Vintage Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2017

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I love these montage flower designs, you simply colour in and assemble suitable backing cards. With very little strain on the brain, they make for a quick and easy card and the whole process is quite relaxing.

     

stamp: Butterfly Suite 4182K by Penny Black

    

stamp: Rose Script #91658-Y by Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

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Bright Flowers

Susan Robinson
October 25, 2017

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Flowers always make me happy. Unfortunately we only have green leafy things growing in our garden, no flowers, so I have to make do with those I create in my craft room.

This is one of my friends dies that I cut out some copies of on camp, but she had thrown away the packaging sorry and couldn’t remember what company it was from. I used the same technique as I did for the alcohol ink poppy die cards I made recently, except that I used dye inks to create the colourful backgrounds.

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Awaken Bloom

Susan Robinson
September 24, 2017

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stamps: Awaken 40-507 by Penny Black; Damask DDTSo11 by Darkroom Door; For You by Stampin’Up

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp flower twice onto 2 separate pieces of white card. Tear around edges of one (this will be your card front). Colour other with watercolour pencils and cut out flower heads.
  2. Stamp damask pattern in green ink (Adirondack- Meadow) over uncoloured flower. I felt this was too dark though so dabbed some white acrylic paint over to soften. Dry with Heatgun. Sponge over Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress inks. Sponge around torn edges with sepia ink.
  3. Colour in flower stems. Magic Mount cut out flower heads into place.
  4. Smear Glossy Accents over flower petals with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.
  5. Apply touches of white paint to edges of flower petals with a paintbrush. Heat set.
  6. Glue some black Beadazzles near flower centres. Set aside to dry.
  7.  Wrap ribbon around base of card and secure at back. Glue on bow. Assemble card layers.
  8. Gold emboss wording, cut out with circle punch, sponge around edges with sepia ink and Magic Mount at top of card.
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Birthday Numbers

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2017

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I have had this numbers die (Antiqua Numbers siz658338) for many years and normally cut out the numbers and use them individually, but have seen some ideas lately utilising the silhouette  as well. Thought I’d have a play.

Of course this only works for birthdays with sequential numbers. I caught up with a girlfriend last week and was showing her some of the cards I had made recently. She really liked the number ones and reminded me she has a birthday coming up. And how old will she be? 57!! A challenge indeed.

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English Rose Bouquet 4

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017

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My last card in this series, made with Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet’ die (#99139). Before I bought my metal adaptor plate, sometimes when I put my dies through the Big Shot machine, they wouldn’t cut out completely, especially those with more intricate designs – very frustrating! That is what happened this time, so I put the roses aside to think about another day as I really couldn’t be bothered getting my scalpel and cutting each tiny section out. Now with my new plate, my dies all cut out beautifully each time 🙂

Eventually I came back to this problem child and decided instead of trying to push all the little pieces OUT, I would work with what I had and leave them all IN! I watercoloured them, initially just colouring in the petal sections of the roses leaving the borders white, but ended up pulling the colour out to cover the whole rose. Think I should have left them white – but oh well, once you start, there’s no going back.

 

I sprayed my background card with Tumbled Glass and Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays, lay some ribbon across bottom and attached my card layers.

 

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English Rose Bouquet 3

Susan Robinson

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Simple silhouettes.

This card is very straightforward, simply using the cut out roses from English Rose Bouquet die #99139 by Memory Box and gluing over a patterned background. I left the leaves unglued so I could lift them slightly to create some dimension to the card.  I sponged the leaves with Lumiere metallic Olive green paint. When used thinly this green paint shows up a gorgeous gold tint through it. I swirled some Gold Stickles into the center of each rose head.

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VARIATION:

Of course, don’t limit yourself by always trying to use the design as a whole. You could chop it up and only use part of it – as a border, a corner, to decorate an envelope flap, whatever…

For this sample, I was experimenting using the cut-out as a stencil. I smeared some white shimmery texture paste through it, but wasn’t happy with the result, so it got binned. This was going to join it, but I liked the shimmer effect on the roses and decided to salvage it.

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English Rose Bouquet 2

Susan Robinson

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A little softer than my usual style, but it was hard finding paper with a small enough pattern to put behind the roses. For this card I:

  • cut out the rose die (English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box) in white card
  • then traced around each flower head onto patterned paper and cut out
  • glued these behind relevant sized rose head
  • glued pearl into center of each rose
  • sepia wash over leaves
  • stamped wording in sepia ink (For You from Stamp-it)
  • sponged edge of card with sepia ink and assembled layers

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As I wasn’t 100% happy with my first sample using this technique, I re-did it using a plain card colour behind the rose heads. I then added some shading using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush. I had planned to make the roses all the same colour, but got carried away as usual. I just love colour! The leaves are a very pale green.

  

This is my favourite colour combination – peach and aqua. The pattern card is from My Minds Eye – ‘Sweet Little One’. It’s stripey on one side and plain aqua on the other. I added a strip of aqua lace as well to soften the look.

Happy Birthday stamp is from Stamp-it, inside a Collections book plate attached with green brads and Magic Mounted onto card.

Bazzill cards used: Adobe & Pinecone

 

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English Rose Bouquet 1

Susan Robinson

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My next series of floral cards, made using this rose die – English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box.

I really loved the cards in the last post (Perky Poppy 3) with the Alcohol inks, so decided to replicate the technique with this die. Not as effective I feel, unsure whether due to the design shape or my choice of background.

 

Note: when pushing out the unwanted petals, don’t lose the 2 pieces (shown at right of image), that are part of the background and need to be glued back in.

I didn’t glue the leaves down so I could bend them up to show a slither of colour from background beneath. I then wrapped some ribbon across the top and assembled card layers.

Thinking of You Brush stamp (890B) is from Stamp-it.

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Cosmos

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2017

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I am really loving this colour combination of the ‘Scattered Straw’ & ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress Stain Sprays together with ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ Flat Fabio from Lindy’s Stamp Gang that I have used in my last two posts. So I have sprayed yet another background using them for this card.

  1. Firstly spray white card with inks to colour.
  2. Stamp out flower design (Cosmos Spray CRP263 by Stampendous) in black ink. Stamp flower heads again onto scrap of white card. Colour these in with normal colour pencils, then cut out and glue over main image. I curved the petals a bit for dimension. Colour in the stalks.
  3. Apply Glossy Accents over plaque area. Set aside to dry. I was thinking later, that Crackle Accent might have been nicer. When completely dry use a Sailor Glue Pen to add detail lines around plaque. The glue comes out blue but turns transparent when dry. When dry, lay over silver Fab Foil sheet, rub gently with finger, then lift off. The silver foil will adhere to the glue lines and leave them a lovely shiny silver.
  4. Apply Glossy Accents around edge of flower centers in a ‘C’ shape. Carefully sprinkle some ‘Purple Rain’ Beadazzles over. Make sure that your Glossy Accents in the plaque area is dry before you do this or some of the beads may stick there and you don’t want that. (Beadazzles: are micro beads/sequins mix  marketed by Suze Weinberg).
  5. Layer finished card front onto yellow matting, then Heidi (purple) Bazzill folded backing card.
  6. Stamp ‘Tiny Birthday Down’ 4095C by Stamp-it in black ink onto scrap of yellow matting card. I used a Fiskars border punch to create edging next to birthday wording. Attach this to top right of card. Cut out Happy wording and Magic Mount onto bottom left corner of card.
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Webbed Botanical

admin
July 20, 2017

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The card I coloured with the inks in the previous post, I cut in half and got 2 card fronts from it. This is the second card.

1. Spray card.                    2. Add texture paste through stencil. The paste will absorb the colour of the background, but will still add another subtle dimension.

3. Stamp flower image (Botanical Asperula CRP153 by Stampendous) in black Archival ink on card and again on scrap of white. Colour in green leaves, cut out and glue onto main image. Stamp script randomly in Purple Twilight Adirondack ink.

4. Cut Fusible Web into short lengths and heat emboss with gold powder. Some of the embossing powder actually stuck to the stenciled flower heads too, which wasn’t intentional, but I am quite happy with the result.

5. Cut 5 flowers from Tattered Florals die in Big Shot. Colour to match and scrunch up.

6. Rub head of large brad in clear embossing pad and emboss with mix of black and gold powder. Pierce hole through center of flower layers and secure with brad. Arrange petals around brad. Attach to card with two-sided tape.

7. Attach remaining card layers with two-sided tape.

8. Put dots of Orchid Liquid Pearl onto stamped flower heads. Set aside to dry.

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