Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017

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Letters seem to be a thing of the past now (along with beautiful handwriting), but I still remember the excitement of getting a personal letter in the mail! I am always drawn to designs with postal marks or lovely script on them. And of course fairies are a constant favourite. This is a Stampendous stamp CRW099 “Birthday Fairy”. I stamped image in black Archival ink over an alcohol ink coloured background, and again onto some white card so I could colour in the fairy, cut her out and mount over image on coloured card. I placed a bit of Magic Mount under her skirt to lift it up but glued the rest of body down onto card. Drizzled some Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkled glitter over whilst still wet. Added silver Stickles to star on wand. Assembled finished card front onto various coloured matting cards. The pink spirals is a scrap from a plastic sheet by KI Memories. Added some rhinestones for bling. See below for slight variations – same, same, but different: The one below was a bit hard to photograph as the light reflected off the silver alcohol inks in the background and silver stickers.        

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Lily Letter

Susan Robinson
November 22, 2017

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This started off as a sympathy card, but I somehow deviated from the plan. I suppose it could still be used for that purpose, by simply placing the sympathy wording on the inside.

 

 

stamps: Elegance 40-438 by Penny Black; Script Lines CRP297 by Stampendous

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Jellyfish

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2017

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stamps: Jellyfish CRP303 by Stampendous; Tiny Fish from Beyond the Sea set by Heidi Grace

inks: Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Re-inkers

papers: Aqua, Jetstream and Morning Glory Bazzill Cards; White Matt Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Stardust Stickles; ‘Forever Blue’ Perfect Pearl Powders; Pink Organza Ribbon; Irredescent Cord

tools: Sponging Blocks; Paint Brushs; Heat Gun; Stamp Edge Decorative Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sponge the Distress Oxide inks over white card from lightest to darkest, blending as you go. Dry with heatgun. Wet a wide paintbrush with water, then swipe across card back and forth as you move down card. The inks will re-act with the water and you will be left with a swishy pattern (depending on how you used your brush) across the card. I felt this replicated water currents under the sea, which started my design process.
  2. Stamp the jellyfish onto coloured card in clear pigment ink and emboss with white embossing powder. Heatset. Repeat onto some white card scrap and colour in jellyfish heads with pink and blue Distress re-inkers. Cut out heads. Glue the smaller heads into place over main image. Colour frilly tendril from main jellyfish with diluted yellow re-inker.
  3. Turn the main jellyfish head over and run two-sided tape along bottom edge. Cut some pink organza ribbon into strips and attach to tape along with some irredescent cording. Place some Magic Mount onto back of Jellyfish head, flip over and secure in place on main stamped image with ribbon and cord strips hanging down.
  4. Stamp some tiny fish randomly around card in clear pigment ink and brush over blue Perfect Pearl powder with dry painbrush.
  5. Attach card front to pale purple matting, then onto a white matting with two-sided tape. Trim around white card with Decorative scissors (stamp edge).  Attach to pale blue then green folded backing card.
  6. Stamp and emboss wording in white and matt onto white card. Attach to card front with two-sided tape.
  7. Apply Stardust Stickles to circular shapes and bubbles in design. Set aside to dry.
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Cosmos

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2017

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I am really loving this colour combination of the ‘Scattered Straw’ & ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress Stain Sprays together with ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ Flat Fabio from Lindy’s Stamp Gang that I have used in my last two posts. So I have sprayed yet another background using them for this card.

  1. Firstly spray white card with inks to colour.
  2. Stamp out flower design (Cosmos Spray CRP263 by Stampendous) in black ink. Stamp flower heads again onto scrap of white card. Colour these in with normal colour pencils, then cut out and glue over main image. I curved the petals a bit for dimension. Colour in the stalks.
  3. Apply Glossy Accents over plaque area. Set aside to dry. I was thinking later, that Crackle Accent might have been nicer. When completely dry use a Sailor Glue Pen to add detail lines around plaque. The glue comes out blue but turns transparent when dry. When dry, lay over silver Fab Foil sheet, rub gently with finger, then lift off. The silver foil will adhere to the glue lines and leave them a lovely shiny silver.
  4. Apply Glossy Accents around edge of flower centers in a ‘C’ shape. Carefully sprinkle some ‘Purple Rain’ Beadazzles over. Make sure that your Glossy Accents in the plaque area is dry before you do this or some of the beads may stick there and you don’t want that. (Beadazzles: are micro beads/sequins mix  marketed by Suze Weinberg).
  5. Layer finished card front onto yellow matting, then Heidi (purple) Bazzill folded backing card.
  6. Stamp ‘Tiny Birthday Down’ 4095C by Stamp-it in black ink onto scrap of yellow matting card. I used a Fiskars border punch to create edging next to birthday wording. Attach this to top right of card. Cut out Happy wording and Magic Mount onto bottom left corner of card.
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Webbed Botanical

admin
July 20, 2017

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The card I coloured with the inks in the previous post, I cut in half and got 2 card fronts from it. This is the second card.

1. Spray card.                    2. Add texture paste through stencil. The paste will absorb the colour of the background, but will still add another subtle dimension.

3. Stamp flower image (Botanical Asperula CRP153 by Stampendous) in black Archival ink on card and again on scrap of white. Colour in green leaves, cut out and glue onto main image. Stamp script randomly in Purple Twilight Adirondack ink.

4. Cut Fusible Web into short lengths and heat emboss with gold powder. Some of the embossing powder actually stuck to the stenciled flower heads too, which wasn’t intentional, but I am quite happy with the result.

5. Cut 5 flowers from Tattered Florals die in Big Shot. Colour to match and scrunch up.

6. Rub head of large brad in clear embossing pad and emboss with mix of black and gold powder. Pierce hole through center of flower layers and secure with brad. Arrange petals around brad. Attach to card with two-sided tape.

7. Attach remaining card layers with two-sided tape.

8. Put dots of Orchid Liquid Pearl onto stamped flower heads. Set aside to dry.

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On the Farm

admin
April 15, 2017

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20170414_141243A card I made for my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. He’s a farmer. He is also a twin. Always tricky trying to make their cards similar but different. Still working on his brothers.

stamps: Nature ASCRS01 by Stampendous

dies: Covered Tractor #99025 by Memory Box & Antiqua Numbers #658338 by Sizzix

instructions:

1. Stamp images onto white matt card using black Archival pad. Colour shed lightly with pencils.

2. Sponge Distress inks (Wild Honey, Barn Door & Peeled Paint) over card to cover.

3. Put dies through Big Shot machine to cut out tractor in mustard card and numbers in white card.

4. Sponge numbers with ink colours to match background. Dot black accents onto them if desired. Set aside to dry.

5. Sponge around tractor with sepia ink to define edges. Pierce hole in center of larger wheel and insert brown brad. Adhere tractor to front of card.

6. Sponge sepia ink around card edges, especially at base as you don’t want the green to be too bright (this is Australia after all).

7. Matt onto brown card which has been torn across the bottom. I tore mine too long, so tore it again, then it was too short, so I just added the torn bit underneath. Sponge edges with sepia.

8. Attach a strip of black corrugated card across bottom of folded green backing card, then adhere card front to it. I used 1mm Magic mount at top to account for thickness of corrugated card at base.

9.  Fix your numbers in place, overlapping them if necessary.

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Baby Boy

admin
November 18, 2016

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20161114_142524As another year comes to an end, for others their year is just beginning. A card for my friend Shelley’s new grandson. Welcome to the world Hendrix!

stamps: Christening CRV246 by Stampendous; New Little One 1056E by Penny Black

dies: Elegant Frame SD050 by Wild Rose Studio.

A card for another baby boy – Xavier. I quite liked the layout (and saved me having to strain my brain coming up with another so soon), but didn’t want to do the same colours, so went with neutral tones. 20161128_103846

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Calligraphic Garden

admin
May 24, 2016

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A card I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

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Stamps: “Paper Garden” S1509 from Close to my Heart, “Calligraphy Sampler” CRR138 from Stampendous and “Tall Birthday” 4321D from Stamp-It.

Instructions: Stamp calligraphy background in clear ink and emboss with clear embossing powder on white card. Heat set. Sponge card all over with “Old Paper” Distress ink, then around edges with Sepia Archival ink.

Ink up flower stamp of choice from set (I used the largest) with Distress inks “Seedless Preserves”, “Dusty Concord”, “Salty Ocean” and “Walnut Stain”. Spritz stamp lightly with water, then stamp down onto embossed card. Dry. This technique works well with any solid stamp image, and by spritzing it with water, it blends the water-soluble Distress inks together and creates a soft watercolour effect when you stamp it out. I also sponged a little of these Distress colours onto the background card for balance.

Cut out plaque from Sizzix “Mini Labels” set siz657214 with Big Shot machine in ivory card. Stamp birthday wording in Deep Purple Archival ink, then sponge using Distress inks previously mentioned above, and around edges with Sepia Archival ink. Magic mount at base of card across flower stems.

Select strip of ivory organza ribbon and stitch along one edge length. Gather in thread to create ribbon frill and knot thread. Tape ribbon frill over large flower head. Punch small hole at base of flower head and place decorative brad through. This is to hide gathered edges of ribbon and create a pod for petals to grow from. I chose organza ribbon as it is opaque and I wanted the inked flower head beneath to be visible through it.

 

I liked this card so much I made it again for another friends 40th, with slightly softer colours.

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