23 Jul 2020

Rainbow Daisy




Hi! Today I have a super-duper, ultra-fast make for you, using one of the brand new Visible Image  stencils and a sentiment stamp.

You all know how I love my rainbow colours, so it was a no-brainer to make a rainbow daisy card. Now because this beautiful stencil is completely borderless (which is brilliant for use with a gel plate), I was living dangerously when I made this card. Sensible people would use a low tack spray adhesive on the back of the stencil, but I do not own any spray adhesive, so I had to hold the stencil down with some low tack tape.


I just picked a rainbow of distress ink colours and blended them through the stencil, starting at one side and moving the tape over so that I could finish adding the colours to the other side. As you can see, I wasn't too particular about making this a smooth blend because I knew that the eye would be brought forward to focus on the daisy image as soon as the white pen came into play. Trim the panel to size for the card blank.

Once the rainbow colours were down, the stencil was removed and a white posca pen was used to add some detail onto the daisy. Simply draw some lines at the top and bottom of each petal using a flicking motion. Next dot around the edge of the panel with the same white pen for some more interest.


To finish the card, white heat emboss a sentiment onto a piece of vellum and wrap that around the coloured panel. Add some glittery Nuvo Drops to the centre of the daisy for that bit of bling shine, and once that is dried, attach everything to a white card blank with fun foam.

It's simple, colourful and will bring a smile to whoever receives it!





Stamps & Stencil Used:

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


Other Supplies:

White Card, Low Tack Masking Tape, Distress Inks (festive berries, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, twisted citron, mowed lawn, salty ocean, wilted violet), Versamark Clear Ink, WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder, Vellum, White Posca Pen, Nuvo drops (white Blizzard)

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

18 Jul 2020

Less is More #424 OLC Christmas In July


Baubles are not something that I immediately turn to when making Christmas cards yet I have quite a few stamp sets and dies of them. I think they must have seemed like a good purchase at the time. Nowadays, for some unknown  reason, I always think of them as being a bit, erm ... traditional (or more truthfully, perhaps a little old fashioned). However, as I am on a mission to actually use my older stash, I came across this really pretty set from Papermania and decided to give it a modern twist with the help of an Eileen Godwin type background. In today's post I have a set of the 3 cards I made with this beautiful background style.

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There's lots of OLC inspiration for your Christmas cards on the Less is More challenge blog, and the fabulous guest designer is the lovely Jenny Martin from My Paper Epiphany blog so please pop over to leave her some love too. You will also find some gorgeous Christmas stamps from our wonderful July sponsor CAS-ual Fridays stamps, so please head over there too.



Yes, I unashamedly admit that I have been completely influenced by my Visible Image teammate, Eileen Godwin, in making these cards. Her video (click HERE) is one that I wanted to try out, so I did and I turned it into a set of Christmas OLCs. Perfect! Similar cards may be seen winging across the world come Christmas 2020 ;-) They are brilliant for batch making. So, thank you very much for the inspiration Eileen.



There's  no need for me to tell you how these were made, just watch Eileen's superb video, work directly onto the card blank, then heat emboss your images and sentiments in gold and forget about the splatters. Simples!

STAMPS: Papermania Joyeaux Noel, Papertrey Ink sentiment    
STENCILS:  Visible Image stencils   (Long Bauble Card:stars and stripes, Bell card: ripples Small Bauble card: two tone)
INKS:   Versafine clear, Distress Inks (Long Bauble Card: festive berries, mustard seed, carved pumpkin, Bell card: shaded lilac, cracked pistachio twisted citron Small Bauble card: antique linen, evergreen bough, squeezed lemonade))
OTHER:   Sweet Poppy Stencils spreader, make-up brushes, WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale super fine embossing powder, white card blank.

I hope you'll give Eileen's background a try too because it is simple to do but so very effective. Maybe I'll see you here again soon too.

Look after yourselves, big hugs,
Sharon xx

12 Jul 2020

Dragonfly Net




Do you ever spot a stencil and just know it will be one of your favourites to use for many years to come? That is exactly the way I felt about this ripped fishnet stencil the moment that I was given a preview of it. I was on pins waiting for it to arrive and it really did not disappoint in the slightest. It is just brilliant to use and doesn't need much more than a bit of ink to make it look fantastic (although it would look amazing with texture paste too).

This is another preview of the July stencil release by Visible Image and the stencil is on pre-release orders until this Friday, so you can order it now and receive it as soon as it is released.

It will work with so many different images too e.g. butterflies, birds, fish, seahorses, mermaids, seashells, leaves etc, etc. The list is probably endless ;-)

Here's how I made this card.

Firstly, cut a panel from white card that is slightly smaller in height than the card blank. Rip some paper to use as a mask and mask the top and bottom of the panel. Now lay a foundation of antique linen Distress Ink in the central section

Keep the paper masks in place, and use the Ripped Fishnet stencil inking through it with a yellow, orange, pink and red distress ink. I was lucky that the part where I needed to move the stencil to extend the pattern almost matched up, but if you find that the join is too obvious, you could always strategically place the large dragonfly over the join. 



Repeat the pattern over the top and bottom edges of the card blank (or if you prefer, cut another piece of card to the same size as the card front and add the pattern to the two long edges of that piece of card before attaching that to the card front).

Take a piece of acetate and pounce some blue colours of alcohol ink over it. My alcohol inks are quite old now so I'm not sure if you can still get these exact colours, but any shades of blue would work.



Ink and stamp the dragonflies with an archival ink. Then fussy cut them.



Stamp the sentiment into place on the smaller panel with black ink, then add the smaller panel to the front of the card, raising it up on fun foam. Attach the acetate dragonflies using glossy accents along the dragonfly bodies so that the wings can be lifted for more dimension once the glossy accent 'glue' is dried.



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 (antique linen, squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, festive berries), Archival Black Ink, Alcohol Inks (aqua, denim, stonewashed, stream), acetate, white card, fun foam, masking tape, white paper, blending tools, scissors, glossy accents.

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 that you are enjoying these previews, and I do hope to see you here again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

10 Jul 2020

Healing Daisy



 There are so many people who are feeling very emotional at the moment. Perhaps it is because the lockdown situation has left them feeling very alone or out of control? Or maybe it is just that now their lives have slowed down, there is a lot of time available to reflect? Who knows? Anyway, this card is made for anyone who is having a difficult time to remind us all that these emotions are also a way of helping us to heal.

This is another preview of the amazing new stencil release by Visible Image. Once again I've teamed the new stencils with one of the stamp sets from the June release. She is such a gorgeous image!

And here's how I made this card:

On the card blank, blend the distress ink through the daisy stencil,



Stamp the image into place.



Mask off the stencil so that you only add the lunar paste through the single word and set aside to dry.


When the paste is dry,  use the heavy rain stencil to add a border to two of the outside edges using the lunar paste again. Let those borders dry, then add the other two borders in the same way.



When everything is dry, add some lunar paste to the tear too.



Simple, but effective.


Stamps and Stencils Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Distress Ink (atique linen), Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Cosmic Shimmer Lunar Paste (moonlight ocean), masking tape, blending tool, palette knife, white 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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

Thanks for taking a peek at this card.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

9 Jul 2020

Citrus Summer



Hello there. It's been super hot over here in Portugal recently (39 degrees) and hydration has been key to keeping safe and well. So my card today has been influenced by the beautiful, fresh, summery, juicy, citrus lemons and limes that I have been flavouring my water with.

This card features all new stamps and stencils too! They are all from the June stamp release and the July stencils release by Visible Image. The stencils are available to purchase on pre-release until 17th July, and the stamp set is available to purchase now.  Along with the rest of the design team, I've had a fantastic time creating samples for these releases. There are some stunning projects coming out of the design team with these new products and it is no wonder because they are awesome designs.

Anyway, to my card. Although I don't often reach for my stencils, one of the things I love to do when I do reach for them is to challenge myself to layer a few stencils together, but at the same time try to keep a clean. crisp design. Not always easy when the natural urge is to go grungy! 

Right, here's how this one was made:

First cut a panel from white card measuring 12.5 x 12.5 cm (almost 5"x5"), blend squeezed lemonade Distress Ink around the edge, then use the mesh it up stencil with fossilized amber Distress Ink in random places to add some interest.


Now use the Autumn Leaves stencil to ink through some of the smaller leaves. Use a base of twisted citron and go over that with cracked pistachio to get the lovely citrus colour of green. Do not move the stencil until you have completed the next step.



Place the Heavy Rain stencil over the top of the leaf you just inked, and ink through both stencils with mowed lawn Distress Ink. You can press quite hard with a blending foam to make sure that the colour goes through the depth of the two stencils. Now remove the stencils and repeat these 2 steps for every leaf you ink. 


When you have enough leaves inked, set the panel aside to dry completely. When the ink is dry, stamp the 'summer' word  from the Summer wings stamp set in versamark over the background and heat emboss with white embossing powder. To finish this panel blend a little fossilized amber around the edge.



Cut another small panel 9cm x 9cm (3.5" x 3.5") and ink through the large leaf in the stencil using the same ink colours and method as above. When this panel is completely dry, stamp the word summer in fossilized amber distress oxide and heat emboss it with a clear embossing powder.


Now stamp the butterfly 3 times onto some spare card and heat emboss that with white embossing powder. When the heat embossing has cooled, blend squeezed lemonade over the images.


Fussy cut the images as shown below and add additional shading as seen in the photograph. Set these aside for the ink to completely dry


On 2 of the butterfly parts use an embossing pen to 'colour in' where you want the sparkles to show and heat emboss with a clear sparkly embossing glitter.


Doodle around the outside of the 15cm x 15cm (5 7/8" x 5 7/8") card blank or if you prefer, cut a panel to the same size and doodle on that and attach that panel to the card front. Use corresponding Distress Markers.


Add each layer to the card with fun foam in between to have some dimension. Attach the butterfly with a glue gel so that you have even more dimension.







Stencils and Stamps Used:

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



Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber, twisted citron, cracked pistachio, mowed lawn), Distress Oxide (fossilized amber), Versamark clear ink and Veramark embossing pen, WOW! embossing powders (opaque bright white, clear sparkle, clear gloss), Distress Marker pens (fossilized amber and mowed lawn), fun foam, Pinflair glue gel, masking tape, blending tools and foams, white card, ruler, pencil, eraser, scissors, heat tool.

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 like this card because I sure enjoyed making it. I'll be back within the next few days with another card featuring some more of the new stencils.

Hugs and stay safe,
Sharon xx

4 Jul 2020

Less Is More #423 - Fuchsia, Yellow and Grey

It's been a busy old week again and that means that I didn't have time to make more than one card for this fun colour combo at Less is More. 

This is a bit of a cheeky image from a stamp set that I bought a few years ago now, but have never used! It is such a shame that this stamp company is now permanently closed for business because they made some super, witty stamps. Anyway, I thought I would give this set a little outing because it deserves to be taken out of that dark cupboard where it has been stored, plus I think it is perfectly okay to use our old stash items as well as the new ones. 

We seem to get caught up in a frenzy sometimes in the chase to get the latest products and images, don't we? I bet that lots of crafters are just like me with some treasures of stamps that have never seen any ink.  Maybe we should all go on a mission every now and again to use some of those long forgotten stamps and supplies, eh?  Perhaps we could give them a new twist with an up-to-date layout, card shape or technique?

Anyway, back to the challenge.



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This is another easy to make card. Simply stamp and colour the image then fussy cut it. Die cut the panel and dot the outside edge with 3 of the promarker colours. Stamp the sentiment into place then add the panel to a card blank raising it up on fun foam. Add the image to the panel with the glue gel.

STAMPS:    Acid Drops and Whatnots AD#13 Hourglass Figure  
DIES:   Sugar Pea Designs Card Front Builder dies
INKS:   Memento Tuxedo Black
PENS:   Promarkers (soft lime, yellow, canary, cerise, magenta, blush, coral, ice grey 1,3 & 5) 
OTHER:   White Card, 3Dfoam, Pinflair glue gel

Why not head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team using this colour combo?

Hugs,
Sharon xx