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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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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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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Frilly Oval

Susan Robinson
September 16, 2018

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Just a quick post showing 2 cards I made from the same oval die, one card using the cut-out oval and the other using the surround only. 

For some reason my blog will no longer allow me to post images any larger than this, so I hope you can see the details okay. Every time things update, they change! I had to have a little break from my blog earlier this month as all the issues I have had with technology this year has been completely doing my head in. I also ended up deleting many of my posts whose pictures had vanished (oops) as it was too hard and seemed pointless, to re-do them all. All cards should still be showing on my Pinterest boards though.

  

I gold embossed around the edges of the oval cut-out on the green card.

  

I sponged around the inside edge of the oval cut-out with sepia ink on the cream card. The surround was Magic Mounted over a background done with shimmered texture paste through a fine TH Rose stencil.

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Waratah

Susan Robinson
August 16, 2018

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This Waratah design is from Stampin’Up’s discontinued “Bloom Away” set.

Sometimes I feel uncomfortable with empty spaces looking at me and get the urge to fill them. That’s what happened with this card, I just kept adding things to it, hard to know when to stop.

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The Waratah stamp used on the 2 cards below is from KaiserCraft set ‘Road Trip’.

The butterfly stamp is from Magenta and the wording from Stamp-it.

This next one has turned out to be one of my favourites I think.

I inked up an acrylic block with pink down the middle and yellow around the outside. Spritz with water then stamp out. The colours will bleed together a bit creating an orange/red tone. Dry.

    

Colour in waratah with colour pencils, adding smears of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to flower head. When dry, cut out flower head as one, and all leaves individually. Magic Mount flower head to corner of inked rectangle, gluing leaves into place separately.

  

I found the background in my infamous ‘box’ of pre-done ones. The colours matched (would have been Distress Stain Sprays) so just stamped Penny Black ‘Classic Border’ 2005J down side and attached layers to complete card. Friendship stamp is from Hero Arts set ‘Hand Drawn Captions’ LL020.

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Banksia

Susan Robinson
August 13, 2018

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This is the Banksia design from Stampin’Up’s ‘Bloom Away’ set. I experimented a bit more with the colours and presentation of this one. Hope you like them:)

For the card above, I first stamped the Banksia image onto white card with clear pigment pad and embossed with clear powder, before running ‘Picked Raspberry’ and ‘Fired Brick’ Distress Stains over the top.

After stamping the image onto ivory card with a black Versamark pad and colouring with watercolour pencils, I added smears of ‘Rouge’ and ‘Pumpkin’ Liquid Pearls to flower head.

I stamped the Banksia image multiple times with gold Delicata pad onto black card. I then stamped and embossed it in gold on a separate piece of black card. This one I coloured in with Forever Red and Forever Green Perfect Pearl Powders, which I mixed with water to make a metallic paint. Cut it out and Magic Mounted over image on main card.

I coloured this Banksia pink with watercolour pencils, then added ‘Buttercup’ Liquid Pearl smears over the top of the flower head. That’s the great thing about flowers – they come in a variety of colours.

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Would I Lie to You?

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2018

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My last dragon card for now, but no it’s not for kids though it certainly takes me back to my childhood. Not many people stay with you your whole life, but thankfully my siblings are still around. We keep each other grounded and humble, haha. What would we do without their steadfast support and mentoring?

stamps: Cheeky Dragon 1250LM by Lucy’s Stamps, Happy Birthday by Stampin’ Up. The balloon was from another stamp which I added on. The wording I did on the computer.

I saw this wording on a card many years ago but can’t remember where sorry. It just stuck in my head (at least the gist of it did, the wording may have been slightly different). I thought it was cute and thought I’d store it at the back of my mind to use myself one day.

 

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Dragon in Training

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2018

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Another fun little card for my grandchildren.

Life is a journey, a continual process of making mistakes, hopefully learning from them and moving on.

stamp: Lg Dragon CT116G by Artee Stamps; Campfire B02622c by So Suzy Stamps

dies: Houses 118-H by Impression Obsession; Hanging Cloud Border 98835 by Memory Box; Inside Out Alphabet 657827 by Sizzix. Dragon wording I just did on the computer.

Oops! Did I do that?!

I love the way the googly eye swivels, so the dragon appears to be looking down in horror at his misdeeds.

 

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Sleeping Dragon

Susan Robinson
July 31, 2018

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Rules of Survival

stamps: Dragon Sleeping G00210c by So Suzy Stamps; Castle by Lavinia Stamps

die: Pine Trees CR1287 by Marianne Design

inks: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Pads

INSTRUCTIONS:

Stamp dragon in black ink. Tear a curved line in scrap paper for hill shape. Lay it into position on card (protecting sky area). Sponge over Milled Lavender to create hill, then sponge down and around dragon too. When you lift off the scrap paper, you should have a softly undulating hill in your background.

Stamp your castle in black ink. Tear a smaller piece of scrap paper for this hill, making sure you ground your castle. Sponge Dusty Concord for this one to make it appear further in the distance.

Sponge Weathered Wood lightly across the top of card for sky, making the sky darker nearer the top edge with Stormy Sky. I ran a wet paintbrush from castle and along side of hill for road.

Colour in dragon. I added Star Dust and Lavender Stickles after and some Orchid Liquid Pearls for his spots.

Cut out trees from purple card and glue into place. I added a little white to trees and more purple ink to hillside.

I just did up the wording on computer, printed onto white card which I cut into tag shape and Magic Mounted on.

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Grass Tree

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2018

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I have been doing Australian themed cards for the last few weeks, and frankly am a bit over it and ready to move on. This is my last gasp…

stamps: Blackboy 11H by Stamp-it; Thank You by Stamp’in Up

Stamped in black ink onto kraft card, coloured in with Distress re-inkers using a waterbrush. Gold Liquid Pearls added to flower stalk and Wild Honey Distress Stickles smeared over rocks at base.

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