Fairy Thoughts

Susan Robinson
December 2, 2017

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

Now that I am posting my card images larger, all my faults & errors are more glaringly obvious. Might have to invest in one of those hinged stampers I think.

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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Nathan’s 21st

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2017

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Yet another male birthday in our family with my nephew turning 21! How time flies! I often turn to Tim Holtz for inspiration as his grungy style works so well for male cards. This design is one of his – CDM003 Skull.

I stamped and embossed in black, then sponged over with Distress inks. Layered up the numbers on right and added blue rhinestones to skull eyes. The 21 was cut from alphabet thinlet and glued in place. I am slowly using up my scraps of patterned papers as backgrounds.

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On the Farm

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April 15, 2017

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20170414_141243A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.

stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous

dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix

instructions:

1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.

2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.

3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.

4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.

5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.

6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).

7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.

8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.

9.  Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.

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Smile for the Camera

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April 14, 2017

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While I was hunting through my ‘stash’ looking for suitable cards for male birthdays, I found these 3 cards I did a few years ago using the same two stamps – Traditional Camera 4747D and wording siset083 from Stamp-it. I didn’t end up using them this time, but am sure I will at some point in the future as they are good for a wide age range.

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Going to Market

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April 5, 2017

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20161230_154536I was brought up in West Africa and can always remember being in awe of the mammies carrying such heavy loads on their heads.  They made it look so effortless with their erect posture and perfect balance. I used to try and emulate them by walking about the house balancing books on my head.

 

stamp: Market Day 1089J by Embossing Arts Co.

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Rust, Pine needles & Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Pinecone & Raven Bazzill Cards, Gold Foil Boar20161230_154616d

accessories: Small Oak Tree by Memory Box; Harvest Pot Pourri, Colour Pencils

adhesives: Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

 

 

 

 

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At the Market

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March 29, 2017

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20170107_144241stamps: Zulu Lady 400E by My Stamps; Clay Pots 1972E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Walnut Stain Distress Pads

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Honeycomb & Pinecone Bazzill Cards

accessories: Frosted Shrink Plastic; Gold Beads; Gold Fab Foil; Colour Pencils; Clear Embossing Powder; Gold Thread; Metallic Chalks; dried grass

adhesives: Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; magic Mount

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tools: Heatgun; Tiny Hole Punch; Sponge Blocks; Sander

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Zebra Music

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March 25, 2017

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20170316_173137Like with stamps, I try to get the most out of my embossing folders. Using the same Diamond pattern embossing folder from Kaisercraft, I created 2 different looking backgrounds for the following 2 cards:

 

 

 

 

The backgrou20170106_090226nd for the Zebra card was done by using the folder like a stamp. First spritz the folder with black ink, placing the white card inside, then close it up and push down to imprint the pattern onto the white card.

Zebra stamp 4×502013 is by Deep Red. It is only a single zebra which I masked off and stamped out twice. Wording is from Stamp-it set047.

 

 

20170316_181056For this background I first sponged Distress inks over white card to cover, then embossed it with folder through Big Shot machine. I then poured clear embossing powder over and heatset. Next I sanded raised areas, then sponged black ink over.

The drums are made with black clay which has been cooked in the oven, then coloured with dry Perfect Pearl Powders.

African Drums 1962D by Stamp-it; Spirit F612 by Collections

 

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Pink Poinsettia

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November 6, 2016

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20160926_110043stamps: Christmas Star 4104K by Penny Black; Peace Joy Love 540D by Stamp-it

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black Archival Pad; Picked Raspberry & Barn Door Distress Re-inkers; Picked Raspberry Distress Stain

papers: White Matt Card; Pink Pajamas Bazzill Smoothie Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Rouge Liquid Pearls; Clear Rhinestone; Tag & Bookplates siz656938

adhesives: Two-sided Tape

tools: Heatgun; Scissors; Waterbrush; Big Shot

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp Poinsettia stamp onto white card with clear pigment pad, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Repeat this process a 2nd time on some scrap of white card.20160926_095227
  2. Place separate drops of the two Distress re-inkers onto a palette (I often use my acrylic blocks as palettes). Pick up the colour with a waterbrush (or wet paintbrush) and colour in petals of the poinsettias. Dab with a dry tissue when finished to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of the embossed areas, otherwise you may inadvertently smear that onto your white backing card. Cut out the 2nd poinsettia from the scrap card.
  3. Ink up ‘Peace’ word & star only from wording stamp (masking off other words), and stamp onto scrap of white card in black ink. Cut out bookplate from Sizzix die in white card. Attach wording into center. Place clear rhinestone in center of star.20160926_101718
  4. I didn’t have any suitable pink ribbon for my card, so I coloured some yellow ribbon I had that was the correct width by simply running some Picked 20160926_103740Raspberry Distress Stain over it.
  5. Thread short sections of ribbon through the holes on either side of bookplates. Stick the bookplate down onto your card, then wrap the ribbon over the edges of your card to secure at the back. 20160926_104522
  6. Attach your card front onto pink matting, then folded white backing card with two-sided tape.
  7. Position your cut out 2nd poinsettia angled over poinsettia on main card and fix with tape in the center only. I like to curl the petals a bit to create dimension. Place a few drops of Rouge Liquid Pearls into the center of the flower and set aside to dry. 20160926_110043
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White Mannequin

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October 14, 2016

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white mannequin 6stamps: Dress Form CS884 by Kaisercraft; Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts; Background pattern siset092 by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserves Distress Pads; Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Velvet Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Purple Ribbon; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp dress form in black ink onto 2 larger pieces of white matt card. Clean stamp.white mannequin 1
  2.  Stamp image again with clear Versamark pad onto white card scrap, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Cut out body of dress form only. Sponge some Seedless Preserves Distress ink over with a sponging block to highlight details of pattern. Wipe a dry tissue over to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of embossed areas. white mannequin 2
  3. Stamp background pattern with clear pad randomly around edges of both white card pieces and emboss in white. Sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress ink over some sections.
  4. Sponge Dusty Concord Distress ink over remaining areas of white cards. Add a little Seedless Preserves ink.white mannequin 3
  5. Spritz a small amount of Seedless Preserves Distress Spray over card.white mannequin 4
  6. Stamp out Old Letter with Sepia ink over entire area of smaller card, positioning circular postal mark into top right corner. Stamp again onto left side of larger card (lining up oval postal mark). Sponge edges of both cards with Dusty Concord Distress ink.
  7. Adhere smaller card over larger card with two-sided tape, lining up patterns where possible. Fix onto folded backing card of dark purple (Velvet Bazzill) card.
  8. Run some two-sided tape on reverse side of white embossed cut out dress form along bottom only. Starting at the left, fix ribbon to tape, pleating as you go. Allow extra ribbon to run off at right. Apply Magic Mount to dress form and fix into place over black image of dress form on main card. Using two-sided tape, fix remainder of ribbon in pleats off the the right of dress form.
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