Following in Dads Footsteps

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2018


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.

Below are a few alcohol ink samples I did in the same style, the one on the right was the one I used for above card.





Bird on Wire Fence

Susan Robinson
July 8, 2018


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.



Kangaroo in Forest

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2018


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.


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.


Seahorse Sanctuary

Susan Robinson
April 3, 2018


Every now and then, a card comes along, that really speaks to me. I don’t know if it’s the colours, or the fact shells and seahorses are both favourite subject matters. Or maybe it’s a reflection of my life the way the cards construction progressed. There was no big plan, things were added and subtracted over time, until finally we arrived to where we are now. This card was cobbled together from bits and pieces torn or cut and left abandoned from other projects. I placed my background (Turquoise Perfect Pearls handwriting over Vintage Photo Distress ink) into a bag, and slowly over time kept adding things I thought might compliment them. I had the miss-matched alcohol strips and seahorse in the bag for ages, before adding the shell and seaweed, finally finishing it off with the turquoise swirly leaves. Might have to keep this one just for me.


Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017


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.        


Perky Poppy 3

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2017


My third posting in this 3 part series, suggesting ways to use this Memory Box die.

For this sample I have kept the background card and popped the flower frame back inside the space to define it. Behind it is a piece of card from my ‘background’ box, what was once white kromekote (gloss) card, brightly coloured with Alcohol Inks. I like to leave a little of the coloured card peeping around the edge, (seems a shame to cover up all that deliciousness).

Stamp wording (from Unity Stamp co) in black ink.

I added a strip of turquoise card to pick up that colour in the flower head, and some silver cord for interest. Assembled onto white folded backing card.



Of course there is nothing stopping you from doing multiple cuts of the poppy die onto your card front. Here is one made with a different coloured Alcohol Ink background.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series and gained some inspiration. There will be another series soon to follow using Memory Box’s ‘English Rose Bouquet” die.


English Rose Bouquet 1

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2017


My next series of floral cards, made using this rose die – English Rose Bouquet #99139 by Memory Box.

I really loved the cards in the last post (Perky Poppy 3) with the Alcohol inks, so decided to replicate the technique with this die. Not as effective I feel, unsure whether due to the design shape or my choice of background.


Note: when pushing out the unwanted petals, don’t lose the 2 pieces (shown at right of image), that are part of the background and need to be glued back in.

I didn’t glue the leaves down so I could bend them up to show a slither of colour from background beneath. I then wrapped some ribbon across the top and assembled card layers.

Thinking of You Brush stamp (890B) is from Stamp-it.


Frosted Poinsettia

November 14, 2016


20160930_211556stamps: Polka Run 3639H by Penny Black; Joyeux from ChristmasSTC-M01 by Delish Designs

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Antique Linen & Pumice Stone Distress Pads; Red Pepper, Cranberry, Lettuce & Pesto Alcohol Inks

papers: Frosted Film TH93048; Clear Film (acetate);  Ivory Matt Card; Raven, Pear & Leapfrog Bazzill Cards, scraps of dark green card

accessories: Cream Pearls; Tattered Poinsettia die siz658261; Spruce Stems die CC-182 by Cottage Cutz; Star Dust Stickles; Brad

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue

tools: Harlequin stencil THS016; Circle Hole Punch; Sponging Block; Big Shot Machine, Tim Holtz Applicator Tool & squares


  1. Attach a sheet of clear film to some of Tim Holtz frosted film. Frosted Film is adhesive backed. Just make sure you push all the air bubbles out as you go. Now cut out the Tattered Poinsettia petals in it.20160930_131110
  2. Add a few drops of alcohol ink to the sponge on applicator tool and apply to the petals of the poinsettia. I coloured some of the larger petals green to make them into leaves. 20160930_131026
  3. Punch a small hole in the center of each flower. Heat them with the heatgun. This will cause them to curl up. Shape as desired while still warm. They will set into the position when cool. If you’re not happy with how they’re sitting, re-heat and re-shape. 20160930_131738
  4. Assemble your flower layers and join together with brad through the middle. Smear some Star Dust Stickles over and spread with a paintbrush. Set aside to dry. 20160930_132430
  5. Lay the stencil over the ivory card and sponge the Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress inks through using a sponging block. Stamp the polka dots stamp down the left-hand side in black ink. 20160930_210245
  6. Assemble your card layers with two-sided tape – ivory onto black matting, then onto light green, then darker green folded backing card.
  7. Fix your poinsettia into position. Place pearl over brad in center. Cut out some greenery from Spruce Stems die using Big Shot machine and attach some sprigs under poinsettia using liquid glue.
  8. Stamp your wording in black ink onto scrap of ivory card. Cut left side into flag shape. Sponge edges with sepia ink and attach to card with two-sided tape. Attach small pearl into swirl.20160930_211556




Reverse Butterfly Collage 1

July 25, 2016


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.


Let the Carnival begin

May 29, 2016


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.