18 Jan 2018

She Smiled.

Hello there. I'm thrilled to share a card that I made with some Visible Image stamps.

This card includes one of the brand new 2018 release stamps - Maskerade, which is a fantastic set of stamps, and that smiling image is perfect to lift anyone's spirits if they are feeling a little down, isn't it?

Doesn't it work superbly with the 'She Smiled' sentiment too?

How many times in our lives do we take that deep breath ...... and smile? Like calming our nerves before an interview, driving test or going out on stage. Perhaps when just greeting a friend or family member right after hearing sad news, pretending that you are well when really you are ill, or maybe before going into hospital for an operation ... and so on and so on. I can see a card like this one being used as a 'good luck' or spirit lifting card for many an occasion.

I was in a one layer mood when I made this card, so it is all on one layer and perfect for posting.

Here's how I made it. The maskerade image was stamped onto white card in Versafine Onyx black ink. I pinched some inspiration from my teammate Pauline (link to her blog is in my sidebar) and added some eyelashes with a black micron pen. You can see the incredible Christmas card by Pauline that inspired me by clicking HERE. Masking fluid was applied to the image (I painted it on with a paintbrush) and left to dry.

Once dry, the largest filled-in ink splat from the Ink Splats set was stamped around the outside of the mask using a rainbow of distress ink colours. The stamp was rotated each time I stamped to make it look like random splotches.  I was also careful to dab kitchen roll onto any wet patches of ink that remained on top of the masking fluid so that I didn't get any unwanted smudges. (How did I know to do that?...because I smudged my first version!) Additional splats were added to some of the colours on the outside edges and inside the mouth and eyes too.

Once the ink was dry the She Smiled sentiment was stamped.  I only used the first and last lines of the sentiment because I thought they worked so well. To do that I masked off the bottom two lines of the stamp with post it notes, inked up the top line of the stamp, removed the post-it notes and stamped the sentiment onto the card above the image. I cleaned and dried the stamp, then masked off the top two lines of the stamp with post-it notes, inked the bottom line of the stamp, removed the post-it notes and stamped the sentiment below the image.

The masking fluid was removed by rubbing it gently with my finger. The stickles were added to the white areas of the mask.

Stamps Used:

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

 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/maskerade/    https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/she-smiled/


Other Supplies:

Memento onyx black ink, Black micron pen, masking fluid, distress inks (candied apple, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, mowed lawn, salty ocean, wilted violet), stardust stickles, white card.  

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

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

AAA Cards #106 - Quote - a second entry for me
 Allsorts Challenge #450 - No designer papers
Crazy for CAS #2 - All the colours of the rainbow - a second entry for me
My Time To Craft #362 - Something New
Penny Black and more! January - Something New - a second entry for me
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - add a sentiment
The Corrosive Challenge #1 January - Anything Goes

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


maria f. said...

My favorite card so far this year! Perfectly executed right down to the colors through the mask holes.

Maaike Uijthoven said...

very nice and colorful card. great card design. Thank you for playing at AAA cards

janice stone said...

Omg , I just love this . Hope you don't mind if I do a similar version since I need others creativity . Thanks for the instruction . It helps so so so much . Janice

Tracy said...

Fab creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Lin said...

This is wonderful, Sharon - just love the rainbow splatters - really makes your mask pop! Thanks for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

https://bharatinayudu.com/ said...

That's a very pretty splatter of colors, Sharon. How clever to rotate the stamp for a variety of colorful splotches. I really love how well the beautiful sentiment goes with the image. Thank you for joining us at AAA cards.

Mervi said...

Fabulous card, gorgeous image and sentiment.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts
and over at Penny Black and more;-))m

Jane said...

Well how amazingly NG34 does that look! Loving the rainbow splotches combined with the mask image and can’t believe it’s all one layer. Well actually I can, I read your explanation of how it was achieved as I was curious. Thanks for joining in with the AAA Cards current challenge.

Iefje Ceulemans said...

Beautiful, colorful card with a true sentiment! Thanks for joining us at the Crazy for CAS challenge blog! Iefje

Ksenija said...

Sharon, this is something very refreshing. Love how clean your card is, love the rainbow splatters and the quote is very strong and encouraging. Pinning it to my board. Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at AAA Cards Challenge. - Sweet Kobylkin

Miranda Mols said...

What an awesome card. Love the mask(ing) okay...LOL... Thanks for playing with us at CFC.

Cynthia van der Wilk said...

It's a wonderful card. Thanks for joining the Crazy for CAS rainbow challenge.

susiestacey said...

Great card, love how your image sits on the colour splats - perfect.
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

anaisa.31 said...

What a beautiful card!! Thanks for joining us!
Ana Isabel Dt Coordinator at Corrosive Challenge blog