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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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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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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Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017

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Letters seem to be a thing of the past now (along with beautiful handwriting), but I still remember the excitement of getting a personal letter in the mail! I am always drawn to designs with postal marks or lovely script on them. And of course fairies are a constant favourite. This is a Stampendous stamp CRW099 “Birthday Fairy”. I stamped image in black Archival ink over an alcohol ink coloured background, and again onto some white card so I could colour in the fairy, cut her out and mount over image on coloured card. I placed a bit of Magic Mount under her skirt to lift it up but glued the rest of body down onto card. Drizzled some Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkled glitter over whilst still wet. Added silver Stickles to star on wand. Assembled finished card front onto various coloured matting cards. The pink spirals is a scrap from a plastic sheet by KI Memories. Added some rhinestones for bling. See below for slight variations – same, same, but different: The one below was a bit hard to photograph as the light reflected off the silver alcohol inks in the background and silver stickers.        

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You’re How Old?

Susan Robinson
October 20, 2017

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To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.   -Reba McEntire

stamps: Laughing Animals 16268 by Paper Roses; You’re how old? by Stamp-it; Haha  I-1642 by Art Impressions

I have been busy cataloging all my stamps & dies etc the last few months. It has taken me foreeever! It’s been all work, work, and no play 🙁

I will hopefully have it all sorted in time for my huge GARAGE SALE in November.  I did manage to get away with a few girlfriends for some creative time at ‘stamp camp’ last weekend though and so have quite a few cards now that just need finishing off.

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Single Digits

Susan Robinson
September 9, 2017

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Kids whose birthdays are still in the single digits, are the ideal candidates for this type of card.

stamp: Fun Times 3826H by Penny Black

dies: Antiqua Numbers siz658338 by Brenda Walton; Lovely Happy Birthday #99778 by Memory Box

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Birthday Numbers

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2017

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I have had this numbers die (Antiqua Numbers siz658338) for many years and normally cut out the numbers and use them individually, but have seen some ideas lately utilising the silhouette  as well. Thought I’d have a play.

Of course this only works for birthdays with sequential numbers. I caught up with a girlfriend last week and was showing her some of the cards I had made recently. She really liked the number ones and reminded me she has a birthday coming up. And how old will she be? 57!! A challenge indeed.

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English Rose Bouquet 2

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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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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On the Farm

admin
April 15, 2017

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20170414_141243A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.

stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous

dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix

instructions:

1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.

2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.

3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.

4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.

5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.

6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).

7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.

8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.

9.  Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.

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Dinosaur Birthday

admin
April 10, 2017

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20170324_100938A card for our grandson’s 3rd birthday – he is mad about dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Birthday 4006E from Stamp-it

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