huge fan of them!









I used:

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Visible Image Glimmer Of Light Moth COL stamp set 519x389

Best regards and wish you all a nice day.

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Love this page so much. Her lashes are stunning ♡
Thanks Aga!

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Close Your Eyes

Hello! We hope you are having a great weekend.

Veerle Moreels is here on the blog this evening with this stunning tag made for a feature in Creative Stamping magazine last year…

There is something about closed eyes. They can hide so much. You can choose to close your eyes because you want to hide your feelings, you can close your eyes because you don’t want to be part of something you see or actually close them to gather all your strength to face something your need to. Or you can just close your eyes to give you peace of mind, it can take you out of this world and give you a chance to calm down and relax…

Close your eyes… it gives you the chance to see yourself.

Materials list

300 gsm watercolor paper
Black cardstock
Ink: Versafine – black, Memento-Rich cocoa
Watercolours: Sennelier – Warm sepia , Winsor&Newton – Perylene violet
Ranger Texture paste
Gold metalfoil ( Pébéo-Ranger- IndigoBlu mega flakes…)
Glue for metal foiling (Pébéo – Tombow multi mono liquid glue-IndigoBlu Flitterglu…)
Ranger Cut -‘n-dry foam
Black embossing powder
Bandage (plain bandage –sterile gaze bought at the pharmacist)


  • Cut a tag out of the watercolor paper sized 11cm on 22cm and color it with a light wash of both watercolors. You can let it air dry or heat it with a heatgun to speed up the drying process*
  • When your tag is dry put some antistatic powder down and stamp the face onto the tag using the black Versafine. Quickly cover it with the heat embossing powder and heat set**
  • Lay down some texture paste from the top to the bottom and let it dry. Once it’s dry color the texture paste with a light wash of both water colours. When this layer is dry you can lay down a more concentrated layer of color next to the texture paste to get some more depth.
  • Cut a piece of Cut-‘n-Dry foam and lay down some glue used for metal foiling onto it. Work it into your foam using a palette knife. This is the stamp pad you will use to ‘ink’ up the stars. Ink up your stamp with the glue and stamp it onto your paper as you would when using ink. Don’t hold it to long onto your paper or it will stick and you will tear the paper. Just stamp and lift. When you have structured watercolor paper you could stamp it a second time using a stamping tool. Cover your stamped image with the golden metal foil and burnish before removing it.

Make sure to clean your stamp in between if necessary using some water. When you are done with the stamp clean it off immediately using some water ( cold or hot depending on the glue you used. Wash your cut-‘n-dry foam if you don’t need it any longer.)

  • Put some glue onto a piece of plastic and pick up just a tiny bit with your palette knife. Wipe this over your structure paste to make some parts sticky so you can lay down some golden metal foil here too.
  • Cut a piece of plain bandage and color it with both watercolors. When this is drying stamp your sentiment on some paper . I have added some light touches of colour here too.
  • Using a needle, toothpick,… you can put tiny dots of glue onto your tag to add some little golden accents. I have also splattered some tiny dots of both water colours onto the background.
  • When the bandage is dry adhere it behind your words. Ink up the edges of the tag before gluing it down onto the black base. Only thing left is to adhere the words to finish off the tag.

*TIP: if you work onto watercolour paper and use a lot of water you could see that your paper starts wrinkling or bending. When it’s dry to the touch you can put it in between some papers and lay it under something very heavy to get it straight. In the meanwhile you can stamp words or do some coloring.

**TIP: to get the eyes and nose-mouth spaced out correctly, lay down the printed sheet underneath your stamping block and place the stamps on the right place on your acrylic block.

Stamps Used:

Face it

Believe in Unicorns

Own it

This is such a beautiful tag, the delicate colours and the gorgeous layering is stunning! Thank you Veerle ♡

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Close Your Eyes…

Hi! Thank you for visiting our blog today. We have been catching up with all the Design Team inspiration created over the past few weeks with our NEW stamps. If you have missed any of our posts you will find them HERE!

Jane Tyrrell has a stunning card to share with you! Over to Jane…

Wow did you see Visible Image on the Create and Craft show? How am-az-ing it was!! The Face It stamp set sold out in 26 minutes!! And the Curious Cat set within the first half hour. All but a handful of stamps sold out within that hour. Mark’s demos were fabulous and it was such fun spotting all 5 of my cards on the show together with the other awesome samples my fellow Design Team members had created.

This is my first official Design Team post for Visible Image!

I have already shared one of the 5 sample cards I made, Billy’s Fence, last week. If you missed that post you can see it here. You all saw that my sweet Billy Cat was the inspiration for all my cat cards… you all loved seeing his photos so here’s another one ;0)

At the moment I am having to craft in the kitchen as it’s far too cold in my garden studio. Billy sits next to me at the breakfast bar… here he is keeping check on what I’m doing.

Sooo back to my design team card for today. It is the 2nd sample I made for the Create and Craft TV show.

This amazing set is called Face it!

I also used 2 sets of words from the sentiment set, called Own It! which works perfectly with Face It…and of course just about any other stamp you own. This set will also be perfect for my art journal moments.

I made 2 Face it cards, I’ll share the second one soon.. if you saw the show it’s the very retro rainbow striped card. I decided to make an easel card as it’s been so long since I have made one and they are always fun to do, if a little fiddly. The cards I make that sell in Dotty’s Tearooms need to be flat and not too thick for posting, so this was an great opportunity to do something different.

I had a brain storm with my sketch/ideas book (yes I do keep one as I have flashes of inspiration at all sorts of times… often when I wake up and if I don’t write them down straight away I forget them!) for a few days to consult my “inner muse” ? and decided to use both the eyes open and closed stamps…. my idea was that the face was “closing her eyes” and “making a wish”. I wanted the wish inside to be quite dream like. I’m afraid I took only a couple of WIP photos… I got so carried away creating and my messy play is not conducive to keep stopping and taking photos. This is what I got up to…

I stamped and embossed both eyes open and eyes shut onto my card. I masked off the open eyes and both set of lips.

For the front of the easel I used Distress inks and blended a background. I added a little bit of stencilling.
I then added some Sparkle Medium through a heart stencil for some glittery texture.

I changed my mind re the sentiment, see the photo below. I decided to cut up the words on snippets of cards and then mount them on a snippet of black card.

I coloured the lips and added Glossy Accents for dimension and left them to dry.

For the inside I masked as before and used a mix of Infusions and distress inks and also added some more Sparkle Medium, this time using a star stencil, my idea was that she was making wish…(stars) hmm are you still with me ?


Then I put everything together.

Here is my easel card…which I saw as the show opened on TV…. great fun to see it there.
Below are my photos… it’s really hard to show up how glittery it is in real life but here goes…

Here is the front close up

the inside

The “wish” as seen from the side…

I used these 2 sets of sentiments so that when the easel is stood up and the front slotted into place it reads “Close your eyes make a wish”

and here is a collage

Thanks so much for stopping by today, for your ongoing support of my creative journey, and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me on my blog. I really appreciate them.

Have a lovely week.
Bye for now,
Jane x

This is such a stunning card and a wonderful idea ♡ Thank you Jane! Fabulous to see all the close up photos too showing all that gorgeous shimmer.

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