Visible Image Stamps – Create and Craft TV Demo Cards

Good Morning and Happy Saturday to you! 

Today we are sharing Pauline’s amazing demo cards from our Create and Craft TV show last Saturday.. what an amazing show it was! Mark and Pauline managed to get 5 demos in between them which was awesome..that’s down to some fantastic prepping!

The first multibuy sold out in just half an hour and the second before the show ended! Thank you so much to everyone who watched the show, and who bought the stamps 🙂

Here’s Pauline with more details of how she created her stunning cards… 

Hi there my lovely friends,

As you probably know, Visible Image Stamps had a show on Create & Craft TV last Saturday, between the Awesome Mr Mark Alexander and myself, we managed to demo five cards, mine were very quick, so I thought I’d run through them again in a bit more detail…
Card One

Visible Image stamps - Feather - Angels Are Near - Pauline Butcher

The first demo was using the stamp set… Angels are Near.

For the background, I took a piece of white Centura Pearl card, and using 3 Distress ink colours, I blended them, spritzed it with water, and blotted with kitchen towel. 

Using the feather stamp covered in Versamark, I stamped in the middle, then heat embossed using white detail powder. Using the feather again, but only the splatty end of it, and a gold ink pad, I stamped around the edges of the inked background, I then applied gold gilding wax with my finger around the four edges. mat andd layered it onto a card blank. 

 I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment using a gold sparkle EP, onto a small piece of card, added gilding wax to the edges, and mat and layered it onto the card

Visible Image stamps - Feather stamp - Pauline Butcher
The feather was stamped again onto a piece of heat proof acetate, with versamark, heat embossed using the gold sparkle EP again, and fussy cut, this was applied to the card using 3D glue.
Card Two
Visible Image stamps - Inky Butterfly - Live Life Now - Pauline Butcher

The stamp set is called Butterfly Inkognito Set.
I stamped both the butterfly and the sentiment on a white piece of card, using a Versamark pad, and heat embossed with Clear powder, when it had cooled, I blended over the stamping, using 3 colours of Distress ink, and like magic the image and sentiment appear, I then spritzed with water and dried. 

Using a tacky glue on my index finger I went around the edges of the card, then sprinkled glitter on it to give a sparkly edge.

Visible Image stamps - Inky Butterfly stamp - Pauline Butcher.1

I stamped the butterfly using versamark, onto heat proof acetate, and heat embossed using a white detail powder, I folded the acetate so’s that the butterfly’s wings were together, and cut some rounded wings, taking off all the ink splats, this was attached to the card leaving the wings free to flutter, I added glitter glue for that extra sparkle.
Card three

 Visible Image stamps - Behind Every Mask Lies A Story - Pauline Butcher

The stamp set is called Behind Every Mask.
Taking 2 similar colours of Distress ink, I used Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar, I put the ink straight from the pads onto my glass mat, sprayed water onto it so it was nice and wet, and ‘smooched’ (my term, lol) my card into the mixture to cover the card with a coloured wash, I dried it straight away using my heat gun. Using Picked Raspberry, I edged the cars with my blending tool.
Now to the bit that I did’nt show on TV, because of time… I mixed a small bit of gold mica powder with Picked Raspberry and water, and using a paint brush, I went around the edges of the background, I also did the same to a small piece of card for the sentiment. I added a touch more water to the mixture that was left, loaded up my paint brush with it and flicked it over the coloured background. 

Taking the image and the sentiment, I stamped them both using Picked Raspberry, I also coloured in the iris’s of the eyes with a blue pen, and added a dot of gold mice & water to the middle of the eye. 
Visible Image stamps - crow mask stamp - Pauline Butcher

I stamped the mask image with Versamark onto heat proof acetate, then used some yummy Pink/Gold sparkle EP  and heat sealed it, I fussy cut it, also cutting out the eyes too, and attached it to the card with 3D glue.

Thank you for watching the show, and also if you emailed in thank you too.
Check out the Visible Image Facebook Group, lots of daily inspiration, news and general chat, with lovely people who are fans of the awesome stamps.
I wish you and your families a very very Merry Christmas, and have a fabulous New Year.
Hugs, Pauline xxxxxx 

Thank you so much Pauline for taking the time to share how you created these stunning cards, and thank you again for such awesome demos on the show! You are a natural in front of the camera!

We have received so many orders, and so many fantastic emails, messages and comments… quite overwhelming! Thank you so much for loving what we do here at Visible Image!

We are very excited about our next show early in February… and the brand new designs we will be launching! We cannot wait to reveal all 😉

We have a very busy Saturday here, cutting and packaging a HUGE pile of stamps!

Hope you have a good day, and you are feeling more prepared for Christmas than we are!!!

We’ll be back with Mark’s demo cards in the next few days.

Have an awesome weekend!

Mark & Helen xx

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Background Stamping Technique – Visible Image

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

We have loads of fabulous inspiration for you today here on the Visible Image blog 🙂

Here’s Kim Robertson with a great background stamping tutorial…

Hi my lovelies

Hope you are all well and enjoying the warm weather, It is so nice to walk into work with the sun shining and the feeling of warmth on your skin isn’t it. No coats and brollies Haha.

I have a little card today created with just one back ground stamp and two sentiments to keep it simple and show you how you can layer again on the backing and then let the gorgeous sentiments speak for themselves.

Here is today’s card

Retro Dot Background - Time To Be Happy - Kim Robertson

So lets get started on how to put this one together. It is of a fairly easy level so can be put together quite quickly if you needed to.

To start I stamped with embossing ink and the Retro dots Background hand held not on a block and randomly stamped around the edges using clear embossing powder I then heat set it and that is the shiney dots you can just see in the above picture.

Next I took a couple of inks dusty concorde and spiced marmalade i believe and started to add some inking down on paper just to get the first layer into the card.

I added a 2nd layer of ink and then took the retro dots and used the same inks to add a little tone on tone dots in the background too.

Then I took a very dark brown ink and edged all around the card to just bring the eye in a little. i also took my water spray and spritzed the card and dripped water onto the ink and blotted off to create some large drips too.

 Next I stamped the gorgeous sentiments I chose to use on this one.

 Then made a double mat for the whole thing to sit on.

I added some pretty thick foam to the back of the inky piece and added it to the backing this would work either horizontally or vertically which ever way as I kept the pattern fairly neutral in style.

I took the sentiments from earlier and inked the edges slightly with the marmalade and walnut stain inks then added a small black mat so they didn’t get lots in the inky backing.

Adding that same thick foam to the back of those two pieces I got both little sentiment flags on board

Believe is one of the Visible Image older designs which some of you may have in your collection.

This was one of the new fabulous June launch sentiments, and I love them all they are so different from anything else out there, and we love unique don’t we folks.

Well I hope you liked this weeks card here is a last look before I show you the stamps I used.

Retro Dot Background - Time To Be Happy - Kim Robertson

All I added was some simple pearls to the corners these are 6mm in size. I kept it all about the words as they mean a lot to me. If you are a journalling or scrap booking person wouldn’t this be absolutely fabulous wording for that.

So that was this weeks stamps used, sometimes it just needs to be really simple and doesn’t need anything else.  Other times I like to be really detailed too, it’s good to be versatile isn’t it.

Ok folks I will see you all next week.

Have a wonderful day.

Best wishes to all

 Fantastic tutorial as always, love that background! Thank you Kim 🙂

We will be back a little later with 3 stunners from Pauline using distress inks and cling film!

See you then!

Mark & Helen xx

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Memories and Dragonflies – Visible Image stamps

Hi There! 🙂

We are back this evening with more stunning inspiration for you from the amazingly talented Kim Robertson! Over to Kim…

Hi Everyone

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking in on our little blog.

Well April showers hit us at the beginning of May that’s for sure but I am hoping they don’t stay for long so we can get back to our spring weather we had just started to enjoy.

Today I have lots of pictures and quite a busy card  with lots of stages so definitely not a beginner card, it does however utilise that technique I showed you all a couple of weeks back where we melt the UTEE and stamp into it rather than set up and use the melt pot for one stamp impression.

Here is today’s card for the fabby Visible Image I hope you all like it and would give it a go, or if it is too busy feel free to simplify it and give it a go with what you have or prefer to use.

Visible Image stamps - Dragonfly - Just Making Memories - Kim Robertson

This one has lots and lots of texture and movement, I really enjoyed putting it together and making the backgrounds from a blank white piece of card.

So to start.

I took the Crackled background stamp with some Pebble ink from Ranger and stamped randomly with the stamp in my hand and not on a block so I could add bits exactly where I wanted them I left the centre more clear than the two opposite corners.

Next I took The Bronte script stamp and added some again random areas of stamping which you can just see on the top left of this image above, I embossed this stamping in clear embossing powder to allow the white of the card to show through whatever we did on the card.

Once the stamping was this far I took milled lavender Distress ink first and subtly blended the inks into the centre then I brought the darker colour of Dusty Concorde in and really worked the colour into  the embossing which we did earlier, which really makes the embossed writing stand out on this bright purple. I also used a little black distress ink on the very edges.

 These are the predominant inks on this card.

I took the Edgy set of stamps next and some versamark ink for embossing and added the stamp impressions around the edge of the card, I then used some sparkly purple and clear embossing powder to give the card a lot of brightness and glamour.

I matted this piece onto a piece of white card and set aside for now.

I took the smaller of the two stamps from the Edgy set and the same Dusty Concorde ink and stamped around the edge of a larger piece of card to use as the backing piece.


I went back around with the larger of the two stamps in the Edgy set and stamped over the purple with versamark embossing ink and then used gold embossing powder  Once I heat set it I matted it onto a piece of Black card with a very small amount showing.

I stamped out the sentiment I wanted to use, called Just Making Memories which I love and coloured the piece to match the card of course, I just love the font on this sentiment, it reminds me of writing in an age long gone for some reason.

So next to recap on what we learnt a couple of posts back, I rubbed some versamark ink on a piece of card and tipped on some Ultra think embossing powder, I heat set from underneath, not only does this create a much smoother surface to stamp into but it also means the utee granules stay put as they are inclined to fly all over the place if you try to heat from above on the first couple of layers are the slippiest I’d say. You can do as many layers as you want but I find 2-3 is ample as it will snap when cold unless you melt some flex in with the utee.

Once I had enough layers I inked my stamp with more versamark this time to act as a release agent after we press our stamp into hot melted Utee. Move quickly and if it starts to set too quick or your image slips etc that ok just reheat all the UTEE and re stamp the image again.

This is how this image came out this time and as you can see I didn’t press hard enough in the top left hand wing but as I know I am making wings for the dragon fly from acetate, and colouring then with alcohol markers so this tip of the wing will not show so is fine for this imprint,

So here is the dragonfly stamped with Staz on ink on acetate and cut out, then coloured with alcohol markers on the back of the image not the side with the staz on. I then cut it out carefully around the edges and bend up the wings into position.

Once the wings were bend I added a tiny bit of glue down the under body of the dragonfly and stuck it on top of the impression we made in the utee.

I also coloured the edges of the ripped card and added some beadazzled bead and sparkles into glue in varying sizes and I also added some tiny sparkly stones.
I set this aside to dry for a while while we finish prepping the base.

I did a double layer of white card with foam in between for the backing piece to sit on.

Then the coloured sparkly piece was added to that. With the sentiment on a jaunty angle and sitting on a piece of cheese cloth too.

I decided I’d add a little more of the cheesecloth poking out from under the seat the  dragon fly sits on too.

I also decided at this stage to add some tiny little sparkly stones to the body of the dragonfly, this really does stand out extremely sparkly in person but again as we have mentioned before the camera just never does the images justice with glitter.To finish all I did was go around wit my glue and teeny weeny sparkly stones and add them anywhere that I felt would benefit. I also added some of the super sparkly beadazzle bead and sparkle pots , I wish you could see this in person (arrrrr)

Anyway here is the finished piece again  I really enjoyed putting this together and doing some of the fun stuff we used on this one. I hope you will give this a try if you have any Utee about as it really is a lot of fun, it picks up alot of details from the  stamp or whatever you use to make an impression into the utee.

Visible Image stamps - Dragonfly - Just Making Memories - Kim Robertson

So the stamps I used on this one were…





I hope you liked this card it certainly is a little more complicated with lots of steps but hopefully you will all be able to see what I did from the pictures.

Have a wonderful Wednesday my lovelies

Love as always to all



What an absolutely stunning card! Loving all that texture and those colours are yummy! Fantastic tutorial for this technique… hope you’ll have a go!

Thank you so much for your superb project and brilliant step by step Kim xxx

We will be back tomorrow with more Visible Image stamps inspiration from Teresa Morgan.

Enjoy the rest of your evening 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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Follow Your Dreams @ Visible Image

Hello 🙂 Thank you for coming to visit us today.

The lovely Kim Robertson is here with a gorgeous new card to inspire you, along with a very detailed step by step tutorial…

Hi folks

Today of course is the turn of my very special team Visible Image to be featured on our little  blog.  Each week I have been featuring just a couple of stamps to do some different styles of cards without using too many stamps, but I really wanted to use a few more this time… so I used quite a few on this one!

A few weeks ago I don’t know if you remember but I did a card in all grey (not quite 50 shades but a few haha!) with a pop of colour,  and I just love that style. It’s so elegant, so I thought Id have another go at it.

I hope you like it , I really truly love this style and enjoy creating it for you all to see.

Visible Image stamps - Believe - Butterflies - Dragonfly - Kim Robertson

I just love the dreamy soft background effect , with the grasses billowing at the front .

So to start this one I took some plain white card and perfect medium sticky ink with some clear embossing powder  to create those gorgeous billowy white strands of grass which seem to sit right at the front of where your eye is pulled to look with the sentiment, below you can see that the melted embossing powder really stands proud once the inks start to be rubbed into the images.

Here I moved on to the sides of the card and began stamping some of the Bronte border stamp randomly, in fact, I love this stamp so so so much I ended up putting a lot more on the card than I originally intended haha. I was using a combination of 2 different Momento Grey ink pads for this stage, London Fog and Grey flannel were the shades.  I also stamped some of the Small butterfly stamp flying off the top of the page.

This is where I knew I had to leave a gap but had no clue what size haha.. I started to add some of the momento inks to the edges to give the card a good grounding and pull the eyes to the centre.

This is the first layer of ink and you can already see a huge difference cant you  folks.

Next I used the grey momentos again, and re stamped the grass over the white embossing so that there is darker grass peeking from behind the white, I also stamped out 2 of the larger butterflies. I also took a couple of shades in the Ice greys from the promarker alcohol pen selection and drew close next to the blades of grass created before. I have also given the butterflies a very small outline around the butterflies too, which again is all designed as an illusion making it look like the blades of grass could almost be walked through and I just love it all in grey scale too.

So here is where I start to bring in a little colour , I stamped out my two dragonflies, I used my momento ink and a water brush to pull out a little colour and add some little extras to the butterflies too.  I also stamped the word believe from the  Follow your dreams set, I again used my promarkers in a few shades of ice grey to make it pull off the page a lttle.

Here are the two blues I used to pull in some colour on the dragonflies etc.

 I also stamped out the other sentence in the little Follow your dream set, and rolled up the corners a little flicked some water and highlighted the edges of the little circles to make them look like bubbles. I used a white gel pen for that.

So the last couple of pictures were just a few final finishing touches really, with the tiny burlap bows with the little sparkle stones for the centre. I added the sentiment onto foam and added it to the card and used bucket load of glitter onto some glossy accents but as per usual you cannot really see too much of the glitter picking up the light through the screen but this one really does sparkle lots.

Visible Image stamps - Butterfly - Dragonfly - Believe - Kim Robertson

I was really please how this card came out you could do this style with any colour, using just a couple of shades of a bland colour on its own, but as soon as you add the colour it really comes to life.

I said I used a few!

So I hope you will dig out whatever stamps you have, and have a go at creating something like this with a sepia background or a black and white background. Or maybe you will attempt the grey scale, it truly is great fun to try and looks stunning with just that suggestion of colour.

I would love to see your finished pieces, so do not hesitate to show off your work in our Facebook Group… there’s a monthly show & tell challenge for your chance to WIN some gorgeous stamps!

Lots of love and hugs       

WOW! Kim this is stunning! LOVE this effect! Gorgeous card and a brilliant tutorial… thank  you so much!

If you have missed any of our recent Design Team posts, you will find them all HERE.

If you would like to apply to join our Design Team you can find all the details HERE! We have received so many awesome applications already… so much talent to choose from. We’re very lucky!

Our next show is… Happy Stampers Festival in Port Sunlight, Saturday May 9th from 10.30am to 4pm. This is a ticket only event so you must ensure you book your tickets in advance – more details HERE

Our next workshop is on May 17th near Bristol, with the very talented Pauline Butcher and these stunning stamps…

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Contact Amy at ‘Out of The Blue’ on 01454 312355 for more details and to book your place 🙂

We will see you here tomorrow with an awesome new card from Teresa Morgan!

Have a great night 🙂

Mark & Helen xx

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