Seas the Day

Susan Robinson
October 30, 2020

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So glad the weather is warming up. We’ve had a few very summery days this spring, and I have been back in the water for my morning swim when able. Apparently cold water is good for staving off dementia. Just a bit of incentive when I’m feeling whoosy.

This background was created on my new gelli plate, which I am just having a play with and learning how to use. Haven’t done the layering with stencils yet, but was quite happy with the green hues of this colour palette. The light blue paint is shimmery, so gave it a lovely sheen.

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Surf’s Up

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2020

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Walking along the beach this morning, I was amazed at the number of surfers in the water! We stood and watched them for a while. Those hydrofoil surfboards are so impressive to see in action.

stamp: Surf’s Up 3266G by Stamp-it

I spritzed white card with Tumbled Glass & Crushed Olive Distress Stain sprays before stamping the surfer image over. I coloured in with pencils and some white paint (for froth), before adding some torn strips of washi tape underneath, and stapling a short strip of film over. I diecut the seahorse and starfish out and Magic Mounted them into place, adding details with pen and Liquid Pearls.

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Mermaid Bath

Susan Robinson
June 11, 2020

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Managed to squeeze out one more card this week with a water theme, before I change direction. Might save this one for my granddaughters next birthday. The grandkids do love a good bubble bath!

stamp: ‘Mermaid Bath’ 40-457 by Penny Black

Below is a card I made previously with this stamp. I was sure I had already posted it, but can’t see it anywhere, so will show it again.

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Seahorse Siblings

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2020

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Finally got together with my crafty ladies for a day of card making, (though I rarely ever get a card completed during these sessions as I’m usually too busy talking)! It’s only our 2nd gathering for the year and I have been missing the social interaction. I always feel quite inspired afterwards, and tend to keep on crafting long after they’ve gone.

This is a seahorse embossing folder by Kaiser Craft which I have made numerous cards with previously (see my Pinterest ‘Sea Themed’ board).

I inked up one side of the embossing folder with ‘Tumbled Glass’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks and then spritzed it with water, before placing the white card inside. After rolling it through the Big Shot to emboss, the result was that the background was coloured while the raised areas of the seahorse remained white. (Always hard to photograph white sorry, and have to confess the 2nd image there was taken after completion of my card, as forgot to take a photo of that step).

To colour the seahorse, I ran a sponging block with ‘Wild Honey’ Distress Ink over raised areas, then added brown speckles. I used ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress re-inker with a waterbrush to colour seahorse body, then fine texter pens to trace around outer ridges.

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Below is a 2nd card I made, starting off in exactly the same way, just finishing off differently. I really love the contrast of the peachy pinks against the aqua background.

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Sea Nymph

Susan Robinson
June 5, 2020

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As we head into winter here, I have been missing that warm from the sunshine, and especially missing my swims in the sea!! So my thoughts are turning to mermaids, that I may live vicariously through them for the next few months…

stamps: ‘Sea Nymph’ PI026 by Pink Ink Designs; wordings by Stampin’ Up (Mermaid set). I do love Pink Ink’s nautical series, but find their stamps quite large for card making, which is why I cut her wings short in the green one so it could fit into a square envelope. The purple one below needs an C5 envelope (which is an A4 folded in half).

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Mermaid On the Rocks

Susan Robinson
April 12, 2020

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My 2nd card created using the technique explained in previous post ‘Blue Boat’. This time using ‘Creole Spice’ Kaleidacolor pad and ‘Copper’ Perfect Pearl Mist.

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Mere Fish

Susan Robinson
June 20, 2019

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“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.
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Salty Greetings

Susan Robinson
February 3, 2019

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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.
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Diving Mermaids

Susan Robinson
January 26, 2019

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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.

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Surfing Trio

Susan Robinson
January 20, 2019

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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).

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