Anchors Away

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2018

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I have been selling my cards at the Art Market on board the ‘Decoy’ tied up at the South Perth foreshore, so this card seems appropriate subject matter:) The next one is on the 21st Oct but I can’t attend, but hopefully some of you can make it along for the 4th November to say hello!

   

I stamped out the German Anchorage stamp in black ink onto white card, dried it, then put a wash of yellow and blue watercolour over. I coloured everything in, adding gold and copper foils to the anchor. I stamped the seagull out a 2nd time onto scrap white card, cut out body only and Magic Mounted over original. The starfish I dotted with pale blue Liquid Pearls.

   

I stamped the seahorse (by Deep Red) onto scrap of white card, coloured in blue and cut out. I added clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to cheek, Crackle Accent to hollows of body and tail, and Star Dust Stickles to fins. When dry I Magic Mounted into place entwined with seaweed die cut. The seaweed I coloured with various Distress Stains (mainly Rust) and highlighted tips with Copper Liquid Pearls.

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Christmas is Coming

Susan Robinson
October 5, 2018

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I have put my name down to do the Art Market on the “Decoy” this Sunday 7th Oct and on the 4th Nov. I didn’t take any Christmas cards with me last time as I thought it was too early – but apparently it’s never too early! So I have been busy all week going through my Christmas box of bits, finishing off cards that I had started but put aside for whatever reason. Here are just a few…

      

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

All stamps are by Stamp-it Australia, apart from the first tree card (Penny Black) and Winnie the Pooh (All Night Media).

 

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Nautical Compass

Susan Robinson
September 29, 2018

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The sun is shining and the wind is blowing, nice day for a sail.

stamp: Windward 1073G by Stamp-it

embossing folder: Compass set siz658574 by Tim Holtz

To create this card, I first placed some sticky-backed silver foil card through the ‘Compass’ embossing folder. I then poured some alcohol inks (espresso, mushroom & stream) directly onto the foil card to colour. I used a paint brush and sponge to help move the ink around and ensure it got into all the crevices. You have to work fast though as the inks dry quickly.

When dry, I lightly sanded the card, erasing the colour from the raised areas and showing up the silver card beneath.

Next I stamped out the boat twice onto white card. One I coloured in the hull and sea, the other I used as spare sails to cut out and Magic Mount over original. I cut around the image on left side and tore paper beneath the water, leaving the right side of card with a straight edge.

I applied some Crackle Accent over ship’s hull and set aside to dry. Meanwhile I tore some cardboard from an old box to size and sponged around with sepia ink. Attach the white card with boat onto the torn cardboard.

Lastly I poked 3 holes at the top right of card and secured brass brads through. This turned out to be a lesson in patience as I had already stuck down the foil card, so had to lift it again in order to secure the dark brown thread beneath, which I then wound around each brad as shown. I just felt it needed something to fill that space and couldn’t find a suitable wording.

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Theories 3 & 4

Susan Robinson
September 22, 2018

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“Man with Balloon” is my 3rd card from Tim Holtz set ‘Theories’. I spritzed the card with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists to try and lighten it but still didn’t feel that the man stood out enough, so stamped him again and embossed in black, then cut him out and Magic Mounted him over original. To further delineate him, I added the strips of washi tape and paper behind him to help emphasis his outline. This also helped to lighten the mood and make it a bit more playful. The balloon was cut from a circle which I coloured in then covered with Glossy Accent and attached a piece of string to. The wording I masked off from a Stamp-it stamp (shown at right). I was going to put the kids in too, but as they are all running away from him felt it gave the wrong vibe:) The right hand border is the edge of a filmstrip die.

  

“Hello There” is my 4th card from this series. I wasn’t quite sure what ambience to create with this ‘meeting of men’. I felt it had a slightly sinister vibe (hence the light bulb). Funnily enough it has turned out my favourite.

Rather than cut out the men individually, I stamped them onto a lighter coloured card and cut out a rectangle around them, allowing some of the background graffiti to show around edges. I matted them onto a very thin border of black card and Magic Mounted them into position. The light bulb I masked off from a Stamper’s Anonymous stamp which I cut out, Magic Mounted and Glossy Accented, attaching the string behind. The ‘Hello’ is a Penny Black die cut in gold foilboard. The black edging at right is a border punch. I chalked the ‘H’ on man’s shirt yellow to match.

 

 

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Theories 1 & 2

Susan Robinson
September 20, 2018

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From the Tim Holtz collection, here are 4 cards using his ‘Theories’ set (Stamper’s Anonymous CMS329).

I stamped the 4 images from set in black ink onto a 12×12 card which had been sprayed with various Distress Stains (Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint..). I had already started playing with the bike one before I remembered to take a photo. As I began constructing my cards, I regretted my choice in background ink colours as they proved a little too dark for the men to stand out against them. To get around that, I stamped the men out again onto scrap card, cut them out and Magic Mounted them over originals.

For the bike card – I highlighted the bike frame with Gold Foil and the tyres with Black Accents. I applied Walnut Stain ink through Chevron stencil at top and die cut an arrow in black card and some cogs in copper card. I put gold brads through center of each tyre spoke. I gold embossed wording from set onto black card and added to top of card with folded strip of Japanese paper behind.

  

My second card from the set is the Man on the Tightrope. This was the quickest and easiest. I cut out 2 ‘Frameworks’ Sizzix die 659431, one in black, one in tan card and attached them along the base. I also cut out some birds in black, which I glued on overlapping the wording (from Stamp-it).

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Frilly Oval

Susan Robinson
September 16, 2018

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Just a quick post showing 2 cards I made from the same oval die, one card using the cut-out oval and the other using the surround only. 

For some reason my blog will no longer allow me to post images any larger than this, so I hope you can see the details okay. Every time things update, they change! I had to have a little break from my blog earlier this month as all the issues I have had with technology this year has been completely doing my head in. I also ended up deleting many of my posts whose pictures had vanished (oops) as it was too hard and seemed pointless, to re-do them all. All cards should still be showing on my Pinterest boards though.

  

I gold embossed around the edges of the oval cut-out on the green card.

  

I sponged around the inside edge of the oval cut-out with sepia ink on the cream card. The surround was Magic Mounted over a background done with shimmered texture paste through a fine TH Rose stencil.

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The Perfect Pair

Susan Robinson
September 12, 2018

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This was a background I started ages ago and could never find the right shape for the foreground until my new pear dies arrived and I felt they were the perfect accompaniment.

I achieved the background effect by first smearing texture paste through a damask stencil.

When dry I spritzed the card with Spun Sugar Distress Stain spray.

I tore a piece of floral napkin (that I had removed backing layers from) and glued it onto card. I used a Matt Glue so I could use it as a glue to attach napkin and also to act as a sealer over the top.

When dry I sandpapered raised areas lightly to show up the damask pattern better. I know I took photos of this process but they seem to have disappeared into cyber space somewhere sorry.

With the background complete, it was just a matter of attaching card layers and adding wording cut in gold foilboard and the 2 pears. The pears were cut from a card sprayed with Antique Linen, Crushed Olive and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain sprays. I Magic Mounted the smaller one at the front and stamped ‘Love’ onto back one.

 

 

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Sunflower

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2018

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Hello Spring! Bring on the sunshine!!

Main die is ‘Bountiful Sunflower’ by Memory Box; ‘Enjoy’ by Cheery Lynn Designs. ‘Bee’ stamp is by Stampin’ Up and ‘Script Corner’ by Stamp-it.

   

After cutting out the sunflower in white card, I sponged Distress inks (Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy and Peeled Paint) over to colour. I added the little pieces of the petals back into the framework and coloured to match.

I placed dots of glue into the holes of the sunflower head, then poured Ultra Fine Black Flowersoft over. Push gently into the glue with fingertips. Shake off excess back into pot.

I cut out a 2nd flower and sponged to match original. I then cut the flower head and petals out separately. The flower head I sponged a darker brown along top edge, the petals I sprayed with ‘Sunflower Sparkle’ Perfect Pearl Mist and bent the petals upwards.

I glued the flower head into place, then did the same with the petals, offsetting them slightly. I also glued the second stem and extra leaves over original, gluing down stem only so leaves lifted.

I sprayed Distress inks onto a Teflon mat then ran Unryshi paper through, scrunching it up a bit, then spread out to dry. When dry, glue onto backing card with Matt glue, wrinkling as you go to create texture. Use the Matt glue on top also to seal any folds or wrinkles into place. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut card to size and sponge edges with sepia ink.

Cut wording out of gold foilboard and glue into place. Stamp bee in black at top right. Stamp bee a 2nd time onto scrap card, colour in and cut out body only. Magic Mount bee body over original. Glossy Accent top wings. Set aside to dry. When wings are dry, place dot of glue to bee’s head and cover with Black Flowersoft. Set aside to dry.

When dry, add corner mattings of black card and glue onto background. Attach finished card front to folded backing  card of Mustard colour.

 

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Waratah

Susan Robinson
August 16, 2018

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This Waratah design is from Stampin’Up’s discontinued “Bloom Away” set.

Sometimes I feel uncomfortable with empty spaces looking at me and get the urge to fill them. That’s what happened with this card, I just kept adding things to it, hard to know when to stop.

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The Waratah stamp used on the 2 cards below is from KaiserCraft set ‘Road Trip’.

The butterfly stamp is from Magenta and the wording from Stamp-it.

This next one has turned out to be one of my favourites I think.

I inked up an acrylic block with pink down the middle and yellow around the outside. Spritz with water then stamp out. The colours will bleed together a bit creating an orange/red tone. Dry.

    

Colour in waratah with colour pencils, adding smears of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to flower head. When dry, cut out flower head as one, and all leaves individually. Magic Mount flower head to corner of inked rectangle, gluing leaves into place separately.

  

I found the background in my infamous ‘box’ of pre-done ones. The colours matched (would have been Distress Stain Sprays) so just stamped Penny Black ‘Classic Border’ 2005J down side and attached layers to complete card. Friendship stamp is from Hero Arts set ‘Hand Drawn Captions’ LL020.

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Banksia

Susan Robinson
August 13, 2018

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This is the Banksia design from Stampin’Up’s ‘Bloom Away’ set. I experimented a bit more with the colours and presentation of this one. Hope you like them:)

For the card above, I first stamped the Banksia image onto white card with clear pigment pad and embossed with clear powder, before running ‘Picked Raspberry’ and ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Stains over the top.

After stamping the image onto ivory card with a black Versamark pad and colouring with watercolour pencils, I added smears of ‘Rouge’ and ‘Pumpkin’ Liquid Pearls to flower head.

I stamped the Banksia image multiple times with gold Delicata pad onto black card. I then stamped and embossed it in gold on a separate piece of black card. This one I coloured in with Forever Red and Forever Green Perfect Pearl Powders, which I mixed with water to make a metallic paint. Cut it out and Magic Mounted over image on main card.

I coloured this Banksia pink with watercolour pencils, then added ‘Buttercup’ Liquid Pearl smears over the top of the flower head. That’s the great thing about flowers – they come in a variety of colours.

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