Smiling Poppy

Susan Robinson
November 3, 2017

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This poppy die is becoming quite a favourite of mine. It somehow always seems to be the right shape for the space.

dies: Perky Poppy 98762  from Memory Box; Smile die378-E by Impression Obsession

(Yes, my card does actually have straight edges, despite their curvy look in the photo ha,ha. The wetness of the inks caused the white card to buckle a little. I’ll need to try flatten it out under a heavy book or something).

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Floral Rainbow

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February 21, 2017

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stamps: Poppy Background & Messages of Wisdom by Hero Arts

inks: Jet Black  & Sepia Archival Pads; Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest, Orange Squeeze & Crushed Grape Dylusion Ink Sprays

papers: White Matt card; Teal Prismatic & Marigold Bazzill Cards

accessories: Elegant Frames  SD050 by Wild Rose Studio; Buttercup & Pale Blue Liquid Pearls; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Liquid Glue; Two-sided Tape

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponge Block; Water Spritzer

INSTRUCTIONS: similar to previous post.

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Blue Sky at Night

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December 18, 2016

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stamps: Winter Trees SKU 3×505521 by Deep Red; Joy Trio 3063B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Midnight & London Blue Dylusions Sprays; Silver Alcohol Ink

papers: Watercolour Paper; Mediterranean & Teal Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Cord

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Notched Corner Punch; Water Spritzer; Clear Film stencil frame; Scalpel;(clean) pizza box; Heatgun; Acrylic block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut a rectangular hole in piece of clear film to fit over watercolour paper. This is to provide a stencil for when you spray the inks onto the watercolour paper, so that the colour stays within that rough area and don’t cover the whole paper. I wanted the edges to remain white.
  2. Spraying inks can be a bit messy, so I use an old pizza box (clean of course). Line with newspaper to soak up the excess ink (change the paper regularly). Then I put some white paper over newspaper in case the ink from the newspaper should transfer onto my work.
  3. Lay watercolour paper in box, cover with clear stencil, making sure it is lined up so there is equal amount of border coverage on all sides. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then blue inks. I didn’t want the ink edges to be straight, but try to ensure the inks don’t bleed under the frame too much. (Have a wet paint brush and some paper towel on hand to mop up and dilute stains if this happens). When happy with coverage – dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  4. Stamp trees onto card with black ink.
  5. Squirt some Silver Alcohol ink onto acrylic block and pick up with old toothbrush. Hold over card and run your thumb along toothbrush bristles to create splatter effect across card. Hopefully this will resemble stars in the night sky:)
  6. Stamp peace wording only (from trio of options) onto scrap of card in black ink. Cut to desired size and edge with black ink. Magic Mount onto card.
  7. Using Punch, cut notches out of the corners of the card. Secure a piece of silver cord to the back of card and wind the cord through and around each notch to form frame.
  8. Using two-sided tape, adhere card front to teal matting, then darker blue folded card.
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Mermaid in Sea Garden

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April 16, 2016

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mixed images 046I am always drawn to things which belong to the sea – seashells, fish, boats and mermaids.

I started playing with this mermaid stamp from Judikins #28141, on a piece of white card which I had spritzed with Dylusion inks (Turquiose, Teal and London Blue) then added some fish from Poppy die (Aquarium Fish #1132), saw my Stamp-It “Poppy Patch” stamp (4944E) still sitting on the table from my last set of cards, and decided to add that to the mix – and here we have it. The “Dream” wording is a rub-on from Scrap-ease. Gold BeaDazzles, Chalks, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls, Perfect Pearl Mists and Stickles were used for colour and highlights.mixed images 042

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Pinned Leaf

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April 7, 2016

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With my craft room being in chaos for the last month, my creativity has been at a low ebb. I trolled the web (as you do), seeking inspiration. Saw this quirky idea of pinning a leaf to the branch by means of a safety pin on this Polish site www.cynkowepoletko.blogspot.com. I couldn’t help myself – had to have a play. Using different stamps and colour schemes, here is my version. Quite happy with it and can feel the creative juices flowing once again. Thanks Cynka (her original far right).

Stamps I used: The Leaf 4809F, Bare Branch 4806E, Single Leaf 2468C by Stamp-It Australia; Thinking of You by Stampin’ Up; even more pinned leaves 001Always 1970C by Penny Black

last leaf 001love the leaf and the pin http://cynkowepoletko.blogspot.com:

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Blue Lagoon

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March 1, 2016

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Teal & brown watercolour -  dolphinTeal & brown watercolour - boatThese scenic cards are quick and easy to make and are great for Men’s cards:

1.  Spritz a piece of watercolour card with water, then add some blue shades of Dylusion or Distress ink  sprays to create your watery lagoon. Try not to get too much colour in the top half of the card.

2. While still wet, run the tip of a Walnut and/or Rusty Hinge Distress re-inker nib across the horizon line. It will bleed into the blue wetness to form your island. You can continue to add more water or ink and manipulate with a wet paintbrush until happy with the result. Dry.

3. Create cloud effects by dabbing Snow Cap (white) and Pearl Adirondack Dabber Paints together across skyline. Or you may prefer a little moonlight instead. Just cut out a circle in matt white card and spritz it with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. Dry. Glue Moon into desired position.

4. Attach metal charms of dolphins or yacht. Matt finished picture onto contrasting brown card and mount onto backing blue card.

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Blitzen Reindeer

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November 29, 2015

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Santa in Sun 005Getting into the festive spirit at last, with my first Christmas get-together under my belt. Time to put the champagne on ice.

STAMPS: 4542E Blitzen, siset114 wording

PAPERS: White Matt Card, Leaf Green Vivaldi Card, PoppyRed Mi-teintes Card

INKS: Postbox Red, Cut Grass & Lemon Zest Dylusion Ink Sprays, Jet Black Archival Pad

ACCESSORIES: Chequered Dots Dylusion Stencil, Stardust Stickles, Ruby Red Liquid Pearls, Lime Ribbon, Brown Pencil

Spritz your matt white card with water, then ink sprays until card completely covered. Dry with heatgun.

Lay stencil over and spritz with water. Lift off stencil and run a roll of paper towel over card to dry. The water will have bleached the inks from card (as the inks are water-soluble), leaving pattern of stencil behind.

Stamp your reindeer and wording onto card in Jet Black Archival ink. Colour in reindeer with brown pencil.

Turn card over and run strip of 2-sided tape around perimeter. The ribbon I used had bobbles along both edges, but was very wide, so I cut it in half lengthways. Attach sections of ribbon around edge of card with the bobbles sticking outwards.

Attach card onto layer of Red card, then backing of Leaf green card. Finish off by adding some Stardust Stickles to champagne glass with a few bubbles rising out of it, and some Ruby Red Liquid Pearl for reindeer’s nose.

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Outback Boabs

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November 2, 2015

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boab tree close-upboab tree sparkle 4Outback road trip – camping out bush and looking up at the sky at night, the stars twinkling through the branches of the trees above,  the colours of the day drenched into your mind’s eye – the blue skies, red dust, green scrubby bushes. Your best friend by your side and the open road a’ calling. What new adventures await?

STAMPS: 958G Boab Trees, 3305E Australian Land, siset047  INKS: Dylusion Sprays- Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini, Squeezed Orange, London Blue; Jet Black, Cobalt & Coffee Archival Pads  ACCESSORIES: Copper & Rainbow stripes Fab Foils, Hot Glue Pen; Antique Linen & Vintage Photo Distress Stickles; Black Twine, Texture Paste  PAPER: White matt Card, Raven & Buttercup Bazzill Cards

METHOD: Colour your white card with Dylusion inks, by first spritzing with water, then ink sprays, till the card is completely covered. Dry. Stamp Boab Trees with black archival ink onto coloured card, and again onto scrap of white card. Cut out tree trunks only from scrap paper and colour with inks with aid of waterbrush. Put a smear of texture paste onto trunks of trees on main card and lay cut out trunks over paste. Mold into shape. You may need a little glue around edges of cut trunks to help them stick down. Set aside to dry.

Using Hot Foil Pen and rainbow Fab Foil sheet, dot stars randomly through tree branches (I used yellow, green & blue stripes for stars). Apply a little copper Fab Foil to trunks of trees to highlight texture of bark. With the aid of a T-grid, stamp wording around left-hand side of card. I used cobalt blue ink towards sky and coffee brown ink towards the ground level. Stamp “No road” wording onto a scrap of white card in black Archival ink and colour to match background. Sponge edges with black also.

Mount almost finished card onto black card. Wrap black twine twice around right-hand side of card and secure at back. Magic mount to buttercup backing card. Magic mount “No road” wording and position over twine. Lastly, apply some Distress stickles to base of trees.

 

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