Noble flower 2

Susan Robinson
October 11, 2021

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In my last post, I told you of one way to colour stamp designs which have a lot of rubber area. Here is another way, using a Ranger product called ‘Cut-N-Dry’. It comes in felt or foam pads. The felt one is for using with dye (water) based inks, and the foam one is for using with pigment (embossing) inks. It is basically a way for you to create your own custom design ink pad. I used the felt pad, as am colouring with dye inks.

  • 1. first, cut a piece from the felt pad to fit the exact size of your stamp.
  • 2. stamp your image onto the felt pad (the cotton side) with a StazOn pad, so that it won’t bleed when you apply the other inks over the design.
  • 3. the instructions say to apply the different coloured inks with a paintbrush, but I found this method didn’t soak the pad with enough ink to give a good stamped out impression, so I ended up pouring the inks direct from the bottles onto the pad. The newer bottles have a needle point nozzle which made it easier. The inks will spread, but don’t stress, as that’s nothing to be concerned about.
  • 4. I applied green ink over the leaves, and yellow, orange and pink ink over the flower part.
  • 5. then you line up the stamp over your custom ink pad and stamp out your image! It doesn’t matter if the inks have bled out, as the rubber will only touch in certain places and pick up the ink underneath it.

The beauty of this technique, is that you can mass produce cards with the same coloured image, over and over again, rather than painstakingly colouring it by hand each time. Great method to employ for Christmas cards, when you have a lot of cards to make of the same design. When you have finished with your custom pad, store it in a self-sealing bag to keep the inks moist, and you can re-use it again down the track. If the inks have bled out a lot and it’s hard to see the design, write the details on the back of the pad. I always also mark the top left corner too, so I know which way is up and makes it easier to re-align the stamp.

(left) using direct from bottles to ink up pad (right) using paintbrush to ink up pad

Now, as I explained in step 3. above, when I used a paintbrush to apply the inks to the pad, it didn’t make it wet enough, so my stamped image was quite pale (see image at right).

So rather than waste it, I cut the flower out using it’s matching die, re-inked my flower stamp, then lay the cut-out over it. I placed an acrylic block over the top so I could better apply pressure without risk of the paper moving.

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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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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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Yellow Flowers

Susan Robinson
August 17, 2020

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Stamping over alcohol inks can sometimes be a bit tricky, colouring the image in can be trickier! If you’re not feeling brave enough, there are other options. Obviously die cuts are an easy out. But if you want more depth, you could always stamp onto a separate white card, colour in, then fussy cut out and glue image into place.

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Pink 30th

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2020

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Thirty years is such a milestone birthday! I made this card for my daughter-in-law who recently gave birth to her third child.

I have been experimenting with more white on white compositions, though it seems I always have to add that splash of colour. This background was achieved with pink and yellow alcohol inks.

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Cosmos Compilation

Susan Robinson
April 20, 2020

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We’ve had a bit of rain this week, always good for the gardens.

These are cards I made a while ago but just realised the post was still sitting in Drafts.

The backgrounds were created with various Distress Stain Sprays. The stamp is “Cosmos Spray” CRP263 by Stampendous.

 

Petals coloured pale pink, cut out and glued over main image. Glossy Accents and micro beads added to centers. Silver foil applied to swirls.

Glossy Accents applied to petals. When dry, Gold Stickles smeared over. Gold Pearls glued to centers. Gold Fab Foil applied to plaque swirls.

Yellow Flowersoft added to center of flowers to create texture and dimension. Water splashed onto background to bleach colour. Yellow chalk applied to plaque.

 

 

 

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Torn Flowers

Susan Robinson
January 8, 2020

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When you find the perfect matching card in your box of scraps to back your stamped image, but there’s a chunk missing from one corner – what do you do? You improvise! I have only 1 full A4 sheet of this yellow colour left in my stockpile, so was very reluctant to cut it up. Instead I replaced the missing corner with another card of similar tone. And rather than straightening the torn edges at the top and right side, I left them as is for a more casual look. Really excited when I found this scrap of ribbon too! It’s a shimmery orange on one side and pink on the other. Quite lovely. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the flowers have been stamped onto ivory card and the folded backing card is pale yellow. Watercolour pencils were used to colour in flowers.

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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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Summer Hibiscus

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2019

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We’ve had such beautiful sunny weather this winter, some days I feel like it’s summer already! Inspiration for this card.

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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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