Mood du Jour

Susan Robinson
May 7, 2020

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I love colour and am always very conscious of it in my surroundings. Some days I just feel the need to wear clothes of a certain shade, and if for some reason I can’t (like I haven’t done the washing) it does affect my mood.

While I had the alcohol inks out to make the background for my last card, I thought I might as well make a few more for future ones. Playing with inks can be a messy business. I love how the pink just catches the top of her cheekbone.

Stamp: ‘Mood du Jour’ by Inkadinkado (Dawn Houser) 95241-Y

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Fairy Dust

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2020

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My 3rd card using this technique, only it didn’t really show up so well. The Perfect Pearl Mist used was ‘Bronze’. I used a wet paintbrush to bleach the colour from the fairy’s wings and mushroom heads, then highlighted circles with a white Sharpie pen. I added green with texter to grass at base of mushrooms and dots of ‘Biscotti’ Liquid Pearls to flower centers.

stamps: Rabbit and Leaves by Lavinia Stamps; Fairy by Katy Sue Designs; Mushrooms by Art Impressions

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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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Blue Boat

Susan Robinson
April 10, 2020

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This is a background technique using Kaleidacolor pads with Perfect Pearl Mists. It’s a set of 3 posts.

Kaleidacolor pads (by Tsukineko Inc) are dye inks comprised of separate raised colour sections which you push together to create the rainbow effect. I brayered the ‘Blue Breeze’ pad onto white kromekote (gloss) card for this sample.

The brayer wasn’t long enough to do the whole card, so did half the card with the darkest colour to the outside. Then swiveled the card around to do other half, meeting the lightest colours up in the middle.

Next, rather than spray the ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist directly onto the coloured card, I spritzed it onto a Teflon mat (you can use a plastic lid or tablecloth instead). This allowed me more control of where to apply the silver shimmer mist rather than get a blanket coverage. The shimmer mist will bead on the plastic mat and provide you with different effects depending on whether you dab at the droplets or swish the card through.

The exciting discovery for me was – that as the shimmer mist was being added to the card, at the same time, the liquid element of it was bleaching the colour from the blue dye ink! So cool! This will show up better on the sample I did for my next post as the colours are more contrasting. With this card using a ‘Pearl’ (whitish) shimmer mist, it’s hard to distinguish that from the water bleaching effects on the card.

The Boat Collage is from a very old Stampin’ Up set (I bought 2nd hand, no name on packaging). I stamped the center square again onto another piece of card which had been brayered with the same ink pad as the background, then Magic Mounted it into place. I used a white Sharpie pen to add highlights. The wording is from PSX F-3403, the Compass 8362-J from Inkadinkado. I actually wanted to stamp the wording directly onto the blue background as it seemed a shame to cover up all that deliciousness, but the shimmer ink is very hard to stamp over, so I took the cowards way out and stamped onto a separate card. The wording seemed appropriate for these trying times.

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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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Blue/Green Succulents

Susan Robinson
November 27, 2018

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Like the rest of the world it seems I have become enamoured with succulents of late, so when I spied this awesome napkin design in a local newsagency, I had to have it (despite the exorbitant price of $12). Somehow I can always justify the cost to myself – “why I can get at least 4 cards from each napkin!” Let the fun begin…

stamps: Succulents 6049Q by Kaszazz

All the cards I make are for sale $5 each. I often only make 1 of each though so it’s first in first served. You can contact me via email at artatticstudio@gmail.com if you have any questions, or send me the card images you’re interested in via pinterest. Go to  https://www.pinterest.com.au/artatticstudio/boards/  to see all designs.

Thanks for looking 🙂

 

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The Perfect Pair

Susan Robinson
September 12, 2018

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This was a background I started ages ago and could never find the right shape for the foreground until my new pear dies arrived and I felt they were the perfect accompaniment.

I achieved the background effect by first smearing texture paste through a damask stencil.

When dry I spritzed the card with Spun Sugar Distress Stain spray.

I tore a piece of floral napkin (that I had removed backing layers from) and glued it onto card. I used a Matt Glue so I could use it as a glue to attach napkin and also to act as a sealer over the top.

When dry I sandpapered raised areas lightly to show up the damask pattern better. I know I took photos of this process but they seem to have disappeared into cyber space somewhere sorry.

With the background complete, it was just a matter of attaching card layers and adding wording cut in gold foilboard and the 2 pears. The pears were cut from a card sprayed with Antique Linen, Crushed Olive and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain sprays. I Magic Mounted the smaller one at the front and stamped ‘Love’ onto back one.

 

 

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Fence Sitting

Susan Robinson
July 12, 2018

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So many different effects you can get with alcohol inks, depending on how you apply them. This card has been done on Yupo paper, which I find gives the most vibrant colour finish.

dies: Men Siting on Fence 17283 by Paper Rose Studio; Birds from Scarecrow set 662382 by Tim Holtz

stamps: Gum Tree 632F by Stamp-it; Moments C2768 by Hero Arts

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Oregano, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow, Bottle & Espresso

For this card, I squirted some alcohol inks onto my Teflon mat in lines, then swiped my paper through it horizontally so the colours mixed minimally. The paper kind of sucks onto the matt though so the colours do mix as you peel it off.

This will dry almost immediately. Then I stamped the gum tree and sun in black Archival ink. (Don’t use a StazOn pad as this also being a solvent ink, will cause bleeding).

I put a small puddle of Bottle and Espresso ink onto my acrylic block, picked it up with paint brush to colour in tree trunk and canopy. The Sunshine Yellow ink I placed a drop directly from the bottle over my stamped sun image and allowed it to spread out.

Cut out dies in black card, then glue into position over alcohol background. Matt onto black card, then folded orange/brown backing card.

Stamp out wording on scrap of matching card and cut to size. Sponge all edges with sepia ink and glue into position.

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Following in Dads Footsteps

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2018

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Another great Aussie die ‘Farmer and Boy’ 17511 from Paper Rose Studio.

I created the background by swiping Oregano alcohol ink over Yupo paper with a thin cotton square. Working quickly I held the paper on its side, then ran Stream, Meadow, Caramel and Rust inks in streams down it. Keep adding from both sides until the paper is completely covered. It will dry by itself very quickly.

I poured a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution into a bottle cap, picked up with a paintbrush and applied dots over card to create patterns. I then did the same with glue pen. Set aside. When dry, lay gold Fab Foil sheet over glue dots, press down with finger tips, then lift off. The gold colour will adhere to the glue dots.

Cut out complete die in black card. Cut out boy only a 2nd time. Rub silver, gold and copper Rub-Ons over boy using fingertips to colour. Magic Mount in place. Matt finished card onto layer of black then rust card, before adhering to green folded backing card.

Stamp wording onto rust card, matt onto black, then Magic Mount onto top right of card.

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