Dragon Love

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2020


Even dragons need a little love. My husband is born in the year of the dragon, and he’s an Aries, which makes him a double fire sign!! He even has a tattoo of a dragon on his shoulder. I didn’t think of the symbolism of this card until afterwards.

This was a shaving cream background I wasn’t very happy with, so banished it to my ‘backgrounds box’ in the hope that one day it may be given a new life. I haven’t quite mastered the art of the ‘shaving cream’ technique yet. I have my own way of doing it and I like the results better (see under ‘techniques’ categories at right). I originally had visions of placing the girl and her dragon inside a cave with a bonfire, but that small area of light above her head made me see a window, so I just drew that in. So then I needed to make it look more like an inside room, hence the light (die) and ceiling cornice (created with an embossing folder). Quite happy with the way it all came together in the end.


Fly Away Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 2, 2020


Card for her twin brother. After being organised so far ahead of time with the ‘Pet Dragon’ card, this one was a last minute slap dash affair I’m afraid. Consequently in my hurry, I caught the sides of the sponging block while shading around the moon, creating lines. I tried to blend the (water soluble) inks out with a water pen, but the paper was too absorbent and it just soaked in. Aahh! The card I used was one I had previously sprayed with Distress Stain Sprays (Mustard Seed and Aged Mahogany I think), then put aside. Inspiration came from ‘Lavinia Stamps’.

I have shown this hilly background technique in a previous post (see Cherry Tree under Leaves/Trees catagory) but it’s been a while and thought you might like a refresher. You could do the background hills first if you prefer as they are lighter in colour, then do the darker hills in the foreground, either way. The inks I used were all Adirondack dye inks – ‘Slate’ edged with ‘Eggplant’ for the darker foreground hills, ‘Current’ edged with ‘Mushroom’ for the lighter background hills. I then added a bit of ‘Current’ to the base of the foreground hills to spread that pink glow reflecting from the moon.

For the moon I cut out a circle, laid it into position, then sponged lightly around it with ‘Current’ Adirondack dye ink. Just ensure the circle doesn’t move while doing this! I sponged some ‘Slate’ around edges of whole card to finish, before adhering to backing cards.

stamps: Dragon and Birds by Lavinia stamps; Winter Trees 05521 by Deep Red; wording by Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous


Pet Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 1, 2020


The twins are turning 12! All the grandkids are into dragons at the moment, and wouldn’t it just be SO cool to have your very own dragon pet?! I was really happy when I came across this stamp last year, as it is hard to find images of that theme geared towards girls. Had to have a little play with it straight away, but couldn’t post until I had given it to her for her birthday. I will show her brother’s card tomorrow.


Would I Lie to You?

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2018


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.



Dragon in Training

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2018


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.



Sleeping Dragon

Susan Robinson
July 31, 2018


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


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.


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.