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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Orange Poinsettia

Susan Robinson
December 14, 2020

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Poinsettia’s are a tropical plant with groups of bright red (or white) leaves that look like flowers. It is a favourite at Christmas time. The shape of the ‘flower’ is thought to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem, which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolise the blood of Christ, the white ones, his purity.

stamp: Christmas Star 4104K by Penny Black

This is my last posting for the year. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2021. Hope to catch up with you then. Enjoy!

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Moving On

Susan Robinson
November 30, 2020

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Thought it was time I threw a few male cards into the mix. Just procrastinating really in order to put off doing Christmas cards as long as possible. In the car card above, I put a piece of clear film behind the windows to replicate the glass.

stamps: ‘Hot Rod!’ set 40-224 by Penny Black

Below is a card for those who prefer to cycle.

stamps: ‘Racing Bike’ 4450D by Stamp-it; ‘Memories of Summer’ MS289 by Studio Light

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Mice Friends

Susan Robinson
March 15, 2020

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So ‘mice’ to have friends, as “Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods”. – Aristotle

stamps: ‘Surprise’ 1649K by Penny Black; ‘Friendship’ from Hand Drawn Captions set LL020 by Hero Arts

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Finding Peace

Susan Robinson
November 23, 2019

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A little Christmas wish for everyone – I hope this years end brings Peace, to your home, to your heart, to your world and ours.

After playing around with inky backgrounds and tweaking the design, I am finally ready for mass production! There is a high possibility if you are on my Christmas list that you may get a card that looks something like this. So everyone gets the same card, but slightly different.

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Birds with Bauble

Susan Robinson
November 15, 2019

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Holly Concert 4337K Penny Black

There seems to be a theme happening this year – birds! I haven’t got back to further explore the potential of my ‘Birds on a Wreath’ die from previous post yet, as I got diverted with this one. I felt like doing some colouring in, it helps to relax me. This design was the perfect size, not too big, not too small, with enough colour variation to be interesting.

I matched up the Penny Black bird stamp ‘Holly Concert’ 4337K with a Stamp-it Christmas wording from their set #17, which I gold embossed onto a Tim Holtz Bigz die ‘Retro Ornaments’ siz660036. It was a bit of a squeeze but hopefully the message is clear enough 🙂

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Merry Mayhem!

Susan Robinson
December 12, 2018

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FINALLY, I have made a start on my Christmas cards, and because it is last minute (and my brain has already gone to mush) I have borrowed a design from Penny Black this year. I thought it seemed simple but there were still a few steps involved, especially when making multitudes.

dies: Manger 51-254 & Winter Garland 51-249 by Penny Black

stamps: Peace, Believe, Joy 3378D by Stamp-it

Cut out Mangers in white card.

Cut out same size circles in white card. Sponges 3/4 circle with Shabby Shutter Distress ink.

Glue Manger onto green circle (with darker shading at bottom). Sponge around edges with sepia ink.

   

Cut out Garland in white card, place on teflon mat and sponge using Distress dabbers. Dry.

Cut off holly leaves at top. Draw a line down center of each leaf with a brown pencil. Sponge edges of leaves with green or brown ink. Bend leaves up from middle to shape.

Turn over stamp and ink directly onto rubber with Distress Stains. Stamp out onto strips of white card. Because the inks are so liquid, your image may not be crisp, more like a watercolour effect. If you have any that are too messy, simply don’t use them. Stamping onto a separate piece of card means you don’t ruin your main card if your stamping doesn’t turn out. When happy with your results, cut wording down as much as possible, sponge around edges with sepia (or not) and glue at base of folded white backing card.

Glue garland behind manger bauble shape, ensuring you get plenty of leaves poking out, then glue both onto card front. Glue holly leaves behind star at top of bauble and place clear sticky backed star into center of it.

To be honest I think the wording is too large and distracting. It would have been better something smaller stamped directly onto the card base, but as it is Bazzill card which is textured, I didn’t want to risk messing it up.

One of the reasons I am behind schedule with my own projects – our house (and my craft room) has been over run with grandchildren for the last week! Shown are 10 year old twins Mischa and Joaquin working on their creations. Their 2 younger brothers escaped before I thought to grab the camera. I must confess I find it a little stressful having other people in my personal ‘space’. I really need to take a chill pill though – after all it’s only paper and ink right? 🤔 Last visit I let them all loose at once, but learned my lesson and this time brought them up one at a time with a glass of wine in hand (for me). I did spread the sessions out over a few days in order to ration out my alcohol consumption😊

   

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Inspiration Exists

Susan Robinson
May 26, 2018

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Wise Words…

stamps: …with Journal 40-127 by Penny Black; Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

stencil: Mini Elliptic TCW605s by The Crafters Workshop

As usual I could not get my photos in library to rotate!! Aaagh! So frustrating. Anyway, below is my first version of finished card, but upon viewing the photographed image it appeared washed out, so I went back in and darkened the surrounding sepia sponged area, gave her blue eyes, added more shading to her boots and t-shirt and stamped out wording again, lifting it up with Magic Mount over original. Her bangles and spirals on journal are foiled with gold and silver Fab Foils. I added Glossy Accents over her hair (applied with paint brush) and dots of Baby Blue Liquid Pearls for center of flowers. The circular stenciled area is highlighted with Wild Honey Distress Stickles. I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink inside the circle and used coloured pencils to colour everything in.

 

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World of Imagination

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2018

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So true. I guess you know which world my feet are planted in 🙂

stamps: Lost in Thought by Indigo Blue; Golden Leaves 3982K by Penny Black; The World of Reality from Warehouse District set CMS124 by Stampers Anonymous

inks: Shaded Lilac and Chipped Sapphire Distress Pads

 

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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 Paint 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 die 51-023 by Penny Black. Handwriting and Just for You stamps by Stamp-it.

 

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