Blue Moon

Susan Robinson
September 6, 2021

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For some reason I really struggle making simple cards with white backgrounds. I love the white on white look, with just a touch of colour, but seem unable to achieve it myself. I started off okay (see below), quite happy with where it was going, but then I just kept adding to it. When there was no more room, I decided my card was done, so matted it onto my backing card.

But then… the more I looked at it, I felt the white was just too stark. Soooo, I decided to add a moon and sponge the background blue. More atmospheric. Not my best sponging effort however.

To colour the moon, I cut out a circle from Clear Film. I placed the circle where I wanted to position the moon (being clear, this makes it easy). This will act as a mask and keep underneath white. I then sponged the background with ‘Stormy Sky’ Distress ink.

After removing the circle, and replaced it with the clear film I had cut the circle out of. This allowed me to colour in the moon, without any colour going outside that circular space. I used chalks to shade the moon, starting with a line of orange around the lower and left edge, then dark yellow, then light yellow, leaving the top right where the spider sits, white. I blended the chalks with my finger.

I got a bit of blue ink on my mushroom when sponging, so applied touches of ‘White Opal’ Liquid Pearls over it. I Glossy Accented the bug and fairy wings, sprinkling some fine crystal glitter over the wings whilst wet. Then I drew some fine lines over some of the spider web with a glue pen. When dry (or tacky), I pressed Silver Fab Foil over. I didn’t do the whole web, just the areas where I thought the moonlight might catch it.

stamps: ‘Rory’ (fairy) & mushroom by Lavinia stamps; Fairy Tale Spider Web FTCS024 by Nellie’s Choice; Fern E1114 by Amazing Creations; wording from ‘Evidence of Art’ set LCS055 by Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous

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Pink Leaf

Susan Robinson
September 4, 2021

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This is my last card in this Leaf series. I will be moving on to mushrooms and fairies next.

After creating your background (as shown in pictures), stamp Leaf with clear pigment ink and emboss with Copper embossing powder. Colour with same Distress inks as used for background. Cut out leaf and Magic Mount onto plain cream card. Matt with dark brown and copper papers.

Gold emboss wording across bottom half of card. I shadowed the letters with a dark brown texter to make them stand out better. Assemble card layers, adding a slither of copper card to top left corner.

stamps: ‘Leaf Detail’ E1998 by Hero Arts; ‘Blips’ 40-382 by Penny Black; ‘All the Best’ wording by Stamp-it

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Red Leaf

Susan Robinson
September 1, 2021

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Kept thinking of my Mum while making this card. She suffers from dementia, and is not going so well these days. I am hoping that all her memories are still locked inside of her somewhere. She sometimes gets a far off look in her eye and a little smile on her face, so maybe she’s looking through her memories then.

I struggle to conform to standard size cards, so this one I was determined to put onto a C6 folded card. That didn’t leave me any room to matt it though, so I ran a clear embossing ink pad along each edge and embossed it with gold embossing powder instead.

The background for this card, started off the same as the one I used for my recent ‘Wooden Boat’ post. I wished later that I had gold embossed my ‘Falling Leaves’ stamp instead of stamping it in black, as it is so fine. I painted the little leaves in gold.

stamps: Memories Hope Love 4777E by Stamp-it; Falling Leaves G3229 by PSX

dies: Red Leaf by Bo Bunny (set of 3); Autumn Gatherings siz657454 by Tim Holtz; oak punch

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Autumnal Leaf Script

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2021

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Next week Spring officially begins, and I am looking forward to some sunny days and spending time in the garden.

The background for this card is the same as that used for my “Wooden Boat” post. After sponging my card with ‘Peeled Paint’ and ‘Spiced Marmalade’ Distress inks, I laid a leaf stencil over and spritzed water through. Lift off stencil and dry with paper towel. I then applied some gold ‘Perfect pearl’ powder with a dry paint brush over parts of it. Dry with a heat gun. Stamp script writing over in black ink.

I cut the Bo Bunny leaf die out of some card I had sprayed with Distress Stain sprays matching my background colours.

I ran a brown pencil down the stalk and each individual leaf. Place the leaf on an upside down mouse pad, and follow the pencil line down the center of each leaf with a stylus tool to crease. Bend leaves gently with fingers to create a bit of dimension.

Glue leaf onto a square of cream card, matting onto a dark brown card. Attach to card front, slipping a skeleton leaf beneath top left corner that has had some gold leaf glued onto it.

Add 3 dots of Gold Liquid Pearls beneath main leaf square.

stencil: Falling Leaves TSF 93045 by Echo Park Paper Co

stamp: Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts

die: Leaf (set of 3) by Bo Bunny

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Creative Leaf

Susan Robinson
August 26, 2021

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As in my previous post, I cut the same leaf shape out of the ‘Tattered Leaves’ die from a piece of clear film I had coloured with various green alcohol inks. I used a brown Spectrum Noir pen (on the back) to darken the stalk and draw the leaf spine. I chose a script stamp for added pattern, that wouldn’t matter whether it could be read or not, as that also had to be stamped onto the back, with a brown StazOn pad.

Clear film is plastic – sooo, it warps when heated. This is not something you’d normally do with film, but this characteristic can be used to advantage. I sometimes use it on butterfly wings to create the allusion of movement. I used it on my coloured leaf to mold it into shape. Just quickly flash the heat gun over until it starts going limp (stop long before it starts to melt!!), then while still warm, bend it into your desired shape. The film will hold it’s shape once it cools. Be careful you don’t burn yourself! I usually put a teflon mat inside a metal baking tray for these experiments. I wouldn’t recommend gloves (especially not plastic ones!) as they are too clumsy, just wait a moment until the film is touchable, but not so cool as it’s started to reset. It’s a bit hard to see the dimension of this leaf in the above photos, but scroll down to the one at bottom of post.

For the background, I sponged ‘Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade & Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks over a white card.

Then laid a stencil (‘Cable Knit Sweater’ 18204 by Paper Rose, except I thought it looked like tiny leaves) over and spritzed with water. Lifted the stencil and dabbed dry with paper towel. I relaid the stencil, (aligning as best I could) and sponged ‘Worn Lipstick and Mowed Lawn’ inks through randomly.

I dry brushed some ‘Sour Apple’ Perfect Pearl powders over in a few areas to create a bit of shimmer. Dry with a heat gun.

I glued my leaf onto a piece of plain cream card, that I’d edged with sepia ink, and matted onto coordinating card. I positioned it towards right side of base card. Assembled card layers.

Cut out the word ‘create’ in gold foil board, and glue along left side of leaf design.

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Small Things

Susan Robinson
August 24, 2021

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I am just a tiny cog in the huge wheels of society, but what little I do, I do with much love.

Returning to play with Alcohol inks, this time on transparent film.

Alcohol inks on clear film: I wiped the film with Alcohol Blending solution first, then squeezed droplets of ‘Butterscotch, Ginger, Espresso & Gold’ inks onto it, allowing them to pool outwards and overlap. You need to work quickly as the inks dry fast.

Cut out 2 leaves from the now coloured film using Tim Holtz ‘Tattered Leaves’ siz656927 die. Cut out 2 more in plain cream cardstock.

Flip the coloured leaves over and stamp one of the script wordings (there are 3 in the set) from Stamper’s Anonymous ‘Reflections’ CMS111 set. These are mirror image stamps, so when you flip the leaves over the correct way, the wording will be legible. StazOn are the only inks that are effective stamping onto clear film, but you can’t stamp onto the same side as your alcohol inks as they will react together and cause bleeding. I used a dark brown Spectrum Noir pen (or you can use Copic) to darken the leaf stems.

Glue each of the coloured leaves onto a cream leaf, correct way up. Glue onto top half of plain cream folded card. [Note: as I ended up putting these leaves onto a plain cream backing card, this step wasn’t really necessary, but at the time, I was still playing around with different background options, so they needed the plain cream behind them to appreciate the colours and wording on them].

Stamp out wording (by PSX) and mat with darker brown card. Glue onto bottom half of card.

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Dinosaur Daze

Susan Robinson
August 21, 2021

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Girls like dinosaurs too you know! But I made one for the boys anyway, just so they didn’t feel left out. The background for the boys card was done with shaving cream and dye inks.

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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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