Sunset at the Swamp

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2018

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Reflections on the day.

stamps: Reeds from Kaszazz; Begin Each Day BB0441-E by Verses rubber Stamps

dies: Elegant Shorebirds 99730 by Memory Box; Scribble Trio 1693 by Poppy Stamps

Sponge white card with Distress inks. Stamp reeds in black ink.

Cut out dies. The one I used for the sun is not exactly spherical, but felt I could get away with it. Sponge to match background. When I was stamping the reeds, some of the background rubber showed up, which is always a bit annoying, so I cut out a second wing for my flying bird in order to cover the ink smudge.

Glue shapes into place, then stamp wording in black. Attach finished card front onto matting of black, then folded backing card of mauve.

 

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Blue Night Teabag

admin
September 20, 2016

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20160814_221537stamps: Birds in the Trees D1365 by Memory Box; Sun 2953C by Penny Black; Live Inspired DD960A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Antique Linen Distress Pad; Denim Adirondack Pad; Tumbled Glass Distress Stain; London Blue Dylusion Spray

papers: White Matt Card; Mid-brown Prismatic & Fawn Bazzill Cards

accessories: Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Silver Alcohol Ink; Teabag (used)

adhesives: Glue Stick, Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount

tools: Sponging Block; Water Spritzer; old Toothbrush; Heatgun (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Dry, empty and iron your teabag. Stamp birds in trees onto teabag in black ink. Stamp them again in the middle of white card.  Dab Tumbled Glass Distress Stain over both to colour. Set teabag aside to dry. Continue colouring white card by spraying London Blue Dylusions ink above the lighter blue. Spritz with water a little to blend. Set aside to dry or speed up process with heatgun.20160814_21274120160814_213050
  2. Sponge white card with Antique Linen Distress ink until all white is covered. Sponge all edges with sepia ink.
  3. Glue stick back of teabag and position on main card, lining up tree branches. Stamp sun (moon) in clear Versamark pad across both. Pick up some gold Perfect Pearls with a dry paintbrush and brush over moon to colour.20160814_21324720160814_215735
  4. Sponge denim ink across top of card to darken night sky. Give silver Alcohol ink bottle a good shake. Tip very small quantity onto tip of old toothbrush and flick with thumb over night sky to create stars.20160814_221427
  5. Stamp ‘live inspired’ wording in black ink vertically alongside outside edge of teabag.
  6. Attach finished card onto mid-brown matting, then folded fawn backing card. Put a square of Magic Mount onto back of teabag label and attach at base of card.
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3D Card Boxes

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January 31, 2016

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3d Card Boxes are great as they can be adapted to any theme or colour scheme and are so dimensional and visually eye catching, yet can be folded flat for posting or storage. My Dad, who has dementia, was recently in respite for a few weeks, so I made the ladies that looked after him a box each as a token of my appreciation. They did a great job.

Butterfly Box 1Butterfly Box 2Butterfly Box 3

 

 

 

 

Dragonfly Box 1    Dragonfly Box 2Dragonfly Box 3

 

 

 

 

Bird Box 1Bird Box 2Bird Box 3

 

 

 

 

Pink Rose Box 1Pink Rose Box 2Pink rose Box 3

 

 

 

 

Concertina Flower Box 5Concertina Flower Box 4Concertina Flower Box 2

 

 

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Inky Birds

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August 3, 2015

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pelican bird 4947E flamingo While on the subject of birds, here are some cards I made using Dylusion ink sprays to loosely colour. You can manipulate the ink spread slightly with the help of a waterbrush if you like. Stamps: Flamingo 4947E & Pelican 2522E by Stamp-it Australia

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Owl Trio

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June 23, 2015

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owl trio - raw

Sometimes I set myself little challenges to use a particular stamp, product or paper that I’ve had a while. I always keep the front cover page from Basic Grey packs I buy as they’re lovely and matt and of course co-ordinate beautifully. The squares are quite tiny though – which is the challenging part. I decided to use the paper pieces with Stamp-it’s “What a Hoot” si2733D stamp, which is not what I would classify a flexible image, but by changing colour schemes and layout, you can achieve quite different looking end results.

owl trio - pinkowl trio - orange, turquoiseowl trio - brown foiledowl trio - red, blue

 

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