Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Visible Image Wednesday.

Hi Folks

Well, hasn't it got coldddddd, my fingers and nose actually are bright red as I am typing this they are soooo cold, Think I may invest in some fingerless gloves this year. It is also, Just for variety Raining again in Welwyn garden city tonight. Yawn fest....

So today before I share my little card for the fab Visible Image I wanted to let you all know that my mum has been doing quite well considering all the illnesses and the doctors prognosis being poor for her  up until this weekend and she seems to have taken a downward spiral I am afraid. I was due to go to CE towers yesterday for the start of the new year team but I got called to her house as the rapid response team and doctors were very concerned. They are trying to keep her from going back in hospital as coming out may not be an option as they said she wouldn't make it last time. Anyway I wanted you all to know as a number of you always ask me how she is now doing. Thank you lovelies.

Ok back to the matter at hand. I have used the fabulous Poinsettia stamp From Visible image as the background and also as the main feature on this card, I kept in with the Autumnal theme but also added some Christmas snowflakes in to the mix too. See what you think ?

 I love this combination of colours rustic oranges, and browns with wintery blues with lots of sparkle.

 So to start I took a piece of white cardstock and my Poinsettia stamp which I am so lucky to have boy that thing has flown out of stock through Aly Paly and the Nec shows recently wow! well done Helen and Mark who have worked so hard at the shows and making all the gorgeous stamps to sell at them too, I can't tell you how manic they have been on the build up to NEC week.
I randomly stamped it in Cornflower archival ink then I used potting shed archival and stamped the small leaf from the set randomly too. Next I took Mr Holtz's Rusty Hinge distress and stamped some leaves first and 2nd generation stamping. Then with some perfect medium I stamped out a few leaves ad embossed them with detail clear embossing powder.

 In this photo you can see I have Inked the edges of the card with weathered wood distress ink then covered the entire piece with a sheet of double sided adhesive and then sprinkled some fine glitter jewels all over , burnished it on and dusted off the excess.
Who can resist that sparkle.

Next I took Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and a bit of cut and dry and inked the edges again on top of the glitter, I have shown the technique of inking glitter on several of my shows on C&C and with these really fine glitter they take the colour really well as you can see above.

 I wrapped a small piece of white crinkle edge ribbon vertically on the left hand side (face on  on the card) then mounted it onto black, white then again black card to get some nice border interest going.

 In my stash I have some little chippie frames, fronts and backs but here I just used a front as I wanted the stamping and the sparkle to show through the frame, I spritzed it to start with a couple of layers, drying in between of Acrylic spray inks. If you want more sparkle you can always use a spray with some Mica in or make one from your perfect pearls or equivalent.

 Once dry I took the smallest poinsettia stamp and stamped it tone on tone on the frame to add some texture to it and rubbed a little rusty hinge and Chipped Sapphire around the edges too I also took a white paint marker and shook it up so the colour is loose in the nib, I then shook it at the frame to get a few splats, of course you could always use the Ink splat stamp from Visible image if you didn't want to spill the paint on the frame as above. I also added a few planned dots to highlight a few curves on the frame too.

Once I completed my frame I used a wet glue to adhere it well to the glittered background. I stamped out my Merry Christmas and a happy new year stamp on white card and cut out just merry Christmas and cut the ends into a little pointy end I also inked the edged again with Chipped sapphire ink, I added it with a bowed centre to the top of the frame which I placed at a jaunty angle earlier.

Here you can see a cose up of the frame and also the sentiment you can also see all the glitter making this piece so very sparkly.

So next I stamped and cut out by hand some leaves with the larger of the two in the Poinsettia set. I also stamped out several of the Poinsettias and cut them out too. Run some ink of your choice round the white edges and some sparkle or gold gilding. You can assemble your Poinsettia any way you like it but traditionally if you roll the petal around a paintbrush longways with the veins around the handle of the paintbrush then offset the petals in diminishing size of Poinsettia petal section you will get an elegant pointy Poinsettia haha.
I added one of those to my frame with a couple of leaves, then tied a bow with some of the matching white crinkle edge ribbon. Now usually I take two lengths of ribbon and tie a bunny ear bow and  make it into a typical  'chocolate box bow' as it were but today i took the ribbon and layered it into a nice bow looking shape then wrapped a piece of the wire the three little flowers I used were attached too to hold it securely. then attached it to the card and added my flowers to the knot area to cover the wire.
I think it looks really pretty with two of the leaves cut in half and added under the flowers , I also used a tiny acrylic orange flower with a pearl in the centre to finish off this arrangement and used one in the centre of the main flower too.
Here again is the finished card.

I love that you can see the background stamping and colours through the ribbon and the glitter so you get lovely different textures throughout the card. It certainly is very tactile this one.

Some different views.

Ok so the gorgeous stamps I used on this one were.

                             Christmas and  New Year                   Poinsettia Set.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post. I will be back tomorrow with CE Thursday and there will be the first of the How to series we discussed about techniques over the weekend so keep an eye out for that won't you my lovely blogglies.

Have a lovely Wednesday and Be sure to give someone a nice hug today even if only from me to you.

Best wishes



  1. Hi Kim so sorry to hear your mum is not doing too well. Such a worrying and upsetting time for you.
    Your card is beautiful, love the colours you have used and how you have used the frame with the poinsettia. A great idea thank you for the inspiration.x

  2. Morning Kim, this card is really gorgeous, love the unusual colour combo, and that frame is awesome. Love it. Sorry to hear about your Mum, and I really can sympathise as we are going through much the same with my MIL at the moment. Stay strong, and huge hugs. Bx

  3. Hi Kim ,
    A really stunning card, unusual colours and I love them.
    The glitter jewels look fantastic as do the bow and leaves.
    So sorry to hear about your mum, it is a worry for you.
    Pray that she gets all the care she needs and that you get all the help you need Kim.
    Take care of yourself,

  4. Hi Kim
    I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum. It's such a worrying time for you, I do hope you can get some help if she can stay at home. A stunning card today, it's so different. I love the colours that you have used. So bright and cheerful. Just what we need with this horrible weather we're having at the moment. I'm glad that you had a good time at the NEC. Didn't get to it this year as I went to Ally Pally instead.

  5. Hi Kim,
    Before I comment on your card I wanted to say how sorry I amm to hear about your dear must be such a worrying time for you. Hopefully she will get the care she needs which will help you so much. Sending gentle hugs to you both.
    I love your card today the colours are just so different but are wonderful. It's good to see you put different colours together that we wouldn't even think about as we get to see the outcome and think about doing it more ourselves. Thank you so much Kim.
    Look after yourself too and stay strong.

    Love and hugs
    Sheila xx

  6. Morning...,,.so sorry to hear about your Mum, sending you hugs.
    Your card is gorgeous, love how you explain everything so well & the colours are just beautiful!
    hugs Jo x

  7. Love the unusual colours Would never have thought to use these together especially for Christmas What about that rain this morning here in WGC My thoughts are with you re mum and we (us bloglies) are all here for you Take care Big hugs back xx

  8. Hi Kim,
    Sorry to hear that your mum is not too good. Hope you managed to make her comfortable and make arrangements for her.
    I love the card with the striking colour combination and that frame at a jaunty angle. I never would have thought of doing that!
    Hope all goes well for you. Take care, Jan x

  9. Such a lovely colour choice Kim and the glitter on the background is particularly pretty with that beautiful ornate frame and pretty ribbons and flowers. Sorry to hear your Mum is not too good but I'm sure everyone is doing their best for her. x

  10. Evening Kim, Very sad news about your Mum, let's hope that she will 'rally' like before and 'dumbfound' the doctors, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    This card is quite unusual, but I really love it !! the combination of colours is very autumnal. and the compilation of your creation is fabulous !!
    Take care.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  11. Evening Kim,
    So very sad to hear your news about your Mum, I hope by the time we hear again from you, you have better news. It must be such a worry for you.
    Love how you have made this card and how you have coloured the frame - all looks so beautiful
    Carol x

  12. Evening Kim, sorry to hear things aren't so good with your Mum, this is obviously a very worrying time for you and I hope things improve. This is a lovely card love the colour combos you've used and the stamps.

  13. Hi Kim,
    Sorry to hear about your Mum.
    I love today's Visible Image Card I Love the Stamps the sentiment just flows, I love the beautiful poinsettas stamp. I love your creations as your cards always have texture on them I love the frame from your stash and how you've inked it love the Fabulous Rich Colours you've chosen.
    Kim Please Take Great Care
    Hugs from Sam xx

  14. Hi Kim. sorry to hear about your Mum. I hope she is being kept comfortable. Love the colours you have used on this one and the poinsettias. Take care.