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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Old Cart

Susan Robinson
July 15, 2018

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No colouring required.

stamps: Old Cart 1320G and Tiny Birthday 4092C by Stamp-it, Be Happy…Make Art LCS035 by Stampers Anonymous

inks: Old Paper and Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain Sprays

I stamped cart and partial background numbers onto white card in black Archival ink before spraying Distress sprays over. It doesn’t show so well in the photo but the ‘Old Paper’ ink is quite green in tone. Lay down strips of washi tape and attach film strip sections. This was for a 72nd birthday, so I added the appropriate wording and numbers. Only thing was, I got the age wrong, so had to go to plan B. Oops! At least I erred on the side of youth and made him younger than he was instead of older, haha. So this card is also up for grabs with all the others (see ‘Sales’ page).

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Fence Sitting

Susan Robinson
July 12, 2018

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So many different effects you can get with alcohol inks, depending on how you apply them. This card has been done on Yupo paper, which I find gives the most vibrant colour finish.

dies: Men Siting on Fence 17283 by Paper Rose Studio; Birds from Scarecrow set 662382 by Tim Holtz

stamps: Gum Tree 632F by Stamp-it; Moments C2768 by Hero Arts

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Oregano, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow, Bottle & Espresso

For this card, I squirted some alcohol inks onto my Teflon mat in lines, then swiped my paper through it horizontally so the colours mixed minimally. The paper kind of sucks onto the matt though so the colours do mix as you peel it off.

This will dry almost immediately. Then I stamped the gum tree and sun in black Archival ink. (Don’t use a StazOn pad as this also being a solvent ink, will cause bleeding).

I put a small puddle of Bottle and Espresso ink onto my acrylic block, picked it up with paint brush to colour in tree trunk and canopy. The Sunshine Yellow ink I placed a drop directly from the bottle over my stamped sun image and allowed it to spread out.

Cut out dies in black card, then glue into position over alcohol background. Matt onto black card, then folded orange/brown backing card.

Stamp out wording on scrap of matching card and cut to size. Sponge all edges with sepia ink and glue into position.

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Following in Dads Footsteps

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2018

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Another great Aussie die ‘Farmer and Boy’ 17511 from Paper Rose Studio.

I created the background by swiping Oregano alcohol ink over Yupo paper with a thin cotton square. Working quickly I held the paper on its side, then ran Stream, Meadow, Caramel and Rust inks in streams down it. Keep adding from both sides until the paper is completely covered. It will dry by itself very quickly.

I poured a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution into a bottle cap, picked up with a paintbrush and applied dots over card to create patterns. I then did the same with glue pen. Set aside. When dry, lay gold Fab Foil sheet over glue dots, press down with finger tips, then lift off. The gold colour will adhere to the glue dots.

Cut out complete die in black card. Cut out boy only a 2nd time. Rub silver, gold and copper Rub-Ons over boy using fingertips to colour. Magic Mount in place. Matt finished card onto layer of black then rust card, before adhering to green folded backing card.

Stamp wording onto rust card, matt onto black, then Magic Mount onto top right of card.

Below are a few alcohol ink samples I did in the same style, the one on the right was the one I used for above card.

 

 

 

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The Hunter

Susan Robinson
July 2, 2018

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Many of my cards I make for no particular reason – just because I can. I was experimenting with a watercolour background, dribbling re-inkers across some plastic wrap, spritzing with water, then laying watercolour card face down over it. Fold the ends of the plastic wrap over the back of the card then flip over. Squish the inks around under the plastic with your fingertips until the desired coverage is achieved. You can lift the plastic off at this point or leave it on until completely dry. The idea is that the wrinkles in the plastic will leave distinctive marks on the paper and create an interesting edge that would be hard to achieve otherwise. See blue sample shown below.  For some reason mine didn’t work today. The re-inkers are a little too intense I think. Not to worry, it didn’t go to waste:)

The stamps are from Stamp-it.

 

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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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