Mere Fish

Susan Robinson
June 20, 2019

spacer

“Nerissa” by Pink Ink Designs

We are all a little different, embrace what makes you an individual and don’t be afraid to let your sparkle show!

I sprayed paper with Distress Stains before stamping mermaid image in black.
spacer

Salty Greetings

Susan Robinson
February 3, 2019

spacer

Hello from the depths of the salty sea.

Another mermaid card, with a salted watercolour background.

  • You can use any white card for this technique, but the results will differ each time depending on the thickness of the card, the amount of liquid added (water & ink), and the size of the salt particles.
  • Shown below are 2 examples of how to create salted watercolour backgrounds similar to the one used in this card. I used watercolour card for all, but a thicker gsm for the mermaid one.
  • Stamp, cut out and colour in mermaid with watercolour paints. When dry, I added Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight hair, Waterfall Stickles to tail and Glossy Accents to fin.
  • Stamp seahorse medley into corner of salted watercolour paper. Stamp seahorse only a 2nd time onto scrap of white card, colour in and cut out, Magic Mounting it over original. Paint with Glossy Accents and leave to dry.
  • Assemble card layers. Glue mermaid onto card front.
  • Cut out “hello” die in gold foilboard and glue to top of card.
spacer

Diving Mermaids

Susan Robinson
January 26, 2019

spacer

One of my favourite techniques for underwater backgrounds is done using shaving cream and dye ink sprays. Unfortunately my blog is not enabling me to load videos but if you go to https://www.facebook.com/artatticstudio/, you can see a quick video version. Otherwise if you look to the right hand side of my site under “Catagories” scroll down to ‘techniques‘ and under that ‘shaving cream‘. Click on that and it will take you to my “Mermaid School” post and you will see step by step instructions with photos. Below are some more examples of backgrounds made using this technique which I will save for another day.

I love the way little bubbles form in the shaving cream as the liquid component starts to dissolve with the heat. It can leave behind quite an organic, cellular result. Of course it all depends on the way you squish!

As with my 3 surfer dudes from previous post, I decided to frame these little mermaid cards, just so I can look at them a while longer.

spacer

Surfing Trio

Susan Robinson
January 20, 2019

spacer

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).

spacer

Surfer Boy

Susan Robinson
January 18, 2019

spacer

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

spacer

Reef Cave

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2019

spacer

I really love this Reef Border die D1385 by Hero Arts. The backgrounds for both cards were created by sponging blue to green Distress Oxide inks across white card, then splashing with a few droplets of water (bit more obvious in the below card). The seal and turtles were taken from an All Night Media stamp and the Happy Birthday is by Stamp-it. The Mermaid below is from a Stampin-Up set.

spacer

Come Walk with Me

Susan Robinson
January 9, 2019

spacer

I hope everyone has had some happy times over the last month of Christmas and New Year holidays 🙂 Feeling very blessed to have 3 brothers and a sister in my life, and it was wonderful they and their families all made it home for the holidays this year!

stamp: Impression Obsession D13007

spacer

Anchors Away

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2018

spacer

I have been selling my cards at the Art Market on board the ‘Decoy’ tied up at the South Perth foreshore, so this card seems appropriate subject matter:) The next one is on the 21st Oct but I can’t attend, but hopefully some of you can make it along for the 4th November to say hello!

   

I stamped out the German Anchorage stamp in black ink onto white card, dried it, then put a wash of yellow and blue watercolour over. I coloured everything in, adding gold and copper foils to the anchor. I stamped the seagull out a 2nd time onto scrap white card, cut out body only and Magic Mounted over original. The starfish I dotted with pale blue Liquid Pearls.

   

I stamped the seahorse (by Deep Red) onto scrap of white card, coloured in blue and cut out. I added clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to cheek, Crackle Accent to hollows of body and tail, and Star Dust Stickles to fins. When dry I Magic Mounted into place entwined with seaweed die cut. The seaweed I coloured with various Distress Stains (mainly Rust) and highlighted tips with Copper Liquid Pearls.

spacer

Oceans of Love

Susan Robinson
June 16, 2018

spacer

I have been sick all week so I’m not allowed out spreading my germs, I’m way too sick to do housework (hehe), so all that’s left is to amuse myself in my craft room. Of course a head full of cotton wool is not always conducive to creativity, but I am trying to soldier on.

stamps: Mermaid Stamp & Cut DC226 by Hero Arts; wording from Mermazing BB-45 by MFT; Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft

dies: Swimming Seahorses 99115 by Memory Box; Seaweed/coral were from 3 different sets from my girlfriends stash cut out last camp

stencil: Mini Moving Vines 568s by The Crafters Workshop

inks: ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ Lindy’s Starburst Spray; Vintage Photo Distress Stain Sprays; various Distress Re-inkers; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

accessories: Opaque Crackle Texture Paste; various Liquid Pearls and Stickles

INSTRUCTIONS:

Smear texture paste through stencil onto white card. Set aside to dry completely.

Cover white card with ink sprays. The Bells of Ireland is very shimmery with a touch of blue showing.

Cut large circle out of vines card and attach to folded backing card of dark moss colour. Cut out a smaller square of light moss card with smaller circle in center. Gold emboss fishing net over bottom left corner. Gold emboss inner circle. Sponge sepia ink around inside and outside edges of smaller card for shading. Attach Magic Mount onto back of smaller card and mount over main card.

Stamp and cut out mermaid and turtle, along with other dies. I usually use Distress re-inkers for colouring in as they have a lovely rich pigment which is easy to blend or dilute when applied with a water brush. Dry with a heatgun. Apply glitters or pearls where desired, then set aside to dry naturally. (I have to confess that I messed about with my green seaweed a few more times as I didn’t feel it stood out enough, but after my 3rd unsatisfactory attempt I had to leave it and move on with my life haha).

  

Attach all your pieces to main card. I used Magic Mount under parts of them that were sitting inside green circle.

For the wording, I masked off the bottom half and stamped top half directly onto card. This proved a little problematic due to the raised embossing. The bottom half I stamped onto white card, coloured to match, matted onto purple card and attached with double sided tape.

I just love the blue sparkly bits that catch the light in the green shimmer.

spacer

Mermaid Matters

Susan Robinson
June 10, 2018

spacer

Sometimes I like colourful chaos and other times I need empty spaces, softness and calm.

stamp: Mermaid CRP151 by Stampendous; wording (custom)

inks: Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Stain Sprays for background.

spacer