Christmas is Coming

Susan Robinson
October 5, 2018

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I have put my name down to do the Art Market on the “Decoy” this Sunday 7th Oct and on the 4th Nov. I didn’t take any Christmas cards with me last time as I thought it was too early – but apparently it’s never too early! So I have been busy all week going through my Christmas box of bits, finishing off cards that I had started but put aside for whatever reason. Here are just a few…

      

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

All stamps are by Stamp-it Australia, apart from the first tree card (Penny Black) and Winnie the Pooh (All Night Media).

 

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Sunset at the Swamp

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2018

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Reflections on the day.

stamps: Reeds from Kaszazz; Begin Each Day BB0441-E by Verses rubber Stamps

dies: Elegant Shorebirds 99730 by Memory Box; Scribble Trio 1693 by Poppy Stamps

Sponge white card with Distress inks. Stamp reeds in black ink.

Cut out dies. The one I used for the sun is not exactly spherical, but felt I could get away with it. Sponge to match background. When I was stamping the reeds, some of the background rubber showed up, which is always a bit annoying, so I cut out a second wing for my flying bird in order to cover the ink smudge.

Glue shapes into place, then stamp wording in black. Attach finished card front onto matting of black, then folded backing card of mauve.

 

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Parisienne Style

Susan Robinson
April 26, 2018

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When I get an idea for a card in my head, I like to explore it’s possibilities by creating more than one version of it. Hence, my imaginary trip to Paris produced three cards, and I am hoping this afternoon to get time to work on a fourth.

CARD TWO

stamps: Catwalk 3324E, Eiffel Tower 4676E and Wording Background 2183F all by Stamp-it; Spring Corner 1930F by Penny Black

I stamped and embossed the Eiffel Tower and lady in black onto ivory card. Then I was supposed to mask them off (but realised when my stamp was already down on the paper that my mask was still sitting beside me. Oops!) before stamping over wording background in clear pigment ink and embossing in clear powder. I decided I was happy with a bit of texture showing through her dress, but did re-do her hair.

Tear around edges, using scissors to cut around lady’s shawl where it comes out of frame. Sponge Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo Distress ink over card. This will show the background wording up.

On a larger piece of ivory card, stamp and emboss the flower corner in black. Stamp flowers out a second time on some scrap. Colour leaves and butterflies with texters on large piece. On the scrap piece, I coloured the flower petals with White Opal Liquid Pearls using a paintbrush, then cut them out. I also stamped out some extra butterflies.

Attach the torn card front onto larger ivory piece, sitting it into the flower corner. Glue the cut out flowers into place (I Magic Mounted the middle one). Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to darker brown matting, then onto mid-brown folded backing card.

I applied white Opal Pearls with a paintbrush to her shawl and the white stripes of her dress, Glossy Accents to the center of the flowers, tiny rhinestones for her earrings. A smudge of black chalk for shadows under lady and tower. Cut PARIS from sheet of letters and glue on. Stamp, cut out, sponge and glue postal mark at top right.

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Paris Love

Susan Robinson
April 24, 2018

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A girlfriend of mine is off to Europe on holidays, going to Paris and numerous other lovely places. So jealous! The best I can do is head into my craft room and let my imagination transport me.

CARD ONE

stamps: Paris Collage set066 by Stamp-it; Girls love to Shop 95370MM by Inkadinkado

accessories: Silver & Gold Fab Foils, Pewter & Gold Perfect Pearls, Texters, Glossy Accents, Chalks

I stamped the Paris collage and girl out in black Archival ink onto two separate pieces of ivory card.

I applied glue (that dries tacky) to the Eiffel Tower and when dry laid gold and silver Fab Foils over. I dipped my finger into a clear pigment pad and smudged some shadows below the tower and bike riders and around the street lamps. I applied dry Perfect Pearl powders over in Pewter and Gold. I used a glitter pen over smaller Eiffel tower and brown chalks over bits of collage. I sponged around whole card in black, attached to pink matting, then onto folded ivory backing card.

I coloured the girl in with texters, highlighting her handbag with Glossy Accents. When dry, I sponged around the edges with black ink and matted her onto black card. I attached her over center of Paris collage.

I cut out LOVE (Impression Obsession die385-B) wording in black and glued onto top right of card.

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Leaves of Gratitude – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 16, 2018

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stamps: Curled Leaf F-3100 by PSX; Vine Leaf 1497BMini Leaf 1499B & Handwriting all from Stamp-it; Gratitude A3079 by Hero Arts

INSTRUCTIONS:

I used the Distress mini pads, squishing some ink randomly onto my teflon mat (or you could use a flat piece of plastic). Spritz inks with water, then place white card over. Lift off. Now spray inks on card with more water if you need to make them blend and run into rivulets. Dry with a heatgun.

Cover your card with clear vellum and trace around your inky shape with a pencil.

Cut out shape. Throw away the inside piece. We will be using the outside area as a mask. (For this reason it is important to try and keep the outside piece relatively intact ie. don’t hack it into pieces).

Lay your vellum mask around your inked shape (this will protect your white background from getting any script on it). Ink up script stamp with black Archival ink and stamp over.

When you remove the mask, you should have your script showing over your inked areas only. I love the way the words follow every little drip out. It is important when choosing your stamp, that the design is very close or you will lose the effect.

  

Next I stamped out my leaves and coloured them with watercolour pencils and a water brush. After cutting them out, I spritzed some gold sparkle over. Dry with a heatgun.

Stamp your Gratitude wording, sponge and mount onto card. Magic Mount the large curling leaf and some of the smaller ones, gluing the remainder down flat. Assemble card layers.

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Alexandra Renke Watercolour Florals

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2018

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Starting off the year with some simple cards using one of Alexandra Renke’s beautiful watercolour floral design papers. I actually find it quite hard keeping things clean and austere, especially when trying to use predominantly white! You don’t realise how many shades of white there are till you try using them together. Rather than struggle against my natural instincts, I decided to just relax and go with the flow, adding colour where the whim dictated.

You can get 24 cards from one 12×12 sheet…

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Within Us

admin
July 29, 2016

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grief 3 014Buried deep in our soul, is a garden bed, where beautiful seeds lie dormant, waiting for that needed nourishment before they can begin to grow. YOU are the gardener! It is important that you take time to tend to this garden, or the seeds will eventually wither and die. Give yourself a little love and occasionally dust off those buried talents and bring them into the light. The tightly furled creative buds will slowly, tentatively, make their way up through the soil, and as more time and love is poured in, so their beauty will expand,  stretching and dancing, delighting in the freedom of showing their true selves in all their colourful glory. For your garden to reach full bloom, you must find your joy within and TEND to it.

 

stamps: Emerson WK106 by Wordsworth; Flowers siset090 by Stamp-it

dies: Lamp Post D494 by Tattered Lace; Circle Framelits by Sizzix

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Stamp wording in black Archival ink onto front of white Bazzill A6 card.

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2. Open up card and cut out circle shape above wording using Big Shot machine and Sizzix circle dies. Cut out a circle border, sponge edges with silver ink and mount it over cut-out to frame.

3. Spritz watercolour paper with water and spray with Black Marble Dylusion Spray. Heatset. Stamp flower background in black StazOn pad over it. Using a waterbrush, bleach colour from flower petals, drying with tissue as you go. Cut design into circular shape.

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4. Fit flower circle into cut-out on front of card, and fix to inside card.

5. Cut out lamp post in silver card. adhere to card front.

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6. Open up card and decorate flower stamens with silver Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry.

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Blue Rain

admin
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

admin
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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One Wedding Dress – Spring Bride

admin
July 20, 2016

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The following two cards using Stamp-it’s Elegant Bride 3207F were not in last months class. I only designed them after the class had finished upon gaining inspiration from the scrap paper left behind on the desktop. That’s often the case with me. Look at a few ink splotches and see all sorts of things, ha, ha. I hope they provide you with some inspiration too! They are the only cards with multiple stampings of the bride.

 

 

  1. Photocopy dictionary page (with appropriate wording) onto white reflex paper. Stamp bride in black Archival ink into centre, then again randomly around.
  2. Stamp bride again onto scrap of white card in black Archival ink. Cut her out. Colour in her bodice and bouquet with pencil colour of choice. Using a paintbrush, smear Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkle crystal glitter over whilst wet. I concentrated the glitter more at the top of her skirt, petering out towards the skirt hem. Set aside to dry.  extra brides 016
  3. Stamp flourish (from Stampin’ Up) in black Archival where desired onto dictionary paper. Sponge Distress pads Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Evergreen Bough over paper with a sponging block until roughly covered. (*optional – tear along edge. I did this as I wanted to get rid of words at the bottom which I felt detracted from the ambiance of the card).
  4. Attach dictionary paper onto layer of aqua, then yellow cards and finally onto pink backing card.
  5. Glue now dry bride into place over image on main card. Attach diamantes to centre of flourishes.
  6. Cut out sizzix label shape in white card and stamp Penny Black Wedding Day 2002D wording into centre in black Archival ink. Sponge with complimentary Distress inks. Attach diamantes to decorate and magic mount into place on card.
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