Gum Blossoms

Susan Robinson
August 11, 2018

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Moving onto florals now, but haven’t strayed far from the Australiana theme with my new acquisition of an old Stampin’ Up set “Bloom Away”. There are 3 designs in the set, Gum Blossoms, Banksia and Waratah.  I couldn’t decide which background to use with my Gum Blossom image, so just stamped out some more. I coloured them all the same, using watercolour pencils, then adding Glossy Accents to the nut areas and dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to the flower skirts.

To recreate this card, first colour a piece of watercolour paper with Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays.

Next, tear the corner section from a piece of speckled Unryushi paper that is slightly larger than the watercolour card and glue to left hand side, wrinkling up as you go to make it fit and creating dimension and interest to your background. I used a clear matt glue to glue my paper and also to seal it.

I cut out ‘Fillipa Corner’ #99146 by Memory Box in ivory card and coloured it roughly with Weathered Wood ink. I then decorated it with ‘Disco Ball’ Beadazzles before attaching  it to top corner of card.

The dragonfly is a stamp from unknown origins. I stamped it onto vellum in white ink and cut it out. I stamped out the body only in dark brown ink onto grey card, cut it out and laid over vellum image. I bent the dragonfly wings up and glued down the body area only onto card.

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Scripted Rose

Susan Robinson
May 11, 2018

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Inky backgrounds are one of my favourite things to do. This one is using Distress Stain Sprays Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Aged Mahogany. I applied a script wording stamp randomly over, inked with a Walnut Stain Distress pad.

The Rose was sponged with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany Distress Pads, the stems and leaves – Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I stamped the script wording over it also, then glazed with Glossy Accents using a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.

I drew a line down each leaf with a dark green pencil. Originally I placed the Rose directly onto the background, but felt it got lost a little, so added the plain yellow rectangle beneath to highlight it better. I sponged around all edges with sepia ink.

Stamp ‘Just for You’ wording onto scrap of same yellow card, cut to size, sponge edges with sepia and glue into place. Matt card front onto burgundy card layer, then folded backing card of mustard yellow.

Rose die 51-023 by Penny Black. Handwriting and Just for You stamps by Stamp-it.

 

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Love Rose

Susan Robinson
May 9, 2018

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I was busy in my bedroom last Friday packing for a crafty weekend away with a few girlfriends, whilst unbeknown to me a pipe had burst in the spare bathroom at the other end of the house and water was busily pouring out EVERYWHERE! When I finally emerged from my room in a state of happy anticipation for what lay ahead, I came to a quick realisation that it may not be that great a day after all.

Luckily we have tiled flooring throughout the house, so not much damage. There were a lot of boxes in the spare bedroom which had to be emptied out though, the contents of which are still strewn about the house, awaiting new dry boxes.  All the contents of the linen closet had to be rewashed (left hubby with that little task), but really can’t complain in the scheme of things. Could have been so much worse – could have been upstairs in my craft room! Now that WOULD have been a disaster!!

This ‘Rose’ die 51-023 is by Penny Black and one I have been coveting for a while, but it always seems to be out of stock. Then hallelujah, one of my girlfriends had it, so I cut out a few for myself in white card stock.

I decided to add the cut-out part of the rose back in for this one, adding Magic Mount underneath it for dimension.

  

 

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Jar of Flowers – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 18, 2018

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stamps: Music Script & Thank You 4901B from Stamp-it

dies: Flower Jar siz662270 by Tim Holtz

inks: Dried Marigold & Tumbled Glass Distress Pads; Jet Black Archival Pad; Teal Blue StazOn Pad

INSTRUCTIONS:

This is the same technique as shown in previous post “Leaves of Gratitude”, except that instead of squishing the Distress ink pads onto a teflon mat, I squished them onto an acrylic block, for a more contained result. Then spritzed the block with water, before flipping it upside down onto white card. Lift off. You may wish at this stage to spritz your card with water also to help the inks run. You can control this somewhat by using a paintbrush to decide where you want the drips to go. Have a tissue ready to soak up any excess liquid.

      

Lastly I cut out the large jar from the sizzix die set in clear acetate, and sponged around the edge with the Teal StazOn pad. I glued some string across the neck and made a separate string bow.

I cut out one of the flowers from same set in white card and sponged with Peeled Paint & Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. I added some Pumpkin & Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to flower heads (though not really happy with that decision). Set aside to dry.

The dragonflies are a Tonic punch. I cut them out in dark brown and again in vellum. I cut the tails off the vellum dragonflies and mounted them over the brown ones, gluing down the body only and lifting the wings. I then drew a line of Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls down the body of each dragonfly, and set aside to dry.

I distressed the edges of the top card layer with the edge of my scissors before assembling the rest. I did this around the Thank you wording also.

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Alexandra Renke Watercolour Florals

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2018

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Starting off the year with some simple cards using one of Alexandra Renke’s beautiful watercolour floral design papers. I actually find it quite hard keeping things clean and austere, especially when trying to use predominantly white! You don’t realise how many shades of white there are till you try using them together. Rather than struggle against my natural instincts, I decided to just relax and go with the flow, adding colour where the whim dictated.

You can get 24 cards from one 12×12 sheet…

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Flowers Amongst Us

admin
August 7, 2016

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A little ‘Thank You’ to you for following me. I would love to hear from you and appreciate any feedback.

stamps: Flower Amongst Flowers 4155L by Penny Black; Thank You by Stampin’ Up

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fired Brick Distress Pad; Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red Dylusion Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Raven Bazzill Card; Cad Yellow Mi-Teintes Card

accessories: Yellow Stickles; Petal Pink Liquid Pearls

adhesives: Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Paper Crimper; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spritz your white card lightly with water, then the Dylusion inks, until there is no white left showing. Dry with a heatgun (or set aside to dry naturally).
  2. Stamp flowers onto card with black ink pad.20160807_115227
  3. Run card through paper crimper. This will create a soft corrugated effect (I say ‘soft’ as the indentations are not that deep). Dip your sponging block into red ink pad and lightly colour the now raised ridges of the paper. It provides a subtle background pattern and gives the illusion that perhaps the flowers are up against a corrugated fence. (Note: I forgot to take a photo of the crimping process before I added the stickles sorry, so just remember if doing it yourself only put flat card through the crimper or you won’t get as smooth a result. If you don’t have a crimper, you could achieve a similar effect by scoring your card at equal increments).
  4. Attach card to black matting. Run a strip of cad-yellow card across the middle of the folded black backing card and attach with two-sided tape. Magic Mount card front over it.
  5. Stamp ‘Thank You’ in black ink onto scrap of cad-yellow. Matt with black card and Magic Mount onto card front.
  6. Apply yellow Stickles to large flower heads and pink Liquid Pearls to center of small flowers. Set aside to dry.
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Golden Glory

admin
August 1, 2016

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This is the last card from my “Colours of Grief” card making class. Bit of a somber subject I know, but one that shouldn’t be ignored. Give someone you care about a hug today, or a phone call to let them know they MATTER. It’s so easy for us all to get wrapped up in our own busy lives and problems, sometimes we don’t realise what others are going through, or not coping with, until it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

Stamps: Flamboyant 4240K by Penny Black, Empowered Words DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

Inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Gold Delicate Pad

Papers: Raven, Fawn & Gecko Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Labels die siz660060; Black Frilled Ribbon; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists; Gold Brads; Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders

Adhesives: Super Tape; Black Magic Mount

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Machine; Awl; Paintbrush

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  1. Stamp flamboyant flower in clear pigment ink onto black card and emboss with clear powder. Heatset.
  2. Lightly spritz Sunflower Sparkle Mist over design. Pick up some of the gold with paintbrush and fill in flower shapes. Heatset.
  3. Stamp wording onto scrap of black card and emboss with gold powder. Heatset. Select die from set that will fit over wording and cut out label shape in Big Shot machine. Use awl to pierce hole in either side of label and push gold brads through, opening legs at back to secure. Run Gold pad around edge of label to highlight. Magic Mount label ontogief class 010 card front.male cards 003
  4. Run gold pad around edge of card front. Flip over and run two-sided tape around perimeter. Peel off one side at a time, attaching ribbon frill as you go. Place black Magic Mount onto back of card. Attach finished card front onto matting of fawn card, then green backing card.

 

 

 

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Within Us

admin
July 29, 2016

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grief 3 014Buried deep in our soul, is a garden bed, where beautiful seeds lie dormant, waiting for that needed nourishment before they can begin to grow. YOU are the gardener! It is important that you take time to tend to this garden, or the seeds will eventually wither and die. Give yourself a little love and occasionally dust off those buried talents and bring them into the light. The tightly furled creative buds will slowly, tentatively, make their way up through the soil, and as more time and love is poured in, so their beauty will expand,  stretching and dancing, delighting in the freedom of showing their true selves in all their colourful glory. For your garden to reach full bloom, you must find your joy within and TEND to it.

 

stamps: Emerson WK106 by Wordsworth; Flowers siset090 by Stamp-it

dies: Lamp Post D494 by Tattered Lace; Circle Framelits by Sizzix

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Stamp wording in black Archival ink onto front of white Bazzill A6 card.

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2. Open up card and cut out circle shape above wording using Big Shot machine and Sizzix circle dies. Cut out a circle border, sponge edges with silver ink and mount it over cut-out to frame.

3. Spritz watercolour paper with water and spray with Black Marble Dylusion Spray. Heatset. Stamp flower background in black StazOn pad over it. Using a waterbrush, bleach colour from flower petals, drying with tissue as you go. Cut design into circular shape.

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4. Fit flower circle into cut-out on front of card, and fix to inside card.

5. Cut out lamp post in silver card. adhere to card front.

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6. Open up card and decorate flower stamens with silver Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry.

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Blue Rain

admin
July 27, 2016

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I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps:  Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

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Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.

 

Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

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Agapanthus Napkin

admin
June 25, 2016

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napkin 008Using napkins is a quick and easy way to create colourful cards as the artwork is already done for you! I try to pick them up when I see ones that inspire me. Sometimes at the craft shows you can get bags of singles (rather than having to buy them in packs of the same patterns). I especially like the ones which have a more overall pattern that can be used for backgrounds. This particular design stands alone, so really needed nothing much added to it. I lay some texture paste through a stencil to create some dimension in the background and the wording is magic mounted to add another layer to the front, that’s all.

stencil: THS002 Bubble

stamp: Happiness is When 2440C by Stamp-it

instructions:

  1. seperate layers of napkin. you will only use the uppermost patterned one.
  2. smear texture paste through chosen stencil with palette knife onto ivory card. set aside to dry.

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3. wet your card with a paintbrush, then spread some Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint randomly over. the napkin 005napkin is only very thin so the colours will show through. dry with heatgun.

4. tear out desired pattern area of napkin. apply matt glue over card and gently lay napkin over. apply some glue over the top also, pushing any air bubbles out as you go. set aside to dry.

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6. mount card onto burgundy card layer, then onto bamboo backing card.

7. stamp wording in black ink onto ivory scrap. sponge around in Aged Mahogany. layer onto bamboo card. tear edges and sponge with Crushed Olive ink. magic mount into position on front of card.

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