Saturday, 29 April 2017

Stay Wild Visible Image Card

Another Visible Image Stamps card.
Used Stay Wild set.
Using Distress inks I swooshed the colours onto them concentrating on trying to keep the blue to the center of the card.
Added a mask and spritzed some water to lift some of the colour then dried and stamped the Image, sentiment and smaller horses.



Thursday, 27 April 2017

Stand Out Visible Image Card


By now you will probably have seen a pattern emerging. I am having a a bit of a love affair with Visible Image stamps.
On this one I was on the verge of putting it in the bin as I really thought it was a bit over the top as I usually don't do really grungy
When my hubby & my 14 year old son clapped eyes on it their reaction was. That's really cool!
I shared it on Visible Image facebook page and I got really positive feedback.
So what can I say? Typical crafter...forever critical of my makes



Saturday, 15 April 2017

Win & Tonic DT April Challenge

Another blog challenge going on over at the Win & Tonic blog.
Winners are chosen at random. So anyone has a chance of winning.
Up for grabs this month to the luck winner is a set of Nuvo brush markers. I'm sooooo jealous. I don't own these myself but they look fab.
Here is my Easter make to inspire you.



Visible Image - Music Speaks & Distress Oxides

So my distress oxides arrived Yay!!!
So it became apparent that I need an Ink blending tool as the make up sponges weren't fit for the job.
They are now on order but like a true crafter, I'd waited long enough for the Ink pads to arrive and had to play.
So I chose 3 colours out of the 12 and layed down colour on the card.
This was my second attempt at this card as the first one I had stamped the image in Memento
but once the ink was put down it dulled the image with it's chalky style finish.
So start again!!
So colour layed down and blended rather clumsily with my (not fit for purpose) make-up sponges
I splashed with water to get the colours to react.
Pretty happy with just the effect of the colours I then set about stamping
For this I used another new toy 
The Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
It made positioning the sound waves etc super easy and adding the sentiment straight
Love it!
Once done I didn't want to overdo it or over grunge as I loved the colours.
So, matted onto black then put onto a white 8x8 card



Friday, 14 April 2017

Another Visible Image Face It card

As with my previous post I have used the Visible Image face It stamp set
Starting with a 7x7 inch piece of white card
Stamped and embossed the image and sentiment
I used a Big and Juicy stamp pad and just layed down bands of colour, with no plan
I then splashed some colour on it to lift some colour and add effect.
Using a cracked glass mask I then added some colour to add some interest.
Using the same mask I then added some Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss around the edge to lift it and give a bit of sparkle.
Really happy with how this one turned out.



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Visible Image Mr Bone Jangles


I wanted a card deemed fit and cool for the likes of a teenager to like.
Started with a 7x7 inch piece of white card
Stamped and embossed all images in black
using distress inks I layed down some colour
I then used a cracked window and brick wall mask to add some random pattern
Darkened the edges with black ink to draw your eye to the centre.
Then matted onto white then black card and mounted onto a white 8x8 card







Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Visible Image Face It card

Going through a wee love affair with Visible Image stamps.
My first taste of crafting was stamping then I got into other things (as you do)!
So to create this one I cut a 7x7 inch piece of white card stock.
I stamped and embossed all of the black images and sentiment
I did a colour wash in Faded Jeans Distress Ink (if I remember right)
Then layed more colour down.
I used a mask to add some texture then to add a bit more texture I used Creative Expression Mousse



Hope you like

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

First Play with Tim Holtz Stamping Platform


Ok! I have stamped for more years than I'll admit to.
It is what first got me into paper-crafting many moons ago.
When people complained that stamping was hard, I never quite understood.
Yeh I'd botched a card putting the sentiment on squint or hadn't stamped it perfectly 
(engage swear words)
I'd even ruined a piece of card with not getting the image completely perfect, lined it up wrong or put a lovely dirty ink mark where it wasn't wanted. And sometimes even for a crafter you don't want a butterfly on every project
Heck, looking at all of the above, stamping can be a blooming right hit and miss.
So when my favourite company Tonic teamed up with Tim Holtz (all stand for Sir Tim)
to create the Stamping platform I sat up like a Meercat and paid attention.
Well! it arrived on Saturday.
So I'm impressed with the build of it, very well made, a good weight.
One gripe. It only comes with 2 magnets. I knew this when I ordered it. There was an option to buy more but I did think this would be for people losing them and 2 would do the job. However most of the cards I have been testing this on were 7 inches square so a few more magnets are needed to secure the card down especial after you've stamped the image and open the lid back up. You don't want the card to move. (more now ordered from ebay)

On the card below I stamped the image, which stamped great but I did think (I wish that was a bit blacker) think my ink pad is needing replaced.
I re-inked the stamp and stamped again and because everything is in the exact same position the image stamps perfectly on top of the first.
Placement of the sentiment is also much easier. You can line up and get right and no need for a steady hand.
All in all I really like it.
I have one stamp which is a Polymer Silhouette stamp giving me a bit of a hard time. I have used various stamps. At this point all polymer. I have yet to try out unmounted rubber like the Sheena Douglass ones so will report on how those perform.
Below is the simple card I made on the first trial of the platform.
Stamps used are Visible Image Face It set & sentiments are also from a pack from Visible image