15 Feb 2018

Peaceful Sailing

Hi there. Thanks for stopping by. 

When is a set of balance scales, not a set of balance scales? ...... when they are yachts of course ;-)
Today I  have a fun mixed media card where a Visible Image stamp has also been repurposed into a completely different image. It's a great one for the guys too.

Anyway, did you catch the amazing Visible Image shows on Create and Craft last weekend? Mark and Pauline did some incredible demos with the 'Written in the Stars' collection. And during the first show Mark mentioned that he could see a boat in the Libra symbol. "Yes!" (I thought), "he's an absolute genius! Of course the scales will make a super yacht. So out came my Libra stamps and here is the result.

Here's how I made it:

First mask off a section on the panel where you want the sea to be, remembering to also mask the bottom of the panel where the 'peaceful' word will go, then swipe little light blue ink across the unmasked section. Next spread grit past through the fibres stencil with a palette knife and set the panel aside to dry (I left mine to dry overnight but I believe it dries quite quickly if you only have a thin layer).

Stamp and heat emboss one of the scales from the Libra set 3 times on a piece of scrap card and fussy cut them out. Mark the bottom of the sails by drawing an additional line with a black pen and then colour the boats in. Stamp, heat emboss and fussy cut the word too.


When the grit past is dry, randomly make a few marks with the distress crayon colours, blending and spreading the colours over the grit past with your finger.

Remove the mask from the sky and using a mask cut like clouds, brush distress ink very lightly, moving the mask around until the sky is covered with clouds. Draw the birds in the sky with a black pen.


Using a pale blue pen make a border around the edges of the 2 panels. Mount the two panels together with fun foam and add them to the card blank. Add some stickles onto the sea for a little sparkle.

Glue the boats into place when the stickles has dried, using fun foam to make the boats different heights. Heat emboss the fragments from the How Fragile stamps set 3 times (the tiny triangle is the perfect size to make a flag for the top of the boats), colour the triangles in, fussy cut them and add them to the top of the boats with glue and fun foam. Attach the peaceful sentiment.


Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/zodiac-libra/      https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/how-fragile/

Stencils Used:


Other Supplies:

White linen card, post-it notes for masking, VersaColor celadon, Ranger distress grit paste, Versafine onyx black ink, black embossing powder, black micron pen, colouring pencils, distress crayons (tumbled glass & mermaid lagoon), Distress ink (tumbled glass), blending brush, distress marker pen (broken china), fun foam, stardust stickles,

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
2 Sisters on the blog challenge #12 - a man's card
Country View Challenges February - anything but cute
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI February - Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge #35- Anything Mixed Media Goes
Eclectic Ellapu Jan/Feb - Anything Goes
HeARTful Stamping Challenge Feb 11-18 - Anything Goes + a stamp
International Art and Soul Challenge #26 - Texture
Love to Craft February - Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog #10 - Anything Goes + Clean and Simple
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge #01  - 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 and I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


Angie said...

Gorgeous make, thanks for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
Angie DT

Caroline said...

Nice card.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Caroline DT 2Sistersontheblog.

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Nicolette said...

A lovely card.
Thank you for joining us at 2Sistersontheblog.
Nicolette DT

Pippa said...

Fantastic card. Love the use of the scales to make up the little boats and the texture paste for the waves. Thank you for sharing at Love To Craft. Pippa DT

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Craft, good luck!!! Amy DT

Cara said...

Fantastic! Love how you've created the sea x

Lys said...

A lovely and peaceful card. Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge.

Linda said...

This looks fab .... I love how you've used the scales, very clever. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

CG said...

Wow, this is stunning! Such wonderful texture. And such a creative use of a stamp. Thanks for joining us at International Art and Soul! Hope you will join us again. Best, CG

create.365 said...

wow -super creative use of those stamps -love it! Thanks for joining us at the MIUCB this month!

Lyndas Crafty Hall said...

Sharon I love your take on this stamp and making boats. Really clever. Thanks for playing along at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog this month
DT Lynda x

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Wow this looks amazing. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Crafty Humphreys said...

Beautiful card and very clever use of the stamp. My husband is a sailing instructor so would love this. Thanks so much for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge. Suz x

Juliet A said...

oh that is so clever to use that stamp to make little boats! Thank you for your participation in the HeArtful Stamping Challenge!

rachel said...

very clever - I love what you have done here! Thanks so much for joining us at Countryview Crafts and good luck in the draw. Hugs rachel xx

Jacqueline said...

Thank you for sharing with us at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Jacqueline DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge