Shimmery Bird Cages

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2017

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Using stencils with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Bluebeard Blue Violet’ Moonshadow Mist. These inks come out a brown tea colour, but when dry you can see subtle shimmers of colour, this one being a purple tone. The powders tend to be attracted to the edges of the pastes too. Very hard to see in the photo, especially with my dodgy photography skills sorry. The paste I used was a white shimmer and I added some silver foil to highlight parts of the main cage bars, so lots of light reflecting off this one.

First add your texture paste through stencil with the aid of a palette knife. (Note: I used silver paste for this photo, as the white I used in the above card wouldn’t show up against the white card background). Stencil is ‘Mini Birds of a Feather’ TCW207s by Crafters Workshop.

Spray card with Moonshadow Mist. Dry with Heatgun.  As the stencil was quite wide, I cut the design in half and got 2 card front from it.

When dry, I tore the bottom right hand corner and sponged the edges with sepia ink, then matted onto some brown card, which I also tore to match. I then layered onto a piece of Penny Black collage paper I have had for years (so I doubt is still available) and then onto an ivory folded backing card which I also sponged with sepia ink along the edges.

Lastly I painted the leaves with a light metallic green paint and the birds with some purple Rub-on. I added a clear rhinestone to top of each cage and a bow of string to the top of each chain. Then I went over some of the cage bars with a Sailor Glue Pen and when dry, laid silver Fab Foil over to highlight it’s pattern.

 

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Moon Shadow Mists

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April 29, 2017

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I have been having a play with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Moon Shadow Mists’. When you purchase them, they only have a small amount of powder in the bottle. You need to boil the kettle and add hot water to the fill line at the top right of the bottle label. Let them cool. Place the lid back on and give them a good shake.

When you spray them out, the liquid comes out a dirty brown colour, it is not till it dries that you see the shimmer colour coming through. I found the larger the droplets, the darker the colour. It is a very unpredictable science and to be honest I found it a bit frustrating. In the end I resorted to using a pipette to drip larger droplets about strategically. ( – as there are no rules in art, I don’t classify that as cheating, haha).

 

 

 

FOSSIL FISH

stamps: How Old? by Stamp-it

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft Bazzill Card; Dark Green Mulberry Paper; Natural Corrugated Card 

accessories: Mini Fish Fossils stencil 497s by The Crafters Workshop; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Gold Eyelts; Kraft Cord: Metal Spinner Charm

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Palette Knife; Sponge Block; Eyelet Setter; Circle Hole Punch

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stamps: Fairy, Mushrooms and Vines by Lavinia stamps; Fireworks (flower) 3948K by Penny Black

inks: Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Forget-me-Not and Wisteria Bazzill Cards

accessories: Glossy Accents; Crystal Glitter; Star Dust Stickles; White Opal and Orchid Liquid Pearls; Green Pencils; Black Zig pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Glue Pen

tools: Fiskars Butterfly Punch; Sponging Block

 

What the background looked like before stamping.

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At the Market

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March 29, 2017

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20170107_144241stamps: Zulu Lady 400E by My Stamps; Clay Pots 1972E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Walnut Stain Distress Pads

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Honeycomb & Pinecone Bazzill Cards

accessories: Frosted Shrink Plastic; Gold Beads; Gold Fab Foil; Colour Pencils; Clear Embossing Powder; Gold Thread; Metallic Chalks; dried grass

adhesives: Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; magic Mount

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tools: Heatgun; Tiny Hole Punch; Sponge Blocks; Sander

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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.

napkin 0065. tear around edges of card. sponge inks around edges and lightly over raised pattern where desired. i have used Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Aged Mahogany Distress pads.

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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Joyous Stag

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November 22, 2015

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Joyous StagI think reindeer’s such elegant animals and the males antlers afford them a certain sense of majesty. They always seem to hold their heads up so proudly, probably because they have such strong neck muscles carrying all that weight around. I have decorated this stags regal headdress with some colourful joyous baubles. And no, he doesn’t find it the slightest bit demoralizing or embarrassing. Who cares if people think he’s snuck into his wife’s closet and stolen her festive earrings? – it’s all in the spirit of Christmas. Get a bit of bling on!!

 

STAMPS: Stag 4986E, Joyous wording siset059, Linear Baubles 4356E

INKS: Jet Black StazOn Pad and Sepia Archival Pad

PAPERS: Ivory Matt Card, Hilary, Maraschino & Lily Pad Bazzill Cards

ACCESSORIES: Shrink Plastic, Spectrum Noir Pens, Watercolour Pencils, Water brush

1. Stamp wording across bottom of ivory matt card in black ink. Sponge around card with Sepia ink.

2. Stamp Stag in black onto a separate piece of ivory card. Colour in stag with watercolour pencils, using a waterbrush to help blend colours. Cut out stag. (Yes, sorry, the antlers are a bit of a pain). Magic Mount body of stag to original ivory card with wording on. I used a glue stick on the antlers. Layer ivory card onto Maraschino (red), then Hilary (darker green) and finally Lily Pad (light Green) Bazzill backing card.

3. Stamp Linear Baubles onto shrink plastic with the black StazOn pad. Flip the shrink plastic over and colour the baubles in with the Spectrum Noir pens. If you try to colour on the same side, the pens will make the black lines bleed as they are both alcohol based inks. Use the fat nib on the pens and don’t worry about keeping in the lines as the baubles are going to be cut out anyway.

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Cut out the baubles. Put the baubles one at a time (or they will stick to each other when hot) into a heatproof container and heat them with a heatgun to shrink down. They will roll about a bit, so make sure your container has sides! If you don’t have a heatgun, you can use an oven (see back of packs for instructions). They will reduce to approximately 1/4 of their original size. Have a pair of tweezers ready in case you need to touch them as they will be HOT! I usually also keep a small acrylic block handy to give them a gentle pat after they’ve stopped shrinking, to ensure they are flat (makes it easier to stick them onto your cards). Don’t pat them too hard or you’ll squish and distort them.

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4. Place your baubles on card in desired positions hanging from antlers. Mark their spots using fine end of brown Distress pen. With the aid of a ruler, draw a thin line from deer’s antlers down to bauble position. Place a dab of Glossy Accents on card to adhere baubles. Hold them in place for a few seconds with fingertips. Now also cover top of baubles with Glossy Accents and sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter. Set aside to dry.

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Silent Night, Holy Men

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November 13, 2015

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silent night, wise men 017A nice religious card for the Christmas season.

STAMPS: Wisemen 2984E, Silent Night 2103G, Star 5003C  INKS: After Midnight, London Blue & Calypso Teal Dylusion Sprays; Brushed Pewter Distress Stain  PAPERS: White Matt Card, Iris Suede Paper, Silver Shimmer Paper, Royal Blue Mi-teintes Card ACCESSORIES: Star Dust Stickles

1. Spritz your white matt card with a light mist of water. Spray your 3 blue Dylusion inks over until card completely covered. DRY with heatgun.

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2. Give your bottle of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain a good shake. You should hear the ball bearing inside rattling around. Apply directly to rubber of “Silent Night” wording stamp. There is a valve in the dabber top that will release the ink when pushed against. Be aware of how much ink you are applying. The more ink, the smushier (I don’t think that’s a real word, but you know what I mean) the stamped image will be.  Stamp onto left side of blue card you’ve just dried. I stamped my wording twice as the card was deeper than the image. You may want the aid of a t-grid for this to ensure you line them up properly.

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3. The “Wisemen” stamp has been ironed onto blue suede paper. To do this heat your iron to a low/cool setting. Place your stamp onto the table with rubber side facing up. Place suede paper over stamp image, fluffy side down (against the rubber). Spritz a fine mist of water onto back of suede. Place iron over suede backing and press lightly (count to about 10). I like to use the base/heel of the iron for this as it is wider so covers more area. You can move the iron around slightly to ensure the whole image has been completely pressed, but be careful not to move your paper or you’ll get a blurry result. Ironing will not hurt your stamps as long as they are made of red rubber (NEVER attempt this technique with clear/transparent stamps!!) as the red rubber stamps are cooked in an oven/press during their production process so can take a bit of heat. If you are doing multiple ironings at a time though, the rubber will get hot and may puff up a bit, so leave it aside to cool down before attempting more. This is a very easy and effective technique to do, but it’s also easy to stuff up. Designs with solid rubber areas work best. (NOTE: be delicate handling your suede paper as fingerprints show up easily. Try to hold paper at the edges where possible).

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4. Tear across bottom of suede paper and matt onto silver shimmer paper (which has also been torn across bottom). Magic mount onto coloured blue card. Assemble layers of silver & blue Mi-teintes backing cards. Stamp star in top right hand corner with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Put a splodge of Star Dust Stickles into center of star. Set aside to dry.

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Holly Wreaths

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November 11, 2015

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To anyone who has just hopped onto my blog to check it out, welcome! I apologise for my lack in social graces at times. I’m usually working on it late at night, trying to get things up as quickly as I can. It ALWAYS takes me much longer than anticipated anyway, tackling the computers genius with my ambivalent brain, trying to move my pictures into place again, and then again!!

Sometimes, as in this case, I have a series of cards along the same theme, but there are too many to put in the same post, so I split them up. They are just a continuation of the past few posts though, so I haven’t given them each an individual introduction.

Without further ado, here are my last two wreath cards using the same stamp “Holly Wreath” 2393E

Christmas Wreath - suedeFor this card, I ironed the stamp pattern onto some green suede paper. I will explain in detail how to do this in my next post. The red bow was cut out of red suede and glued onto the wreath. After assembling my layers (red corrugated card, gold mesh, Gecko Bazzill Card), I added dots of Christmas Red Stickles for the berries.

 

 

 

golden wreathThe wreath and Christmas wording were both stamped with a clear embossing pad, had fine gold embossing powder added, then were heat set with a heatgun. The bow I coloured in with pink/red texters, then added Star Dust Stickles over the top. The berries were coloured with Christmas Red & Magenta Stickles.

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Seahorse Friends

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October 13, 2015

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In the watery depths beneath the waves, where the mermaids swim and the dolphins play, live the seahorses. They are so tiny they’re hard to see, but if you look carefully you will find them floating with the currents, wrapped around strips of sea grass, hiding amongst the coral…

This set of seahorse cards was inspired by my favourite children’s book by Graeme Base,  “The Sign of the Seahorse”. I hope they inspire YOU!

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1. Apply white gesso to white cardstock with palette knife. (It doesn’t matter if the whole card is not covered as the gesso is purely to provide texture). Place another piece of white card on top, squish slightly to spread, twist, then lift off. Set aside to dry.

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2. Once gesso is completly dry, colour with paints. I have used Distress Paints “Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss” and Adirondack Paint Dabber “Stream” for this sample. For my original seahorse card (which I made previously but didn’t photograph the steps) I used Sunshine Yellow, Aqua, Lettuce and Stream Adirondack Dabber Paints. I dabbed them directly from the bottle onto card, then used a paintbrush to blend them together. Dry with heatgun.

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3.  Add white paint with aid of brayer so that only the ridges are coloured. Add more white paint where wanted with fingertips or paintbrush. If you add too much you can dilute with wet paintbrush or remove entirely. While wet, the paint is still water soluble. The under colours have been heat set so will not move.

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4. Cut 2 seahorses (mini sand & sea Sizzix die 659582) out of grungeboard. Colour them using Distress Stains. Dry with heatgun. Cover with crackle accent. Set aside to dry. When dry, sponge around edges with brown ink and highlight eye with black accent.

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5. Cut 3 pieces of coral (tattered pinecone Sizzix die 657492) out of Harvest Bazzill card. Sponge tips with brown ink pad and some Dried Marigold Distress pad, add touches of Buttercup and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to highlight. Set aside to dry.

6. Stamp out starfish (Stamp-It 701B Five Pointed Star) in Cobalt Archival Pad and decorate with dots of Ocean Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut it out.

7. Stamp out Friends wording (3128C) with Jet Black Archival Pad onto scrap of white card. Sponge white card with Distress inks to compliment backing card. Cut wording into rectangular shape. Matt with Blue Oasis Bazzill card, place some magic mount beneath and adhere to gessoed background. Colour tiny silver fish charm with Sailboat Blue Alcohol ink and adhere to bottom of friends wording.

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8. Mix together small amounts of Sandal Adirondack paint, matt glue, fine white sand and some crushed eggshells. The eggshells were previously washed, inner membrane removed and dried out in oven. This is not an exact science, so can’t give you measurements sorry, just make sure mix is wet enough to hold sand and shells in when dry. Create a small hump of this mix at base of card, then position coral pieces sticking out of it. Intertwine your seahorse tails around coral and fix to card. Position your starfish at base of hump.

9. Attach your finished card front to a slightly larger layer of Blue Oasis Bazzill card, then matt onto Parakeet Bazzill backing card.

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Mermaid school

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Shaving cream backgrounds have been around for a long time now, but I always found it a very messy technique and to be honest – it didn’t really inspire me. Then when I was playing with some ideas for watery background effects for my seahorse cards, I thought I’d give shaving cream another go, but do things a little differently. I had a fabulous time playing and am ecstatic with the results!! And hardly any mess. I’m sure you’ll love it too. I can hear you scrambling for the bathroom cupboard to steal away hubby’s shaving cream as we speak.

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Material List: Stamp-It 2286F Mystical Mermaid; Jet Black Archival Pad; Fresh Lime, London Blue, Calypso Teal & Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion Sprays, Evergreen Bough & Peacock feathers Distress Sprays; Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Stains, various Alcohol Inks; white Matt & Kromekote Cards, Marigold & Great Lakes Bazzill Cards, Orange Magenta Mesh; Shaving Cream, Liquid Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Black Zig Pen, Waterbrush, Seahorse Punch

 

 

Note: the steps shown below were photographed after completion of the above card, so the finished result will look slightly different.
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1.  Squirt some shaving cream onto matt white cardstock. You don’t need too much. Spread with palette knife to nearly cover card, then place another piece of  white card over it. Squish slightly together, twist a little, then slowly peel apart. This will create mountains and valleys in your cream that would be hard to do with just the palette knife.

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2.  Spray your creamed card with inks. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Fresh Lime, London Blue and After Midnight.

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3.  Now for the fun part – heat using a heat gun! This evaporates the shaving cream, leaving behind air bubbles and ridges of white. Very organic looking. I love it!! (Note: that’s why you don’t want too thick a layer of shaving cream on your card to start with as it will take too long to dry and may start to smoke.)

4.  Layer your finished card onto desired backing. I used some orange and blue Bazzill cardstock with some Magenta mesh placed diagonally across it.

5.  The mermaid stamp you will notice is actually only the top half, which is good because that’s the hard part done for you. Now all you need to do is extend the line of her body downwards to include her hips. Do this with a pencil first until you’re happy with how it looks (don’t forget to give her a belly button), then go over in permanent black felt tip pen. Colour her and her fish in. I used a combination of Distress Stains, Distress markers and Liquid Pearls. Cut her out, tearing across bottom below hips. Mount her onto shaving cream background card.

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6.  I punched out the little seahorses on white kromekote gloss card, then coloured them with alcohol inks. I positioned them randomly in front of the mermaid, then added a little Stardust Stickles to make them shimmer. See below for some more samples I did with this shaving cream technique.

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Salty Seahorse

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October 11, 2015

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I love playing with inks and adding rock salt to wet inky paper can give some lovely effects. Watercolour paper is best, but any matt white card will provide some reaction.

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1. Spritz your white card with water, then ink sprays of choice. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, London Blue and After Midnight. If your card is not very thick it may curl up in the middle causing the inks to run off. Just hold your finger on it when adding the salt or it will roll off too.

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2.  Add a small handful of rock salt. Table salt will not be very effective as the granules are too small to see much reaction. Set aside to dry.

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3.  When completely dry, remove salt. You should see small explosions where the salt has been. I used matt white card to demonstrate this technique as I forgot to take pictures when I made my original card below. For that card I used Bazzill Card Shoppe “Marshmallow”. It gave a better reaction.

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I think it looks a bit like coral polyps. Because I didn’t want to cover up any of the deliciousness, I stamped the seahorse with white StazOn pad onto clear transparent film and attached to card with dark blue brads.

 

 

 

Stamp used: Sketchy Seahorse 2722E by Stamp-It Australia

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