Seahorse Stew

Susan Robinson
January 14, 2018


Summertime, and the sea is calling. After a couple of divine mornings swimming in the ocean, we are in for a cooler change. The storm clouds are gathering and rain is expected tonight.

Meanwhile, back in my air-conditioned attic, I have been cooking up a creative storm with Kaisercraft’s Seahorse Embossing Folder EF234. I have had the folder for a while, taken it out on a number of occassions, but kept putting it back in the box as I was unsure what to do with it. The hardest step of any journey is always the first one. Sometimes you just have to begin, and the path will unfold before you.

On all the following 4 cards, the seahorse was first dry embossed onto white watercolour paper before various inks were sprayed over.


(Apologies for the blurriness of above photograph due to the clear film).

stamps: Hanging vines by Lavinia stamps; Beyond the Sea set (fish) by Heidi Grace; Dream set078 by Stamp-it.

die: Aquarium Fish 1132 by Poppy Stamps

stencil: Circles DYS34216 by Dylusions

inks: Fresh Lime & Polished Jade Dylusion Ink Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Caramel Alcohol Ink; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Silver Fab Foil; Silver Rub-ons; Silver Stickles; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Black Accent


stamps: Ocean Backgrounds DYR37798 by Dylusions

die: Doodles (hello) 51-128 by Penny Black

inks: Fresh Lime & Melted Chocolate by Dylusions; Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearl Sprays

accessories: Silver Starfish Charm; Clear Rhinestone; Watercolour Pencils; Waterbrush; Crackle Accent


stamps: Fish AL32 by Acorn; Bubble Stream 487D by All Night Media

dies: Sea Plants 56022 by Impression Obsession

inks: Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold & Dusty Concord Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Eggplant Adirondack Pad

accessories: Orchid Liquid Pearls; Copper Stickles, Copper Rub-Ons; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Lettuce Adirondack Dimensional Pearls; Shells


stamps: Seahorse 2723C by Stamp-it; Sea by anon; Starfish 91663-Y by Inkadinkado

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moonshadow Mist; Evergreen Bough Distress Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Crackle Accent; Copper Stickles, Dark Chocolate & Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Clear Rhinestone


The Warmth Lingers

Susan Robinson
December 13, 2017


Thinking of my father, and the empty spaces left behind…

stamps: Down by the Seaside 60-30059 by Inkadinkado; The Tide Recedes 4228F by Stamp-it

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I lifted out the trellis part, inked around the edges with a Weathered Wood Distress pad and Magic Mounted it back into place. I removed 2 of the shapes and cut out a single one from the background card which I placed above the empty spaces. The shape with birds on, I Magic Mounted up.


stamps: Sandcastle 60-00558H by Inkadinkado; Waves 481E by All Night media; Walk with Me D13007 by Impression Obsession

die: Tim Holtz Frameworks ‘Trellis’ siz659431

inks: Spun Sugar, Antique Linen & Tumbled Glass Distress Stain Sprays

For this card I glued the trellis part down flat, then lifted out 3 shapes to leave the background showing through. The shapes beneath the sandcastle, I lifted out, sponged around the edges with sepia ink and replaced with Magic Mount under 1 side only to tilt them, the 2 at top tilted right, the bottom 2 left.




Susan Robinson
July 23, 2017


I am really loving this colour combination of the ‘Scattered Straw’ & ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress Stain Sprays together with ‘Raspberry Lemonade’ Flat Fabio from Lindy’s Stamp Gang that I have used in my last two posts. So I have sprayed yet another background using them for this card.

  1. Firstly spray white card with inks to colour.
  2. Stamp out flower design (Cosmos Spray CRP263 by Stampendous) in black ink. Stamp flower heads again onto scrap of white card. Colour these in with normal colour pencils, then cut out and glue over main image. I curved the petals a bit for dimension. Colour in the stalks.
  3. Apply Glossy Accents over plaque area. Set aside to dry. I was thinking later, that Crackle Accent might have been nicer. When completely dry use a Sailor Glue Pen to add detail lines around plaque. The glue comes out blue but turns transparent when dry. When dry, lay over silver Fab Foil sheet, rub gently with finger, then lift off. The silver foil will adhere to the glue lines and leave them a lovely shiny silver.
  4. Apply Glossy Accents around edge of flower centers in a ‘C’ shape. Carefully sprinkle some ‘Purple Rain’ Beadazzles over. Make sure that your Glossy Accents in the plaque area is dry before you do this or some of the beads may stick there and you don’t want that. (Beadazzles: are micro beads/sequins mix  marketed by Suze Weinberg).
  5. Layer finished card front onto yellow matting, then Heidi (purple) Bazzill folded backing card.
  6. Stamp ‘Tiny Birthday Down’ 4095C by Stamp-it in black ink onto scrap of yellow matting card. I used a Fiskars border punch to create edging next to birthday wording. Attach this to top right of card. Cut out Happy wording and Magic Mount onto bottom left corner of card.

Row of Poppies

July 11, 2017


The flower heads of this die have been cut out and layered up multiple times, some have 2 layers, others have up to 5. After gluing them on top of each other to create different heights, I coloured them with a red Spectrum Noir pen and then poured Glossy Accents over to give them that shine.

The background was created with Dried Marigold and Iced Spruce Distress Stain Sprays on white card.


stamps: Tiny Butterfly 338A by All Night Media

dies: Row of Poppies #99137 by Memory Box


Dragon at the Gate

June 22, 2017



stamps: Moon & small Dragon by Lavinia stamps; Timepiece Collage G-3570 by PSX

dies: Cityscape Metropolis siz661804 & Halloween Shadows siz658253 both by Tim Holtz; Gothic Gate 51-146 by Penny Black; Dragon YCD10045 by Yvonne Creations;

inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays; Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Jet Black StazOn Pad; Sepia Archival Pad; Cement Antiquities Pad; Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pad; Perfect Pearl ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Fawn & Pinecone Bazzill Cards; Fig Bazzill Smoothie Card; Lt & Dark Grey & Brown Prismatic Cards; Magenta Mesh; SLove Notes – ‘Always’ Cosmo Cricket Paper

accessories: Silver Ball Chain; Lavender, Crystal & Silver Stickles; White Chalk

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents, Tombow Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Circle Punches; Notebook Fiskars Border Punch; Sponge Blocks; Water Spritzer; Heat gun; Paper Trimmer; Scorer; Metal Ruler; Awl


  1. Lightly spritz your white card with water, then with the Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Pumice Stone Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with heat gun.
  2. Cut out multiple buildings from Cityscape die in this sheet and some from the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper. Keep in mind that you are trying to replicate an ancient city, so some of the building shapes may not be suitable as they look too modern. Cut out matching rooftops in light grey or brown card. Sponge around each piece with sepia ink and glue rooftops on.
  3. Stamp out moon in silver ink. Cut out with circle punch. Spritz with Perfect Pearl PP Mist. Heat set. Sponge around edges with sepia ink.
  4. Cut out Gothic gates in dark brown card. Sponge silver ink over randomly. Place lighter brown card behind gates and cut to same size. Glue together.
  5. Cut out dragon shape in dark grey card. Highlight with white chalk and purple Stickles. Fill his eye in with crystal Stickles. Set aside to dry.
  6. Cut an A4 sheet of ivory card lengthways. Score into thirds. Find center points for 2 right panels and cut between them, then score down. Pull bottom part outwards (mountain fold – this is where the gates will be attached) and top part backwards (valley fold). See picture for layout. Cut 1st panel height shorter than others. Create decorative edge with Notebook border punch along top. Sponge with Victorian Velvet and Frayed Burlap Distress inks.
  7. Meanwhile play around with your layout, the order you want your buildings in, the position of the moon & dragon. I attached my gates into place first, then worked from the front of the card to the back.
  8. Start gluing your buildings into place, overlapping in places.
  9. Stamp the small dragon onto moon with black StazOn ink. Decide where to position moon and glue into place. Add accessories: – I stamped a clock from Timepiece collage stamp in sepia ink and cut out with small circle punch. Glue into place and cover with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry. – I cut a section of mesh off sheet to use as ladder up to clock. Glue into place. – Cut out fence from Halloween Shadows die in light grey card, sponge with Frayed Burlap ink and glue into place. – Using an awl, pierce 2 small holes near gate handles and insert silver ball chain.
  10. Cut another piece of ivory card, same length but taller than previous folded one. Score into thirds and sponge with Cement and Stormy Sky inks for sky. Glue into place behind decorated one. Decorate sky with stars using silver Stickles. Set aside to dry.

The Sea – Shell

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2017


  The Lure of the sea…

stamps: Shell 3581H by JudiKins; Background Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft; wording (custom)

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Lake Mist Adirondack Pad; Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters & Bundled Sage Distress Pads; Tattered Rose & Old Paper Distress Stain Sprays; Frayed Burlap Distress Pen

papers: Marshmallow, Adobe & Pickle Bazzill Cards

accessories: White Embossing Powder; White Dabber Paint; real Starfish; Sammy Seahorse die (for seaweed) SD365 by Joanna Sheen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; Water Spritzer, Water Brush; Sponge Block; T-grid; Scissors


  1. Stamp shell in clear ink onto Marshmallow card and emboss in white. Heat set.
  2. Spritz card lightly with water, then the Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. Heat set. If you want you can add a little shading to shell using your Frayed Burlap pen & water brush.
  3. With the aid of your t-grid, align SEA wording where desired and stamp out with black Archival pad. Mine did not stamp out really crisp black, but for this card I am happy with that weathered look.
  4. Now to create a ‘mask’ for your shell so that when you stamp the fishing net over the top, it will appear too be beneath it: Stamp shell in black ink onto scrap paper and cut out. Lay cut out over embossed shell on main card. Now that your shell is ‘masked’, stamp out the fishing net with Lake Mist pad over the top. I almost thought this colour was a little too light, so choose a darker ink if you prefer. Lift mask off shell.
  5. Cut out 2 seaweed strands from seahorse die in white card. Sponge them with combination of green ink pads. Heat set. I thought they were a bit dark, so dabbed over them with white paint to lighten and add texture. Heat set. Position on card and glue into place. Add small starfish.
  7. Lightly sponge around card edge with sepia ink, then distress with edge of scissors. Adhere finished card front onto green matting with two-sided tape, then onto backing card of pale peach.


I have used the same shell stamp for this card. 

I stamped shell with a Coffee Archival Pad onto white card, then coloured with pencils. Added highlights with a Sailor Glue pen and when dry, laid gold Fab Foil sheet over. I cut out shell and Magic Mounted it over script background.



March 21, 2017



20170321_10440920170321_104446Deep Red’s Rhinoceros stamp (SKU3x400116) is featured in both the following cards.

Sorry for lack of instructions, but my students have advised me not to put them up for cards from classes. I am more than happy to answer any queries personally though:)Africa cards-06




Colourful Floral Background

February 1, 2017


20170120_133449stamps: Large Blossom by Hero Arts; Mini Frame 850647 by Prima; 3 Wishes 3318B by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Clear Embossing Pad; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Raven & Pickle Bazzill Cards; Orange Prismatic Card

accessories: Gold Embossing Powder; Gold Fab Foil; Gold Stickles; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount

tools: Water Spritzer; Acrylic Block; Heatgun


  1. Lightly spritz white card with water, then spray Distress inks over until covered to your satisfaction. 20170119_121811
  2. Place Hero Arts floral cling stamp onto acrylic block, ink up with black archival ink and stamp over sprayed card. In this stamp, the background is solid so will be the colour of your ink (black) and the flowers are open, so they will be the colour of your paper (which is now multi-coloured).
  3. Use colour pencils to add definition and highlights to your flowers. Cut stamp out. Run Sailor Glue pen around perimeter and set aside to dry.
  4. When glue around perimeter is dry (goes on blue, dries clear), gently lay gold Fab Foil sheet over (gold side facing up), press with fingertips, then lift off. The gold colour should be left behind wherever you placed the glue.
  5. Add gold Stickles to center of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20170120_133540
  6. Matt finished card front onto green card, then orange, then folded black backing card.
  7. Mask off ‘Best Wishes’ wording at bottom of stamp (there are 3 wording choices on stamp). Ink up with black ink and stamp onto scrap of white card. Ink up frame with clear embossing ink and stamp over wording. Emboss frame with gold embossing powder. Heatset with Heatgun. Cut out frame and Magic Mount into position.

the Jury is Out

October 27, 2016


20161026_175751A few weeks ago, Ellie very kindly lent me her Stampotique stamps to have a play with, but I’m only just starting now. Firstly I wanted to get my Christmas cards out the way, then having been on jury duty for the better part of the last 2 weeks, I haven’t really been in a creative space. Now finally I have my life back, and looking at these ‘not so pretty’ images is really resonating with my mindset now. Still processing my feelings from the trial. This picture kinda says it all.

And Halloween is nearly upon us – so perfect timing!



stamps: Linda 6100R by Stampotique

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Carved Pumpkin, Worn Lipstick & Broken China Distress Stain Sprays

papers: White Matt Card; Raven & Cantaloupe Bazzill Cards

accessories: Texture Paste; Black Enamel Accents; Watercolours

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Tombo Liquid Glue; Glossy Accents

tools: The Story Stencil mini 507s by TCW; Scissors; Waterpen; Palette knife; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Sponge Block


  1. Spritz white card lightly with water, then the Distress inks. When the card is covered to your satisfaction, dry with a heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  2. Lay the stencil over now coloured card and smear texture paste through with aid of a palette knife. Set aside to dry. (Note: if your card is not completely dry before you add the texture paste, the inks may seep into the paste, colouring it, so there will be the dimension still, but not the contrast of colour.)
  3. Stamp ‘Linda’ in black ink onto card. Stamp her again onto scrap of white card and colour her in with watercolours. Cut her out and glue into position over image on card. (I didn’t worry about her hair tendrils).
  4. Sponge around edge of card with Sepia ink. Attach with two-sided tape onto matting of black card, then onto folded apricot backing card.
  5. Apply black Enamel accent to her hair and some Glossy accents to her boots. Set aside to dry.

Inky Teabag

September 20, 2016


20160825_192621stamp: Elegant Stems C8412 by Stampington

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays

papers: Ivory Matt Card; Brick & Gecko Bazzill Cards

accessories: Buttercup Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls; Copper Swirl Paperclip; Coloured Rhinestones

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

tools: Circle Punch; Paintbrushes; Heatgun; Sponging Block; Water Spritzer


  1. Dry your teabag. I opened this one right out to empty, then ironed it flat.
  2. Spritz teabag lightly with water, then your Distress inks. The water will help the inks blend together. Dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally. 20160822_192734
  3. Stamp your Stem collage onto your teabag in black Archival ink. Pick up some Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder with dry paintbrush and brush over mesh design of stamped image on teabag. 20160822_191345
  4. Stamp image again onto ivory card. Tear along bottom and right hand side of ivory card and sponge the edges with sepia ink using sponging block. Attach to brick (reddish) layer, then onto folded green backing card with two-sided tape.
  5. Stamp postal mark only onto scrap of ivory card.  Cut out postal mark with circle punch. Sponge edges with sepia ink. Put square of Magic Mount beneath it and set aside.
  6. Squirt some Buttercup Liquid Pearl out, pick up with fine paintbrush and apply to flower heads. Affix coloured rhinestones to base of flowers. Set aside to dry. 20160822_19302420160822_193103
  7. Apply glue stick to back of teabag, then lift gently into place over same image on ivory card, lining them up carefully. The teabag material will not be completely flat so it can be a little tricky, but try to get the sides of the teabag lined up with the edges of the card as much as you can. 20160822_195024
  8. Fix circular postal mark into position. Secure teabag tag to top of card with spiral paperclip. 20160825_192621