Hope your all well and enjoying the shift in season, I am looking out of my window and the sun is streaming through the rich golds and oranges of the firstly turning leaves and the sky is a beautiful bright blue, today is going to be a good day I think. I am picking my daughter Mandy up from the airport today and looking forward to seeing her after her week away. She no doubt will be a beautiful shade of golden brown which will make me wish I was away lazing around on hot days sipping something long and cool filled with ice , ahhhh day dreaming again haha...
This week sees the start of The Big Pink week all around the country in aid of course of the amazing Breast Cancer awareness campaigns all over the world. The Visible Image team have been no exception and have been creating some gorgeous pink cards and projects all week with more to come , culminating in a fabulous blog hop on Friday with a masssssssive prize (Sneaky picture at the end of this post) to win from Mark and Helen at Visible Image and what a fun hop it will be too where you have to go collect the Pink letters.... all will be revealed on Friday of course but today here is my Vision of pink sparkliness ... ( hmm Kimglish again lol ).
You know how much I love the colours of the wind set and that beautiful big leaf so I decided to use a couple of different distress inks in of course pink tones and do a background covered in sparkle and the smile sparkle shine sentiment is stamped onto the glitter and brushed out using a damp paint brush.
Here are some photos from along the way creating this one.
I didn't do a step by step for this stage as I have done something similar very recently with this stamp set and how I ink and stamp tone on tone, I have also stamped out the little leaves in Versamark and embossed them in clear to start so they work as a resist in the usual way. The larger leaf was of curse stamped off the page and I used picked raspberry and Spun sugar distress inks along with a tiny amount of Vintage photo, I have also used some Raisin Adirondack ink too to add depth in the leaf detailing and as I knew I wanted to cover this in glitter some of the leaves would need to be quite dark to show through.
I covered the pink in a sticky sheet and made sure it was very smooth before tipping on some very sparkly clear glitter, I added a few mat and layers in white and plum card, I then went back in with the white glue and added another layer on certain parts of the leaves so I could added some glass glitter for texture on the card too. In this photo the white glue is still drying and eventually the whole thing turned clear with incredible sparkle but of course it never shows on camera, those of you who met me this year and did the make and take or have seen my items on the amazing Visible Image stands at the shows will know just how sparkly they are in person.
Here is a close up of the glue drying with the second layer of glitter, you can just keep building the layers if you want a really rustic texture.
So next I inked up my Smile, Sparkle, Shine stamp with the same Raisin Adirondack which is still a water based ink so I knew if it skipped in places I could water brush it out.
Luckily the image came out even though on glitter perfect with these amazing quality stamps although of course the higher parts on the glitter looked like it had little dots so I used my water brush and just smooth out the colour then left it to dry.
Once it was I took a Red promarker in a nice rich deep tone and added just a few shadows to some of the letters to make them look bright and vivid in colour, and the alcohol covers the glitter but allows it to sparkle too which looks so pretty.
Here is what it looks like after that last stage.
The stamps used for this one
So of course tomorrow I will be back with a little something made for Creative Expressions and Friday is the special Blog Hop day for Visible Image who are not only being tremendously generous with 50% of sales of some of the Stay Strong stamp going to this very important cause but have created this blog hop and all the instructions on how to enter will follow on Friday and whose blog to go to next etc but in the end just look at this amazing prize you could win.
Oh my goodness, there is Characters and a snowman,a car and mixed media, Backgrounds and Aliens and Sentiments and special verses too, something for absolutely every style of crafter wow wow wow... In fact there is over £100 pounds in stamps here which is wonderful so be sure and have a go as you never know... ooo I rhymed ....
Here is the Promo pic from the facebook pages for Visible Image if you do not go on to it.
Thank you to everyone who has bought our 'Stay Strong' stamp so far this month, helping us raise funds for Breast Cancer Care. We have raised £111 from sales of this stamp so far, and our grand total currently stands at £216 so thank you to everyone who has donated to this wonderful charity through our Just Giving Page: https://
You can buy your STAY STRONG stamp HERE... http://visibleimage.co.uk/
Anyway folks I am off to the airport now to collect Mandy so I hope you have a lovely day with lots of sunshine. Huge hugs to all my Internet friends and family and I will see you back here tomorrow.
Best wishes to all.