4 Jan 2018

Making Space For Dreams

Hi there! This is  my first post of 2018 so firstly I want to wish you all

a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Today I'm sharing a card made with two stamps from the gorgeous No Space for Dreams set by Visible Image stamps.  This is an incredible set and the images and words are just stunning!

I make lots of cards like this one because I love the shape (although this would also work perfectly well on a square or rectangular shaped card) and I also love water colouring by pouncing distress stains.

I'm lucky enough to own a ScanNcut which makes creating a card this shape so easy. I just use the in-built octagon shape, add 2 of the same size (145mm x145mm) slightly overlapped, and weld them together to make the card blank. Then I cut a single octagon the same size in watercolour paper for the main mat, and a smaller one (130mm x 130mm) for the main panel. I cut one more octagon shape from white card for the tiny mat behind the main panel.

TIP: If you have this shaped stackable spellbinders dies, you can create a mini card blank by folding a piece of card in half and using the largest die. Just make sure the cutting edge on the shape is outside where the card is folded on the folded side (i.e. the dies is cutting nothing on that side) so that it doesn't cut 2 individual shapes.

To make this card, first stamp the amazing dreamcatcher image in clear ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Mask off the feathers with masking fluid. Wet the area of the card that you want to be all inky and 'pounce' distress stains over the area. Dry with a heat tool and when almost dry, spritz water on it to create some added interest. Remove the masking fluid and paint in the feathers so that they are a solid colour.

Create the outside mat in the same way: wet, pounce, dry and spritz.

Stamp the wonderful sentiment in a black ink. Use a little salty ocean distress ink on the edges of the main panel, stick it to the white mat and then stick these to the main mat. They can all be adhered to the card blank now.

You have no idea how tempted I was to add some stickles or glitter to this, but I'm sure we're all glittered out after the holidays, so I managed to restrain myself.

For the inside of the card, I used the feathers and the 'dangly bits' from the dreamcatcher stamp along the top and the sentiment came from the Imagine, Dream, Inspire set.

The feathers were loosely coloured with the same distress stains used on the front of the card.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):

https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/no-space-for-dreams/   https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/imagine-dream-inspire/

Other Supplies:

Versamark clear ink, Wow! ultra bright white embossing powder, masking fluid, paint brush, distress stains (salty ocean, shaded lilac, picked raspberry), heat tool, water spritzer, memento tuxedo black ink, watercolour paper, white card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
HeARTful Stamping Challenge (Dec31 - Jan7) - Anything goes + a stamp
Retart #112 - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash SOS335 - Watercolour with us
Unicorn Challenge #28 - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by I'll be back again on Saturday and I hope to see you then.

Sharon xx


  1. Wow-- this is an awesome card! You have used such interesting techniques, too: I've never even thought to pounce DI onto wet paper! Going to have to try that! Your color choices are just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty at SOS this week, and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well.

  2. So unexpected. So beautiful. A great design.

  3. This is beautiful and your instruction very helpful . Joy now and thanks jan

  4. Gorgeous, amazing watercolor wash in your background, I'm always in awe at anybody who can achieve such beautiful results. I haven't been successful at it, I always end up with a muddy mess.
    Love it that you also finished the inside of your card, I've been doing this every time I make a card, it helps a lot when mailing them.
    Thank you for sharing with us at SHOPPING OUR STASH, hope you play again soon.

  5. This is just stunning - I love your use of color, and the way you play with your inks to create unique backgrounds!


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