Hello! Wow where has the time gone since we last blogged! We have lots of catching up to do… we are releasing some amazing new Christmas stamps and stencils which are available to pre-order now and they are already incredibly popular (thank you!). Our Design Team are having a lot of fun creating samples and we are excited to start sharing them here on the blog. We are starting with an awesome mixed media card by Heather Mitchell featuring our Inked Holly stamp and more…
How is everyone? Hope you’re all good.
Hands up who’s seen the new Christmas stamps and stencils for Visible Image yet?! Oh my… aren’t they fabulous?! I love the grungy mixed media sets (endless possibilities) and the stencils give you those two classy ‘Christmas’ titles as well as that cute bauble!
I have been beavering away behind the scenes creating some samples for Helen and Mark and this was one of my first…
I adore the Inked Holly stamp. I’ve always loved a good holly and ivy stamp but the take Mark has put on this is fabulous! So, I began by making my typical inky, drippy background using Distress Oxide Sprays (Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass) and after leaving to dry, I added the white heat embossed segments of the stamp around the edges.
I then had a brainwave to use one of the music stamps, Music Speaks, to add the music as I was humming ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ whilst making this! (You are too now, right?!) For the music I used Versafine Clair’s Morning Mist ink pad and wiped any excess off the white heat embossed image.
To add some texture to the background, I used the Mesh It Up stencil. I have a few little Liquid Pearl bottles that I rarely use and thought they would look fabulous through the stencil. Having squished a good lot of the Platinum Pearl out onto my glass mat, I added the medium using a palette knife and left to air dry.
The central focal point of the layered stamp was super easy to make. After die-cutting a circle in watercolour card, I added Distress Spray Stains (not Oxides!) to create a watery effect. I used the same colours as before but obviously you get slightly different colours because they’re not oxides. Once completely dry, I heat embossed the stamp using WOW!’s Metallic Platinum powder and then three times more onto a separate sheet of watercolour card.
The leaves and berries are coloured using my Arteza watercolour brush pens and I’ve then given all three a spritz of Tattered Angels ‘Pretty Pink’ Glimmer Mist. Once dry, I’ve fussy cut each one out of the main stamp and layered the holly leaves at a slight angle to each other using foam tape adding Ranger’s Glossy Accents to the top berries. Then I added some red cheesecloth behind the die-cut to break up the background.
Before adding to the card, I drew around the edge of the die-cut (and the background) using the WOW! Freestyle Tool added the same platinum powder.
This stamp is perfect for creating mixed media Christmas cards and tags but you could simply stamp it in one colour and colour it for bright and gorgeous Christmas tags or cards. So versatile!
All the Christmas stamps and stencils are available to pre-order now and are released on Friday 18th September… so plenty of time for all that Christmas crafting!
The design team have been busy making samples to share some inspiration for each of the stamp sets and stencils so keep checking the Visible Image Facebook group for lots of ideas!
Catch you again soon for another Visible Image make… H xx
This is such an amazing card Heather, we are loving all the gorgeous texture! Thank you ♡
You will find more inspiring projects from Heather over on her blog.
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We will be sharing more fantastic inspiration from our amazing team over the weekend! It’s a great time to get distracted and get cracking on those Christmas cards and projects, so we hope to inspire you!
Helen & Mark xx