Evolution

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2021

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Moving out of the dark ages and away from those brown tones.

I sprayed my card with Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Peeled Paint Distress Stains (sorry I forgot to take the photo before stenciling). Dried with a Heat Gun, then laid over my stencil and sponged Forest Moss and Peeled Paint through the leaves, just creeping into the orange section. I tore a piece of paper, and laid it across the bottom section of card, sponging Walnut Stain ink over it to form the landline for the people to walk along. Then I just had to glue my die cut figures into place and choose an appropriate wording.

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Against a Brick Wall

Susan Robinson
August 16, 2021

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‘H’ stands for ‘Happy’ I have decided (the symbol on his coat). A birthday card for a special young man. There seems to be a bit of a colour scheme happening lately. I don’t know why I always tend to lean towards the brown tones when doing cards for men. I will try and do something different next card 🙂

For the background, I first sprayed my card with ‘Tea Dye’ Distress ink, before placing it inside a brick embossing folder. I covered the uppermost flap with ‘Walnut Stain’ Distress ink, then lightly spritzed it with water before quickly closing the folder and embossing it through the Big Shot machine. Usually, I put my card into the folder, so that the name ‘Sizzix’ is facing me. I tried that, with the result being that the bricks were raised, and the mortar between was sunken. This is normally the case in real life, but not the look I was going for. So I sprayed another card, then flipped the embossing folder over so the name ‘Sizzix’ was underneath facing away from me, and repeated the inking and spritzing of the now upper flap before embossing. Now the bricks were sunken and the mortar between raised. The bricks were also a darker colour due to the Walnut Stain. I dried it with a heat gun, before running a white pigment pad directly over the raised areas (to highlight the mortar), and sponged a bit more dark brown ink around the edges.

I stamped out the men twice, embossing the 2nd version and cutting them out to Magic Mount over the stamped image on the card. I used a black pad with clear embossing powder, as I didn’t have any Black embossing powder.

stamp: ‘Theories’ set CMS329 by Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Collection

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Men about Town

Susan Robinson
August 12, 2021

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With Father’s Day next month I thought I should turn my mind to some more masculine cards. It was a bit hard to read the writing on the first card, so I stamped it inside as well. Backgrounds done with Distress Stain sprays.

stamps: ‘Time Travelers’ set CMS157 & ‘The Creative’ P4-1432, both by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; ‘Cityscape’ by Character Constructions; ‘Welcome Home’ set 125 by darkroom door.

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Wooden Boat

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2021

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Very happy with the way this card turned out! I love the combination of rust and teal together.

If you’d like to emulate this card, the steps are as follows:

  1. using a sponging block, cover white card with Vintage Photo Distress ink
  2. stamp the ‘Sand,Sun,Summer’ 3590E (from Stamp-it) in Coffee Archival ink at top right
  3. lay Chevron stencil over card and sponge Walnut Stain Distress ink through narrow chevron pattern. Then sponge water through the wider chevrons. Lift off and dab dry. Splash a few droplets of water to right of card. Dab dry.
  4. brush small amount of Turquoise Perfect Pearl powder over center area of card. The water will have bleached the ink from the card, (leaving behind the shape of the stencil pattern), but the Pearls will stick to the Distress ink left on the card, around the patterns. Cool hey? Though they may feel dry to the touch, Distress inks actually stay wet for quite a while.
  5. stamp ‘Beached’ 2724E boat (from Stamp-it) across bottom of card, and again onto some white scrap card. Colour in with watercolour pencils. Apply Distress clear ‘Crackle Paint’ over the top. Set aside to dry.
  6. when crackle varnish is dry, run a sponge with Vintage Distress ink over it. The darker ink will sit into the cracks. Wipe with a soft tissue to remove any ink sitting on the surface. Cut out boat and Magic Mount it over same image on card.
  7. rub some mustard chalk over bottom of card. Apply smudges of glue, sprinkling real sand over (make sure it’s white sand of a fine texture). Set aside to dry.
  8. sponge Sepia ink around card edges and adhere card layers.
  9. apply Glossy Accents to major swirls in ‘S’ symbol of stamp to highlight. Set aside to dry.

I loved this card so much, I tried to replicate it myself, using different stamps and softer colours. If you’re having a go yourself, keep in mind these 2 things:

  • the darker the ink, the more contrast you’ll see with the water effect.
  • the paper you use will make all the difference to the end result. So if your first attempt isn’t satisfactory, try it again using a different paper.
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Birthday Boots

Susan Robinson
July 14, 2021

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A special card for my son’s birthday. He has a pair of boots just like this that he wears all the time.

It’s a Paper Rose stamp called “Work Boots” 18330, that I used in conjunction with a Stamp-it birthday wording. I stamped the image onto a pre-coloured card, then fussy cut it out. I added a little extra colour with pencils to the soles and laces.

The wood panel stamp in the background was from a Stamp-it set. I stamped it in brown ink and poured clear embossing powder over it, then heat set. I then sponged Distress “Weathered Wood” ink over it, and Sepia ink around the edges, before adhering my layers.

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Wheat Field Sunset

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2021

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Nothing nicer than watching a beautiful sunset.

To create this card, I first sponged a white card with Distress inks (colours as shown below). After cutting out the dies, I assembled my layers. I applied a few dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight the wheat sheaths. The cockatoo bird is from Paper Rose’s larger windmill die.

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Harvest Time

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2021

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This Designer Boutique stamp from Creative Expressions is called ‘Harvest time’. It is a foam mounted stamp on grey rubber which fits onto a DL size card. I personally don’t like doing DL cards, so cut off parts of the image to fit onto a smaller size. I just stamped the design in black ink onto various pre-coloured backgrounds from my infamous ‘box’. I think the 2nd one is my favourite, looks very atmospheric.

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Have Courage

Susan Robinson
March 25, 2021

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It’s very cosy here in our comfort zone, but we won’t discover anything new, unless we have the courage to step outside it once in a while. They don’t have to be big steps, they can be little baby ones to start. The first one is always the hardest.

stamps: ‘En Bord de Mer’ by Carabelle Studio; ‘Discover Oceans’ by Stamp-it

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King of the Castle

Susan Robinson
March 17, 2021

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What can I say…

stamps: Castle by Stamp-it; Old Man by 100 Proof Press; wording done on computer

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Moving On

Susan Robinson
November 30, 2020

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Thought it was time I threw a few male cards into the mix. Just procrastinating really in order to put off doing Christmas cards as long as possible. In the car card above, I put a piece of clear film behind the windows to replicate the glass.

stamps: ‘Hot Rod!’ set 40-224 by Penny Black

Below is a card for those who prefer to cycle.

stamps: ‘Racing Bike’ 4450D by Stamp-it; ‘Memories of Summer’ MS289 by Studio Light

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