Green Bug

Susan Robinson
June 30, 2020

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I had some unfinished business with these bugs! I normally like to post in themes (I still have a few more sewing cards to come) but thought I’d break it up a bit, before moving onto ‘Alcohol Inks’. Really excited by some of the backgrounds I’ve made, just have to decide now how to decorate them.

  1. Colour card using ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ and ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’ Lindy’s Starburst sprays. Mixed in with the green ink base colour, they have an iridescent blue which dries in little puddles. Gorgeous!
  2. Stamp bugs into position on green card, and a 2nd time onto scrap card. Colour them. I coloured the cockroach brown, before covering it in Glossy Accents (adding drops of Black Accent for eyes), then put aside to dry. The other 2 bugs I covered in tacky glue, which when dry, I rubbed green and blue ‘Fab Foils’ over to give them that iridescent shine.
  3. Cut a circle out of clear film and place over lower bug. Lightly sponge around circle with blue ink to create a halo effect.
  4. Leave circle in position to act as a mask while stamping over card with large script writing stamp. I used blue ink as I wanted a subtle effect.
  5. When decorated bugs are dry, cut bodies only out and glue or Magic Mount over ones on green card. I added some black wire as antennae for blue bug.
  6. Assemble backing card layers. I found a piece of metallic blue mesh which I slipped in between, which works well I think, picking up the shine of the blue bug.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 & ‘Theories’ CMS329 By Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection)

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Entomology

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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One of my girlfriends gave me a present years ago wrapped in this gorgeous paper. Can’t remember what the present was, but I still have the paper and that is what I’ve used for the patterned background on this card.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Magnifying Glass from Stamp-it set107

dies: ‘Entomology’ 663068 Sizzix Framelit; ‘Plaque & Postage’ Tim Holtz Alterations

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Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020

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I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it

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Butterflies Change

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2020

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Nothing ever stays the same, embrace the changes.

die: Butterfly Wreath by Memory Box ; stamp wording by Stamp-it

The background strip is leftover from a Distress Stain sheet I did (Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters). I lightly sponged 3 of the butterflies with coordinating inks before gluing them back into place, lifting the outside wings slightly higher with each butterfly progressively. The Bazzil base card looks very dull in these pictures, but has a much stronger tonal value in real life and matches the green in the Distressed strip perfectly.

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Aqua Dragonfly

Susan Robinson
March 11, 2020

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Following on from the ‘aqua and insect’ theme (of previous post) inspired by my stint in the garden a few days ago. I love this colour combination of aqua and dark brown together, and the orange just gives it a lift, don’t you think?

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

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July 25, 2016

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butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 2

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butterfly formation 012My 2nd card using my new Memory Box die # 99145 Reverse Butterfly Collage. The wording is “Happiness is When” 2440C by Stamp-it.

Cut out the die in white matt card. Place a larger piece of card beneath which has been coloured with Dylusion ink sprays (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red) leaving a border of the coloured card showing around it . Mount this onto folded black backing card.

Cut out butterfly pattern again on scrap of white matt card. It doesn’t have to be a very big piece of card as you don’t want the whole pattern, only a small section of it. I chose the middle-left part to highlight as there was space there to add a wording. Use texters directly onto rubber stamp to colour wording (so all the words can be different colours). Cut your chosen section to desired size and matt onto piece of black card. Magic Mount onto card front, lining up with butterfly images beneath. Fix adhesive rhinestones of pink and orange in place for butterfly heads.butterfly formation 013

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Butterfly Whirl

admin
July 7, 2016

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A rainbow of colours to brighten up your day!

butterfly whirl 004 My fourth and final card using the “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die (see previous posts). This time I have used only the individual butterfly shapes from within the wreath, which I cut out from a piece of white card previously sprayed with multiple colours of Dylusion Sprays.but whirl 001

 

 

 

 

but whirl 005The 3 small butterflies at the top were created by either folding a butterfly in half, or cutting butterflies in half and assembling 2 small wings over each other or the 2 larger wings over each other.butterfly whirl 006

 

 

Stamp is Fiesta! set CS226 by Kaisercraft

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Free Spirit Butterfly Wreath

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July 5, 2016

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Set free your creative spirit! Let it fly!

free spirit 005 My energy is so often scattered – multi-tasking I believe it’s called, something we women are good at. But it is nice to be able to focus on just one object and explore it’s possibilities before moving onto the next. My 3rd card using the Memory Box die “Butterfly Wreath”. This time I didn’t throw any bits away, including the background card I cut it from.

  1. Cut wreath from ivory card. Sponge around with Antique Linen Distress pad. Matt ivory card onto pale blue card and cut a circle from the center of the blue card (lining up with center of wreath) with circle cutter or die. Adhere ivory and blue card layers onto fawn coloured backing card.
  2. Glue butterfly wreath outline back into place in center of cut-out. I have long decided ‘glue’ and me will never be best friends. This is a little tricky to do as the outline is wet with glue and so delicate it easily stretches out of shape. In hind-sight would have been better to cut it out of supersheet/jac paper, or just apply glue to the card itself rather than the thin outline.
  3. Sponge around individual butterflies with Spun Sugar Distress pad. I then decorated some of them with rub-ons from Fancy Pants ‘Fancy-free’ collection.  The ‘Free Spirit’ wording also came from this same sheet of rub-ons. Position butterflies in different poses back into wreath. Magic Mount has been added beneath some wings. Cut out butterfly antennae in dark brown card and add to decorated butterflies.free spirit 006
  4. Stamp Kaisercraft “Dictonary Meanings” randomly over ivory card in Sepia Archival ink. free spirit 007

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

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July 3, 2016

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Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a heatgun.blue but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with scissors.blue but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the colours.blue but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown matting.blue but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing card.blue but wreath 008

 

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