29 Oct 2020

Mixed Media Butterfly

 


Hello there. Did you catch the incredible mixed media show that Visible Image had on the Create and Craft TV channel on Tuesday? There were some amazing stamps and stencils on the show and Mark was totally awesome with his demonstrations. So inspirational! It made me want to go out to my craft room and play for the rest of the day. Seeing all the DT samples on the TV screen made me so proud to working in amongst such a talented team of designers. Honestly, I need to pinch myself quite regularly because I can't believe how lucky I am to be on the DT.

Ahem....especially when I make mistakes, like I did on this card. (Read on to spot what I missed)

I decided to have an inky play day with some pastes and stencils recently as part of my 'how do I incorporate mixed media into CAS designs' aim. Getting full on with ink will hopefully allow me to understand what will and won't work in a CAS design. Well...that's the idea anyway. This card is one of the results of that inky session and here's how I made it:

First, take a piece of card that is slightly smaller than the size of the card front and spray it with a green spray and let it dry. Now lay the Collision stencil over the top and spray again with orange.



Mop up the excess sprays with another piece of card that is the same size as the card front. This needs to be done at both spraying stages in the above step so that you get some green and orange on the card.



Once all the ink is dried, take the butterfly stencil and smooth some distress grit-paste texture paste through it. Remove the stencil and wash it immediately so that you don't ruin it with paste that dries on it.



Before the texture paste dries on the panel, sprinkle on some white glitter then let it all completely dry. Add a little gilding wax to the outside edges of the panel when it is dried.



Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment onto a strip of vellum that you have given a ripped edge to the top and bottom. 



Mount everything together using some additional white and black card to mat the central panel and add that to the larger panel with fun foam. Doodle some dots around the outside. 



Those with eager eyes will spot the black Nuvo drops in this photo (wait! you're all going to spot them now, groan). The reason they are there is because I was going to add some large enamel type dots onto the butterfly wings.....but I forgot to stick them on, and the card was sent off for the TV show on Create and Craft before I spotted the omission. We all make mistakes now and again, eh?

So, here's a close-up of the sparkle to make up for the omission. I love that glitter - it looks just like you've spilled some sugar onto your card.





Stamps And Stencils Used:

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


 





Other Supplies:

Distress Stains (twisted citron & abandoned coral), Distress grit-paste, Distress glitter (clear rock candy), versafine onyx black ink, WOW! clear gloss embossing powder, Creative Expressions cast bronze gilding wax, Vellum, white card and black card, fun foam, black pen.

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

24 Oct 2020

Less is More #413 - More Than One Type Of Foliage

 


There's a new challenge at Less is More where we want you to use more than one type of foliage. As I'm trying to get ahead this year, I used the opportunity to do another quick make Christmas card. Mine is just a few die cut leaves, which is a great way to batch make cards, but there is some fantastic stamping inspiration by the rest of the design team over on  the challenge blog so I recommend that you pop over to see those.

DIES:   Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations dies (festive greenery and spring greenery), 
OTHER: Black card, gold mirror card, silver mirror card

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

15 Oct 2020

Storms!

 

Hello there. It's about time that I made an Autumn themed card, isn't it? Looking through my Visible Image stamps I spotted the Tree of Life set and decided to give it some Autumnal colours. This tree looks amazing in fresh, lush greens but it also looks good in the rich colours of autumn. In fact, you could use it for any season of the year!

The sentiment is superb for Autumn too as there are usually some squally showers and winds howling to strip the trees of their colourful leaves. It is such a positive sentiment; great for reminding us that there is always hope of new life and growth.

Anyway, this is how I made this card: 

First smoosh some ink onto a craft mat and spritz with water, then taking a piece of acetate transfer some of the ink to a panel of white card. Build up a couple of layers of ink on the panel. Let the panel dry.



Stamp the tree in brown distress oxide ink and emboss it with clear embossing powder. Now colour the leaves in with your choice of marker pens.



Stamp the sentiment into place and heat emboss with a gold powder. Use an embossing pen to colour 3 of the leaves on the tree and heat emboss those with the same gold powder.





Mat the panel onto some gold card and then add it to a card blank. The final touch was to add 3 tiny gold gems under the sentiment.



Stamps Used:

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

Other Supplies:

Distress Oxide Inks (walnut stain, fired brick), Distress Ink (aged mahogany), Versamark clear ink, Wersamarker clear embossing pen, WOW! embossing powders (clear gloss, metallic gold rich), Promarker pens (yellow, amber, lipstick red, burnt orange), gold gems, white and gold 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

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

10 Oct 2020

Less is More #430 - Sharon's CASe Card


Hi there. Well, on the day this challenge goes live, 10th October, it is my birthday (happy birthday to me ;-) ) and we have a fairly new tradition at the Less is More challenge that when the challenge date lands on the same day as a design team member's birthday, that DT member creates a card for everyone to CASe (Copy And Share Everything). 

CASe is known in some regions as 'lifting' and it is where you use the card to be CASed as a basis for your own card but you also add your own twist and share how you made your 'version'.  So, this is the card that I came up with for everyone to CASe.


I thought there were lots of elements that could be used in people's designs, eg stars, flowers, foliage, gold, yellow, orange, red (perfect for fall or halloween versions), making a designer background, there's die cutting, stamping, heat embossing, a banner, Happy Birthday and some Nuvo glittery drops (which might just be visible) as well as the design layout

I'm actually pretty excited to see what people come up with and the rest of the design team have made some super cards for additional inspiration.

My card was easy to make. I die cut the two curved panels and then laid them onto a card blank, faintly marking where the gap was, then removed them and stamped random stars in 3 colours of ink into the gap. I removed the pencil marks and added the curved panels back, using fun foam for some dimension. Next I stamped the internal parts of the flower petals using the same shades of ink and set them aside to dry. When dry, I stamped and heat embossed the flower outlines and then fussy cut them out. I die cut the leaves and assembled them into an arrangement onto the card. The banner was cut out free hand and the sentiment was stamped onto it before sticking it over the flowers. The final touch was a few Nuvo drops.

Easy peasy! 

STAMPS:    Uniko (Balloon Bash and Flower Power 2) 
DIES:   Craft + You (Conifer Twig), Lawn Fawn (Stitched Hillside Borders)
INKS:   Versamark clear, Prism (canary yellow, orange zest, red chilli)
OTHER:  WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder, Nuvo Glitter Drops (white blizzard), gold mirror card, white card , a pencil and eraser & fun foam. 

Halloween CASe card

It'd be rude not to CASe my own card, wouldn't it?  So here is my Halloween version which shows that you can use a completely different subject matter and just loosely interpret design elements



This one was made by die cutting the flying bats into an orange panel and backing it with black card before adding a mat of the tiniest amount of gold mirror card. This was attached to an orange card blank. The skeleton (and sentiment) was stamped and heat embossed before being fussy cut and mounted with foam pads. The metallic trims were something I've had in my stash for years and I have no idea where they came from now. They were silver but to match in with the theme of gold I heat embossed them with a gold sparkly embossing glitter before attaching them to the card.

STAMPS:    Visible Image (Mr Bone Jangles), Clearly Besotted sentiment (In Print - now discontinued) 
DIES:   Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations (Mixed Media Halloween)
INKS:   Versamark clear
OTHER:  WOW! Primary Ebony embossing powder & Gold Sparkle embossing glitter, gold mirror card, orange card, black card, misc metallic trimmings, 3d foam pads


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That's it from me for now. I hope you have fun CASeing this card if you join in the challenge, and I hope to see you here again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

1 Oct 2020

Making Time Count



Hello there. Welcome to October!!! My isn't this year just flying by? We really do need to "live in the now and make every moment count" so that we don't miss anything, don't we?

Today it's time for some of my Visible Image design team inspiration and I thought I would do something different from all those autumnal colours that are around at the moment, so I created a card with fresh, bright colours. 

I've been experimenting with a bit of mixed media recently and this was one of my first attempts at making an 'un-grungy' (is there such a word?) mixed media card.  The idea is that I will eventually, over the winter, train myself to do a little more mixed media in my CAS cards. I really like how this one has turned out with such pretty colours.

So in the time honoured tradition of my DT blog post, here's how I made this:

First, wet your card panel with some water and then add some distress stains. As the distress stains are sadly no longer being sold, you could achieve a similar result using a tiny drop of re-inker or maybe some brushos, but I'm sure that many of us still have some stains laying around that need to be used up.


Next, take the stencil and add coordinating colours of Luna paste through parts of the stencil.


Remove the stencil and wash it immediately, then set the card panel aside to dry. I love how the paste actually dries in such a random pattern that it kind of looks like an animal print.


Once the card panel is dry (I left mine overnight but it really doesn't take that long), partially stamp into the blank areas, using some of the smaller stamps in the set, with matching distress inks and distress the outside with a blend of one of the inks.


Now comes the fiddly part. Stamp the word TIME and heat emboss it with a clear sparkle embossing powder, then fussy cut each letter separately. Also stamp the rest of the sentiment and cut it into a banner.  


To assemble the card, mount the card panel onto a card blank with fun foam, affix the TIME letters and add the sentiment banner with fun foam for a little more dimension.


Doesn't the Luna paste sparkle beautifully and give that little bit of texture and dimension? 




Stamps and Stencil Used:

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

Other Supplies:

White card, Distress Stains and Distress Inks (picked raspberry, mustard seed and salty ocean), Luna Paste (stellar champagne, moonlight rose, moonlight ocean), Versamark onyx black ink, WOW! clear sparkle embossing glitter, 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
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