23 Jan 2020

A little bit of Pop Art


Hi there. I was browsing around the internet the other day when I came across a Pop Art image and I was immediately struck by how clean the lines were, how simple the images were and how the colours were bright and what I call 'happy'.

Well, that little piece of art got me all fired up to make a card and the first image that popped into my mind was those gorgeous, luscious lips by Visible Image. Then I grabbed a couple of their stencils and set to work.

I firstly blended a couple of backgrounds, making sure the centre of each stencil was off centre, slightly below and to the left, so that they looked 'right' when the lips image was added. I did stamp the lips image directly onto these panels too, so that the splatters of lipstick were not omitted, because  I wanted to fussy cut the lips.



Then I stamped and heat embossed the lips onto scrap card using distress oxide inks for the first layer of stamping, plus a super-shiny clear gloss embossing powder. I used a stamping platform because I wanted a really fantastic shine, so these were heat embossed 3 times using clear ink for the subsequent stampings. Then I fussy cutting them out.





Just look at that shine!!!!


Next I stamped and heat embossed a couple of sentiments....


.... and drew a speech bubble in pencil around the sentiments before I cut those out too. The pencil lines can easily be erased with an eraser. I edged the speech bubbles with the corresponding distress marker for the colour of the lips.


Then I just added the panels onto card blanks and layered the lips and speech bubbles onto the panels.



 There are LOADS of Visible Image images that would work well with this CAS and graphic type of treatment. I hope you'll leave me a comment with a link to your work if I inspired you to try this out, because I'd love to come over to visit you.


Stamps & Stencils Used:

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Other Supplies:

White card, Distress Ink (tattered rose), Distress Oxide Ink (squeezed lemonade, worn lipstick, candied apple), Distress Marker (worn lipstick, candied apple)Versamark onyx black ink, Versamark clear embossing ink, WOW! Clear Gloss embossing powder, blending tools, masking tape, Stamping Platform, pencil, scissors, red card blank.

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 so much for stopping by.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

18 Jan 2020

Less Is More #411 - OLC Off Centre


It's One Layer Card time over at the Less Is More challenge and I broke out those trusty zodiac stamps for a little watery January number.

I don't usually use water colour card as a card blank but it was absolutely necessary to do so for this card. I wanted a watery background behind the stylised jellyfish so that dictated the medium to use. This was incredibly simple to make: Just water colour a background and let it completely dry before heat embossing the images. Add a little more colour onto the jellyfish and sparkle it with a gellyroll pen.

Items used: Visible Image Zodiac Aquarius stamps, Watercolour card, Zig Clean Color Real Brushes (016 light blue, 030 blue, 034 dull blue, 042 turquoise green), water brush, Versamatk clear ink, WOW! primary ebony embossing powder, Gelli Roll clear star

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That's it from me for now. I'll be back again on Thursday and I hope to see you again then.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

9 Jan 2020

Baby Bloom


Hello there. Today I'm sharing my first Visible Image card of 2020 and it seems appropriate at the beginning of a new year to make a card with a new beginning in mind.

Bloom and Grow is one of my favourite sets and I'm always reaching for it when a new baby card is required. Here I've paired it up with the Visometry background stamps because the images remind me of flowers, so the baby is blooming and growing in amongst a field of flowers. I also added the Count Me In stencil because the numbers remind me that babies grow so fast and those numbers keep climbing higher all the time.



Here's how I made it.

First cut a panel of water colour paper to a size slightly smaller than your card blank. Spriz the bottom half with water and add some distress stains. Add more water to move the stains around if needed and be sure to mop up the edges where the ink tends to pool. While you dry the panel with a heat tool, spritz more droplets of water and mop those up with a paper towel to add some interest.


Now take the stencil and using some matching /coordinating distress Oxide inks, blend through the stencil in a few random places.


Now stamp some of the gorgeous shapes from the background set in 3 shades of purple, making sure that some of the shapes fall off the edge of the panel for a natural look.

I actually let this completely dry and then I heat embossed couple of the shaped in white embossing powder too, then I added some random trios of dots with a white and a bronze pen, and doodled around the outside of the panel before adding the panel to the card blank (you can see all of those steps on the finished card)


On scrap card, blend a bit of the pink oxide and wait for it to dry, then heat emboss the baby image with opaque white embossing powder. Fussy cut the image and add it to the card with 3d foam.


Stamp the sentiment onto scrap card and quickly add some clear embossing powder, then heat emboss the sentiment. Blend a little pink around the edges of the sentiment strip and punch rounded corners before doodling a border to match the one on the edge of the panel. Add this to the card with 3d foam too.


And that's the card finished.




Stamps Used:

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

    


Other Supplies:

Distress Stains (squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry lucky clover), Distress Oxide Inks (mustard seed, picked raspberry, lucky clover, shaded lilac, seedless preserves, wilted violet), Posca white pen, Sharpie bronze pen, Pigma black micron pen, Versamark clear ink, WOW! embossing powders (opaque bright white, clear gloss), water spritzer, corner rounder, craft mat, water colour paper, raspberry pink 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

4 Jan 2020

Less is More #410 - Living Coral and True Blue

Hello and a very Happy New Year to you. I'm back today with my first card of the year....well, the first card of the decade actually!  And it is a colour challenge that we have over at Less is More where we're 'ringing out the old' pantone colour (living coral) and 'ringing in the new' pantone colour (true blue). 



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The guest designer is the lovely Conil from Which Craft? blog and she's made a gorgeous card. Please check out both her card and the fabulous makes by the rest of the LIM design team by clicking HERE.

Stamps: Sentiment by CAS-ual Fridays (Mon Ami), Present stamp is one that I've had for years and I can't see a make on it.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Distress Oxide blueprint sketch
Pens: Distress Markers (abandoned coral, blueprint sketch)

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That's it from me for today. I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx