Seahorse Stew

Susan Robinson
January 14, 2018

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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

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At the Market

admin
March 29, 2017

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20170107_144241stamps: Zulu Lady 400E by My Stamps; Clay Pots 1972E by Stamp-it

inks: Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Walnut Stain Distress Pads

papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Honeycomb & Pinecone Bazzill Cards

accessories: Frosted Shrink Plastic; Gold Beads; Gold Fab Foil; Colour Pencils; Clear Embossing Powder; Gold Thread; Metallic Chalks; dried grass

adhesives: Glossy Accents; Sailor Glue Pen; Two-sided Tape; magic Mount

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tools: Heatgun; Tiny Hole Punch; Sponge Blocks; Sander

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Zebra Music

admin
March 25, 2017

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20170316_173137Like with stamps, I try to get the most out of my embossing folders. Using the same Diamond pattern embossing folder from Kaisercraft, I created 2 different looking backgrounds for the following 2 cards:

 

 

 

 

The backgrou20170106_090226nd for the Zebra card was done by using the folder like a stamp. First spritz the folder with black ink, placing the white card inside, then close it up and push down to imprint the pattern onto the white card.

Zebra stamp 4×502013 is by Deep Red. It is only a single zebra which I masked off and stamped out twice. Wording is from Stamp-it set047.

 

 

20170316_181056For this background I first sponged Distress inks over white card to cover, then embossed it with folder through Big Shot machine. I then poured clear embossing powder over and heatset. Next I sanded raised areas, then sponged black ink over.

The drums are made with black clay which has been cooked in the oven, then coloured with dry Perfect Pearl Powders.

African Drums 1962D by Stamp-it; Spirit F612 by Collections

 

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Leave Out?

admin
June 15, 2016

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To Leave out or to leave in, that is the question…

Here are a few cards that didn’t make it into my recent “Falling Leaves” class

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“The Leaf” 4809F by Stamp-it

die: “Lovely Leaf” 12839177 by Bo Bunny

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Reg leaves 015“Falling Leaves” 12105154 by Bo Bunny;  “Wording Background” 2183F by Stamp-it

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Fern Leaves” 2467D by Stamp-it; “Thinking…”3424D by Penny Black

dies: “Tattered Leaves” siz656927; Mini Labels” siz657214

embossing folder: “Endless” C0723294 by Couture Creations

 

 

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Green leaf was created by attaching frosted to clear film, colouring with alcohol inks, stamping words over, spritzing with Brushed Pewter Distress stain spray and heating with heatgun to set inks and curl leaf into desired shape.

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Honeycomb Wildflowers

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May 9, 2016

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My second floral card from my travel stash (see previous post), using Penny Black stamps “Whispers” 3377K and “To say Hi” 3409E. I coloured flowers with pencils, then went over orange ones with glitter chalks. I used “Orchid” Liquid Pearls over the lavender-like stalky flowers. The background was created with Tim Holtz embossing folder “Honeycomb” from set siz657846. I coloured solid half of folder with “Shaded Lilac, Crushed Olive & Dusty Concord” Distress inks, spritzed lightly with water, then placed white card inside and pressed down, but didn’t emboss. I sponged around edge of white cards with “Seedless Preserves” and “Dusty Concord” Distress inks.

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Gumnut Babies

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March 9, 2016

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Some gumnut baby cards to welcome soon to be Aussie’s to the world. Fairly generic, so could be for a girl or boy (though I’d be tempted to incorporate a little pink if I knew it was a girl).

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May Gibbs design “Just Peeking” K476 by Stamp World, 100% Love 3524C by Stamp-It Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Nestling Babe” 846E and “Baby” 3132D by Stamp-It Australia; Sizzix “Vintage Scale” and embossing folder siz658467

 

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