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!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Seize The Birthday - Any Colour Plus Green

Hello Seize The Birthday fans!  It's Nancy's turn to pick the challenge theme, and she's gone for Any Colour Plus Green.

I used a partial image from Altenew's oversized Sketchy Floral stamp on a mop-up piece of Wilted Violet and Mowed Lawn, then fussy cut it.  To prepare my card base, I stamped some marks from Tim Holtz Media Marks and Fireworks Pear Tart spray then adhered the cutout floral to the card.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our surprise party guests, and join in the fun.  If the colours aren't your thing, you can still play along with our anything goes theme.

Monday, April 01, 2024

Visible Image - Field of Tulips

Hello peeps!  For my Visible Image design team post today I've created a journal spread using the Sketched Tulips stamp set.  It's been a good while since I created a journal spread, so I started small, using a 5.5" square Arteza watercolour book.

I used a palette knife to add Distress paints to the spread, scraping grass marks into the green as I went along.

Again using a palette knife, I added tulip heads for background,

I thought the sky was a bit too vivid, so I added some pink to knock it back.  I tried a roller but that didn't give me the coverage I wanted so I smudged it on with my finger.  I added stencilling to the corners using the Halftone stencil.

I stamped several tulips in both sizes, together with the leaf sprig and watercoloured with Distress inks, then fussy cut them out.

For balance, I wanted three large tulips and three small tulips, but the spread actually looked unbalanced, so I added a fourth small tulip.  

Once I'd stamped the words, I edged them with black pen and trimmed them, leaving a fine white border.

I added some partial stamping in the gaps using the text stamp from the set.

It's quite freeing to play around in a journal, make mistakes and cover them up, and it doesn't need to be perfect like a card, because nobody sees it except me - oh, and you!

By coincidence, the day after I'd finished this spread, look what I got as part of my Mother's Day present!

Pop on over to the Visible Image blog for the stamps and stencils that I used.  There's a huge selection of stamps, dies and stencils that are perfect for use in journals.