Scripted Rose

Susan Robinson
May 11, 2018

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Inky backgrounds are one of my favourite things to do. This one is using Distress Stain Sprays Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Aged Mahogany. I applied a script wording stamp randomly over, inked with a Walnut Stain Distress pad.

The Rose was sponged with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany Distress Pads, the stems and leaves – Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I stamped the script wording over it also, then glazed with Glossy Accents using a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.

I drew a line down each leaf with a dark green pencil. Originally I placed the Rose directly onto the background, but felt it got lost a little, so added the plain yellow rectangle beneath to highlight it better. I sponged around all edges with sepia ink.

Stamp ‘Just for You’ wording onto scrap of same yellow card, cut to size, sponge edges with sepia and glue into place. Matt card front onto burgundy card layer, then folded backing card of mustard yellow.

Rose die 51-023 by Penny Black. Handwriting and Just for You stamps by Stamp-it.

 

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French Bubbles

Susan Robinson
April 30, 2018

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I’m sure it’s wine o’clock somewhere in the world. Cheers and happy creating!

CARD FOUR

stamps: Time in Paris 4477E and Classy Lady 4251E both by Stamp-it

I made puddles of Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains on my teflon mat, then laid white card over. Stamp Paris clock in black ink. Apply fine line of tacky glue to circumference of clock. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over.

Stamp lady in black Archival ink onto scrap of white card. I used White Opal Liquid Pearls on her dress, applied with a paintbrush. I coloured her jewellery in with a blue texter, then added dots of Glossy Accents over. Red texter on lips and nails. Stardust Stickles for champagne bubbles. Sponged sepia ink around hair. When dry, cut her out, tearing across bottom of dress. Glue into position at right of clock stamp.

Stamp clock stamp again onto scrap of white card. Colour Eiffel tower with Victorian Velvet ink and white pencil. Apply tacky glue to swirl across base. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over swirls. Cut out tower and swirls only and glue over image on main card.

Cut card to size, tearing across bottom edge. Sponge all sides with sepia ink. Matt onto silver foil card which is slightly shorter to allow room for lace to be attached at bottom. Loosely fold some muslin behind and attach onto aqua card, then onto folded white backing card.

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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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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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Fairy Thoughts

Susan Robinson
December 2, 2017

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Now for something a little prettier – a walk through fairyland.

stamps: Fairy & leaves by Lavinia Stamps; SHE DD-1205A by Unity Stamps

die: Rabbits 269-N by Impression Obsession

stencil: DYS34216 by Dylusions

The background was created by sponging Distress inks (Wild Honey, Broken China & Worn Lipstick) over white cardstock, then laying over a circle stencil and spritzing water through. Lift off stencil and blot card with paper towel. The water will bleach away the colour leaving the pattern of the stencil behind. After stamping all images in black Archival ink, I added dots of Star Dust Stickles to flower centers.

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Captured Fairies

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November 28, 2017

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Being a wee winged thing (fairy) is not all the pixie parties and fairy floss you’ve been led to believe. There are traps for the unwary and those not fast enough of flight. And as we know, everyone looovves fairies and would like nothing better than to feast upon them with their – eyes, or (gulp) otherwise.

I occasionally have to indulge my warped sense of humour, so here are some cards featuring fairies in distress. Look away now if you feel the following images may upset you. (Obviously I have way too much time on my hands).

stamps: Monster Mash DYR37750 by Dylusions; DELETE E4-1850 by Stampers Anonymous; Fairies by Lavinia Stamps

stamps: Cats Meow 2272E, Fairy Fly 4941B & Fairy Sit 4942B by Stamp-it; Delicious Wishes 2419F by Penny Black

stamps: Single fairy from Fairy Land si4245E & Tea wording siset097 by Stamp-it

dies: Cobweb siz658713; Dainty Tea Set 1148 by Poppy stamps; Spider is hand made

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Blue & Brown Leaf

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June 19, 2016

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falling leaves 2 007Stamps: Conversation Dots LL927 by Hero Arts

Dies: Sizzix Layered Leaf 660039 (this contains cutting die & matching embossing folder)

Inks: Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky & Frayed Burlap Distress pads; Coffee & Sepia Archival pads; Copper Perfect Pearl Mists

Papers: ivory matt card scraps, white matt card (11x14cm), dark brown backing card (22.6x15cm), cardboard

Tear along bottom edge of white matt card. Sponge with Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky & Frayed Burlap Distress inks. (*Optional:  Ink some  corrugated card with Walnut Stains Distress Stain, flip over, ink side down, onto your card and press down. This acts like a stamp and will create dark brown lines of ink across your card).  Attach finished piece to dark brown backing card.Reg leaves 006

Cut a piece of cardboard from old box to desired size. Tear along bottom edge. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Attach to card.

Cut out leaf from ivory scrap. Emboss leaf using folder.  Sponge raised areas of leaf with Weathered Wood Distress ink. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink. Magic Mount onto card. Spritz lightly with Copper Perfect Pearl. Sponge length of string with brown ink. Tie bow and glue to apex of leaf stem.

Stamp wording circle of choice from set in Coffee ink. Punch out circle. Sponge with Weathered Wood & Sepia inks. Magic Mount onto card.

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The *optional background card and some different effects achieved by inking up corrugated card and using it like you would a large background stamp.

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Calligraphic Garden

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May 24, 2016

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A card I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

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Stamps: “Paper Garden” S1509 from Close to my Heart, “Calligraphy Sampler” CRR138 from Stampendous and “Tall Birthday” 4321D from Stamp-It.

Instructions: Stamp calligraphy background in clear ink and emboss with clear embossing powder on white card. Heat set. Sponge card all over with “Old Paper” Distress ink, then around edges with Sepia Archival ink.

Ink up flower stamp of choice from set (I used the largest) with Distress inks “Seedless Preserves”, “Dusty Concord”, “Salty Ocean” and “Walnut Stain”. Spritz stamp lightly with water, then stamp down onto embossed card. Dry. This technique works well with any solid stamp image, and by spritzing it with water, it blends the water-soluble Distress inks together and creates a soft watercolour effect when you stamp it out. I also sponged a little of these Distress colours onto the background card for balance.

Cut out plaque from Sizzix “Mini Labels” set siz657214 with Big Shot machine in ivory card. Stamp birthday wording in Deep Purple Archival ink, then sponge using Distress inks previously mentioned above, and around edges with Sepia Archival ink. Magic mount at base of card across flower stems.

Select strip of ivory organza ribbon and stitch along one edge length. Gather in thread to create ribbon frill and knot thread. Tape ribbon frill over large flower head. Punch small hole at base of flower head and place decorative brad through. This is to hide gathered edges of ribbon and create a pod for petals to grow from. I chose organza ribbon as it is opaque and I wanted the inked flower head beneath to be visible through it.

 

I liked this card so much I made it again for another friends 40th, with slightly softer colours.

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Garden Poems

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May 13, 2016

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gaarden poems 002My sixth and final flower card for the week. I had a very productive day on Monday, but had to move on eventually to other jobs. The real world is always waiting on the other side of the craft room door.

Stamps: “Garden Poems” 3869K by Penny Black; “Create to Breathe” DD928A by Unity Stamp Co

The flowers were stamped onto a scrap of card from my “backgrounds box” and as usual I failed to write on the back what colours I had used. I normally work with 3  colours, so am guessing Distress Stains “Spiced Marmalade” and “Broken China” definitely, and as it looks like a brown has been added – possibly also “Frayed Burlap”. I then laid over Dylusions alphabet stencil and spritzed with water. Lifted off stencil and dried card immediately. The effect is subtle, but just added that extra bit of interest.

The flowers were coloured with watercolours as I wanted a soft, opaque look, then Glossy accents were put over the petals. The flower heads were decorated with “Vintage Photo” Distress Stickles and the stamens with Buttercup, Cantaloupe and Flamingo Liquid Pearls.

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Honeycomb Wildflowers

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May 9, 2016

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My second floral card from my travel stash (see previous post), using Penny Black stamps “Whispers” 3377K and “To say Hi” 3409E. I coloured flowers with pencils, then went over orange ones with glitter chalks. I used “Orchid” Liquid Pearls over the lavender-like stalky flowers. The background was created with Tim Holtz embossing folder “Honeycomb” from set siz657846. I coloured solid half of folder with “Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive & Dusty Concord” Distress inks, spritzed lightly with water, then placed white card inside and pressed down, but didn’t emboss. I sponged around edge of white cards with “Seedless Preserves” and “Dusty Concord” Distress inks.

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