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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Grateful

Susan Robinson
November 1, 2018

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Goodness it’s busy this time of year! I’ve hardly had a chance to get into my craft room, though I did have a quick play the other day to try out my new watercolour set. Unfortunately the card I stamped onto was not great (too absorbent) but didn’t have time to re-do. I was quite happy with the watercolours however. They come with a water brush which has it’s own pocket to tuck into. I like the colour coding visual at the base of each layer and how they fold away – great for travelling. There is a sponge on top to wipe your brush clean on and the plastic base which supports them can be used as a palette to mix your colours on.

stamp: ‘Grateful for Everything’ by Concord & 9th

watercolour set: from shutupandgiftme.com

   

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Aussie Christmas Trees

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2018

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I’d like to share with you once again one of my favourite techniques, as it is so simple yet effective, quick, easy and colourful! And I have chosen this ‘Boab Tree’ image (by Stamp-it) as it’s nice to add a little Aussie flavour to our Christmas cards, especially if they’re being sent overseas.

  

Stamp out chosen image in black Archival (water-proof) ink onto watercolour paper. Use small Distress pads in your preferred colours, to ink up a small acrylic block. Lightly spritz the block with water, then lay block ink-side down over stamped image. Press block down with fingertips to push inks into paper, then lift off.

You can now spritz image with more water to help blend inks together or use a wet paint brush/waterbrush to pull inks into desired areas. Once you are happy with the results, dry with a heatgun before adding further embellishments.

 

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Anchors Away

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2018

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I have been selling my cards at the Art Market on board the ‘Decoy’ tied up at the South Perth foreshore, so this card seems appropriate subject matter:) The next one is on the 21st Oct but I can’t attend, but hopefully some of you can make it along for the 4th November to say hello!

   

I stamped out the German Anchorage stamp in black ink onto white card, dried it, then put a wash of yellow and blue watercolour over. I coloured everything in, adding gold and copper foils to the anchor. I stamped the seagull out a 2nd time onto scrap white card, cut out body only and Magic Mounted over original. The starfish I dotted with pale blue Liquid Pearls.

   

I stamped the seahorse (by Deep Red) onto scrap of white card, coloured in blue and cut out. I added clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to cheek, Crackle Accent to hollows of body and tail, and Star Dust Stickles to fins. When dry I Magic Mounted into place entwined with seaweed die cut. The seaweed I coloured with various Distress Stains (mainly Rust) and highlighted tips with Copper Liquid Pearls.

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Christmas is Coming

Susan Robinson
October 5, 2018

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I have put my name down to do the Art Market on the “Decoy” this Sunday 7th Oct and on the 4th Nov. I didn’t take any Christmas cards with me last time as I thought it was too early – but apparently it’s never too early! So I have been busy all week going through my Christmas box of bits, finishing off cards that I had started but put aside for whatever reason. Here are just a few…

      

   

   

   

   

   

   

   

All stamps are by Stamp-it Australia, apart from the first tree card (Penny Black) and Winnie the Pooh (All Night Media).

 

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Nautical Compass

Susan Robinson
September 29, 2018

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The sun is shining and the wind is blowing, nice day for a sail.

stamp: Windward 1073G by Stamp-it

embossing folder: Compass set siz658574 by Tim Holtz

To create this card, I first placed some sticky-backed silver foil card through the ‘Compass’ embossing folder. I then poured some alcohol inks (espresso, mushroom & stream) directly onto the foil card to colour. I used a paint brush and sponge to help move the ink around and ensure it got into all the crevices. You have to work fast though as the inks dry quickly.

When dry, I lightly sanded the card, erasing the colour from the raised areas and showing up the silver card beneath.

Next I stamped out the boat twice onto white card. One I coloured in the hull and sea, the other I used as spare sails to cut out and Magic Mount over original. I cut around the image on left side and tore paper beneath the water, leaving the right side of card with a straight edge.

I applied some Crackle Accent over ship’s hull and set aside to dry. Meanwhile I tore some cardboard from an old box to size and sponged around with sepia ink. Attach the white card with boat onto the torn cardboard.

Lastly I poked 3 holes at the top right of card and secured brass brads through. This turned out to be a lesson in patience as I had already stuck down the foil card, so had to lift it again in order to secure the dark brown thread beneath, which I then wound around each brad as shown. I just felt it needed something to fill that space and couldn’t find a suitable wording.

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