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

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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

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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.

 

 

 

Below is another example using a clear pigment pad and embossing with clear powder onto black card. I highlighted the blossoms on the tree with gold Liquid Pearls.gief class 008

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Within Us

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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

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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

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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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Calligraphic Garden

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May 24, 2016

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A card I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

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Stamps: “Paper Garden” S1509 from Close to my Heart, “Calligraphy Sampler” CRR138 from Stampendous and “Tall Birthday” 4321D from Stamp-It.

Instructions: Stamp calligraphy background in clear ink and emboss with clear embossing powder on white card. Heat set. Sponge card all over with “Old Paper” Distress ink, then around edges with Sepia Archival ink.

Ink up flower stamp of choice from set (I used the largest) with Distress inks “Seedless Preserves”, “Dusty Concord”, “Salty Ocean” and “Walnut Stain”. Spritz stamp lightly with water, then stamp down onto embossed card. Dry. This technique works well with any solid stamp image, and by spritzing it with water, it blends the water-soluble Distress inks together and creates a soft watercolour effect when you stamp it out. I also sponged a little of these Distress colours onto the background card for balance.

Cut out plaque from Sizzix “Mini Labels” set siz657214 with Big Shot machine in ivory card. Stamp birthday wording in Deep Purple Archival ink, then sponge using Distress inks previously mentioned above, and around edges with Sepia Archival ink. Magic mount at base of card across flower stems.

Select strip of ivory organza ribbon and stitch along one edge length. Gather in thread to create ribbon frill and knot thread. Tape ribbon frill over large flower head. Punch small hole at base of flower head and place decorative brad through. This is to hide gathered edges of ribbon and create a pod for petals to grow from. I chose organza ribbon as it is opaque and I wanted the inked flower head beneath to be visible through it.

 

I liked this card so much I made it again for another friends 40th, with slightly softer colours.

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The Sunflower’s Secret

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May 16, 2016

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A few more little cards from my flower series. I wasn’t going to bother putting them up, but the sunflower card with the bee links in nicely with my next few posts to come – featuring other insects (bugs and butterflies).

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On left: “Secret Sunflower” 705 by Inkadinkado (Tin can Mail), “Honycomb” U5-1796 by Stamper’s Anonymous and “The Bumblebee” 4804C by Stamp-It.

On right: “Framed Daisy” 23.292J by Magenta. Quick and easy to colour. Simple but effective design.

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Garden Poems

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May 13, 2016

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gaarden poems 002My sixth and final flower card for the week. I had a very productive day on Monday, but had to move on eventually to other jobs. The real world is always waiting on the other side of the craft room door.

Stamps: “Garden Poems” 3869K by Penny Black; “Create to Breathe” DD928A by Unity Stamp Co

The flowers were stamped onto a scrap of card from my “backgrounds box” and as usual I failed to write on the back what colours I had used. I normally work with 3  colours, so am guessing Distress Stains “Spiced Marmalade” and “Broken China” definitely, and as it looks like a brown has been added – possibly also “Frayed Burlap”. I then laid over Dylusions alphabet stencil and spritzed with water. Lifted off stencil and dried card immediately. The effect is subtle, but just added that extra bit of interest.

The flowers were coloured with watercolours as I wanted a soft, opaque look, then Glossy accents were put over the petals. The flower heads were decorated with “Vintage Photo” Distress Stickles and the stamens with Buttercup, Cantaloupe and Flamingo Liquid Pearls.

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Brown Daisies

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May 12, 2016

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My fifth card of this flower series – and it’s only Monday! at least it was when I made them, I will pace them out in my postings though, so you don’t get inundated. Decided to keep this one really simple and clean cut. The little daisies by Artee Stamps I have had forever “Double Daisy” SP210F. “Written Thank You” C3016 is by Hero Arts. I coloured in with pencils, highlighted petals with Glossy Accents, adhered card layers and added a ribbon bow. Soft and Simple.

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