Surf’s Up

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2020

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Walking along the beach this morning, I was amazed at the number of surfers in the water! We stood and watched them for a while. Those hydrofoil surfboards are so impressive to see in action.

stamp: Surf’s Up 3266G by Stamp-it

I spritzed white card with Tumbled Glass & Crushed Olive Distress Stain sprays before stamping the surfer image over. I coloured in with pencils and some white paint (for froth), before adding some torn strips of washi tape underneath, and stapling a short strip of film over. I diecut the seahorse and starfish out and Magic Mounted them into place, adding details with pen and Liquid Pearls.

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Relax Cowboy

Susan Robinson
August 7, 2020

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A way of adding interest and dimension to an otherwise boring alcohol ink background, is to run it through an embossing folder.

This would be a good card for Father’s Day. Sadly my father passed away a few years ago so I don’t make those cards anymore.

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Be Empowered

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2020

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Blue foil was used on this card, just for contrast. I have a few more alcohol ink cards to come, but this is my last foiled background – for the time being. I have been stuck at home with a cold all week, and in the current covid climate, thought it best to self isolate (in my craft room of course!). So have had some extra play time.

stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection, ‘Time Travellers’ CMS157; Unity Stamps ‘Empowered Words’ DD-960A

dies: Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations ‘Gearhead’ 661184

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The Darkest Night

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2020

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This musician comes out of a nightclub in the early hours, his faithful dog waiting at the back door. Together they walk through the quiet streets, his adrenalin still pumping from the hours of playing, too wired to sleep. Eventually he leans against a lamppost, and slowly lifts his saxophone to his lips and starts to play softly, soulfully. Slowly the sun creeps over the rooftops, shining onto the puddles, illuminating the paving stones still wet from the evenings rain. And so a new day begins.

Another alcohol ink background, created by swishing Yupo card through alcohol inks (Sunshine Yellow, Pesto and Pitch Black) with Isopropyl Alcohol on a Teflon mat. The Pesto has some brown elements to it and the Black, some purple. Makes for interesting results. I really love how this one turned out! Consequently I didn’t want to cover it up too much, so chose my stamp and die carefully.

I have been experimenting with foiling my alcohol ink backgrounds. You should be able to see the gold veins through the above card. This only seems to work on Yupo, not gloss card. As Yupo is plastic, not paper, the inks stay wet a little longer, and actually get slightly ‘sticky’ where the inks pool. This allows the foil to adhere. Success is all about the timing! Put the foil sheet on too early, and the inks simply lift off with the sheet, ruining your lovely inky pattern. Put in on too late, and the inks are dry and none of the foil will stick. Bit tricky, but fun. If you mess it up, just add more alcohol inks and try again. I have 2 more samples to follow.

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Jeep

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2020

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Sending warmest wishes to my nephew Nathan for his birthday tomorrow! To be honest, once they get past a certain age, I tend to loose track of birthdays. Our extended family has grown over the years, and now most have partners and are starting on the next generation. My husband already has 7 grandchildren! I think it’s more important to focus on the young ones. Sadly Nathan was coming down to Perth with his family for his grandmother’s funeral. As I was making a Sympathy card, I suddenly remembered it was also his birthday. He is a shy country boy, who loves going 4 wheel driving in the bush.

This card literally took me 2 minutes to make, thanks to having a stash of pre-made backgrounds to choose from. I love playing with inks, but it can be messy. So when I’m in the mood, I make extra. Sometimes they’re rejects from a previous project. Sometimes they’re actually quite ugly! But I never throw anything away, as more often than not I do find a use for them somewhere down the track. And they’re very handy when you need to make a quick card!

stamps: ‘Landrover’ 3321E and ‘Australian Land’ 3305E, both by Stamp-it

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Blue Boat

Susan Robinson
April 10, 2020

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This is a background technique using Kaleidacolor pads with Perfect Pearl Mists. It’s a set of 3 posts.

Kaleidacolor pads (by Tsukineko Inc) are dye inks comprised of separate raised colour sections which you push together to create the rainbow effect. I brayered the ‘Blue Breeze’ pad onto white kromekote (gloss) card for this sample.

The brayer wasn’t long enough to do the whole card, so did half the card with the darkest colour to the outside. Then swiveled the card around to do other half, meeting the lightest colours up in the middle.

Next, rather than spray the ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist directly onto the coloured card, I spritzed it onto a Teflon mat (you can use a plastic lid or tablecloth instead). This allowed me more control of where to apply the silver shimmer mist rather than get a blanket coverage. The shimmer mist will bead on the plastic mat and provide you with different effects depending on whether you dab at the droplets or swish the card through.

The exciting discovery for me was – that as the shimmer mist was being added to the card, at the same time, the liquid element of it was bleaching the colour from the blue dye ink! So cool! This will show up better on the sample I did for my next post as the colours are more contrasting. With this card using a ‘Pearl’ (whitish) shimmer mist, it’s hard to distinguish that from the water bleaching effects on the card.

The Boat Collage is from a very old Stampin’ Up set (I bought 2nd hand, no name on packaging). I stamped the center square again onto another piece of card which had been brayered with the same ink pad as the background, then Magic Mounted it into place. I used a white Sharpie pen to add highlights. The wording is from PSX F-3403, the Compass 8362-J from Inkadinkado. I actually wanted to stamp the wording directly onto the blue background as it seemed a shame to cover up all that deliciousness, but the shimmer ink is very hard to stamp over, so I took the cowards way out and stamped onto a separate card. The wording seemed appropriate for these trying times.

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Chemistry

Susan Robinson
March 24, 2020

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My husband’s birthday is coming up. We’ve been together nearly 27 years, so I guess the chemistry must be right, (though there have been times I’ve longed for the old days when arsenic poisoning was undetectable. How long are we self- isolating for?).

stamps: ‘The Chemist’ CMS172 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Multi Circles Birthday 3599D by Stamp-it

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Harbour Boats

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2019

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I gave myself a stern talking to before going to the Perth Convention Craft Fair this week, that I would NOT buy anymore stamps! However I couldn’t resist this one by Carabelle studio as I have a particular weakness for boats (looking at them that is, not actually travelling in them). To get me warmed up I did my first sample (above) with watercolours similar to that suggested on the packaging.


“En bord de Mer” by Carabelle studio with Distress Oxide background

In an attempt to get a completely different look, I was going for grungy with my second sample, as I experimented with a Distress Oxide background (Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin and Squeezed Lemonade for the sky; Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio for the sea). I think I overworked the top of the sky area too much, but I am still playing and learning how to use my Oxide inks. It’s all a bit of a serendipitous journey.

With a sadly dried up white acrylic paint, I then went over the top to colour the boats, lighthouse and highlight waves. The stars were tiny splats of silver alcohol ink, and the moon was coloured with a combination of yellow acrylic ink and shimmer mist.

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A Glass of Wine

Susan Robinson
May 7, 2019

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Doesn’t matter what the problem is, a good wine (whine/whinge) always helps! And whether you view your glass as half full or half empty is irrelevant – there’s obviously room for more wine in there, so fill her up!!

The stamps used for both cards are from 2 different sets (The Happy Couple and Celebrate) from “The Wine Buffs” range by Mike Payne, from Katy Sue Designs.

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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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