Grass Tree Silhouette

Susan Robinson
April 14, 2019

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Grass Tree earthy

Finally back in my little house again after being away for the last month, but not for long, so taking the opportunity to have a play with this silhouette grass tree by Ultimate Crafts to make a few simple cards.

Grass Tree bright

Bright pink would not be the obvious colour choice for a grass tree, but I like to do things differently sometimes. I sprayed the background paper with yellow, orange and pink Dylusion ink sprays first, before running the bottom half (which would be the tree trunk) through a Fiskars hand held corrugater. I then Magic Mounted the black card over the ink sprayed one, before assembling the remaining card layers.

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Dinosaur boy

Susan Robinson
March 29, 2019

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My youngest grandson is turning 5! He is mad about dinosaurs (spiderman & transformers), while his older male cousins are more into dragons. Hope this fits the bill.

Card was first sprayed with Twisted Citron & Broken China Distress inks, before stamping over.

stamps: “Dino” set by Basic Grey, “happy birthday” by Stamp-it

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Lots o’ love

Susan Robinson
March 23, 2019

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I haven’t been to a wedding for ages, now suddenly there seems to be a spate of them! I struggle with lovey-dovey stuff, so only managed this simple card. I hope they like it 🙂

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Purple Kookaburra

Susan Robinson
March 13, 2019

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This ‘Kookaburra on a Branch’ die (by Paper Rose) is my latest acquisition, though personally I feel his beak is not long enough. I have matched it with their “Gumleaves #2” die. The purple/blue background is from my reject box, a shaving cream experiment gone wrong. I never throw anything away, even if it’s ugly, as it could be just what I’m looking for one day.

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Purple Roses

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2019

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Different day, different colour, same die (Penny Black ‘Glamorous’ 51-117)

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Pink & Glamorous

Susan Robinson
March 3, 2019

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My husband went off fishing this morning, so had the place to myself and managed to get 2 cards done!

When posting cards in the past, I have always tried to state stamps or dies used (codes and company) and occasionally I still will but –

(1) many of the stamp images I use I have had for a long time and the companies are no longer in existence. Therefore it seems silly wasting time and going to the trouble to list such things when they are no longer available. If you’d like any further information though, I’m more than happy to answer any questions if you want to flick me off a quick email.

(2) I have run out of storage room for my dies and unmounted stamps, so once out of their packaging, they often get separated. I also often work on numerous projects at a time so things can get a little messy.

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Flowing Flowers

Susan Robinson
February 27, 2019

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Some stamp designs, while beautiful, are not very flexible in their usage. This is one such stamp. Options:

  • apply different colours
  • chop up the design into squares or mosaic pieces, then reassemble
  • stamp out only a portion of the design
  • highlight a section of the design
  • add other elements to the design
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Peonies and Ladybugs

Susan Robinson
February 18, 2019

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What are your go to colours? I lean towards this peachy shade, olive greens and aquas. I do use other colours of course, though some combinations I really struggle with (black, white and red for example).

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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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