Noble flower 1

Susan Robinson
October 8, 2021

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Sometimes when you have a solid stamp design with a lot of rubber area, such as this one, stamping it out in black is not a good option (see sample at right). It’s just too heavy and dominant.

So what ARE your options?

One method is called the ‘direct-to-rubber technique’, where instead of using an ink pad, you simply colour the rubber area with texters. Two things to be aware of: 1. only use water based texters, never alcohol based ones (such as Copic or Spectrum Noir pens) for this method. 2. Make sure to use a painty nib (soft pointy nib like a paintbrush), as the bullet style nibs are hard and may scratch your rubber, therefore effecting further stamp outs.

Because it may take you a while to colour in the whole stamp, huff your breath over it to re-moisten the inks, before stamping out. I stamped onto gloss card, which will take a moment for the inks to dry, but makes the colours more vibrant.

stamps: Noble 4377K by Penny Black; Art washes by Hampton Art

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Purple Iris

Susan Robinson
September 27, 2021

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Sometimes I employ artistic license when colouring flowers, but for those purists amongst you, here is a purple iris. I found this little beauty in the sale box at my local scrapbook store. Very happy with my find. So now I’m just having a play. This is my 2nd card in a trilogy. I used a little Gold Liquid Pearl for the highlights, which is so effective in real life, but the photos just don’t do it justice. Distress ink background; Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Shaded Lilac.

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Soft Pink Iris

Susan Robinson
September 24, 2021

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There are times we all feel the need for a little softness in our lives.

I was attempting a shabby chic look with this one. The background I have had lying around for ages. It was an experimental piece, where I stamped out a background wording, painted over it with white acrylic paint, then wiped the paint partly off with a wet wipe before it dried. The idea being that the wording would partially show through. I wasn’t that impressed with my result, so put it aside. When looking for a background for my iris, I spotted it and wondered what it would look like embossed. More of the paint peeled off after that, but I liked it much better. It was actually a stationary divider, so quite thick card. I cut the tab off and used it for the thank you wording.

stamp: Single Iris CRP327 by Stampendous

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Magnolia branch

Susan Robinson
July 24, 2021

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Thinking of my Mum this week as she is not well. She was an avid gardener and loves flowers of every description. This Magnolia branch stamp is from Kaszazz, and suited my rather somber mood. The upside of all the upset this week, is that a number of relatives have come out of the woodwork to visit her, which is nice. Every cloud has a silver lining they say šŸ™‚

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Lotus Bouquet

Susan Robinson
January 7, 2021

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How gorgeous is this new waterlily stamp (Lotus Bouquet 19087) from Paper Rose Studio! I used Distress Stain sprays for the backgrounds. Usually I colour my white card completely, but sometimes it’s nice to leave some white. Was toying with the idea of adding a wording to the above card, but decided it was more peaceful without.

After finishing my flower on the green card, I decided to add the script wording in the background. That was my first mistake, as it all went downhill from there, haha. This meant I had to mask off the flowers (ugh!) and then I stamped the wording on the middle right UPSIDE DOWN!!! Seriously don’t know how that happened! So I had to find something big enough to cover up my error. I fiddled with that wording plaque for ages, changing ink colours of the wording and background numerous times. Not totally happy with the result as it is looks a bit busy, but it is done and I have moved on with my life. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that take up the most time.

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Scripted Rose

Susan Robinson
May 11, 2018

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Inky backgrounds are one of my favourite things to do. This one is using Distress Stain Sprays Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Aged Mahogany. I applied a script wording stamp randomly over, inked with a Walnut Stain Distress pad.

The Rose was sponged with Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany Distress Pads, the stems and leaves – Peeled PaintĀ and Forest Moss. I stamped the script wording over it also, then glazed with Glossy Accents using a paintbrush. Set aside to dry.

I drew a line down each leaf with a dark green pencil. Originally I placed the Rose directly onto the background, but felt it got lost a little, so added the plain yellow rectangle beneath to highlight it better. I sponged around all edges with sepia ink.

Stamp ‘Just for You’ wording onto scrap of same yellow card, cut to size, sponge edges with sepia and glue into place. Matt card front onto burgundy card layer, then folded backing card of mustard yellow.

Rose dieĀ 51-023 by Penny Black. Handwriting and Just for You stamps by Stamp-it.

 

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Golden Glory

admin
August 1, 2016

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This is the last card from my “Colours of Grief” card making class. Bit of a somber subject I know, but one that shouldn’t be ignored. Give someone you care about a hug today, or a phone call to let them know they MATTER. It’s so easy for us all to get wrapped up in our own busy lives and problems, sometimes we don’t realise what others are going through, or not coping with, until it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

Stamps: Flamboyant 4240K by Penny Black, Empowered Words DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

Inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Gold Delicate Pad

Papers: Raven, Fawn & Gecko Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Labels die siz660060; Black Frilled Ribbon; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists; Gold Brads; Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders

Adhesives: Super Tape; Black Magic Mount

Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Machine; Awl; Paintbrush

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  1. Stamp flamboyant flower in clear pigment ink onto black card and emboss with clear powder. Heatset.
  2. Lightly spritz Sunflower Sparkle Mist over design. Pick up some of the gold with paintbrush and fill in flower shapes. Heatset.
  3. Stamp wording onto scrap of black card and emboss with gold powder. Heatset. Select die from set that will fit over wording and cut out label shape in Big Shot machine. Use awl to pierce hole in either side of label and push gold brads through, opening legs at back to secure. Run Gold pad around edge of label to highlight. Magic Mount label ontogief class 010 card front.male cards 003
  4. Run gold pad around edge of card front. Flip over and run two-sided tape around perimeter. Peel off one side at a time, attaching ribbon frill as you go. Place black Magic Mount onto back of card. Attach finished card front onto matting of fawn card, then green backing card.

 

 

 

Below is another example using a clear pigment pad and embossing with clear powder onto black card. I highlighted the blossoms on the tree with gold Liquid Pearls.gief class 008

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Vintage Poppy

admin
May 10, 2016

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honeycomb 013 My third floral card this week, made quick and easy as the front of the cards were already coloured (see bottom of Flower Vase post), I just added highlights. I smeared Glossy Accents over the flower with a paint brush, then added “Mustard Seed” Distress Stickles to it’s center. After compiling my card layers, I applied touches of Sailor glue, and when dry covered glue with Leaf Craft “Harvest” gilding flakes.honeycomb 031

 

 

Stamp used: “Poppy” 2029J by Penny Black

Other products: Fired Brick and Dusty Concord Distress Stains; Colour Pencils, Fiskars border Punch

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Flower Vase

admin
May 7, 2016

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My first card from the flower stamps I took on my recent travels (checkout my facebook post or see below). I stamped rose vase onto a piece of card that was coloured with Distress Stains: Mustard Seed & Aged Mahogany, then stamped border image down the side of the card also in Aged Mahogany Distress ink. I coloured in roses with pencils, then added Glossy Accents over the top to highlight. The vase I painted with Buttercup Liquid Pearls. The wording was stamped in black Archival ink onto ivory card cut from Sizzix Mini Labels set 657214, sponged with Scattered Straw & Aged Mahogany Distress ink. I added 3 dots of Garnet Liquid Pearls under wording and lightly spritzed label with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist.

vase flowers 005vase flowers 007Penny Black Stamps: 2420K Rose Vase, 2005J Classic Border. Wording set046 by Stamp-It Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever I travel, I take with me my watercolour palette and some pencils, along with some stamped images to colour in. Everything folds flat so is quite easy to transport. There are always those moments on holiday when you have to entertain yourself (like sitting at the airport waiting for connecting flights). My version of the adult colouring-in books that are so trendy at the moment, but more practical, as my efforts are later turned into cards.

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