15 Mar 2018

A little bit of calm.


It's time to share another card that I've made with some of my fabulous Visible Image stamps. Today I'm using the wonderful seahorse from the Create Your Calm set and teaming it up with some Ink Splats (to represent bubbles) and the Fibres stencil for a bit of movement in my inky panel.

I'm loving how I can take a large stamp and yet still create something wonderfully clean and simple with it. This is such a beautiful seahorse stamp, but as Veerle has shown how to expertly colour it (which you can see by clicking HERE for her video), I thought I would leave it in monochrome for a contrast on my inky band.

Here is a video of making this card:

 How to make this:

First heat emboss the seahorse with clear ink and a sparkly black embossing powder, then mask the seahorse with either a post-it note or some masking fluid.

Next mask off a section of your card for the inked band and blend 3 colours of distress oxide ink (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, salty ocean) into the unmasked area to create a smooth ombré look.

Blend more ink through the fibres stencil using broken china and peacock feathers distress oxides and next splatter water droplets onto the panel.

Use second generation ink with the two remaining stamps (the ovals and circles) in the Create Your Calm set, to add more subtle interest to the background, stamping these in faded jeans and peacock feathers distress oxides.

Remove the masking, and add your sentiment. I split the 'own' and 'calm' into two separate words using a masking technique, shown in my video, so that I only inked the word I wanted at each place.

Now ink the splatters from the Ink Splats set in salty ocean, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio distress oxide.

Use a clear sparkle pen on the water droplets in the inky band to give them some shimmer. Use the same sparkle pen in the white areas of the seahorse.

The final part is to add glossy accents onto the ink splat 'bubbles' and also randomly across the band.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/create-your-calm/        https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/ink-splats/  



Other Supplies:

White Card, Versamark clear ink, Stampendous disco black embossing powder, Distress Oxides (salty ocean, peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, broken china, faded jeans), blending tools and foam, water, paintbrushes, heat tool, low-tack masking tape, post-it notes, scrap paper, Misti, Versafine Onyx black ink, Sakura gelly roll pen (clear star), Ranger glossy accents, 3d foam 

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

AAA Card Challenge #110 - Ombré
Creative Fingers Challenge March - Anything Goes
Dare2BArtyz March - Your Favourite Colours (always blues and teals for me!)
HeARTful Stamping challenge Mar 11-18 - Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog MIUCB #11 - Anything Goes + make your own background
Penny Black and More! March - Feature A Creature
Polkadoodles #10 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede #286 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge March - Anything Goes
2 crafty Critter Crazies March - anything with a critter

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

Thank you for stopping by today and please don't forget to watch my VIDEO
I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx


brenda said...

A cute creation for our 'Feature a Creature' theme at Penny Black and More Challenge, many thanks for joining in.

B x

Andrea said...

This is really lovely! Thanks for joining us in our week 10 Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles

Julie Odil said...

Fantastic! What a great sentiment. I should follow it! Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge Blog. Julie, DT member

creationsnz said...

Stunning effect, great work. So glad you joined us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, CarolG

Bernadet said...

Great card!
Thanks so much for joining us at PolkaDoodles challenge!
Bernadet *GDT*

Creative world said...

Stunning card and fabulous technique...Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles challenge this week,hope to see you again
Željka DT xx

The Red Mullet Band said...

Fantastic card!
Thanks for joining us at Corrosive Challenge blog.
Ana Isabel DT Coordinator.

Jane said...

Gorgeous! Loving the ombré panel and the beautiful seahorse.Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Daniela said...

Such a fantastic card! Thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More and good luck!
x Daniela (DT)

Ksenija @Sweet Kobylkin said...

Sharon, I love your card! You created a wonderful background. and these colour splatters balance the overall composition perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at AAA Cards Challenge. - Sweet Kobylkin

Cathy said...

Stunning card, I love how you've created so much depyh and colour with the inking and stencil, Cathy x

Tracie Pond said...

Gorgeous colors and great design, Sharon. Thank you for sharing with us at AAA Cards. =) Tracie

Cheryl Morgan said...

Beautiful. what a fabulous image with a CAS background - love it. X

Chris said...

So peaceful and I love that it's basically one layer! Congratulations on making Top 3 over at my heARTful stamping challenge this past week. Please visit us again!

Craft-E-Place said...

I love the ombré panel, simply beautiful. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Juliet A said...

your background panel is stunning, and this is such a clever use of the ink splats! Thank you for joining us at the Heartful Stamping Challenge!

ElizStewart said...

Fabulous card! Great win!

maria f. said...

Truly lovely.

Jane said...

Congratulations on your win at AAA Cards. Don't forget to contact Jane about a Guest Designer spot - aaacardchallenge@gmail.com

Arteconpapelmaderaehilos said...

Great card! Thanks you for joining with us at The Corrosive Challenge Blog. Good luck with your entry
Maritza DT