Redhead

Susan Robinson
March 17, 2018

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I have been doing a bit of masking lately, the 3 masked background posts I did a few weeks ago, and this lady.

I stamped her out twice, first onto some good white cardstock, then again onto scrap paper. The image on the scrap paper I cut up to use for my mask. Because I was using the surrounds, as well as the innards, it was important to try and keep the background as whole as possible when cutting out.

I first put the surrounding scrap (see right hand-side of above image) over the image on good cardstock, exposing her hair area only (see below). I laid my stencil over hair and smeared texture paste through using a palette knife. Set aside to dry.

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When paste is dry, colour with Distress inks using a waterbrush. Squish each pad onto an acrylic block, then pick up ink with paintbrush to colour hair. I used Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade. Dry.

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Use the image of the girl stamped on scrap paper to cover (mask) body of girl on good cardstock (see image 1. left-hand side). Stamp out flowers in black ink either side of girl and across her dress. The mask will prevent any of the flowers being stamped over the girls skin. It should appear as if the flowers are in the background behind the girl, except for pattern on her dress). Lift off mask.

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I added some flowers and leaves to her hair and coloured her lips with Rouge Liquid Pearls using a paintbrush. Her dress was done with watercolour pencils, her face and body I coloured with chalks. I love chalks because they’re soft and subtle, and very user friendly in that they can be erased should you make an error.

I punched out some butterflies to flutter about the garden and gave her a necklace. I drew in an eyelid for her too, which I felt was missing from the original drawing.

Attach finished front to layers of red and yellow card, then onto folded black backing card. Add wording as desired.

stamps: Girl #980047 by Prima, Foliage Flury 3959F by Stamp-it

stencil: Flower Frenzy 157s by The Crafters Workshop

 

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Leaves of Gratitude – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 16, 2018

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stamps: Curled Leaf F-3100 by PSX; Vine Leaf 1497BMini Leaf 1499B & Handwriting all from Stamp-it; Gratitude A3079 by Hero Arts

INSTRUCTIONS:

I used the Distress mini pads, squishing some ink randomly onto my teflon mat (or you could use a flat piece of plastic). Spritz inks with water, then place white card over. Lift off. Now spray inks on card if you need to make them blend and run into rivulets. Dry with a heatgun.

Cover your card with clear vellum and trace around your inky shape with a pencil.

Cut out shape. Throw away the inside piece. We will be using the outside area as a mask. (For this reason it is important to try and keep the outside piece relatively intact ie. don’t hack it into pieces).

Lay your vellum mask around your inked shape (this will protect your white background from getting any script on it). Ink up script stamp with black Archival ink and stamp over.

When you remove the mask, you should have your script showing over your inked areas only. I love the way the words follow every little drip out. It is important when choosing your stamp, that the design is very close or you will lose the effect.

Next I stamped out my leaves and coloured them with watercolour pencils and a water brush. After cutting them out, I spritzed some gold sparkle over. Dry with a heatgun.

Stamp your Gratitude wording, sponge and mount onto card. Magic Mount the large curling leaf and some of the smaller ones, gluing the remainder down flat. Assemble card layers.

 

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Captured Fairies

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November 28, 2017

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Being a wee winged thing (fairy) is not all the pixie parties and fairy floss you’ve been led to believe. There are traps for the unwary and those not fast enough of flight. And as we know, everyone looovves fairies and would like nothing better than to feast upon them with their – eyes, or (gulp) otherwise.

I occasionally have to indulge my warped sense of humour, so here are some cards featuring fairies in distress. Look away now if you feel the following images may upset you. (Obviously I have way too much time on my hands).

stamps: Monster Mash DYR37750 by Dylusions; DELETE E4-1850 by Stampers Anonymous; Fairies by Lavinia Stamps

stamps: Cats Meow 2272E, Fairy Fly 4941B & Fairy Sit 4942B by Stamp-it; Delicious Wishes 2419F by Penny Black

stamps: Single fairy from Fairy Land si4245E & Tea wording siset097 by Stamp-it

dies: Cobweb siz658713; Dainty Tea Set 1148 by Poppy stamps; Spider is hand made

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Seahorse Circles

Susan Robinson
November 8, 2017

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Summer has finally arrived, and with a vengeance! Trying to keep cool creating cards with a watery theme, imagining myself swimming beneath the waves with seahorses (except I usually only get the seaweed).

dies: Sammy Seahorse SD365 by Joanna Sheen; Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box; Sea Plants 560-ZZ by ImpressionObsession

stamp: ‘Everything you imagine’ from Stamp-it set062

I simply coloured white cardstock with various shades of blue and green dye spray inks (Dylusions & Distress) before cutting out my shapes and assembling. I used Magic Mount under the seahorse body and also beneath the rectangle the seahorse and seaweed are sitting on. I thought about putting some little fishes swimming through the bubbles, but decided against it as they would just be a distraction from the focal point. I drew the seahorse eye in and added a touch of glitter to his stomach.

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Flower Flurry

Susan Robinson
May 17, 2017

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Here are some of the flower cards I made recently while away with the girls. I find it hard to do anything complicated whilst talking to people, so am happy just colouring in and assembling basic cards. I try to keep them fairly generic so they can be adapted for future needs.

Botanical Asperula CRP153 by Stampendous. The Blacklabel has been cut from an article of clothing or home wares. You never know when they might make a handy addition to a card.

 

 

An oft used Rose stamp by Stampin Up. Unfortunately I didn’t keep the code. The Thank You is from Stamp-it.

 

 

 

 

Rose Square 19015.I by Magenta; Floral Wallpaper CS296 by Kaisercraft

 

 

Floral Square 19068M by Magenta; Happy Birthday Script 2934D by Stamp-it

 

 

 

 

 

  Rose Quartet K-2291 by PSX

 

Inspire! 3078K by Penny Black; Tiny Birthday Down 4095C by Stamp-it

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Ocean Deep

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May 2, 2017

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I am a bower bird. I love collecting pretty little things and then I come home and organise them. Can’t help myself. Whenever I walk on the beach, I’m always on the lookout for little shells, seaglass or interesting pieces of drift wood. Sand can also be a great addition to a card (best not collected from the dog beach though). And don’t pass over bits of broken scallop shell as they can be used for seahorse or fish fins. I’ve started drying out some seaweed to experiment with too. This card has both on it.

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stamps: Deep as the Ocean 4880E by Stamp-it; Seahorse E1504 by PSX; Coastal Escape CS250 by Kaisercraft. The background has been coloured with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.

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Boys 2 Men

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April 10, 2017

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There have been a spate of male birthdays in our family recently and they are always more challenging to design for, especially teenagers.

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Joey 2565E and Bold Birthday 3203D by Stamp-it

 

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Your Way… 40-130 by Penny Black

 

 

 

 

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all stamps by Stamp-it

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Dinosaur Birthday

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20170324_100938A card for our grandson’s 3rd birthday – he is mad about dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Birthday 4006E from Stamp-it

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Zebra Music

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March 25, 2017

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20170316_173137Like with stamps, I try to get the most out of my embossing folders. Using the same Diamond pattern embossing folder from Kaisercraft, I created 2 different looking backgrounds for the following 2 cards:

 

 

 

 

The backgrou20170106_090226nd for the Zebra card was done by using the folder like a stamp. First spritz the folder with black ink, placing the white card inside, then close it up and push down to imprint the pattern onto the white card.

Zebra stamp 4×502013 is by Deep Red. It is only a single zebra which I masked off and stamped out twice. Wording is from Stamp-it set047.

 

 

20170316_181056For this background I first sponged Distress inks over white card to cover, then embossed it with folder through Big Shot machine. I then poured clear embossing powder over and heatset. Next I sanded raised areas, then sponged black ink over.

The drums are made with black clay which has been cooked in the oven, then coloured with dry Perfect Pearl Powders.

African Drums 1962D by Stamp-it; Spirit F612 by Collections

 

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Silence of the Stars

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December 12, 2016

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20161013_160905A simple card with an Aussie feel,  in a calming blue and white colour palette. My original intention was to form the stars into the shape of the Southern Cross, but my stars were too large:(

 

 

 

 

stamps: Grass Tree Christmas 4909E and Christmas Mini 3044B both by Stamp-it

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Prussian Blue and Peacock Color Box Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Lakeshore Bazzill Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder ; Ribbon; Silver Stickles

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Star Punch; Scissors; Heatgun; Sponging Block

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp grass trees with clear pad and emboss in white. Sponge over image with blue inks, blending from dark to light with the aid of a sponging block. Rub a clean tissue over when done to ensure there is no ink sitting on top of the embossing that may smudge later.
  2. Cut out 5 stars in white using small punch. Glue into place. Smear with silver Stickles and set aside to dry.20161013_150644
  3. Tear edge of piece of white card to roughly fit the ground shape under grass trees. Wrap thin blue ribbon around twice and secure at back with tape. Fix this card into place at bottom of sponged card. Silver emboss tiny Christmas wording onto scrap of white card. Cut into tag shape and glue into place where ribbon intersects with itself. Tie tiny bow with leftover ribbon and glue at apex of tag.
  4. With two-sided tape, attach finished card front onto matting of Lakeshore card, then folded white backing card. 20161013_15303620161013_160844
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