30 Jun 2021

Angel Feathers


Hello there. Gosh! It's the last day of June. Where on earth is this year going to? It is just flying by. It seems like only yesterday when it started and here we are about to start the second half of the year already.

Well, I'm having a break from my normal bright and vibrant colours today and have gone for something a little more subtle and dreamy in my Visible Image design team make. I do love these two pretty colours together and it struck me that they would make such a beautiful, ethereal background for the gorgeous feather stamps. I'm also loving one layer cards (or to be more precise, no layer cards) at the moment, so here's a simple example for you.

This is how I made this one.

First, stamp the large feather in a blue ink directly onto the card blank and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. I stamped this twice, once with distress ink and the second time with a clear ink before embossing it.

Then move the feather stamp slightly and stamp and emboss it again with clear ink and clear embossing powder. I think you can just about see the shine on the clear stamped image in this photo.

Now tape off a border using low tack masking tape and take some blending brushes to ink a background in the subtlest colours of pink and blue

Then stamp the circles background stamp in the blue ink around all over the card. 


Then stamp the sentiment in clear ink and heat emboss with a platinum embossing powder, before finally removing the masking tape. Your card is finished.

An easy and quick-to-make card.



Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

White card, low tack masking tape, Versamark clear ink, Distress Inks (stormy sky, tumbled glass, spun sugar), WOW! embossing powders (clear gloss and metallic platinum).

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

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like this card and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

26 Jun 2021

Less Is More #446 - One Layer Card - Monogram



Hello there. We have a bit of challenge for you at the Less Is More challenge today - to make a one layer card with a Monogram theme. Monograms are a great way of personalising a card. However, I think it's safe to say that this one had all of the design team put their thinking caps on ..... but what amazing cards they have made! It's definitely worth a trip over to the challenge blog to check them out.



It's my 38th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks time (My goodness! 38 years! That has flown by). So I used the opportunity to make an anniversary card for me to give to my hubby. Yes, he will see this early if he spots it on Facebook.....but that's okay; it'll be an reminder early warning for him 😉. And if he's reading this....I think we both deserve a meal out and a bottle of fizz, preferably together 😂.

Anyway, enough of that. Let's get to my card and how I made it:



First I cut two masks using my ScanNcut; one with just the ampersand and the second with the two initials. I positioned the ampersand mask on the card and inked through with wild honey distress ink, then I positioned the two initials so that they overlapped the ampersand and inked through those with chipped sapphire distress ink.  The card looked a little too sparse, so I masked off a thin border (doing each side separately) and used 3 pf my peg stamps to create a pretty floral border, stamping in the same coloured inks. the final touch was a few dots of sparkly Nuvo Drops in the border but they are not showing up in the photos.


STAMPS:   Habico tropical flowers peg stamps
STENCILS: home made with ScanNcut
INKS:   Distress Inks (dried marigold and chipped sapphire)
OTHER: White card, masking tape, Nuvo Drops (white blizzard)

We have a fantastic guest designer joining the challenge - Joanne James from The Crafty Owl blog. Her card is gorgeous so please head on over to the challenge blog to see it and 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

12 Jun 2021

Less Is More #445 - Pale Blue and Yellow



Oh my goodness, summer has certainly arrived in the Algarve! We've had scorchio temperatures of around 32-34 C this past week. It was a blessing to escape into my cool, shady craft room and play with some inks and stamps, so I made a second card for the Less is More challenge with the theme of pale blue and yellow. Two cards to show this week.



The first one above, a card for the men, was simply stamped in a pale blue ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then the bubbles were coloured with Zigs and a bit of yellow blended on the bottom corner before attaching the panel to a yellow card blank.

STAMPS:   Visible Image Jazz It Up
INKS:   Prism Inks (blue lagoon)
PENS:  Zigs (lemon yellow, yellow, bright yellow) 
OTHER: Wow! clear gloss embossing powder, White and Yellow card.

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This second card is another one simply stamped in a pale blue and yellow ink, with a tiny bit of coloured pencil work. I went a bit overboard on the tiny gems, which is why it is down as a second card for this challenge.

STAMPS:   Uniko Originally Organic Additions
INKS:   Prism Inks (arctic mist, canary yellow) the pale blue was overstamped 3 times to make it dark enough
PENS:  Polychromos Pencils (107 Cadmium Yellow, 154 Cobalt Turquoise)
OTHER: WHite and blue card, 3d foam, tiny gems

Please head on over to the challenge blog 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 

2 Jun 2021

Dragonflies and Bubbles

 




Hi! For a long while now I've admired the beautiful cards made by Rahmat where she draws bubbles and colours them with her colouring pencils. So when the amazing Dragonfly Reflection stamp set from Visible Image arrived I knew I wanted to have a try at colouring some bubbles, using the round stamp with the grid as a base.  I need more practice, but for a first attempt I think it doesn't look too bad.

Here's how I made it:

Use a stamp positioner for these first steps creating the bubbles. Stamp the circle in antique linen and leave the stamp in the stamp positioner. 


Colour the circle with coloured pencils.



Return the card to the stamp positioner and re-stamp the circle with versamark clear ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
Repeat this process twice more to get 2 more bubbles.





Stamp the dragonfly onto the card panel and emboss with a lilac glittery embossing glitter, then roughly colour the wings with the same colours you used for the bubbles.




Stamp the sentiment onto the panel, blend some light blue ink around the corners and add a little doodling to the edges. Back the panel onto black card.

Edge the card blank with the same coloured pencils and set this aside.




Heat emboss the dragonfly onto heat embossable acetate using a sparkly light blue embossing glitter. Cut the dragonfly out.  Heat emboss the additional wings with a clear multi sparkle and cut these out leaving a little tab on the inner part of the wings.



Place the acetate dragonfly on top of the image on the panel, secure it with low tack tape, then cut two slots either side of the dragonfly's body for the wings to slot into (cutting the slots through only the acetate dragonfly, the embossed image on the cream card and through the black mat too). 

Slot the extra wings through the slots on the acetate dragonfly, then feed them through the slots on the cream panel and secure with tape on the reverse. 


Add the panel to the card blank and you are done. 



Here is an alternative version of this card using black card as a base




Stamps Used:

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

     


Other Supplies:

Cram card, Black Card, Distress Inks (antique linen, tumbled glass) Versamark clear ink, Polychromos pencils (I used 101 white, 109 Dark Chrome Yellow, 110 Phthalo Blue, 124 Rose Carmine, 131 Medium Flesh, 134 Crimson, 140 Light Ultramarine, 141 Delft Blue, 154 Light Cobalt Turquoise, 168 Earth Green Yellowish, 171 Light Green, 177 Walnut Brown), WOW! Embossing Glitters (royal crush, coastal, clear multi sparkle), WOW! embossing powder (opaque bright white). 

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