Poppy Seed Heads

Susan Robinson
January 9, 2021

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stamps: ‘Poppy Seed Heads’ by Imagination Crafts

embossing folder: ‘Intricate Background’ CO725768 by Couture Creations

Archival ink pads: ‘Sap Green’, ‘Viridian’, ‘Blue Violet’, ‘Fern Green’ & ‘Sepia’

This stamp is a solid design, so I coloured it with multiple ink pads, direct to the rubber. As it is a clear stamp, I find the Archival inks give the crispest stamped images. Inking up the heads first with the lightest colour being the ‘Sap’, then ‘Viridian’, adding shading at the bottom of the pods with the ‘Blue Violet’ pad. I used the ‘Fern’ on the stems and lightly touched the tips of the heads with the ‘Sepia’ pad.

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Lotus Bouquet

Susan Robinson
January 7, 2021

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How gorgeous is this new waterlily stamp (Lotus Bouquet 19087) from Paper Rose Studio! I used Distress Stain sprays for the backgrounds. Usually I colour my white card completely, but sometimes it’s nice to leave some white. Was toying with the idea of adding a wording to the above card, but decided it was more peaceful without.

After finishing my flower on the green card, I decided to add the script wording in the background. That was my first mistake, as it all went downhill from there, haha. This meant I had to mask off the flowers (ugh!) and then I stamped the wording on the middle right UPSIDE DOWN!!! Seriously don’t know how that happened! So I had to find something big enough to cover up my error. I fiddled with that wording plaque for ages, changing ink colours of the wording and background numerous times. Not totally happy with the result as it is looks a bit busy, but it is done and I have moved on with my life. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that take up the most time.

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Yellow Flowers

Susan Robinson
August 17, 2020

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Stamping over alcohol inks can sometimes be a bit tricky, colouring the image in can be trickier! If you’re not feeling brave enough, there are other options. Obviously die cuts are an easy out. But if you want more depth, you could always stamp onto a separate white card, colour in, then fussy cut out and glue image into place.

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Pink 30th

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2020

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Thirty years is such a milestone birthday! I made this card for my daughter-in-law who recently gave birth to her third child.

I have been experimenting with more white on white compositions, though it seems I always have to add that splash of colour. This background was achieved with pink and yellow alcohol inks.

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Mother’s Day Fuschia

Susan Robinson
May 11, 2020

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I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day. I spent mine with my mother and son and we had a few visitors, including my nephew with his new baby, so that was nice. He is my mother’s first great grandchild! We resisted having a cuddle due to the ongoing virus situation, plus the poor little man had already had a big day and was feeling a tad grumpy. All he wanted was to be left in peace so he could go to sleep, which I’m sure he did as soon as the car engine started up to take him home. Look forward to our next visit. His Mum wants to start a baby scrapbook for him, so that will be a fun project we can work on together.

stamp: Fuchsia by PSX, coloured with watercolours. The paper was a little too absorbent, so not the best blending. Will have to try an alternative medium next time.

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Cosmos Compilation

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2020

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We’ve had a bit of rain this week, always good for the gardens.

These are cards I made a while ago but just realised the post was still sitting in Drafts.

The backgrounds were created with various Distress Stain Sprays. The stamp is “Cosmos Spray” CRP263 by Stampendous.

 

Petals coloured pale pink, cut out and glued over main image. Glossy Accents and micro beads added to centers. Silver foil applied to swirls.

Glossy Accents applied to petals. When dry, Gold Stickles smeared over. Gold Pearls glued to centers. Gold Fab Foil applied to plaque swirls.

Yellow Flowersoft added to center of flowers to create texture and dimension. Water splashed onto background to bleach colour. Yellow chalk applied to plaque.

 

 

 

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Turquoise Suite

Susan Robinson
March 9, 2020

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Turquoise – my favourite colour! I have been out doing some gardening, absorbing the beauty of the flowers, birds and butterflies, soaking up the sun. Feels good to be alive. After a few hours I felt a bit hot and tired, so rewarded myself with a plunge in the turquoise clear waters of the pool!

stamp: ‘Butterfly Suite’ 4182K by Penny Black

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Water Lilies

Susan Robinson
January 13, 2020

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Taking advantage of this lull before life speeds up again. I have a heap of coloured in images that just need backing cards attached to finish off. This is one of my favourite designs from PSX.

Stamp is by PSX K-1438. I used a combination of normal and watercolour pencils to colour. Glossy Accents added to dragonfly wings and ‘Onyx’ Liquid Pearl for his body.

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Torn Flowers

Susan Robinson
January 8, 2020

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When you find the perfect matching card in your box of scraps to back your stamped image, but there’s a chunk missing from one corner – what do you do? You improvise! I have only 1 full A4 sheet of this yellow colour left in my stockpile, so was very reluctant to cut it up. Instead I replaced the missing corner with another card of similar tone. And rather than straightening the torn edges at the top and right side, I left them as is for a more casual look. Really excited when I found this scrap of ribbon too! It’s a shimmery orange on one side and pink on the other. Quite lovely. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the flowers have been stamped onto ivory card and the folded backing card is pale yellow. Watercolour pencils were used to colour in flowers.

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Celebration of Life

Susan Robinson
September 22, 2019

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Life goes on and we must celebrate the living.

This card is for one of my good friends who has been a wonderful support and source of inspiration to me for many years. I feel very blessed to have her in my life. I hope you all have at least one person in your life like that 🙂

Flower dies by Alexandra Renke, leaves (unsure), Tattered Banners siz657179 by Tim Holtz, Happy Birthday stamp 3320C by Stamp-it

Flowers coloured with Distress Stains.

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