Making Memories – Visible Image stamps

Hello 🙂 We are back with more gorgeous inspiration for you!

Here’s Elena Smoktunova with her very first Design Team projects…

Hello dear friends!

I want to show you my first projects for  Visible Image with their amazing stamps!

I very much love dragonflies therefore made at once two cards with them!

Visible Image stamps - Dragonfly - Just Making Memories - Elena Smoktunova

I made a bright card, for summer. 
I love such a palette, and these tremendous stamps are perfect for it!



 I used these wonderful stamps:

Visible Image Ripped Fishnet stamp
Visible Image Dragonfly 2014 stamp
Visible Image Just Making Memories stamp

And one more card with these wonderful stamps!  The card made in the same palette.  Look how beautiful these tremendous stamps look on my cards!

Visible Image stamps - Dragonfly - Just Making Memories - Mixed Media - Elena Smoktunova


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I hope that you like my projects!

Have a lovely day!

Elena 🙂

Such gorgeous cards from Elena… fabulous style! You can find more of Elena’s amazing work over on her blog.

Tomorrow is a rather special day… it’s Helen’s Birthday! And we hear that Pauline Butcher will be here with a special ‘Fabulous Friday’ post! So we hope to see you here tomorrow evening for that 🙂

Have yourselves a great Friday!

Mark & Helen xx

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Memories and Dragonflies – Visible Image stamps

Hi There! 🙂

We are back this evening with more stunning inspiration for you from the amazingly talented Kim Robertson! Over to Kim…

Hi Everyone

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking in on our little blog.

Well April showers hit us at the beginning of May that’s for sure but I am hoping they don’t stay for long so we can get back to our spring weather we had just started to enjoy.

Today I have lots of pictures and quite a busy card  with lots of stages so definitely not a beginner card, it does however utilise that technique I showed you all a couple of weeks back where we melt the UTEE and stamp into it rather than set up and use the melt pot for one stamp impression.

Here is today’s card for the fabby Visible Image I hope you all like it and would give it a go, or if it is too busy feel free to simplify it and give it a go with what you have or prefer to use.

Visible Image stamps - Dragonfly - Just Making Memories - Kim Robertson

This one has lots and lots of texture and movement, I really enjoyed putting it together and making the backgrounds from a blank white piece of card.

So to start.

I took the Crackled background stamp with some Pebble ink from Ranger and stamped randomly with the stamp in my hand and not on a block so I could add bits exactly where I wanted them I left the centre more clear than the two opposite corners.

Next I took The Bronte script stamp and added some again random areas of stamping which you can just see on the top left of this image above, I embossed this stamping in clear embossing powder to allow the white of the card to show through whatever we did on the card.

Once the stamping was this far I took milled lavender Distress ink first and subtly blended the inks into the centre then I brought the darker colour of Dusty Concorde in and really worked the colour into  the embossing which we did earlier, which really makes the embossed writing stand out on this bright purple. I also used a little black distress ink on the very edges.

 These are the predominant inks on this card.

I took the Edgy set of stamps next and some versamark ink for embossing and added the stamp impressions around the edge of the card, I then used some sparkly purple and clear embossing powder to give the card a lot of brightness and glamour.

I matted this piece onto a piece of white card and set aside for now.

I took the smaller of the two stamps from the Edgy set and the same Dusty Concorde ink and stamped around the edge of a larger piece of card to use as the backing piece.


I went back around with the larger of the two stamps in the Edgy set and stamped over the purple with versamark embossing ink and then used gold embossing powder  Once I heat set it I matted it onto a piece of Black card with a very small amount showing.

I stamped out the sentiment I wanted to use, called Just Making Memories which I love and coloured the piece to match the card of course, I just love the font on this sentiment, it reminds me of writing in an age long gone for some reason.

So next to recap on what we learnt a couple of posts back, I rubbed some versamark ink on a piece of card and tipped on some Ultra think embossing powder, I heat set from underneath, not only does this create a much smoother surface to stamp into but it also means the utee granules stay put as they are inclined to fly all over the place if you try to heat from above on the first couple of layers are the slippiest I’d say. You can do as many layers as you want but I find 2-3 is ample as it will snap when cold unless you melt some flex in with the utee.

Once I had enough layers I inked my stamp with more versamark this time to act as a release agent after we press our stamp into hot melted Utee. Move quickly and if it starts to set too quick or your image slips etc that ok just reheat all the UTEE and re stamp the image again.

This is how this image came out this time and as you can see I didn’t press hard enough in the top left hand wing but as I know I am making wings for the dragon fly from acetate, and colouring then with alcohol markers so this tip of the wing will not show so is fine for this imprint,

So here is the dragonfly stamped with Staz on ink on acetate and cut out, then coloured with alcohol markers on the back of the image not the side with the staz on. I then cut it out carefully around the edges and bend up the wings into position.

Once the wings were bend I added a tiny bit of glue down the under body of the dragonfly and stuck it on top of the impression we made in the utee.

I also coloured the edges of the ripped card and added some beadazzled bead and sparkles into glue in varying sizes and I also added some tiny sparkly stones.
I set this aside to dry for a while while we finish prepping the base.

I did a double layer of white card with foam in between for the backing piece to sit on.

Then the coloured sparkly piece was added to that. With the sentiment on a jaunty angle and sitting on a piece of cheese cloth too.

I decided I’d add a little more of the cheesecloth poking out from under the seat the  dragon fly sits on too.

I also decided at this stage to add some tiny little sparkly stones to the body of the dragonfly, this really does stand out extremely sparkly in person but again as we have mentioned before the camera just never does the images justice with glitter.To finish all I did was go around wit my glue and teeny weeny sparkly stones and add them anywhere that I felt would benefit. I also added some of the super sparkly beadazzle bead and sparkle pots , I wish you could see this in person (arrrrr)

Anyway here is the finished piece again  I really enjoyed putting this together and doing some of the fun stuff we used on this one. I hope you will give this a try if you have any Utee about as it really is a lot of fun, it picks up alot of details from the  stamp or whatever you use to make an impression into the utee.

Visible Image stamps - Dragonfly - Just Making Memories - Kim Robertson

So the stamps I used on this one were…





I hope you liked this card it certainly is a little more complicated with lots of steps but hopefully you will all be able to see what I did from the pictures.

Have a wonderful Wednesday my lovelies

Love as always to all



What an absolutely stunning card! Loving all that texture and those colours are yummy! Fantastic tutorial for this technique… hope you’ll have a go!

Thank you so much for your superb project and brilliant step by step Kim xxx

We will be back tomorrow with more Visible Image stamps inspiration from Teresa Morgan.

Enjoy the rest of your evening 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Making Memories – Visible Image stamps

Good Evening! Thank you for coming to see us today 🙂

Apologies for missing yesterday’s posts, been catching up with orders and having some internet issues!

We have some absolute stunners to inspire you! Our amazing team never fail to deliver 🙂

Here’s Kim Robertson…

Hi Folks

I hope you are all enjoying your week and that you are getting some nice sunshine , it has been so very nice to get out of work at night and still see the sun streaming through the trees.

After last weeks quite complicated tutorial I thought this week I would do something a little simpler for folks in the clean and simple vane. I used three stamps from Our Visible Image Friends and they will of course be listed below or if you have any similar or you would like to substitute one of your favourite quotes or sentiments it is just another way of doing a very quick but smart card to give to someone special.  It is funny isn’t it , when we make cards/ gifts we all seem to put our heart and soul and a bit of ourselves into the design and the way we compose it for that person , I feel like I am making it for all of you when I do them as I share the details so much with you all.

Here is today’s card and I hope you like it.

Visible Image stamps - Just Making Memories - Kim Robertson

I used two distress inks on this one in Vintage photo and Seedless Preserves. I used off white and black cardstock. Lots of matting and layering with foam in between too.

Firstly,  I took some off white card and my Grunge Polka Dot background stamp with Vintage Photo DI and stamped a few dots on opposite corners and then took a piece of cut and dry and a little ink with a light hand and added to all the edges and corners of this piece

I then took my Ink Splat stamps and used a few different ones with the purple Seedless preserves DI and stamped that randomly, I did keep in mind the sentiment would be around the centre and it would be good to still see some of the inking once attacked to the card etc. I then matted this onto another piece of off white and another larger mat again in off white and then a black layer.

Here you can see the above mat and layers and how it is starting to sit together already.

I took a left over piece of the off white card and stamped my Just making memories sentiment which I adore in Versafine black ink and added one of the purple large splats to it, I used some of the Vintage Photo to edge this piece as before and then mounted it onto black card.

Here are two more photos of the card up til now just as I am choosing which way I will go for this one with embellishments. Sometimes I love to match lots of accessories to the card and other times I just want to leave it clean and speak straight to the point and I believe this is in the later category this time.


I added a couple of small sparkly stones to the corners and a twine in matching purple bow with a sparkly and pearl stone to cover the knot and another of the same sparkle with pearl in the centre to the large splat on the sentiment.

I also decided on one more layer of the off white and black layers to finish off and give the card some real height and dimension after all clean and simple doesn’t mean boring and bendy does it folks hehehe.

Ok so the stamps I used from my good friends at Visible Image are listed here.

     Ink splats


Grunge Polka Dots.

Just Making Memories.

So you can see how simple it all came together once it is broken down can’t you? Perhaps you can tell me whether you like the mix of tutorials I do each week or if there is a particular type you like best, maybe paper pads or inky ones , maybe the embossing techniques or paints and colour etc, let me know in the comments if you would like too.

Here again is the finished image..

Visible Image stamps - Just Making Memories - Kim Robertson

I wish the camera picked up the vibrancy of the cards made but it really does not pick up how fresh and bright  a card is or the sparkle we like to add  sometimes it just does not matter how many pictures you take it just does not translate so well to the computer.

However I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thank you for stopping by and looking through. I will see you next week with some more inspiration.

Love and hugs to all the lovely folks.

Thank you Kim for your brilliant tutorial… gorgeous gorgeous card. Fantastic background… don’t you just love this sentiment? You’ll find more of Kim’s stunning work over on her blog.

We will be back soon with a fabulous work of art from Lisa Nygards…

Mark & Helen xx

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