World of Imagination

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2018

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So true. I guess you know which world my feet are planted in ūüôā

stamps: Lost in Thought by Indigo Blue; Golden Leaves 3982K by Penny Black; The World of Reality from Warehouse District set CMS124 by Stampers Anonymous

inks: Shaded Lilac and Chipped Sapphire Distress Pads

 

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Blue Rain

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July 27, 2016

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I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps:  Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

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Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.

 

Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

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July 3, 2016

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Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a heatgun.blue but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with scissors.blue but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the colours.blue but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown matting.blue but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing card.blue but wreath 008

 

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Tissue Box Bird

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April 10, 2016

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tissue bird 003 Looking around for inspiration and I spied this tissue box. Rather than throw it in the bin, I decided to give it a second life by recycling it. You can get two full bird bodies from each box (unfortunately the legs are not complete). The bird on one side is larger than the other, which I didn’t realise at first. Probably would have looked better with the slightly smaller bird. Never mind. I think the bird is pretty enough to use as it is, but for this card, wanted just it’s shape. If you are just using it’s shape, there nothing stopping you from turning it over so that the bird is facing the other way.

For this card: I cut out the bird body, then painted it over with Snowcap Adirondack Dabber Paint. When dry, I added various other shades of paint (mainly Cloudy Blue, Aqua & Lemonade Adirondack Dabbers), till I was happy with the finished look. I used pencils to add a little definition on the wings and sponged some inks over too (Stormy Sky & Mustard Seed Distress & Sepia Archival pads) for shading. I added a dot of Glossy Accents for its eye and highlighted with a dot of white from a sharpie pen when dry.tissue bird 001

Nest is created from Memory Box die “Delicate Nest”. Eggs are made using a Carl punch.

Stamps are Penny Black “Cherry Blossoms” 3064K and Verses Rubber Stamps “Hope Feathers” QQ1007-D. Cherry blossom has been stamped in Tree Branch Archival pad and coloured with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.

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Bird of Metal

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March 27, 2016

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The metal bird is by Magenta. I coloured it blue with alcohol inks and added a scrap of the Japanese paper used for the background for his wing. A bit of twig from the garden and some leaves from a Sizzix die. Sponged around the edge of blue card with silver ink pad and mounted onto darker blue backing card. Small Happy Birthday wording by Stamp-It, embossed in silver onto dark blue card and distressed around edges.

 

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Blue Lagoon

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March 1, 2016

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Teal & brown watercolour -  dolphinTeal & brown watercolour - boatThese scenic cards are quick and easy to make and are great for Men’s cards:

1.  Spritz a piece of watercolour card with water, then add some blue shades of Dylusion or Distress ink  sprays to create your watery lagoon. Try not to get too much colour in the top half of the card.

2. While still wet, run the tip of a Walnut and/or Rusty Hinge Distress re-inker nib across the horizon line. It will bleed into the blue wetness to form your island. You can continue to add more water or ink and manipulate with a wet paintbrush until happy with the result. Dry.

3. Create cloud effects by dabbing Snow Cap (white) and Pearl Adirondack Dabber Paints together across skyline. Or you may prefer a little moonlight instead. Just cut out a circle in matt white card and spritz it with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. Dry. Glue Moon into desired position.

4. Attach metal charms of dolphins or yacht. Matt finished picture onto contrasting brown card and mount onto backing blue card.

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Blue for Boys

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January 1, 2016

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baby blue mushroomSome blue cards for boys using the same background wording stamp and technique as my previous post for baby girl cards, just changed Distress Stain colours to Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass.

Stamps used: Mushrooms 4943E, Fairy Fly 4941B, Fairy Sit 4942B, Fairy Dust 2017D, Baby 4627C, Background Wording siset092. All from Stamp-It Australia

 

 

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Stamps used: Background Wording siset092, Castle siset076¬† , Tiny Birthday 4092C. All from Stamp-It Australia.¬† Bats: from Stamper’s Anonymous set “Mini Halloween” CMS 093

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Tree Trimmings

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November 22, 2015

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This simple design by Yvette (4910E Tree Trimmings) is one of my favourite Christmas stamps. I get bored easily making multiples of the same card, so I usually stamp the same image with the same black Archival ink pad onto multiple pieces of different coloured cardstock. That way they’re kind of same, same – but different! It makes the repetitive process more fun. Here are a few of my finished cards.

baubles - neutral closeFor this card I have stamped the image onto kraft card in black, coloured the baubles in with White Opal Liquid Pearls, coloured the branches in with ordinary white pencil. I then added some thick glue over the branches (just a line to highlight, don’t completely cover the branches with glue). While glue still wet, I pushed some Polar White Flowersoft into it. Set aside to dry. Add a line of Silver Stickles to hang baubles from and a clear rhinestone to crown each bauble. Layer kraft card onto Opal shimmer card. Magic Mount onto a piece of white card that has had ribbon adhered to it with 2-sided tape to create a frame (see below). Attach this card onto backing card of Quicksand Bazzill card.

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baubles - green stripe close For this card I stamped the image onto Nautical Light Blue Prismatic Bazzill card in black. I coloured the baubles in with¬†Baby Blue Stickles, then went over them with Ice Blue Stickles in a “C” shape only. I applied Star Dust Stickles to the hanging thread and a clear rhinestone to top each bauble. I squished some ink from a Bundled Sage Distress Pad onto an acrylic block, which I picked up with my water brush and coloured in the branches with. I then applied some thick glue over branches and pushed some¬†Pale Green Flowersoft into it.¬† Set aside to dry. This card was then Magic mounted over a piece of white card that had had striped green ribbon attached by means of some strips of 2-sided tape to it’s perimeter (see above). It was then secured to backing card of Aloe Vera Bazzill card.

 

baubles - blue sparkle close For this card I stamped image onto same light blue card as above. I coloured in the baubles and branches with blue and green pencils respectively.  I then went over the baubles with Crystal Ice Stickles, used Star Dust Stickles for the hanging thread again and placed a dark blue rhinestone atop each bauble. After applying some thick glue to the branches, I pushed some Christmas Green Flowersoft into it. I Magic Mounted this over a piece of white card that had had some gorgeous blue/green shot ribbon attached to the perimeter to create a frame. This was then layered onto a backing card of Jade Bazzill card.

The ribbons really are the hero pieces of these cards. The photos don’t really do justice to the shimmer and texture of them. Why don’t you try this technique with any lovely ribbon you may have lying around. I used less than 1/2 m for each card. Don’t choose a stamp image too large or complex.

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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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Blue Butterfly

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November 1, 2015

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A butterfly birthday card for one of my girlfriends. It was a bit hard to take a photo of because of the reflection of the clear film.

I stamped Butterfly Moments 4691F onto clear film with white StazOn pad. Mounted it over dark blue card by means of the silver brad through the clock centre and some dabs of glue beneath the butterfly images. This was then matted onto a piece of silver shimmer card, then some blue vellum, which I torn around the edges of. The vellum had been embossed with a sizzix embossing folder. The damask pattern of the folder shows up white on the blue vellum. My backing card was blue mi-teintes. I stamped an extra large white butterfly on the clear film, which I cut out, folded the wings up on and glued down the body only above the identical image on card.

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