28 Feb 2019

Lilac Butterfly




Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

Today's card is pretty and soft and delicate and really easy to make. It actually looks much better in real life than it does on a photograph and I love the way it turned out.  I used a fabulous stencil and a gorgeous stamp set by Visible Image.

It didn't use too many supplies - there is just some glitter, dies and versamark ink missing from this photo.




First I found 2 pieces of die cut card in my stash - these are the dies that cut them. 


The smaller scalloped piece of card was taped down to my craft mat so that the edges would remain white. Then the stencil was arranged at an angle so that I could get that beautiful rose image when it had been inked.



A soft inking with a light ink using a blending brush was all that was needed.



Next the butterfly was stamped in a darker ink on a piece of scrap card



and the lighter ink was brushed over the top to give a background colour


and then it was glittered before being fussy cut.


The sentiment was heat embossed in white onto vellum. I have loads of this hanging around from way back when (I once wanted to use vellum on everything I created back then as a 'signature')



 and then all the parts were put together onto a card blank





Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

White Card, Sweet Pea card front builder dies,  low tack masking tape, blending brush, Altenew inks (wisteria & hydrangea), quickie glue pen, glamour dust, Versamark clear embossing ink, WOW! Opaque bright white embossing powder, vellum, fun foam. 


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

Crafty Sentiment Designs 26 Feb - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys #135 - One Word
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge 27th Feb - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #2 - Anything Goes (a second entry from me)
Through The Craft Room Door 26th Feb - Anything Goes

Inkspirational #181 - Use Your Stash


Just Us Girls #476 - Photo inspiration



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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

21 Feb 2019

See What Others Don't (I saw 'The Matrix')

When I first set eyes on this brilliant 'See Everything' stamp from Visible Image I immediately saw references to the film  'The Matrix'.

Do you know that on 31st March this year it will be 20 years since that film was released?  It really doesn't feel like 20 years....until you watch it again and notice how big the PC monitors were back in 1999 and how much phone technology has changed in the last 20 years. It's still a cracking film though.




Anyway, how did I make a link to the matrix? Well, those little circles reminded me of the lines of code that descend and sparkle on the computer screens in the film. The lines radiating out from the eye in the centre reminded me of a sort of a scanner, and scanning for Morpheus, Neo, Trinity and other humans was what Agent Smith was doing in the film. The two figures at the bottom of the stamp reminded me that the human race (those that were awake from the matrix) had descended into the earth and were living in Zion. And finally there is the sentiment; only those that were awake from the matrix could see what others didn't. So, I had to make a card in greens, black and smokey grey with a touch of sparkle as homage, didn't I?

This is how I made the card:

First the larger circles were coloured with some green Promarkers. Only 3 colours were used as shading and an uncoloured white spot was left on each circle as a highlight.


Then all the small circles, the eye and the figures at the bottom of the stamp were coloured



Next I added some cracked pistachio distress ink by softly blending from a piece of paper aligned to some of the lines radiating out from the eye, to try to imitate the laser type scanners that you often see in movies.



After that I added glossy accents to each individual tiny circle (but not to the larger ones) and left it to dry overnight.


On the next day I wanted to add the sparkle and some darkness to the piece. So I used a charcoal pencil and drew some rough lines over the image and smudged them with my finger. I thought this sort of represented the movement of the lines code falling down the screen.


Then some glamour dust was added to give that representation of sparkle, and hickory smoke distress ink was blended over the two sides of the piece.



The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of card coloured with a matching promarker and three of the corners of the sentiment piece were rounded before it was backed with fun foam. I mounted the whole thing onto a card blank and added two slim pieces of black card on the two outside edges.





Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Promarkers, (Pastel green, mint green and green. Plus a bit of tea green and holly in the eye), cracked pistachio and hickory smoke Distress Ink, charcoal pencil, Glossy Accents, Glamour Dust, White and Black card, fun foam.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A Gem of a challenge #3 - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges Feb 2019 - Black White and one other (I hope the smudgy grey counts for black - if it doesn't the feel free to delete my entry)
Crafting By Designs 20 Feb - Inspired By A Movie
Dream Valley Challenges #96 - Sparkle and Shine (I have glossy accents and glamour dust)
I Love Promarkers #378 - Anything Goes with the option of no patterned paper.
Passion For Promarkers #491 - Colour It
Shopping Our Stash #389 - Make Your Mark
Through The Craft Room Door 19th Feb - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesdays #209 - Masculine 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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

16 Feb 2019

Less is More # - Focus on the Sentiment


Two of today's cards have been inspired by the incredibly talented Eileen Godwin. The first time I saw the ink splatty card which she shared in THIS POST on Facebook I knew I had to give distress stain 'splatting' another try. On this card I used picked raspberry, carved pumpkin & mustard seeds and, usually I'm always so messy when I try that technique...but I employed a secret weapon this time around. I made a mask! I just die cut a circle in a piece of paper to use as a mask, then 'splatted' through the aperture. Can you also just about see the 3 glittery White Blizzard Nuvo drops I added for a bit of interest too?

Anyway, today is all about one layer cards with the focus being on the sentiment


The LIM generous sponsor for this challenge is CAS-ual Fridays



.... and they are also offering all the LIM readers/entrants a 15% discount for the duration of the challenge with the code FEBLESSISMORE. Fantastic, eh?


Seriously

This is another card made by ink splatting through the homemade mask and I like this one better. Not only because these are my favourite colours, but also because I like the placement of the sentiment a little higher on the card. Such a quick and easy card to make. Just splat, stamp the sentiment and then add a little white highlighting to the main word.

No glittery drops on this one but I did add some 'dots' with distress markers.

STAMPS: CAS-ual Fridays 'Mon Ami' ( I used that stamp set of both ink splatty cards)
INKS: Versafine onyx black. 
OTHER: Distress Stains and Distress Markers (picked raspberry, shaded lilac and peacock feathers), White Posca pen, white card


Create With Your Soul

I have been wow-ed by the art journelling stamps in the latest Visible Image release so I just had to use a couple of those sets.

Here I created a 'band' by repeat stamping the circles image in a soft grey ink, making sure to rotate the image between each stamping. Then the sentiment was stamped in black ink and the two smallest flowers stamped above and below the sentiment. A little bright pink colouring to the flowers before adding glossy accents over the top and the card was left to dry.

STAMPS: Visible Image 'Creative Chaos' and 'The World Needs Art'
INKS: Altenew silver lake, Versafine onyx black
OTHER: Copic Markers RV04 & RV09, Glossy Accents, White Card


Less is More is still celebrating it's 8th Birthday



The lovely Chrissie, Sarah Platt and Sarah Grey have joined LIM as guest designers. So, head on over to the challenge blog for their fantastic inspiration and to look at all the amazing cards from the design team too.

I'd like to enter my cards into the following challenge

Top card (Awesomeness).
Crafting with an Attitude #48 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #162 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 12th Feb - Anything Goes (a second entry from me)

Seriously
Creative Playground #2 - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts #57 - ATG (OPTIONAL extra valentines colours)
Watercooler Wednesdays WWC208 - All About Occassions (Thank You Card)

Create with your Soul
Crafty Creations #384 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Black, White and one other colour (I figured that as there was some grey(or faded black) in their DT cards that mine would qualify too).
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Typography


LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

Thanks for popping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

14 Feb 2019

My Pencil Rebel




Happy Valentines Day.

Well, I don't have a Valentines card for you, but I do have a one layer masculine card for a man that's a bit of a rebel. Ha! Who doesn't love a rebel, eh?.

This card has been made using another of the new stamps from the Visible Image February release and this set of stamps is perfect for fun and funky masculine cards. There are loads of smaller stamps in the set, including some brilliant fish, but I decided to do some pencil colouring on kraft card using these wonderful face stamps. The face design is so unique, isn't it?

One good thing about making CAS cards is that they are simple to recreate. Just as well really because I had to recreate this one as I'd made the first one (above) without photographing the step-by-step. 

So come along with me while I do it all again.

First, stamp the image onto a kraft card blank in versamark black ink.


I used polychromos pencils because they show up beautifully on kraft card. Colour the hair in a lightish brown and the face in the flesh colours. (the sun was out when I took this picture)



Then using a white and grey, colour the goggles and the teeth (then the clouds came out so these photos are duller)



Add some more white and a little blue onto the goggles. Then add some white shading on the top and left sides of each rectangle




Add a little grey shading on the bottom and right side of each rectangle. This gives the illusion that the rectangles have been 3D'd. 


Next stamp the images into the goggles. Stamp the right eye in black ink, and the left eye in versamark clear. Add white embossing powder to the left eye, then brush the excess powder away from the outside to reveal the edges of the goggle, and heat emboss the central part of that eye. When cooled add some blue pencil to create a wacky eyeball.


Here's where I diverted from my original card. I added glossy accents to the goggles. In hindsight I really wish I hadn't as I much prefer the original card I made. 



One thing I forgot to do though was add that white pencil shading around the edges of the head. This makes the head pop off the page. You can see here how the glossy accents really affected the right eye so that you can't see the white pencil I added to it. Anyway, lesson learnt.

Finally heat emboss the 'rebel' sentiment in white embossing powder.




 And here's the end result




Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Versafine onyx black ink, Versamark clear ink, Wow opaque bright white embossing powder, Glossy Accents, Polychromos pencils, kraft card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
AAA Cards #133 - One Layer + Optional theme of Love (now who doesn't love a rebel?)
A Gem of a Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #236 - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #103 - Anything Goes
My Time To Craft #390 - Men Only
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Typography ( I love the typography on that sentiment!)
Through The Craft Room Door 12th Feb - 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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

7 Feb 2019

The Random Art of ... Zentangle




Oh boy!

I am absolutely LOVING this latest February release from Visible Image


I know the images in some of the stamp sets were made with art journelling in mind, and that they suit mixed media really well....but they are also PERFECT for the CAS genre. So I guess that's why I'm a happy bunny. I made 12 cards with the new sets in 2 afternoons at the weekend, including a bit of glossy accents and other stuff. The most cards I've managed in one afternoon before now is 3  -  so I doubled my productivity with these new sets. It's easy when you love the stamps you are using!


Want a peek at the samples that I sent to Helen and Mark at Visible Image on Monday?




Ha ha! I can't give too much away because I'm sure there will be a Facebook Live event sometime soon where some of these will be shown .....and of course there are one or two that I would love to blog about! Anyway, in that stack somewhere is today's card. 


As soon as I saw this Random Art Of Kindness stamp set I knew it was going to be a firm favourite and the first thing that I wanted to do with it was something that you wouldn't necessarily associate with the beautiful grungy and mixed media pieces that everyone makes with Visible Image stamps. For me, this particular stamp was just crying out to be zentangled - so I did.



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I am no expert in zentangling, in fact I'm not sure that I have ever made a card with zentangling on it, but this is a passable try. Anyhow,  in an effort not to completely overload this post with photos, I have set up two different pages for the full step by step of how I did these Zentangled petals ...

.... which you can see by clicking HERE for part 1 and HERE for part 2.

This next bit however, is the step by step tutorial for everything else with just the final photo of each petal.



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To make this card.

Stamp the flower twice, and then colour in the flower 'centre' on one image with the black micron pen (this will be the one we zentangle on). Colour the other flower centre with a versamark clear pen and heat emboss with black embossing powder, then fussy cut that embossed centre piece out (that one will be raised up on foam on the final flower).






These are small pictures of each petal as I completed it.


Petal 1 and 2

         

Petal 3 and 4

        


Petal 5 and 6

      


Petal 7 and 8

      


Petal 9

Once the flower has been completely zentangled, fussy cut it out and set it to one side with the heat embossed flower centre.

Take a piece of 13cm x 13cm white card and make the border like this



When you have completed the border, stamp the stem into place. You can use the flower stamp to help get the placement correct.


Mount the panel onto some white and black paper and attach it all to a 15cm x 15cm card blank.
Layer the flower up using 3d foam pads, add a pearl to the centre and attach it to the card.



Finally heat emboss the sentiment with white embossing powder on black card, cut it into a banner and attach that to the front of the card on 3d foam too.




So I had to actually recreate this card because I was so 'in the zone' when I created the original one that I forgot to take the step by step photos. Here are both cards.The original card is on the left and the reproduced one is on the right. The only real difference that I can see is in the size of the zentangled border, so I'd say that you could quite easily batch produce some of these cards.

      


Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
https://visibleimage.com/product/random-art-of-kindness/      



Other Supplies:

Versafine Obyx Black ink, Versamark clear ink and pen, Heat it Up! Black embossing powder, WOW! Opaque Bright White Superfine embossing powder, Pigmaa Micron Fineliner pens (sizes 005, 0.5 and 0.8),3d foam, pear centre, black and white card and paper.

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

Always Fun Challenges #96 - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #2 - Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI February - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #236 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs 5th Feb - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread 86 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #99 - Anything Goes
Pammies Inky Pinkies #1905 - Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges #30 - Something New
Through the Craft Room Door 5th Feb - 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
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. I hope you enjoyed this trip down zentangle lane. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.


Hugs,

Sharon xx