Oceans of Love

Susan Robinson
June 16, 2018

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I have been sick all week so I’m not allowed out spreading my germs, I’m way too sick to do housework (hehe), so all that’s left is to amuse myself in my craft room. Of course a head full of cotton wool is not always conducive to creativity, but I am trying to soldier on.

stamps: Mermaid Stamp & Cut DC226 by Hero Arts; wording from Mermazing BB-45 by MFT; Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft

dies: Swimming Seahorses 99115 by Memory Box; Seaweed/coral were from 3 different sets from my girlfriends stash cut out last camp

stencil: Mini Moving Vines 568s by The Crafters Workshop

inks: ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ Lindy’s Starburst Spray; Vintage Photo Distress Stain Sprays; various Distress Re-inkers; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

accessories: Opaque Crackle Texture Paste; various Liquid Pearls and Stickles

INSTRUCTIONS:

Smear texture paste through stencil onto white card. Set aside to dry completely.

Cover white card with ink sprays. The Bells of Ireland is very shimmery with a touch of blue showing.

Cut large circle out of vines card and attach to folded backing card of dark moss colour. Cut out a smaller square of light moss card with smaller circle in center. Gold emboss fishing net over bottom left corner. Gold emboss inner circle. Sponge sepia ink around inside and outside edges of smaller card for shading. Attach Magic Mount onto back of smaller card and mount over main card.

Stamp and cut out mermaid and turtle, along with other dies. I usually use Distress re-inkers for colouring in as they have a lovely rich pigment which is easy to blend or dilute when applied with a water brush. Dry with a heatgun. Apply glitters or pearls where desired, then set aside to dry naturally. (I have to confess that I messed about with my green seaweed a few more times as I didn’t feel it stood out enough, but after my 3rd unsatisfactory attempt I had to leave it and move on with my life haha).

  

Attach all your pieces to main card. I used Magic Mount under parts of them that were sitting inside green circle.

For the wording, I masked off the bottom half and stamped top half directly onto card. This proved a little problematic due to the raised embossing. The bottom half I stamped onto white card, coloured to match, matted onto purple card and attached with double sided tape.

I just love the blue sparkly bits that catch the light in the green shimmer.

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Leaves of Red & Gold

admin
June 20, 2016

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The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold

Sscrunched leaf 002tamps: ” Old Letter” CG197 by Hero Arts

Dies: Sizzix Tattered Leaves 656927

Inks:  Plum, Sepia & Coffee Archival pads; Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge & Crushed Olive Distress pads; Crushed Olive & Tarnished Bronze Distress Stain Sprays; Ink Refresher; Zig Black Pen

Papers: Ivory matt card (10.1×9.6cm), burgundy (10.6×10.1cm), rust (10.8×11.5cm), green backing card (13x26cm), scrap of ivory card

Start with plain ivory card and sponge it with Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge Distress inks using a sponging block.  Stamp “Old Letter” in Plum ink. Spritz lightly with Crushed Olive & Bronze Distress Spays. Dry with heatgun.  Sponge around edges with Sepia ink.

Cut out leaf from Tattered Leaves die in ivory scrap. Sponge Distress inks over to colour. Dry with heatgun. Spritz with Ink Refresher. Scrunch up while wet, then shape and dry with heatgun. You want the leaf to be textured looking and curvy, but still flat enough to easily attach to your card. Freehand, draw border around edge of leaf with Black Zig Pen. Spritz leaf lightly with Bronze Distress Spray. Attach leaf to card front.

Layer finished card front onto burgundy matting. Attach width of rust card behind at left and fix to green backing card.

 

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