Bird on Wire Fence

Susan Robinson
July 8, 2018


Still playing with alcohol inks. When I do backgrounds, I usually make a batch of them at a time so I have some ready prepared in the event I need to make a quick card. Saves time. Plus inks can be messy and I’m not always in the mood or dressed appropriately.

die: ‘Bird on Wire Fence’ 17403 by Paper Rose Studio

stamp: Happy Birthday 3320C by Stamp-it

alcohol inks: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rust, Stream, Lettuce, Oregano

Create alcohol ink background. This is always a serendipitous journey. Even if using the same colour inks, each time you swipe it through, you will get a different result. I love it!

I cut out the complete die twice, and then the bird only a 3rd time.

I wanted to use a combination of silver, gold and copper Fab Foils over the wire. I thought they would compliment all the colours in the background and be a bit more arty. I did each colour separately, appling glue to the places that I wanted silver, setting aside to dry, appling the silver Fab Foil, then the same again for the gold, then the copper. A bit more time consuming but not so messy.

Once I had foiled all the wire, I Magic Mounted the die onto my alcohol ink background. I then took my 2nd copy of the die – cut off all the wire, leaving only the fence posts and bird with grass along bottom, and Magic Mounted this over original. The extra bird I had cut, I edged with white ink, then Magic Mounted it over others.

I decided to loop some real silver wire into place over the paper spirals for a more realistic effect. I secured into place behind posts.

I stamped and embossed birthday wording in silver onto light green card, sponged sepia ink around, then matted onto black corrugated card and glued into position at top right of card.

I matted card front onto black card, then onto Butterscotch folded backing card.



Sunset at the Swamp

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2018


Reflections on the day.

stamps: Reeds from Kaszazz; Begin Each Day BB0441-E by Verses rubber Stamps

dies: Elegant Shorebirds 99730 by Memory Box; Scribble Trio 1693 by Poppy Stamps

Sponge white card with Distress inks. Stamp reeds in black ink.

Cut out dies. The one I used for the sun is not exactly spherical, but felt I could get away with it. Sponge to match background. When I was stamping the reeds, some of the background rubber showed up, which is always a bit annoying, so I cut out a second wing for my flying bird in order to cover the ink smudge.

Glue shapes into place, then stamp wording in black. Attach finished card front onto matting of black, then folded backing card of mauve.



Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018


Now that I’m no longer working, I have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Time to walk in the sun, to watch butterflies floating by, hear the birds in the trees – and just appreciate the simple things in life.

stamp: Garden Letter 40-277 by Penny Black


Shimmery Bird Cages

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2017


Using stencils with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Bluebeard Blue Violet’ Moonshadow Mist. These inks come out a brown tea colour, but when dry you can see subtle shimmers of colour, this one being a purple tone. The powders tend to be attracted to the edges of the pastes too. Very hard to see in the photo, especially with my dodgy photography skills sorry. The paste I used was a white shimmer and I added some silver foil to highlight parts of the main cage bars, so lots of light reflecting off this one.

First add your texture paste through stencil with the aid of a palette knife. (Note: I used silver paste for this photo, as the white I used in the above card wouldn’t show up against the white card background). Stencil is ‘Mini Birds of a Feather’ TCW207s by Crafters Workshop.

Spray card with Moonshadow Mist. Dry with Heatgun.  As the stencil was quite wide, I cut the design in half and got 2 card front from it.

When dry, I tore the bottom right hand corner and sponged the edges with sepia ink, then matted onto some brown card, which I also tore to match. I then layered onto a piece of Penny Black collage paper I have had for years (so I doubt is still available) and then onto an ivory folded backing card which I also sponged with sepia ink along the edges.

Lastly I painted the leaves with a light metallic green paint and the birds with some purple Rub-on. I added a clear rhinestone to top of each cage and a bow of string to the top of each chain. Then I went over some of the cage bars with a Sailor Glue Pen and when dry, laid silver Fab Foil over to highlight it’s pattern.



Wise Owl

Susan Robinson
May 19, 2017


 A wise old owl sat in an oak;

the more he saw the less he spoke;

the less he spoke the more he heard;

why aren’t we more like that wise old bird?

– Edward Hersey Richards

Owl from BoBunny set “Birds of a Feather” 12105440; Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-it



Blue Night Teabag

September 20, 2016


20160814_221537stamps: Birds in the Trees D1365 by Memory Box; Sun 2953C by Penny Black; Live Inspired DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Antique Linen Distress Pad; Denim Adirondack Pad; Tumbled Glass Distress Stain; London Blue Dylusion Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Mid-brown Prismatic & Fawn Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Silver Alcohol Ink; Teabag (used)

adhesives: Glue Stick, Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Block; Water Spritzer; old Toothbrush; Heatgun (optional)


  1. Dry, empty and iron your teabag. Stamp birds in trees onto teabag in black ink. Stamp them again in the middle of white card.  Dab Tumbled Glass Distress Stain over both to colour. Set teabag aside to dry. Continue colouring white card by spraying London Blue Dylusions ink above the lighter blue. Spritz with water a little to blend. Set aside to dry or speed up process with heatgun.20160814_21274120160814_213050
  2. Sponge white card with Antique Linen Distress ink until all white is covered. Sponge all edges with sepia ink.
  3. Glue stick back of teabag and position on main card, lining up tree branches. Stamp sun (moon) in clear Versamark pad across both. Pick up some gold Perfect Pearls with a dry paintbrush and brush over moon to colour.20160814_21324720160814_215735
  4. Sponge denim ink across top of card to darken night sky. Give silver Alcohol ink bottle a good shake. Tip very small quantity onto tip of old toothbrush and flick with thumb over night sky to create stars.20160814_221427
  5. Stamp ‘live inspired’ wording in black ink vertically alongside outside edge of teabag.
  6. Attach finished card onto mid-brown matting, then folded fawn backing card. Put a square of Magic Mount onto back of teabag label and attach at base of card.

Bird in Cage

May 21, 2016


I created this background using alcohol inks on kromekote (gloss) card. I first made concertina folds along just the edges of the card. You could carefully measure and score lines with a ruler for a neater look, but I was after a more relaxed, almost grungy look, so just folded roughly, making folds different lengths. I rubbed Blending Solution over with a sponge, then a light orange. Working quickly, I dribbled various colours of alcohol ink (Sunset Orange, Eggplant & Meadow) along folds, tilting the card to make them run along ridges created by folds. They dry very quickly.

Stamps: Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440, Lovely day wording siset046 from Stamp-It

Dies: Mini Bird & Cage set siz657207newest 002

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Hello Birdie

May 11, 2016


My fourth cardbird card 007 from my travel series (but who’s counting?). The piece of white card I stamped the flowers onto had some over spray on it from another project. I thought it added a bit of interebird card 008st, without being overpowering. The flowers “Gossamer” 3865K and wording “Hello” 2631C are by Penny Black. The bird is from Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440. The flowers have been coloured in with pencils with a blob of “Barn Door” Distress Stickles used to decorate centers. Watercolours were used on the bird, the body cut out, and magic mounted onto card, his legs I drew free-hand.



Tissue Box Bird

April 10, 2016


tissue bird 003 Looking around for inspiration and I spied this tissue box. Rather than throw it in the bin, I decided to give it a second life by recycling it. You can get two full bird bodies from each box (unfortunately the legs are not complete). The bird on one side is larger than the other, which I didn’t realise at first. Probably would have looked better with the slightly smaller bird. Never mind. I think the bird is pretty enough to use as it is, but for this card, wanted just it’s shape. If you are just using it’s shape, there nothing stopping you from turning it over so that the bird is facing the other way.

For this card: I cut out the bird body, then painted it over with Snowcap Adirondack Dabber Paint. When dry, I added various other shades of paint (mainly Cloudy Blue, Aqua & Lemonade Adirondack Dabbers), till I was happy with the finished look. I used pencils to add a little definition on the wings and sponged some inks over too (Stormy Sky & Mustard Seed Distress & Sepia Archival pads) for shading. I added a dot of Glossy Accents for its eye and highlighted with a dot of white from a sharpie pen when dry.tissue bird 001

Nest is created from Memory Box die “Delicate Nest”. Eggs are made using a Carl punch.

Stamps are Penny Black “Cherry Blossoms” 3064K and Verses Rubber Stamps “Hope Feathers” QQ1007-D. Cherry blossom has been stamped in Tree Branch Archival pad and coloured with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.


Bird of Metal

March 27, 2016


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The metal bird is by Magenta. I coloured it blue with alcohol inks and added a scrap of the Japanese paper used for the background for his wing. A bit of twig from the garden and some leaves from a Sizzix die. Sponged around the edge of blue card with silver ink pad and mounted onto darker blue backing card. Small Happy Birthday wording by Stamp-It, embossed in silver onto dark blue card and distressed around edges.