Magnify the little things

Susan Robinson
October 2, 2020

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Sometimes in our busy lives, we just need to PAUSE, and reflect on all the little blessings we have to be grateful for, and remember to bee … happy.

My last cup of tea for now (artistically speaking). I don’t usually do more than 4 cards in any one theme at a time, but I was on a roll with this one – such a great subject matter! And I already have a few backgrounds started for when I next take it up again.

stamps: ‘Magnify it’ #319 by AALL & Create; Bee & wording by Dovecraft
dies: ‘Tea Time’ 660234 by Tim Holtz/Sizzix

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Musical Tea

Susan Robinson
October 1, 2020

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One of my dear friends is teaching me to play the piano (in an effort to stave off dementia). After our lesson, we sit down over a cup of tea and share card design ideas and swap stamps. I wanted to make a card for her birthday that incorporated all that. However after finishing it, I realised that as usual, I had leaned towards my own colour preferences, not hers, so I made another one in blue (her favourite colour) and white, slightly different.

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Tea Cup Stacks

Susan Robinson
September 27, 2020

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Not sure about you, but I’m nearly over this theme. I do have 2 more posts to go though, so to sweeten the deal, I will post my favourite ‘Date and Ginger’ cake recipe tomorrow. What’s tea without cake?

Distress Stain sprays ‘Brushed Pewter’ and ‘Pumice Stone’ were used to create this background, but I was a bit over enthusiastic with the metallic I think (they’re notoriously hard to stamp over). That’s why I chose to silver emboss the wording, but then I had to edge it with a very fine black pen in places to make it stand out.

I stamped the jungle print in ‘Coffee’ Archival ink across the bottom of my card to replicate a tablecloth, then stamped it again onto my bottom cup. I sponged the top and bottom cups with ‘Antique Linen’ Distress ink, and sponged ‘Vintage Photo’ over the middle cup and also the saucer. In case you’re wondering, that funny thing on the right is a sugar cube! I hand drew it onto supersheet (2-sided sticker paper), poured crystal glitter over it, and Magic Mounted it into place. Just felt it needed a little something to fill that space. Hope the rest is self explanatory.

stamps: ‘Scrapcosy’ set ESC16 by ElecTica/Paper Artsy; Botanical Tea set ICO296 by Graphic 45/Hampton Art; ‘Exotic Jungle’ 3565F by Stamp-it

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Bonus buy below, haha. Popped this little paper collage stack of tea cups card onto the bottom of this post, as I am really ready to move onto another subject matter, but didn’t want it to go to waste.

stamp: ‘Time for Tea’ 547 by Crafty Individuals

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Coffee Spoons

Susan Robinson
September 25, 2020

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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”. Doesn’t that just say it all? I love this quote by T.S.Eliot, stamp by Impression Obsession.

Thought it was time for a more peaceful card background after all the busyness of my previous posts.

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Coffee helps

Susan Robinson
September 18, 2020

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Life happens… coffee helps.

I haven’t forgotten all you coffee lovers out there. This is another Distress Stain spray background with a fineCopper shimmer mist over it. The cup is from the Scrapcosy 16 set used in recent posts. The ‘coffee’ wording is a die. Other stamps are loose and not sure of their origin sorry. I actually stamped the beans out onto scrap paper, then cut them out to place in position, as I wasn’t confidant they’d stand out against the dark background. I then covered them in Glossy Accents. Really love the rich colours of this one.

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Pink Tea

Susan Robinson
September 10, 2020

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So I made myself a cup of tea, and decided I should incorporate the teabag into my next card design. I have used them before and find them a great medium. They can appear fragile, but are quite strong, easy to stamp onto and obviously take liquids (watercolours/paints) well.

Still using the ‘Scrapcosy 16‘ stamp set from last post, except the little teapot for the tag, which is from a Graphic 45/Hampton Arts set.

The background was done with Distress Stain sprays ‘Victorian Velvet’ and ‘Dried Marigold’. I sponged Distress inks ‘Antique Linen’ and ‘Victorian Velvet’ over the cup. I coloured the leaves with watercolour pencils, then cut out (which was a bit of a pain), also stamping leaves onto the tea bag which had been emptied and dried.

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Time for Tea?

Susan Robinson
September 7, 2020

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Time for tea? Rhetorical question really.

I bought a new stamp set called “Scrapcosy” ESC16 – EclecTica from PaperArtsy and have been having a play. I mainly bought it for the background wording, which I just love! I will be using this same set for a few more cards to come.

For the background, I smeared some shimmer Texture Paste through Tim Holtz ‘Gothic’ stencil onto white card. Set aside. When dry, I sprayed ‘Old Paper’ Distress Stain & ‘Tawny Turquoise’ Moon Shadow Mist (by Lindy’s Stamp Gang) over. I just love this Mist – it leaves gorgeous shimmery splashes of turquoise where the ink pools. Hard to photograph though as you have to turn the card to catch the light. The paste will slightly repel the inks, so respray for a deeper colour if desired, drying the card between sprays. The background I used for my card was one I had done previously so didn’t have photos of the process. When I went to replicate it, discovered my shimmer paste had dried up (doh!), so I substituted normal mat white texture paste for these photos and just ran a silver pigment pad over the raised section of design at the end to simulate the original.


Stamp collage tea wording with brown Archival ink pad onto dry background.

Stamp cup with saucer twice onto white card. I sponged ‘Old Paper’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress inks over, and used a blue pencil to colour handle and for shading. Cut out as shown (you only need 1 saucer).

Create tag by stamping ‘tea’, sponging with sepia ink, cutting to size, then attach length of string with copper spiral paperclip.

Run glue pen around lip of cup, saucer and top of handle. When tacky dry, lay copper foil over.

Magic Mount the single cup over the other, securing the loose end of string between. Position cup and tag on card and tape in place. Cut out small teaspoon in copper paper and glue, securing string loop as well.

There are 2 postal stamps as part of the ‘Scrapcosy’ set, but felt they didn’t work for this card, so made my own. I have some blank perforated stamp sheets I bought years ago. I placed a mask made of clear film over single section I wanted to work on, then sponged inks over it to colour. Then I stamped a selection of tiny words and images in black and maroon inks to create my ‘postal stamp’. After gently tearing it out of the sheet, I matted it onto a dark brown card and glued onto main card. After looking at it for a while, I decided it wasn’t grungy enough, so added another postal mark stamp over the top in sepia.

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Blushing Hearts

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2020

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I am loving my alcohol inks at the moment and the beautiful effects you can achieve! This background was created by dripping various inks onto a Teflon matt together with some Isopropyl alcohol and swishing my Yupo card through. After waiting approx 1 min. until most of the ink is dry but you can still see wet areas where the ink has pooled – that is the time to place your foil sheet (colour side up) over it. I have used Gold for this sample. The foil should adhere to the sticky bits. Keep lifting and replacing your foil over your card until sure no more of the foil is going to stick. Sometimes you can get seams of foil (depending on how your inks have dried), but mostly I seem to get glints of foiling. Maybe it is determined by the foil sheets used? I have been using a brand called Fab Foils.

I chose a nice open die design so as not to cover up too much of the inky deliciousness, the gold hearts complimenting the gold foiling in the background.

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A Moment’s Peace

Susan Robinson
July 20, 2020

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I have always loved this quote by Katherine Hepburn. I’m sure there are many women out there who can relate to it.

Sometimes I’m not that enamored with a background. This alcohol ink one I felt was a bit bright, so I chose a large die that would cover a large portion of it.

Then I put it into an embossing folder that had fancy scrolled corners. When I took the card out, I ran a fine sandpaper over the raised areas of the pattern to remove the colour and help lighten the look of the card. I also put the diecut girl into the embossing folder, so part of the scroll pattern overlapped her legs. This I ran a white pigment pad over. Some of the embossed pattern also went into her hair, but I ignored that, thinking it looked a bit like a hair ornament.

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Dresses Galore

Susan Robinson
July 5, 2020

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Getting back to my current favourite technique (recently shown in the “Seahorse Siblings’ post) of inking up embossing folders before placing your card inside and rolling through the Big Shot machine.

stamp: Dress by Stamp-it; embossing folder: Small Dress Forms by Darice; die: Mini Sewing Room by Sizzix (I cut the shoulders down to fit the dress)

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