Colourful Field of Flowers

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2021

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Using the same Tim Holtz ‘Flower Field’ die from my last post, I did the card in reverse, colouring the foreground and keeping the background clean. I cut the flowers out in white then sponged it with various Distress inks before attaching it the background layers. The little butterflies are done with a hand punch. I have one more variation coming up using this die before I move onto something else.

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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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Mum’s 80th

Susan Robinson
July 22, 2019

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My dear old Mum is turning 80! Sadly she has been suffering from dementia for the last few years and is on a downward slide. Despite the fact that she can’t remember her children’s names, she does know that we are family and can still recognise her immediate neighbours and a few friends faces. I decided it would be a shame to let such a momentous event pass with a hardly a whimper, so organised (with the help of my sister and sister-in-law) an afternoon tea to celebrate. She was a bit anxious on the lead up, but rose to the occasion once people started to arrive and enjoyed being made a fuss of and all the attention. We took a few photos so hopefully that will help her remember some happy times:)


The house where the other part of my heart lives, with my mother and only son.
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Torn Layers

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2018

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Made for my girlfriends 32nd birthday. She is a colourful, creative type, so I think she’ll like this.

I fell in love with this digital creation by Holly Takatsukatorn’s (shown at right) and just had to have a go at it. Obviously I am hopeless at anything regarding technology so had to do it the old fashioned way, which I kind of like best anyway as it has more dimension and you get to get all inky! I do adore the soft grungy look she’s achieved and the delicate wordings. One of the things I haven’t found a satisfactory solution to is stamping in white. I have a StazOn white but it’s opaque so doesn’t give you that crisp image and all other white pads seem to be pigment, which is a thicker ink (not good for tiny wordings or intricate details) and unless it’s embossed, they don’t really stand out either. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

I coloured and stamped my own papers for this card, but this technique would be a great way to use up those leftover strips of card that are too small for most purposes. If they’re from a co-ordinating set of scrapbook papers, even better, as half the jobs done for you already! It could be adapted for any age group, gender or subject matter. As I do a lot of sea themed cards, I often use torn paper to replicate waves on the ocean.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Firstly cut a piece of white card the same width as your folded backing card, only longer. You will need the extra length to accommodate the tearing process and to allow yourself some wiggle room if you change direction (as I invariably do).

  

Run a rainbow of Distress Stain colours across the width of card. I used Bundled Sage, Broken China (later omitted) Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough (later switched the order of latter 2), Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive.

Tear across card to separate colour strips, leaving white core showing along each top edge.

I gathered a selection of stamps and stencils with small print or detail to decorate each colour strip differently. When happy, start gluing down each strip onto your backing card starting at the top and overlapping each subsequent layer slightly.

When the strips were all stuck down, I sponged sepia around the edge of card and added embellishments. I cut out the 2 smaller “Coffee Rings” Spellbinders dies in white card, sponged them with Broken China and glued down. I used a black Zig pen to draw stitches around them.

I stamped the Magenta butterflies (used on background) out again onto scrap white card in Dusty Concord and Evergreen Bough inks. Select 3 butterflies to cut out, then glue onto card. I ran some Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls down their backs. Set aside to dry.

Stamp out Birthday wording in black and cut out Sizzix tag around it. Sponge with Broken China and Magic Mount onto card. As this was for a birthday card, I also cut out some age appropriate numbers. I added some Stardust Stickles to the butterfly wings.

  

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Blue Rain

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July 27, 2016

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I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps:  Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

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Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.

 

Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

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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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Free Spirit Butterfly Wreath

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July 5, 2016

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Set free your creative spirit! Let it fly!

free spirit 005 My energy is so often scattered – multi-tasking I believe it’s called, something we women are good at. But it is nice to be able to focus on just one object and explore it’s possibilities before moving onto the next. My 3rd card using the Memory Box die “Butterfly Wreath”. This time I didn’t throw any bits away, including the background card I cut it from.

  1. Cut wreath from ivory card. Sponge around with Antique Linen Distress pad. Matt ivory card onto pale blue card and cut a circle from the center of the blue card (lining up with center of wreath) with circle cutter or die. Adhere ivory and blue card layers onto fawn coloured backing card.
  2. Glue butterfly wreath outline back into place in center of cut-out. I have long decided ‘glue’ and me will never be best friends. This is a little tricky to do as the outline is wet with glue and so delicate it easily stretches out of shape. In hind-sight would have been better to cut it out of supersheet/jac paper, or just apply glue to the card itself rather than the thin outline.
  3. Sponge around individual butterflies with Spun Sugar Distress pad. I then decorated some of them with rub-ons from Fancy Pants ‘Fancy-free’ collection.  The ‘Free Spirit’ wording also came from this same sheet of rub-ons. Position butterflies in different poses back into wreath. Magic Mount has been added beneath some wings. Cut out butterfly antennae in dark brown card and add to decorated butterflies.free spirit 006
  4. Stamp Kaisercraft “Dictonary Meanings” randomly over ivory card in Sepia Archival ink. free spirit 007

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Peachy Girl

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June 4, 2016

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I thought I’d make a few more kids cards while I was in the zone. As usual, I got to the 3/4 stage and then came to a standstill. I struggled to find coordinating backing cards, and I wanted to add a little something more to it, but couldn’t decide what worked. In the end, I used a stencil pattern over the sprayed Dylusions background around the main image. Normally I would spritz water through the stencil then quickly dry with paper towel, but that method can be a little messy and it’s hard to control where the water goes. So I used a “wet one” instead. That way I could pick which parts of the stencil I wanted to emphasise and where to place the design. This worked well, and I am quite happy the way it turned out. Got a little zealous whilst sponging around the perimeter with Sepia ink though, so had to add an extra butterfly or two. All good. No such thing as mistakes in art… (is there?).

Coloured with pencils; Glossy Accents added to peach.

peachy girl 019Penny Black stamps: You are a Peach 40-124; Enjoy 3410D

Stencil: Mini Swirly garden TCW325s   peachy girl 020

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Insect Montage

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May 19, 2016

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insect montageOne of my favourite stamps of old. I love insects for a start, and collage style stamps make life easy because everything is arranged for you already and you simply have to colour.

The background card was from my infamous “box” so I have to guess at the colours used on what was once white card – I’m thinking “Evergreen Bough”, “Tumbled Glass” and “Pumice Stone”? Distress Stains. I added a bit of yellow watercolour in places later.

The bugs were foiled in green and blue, and the “A” in the square in gold. Liquid Pearls added for butterfly/dragonfly bodies. Clear film (or acetate) for dragonfly wings, which I then heated to curl, then spread Star Dust Stickles over. I smeared Glossy Accents over the wings of the large butterfly to highlight, but kept it’s colours muted. I tore around the edge of image and sponged with Sepia Archival before fixing to card layers.

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insect montage 2Stamp: Insect Montage #92699Y from Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)

 

 

 

 

2014-08-25 18.17.32Some of my bug collection. My husband has banned me from hanging them in public areas of the house as he says “they’re not everyone’s cup of tea”. As in his, I think that means:)

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