Perky Poppy 3

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2017

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My third posting in this 3 part series, suggesting ways to use this Memory Box die.

For this sample I have kept the background card and popped the flower frame back inside the space to define it. Behind it is a piece of card from my ‘background’ box, what was once white kromekote (gloss) card, brightly coloured with Alcohol Inks. I like to leave a little of the coloured card peeping around the edge, (seems a shame to cover up all that deliciousness).

Stamp wording (from Unity Stamp co) in black ink.

I added a strip of turquoise card to pick up that colour in the flower head, and some silver cord for interest. Assembled onto white folded backing card.

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VARIATION:

Of course there is nothing stopping you from doing multiple cuts of the poppy die onto your card front. Here is one made with a different coloured Alcohol Ink background.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series and gained some inspiration. There will be another series soon to follow using Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet” die.

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Perky Poppy 2

Susan Robinson
August 15, 2017

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Sometimes simple is best. My second card in this 3 series post.

Cut out Perky Poppy die (Memory Box), ‘smile’ wording (Impression Obsession), and rectangle in white card, arrange as desired and glue onto inked background (created with Distress Stain sprays: Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap). I white embossed the ‘Love’ stamp (3283C from Stamp-it) onto a scrap of white card, then sponged over matching inks to colour. Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out stamp then Magic Mount into place. Assemble card layers.

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Perky Poppy 1

Susan Robinson
August 12, 2017

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When buying a new die, I like to explore all the possibilities of its use. This is the first of a 3 series post using this Perky Poppy die #98762 from Memory Box.

For this card, I cut the poppy out in cream card, and again in a patterned paper (sample shown is from Bo Bunny). Ensure your paper has a small pattern, or the design will be lost when cut up. I then just placed the cut pattern pieces inside the cream framework. I curled the petals slightly first and used Magic Mount beneath the larger pieces.

I sponged the stems sparingly with sepia ink and coloured the leaves & bud with watercolour pencils. Apply dots of Copper Liquid Pearls to stamens. Set aside to dry.

Added some strips of torn paper from my ‘scrap box’. Just play around till you find a combination that you’re happy with. I changed my mind on the darker blue paper and added some more music notes instead.

Stamp ‘love you’ wording (Stampin’ Up) in black ink.

Sponge around card with sepia ink and assemble layers.

 

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Shimmery Bird Cages

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2017

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Using stencils with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Bluebeard Blue Violet’ Moonshadow Mist. These inks come out a brown tea colour, but when dry you can see subtle shimmers of colour, this one being a purple tone. The powders tend to be attracted to the edges of the pastes too. Very hard to see in the photo, especially with my dodgy photography skills sorry. The paste I used was a white shimmer and I added some silver foil to highlight parts of the main cage bars, so lots of light reflecting off this one.

First add your texture paste through stencil with the aid of a palette knife. (Note: I used silver paste for this photo, as the white I used in the above card wouldn’t show up against the white card background). Stencil is ‘Mini Birds of a Feather’ TCW207s by Crafters Workshop.

Spray card with Moonshadow Mist. Dry with Heatgun.  As the stencil was quite wide, I cut the design in half and got 2 card front from it.

When dry, I tore the bottom right hand corner and sponged the edges with sepia ink, then matted onto some brown card, which I also tore to match. I then layered onto a piece of Penny Black collage paper I have had for years (so I doubt is still available) and then onto an ivory folded backing card which I also sponged with sepia ink along the edges.

Lastly I painted the leaves with a light metallic green paint and the birds with some purple Rub-on. I added a clear rhinestone to top of each cage and a bow of string to the top of each chain. Then I went over some of the cage bars with a Sailor Glue Pen and when dry, laid silver Fab Foil over to highlight it’s pattern.

 

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English Rose Bouquet 1

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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My next series of floral cards, made using this rose die – English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box.

I really loved the cards in the last post (Perky Poppy 3) with the Alcohol inks, so decided to replicate the technique with this die. Not as effective I feel, unsure whether due to the design shape or my choice of background.

 

Note: when pushing out the unwanted petals, don’t lose the 2 pieces (shown at right of image), that are part of the background and need to be glued back in.

I didn’t glue the leaves down so I could bend them up to show a slither of colour from background beneath. I then wrapped some ribbon across the top and assembled card layers.

Thinking of You Brush stamp (890B) is from Stamp-it.

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Aqua Shell

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2017

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inks: Sepia & Jet Black Archival Pads; Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Hazel, Lagoon & Walnut Bazzill Cards; Turquoise Shimmer by Cristina Re

accessories: Mini Nautilus TCW500s stencil by Crafters Workshop; Spruce Stems CC-182 by Cottage Cuts; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Mint Perfect Pearl Powder; Pale Blue Pearl

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponge Block; Paintbrush; Palette Knife

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. The nautilus stencil has many shells on it. Choose one and thinly smear the white Colour Blast paste through using your palette knife. Hard to photograph, but the paste has a beautiful shimmer to it. Set aside to dry.
  2. Meanwhile assemble all other layers of card.
  3. When your paste is touch dry, dust a little mint Perfect Pearl Powder over with a dry paintbrush. Start at the center for a deeper colour, then blend outwards. Secure a pale blue pearl in the center of shell.
  4. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to front of assembled layers.
  5. With the aid of your T-grid, line up wording along bottom of card and stamp in sepia ink. Of course it’s a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”, because obviously I did not use the T-grid, thought I could just eyeball it – and lost my ‘E’ off the end. Doh! And make sure you use a permanent ink as dye/water based inks will not stamp well on shimmer card.
  6. Cut out spruce sprig from die in white card scrap. Sponge with Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress inks. Glue onto bottom right of card and mount tiny wording over.
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The Sea has it’s Treasures

Susan Robinson
August 1, 2017

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Silvery plankton the ‘web of life’, drift silently by

shimmering pearls within their shells in irritation lie

cruising fish and curious swimmers, keep a vigilant eye

searching for treasures, scanning for predators…

today is never a good day to die.

 

stamps: Scuba Diving 800E by Stamp-it; Fish P2290 by Art Impressions

dies: Sea Plants 560ZZ by Impression Obsession

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint & Crushed Olive Distress Pads; Watercolour Inks; Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Spray

paper: Watercolour Paper; Lava, Papaya & Jetstream Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Fusable Web; Heatgun; Fired Brick & Spiced Marmalade Distress Embossing Powders; lettuce Adirondack Dimensional Pearls; Black & Glossy Accents; Silver Liquid Pearls; Turquoise & Stardust Stickles;  Gold Scallop Shell Charm; Flat-backed Pearl; Silver Pen

 

Colour a piece of watercolour paper with blue watercolours and while still wet, lay over some Glad Wrap and scrunch up to create wrinkles. Leave to dry.

Cut short lengths of Fusable Webbing. Fold one in half and hold in place with a satay stick or similar. Heat with a heat gun. You need to work quickly. As soon as the webbing starts to melt, pour embossing powder over, tip off excess, then heat. As the embossing powder melts, the webbing will also change.

Stamp out the fish in black onto watercolour paper and colour in as desired. I added silver detail lines to the fins, some silver Liquid Pearls to his lips, dot of black Accent for his eyeball, smeared Turquoise Stickles over his upper body and finally spritzed some Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays overall. When dry I cut him in half, attached Magic Mount beneath and positioned onto card.

Cut out coral and seaweed from Sea Plants die set in white card. Sponge over relevant colour inks.

I then decorated the seaweed with splotches of Lettuce green Adirondack Dimensional Pearls. Set aside to dry. The coral I tipped over some Spiced marigold and Fired Brick Distress Embossing powder then heatset. This Distress powder dries dull and gritty like sandpaper, not shiny like normal embossing powder, so it’s the perfect finished effect for the coral.  Glue into position at base of card.

Cut loop off top of charm shell with metal pliers. Glue flat-back pearl into shell then glue shell onto card.

Stamp the diver in black ink onto top left of card. Colour in with watercolours. Apply Glossy Accents to his mask and Stardust Stickles to arising bubbles. Set aside to dry.

Attach finished card front to red and orange mattings, then folded pale blue backing card with two-sided tape.

 

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Jellyfish

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2017

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stamps: Jellyfish CRP303 by Stampendous; Tiny Fish from Beyond the Sea set by Heidi Grace

inks: Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Re-inkers

papers: Aqua, Jetstream and Morning Glory Bazzill Cards; White Matt Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Stardust Stickles; ‘Forever Blue’ Perfect Pearl Powders; Pink Organza Ribbon; Irredescent Cord

tools: Sponging Blocks; Paint Brushs; Heat Gun; Stamp Edge Decorative Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sponge the Distress Oxide inks over white card from lightest to darkest, blending as you go. Dry with heatgun. Wet a wide paintbrush with water, then swipe across card back and forth as you move down card. The inks will re-act with the water and you will be left with a swishy pattern (depending on how you used your brush) across the card. I felt this replicated water currents under the sea, which started my design process.
  2. Stamp the jellyfish onto coloured card in clear pigment ink and emboss with white embossing powder. Heatset. Repeat onto some white card scrap and colour in jellyfish heads with pink and blue Distress re-inkers. Cut out heads. Glue the smaller heads into place over main image. Colour frilly tendril from main jellyfish with diluted yellow re-inker.
  3. Turn the main jellyfish head over and run two-sided tape along bottom edge. Cut some pink organza ribbon into strips and attach to tape along with some irredescent cording. Place some Magic Mount onto back of Jellyfish head, flip over and secure in place on main stamped image with ribbon and cord strips hanging down.
  4. Stamp some tiny fish randomly around card in clear pigment ink and brush over blue Perfect Pearl powder with dry painbrush.
  5. Attach card front to pale purple matting, then onto a white matting with two-sided tape. Trim around white card with Decorative scissors (stamp edge).  Attach to pale blue then green folded backing card.
  6. Stamp and emboss wording in white and matt onto white card. Attach to card front with two-sided tape.
  7. Apply Stardust Stickles to circular shapes and bubbles in design. Set aside to dry.
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Seahorse Duet

Susan Robinson
July 25, 2017

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These gorgeous curly tailed seahorses (Sammy Seahorse SD365) are part of the signature die range from Joanna Sheen, the seaweed is Spruce Stems CC182 by Scrapping Cottage. I cut the dies out in white card, then coloured them with metallic paints. I adorned the front seahorse with ‘Jazz’ Beadazzles by Suze Weinberg and mixed this with some fine sand for the seafloor. The shells I collected from the beach.

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Cosmos

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2017

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I am really loving this colour combination of the ‘Scattered Straw’ & ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress Stain Sprays together with ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ Flat Fabio from Lindy’s Stamp Gang that I have used in my last two posts. So I have sprayed yet another background using them for this card.

  1. Firstly spray white card with inks to colour.
  2. Stamp out flower design (Cosmos Spray CRP263 by Stampendous) in black ink. Stamp flower heads again onto scrap of white card. Colour these in with normal colour pencils, then cut out and glue over main image. I curved the petals a bit for dimension. Colour in the stalks.
  3. Apply Glossy Accents over plaque area. Set aside to dry. I was thinking later, that Crackle Accent might have been nicer. When completely dry use a Sailor Glue Pen to add detail lines around plaque. The glue comes out blue but turns transparent when dry. When dry, lay over silver Fab Foil sheet, rub gently with finger, then lift off. The silver foil will adhere to the glue lines and leave them a lovely shiny silver.
  4. Apply Glossy Accents around edge of flower centers in a ‘C’ shape. Carefully sprinkle some ‘Purple Rain’ Beadazzles over. Make sure that your Glossy Accents in the plaque area is dry before you do this or some of the beads may stick there and you don’t want that. (Beadazzles: are micro beads/sequins mix  marketed by Suze Weinberg).
  5. Layer finished card front onto yellow matting, then Heidi (purple) Bazzill folded backing card.
  6. Stamp ‘Tiny Birthday Down’ 4095C by Stamp-it in black ink onto scrap of yellow matting card. I used a Fiskars border punch to create edging next to birthday wording. Attach this to top right of card. Cut out Happy wording and Magic Mount onto bottom left corner of card.
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