Mermaid Bath

June 11, 2017


Little mermaids love water, but swimming around in sea water all day can turn their hair a horrid seaweed green, so occasionally they like to spoil themselves with a lovely big bubble bath and a blonde rinse!

stamps: Mermaid Bath 40-457 by Penny Black; Ducky B1998 by PSX; Fish #?; Picture Frame 200D by All Night Media

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Pigment Pad; Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar & Victorian Velvet Distress Re-inkers

papers:  Watercolour Card; White Matt Card; Hazel & Starmist Bazzill Cards; Gold Foilboard; Clear Film

accessories: Trellis Embossing Folder siz661369; Lumiere Metallic Olive Green Paint; Gold Embossing Powder; Stardust, Crystal & Diamond Stickles; Orange Tombow Pen; Olive Brad; Green Ribbon

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Waterbrush; Sponge Block; Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heat Gun; Circle Punches; Awl


  1. Place piece of white card into Trellis embossing folder and run through Big Shot machine. Pour some of the metallic green paint onto plastic palette and dip sponging block into it – you don’t need much, so be sparing! If you haven’t got a sponging block, make sure you use a fairly firm sponge. The idea is that the paint only touches the top embossed pattern and doesn’t seep into the hollows between. Once covered, set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp your mermaid onto watercolur paper in black archival ink or some other permanent ink (if you use dye ink, it will bleed when you add the wet watercolours). Colour in with Distress re-inkers with the aid of a waterbrush/paint brush. I often use re-inkers for colouring as they are a nice, thick concentrated colour. (Note: when using watercolours, you have to make sure each section of colour is dry before trying to add another colour next to it or they will leak into each other. Sometimes you want this, as I did for the waves, but sometimes you don’t. Problem with me is I get so excited playing with a new stamp that I forget this little fact until the damage is done. It looks like my mermaid is dying her hair blond and all the dye is running down her face and arms. Well, maybe she is!). Cut out mermaid and bath together. Sponge around lightly with sepia ink. Apply Crystal & Diamond Stickles to tail. Set aside to dry.
  3. Stamp duck on white card with black ink and colour with Mustard Seed re-inker. Add shading with orange texter. Cut out and put square of Magic Mount behind.
  4. Stamp frame onto white card with clear pigment pad and pour over gold embossing powder. Heat set. Stamp little fish inside frame in black and colour in both. Sponge with sepia ink. Cut out frame and adhere to slightly larger piece of gold foilboard. Attach short strip of green ribbon behind and secure with Magic Mount. Pour Glossy Accents over fish and set aside to dry.
  5. Assemble card layers, placing embossed card towards left side of blue one. Position mermaid with two-sided tape over 2/3 of embossed card with part of her tail and bath hanging over onto blue card beneath. Place duck and fish frame where desired. Using an awl, pierce small hole at top of card to secure middle of ribbon with olive brad.
  6. Cut out various sized circles in clear film with punches. These are for the bubbles. Position where desired with Glossy Accents (or some other glue that dries clear). Squirt a little Stardust Stickles over them. Set card aside to dry.




The Sea – Shell

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2017


  The Lure of the sea…

stamps: Shell 3581H by JudiKins; Background Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft; wording (custom)

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Lake Mist Adirondack Pad; Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters & Bundled Sage Distress Pads; Tattered Rose & Old Paper Distress Stain Sprays; Frayed Burlap Distress Pen

papers: Marshmallow, Adobe & Pickle Bazzill Cards

accessories: White Embossing Powder; White Dabber Paint; real Starfish; Sammy Seahorse die (for seaweed) SD365 by Joanna Sheen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; Water Spritzer, Water Brush; Sponge Block; T-grid; Scissors


  1. Stamp shell in clear ink onto Marshmallow card and emboss in white. Heat set.
  2. Spritz card lightly with water, then the Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. Heat set. If you want you can add a little shading to shell using your Frayed Burlap pen & water brush.
  3. With the aid of your t-grid, align SEA wording where desired and stamp out with black Archival pad. Mine did not stamp out really crisp black, but for this card I am happy with that weathered look.
  4. Now to create a ‘mask’ for your shell so that when you stamp the fishing net over the top, it will appear too be beneath it: Stamp shell in black ink onto scrap paper and cut out. Lay cut out over embossed shell on main card. Now that your shell is ‘masked’, stamp out the fishing net with Lake Mist pad over the top. I almost thought this colour was a little too light, so choose a darker ink if you prefer. Lift mask off shell.
  5. Cut out 2 seaweed strands from seahorse die in white card. Sponge them with combination of green ink pads. Heat set. I thought they were a bit dark, so dabbed over them with white paint to lighten and add texture. Heat set. Position on card and glue into place. Add small starfish.
  7. Lightly sponge around card edge with sepia ink, then distress with edge of scissors. Adhere finished card front onto green matting with two-sided tape, then onto backing card of pale peach.


I have used the same shell stamp for this card. 

I stamped shell with a Coffee Archival Pad onto white card, then coloured with pencils. Added highlights with a Sailor Glue pen and when dry, laid gold Fab Foil sheet over. I cut out shell and Magic Mounted it over script background.


Shell Pink

May 7, 2017


One of my favourite stamps – Shell Collage by Impression Obsession D13024


The oval embossing folder is from PortaCraft. I have highlighted the shell inside with shimmer chalks. The other shell was just cut from a scrap of stained paper.


Ocean Deep

May 2, 2017


I am a bower bird. I love collecting pretty little things and then I come home and organise them. Can’t help myself. Whenever I walk on the beach, I’m always on the lookout for little shells, seaglass or interesting pieces of drift wood. Sand can also be a great addition to a card (best not collected from the dog beach though). And don’t pass over bits of broken scallop shell as they can be used for seahorse or fish fins. I’ve started drying out some seaweed to experiment with too. This card has both on it.


stamps: Deep as the Ocean 4880E by Stamp-it; Seahorse E1504 by PSX; Coastal Escape CS250 by Kaisercraft. The background has been coloured with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.


Moon Shadow Mists

April 29, 2017


I have been having a play with Lindy’s Stamp Gang ‘Moon Shadow Mists’. When you purchase them, they only have a small amount of powder in the bottle. You need to boil the kettle and add hot water to the fill line at the top right of the bottle label. Let them cool. Place the lid back on and give them a good shake.

When you spray them out, the liquid comes out a dirty brown colour, it is not till it dries that you see the shimmer colour coming through. I found the larger the droplets, the darker the colour. It is a very unpredictable science and to be honest I found it a bit frustrating. In the end I resorted to using a pipette to drip larger droplets about strategically. ( – as there are no rules in art, I don’t classify that as cheating, haha).





stamps: How Old? by Stamp-it

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads

papers: Kraft Bazzill Card; Dark Green Mulberry Paper; Natural Corrugated Card 

accessories: Mini Fish Fossils stencil 497s by The Crafters Workshop; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Gold Eyelts; Kraft Cord: Metal Spinner Charm

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Palette Knife; Sponge Block; Eyelet Setter; Circle Hole Punch

______________________________________________________________________________________________________FAIRY LIGHTS

stamps: Fairy, Mushrooms and Vines by Lavinia stamps; Fireworks (flower) 3948K by Penny Black

inks: Bluebeard Blue Violet Moon Shadow Mist; Jet Black and Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Forget-me-Not and Wisteria Bazzill Cards

accessories: Glossy Accents; Crystal Glitter; Star Dust Stickles; White Opal and Orchid Liquid Pearls; Green Pencils; Black Zig pen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Glue Pen

tools: Fiskars Butterfly Punch; Sponging Block


What the background looked like before stamping.


Believe in Yourself

July 9, 2016


I believe in mermaids, don’t you?mermaid belief 021

This background was created by spritzing white card with water, then Lemon Zest, Cut Grass and London Blue Dylusion Sprays. I started to stencil a pattern onto it too, but then changed my mind.

The mermaid is an old favourite of mine by Visual Image Printery. I stamped her onto a scrap of white card in black Archival ink, coloured her in with watercolours, then cut her out and glued her in position on card front. I smeared Star Dust Stickles over her fins with a paintbrush to make them shimmer.mermaid belief 018

I stamped the wording in black next to her and the little school of fish in shades of green underneath using mermaid belief 017mermaid belief 022a Kaleidocolor pad. Glossy Accents were added to the fish bubbles and continued up the mermaid belief 025card.


Seashells on the Seashore

June 6, 2016


Seashells on the seashore 003 Continuing with card ideas for young girls. Somehow I always circle back to the sea:)

The main stamp image is “Collecting Sea Shells” 50031 from Stamps Happen; “Seashells” B1887 wording is from Stylish Images Australia; and the little brown shell at bottom right is from a Stampin’ Up set.

instructions:  1. Create puddles of ink on teflon matt with Bundled Sage and Weathered Wood Distress Stains. Swipe white card through puddles until completely covered. Dry with heatgun. This particular cardstock was quite absorbent and the inks soaked in straightaway, rather than sitting on top for a while and creating the lovely drippy effect I prefer. This was more subtle, but it worked okay for this background.

2. Stamp girl in black Archival ink and colour with pencils as desired. I then used butterscotch chalk over sand contours and highlighted the stamped seashells and girls ribbon with Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls (applied with a paintbrush). Paint some tiny white seashells (real ones) with Cantaloupe and Coral Liquid Pearls too. Set aside to dry.

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3. Tear along bottom of card. Mix small amount of structure paste (similar to texture paste, but with gritty granules in it) together with touch of Lettuce and Aqua Adirondack Dabber Paints. Using a palette knife, smear coloured paste around sides of torn card. Push painted tiny shells and some natural tiny starfish into paste while still wet. Set aside to dry.Seashells on the seashore 004

4. Assemble card layers. Stamp seashell wording at top of card in Potting Soil archival ink. As you are stamping over multiple layers, you may need to touch it up with a texter pen after.

5. Stamp out tiny shell image in Potting Soil Archival ink onto scrap of ivory card. Cut out and magic mount at bottom of main card. This should balance out wording at top of card.


Shell Symphony

May 3, 2016



“A seashell is never empty. It is filled with many things. It holds the sounds of crashing waves and the songs that mermaids sing.”

My mother gave me my first (bought) sea shell when I was about 12 years old. I remember being quite fascinated with it, thinking how some creature had fashioned this work of art, a little house to live in, an architectural masterpiece. I am still fascinated by them, and have added to my collection over the years.

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Stamp collage is by Impression Obsession K4364. I have used Liquid Pearls, Distress Stickles, colour pencils and some White Paint to decorate.



April 17, 2016


mixed images 038Stamps: Barramundi large 851E, Handwriting 3546H by Stamp-It.

Dies: Ship’s Compass B395 by Cheery Lynn designs & Distressed Baptisia Collage 30044 by Memory Box.

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I have 2 boxes – one full of backgrounds, the other full of stamped images in various stages of completion or rejection. Making a card from scratch can be time consuming, so if I can find a part of it already done, that’s a bonus. If I manage to get a bit from both boxes – double bonus!

Whenever I create a background, be it alcohol inks, Distress/Dylusion Sprays, whatever – I always make multiples (while I’m getting messy anyway). Sometimes I’m just playing with a new stamp, but don’t have a specific purpose for it yet. The background used for the above card has been sponged with Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Pads and then the script stamped over in a blue ink.

The fish came out of my 2nd box. I was experimenting with an embossing technique where you stamp out the image using a clear embossing pad, then while still wet, add black embossing powder to the top half and silver embossing powder to the bottom half of the image. Heat set. Obviously the left over powder will be mixed, but rather than throw it away, you could store it in a separate container and use for a special effect on other projects. (I often emboss metal brads for doorknobs, the center of flowers etc..). I then used watercolours to colour in fish and a silver metallic pen to add highlights. Black Enamel Accent for fish eye and Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearl for his lips.

Upon completed assembly of all the parts (including dies), I sprayed the card with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist.


Mermaid in Sea Garden

April 16, 2016


mixed images 046I am always drawn to things which belong to the sea – seashells, fish, boats and mermaids.

I started playing with this mermaid stamp from Judikins #28141, on a piece of white card which I had spritzed with Dylusion inks (Turquiose, Teal and London Blue) then added some fish from Poppy die (Aquarium Fish #1132), saw my Stamp-It “Poppy Patch” stamp (4944E) still sitting on the table from my last set of cards, and decided to add that to the mix – and here we have it. The “Dream” wording is a rub-on from Scrap-ease. Gold BeaDazzles, Chalks, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls, Perfect Pearl Mists and Stickles were used for colour and highlights.mixed images 042