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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Mark & Helen xx

 

 

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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Mark & Helen xx




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





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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 ♡

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Mark & Helen xx

 

 
 

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…



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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.

Mark & Helen xx

 

 

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 ♡

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



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Mark & Helen xx




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