Bunny Run

Susan Robinson
September 11, 2021

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I just love the way my mushroom turned out on this card! Despite colouring it the same way each time, it’s always slightly different. I made the mistake of applying my Liquid Pearl splotches to the mushroom top before the ink was completely dry, so rather than being white, they’re a bit yellow looking. And yes, I know my mushroom is leaning, but as the flowers in the background were all wavy, I liked that my mushroom stalk wasn’t straight 🙂

stamps: Mushroom & bunnies from Lavinia stamps; ‘Flower amongst Flowers’ 4155Lby Penny Black

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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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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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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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Wooden Boat

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2021

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Very happy with the way this card turned out! I love the combination of rust and teal together.

If you’d like to emulate this card, the steps are as follows:

  1. using a sponging block, cover white card with Vintage Photo Distress ink
  2. stamp the ‘Sand,Sun,Summer’ 3590E (from Stamp-it) in Coffee Archival ink at top right
  3. lay Chevron stencil over card and sponge Walnut Stain Distress ink through narrow chevron pattern. Then sponge water through the wider chevrons. Lift off and dab dry. Splash a few droplets of water to right of card. Dab dry.
  4. brush small amount of Turquoise Perfect Pearl powder over center area of card. The water will have bleached the ink from the card, (leaving behind the shape of the stencil pattern), but the Pearls will stick to the Distress ink left on the card, around the patterns. Cool hey? Though they may feel dry to the touch, Distress inks actually stay wet for quite a while.
  5. stamp ‘Beached’ 2724E boat (from Stamp-it) across bottom of card, and again onto some white scrap card. Colour in with watercolour pencils. Apply Distress clear ‘Crackle Paint’ over the top. Set aside to dry.
  6. when crackle varnish is dry, run a sponge with Vintage Distress ink over it. The darker ink will sit into the cracks. Wipe with a soft tissue to remove any ink sitting on the surface. Cut out boat and Magic Mount it over same image on card.
  7. rub some mustard chalk over bottom of card. Apply smudges of glue, sprinkling real sand over (make sure it’s white sand of a fine texture). Set aside to dry.
  8. sponge Sepia ink around card edges and adhere card layers.
  9. apply Glossy Accents to major swirls in ‘S’ symbol of stamp to highlight. Set aside to dry.

I loved this card so much, I tried to replicate it myself, using different stamps and softer colours. If you’re having a go yourself, keep in mind these 2 things:

  • the darker the ink, the more contrast you’ll see with the water effect.
  • the paper you use will make all the difference to the end result. So if your first attempt isn’t satisfactory, try it again using a different paper.
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Artful Gumleaves

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2021

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I never get tired of creating cards using this old Stamp-it design of framed eucalyptus leaves. For the red card, I just stamped the design onto some card which I’d coloured with Distress Stain sprays (Wild Honey, Fired Brick & Cracked Pistachio). I used a combination of watercolour pencils and chalks to colour in with, then added Rouge Liquid Pearls to highlight the flowers and some Wild Honey Distress Stickles on the gumnuts. I love the green of the central leaf veins in this one.

The blue card I did in a similar way, stamping onto a Distress Oxide background (Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin & Squeezed Lemonade). I embossed the script wording behind with Distress powders. I just used watercolour pencils to colour the leaves and gumnuts, and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls over the gumnut flowers.

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Birthday Boots

Susan Robinson
July 14, 2021

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A special card for my son’s birthday. He has a pair of boots just like this that he wears all the time.

It’s a Paper Rose stamp called “Work Boots” 18330, that I used in conjunction with a Stamp-it birthday wording. I stamped the image onto a pre-coloured card, then fussy cut it out. I added a little extra colour with pencils to the soles and laces.

The wood panel stamp in the background was from a Stamp-it set. I stamped it in brown ink and poured clear embossing powder over it, then heat set. I then sponged Distress “Weathered Wood” ink over it, and Sepia ink around the edges, before adhering my layers.

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Wheat Field Sunset

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2021

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Nothing nicer than watching a beautiful sunset.

To create this card, I first sponged a white card with Distress inks (colours as shown below). After cutting out the dies, I assembled my layers. I applied a few dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight the wheat sheaths. The cockatoo bird is from Paper Rose’s larger windmill die.

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Harvest Time

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2021

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This Designer Boutique stamp from Creative Expressions is called ‘Harvest time’. It is a foam mounted stamp on grey rubber which fits onto a DL size card. I personally don’t like doing DL cards, so cut off parts of the image to fit onto a smaller size. I just stamped the design in black ink onto various pre-coloured backgrounds from my infamous ‘box’. I think the 2nd one is my favourite, looks very atmospheric.

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Gumnut Flower Wishes

Susan Robinson
June 14, 2021

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I have been sick all week with the “man flu” (goodness, never realised how debilitating it can be) and have now passed it onto my husband, who until a few days ago was hale & hearty, and over-confidant in his own defenses ability to stave off infections – but who now feels he is ‘dying‘. So apart from walking the dog, we’ve been self-isolating, which is ok because it’s winter and the weather is not so inviting outdoors. I haven’t felt like doing much, but have managed to finish off a few cards I had started.

The red in this background called to me, as I feel I need a little more energy in my life at the moment. It was done with Wild Honey & Aged Mahogany Distress Stain sprays. The 2 stamp images (Gumnut Flower & Gumnut Leaves) were designed by Helen Williams for Stamp-it. I coloured in with watercolour pencils and used red & yellow Liquid Pearls to decorate the flowers. The corner die in gold paper is from Tim Holtz ‘Mixed Media’ die set siz660220. The ‘Best Wishes’ is a sticker from the $2 store.

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