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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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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Nautical Compass

Susan Robinson
September 29, 2018

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The sun is shining and the wind is blowing, nice day for a sail.

stamp: Windward 1073G by Stamp-it

embossing folder: Compass set siz658574 by Tim Holtz

To create this card, I first placed some sticky-backed silver foil card through the ‘Compass’ embossing folder. I then poured some alcohol inks (espresso, mushroom & stream) directly onto the foil card to colour. I used a paint brush and sponge to help move the ink around and ensure it got into all the crevices. You have to work fast though as the inks dry quickly.

When dry, I lightly sanded the card, erasing the colour from the raised areas and showing up the silver card beneath.

Next I stamped out the boat twice onto white card. One I coloured in the hull and sea, the other I used as spare sails to cut out and Magic Mount over original. I cut around the image on left side and tore paper beneath the water, leaving the right side of card with a straight edge.

I applied some Crackle Accent over ship’s hull and set aside to dry. Meanwhile I tore some cardboard from an old box to size and sponged around with sepia ink. Attach the white card with boat onto the torn cardboard.

Lastly I poked 3 holes at the top right of card and secured brass brads through. This turned out to be a lesson in patience as I had already stuck down the foil card, so had to lift it again in order to secure the dark brown thread beneath, which I then wound around each brad as shown. I just felt it needed something to fill that space and couldn’t find a suitable wording.

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Theories 3 & 4

Susan Robinson
September 22, 2018

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“Man with Balloon” is my 3rd card from Tim Holtz set ‘Theories’. I spritzed the card with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists to try and lighten it but still didn’t feel that the man stood out enough, so stamped him again and embossed in black, then cut him out and Magic Mounted him over original. To further delineate him, I added the strips of washi tape and paper behind him to help emphasis his outline. This also helped to lighten the mood and make it a bit more playful. The balloon was cut from a circle which I coloured in then covered with Glossy Accent and attached a piece of string to. The wording I masked off from a Stamp-it stamp (shown at right). I was going to put the kids in too, but as they are all running away from him felt it gave the wrong vibe:) The right hand border is the edge of a filmstrip die.

  

“Hello There” is my 4th card from this series. I wasn’t quite sure what ambience to create with this ‘meeting of men’. I felt it had a slightly sinister vibe (hence the light bulb). Funnily enough it has turned out my favourite.

Rather than cut out the men individually, I stamped them onto a lighter coloured card and cut out a rectangle around them, allowing some of the background graffiti to show around edges. I matted them onto a very thin border of black card and Magic Mounted them into position. The light bulb I masked off from a Stamper’s Anonymous stamp which I cut out, Magic Mounted and Glossy Accented, attaching the string behind. The ‘Hello’ is a Penny Black die cut in gold foilboard. The black edging at right is a border punch. I chalked the ‘H’ on man’s shirt yellow to match.

 

 

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Theories 1 & 2

Susan Robinson
September 20, 2018

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From the Tim Holtz collection, here are 4 cards using his ‘Theories’ set (Stamper’s Anonymous CMS329).

I stamped the 4 images from set in black ink onto a 12×12 card which had been sprayed with various Distress Stains (Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint..). I had already started playing with the bike one before I remembered to take a photo. As I began constructing my cards, I regretted my choice in background ink colours as they proved a little too dark for the men to stand out against them. To get around that, I stamped the men out again onto scrap card, cut them out and Magic Mounted them over originals.

For the bike card – I highlighted the bike frame with Gold Foil and the tyres with Black Accents. I applied Walnut Stain ink through Chevron stencil at top and die cut an arrow in black card and some cogs in copper card. I put gold brads through center of each tyre spoke. I gold embossed wording from set onto black card and added to top of card with folded strip of Japanese paper behind.

  

My second card from the set is the Man on the Tightrope. This was the quickest and easiest. I cut out 2 ‘Frameworks’ Sizzix die 659431, one in black, one in tan card and attached them along the base. I also cut out some birds in black, which I glued on overlapping the wording (from Stamp-it).

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Cattle Trail

Susan Robinson
July 17, 2018

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Rain Ahead

This is an old Stamp-it stamp I have had for many years. Stamped onto kraft card and coloured in with watercolour pencils with the aid of a waterbrush. The grass I have gone over with a green texter. Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls and Black Accents used on drovers whip. Blue chalk and white paint used on sky. Clear Crackle accent applied over center of wording circle.

 

Dust Storm

Same stamp obviously, stamped onto white card this time and sprayed over with Distress Stain Sprays – Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge and Forest Moss. The only thing I coloured in was the cows using a watercolour pencil.

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