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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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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Celebration of Life

Susan Robinson
September 22, 2019

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Life goes on and we must celebrate the living.

This card is for one of my good friends who has been a wonderful support and source of inspiration to me for many years. I feel very blessed to have her in my life. I hope you all have at least one person in your life like that 🙂

Flower dies by Alexandra Renke, leaves (unsure), Tattered Banners siz657179 by Tim Holtz, Happy Birthday stamp 3320C by Stamp-it

Flowers coloured with Distress Stains.

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Yellow blossoms for you

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2019

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Alexandra Renke has some beautiful flower designs in her die range and this is just one of them. They always cut out nicely too.

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Alexandra Renke Watercolour Florals

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2018

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Starting off the year with some simple cards using one of Alexandra Renke’s beautiful watercolour floral design papers. I actually find it quite hard keeping things clean and austere, especially when trying to use predominantly white! You don’t realise how many shades of white there are till you try using them together. Rather than struggle against my natural instincts, I decided to just relax and go with the flow, adding colour where the whim dictated.

You can get 24 cards from one 12×12 sheet…

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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A Blue Christmas

Susan Robinson
December 17, 2017

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Wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous Christmas, filled with love and laughter. See you in the New Year!

I finally have some Christmas cards made and ready to post! It has been a bit of a blue Christmas this year with the recent passing of my father, so I thought the colour scheme appropriate.

dies: Angel with Heart KbD-AR-W0019 & Branch Wreath KbD-AR-F10008 by Alexandra Renke

Below are samples I made while playing with ideas, before settling on the above one as my card design for this year.

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