Aussie Christmas Trees

Susan Robinson
October 23, 2018



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.



Butterfly Wreath

July 2, 2016


When life has you going round in circles, at least make them pretty ones!

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I never throw away my scraps of card, as they come in handy for projects like this.

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  1. First sort through your scrap drawers to find coordinating papers.
  2. Cut out your “Butterfly Wreath” 99380 Memory Box die in solid card colour (I chose red).
  3. Cut out individual butterflies from your scraps, then lay them out in the order you want them to go in.butterfly wreath 2
  4. I sponged some white card for the background in Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar & Weathered Wood Distress inks. (This was originally for another project but I changed direction. It has a wording clear embossed underneath if you look closely). I glued my butterfly wreath on, then using a circle template, cut a rounded edge on one side of card. I then sponged all edges with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.
  5. I added a square of Magic Mount to outer wing of butterflies and glue to inner wings.butterfly wreath 009
  6. After positioning butterflies, I added their antennae (which I cut shorter as I felt they were too long), then placed a dot of Petal Pink Liquid Pearls for head.
  7. When dry, I adhered finished front card to backing layers.butterfly wreath 008new but wreath 005


April 17, 2016


mixed images 038Stamps: Barramundi large 851E, Handwriting 3546H by Stamp-It.

Dies: Ship’s Compass B395 by Cheery Lynn designs & Distressed Baptisia Collage 30044 by Memory Box.

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I have 2 boxes – one full of backgrounds, the other full of stamped images in various stages of completion or rejection. Making a card from scratch can be time consuming, so if I can find a part of it already done, that’s a bonus. If I manage to get a bit from both boxes – double bonus!

Whenever I create a background, be it alcohol inks, Distress/Dylusion Sprays, whatever – I always make multiples (while I’m getting messy anyway). Sometimes I’m just playing with a new stamp, but don’t have a specific purpose for it yet. The background used for the above card has been sponged with Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Pads and then the script stamped over in a blue ink.

The fish came out of my 2nd box. I was experimenting with an embossing technique where you stamp out the image using a clear embossing pad, then while still wet, add black embossing powder to the top half and silver embossing powder to the bottom half of the image. Heat set. Obviously the left over powder will be mixed, but rather than throw it away, you could store it in a separate container and use for a special effect on other projects. (I often emboss metal brads for doorknobs, the center of flowers etc..). I then used watercolours to colour in fish and a silver metallic pen to add highlights. Black Enamel Accent for fish eye and Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearl for his lips.

Upon completed assembly of all the parts (including dies), I sprayed the card with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mist.


Christmas Angel

November 22, 2015


angelic xmas 001 This Angel stamp is from Stamp-It’s set116, the wording is 4911E Musical Holly.

Papers: White Matt Card, Icy Mint Card Shoppe & Jacaranda Bazzill cards

Inks: White Embossing Pad; Antique Linen & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Timber Brown StazOn Pad

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Baby Blue Liquid Pearls, Silver Alcohol Ink, Clear Rhinestone, Stormy Sky Distress Pen, Water Spritzer, Paint brush, Sponging Block, White Frilled Ribbon

angel - embossing1. Stamp the angel with a white (or you can use clear) embossing pad onto white card, then add white embossing powder. Heat set with heatgun. If you don’t own a heatgun, your toaster will work just fine. Just push the toaster bar down to heat, then hold card above where the heat rises and it will melt the powder through the card from underneath. DO NOT put the card inside the toaster! And NO – a hairdryer will not work as it will blow all the powder off before it has a chance to melt it. A paint stripper will though (approx 360W).

A bit hard to see much at this stage sorry being white on white, but before you heat set your image, just wipe around the angel with a soft dry paint brush to ensure there are no random speckles of white embossing powder lying about. If left, they will also be heat set and will show up glaringly once the sponged blue colour is added over the top.

angel - sponging2. Dip your Sponging Block into your Antique Linen Distress Pad and sponge over and around embossed angel image. Now do the same with the Stormy Sky Distress Pad, blending the colours together as you go. I kept a patch of unsponged white card in the top left-hand side of card to create a great white light effect that the angel is heading towards. Wipe embossed angel over with a dry tissue when finished to get off any ink that may be sitting on top.

angel - stamping word3. Stamp the wording across bottom of card using the brown StazOn ink pad. Position it so the star sits in the middle of the angel’s skirt. You may want to use a t-grid to help position it accurately. You don’t want it too close to the bottom of her skirt as next we are going to cut a slit at the base of her skirt with a scalpel blade for the ribbon.

angel - flicking silver4. Squirt some water into the palm of your hand, pick up onto fingertips of opposite hand and flick water droplets onto card. Dab card dry with clean dry tissue or paper towel. Repeat if necessary. The water droplets will bleach the colour from the Distress inks, leaving white spots behind. Next, squirt some Silver Alcohol Ink onto acrylic block and load paint brush with it (make it quite wet). Flick paint brush, causing spatter of silver droplets across card. Clean alcohol ink off acrylic block and paint brush with StazOn cleaner or Alcohol Blending Solution straight away.

angelic xmas 3 0015. Push strip of white frilled ribbon into slit cut at base of angel skirt. Secure at back with tape. Layer finished card onto darker blue card, then onto Icy Mint backing card.

6. Colour holly leaves in wording with Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Pens. Decorate berries with Baby Blue Liquid Pearls. Add Clear rhinestone to star in wording.

Note:  Many Thanks to my “Hand Models” – Beth, Pascal, Susana, Sonia, Judy, Tracey & Heidi




Winter Tree

September 8, 2015


winter tree

One of my favourite techniques at the moment – simple but effective. Apply multiple ink colours to a small acrylic block directly from your ink pads. I have used Spiced Marmalade, Stormy Sky and Walnut Stain Distress Pads. Some people spritz their block with water at this stage, but I prefer to spritz my watercolour paper with water instead. Flip your block colour side down onto wet paper, hold, then lift off. The inks will start spreading out. The results will always be slightly different each time you do this technique, depending on how much ink and water you add. I quite like the drippy effect it creates sometimes as it can look like the roots of the trees going down into the ground. You can manipulate the effect slightly with a waterbrush if you feel the need. When you are happy with the way it looks, dry with a heatgun. Stamp your tree with black Archival pad and add wording of choice.

Stamps used from Stamp-it Australia – 4618E Autumn Tree, siset032 Solitude


Conifer ChristmasOne of the new stamp designs from Stamp-it’s “Oh Deer” Christmas catalogue just released – 4988E Conifer large, siset088 Merry Christmas. I used Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Pads for this one.






Fly a Kite

June 23, 2015


pb4142K fly with meOne year old’s birthday card using Penny Black stamp 4142K “Fly with Me”, which I coloured in with Spectrum Noir pens. I sponged the background white card with Distress pads – Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey, then spritzed water through Dylusion stencil “Chequered Dot”. The letters were from Sizzix alphabet strip “Vintage Market”.