21 Apr 2021

Tyger, Tyger, burning bright ...

 


....In the forests of the night, 

What immortal hand or eye, 

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

That poem, 'The Tyger' by William Blake, is seared into my memory, having studied his 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' for my English Literature exams, oh so many, many moons ago! And it rattles around in my brain every time I see a tiger image. Those romantic poets have a lot to answer for because I have a similar relationship with William Wordsworth when I see images of clouds and daffodils (I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud), and John Keats when I see autumnal images (Ode to Autumn). 

Anyway, back to tigers.


 I had such a great time taking this beautiful Visible Image tiger stamp and trying some no-line-colouring. He is such a majestic image, isn't he? And he works so well on an inky background for a quick card, but I think the no-line colouring lets you emphasize his soft, 'furriness' and his whiskers.

Here's a brief run through of how I coloured him, and I apologise for the quality of some of these pictures; I seem to have picked up a bit of glare on them.

First, stamp the image in a feint colour of ink on your chosen card/paper. I used black on black because I always intended to over-stamp and clear heat emboss in the last step to give some additional texture. If you want to do the same, be sure to keep your stamp in the same position in your stamp positioner until you have finished colouring. 

I wanted to start colouring around the eye area, so I added a little bit of white fur by making some small 'flicky' lines around the eye, then adding a white spot in the eye and using both yellow and green on the eye itself.  


Once I was happy with the eyes, I added pink to the tip of his nose, and started colouring with yellows and oranges on the nose area. This area needs to be pretty smooth compared to the rest of the face, so go very gently here and gradually build up the colour.


Next I coloured the rest of the face with the 'flick' method. If you look closely you will see that as well as the oranges and yellows I've added pink into the fur to tie in the nose, and there is a little bit of light brown too. On some of the white parts you will also see a tiny bit of blue as well as grey. 


Carry on building up the colours slowly and gently until you are happy with the result. 


Then add him back into your stamp positioner and re-stamp in a clear ink, then heat emboss with a clear powder. I think you can just about pick up the shine and texture of the embossing in this picture, especially in the bottom left.


To finish off, mat him onto white card, and then onto more black card. Stamp the sentiment and add that too.



Stamps Used:

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



Other Supplies:

Black paper, White card, Polychromos pencils, Versamark clear ink, Wow! clear embossing powder, Versafine black ink

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
TWITTER

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

17 Apr 2021

Less Is More #441 - OLC Diamonds



Hello everyone. 

Today's card is using up some long-forgotten stamps once again. In fact one of the stamps is a red rubber one and I have no idea what the make is or what it is called! Maybe someone could help me out with that if you recognise it?

So, it's one layer week and we're looking for diamonds.


I've gone for a bit of a masculine and a retro look on this card today. I need those masculine cards in my stash.
Super-easy to make, just mask off the bottom area of your card blank and blend the distress inks through it, wait for the ink to dry then heat emboss the diamonds stamp and the sentiment in the verdigris embossing powder.

STAMPS:  Sweet Dixie Big Sentiments, Red Rubber stamp unknown 
INKS: Versamark clear, Distress Inks (old paper and frayed burlap)  
OTHER: White card, WOW! verdigris embossing powder, masking tape

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

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

7 Apr 2021

Unisex and Ageless Cards

 



Hello there. 

Do you find that you always need a few cards in your stash that are just ready to go? Ones that will work for all sexes and be appropriate from youngsters through teens right up to those of us who are much older?  Ah, go on.....I bet we all have those occasions when a birthday date sneaks up on us without us realising. Those pesky birthdays have a habit of doing that 😉

Well, one of the tricks that I use to create those cards is to take a background stamp or two and a sentiment and creat something clean, simple and repeatable. So, when the Grunge Tones and Lost For Words stamp sets from Visible Image landed on my doormat I (squeeled) knew they would become a perfect staple for those cover all occasion cards.

As these are super CAS cards I have a brief walkthrough plus a trick to make half of your sentiment sparkly, as you'll see in the photo above.



First, taking the larger dotty stamp, place it in a stamping platform with a piece of white card. Normally I use post-it notes to do any masking but mine had run away on the day I made this one. So, instead, I carefully masked off the stamp with a piece of card (which will be used to create another background - waste not , want not!) and gradually stamped in a rainbow of distress oxides. Leave it to dry completely because we are going to emboss on top of it.

Next, take your card blank and protect it by inserting a sheet of scrap paper in the middle, and using the same inks with the smaller dotty stamp, create a border.


It doesn't matter if you leave spaces on the border or stamp without spaces because both options look good. This is what you are trying to achieve: 


Now that the smaller mat with the large dots on it is dry, we're going to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment. Once again we need to add the stamp and the mat to a stamping platform because we will be stamping and heat embossing twice. For the first emboss I stamped in black Versafine ink and also used a black embossing powder. Once that had cooled I replaced the card into the stamping platform and inked up only the larger word with some clear embossing ink, then I added a clear sparkle embossing powder and heat embossed again. Simple, but effective.  


All that remains is to back the central panel with some coordinating card stock and add it to the card blank with fun foam, although you could always omit the fun foam if you want to cut down on postage.





Stamps Used:

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

Other Supplies:

White Card, Distress Oxide inks (candied apple, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, salty ocean, wilted violet), Versafine onyx black ink, versamark clear ink, WOW! Primary ebony embossing powder, 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
TWITTER

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

3 Apr 2021

Less is More #440 - Pink, Grey and Gold



Happy Easter everyone! I hope the sun is a-shining down on you and that you all enjoy whatever time you have off from working. 

I have 2 cards to share with you today for the latest challenge at Less is More. It's colour challenge time and, although I was nervous of putting these colours together on a card, they really work beautifully together.


Birthday Tulips

This was such an easy but lovely card to create and I love how everything is shimmery on it.

First I masked off the card blank so that I could spread the pretty luna paste through the stencil. I just fancied having that triangular shape on the side for a change. The tulips were die cut in a grey pearlescent card and I added clear versamark ink to the flower parts and heat embossed those with a gold powder. Once the luna paste was dry I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in gold and added the die cut flowers with 3d foam.

I think you can see a little bit more of the shimmer in this photo.



STAMPS:   Uniko Flower Power 2 (the sentiment)
STENCILS: Visible Image Geometric Maze
DIES:   Memory Box Dancing Tulips
INKS:   Versmark Clear  
OTHER: White card, Grey Pearlescent card, Cosmic Shimmer Luna Paste (moonlight rose), WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder, 3d foam pads.

Missing You

As you know, this year I am on a mission to use up some of those precious bits and pieces that I've been hoarding. I ordered the dies for these foiled tags from a crafting TV channel ,hmmmm.....must've been years ago now. I ordered double of all the foiled items and must have about 100 of these tags to use up.

🤔 Why on earth did I order so many???? Goodness alone knows! When did I think I would use all of those?? It's not as if I have an Etsy store for my cards and need to make lots of the same design. Ah well,  I suppose when you are new to crafting you can get carried away by the TV presenters hyping up how quickly they are starting to sell out. Thank goodness I'm older and wiser now!



This is another simple to make card. Make a card blank from some grey pearlescent card. Die cut the foiled tag and blend a little distress ink through the die before you remove the tag. Let the ink dry then heat emboss the sentiment, tie a bit of gold ribbon through the tag hole and add the tag to the card blank. Simples! (now there's only another 99 to get through 😂 ).

STAMPS:  Altenew Heartfelt Sentiments
DIES:   Tonic Butterfly Pair gift tag die and foiled card
INKS:   Versmark Clear  
OTHER: Grey Pearlescent card, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder, Gold Ribbon, 3d foam pads.
 
Please head on over to the challenge blog to see some fantastic inspiration from the design team

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LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx