Vintage Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2017

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I love these montage flower designs, you simply colour in and assemble suitable backing cards. With very little strain on the brain, they make for a quick and easy card and the whole process is quite relaxing.

     

stamp: Butterfly Suite 4182K by Penny Black

    

stamp: Rose Script #91658-Y by Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

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Bright Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 25, 2017

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Flowers always make me happy. Unfortunately we only have green leafy things growing in our garden, no flowers, so I have to make do with those I create in my craft room.

This is one of my friends dies that I cut out some copies of on camp, but she had thrown away the packaging sorry and couldn’t remember what company it was from. I used the same technique as I did for the alcohol ink poppy die cards I made recently, except that I used dye inks to create the colourful backgrounds.

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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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Father’s Day Hot Rod

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2017

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With Father’s Day nearly upon us, thought I’d better post something manly. My poor old Dad has had dementia for many years now and we have finally put him into a home as my mother has been struggling to care for him on her own.  Luckily we found a lovely place that is very close, so I can pop over regularly to see him. He is past the stage of needing gifts bought for him, but he does always LOVE getting a card, especially home-made ones.

This design is very simple, so I stamped it onto an opened out teabag to add some interest to the background. Also my Dad is originally from England and likes a ‘cuppa’ tea, so I thought it appropriate.

stamp: Penny Black set ‘Hot Rod!’ 40-224

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Dragonfly Tag

Susan Robinson
August 29, 2017

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I have a new obsession with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst sprays! This one is Sweet Violet Purple Teal. Just love the way that teal shimmery sheen shows up amidst the purple inkiness. I have contrasted it with Distress Stain spray Fossilized Amber.

The Dragonfly collage stamp is from Stamper’s Anonymous P1-622, which I embossed in gold before spraying. And I discovered that these Bo Bunny brads fit perfectly inside the circular seal. The dragonflies right wings have been covered with Glossy Accents with Crystal glitter sprinkled over while still wet.

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Shimmery Bird Cages

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2017

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Using stencils with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Bluebeard Blue Violet’ Moonshadow Mist. These inks come out a brown tea colour, but when dry you can see subtle shimmers of colour, this one being a purple tone. The powders tend to be attracted to the edges of the pastes too. Very hard to see in the photo, especially with my dodgy photography skills sorry. The paste I used was a white shimmer and I added some silver foil to highlight parts of the main cage bars, so lots of light reflecting off this one.

First add your texture paste through stencil with the aid of a palette knife. (Note: I used silver paste for this photo, as the white I used in the above card wouldn’t show up against the white card background). Stencil is ‘Mini Birds of a Feather’ TCW207s by Crafters Workshop.

Spray card with Moonshadow Mist. Dry with Heatgun.  As the stencil was quite wide, I cut the design in half and got 2 card front from it.

When dry, I tore the bottom right hand corner and sponged the edges with sepia ink, then matted onto some brown card, which I also tore to match. I then layered onto a piece of Penny Black collage paper I have had for years (so I doubt is still available) and then onto an ivory folded backing card which I also sponged with sepia ink along the edges.

Lastly I painted the leaves with a light metallic green paint and the birds with some purple Rub-on. I added a clear rhinestone to top of each cage and a bow of string to the top of each chain. Then I went over some of the cage bars with a Sailor Glue Pen and when dry, laid silver Fab Foil over to highlight it’s pattern.

 

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English Rose Bouquet 4

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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My last card in this series, made with Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet’ die (#99139). Before I bought my metal adaptor plate, sometimes when I put my dies through the Big Shot machine, they wouldn’t cut out completely, especially those with more intricate designs – very frustrating! That is what happened this time, so I put the roses aside to think about another day as I really couldn’t be bothered getting my scalpel and cutting each tiny section out. Now with my new plate, my dies all cut out beautifully each time 🙂

Eventually I came back to this problem child and decided instead of trying to push all the little pieces OUT, I would work with what I had and leave them all IN! I watercoloured them, initially just colouring in the petal sections of the roses leaving the borders white, but ended up pulling the colour out to cover the whole rose. Think I should have left them white – but oh well, once you start, there’s no going back.

 

I sprayed my background card with Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays, lay some ribbon across bottom and attached my card layers.

 

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Jellyfish

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2017

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stamps: Jellyfish CRP303 by Stampendous; Tiny Fish from Beyond the Sea set by Heidi Grace

inks: Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Re-inkers

papers: Aqua, Jetstream and Morning Glory Bazzill Cards; White Matt Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Stardust Stickles; ‘Forever Blue’ Perfect Pearl Powders; Pink Organza Ribbon; Irredescent Cord

tools: Sponging Blocks; Paint Brushs; Heat Gun; Stamp Edge Decorative Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sponge the Distress Oxide inks over white card from lightest to darkest, blending as you go. Dry with heatgun. Wet a wide paintbrush with water, then swipe across card back and forth as you move down card. The inks will re-act with the water and you will be left with a swishy pattern (depending on how you used your brush) across the card. I felt this replicated water currents under the sea, which started my design process.
  2. Stamp the jellyfish onto coloured card in clear pigment ink and emboss with white embossing powder. Heatset. Repeat onto some white card scrap and colour in jellyfish heads with pink and blue Distress re-inkers. Cut out heads. Glue the smaller heads into place over main image. Colour frilly tendril from main jellyfish with diluted yellow re-inker.
  3. Turn the main jellyfish head over and run two-sided tape along bottom edge. Cut some pink organza ribbon into strips and attach to tape along with some irredescent cording. Place some Magic Mount onto back of Jellyfish head, flip over and secure in place on main stamped image with ribbon and cord strips hanging down.
  4. Stamp some tiny fish randomly around card in clear pigment ink and brush over blue Perfect Pearl powder with dry painbrush.
  5. Attach card front to pale purple matting, then onto a white matting with two-sided tape. Trim around white card with Decorative scissors (stamp edge).  Attach to pale blue then green folded backing card.
  6. Stamp and emboss wording in white and matt onto white card. Attach to card front with two-sided tape.
  7. Apply Stardust Stickles to circular shapes and bubbles in design. Set aside to dry.
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Cosmos

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2017

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I am really loving this colour combination of the ‘Scattered Straw’ & ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress Stain Sprays together with ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ Flat Fabio from Lindy’s Stamp Gang that I have used in my last two posts. So I have sprayed yet another background using them for this card.

  1. Firstly spray white card with inks to colour.
  2. Stamp out flower design (Cosmos Spray CRP263 by Stampendous) in black ink. Stamp flower heads again onto scrap of white card. Colour these in with normal colour pencils, then cut out and glue over main image. I curved the petals a bit for dimension. Colour in the stalks.
  3. Apply Glossy Accents over plaque area. Set aside to dry. I was thinking later, that Crackle Accent might have been nicer. When completely dry use a Sailor Glue Pen to add detail lines around plaque. The glue comes out blue but turns transparent when dry. When dry, lay over silver Fab Foil sheet, rub gently with finger, then lift off. The silver foil will adhere to the glue lines and leave them a lovely shiny silver.
  4. Apply Glossy Accents around edge of flower centers in a ‘C’ shape. Carefully sprinkle some ‘Purple Rain’ Beadazzles over. Make sure that your Glossy Accents in the plaque area is dry before you do this or some of the beads may stick there and you don’t want that. (Beadazzles: are micro beads/sequins mix  marketed by Suze Weinberg).
  5. Layer finished card front onto yellow matting, then Heidi (purple) Bazzill folded backing card.
  6. Stamp ‘Tiny Birthday Down’ 4095C by Stamp-it in black ink onto scrap of yellow matting card. I used a Fiskars border punch to create edging next to birthday wording. Attach this to top right of card. Cut out Happy wording and Magic Mount onto bottom left corner of card.
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Webbed Botanical

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July 20, 2017

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The card I coloured with the inks in the previous post, I cut in half and got 2 card fronts from it. This is the second card.

1. Spray card.                    2. Add texture paste through stencil. The paste will absorb the colour of the background, but will still add another subtle dimension.

3. Stamp flower image (Botanical Asperula CRP153 by Stampendous) in black Archival ink on card and again on scrap of white. Colour in green leaves, cut out and glue onto main image. Stamp script randomly in Purple Twilight Adirondack ink.

4. Cut Fusible Web into short lengths and heat emboss with gold powder. Some of the embossing powder actually stuck to the stenciled flower heads too, which wasn’t intentional, but I am quite happy with the result.

5. Cut 5 flowers from Tattered Florals die in Big Shot. Colour to match and scrunch up.

6. Rub head of large brad in clear embossing pad and emboss with mix of black and gold powder. Pierce hole through center of flower layers and secure with brad. Arrange petals around brad. Attach to card with two-sided tape.

7. Attach remaining card layers with two-sided tape.

8. Put dots of Orchid Liquid Pearl onto stamped flower heads. Set aside to dry.

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