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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Gumnut Baby Leaf Wash

Susan Robinson
June 23, 2021

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Washed out gumnut leaves… I borrowed this gumleaf die from a friend at a craft camp getaway last month, but loved it so much I had to buy my own. It’s just called ‘Australiana dies Gumnuts and Gum Leaves’ from ScrapDragon (must be their own brand maybe). I think it works so well in conjunction with Paper Roses’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlepie’ stamp.

Using the same Gumnut Babies stamp for the foreground, I created the card below with a Uniquely Creative ‘Slimline Gum Leaves’ die as the background (again borrowed from my friend). I cut the die out twice – once in white for the pattern outline, then again from a piece of card pre-coloured with various green Distress inks. I glued the white outline onto a sponged Distress background, then glued the green mottled leaves inside the white framework. I must say it was an exercise in patience piecing all the leaves back in, and it makes for a pretty large card (DL size) in the end, so don’t think I’ll be putting this die on my shopping list.

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Golden Gumnut Flowers

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2021

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Once again I find myself using for my background, not the actual print which I had designed on my gelli plate, but the scrap paper that I rolled my brayer onto to clean off the paint from the stencil! For some reason I am always drawn to these more random messy patterns.

Still on the theme of gum leaves, I dug to the back of my drawer for this old stamp (from Stamp-it), inking it in blue rather than the traditional green. I then went over it with a green colour pencil. I applied Gold Flower Soft to the flower areas, scattering dots of Light Blue Liquid Pearl around them. It’s not showing up in the picture, but the Gold really does catch the light and is quite shiny, as is the light blue shimmer paint in the leafy background.

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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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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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Mermaid Affairs

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2021

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It’s good to have friends you can ride with through the turbulent seas of life.

I love the colour combinations in both these cards. To create the background for the first card, I inked up an acrylic block with 3 different green Distress inks, before spritzing it with water and then stamping onto white card. The block gives you that straight edge, but I like the effect created when it leaks out the sides, especially when it’s for a watery themed card. The mermaid & seahorse are both dies, which I cut out in white card then sponged with Distress inks.

The mermaid & the seahorse in the 2nd card are both stamps, which provides you with more detailed images. The large seaweed is a die. To create the background in the 2nd card, squish Distress Oxide ink pads (I used Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers & Squeezed Lemonade) onto a Teflon mat. Spritz lightly with water, then lay your white card over to colour. Dry with a heat gun and add more colour if desired.

Stamp out mermaid and seahorse, colouring in and fussy cutting out. I detached the seahorses’s head in order to change his swimming direction. Cut out the seaweed die and sponge Distress inks over to colour.

Glue individual pieces onto card in desired positions, then assemble card layers.

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Flying over Flower Fields

Susan Robinson
May 24, 2021

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Two more cards using this particular Tim Holtz die. The girl, bee and wish stamps are from Stampin’ Up. The kite I made myself, and the gold Happy Birthday is a sticker.

And then I added a bird (from Tim Holtz “Feathered Friends” die set siz664433) to the card from my last post.

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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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Blue Iris

Susan Robinson
April 8, 2021

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Back to basics – using your texters directly onto rubber, to stamp out your solid design images in multi-colour.

I added Gold Liquid Pearls to the center of the Iris, then set aside to dry before assembling card layers.

stamp: Single Iris 2663K by Penny Black

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Easter Blessings

Susan Robinson
April 3, 2021

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Easter blessings to you all. I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing long weekend.

I was planning on catching up on a little shut eye myself, but here I am again at 2am – not sleeping! Hello to all my fellow insomniacs out there. At least with card making, I have something constructive to do with my time. You were probably wondering when I found the time to make all these cards, haha. Well now you know.

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