Seahorse in Spring tones

Susan Robinson
January 16, 2021

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Keeping with the seahorse theme for one more post before we get onto more Australian subject matters. The seahorse cards all have Alcohol ink backgrounds, this one using Sunshine Yellow, Raspberry & Pool, on Gloss Card. The green and purplish tones were created where the colours overlap. I stamped the image onto the left side of the coloured card, which had more of the blue tones, and will save the other half for another project.

After I coloured in the top shell (as shown in RH photo), I didn’t like it, so stamped the image out again onto white scrap card (as I did for the seahorse), cut it out and re-coloured it lighter, then Magic Mounted it into place. The white Sharpie pen I used around the inside perimeter of each bubble, and to add lines to the circular coral. Apart from watercolour pencils to colour, I used Gold Liquid Pearls and Distress Glitters (White Picket Fence on shell, Wild Honey on Seahorse) as highlights.

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Seahorse in Summer tones

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2021

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Summertime, and I’m enjoying my swims! How lucky I am to be living in this beautiful country, with this fabulous weather, so close to the beach and having the time to visit it every day. Counting my blessings.

Shell Pink, Cloudy Blue & Hazelnut Alcohol inks on Yupo paper created the background for this card. Not the usual colour combination for underwater scenes, but I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Probably because it has my favourite seahorse die (Sammy SD365) from Joanna Sheen in it. Below is how it all began. Reminded me a bit of a shell, so that’s what I started with, playing with shell shapes.

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Yellow Flowers

Susan Robinson
August 17, 2020

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Stamping over alcohol inks can sometimes be a bit tricky, colouring the image in can be trickier! If you’re not feeling brave enough, there are other options. Obviously die cuts are an easy out. But if you want more depth, you could always stamp onto a separate white card, colour in, then fussy cut out and glue image into place.

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Leaf Relief

Susan Robinson
August 13, 2020

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This alcohol ink background seemed a bit too busy to stamp over, but makes a stunning backdrop for this simple leaf shape (by Alexandra Renke) cut out in gold card. I used gold stickers for the Happy Birthday, and stuck some amber rhinestones on to finish. Simple but effective.

Below is another card I made using the ‘outside’ of the same die. I didn’t bother putting some of the tiny pieces back in. Was wondering whether to add some tiny pearls or not though? Hmm…

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Embossed Leaves

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2020

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“We live for the bounties of Fall, but the harvest of Friendship is blessed above all”.

After running this rather bland green and silver alcohol ink background through the Big Shot inside an embossing folder, I sponged a darker green ink over the top to highlight the raised pattern of leaves. (Make sure you use an Archival ink).


embossing folder: Endless CO723294 by Couture Creations

stamps: Autumn Leaves CR-03870 by Just Rite Papercraft; Single Leaf 2468C by Stamp-it Australia

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Relax Cowboy

Susan Robinson
August 7, 2020

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A way of adding interest and dimension to an otherwise boring alcohol ink background, is to run it through an embossing folder.

This would be a good card for Father’s Day. Sadly my father passed away a few years ago so I don’t make those cards anymore.

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Be Empowered

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2020

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Blue foil was used on this card, just for contrast. I have a few more alcohol ink cards to come, but this is my last foiled background – for the time being. I have been stuck at home with a cold all week, and in the current covid climate, thought it best to self isolate (in my craft room of course!). So have had some extra play time.

stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection, ‘Time Travellers’ CMS157; Unity Stamps ‘Empowered Words’ DD-960A

dies: Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations ‘Gearhead’ 661184

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Deep in the Forest

Susan Robinson
August 1, 2020

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Inspiration for this layout was from Tracy of ‘Lavinia Stamps’ who I purchased the fairy and mushroom stamps from. I must say I had particular trouble stamping them out, though I have had them a long time so maybe they’re getting old? They stamped out fine on matt card, but I had to stamp them out about 5 times on the Yupo before I got a decent blackness. Thank goodness I remembered to use my hinged stamper! I ended up capping the mushrooms, but they still didn’t turn out black enough, and used dies for the rabbits instead of doing more stamping. I applied Copper Foil to this background. I thought it was a little dark, but the foiling helped to lift it a bit, as did the glitter sphere around the falling fairy.

Always hard to photograph the foiling in the cards, depending on how the light catches them, so I took a few from different angles.

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Blushing Hearts

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2020

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I am loving my alcohol inks at the moment and the beautiful effects you can achieve! This background was created by dripping various inks onto a Teflon matt together with some Isopropyl alcohol and swishing my Yupo card through. After waiting approx 1 min. until most of the ink is dry but you can still see wet areas where the ink has pooled – that is the time to place your foil sheet (colour side up) over it. I have used Gold for this sample. The foil should adhere to the sticky bits. Keep lifting and replacing your foil over your card until sure no more of the foil is going to stick. Sometimes you can get seams of foil (depending on how your inks have dried), but mostly I seem to get glints of foiling. Maybe it is determined by the foil sheets used? I have been using a brand called Fab Foils.

I chose a nice open die design so as not to cover up too much of the inky deliciousness, the gold hearts complimenting the gold foiling in the background.

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The Darkest Night

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2020

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This musician comes out of a nightclub in the early hours, his faithful dog waiting at the back door. Together they walk through the quiet streets, his adrenalin still pumping from the hours of playing, too wired to sleep. Eventually he leans against a lamppost, and slowly lifts his saxophone to his lips and starts to play softly, soulfully. Slowly the sun creeps over the rooftops, shining onto the puddles, illuminating the paving stones still wet from the evenings rain. And so a new day begins.

Another alcohol ink background, created by swishing Yupo card through alcohol inks (Sunshine Yellow, Pesto and Pitch Black) with Isopropyl Alcohol on a Teflon mat. The Pesto has some brown elements to it and the Black, some purple. Makes for interesting results. I really love how this one turned out! Consequently I didn’t want to cover it up too much, so chose my stamp and die carefully.

I have been experimenting with foiling my alcohol ink backgrounds. You should be able to see the gold veins through the above card. This only seems to work on Yupo, not gloss card. As Yupo is plastic, not paper, the inks stay wet a little longer, and actually get slightly ‘sticky’ where the inks pool. This allows the foil to adhere. Success is all about the timing! Put the foil sheet on too early, and the inks simply lift off with the sheet, ruining your lovely inky pattern. Put in on too late, and the inks are dry and none of the foil will stick. Bit tricky, but fun. If you mess it up, just add more alcohol inks and try again. I have 2 more samples to follow.

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