Apr 27, 2016

Classic Visible Image

It's in the Eyes

It is my turn over at Visible Image...and I couldn't resist playing with the Vision INKognito set!

This eye has had me transfixed for sooo long.  
The challenge for me was to show it a little differently. 
The girls on the Visible Image team have inspired me to go that bit brighter...occasionally.




The colours for the background are made using Ultramarine brushos. 
I only got this colour because the store was out of the turquoise one (which I really, really wanted...and still do!)
However, I discovered that it disperses into purple and blues!!! 
I looove how it does that!
...and the blue becomes a bright sky blue when you add a little bleach.  So I ended up with my turquoise shades anyway!
Sometimes with the other colours the bleach leaves white splotches, but for some reason (must be a science behind it) not with this one.

After experimenting at the kitchen table I have made a few discoveries ~
 Less is more!!! 
Less is more!!!
Less is more!!!
You can blot it with paper toweling at any time to stop the blending process, which can lighten the intense colour, or...whenever you want to stop the process and keep the colour - then hit it with the heat gun.  So...you have choices.
And the colours are amazing!

The eyes were done with Inktense pencils in colours to match the brushos.
And I touched up the background with a little Wilted Violet DI, taking to the top and bottom corners and to blend out the blues and purples of the Ultramarine.


The stamps used were:
Vision INKcognito set and Ink Splats.  Both awesome stamp sets!


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Enjoy!

Apr 25, 2016

Anzac Day in Australia

Today is Anzac Day here in Australia.

It is a day that we pay our respect, and say thank you, to all those who fought for our country in all wars, who served and gave their lives for our freedom.

Today's date commemorates the Gallipoli landing by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC).
45,000 young men died in that effort, and many more survived horrific conditions to pass on the legacy.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."


I don't very often make Australiana cards, but I was away at a craft retreat this weekend (I call it 'card camp'...though most there were scrappers) and after I had finished what I had intended to do, and was just relaxing, my thoughts led to Anzac Day...and I came up with this.

The stamps are by Kaszazz.

 The Australian flag is a stamp that I've had for a while and wanted to use, which then led to the kangaroo and emu being used.  
They are on our coat of arms because they are indigenous to Australia and both can only move forward.
The hat, an akubra, is the closest stamp that I could find to an army hat.
And the gum leaves gives grounding and takes a little of the formality away.

A little history:
The Union Jack on our flag represents our British history.
The Southern Cross (constellation of stars) can only be seen in the Southern Hemisphere and represents where we are geographically.
 The commonwealth star (bottom right) has 7 points and represents the unity of the 6 states and territories that make up Australia.


Enjoy!

Apr 15, 2016

I'm Published!

Woohoo...I am so proud to be in this month's
Love Cardmaking magazine (issue # 9) here in Australia!

It is a LOT of work, but WOW...when you see it in print it feels absolutely amazing!!!










Feeling chuffed???
yep!

Apr 14, 2016

Fun with Gelato's

Fun with Gelato's

I've been busy skyping Shirley again!  I think I am enjoying the 'empty nesting' far too much...
During the Summer holiday's a friend gave me some gelato's as a gift and no matter what I tried I couldn't get them to work in the same way that you see in blogland.
But, last night, I had a play with them and Shirley was kind enough to explain how much fun they can be.
I'm hooked!!!


Now please don't be too critical.  This is my first attempt.
I could've gone on and on mixing the colours, it is very addictive and so much fun.
I NEED MORE!!! (I only have 10 colours)

The card took me all of 15 mins to make, and I think that is about the quickest card I have ever made.  Ever.
Thanks Shirley for introducing me to something new (that in itself is always exciting).
And thank you Kathy for treating me to them in the first place.

The stamps on this card are from Finnibair.

Apr 13, 2016

Monolith for Visible Image

I'm Feeling the Beat
at Visible Image this fortnight!

Visible image is on Create & Craft on Saturday the 16th of May!
I've had a sneak peak at some of the samples made...
and my wish list is just growing, and growing and growing...

There is a selection of old and new stamps this time around...so I had a little fun with the music ones on one of my MDF Monolith stands.
It is difficult to know the sizes of things on-line.  On these ones I have designed onto card that measures 16.5cm x 9.6cm and then attached to the stand.  This gave me a little space around the edge.


I started by giving the MDF 2 coats of black gesso because I wanted it to be really black!
On the first one that I did (here) I gesso-ed the stand and base separately and then assembled everything...this time I glued in the stand first and then gesso-ed it.  I found this a lot sturdier, without the wobble that I had on my first attempt.  
In hindsight, if I had've been less impatient it might have been better ;)

The bright background is made using Alcohol Inks - with some smooching and dabbing. and a little Mustard Seed DI for highlights.
The drummer, edging and music is stamped on with archival.
Then I added some gold embossing around the edge to match in with the stars and words 




This side of the monolith is also on glossy card.
This time with archival re-inkers.  Some stenciling over the top and, again, silhouette stamping with archival.

2 different techniques on glossy card.  
All brought together with a common theme, edging, stars and words.

To finish I covered the center panel with some tissues and had fun flicking Dylusions paint (which roughly matched the colours on the monolith) onto the base.
I saw Mark Alexander do this last time on Create & Craft...
so I couldn't resist giving it a try on this.  I love the pop of bright colour that it gives on a black background.

Stamps Used are:

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Apr 10, 2016

FSC Yellow, Blue and White

Yellow, Blue and White.
are the colours that we would love to see on your projects this month 

I've been having some holiday fun skyping Shirl this week...I'm on holidays, she's batching at home, so the girls will play!
I don't think that I actually finished anything, but it was so good to just play around and chat and laugh with a friend.  Thanks Shirley, we'll have to do that again...soon!  

I have been playing with texture, tissue paper and sprays lately and came up with this card.  
It's not perfect, not by a long shot, but it was a whole lot of fun to do!  Just playing with some Visible Image stamps.


It is difficult to stamp on textured backgrounds, unless of course you use layers and cut-out images.  But these images were going to be an absolute nightmare to cut out...so I stamped them onto tissue paper, applied gel medium to the reverse side and placed onto the background.
The words were not going to fit anywhere...so I stamped them onto tissue paper too! Low and behold...I could use any of the words on the stamp I wanted to this way - so I did!

This time I learnt that you have to be very careful with the tissue paper when it is covered with gel medium, if it drops then the image is near impossible to shift...happy accidents can be fun though.

On a positive though, if the tissue crumples up a little when you put it down, it doesn't matter - it just adds more texture!  
I'm sticking with that line hahaha.
And in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter does it?

Tip: go around your stamped image with water on a fine brush, gently, and it will just pull apart without the sharp edges that you get with scissors.

Stamps Used:  Visible Image (Feel the Beat, Rock Out and Wake Up Awesome)

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

Enjoy!





Mar 30, 2016

"Sparkle"

"Sparkle In The Rain"

is one of the new stamp sets from Visible Image that I have been having a bit of fun with.
It is a silhouette stamp, but you can do so much with a silhouette.  So I thought I would show you something a little different.


For this card I used a scrap piece that had some blue Bister on it. I stamped the silhouette with Versamark, triple embossed it, cut it out, put it in the freezer, cracked it and then worked some dark blue DI into it.  This is not a new technique, but it looks quite modern on a Bister background...or you could use Brusho's/Colourburst/or whatever you have handy.

Then I made up a background with the blue Bister.
Added a little bleach...around which I used a fine-liner.
Punched out some left over card and edged it.
And I used an "Edgy" stamp to add a little border.


For fun I would like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - We Can See Clearly...my interpretation being the layers of clear embossing powder that was cracked and inked up.

The stamps used on my card are~
*Edgy

NEWS:
*Monoliths (MDF's) are now back in stock.
*The shop is now open again!...and the new release stamps are now available!!!


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Enjoy!


Mar 16, 2016

Dreams

Dreams...

It is my turn over at Visible Image today and I wanted to share a card that I have made for my son.
He has just started uni in the city, and so he is on the next part of his journey in life.
I thought this saying from Visible Image might be a nice piece for him to have in his room on campus.



The stamps combine the old with the new.  I love the versatility of the stamps in general at Visible Image.
To make this I have prepared the background with gesso and then some modeling paste through a Tim stencil.
Over the top of this I have added some H2O's in bright colours.
And a little DI, in matching colours, just to intensify the colour a little more.

The words and the dragonflies were stamped onto tissue paper and applied with mat medium.  Then I just added a little more of the distress colours to the wings and around the words to blend in any little bits of tissue paper that were still showing.
A little splattered gesso, some edging with black soot and a little bit of white gel pen were used to finish it all off.

Enjoy!



The stamps used on my card are~
*Live In The Moment

NEWS:
*Monoliths (MDF's) are now back in stock.
*New release stamps will be available for order as from the 25th of March.


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Mar 13, 2016

Butterflies

Butterflies
is our latest challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
(chosen by me this time!)

We haven't had butterflies as a challenge for some years at FSC, and I think most people have at least one butterfly stamp!  Do you?

My card fits beautifully with International Women's Day I think...and I have really enjoyed how women of all ages are starting to embrace this time and support each other in so many ways.
A shout out to my friend Jenny who is involved with "Around the World with 80 Artists" where a proportion of the funds go to the Malala Fund to help educate girls...well worth checking out!




The stamp that I have used is a new butterfly stamp (for me anyway) from Indigoblu called "Big Butterfly"

I  made the butterfly the way I had imagined it...and then...
I had absolutely no idea what I was going to put in the background!
That's a first for me, it's usually the other way around.

After cutting it out I thought that maybe I could layer it up somehow...nope...it wasn't working for me.
~  then I thought perhaps I could create a mixed media piece with it...nope...so I walked away for a day or so, as you do.

Finally, I settled on a one-layer card as the way forward for me.
So I re-stamped the whole piece again and started over. 

The butterfly is wet embossed.

The left side of the butterfly was coloured using Inktense pencils and DI (used as a watercolour)...for a punch of brightness.

The right side, which was only half inked up, was masked and stamped with the lady in grey ink and then the face stamp in black ink.

The background colours, yellows/oranges and grey, were chosen from the main image.  
Then it was a matter of stenciling, stamping with print and Finnabair circles, splats with Color Bloom spray, inked lids for circles and some spritz and flicking with bleach.  
So I guess really it is a mixed media piece after-all.

And it didn't quite end up as a one-layer piece...as the printed circles were cut out and stuck on...so close!

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the same theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 picked by the DT as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

Enjoy!




Mar 2, 2016

"Sparkle In The Rain"

Sparkle In The Rain
is one of the new gorgeous stamp sets put out by Visible Image.
It is a beautiful silhouette!


After inking up part of the background with distress inks,
I have flicked a little bleach onto the background for more of a wintry effect.  Then flicked a little Distress ink in the white area to bring it all together.

And of course a little doodling just for fun!

The stamps used are ~


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