20 Mar 2021

Less Is More #439 - CAS Inking

Hello there! The recipe over at Less is More is to do some CAS inking today. I tried so hard to keep my ink to only 1/3 of my card....but with it being a water colour it spread a little further than I anticipated.

I had a look through my stash and realised that I needed to add a few sympathy cards. These are the cards that we don't like to make, right? I know I usually struggle with them. So having a few on hand, so to speak, is a good thing.

For this card I wet the watercolour paper and added some distress re-inkers, spritzing with water whilst drying with a heat tool. Once completely dry, I stamped the flowers in 1st, and 2nd generation grey ink to get some depth, adding the darkest flowers with black heat embossing. Add white highlights with an opaque pen. It was matted onto black and then onto a card blank without any foam. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with white powder but I did add that with a little fun foam.

STAMPS:   Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection (mini bouquet), Altenew (heartfelt sentiments)
INKS:   Distress re-inkers (mustard seed, carved pumpkin, picked raspberry), Versamark clear, Prism (thundercloud)
EMBOSSING POWDERS: WOW! (ebony black, ultra bright white)  
OTHER: Watercolour card, Black paper, card blank, distress spritzer, heat tool, white opaque pen, 3d foam

Please head on over to the challenge blog to see some fantastic CAS inking inspiration from the design team


I'll sign off for now 👋 but I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx

18 Mar 2021

Smile ---- You Got This!


Hello there. Finally I can start sharing a card made with some of the new release stamps by Visible Image. They will be available to buy from tomorrow at the Visible Image online shop. It's taken me a long time to make a card because my stamps were held up in customs for over 2 weeks. 😒🙅 Really frustrating! But there was nothing I could do except twiddle my thumbs and wait patiently.

This 'Nothing To Wear' stamp set comes with amazing little stamps to add to the T-shirt, but I wanted to show that you don't need to be confined to just using those, because many of the sentiments work well too.

PLEASE DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SETS (as we used to say in the days of old TVs). You may think this funky sentiment font comes textured like this, but you'd be wrong. I wanted to add that textural interest so I stamped on a piece of textured card (hessian, I think). It's fun to do that sometimes to change up the look of the stamps.

So, its a quickie make with some stenciling, stamping and heat embossing.

Use the Drizzle stencil on a piece of spare card and add a rainbow of colours. I found that I already had enough ink left on my blending brushes, but if you need to start with clean brushes I'd advise you to be very gentle with the blending. 

Next stamp and heat emboss the t-shirt and the sentiment. As the card was textured, I stamped the t-shirt 2 times in black ink (using my stamp positioner) and then over-stamped again with clear ink before heat embossing. Cut the t-shirt out and set it to one side.

Take your card blank (or a mat the size of your card blank if you don't want to work directly onto the finished article), and blend through the stencil all around the edges. You will need to move the stencil around so make sure you clean it between each move to stop any contamination of the ink. 

Use the Distress Oxide ink to stamp the word 'Smile' around the edges too.

A few final steps. Doodle a 'dot and dash' border around the background.  Add some colour to the hem, cuffs and neckline of the t-shirt. Cut a white mat and back it with a thin layer of black card, and stamp & heat emboss the word 'Smile' onto it.

Assemble the card by attaching the white mat to the background with fun foam, and then add the t-shirt onto the white mat, again with fun foam.

I think this t-shirt is going to come in really handy for all sorts of occasions. All you need to do is change the image, pattern, colors or the sentiment that you add to it. Perfect!

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 (at a guess my brushes contained picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, cracked pistachio, salty ocean), blending brushes, Distress Oxide (antique linen), Versafine Onyx Black ink, Versamark clear ink, WOW! clear embossing powder, black micron pen, pink marker pen, fun foam, textured white card, black 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

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

Sharon xx

6 Mar 2021

Less Is More #438 - Baby


Hi there. Here's a quick and easy, 5 minute card that can be used for a new baby, just print out the image, add a bit of colour and mat it onto a card blank with some foam.

The digital image is one that I've had for ages, from a set by The Pink Petticoat (now known as The Lovely Studio). This digi set is still available to purchase and it is a really useful one to have in your stash (I've added a link below). There are boy and girl bunnies in this set, with and without sentiments, some holding carrots, easter eggs, flowers, baskets of flowers (below) or, as in my card above, balloons. I've left my cards without sentiments because that way I have the option of using them as a new baby card or a birthday card.

Here's another of the images. They are all really adorable.

STAMPS:  Pink Petticoat (now The Lovely Studio) Hoppy Bunnies. Click HERE to be taken to the set in the store.   
DIES:  MFT Inside Out Stitched Rectangles 
PENS:   Promarkers
OTHER: White card, fun foam.

Hannelie from the Desert Diva blog is the guest designer at the LIM blog for this challenge and she's made an adorable card. Please head on over to the challenge blog to see it and for some more fantastic inspiration from the design team


I'll sign off for now 👋 but I really hope to see you again soon.

Sharon xx