Keep Cool

Susan Robinson
November 6, 2018

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I love snowflakes, but with the heat waves we’re normally enduring during that period here in the southern hemisphere, they are hardly appropriate decor for our Christmas cards. But with a little imagination I have schemed some ways to incorporate them. Cool huh?! (pardon the pun).

   

I stamped out the wording in Coffee Archival ink onto kraft card, before running it through a snowflake embossing folder, then rubbed a white ink pad over the raised areas to highlight pattern.

I cut the sizzix 657838 Vintage Fan out in silver foilboard (cutting out paddles twice). The base and surround I coloured with brown alcohol inks then pushed a silver brad through fan paddles to secure them together onto kraft card. I added some extra snowflakes punched from white card and glued in position.

I sponged the edges with sepia ink, layering onto darker brown card which I deckle edged before attaching to white folded backing card.

The card below is one I made previously using a 12×12 glitter card as background:

Below are a few more Aussie themed Christmas cards I found in my box of projects to finish off. I used dark green Ultrafine Flowersoft on the grass trees (at right) to add texture.

   

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Aussie Christmas Trees

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2018

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I’d like to share with you once again one of my favourite techniques, as it is so simple yet effective, quick, easy and colourful! And I have chosen this ‘Boab Tree’ image (by Stamp-it) as it’s nice to add a little Aussie flavour to our Christmas cards, especially if they’re being sent overseas.

  

Stamp out chosen image in black Archival (water-proof) ink onto watercolour paper. Use small Distress pads in your preferred colours, to ink up a small acrylic block. Lightly spritz the block with water, then lay block ink-side down over stamped image. Press block down with fingertips to push inks into paper, then lift off.

You can now spritz image with more water to help blend inks together or use a wet paint brush/waterbrush to pull inks into desired areas. Once you are happy with the results, dry with a heatgun before adding further embellishments.

 

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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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A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017

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Wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous Christmas, filled with love and laughter. See you in the New Year!

I finally have some Christmas cards made and ready to post! It has been a bit of a blue Christmas this year with the recent passing of my father, so I thought the colour scheme appropriate.

dies: Angel with Heart KbD-AR-W0019 & Branch Wreath KbD-AR-F10008 by Alexandra Renke

Below are samples I made while playing with ideas, before settling on the above one as my card design for this year.

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The Last Squeeze

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December 24, 2015

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snowflake full cardThat’s the problem with being an addict – you just can’t help yourself. No more I said, months ago, and yet here I am Christmas Eve, squeezing just ONE more out in the nick of time.

 

 

 

stamps: Flake Bauble 4148E; Peace, Happiness siset043 – all by Stamp-It Australia

inks: Crushed Olive & Peeled Paint Distress Pads, Clear Embossing Pad

papers: White & Ivory Matt Card; Hilary Bazzill Card

accessories: Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders; Gold Stickles; Gold Ribbon

snowflake close-up

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Not Christmas Again!

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December 9, 2015

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Not Xmas Santa closeupI have been having fun playing with this wording from Stamp-It’s new Christmas set 114, mixing and matching it with some of my old stamps. I’m sure I’m not the only one that can relate to the sentiment. I seem to have been looking at and making Christmas cards since April. And still my friends and family have been waiting for a card for the last 3 years. Sad is it not?

The other stamp used on this card is “Resting Santa” 2122E

And below is my favourite.  Have to indulge my warped sense of humour at times, ha, ha.

not xmas mother close-up

The other stamps used in this card are “Aaagh!” 2573E from Stamp-It and “Before the Snow” 3993K and “Gift Boxes” 3556H , both from Penny Black.

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Santa’s List

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Santa's list closeup I hope you’ve all been good! Santa’s checking his list. Think I’ve been missed off again this year. Oh well… must try harder next year.

Stamps used by Stamp-It Australia: Naughty or Nice? 3020D, Checking it Twice 2120E, Save Santa 3055C.  I hand-wrote the wording on the scroll and typed out the words that are cut and pasted.

Inks: Jet Black Archival Pad, Antique Linen Distress Pad, Clear Embossing Pad

Papers: White Matt Card, Poppy Red Mi-teintes Card, Dark Green Mulberry Paper, Harvest Bazzil Card

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist, White Flowersoft, Colour Pencils, Crackle Accent

Santas's list 2

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Dimensional Baubles

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December 8, 2015

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teal teardrop close-up        green round close-up

Easy Christmas cards or decorations to make with your kids.

You can punch circle shapes out with paper punches or if you don’t have any punches, simply fold your patterned paper in half and hand draw a shape (like a teardrop) with pencil on the back. Cut out with scissors. You don’t have to be good at drawing for this. Because the card is folded in half, you know that your finished shape will be symmetrical. Once you have cut your first shape out, use this as a template to cut out another 5. Fold them all in half and glue them back to back (with a glue stick), until you come to the last one, which you glue onto the front of your card. (If you glue the last 2 edges of your bauble together, you will have created a 3-D bauble, which you could hang on your tree).

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I twisted some wire in a loop and popped it down the spine of the bauble (using a wet glue). You may find it easier to lay the wire into position first, then glue bauble over the top of it. Tie some pretty ribbon into a bow and glue at top of bauble.

When your bauble is complete (but before you stick it onto your card) you can hide any imperfect cutting by roughing up your edges. You can do this with a Distresser tool or simply open a small pair of scissors and hold the exposed blade at right angles to your card. Rub the scissors against the card edge to roughen up paper. This technique hides a multitude of sins. I use it a lot.

I have suggested using 6 shapes to create your baubles, but really you can do as many or as few as you wish. The thickness of your card may help determine this. You could also cut patterns out within each shape if you were good with a scalpel to create a more intricate decoration.

If making 3-D baubles, the wire will need to be longer to extend through the bottom for support. You could add some beads above and beneath for extra decoration.

xmas joy close-up This technique also looks lovely with certain stamped images. This is “Christmas Joy” 4161E from Stamp-It Australia. I used a rainbow ink pad to stamp it out – “Noel” by Adirondack (which I think have been discontinued).

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Christmas Tag Cards

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December 7, 2015

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tag card christmas front A couple of quick tag cards, this one using “Tags Pivot Card 973” die by Elizabeth Craft Designs, along with Stamp-It’s Christmas stamp set072 and Bo Bunny Papers from Christmas Collage and Serenade ranges.

tag card christmas openThinking I may need to add something extra to the front of this card still…

 

Christmas TagsCreating this type of card is a great way to use up small pieces of paper you may have laying around. I keep all my cut up scraps of paper in drawers, sorted by colours. It makes it easy to find co-ordinating patterns within the same colour range from a variety of sources. Or you can do what I have done for this particular card and use scraps from a range of Bo Bunny scrapbook papers. So despite being different colours, you know they will work together. I have cut the tags from a variety of tag dies. The stamp is Musical Holly 4911E from Stamp-It Australia.

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Vintage Keys and Holly

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December 5, 2015

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keys & holly closeup holly & keys up close good

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas card with a slightly vintage feel.

STAMPS: Keys 4687E, Holly Bunch 4985E, Tall Christmas 4837D

INKS: Coffee & Sepia Archival Pads

PAPERS: Ivory Matt Card, Pomegranate Smoothie & Brown Bazzill Cards, Bisque Mi-teintes Card

ACCESSORIES: Red Ribbon, Magenta Pewter (1/2 circle), Harvest Leaf Craft, Colour Pencils, Crackle Accent, Garnet Liquid Pearls

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