25 Apr 2020

Less is More #418 - Scribbles, Drips and /or Splats



Hi there. It's time for another challenge over at Less is More and this time it is all about Scribbles, Drips and/or Splats.

Head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team.  While you are there please say a big 'HELLO' to the talented new design team members that we are announcing today. They are sure to delight you with all their wonderful ideas and incredible inspiration.


  



I love a good old dribble or splat, but this time I've really kept things, and myself (for a change!), clean by using a splatty/drippy stamp by Marion Emberson. It's perfect for making a non-messy splat!

Here's how I made this card. The first thing I did was stamp and fussy cut the butterfly, just so that I could use it to position the splats in the right place on the panel. Next the splat stamp was inked up with prism inks - 3 colours per individual stamping and rotated each time it was stamped. Then the sentiment was added. The butterfly was coloured with Zigs that I matched as closely as possible to the inks. Finally, the inky panel was attached to a black panel and then onto the card blank and the butterfly was added to finish it all off.

STAMPS: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection (watercolour CMS217), WOW! inspired by Marion Emberson (wall art stampset44), Altenew (halftone circles - the sentiment)      
INKS:   Versafine onyx black, Prism (canary yellow, orange zest, red chilli, apple green, blue lagoon, purple velvet)
PENS:   Zig Clean Colour Real Brushes (020 red, 031 cobalt blue, 045 pal green, 050 yellow, 052 bright yellow, 084 deep violet)
OTHER:   White card, black card

That's it from me for now.

Stay safe, stay sane, keep crafting and I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

16 Apr 2020

Fire Sign


Hi! Do you have any of the zodiac stamps from Visible Image? Well, if you don't there's an incredible offer on the complete set at the moment (as I write this post).  Take a look at the store to see what a brilliant saving you could make.

As we are currently in the timeframe of Aries, I though it'd be a good idea to give some inspiration for the fire signs this week (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius). To that end I thought I'd try to use the fibres stencil to represent fire, and I think it worked! How great to have another use for this awesome stencil as well as it being fab for representing water or as a general wavy background.


Here's how I made this card:

Take the fibres stencil and ink through parts of it at the bottom of a white card panel with yellow, orange and red distress inks. Move the stencil around so that each colour uses different parts of the stencil to make the 'flames'.



Add a few bits of glitz to the fire with some wavy lines of gold stickles and set aside to dry.



Create a matching border by blending the same colour inks around the edge of your card blank.

Stamp and emboss the large ram's head onto scrap card using a glittery gold embossing powder. Add a few contours to the head with a little distress ink applied with a water brush. Fussy cut the image.



Stamp and heat emboss the 'Aries' word onto the main panel with the fire using the same glittery embossing powder as you used on the ram's head. Mount the panel onto some black card to create a thin border, then add it to the card blank. Finally, attach the ram's head image with 3d foam



Stamps and Stencil Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, festive berries, fired brick, hickory smoke), gold Stickles, Versamark clear ink, WOW! metallic gold sparkle embossing glitter, black and white cardstock, blending tools,  3dfoam.

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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us
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

11 Apr 2020

Less is More #417 - Out Of Focus



Hello again. Are you ready for another Less is More challenge? How about this for a great theme?


  Cue Card
  

Think about bokeh technique, airbrushed backgrounds or water colour stamping etc.

This one was really fun to do. I thought I'd add some 'depth' to my images by using the water colour stamping method to give that out of focus look.

So, the wild flower stamps were coloured with zigs and spritzed with water before stamping onto the water colour paper. On the first two sprays of flowers I also spritzed the paper after they were stamped to get a really watery, out of focus look. I omitted that step on the last (bottom right) spray. Then I dried the panel with a heat tool. Next I added 3 more sprays of flowers that are in focus by just colouring with the zigs and stamping onto the panel without any additional water. The sentiment was stamped into place and a border was scored around the panel for added interest before it was placed onto a navy blue mat. The whole thing was then mounted onto a card blank.

STAMPS:  Stampers Annymous Tim Holtz Collection (mini bouquet CMS269, crazy talk CMS236)  
INKS: Prism (french navy) for the sentiment  
PENS:  Zig Clean Colour Real Brushes (030 blue, 032 persian blue, 036 light blue, 044 deep green, 047 may green)  
OTHER:   Water colour card, Water spritzer, Navy card, scoreboard, card blank.

That's it from me for now. Head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team. See you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

2 Apr 2020

Sunshine Hope


Hello there. Today's card is spreading a positive message and it is a bit of inspiration for the current challenge going on in the Visible Image facebook group. The challenge title is 'Brighten Someone's Day' and what can be brighter or more cheery than spreading a little sunshine and hope, eh?

This Look Forward With Hope stamp set is one that I regularly turn to for spreading some cheer or just giving someone a little boost.  It is full of beautiful and positive sentiments.

Here is how I made this card:

First, mask off the top portion of the sentiment like I've done in this photograph, ink it up, remove the masking and stamp then heat emboss the sentiment onto a strip of vellum.



Next, stamp the sunshine in a rainbow of colours all over a white panel of card.


Now run the panel through an embossing folder for some texture, and distress the edges with some yellow ink.


Add stickles to the centre of each sun and set aside to dry.




Wrap the vellum strip around the panel and mount the panel onto a white card blank with 3d foam.


Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

White card, Vellum, scrap paper and masking tape, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Prism Inks, star dust Stickles, embossing folder (Sizzix), 3dfoam pad.

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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I hope you are all looking forward with hope to a time when we can all meet our friends and families again. But until that time.....Stay safe and stay home folks.

Sending you all big, virtual hugs,
Sharon xx