Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Visible Image Wednesday..... Yay...!

Hi Everyone

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking in on our little blog.
Well April showers hit us at the beginning of May that's for sure but I am hoping they don't stay for long so we can get back to our spring weather we had just started to enjoy.
How are all my lovelies , I think of you all often and wonder what you are up to and if you managed to get any crafting done that day. What was the last thing you made?

Today I have lots of pictures and quite a busy card  with lots of stages so definitely not a beginner card, it does however utilise that technique I showed you all a couple of weeks back where we melt the UTEE and stamp into it rather than set up and use the melt pot for one stamp impression.

Here is today's card for the fabby Visible Image I hope you all like it and would give it a go, or if it is too busy feel free to simplify it and give it a go with what you have or prefer to use.

This one has lots and lots of texture and movement, I really enjoyed putting it together and making the backgrounds from a blank white piece of card.

So to start.

 I took the Crackled background stamp with some Pebble ink from Ranger and stamped randomly with the stamp in my hand and not on a block so I could add bits exactly where I wanted them I left the centre more clear than the two opposite corners.

 Next I took The Bronte script stamp and added some again random areas of stamping which you can just see on the top left of this image above, I embossed this stamping in clear embossing powder to allow the white of the card to show through whatever we did on the card.

Once the stamping was this far I took milled lavender Distress ink first and subtly blended the inks into the centre then I brought the darker colour of Dusty Concorde in and really worked the colour into  the embossing which we did earlier, which really makes the embossed writing stand out on this bright purple. I also used a little black distress ink on the very edges.

 These are the predominant inks on this card.

 I took the Edgy set of stamps next and some versamark ink for embossing and added the stamp impressions around the edge of the card, I then used some sparkly purple and clear embossing powder to give the card a lot of brightness and glamour.

I matted this piece onto a piece of white card and set aside for now.

 I took the smaller of the two stamps from the Edgy set and the same Dusty Concorde ink and stamped around the edge of a larger piece of card to use as the backing piece.

 I went back around with the larger of the two stamps in the edgy set and stamped over the purple with versamark embossing ink and then used gold embossing powder  Once I heat set it I matted it onto a piece of Black card with a very small amount showing.

I stamped out the sentiment I wanted to use, called Just making memories which I love and coloured the piece to match the card of course, I just love the font on this sentiment, it reminds me of writing in an age long gone for some reason.

So next to recap on what we learnt a couple of posts back , I rubbed some versamark ink on a piece of card and tipped on some Ultra think embossing powder , I heat set from underneath, not only does this create a much smoother surface to stamp into but it also means the utee granules stay put as they are inclined to fly all over the place if you try to heat from above on the first couple of layers are the slippiest I'd say. You can do as many layers as you want but I find 2-3 is ample as it will snap when cold unless you melt some flex in with the utee.

 Once I had enough layers I inked my stamp with more versamark this time to act as a release agent after we press our stamp into hot melted Utee. Move quickly and if it starts to set too quick or your image slips etc that ok just reheat all the UTEE and re stamp the image again.

 This is how this image came out this time and as you can see I didn't press hard enough in the top left hand wing but as I know I am making wings for the dragon fly from acetate
, and colouring then with alcohol markers so this tip of the wing will not show so is fine for this imprint,
So here is the dragonfly stamped with Staz on ink on acetate and cut out, then coloured with alcohol markers on the back of the image not the side with the staz on. I then cut it out carefully around the edges and bend up the wings into position.
 Once the wings were bend I added a tiny bit of glue down the under body of the dragonfly and stuck it on top of the impression we made in the utee.
I also coloured the edges of the ripped card and added some beadazzled bead and sparkles into glue in varying sizes and I also added some tiny sparkly stones.
I set this aside to dry for a while while we finish prepping the base.

 I did a double layer of white card with foam in between for the backing piece to sit on.

 Then the coloured sparkly piece was added to that. With the sentiment on a jaunty angle and sitting on a piece of cheese cloth too.

I decided I'd add a little more of the cheesecloth poking out from under the seat the  dragon fly sits on too.
I also decided at this stage to add some tiny little sparkly stones to the body of the dragonfly, this really does stand out extremely sparkly in person but again as we have mentioned before the camera just never does the images justice with glitter.To finish all I did was go around wit my glue and teeny weeny sparkly stones and add them anywhere that I felt would benefit. I also added some of the super sparkly beadazzle bead and sparkle pots , I wish you could see this in person (arrrrr)

 Anyway here is the finished piece again  I really enjoyed putting this together and doing some of the fun stuff we used on this one. I hope you will give this a try if you have any Utee about as it really is a lot of fun, it picks up alot of details from the  stamp or whatever you use to make an impression into the utee.

So the stamps I used on this one were.

                                                                Crackled Background

                                                              Just making memories.

                                                                     Bronte Script

                                                                        Dragon fly.

I hope you liked this card it certainly is a little more complicated with lots of steps but hopefully you will all be able to see what I did from the pictures.
Please feel free to come on over to the Visible Image blog today and check out my post there if you would like to leave me some love on the main site , that's always nice too but I am so appreciative of you all being here with me. The other gals do some awesome work too and we are having a few new teamies soon so it be great if you would like to pop along and meet them once all have been chosen in a while too.

Have a wonderful Wednesday my lovelies

Love as always to all




  1. Morning Kim, Love it !! love it !! love it !! I love every single layer of this 'masterpiece', the colours are divine and the fabulous UTEE and acetate and the sparkly bits, absolutely stunning !!
    We have got a very windy and rainy day here, yucky.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  2. I love it too kim it's truly beautiful hope you and yours are well love always nanna June xxxxxxxxxx

  3. Morning Kim
    Love it !! absolutely stunning, and thank you again for your tuition - fist class.
    Carol x

  4. Absolutely stunning!!! Wonderful effect from the UTEE, all the sparkle and detail are just wonderful!

  5. Love it Kim, really appreciate all your hard work to produce this wonderful work of art. I must dig out my utee and have a play now that you've inspired me again! Lots of love Sarah

  6. Fabulous card. Thanks for the detailed step by step.

  7. Love the colour and textured effects you have created on these backgrounds Kim.

  8. Wow this is gorgeous Kim and love the gold embossing in the background which goes beautifully with the gold UTEE dragonfly, and love the added acetate wings too. There is so much lovely texture in this. x