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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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 Pearls with a paintbrush to her shawl and the white stripes of her dress, Glossy Accents to the center of the flowers, tiny rhinestones for her earrings. A smudge of black chalk for shadows under lady and tower. Cut PARIS from sheet of letters and glue on. Stamp, cut out, sponge and glue postal mark at top right.

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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 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.

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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