31 Aug 2019

Less Is More #403 - Metallics



Well, summer is such a busy time that I only have this one card for the new Less is More challenge. It's a lucky dip challenge with the theme of metallics so my card has some foiling and some metallic heat embossing on it.

Simple to make - just partition off a panel to work on, add a moon mask and blend a sky with distress inks. Set it aside to dry completely. Next stamp Santa and the sleigh and the 'magic sparkle' behind the sleigh in clear ink, add some bonding powder, heat set that then placed a piece of foil over the top (shiny side up), sandwich the panel and foil into some copy paper and run it through a laminator. Remove the piece of foil then add some stars to the sky with an opaque white pen. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment with silver embossing powder then mount the panel onto a card blank.

STAMPS: Visible Image Christmas Eve and Sentimental Christmas
INKS: Versamark clear, Distress Inks (tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans, chipped sapphire)
OTHER: WOW! bonding powder, WOW! silver foil, WOW! metallic silver embossing powder, moon mask, blending tools, white card, hite posca pen, laminator and copy paper.


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Sharon xx

29 Aug 2019

Santa At Dusk



Whoops! You'd better watch out......Santa is being a little careless with his presents today.

This card is definitely inspired by some of the amazing dusk skies that we get here in the Algarve. Almost every evening there is the most delicate shade of pale pink that appears near the horizon and it works its way from west to east.  The purple is a bit of poetic licence but it is a good colour to use to help graduate from pink to dark blue.

As you've probably guessed, this little dusk Christmas Eve scene has been made using some of the gorgeous new Visible Image Christmas stamps.

It's also simple to make:

Blend a dusk sky on white card using distress oxide inks.


Let it dry completely, then stamp and heat emboss the houses in black embossing powder, and stamp and heat emboss Santa on his sleigh with white embossing powder.


Stamp some presets onto white card and colour them in using metallic pens.


When you attach the presents to the card, place the smaller ones near Santa and the larger ones nearer the houses. Raising the present up from low near the sleigh to high near the houses also helps with a bit of perspective and dimension.


To assemble the card, back the scene with a thin border of black card. Use some coordinating glitter card on the card front and mount the scene on the top. TIP: because it is difficult to stick things to glitter card I cut out the centre so that it looks like a frame, then the panel with the scene can be stuck directly onto the white card blank).


I forgot to photograph the inside of this card - sorry!

Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Distress Oxide Ink (spun sugar, picked raspberry, wilted violet, chipped sapphire), Versamark clear ink, WOW! primary ebony and opaque bright white embossing powder, Signo Uniball Pens (gold, silver, bronze), pink glitter card, black card, white card, 3d foam pads, blending tools.

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

I hope you like this quick and easy card. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

22 Aug 2019

Splatter Christmas Tree and some Crackers


Christmas is still in full swing on my blog again today and this time I have another card that would be really easy to batch make. The gorgeous stamp sets I am using from Visible Image today are so versatile and I have made lots of cards in many different styles with these sets already.

I promise to share more of the cards in the future but as a bonus for today, if you scroll down you will also see some Christmas Crackers that I made with the background stamp. These stamps are great to have in your stash because you really don't need to do much to them to end up with a very elegant card.

So I'd better let you know how I made this card:

First mix a couple of colours of Perfect Pearls powder with a little water and taking a fan paintbrush add some splatters onto a panel of white card. Set aside to dry.


Cut a band of vellum and heat emboss the background stamp onto it in white embossing powder.


Take some water colour paper and wet it all over. Now add some warm colours of water colour paints and let the colours merge together. Whilst drying with a heat tool flick some water onto the panel to make little droplets. Let this water colour paper dry completely before moving on to the next step.


Stamp the outline Christmas tree onto the dry water colour paper with clear ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Now take the small tree and stamp a few random images in gold ink onto the larger tree image. Set aside to dry.


To finish the card, stamp the small circles and dots stamp from the Christmas Eve set onto the tree so that it looks like tinsel. Heat emboss that with sparkling snow embossing powder and fussy cut the tree out. Then doodle a border around the splattered panel and wrap the velum around that panel before attaching it to the card blank on fun foam. Attach the tree to the vellum.



I decorated the inside with more perfect pearls splatters and added a sentiment with gold ink.




Oh, and as a little bonus....the background sentiment heat embossed in gold onto red or green coloured card makes for some beautiful Christmas Crackers too. I bet that they would also look really elegant in black and silver too!



Stamps Used:

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

  


Other Supplies:

Perfect Pearls powders (perfect copper, forever violet), water, fan paintbrush, paintbrush pallet, Versamark clear ink, Encore Ultimate Gold pigment ink, WOW! embossing powders (opaque bright white, primary ebony), Wow! embossing glitter (sparkling snow), Gansai Tambi water colour paints (32 red, 33 orange, 37 deep pink), Uniball Signo gold gel pen, white card, vellum, water colour paper, fun foam, double-sided tape.

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

I hope you like my card and crackers. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

17 Aug 2019

Less Is More #402 - OLC Stencils




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Hi, Today's cards are all one layer cards using stencils. Summer is such a busy time for me so I only made two cards for you today but if you head over to the Less Is More challenge blog  you will find some amazing inspiration from the design team and Sarah Grey who is the fabulous guest designer (and sponsor of the challenge).

1) Sparkle


This card uses a combination of masking, stencils, stamping and lots, and lots of shimmer.



Mask off the top triangle and lay down a base of spun sugar. Ink through the geometric maze stencil with shaded lilac, ink through the two tone stencil with squeezed lemonade, then add a little subtle shading to the sides of the triangle with seedless preserves before stamping the scripted streets in faded jeans. Repeat this to make the bottom triangle. Stamp the sentiment in faded jeans. Now mask off the top triangle again and add micro glaze over the inking to stop any of the colours running, then swipe the area with versamark ink and heat emboss with clear sparkle embossing powder. Repeat this process with the bottom triangle. Finish with a few tiny gems.

STAMPS: Visible Image (Scripted Streets & Rays of Light) 
DIES:
STENCILS: Visible Image (Geometric Maze & Two Tone)
INKS: Distress Ink (spun sugar), Distress Oxide (shaded lilac, squeezed lemonade, seedless preserves, faded jeans) Versamark clear
PENS:
OTHER: White card, masking tape, scrap paper, microglaze, WOW! clear sparkle embossing powder.


2) Bee Birthday


There's something always so cheerful about bees and a honeycomb stencil is all you need for a bee image.



Tape your card and the stencil to a craft sheet. Place a mask over the top (scrap paper with a hexagon cut out of it) and ink througgh both that and the stencil with fossilised amber, then add some wild honey to the edges of the hexagon shape. Remove the mask but keep the stencil in place and ink around the outside of the hexagon shape with squeezed lemonade. Stamp the fingerprint in grey ink then let all the ink dry. Stamp and heat emboss the bee and sentiment in black embossing powder. Use a white pen on the wings to fade the shapes made with the stencil. Add some stripes of yellow stickles to the body, then add stardust stickles to the wings.


STAMPS: Clearly Besotted (In Print), Happy Little Stampers (Doodled Flowers) 
DIES:Sizzix Hexagons
STENCILS: Tim Holtz (honeycomb)
INKS: Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber, wild honey), Prism (thundercloud, Versamark clear
PENS:Opaque white Posca pen
OTHER: WOW! Stickles (yellow and star dust), 

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That's it from me for now. I hope you found something you like and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

15 Aug 2019

Christmas Star


Hello there. I've been playing with the newly released Christmas stamps by Visible Image and I think I've just found the design that I will mainly be making this year.  It features one of the smaller stamps in a set and it is great to be able to showcase a tiny stamp.

Here's how I made this card:

First, cut a panel of white card to 10cm by 10cm and white heat emboss the star onto it in the middle. Now die cut a star shape into some scrap paper to make a stencil and place it over the panel so that the embossed star is in the middle and ink through the aperture with a light yellow ink.


Add a little more interest to the inky star shape using two darker colours of ink.


Then remove the 'stencil' and stamp the sentiment with the darker colour oxide ink.


Now take a panel of white card that measures 12.5cm x 12.5cm and blend the two lighter colours of distress ink around the edges.


Take the text stamp and do some partial stamping around the edge of this panel and set it aside to let the ink completely dry.


Once dry, stamp more of the star images on that panel and heat emboss with a sparkling white embossing glitter.




Mount the layers onto the card with fun foam for some dimension. Finish with a little bit of  yellow stickles on the central star image.

Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Sizzix Nesting Star Die, Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade), Distress Oxide Ink (Fossilized Amber), Versamark Clear Ink, WOW! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder, WOW! Sparkling Snow Embossing Glitter, Yellow Stickles, Fun Foam, White Card, Scrap Paper, Blending Tools, Heat Gun

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

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

8 Aug 2019

Christmas Angel


Hi.  I was in an inky mood the last time I was in my craft room, so I decided to have a little play with my gelli plate. It has been a long time since I played with that because I thought I had thrown it away, but it turns out that I had only put it away in a 'safe' place. Yes, one of those 'safe' places where you can never remember where they are!  I was very happy when I found it though!

So, I thought it was about time (in the middle of a baking hot summer) to start getting those cards ready for the main festive winter holiday.  In recent years there has been a lot of white or mainly white cards around in December, which disappoints me because I love to see warm colours as well as the icy ones at that time of year (as long as they have some sparkle or shimmer on them). So I broke out the gorgeous Angels stamp set by Visible Image and created this warming holiday card.

Here is how I made it:

Using a brayer on a gelli plate, brayer a layer of Prism smoked paprika ink. I have a large gelli plate so I had to mask off a portion with plain card to get the size that I needed to work on.
In a pallet, mix some brushos with water and then using a fan brush splatter spots onto the gelli plate.


Add your card panel on top of the gelli plate, press all over then pull a print. Trim the panel so that it is straight, leaving a small white border.



Stamp the angel image and the word into place with versafine onyx black ink.



Next make a moon mask, and blend around the outside edge of the mask with spiced marmalade ink.

Take the text stamp and wipe smoked paprika ink over it then stamp the script multiple times onto the panel.


Stamp the stars in place.

Blend around the outside edge of the panel with mustard seed.



Using a clear star gelli roll pen add some sparkle on top of the stars and around the outside edge of the moon. Outline the angel image with a white posca pen. Finally, spritz the panel with some gold glimmermist and mount it onto a black card blank.

Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Prism Ink (smoked paprika), Distress Ink (mustard seed, spiced marmalade), Versafine onyx black ink, Brushos ( yellow, orange, prussian blue), GelliRoll pen (clear star), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (gold), opaque white Posca pen, gelli plate, brayer, blending foams, white card, black 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
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

1 Aug 2019

Peace Angel


Hi.

My card today could be used either as a sympathy card, a general religious card, or possibly even as a Christmas card. I love the cards that the rest of the Visible Image design team have made with this stamp because they are so full of drama and colour. However, I wanted to show that the beautiful Guardian Angel stamp could be used in a light, peaceful, tranquil and airy way, as well as a dramatic and vibrant way. I think this card has a calmness about it, so I possibly met my objective.

Here is how I made it:

First I masked off an area on a panel of white card and laid down a little soft colour with distress inks and blending brushes.


Then I added a little more masking tape inside the the panel (at an angle) and blended more purple ink. I was thinking that this would draw the eye down to the figure in the final card. Then I removed that internal bit of masking and stamped some images and text inside the panel. I used the script stamp from the Scripted Streets set, and the bubbles and feathers from the Guardian Angel set with shaded lilac, bundled sage and iced spruce distress inks.



To give the panel a little more interest and shine I took the spray attachment out of the bottle of Perfect Pearls Mist and added some large drops of the liquid. Then I removed all the masking tape and edged the panel with a ruler and a distress marker. The last thing on the panel was stamping the sentiment in shaded lilac distress oxide.



I didn't want to use any black ink on this card so I stamped the angel and the doves in a grey ink and then fussy cut them out.


I wanted to show just how good this stamp is, and that you do not have to be an expert colourist to be able to use it. So on the robes, I scribbled very loosely with a blue pencil and a tiny bit of grey, then just added some highlights with a sparkly sakura gel pen ( the doves were also sparkled with this gel pen). I added a little yellow to the outside edge too because leaving it white meant the image didn't stand out enough from the background I created.

I think this close-up shows how 'un careful' I was in the colouring, and yet the image still looks good on the card. (erm ....yes....I did try to give the mouth a smile with the darker flesh coloured pencil).



The panel was mounted onto a white card blank with fun foam and then the angel and the doves were also added on top of foam for a dimensional look.



Stamps Used:

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

    


Other Supplies:

Prism Ink (thundercloud), Distress Inks (tumbled glass, bundled sage, shaded lilac, wilted violet, iced spruce), Distress Oxide Ink (shaded lilac), Distress Marker (wilted violet), Polychromos pencils (107, 130, 132, 154, 234), Sakura Gelly Roll pen (clear star), Perfect Pearls Mist (blue raspberry), white card, blending brushes, ruler, masking tape, 3d foam

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