Monday, 6 July 2020

New Visible Image Stencils - Mesh It Up - Distressed Heart

Wishing everyone a very Happy Tuesday - it's my turn to blog so  I'd like to share this card I've made using the left over bits from sample making with the fab new stencils. These beauties are going to be released on July 17th and they are available for pre-order right now from Visible Image.
This is a simpler version of one of my samplesπŸ’–

Creating a heart mask - I took a piece of copy paper, folded it in half, drew half a heart and cut it so the heart shape measures approx 6" x 6".  I was careful to leave the outer part in one piece for the mask. ✂

I sprayed the inside edge of the heart mask with stencil adhesive - Stick and Spray, waited a couple of minutes for it to dry off then laid it over a piece of white card.

I coloured the heart shape with Cosmic Shimmer Lavender Blue Opal Polish and Bubblegum Lustre Polish, the blue down the left hand side and blended into the pink. Then dried it with a heat gun. 

I used the remaining pink polish left on the applicator to colour a scrap of white card then stamped one of the flowers (Random Art of Kindness stamps) in black versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. ⚘

I sprayed stick & spray over the back of the stencil, waited a minute and then laid it over my πŸ’œ  heart.

I applied black texture paste with a spatula over the stencil. You could use an old credit card if you haven't got a spatula. 

Then lifted off the stencil and lashed it into a bowl of water. 🚰

The texture paste takes a while to dry, you can speed it up with a heat gun.

 I coloured the centre petals with a little watered down Lavender Polish and cut it out. ✂ I snipped between the petals then shaped it using a ball tool and the back of a foam mat.

I had some tropical leaf die cuts left over from a previous project which went really well with the colour scheme - Tim Holtz's Tropical set by Sizzix.

When the texture paste was dry, I peeled off the paper mask and cut out the coloured heart. I sponged a little black gesso around the edge to add a vignette.

 I stamped the splats in black Versafine ink from the Organics set on an 8" x 8" white card blank, working outwards from the centre.



I also stamped the Love is Love sentiments onto white card and matted them onto black card.

I fixed the heart onto the centre of the card with double sided foam and the flowers and leaves with 3d glue gel.

I also used the glue gel to add the sentiments to the right hand side of the heart.

Hope you like it and I have inspired you to have a go. Please come and share your makes with us on the Visible Image Facebook Group 😎

Thanks for stopping by

Ali xxx

You can purchase this stamps and stencils here

Items used

  • Visible Image Mesh It Up stencil

  • Visible Image Stamp Sets - Organics, Random Art of Kindness, Love is Love

  • Cosmic Shimmer Lavender Blue Opal Lustre & Bubblegum Lustre Polishes

  • Black leaf die cuts

  • Black Structure Paste

  • Black Gesso

  • Black Versafine Clair ink pad

  • Clear Embossing powder

  • Tools - Heat gun, spatula

  • 3D glue gel, double sided foam tape

  • Stencil Adhesive/Crafter's Companion Stick & Spray

  • 300gsm Craft UK Premium smooth white card

  • 8" x 8" white card blank

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Daily Arts Samples - Hochanda Tuesday 22nd June 2020

Here are the samples I did for the Daily Arts shows on Hochanda on Monday 22nd June 2020. I got to play with the fab mini mandala stencils, crackle lacquers, gloss varnish and the stunning pigment powders.

I used yellow and green distress inks through the stencil to make the flower heads, masking off the front 2 when inking up the ones at the back.

Drew in the stems and leaves with a black fine liner pen then drew around every inked shape - it took a while.

Then painted the leaves and stems, added some doodles with the black fine liner, used a grey alcohol pen to add some shadows.

The sentiment is a Cheery Lynn die.

I used one of the Travel papers from Paper Designs on the base, inked around the edges with black soot distress ink.

I stencilled some 13Arts modelling paste and when it was dry, added  a little gilding wax over it and around the mdf base.

Then brushed black versafine ink through the mandala stencil. I used the Daily Arts crackle lacquiers, brushed the turquoise pigment powder over the cracks, then layers of gloss varnish over the whole surface. 

I die cut 3 of Tim Holtz's wild flowers daisies in black and drew in some detail using a gold gel pen then fixed them to the base with 3d glue gel.

Lastly, I added a sentiment sticker (Tim's small talk).

I painted over the heart shaped base with  yellow, red and orange  and red acrylic paint. When it had dried, I stamped All & Create's Tribal stamp in places over the heart to add a bit of texture. 

I added a bit of ripe persimmon distress ink to warm it up and black soot around the outside.

Then I stencilled yellow paint through one of the mandala stencils and black paint through another.

I used a black pen to draw around all of the painted yellow bits and a white pen around the black painted sections.

I applied the Daily Arts crackle lacquers over parts of the heart and when it dried, brushed red wine pigment powder over the cracks.
Finally I added multiple layers of the gloss varnish over the heart and gilding wax around the edges.

I used distress oxides to create the background then applied more oxide ink through a couple of the Daily Arts mandala stencils using a blending tool.

I stamped the bird KatzelKraft SOLO44 using black Versafine Clair and extended the branch at the base with a black fine liner.

I added sparkly highlights to the birds and branches with a jelly roll clear star gel pen and added a vignette around the card with back soot distress ink.

Used the Daily Arts crackle lacquers over the whole card and brushed yellow pigment powder into the cracks. 
Lastly a couple of layers of the gloss varnish and a Tim Holtz sentiment.

I stencilled blueprint sketch oxide ink through a few of the Daily Arts mandala stencils onto white card and used a large square punch to cut 9 squares.

On each square I used the 2 Daily Arts crackle lacquers, dark blue pigment powder on the cracks and then a layer of the gloss varnish.

Added a couple of Tim Holtz wild flower stems, added highlights using a white gel pen and a couple of That's Crafty stamped words.

You can find the products - stencils, stamps, inks, powders and pastes at
That's Crafty 
and also at Hochanda

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali xxx

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

An old video - Day of the Dead

This is a video of the samples I made for Sheena's Day of The Dead launch way back in 2016. I was on Sheena's DT for nearly 5 years and had a ball working with lots of fab releases, this one being one of my all time favourites. 

Hope you enjoyed this video and thank you for stopping by 😎 xxx

Monday, 22 June 2020

New Visible Image Stamps - Be Kind Card with Sunset Oxides

This is one of the first samples I have made as a brand new member of the Visible Image Design Team. I am so excited to have joined such a fabulous group. Anyway, enough about me onto the card making…..

I cut a piece of 300gsm white card 5 ½” square (Craft Uk’s Premium white smooth 300gsm)

Then pressed some colourful distress oxides onto my craft mat, lightly spritzed them with water until they started to bobble, then picked up the ink onto different bits of my card and dried it with a heat gun. Picked up more ink, dried the card and had a look to see what I’d got.

It needed a bit more yellow so cleaned my mat, pressed down the Mustard Seed, spritzed again and picked up some of the ink.

I used Versafine Clair Nocturne to stamp the gorgeous abstract face and stamped the upper and lower eye lashes. No worries if your lashes are not dead on as you can fill in with a black fine liner.

I picked 3 of the little flower head stamps and stamped around the card, leaving the right side of the face clear, and stamping off the side of the card in places.

I used a little white gouache on a damp brush to fill in the centre of the flowers and the whites of her eyes. Then filled in her pupils using a black fine liner pen and added some detail lines on her irises.

I added a couple of white highlights to the pupils with a white gel pen. I watered down the white gouache a little more and brushed in a highlight around the inside of her face from the top of the nose to her chin.

To make the flowers and her face stand away from the card, I used a grey alcohol pen (Spectrum Noir TriBlend). 

I used the light grey marker around all of the flowers, her eyebrows, eyes, inside the corner of her eyes and around the edges of her face, then the mid grey to deepen the shadow on her face and around the left side of the flower only.

Then coloured her lips with a little Picked raspberry and gave her some sparkly eye liner and mascara using a clear star jelly roll pen.

I used a little Black Soot distress ink on a blending foam to add a vignette around the edge of the card

I stamped the lovely open sentiment and coloured with a little mustard seed, ripe persimmon and candied apple inks. I glued this onto a slightly larger piece of black card.

I matted and layered my coloured card with back and white card, and finally onto an 8” x 8” card blank.

Really happy with how this one turned out. 

You can purchase this stamp set here

Thanks for stopping by
Ali xxx

Items used

  • Visible Image Happy Day stamp set

  • Distress Oxides ink pads in Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Candied Apple

  • White Gouache

  • Black Soot Distress ink pad

  • Pens - Black Fine Liner, white gel pen, Jelly roll clear star pen, Spectrum Noir Grey Triblend marker

  • Tools - craft mat, heat gun, water spritzer, fine tipped paint brush, blending tool & foams, craft knife, self healing mat, layering rulers, scissors

  • Red liner tape and strong pva glue

  • 300gsm Craft UK Premium smooth white card

  • Black and white card for matting and layering

  • 8" x 8" white card blank

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Triple Embossing

Triple Embossing

This is my take on on the Triple Embossing technique, it has been around for ages, probably since the invention of heat guns and thermographic powder. It can turn bits of inked up card into little jewelled creations - fabulous !! 

You will need 

Harmony inks/Distress inks
Sparkle gel pen
Finesse/Archival ink
Versamark/Finesse Embossing ink 
4 ½ inch square white card
Clear embossing powder
Black & purple card matts
Heat gun
Enjoy the Silence stamp
Blending tool & foams
Black Gesso
Pokey tool or Tweezers
Fine Paint Brush
7”x7” card blank & scrap paper

Swap out this tree silhouette for any of your favourite stamped images and play with this technique, it’s fun
Happy Crafting, Alison xx

Taking your 4 ½” square card, draw a pencil lines at 1 ½” and 3”, quarter turn the card and repeat so that the card is divided into 9 squares.

Number the squares 1 to 9 to make it easier assembling it again later.
Turn the card over ready for your inks. 

Ink up a large circle in the centre of your card using the yellow ink, switch your foam on your applicator over and apply the red in a ring around the yellow, then the pink ink, blending into the colour next to it but leaving the centre clean yellow. Use the purple ink to make a vignette around the edges of the card and blend into the pink.

Using a paint brush, sprinkle drops of water over the card and dab dry with a paper towel.

Ink up a large circle in the centre of your card using the yellow ink, switch your foam on your applicator over and apply the red in a ring around the yellow, then the pink ink, blending into the colour next to it but leaving the centre clean yellow. Use the purple ink to make a vignette around the edges of the card and blend into the pink.

Using a paint brush, sprinkle drops of water over the card and dab dry with a paper towel.

Paint some roots at the base of the tree and extend the branches on the left hand side if you have a little gap like on my card. Using the sparkle gel pen, apply some highlights around the tree - use the stamped image on the packaging to show you where the branches intersect.

Dry your card with the heat gun or leave to dry.

Turn your card over and following the lines, cut up your card into the 9 squares.

Next you will need your clear embossing ink and your clear embossing powder, apologies for the state of mine, they were clean once. You can also use UTE (extra thick embossing powder) but I found that it doesn’t stick to the ink as well as the finer one does. 

Take one of your squares and press it onto the versamark pad, making sure all of the inked surface gets a coating of the sticky ink.

 Pour a little heap of powder onto your piece of scrap paper and stick your inked up card into the pile, the grains will stick to the embossing ink.

Place your square on your mat and hold it in place with either tweezers or your pokey tool. 
Use your heat gun to melt the powder until it goes clear. 

DO NOT TOUCH the melted plastic with your fingers as it will burn. Use your pokey tool to move the square away until it has cooled down.

When the square is cool, press it into the versamark ink pad a second time, cover with embossing powder and melt with the heat gun.  Leave the square to cool - it will take a bit longer as the melted plastic layer is thicker.

Repeat the inking, coating and melting for a third time and you will see that the card now has a lovely thick glass like layer. It is VERY hot so please take care and use your tweezers or pokey tool to move the piece away from you on the mat to cool down. It will take even longer to cool this time, due to the triple layer.

The second and third layers look like this -

Now you are familiar with the inking, dipping and melting you can batch process the remaining squares, the versamark will stay sticky long enough to dip and heat several pieces at a time. 

Things to watch out for are - 
  • Position your pieces far enough apart that they won’t blow against each other when the heat gun is on. 
  • ALWAYS use your pokey tool or tweezers to move the squares around. 
  • Only heat one square at a time and remember that your glass mat will get quite hot too.
  • Give the square a quick blast after removing your pokey tool so that the mark heals over.

While your finished squares are cooling, admire their jewel like quality

The sparkle gel pen shows up really well through the embossed layers.

To finish the card I used red liner tape and pva glue to fix the squares to a 5” x 5” black card matt, starting with the corner pieces and then the middle ones. I then glued it to a 5 ¾” square purple card matt and onto a 7”x7” white square card blank.

New Visible Image Stencils - Mesh It Up - Distressed Heart

Wishing everyone a very Happy Tuesday - it's my turn to blog so  I'd like to share this card I've made using the left over bits ...