Frilly Oval

Susan Robinson
September 16, 2018

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Just a quick post showing 2 cards I made from the same oval die, one card using the cut-out oval and the other using the surround only. 

For some reason my blog will no longer allow me to post images any larger than this, so I hope you can see the details okay. Every time things update, they change! I had to have a little break from my blog earlier this month as all the issues I have had with technology this year has been completely doing my head in. I also ended up deleting many of my posts whose pictures had vanished (oops) as it was too hard and seemed pointless, to re-do them all. All cards should still be showing on my Pinterest boards though.

  

I gold embossed around the edges of the oval cut-out on the green card.

  

I sponged around the inside edge of the oval cut-out with sepia ink on the cream card. The surround was Magic Mounted over a background done with shimmered texture paste through a fine TH Rose stencil.

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Banksia

Susan Robinson
August 13, 2018

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This is the Banksia design from Stampin’Up’s ‘Bloom Away’ set. I experimented a bit more with the colours and presentation of this one. Hope you like them:)

For the card above, I first stamped the Banksia image onto white card with clear pigment pad and embossed with clear powder, before running ‘Picked Raspberry’ and ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Stains over the top.

After stamping the image onto ivory card with a black Versamark pad and colouring with watercolour pencils, I added smears of ‘Rouge’ and ‘Pumpkin’ Liquid Pearls to flower head.

I stamped the Banksia image multiple times with gold Delicata pad onto black card. I then stamped and embossed it in gold on a separate piece of black card. This one I coloured in with Forever Red and Forever Green Perfect Pearl Powders, which I mixed with water to make a metallic paint. Cut it out and Magic Mounted over image on main card.

I coloured this Banksia pink with watercolour pencils, then added ‘Buttercup’ Liquid Pearl smears over the top of the flower head. That’s the great thing about flowers – they come in a variety of colours.

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Gum Blossoms

Susan Robinson
August 11, 2018

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Moving onto florals now, but haven’t strayed far from the Australiana theme with my new acquisition of an old Stampin’ Up set “Bloom Away”. There are 3 designs in the set, Gum Blossoms, Banksia and Waratah.  I couldn’t decide which background to use with my Gum Blossom image, so just stamped out some more. I coloured them all the same, using watercolour pencils, then adding Glossy Accents to the nut areas and dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to the flower skirts.

To recreate this card, first colour a piece of watercolour paper with Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays.

Next, tear the corner section from a piece of speckled Unryushi paper that is slightly larger than the watercolour card and glue to left hand side, wrinkling up as you go to make it fit and creating dimension and interest to your background. I used a clear matt glue to glue my paper and also to seal it.

I cut out ‘Fillipa Corner’ #99146 by Memory Box in ivory card and coloured it roughly with Weathered Wood ink. I then decorated it with ‘Disco Ball’ Beadazzles before attaching  it to top corner of card.

The dragonfly is a stamp from unknown origins. I stamped it onto vellum in white ink and cut it out. I stamped out the body only in dark brown ink onto grey card, cut it out and laid over vellum image. I bent the dragonfly wings up and glued down the body area only onto card.

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Jar of Flowers – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 18, 2018

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stamps: Music Script & Thank You 4901B from Stamp-it

dies: Flower Jar siz662270 by Tim Holtz

inks: Dried Marigold & Tumbled Glass Distress Pads; Jet Black Archival Pad; Teal Blue StazOn Pad

INSTRUCTIONS:

This is the same technique as shown in previous post “Leaves of Gratitude”, except that instead of squishing the Distress ink pads onto a teflon mat, I squished them onto an acrylic block, for a more contained result. Then spritzed the block with water, before flipping it upside down onto white card. Lift off. You may wish at this stage to spritz your card with water also to help the inks run. You can control this somewhat by using a paintbrush to decide where you want the drips to go. Have a tissue ready to soak up any excess liquid.

      

Lastly I cut out the large jar from the sizzix die set in clear acetate, and sponged around the edge with the Teal StazOn pad. I glued some string across the neck and made a separate string bow.

I cut out one of the flowers from same set in white card and sponged with Peeled Paint & Spiced Marmalade Distress inks. I added some Pumpkin & Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to flower heads (though not really happy with that decision). Set aside to dry.

The dragonflies are a Tonic punch. I cut them out in dark brown and again in vellum. I cut the tails off the vellum dragonflies and mounted them over the brown ones, gluing down the body only and lifting the wings. I then drew a line of Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls down the body of each dragonfly, and set aside to dry.

I distressed the edges of the top card layer with the edge of my scissors before assembling the rest. I did this around the Thank you wording also.

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Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018

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Now that I’m no longer working, I have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Time to walk in the sun, to watch butterflies floating by, hear the birds in the trees – and just appreciate the simple things in life.

stamp: Garden Letter 40-277 by Penny Black

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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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Calligraphic Garden

admin
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

admin
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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