Row of Poppies

Susan Robinson
January 23, 2018

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Sometimes when I am playing with a background, it turns out uuuggly, but I never throw it away because one day it may come in handy for something else. This is the case for the following 2 cards, I got both pieces from my reject box and though I didn’t like them as a whole, I am quite happy with the mix of colours once they’ve been cut out into flowers (Row of Poppies die 99137 from Memory Box).

    

I stamped the wording (Evidence of Art LCS055 from Wendy Vecchi) in sepia ink onto off-white card, then spritzed Sunshine Sparkle Perfect Pearl over. I used Magic Mount under some of the flower heads but glued the rest down and applied a strip of brown leaf ribbon across base. After assembling card layers, I put Glossy Accents over flower heads and set aside to dry.

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I sprayed some Wild Honey Distress Stain onto watercolour paper, then ran it out to the right with a wet paintbrush. Dried with a heatgun. I glued the flowers into place, again lifting some of the heads with Magic Mount. I stamped the wording (from same set as card #1) in black Archival ink and use a black Zig pen to draw the roots extending down from the stems. After assembling card layers, I added dots of gold Liquid Pearls above the flower heads to resemble pollen drifting off in the breeze.

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I cut the flowers from plain watercolour paper, then hand cut some strips of grass from leftover card to bulk out the flowers and make them look a bit different from my other cards. I coloured these and flower stems, with Bundled Sage Distress re-inker using a water brush. The poppy heads I used a combination of Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed Distress re-inkers.

On my background watercolour paper, I first mapped out my desired shape with water using a flat brush before dropping re-inkers Iced Spruce and Forest Moss onto it, using same brush to move ink around. Dried with a heatgun.

Glue grass at back of flowers and attach to card. Cut out birthday word in yellow card and glue down. Stamp ‘happy’ down wording onto scrap of same card, cut out and mount into position. Assemble remaining card layers.

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This background was created with a combination of blue/green Dylusion ink sprays. When dry, I stamped over alphabet in white and circles in teal ink. Dried with a heatgun.

The poppies were cut from plain orange card. I sponged a little Spiced Marmalade Distress ink and sepia around edges of flowers. After I had attached them to card front, I applied some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles and ran a white Sharpie pen along their top edges.

The base was initially texture paste, but I didn’t like it so covered it with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress embossing powders, then heat set. The butterflies were from a scrap of brown alcohol ink card cut out using a tiny Fiskars butterfly punch.

 

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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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Lily Letter

Susan Robinson
November 22, 2017

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This started off as a sympathy card, but I somehow deviated from the plan. I suppose it could still be used for that purpose, by simply placing the sympathy wording on the inside.

 

 

stamps: Elegance 40-438 by Penny Black; Script Lines CRP297 by Stampendous

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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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Smiling Poppy

Susan Robinson
November 3, 2017

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This poppy die is becoming quite a favourite of mine. It somehow always seems to be the right shape for the space.

dies: Perky Poppy 98762  from Memory Box; Smile die378-E by Impression Obsession

(Yes, my card does actually have straight edges, despite their curvy look in the photo ha,ha. The wetness of the inks caused the white card to buckle a little. I’ll need to try flatten it out under a heavy book or something).

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Vintage Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2017

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I love these montage flower designs, you simply colour in and assemble suitable backing cards. With very little strain on the brain, they make for a quick and easy card and the whole process is quite relaxing.

     

stamp: Butterfly Suite 4182K by Penny Black

    

stamp: Rose Script #91658-Y by Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

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Bright Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 25, 2017

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Flowers always make me happy. Unfortunately we only have green leafy things growing in our garden, no flowers, so I have to make do with those I create in my craft room.

This is one of my friends dies that I cut out some copies of on camp, but she had thrown away the packaging sorry and couldn’t remember what company it was from. I used the same technique as I did for the alcohol ink poppy die cards I made recently, except that I used dye inks to create the colourful backgrounds.

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Harvest Moon

Susan Robinson
September 30, 2017

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Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight

Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning

stamps: Nature’s Paintbrushes 40-441 by Penny Black; Thinking of You F3926 by Hero Arts; Moon by Lavinia Stamps

inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Re-Inkers; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; ‘Perfect Pearl’ Perfect Pearls Mists

papers: Watercolour Paper; Raven Bazzill Card; Orange & Cad Yellow Mi-Teintes Cards; White Matt Card

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Apply water to rectangular area of your watercolour paper with a wet paint brush. Put drops of re-inkers onto a palette. Pick up inks with wet paintbrush and apply them to the wet area of your paper in a wide sweeping motion, going from light to dark as you move down the card. Set aside to dry naturally or dry with a heatgun.
  2. Stamp the moon onto scrap of white card with silver pad. Cut out shape with circle cutter or scissors. Sponge some of the yellow ink (Fossilized Amber) over. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Curve the edges down slightly and mount onto card.
  3. Stamp plant image in black ink onto card, ensuring some overlap onto moon.
  4. Tear around edges of watercolour paper and attach to backing layers of cards.
  5. Stamp wording onto strip of orange card in black ink. Cut wedge out of right side to replicate banner shape. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Place 2 small squares of Magic Mount under length of strip. Secure banner with two-sided tape flush left at base of card, again in the middle and at end so the banner is like a wave going up and down.
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Awaken Bloom

Susan Robinson
September 24, 2017

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stamps: Awaken 40-507 by Penny Black; Damask DDTSo11 by Darkroom Door; For You by Stampin’Up

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp flower twice onto 2 separate pieces of white card. Tear around edges of one (this will be your card front). Colour other with watercolour pencils and cut out flower heads.
  2. Stamp damask pattern in green ink (Adirondack- Meadow) over uncoloured flower. I felt this was too dark though so dabbed some white acrylic paint over to soften. Dry with Heatgun. Sponge over Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress inks. Sponge around torn edges with sepia ink.
  3. Colour in flower stems. Magic Mount cut out flower heads into place.
  4. Smear Glossy Accents over flower petals with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.
  5. Apply touches of white paint to edges of flower petals with a paintbrush. Heat set.
  6. Glue some black Beadazzles near flower centres. Set aside to dry.
  7.  Wrap ribbon around base of card and secure at back. Glue on bow. Assemble card layers.
  8. Gold emboss wording, cut out with circle punch, sponge around edges with sepia ink and Magic Mount at top of card.
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Perky Poppy 3

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2017

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My third posting in this 3 part series, suggesting ways to use this Memory Box die.

For this sample I have kept the background card and popped the flower frame back inside the space to define it. Behind it is a piece of card from my ‘background’ box, what was once white kromekote (gloss) card, brightly coloured with Alcohol Inks. I like to leave a little of the coloured card peeping around the edge, (seems a shame to cover up all that deliciousness).

Stamp wording (from Unity Stamp co) in black ink.

I added a strip of turquoise card to pick up that colour in the flower head, and some silver cord for interest. Assembled onto white folded backing card.

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VARIATION:

Of course there is nothing stopping you from doing multiple cuts of the poppy die onto your card front. Here is one made with a different coloured Alcohol Ink background.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series and gained some inspiration. There will be another series soon to follow using Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet” die.

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