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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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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Paris Mannequin

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September 30, 2016

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Paris mannequin 7You’ve heard of the leaning tower of Pizza – well here is the leaning pedestal of Paris! Some of you may have already noticed the fact that I am not a perfectionist (though hopefully it’s not too glaringly obvious).  I grew up with a mother who was a perfectionist. As a result, a lot of the tasks she set herself were never completed because they weren’t quite perfect and so had to be re-done – and time ran out and it never happened. There were cupboards full of half- finished things that she was going to get back to one day. My father on the other-hand was a ‘close enough is good enough’ type of guy. Something needed fixing, he did it. May not have been a perfect job, but it was done and he moved on. Needless to say both characteristics have their draw-backs, so I decided at an early age I would try to strive for middle ground. I do the best I can within the time allowance. So it’s not perfect, but you get the idea. I try not to sweat the small stuff:) And it serves as a gentle reminder that my eyesight is not what it used to be and to USE my t-grid when positioning things!

stamps: Butterflies siset 034, Paris mannequin siset066, Love 2774C all by Stamp-it; Mannequin Pedestal by Inkadinkado

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick Distress Stain Sprays & Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Romance & Raven Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sizzix Mixed Media #2 Thinlit siz661185; Ribbons; White Sharpie Pen; Bubble Wrap; Brown Pencil; Clear Rhinestone

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; T-grid

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut white card with swirl pattern from Mixed Media dies using Big Shot. Spritz card with water, then Distress ink sprays until completely covered. Dry with heatgun.Paris mannequin 1

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2. Rub ink pads over bubble wrap, mainly Spun Sugar with a little Worn Lipstick. Apply randomly to card. The great thing about using Distress inks, is that they’re water soluble, so if your bubbles are too dark, simply wet a paintbrush and wipe over area and the ink will be diluted. Dry with heatgun.

3. On the back of card place two-sided tape along straight edges. Use wet glue for swirly cut-out area. Attach card to white matting, then black matting, and finally folded pink backParis mannequin 3ing card.

4. Stamp pedestal only in black ink at bottom left side of card. Use a t-grid to ensure the pedestal is straight (obviously I didn’t, naughty girl). Stamp Paris Mannequin in black ink above it. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and cut out body only. Place Magic Mount on back, with a strip of two-sided tape along bottom edge to attach ribbon to. Fold wide organza ribbon in half (creating two layers of skirt) and adhere to tape. Flip right way up and fix into place over main image on card. Affix clear rhinestone to top of Eiffel tower.

5. Stamp smallest butterflies from set onto white card scraps in black ink. Sponge lightly with Spun Sugar ink then cut them out. Colour bodies with brown pencil and add dots of white to edge of top wings using a Sharpie pen. Stamp butterflies into desired positions on main card. Apply glue to bodies only of butterflies and fix to main card, folding up wings to create dimension. Apply a dot of pink Liquid Pearls to heads. Set aside to dry.

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  1. Stamp Love wording onto white card in black ink. Round corners with punch and sponge with Spun Sugar ink. Layer onto black card and round corners to match. Tie bow with skinny pink ribbon and glue onto plaque. Magic Mount plaque onto card.
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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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Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

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July 25, 2016

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butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 2

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butterfly formation 012My 2nd card using my new Memory Box die # 99145 Reverse Butterfly Collage. The wording is “Happiness is When” 2440C by Stamp-it.

Cut out the die in white matt card. Place a larger piece of card beneath which has been coloured with Dylusion ink sprays (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red) leaving a border of the coloured card showing around it . Mount this onto folded black backing card.

Cut out butterfly pattern again on scrap of white matt card. It doesn’t have to be a very big piece of card as you don’t want the whole pattern, only a small section of it. I chose the middle-left part to highlight as there was space there to add a wording. Use texters directly onto rubber stamp to colour wording (so all the words can be different colours). Cut your chosen section to desired size and matt onto piece of black card. Magic Mount onto card front, lining up with butterfly images beneath. Fix adhesive rhinestones of pink and orange in place for butterfly heads.butterfly formation 013

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Free Spirit Butterfly Wreath

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July 5, 2016

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Set free your creative spirit! Let it fly!

free spirit 005 My energy is so often scattered – multi-tasking I believe it’s called, something we women are good at. But it is nice to be able to focus on just one object and explore it’s possibilities before moving onto the next. My 3rd card using the Memory Box die “Butterfly Wreath”. This time I didn’t throw any bits away, including the background card I cut it from.

  1. Cut wreath from ivory card. Sponge around with Antique Linen Distress pad. Matt ivory card onto pale blue card and cut a circle from the center of the blue card (lining up with center of wreath) with circle cutter or die. Adhere ivory and blue card layers onto fawn coloured backing card.
  2. Glue butterfly wreath outline back into place in center of cut-out. I have long decided ‘glue’ and me will never be best friends. This is a little tricky to do as the outline is wet with glue and so delicate it easily stretches out of shape. In hind-sight would have been better to cut it out of supersheet/jac paper, or just apply glue to the card itself rather than the thin outline.
  3. Sponge around individual butterflies with Spun Sugar Distress pad. I then decorated some of them with rub-ons from Fancy Pants ‘Fancy-free’ collection.  The ‘Free Spirit’ wording also came from this same sheet of rub-ons. Position butterflies in different poses back into wreath. Magic Mount has been added beneath some wings. Cut out butterfly antennae in dark brown card and add to decorated butterflies.free spirit 006
  4. Stamp Kaisercraft “Dictonary Meanings” randomly over ivory card in Sepia Archival ink. free spirit 007

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Peachy Girl

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June 4, 2016

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I thought I’d make a few more kids cards while I was in the zone. As usual, I got to the 3/4 stage and then came to a standstill. I struggled to find coordinating backing cards, and I wanted to add a little something more to it, but couldn’t decide what worked. In the end, I used a stencil pattern over the sprayed Dylusions background around the main image. Normally I would spritz water through the stencil then quickly dry with paper towel, but that method can be a little messy and it’s hard to control where the water goes. So I used a “wet one” instead. That way I could pick which parts of the stencil I wanted to emphasise and where to place the design. This worked well, and I am quite happy the way it turned out. Got a little zealous whilst sponging around the perimeter with Sepia ink though, so had to add an extra butterfly or two. All good. No such thing as mistakes in art… (is there?).

Coloured with pencils; Glossy Accents added to peach.

peachy girl 019Penny Black stamps: You are a Peach 40-124; Enjoy 3410D

Stencil: Mini Swirly garden TCW325s   peachy girl 020

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Insect Montage

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May 19, 2016

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insect montageOne of my favourite stamps of old. I love insects for a start, and collage style stamps make life easy because everything is arranged for you already and you simply have to colour.

The background card was from my infamous “box” so I have to guess at the colours used on what was once white card – I’m thinking “Evergreen Bough”, “Tumbled Glass” and “Pumice Stone”? Distress Stains. I added a bit of yellow watercolour in places later.

The bugs were foiled in green and blue, and the “A” in the square in gold. Liquid Pearls added for butterfly/dragonfly bodies. Clear film (or acetate) for dragonfly wings, which I then heated to curl, then spread Star Dust Stickles over. I smeared Glossy Accents over the wings of the large butterfly to highlight, but kept it’s colours muted. I tore around the edge of image and sponged with Sepia Archival before fixing to card layers.

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insect montage 2Stamp: Insect Montage #92699Y from Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

 

 

 

 

2014-08-25 18.17.32Some of my bug collection. My husband has banned me from hanging them in public areas of the house as he says “they’re not everyone’s cup of tea”. As in his, I think that means:)

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Butterfly Flurry

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May 17, 2016

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Butterflies galore! What’s not to like?

Stamps: “Butterfly Study” #90305 by Stamps Happen; Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-It Australia; Paisley Border 2399K by Penny Black

The background was created by swishing a piece of white card through puddles of  “Scattered Straw”, “Spiced Marmalade” and “Crushed Olive” Distress Stains. Heat set. Stamped the Paisley border over it in pale green ink to create another layer of interest in the background. Stamped the Butterfly montage in black Archival, and a second time onto smaller scrap of white card so I could colour in the main center butterfly with watercolours, cut it out and magic mounted it over complete stamped image. I then spread Glossy Accents over its wings with a paint brush and sprinkled clear glitter along edges of wings while still wet. I coloured the remaining butterflies loosely with white pencil for wings and brown for bodies. I sponged around outer border with Sepia Archival ink. The Happy Birthday was stamped in black ink onto scrap of ivory card, sponged around edge in Sepia ink and magic mounted onto card.butterfly montage close

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