Susan Robinson
March 17, 2018


I have been doing a bit of masking lately, the 3 masked background posts I did a few weeks ago, and this lady.

I stamped her out twice, first onto some good white cardstock, then again onto scrap paper. The image on the scrap paper I cut up to use for my mask. Because I was using the surrounds, as well as the innards, it was important to try and keep the background as whole as possible when cutting out.

I first put the surrounding scrap (see right hand-side of above image) over the image on good cardstock, exposing her hair area only (see below). I laid my stencil over hair and smeared texture paste through using a palette knife. Set aside to dry.


When paste is dry, colour with Distress inks using a waterbrush. Squish each pad onto an acrylic block, then pick up ink with paintbrush to colour hair. I used Aged Mahogany and Spiced Marmalade. Dry.


Use the image of the girl stamped on scrap paper to cover (mask) body of girl on good cardstock (see image 1. left-hand side). Stamp out flowers in black ink either side of girl and across her dress. The mask will prevent any of the flowers being stamped over the girls skin. It should appear as if the flowers are in the background behind the girl, except for pattern on her dress). Lift off mask.


I added some flowers and leaves to her hair and coloured her lips with Rouge Liquid Pearls using a paintbrush. Her dress was done with watercolour pencils, her face and body I coloured with chalks. I love chalks because they’re soft and subtle, and very user friendly in that they can be erased should you make an error.

I punched out some butterflies to flutter about the garden and gave her a necklace. I drew in an eyelid for her too, which I felt was missing from the original drawing.

Attach finished front to layers of red and yellow card, then onto folded black backing card. Add wording as desired.

stamps: Girl #980047 by Prima, Foliage Flury 3959F by Stamp-it

stencil: Flower Frenzy 157s by The Crafters Workshop



Ballerina – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 21, 2018


Sometimes we have to remind ourselves, that happiness is a choice. We can sit down and feel sad or we can get up and dance. Nothing will have changed, except our state of mind… and then everything looks different.

stamps: Lifes Dance JM2663 by Hampton Art Stamps; Damask DDTS011 by Darkroom Door

Again, this is the same background technique as the previous 2 posts, I just used a smaller block to ink up this time.

After stamping Damask pattern over the inked area in Blue Violet Archival ink, I added the wording using the same pad.

I cut out the little ballerina die in multiple layers – pale pink for top torso, head and arms; matt white for leggings, which I watercoloured pale purple to tone in with background; textured white card for dress and tutu(2 layers). The top tutu layer, I watercoloured slightly with purple to denote folds in skirt, then pinched card to create mountains adding dimension. Star Dust Stickles was applied to trim of tutu, and a small dot on her headband.


Peach Trellis

Susan Robinson
November 20, 2017


die: Tim Holtz Frameworks  “Trellis” siz659431


Birthday Numbers

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2017


I have had this numbers die (Antiqua Numbers siz658338) for many years and normally cut out the numbers and use them individually, but have seen some ideas lately utilising the silhouette  as well. Thought I’d have a play.

Of course this only works for birthdays with sequential numbers. I caught up with a girlfriend last week and was showing her some of the cards I had made recently. She really liked the number ones and reminded me she has a birthday coming up. And how old will she be? 57!! A challenge indeed.


Heart Art

Susan Robinson
July 16, 2017


Hopes and dreams and the possibilities of it all…

stamps: Empowered Words DD-960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Embossing Pad; Scattered Straw & Shaded Lilac Distress Stain Sprays; Raspberry Lemonade Flat Fabio Spray; Black Paint

paper: Watercolour Paper; Raven & Quartz Bazzill Cards; Creative Imaginations Paper; Black Corrugated Card

accessories: Texture Paste; Gold Embossing Powder; Fusible Web

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Bubble Stencil THS002; Big Shot Machine; Heart dies; Sponge Blocks; Palette Knife; Paint Brush; Heatgun; Satay Stick


  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then the ink sprays. Dry with a heatgun. I then cut this card in half and got 2 card fronts out of it.

2. Using a palette knife, smear texture paste through bubble stencil. Dry with a heatgun.

3. Dilute black paint and drip with paint  brush onto card randomly. Spritz with a water to dilute further if needed.

4. Cut Fusible web into short strips. Fold in half and hold in position on card with satay stick.  Start to melt with heatgun, then pour embossing powder quickly over. Heat with heatgun to create webbing effect. Repeat as many times as desired, but remember not to cut your web too long as it becomes harder to control the melt.

5. Cut heart shape out of black corrugated card. Rub clear embossing pad over right side then pour gold embossing powder over and heatset.  Cut smaller heart out of scrap watercolour paper. Colour with inks, then melt web over (as per instructions 4).

6. Attach black heart onto card with two-sided tape. Put Magic Mount beneath smaller heart and overlap it larger black heart. Stamp wording into bottom left corner of card with black Archival pad.

7. Sponge around card with sepia Archival ink. Attach card layers with two-sided tape.



Jackpot Jean

June 8, 2017


May all your dreams come true Edna. Another 12 months clocked up on the birthday register! As soon as I saw this stamp I knew just who to make a card with it for. This feisty old dame (who refused to let me take her picture) just turned 80.. something last week (also refuses to state real age, but I know it’s creeping closer to 90 than 80). She enjoys her independence, gardening and going to the casino occasionally to play the pokey machines. Lady Luck was smiling on her last week and let her win a cool $1,000 for her birthday!! Lucky lady. (Maybe that’s why she didn’t want her photo taken, haha).

stamps: Slots Jean UMP3500 by Art Impressions; Dreams come True 4070F by Penny Black


Japanese Tea

Susan Robinson
May 23, 2017


Teabag cards are quite addictive, and I do drink a lot of tea. I replaced the teabag tab on this one with a circular seal which I made by stamping into molten black UTEE then smudging some gold rub-on over to highlight the pattern. I coloured her dress in with watercolour pencils and painted White Opal Liquid Pearls over her paddle board. The patterned paper is from Daisy D and I used a piece of cork as my middle layer to add texture and give it an earthy look.



stamps: The Japanese Lady (I’m assuming she is Japanese, apologies if that is incorrect) I bought in Honolulu from Stamp Plantation; Asiaglphs #3 L499H & Seal both by Penny Black.

broke a bit off the seal, doh!


Dance Away

Susan Robinson
May 21, 2017


Dance Collage 1592LM by Lucy’s Stamps. Stamped in black onto white card and coloured in with pencils. Antique Linen Distress mini pad used direct -to-paper around frame and pulled in outward motion to colour surrounds. Layered onto Sherbert & Casa Bazzill Cards.

Dancing Couple by Inkadinkado, Life Dances JM2663 by Hampton Art Stamps. Stamped in black ink, coloured with watercolour pencils. Sponged around couple with Antique Linen Distress ink, and around edges with Sepia Archival. Layered onto Raven, then Sweetheart Bazzill Cards.


Shell Pink

May 7, 2017


One of my favourite stamps – Shell Collage by Impression Obsession D13024


The oval embossing folder is from PortaCraft. I have highlighted the shell inside with shimmer chalks. The other shell was just cut from a scrap of stained paper.


Going to Market

April 5, 2017


20161230_154536I was brought up in West Africa and can always remember being in awe of the mammies carrying such heavy loads on their heads.  They made it look so effortless with their erect posture and perfect balance. I used to try and emulate them by walking about the house balancing books on my head.


stamp: Market Day 1089J by Embossing Arts Co.

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Rust, Pine needles & Crushed Olive Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Pinecone & Raven Bazzill Cards, Gold Foil Boar20161230_154616d

accessories: Small Oak Tree by Memory Box; Harvest Pot Pourri, Colour Pencils

adhesives: Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount






alternative version made using Batik technique