Harvest Moon

Susan Robinson
September 30, 2017

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Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight

Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning

stamps: Nature’s Paintbrushes 40-441 by Penny Black; Thinking of You F3926 by Hero Arts; Moon by Lavinia Stamps

inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Re-Inkers; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; ‘Perfect Pearl’ Perfect Pearls Mists

papers: Watercolour Paper; Raven Bazzill Card; Orange & Cad Yellow Mi-Teintes Cards; White Matt Card

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Apply water to rectangular area of your watercolour paper with a wet paint brush. Put drops of re-inkers onto a palette. Pick up inks with wet paintbrush and apply them to the wet area of your paper in a wide sweeping motion, going from light to dark as you move down the card. Set aside to dry naturally or dry with a heatgun.
  2. Stamp the moon onto scrap of white card with silver pad. Cut out shape with circle cutter or scissors. Sponge some of the yellow ink (Fossilized Amber) over. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Curve the edges down slightly and mount onto card.
  3. Stamp plant image in black ink onto card, ensuring some overlap onto moon.
  4. Tear around edges of watercolour paper and attach to backing layers of cards.
  5. Stamp wording onto strip of orange card in black ink. Cut wedge out of right side to replicate banner shape. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Place 2 small squares of Magic Mount under length of strip. Secure banner with two-sided tape flush left at base of card, again in the middle and at end so the banner is like a wave going up and down.
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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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Colourful Floral Background

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February 1, 2017

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20170120_133449stamps: Large Blossom by Hero Arts; Mini Frame 850647 by Prima; 3 Wishes 3318B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Embossing Pad; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Raven & Pickle Bazzill Cards; Orange Prismatic Card

accessories: Gold Embossing Powder; Gold Fab Foil; Gold Stickles; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Water Spritzer; Acrylic Block; Heatgun

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lightly spritz white card with water, then spray Distress inks over until covered to your satisfaction. 20170119_121811
  2. Place Hero Arts floral cling stamp onto acrylic block, ink up with black archival ink and stamp over sprayed card. In this stamp, the background is solid so will be the colour of your ink (black) and the flowers are open, so they will be the colour of your paper (which is now multi-coloured).
  3. Use colour pencils to add definition and highlights to your flowers. Cut stamp out. Run Sailor Glue pen around perimeter and set aside to dry.
  4. When glue around perimeter is dry (goes on blue, dries clear), gently lay gold Fab Foil sheet over (gold side facing up), press with fingertips, then lift off. The gold colour should be left behind wherever you placed the glue.
  5. Add gold Stickles to center of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20170120_133540
  6. Matt finished card front onto green card, then orange, then folded black backing card.
  7. Mask off ‘Best Wishes’ wording at bottom of stamp (there are 3 wording choices on stamp). Ink up with black ink and stamp onto scrap of white card. Ink up frame with clear embossing ink and stamp over wording. Emboss frame with gold embossing powder. Heatset with Heatgun. Cut out frame and Magic Mount into position.
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Orange Poinsettia

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November 3, 2016

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It always takes me a while to warm up to making Christmas cards. I have to start thinking about designing them months before I even want to think about Christmas at all! I find the best time (as far as inspiration goes) for me to make Christmas cards is straight after Christmas, while I’m still in that holly jolly festive mood. I thought I’d kick off my Christmas run this year with some poinsettia cards, and just pretend I was doing normal floral cards – just to ease myself into the Christmas ‘zone’. Keeping things simple to begin with.20161003_115323

 

 

 

 

stamps: Poinsettia 29013N by Magenta; And Wild and Sweet F2002 by Hero Arts

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade & Barn Door Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Apricot, Pomegrante & Papaya Bazzill Cards; Gold Mirror Board

accessories: Fine Gold Embossing Powder; Rhinestone; Virtuoso Music die 98356 by Memory Box; Stamen Flower Punch

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Sponging tool; Scissors; Big Shot Machine

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Stamp poinsettia twice onto matt white card in clear pigment ink and emboss with gold embossing powder. Heatset.
  2. Apply complimentary colours of Distress inks to flower petals with sponging tool, blending as you go. Cut out flowers. 20160926_125702
  3. Stamp and gold emboss wording onto right side of papaya card (I prefer to use the smooth side of the Bazzill card when embossing). Attach to pomegrante (red) matting, then onto folded apricot backing card with two-sided tape.20160926_131932
  4. Layer flowers over each other, securing with two-sided tape in centers only. Position them at left side of wording on front of card. You can curl your petals downwards if you prefer.20160926_132925
  5.  Cut out the music die in the gold mirror card and attach under the wording with liquid glue.
  6. Affix flower stamen (cut from punch in gold paper) to center of poinsettia and glue red rhinestone in center of it.  20161003_115323
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White Mannequin

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October 14, 2016

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white mannequin 6stamps: Dress Form CS884 by Kaisercraft; Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts; Background pattern siset092 by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord & Seedless Preserves Distress Pads; Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Velvet Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Purple Ribbon; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp dress form in black ink onto 2 larger pieces of white matt card. Clean stamp.white mannequin 1
  2.  Stamp image again with clear Versamark pad onto white card scrap, pour white embossing powder over and heat set with Heatgun. Cut out body of dress form only. Sponge some Seedless Preserves Distress ink over with a sponging block to highlight details of pattern. Wipe a dry tissue over to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of embossed areas. white mannequin 2
  3. Stamp background pattern with clear pad randomly around edges of both white card pieces and emboss in white. Sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress ink over some sections.
  4. Sponge Dusty Concord Distress ink over remaining areas of white cards. Add a little Seedless Preserves ink.white mannequin 3
  5. Spritz a small amount of Seedless Preserves Distress Spray over card.white mannequin 4
  6. Stamp out Old Letter with Sepia ink over entire area of smaller card, positioning circular postal mark into top right corner. Stamp again onto left side of larger card (lining up oval postal mark). Sponge edges of both cards with Dusty Concord Distress ink.
  7. Adhere smaller card over larger card with two-sided tape, lining up patterns where possible. Fix onto folded backing card of dark purple (Velvet Bazzill) card.
  8. Run some two-sided tape on reverse side of white embossed cut out dress form along bottom only. Starting at the left, fix ribbon to tape, pleating as you go. Allow extra ribbon to run off at right. Apply Magic Mount to dress form and fix into place over black image of dress form on main card. Using two-sided tape, fix remainder of ribbon in pleats off the the right of dress form.
  9. Colour in dress form posts.white mannequin 7

 

 

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Leaves of Red & Gold

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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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