Frilly Oval

Susan Robinson
September 16, 2018

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Just a quick post showing 2 cards I made from the same oval die, one card using the cut-out oval and the other using the surround only. 

For some reason my blog will no longer allow me to post images any larger than this, so I hope you can see the details okay. Every time things update, they change! I had to have a little break from my blog earlier this month as all the issues I have had with technology this year has been completely doing my head in. I also ended up deleting many of my posts whose pictures had vanished (oops) as it was too hard and seemed pointless, to re-do them all. All cards should still be showing on my Pinterest boards though.

  

I gold embossed around the edges of the oval cut-out on the green card.

  

I sponged around the inside edge of the oval cut-out with sepia ink on the cream card. The surround was Magic Mounted over a background done with shimmered texture paste through a fine TH Rose stencil.

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The Perfect Pair

Susan Robinson
September 12, 2018

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This was a background I started ages ago and could never find the right shape for the foreground until my new pear dies arrived and I felt they were the perfect accompaniment.

I achieved the background effect by first smearing texture paste through a damask stencil.

When dry I spritzed the card with Spun Sugar Distress Stain spray.

I tore a piece of floral napkin (that I had removed backing layers from) and glued it onto card. I used a Matt Glue so I could use it as a glue to attach napkin and also to act as a sealer over the top.

When dry I sandpapered raised areas lightly to show up the damask pattern better. I know I took photos of this process but they seem to have disappeared into cyber space somewhere sorry.

With the background complete, it was just a matter of attaching card layers and adding wording cut in gold foilboard and the 2 pears. The pears were cut from a card sprayed with Antique Linen, Crushed Olive and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain sprays. I Magic Mounted the smaller one at the front and stamped ‘Love’ onto back one.

 

 

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Sunflower

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2018

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Hello Spring! Bring on the sunshine!!

Main die is ‘Bountiful Sunflower’ by Memory Box; ‘Enjoy’ by Cheery Lynn Designs. ‘Bee’ stamp is by Stampin’ Up and ‘Script Corner’ by Stamp-it.

   

After cutting out the sunflower in white card, I sponged Distress inks (Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy and Peeled Paint) over to colour. I added the little pieces of the petals back into the framework and coloured to match.

I placed dots of glue into the holes of the sunflower head, then poured Ultra Fine Black Flowersoft over. Push gently into the glue with fingertips. Shake off excess back into pot.

I cut out a 2nd flower and sponged to match original. I then cut the flower head and petals out separately. The flower head I sponged a darker brown along top edge, the petals I sprayed with ‘Sunflower Sparkle’ Perfect Pearl Mist and bent the petals upwards.

I glued the flower head into place, then did the same with the petals, offsetting them slightly. I also glued the second stem and extra leaves over original, gluing down stem only so leaves lifted.

I sprayed Distress inks onto a Teflon mat then ran Unryshi paper through, scrunching it up a bit, then spread out to dry. When dry, glue onto backing card with Matt glue, wrinkling as you go to create texture. Use the Matt glue on top also to seal any folds or wrinkles into place. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut card to size and sponge edges with sepia ink.

Cut wording out of gold foilboard and glue into place. Stamp bee in black at top right. Stamp bee a 2nd time onto scrap card, colour in and cut out body only. Magic Mount bee body over original. Glossy Accent top wings. Set aside to dry. When wings are dry, place dot of glue to bee’s head and cover with Black Flowersoft. Set aside to dry.

When dry, add corner mattings of black card and glue onto background. Attach finished card front to folded backing  card of Mustard colour.

 

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Waratah

Susan Robinson
August 16, 2018

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This Waratah design is from Stampin’Up’s discontinued “Bloom Away” set.

Sometimes I feel uncomfortable with empty spaces looking at me and get the urge to fill them. That’s what happened with this card, I just kept adding things to it, hard to know when to stop.

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The Waratah stamp used on the 2 cards below is from KaiserCraft set ‘Road Trip’.

The butterfly stamp is from Magenta and the wording from Stamp-it.

This next one has turned out to be one of my favourites I think.

I inked up an acrylic block with pink down the middle and yellow around the outside. Spritz with water then stamp out. The colours will bleed together a bit creating an orange/red tone. Dry.

    

Colour in waratah with colour pencils, adding smears of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to flower head. When dry, cut out flower head as one, and all leaves individually. Magic Mount flower head to corner of inked rectangle, gluing leaves into place separately.

  

I found the background in my infamous ‘box’ of pre-done ones. The colours matched (would have been Distress Stain Sprays) so just stamped Penny Black ‘Classic Border’ 2005J down side and attached layers to complete card. Friendship stamp is from Hero Arts set ‘Hand Drawn Captions’ LL020.

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Banksia

Susan Robinson
August 13, 2018

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This is the Banksia design from Stampin’Up’s ‘Bloom Away’ set. I experimented a bit more with the colours and presentation of this one. Hope you like them:)

For the card above, I first stamped the Banksia image onto white card with clear pigment pad and embossed with clear powder, before running ‘Picked Raspberry’ and ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Stains over the top.

After stamping the image onto ivory card with a black Versamark pad and colouring with watercolour pencils, I added smears of ‘Rouge’ and ‘Pumpkin’ Liquid Pearls to flower head.

I stamped the Banksia image multiple times with gold Delicata pad onto black card. I then stamped and embossed it in gold on a separate piece of black card. This one I coloured in with Forever Red and Forever Green Perfect Pearl Powders, which I mixed with water to make a metallic paint. Cut it out and Magic Mounted over image on main card.

I coloured this Banksia pink with watercolour pencils, then added ‘Buttercup’ Liquid Pearl smears over the top of the flower head. That’s the great thing about flowers – they come in a variety of colours.

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Gum Blossoms

Susan Robinson
August 11, 2018

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Moving onto florals now, but haven’t strayed far from the Australiana theme with my new acquisition of an old Stampin’ Up set “Bloom Away”. There are 3 designs in the set, Gum Blossoms, Banksia and Waratah.  I couldn’t decide which background to use with my Gum Blossom image, so just stamped out some more. I coloured them all the same, using watercolour pencils, then adding Glossy Accents to the nut areas and dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to the flower skirts.

To recreate this card, first colour a piece of watercolour paper with Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays.

Next, tear the corner section from a piece of speckled Unryushi paper that is slightly larger than the watercolour card and glue to left hand side, wrinkling up as you go to make it fit and creating dimension and interest to your background. I used a clear matt glue to glue my paper and also to seal it.

I cut out ‘Fillipa Corner’ #99146 by Memory Box in ivory card and coloured it roughly with Weathered Wood ink. I then decorated it with ‘Disco Ball’ Beadazzles before attaching  it to top corner of card.

The dragonfly is a stamp from unknown origins. I stamped it onto vellum in white ink and cut it out. I stamped out the body only in dark brown ink onto grey card, cut it out and laid over vellum image. I bent the dragonfly wings up and glued down the body area only onto card.

VARIATIONS:

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Would I Lie to You?

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2018

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My last dragon card for now, but no it’s not for kids though it certainly takes me back to my childhood. Not many people stay with you your whole life, but thankfully my siblings are still around. We keep each other grounded and humble, haha. What would we do without their steadfast support and mentoring?

stamps: Cheeky Dragon 1250LM by Lucy’s Stamps, Happy Birthday by Stampin’ Up. The balloon was from another stamp which I added on. The wording I did on the computer.

I saw this wording on a card many years ago but can’t remember where sorry. It just stuck in my head (at least the gist of it did, the wording may have been slightly different). I thought it was cute and thought I’d store it at the back of my mind to use myself one day.

 

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Dragon in Training

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2018

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Another fun little card for my grandchildren.

Life is a journey, a continual process of making mistakes, hopefully learning from them and moving on.

stamp: Lg Dragon CT116G by Artee Stamps; Campfire B02622c by So Suzy Stamps

dies: Houses 118-H by Impression Obsession; Hanging Cloud Border 98835 by Memory Box; Inside Out Alphabet 657827 by Sizzix. Dragon wording I just did on the computer.

Oops! Did I do that?!

I love the way the googly eye swivels, so the dragon appears to be looking down in horror at his misdeeds.

 

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Sleeping Dragon

Susan Robinson
July 31, 2018

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Rules of Survival

stamps: Dragon Sleeping G00210c by So Suzy Stamps; Castle by Lavinia Stamps

die: Pine Trees CR1287 by Marianne Design

inks: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Pads

INSTRUCTIONS:

Stamp dragon in black ink. Tear a curved line in scrap paper for hill shape. Lay it into position on card (protecting sky area). Sponge over Milled Lavender to create hill, then sponge down and around dragon too. When you lift off the scrap paper, you should have a softly undulating hill in your background.

Stamp your castle in black ink. Tear a smaller piece of scrap paper for this hill, making sure you ground your castle. Sponge Dusty Concord for this one to make it appear further in the distance.

Sponge Weathered Wood lightly across the top of card for sky, making the sky darker nearer the top edge with Stormy Sky. I ran a wet paintbrush from castle and along side of hill for road.

Colour in dragon. I added Star Dust and Lavender Stickles after and some Orchid Liquid Pearls for his spots.

Cut out trees from purple card and glue into place. I added a little white to trees and more purple ink to hillside.

I just did up the wording on computer, printed onto white card which I cut into tag shape and Magic Mounted on.

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Do Not Meddle with Dragons

Susan Robinson
July 29, 2018

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 A little light relief now as I go back in time to when dragons roamed the world.

This is a tri-fold card as I wanted a third panel to conclude my story (and indulge my warped sense of humour). I was an avid reader of fairy/folk stories when I was younger and they always seemed to have a moral.  This one could have a few interpretations – “A suit does not the man maketh”  and “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Just because someone puts on a monkey suit, doesn’t mean he’s a monkey – you have to look beneath the surface and form your opinion of their character by their abilities and actions. Hopefully my grandchildren will enjoy this one.

stamps: Dragon solo-101 by Katzelkraft; Dragon wordings by Stamp-it, Slate & Stone CMS299 by TH Stampers Anonymous

The wording in the first 2 panels is actually one stamp which I have cut into 2 parts.

I sprayed Barn Door Distress inks over, then coloured dragon in with Spectrum Noir pens, adding glitter to his stomach. Knight is a die.

I stamped out dragon head only, then masked off to stamp stone wall behind him. I gave the dragon puckered up lips and used StarDust Stickles to replicate spit and scrunched up tin foil to represent chewed up knight’s armour.

 

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