Crackled Flower Vase & Tea Cup

Susan Robinson
April 9, 2018


Thought I’d share my latest creation with you. Still playing with crackle paste. Think I’ll save this one for a Mother’s Day card.

stamp: Bowl Bouquet CRR199 by Stampendous

I stamped the images in black Archival ink onto linen textured watercolour paper. (Forgot to photograph this step initially, so stamped this onto leftover half afterwards).

Run Blueprint Sketch and Walnut Distress Stains over paper. Fill in vase with white Crackle Paste. Set aside to dry.

Stamp vase flowers, then teacup/saucer (twice) separately onto scraps of white card and colour in. As I had my box of Distress Stains out already, I just used them with a paintbrush to colour in images by first squishing them onto my acrylic block. Cut out flowers. Cut out teacup, then cut out saucer.

Glue flowers into place. Glue saucer into place. Magic Mount teacup into place over saucer. I decided to change the colour of one of the roses to a darker red and added another leaf between them.

Tear around edges of card. I layered this onto another piece of watercolour paper that I had run Distress Stains around the edges of to match. I added some torn bits of blue pattern paper to my vase. To complete I attached to folded backing card of white Bazzill.




Floral Seal

August 10, 2016


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My third play with this Penny Black stamp. It was a bit more work, but I like it better I think. Ideas for other variations are already swirling about.






stamps: Scented Message 4239K by Penny Black

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Golden Glitz Delicata Pad; Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord & Wild Honey Distress Stain Sprays (I think – another sample from my infamous ‘backgrounds box’)

papers: White Matt card; Gold Shimmer Paper; Jubilee & Grape Bazzill Cards

accessories: Gold Cord; Cantaloupe, Orchid & Ivy Liquid Pearls; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Circle Punch; Scissors; Heatgun (otptional); Water Spritzer; Paint Brush


  1. Spritz white card lightly with water, then chosen colours of Distress Stain Sprays until card is coloured to your satisfaction. Dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  2. Stamp image in center of coloured card with black ink pad. Stamp image again onto scrap of white card. Colour in flowers and leaves only with pencils and cut out individually. This requires a bit of patience and I suggest you glue them onto the main image as you go, or it will be like a jigsaw puzzle, trying to work out which flower head goes where. Glossy Accent the top of your flower heads. Set aside to dry, ensuring there are no air bubbles first. (note: Glossy Accents is actually a glue which you can use underneath your flowers to adhere them to your card, and also on top of them to provide a glossy sheen).                                                                                                       Suggestion: if I was doing this card again, I would probably after stamping the main image in black on the coloured card – pick up a dry paintbrush and add a touch of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder to some of the background wording while still wet to highlight, as they’re a bit hard to see in black against the dark background. Didn’t think of it till it was too late of course 🙁floral seal 4
  3. Using a circle punch, cut out the seal from that stamped onto the scrap white card, and colour it with Distress inks. Dry with heatgun. Open your scissors and hold them at a 90 degree angle to card and ‘distress’  the edges of the seal circle. Use the gold pad directly on the card to colour the edges. Heatset. Place Magic Mount on the back.
  4. ‘Distress’ the top left hand corner of your card the same way and apply gold pad to colour also.
  5. When the Glossy Accents on your flower heads are dry, you can add a dot of Orchid Liquid Pearls to the flower center. I used Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls for the flower buds, and picked up some Ivy Liquid Pearls with a fine painbrush and applied to the stems and part of the leaves to colour.floral seal 5
  6. Wrap the gold cord twice around base of card and secure at back with tape. Position circular seal over.
  7. Attach finished card front to matting of dark purple, then gold, then folded base puce-coloured card.



Below are 2 previous samples using this same image.  More information can be found on “Floral Post” under Flowers Category

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Misty Floral

April 13, 2016


This card was inspired by a t-shirt I saw a lady wearing ages ago. Unfortunately I didn’t have my phone on me at the time so couldn’t take a photo, so have had to rely on my unreliable memory.

The flower images are from the “Bird Blossom” cling stamp set by Stampendous CRS5083 and wording is “She” set DD-1205A by Unity Stamp Company. I sponged 2/3 of card with Antique Linen Distress pad around flowers and spritzed top flower with “Perfect Pearl” Perfect Pearl Mist.

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Elephant Envelope Invite

March 3, 2016


elephant envelop closed This young girl’s party invitation is comprised of a number of envelopes joined together to create a booklet that folds up into itself. You can make it as long or as short as you like. The top flap folds over the back of the second envelope (with the others envelopes being tucked inside) and is secured with the ribbon. A great idea that can be adapted to any theme – birthday invites for all ages, wedding invitation, baby shower or birth announcement (you could put photos in the envelopes). The pockets of the envelopes provide plenty of space to add additional information, such as maps, wish lists, RSVP’s etc…

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