Rusty Cars

Susan Robinson
March 23, 2018

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This old car stamp is great for male cards. I have added some Crackle Texture Paste in areas prone to rusting on both cars, but feel it worked better with the blue one, as being white it was hard to colour over and blend into the darker brown. I added Glossy Accents to the windscreens and headlights, and accented the metallic bumper bars and grills with silver Fab Foil. And I used up some of my patterned papers! Yay!

 

stamps: Car F13461 by Impression Obsession; both wordings from Stamp-it sets

 

 

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Sandy Shores

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2018

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This background was created with alcohol inks. Wasn’t intentional, but I think it looks similar to the shape of Australia. I love the little waves in the center.

I squirted some Blending Solution onto teflon mat, then laid down stripes of Caramel, Butterscotch and Stream Alcohol inks. The cardstock I used for these 3 cards was white Kromekote, which is a gloss card. (The inks are not as vibrant as they would be if using Yupo paper). I placed the gloss side down over inks and swiped card through sideways, lifting off before I reached the outer edge.

stamps: Discover Oceans 4881E & Trawler 870E both by Stamp-it

With the inks left on the matt, I quickly swiped another card through before they dried. This one I turned so that the sandy colour was at the bottom. I had to stop myself adding any embellishments. Kept it simple and serene.

stamps: Down by the Seashore 60-30059 by Inkadinkado

Below is another background I made using the Caramel and Stream colours only. While still wet, I blew on the inks to push them outwards. Afterwards, I dipped a paintbrush into Blending Solution and dotted it about to create tracks. I wasn’t really happy with the results, especially the caramel drips didn’t look organic enough which is why I sponged Tea Dye Distress inks around top half. I was going to put it in reject box, but then decided to just add some stamps and see where it went. Felt it had a bit of an Aussie outback vibe about it.

stamps: Australian Land 3305E by Stamp-it; Cute Gecko 1385I from Lucy’s; Fly B340 by Amazing Creations

 

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Blue Trellis

Susan Robinson
December 9, 2017

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This post is in memory of my father who died last Wednesday 6th December. He didn’t come from London but Hartlepool which is in the north east of England. He left England when he was 20 and traveled and worked in many countries – Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and spent many years in West Africa where he met his wife and had 4 of his 5 children. He returned to Australia with his family in 1973 to settle.

I actually made this card for my brothers birthday which was the day my father took gravely ill and was taken into hospital. He and his wife had recently spent some time in London on holiday. My father was quite a strong willed person and I was so glad he managed to get through that Saturday, it would have been even more devastating for my brother if his father had died on his birthday. As it was he waited until all his children from various parts of the country had assembled by his bedside before passing away half an hour later. He will be sorely missed.

I used Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ die siz659431, the  same as in the ‘Peach Trellis’ flower card a few posts back. I had assembled all the little pieces and attached with glue and various levels of Magic Mount, but when I went to stamp my ‘London Gent’, because it was Bazzill card, it didn’t stamp well as all the texture from the card showed through. Being a solid image, it really needed to be stamped onto a smooth surface, something I didn’t think through beforehand. So I had to go to plan B, and stamp onto a piece of clear film cut to size and attach it to my card front with black brads. I placed black Magic Mount underneath the man (so that worked well being a solid image). It was a little harder to photograph because of the reflection from the film, so had to do it on a slight angle, which made my words distorted as then they weren’t directly underneath. I cut out the 55 from 2 different fonts and glued them onto the top of the clear film.

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Future Prediction

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2017

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It was my son’s 30th birthday recently – goodness that makes me feel old! He was born in the year of the rabbit, so I thought it would be cute to try incorporate some rabbits onto his card.

This is the inside:

stamps: Graphic 45/Hampton Art ICO347 World’s Fair 1; Stampers Anonymous CMS164 Tiny Things

dies: Impression Obsession 269-N Rabbits; Brenda Walton six658338 Antiqua Numbers; Memory Box 99778 Lovely Happy Birthday

 

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Yacht Tag

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2017

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I feel so blessed to live in this modern age of technology with music at your fingertips (I love i-tunes) and crafty inspirations at a click of a button. I often wander round Pinterest, it makes me happy just looking at beautiful things. I came across a lovely card from cestlafranz.com the other day and decided to try my own version (see original below). I’m thinking I should have placed the anchor on the bottom design though, not the tag.

My Dad has dementia, but one of his few remaining memories is of a yacht he had when he was in his 40’s called the ‘Sally-Sue’ (after his 2 daughters). He loved sailing. I think I will keep this card for his next birthday, when he turns 88.

stamp: PSX G1479

saved from cestlafranz.com

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Navigation

Susan Robinson
September 2, 2017

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It’s hard navigating the choppy waters of life, sometimes we lose our way. But when I finally reach my destination, I hope I can look back and feel it was a good journey.

Thought I’d post a few more male cards before Father’s Day, boat theme this time, with 1 more to come – then I will give it a rest for a while, I promise, haha:)

stamps: Carnet de Voyage SA60287 by Carabelle Studio; Transport Tags Cl428 by Crafty Individuals (there are 8 tags in this set).

Background was coloured with Distress Stains then stamped over in black ink. Copper Fab Foil was used to highlight radial lines.

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Old Chevy

Susan Robinson
September 1, 2017

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Kraft & black is my oft used go-to combination for male cards. It’s simple but it works, and no colouring in is required. For this sample I included a neutral ivory card also. All sponging is done with sepia ink. I added some Glossy Accents to the headlights, silver pen to bumper bar/grill and gold Liquid Pearl dots to background cogs.

stamps: F13461 by Dina Kowal, DK Designs/Impression Obsession Inc. The stamp is not named, I am just guessing that it looks like an old chevy or maybe a Ford?

embossing folder: Sizzix 657195 Steampunk set by Tim Holtz

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Father’s Day Hot Rod

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2017

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With Father’s Day nearly upon us, thought I’d better post something manly. My poor old Dad has had dementia for many years now and we have finally put him into a home as my mother has been struggling to care for him on her own.  Luckily we found a lovely place that is very close, so I can pop over regularly to see him. He is past the stage of needing gifts bought for him, but he does always LOVE getting a card, especially home-made ones.

This design is very simple, so I stamped it onto an opened out teabag to add some interest to the background. Also my Dad is originally from England and likes a ‘cuppa’ tea, so I thought it appropriate.

stamp: Penny Black set ‘Hot Rod!’ 40-224

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Nathan’s 21st

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2017

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Yet another male birthday in our family with my nephew turning 21! How time flies! I often turn to Tim Holtz for inspiration as his grungy style works so well for male cards. This design is one of his – CDM003 Skull.

I stamped and embossed in black, then sponged over with Distress inks. Layered up the numbers on right and added blue rhinestones to skull eyes. The 21 was cut from alphabet thinlet and glued in place. I am slowly using up my scraps of patterned papers as backgrounds.

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Moon Shadow Mists

admin
April 29, 2017

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I have been having a play with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Moon Shadow Mists’. When you purchase them, they only have a small amount of powder in the bottle. You need to boil the kettle and add hot water to the fill line at the top right of the bottle label. Let them cool. Place the lid back on and give them a good shake.

When you spray them out, the liquid comes out a dirty brown colour, it is not till it dries that you see the shimmer colour coming through. I found the larger the droplets, the darker the colour. It is a very unpredictable science and to be honest I found it a bit frustrating. In the end I resorted to using a pipette to drip larger droplets about strategically. ( – as there are no rules in art, I don’t classify that as cheating, haha).

 

 

 

FOSSIL FISH

stamps: How Old? by Stamp-it

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft Bazzill Card; Dark Green Mulberry Paper; Natural Corrugated Card 

accessories: Mini Fish Fossils stencil 497s by The Crafters Workshop; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Gold Eyelts; Kraft Cord: Metal Spinner Charm

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Palette Knife; Sponge Block; Eyelet Setter; Circle Hole Punch

______________________________________________________________________________________________________FAIRY LIGHTS

stamps: Fairy, Mushrooms and Vines by Lavinia stamps; Fireworks (flower) 3948K by Penny Black

inks: Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Forget-me-Not and Wisteria Bazzill Cards

accessories: Glossy Accents; Crystal Glitter; Star Dust Stickles; White Opal and Orchid Liquid Pearls; Green Pencils; Black Zig pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Glue Pen

tools: Fiskars Butterfly Punch; Sponging Block

 

What the background looked like before stamping.

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