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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CARD FOUR

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

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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Paris Beauty

Susan Robinson
April 28, 2018

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I have been waiting to try out my new Starburst spray from Lindy’s Stamp Gang called ‘Bougainvillea Fuchsia’. It’s a gorgeous deep pinky/red shade with purple shimmer through it. Delish!

CARD THREE

stamps: Inspired Key 4685F, Audrey-esq 3199F, Embrace Beauty 4507D by Stamp-it

I stamped and embossed the key collage onto white card using black ink and powder. Unfortunately my powder seems to have got some moisture in it and is not behaving itself as I would like. On a separate piece of white card, I stamped and embossed the ‘Beauty’ wording in black also. I spritzed both cards with the Bougainvillea Fuchsia Starburst ink. Dry with heatgun. Sponge around both cards with sepia and black ink. Attach wording to top right of collage with two-sided tape.

Stamp lady twice onto ivory card with black pigment ink. Emboss one with black powder and the other with Holographic. Cut out lady in black completely. Cut out dress and gloves only, from holographic one and glue over main body. Holographic powder over black ink can be quite subtle depending on how the light hits it, it can look black or sparkly gold. Colour her hair using a brown texter and apply tacky glue to shoes. When glue is dry, lay over Gold Fab Foil to colour shoes. Glue lady into position at right of collage/wording.

Attach card front to black matt. Punch three holes at bottom right and secure black brads through. Tape card to apricot folded backing card.

Apply tacky glue along lines of Eiffel Tower. When dry, lay over Gold and Silver Fab Foils to decorate. Add crystal rhinestone to center of heart. Give lady a gold earring if desired using Gold Stickles.

 

 

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Parisienne Style

Susan Robinson
April 26, 2018

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When I get an idea for a card in my head, I like to explore it’s possibilities by creating more than one version of it. Hence, my imaginary trip to Paris produced three cards, and I am hoping this afternoon to get time to work on a fourth.

CARD TWO

stamps: Catwalk 3324E, Eiffel Tower 4676E and Wording Background 2183F all by Stamp-it; Spring Corner 1930F by Penny Black

I stamped and embossed the Eiffel Tower and lady in black onto ivory card. Then I was supposed to mask them off (but realised when my stamp was already down on the paper that my mask was still sitting beside me. Oops!) before stamping over wording background in clear pigment ink and embossing in clear powder. I decided I was happy with a bit of texture showing through her dress, but did re-do her hair.

Tear around edges, using scissors to cut around lady’s shawl where it comes out of frame. Sponge Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo Distress ink over card. This will show the background wording up.

On a larger piece of ivory card, stamp and emboss the flower corner in black. Stamp flowers out a second time on some scrap. Colour leaves and butterflies with texters on large piece. On the scrap piece, I coloured the flower petals with White Opal Liquid Pearls using a paintbrush, then cut them out. I also stamped out some extra butterflies.

Attach the torn card front onto larger ivory piece, sitting it into the flower corner. Glue the cut out flowers into place (I Magic Mounted the middle one). Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to darker brown matting, then onto mid-brown folded backing card.

I applied White Opal Liquid Pearls with a paintbrush to her shawl and the white stripes of her dress. Glossy Accents to the center of the flowers. Tiny rhinestone for her earring. A bit of black chalk for shadows under lady and tower. Cut PARIS from sheet of letters I had, and the postal mark came from another Stamp-it Parisienne set that I cut out, sponged and glued over.

Sorry I didn’t take any step-by-step photos, but sometimes I’m just on a roll and simply forget!

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Paris Love

Susan Robinson
April 24, 2018

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A girlfriend of mine is off to Europe on holidays, going to Paris and numerous other lovely places. So jealous! The best I can do is head into my craft room and let my imagination transport me.

CARD ONE

stamps: Paris Collage set066 by Stamp-it; Girls love to Shop 95370MM by Inkadinkado

accessories: Silver & Gold Fab Foils, Pewter & Gold Perfect Pearls, Texters, Glossy Accents, Chalks

I stamped the Paris collage and girl out in black Archival ink onto two separate pieces of ivory card.

I applied glue (that dries tacky) to the Eiffel Tower and when dry laid gold and silver Fab Foils over. I dipped my finger into a clear pigment pad and smudged some shadows below the tower and bike riders and around the street lamps. I applied dry Perfect Pearl powders over in Pewter and Gold. I used a glitter pen over smaller Eiffel tower and brown chalks over bits of collage. I sponged around whole card in black, attached to pink matting, then onto folded ivory backing card.

I coloured the girl in with texters, highlighting her handbag with Glossy Accents. When dry, I sponged around the edges with black ink and matted her onto black card. I attached her over center of Paris collage.

I cut out LOVE (Impression Obsession die385-B) wording in black and glued onto top right of card.

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Torn Rose

Susan Robinson
April 22, 2018

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Another torn background card. Method is the same as previous post for the first step – cut white card the same width but longer than the folded backing card it’s being attached to.

Stamp KaiserCraft small rose pattern all over it in black ink. Stamp Magenta rose square in Archival black onto separate white card.

Tear paper into ‘v’ shapes and sponge with Seedless Preserves Distress ink. Edge with Dusty Concord, then glue down overlapping slightly. It is always better to sponge lightly, you can add more colour if it needs it, but it’s hard to take away once applied. I was perhaps a little zealous with my colouring as the panels weren’t as distinctive as I would have preferred them.

Lay purple organza ribbon along bottom 1/3 of card and secure at the back. Stamp wording onto scrap of white card, sponge with Dusty Concord, matt onto black card and super tape into position over ribbon. Attach card front onto matting of black card, then white folded backing card which has been sponged with Dusty Concord Distress ink.

I coloured the rose in with Seedless Preserves and Shabby Shutter Distress inks using a waterbrush. Dry with heatgun. Sponge edge with Dusty Concord, matt onto black card, then Magic Mount into position. Lastly I ran some Ballerina Liquid Pearls along the tips of each rose petal. Set aside to dry.

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Torn Layers

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2018

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Made for my girlfriends 32nd birthday. She is a colourful, creative type, so I think she’ll like this.

I fell in love with this digital creation by Holly Takatsukatorn’s (shown at right) and just had to have a go at it. Obviously I am hopeless at anything regarding technology so had to do it the old fashioned way, which I kind of like best anyway as it has more dimension and you get to get all inky! I do adore the soft grungy look she’s achieved and the delicate wordings. One of the things I haven’t found a satisfactory solution to is stamping in white. I have a StazOn white but it’s opaque so doesn’t give you that crisp image and all other white pads seem to be pigment, which is a thicker ink (not good for tiny wordings or intricate details) and unless it’s embossed, they don’t really stand out either. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

I coloured and stamped my own papers for this card, but this technique would be a great way to use up those leftover strips of card that are too small for most purposes. If they’re from a co-ordinating set of scrapbook papers, even better, as half the jobs done for you already! It could be adapted for any age group, gender or subject matter. As I do a lot of sea themed cards, I often use torn paper to replicate waves on the ocean.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Firstly cut a piece of white card the same width as your folded backing card, only longer. You will need the extra length to accommodate the tearing process and to allow yourself some wiggle room if you change direction (as I invariably do).

Run a rainbow of Distress Stain colours across the width of card. I used Bundled Sage, Broken China (later omitted) Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough (later switched the order of latter 2), Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive.

Tear across card to separate colour strips, leaving white core showing along each top edge.

I gathered a selection of stamps and stencils with small print or detail to decorate each colour strip differently. When happy, start gluing down each strip onto your backing card starting at the top and overlapping each subsequent layer slightly.

I wasn’t really happy with the direction this was going in as I felt the purple didn’t blend into the turquoise layers, so lifted them and replaced the numbered one.

   

When the strips were all stuck down, I sponged sepia around the edge of card and added embellishments. I cut out the 2 smaller “Coffee Rings” Spellbinders dies in white card, sponged them with Broken China and glued down. I used a black Zig pen to draw stitches around them.

I stamped the Magenta butterflies (used on background) out again onto scrap white card in Dusty Concord and Evergreen Bough inks. Select 3 butterflies to cut out, then glue onto card. I ran some Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls down their backs. Set aside to dry.

Stamp out Birthday wording in black and cut out Sizzix tag around it. Sponge with Broken China and Magic Mount onto card. As this was for a birthday card, I also cut out some age appropriate numbers. I added some Stardust Stickles to the butterfly wings.

  

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Secrets of the Sea

Susan Robinson
April 17, 2018

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Sometimes I end up with a card that looks nothing like I originally intended. This card was supposed to have a soft pink and white colour palette, swirly background and feminine, frilly mermaid. Where’d she go? Seems I can’t keep away from the colour turquoise, especially where water is involved. Though the pink is a little different for me (representing the pulsing of the blood through the ocean’s heart – or is that too deep?).

stamps: Mermaid SA2085 by Visual Image Printery; Secrets of the Sea QQ0840-F by Verses Rubber Stamps

die: Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box

Cover white card with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. Dry.

Stamp mermaid into center of card. (I embossed her in white, but later changed direction. You can probably eradicate this step altogether).

Cut out Ringlets in white and glue onto card.

Stamp out wording in black Archival ink. (I used the masking technique to do this in 2 halves).

Squish some Broken China Distress Stain onto an acrylic block, pick up with paintbrush and colour in ringlets roughly, concentrating on bottom halves. Dry.

Apply Glossy Accents onto bottom half of individual ringlets and sprinkle some Broken China Distress dry Glitter over whilst still wet. Set aside to dry.

Meanwhile stamp out mermaid with black Archival ink onto scrap of white card. I used Distress Stains to colour her in with the help of a waterbrush. Cut her out. When background is dry, glue her into place.

Add finishing touches to mermaid – Stardust Stickles over fins and Mint Green Liquid Pearl dots down spine.

I distressed the edges of pink card and sponged with sepia ink before attaching to backing layers.

I Magic Mounted a little fish friend for her as an afterthought.

 

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Sea Party

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2018

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Combining one of my favourite old stamps with some of my new ones. Looks a little washed out in this photo, but the colours are actually quite vibrant. Turquoise and coppery tones, love that combo!

stamps: Mermaid SA2085 by Visual Image Printery; Turtles from ‘Coastal’ set 4757Q by Kaszazz; Bring on the Happy from ‘Sprinkles and Smiles’ set by Penny Black

background: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Pads

embellishments: Glossy Accents; Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Stickles and Watercolour Pencils

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