Birds of Summer

Susan Robinson
February 10, 2019

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Doesn’t this weather just make you glad to be alive!! I love summer! So many things you can do when the sun is shining. Of course it’s best to get up early and do them before it gets too hot, haha. Change of theme now with some bird cards using Concord & 9th’s Songbird stamp set.

The first card idea was taken from Karen Baker, and the inspiration for me buying the stamp set in the first place, so I had to have a go at replicating it
(her version is better). With my not-so-great eyesight, I sometimes struggle to stay in the lines, but when trying to deliberately go over to create a loose watercolour effect, I struggle with that as well! Never mind, thought I’d share it with you anyway in case you hadn’t seen her lovely version on Pinterest. The technique of only colouring in a highlighted section of a design is very effective and one I occasionally use myself. It helped to get my creative juices flowing, then I branched out with my own layouts, incorporating in some of them, dies and stamps from other companies.

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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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Surfer Boy

Susan Robinson
January 18, 2019

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I have given myself permission to play in my craft room for a few days after being deprived of that pleasure for a while. Finding my mojo at last. Here’s one for the boys!

stamps: ‘Stephan’ by C.C. Designs; Birthday Mate 3848D by Stamp-it

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Reef Cave

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2019

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I really love this Reef Border die D1385 by Hero Arts. The backgrounds for both cards were created by sponging blue to green Distress Oxide inks across white card, then splashing with a few droplets of water (bit more obvious in the below card). The seal and turtles were taken from an All Night Media stamp and the Happy Birthday is by Stamp-it. The Mermaid below is from a Stampin-Up set.

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Come Walk with Me

Susan Robinson
January 9, 2019

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I hope everyone has had some happy times over the last month of Christmas and New Year holidays 🙂 Feeling very blessed to have 3 brothers and a sister in my life, and it was wonderful they and their families all made it home for the holidays this year!

stamp: Impression Obsession D13007

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Susan Robinson
December 23, 2018

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Christmas Poinsettia’s

There has been a lull before the storm, the 4 grandchildren left this morning and we’re back down to only 2 dogs, phew! After cleaning and sanitizing the house, I have taken the opportunity to sneak up to my attic and have a play with my new Altenew ‘Festive Poinsettia’ stamp set. I’ve already sent out my cards for this year but find it easier to carry on making Christmas cards while still in the zone.

Just experimenting stamping some in black and white embossing others, doing different centers and do I prefer landscape or portrait? I will play around a little more before choosing one design to make multiples of. I may not give everyone the exact same card for Christmas but I try to at least have a theme or chosen stamp, so I don’t inadvertently give someone the same card 2 years in a row. Awkward.

Merry Christmas everyone! And best wishes for the New Year and whatever it may bring.

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Merry Mayhem!

Susan Robinson
December 12, 2018

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FINALLY, I have made a start on my Christmas cards, and because it is last minute (and my brain has already gone to mush) I have borrowed a design from Penny Black this year. I thought it seemed simple but there were still a few steps involved, especially when making multitudes.

dies: Manger 51-254 & Winter Garland 51-249 by Penny Black

stamps: Peace, Believe, Joy 3378D by Stamp-it

Cut out Mangers in white card.

Cut out same size circles in white card. Sponges 3/4 circle with Shabby Shutter Distress ink.

Glue Manger onto green circle (with darker shading at bottom). Sponge around edges with sepia ink.

   

Cut out Garland in white card, place on teflon mat and sponge using Distress dabbers. Dry.

Cut off holly leaves at top. Draw a line down center of each leaf with a brown pencil. Sponge edges of leaves with green or brown ink. Bend leaves up from middle to shape.

Turn over stamp and ink directly onto rubber with Distress Stains. Stamp out onto strips of white card. Because the inks are so liquid, your image may not be crisp, more like a watercolour effect. If you have any that are too messy, simply don’t use them. Stamping onto a separate piece of card means you don’t ruin your main card if your stamping doesn’t turn out. When happy with your results, cut wording down as much as possible, sponge around edges with sepia (or not) and glue at base of folded white backing card.

Glue garland behind manger bauble shape, ensuring you get plenty of leaves poking out, then glue both onto card front. Glue holly leaves behind star at top of bauble and place clear sticky backed star into center of it.

To be honest I think the wording is too large and distracting. It would have been better something smaller stamped directly onto the card base, but as it is Bazzill card which is textured, I didn’t want to risk messing it up.

One of the reasons I am behind schedule with my own projects – our house (and my craft room) has been over run with grandchildren for the last week! Shown are 10 year old twins Mischa and Joaquin working on their creations. Their 2 younger brothers escaped before I thought to grab the camera. I must confess I find it a little stressful having other people in my personal ‘space’. I really need to take a chill pill though – after all it’s only paper and ink right? 🤔 Last visit I let them all loose at once, but learned my lesson and this time brought them up one at a time with a glass of wine in hand (for me). I did spread the sessions out over a few days in order to ration out my alcohol consumption😊

   

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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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