Sunday, 18 August 2013

Visible Image Butterlies.

Hi everyone

Well the eagle eyed among you will have noticed a few little changes well I say little but maybe not so much. I came to the end of my time with Memory maze DT term in OZ so I did my last little card for them which I will post this week but then things got a little busy.

I had wonderful news in that I was lucky enough to be chosen by Helen and Mark the owners of Visible Image stamps to be on the team along with another lady called Pauline and We had a wonderful welcome on the old Facebook with lots of lovelies wishing us good luck.

I then received my DT pack and want to thank them immensely for the huge bundle of goodies. Today is my first post and I will post every Sunday for them so definitely come and see all the goodies I will be making.

So without further ado this is today's offering which is a wall hanging. I used the Large butterfly , small butterfly and the butterfly verse all available over on their site. I also used the large tall Grasses stamp for interest in the background.

 I also stamped around the edges to show the detail.

 Here's a close up of the butterflies coloured with Sakura gel pens in the metallic inks.
For any of you that would like to do this here is a step by step for you.

  • Gesso the substrate you choose to use.
  • Add the colours you would like to show through the cracks in the top coat of Acrylic paint.
  • Add a layer of Crackle medium of your choice.
  • Paint over with your top coats and dry, watch the cracks appear.
  • Take some stencils and dab paint through, Dry. Move stencil slightly and dab a lighter colour over. I used this technique on the circles you can see. I used a word stencil too. Random is the word.
  • Stamp your butterflies around the edge and anywhere on the canvas you would like it to show. 
  • stamp the wording on tissue paper and the grasses on tissue paper.
  • Add a clear glue medium to the place you want the title and grasses to go and stick on the tissue paper , add a layer of the medium over and leave to dry.
  • Colour everything you want coloured on the base and set aside.
  • Take some paper stamp the large stamp in Brown versafine ink or archival and the small butterfly X2 cut out in a rectangle and distress the edges. stamp all three images again , colour all and cut out mainly just the wing sections to add on top of the flat butterflies. 
  • Make sure all is coloured and edges are inked etc to your colour pallet and raise up on foam pads on the base piece you previously set aside.
  • lastly add some gold wax of your choice to the edges and buff til shiney and a white pen to dot here and there always does something special with butterflies.
I hope you give this a go, the stamps are wonderfully deep etched and give an amazingly sharp image and I was extremely happy with how it turned out.

I hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying some crafting yourself. Don't forget to pop over and have a look at the website for Visible Image of come on to facebook and like the page to keep up with all the new releases etc. Don't forget to leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.




  1. Stunning work Kim! An awesome first project for us. We are so excited you've joined our DT and cannot wait to see more of your work with our stamps. Helen xx

  2. Kim this is amazing hun, and very best of luck on your new DT position, look forward to seeing more of your creations, xxxx

  3. A beautiful wall hanging and those butterflies look amazing

  4. Welcome to our team Kim, loving your first creation and your blog, those butterflies are just divine aren't they :D xx

    1. Thank you Sue , You are so lovely and thanks for the fab welcome too. x

  5. Well done on your new DT post, and Wow, this is fabulous!! So pretty and love all that texture in the background. xx

    1. Thank you Wendy I really do appreciate every comment and am always blown away when the feedback so positive. Bless you. xx

  6. Gorgeous project Kim, I love the butterfly stamps, and your creation really makes them pop. Weren't we the lucky ones, being chosen to create for the fab Visible Image Stamps, looking forward to working with you. Hugs P xxxx

    1. Thanks so much Pauline , yes we surely were lucky to land such a nice team xxx

  7. Such a lovely, colorful piece of wall art, Kim! Lovely home decor, and I think I'd like trying to make one, too. Thank you for sharing your step-by-step directions. Beautiful colors and ink distressing. hugs, de

  8. Such lovely wall hanging, and the butterflies are just so lifelike!