Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Visible Image Wednesday

Hi Everyone

Can you believe another week has gone by it is crazy how fast it goes when you are soooo busy , I just haven't known where this year has flown to but gosh its gone like Concorde in the early days  lol.
As you all know Visible Image had a fab new launch last week with new stamp sets called  Express yourself so this week I am showing another one of the cards I made with 2 of the fab stamps from the Be happy set.
For this one I have kept it fairly simple and used just one ink, some Mica , embossing powder, 1 backing stamp and 2 sentiment main focus stamps from the new set. Of course I then decorated it with a few simple flowers and some natural fibres and bows but you can decorate with anything you have of course or leave it plainer for a gentleman.

Here is today's card.

 I went for a subtle background and used only some Vintage photo ink around the edge of the backing piece to bring the edges in and create a frame.

 So to start I chose the Take risks stamp and some white card. I also decided on this gorgeous Pearlescent interference blue Mica powder from Ranger to create a backing page as opposed to lots of ink just for a change. So although it is extremely hard to see on the white card I had stamped the Take Risks stamps randomly on the backing with perfect medium and then got out my mica.

 I then used a soft brush to add the powder dry to the ink and here you can see it picking up some of the colour, You can also cover a background in perfect medium and lay down your mica, ink up your stamp in perfect medium and then stamp onto the mica and it will pull up the powder and leave you with a negative image too.

This is what my backing piece looked like at this stage, I then decided to add some dots with the grunge polka dot background too in the same way so I haven't shown that as it is the same as this , I just held the stamp in my hand rather then on a block so I could get in where I wanted to for this one. I measured out some mats and started to put them together next.

 Here is the very back in gold and black.

 I then took the mica backing and inked the edges as described earlier in Vintage photo. I used some vintage cotton lace and wrapped it around the bottom third of the card and also wrapped a thin piece of matching blue ribbon around that and layered that piece onto some gold added foam to the back and mounted it onto the black and gold layer. This is our backing card ready so now onto the main focal point.

I stamped out the 'Life is what you make it ' stamp onto black card with perfect medium embossing ink and added this gold embossing powder and of course tapped off the excess and heat set.

 I added the black card onto a piece of white card added some burlap and some matching lace and ribbon, I also added some twine later after this photo for extra fibres, as you can see below.

 I then added foam to the back to raise it u off the card and added it on an angle to our base.

I tied bows from burlap ribbon and blue ribbon to match and added them, I also added three white roses which I later added some perfect medium too and a little perfect pearl to give just a slight pastel tint to the flower edges , I also added some stamens and some curly cues in green wire as you will see in the finished pictures below.

 Lastly I added some tiny blue bling to the ribbon and some larger on the edges to tie in the frame.

It is a real shame the mica does not show up so pearly and sparkly in the photos as it really does stand out and sparkle in real life but it is very pretty.
Below I have added the lovely new stamp set and the backing stamp I used for this one too.
           Be happy set from The Express Yourself sentiment range.

 Grunge Polka dot background stamp.

I hope you have enjoyed this small tutorial I have enjoyed using these stamp sets of course as they are lovely, I hope you managed to get anything you wanted in the Black friday sale from Visible Image too as they had there huge up to 40% off sale over the weekend and their prices are already absolutely brilliant.

I have a few updates as I have simply had no time to update the comment section recently which saddens me as I always love to chat to you all and keep up with comps and things .
So firstly You will all be pleased to hear my mum was out of bed and walked in the hospital for the first time yesterday and the doctors are now saying she is probably as well as they can get her again now so may decide to discharge her later this week and as she has refused to go into a rehab place to get her strength more first so she will go home again with carers several times a day so  I wanted to thank you for all your support and kind words and wishes on this. I know this will be part of our lives now for a while but it is good when things settle down even for a short time to gain a little momentum again as it were.

Secondly , I am so so so sorry to all those still waiting for gifts, cards and prezzies from my give away which was ages away now. I keep planning to get to the post office as i have several to get out and then get called to the hospital or had several meetings and now on my third week back to work. My post office also closes on Wednesday which does not help. I know I have received a few emails from you all and I am about to answer them personally but this is the first chance I have had to get  even on here. I do apologise I know you must be frustrated but the light is here at the end of the tunnel as it were now and i will get some help the end of the week to get this done, but just think it has allowed time to get a few extra bits in with your goodies by way of apologies for lateness. I do have to personally post every item myself though I don't have anyone helping as the giveaways I decide to do are all done by myself and not connected to any of the companies I design for at all. Just to give you a little insight in the process. So again my humble apologies and I will email as soon as I have put them in the post this week so you will all know they are on route.

Thank you again for your patience, I also pass on all your good wishes to my mum and when she is having lucid moments she is very grateful for your kind words as am I always. 

Crafty huge hugs



  1. Love the card Kim.
    Glad mum is a bit better.
    I really hope in the build up to Christmas you have a little time for yourself.
    Take care of yourself and try not to do too much!

  2. Hi Kim, this card is really pretty, love the sentiments, and the layout. Glad to hear about your Mum, hope the carers are good like the ones looking after my Mum in law. Take care of yourself, and I am sure when the prizes/pressies arrive we will all be over the moon. Bx

  3. Good Morning Kim
    Lovely colours on this card !
    Take time to do whats important to you the minute that's your Mum and then yourself!
    So glad she will be home for Christmas!
    Take care
    Love Marg

  4. Hi Kim,
    Thinking of you always, you take care rushing around all the time try to take time out for yourself and your wonderful children.
    Today's Card is wonderful I always Love your Cards as I Love how you create your work using so many different products I Love how you Created The Background with your Take Risk stamp it looks great
    Please take care
    Love and hugs
    From Sam xx

  5. Right missus! Bundle all the goodies in the car with a list of who gets what and I'll wrap and post them for you I'll text address as GMail and I don't seem to get along! The card is lovely I must give PM and mica a go

  6. Morning Kim
    Wished I lived nearer and I would be a helping hand for you. Don't worry about posting parcels your Mum comes first and also your own health has to take priority.
    This card is beautiful - one I shall try with some of my stamps
    Carol x

  7. Hi Kim,
    First of all today's card is beautiful, love the colours and how you have used the mica.
    Secondly I'm sure all those waiting for gifts fully understand what you are going through with your dear Mum. who at the moment is your priority along with your own health....which you mustn't forget about. It's pleasing news that your Mum has been for a little walk in the ward and hopefull will be discharged back to her own home. Take care Kim my thoughts and gentle hugs are winging their way to you as I type.

    Love Sheila xx

  8. Morning Kim, Fabulous news about your Mum, so glad she is on her feet and hopefully going home soon. I am sending you and her my Best Wishes and you are all in my thoughts and prayers, and also sending you huge hugs.
    Your card is very beautiful, loving the mica and the combo of colours.
    Take care.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  9. Wow what an absolute stunner Kim <3 Adore that blue mica and the gold is divine! These two quotes are perfect together and your card is absolutely beautiful. Thank you xxx

  10. Hi Kim love the effects with the blue mica and stamps. Really love the Karma quote on this set. I am glad your mum is stronger now and hopefully will continueto improve . Take care of yourself x

  11. Hi Kim,
    What a beautiful card, and it justifies all the work you put into it. It's a stunner.
    Good news about our mum.
    Hugs, Rose

  12. This is lovely Kim and a beautiful sentiment and such a pretty colour blue which contrasts beautifully with the dark card behind, and gorgeous flowers and lace. Glad to hear your Mum is slowly improving and can go home for a bit. Hopefully your life will be a little less fraught for a bit and your Mum will be happy to be home too. x