Seahorse in Spring tones

Susan Robinson
January 16, 2021

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Keeping with the seahorse theme for one more post before we get onto more Australian subject matters. The seahorse cards all have Alcohol ink backgrounds, this one using Sunshine Yellow, Raspberry & Pool, on Gloss Card. The green and purplish tones were created where the colours overlap. I stamped the image onto the left side of the coloured card, which had more of the blue tones, and will save the other half for another project.

After I coloured in the top shell (as shown in RH photo), I didn’t like it, so stamped the image out again onto white scrap card (as I did for the seahorse), cut it out and re-coloured it lighter, then Magic Mounted it into place. The white Sharpie pen I used around the inside perimeter of each bubble, and to add lines to the circular coral. Apart from watercolour pencils to colour, I used Gold Liquid Pearls and Distress Glitters (White Picket Fence on shell, Wild Honey on Seahorse) as highlights.

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Seahorse in Summer tones

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2021

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Summertime, and I’m enjoying my swims! How lucky I am to be living in this beautiful country, with this fabulous weather, so close to the beach and having the time to visit it every day. Counting my blessings.

Shell Pink, Cloudy Blue & Hazelnut Alcohol inks on Yupo paper created the background for this card. Not the usual colour combination for underwater scenes, but I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Probably because it has my favourite seahorse die (Sammy SD365) from Joanna Sheen in it. Below is how it all began. Reminded me a bit of a shell, so that’s what I started with, playing with shell shapes.

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Poppy Seed Heads

Susan Robinson
January 9, 2021

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stamps: ‘Poppy Seed Heads’ by Imagination Crafts

embossing folder: ‘Intricate Background’ CO725768 by Couture Creations

Archival ink pads: ‘Sap Green’, ‘Viridian’, ‘Blue Violet’, ‘Fern Green’ & ‘Sepia’

This stamp is a solid design, so I coloured it with multiple ink pads, direct to the rubber. As it is a clear stamp, I find the Archival inks give the crispest stamped images. Inking up the heads first with the lightest colour being the ‘Sap’, then ‘Viridian’, adding shading at the bottom of the pods with the ‘Blue Violet’ pad. I used the ‘Fern’ on the stems and lightly touched the tips of the heads with the ‘Sepia’ pad.

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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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Big Zebra

Susan Robinson
January 2, 2021

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A question most women have asked themselves at some stage, especially after a little indulging over the festive break! Just don’t ask your partner – for no matter the answer, for one reason or another, it’s never reliable, haha. I hope you all enjoyed whatever time you managed to get off work and spend with loved ones.

Well to fit this ‘big bum’ on, I had to use a BIG card! This ‘Stripes’ PI061 Pink Ink Design stamp image is quite large.

As I have quite a number of finished cards lined up to show you, I may start bundling them onto the same posts in themes. Below is another zebra card.

One of the backgrounds created on my gelli plate. Zebra stamp is by Deep Red SKU 4X502013

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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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Red Joy

Susan Robinson
December 9, 2020

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Christmas is nearly here! Are you nearly ready?!? No, me neither.

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Merry Christmoose

Susan Robinson
December 7, 2020

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There appears to be a theme happening here, but it won’t last, as I have already changed direction. I like to mix things up a bit.

This background was created by smooshing Distress Oxide inks onto a Teflon mat, spritzing with water, then placing my white card over to colour. The moose and tree designs are by Lavinia stamps, the birds are from the Tim Holtz ‘Scarecrow’ die set, and the wording I just did on the computer.

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Green Deer

Susan Robinson
December 3, 2020

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Finally getting my Christmas mojo going. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same stamps, hopefully you can adapt the ideas to your own images. There are slight variations in the 2 cards above, as I struggle to ever do 2 cards exactly the same.

stamps: Reindeer by Stamp-it; wording by Paper Artsy

In the card with the red border, I also flicked some ‘Forever Red’ Perfect Pearl Powder that I had added water to, over the background.

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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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