Merry Mayhem!

Susan Robinson
December 12, 2018

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FINALLY, I have made a start on my Christmas cards, and because it is last minute (and my brain has already gone to mush) I have borrowed a design from Penny Black this year. I thought it seemed simple but there were still a few steps involved, especially when making multitudes.

dies: Manger 51-254 & Winter Garland 51-249 by Penny Black

stamps: Peace, Believe, Joy 3378D by Stamp-it

Cut out Mangers in white card.

Cut out same size circles in white card. Sponges 3/4 circle with Shabby Shutter Distress ink.

Glue Manger onto green circle (with darker shading at bottom). Sponge around edges with sepia ink.

   

Cut out Garland in white card, place on teflon mat and sponge using Distress dabbers. Dry.

Cut off holly leaves at top. Draw a line down center of each leaf with a brown pencil. Sponge edges of leaves with green or brown ink. Bend leaves up from middle to shape.

Turn over stamp and ink directly onto rubber with Distress Stains. Stamp out onto strips of white card. Because the inks are so liquid, your image may not be crisp, more like a watercolour effect. If you have any that are too messy, simply don’t use them. Stamping onto a separate piece of card means you don’t ruin your main card if your stamping doesn’t turn out. When happy with your results, cut wording down as much as possible, sponge around edges with sepia (or not) and glue at base of folded white backing card.

Glue garland behind manger bauble shape, ensuring you get plenty of leaves poking out, then glue both onto card front. Glue holly leaves behind star at top of bauble and place clear sticky backed star into center of it.

To be honest I think the wording is too large and distracting. It would have been better something smaller stamped directly onto the card base, but as it is Bazzill card which is textured, I didn’t want to risk messing it up.

One of the reasons I am behind schedule with my own projects – our house (and my craft room) has been over run with grandchildren for the last week! Shown are 10 year old twins Mischa and Joaquin working on their creations. Their 2 younger brothers escaped before I thought to grab the camera. I must confess I find it a little stressful having other people in my personal ‘space’. I really need to take a chill pill though – after all it’s only paper and ink right? 🤔 Last visit I let them all loose at once, but learned my lesson and this time brought them up one at a time with a glass of wine in hand (for me). I did spread the sessions out over a few days in order to ration out my alcohol consumption😊

   

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Keep Cool

Susan Robinson
November 6, 2018

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I love snowflakes, but with the heat waves we’re normally enduring during that period here in the southern hemisphere, they are hardly appropriate decor for our Christmas cards. But with a little imagination I have schemed some ways to incorporate them. Cool huh?! (pardon the pun).

   

I stamped out the wording in Coffee Archival ink onto kraft card, before running it through a snowflake embossing folder, then rubbed a white ink pad over the raised areas to highlight pattern.

I cut the sizzix 657838 Vintage Fan out in silver foilboard (cutting out paddles twice). The base and surround I coloured with brown alcohol inks then pushed a silver brad through fan paddles to secure them together onto kraft card. I added some extra snowflakes punched from white card and glued in position.

I sponged the edges with sepia ink, layering onto darker brown card which I deckle edged before attaching to white folded backing card.

The card below is one I made previously using a 12×12 glitter card as background:

Below are a few more Aussie themed Christmas cards I found in my box of projects to finish off. I used dark green Ultrafine Flowersoft on the grass trees (at right) to add texture.

   

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Aussie Christmas Trees

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2018

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I’d like to share with you once again one of my favourite techniques, as it is so simple yet effective, quick, easy and colourful! And I have chosen this ‘Boab Tree’ image (by Stamp-it) as it’s nice to add a little Aussie flavour to our Christmas cards, especially if they’re being sent overseas.

  

Stamp out chosen image in black Archival (water-proof) ink onto watercolour paper. Use small Distress pads in your preferred colours, to ink up a small acrylic block. Lightly spritz the block with water, then lay block ink-side down over stamped image. Press block down with fingertips to push inks into paper, then lift off.

You can now spritz image with more water to help blend inks together or use a wet paint brush/waterbrush to pull inks into desired areas. Once you are happy with the results, dry with a heatgun before adding further embellishments.

 

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Theories 3 & 4

Susan Robinson
September 22, 2018

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“Man with Balloon” is my 3rd card from Tim Holtz set ‘Theories’. I spritzed the card with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists to try and lighten it but still didn’t feel that the man stood out enough, so stamped him again and embossed in black, then cut him out and Magic Mounted him over original. To further delineate him, I added the strips of washi tape and paper behind him to help emphasis his outline. This also helped to lighten the mood and make it a bit more playful. The balloon was cut from a circle which I coloured in then covered with Glossy Accent and attached a piece of string to. The wording I masked off from a Stamp-it stamp (shown at right). I was going to put the kids in too, but as they are all running away from him felt it gave the wrong vibe:) The right hand border is the edge of a filmstrip die.

  

“Hello There” is my 4th card from this series. I wasn’t quite sure what ambience to create with this ‘meeting of men’. I felt it had a slightly sinister vibe (hence the light bulb). Funnily enough it has turned out my favourite.

Rather than cut out the men individually, I stamped them onto a lighter coloured card and cut out a rectangle around them, allowing some of the background graffiti to show around edges. I matted them onto a very thin border of black card and Magic Mounted them into position. The light bulb I masked off from a Stamper’s Anonymous stamp which I cut out, Magic Mounted and Glossy Accented, attaching the string behind. The ‘Hello’ is a Penny Black die cut in gold foilboard. The black edging at right is a border punch. I chalked the ‘H’ on man’s shirt yellow to match.

 

 

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Theories 1 & 2

Susan Robinson
September 20, 2018

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From the Tim Holtz collection, here are 4 cards using his ‘Theories’ set (Stamper’s Anonymous CMS329).

I stamped the 4 images from set in black ink onto a 12×12 card which had been sprayed with various Distress Stains (Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint..). I had already started playing with the bike one before I remembered to take a photo. As I began constructing my cards, I regretted my choice in background ink colours as they proved a little too dark for the men to stand out against them. To get around that, I stamped the men out again onto scrap card, cut them out and Magic Mounted them over originals.

For the bike card – I highlighted the bike frame with Gold Foil and the tyres with Black Accents. I applied Walnut Stain ink through Chevron stencil at top and die cut an arrow in black card and some cogs in copper card. I put gold brads through center of each tyre spoke. I gold embossed wording from set onto black card and added to top of card with folded strip of Japanese paper behind.

  

My second card from the set is the Man on the Tightrope. This was the quickest and easiest. I cut out 2 ‘Frameworks’ Sizzix die 659431, one in black, one in tan card and attached them along the base. I also cut out some birds in black, which I glued on overlapping the wording (from Stamp-it).

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Grass Tree

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2018

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I have been doing Australian themed cards for the last few weeks, and frankly am a bit over it and ready to move on. This is my last gasp…

stamps: Blackboy 11H by Stamp-it; Thank You by Stamp’in Up

Stamped in black ink onto kraft card, coloured in with Distress re-inkers using a waterbrush. Gold Liquid Pearls added to flower stalk and Wild Honey Distress Stickles smeared over rocks at base.

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Inspiration Exists

Susan Robinson
May 26, 2018

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Wise Words…

stamps: …with Journal 40-127 by Penny Black; Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

stencil: Mini Elliptic TCW605s by The Crafters Workshop

As usual I could not get my photos in library to rotate!! Aaagh! So frustrating. Anyway, below is my first version of finished card, but upon viewing the photographed image it appeared washed out, so I went back in and darkened the surrounding sepia sponged area, gave her blue eyes, added more shading to her boots and t-shirt and stamped out wording again, lifting it up with Magic Mount over original. Her bangles and spirals on journal are foiled with gold and silver Fab Foils. I added Glossy Accents over her hair (applied with paint brush) and dots of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls for center of flowers. The circular stenciled area is highlighted with Wild Honey Distress Stickles. I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink inside the circle and used coloured pencils to colour everything in.

 

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Precious Life

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2018

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I remember in high school finding it difficult picking my subjects as I truly had no idea what I wanted to do as a career when I left. So hard when you’re still trying to figure yourself out, never mind everyone and everything else.

Spritz white card with water, then Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with a heatgun. Lay over stencil and sponge same inks through to correspond with background colours.

Stamp girl on separate card, colour her in with watercolour pencils, then cut out and glue onto main card. I added some stripes of Flamingo Liquid Pearls onto hat, some White Accents over her sholaces, Weathered Wood Crackle Paint onto bag and Silver Fab Foils to accents on bag.

Stamp wording in black at top left of card. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to grey matting, then musk pink folded backing card.

stamps: Lost in Thought by Indigo Blue; Precious Life D13325 by Impression Obsession

inks: Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass Distess Stain Sprays and Pads

stencil: Mini Flower Frenzy TCW157s by The Crafters Workshop

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Sunset at the Swamp

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2018

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Reflections on the day.

stamps: Reeds from Kaszazz; Begin Each Day BB0441-E by Verses rubber Stamps

dies: Elegant Shorebirds 99730 by Memory Box; Scribble Trio 1693 by Poppy Stamps

Sponge white card with Distress inks. Stamp reeds in black ink.

Cut out dies. The one I used for the sun is not exactly spherical, but felt I could get away with it. Sponge to match background. When I was stamping the reeds, some of the background rubber showed up, which is always a bit annoying, so I cut out a second wing for my flying bird in order to cover the ink smudge.

Glue shapes into place, then stamp wording in black. Attach finished card front onto matting of black, then folded backing card of mauve.

 

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French Bubbles

Susan Robinson
April 30, 2018

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I’m sure it’s wine o’clock somewhere in the world. Cheers and happy creating!

CARD FOUR

stamps: Time in Paris 4477E and Classy Lady 4251E both by Stamp-it

I made puddles of Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains on my teflon mat, then laid white card over. Stamp Paris clock in black ink. Apply fine line of tacky glue to circumference of clock. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over.

Stamp lady in black Archival ink onto scrap of white card. I used White Opal Liquid Pearls on her dress, applied with a paintbrush. I coloured her jewellery in with a blue texter, then added dots of Glossy Accents over. Red texter on lips and nails. Stardust Stickles for champagne bubbles. Sponged sepia ink around hair. When dry, cut her out, tearing across bottom of dress. Glue into position at right of clock stamp.

Stamp clock stamp again onto scrap of white card. Colour Eiffel tower with Victorian Velvet ink and white pencil. Apply tacky glue to swirl across base. Set aside to dry, then lay silver Fab Foil over swirls. Cut out tower and swirls only and glue over image on main card.

Cut card to size, tearing across bottom edge. Sponge all sides with sepia ink. Matt onto silver foil card which is slightly shorter to allow room for lace to be attached at bottom. Loosely fold some muslin behind and attach onto aqua card, then onto folded white backing card.

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