Diagram of a Dragonfly

Susan Robinson
June 11, 2021

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One of my favourite stamps, in my favourite colours!! What’s not to like? This was a very popular Stamper’s Anonymous design P1-622 (woodmount), which I think is also available in one of their sets.

It seems I can’t get away from inky backgrounds, of which this is another! After the Distress Stain sprays I used had dried, I laid a circle stencil over the left half and spritzed water through it. Lift the stencil off after a few seconds and immediately dry card with paper towel. The water will have ‘bleached’ the colour from the inks and left a pale pattern of the stencil design behind.

After stamping my image onto the coloured card, I stamped the wings only in Black StazOn ink onto some clear film. I fussy cut the wings out (keeping the section of the body between, which connects them. This will help to secure the wings to the card). I bent the wings upwards and glued the clear film underneath the body area of the dragonfly between the wings, to the card. Using Gold Liquid Pearls, I created a squiggly line down the body of the dragonfly to indicate it’s segmentation, making sure to well cover the clear film strip connecting the 2 sets of wings on either side. I also added some thin lines of gold to the Libellule Dragonfly circle at left. After the gold Liquid Pearls had dried, I applied Glossy Accents to the circle too, then 2 small black rhinestones for the eyes of the dragonfly.

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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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Aqua Dragonfly

Susan Robinson
March 11, 2020

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Following on from the ‘aqua and insect’ theme (of previous post) inspired by my stint in the garden a few days ago. I love this colour combination of aqua and dark brown together, and the orange just gives it a lift, don’t you think?

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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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