20 Aug 2020

Trusting Wings

 Hello there. I'm here today to share a card I made with some Visible Image stamps and a stencil. Recently I've loved using the new stencil called Words Of Support, and the best thing about it is that you can pick out a single word to base your creativity around. That's just what happened with this card. To me, there's not much more that shows a level of trust than a fragile butterfly landing on a human hand. Once I made the connection of the word to the image in my head, the card practically made itself!

Here's how you can make this card:

Cut a mat from white card that is smaller than your card blank, then die cut a circle into it. With the cut circle in place, stamp the hand image in clear embossing ink so that it overlaps the outside edges of the circle, then heat emboss with a black embossing powder.

Stamp the image again onto a post-it note (or masking paper) and fussy cut it. Add the mask onto the circle, then add some distress oxides to the background of the circle. I picked out 3 pastel shades of distress oxide for this.

Before removing the mask, stamp the small circles in the same oxide ink onto the background of the circle. Remove the mask and colour the hand with colouring pencils.

Now take your card blank and add some distress oxides to the outer edges, stamp the circles again in the same inks and also, using the end of the hand stamp, stamp some 'splatters' around the edge with the same oxide inks.

Next, mask off the word on the stencil and apply some shimmer texture paste through your chosen word onto the white mat. Remove and wash the stencil, and set the mat aside to dry.

Apply a little distress oxide to a piece of scrap card and set this aside to dry. Once dried, stamp, heat emboss and fussy cut the tiny butterfly. When the texture word is also dry, add each layer to your card with fun foam, so that the mat is raised above the card blank, and the circle is raised above the mat. Secure the butterfly in place.

Stamps and Stencil Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the item in the Visible Image online store):

Other Supplies:
White Card, Nestabilities Circle Die, Versamark Clear Ink, WOW! Primary Ebony embossing powder, Post-it Note, Distress Oxides (twisted citron, spun sugar, tumbled glass), Polychromos pencils (127 pink carmine, 130 dark flesh, 131 medium flesh), Cosmic Shimmer luna paste (moonlight ocean), masking tape, fun 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 giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us

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

Sharon xx

15 Aug 2020

Less is More #426 - Doodles

There is a fun recipe at Less is More and it's time to do some doodles on your cards. 

On this card I masked a diagonal band on a white card mat and blended distress inks through the middle. After removing the masking tape, I doodled some flowers, leaves and a vine-like stem in pencil, and when I was happy with the doodle I went over it with a black pen. When the pen ink was dry, the pencil lines were erased and the 'lovely' was stamped directly onto the band. The mat was attached to the card blank with fun foam. On spare card I stamped and die cut the 'hello' before adding it to the card with more 3d foam.

STAMPS:    Altenew Halftone Hello
DIES:   Altenew Halftone Hello
INKS:   Distress Inks picked raspberry, wilted violet, twisted citron), Versafine onyx black
PENS:   Black micron pen
OTHER:   white card, pencil and eraser, masking tape, 3d foam.

Please head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic doodle inspiration from the design team.

Sharon xx

1 Aug 2020

Less Is More #425 - Summer Flowers

Hi. I'm still on that quest to use some of my older stamps and products and this card has been made with some magazine freebies that have been sitting on the craft room counter top for over a year, just waiting to be used.  The summer flowers theme at Less is More was the ideal time to put these into use.

I created a soft stencilled background with distress ink on a piece of white card mat and stamped the sentiment onto the same piece of card. Then I cut another piece of card the same size as the card front and inked the edges in the distress ink too. These were both matted onto the card blank.

The flower image was stamped and coloured with zigs before being fussy cut and attached to the card front with 3d foam.

Stamps: Flower, Magazine freebie. Wendy Vecchi Make Art. Sentiment by Altenew heartfelt sentiments
Stencil: Wendy Vecci make art
Inks: Versafine onyx black, Distress Ink tattered rose
Pens: Zigs, 023 scarlet red, 044 deep green, 070 orange, 047 may green, 220 tea rose
Other: white card

The fabulous LIM guest designer is Meghan Kennihan who was the June winner. Head over to the challenge blog to see her beautiful card and also to see the fantastic inspiration from the design team

Sharon xx