Smiling Poppy

Susan Robinson
November 3, 2017

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This poppy die is becoming quite a favourite of mine. It somehow always seems to be the right shape for the space.

dies: Perky Poppy 98762  from Memory Box; Smile die378-E by Impression Obsession

(Yes, my card does actually have straight edges, despite their curvy look in the photo ha,ha. The wetness of the inks caused the white card to buckle a little. I’ll need to try flatten it out under a heavy book or something).

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Perky Poppy 3

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2017

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My third posting in this 3 part series, suggesting ways to use this Memory Box die.

For this sample I have kept the background card and popped the flower frame back inside the space to define it. Behind it is a piece of card from my ‘background’ box, what was once white kromekote (gloss) card, brightly coloured with Alcohol Inks. I like to leave a little of the coloured card peeping around the edge, (seems a shame to cover up all that deliciousness).

Stamp wording (from Unity Stamp co) in black ink.

I added a strip of turquoise card to pick up that colour in the flower head, and some silver cord for interest. Assembled onto white folded backing card.

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VARIATION:

Of course there is nothing stopping you from doing multiple cuts of the poppy die onto your card front. Here is one made with a different coloured Alcohol Ink background.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series and gained some inspiration. There will be another series soon to follow using Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet” die.

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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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On the Farm

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April 15, 2017

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20170414_141243A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.

stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous

dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix

instructions:

1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.

2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.

3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.

4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.

5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.

6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).

7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.

8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.

9.  Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.

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Orchid Teabag

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September 25, 2016

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stamps: Orchid K3350 by PSX

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

papers: White Matt Card; White & Kraft Bazzill Cards

accessories: A Little Thanks #98575 Memory Box die; Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber; Yellow Pastel & Landscape Green Studio Paints; Ripe Persimmon & Peeled Paint Distress Pens

adhesives: Glue Stick; Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Big Shot Machine; Paint Brush; Sponge Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Dry, empty, and iron your teabag. I opened this one right out. Stamp orchid onto teabag in black ink (started colouring before I remembered to take a photo).20160815_164252

2. Colour in orchid with paints. I also used some Distress pens to add definition. They are water-soluble, so you can blend them in with a wet paintbrush. Set aside to dry.20160815_174026

3. Place piece of white card behind teabag in top right corner. Affix with glue stick. The teabag material is not completely flat so there will be folds and wrinkles in it. For that reason I was sparing with the glue, just mainly doing the edges, to allow that softness to remain. Now glue these to center of kraft card. Sponge around edges of kraft card with sepia ink. Attach to folded white backing card with two-sided tape. 20160815_175142

4. Cut out ‘thanks’ word die in white card using Big Shot machine. Attach into position with glue stick. Or you could cut out wording with jac paper/super sheet on the back of the white card, to make sticking it down easier. It is very small and fiddly. Place square of Magic Mount beneath Teabag tag and fix into place.

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On the right is another floral sample of a teabag card.

stamps used: Flower Pots F1107 by Impression Obsession, Time to Enjoy F1843 by Hero Arts

 

 

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Bike Teabag

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September 17, 2016

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With this weather being so cold the last few months, I have found myself drinking lots of tea. Rather than throw away my teabags, I have re-cycled them into cards. Something a little different and quirky.

  1. When the teabag is dry, empty it out. Depending on the shape of the bag, I either tear across the top under the staple or open out completely. Each one will be a bit different. I deliberately don’t try to be neat, as I think the torn edges and stains add character to the overall design.
  2. Iron your teabag. This makes it easier to stamp onto. I placed my iron directly onto the bag on medium heat. The bags are quite hardy and (obviously) can take a bit of heat and also water. This particular bag was quite dark so decided to use it for a man’s card.

 

stamps: Bike from World’s Fair ICO347 by Graphic 45; Leaf Swirl 3968G by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Versamark Pad; Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists

papers: Walnut & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card

accessories: Mini Gears #98847 Memory Box die; Copper Embossing Powder; Earl Grey teabag (used)

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Heatgun; Big Shot Machine

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.Stamp leaf swirl across top of lighter brown card in black ink. Stamp man on bike image below it (doesn’t matter if left side is not perfect as it will be covered by teabag). Stamp man on bike with wording onto teabag. 20160815_174515

 

 

 

 

2. Fix teabag into place over main image. Because this particular teabag was so dark, I used two-sided tape, knowing it wouldn’t show through. 20160815_174842Put square of Magic Mount onto tag of teabag and secure in position.

3. Apply Clear ink from Versamark pad direct to edges of light brown card. Pour copper embossing powder over while still wet, then heatset using heatgun. Do all 4 sides. 20160816_134543

4. Lightly spritz base of card with Bronze Perfect Pearl Mists. Attach to folded dark brown backing card20160816_134047.

5. Cut out mini gears die twice in  copper shimmer card using Big Shot machine. Randomly ink gears with black ink. Use liquid glue to attach them onto card where desired.

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