28 Jul 2021

A Babies World

 

Hello there. Here's something a little different today; a mixed media card which puts me in mind of premature babies in their little incubators. Having had a premature baby myself (now in her mid 30s) and an 'extremely premature' grandson who is in senior school now, I am familiar with special care baby units and babies in incubators. I would have welcomed a card like this to announce the birth of my daughter. This could also be used as a special card to announce a pregnancy, couldn't it?

Anyway it is made with some inks, embossing powder, luna paste and brilliant Visible Image stamps and stencils.

Here's the walk-through of how it was made:

First attach the baby bloom stencil to some white card and begin by blending squeezed lemonade and dried marigold inks around the baby shape, keeping the yellow in the middle and the orange around the outside.

 

Next attach the square root stencil over the top of the baby one and blend through with the mustard seed and spiced marmalade inks.


Before you remove the square root stencil, stamp some of the tiny bubbles from the Stay Weird stamp set using the mustard seed and spiced marmalade oxide inks, and doodle some white dots with an opaque white pen.


Now remove the square root stencil and add some glittery gold luna paste through the flower part of the stencil only. Remove and wash the stencil and set the card aside to completely dry.

 

When I returned to my card, the oxide inks had faded into the background slightly, so I stamped some more 'bubbles' with ripe persimmon distress ink.

 


Once the ink had dried, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, splitting it over two parts of the card by masking off the parts of the sentiment I did not want in each section. Then I trimmed it to a card front size and added it to a card blank.




Stamps and Stencils Used:

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

 
            



Other Supplies:

White Card, Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon), Distress Oxide Inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade), Zig opaque writer (white), Cosmic Shimmer Luna Paste (stellar Champagne), Versafine Onyx Black Ink, WOW! Primary ebonyembossing powder


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

24 Jul 2021

Less Is More #448 - CASe Card




Hello there. Ive been having some problems with my google profile ☹️ and it wouldn't let me access blogger on my PC (which is also where I keep my photos and the LIM challenge cue cards). But, better late than never, I've managed to fix it with the help of Firefox.
 
So to the latest LIM challenge.

 

It's Elaine’s birthday today so she has made this fabulous card for us to CASe (Copy And Share everything) at the LIM challenge.

 

Happy birthday Elaine

With a CASe card the idea is to take inspiration from the sample card, be it in the colours used, the subject matter, the layout etc.etc. For my card I took inspiration from the colours, the varying heights and the way the image was cut up.

This is how I made mine.

Stamp the image onto watercolour card, add colour to the background with watercolour pens and a water brush. Concentrate the colour at the outside of the image. 

Let everything dry. Cut the image into the various sections, coat each section with clear embossing ink and heat emboss each piece with ultra thick embossing crystals. Repeat the heat embossing step until you have a glossy tiles effect.

Before adding the pieces to a card blank, position them on top of the card blank so that you stamp the sentiment in the correct spot. Once the sentiment is added, stick the images down at different heights (some directly glued to the card blank and others with foam tape of 2 differing thicknesses. 

This photo shows the shine and the different heights (even though it is a bit out of focus).



STAMPS:   Stampers Anonymous Eclectic Collages CMS045. Sentiment Uniko Flower Power 2
INKS:   Versafine onyx black, Versamark clear 
PENS:   Zig Clean Color Real Brushes (light green, orange,red)
OTHER: Watercolour card, water brush, Cosmic Shimmer UTEC clear, foam tape and foam pads, white card.

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

LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

14 Jul 2021

A Beautiful Rose




Hello there. Today I have a fast and CAS make for you using some Visible Image stamps and a stencil. I really hoped I'd have time to make a few more cards using the other two flowers in the stamp set...but as usual, time ran away from me.

Here's how I made this one:

First swipe some ink onto a glass mat and spritz with a tiny bit of water. Press some acetate into the ink and then place the acetate onto a piece of card to transfer the ink, making sure to leave a large area of gorgeous white space for the sentiment. Dry the ink and then add some more ink to the card using the same technique to add droplets.


Now blend the same colour ink through a stencil over the top of the ink added in the previous step.


Wait for the distress inks to completely dry, then stamp the flower onto the card panel and heat emboss it. Heat emboss the sentiment too. Heat emboss the flower once again onto a piece of water colour card.


Take some pens, or water colour paints, and colour the rose and the leaf on the watercolour card, then cut them out.


Layer the panel onto the card blank, then layer the rose and leaf onto the panel. Add a few nuvo drops in white for some texture and your card is good to go.







Stamps and Stencil Used:

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

 



Other Supplies:

White card, water colour paper, piece of acetate, lucky clover Distress Ink, water spritzer, blending brush, Versamark clear ink, WOW! primary ebony mbossing powder, Zig clean color real brushes ( Greens: 040, 048, 049, 400. Pinks/red: 024, 027, 202, 260),  Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss (simply white), 3d foam pads 

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 

10 Jul 2021

Less is More #447 - Christmas In July


Hello! Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm sharing a couple of cards today with the theme of Christmas In July. I can't believe how fast this year is slipping by, and this regular challenge theme is the reminder for me to make a start on some Christmas cards.  




Here's a close up of my first card which shows off the sparkle in the star and on the embossing. I do love a sparkly star at Christmas.



I used my new favourite stamp, the thread stamp, as a background because it sort of echoes the scribble around the star. Stamp this and the sentiment in versamark and heat emboss with a glittery gold embossing powder. The smaller image is stamped twice, and embossed with the glittery gold embossing powder. Die cut one into a circle and blend blue ink all over the circle. On the other one just cut the star out of the middle. Build the circle and the star up with foam pads and add some nuvo drops onto the central star.


STAMPS:   Visible Image (Christmas Chaos and Where Flowers Bloom)
DIES:   Lawn Fawn Stitched Circles
INKS:   Versamark clear, chipped sapphire Distress Ink 
OTHER: WOW! metallic cold sparkle embossing glitter, white card, white blizzard Nuvo Drops


My second card is a mix of stars and holly



Using the stencil and moving it around so that the top half of the card blank is filled with stars, blend green ink through the cluster of stars. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment with glittery gold embossing powder. On a piece of scrap card, stamp and heat emboss the holly image, then colour the holly and berries with your pens. Die cut this with a deckled rectangle die, and die cut another larger rectangle from some coordinating green card. Layer these up with foam tape and place in the centre of the inked stars and add some glossy accents onto the berries.

STAMPS:  Visible Image christmas chaos
STENCILS: Visible Image iconic christmas
DIES:   Spellbinders deckled rectangles
INKS:   Versamark clear, lucky clover Distress Ink
PENS:   Flex Markers (chilli red & pine)
OTHER: WOW! metallic cold sparkle embossing glitter, white card, glossy accents

Please head on over to the challenge blog to see it and for some fantastic inspiration from the design team

LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx