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


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 😎


I am really happy with this one!


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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Butterfly Journey | Crackle Texture

Hello and Happy Friday to you! It’s been another very busy week here so we are looking forward to a little ‘time out’ over the weekend, hope you can enjoy some rest too! We have Heather Mitchell here on the blog today with an amazing mixed media card featuring our awesome BUTTERFLY INK stencil and loads of texture…

Afternoon everyone…

My make for Visible Image today is a super simple one but I absolutely love it and am going to be making some more for cards for friends. I’ve used the beautiful Butterfly Ink stencil and one of the Just Be Happy sentiments and that’s it… very sparse for me!

I had intended to do something much more convoluted but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

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I began by taping the stencil to watercolour card. I generally use watercolour card as it holds up to whatever I throw at it which is usually quite a lot! It’s 300GSM hot press card (which means it’s smooth) if anyone is interested!

I’ve then smoothed the glorious and gorgeous Golden Crackle Paste through the stencil and my word, I love this stuff. The Golden paste is so light and fluffy, it’s like stencilling with whipped cream.

The colour comes from Wow Embossing Powders ‘Pop’ powder. A mix of a vibrant orange alongside silver and white grains which gives a beautiful effect.

The powder has been sprinkled on to the paste while it’s still fresh (damp) so it sticks and then I let it air dry overnight which is when the crackles appear. Once perfectly dry, melt the powder… and I never tire of watching the melt!

I had intended to drip colour down the butterfly so it seeped into the cracks but I decided to keep it simple. Instead, I used the new-ish Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Spray to paint around the butterfly and leave lots of white space – which is very not me!

I do love the subtlety of the pale Speckled Egg against the real bright intense colour of the orange and then the little cracks across the butterfly look just fabulous!

The ‘Life is a Journey’ sentiment from the Just Be Happy set is perfect (I thought) for a butterfly and I’ve used Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide Spray to add the colour and then given a couple of the letters some glossy accents just as a change in texture.

butterfly stencil | texture paste | wow pop powder

Why not have a go at re-creating this card? You don’t have to use the Butterfly Ink stencil… the technique would work with any of the Visible Image stencils.

Products used

Inky Butterfly Stencil

just be happy | listen to your heart | Life is a journey | stamp

I’ll be back here with another make very soon! xx

Woweee this is amazing Heather! Our butterfly looks stunning with all that crackle and texture, wonderful colour choices. Thank you ♡

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


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