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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Following in Dads Footsteps

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2018

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Another great Aussie die ‘Farmer and Boy’ 17511 from Paper Rose Studio.

I created the background by swiping Oregano alcohol ink over Yupo paper with a thin cotton square. Working quickly I held the paper on its side, then ran Stream, Meadow, Caramel and Rust inks in streams down it. Keep adding from both sides until the paper is completely covered. It will dry by itself very quickly.

I poured a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution into a bottle cap, picked up with a paintbrush and applied dots over card to create patterns. I then did the same with glue pen. Set aside. When dry, lay gold Fab Foil sheet over glue dots, press down with finger tips, then lift off. The gold colour will adhere to the glue dots.

Cut out complete die in black card. Cut out boy only a 2nd time. Rub silver, gold and copper Rub-Ons over boy using fingertips to colour. Magic Mount in place. Matt finished card onto layer of black then rust card, before adhering to green folded backing card.

Stamp wording onto rust card, matt onto black, then Magic Mount onto top right of card.

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Bird on Wire Fence

Susan Robinson
July 8, 2018

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Still playing with alcohol inks. When I do backgrounds, I usually make a batch of them at a time so I have some ready prepared in the event I need to make a quick card. Saves time. Plus inks can be messy and I’m not always in the mood or dressed appropriately.

die: ‘Bird on Wire Fence’ 17403 by Paper Rose Studio

stamp: Happy Birthday 3320C by Stamp-it

alcohol inks: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rust, Stream, Lettuce, Oregano

Create alcohol ink background. This is always a serendipitous journey. Even if using the same colour inks, each time you swipe it through, you will get a different result. I love it!

I cut out the complete die twice, and then the bird only a 3rd time.

I wanted to use a combination of silver, gold and copper Fab Foils over the wire. I thought they would compliment all the colours in the background and be a bit more arty. I did each colour separately, appling glue to the places that I wanted silver, setting aside to dry, appling the silver Fab Foil, then the same again for the gold, then the copper. A bit more time consuming but not so messy.

Once I had foiled all the wire, I Magic Mounted the die onto my alcohol ink background. I then took my 2nd copy of the die – cut off all the wire, leaving only the fence posts and bird with grass along bottom, and Magic Mounted this over original. The extra bird I had cut, I edged with white ink, then Magic Mounted it over others.

I decided to loop some real silver wire into place over the paper spirals for a more realistic effect. I secured into place behind posts.

I stamped and embossed birthday wording in silver onto light green card, sponged sepia ink around, then matted onto black corrugated card and glued into position at top right of card.

I matted card front onto black card, then onto Butterscotch folded backing card.

 

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Kangaroo in Forest

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2018

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Alcohol ink backgrounds with black silhouettes.

die: ‘Kangaroo in Forest’ 16948 by Paper Rose Studio.

stamp: ‘Good Planets’ D-752 by Print Blocks.

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Butterscotch, Stream, Lettuce

For this background I applied puddles of alcohol inks onto a teflon mat, then swiped my Yupo paper through it. I then placed a few drops of Stream, Rust and Lettuce onto a thin cotton pad attached to an applicator tool, and proceeded to stamp randomly over the bottom half of card until all the white was covered. That’s how the pebble effect was created.

I cut out the ‘Kangaroo in Forest’ die in black and glued onto alcohol ink background card. Matt this onto wheat card, then butterscotch folded backing card.

I stamped out the planet stamp in black ink twice, then punched them out in a small and larger circle. I layered these on top of each other with a green circle in between, sponging all sides with sepia ink as I went. Line up along right side of card, cutting off slither of circle at right, then glue into place.

ANOTHER VERSION:

For this card I used similar alcohol ink colours, adding Cloudy Blue for the sky and did it landscape instead of portrait. When dry I poured Stream and Sunshine Yellow directly onto the paper to make the river and sun.

I cut the die out twice. I cut off the surrounding frame and cut them both at the base so I could elongate the image. I also flipped it over so that my bird was sitting over the sun.

I wrapped twine around base of card to add texture and help disguise join mark. Assemble layers. Stamp wording.

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Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017

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Letters seem to be a thing of the past now (along with beautiful handwriting), but I still remember the excitement of getting a personal letter in the mail! I am always drawn to designs with postal marks or lovely script on them. And of course fairies are a constant favourite. This is a Stampendous stamp CRW099 “Birthday Fairy”. I stamped image in black Archival ink over an alcohol ink coloured background, and again onto some white card so I could colour in the fairy, cut her out and mount over image on coloured card. I placed a bit of Magic Mount under her skirt to lift it up but glued the rest of body down onto card. Drizzled some Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkled glitter over whilst still wet. Added silver Stickles to star on wand. Assembled finished card front onto various coloured matting cards. The pink spirals is a scrap from a plastic sheet by KI Memories. Added some rhinestones for bling. See below for slight variations – same, same, but different: The one below was a bit hard to photograph as the light reflected off the silver alcohol inks in the background and silver stickers.

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Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

admin
July 25, 2016

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butterfly formation 006I have a new butterfly die! Memory Box #99145 reverse Butterfly Collage die. The wording is from Unity Stamp Co’s Empowered Words DD-960A.

Cut the die from a piece of white kromekote (gloss) card which has been coloured with various Alcohol inks. Place plain ivory card beneath the cut-out to highlight the butterfly pattern. Lightly sponge the butterfly wings with a dark purple chalk and smudge some Lavender Sticbutterfly formation 007kles around the wing tips. Draw the butterfly bodies and antennae on with a black Zig pen.  Stamp the wording with a black Archival pad (note: don’t use a StazOn pad or it will re-act with the alcohol inks, and some dye pads may not dry on the gloss card). Mount finished card front onto backing layers to frame.

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Let the Carnival begin

admin
May 29, 2016

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carnival 002Let the carnival begin! Oh wait, I forgot to dress – or did I? What the hey, who will recognise me with my mask on anyway?

Feeling in a fairly festive mood, having just come back from holidays.  And the best part is – I’m STILL on holiday!

This mysterious lady is from an equally mysterious stamp company, as there are no markings on the woodblock at all to identify her origins. Because of the block shape, I am guessing it may be a “Collections” stamp by Julie Van Oosten, but can’t give you a code sorry. Anyway, I like her.

I stamped her with Jet Black Archival pad onto gloss card that had been coloured with “Cloudy Blue”, “Sandal” and “Pebble” Alcohol inks. I stamped it a 2nd time onto some scrap gloss card, so that I could cut out the nautilus shell, and half circle at top of design. The nautilus I painted with White Opal Liquid Pearls, then went over with Tea Dye Distress pen to colour slightly, before magic mounting onto card. The half circle at top of image I sponged with turquoise and brown inks before fixing to card. The double border around it’s base, I foiled in silver, using a Sailor glue pen and Fab Foils. I coloured the building in background with Tumbled Glass Distress pen and highlighted the arc to left with Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls. I added Patina and Silver Stickles over lady’s necklace.

I cut a few extra strips of shorter length from the background card off and adhered them to the right of stamped image. Dots of Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls were then added to decorate before setting aside to dry. I sponged around the edges of all gloss card pieces with Sepia Archival ink before adhering my card layers together.

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Bird in Cage

admin
May 21, 2016

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I created this background using alcohol inks on kromekote (gloss) card. I first made concertina folds along just the edges of the card. You could carefully measure and score lines with a ruler for a neater look, but I was after a more relaxed, almost grungy look, so just folded roughly, making folds different lengths. I rubbed Blending Solution over with a sponge, then a light orange. Working quickly, I dribbled various colours of alcohol ink (Sunset Orange, Eggplant & Meadow) along folds, tilting the card to make them run along ridges created by folds. They dry very quickly.

Stamps: Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440, Lovely day wording siset046 from Stamp-It

Dies: Mini Bird & Cage set siz657207newest 002

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