Monday, 12 February 2018

Dreaming of summer destinations

Good morning, did you get a chance to see the Create and Craft TV shows this weekend?  You might have spotted the card I am sharing today for my weekly dose of Visible Image. (It was on the Saturday show and my little crabs waved out!) The shows can still be viewed for the next 7 days on catch up on the Create and Craft website here 

I wanted to design a card showing how the new Written in the stars zodiac stamps work so well with the existing Visible Image stamp range.
I used a very summery palette, although we can still only dream of summer at the moment.
To put you in the mood, how about a couple of summery photos to cheer us up from my holidays' past.
Awww, sand between you toes...what a wonderful thought.
We also regularly see freshwater crabs on Rhodes in the butterfly valley and this gave me the idea for my card....

I starting inking my background with salty ocean and and broken china distress oxide inks, using lots of water on my watercolour card. Once dry I blended on some spiced marmalade oxide ink.

I stamped lots of the fab crabs from the Cancer Zodiac set and inked them using the matching distress ink colours
I used broken china distress ink to add some stencilling to them using the fibres stencil.
To give their shells some extra texture I added some Ranger clear rock candy crackle.

I used stamps from the Organics set as my seaweed,
 I stamped and embossed them using will see the sparkle more in a later photo.
I also added some more fibres stencilling to create some "waves" in my background

I stamped some of the words from Destination unknown and some of the fab paper boats which I fussy cut out and added the Cancer birth date details to.
 I then put together my crab card...on a great adventure but with their "Destination unknown" 
I thought the crabs could "hold" the sentiments.

Here are a couple of close ups

IRL there is a lot of sparkle on my card, difficult to show in my photos but I think the close ups give you an idea.
and one final shot
I hope I have been able to show you some different ways of combining your Visible Image stamps and may have also brought a little bit of sunshine to you on a cold winter's day.

You can also check out Visible Image via these links;

Visible Image group page on FacebookOur friendly Group can be found here would be lovely to see you. You can add work to the "Show and Tell" album where one randomly chosen winner each month wins a £25 coupon to spend on the website.

The main Visible Image Facebook page is here; there are weekly stamp world wide!

And the shop web site is here; where all these gorgeous stamps and stencils can be purchased. 

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I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Let's craft and create 2/3 anything goes
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes
Craft Stamper take it make it 3/3 February
Creative Artiste 2/3 anything mixed media

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Oh my goodness...I love your little crabs, so cute!!
    So lovely to see those lovely hot and sunny pics.....its sunny here but absolutely freezing!!!
    Happy new week my friend,
    V x

  2. This is great! I love the background and you put a lot of thought into this construction. My brother is a crab..sometimes literally and i love these sets!

  3. The image of the sea and the crab make me want to go to the beach again. We might be going to Victoria BC instead of the beach for my birthday as we waited too late to make reservations and our spot was not available! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. I'm definitely wishing for warm weather and beaches too. May you have many more fabulous adventures! Very cute card. I like the paper boats :)

  5. HI dear Jane,

    Love these darling crabs and your pictures are beautiful!
    Exactly what we need at the moment ;-)
    Love your card!


  6. Wonderful card Jane! I love the sand and water tones that you used, so perfect! Your crabs are so amazing and I love how you made them holding the sentiment! HA! Wow, those beach photos are so soothing and your photos of the real crab are amazing! I've never seen one at the beach, have to keep my eyes open next time. hugs :)

  7. This is fab .... great texture, and I love those little crabs. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  8. An amazing piece of art! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge!

    Majo - DT ♥

  9. A fabulous project. Wonderful textures, colours and techniques.
    Thank you for joining in with our February challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Good luck x

  10. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in Let's Craft and Create Challenge this time and good luck :)


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