Seahorse Stamp | Create Your Calm

Hello! Thanks for visiting our blog today! Ali is here with a gorgeous grungy card featuring our awesome seahorse stamp and create calm sentiment today…


I have used the fabulous seahorse stamp from the CREATE YOUR CALM set and the new GRUNGE TONES background stamps on this card. Ink swooshing and colouring in = a very happy and mindful afternoon 😊



Create an inky background using Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide and Distress ink and spritzed water.Tim Holtz has some great videos on YouTube on how to get this effect and it is a lot of fun to do.



Wipe over your card with an anti static bag.


Stamp the open circles in different places over your card using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide and then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.



Stamp the linear dotted stamp around the edges of your card with Black Soot Distress ink, keeping keeping the alignment as you go around the card.



Stamp the seahorse using versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.


Faux bleach the embossed circles using a paint brush to add water to the circle, leave for a few seconds and pick up the water with a paper towel.


Stamp the ‘Create Your Own Calm’ sentiment using Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin Distress oxides with pink ink at the top and the orange ink at the bottom of the words. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.



Stamp a second seahorse onto white card using black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Colour with yellow and pink watercolour pens, I used Zig clean color pens, blend the colours with a damp paintbrush.

Colour a little outside the edges of the image and then cut it out.



Apply Chipped Sapphire Distress ink around the edges of your card using a blending tool, and then again with Black Soot Distress ink.


Then tear around the edges of your card, tear towards you so that the white core is exposed.



Draw a shadow line around the outside of your white sea horse with a grey alcohol marker

Colour the faux bleached circles with red and yellow watercolour pens and when dry, add a crescent shape to each one with a Sakura clear star or glitter gel pen.



Mount your inked card to a black card matt sized 5 1/4″ x 7″ and then onto an A5 white card blank using pva or double sided tape.

Fix your coloured seahorse over the white one using 3d glue gel or foam pads.



Apply glossy accents to the seahorse’s eye, the coloured bubbles on your background and the bubbles on the sentiments.

When the accents are completely dry, colour the sentiment bubbles with a green alcohol pen and attach them to the bottom of your card using 3d glue gel or foam pads.



Your finished card will look a bit like this 😎


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Supplies
  • Visible Image Stamps – Create Your Calm & Grunge Tones
  • Distress Oxide Inks – Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin & Picked Raspberry
  • Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Chipped Sapphire & Black Soot
  • Grey and Green alcohol markers
  • Glossy Accents
  • Anti Static pad
  • Versamark and Black Versafine ink pads
  • Clear and White embossing powders
  • Paint brush & water spritzer
  • Sakura Clear Star or glitter gel pen
  • Heat gun
  • White stamping card (300gsm)
  • Black card for matting & layering
  • A5 white card blank
  • double sided tape or pva
  • 3d glue gel or foam pads


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    grunge tones | background stamps | circles | two tone



    I hope you have enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by 💖

    Ali xxx




    What an awesome card! We adore your background and the torn edges Ali! Our seahorse stamp looks amazing! Thank you for your fantastic tutorial too ♡

     

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    Creating Calm | Seahorse Stamp

    Hello! We have Lynda Hall here on the blog today with a gorgeous underwater themed card featuring our lovely seahorse stamp…

    The sun is shining, it has been a glorious week,  and oh how I have been dreaming of a trip to the seaside. However, as it’s still not safe to indulge such whims I have instead lost myself under the ocean for this weeks inspiration project for Visible Image.

     

    There really is something magical about seahorses, and this handsome one from the ‘Create Your Calm’ set is stunning!

     

     

     I started this card with an inky mop up sheet of card. I am on a bit of a mission at the moment to use up my scraps. No idea why as I am constantly creating more so I am sure I am fighting a losing battle!

     

     

    I used the ‘Two Tone’ and ‘Fibres’ stencils with distress ink to add a layer of detail to begin with, and then stamped some detail stamps in Archival Ink.

     

     

    I took delivery of some Izink Ice this week, and some layers of that over the top really added some depth and shine and enhanced the colours.

     

     

    While that was drying I stamped and embossed the seahorse on heat resistant acetate, and painted the colour onto the back of it so it just showed through the clear areas.

     

     

    Once the Ice was dry, I stamped more images over the top from the Dare to Swim set, and added some embossing.

     

     

    The WOW embossing brush is brilliant for applying thicker embossing powder around edges of your work to frame it.

     

     

    I stamped seaweed onto another mop up scrap and fussy cut in order to create another layer of interest, and along the sea bed I added texture sand , shells and jewels.

     

     



    The final step was to adhere the seahorse and sentiment with 3D glue to really make him stand out.

     

     


    Visible Image Products Used

     


    fibres stencil | waves | water | texture



    Two Tone stencil


    two tone stencil | dots | squares




    dragonfly stamp | ripples | live in the moment




    seahorse stamp | underwater | create your own calm



    Dare to Swim stamp set

    jellyfish stamp | fish | bubbles | underwater





    Lynda this is amazing, there is so much to discover! Your sea bed is stunning, love all the background detail and little embellishments, and our seahorse stamp looks awesome! Thank you ♡

    You will find more inspiring cards and projects from Lynda over on her blog.



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    Underwater Canvas

    Hello! We have even more awesome inspiration coming your way here on the blog today!

    Lisa Taggart is here sharing an incredible canvas she created for a magazine feature earlier this year…


    Hello today I am happy to be sharing a canvas I made for Visible Image a while ago using some of their new 2018 stamp releases and a couple of items from existing designs. Thus combining the old with the new…


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    I was fortunate to have this piece appear in the March 2018 issue of Craft Stamper magazine as part of a team feature…


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    The design also appears on the introductory page of the Visible Image catalogue.


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    Links for the products can be found here:


    Create Your Calm




    Organics




    Dare To Swim



    Fibres stencil




    I wanted to create a multi layered piece to give the impression of an underwater mirky depth. I did this using a variety of mediums and masking tricks.

    I masked using a combination of heat resist embossing for the sea horse and some of the foilage and fluid masking through the stencil. When colouring I used a combination of brusho powders, Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and acrylic paint.

    To create dimension and light  I payed particular attention to the placement of the dark and light colours both for the foilage and the background water. I also concentrated a fair bit on the finer details- the colouring of the seahorses, gelli fish and the bubbles.

    I decided to use the reverse of the canvas to create a box frame. I used texture paste through the stencil and embedded art stones for extra bubble like texture. I wanted to mirror the scene inside the frame. I painted the inside of the frame using the aqua colour to reflect the light and highlighted the stones using gilding wax and glitter kiss.

    Finally the rusty wire around the frame as well as adding texture in a similar shape to the stencil it also depicted a metaphoric contrast- the calm scene as against life’s stresses on the surface.



    Here’s a closer look :


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    Well I hope you like it!


    Lisa xx




    This is such a stunning piece of art! Thank you so much Lisa.. the depth, texture and colours are incredible ♡

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    A Little Bit Of Calm

    Good Evening! Hope you are having a good week. It’s certainly gone incredibly fast here, can’t believe it’s Friday again tomorrow.. so soon!

    Sharon Traynor is our ‘Queen of Clean and Simple Cards’ and she has another stunning one to inspire you today…


    Hi!

    It’s time to share another card that I’ve made with some of my fabulous Visible Image stamps. Today I’m using the wonderful seahorse from the Create Your Calm set and teaming it up with some Ink Splats (to represent bubbles) and the Fibres stencil for a bit of movement in my inky panel.



    I left the camera running whilst I made this card…



    I’m loving how I can take a large stamp and yet still create something wonderfully clean and simple with it. This is such a beautiful seahorse stamp, but as Veerle has shown how to expertly colour it (which you can see by clicking HERE for her video), I thought I would leave it in monochrome for a contrast on my inky band.




    How to make this:


    First heat emboss the seahorse with clear ink and a sparkly black embossing powder, then mask the seahorse with either a post-it note or some masking fluid.

    Next mask off a section of your card for the inked band and blend 3 colours of distress oxide ink (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, salty ocean) into the unmasked area to create a smooth ombré look.

    Blend more ink through the fibres stencil using broken china and peacock feathers distress oxides and next splatter water droplets onto the panel.

    Use second generation ink with the two remaining stamps (the ovals and circles) in the Create Your Calm set, to add more subtle interest to the background, stamping these in faded jeans and peacock feathers distress oxides.

    Remove the masking, and add your sentiment. I split the ‘own’ and ‘calm’ into two separate words using a masking technique, shown in my video, so that I only inked the word I wanted at each place.




    Now ink the splatters from the Ink Splats set in salty ocean, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio distress oxide.

    Use a clear sparkle pen on the water droplets in the inky band to give them some shimmer. Use the same sparkle pen in the white areas of the seahorse.

    The final part is to add glossy accents onto the ink splat ‘bubbles’ and also randomly across the band.


    Stamps Used:


    (please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):


    https://visibleimage.com/product/create-your-calm/        https://visibleimage.com/product/ink-splats/

    Stencil:


    https://visibleimage.com/product/fibres/



    Other Supplies:

    White Card, Versamark clear ink, Stampendous disco black embossing powder, Distress Oxides (salty ocean, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, broken china, faded jeans), blending tools and foam, water, paintbrushes, heat tool, low-tack masking tape, post-it notes, scrap paper, Misti, Versafine Onyx black ink, Sakura gelly roll pen (clear star), Ranger glossy accents, 3d foam


    Thank you for stopping by today,
    See you again soon.


    Hugs,
    Sharon xx



    This is such a striking card Sharon! Our seahorse looks fabulous against your inky panel and we are loving those glossy splats! ♡

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


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    Create Your Own Calm

    Hello! We have another amazing project to share with you today!

    Over to Lisa Taggart…


    Hi everyone, today I’m featuring  the fabulous new Seahorse stamp teamed up with one of the wonderful new backgrounds. It’s an mdf tag mixed media piece. It’s a more masculine project- makes a change!



     

    The stamps can be found here:


    Create Your Calm





    Elemental


     


    Here are some of the basic steps.



    A few bits of twine, leather, a metal compass embellishment and ribbon added extra interest.



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    Hope you like it.


    Till next time..

    Lisa xx



    Incredible project Lisa! That teal foiling is stunning! Your texture and design are amazing! Thank you ♡

    You will find more of Lisa’s inspiring projects over on her blog.



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    Organics

    Afternoon! Thank you for visiting us here on the blog today.

    We have a weekend packed full of amazing inspiration from our wonderful Design Team! It has been so busy since getting back from Creativation, so we are having a huge catch up of all the latest cards and projects created with our gorgeous NEW stamps!


    Pauline Butcher has not one, but two amazing cards to share with you today featuring our ‘Organics’ stamps…



    Hellooo,

     
    Here I am again, sharing a couple of cards that I made with the awesome new stamps from ‘Visible Image’, If you followed Helen and Mark’s progress in Phoenix, you will know what a fantastic success they and their products were, everyone loved all the Visible Image collection, they were definitely flying the flag for Britain.






    My  first card was shown on a few videos, so you may have already seen it, the stamps I  used are:
     

    I stamped and fussy cut the seahorse, then coloured it.



    I heat embossed the Organics onto acetate, and fussy cut, I also did the same with the sentiment, but onto blue card. The background was achieved by adding acrylic paint, onto the card with a palette knife, adding the stencil, and pouncing through with some white acrylic paint. I then stamped the fish and the organics stamps.To finish off, I added the fussy cut components with some 3D glue gel.



     
     


    My next card was a little play for fun, I used some Distress Inks, along with the ‘Organics’ stamps as trees and bushes.

     




    The other stamps I’ve used are..
     


    Thank you so much for your visit.

    Hugs

    Pauline xxxx

     

    Your seahorse card is incredible Pauline… all that fussy cutting was so worth it.. the stamps look amazing! Love your second card too, it’s fabulous! Thank you ♡

    You will find more of Pauline’s fabulous cards and projects over on her blog.



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    We will be back later with a stunning tag from Veerle Moreels!


    Thanks for stopping by today.

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    Seas of Blue

    Hi there! We hope you are enjoying all the gorgeous inspiration we have been sharing here on the blog.
    Lots more still to come today too!

    Next up.. Jane Tyrrell is back with another stunning seahorse project…


    It’s a cold day and time for another dose of inspiration for Visible Image. The new release stamps have gone down a storm in the crafting world. America has fallen in love with their stamps at Creativation, just much as we hoped (and knew!) that they would. I am so proud and delighted for them.


    I have a real “thing” about seahorses (as I do mermaids) and I was thrilled to see that in the new release Mark had designed this totally awesome seahorse… with a little Visible Image grunge of course.




    Isn’t he gorgeous! The words and the little ripple stamps in the set are fab too.


    I decided to make a wall hanging for my sample and this is what I got up to.

    We had just had our son’s dog to stay. These dog food boxes are made of very sturdy cardboard and I use them lots in my crafting. I cut my card to size and used 2 pieces glued together to give a sturdy base.


    I then covered the base with hessian.



    I used lots of sunny alcohol inks to create a seaside background and stamped and coloured my seahorse on tissue paper. I stuck this to card and fussy cut out.

    I then added the sentiment and some waves using the other stamps in the fab seahorse set.





    I embossed some “seaweed” over the top of my seahorse using stamps from the Organics stamp set.



    These stamps are perfect for tree, branches, seaweed and anything “organic”.



    I mounted it onto my hessian hanging and added photo corners and some handmade artisan lampwork glass beads to represent glass sea buoys.




    I added a string hanger and my seahorse was ready to wave.




    My seahorse has been waving from the side of the Visible Image desk at Creativation.. I hope he is enjoyed his trip the the USA! It has been amazing to see my artwork helping to decorate their amazing booth. Do check out their photos on Facebook… it has been a showstopper and their trip a total success. An even greater crafting journey now awaits Visible Image… a vision has come true… through creativity, originality, dedication and sheer hard work by Helen and Mark. It is so well deserved.



    Back soon,


    Bye for now,
    Jane x



    Your wall hanging was adored at the show Jane! Your background is absolutely stunning for him! Thank you ♡

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    Calming Sunshine

    Hello! Hope you are enjoying all the inspiration we have been sharing today! It’s been incredibly busy lately with nowhere near enough hours in the day.. so we are having a mega catch up here on the blog this weekend before we get back to normality, and daily inspiration!

    Over to Jane Tyrrell…


    Welcome to another dose of Visible Image stamps inspiration. Today I am sharing another creation of mine using the stunning ‘Create your Calm’ stamp set.


    This is the lovely stamp set I worked with..





    I used all the stamps in this set, the little waves/bubbles make such a cool background.


    I used Paperartsy fresco acrylics to make my sunny sea background. I swirled my paint around to give a feeling of the sea and added some “sunshine” in the centre




    I stamped my sweet seahorse in the sunshine using Versafine Clair ink.
    I then embossed the waves in white and blue and the sentiment in white.
    I added some white highlights to him




    and finished off the edge of the “sea” with more embossed waves






    I made a “frame” for my picture using photo corners.



    Here it is finished…




    This really is such a delightful stamp set to work with… and it makes me long for summer to hurry up and arrive too.

    Thanks for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me, I really appreciate every single one.

    Have a lovely weekend… It feels so good to be in February, the days are definitely starting to get lighter.

    Back soon.

    Bye for now,
    Jane x



    Wow what an amazing background for our seahorse! Stunning Jane! Thank you ♡

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



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    Have a great evening, we’ll be back tomorrow with more gorgeous cards and projects from the team.


    Mark & Helen xx