Triton with Shell background

Susan Robinson
June 21, 2018

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Nearly at the end of my little underwater adventure, then I am moving onto an Australiana theme.

stamps: Triton Collage D13024 by Impression Obsession

embossing folder: Sea Shells by Kaiser Craft

I smeared a silver pigment pad directly onto one side of the embossing folder before placing ivory card inside and running through Big Shot machine. (My pad was a little dry and this ivory card is notoriously absorbent, so I didn’t get a solid silver coverage, but I wanted a soft weathered look so was happy with that result). I cut the width down a little and tore across the bottom, then sponged all sides with sepia ink and also lightly across the top of raised pattern.

I stamped the Triton shell twice onto ivory card, cutting out shell on one and mounting over the other with Magic Mount. I used watercolour pencils with a waterbrush to colour, then applied some Buttercup Liquid Pearls with a paintbrush to highlight pattern (it doesn’t really show till it catches the light). I cut it into an oval shape then sponged edges with sepia ink.

Cut out and colour various other shells, seaweed, branches etc… for decorations. Set aside till dry.

  

Onto a folded backing card of ivory, attach a smaller piece of aqua card across bottom half. Attach your embossed shell card to top. Glue shell oval into position.

Glue your embellishments into place to complete card.

VARIATION:

While I was playing around with the embossing folder, I created a spare background. I wouldn’t normally put flowers with shells, but they are both beautiful products of nature and I think this works.

stamp:

 

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Shell & Anchor

Susan Robinson
June 19, 2018

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This is a Cuttlebug Shell Collage embossing folder from Provo Craft which I embossed in white card twice, cutting the large scallop shell only from the second one.

I used various Distress Stain Sprays to colour all. The large shell was coloured with Victorian Velvet, then I painted Perfect Pearl PP mist over it to give it it’s pearly sheen.

After cutting out and colouring dies of coral, wave, small shells and anchor, I assembled all onto card. The fish I cut out of frosted Shrink Plastic then shrunk down.

I applied some glue to edges of anchor and the 65 in number plate (I have numerous friends in that age bracket so I’m sure I’ll be able to find a suitable recipient for it). When dry and tacky, I laid gold Fab Foil sheet over to gild. I added touches of Stardust Stickles and some Liquid Pearls to various bits to highlight. Set aside to dry.

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Hermit Crab

Susan Robinson
June 18, 2018

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This was a background gone wrong, rescued from my reject box in an attempt to make it into something half reasonable.

stamps: Hermit Crab (very old woodmount, the info has rubbed off) ; Magical Mermaids set by Stampin Up; Fishing Net CS255 by Kaiser Craft; wording (custom)

dies: Porthole CC119 by the Scrapping Cottage; Windswept Stems 99663 by Memory Box; unsure of other 2 (tall 1 I think is also Memory Box, short 1 is Sizzix)

embossing Folder: Ruffles by Stampin Up

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Oceans of Love

Susan Robinson
June 16, 2018

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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.

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Always be a Mermaid

Susan Robinson
June 14, 2018

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There are some really great wordings out there and this is one of them – love it!

stamps: Always be a Mermaid F17058 by Impression Obsession; Jellyfish D1711 by Print Blocks; Magical Mermaid set by Stampin-Up

 

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Sea of Wonder

Susan Robinson
June 13, 2018

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Sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got. I was looking for something soft and swirly to put behind my mermaid and shells to link them, but could only find this butterfly corner die. So I just covered up the butterflies as best I could and made do.

dies: Mermaid CCE-279 by the Scrapping Cottage; Butterfly Corner Swirl from Paper Roses; Aquarium Fish 1132 by Poppystamps; Shells (from my girlfriends stash so unsure sorry)

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Mermaid Matters

Susan Robinson
June 10, 2018

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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.

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The Siren

Susan Robinson
June 6, 2018

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Still thinking of ideas for teenage girl cards but have deviated towards Mermaids, which I feel are perfectly suitable as long as they’re not too cutsey looking.

I picked up this little mermaid stamp in Hawaii last year from the Rubber Stamp Plantation. The shells are from Inkadinkado’s ‘Down by the Seaside’ set 60-30059; Fish from Heidi Grace’s “Beyond the Sea’ set and Numbers from Kaiser Craft CS838.

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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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