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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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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Perky Poppy 2

Susan Robinson
August 15, 2017

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Sometimes simple is best. My second card in this 3 series post.

Cut out Perky Poppy die (Memory Box), ‘smile’ wording (Impression Obsession), and rectangle in white card, arrange as desired and glue onto inked background (created with Distress Stain sprays: Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap). I white embossed the ‘Love’ stamp (3283C from Stamp-it) onto a scrap of white card, then sponged over matching inks to colour. Use a circle punch or scissors to cut out stamp then Magic Mount into place. Assemble card layers.

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Perky Poppy 1

Susan Robinson
August 12, 2017

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When buying a new die, I like to explore all the possibilities of its use. This is the first of a 3 series post using this Perky Poppy die #98762 from Memory Box.

For this card, I cut the poppy out in cream card, and again in a patterned paper (sample shown is from Bo Bunny). Ensure your paper has a small pattern, or the design will be lost when cut up. I then just placed the cut pattern pieces inside the cream framework. I curled the petals slightly first and used Magic Mount beneath the larger pieces.

I sponged the stems sparingly with sepia ink and coloured the leaves & bud with watercolour pencils. Apply dots of Copper Liquid Pearls to stamens. Set aside to dry.

Added some strips of torn paper from my ‘scrap box’. Just play around till you find a combination that you’re happy with. I changed my mind on the darker blue paper and added some more music notes instead.

Stamp ‘love you’ wording (Stampin’ Up) in black ink.

Sponge around card with sepia ink and assemble layers.

 

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English Rose Bouquet 4

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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My last card in this series, made with Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet’ die (#99139). Before I bought my metal adaptor plate, sometimes when I put my dies through the Big Shot machine, they wouldn’t cut out completely, especially those with more intricate designs – very frustrating! That is what happened this time, so I put the roses aside to think about another day as I really couldn’t be bothered getting my scalpel and cutting each tiny section out. Now with my new plate, my dies all cut out beautifully each time 🙂

Eventually I came back to this problem child and decided instead of trying to push all the little pieces OUT, I would work with what I had and leave them all IN! I watercoloured them, initially just colouring in the petal sections of the roses leaving the borders white, but ended up pulling the colour out to cover the whole rose. Think I should have left them white – but oh well, once you start, there’s no going back.

 

I sprayed my background card with Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays, lay some ribbon across bottom and attached my card layers.

 

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English Rose Bouquet 3

Susan Robinson

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Simple silhouettes.

This card is very straightforward, simply using the cut out roses from English Rose Bouquet die #99139 by Memory Box and gluing over a patterned background. I left the leaves unglued so I could lift them slightly to create some dimension to the card.  I sponged the leaves with Lumiere metallic Olive green paint. When used thinly this green paint shows up a gorgeous gold tint through it. I swirled some Gold Stickles into the center of each rose head.

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Of course, don’t limit yourself by always trying to use the design as a whole. You could chop it up and only use part of it – as a border, a corner, to decorate an envelope flap, whatever…

For this sample, I was experimenting using the cut-out as a stencil. I smeared some white shimmery texture paste through it, but wasn’t happy with the result, so it got binned. This was going to join it, but I liked the shimmer effect on the roses and decided to salvage it.

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English Rose Bouquet 2

Susan Robinson

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A little softer than my usual style, but it was hard finding paper with a small enough pattern to put behind the roses. For this card I:

  • cut out the rose die (English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box) in white card
  • then traced around each flower head onto patterned paper and cut out
  • glued these behind relevant sized rose head
  • glued pearl into center of each rose
  • sepia wash over leaves
  • stamped wording in sepia ink (For You from Stamp-it)
  • sponged edge of card with sepia ink and assembled layers

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As I wasn’t 100% happy with my first sample using this technique, I re-did it using a plain card colour behind the rose heads. I then added some shading using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I had planned to make the roses all the same colour, but got carried away as usual. I just love colour! The leaves are a very pale green.

  

This is my favourite colour combination – peach and aqua. The pattern card is from My Minds Eye – ‘Sweet Little One’. It’s stripey on one side and plain aqua on the other. I added a strip of aqua lace as well to soften the look.

Happy Birthday stamp is from Stamp-it, inside a Collections book plate attached with green brads and Magic Mounted onto card.

Bazzill cards used: Adobe & Pinecone

 

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English Rose Bouquet 1

Susan Robinson

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My next series of floral cards, made using this rose die – English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box.

I really loved the cards in the last post (Perky Poppy 3) with the Alcohol inks, so decided to replicate the technique with this die. Not as effective I feel, unsure whether due to the design shape or my choice of background.

 

Note: when pushing out the unwanted petals, don’t lose the 2 pieces (shown at right of image), that are part of the background and need to be glued back in.

I didn’t glue the leaves down so I could bend them up to show a slither of colour from background beneath. I then wrapped some ribbon across the top and assembled card layers.

Thinking of You Brush stamp (890B) is from Stamp-it.

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Smile for the Camera

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April 14, 2017

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While I was hunting through my ‘stash’ looking for suitable cards for male birthdays, I found these 3 cards I did a few years ago using the same two stamps – Traditional Camera 4747D and wording siset083 from Stamp-it. I didn’t end up using them this time, but am sure I will at some point in the future as they are good for a wide age range.

20170328_14213120170328_142043This one has a pocket behind the main design, which a bookmark slides into.20170328_142010

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One Wedding Dress – Pearls and Petticoats

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July 24, 2016

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Lots of lustrous shimmer and shine in this lovely wedding card with it’s pearls and petticoats.

stamps: Elegant Bride 3207F & Wishes Corner 4075D both by Stamp-it

dies: Trellis siz659431

inks: Sepia Archival pad; Jet Black StazOn pad

  1. Stamp Best Wishes wording into top left corner of shimmer card with Sepia ink pad. Stamp bride in black StazOn ink into centre of cream shimmer card, then again onto patterned shimmer paper. Cut out skirt only in patterned paper. Attach fringe of white organza ribbon along bottom edge of skirt and magic mount into place over stamped image on main card (gluing top of skirt flat to surface).
  2. Colour bride’s top with White Opal Liquid Pearls direct from bottle, running lines down folds of skirt also. Dot pink variations of Liquid Pearls for bouquet and set aside to dry.
  3. Attach card layers.
  4. Using Big Shot, cut out die shapes in embossed shimmer card. Sponge around 4 of them with Sepia pad and arrange at top right of card, magic mounting one. Colour stem of bouquet with green Spectrum Noir pen.
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One Wedding Dress – Vintage Bride

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wedding dresses 016What’s old is new again – vintage is back in style!

wedding dresses 017stamps: Elegant Bride 3207F, Love 2774C both by Stamp-it; Something Old, Something New P722 by My Sentiments Exactly

 

 

 

  1. Stamp bride in black StazOn ink onto ivory card. Paint skirt and headdress with white acrylic paint. Paint top with Pewter Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. Reg leaves 013
  2. Cover top with clear Distress Crackle paint. This will dry clear and shiny (and cracked of course). Cover skirt with Kroma crackle gel. This goes on clear, but will dry an off-white matt. The thicker you apply it, the more obvious the cracks. Spread crackle gel around edges of card in thinner layer using palette knife. Set aside to dry. This may take a 1-3 days. Reg leaves 012
  3. Sponge card with Antique Linen Distress ink (going around bride). Sponge edges (going in a little) with Sepia Archival ink. Apply a little Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, blending in with a wet paint brush if needed. Sponge edges only with Potting Soil Archival ink.
  4. Position and stamp wordings of choice with the aid of a t-grid. Reg leaves 010
  5. Apply glue to bouquet area and using tweezers, place single cut flowers from ribbon edge into position. Apply dot of Silver Stickles into centre of flowers and set aside to dry.
  6. Cut out frame in brown card. Run Silver embossing pad around inside edge and emboss with silver embossing powder. Run pad over frame and around outside edge randomly and emboss with silver powder. Mount with black magic mount over bride image.
  7. Attach finished front of card to silver matting and brown backing card.

 

Crackle wedding 5Crackle wedding 4An alternative version I made of this card without the frame. The ribbon border down the left side is what the bouquet flowers were cut from.

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