French Bubbles

Susan Robinson
April 30, 2018

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CARD FOUR

I’m sure it’s wine o’clock somewhere in the world. Cheers and happy creating!

stamps: Time in Paris 4477E and Classy Lady 4251E both by Stamp-it

I made puddles of Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains on my teflon mat, then laid white card over. Stamp Paris clock in black ink. Apply fine line of tacky glue to circumference of clock. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over.

Stamp lady in black Archival ink onto scrap of white card. I used White Opal Liquid Pearls on her dress, applied with a paintbrush. I coloured her jewellery in with a blue texter, then added dots of Glossy Accents over. Red texter on lips and nails. Stardust Stickles for champagne bubbles. Sponged sepia ink around hair. When dry, cut her out, tearing across bottom of dress. Glue into position at right of clock stamp.

Stamp clock stamp again onto scrap of white card. Colour Eiffel tower with Victorian Velvet ink and white pencil. Apply tacky glue to swirl across base. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over swirls. Cut out tower and swirls only and glue over image on main card.

Cut card to size, tearing across bottom edge. Sponge all sides with sepia ink. Matt onto silver foil card which is slightly shorter to allow room for lace to be attached at bottom. Loosely fold some muslin behind and attach onto aqua card, then onto folded white backing card.

 

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Paris Beauty

Susan Robinson
April 28, 2018

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I have been waiting to try out my new Starburst spray from Lindy’s Stamp Gang called ‘Bougainvillea Fuchsia’. It’s a gorgeous deep pinky/red shade with purple shimmer through it. Delish!

CARD THREE

stamps: Inspired Key 4685F, Audrey-esq 3199F, Embrace Beauty 4507D by Stamp-it

I stamped and embossed the key collage onto white card using black ink and powder. Unfortunately my powder seems to have got some moisture in it and is not behaving itself as I would like. On a separate piece of white card, I stamped and embossed the ‘Beauty’ wording in black also. I spritzed both cards with the Bougainvillea Fuchsia Starburst ink. Dry with heatgun. Sponge around both cards with sepia and black ink. Attach wording to top right of collage with two-sided tape.

Stamp lady twice onto ivory card with black pigment ink. Emboss one with black powder and the other with Holographic. Cut out lady in black completely. Cut out dress and gloves only, from holographic one and glue over main body. Holographic powder over black ink can be quite subtle depending on how the light hits it, it can look black or sparkly gold. Colour her hair using a brown texter and apply tacky glue to shoes. When glue is dry, lay over Gold Fab Foil to colour shoes. Glue lady into position at right of collage/wording.

Attach card front to black matt. Punch three holes at bottom right and secure black brads through. Tape card to apricot folded backing card.

Apply tacky glue along lines of Eiffel Tower. When dry, lay over Gold and Silver Fab Foils to decorate. Add crystal rhinestone to center of heart. Give lady a gold earring if desired using Gold Stickles.

 

 

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Parisienne Style

Susan Robinson
April 26, 2018

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When I get an idea for a card in my head, I like to explore it’s possibilities by creating more than one version of it. Hence, my imaginary trip to Paris produced three cards, and I am hoping this afternoon to get time to work on a fourth.

CARD TWO

stamps: Catwalk 3324E, Eiffel Tower 4676E and Wording Background 2183F all by Stamp-it; Spring Corner 1930F by Penny Black

I stamped and embossed the Eiffel Tower and lady in black onto ivory card. Then I was supposed to mask them off (but realised when my stamp was already down on the paper that my mask was still sitting beside me. Oops!) before stamping over wording background in clear pigment ink and embossing in clear powder. I decided I was happy with a bit of texture showing through her dress, but did re-do her hair.

Tear around edges, using scissors to cut around lady’s shawl where it comes out of frame. Sponge Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo Distress ink over card. This will show the background wording up.

On a larger piece of ivory card, stamp and emboss the flower corner in black. Stamp flowers out a second time on some scrap. Colour leaves and butterflies with texters on large piece. On the scrap piece, I coloured the flower petals with White Opal Liquid Pearls using a paintbrush, then cut them out. I also stamped out some extra butterflies.

Attach the torn card front onto larger ivory piece, sitting it into the flower corner. Glue the cut out flowers into place (I Magic Mounted the middle one). Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to darker brown matting, then onto mid-brown folded backing card.

I applied White Opal Liquid Pearls with a paintbrush to her shawl and the white stripes of her dress. Glossy Accents to the center of the flowers. Tiny rhinestone for her earring. A bit of black chalk for shadows under lady and tower. Cut PARIS from sheet of letters I had, and the postal mark came from another Stamp-it Parisienne set that I cut out, sponged and glued over.

Sorry I didn’t take any step-by-step photos, but sometimes I’m just on a roll and simply forget!

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Paris Love

Susan Robinson
April 24, 2018

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A girlfriend of mine is off to Europe on holidays, going to Paris and numerous other lovely places. So jealous! The best I can do is head into my craft room and let my imagination transport me.

CARD ONE

stamps: Paris Collage set066 by Stamp-it; Girls love to Shop 95370MM by Inkadinkado

accessories: Silver & Gold Fab Foils, Pewter & Gold Perfect Pearls, Texters, Glossy Accents, Chalks

I stamped the Paris collage and girl out in black Archival ink onto two separate pieces of ivory card.

I applied glue (that dries tacky) to the Eiffel Tower and when dry laid gold and silver Fab Foils over. I dipped my finger into a clear pigment pad and smudged some shadows below the tower and bike riders and around the street lamps. I applied dry Perfect Pearl powders over in Pewter and Gold. I used a glitter pen over smaller Eiffel tower and brown chalks over bits of collage. I sponged around whole card in black, attached to pink matting, then onto folded ivory backing card.

I coloured the girl in with texters, highlighting her handbag with Glossy Accents. When dry, I sponged around the edges with black ink and matted her onto black card. I attached her over center of Paris collage.

I cut out LOVE (Impression Obsession die385-B) wording in black and glued onto top right of card.

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Torn Layers

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2018

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Made for my girlfriends 32nd birthday. She is a colourful, creative type, so I think she’ll like this.

I fell in love with this digital creation by Holly Takatsukatorn’s (shown at right) and just had to have a go at it. Obviously I am hopeless at anything regarding technology so had to do it the old fashioned way, which I kind of like best anyway as it has more dimension and you get to get all inky! I do adore the soft grungy look she’s achieved and the delicate wordings. One of the things I haven’t found a satisfactory solution to is stamping in white. I have a StazOn white but it’s opaque so doesn’t give you that crisp image and all other white pads seem to be pigment, which is a thicker ink (not good for tiny wordings or intricate details) and unless it’s embossed, they don’t really stand out either. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

I coloured and stamped my own papers for this card, but this technique would be a great way to use up those leftover strips of card that are too small for most purposes. If they’re from a co-ordinating set of scrapbook papers, even better, as half the jobs done for you already! It could be adapted for any age group, gender or subject matter. As I do a lot of sea themed cards, I often use torn paper to replicate waves on the ocean.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Firstly cut a piece of white card the same width as your folded backing card, only longer. You will need the extra length to accommodate the tearing process and to allow yourself some wiggle room if you change direction (as I invariably do).

Run a rainbow of Distress Stain colours across the width of card. I used Bundled Sage, Broken China (later omitted) Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough (later switched the order of latter 2), Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive.

Tear across card to separate colour strips, leaving white core showing along each top edge.

I gathered a selection of stamps and stencils with small print or detail to decorate each colour strip differently. When happy, start gluing down each strip onto your backing card starting at the top and overlapping each subsequent layer slightly.

I wasn’t really happy with the direction this was going in as I felt the purple didn’t blend into the turquoise layers, so lifted them and replaced the numbered one.

   

When the strips were all stuck down, I sponged sepia around the edge of card and added embellishments. I cut out the 2 smaller “Coffee Rings” Spellbinders dies in white card, sponged them with Broken China and glued down. I used a black Zig pen to draw stitches around them.

I stamped the Magenta butterflies (used on background) out again onto scrap white card in Dusty Concord and Evergreen Bough inks. Select 3 butterflies to cut out, then glue onto card. I ran some Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls down their backs. Set aside to dry.

Stamp out Birthday wording in black and cut out Sizzix tag around it. Sponge with Broken China and Magic Mount onto card. As this was for a birthday card, I also cut out some age appropriate numbers. I added some Stardust Stickles to the butterfly wings.

  

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Redhead

Susan Robinson
March 17, 2018

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I have been doing a bit of masking lately, the 3 masked background posts I did a few weeks ago, and this lady.

I stamped her out twice, first onto some good white cardstock, then again onto scrap paper. The image on the scrap paper I cut up to use for my mask. Because I was using the surrounds, as well as the innards, it was important to try and keep the background as whole as possible when cutting out.

I first put the surrounding scrap (see right hand-side of above image) over the image on good cardstock, exposing her hair area only (see below). I laid my stencil over hair and smeared texture paste through using a palette knife. Set aside to dry.

2. 

When paste is dry, colour with Distress inks using a waterbrush. Squish each pad onto an acrylic block, then pick up ink with paintbrush to colour hair. I used Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade. Dry.

3. 

Use the image of the girl stamped on scrap paper to cover (mask) body of girl on good cardstock (see image 1. left-hand side). Stamp out flowers in black ink either side of girl and across her dress. The mask will prevent any of the flowers being stamped over the girls skin. It should appear as if the flowers are in the background behind the girl, except for pattern on her dress). Lift off mask.

4. 

I added some flowers and leaves to her hair and coloured her lips with Rouge Liquid Pearls using a paintbrush. Her dress was done with watercolour pencils, her face and body I coloured with chalks. I love chalks because they’re soft and subtle, and very user friendly in that they can be erased should you make an error.

I punched out some butterflies to flutter about the garden and gave her a necklace. I drew in an eyelid for her too, which I felt was missing from the original drawing.

Attach finished front to layers of red and yellow card, then onto folded black backing card. Add wording as desired.

stamps: Girl #980047 by Prima, Foliage Flury 3959F by Stamp-it

stencil: Flower Frenzy 157s by The Crafters Workshop

 

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Ballerina – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 21, 2018

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Sometimes we have to remind ourselves, that happiness is a choice. We can sit down and feel sad or we can get up and dance. Nothing will have changed, except our state of mind… and then everything looks different.

stamps: Lifes Dance JM2663 by Hampton Art Stamps; Damask DDTS011 by Darkroom Door

Again, this is the same background technique as the previous 2 posts, I just used a smaller block to ink up this time.

After stamping Damask pattern over the inked area in Blue Violet Archival ink, I added the wording using the same pad.

I cut out the little ballerina die in multiple layers – pale pink for top torso, head and arms; matt white for leggings, which I watercoloured pale purple to tone in with background; textured white card for dress and tutu(2 layers). The top tutu layer, I watercoloured slightly with purple to denote folds in skirt, then pinched card to create mountains adding dimension. Star Dust Stickles was applied to trim of tutu, and a small dot on her headband.

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Peach Trellis

Susan Robinson
November 20, 2017

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die: Tim Holtz Frameworks  “Trellis” siz659431

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Birthday Numbers

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2017

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I have had this numbers die (Antiqua Numbers siz658338) for many years and normally cut out the numbers and use them individually, but have seen some ideas lately utilising the silhouette  as well. Thought I’d have a play.

Of course this only works for birthdays with sequential numbers. I caught up with a girlfriend last week and was showing her some of the cards I had made recently. She really liked the number ones and reminded me she has a birthday coming up. And how old will she be? 57!! A challenge indeed.

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Heart Art

Susan Robinson
July 16, 2017

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Hopes and dreams and the possibilities of it all…

stamps: Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Embossing Pad; Scattered Straw & Shaded Lilac Distress Stain Sprays; Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fabio Spray; Black Paint

paper: Watercolour Paper; Raven & Quartz Bazzill Cards; Creative Imaginations Paper; Black Corrugated Card

accessories: Texture Paste; Gold Embossing Powder; Fusible Web

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Bubble Stencil THS002; Big Shot Machine; Heart dies; Sponge Blocks; Palette Knife; Paint Brush; Heatgun; Satay Stick

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then the ink sprays. Dry with a heatgun. I then cut this card in half and got 2 card fronts out of it.

2. Using a palette knife, smear texture paste through bubble stencil. Dry with a heatgun.

3. Dilute black paint and drip with paint  brush onto card randomly. Spritz with a water to dilute further if needed.

4. Cut Fusible web into short strips. Fold in half and hold in position on card with satay stick.  Start to melt with heatgun, then pour embossing powder quickly over. Heat with heatgun to create webbing effect. Repeat as many times as desired, but remember not to cut your web too long as it becomes harder to control the melt.

5. Cut heart shape out of black corrugated card. Rub clear embossing pad over right side then pour gold embossing powder over and heatset.  Cut smaller heart out of scrap watercolour paper. Colour with inks, then melt web over (as per instructions 4).

6. Attach black heart onto card with two-sided tape. Put Magic Mount beneath smaller heart and overlap it larger black heart. Stamp wording into bottom left corner of card with black Archival pad.

7. Sponge around card with sepia Archival ink. Attach card layers with two-sided tape.

 

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