Bugs Abound

Susan Robinson
February 19, 2021

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Summer, a time when you really notice all the bugs about.

The Insect stencil in the background is by Alexandra Renke, the dragonfly stamp by Stamp-it. After colouring the card with Distress Stains, I tried spritzing water through the stencil first to bleach the colour from the insect shapes, but this didn’t work to my liking as it lost too much detail, so instead I sponged a darker blue ink through, then outlined each shape with a fine blue marker. Some more experimenting needed with that stencil.

I used Tim Holtz ‘Frosted Film’ for the dragonfly. This is a really cool product (though hard to find sometimes). I stamped the dragonfly onto it, then cut it out. When heated with a heat gun, this frosted film will start to curl. While warm, you can mold it into whatever shape you like. When it cools, it will retain that shape. So I heated his wings to create the appearance of movement, but made sure his body remained flat to better enable gluing down. I smeared some Turquoise Stickles over the frosted underneath side, and set aside to dry before gluing it into place over the stamped image on my card. The smooth upper side of the film catches the light, but being opaque, you can see the sparkly turquoise colour showing through from beneath, while still retaining the fine line details of his wing segments.

Using the same Distress Stain colours, I created a similar background (below), this time stamping a large ‘Beetle Collage’ stamp (from Woodware) over in black. I then silver embossed a circular birthday wording (from Stamp-it) and lay a disc in the center stamped with a bug image (from Amazing Creations) which I covered with Glossy Accents.

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‘Bee happy’ hexagons

Susan Robinson
February 17, 2021

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Happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy. I need to listen to my own advise a bit more often. Life is full of too many distractions, we forget to focus on ourselves sometimes.

I got the inspiration for this design from a window I pass at the exit of the freeway. Strangely, I can’t remember what the business is actually about, (nothing to do with honey products) but the graphics on their window of grey, gold & black hexagons, always catches my eye. I thought it would make a nice feature on a male card.

stamps: ‘Bee Happy’ set by Dovecraft

die: ‘Distressed Baptisia Collage’ set 30044 by Memory Box

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Be my Honey

Susan Robinson
February 14, 2021

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I have made this card especially for you, to add a little sweetness to your day. Much too soppy for me to give my husband, haha.

The bee stamp is from Prima’s Stamp-n-add “Moth Wings”. There were 2 designs in the set, 2 bodies and 2 wings that you stamp separately. After stamping it out, I added Glossy Accents to the wings, sprinkling glitter on whilst still wet. The wording I just did on the computer.

The honeycomb is from one of Tim Holtz/Sizzix “Mixed Media” die sets. I cut it out on 2-sided sticker paper. After positioning the individual pieces onto my card, I lay some mulit-coloured Gilding flakes over. The flakes stuck to the sticky shapes, then I brushed the excess off with a stiff paint brush. I didn’t realise until I’d completed the card, that I’d laid the honeycomb shapes in a different direction on the bottom, than I had on the top. Oops. No time to re-do now.

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Green Bug

Susan Robinson
June 30, 2020

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I had some unfinished business with these bugs! I normally like to post in themes (I still have a few more sewing cards to come) but thought I’d break it up a bit, before moving onto ‘Alcohol Inks’. Really excited by some of the backgrounds I’ve made, just have to decide now how to decorate them.

  1. Colour card using ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ and ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’ Lindy’s Starburst sprays. Mixed in with the green ink base colour, they have an iridescent blue which dries in little puddles. Gorgeous!
  2. Stamp bugs into position on green card, and a 2nd time onto scrap card. Colour them. I coloured the cockroach brown, before covering it in Glossy Accents (adding drops of Black Accent for eyes), then put aside to dry. The other 2 bugs I covered in tacky glue, which when dry, I rubbed green and blue ‘Fab Foils’ over to give them that iridescent shine.
  3. Cut a circle out of clear film and place over lower bug. Lightly sponge around circle with blue ink to create a halo effect.
  4. Leave circle in position to act as a mask while stamping over card with large script writing stamp. I used blue ink as I wanted a subtle effect.
  5. When decorated bugs are dry, cut bodies only out and glue or Magic Mount over ones on green card. I added some black wire as antennae for blue bug.
  6. Assemble backing card layers. I found a piece of metallic blue mesh which I slipped in between, which works well I think, picking up the shine of the blue bug.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 & ‘Theories’ CMS329 By Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection)

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Entomology

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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One of my girlfriends gave me a present years ago wrapped in this gorgeous paper. Can’t remember what the present was, but I still have the paper and that is what I’ve used for the patterned background on this card.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Magnifying Glass from Stamp-it set107

dies: ‘Entomology’ 663068 Sizzix Framelit; ‘Plaque & Postage’ Tim Holtz Alterations

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Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020

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I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it

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Butterflies Change

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2020

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Nothing ever stays the same, embrace the changes.

die: Butterfly Wreath by Memory Box ; stamp wording by Stamp-it

The background strip is leftover from a Distress Stain sheet I did (Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters). I lightly sponged 3 of the butterflies with coordinating inks before gluing them back into place, lifting the outside wings slightly higher with each butterfly progressively. The Bazzil base card looks very dull in these pictures, but has a much stronger tonal value in real life and matches the green in the Distressed strip perfectly.

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Aqua Dragonfly

Susan Robinson
March 11, 2020

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Following on from the ‘aqua and insect’ theme (of previous post) inspired by my stint in the garden a few days ago. I love this colour combination of aqua and dark brown together, and the orange just gives it a lift, don’t you think?

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

admin
July 25, 2016

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butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 2

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butterfly formation 012My 2nd card using my new Memory Box die # 99145 Reverse Butterfly Collage. The wording is “Happiness is When” 2440C by Stamp-it.

Cut out the die in white matt card. Place a larger piece of card beneath which has been coloured with Dylusion ink sprays (Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Postbox Red) leaving a border of the coloured card showing around it . Mount this onto folded black backing card.

Cut out butterfly pattern again on scrap of white matt card. It doesn’t have to be a very big piece of card as you don’t want the whole pattern, only a small section of it. I chose the middle-left part to highlight as there was space there to add a wording. Use texters directly onto rubber stamp to colour wording (so all the words can be different colours). Cut your chosen section to desired size and matt onto piece of black card. Magic Mount onto card front, lining up with butterfly images beneath. Fix adhesive rhinestones of pink and orange in place for butterfly heads.butterfly formation 013

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