Paris Love

Susan Robinson
April 24, 2018

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A girlfriend of mine is off to Europe on holidays, going to Paris and numerous other lovely places. So jealous! The best I can do is head into my craft room and let my imagination transport me.

CARD ONE

stamps: Paris Collage set066 by Stamp-it; Girls love to Shop 95370MM by Inkadinkado

accessories: Silver & Gold Fab Foils, Pewter & Gold Perfect Pearls, Texters, Glossy Accents, Chalks

I stamped the Paris collage and girl out in black Archival ink onto two separate pieces of ivory card.

I applied glue (that dries tacky) to the Eiffel Tower and when dry laid gold and silver Fab Foils over. I dipped my finger into a clear pigment pad and smudged some shadows below the tower and bike riders and around the street lamps. I applied dry Perfect Pearl powders over in Pewter and Gold. I used a glitter pen over smaller Eiffel tower and brown chalks over bits of collage. I sponged around whole card in black, attached to pink matting, then onto folded ivory backing card.

I coloured the girl in with texters, highlighting her handbag with Glossy Accents. When dry, I sponged around the edges with black ink and matted her onto black card. I attached her over center of Paris collage.

I cut out LOVE (Impression Obsession die385-B) wording in black and glued onto top right of card.

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Torn Rose

Susan Robinson
April 22, 2018

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Another torn background card. Method is the same as previous post for the first step – cut white card the same width but longer than the folded backing card it’s being attached to.

Stamp KaiserCraft small rose pattern all over it in black ink. Stamp Magenta rose square in Archival black onto separate white card.

Tear paper into ‘v’ shapes and sponge with Seedless Preserves Distress ink. Edge with Dusty Concord, then glue down overlapping slightly. It is always better to sponge lightly, you can add more colour if it needs it, but it’s hard to take away once applied. I was perhaps a little zealous with my colouring as the panels weren’t as distinctive as I would have preferred them.

Lay purple organza ribbon along bottom 1/3 of card and secure at the back. Stamp wording onto scrap of white card, sponge with Dusty Concord, matt onto black card and super tape into position over ribbon. Attach card front onto matting of black card, then white folded backing card which has been sponged with Dusty Concord Distress ink.

I coloured the rose in with Seedless Preserves and Shabby Shutter Distress inks using a waterbrush. Dry with heatgun. Sponge edge with Dusty Concord, matt onto black card, then Magic Mount into position. Lastly I ran some Ballerina Liquid Pearls along the tips of each rose petal. Set aside to dry.

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Torn Layers

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2018

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Made for my girlfriends 32nd birthday. She is a colourful, creative type, so I think she’ll like this.

I fell in love with this digital creation by Holly Takatsukatorn’s (shown at right) and just had to have a go at it. Obviously I am hopeless at anything regarding technology so had to do it the old fashioned way, which I kind of like best anyway as it has more dimension and you get to get all inky! I do adore the soft grungy look she’s achieved and the delicate wordings. One of the things I haven’t found a satisfactory solution to is stamping in white. I have a StazOn white but it’s opaque so doesn’t give you that crisp image and all other white pads seem to be pigment, which is a thicker ink (not good for tiny wordings or intricate details) and unless it’s embossed, they don’t really stand out either. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

I coloured and stamped my own papers for this card, but this technique would be a great way to use up those leftover strips of card that are too small for most purposes. If they’re from a co-ordinating set of scrapbook papers, even better, as half the jobs done for you already! It could be adapted for any age group, gender or subject matter. As I do a lot of sea themed cards, I often use torn paper to replicate waves on the ocean.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Firstly cut a piece of white card the same width as your folded backing card, only longer. You will need the extra length to accommodate the tearing process and to allow yourself some wiggle room if you change direction (as I invariably do).

Run a rainbow of Distress Stain colours across the width of card. I used Bundled Sage, Broken China (later omitted) Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough (later switched the order of latter 2), Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive.

Tear across card to separate colour strips, leaving white core showing along each top edge.

I gathered a selection of stamps and stencils with small print or detail to decorate each colour strip differently. When happy, start gluing down each strip onto your backing card starting at the top and overlapping each subsequent layer slightly.

I wasn’t really happy with the direction this was going in as I felt the purple didn’t blend into the turquoise layers, so lifted them and replaced the numbered one.

   

When the strips were all stuck down, I sponged sepia around the edge of card and added embellishments. I cut out the 2 smaller “Coffee Rings” Spellbinders dies in white card, sponged them with Broken China and glued down. I used a black Zig pen to draw stitches around them.

I stamped the Magenta butterflies (used on background) out again onto scrap white card in Dusty Concord and Evergreen Bough inks. Select 3 butterflies to cut out, then glue onto card. I ran some Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls down their backs. Set aside to dry.

Stamp out Birthday wording in black and cut out Sizzix tag around it. Sponge with Broken China and Magic Mount onto card. As this was for a birthday card, I also cut out some age appropriate numbers. I added some Stardust Stickles to the butterfly wings.

  

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Secrets of the Sea

Susan Robinson
April 17, 2018

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Sometimes I end up with a card that looks nothing like I originally intended. This card was supposed to have a soft pink and white colour palette, swirly background and feminine, frilly mermaid. Where’d she go? Seems I can’t keep away from the colour turquoise, especially where water is involved. Though the pink is a little different for me (representing the pulsing of the blood through the ocean’s heart – or is that too deep?).

stamps: Mermaid SA2085 by Visual Image Printery; Secrets of the Sea QQ0840-F by Verses Rubber Stamps

die: Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box

Cover white card with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. Dry.

Stamp mermaid into center of card. (I embossed her in white, but later changed direction. You can probably eradicate this step altogether).

Cut out Ringlets in white and glue onto card.

Stamp out wording in black Archival ink. (I used the masking technique to do this in 2 halves).

Squish some Broken China Distress Stain onto an acrylic block, pick up with paintbrush and colour in ringlets roughly, concentrating on bottom halves. Dry.

Apply Glossy Accents onto bottom half of individual ringlets and sprinkle some Broken China Distress dry Glitter over whilst still wet. Set aside to dry.

Meanwhile stamp out mermaid with black Archival ink onto scrap of white card. I used Distress Stains to colour her in with the help of a waterbrush. Cut her out. When background is dry, glue her into place.

Add finishing touches to mermaid – Stardust Stickles over fins and Mint Green Liquid Pearl dots down spine.

I distressed the edges of pink card and sponged with sepia ink before attaching to backing layers.

I Magic Mounted a little fish friend for her as an afterthought.

 

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Sea Party

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2018

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Combining one of my favourite old stamps with some of my new ones. Looks a little washed out in this photo, but the colours are actually quite vibrant. Turquoise and coppery tones, love that combo!

stamps: Mermaid SA2085 by Visual Image Printery; Turtles from ‘Coastal’ set 4757Q by Kaszazz; Bring on the Happy from ‘Sprinkles and Smiles’ set by Penny Black

background: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Pads

embellishments: Glossy Accents; Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Stickles and Watercolour Pencils

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Merlin

Susan Robinson
April 14, 2018

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As I was rummaging through some boxes of old cards, I came across these two made many years ago with wizard stamps from one of my favourite companies ‘Visual Image Printery’, (the wording is from Penny Black). I wish, wish I had been into stamping a few years earlier and could have got my hands on some more of their images! The company is sadly no longer in operation but you occasionally find some of their stamps on ebay.

I used white Liquid Applique for their beards, which puffs up when you heat it. Very hard to get these days, but I’m sure I still have a tube lying around here somewhere…

 

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Crackled Flower Vase & Tea Cup

Susan Robinson
April 9, 2018

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Thought I’d share my latest creation with you. Still playing with crackle paste. Think I’ll save this one for a Mother’s Day card.

stamp: Bowl Bouquet CRR199 by Stampendous

I stamped the images in black Archival ink onto linen textured watercolour paper. (Forgot to photograph this step initially, so stamped this onto leftover half afterwards).

Run Blueprint Sketch and Walnut Distress Stains over paper. Fill in vase with white Crackle Paste. Set aside to dry.

Stamp vase flowers, then teacup/saucer (twice) separately onto scraps of white card and colour in. As I had my box of Distress Stains out already, I just used them with a paintbrush to colour in images by first squishing them onto my acrylic block. Cut out flowers. Cut out teacup, then cut out saucer.

Glue flowers into place. Glue saucer into place. Magic Mount teacup into place over saucer. I decided to change the colour of one of the roses to a darker red and added another leaf between them.

Tear around edges of card. I layered this onto another piece of watercolour paper that I had run Distress Stains around the edges of to match. I added some torn bits of blue pattern paper to my vase. To complete I attached to folded backing card of white Bazzill.

 

 

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Seahorse Sanctuary

Susan Robinson
April 3, 2018

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Every now and then, a card comes along, that really speaks to me. I don’t know if it’s the colours, or the fact shells and seahorses are both favourite subject matters. Or maybe it’s a reflection of my life the way the cards construction progressed. There was no big plan, things were added and subtracted over time, until finally we arrived to where we are now. This card was cobbled together from bits and pieces torn or cut and left abandoned from other projects. I placed my background (Turquoise Perfect Pearls handwriting over Vintage Photo Distress ink) into a bag, and slowly over time kept adding things I thought might compliment them. I had the miss-matched alcohol strips and seahorse in the bag for ages, before adding the shell and seaweed, finally finishing it off with the turquoise swirly leaves. Might have to keep this one just for me.

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Black Bunny

Susan Robinson
March 30, 2018

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Happy Easter everyone! Hope you have a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

Finally got time to play with my new Kaszazz stamps! This is the larger bunny in the set of 2 (4970J). I morphed him slightly by opening his eye and giving him whiskers. I used a scrap of Japanese paper for inside his ear and a white Sharpie pen to add accents. The flowers and butterflies are from a clear unmounted garden set I got with a magazine some years back. I highlighted the flowers etc… with Liquid Pearls, Stickles and gold Fab Foils.

I made the bunny black as it signified my mood yesterday after discovering that my much anticipated parcel of 2nd hand stamps I bought on-line had been delivered ‘apparently’ to my address the day before!! This is the 2nd parcel that has gone ‘missing’ in as many months, so now I have a suspicious feeling that perhaps there is someone hitching them. There has been a bit of nefarious activity in the area this year. It just makes me hopping mad, as a bunch of dirty rubbers is going to be of no interest or use to them and they’ll probably just throw them away!! AAaagh!

I just need to take a deep breathe, put my big girl panties on and put things back into perspective. And move on..

It certainly crushes your confidence in ordering on-line though. So many pitfalls every step of the way (even up to your front door).

 

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Dinosaur Easter

Susan Robinson
March 27, 2018

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Lots of birthdays this month. It was my husbands on the weekend and it’s my grandson’s 4th birthday today. When given this card he asked me what sort of dinosaurs they were. “Well the big one is a tyrannosaurus rex I’m sure”. “No, it’s not!” came the quick response. “They don’t have spines down their back.” So what do I know? Maybe it’s a girl one? See, look at all the glitter…

As usual I was making it at the last minute. I had already slapped the first sticker on before realising how much white was showing around each dinosaur. The stickers are made of paper and beautifully embossed (and glittered) so I ended up using some green watercolour around them to better blend them into the background. The background is alcohol ink, so luckily didn’t have to be too careful with my painting. Not a great job, but at least not the stark white of before (see right). Might have to fussy-cut out the remaining stickers.

 

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