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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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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Fairy Web

Susan Robinson
March 30, 2021

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Entangled in this web of earthly obligations, I struggle to break free so as to briefly draw breath and seek joy in the simplest of things. How complex is this thing called love, both our savior and devourer.

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Seahorse in Spring tones

Susan Robinson
January 16, 2021

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Keeping with the seahorse theme for one more post before we get onto more Australian subject matters. The seahorse cards all have Alcohol ink backgrounds, this one using Sunshine Yellow, Raspberry & Pool, on Gloss Card. The green and purplish tones were created where the colours overlap. I stamped the image onto the left side of the coloured card, which had more of the blue tones, and will save the other half for another project.

After I coloured in the top shell (as shown in RH photo), I didn’t like it, so stamped the image out again onto white scrap card (as I did for the seahorse), cut it out and re-coloured it lighter, then Magic Mounted it into place. The white Sharpie pen I used around the inside perimeter of each bubble, and to add lines to the circular coral. Apart from watercolour pencils to colour, I used Gold Liquid Pearls and Distress Glitters (White Picket Fence on shell, Wild Honey on Seahorse) as highlights.

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Seahorse in Summer tones

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2021

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Summertime, and I’m enjoying my swims! How lucky I am to be living in this beautiful country, with this fabulous weather, so close to the beach and having the time to visit it every day. Counting my blessings.

Shell Pink, Cloudy Blue & Hazelnut Alcohol inks on Yupo paper created the background for this card. Not the usual colour combination for underwater scenes, but I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Probably because it has my favourite seahorse die (Sammy SD365) from Joanna Sheen in it. Below is how it all began. Reminded me a bit of a shell, so that’s what I started with, playing with shell shapes.

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Orange Poinsettia

Susan Robinson
December 14, 2020

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Poinsettia’s are a tropical plant with groups of bright red (or white) leaves that look like flowers. It is a favourite at Christmas time. The shape of the ‘flower’ is thought to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolise the blood of Christ, the white ones, his purity.

stamp: Christmas Star 4104K by Penny Black

This is my last posting for the year. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2021. Hope to catch up with you then. Enjoy!

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Piglet & Pooh

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2020

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Lovely soft colours on this alcohol ink background, so made it into a card suitable for a young child. I simply cut the background into 4 uneven quarters, then matted them with a very narrow border using the same aqua card as for the main backing card. I didn’t attempt to colour in images, felt I could get away without doing so.

I have had these Winnie the Pooh stamps for many years. The 2 on the bottom are from All Night Media and they don’t stamp out that well any more. Top left is by Rubber Stampede and top right by Stamp-it.

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Yellow Flowers

Susan Robinson
August 17, 2020

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Stamping over alcohol inks can sometimes be a bit tricky, colouring the image in can be trickier! If you’re not feeling brave enough, there are other options. Obviously die cuts are an easy out. But if you want more depth, you could always stamp onto a separate white card, colour in, then fussy cut out and glue image into place.

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Leaf Relief

Susan Robinson
August 13, 2020

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This alcohol ink background seemed a bit too busy to stamp over, but makes a stunning backdrop for this simple leaf shape (by Alexandra Renke) cut out in gold card. I used gold stickers for the Happy Birthday, and stuck some amber rhinestones on to finish. Simple but effective.

Below is another card I made using the ‘outside’ of the same die. I didn’t bother putting some of the tiny pieces back in. Was wondering whether to add some tiny pearls or not though? Hmm…

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