Succulents

Susan Robinson
March 19, 2018

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Succulents are all the rage at the moment and Kaszazz have nailed it with these gorgeous stamps. There are 6 different succulents in the set plus a few little wordings and plaques. Can’t wait for my order to arrive!

I used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to colour the plants.

The background:

  1. Push Texture paste through stencil (by Prima) onto card. Dry.
  2. Sponge over Dusty Concord Distress ink. Spritz with Wild Honey Distress Stain spray.
  3. Sponge Sepia ink around edges and a little over raised pattern.
  4. Sand texture paste to remove some colour and create distressed, grungy look.
  5. Distress edge of white card then adhere various card layers and some mesh ribbon to complete.

Below are a few more cards made using the same Succulents stamp set:

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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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Heart Art

Susan Robinson
July 16, 2017

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Hopes and dreams and the possibilities of it all…

stamps: Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Embossing Pad; Scattered Straw & Shaded Lilac Distress Stain Sprays; Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fabio Spray; Black Paint

paper: Watercolour Paper; Raven & Quartz Bazzill Cards; Creative Imaginations Paper; Black Corrugated Card

accessories: Texture Paste; Gold Embossing Powder; Fusible Web

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Bubble Stencil THS002; Big Shot Machine; Heart dies; Sponge Blocks; Palette Knife; Paint Brush; Heatgun; Satay Stick

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then the ink sprays. Dry with a heatgun. I then cut this card in half and got 2 card fronts out of it.

2. Using a palette knife, smear texture paste through bubble stencil. Dry with a heatgun.

3. Dilute black paint and drip with paint  brush onto card randomly. Spritz with a water to dilute further if needed.

4. Cut Fusible web into short strips. Fold in half and hold in position on card with satay stick.  Start to melt with heatgun, then pour embossing powder quickly over. Heat with heatgun to create webbing effect. Repeat as many times as desired, but remember not to cut your web too long as it becomes harder to control the melt.

5. Cut heart shape out of black corrugated card. Rub clear embossing pad over right side then pour gold embossing powder over and heatset.  Cut smaller heart out of scrap watercolour paper. Colour with inks, then melt web over (as per instructions 4).

6. Attach black heart onto card with two-sided tape. Put Magic Mount beneath smaller heart and overlap it larger black heart. Stamp wording into bottom left corner of card with black Archival pad.

7. Sponge around card with sepia Archival ink. Attach card layers with two-sided tape.

 

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Rhinoceros

admin
March 21, 2017

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20170321_10440920170321_104446Deep Red’s Rhinoceros stamp (SKU3x400116) is featured in both the following cards.

Sorry for lack of instructions, but my students have advised me not to put them up for cards from classes. I am more than happy to answer any queries personally though:)Africa cards-06

 

 

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Time Flies

admin
September 4, 2016

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Happy Father’s Day everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Stamps: Time Travelers CMS157 set & Clock Face G11660 by Stampers Anonymous; Number Background 4485E by Stamp-it; Small Clock A923 by Amazing Creations; Time Flies A1506 by Stylish Images Australia

Inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pad; Walnut Stain, Forest Moss & Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays; Gathered Twig Distress Pen

Papers: White (12.5×14.5cm plus scrap) & Ivory Matt Cards (scraps); Brown (15x27cm), Saltillo (7.4×13.1cm), Gecko (7×11.3cm) & Kraft (scrap) Bazzill Cards; Copper Shimmer Card (scrap)

Accessories: Mini Time Travel stencil 201s by The Crafters Workshop; Clock Hands from Clock & Gears die 917 by Elizabeth Dies; Texture Paste; Pot Pourri; Brown Brad; Colour Pencils; Chalks

Adhesives: Super Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; Sponging Block; Heatgun; Scissors; Circle Punches

INSTRUCTIONS:

Spritz white card with water, then with Distress Stain Sprays. Be sparing with the Metallic colour. Dry with a heatgun.clock inks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay the stencil over and smear texture paste through with a palette knife. Lift off stencil and wash straight away.clock stencilclock texture paste

 

 

 

 

 

 

While paste is still wet, push some pot pourri flakes into it. Set aside to dry. clock pot pourri

 

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When dry, brush excess pot pourri back into pot with a soft dry paintbrush. Now lay stencil over design again and colour some of the texture paste with a dark brown pen.

Stamp gentleman from Time Travelers set onto scrap of white matt card with black Archival pad and colour in with pencils. I then went over the pencils with chalks to soften the effect. Cut him out. Put a dab of Glossy Accents over the face of his fob watch. Set aside to dry.

Stamp Numbers Background onto green card in Sepia Archival pad. Sponge around edges with Sepia and Walnut inks using a sponging block. Stamp Time Flies wording onto Kraft card, sponge edges with Sepia ink and attach to top right of green card. Attach these onto matting of rust coloured card, which has also had its edges sponged with Walnut pad. Attach gentleman image to top of green card. Position this to right hand side of card front with two-sided tape.male cards 007

Stamp out two clock faces in black Archival ink onto scraps of ivory card. Cut out with circle punches. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink. Cut out two clock hands from die in copper shimmer card. Attach to larger clock face with a brown brad. Position clocks on card front, Magic Mounting the smaller one over the top of larger clock. male cards 015

 

 

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You are Loved

admin
July 17, 2016

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colours of grief 007 Sending a little love your way on this cold and blustery winter day.

stamps: Heart F2841 by PSX

stencil: Mini Paradise 186s by The Crafters Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

1. Smear texture paste through stencil with a palette knife onto ivory card. Set aside to dry.colours of grief 002colours of grief 004

 

 

 

 

 

2. Sponge around edge of ivory card with Sepia Archival ink. Wrap ivory satin ribbon around card front and secure at back with two-sided tape. Fix to front of white backing card. colours of grief 005

3. Stamp heart in white pigment ink onto ivory card and emboss with white embossing powder. Heat set. Cut out heart. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink.

4. Fix heart across middle of ribbon, to the right of center. Tie bow with scrap of ivory satin ribbon and fix to right of heart in line with ribbon strip. Fix some cream pearls to right lobe of heart.colours of grief 009

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Agapanthus Napkin

admin
June 25, 2016

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napkin 008Using napkins is a quick and easy way to create colourful cards as the artwork is already done for you! I try to pick them up when I see ones that inspire me. Sometimes at the craft shows you can get bags of singles (rather than having to buy them in packs of the same patterns). I especially like the ones which have a more overall pattern that can be used for backgrounds. This particular design stands alone, so really needed nothing much added to it. I lay some texture paste through a stencil to create some dimension in the background and the wording is magic mounted to add another layer to the front, that’s all.

stencil: THS002 Bubble

stamp: Happiness is When 2440C by Stamp-it

instructions:

  1. seperate layers of napkin. you will only use the uppermost patterned one.
  2. smear texture paste through chosen stencil with palette knife onto ivory card. set aside to dry.

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3. wet your card with a paintbrush, then spread some Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint randomly over. the napkin 005napkin is only very thin so the colours will show through. dry with heatgun.

4. tear out desired pattern area of napkin. apply matt glue over card and gently lay napkin over. apply some glue over the top also, pushing any air bubbles out as you go. set aside to dry.

napkin 0065. tear around edges of card. sponge inks around edges and lightly over raised pattern where desired. i have used Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Aged Mahogany Distress pads.

6. mount card onto burgundy card layer, then onto bamboo backing card.

7. stamp wording in black ink onto ivory scrap. sponge around in Aged Mahogany. layer onto bamboo card. tear edges and sponge with Crushed Olive ink. magic mount into position on front of card.

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Silhouette Fred

admin
January 15, 2016

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Stencil silhouetteSome people struggle with silhouette stencils as they’re not sure how to use them. Dyan Reaveley has a number of different stencils of full length ‘people’ shapes, both male and female. The design in each stencil is provided in a number of sizes. You can add faces and hair to them if you want, but sometimes being faceless provides an anonymity which makes them more versatile and flexible in their usage – so they are no-one in particular, just a man (or woman).

 

 

To create this card, spritz a piece of matt white card with water, then colour with Wild Honey, Iced Spruce & Hickory Smoke Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with a Heatgun.

Lay Dylusions Stencil DYS40811 “Silhouette Fred” onto left-hand side of card and trace around inside stencil using a fine tip Zig black felt pen. With the aid of a palette knife, scrap texture paste (normal white) through left half of stencil. It doesn’t matter if edge is irregular, if fact it’s preferable. Try to bring some paste down into both feet to ground the image. While the paste is still wet, push a piece of corrugated card into it to create grooves. Set aside to dry.

Despite having dried the background before adding paste, some of the colour from the inks will still seep into the white paste providing mottled colouring. I like this look myself. I you don’t, you may have to seal the stencil area of your background first by applying a thin coating of Distress Glaze with your fingertips or use some form of spray sealant.

Stamp “Best Things in Life” wording from Stamp-It’s set083 with black Archival Pad. Highlight word of choice with Glossy Accents. I chose “Kiss”. Set aside to dry.

Matt onto layer  of black card, then backing card of choice. I used Gecko Bazzill card.

 

 

 

 

 

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