Friday, 17 May 2013


Hello lovelies and welcome to Friday!
I hope you are looking forward to the week-end as much as I am. I love Friday's as it mean's I only have one more day to work and then I get two day's off. Which mean's I get chance to spend some time with my lovely hubby and also I get time to make some projects in my craft room!
So, on with my VISIBLE IMAGE project for this week. For my project this week I wanted to make a card focusing on technique and just how you can intermix lot's of gorgeous VISIBLE IMAGE STAMPS together. The technique is 'Masked Stamping'.
To create my card I have used the following VISIBLE IMAGE STAMPS 

Visible Image Blog Badge, Blinkie
To see these stamps I have used click on the links above to be taken directly to them or click HERE to browse the rest of the stamp collections. You will love using these stamps, the possibilities are endless all you need to do is pop them in your shopping basket and play with your imagination when you get them!
Here is the card I have made using the  stamps listed...

The other materials you need to make this card are...
~ White Card A4
~ White Paper
~ Memento Ink Pads in colours ~ London Fog ~ Rich Cocoa ~ Tuxedo Black
~ Letraset Promarker's in shades: Skin - Putty ~ Almond ~ Sunkissed Pink ~ Coral
Eyes - Cocoa
Hair - Cinnamon ~ Cocoa ~ Burnt Sienna ~ Walnut
Clothes - Spice ~ Ginger ~ Burnt Orange ~ Gold ~ Amber
Butterfly - Terracotta ~ Pumpkin ~ Mandarin
Outline - Warm Grey 1
~ Blending Tool
~ Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
~ Patterened Paper
~ Tim Holtz finding Journey and brad
~ Ornamental brad
~ Sizzix Cut & Emboss Small Wildflower
~ Patterned Ribbon
~ 8x8 White Scalloped card blank
~ Double sided tape
~ Silicon Glue
How to make...
~ Stamp CLARA onto the white card using the Tuxedo Black ink. Stamp again onto your white paper and cut this out. This then becomes your mask. Attach this over the first image stamped on the card using the sticky edge of a post it note to keep it in place.
~ With your mask in place ink the GRUNGE FLOURISH with the Rich Cocoa ink and stamp across the card to create the scene behind Clara. Ink your pad again, this time stamp it onto the paper, then repeat stamp over the grunge flourish you have stamped on the card. This is to give a lighter stamped image and to create a bit of shade and light between the stamping.
~ Ink up the BUTTERFLY with the Tuxedo Black Ink. Stamp so it just overlaps Clara's umberella.
~ Stamp the birds from the FREE YOUR IMAGINATION SET using the London Fog Ink to the left of Clara's umberella. Remove the mask.
~ Colour Clara and the butterfly using the Promarker's or any other colouring medium of your choice.
~ Cut the scene to measure 17cm x 16cm. Using the edge of the Grunge Flourish stamp and the Rich Cocoa ink stamp a border around all four sides. Ink the edges using your blending tool and the Distress Ink.
~ Cut brown patterned paper to measure 18cm x 17cm, ink the edges with Distress Ink and attach the scene you have just created to this using double sided tape.
~ Attach the metal journey and brad finding as shown.
~ Use the Grunge Flourish edge and the Rich Cocoa ink to stamp a border around the edges of your scalloped card blank.
~ Measure a co-ordinating patterned paper to 19cm x 19cm. Ink the edges with Distress Ink, attach a length of the decorated ribbon across the bottom, securing the ends underneath. Attach a knotted bow and use double sided tape to attach this panel  to your card blank.
~ Attach the stamped panel to this using double sided tape so it is sat just above the ribbon.
~ Use the Sizzix cut and emboss Wildflower to create a brown flower, poke the decorative brad through the centre, ink the edges with Distress Ink and glue to your card as shown with silicon glue.
~ To finish stamp the 'Good Luck' from the MORE THAN WORDS using the Rich Cocoa ink, stamp the Grunge Flourish edge with the same ink around the edges. Matt onto brown paper, ink the edges using your Distress Ink. Matt onto another panel of decorative paper, ink the edges and attach to the card as shown using silicon glue so it is slightly raised.
I think this card would be ideal for someone who is either starting a new journey in life or going off me it is wishing them 'Good Luck' on their 'Journey'.
I hope you have enjoyed my 'Masked Stamping' project. Don't forget keep all your masks you create, they will come in handy for when you want to do this technique again!
Hop over to the VISIBLE IMAGE GALLERY where you can see lot's more inspiration using the fantastic VISIBLE IMAGE STAMPS . Join the VISIBLE IMAGE FACEBOOK GROUP too for lot's of idea's, a friendly place to show off your VISIBLE IMAGE  creation's!
Make sure you also enter the VISIBLE IMAGE MAY CHALLENGE  too. Hop over and check out the theme, you never know you could be the lucky winner of £10 to spend on Visible Image Stamps. Please note you MUST USE A REAL STAMP......NO DIGIS!

I am entering this project into the following challenges:

Stampotique Designers Challenge - SDC 100 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Challenge 140 Anything Goes
No Matter Which Challenges - Challenge 9 Things With Wings
Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog - Free Choice Challenge
I Love Promarkers - Challenge 168 Simply Does It

Wow, I feel like I have really waffled on today! Hahaha I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and that you did'nt fall asleep half way through!LOL
Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.
Till next time,
have fun and happy stamping,
lots of love
Nicola XXX



  1. Gorgeous card, love the colours xxx

  2. Stunning Nicola, love the image and the beautiful background.

    Linda xxx

  3. Fabulous card, love the image and wonderful masked background.

    Sylv xxx

  4. Fantastic card, love the colours and all the stamps! xxx

  5. fabulous card - love how you have made the imge pop by uing the monotone in the background. Clever idea.

    Claire x
    (crafty Bloggers Network DT)

  6. Gorgeous Card, Nicola!!!


  7. What a great card! Love that the image just pops off the page! Good luck in the challenges!

  8. Gorgeous colours and design Nicola

  9. Beautiful card, love the colours you have used hugs txx

  10. Gorgeous how the flowers pop up like 3D, lovely idea and lovely card, thanx for joining us at NMWC and good luck, hugs, Marion

  11. This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  12. Fab card, so many details! Thanks for linking it to Stampotique.

  13. Gorgeous card and love the image.

    Joan x

  14. Wow, very beautiful!! Love the scene!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!

  15. What a fabulous card, I love how you've coloured it Nicola. Thanks for sharing with us at Stampotique . Sue xx

  16. a real beauty, love the colouring and how the motives suits the background so well. Thanks for participating at the Scrappy frog and hope to see you again.

  17. Beautiful, love the colours! Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC

  18. Awww this is so cute, I love the image and style of your card. Thank you for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week and good luck xx