Purple Kookaburra

Susan Robinson
March 13, 2019

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This ‘Kookaburra on a Branch’ die (by Paper Rose) is my latest acquisition, though personally I feel his beak is not long enough. I have matched it with their “Gumleaves #2” die. The purple/blue background is from my reject box, a shaving cream experiment gone wrong. I never throw anything away, even if it’s ugly, as it could be just what I’m looking for one day.

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Purple Roses

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2019

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Different day, different colour, same die (Penny Black ‘Glamorous’ 51-117)

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Pink & Glamorous

Susan Robinson
March 3, 2019

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My husband went off fishing this morning, so had the place to myself and managed to get 2 cards done!

When posting cards in the past, I have always tried to state stamps or dies used (codes and company) and occasionally I still will but –

(1) many of the stamp images I use I have had for a long time and the companies are no longer in existence. Therefore it seems silly wasting time and going to the trouble to list such things when they are no longer available. If you’d like any further information though, I’m more than happy to answer any questions if you want to flick me off a quick email.

(2) I have run out of storage room for my dies and unmounted stamps, so once out of their packaging, they often get separated. I also often work on numerous projects at a time so things can get a little messy.

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Flowing Flowers

Susan Robinson
February 27, 2019

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Some stamp designs, while beautiful, are not very flexible in their usage. This is one such stamp. Options:

  • apply different colours
  • chop up the design into squares or mosaic pieces, then reassemble
  • stamp out only a portion of the design
  • highlight a section of the design
  • add other elements to the design
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Peonies and Ladybugs

Susan Robinson
February 18, 2019

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What are your go to colours? I lean towards this peachy shade, olive greens and aquas. I do use other colours of course, though some combinations I really struggle with (black, white and red for example).

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Birds of Summer

Susan Robinson
February 10, 2019

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Doesn’t this weather just make you glad to be alive!! I love summer! So many things you can do when the sun is shining. Of course it’s best to get up early and do them before it gets too hot, haha. Change of theme now with some bird cards using Concord & 9th’s Songbird stamp set.

The first card idea was taken from Karen Baker, and the inspiration for me buying the stamp set in the first place, so I had to have a go at replicating it
(her version is better). With my not-so-great eyesight, I sometimes struggle to stay in the lines, but when trying to deliberately go over to create a loose watercolour effect, I struggle with that as well! Never mind, thought I’d share it with you anyway in case you hadn’t seen her lovely version on Pinterest. The technique of only colouring in a highlighted section of a design is very effective and one I occasionally use myself. It helped to get my creative juices flowing, then I branched out with my own layouts, incorporating in some of them, dies and stamps from other companies.

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Salty Greetings

Susan Robinson
February 3, 2019

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Hello from the depths of the salty sea.

Another mermaid card, with a salted watercolour background.

  • You can use any white card for this technique, but the results will differ each time depending on the thickness of the card, the amount of liquid added (water & ink), and the size of the salt particles.
  • Shown below are 2 examples of how to create salted watercolour backgrounds similar to the one used in this card. I used watercolour card for all, but a thicker gsm for the mermaid one.
  • Stamp, cut out and colour in mermaid with watercolour paints. When dry, I added Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight hair, Waterfall Stickles to tail and Glossy Accents to fin.
  • Stamp seahorse medley into corner of salted watercolour paper. Stamp seahorse only a 2nd time onto scrap of white card, colour in and cut out, Magic Mounting it over original. Paint with Glossy Accents and leave to dry.
  • Assemble card layers. Glue mermaid onto card front.
  • Cut out “hello” die in gold foilboard and glue to top of card.
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Diving Mermaids

Susan Robinson
January 26, 2019

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One of my favourite techniques for underwater backgrounds is done using shaving cream and dye ink sprays. Unfortunately my blog is not enabling me to load videos but if you go to https://www.facebook.com/artatticstudio/, you can see a quick video version. Otherwise if you look to the right hand side of my site under “Catagories” scroll down to ‘techniques‘ and under that ‘shaving cream‘. Click on that and it will take you to my “Mermaid School” post and you will see step by step instructions with photos. Below are some more examples of backgrounds made using this technique which I will save for another day.

I love the way little bubbles form in the shaving cream as the liquid component starts to dissolve with the heat. It can leave behind quite an organic, cellular result. Of course it all depends on the way you squish!

As with my 3 surfer dudes from previous post, I decided to frame these little mermaid cards, just so I can look at them a while longer.

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Surfing Trio

Susan Robinson
January 20, 2019

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Still at the beach, still having fun playing with Distress Oxide inks and different ways of applying them. I am thinking of holding a limited number of “Background Technique” classes in my home studio for those in the Perth area if there is enough interest. If you’d like to book one, please email me at artatticstudio@gmail.com with preferred time slots.

The silhouette dies used on all 3 cards are from Frantic Stamper #09929 “Three Surfers”. Stamps used are “Free Spirit” 737LH by Lucy’s Stamps; “True North” D17105 by Impression Obsession. The last one was custom made.

Ever made a card that you really like and you don’t think you can part with straight away? I didn’t intentionally create these 3 cards as a set, but I think they go quite nicely together and thought I’d try framing them so I can look at them a bit longer before selling off. (Might have to get some slightly larger frames. I have just laid these on top to give you the idea).

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Surfer Boy

Susan Robinson
January 18, 2019

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I have given myself permission to play in my craft room for a few days after being deprived of that pleasure for a while. Finding my mojo at last. Here’s one for the boys!

stamps: ‘Stephan’ by C.C. Designs; Birthday Mate 3848D by Stamp-it

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