Design Team Intro | Ali Carubia

Hi there! Next up is another of our existing designers who is staying on the team…


Ali Carubia


Ali is on our BLOGGING TEAM!


We love Ali’s striking cards and fabulous backgrounds, and how wonderfully she interprets and co-ordinates our stamps, stencils and sentiments!



I started crafting about 20 years ago. My style is varied, my favourites are bright colours and silhouettes. I have an extensive collection of paper, stamps, inks, paints and sparkly things!


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For my latest Visible Image inspiration I’ve been playing with two fabulous stencils to make a couple of cards for my friends. These were fun and easy to make.


Quirky rose stamp | ink swirls stencil | kindness + friendship | handmade cards


To make the DL card:


Take a A4 piece of 300gsm white stamping card, cut it down to 210mm x 196mm and scoring at 98mm.

Trim the left over strip to 84mm x 194mm to make the card topper.

Tape the Visible Image ‘Ink Swirls’ stencil over the bottom 2/3’s of your card strip with masking tape. Use a brush or blending foam to apply the weathered wood distress oxide ink through the stencil, add a little black soot distress oxide in places – avoid the straight edge at the top of the stencil.

Wipe the ink off the stencil, flip it over and move it over the top 1/3. Match up the swirls as best you can and ink up as before. Flick a little water over your inked card, leave for a few seconds and then pickup the drops with paper towel.



Wipe over another piece of white stamping card with an anti static bag. Then stamp the rose from Visible Image’s Random Art of Kindness 6 times using black versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.



Fussy cut the roses, I cut slightly outside of the embossed lines.



Colour the roses with a base coat of orange ink and then add the red and pink ink.


Use the remaining orange and pink on your applicators to colour a sentiment from the ‘Words of Support’ stencil onto white card with the orange at the top and the pink at the bottom.

Heat emboss with clear embossing powder as before.

Trim the sentiment and mount it onto a scrap of black card with a border of about 1.5mm (1/16″).



Stamp the flower stem 3 times using black versafine ink as above and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Glue your inked piece onto a larger piece of black card with a border of about 3mm (1/8″).



Glue 3 of the roses flat onto the topper using pva glue. Shape the remaining 3 roses using your fingers and use 3d foam to fix them onto your card.



Use a white gel pen to add highlights to the flower heads, then doodle around the outside of your card with a fine black liner pen.

Colour the circles on the stems with a red pen and then cover these with glossy accents.

Attach your card topper to the white DL card blank you made earlier and attach the sentiment using 3d foam to the bottom right hand corner.


Your finished card will look like this ūüėé




To make the square card:


The process is the same except you don’t need to move the stencil and only 4 roses are needed. I found this card even quicker to make ūüėÄ


The measurements for the 6″x 6″ square card are:
card topper – white stamping card 130mm x 130mm
black card matt – 138mm x 138mm


I used a different sentiment and a couple of adhesive gems on this one…




Supplies


  • Visible Image Stamps – Random Art of Kindness
  • Visible Image Stencils – Inky Swirls & Words of Support
  • Spectrum Noir Harmony Inks – Tangerine, Chinese Red & Fuchsia
  • Distress Oxides – Weathered Wood & Black Soot
  • Black Versafine ink pad
  • Masking tape
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Red marker pen
  • White gel & black fine liner pens
  • Glossy Accents
  • Red gems
  • Heat gun
  • A4 White stamping card (300gsm)
  • Black card for matting & layering
  • 6″ x 6″ white card blank
  • double sided tape or pva
  • 3d foam pads


  • quirky flower stamps | hope | kindness | sentiments



    word of support | stencil



    ink swirls stencil



    I hope you have enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by¬†ūüíĖ

    Ali xxx




    These cards are so striking and gorgeous Ali! They would be adored by anyone who received them. Thank you ♡

     

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    Stay Safe! Stay Creative!

    Helen + Mark xx



     

Fearless Tiger Stamp | Handmade Card

Hi there! We hope you are having a nice weekend. Ali is here on the blog today with an amazing handmade card featuring our FEARLESS TIGER stamp with our gorgeous FIBRES stencil.


I’ve been playing with the fab new tiger stamp from Visible Image called ‘Fearless Tiger’. I had a ball making this card – shiny metallic polish, matt black gesso and the stunning, stunning tiger stamp.


fearless tiger stamp | handmade card


Instructions


Cut a piece of heavy stock white card 6″ square, load up a stamping platform with the tiger stamp and stamp the image onto the centre of the card with black versafine ink just once to show where the tiger will be going.




Leave the tiger stamp in place on your stamp platform  for later.



Lightly spritz your stamped card with water and then apply some of the red and orange Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polishes up to the edge of the tiger and over the rest of the card.



Dry your card with your heat gun then wipe it over with an anti static bag.


Put your card back in your stamp platform and re-stamp the tiger image with black versafine until you have a nice solid black image.


Then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.



Your card will look a bit like this – probably better than mine if you didn’t paint over his ears ūüėÄ


Pour a little black gesso into a scrap foil container



Tape the Visible Image Fibre stencil over the your card and stencil a little black gesso  over the metallic background, allowing the gesso to dry before moving the stencil to a new part of the card as the stencil is slightly smaller than your card.



When the gesso has dried, paint in the tigers face using an orange watercolour pen and a damp brush.


Paint the eyes with green and yellow and re-paint in any white bits using white acrylic paint or a bleed proof white ink.



Pat your anti static bag over the tigers face then return your card to the stamp press.


Use a gold or any other pigment ink to ink up the tiger’s mane, avoiding his face then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.



Use a sponge to apply a little glycerine or versamark ink around the edges of the card and  then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.



Use the remaining ink left on the gilding polish applicators to colour the edges of¬† a square of white card just over 6 1/2″ square and also scrap of white card for the sentiment.


Attach your tiger card onto black card with a 1/16″ border and then onto your coloured card with approx 1/4″ border.


Then attach onto another black card layer with approx 1/4″ border and finally onto a white 8″ x 8″ white card blank.



Using your stamp platform again, stamp the Fearless sentiment onto the coloured scrap with back versafine ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder, repeat inking and heat embossing a second time so it is really glossy.


Cut out the sentiment, sponge a little black gesso around the edges then attach it to a piece of black card, leaving a border of approx 1/8″ and fix to the bottom right of your card with double sided foam tape.


Finally apply glossy accents to the tiger’s eyes and glue a few sequins on the background.



Here is my finished card


tiger stamp | face | embossing | stencil | handmade card


Supplies



  • Visible Image Stamps – Fearless Tiger
  • Visible Image Stencils – Fibres
  • Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polishes in Rich Red & Tangy Tangerine
  • Black Gesso & Stencil brush
  • Watercolour pens eg Zig clean colours or Koi brush pens
  • Black Versafine ink pad
  • Gold pigment ink
  • Versamark ink pad or glycerine
  • Masking tape
  • Sponge
  • Clear and gold embossing powders
  • Glossy accents
  • Dark sequins
  • Heat gun
  • White stamping card (300gsm), Black & white card for matting & layering
  • 8″ x 8″ white card blank
  • double sided tape or pva

  • 3d foam pads



tiger stamp | face | be fearless | rubber | clear



Fibres stencil | under the sea | weed | texture



I hope you have enjoyed this project and thanks for stopping by¬†ūüíĖ

Ali xxx



Woweeee our tiger stamp looks amazing Ali! Loving the fibres textures and the stunning metallics and gold embossing… gorgeous! Thank you¬†‚ô°

 

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We will be back soon with more gorgeous inspiration!


Have a lovely weekend.

Stay Safe! Stay Creative!

Helen + Mark xx



 

Happy Monday | Inspiration

Hello! We hope you had a good weekend and that Monday is being very gentle with you! Ericka Strange is kicking off this week’s inspiration with not one, not two, but three gorgeous projects to inspire you today…


Happy Monday! Today I’m playing with some of the Visible Image stamps summer release.


bookmksq


For my first project, I used a background I had created with a gel plate. I had been playing with the MINC Toner Ink and the scribble image from the Don’t Judge stamp set. I then used the butterfly from the Summer Wings set and colored it up with some Nuvo Drops.


bookmkside


I also added the sentiments from sentiments from the same set and white heat embossed it.


bookmkdown



For my second card I used the Flower Art set. I love these fun flowers and the unique design.


flowerdmmain


I made a quick background with the Chartreuse Color Burst. While it was drying, I used Nuvo Drops and colored up the flower for a fun look.


flowerdreamside


I also added the sentiment from the Summer Wings set.


flowerdreamup



For my last card, I used the Happy Day set. This is such a fun set and there are so many ways to use it.


bekindmain


I had this fun patterned paper that I thought would be the perfect background for my card. I stamped the image in Versfine ink and added the fun eyelashes.


faceclose


I added white gel pen to the eyes and the fun Be Kind sentiment.


faceup
 



Supplies


stamps | compassion | broken | healing | heart | mental health awareness



butterfly | dragonfly | stamps | summer | reflect



Flower stamps | daffodil | tulip | rose



face stamp | happy day | smile | be kind



Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful week!




We are loving these Ericka! They are all so gorgeous and the nuvo drops add such beautiful sparkle.. thank you ♡

You will find more of Ericka’s fabulous cards over on her blog.



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We will be back tomorrow with more wonderful inspiration.


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Mark & Helen xx


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Upcycling | Mixed Media Art

Good Evening, we are back with our 3rd and final dose of colourful art today! Heather Mitchell has created some awesome inspiration for our Facebook group up-cycling challenge…

Hey Everyone…

The latest challenge over in the Visible Image group is an up-cycling challenge where you are encouraged to up-cycle something you would normally throw away!


upcycling | cereal box | mixed media | stamping


I sat (for ages) trying to figure out what to make and then it hit me that what I actually needed was a small box to pop my makes in so that they are kept separate from those cards I’ve already blogged or posted on social media.  I like keep my un-posted makes separate so I know where my head is at!


I needed a box wide enough to fit an 8×8″ card in and initially I looked at a small cardboard box I had but realised the porridge box in the bin was perfect!



At 8.5‚Ä≥ on it‚Äôs side, it was perfect size-wise but a tad flimsy so I backed it with some thick card and then added watercolour card over the top so I could distress and grunge it up. ¬†I filled in the gap round the top of the box using modelling paste and a palette knife just so it looked a bit more ‚Äėfinished‚Äô.



I didn’t have a theme for the box, didn’t know where I was going with it really so I just went with the flow.  

I began by using the Stars and Stripes stencil, utilising the stars with modelling paste for the sides of the front  of the box. Once dried (over night) I just spritzed it with blues and green Distress Oxide Spray as I love the chalky finish they give and added some Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon to the stars to contrast with the cool colours.


I had to use my favourite stencil, Ripples, on the project somewhere so grabbed a Chipped Sapphire ink pad and dotted the fabulous circles around the box.



It was then a matter of layering up the stamps.  I love the two fish from the Art Rebel set so stamped those swimming around and then added the seaweed image from the Dare to Swim set.  I hadn’t really intended the box to have an underwater theme but the colours kind of dictated it a bit.




I love the Scribble stamp on the Total Chaos set and had to have it on the make somewhere, so heat embossed it using WOW’s Angel Eyes powder


To give the box a random feel, I added the tree from Into the Woods using Versafine Clair ink pads in Rain Forest and Verdant and ‚Äėsealed‚Äô the ink using a clear powder from WOW. ¬†The leaves, from both Total Chaos and Tree of Life, are done exactly the same way and coloured using Arteza watercolour brush pens.




The sides needed some art and so again, make it a little quirky, I used the bulbs (and moth) from Glimmer of Light and Shining Bright and tucked the word ‚ÄėShine‚Äô in between them.



For the front of the box, I went all out colour clash and stamped the gorgeous Visible Image eye using Versafine Clair Charming Pink and Glamorous which I then heat embossed using a clear powder.



To finish, I needed a hefty sentiment, something that meant something to me so I chose ‘Create Your Imagination’ from the Just Be Happy stamp set.



So there we have it… think I’ve mentioned it all!?





You can find the challenge in the Visible Image Facebook group  and there is a HUGE £40 voucher for the first winner and then two £20 vouchers for the next two! Enough to grab yourselves a stamp set or stencil or two… and there are some new ones on there way!!

Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you soon and thank you for taking the time to read my posts… it’s massively appreciated.

H xx




Wow!!! This is amazing! So many stamps!!! We love your underwater themed background and all the layers, details and texture! Really awesome inspiration!  Thank you so much Heather ♡

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



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We hope you will join in with the challenge over in our Facebook group¬†… how can you resist the chance to win a ¬£40 coupon… get upcycling!


We will be back later tomorrow with gorgeous new cards from Nadine and Macarena!


Stay safe!

Best Wishes,

Helen & Mark xx