Deep Sea Cave

Susan Robinson
November 17, 2017

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Trying to get different looks from the same die. I chose soft colours for this mermaid one in contrast to the below samples which are the traditional darker blue & white palette. Can’t decide which one I like best. Maybe the crab… Which do you prefer?

Die is “Under the Sea Collage” 99703 by Memory Box

 

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

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July 25, 2016

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butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 2

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butterfly formation 012My 2nd card using my new Memory Box die # 99145 Reverse Butterfly Collage. The wording is “Happiness is When” 2440C by Stamp-it.

Cut out the die in white matt card. Place a larger piece of card beneath which has been coloured with Dylusion ink sprays (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red) leaving a border of the coloured card showing around it . Mount this onto folded black backing card.

Cut out butterfly pattern again on scrap of white matt card. It doesn’t have to be a very big piece of card as you don’t want the whole pattern, only a small section of it. I chose the middle-left part to highlight as there was space there to add a wording. Use texters directly onto rubber stamp to colour wording (so all the words can be different colours). Cut your chosen section to desired size and matt onto piece of black card. Magic Mount onto card front, lining up with butterfly images beneath. Fix adhesive rhinestones of pink and orange in place for butterfly heads.butterfly formation 013

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Butterfly Whirl

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July 7, 2016

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A rainbow of colours to brighten up your day!

butterfly whirl 004 My fourth and final card using the “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die (see previous posts). This time I have used only the individual butterfly shapes from within the wreath, which I cut out from a piece of white card previously sprayed with multiple colours of Dylusion Sprays.but whirl 001

 

 

 

 

but whirl 005The 3 small butterflies at the top were created by either folding a butterfly in half, or cutting butterflies in half and assembling 2 small wings over each other or the 2 larger wings over each other.butterfly whirl 006

 

 

Stamp is Fiesta! set CS226 by Kaisercraft

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Free Spirit Butterfly Wreath

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July 5, 2016

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Set free your creative spirit! Let it fly!

free spirit 005 My energy is so often scattered – multi-tasking I believe it’s called, something we women are good at. But it is nice to be able to focus on just one object and explore it’s possibilities before moving onto the next. My 3rd card using the Memory Box die “Butterfly Wreath”. This time I didn’t throw any bits away, including the background card I cut it from.

  1. Cut wreath from ivory card. Sponge around with Antique Linen Distress pad. Matt ivory card onto pale blue card and cut a circle from the center of the blue card (lining up with center of wreath) with circle cutter or die. Adhere ivory and blue card layers onto fawn coloured backing card.
  2. Glue butterfly wreath outline back into place in center of cut-out. I have long decided ‘glue’ and me will never be best friends. This is a little tricky to do as the outline is wet with glue and so delicate it easily stretches out of shape. In hind-sight would have been better to cut it out of supersheet/jac paper, or just apply glue to the card itself rather than the thin outline.
  3. Sponge around individual butterflies with Spun Sugar Distress pad. I then decorated some of them with rub-ons from Fancy Pants ‘Fancy-free’ collection.  The ‘Free Spirit’ wording also came from this same sheet of rub-ons. Position butterflies in different poses back into wreath. Magic Mount has been added beneath some wings. Cut out butterfly antennae in dark brown card and add to decorated butterflies.free spirit 006
  4. Stamp Kaisercraft “Dictonary Meanings” randomly over ivory card in Sepia Archival ink. free spirit 007

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

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July 3, 2016

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Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a heatgun.blue but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with scissors.blue but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the colours.blue but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown matting.blue but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing card.blue but wreath 008

 

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Butterfly Wreath

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July 2, 2016

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When life has you going round in circles, at least make them pretty ones!

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I never throw away my scraps of card, as they come in handy for projects like this.

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  1. First sort through your scrap drawers to find coordinating papers.
  2. Cut out your “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die in solid card colour (I chose red).
  3. Cut out individual butterflies from your scraps, then lay them out in the order you want them to go in.butterfly wreath 2
  4. I sponged some white card for the background in Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar & Weathered Wood Distress inks. (This was originally for another project but I changed direction. It has a wording clear embossed underneath if you look closely). I glued my butterfly wreath on, then using a circle template, cut a rounded edge on one side of card. I then sponged all edges with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.
  5. I added a square of Magic Mount to outer wing of butterflies and glue to inner wings.butterfly wreath 009
  6. After positioning butterflies, I added their antennae (which I cut shorter as I felt they were too long), then placed a dot of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls for head.
  7. When dry, I adhered finished front card to backing layers.butterfly wreath 008new but wreath 005
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Autumn’s Unveiling

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June 21, 2016

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Soon they are without – their naked beauty bared for all to see…

Stamps: Fern Leaves 2467D, Multi-circles Birthday 3599D & Leaf Pattern 4660E all by Stamp-It

Dies: Fillipa Corner 99146 by Memory Box

Inks: Sap Green, Viridian, Sepia & Jet Black Archival pads; Broken China, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress pads

Papers:  white Watercolour paper (6x8cm), white matt card (8.3×10.5cm), blue 8.6x11cm), aqua backing card (13.5x20cm), scraps of white matt & dark green cards

Ink up a small acrylic block (5x6cm) with the Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress pads. Spritz the block with water, turn it ink side down and press it into centre of watercolour paper. Dry with heatgun. Stamp Fern Leaves over in black Archival ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink.

Tear across bottom of white matt card. Sponge with Tumbled Glass Distress ink until completely covered. Add touches of Crushed Olive ink. Stamp background leaf pattern all over, also in Tumbled Glass ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Tear across bottom of blue card and attach to back of patterned card. Attach both to aqua backing card.

Attach coloured watercolour paper to front of leaf card. Cut out Fillipa corner in dark green card. Arrange sprigs across corner of card front. Ink up circular birthday stamp with Viridian & Sap Green pads. Stamp out on scrap of white matt card. Cut out with  1 ½ inch circle punch. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink and Magic Mount to corner of card front.

 

 

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