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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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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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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Single Digits

Susan Robinson
September 9, 2017

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Kids whose birthdays are still in the single digits, are the ideal candidates for this type of card.

stamp: Fun Times 3826H by Penny Black

dies: Antiqua Numbers siz658338 by Brenda Walton; Lovely Happy Birthday #99778 by Memory Box

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Father’s Day Hot Rod

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2017

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With Father’s Day nearly upon us, thought I’d better post something manly. My poor old Dad has had dementia for many years now and we have finally put him into a home as my mother has been struggling to care for him on her own.  Luckily we found a lovely place that is very close, so I can pop over regularly to see him. He is past the stage of needing gifts bought for him, but he does always LOVE getting a card, especially home-made ones.

This design is very simple, so I stamped it onto an opened out teabag to add some interest to the background. Also my Dad is originally from England and likes a ‘cuppa’ tea, so I thought it appropriate.

stamp: Penny Black set ‘Hot Rod!’ 40-224

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Dragon at the Gate

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June 22, 2017

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stamps: Moon & small Dragon by Lavinia stamps; Timepiece Collage G-3570 by PSX

dies: Cityscape Metropolis siz661804 & Halloween Shadows siz658253 both by Tim Holtz; Gothic Gate 51-146 by Penny Black; Dragon YCD10045 by Yvonne Creations;

inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays; Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Jet Black StazOn Pad; Sepia Archival Pad; Cement Antiquities Pad; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; Perfect Pearl ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Fawn & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Fig Bazzill Smoothie Card; Lt & Dark Grey & Brown Prismatic Cards; Magenta Mesh; SLove Notes – ‘Always’ Cosmo Cricket Paper

accessories: Silver Ball Chain; Lavender, Crystal & Silver Stickles; White Chalk

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombow Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Circle Punches; Notebook Fiskars Border Punch; Sponge Blocks; Water Spritzer; Heat gun; Paper Trimmer; Scorer; Metal Ruler; Awl

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Lightly spritz your white card with water, then with the Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with heat gun.
  2. Cut out multiple buildings from Cityscape die in this sheet and some from the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. Keep in mind that you are trying to replicate an ancient city, so some of the building shapes may not be suitable as they look too modern. Cut out matching rooftops in light grey or brown card. Sponge around each piece with sepia ink and glue rooftops on.
  3. Stamp out moon in silver ink. Cut out with circle punch. Spritz with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Heat set. Sponge around edges with sepia ink.
  4. Cut out Gothic gates in dark brown card. Sponge silver ink over randomly. Place lighter brown card behind gates and cut to same size. Glue together.
  5. Cut out dragon shape in dark grey card. Highlight with white chalk and purple Stickles. Fill his eye in with crystal Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  6. Cut an A4 sheet of ivory card lengthways. Score into thirds. Find center points for 2 right panels and cut between them, then score down. Pull bottom part outwards (mountain fold – this is where the gates will be attached) and top part backwards (valley fold). See picture for layout. Cut 1st panel height shorter than others. Create decorative edge with Notebook border punch along top. Sponge with Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress inks.
  7. Meanwhile play around with your layout, the order you want your buildings in, the position of the moon & dragon. I attached my gates into place first, then worked from the front of the card to the back.
  8. Start gluing your buildings into place, overlapping in places.
  9. Stamp the small dragon onto moon with black StazOn ink. Decide where to position moon and glue into place. Add accessories: – I stamped a clock from Timepiece collage stamp in sepia ink and cut out with small circle punch. Glue into place and cover with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. – I cut a section of mesh off sheet to use as ladder up to clock. Glue into place. – Cut out fence from Halloween Shadows die in light grey card, sponge with Frayed Burlap ink and glue into place. – Using an awl, pierce 2 small holes near gate handles and insert silver ball chain.
  10. Cut another piece of ivory card, same length but taller than previous folded one. Score into thirds and sponge with Cement and Stormy Sky inks for sky. Glue into place behind decorated one. Decorate sky with stars using silver Stickles. Set aside to dry.
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Mermaid Bath

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June 11, 2017

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Little mermaids love water, but swimming around in sea water all day can turn their hair a horrid seaweed green, so occasionally they like to spoil themselves with a lovely big bubble bath and a blonde rinse!

stamps: Mermaid Bath 40-457 by Penny Black; Ducky B1998 by PSX; Fish #?; Picture Frame 200D by All Night Media

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Pigment Pad; Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar & Victorian Velvet Distress Re-inkers

papers:  Watercolour Card; White Matt Card; Hazel & Starmist Bazzill Cards; Gold Foilboard; Clear Film

accessories: Trellis Embossing Folder siz661369; Lumiere Metallic Olive Green Paint; Gold Embossing Powder; Stardust, Crystal & Diamond Stickles; Orange Tombow Pen; Olive Brad; Green Ribbon

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Waterbrush; Sponge Block; Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heat Gun; Circle Punches; Awl

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place piece of white card into Trellis embossing folder and run through Big Shot machine. Pour some of the metallic green paint onto plastic palette and dip sponging block into it – you don’t need much, so be sparing! If you haven’t got a sponging block, make sure you use a fairly firm sponge. The idea is that the paint only touches the top embossed pattern and doesn’t seep into the hollows between. Once covered, set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp your mermaid onto watercolur paper in black archival ink or some other permanent ink (if you use dye ink, it will bleed when you add the wet watercolours). Colour in with Distress re-inkers with the aid of a waterbrush/paint brush. I often use re-inkers for colouring as they are a nice, thick concentrated colour. (Note: when using watercolours, you have to make sure each section of colour is dry before trying to add another colour next to it or they will leak into each other. Sometimes you want this, as I did for the waves, but sometimes you don’t. Problem with me is I get so excited playing with a new stamp that I forget this little fact until the damage is done. It looks like my mermaid is dying her hair blond and all the dye is running down her face and arms. Well, maybe she is!). Cut out mermaid and bath together. Sponge around lightly with sepia ink. Apply Crystal & Diamond Stickles to tail. Set aside to dry.
  3. Stamp duck on white card with black ink and colour with Mustard Seed re-inker. Add shading with orange texter. Cut out and put square of Magic Mount behind.
  4. Stamp frame onto white card with clear pigment pad and pour over gold embossing powder. Heat set. Stamp little fish inside frame in black and colour in both. Sponge with sepia ink. Cut out frame and adhere to slightly larger piece of gold foilboard. Attach short strip of green ribbon behind and secure with Magic Mount. Pour Glossy Accents over fish and set aside to dry.
  5. Assemble card layers, placing embossed card towards left side of blue one. Position mermaid with two-sided tape over 2/3 of embossed card with part of her tail and bath hanging over onto blue card beneath. Place duck and fish frame where desired. Using an awl, pierce small hole at top of card to secure middle of ribbon with olive brad.
  6. Cut out various sized circles in clear film with punches. These are for the bubbles. Position where desired with Glossy Accents (or some other glue that dries clear). Squirt a little Stardust Stickles over them. Set card aside to dry.

 

 

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Roses for Mum

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2017

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 Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! Hope you are being spoiled, or at least remembered and appreciated. I have had a busy week so only managed a quick card for my Mum. It’s not perfect but then neither am I and it’s the thought that counts, right? Wishing you all a wonderful day:)

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Dandelions – botanical

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May 9, 2017

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This Dandelions stamp #2655L by Penny Black is right up my alley, as I adore the ‘botanical’ look. Just 3 quick cards I have made using it. A bit hard to see in the scan, but I used Frosted Lace Stickles on the blue flower which gives it a subtle, soft, sparkly appearance.

 

 

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Flying Fairy

admin
April 23, 2017

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20170409_091735I didn’t make this card for anyone in particular, just felt the desperate need to create something ‘girly’ to re-balance the air after all the multiple makings of ‘boys stuff’.

stamps: High Spirits 4047K by Penny Black; For You from Cameo Ovations set by Fiskars

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