Artful Gumleaves

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2021

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I never get tired of creating cards using this old Stamp-it design of framed eucalyptus leaves. For the red card, I just stamped the design onto some card which I’d coloured with Distress Stain sprays (Wild Honey, Fired Brick & Cracked Pistachio). I used a combination of watercolour pencils and chalks to colour in with, then added Rouge Liquid Pearls to highlight the flowers and some Wild Honey Distress Stickles on the gumnuts. I love the green of the central leaf veins in this one.

The blue card I did in a similar way, stamping onto a Distress Oxide background (Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin & Squeezed Lemonade). I embossed the script wording behind with Distress powders. I just used watercolour pencils to colour the leaves and gumnuts, and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls over the gumnut flowers.

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Magnolia branch

Susan Robinson
July 24, 2021

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Thinking of my Mum this week as she is not well. She was an avid gardener and loves flowers of every description. This Magnolia branch stamp is from Kaszazz, and suited my rather somber mood. The upside of all the upset this week, is that a number of relatives have come out of the woodwork to visit her, which is nice. Every cloud has a silver lining they say 🙂

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Wattle I do?

Susan Robinson
July 1, 2021

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Yes, that is the question, how to while away the hours whilst in lockdown.

The Wattle stamp is from Kaszazz, the baby from Paper Rose’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlpie’ “Bush Babies” set. The background was created by inking up an acrylic block with Distress inks, then stamping it out. I coloured images in with watercolour pencils, then added dots of Buttercup & Gold Liquid Pearls for the Wattle flowers.

Below is another card I did using the same Wattle stamp, but onto an alcohol ink background.

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Golden Gumnut Flowers

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2021

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Once again I find myself using for my background, not the actual print which I had designed on my gelli plate, but the scrap paper that I rolled my brayer onto to clean off the paint from the stencil! For some reason I am always drawn to these more random messy patterns.

Still on the theme of gum leaves, I dug to the back of my drawer for this old stamp (from Stamp-it), inking it in blue rather than the traditional green. I then went over it with a green colour pencil. I applied Gold Flower Soft to the flower areas, scattering dots of Light Blue Liquid Pearl around them. It’s not showing up in the picture, but the Gold really does catch the light and is quite shiny, as is the light blue shimmer paint in the leafy background.

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Thinking of Gumnut Flowers

Susan Robinson
June 16, 2021

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Finished assembling this card today that I had started colouring in ages ago. It made for a quick card.

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Gumnut Flower Wishes

Susan Robinson
June 14, 2021

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I have been sick all week with the “man flu” (goodness, never realised how debilitating it can be) and have now passed it onto my husband, who until a few days ago was hale & hearty, and over-confidant in his own defenses ability to stave off infections – but who now feels he is ‘dying‘. So apart from walking the dog, we’ve been self-isolating, which is ok because it’s winter and the weather is not so inviting outdoors. I haven’t felt like doing much, but have managed to finish off a few cards I had started.

The red in this background called to me, as I feel I need a little more energy in my life at the moment. It was done with Wild Honey & Aged Mahogany Distress Stain sprays. The 2 stamp images (Gumnut Flower & Gumnut Leaves) were designed by Helen Williams for Stamp-it. I coloured in with watercolour pencils and used red & yellow Liquid Pearls to decorate the flowers. The corner die in gold paper is from Tim Holtz ‘Mixed Media’ die set siz660220. The ‘Best Wishes’ is a sticker from the $2 store.

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Flower Vine Corner

Susan Robinson
May 29, 2021

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Using the ‘Corner Flower Vine’ Embossing Folder from the Sizzix set 657783 Floral Vines, I have created 2 different cards. The background for the above card was sprayed with Distress inks first, then I ran a red ink pad over the raised pattern afterwards. The Poppies silhouette stamp is by Imagination Crafts, which I stamped in black pigment ink onto white card, and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

The background for the card shown below was done by swiping Alcohol Inks (Cool Peri, Raisin & Lettuce) across white Yupo card. After embossing the corner using the same folder (as for above card), I lightly sanded the raised areas with a very fine sandpaper. The little girl is from a Stampin’ Up set. I coloured her in with watercolour pencils and added dots of Orchid Liquid Pearls to the flower heads.

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Flying over Flower Fields

Susan Robinson
May 24, 2021

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Two more cards using this particular Tim Holtz die. The girl, bee and wish stamps are from Stampin’ Up. The kite I made myself, and the gold Happy Birthday is a sticker.

And then I added a bird (from Tim Holtz “Feathered Friends” die set siz664433) to the card from my last post.

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Colourful Field of Flowers

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2021

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Using the same Tim Holtz ‘Flower Field’ die from my last post, I did the card in reverse, colouring the foreground and keeping the background clean. I cut the flowers out in white then sponged it with various Distress inks before attaching it the background layers. The little butterflies are done with a hand punch. I have one more variation coming up using this die before I move onto something else.

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Gracefully

Susan Robinson
May 13, 2021

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Budha – In the end, only 3 things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

The last is the hardest.

I think Tim Holtz’s “Flower Field” die siz665369 in silhouette, is quite eye-catching against this Distress Stain Spray background. The wording is from Stamp-it Australia (no longer available sorry, but you could easily substitute another wording). Simple, but effective.

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