Christmas is Coming

Susan Robinson
October 5, 2018

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I have put my name down to do the Art Market on the “Decoy” this Sunday 7th Oct and on the 4th Nov. I didn’t take any Christmas cards with me last time as I thought it was too early – but apparently it’s never too early! So I have been busy all week going through my Christmas box of bits, finishing off cards that I had started but put aside for whatever reason. Here are just a few…

      

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

All stamps are by Stamp-it Australia, apart from the first tree card (Penny Black) and Winnie the Pooh (All Night Media).

 

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Darkest Night

admin
July 31, 2016

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One of my favourite sayings is that “Tomorrow is another day”. No matter what mistakes you made, what sorrows you suffered, after a good cry and a few hours sleep, I TRY to put yesterday behind me and face the new day with hope in my heart and a smile on my face. “Each day is a new beginning”.

stamps: Autumn Tree 4618E by Stamp-it, Birds 23.049B? by Magenta, Celestial Border 126G by All Night Media

inks: Clear Pigment Pad; Jet Black & Watering Can Archival Pads; Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Black Soot Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Brown & Moss Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Perfect Pearl & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Powders

tools: Sponging block, Paintbrush; Heatgun

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp wording in clear pigment pad and emboss in silver at left side of white card. Stamp tree in black Archival ink at right side of card.
  2. Tear scrap paper to form a valley shape. Lay this paper down over your card, covering most of it. Make sure you can see the tree roots beneath though, as it’s important that they are rooted into the ground, not floating in the sky. With a sponging block, sponge light brown ink over torn scrap onto your card to shade your hills in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             colours of grief 012
  3. Put some red ink on your finger and dab at base of valley. Do the same with orange ink, smudging over the red ancolours of grief 013d radiating outward slightly. Now do the same with the yellow ink, creating a haze around your sun. (You can use a sponging utensil if you don’t like getting your fingers dirty). Sponge Tumbled Glass Distress ink outwards from sun, covering top right of card.
  4. Sponge Walnut Distress pad at bottom left of card and Black Soot at top left of card together, blending into the lighter colours on the right of card. (*optional: use the edge of your Walnut pad directly onto card to create hill-like pattern).
  5. Stamp birds in grey ink flying acolours of grief 015way from tree
  6. Dip your fingers into Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutter Distress pads and use to colour foliage of tree.colours of grief 017
  7. Heat set inks with heatgun. Stamp celestial border in clear pigment ink above wording and colour with Perfect Pearl and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls applied with dry paintbrush.colours of grief 019
  8. Attach strip of dark brown card (of same length as original white card) to top and bottom edges of finished card front. I deliberately left the sides without the brown frame, to give the illusion that the scene continues off to either side of that shown.
  9. Fix layers onto folded grey backing card. colours of grief 021
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Winter Tree

admin
September 8, 2015

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One of my favourite techniques at the moment – simple but effective. Apply multiple ink colours to a small acrylic block directly from your ink pads. I have used Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain Distress Pads. Some people spritz their block with water at this stage, but I prefer to spritz my watercolour paper with water instead. Flip your block colour side down onto wet paper, hold, then lift off. The inks will start spreading out. The results will always be slightly different each time you do this technique, depending on how much ink and water you add. I quite like the drippy effect it creates sometimes as it can look like the roots of the trees going down into the ground. You can manipulate the effect slightly with a waterbrush if you feel the need. When you are happy with the way it looks, dry with a heatgun. Stamp your tree with black Archival pad and add wording of choice.

Stamps used from Stamp-it Australia – 4618E Autumn Tree, siset032 Solitude

 

Conifer ChristmasOne of the new stamp designs from Stamp-it’s “Oh Deer” Christmas catalogue just released – 4988E Conifer large, siset088 Merry Christmas. I used Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Pads for this one.

 

 

 

 

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