Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Visible Image Wednesday.

Hi Crafty folks.

Today is Wednesday so of course this means I have a card made using Visible Image goodies , I have been busy with the Autumny/fall feel time of the seasons therefore I used colours appropriate to this time of year before getting all pink for raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research which is so important to all of us in many different ways. So today I used the wonderful Winter tree which I had been coveting for so very long and finally Helen treated me to it after the Aly Paly show which was amazing along with some other wonderful goodies including this fabulous sentiment entitled simply " What really matters ". 
and Colours of the wind.

So Here is today's card.

I was really pleased with how this one came out as I simply love these colours so warm and vibrant.
If you would like to learn how I put this one together then please keep watching and read on.

I started by  inking my Winter tree stamp with Versafine archival ink in Sepia and used just the branches to adding some low hanging broken branches across the top and upper sides of the card. I also stamped the whole tree to the bottom left in the same ink.

I used a template of a circle here to rub a little scattered straw Distress Ink off the circle to give a yellow glow.

I stamped out the sentiment also in versafine but black onyx this time.

 I used a light grey promarker to give a slight shadow to the tree and make it look like it is more 3D from the page.

Starting to use more of that same Scattered straw distress I rubbed a little around the edges of the age allowing a couple of spots where the ink streaks further onto the page.

 I used a range of warm tones to further enhance the edges and drag some colour into the picture too, I used next wild honey and then rusty hinge and Vintage photo still using just the same piece of cut and dry foam as we did at the show, those of you who took my little make and takes will know or if your an inker like me.

I also added some gold sakura stardust and metallic pens to highlight the tree, you can also paint with them if you used a wet brush so I added a light wash of warm goldy mica sparkle in paces too, which is very hard to pick u on camera of course.

 I further enhanced the tree , the non shadow side with the metallic pen which you can see the light bouncing off here.
 I also added some white gel pen on the very highlighted arts of the tree and a highlight to the sentiment and of course the edges of the branches too.

I added a light spritz of water in places to spread out the ink a little with a brush and give it that water painted feel and while it was still damp I brushed on some Blush Perfect pearls mica powder, these have their own binding agents so no need to set but if you new the card would be handled a lot once you had finished you could spray a fine mist of hairspray into the air and waft the card through it but don't spray it directly onto the card as it will leave either a wet patch or stain and the paper will have a transparent look to it spoiling all your hard work.
You can see in the picture above the mica shimmering on the card in random places and it took on the colours of the ink but also had a pinky coral tone to it too which really looked good with these ink tones.

 So from here I wanted to add some mat and layers and I used cream gold and a redy Burgundy pearl for the outer edge to bring out the tones in the perfect pearl.

 You can see the tone of the red card better in this one .

And here, you can start to see the ink layers and the mica  but also the shadow and the highlight on the tree.

Lastly I used the small little tree stamps from the Colours of the wind leave set which I love and used them to create the little mixed leave montage along the bottom of this card, I used Iced spruce, Vintage photo , fired brick and Rusty hinge and once they were all dry I went back in with some metallic pen washed over with a little water brush and some white highlights in places and grey shadow too. As before.

 Here is a close up of the ink layers and how the leaves stand forward proud like they do because of the shadows and highlights etc.

The finished card again and the mats etc. I truly hope you like this card as much as I do.

So here are the stamp sets used.

I hope you enjoyed this one and maybe try it for yourself or something like it as this could easily be a picture for the wall , or other art , it doesn't have to be a card , it could be a tag or a wall plaque too.

let me know what you think or if there is something you would particularly like to see me break down for you in the comments below and I look forward to seeing you with something different tomorrow.

Huge crafty hugs to all.



  1. This is really beautiful Kim and I love all the autumn colours and the way you built the whole thing up. The sakura pens and the perfect pearls add such lovely sparkle too. I think your step by steps are very detailed and clear and make it seem so much more achievable than we may have thought at first glance. x

  2. Hi Kim this is a gorgeous card I love the stamps you have used especially the sentiment. Hugs Jackie

  3. Lovely card Kim , like those leaves around the bottom , very autumnal!