Life Is A Journey | Handmade Card

Hello! Today’s the day we are back on Create and Craft TV for a double length mixed media show with Mark! (More details below!). Today’s inspiration is one of the gorgeous show samples created by Ali Carubia, featuring our fabulous BREAK FREE stamp set with our TIME TUNNEL stencil…


Happy Tuesday!


I’m sharing a card made for today’s TV show! It’s perfect for Autumn, with bonfire coloured daisies and a Catherine wheel inspired background – things I remember from years gone by.

daisy stamp | spiral stencil | monochromatic card | handmade | stamping



Tutorial

Spray the back of the Time Tunnel stencil with stencil spray and leave to dry for a few minutes.

Cut a piece of white card to just over 6″ x 6″ and stick the stencil on firmly.

Pour a little black gesso onto a saucer or an old foil tray – away from your craft mat (as it gets everywhere!).


Load up your stencil brush with a little black gesso and apply to card in a upright pouncing motion, so the paint doesn’t slip under the stencil. Go over any white bits you have missed.


Peel the stencil away from the card, the centre bits are quite delicate so you may need to rotate your card and peel away in sections.

Put your stencil in some water!

Create a colourful background using the the yellow, orange and red distress oxide inks.

Squish some ink onto your craft mat and spritz with water, pick it up on some white card and dry with a heat gun.


Take the Visible Image Break Free stamp set and stamp the flower head onto your coloured card with black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

You will need 4 flower heads for this card.


Stamp and clear heat emboss 2 vases and 4 flower stems onto scraps of white card.

Cut these all out – I left a border around the flower heads and vases but cut the stems very close to the embossed lines.

Snip between the petals so you can manipulate them later.

Trim any mucky edges off your black and white spiral card and fix it onto a larger piece of black card with a border of about 1/4″ around, and then onto a white 7″ x 7″ card blank.

Colour the 4 flower stems with green and a little orange oxide ink.



Snip out the inside of one of the vases leaving the water line in place.


Colour both of the vases with a little pale blue ink for the water and light grey alcohol pen on the glass.

Glue the complete vase to the bottom right hand side then glue the stems. Don’t worry too much about what the top of the vase looks like as that will be covered by a flower head.Fix the second snipped vase over the first with pva glue, so that the stems are trapped underneath the water line.

Add a shadow to the bottom of the vase using your grey alcohol pen, to ground it to the card.



Use a white gel pen to add some highlights on the petals.

Shape the flowers using a ball tool and the palm of your hand/foam mat to give them a bit of dimension, curl a few of the petals forwards, away from the rest before attaching the four flower heads to your card using 3d glue gel.


Apply some Star Dust stickles to the centre of the flowers.


Stamp the ‘Life is a Journey’ sentiment from the Just be Happy set with black versafine ink onto white card, and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Matt this onto black card with about 1/8″ border

Attach the sentiment to the bottom left hand side of your card using foam tape or 3D glue gel.


Stand back and admire your finished work!



Here is my completed card 😎


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I am really happy with this one!



Supplies





Daisy Stamp | Vase | Smashed | Break Free Stamp Set | Visible Image



just be happy | listen to your heart | life is a journey | sentiment stamps



time spiral stencil


  • Stencil Spray (Crafter’s Companion Stick & Spray)
  • Distress Oxide Inks – Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Broken China, Mowed Lawn
  • Versafine Onyx black pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • White gel pen
  • Light Grey Alcohol pen
  • Star Light Stickles
  • Black gesso
  • Stencil Brush
  • Heat gun
  • White card (300gsm) and Black card for matting & layering
  • 7″ x 7″ white card blank
  • double sided tape or pva
  • 3D glue gel


I hope you have enjoyed this project.


Thanks for stopping by today,

Ali xxx




Awesome card Ali! Loving your bonfire coloured daisies against the striking monochrome background! Great choice of sentiment and another brilliant tutorial.. thank you Ali 

You will find more of Ali’s gorgeous cards over on her blog.

 

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We will be back tomorrow with more fabulous inspiration!


We hope you stay safe and well.

Helen & Mark xx


 

Life Is Beautiful | Hummingbird Stamp

Hello and Happy Saturday to you! We hope you can relax a little. We have some wonderful inspiration coming your way over the weekend, kicking off with a beautiful card by Heather Mitchell featuring our Daisy Daisy stencil with our hummingbird stamp…

Morning everyone!

I am loving this beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, pottering around in my garden and I have a few beautiful blooms of Daisys popping out between some foliage… although I don’t get many Hummingbirds making an appearance unfortunately!


hummingbird daisy card | visible image stamps



For this weeks Visible Image DT inspiration, I’ve used two new stencils:


Daisy Daisy


daisy stencil



and Heavy Rain


rain stencil



and overlaid the beautiful Life is Beautiful Hummingbird


hummingbird stamp | life is beautiful sentiment



So here’s how I did it…



I began by trimming some watercolour card to 7.5″ square and laying the Daisy Daisy stencil in the middle.  I’ve given it a good spritz using the new gorgeous Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Spray and then carefully removed the stencil before drying.

As I wanted to stencil over the flower, I used the stencil again to make a mask and secured it in place with some low-tack masking tape.  I’ve then used the Heavy Rain stencil to add the fabulous lines across and up/down using the oxide ink pads shown.



To give the Daisy some definition, I’ve used my Derwent Inktense pencils on the petals, some I’ve used a water brush on and some I’ve left and when this layer was dry, I added a few swishes of white Posca pen.



The Hummingbird was added using a stamping platform as I wanted a good coverage and knew I may have to re-ink it two or three times. I’ve used Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord Oxide ink pads for this, dabbing the ink pads over the stamp, stamping it on the background and then  changing colour.



The sentiment is also from the Life is Beautiful set and has been stamped using Versafine Clair Rain Forest and added to the card using foam tape.



To complete the make, I’ve matted it onto a navy card and then onto an 8×8″ card blank.




I am loving the new stencils and stamps… what’s your favourite?  Ripped Fishnet is very popular stencil and I love it too… but I also love Words of Support.  Great for journal makes and you may have seen my journal page I recently posted in the Facebook group using that alongside the new Bad Day stamp set.


If you’ve bought any of the new releases (or anything Visible Image to be honest!) keep an eye on instagram and the #visibleimage as there is sooooo much amazing stuff being posted daily… and of course, the group on Facebook has fabulous cards and makes uploaded too!


Enjoy the weather while it’s lovely and sunny (I hope it is wherever you are!) and I’ll catch up again soon xx





This is such a gorgeous card! We love the effect of the hummingbird stamped over the daisy, such wonderful chalky texture too! Thank you Heather ♡

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

 

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Butterfly Angels | Handmade Card

Hello! We have Jane Tyrrell here on the blog today with a fabulous card featuring our grungy butterfly stamps with an inspiring sentiment…

Good Evening,

A fortnight has rolled round and it is time for my regular design team post for Visible Image. Wow there have been so many changes in these 2 weeks. Helen and Mark aka Mr and Mrs Visible Image have lots of ideas to keep us all entertained, engaged and creative in the weeks ahead and one lovely idea is the start of a new challenge. The theme of challenge #1 is such an apt one, “Brighten Someone’s Day”.

I managed to see my best friend for a long lunch just before this whole situation took hold and we both cherish those few hours and realise it may be quite some time before we see one another again. I decided to make my card to send to her.


I knew just the sentiments to use. This is such a great set:


positive sentiment stamps

My dearest friend loves her garden as much as I do so I also reached for the Wings of Change set.

grungy butterfly stamp

Her favourite colour is pink so I made a very pink and girlie background. First I sprinkled on some Infusions and added some spritzes of water.



I then blended on some Distress oxide ink.



I also made some textured butterflies by stamping on some left over inky card, adding crackle accents and a sprinkle of glamour dust for texture and sparkle.



Once dry I cut them out minus the antennae.

I stamped the sentiment and butterflies on the background and then stuck the butterflies on top raising the edge of their wings with foam pads.



Then it was time to put my card together. Here it is;


butterfly card | friends are angels with invisible wings







and one last shot;




There is  also a special Mindfulness section on the Visible Image website at the moment which has 30% off, just perfect for crafters who are sending out cards to help raise people’s spirits at this time. Visible Image is a small husband and wife team who are still shipping here in the UK and abroad for as long as they are able to .


And yes my dear best friend received this card last week and told me that it did lift her spirits which was my very intention. I feel empowered by my crafting that during these uncertain times that I can give a tiny moment of positivity to someone’s day.


I do hope you might join us over on FB with this challenge. Perhaps you could then send what you have made to someone you care for and cannot see in person for now?
Back soon.


Stay safe and stay creative.


Bye for now,
Jane x




Thank you for this gorgeous inspiration Jane. Your background is fabulous and the butterflies look wonderful with the touches of sparkle.  Thank you ♡

You will find more of Jane’s inspiring cards and projects over on her blog.



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We will be back tomorrow with more fantastic inspiration.


Thanks so much  for visiting our blog today!

Stay safe and well.

Helen & Mark xx