Secrets of the Sea

Susan Robinson
April 17, 2018

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Sometimes I end up with a card that looks nothing like I originally intended. This card was supposed to have a soft pink and white colour palette, swirly background and feminine, frilly mermaid. Where’d she go? Seems I can’t keep away from the colour turquoise, especially where water is involved. Though the pink is a little different for me (representing the pulsing of the blood through the ocean’s heart – or is that too deep?).

stamps: Mermaid SA2085 by Visual Image Printery; Secrets of the Sea QQ0840-F by Verses Rubber Stamps

die: Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box

Cover white card with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. Dry.

Stamp mermaid into center of card. (I embossed her in white, but later changed direction. You can probably eradicate this step altogether).

Cut out Ringlets in white and glue onto card.

Stamp out wording in black Archival ink. (I used the masking technique to do this in 2 halves).

Squish some Broken China Distress Stain onto an acrylic block, pick up with paintbrush and colour in ringlets roughly, concentrating on bottom halves. Dry.

Apply Glossy Accents onto bottom half of individual ringlets and sprinkle some Broken China Distress dry Glitter over whilst still wet. Set aside to dry.

Meanwhile stamp out mermaid with black Archival ink onto scrap of white card. I used Distress Stains to colour her in with the help of a waterbrush. Cut her out. When background is dry, glue her into place.

Add finishing touches to mermaid – Stardust Stickles over fins and Mint Green Liquid Pearl dots down spine.

I distressed the edges of pink card and sponged with sepia ink before attaching to backing layers.

I Magic Mounted a little fish friend for her as an afterthought.

 

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Sea Party

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2018

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Combining one of my favourite old stamps with some of my new ones. Looks a little washed out in this photo, but the colours are actually quite vibrant. Turquoise and coppery tones, love that combo!

stamps: Mermaid SA2085 by Visual Image Printery; Turtles from ‘Coastal’ set 4757Q by Kaszazz; Bring on the Happy from ‘Sprinkles and Smiles’ set by Penny Black

background: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Pads

embellishments: Glossy Accents; Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Stickles and Watercolour Pencils

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Seahorse Sanctuary

Susan Robinson
April 3, 2018

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Every now and then, a card comes along, that really speaks to me. I don’t know if it’s the colours, or the fact shells and seahorses are both favourite subject matters. Or maybe it’s a reflection of my life the way the cards construction progressed. There was no big plan, things were added and subtracted over time, until finally we arrived to where we are now. This card was cobbled together from bits and pieces torn or cut and left abandoned from other projects. I placed my background (Turquoise Perfect Pearls handwriting over Vintage Photo Distress ink) into a bag, and slowly over time kept adding things I thought might compliment them. I had the miss-matched alcohol strips and seahorse in the bag for ages, before adding the shell and seaweed, finally finishing it off with the turquoise swirly leaves. Might have to keep this one just for me.

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Mermaid Kisses

Susan Robinson
March 2, 2018

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Can you tell I love mermaids? I finally bought Stampin-Up’s ‘Ruffled’ embossing folder and had a play. The base card was a shaving cream background on blue gone wrong, that I thought would be okay for this project. I ran a white pigment ink pad across the top of the ruffles to highlight and spritzed lightly with Picket Fence Distress Stain Spray. The stamps on this card are also from Stampin-Up (Magical Mermaid) except for the ship which is from Collections. The moon is a Fiskars hand punch and the fish are ‘Aquarium Fish’ from Poppystamps which I cut out in shrinky, painted in silver, then heatset to shrink.

Ruffled Embossing Folder used over inked background again. I stamped the octopus first.

stamps: Tell Me D13325 by Impression Obsession; Octopus by Rubber Stamp Plantation

dies: Shells D176E by Impression Obsession; Windswept Stems 99663 by Memory Box; Mermaid – I got on ebay, unsure of brand sorry. It was just a blank shape, I drew in her features and little turtle in her hand (which I think was supposed to be a shell, but hey, artistic licence is allowed).

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Seahorse Stew

Susan Robinson
January 14, 2018

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Summertime, and the sea is calling. After a couple of divine mornings swimming in the ocean, we are in for a cooler change. The storm clouds are gathering and rain is expected tonight.

Meanwhile, back in my air-conditioned attic, I have been cooking up a creative storm with Kaisercraft’s Seahorse Embossing Folder EF234. I have had the folder for a while, taken it out on a number of occassions, but kept putting it back in the box as I was unsure what to do with it. The hardest step of any journey is always the first one. Sometimes you just have to begin, and the path will unfold before you.

On all the following 4 cards, the seahorse was first dry embossed onto white watercolour paper before various inks were sprayed over.

     

(Apologies for the blurriness of above photograph due to the clear film).

stamps: Hanging vines by Lavinia stamps; Beyond the Sea set (fish) by Heidi Grace; Dream set078 by Stamp-it.

die: Aquarium Fish 1132 by Poppy Stamps

stencil: Circles DYS34216 by Dylusions

inks: Fresh Lime & Polished Jade Dylusion Ink Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Caramel Alcohol Ink; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Silver Fab Foil; Silver Rub-ons; Silver Stickles; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Black Accent

  

stamps: Ocean Backgrounds DYR37798 by Dylusions

die: Doodles (hello) 51-128 by Penny Black

inks: Fresh Lime & Melted Chocolate by Dylusions; Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearl Sprays

accessories: Silver Starfish Charm; Clear Rhinestone; Watercolour Pencils; Waterbrush; Crackle Accent

 

stamps: Fish AL32 by Acorn; Bubble Stream 487D by All Night Media

dies: Sea Plants 56022 by Impression Obsession

inks: Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold & Dusty Concord Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Eggplant Adirondack Pad

accessories: Orchid Liquid Pearls; Copper Stickles, Copper Rub-Ons; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Lettuce Adirondack Dimensional Pearls; Shells

 

stamps: Seahorse 2723C by Stamp-it; Sea by anon; Starfish 91663-Y by Inkadinkado

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moonshadow Mist; Evergreen Bough Distress Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Crackle Accent; Copper Stickles, Dark Chocolate & Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Clear Rhinestone

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The Warmth Lingers

Susan Robinson
December 13, 2017

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Thinking of my father, and the empty spaces left behind…

stamps: Down by the Seaside 60-30059 by Inkadinkado; The Tide Recedes 4228F by Stamp-it

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I lifted out the trellis part, inked around the edges with a Weathered Wood Distress pad and Magic Mounted it back into place. I removed 2 of the shapes and cut out a single one from the background card which I placed above the empty spaces. The shape with birds on, I Magic Mounted up.

VARIATION:

stamps: Sandcastle 60-00558H by Inkadinkado; Waves 481E by All Night media; Walk with Me D13007 by Impression Obsession

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Tumbled Glass Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I glued the trellis part down flat, then lifted out 3 shapes to leave the background showing through. The shapes beneath the sandcastle, I lifted out, sponged around the edges with sepia ink and replaced with Magic Mount under 1 side only to tilt them, the 2 at top tilted right, the bottom 2 left.

 

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Deep Sea Cave

Susan Robinson
November 17, 2017

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Trying to get different looks from the same die. I chose soft colours for this mermaid one in contrast to the below samples which are the traditional darker blue & white palette. Can’t decide which one I like best. Maybe the crab… Which do you prefer?

Die is “Under the Sea Collage” 99703 by Memory Box

 

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Seahorse Circles

Susan Robinson
November 8, 2017

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Summer has finally arrived, and with a vengeance! Trying to keep cool creating cards with a watery theme, imagining myself swimming beneath the waves with seahorses (except I usually only get the seaweed).

dies: Sammy Seahorse SD365 by Joanna Sheen; Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box; Sea Plants 560-ZZ by ImpressionObsession

stamp: ‘Everything you imagine’ from Stamp-it set062

I simply coloured white cardstock with various shades of blue and green dye spray inks (Dylusions & Distress) before cutting out my shapes and assembling. I used Magic Mount under the seahorse body and also beneath the rectangle the seahorse and seaweed are sitting on. I thought about putting some little fishes swimming through the bubbles, but decided against it as they would just be a distraction from the focal point. I drew the seahorse eye in and added a touch of glitter to his stomach.

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Seahorse Dreams

Susan Robinson
November 7, 2017

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Seahorses and seaweed, never far apart.

stamp: 4423F Endless Ocean

dies: seaweed from Joanna Sheen; seahorse from Sizzix

 

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Aqua Shell

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2017

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inks: Sepia & Jet Black Archival Pads; Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Hazel, Lagoon & Walnut Bazzill Cards; Turquoise Shimmer by Cristina Re

accessories: Mini Nautilus TCW500s stencil by Crafters Workshop; Spruce Stems CC-182 by Cottage Cuts; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Mint Perfect Pearl Powder; Pale Blue Pearl

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponge Block; Paintbrush; Palette Knife

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. The nautilus stencil has many shells on it. Choose one and thinly smear the white Colour Blast paste through using your palette knife. Hard to photograph, but the paste has a beautiful shimmer to it. Set aside to dry.
  2. Meanwhile assemble all other layers of card.
  3. When your paste is touch dry, dust a little mint Perfect Pearl Powder over with a dry paintbrush. Start at the center for a deeper colour, then blend outwards. Secure a pale blue pearl in the center of shell.
  4. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to front of assembled layers.
  5. With the aid of your T-grid, line up wording along bottom of card and stamp in sepia ink. Of course it’s a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”, because obviously I did not use the T-grid, thought I could just eyeball it – and lost my ‘E’ off the end. Doh! And make sure you use a permanent ink as dye/water based inks will not stamp well on shimmer card.
  6. Cut out spruce sprig from die in white card scrap. Sponge with Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress inks. Glue onto bottom right of card and mount tiny wording over.
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