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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Koala Christmas

Susan Robinson
November 24, 2018

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I couldn’t put my koala die away until I had at least attempted a Christmas card with it!

(Note: I have finally worked out how to post my cards at a larger size once again, hooray!)

Firstly cut out whole koala die in dark brown card, then cut out koala only in lighter grey card. I sponged around the koala body with Coffee Archival ink then Magic Mounted him over darker counterpart.

I stamped Santa Hat onto white card, coloured it in, then cut it out. Attach to top of koala’s head.

Run a pigment ink pad around edge of circle, then emboss with gold embossing powder.

Fold backing card of dark moss green. Attach white square card onto front.

Cut a circle of white card slightly larger than koala circle. Sponge this with Shabby Shutters Distress ink. Glue into middle of card front.

Stamp Santa & kangaroos in black ink across top third of circle, masking off where needed in order to elongate design. I used a T-grid to help me line them up.

Stamp Christmas wording in black ink at bottom right. 

Glue koala circle over green one – and your card is finished!

die: Koala in Tree by Paper Rose

stamps: Kangaroo Sleigh, Christmas Hat and wording – all by Stamp-it

 

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Koala Two

Susan Robinson
November 20, 2018

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To colour or not to colour ? Hmm, that is the question…

die: Koala in Tree by Paper Rose

stamp: Gumnut Flower 4851E by Stamp-it

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Koala in Tree

Susan Robinson
November 16, 2018

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‘Koala in Tree’ 17730 by Paper Rose

I loved having a play with this new koala die I bought at the craft fair last week! The koala is actually just a solid shape, ostensibly his back view, but I drew some features on him to make it look like he was facing forwards.

To colour – I mixed some black & white acrylic paints together and applied to koala body with a stipple (flat ended) brush to create that mottled look. When dry I added some features with a black pencil, 2 dots of Black Accent for his eyes and used a white Sharpie pen for lines over ears. The remainder of die I coloured with watercolours, sponging sepia ink around edges of everything when finished.

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Rose Bed

Susan Robinson
November 9, 2018

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Here are two cards I made using the same swirly rose die. The orange one above uses only a portion of the die. After cutting it out in white, I simply placed an alternative colour card behind the cut-out. After pushing all the little segments of leaves and petals out, I glued the rose outlines back into place.

For the pink card below, I cut the whole die out twice, one in white and one in light brown card. I placed the pink scripted paper behind the brown card background, but glued the white rose outlines in instead. When my card was completely assembled, I highlighted the bottom right rose only with Glossy Accents and sprinkled crystal glitter over.

 

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Keep Cool

Susan Robinson
November 6, 2018

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I love snowflakes, but with the heat waves we’re normally enduring during that period here in the southern hemisphere, they are hardly appropriate decor for our Christmas cards. But with a little imagination I have schemed some ways to incorporate them. Cool huh?! (pardon the pun).

   

I stamped out the wording in Coffee Archival ink onto kraft card, before running it through a snowflake embossing folder, then rubbed a white ink pad over the raised areas to highlight pattern.

I cut the sizzix 657838 Vintage Fan out in silver foilboard (cutting out paddles twice). The base and surround I coloured with brown alcohol inks then pushed a silver brad through fan paddles to secure them together onto kraft card. I added some extra snowflakes punched from white card and glued in position.

I sponged the edges with sepia ink, layering onto darker brown card which I deckle edged before attaching to white folded backing card.

The card below is one I made previously using a 12×12 glitter card as background:

Below are a few more Aussie themed Christmas cards I found in my box of projects to finish off. I used dark green Ultrafine Flowersoft on the grass trees (at right) to add texture.

   

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