Friday, 21 February 2014

New Stamps from Visible Image

Well Hello all you lovely people! I am thrilled to bring you a few of my samples made using some of the new Visible Image stamps.

Firstly, I need to tell you that the other DT members have already been showcasing their projects this week so if you haven't been to see them yet I would urge you to pop over to their blogs and have a look. You will find their blog links over on the left. See you in a minute or two!

Now that you are back, what do you think of the new stamps? What do you think of the lovely samples the DT have created? Are you inspired? How could you not be? 

These lovely new stamps from Visible Image are being launched on Create and Craft tomorrow, 22nd February, at 10am and 4pm. Mark will be back doing some awesome demos so don't miss it! He will be on Sky channel 671 / Freeview 36 / Freesat 813 / Virgin 748 and for those that are more savvy than me you can also use the Create and Craft app.

The samples that I am sharing with you today feature verses written by Helen and what lovely words they are. It can be really hard to say what you feel sometimes but she has managed to capture some perfect phrases and sentiment in these stamps. 

I start with the Sympathy card. How many times have you wanted to make a sympathy card but failed? They are not the easiest of cards to make but Visible Image seem to have made this difficult process quite straight forward. Well, I found it easy and I am sure you will. 

With any sympathy card is is often difficult to use colour in the design. There is a natural tendency to head for black but I felt that it would be perfectly OK to use this background with the hint of colour in it without seeming to brash. I had been using a large acrylic block as a paint pallet and as usual, rather than washing off the residual colour, (I think this time it was water colour paint) I simply misted it with a little water and stamped the block onto some card. These prints often turn out good enough to use as a background as this one did. I would rather try it and get a blobby mess than waste any potential!! The down side is trying to recreate them.  This print had all the right features, soft edges, blended colours and an out of focus look. Using a brand spanking new jet black ink pad I stamped the flower heads, stems and main sentiment. Mounted on the black card and them onto a long card base all that was left to do was to stamp the verse. I am really pleased with the result.

My 2nd card today is a simple Thank You card. The background has been created using 3 colours of ink in the same way as the Sympathy card. This time it was a deliberate inking of the acrylic block as I wanted it to match to the mounting card stock. One of the features of these stamps is the separate stems. It gives you the opportunity to keep them straight as I have here, or to place them on the acrylic block with a curve as I did with the samples. It gives a more modern look with the straight stems.

My final project for today is a card I made up with some off cuts! All the bits were bin-bound! There was a large piece of brown/yellow ombré card that had a smudge on it and a base card that went a bit haywire when I used the wrong colour ink to stamp the flowers with. But with some careful placement of sentiments, a bit of trimming and the addition of the lovely silhouette flowers, I was able to create this interesting card. I cut a piece off the main scrap of card and used it for the sentiment. I placed the sentiment over the smudge that I mentioned earlier! I like the way the light bit of card stands out against the dark background. A happy accident I can assure you!

So there we have it, 3 designs, which you may well get to see on the TV alongside a myriad of others from the fab DT, but these 3 are just the tip of the iceberg! I created loads more designs, most of them I sent off to Visible Image for inclusion in their TV sample box along with those of my DT mates. It really is going to be a fab show! I hope you can be there to be inspired.

Don't forget the Facebook group, the Visible Image blog and the Visible Image challenge.

Enjoy your weekend, and I hope to bring you more projects using these new stamps very soon......

KimB xxxx