Thursday, June 13, 2024

Seize The Birthday - Double Stencilling

Hi peeps!  Time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday and Barbara has chosen Double Stencilling - i.e. add colour through one stencil, and before you lift it, add another stencil on top and add colour through that.

I stamped the image (Imala, Stamps By Me) then added Twisted Citron distress ink through the Tim Holtz Splotches stencil, left that in place and layered the TH Code stencil in Picked Raspberry, then sloshed the same colours onto the dress and added a bit of splatter.  Of course.  And a bit of credit card scratch with black ink.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous examples of double stencilling from the design team and our surprise party guests, and join in the fun.

If you don't fancy trying double stencilling, you can always play along with our Anything Goes theme.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Visible Image Enchanted Fairy

Hi Visible Image fans!  I was away for the new release, and have just got my hands on the lovely goodies, so today I thought I would make some magic with the gorgeous Enchanted Fairy set.

I started by stamping the fairy image onto my card panel using Versafine Onyx Black, and stamped off onto scrap copy paper so that I could make a mask.  Once the mask was in place I sponged the background with distress inks.

With the mask still in place, I stencilled Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender through the Stardust stencil.

I also spattered some Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Moonlight White on the background.

Then I removed the mask, stamped the stars and added Stickles Crystal to the wings.  The green really shows up against the back outlines of the wings.

I stamped a border using the bubbles stamp from the set, highlighting a few of the bubbles with a white Posca pen, then matted the panel onto holographic mirri card and mounted it onto my card base.

You can see how the green catches the light over the black lines.  

Here's a close-up of the stencilled stars and the shimmer of the pearlescent ink.

And here's a little video catching all the sparkle.

The Enchanted Fairy stamp set and Stardust stencil are available in the Visible Image store along with loads more fabulous designs.

Visible Image Enchanted Fairy Stamp Set

Visible Image Stardust Stencil

Monday, May 27, 2024

Visible Image - Keeping It Simple

Hello, for two weeks we're Keeping it Simple at Visible Image, showcasing clean and simple cards that pack a punch, and that are quick and easy to make - just my style!

I went with the Keep Your Gin Up set, and clean and simple just got simpler with the coordinating dies.  I started by stamping and die cutting two glasses, then adding just a touch of colour to the limes, with a hint of reflection in some of the ice cubes and down the stem of the glasses.  I then placed them on my card in the MISTI so that I could place my sentiments from.  The happy birthday is from Birthday Wishes.

Then I placed the splashes where I wanted them and stamped them with Twisted Citron distress ink.  I wanted them both slightly off centre to give width and balance to the design.

It's a quick and easy way to add interest to a card.

And keeping to a limited colour scheme saves time too.


You can find the stamps and dies in the Visible Image store, along with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  Happy stamping!

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Seize The Birthday - Use Metallics

 Hello, time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and our host Ashwini has chosen Use Metallics.

I found this silver-foiled panel (Spellbinders Modern Lines) in my very small stash of foiled items (need to make more).  I stamped the new Abstract Flowers from Tim Holtz, using Distress Stains and drawing the colour in with a wet paintbrush.  The sentiment is from Glorious Bouquet and the background text from Ledger Script.

You can see the silver foiling better in this pic.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fab inspiration from the team and our Surprise Party Guests.  And if metallics aren't your thing, you can still play along with our Anything Goes challenge.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Visible Image - Lost In Music


Hello, for my Design Team post at Visible Image, I wanted to use this gorgeous Lost In Music stamp along with the Super Star stencil.

I started by stamping the main image onto the lower left portion of my card, and also stamped a mask.

I placed the mask into position while I sponged the background with Distress Inks.

For my background images I chose the small stamps from the set, and stamped them with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, and spattered some Dusty Concord around.

While the mask was in place I positioned the stencil, then applied Cosmic Shimmer Gold Pearl texture paste through.

Once I removed the stencil there was a lovely halo around the girl's head.

Then it was time to add some colour to her features with Distress Inks.

A touch of Worn Lipstick on the lips, a bit of Dusty Concord for eyeshadow, and a mix of Tea Dye and Tattered Rose for her skin, leaving white space for highlights and adding another layer of colour for shadows.

I added a touch of Lost Horizon on the earphones and her sweatshirt.

As I'm typing this, I'm lost in early Beatles music.  What music do you get lost in?

Pop on over to the Visible Image website for the products used here, including Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Seize The Birthday - Beach Theme

Hi peeps, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, chosen by Vicki, and she's gone for Beach Theme.

I sponged my sand and sky onto a piece of white card, stamped some palms (Altenew Wild Ferns), flip flops (Card-io) and sentiment (Pink 'Fresh Studio) and added a cocktail by Tim Holtz.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fabulous inspiration from the team and our surprise party guests, and join in the fun.  If the beach theme doesn't suit, you can always play along with our Anything Goes challenge, just as long as it's birthday-themed.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Visible Image - Beery Birthday

Hi, Visible Image fans!  For my Design Team project today I've made a fun beer card with a slight twist, literally!

I used the beer glass stamp and die from the Bring on The Beers stamp and coordinating die sets and watercoloured it with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

Using the Breakout stencil I sponged Mowed Lawn and Broken China, and added a bit of Vintage Photo around the edges.

I worked out where I wanted my sentiments then stamped them in Versafine Onyx Black using the MISTI stamping platform.

For the fun twist, I mounted the beer glass onto an action wobbler.

Here's a look at the card with the Visible Image products.

It's a fairly quick and easy card to put together - I hope you'll give it a try!

Bring On The Beers

Bring On The Beers Dies

Breakout Stencil

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Seize The Birthday - Off The Edge

Hello peeps, it's my turn to choose the topping at Seize The Birthday, and I've gone for Off The Edge.  You can take this either of two ways - extend your design off the edge of the card, or chop it off at the edge.  Or indeed any other interpretation of Off The Edge!  I went for chopping it off at the edge.

The image and sentiment are from Colorado Crafts - Just Because Lilacs, and I used Distress Inks to colour.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see how the team and surprise party guests have interpreted the them, and join in.  If you don't want to go over the edge, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Visible Image - Creative Chaos

Hi, Visible Image fans!  Today for my design team post I'm using the beautiful Creative Chaos stamp set for this anytime card.

I started by stamping out two masks of the flower heads so that I could stamp a cluster of three flowers.  You can just about make out the masks on the two lower flowers.

Then I watercoloured them with Distress Inks.

I sponged some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink around the edges, and stamped the circle image in Spiced Marmalade, using masks to cover the flowers, and again with Salvaged Patina.

I decided that I wanted a bit more colour in the centre, so I blended some Salvaged Patina behind and around the flowers.

I chose a blue card base, and added some subtle tone-on-tone stencilling in two of the corners using the Frosty stencil.

And for a bit of balance I added a few marks in the opposite corners using black ink and a plastic card.

Here's a view of the finished card with the stamp set and stencil.  

I love using Distress Inks as watercolours and sloshing it on the images!

Pop on over to the Visible Image store where you can find these and other fabulous stamps, stencils and dies.  Don't forget, Visible Image also stock Distress products now.  Happy stamping!