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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Blue Iris

Susan Robinson
April 8, 2021

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Back to basics – using your texters directly onto rubber, to stamp out your solid design images in multi-colour.

I added Gold Liquid Pearls to the center of the Iris, then set aside to dry before assembling card layers.

stamp: Single Iris 2663K by Penny Black

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Poppy Seed Heads

Susan Robinson
January 9, 2021

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stamps: ‘Poppy Seed Heads’ by Imagination Crafts

embossing folder: ‘Intricate Background’ CO725768 by Couture Creations

Archival ink pads: ‘Sap Green’, ‘Viridian’, ‘Blue Violet’, ‘Fern Green’ & ‘Sepia’

This stamp is a solid design, so I coloured it with multiple ink pads, direct to the rubber. As it is a clear stamp, I find the Archival inks give the crispest stamped images. Inking up the heads first with the lightest colour being the ‘Sap’, then ‘Viridian’, adding shading at the bottom of the pods with the ‘Blue Violet’ pad. I used the ‘Fern’ on the stems and lightly touched the tips of the heads with the ‘Sepia’ pad.

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Lotus Bouquet

Susan Robinson
January 7, 2021

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How gorgeous is this new waterlily stamp (Lotus Bouquet 19087) from Paper Rose Studio! I used Distress Stain sprays for the backgrounds. Usually I colour my white card completely, but sometimes it’s nice to leave some white. Was toying with the idea of adding a wording to the above card, but decided it was more peaceful without.

After finishing my flower on the green card, I decided to add the script wording in the background. That was my first mistake, as it all went downhill from there, haha. This meant I had to mask off the flowers (ugh!) and then I stamped the wording on the middle right UPSIDE DOWN!!! Seriously don’t know how that happened! So I had to find something big enough to cover up my error. I fiddled with that wording plaque for ages, changing ink colours of the wording and background numerous times. Not totally happy with the result as it is looks a bit busy, but it is done and I have moved on with my life. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that take up the most time.

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