Friday, April 27, 2018

My Sweet Petunia and Visible Image

Hello friends! Do I have a treat for you today!! Visible Image, a very wonderful stamp company in the UK has teamed up with My Sweet Petunia (Creator of the MISTI) for an eye-popping hop, and they asked little ol' me to play along! I'm so honored to be joining them. Let's get started!

First - here's the hop order. I'll post a link at the bottom of this post for the next hopper!

These are the sets you'll see in use today. Please click on any image to hop to the store.

Curious Cats

Dare to Swim

Disguise of a Smile

In Your Hands

Create Your Calm

My first project for you is a card. I started with watercolor paper and stamped this gorgeous seahorse in Inkon3's Fadeout ink, formulated for no-line coloring. I thought I'd experiment - using my MISTI I stamped the image in Fadeout. Then I over-stamped it with spiced marmalade and vintage photo Distress inks. It gives a really cool effect! The Fadeout grabbed the Distress ink just as if I were coloring it. Woah! 

This is such a wonderful image. I've often tried to charm the sandman to visit by imagining I was a seahorse just floating around in the seaweed. It worked occasionally but I couldn't explain the sand in my bed to Mom.

I gave the piece some texture using the other images in this set. Those circles are just wonderful, mimicking bubbles in the water. They are from Dare to Swim. I used Under the Sea dies from Stampin' Up! for the coral and little fishes.

Even though all the inks are dry, and I was curious - just like the Curious Cats set tells me - about how the drops would react to unsealed Distress Inks. Are you ready? IT LIVES! The Nuvo took in the DInks dye and chameleoned!! [Like that new word?] I love how this turned out!!

----- Shifting Gears -----

My second project for you today is a mixed media tag. Check it out. I started with a 6.25 x 3.125 inch manilla tag. Using my darling mini-MISTI, I set up the face from Visible Image's Curious Cats set, and stamped it twice using Versafine Onyx black. I kept the eye covered with masking paper to preserve the white.

For those who don't want the blow-by-blow, I shrank it! I blended Distress Oxides over the tag with a mini foam blender. All products are listed at the end of the post. I used several colors of ink until the tag was covered.

I switched to stencils and rubbed more contrasting ink through them. I spritzed water high in the air to get really small droplets and let it fall over the tag. I stamped several texture stamps (including images from Visible Image's Dare to Swim set) over the background using Distress Oxides, Nuvo embellishment mousse, Distress Inks, and Archival inks.

I added lots of texture with Golden Light Molding Paste mixed with Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink pressed through a stencil. I also used Viva gold modeling cream through the stencils. I made lots of pen marks with Copic Multiliner pens and Gelly Rolly white gel pens. 

When I was satisfied with all of that, I removed the masking paper and colored the eye with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor pens. I love how that eye turned out! I couldn't resist. I just can't. I got these Nuvo crystal drops. It's just not fair how they call to me.

After I splattered black and white acrylic paint all over, I over-stamped the face in more Versafine ink to resharpen the details. I sprayed two coats of Mod Podge matte sealer over everything. Then I added more Nuvo and those bits stayed white. I kept adding texture with Hero Arts mini-star bits and a couple of clear sequins. I darkened the edges with Daler-Rowney FW acrylic indigo ink and a smearing of Nuvo embellishment mousse

The text was stamped on a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock with Versafine onxy black and the edges were roughed up and inked with Pine Needles Distress Ink. I added some burlap ribbon tied with a linen thread. I covered the eye with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. Viola! I love the way this turned out!

Our sponsors will choose two lucky commenters from the hop to win one of two prizes: a $50 shopping spree at and a $50 shopping spree at - they must leave their comments no later than Monday, April 30th, at 11:59 PM Central time. The winners will be announced on Tuesday May 1st, on the Visible Image and My Sweet Petunia blogs.

Ok...deep breath. I have a wonderful video on my entire process for making an art journal page. Yay!! Several people have asked me to share this process, so I'm hoping you're going to love it. All the product details are at the bottom of this post. Enjoy the video here, or click over to see it on my YouTube channel.

I want to thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the world. I hope you feel inspired!

The next stop on the hop is Lynn Good. Have fun!

Love and light!

-----  S U P P L I E S  -----

Card Ingredients:
Canson watercolor paper, cut to 5.5 x 4.25 inches
Visible Image Create Your Calm stamp set
Visible Image Dare to Swim stamp set
Ink on 3 Fadeout No Line Coloring ink
Ranger Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Mermaid Lagoon 
Ranger Archival Inks - Garden Patina, Watering Can, Monarch Orange, Shadow Grey, Leaf Green
Stampin' Up! Under the Sea framelits (NEW), Silver and Irridescent glimmer paper (retired), Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach cardstock
Copic W1, W3 sketch markers; Multiliner 0.1
Gelly Roll pen, white
Nuvo Black Ash Embellishment Mousse
Nuvo Crystal Drops, White and Clear
Glossy Accents

Tag Ingredients:
Visible Image Curious Cats stamp set
Visible Image Dare to Swim stamp set
Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Pine Needles
Journal Page ingredients:
Many of the supplies are the same as shown in the list of ingredients for the tag, so I'll not duplicate those links.
Dylusions small art journal
Gel Press 8x10 press
Ranger Brayer
Acrylic paint - Dylusions, Dina Wakley, Golden fluid acrylics
Visible Image In Your Hands stamp set
Visible Image Create Your Own Calm stamp set
Visible Image Disguise of a Smile stamp
Michael's Alphabet stamp set, retired
Martha Stewart Wood Grain Rocker tool
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Copic markers and multiliners
Carbon pencil
Nuvo drops white, crushed grape, and black ash mousse
Stencils Crafter's Workshop Mini-Blazonry (280s), Punchinella (219s)
Ranger Archival Inks, assorted
Golden Light Molding Paste
Versafine Onxy Black ink pad
Versamark watermark ink pad
Ranger Distress Inks Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo
Text torn from an old book
6.25 x 3.125 inch manilla tag
Cosmo Cricket letter stickers
SU! Clear embossing powder, White embossing powder
Misc fibers from stash
Tim Holtz Metal Foliage and Hinge Clip


  1. Amazing! The seahorse is my favourite. So colourful!
    Lynda x

  2. AWESOME creations, Miss Lady!!! Hope all is well.....

  3. Such wonderful projects.. I adore your kitty!

    *Leaves a slice of birthday cake for you*
    xx Erika

  4. You have really been busy and showcase the stamps so well. The cat is one of my fave Visible Image your tag especially

  5. Love the cat! ...and how you offset the image.

  6. Fantastic makes! There is so much to look at with all the wonderful details you added to each project xx

  7. Fabulous, particularly the cat x

  8. Good golly - the details you put into your designs are absolutely breathtaking. Can you hear my jaw dropping from there? :)

  9. Two wonderful makes thank you for sharing xx

  10. De belles créations, un coup de coeur pour le tag, je rêve du tampon chat..

  11. Wow! Awesome creations!!! Colors are really beautiful!!!

  12. Your cat tag is great, but I am blown away by your fabulous sea horse. Blessings.

  13. WHOA. Fantabulous!! I can't even. My brain is stuck. These are gorgeous Ky.

  14. Stunning makes!! Love the Create Your Calm (the seahorse) one... just loving the texture you've got on there!

  15. Fabulous projects and perfect for the stamps. Hugs P xxxxx

  16. Great projects - great to watch.

  17. WOW!!! SOMEONE had FUN with this hop! LOL LOOOOVE your sea horse card! STUNNING WORK!Your Kitty Tag is BEAUTIFUL as well! I LOVE THAT EYE TOO! ;) AND your Mixed Media Journal Page is GORGEOUS!!! "WOW!" Is ALL I can say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  18. Great hop, thanks ,got some ideas too

  19. Awesome projects! I think they are so nice your mom won't mind the sand in your bed if you show them to her! Lol Thanks for the new ideas! :)

  20. Beautiful projects, I love what you did with the seahorse. Thank you for the video.

  21. love love the curious cat tag - i'm a cat lover and that stamp set is wonderful!!

  22. wow - fantastic projects - love the cat tag :)

  23. Beautiful cards and tags! I especially love the cat Stay Curious Haha! Made me chuckle! Plus I am a cat person!

  24. Awesome projects! Love that cat especially!

  25. love the collors you use. And love the cat

  26. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your little corner of the world and will definitely be visiting again! Love your creation!

  27. Fantastic projects! Love the great textures and colors. That kitty face is so sweet!

  28. Your creations are fantastic ! I love your work with the colors.

  29. Wow, amazing project! So many fantastic layers, details and textures - stunning!

  30. Amazing projects, that seahorse is totally stunning! Thankyou for the inspiration, Cathy x

  31. Beautiful card with the seahorse, and I LOVE that gorgeous catimage!

  32. Great projects! Not really a cat person, but your use of the stamps made me take another look at that set. The sea horsewas adorable!

  33. HIya Kira, love your projects, fabulous stamps from Visible Image, thank you for sharing Hugs Terry xxx

  34. These are great ! I love your colorchoice

  35. Great projects .... I love the seahorse xx

  36. :::THUD:::Jaw dropping projects! I am loving the Visible Image line and want them all. Stamping became fun again once I had my MISTI. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  37. Wow, oh Wow!!! Love that cat face to bits! Your card, tag & journal page are amazing & so inspiring. Thank you so much for the video too.

  38. What you did with the seahorse is amazing. You brought it to life. The cat label is beautiful too.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Creative hugs,

    Lins ;)

  39. they ar very beautiful
    hugs Annemarie

  40. Brilliant and inspiring....thankyou xx

  41. Love the projects you created, especially the dazzling seahorse and the wonderful texture you created! Gorgeousness!

  42. Это круто! Красивые открытки! Спасибо за красоту!

  43. Awesome journal pages love your techniques
    Ayoti xx

  44. That seahorse is so lovely! They are the cutest little beings. And the partial kitty on the tag - I love that! You do gorgeous art.

  45. Such fab bubbles - these are great.

  46. These are all stunning! The seahorse, the cat, gorgeous!

  47. Bight and beautiful card and tag!

  48. wow your projects are stunning - so creative and inspiring :)

  49. Beautiful textures...just wonderful cards!

  50. Your creations are true pieces of art !! I’ve a slight preference for your tag because of the lovely cat !!

  51. The seahorse is great...but that cat is amazing!!!

  52. Wonderful projects you created with these creative stamps.


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