Create Art

Susan Robinson
July 15, 2020

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ALCOHOL INKS – I have had for ages, but only recently started using them with Yupo, which is a synthetic (plastic) sheet. It is available in different weights, but I prefer the thicker 200gsm, as it’s easier to handle. I love how vibrant it makes the colours! It can be a bit slippery though and I was disappointed when I smudged my stamp on the left. I do have a hinged stamper, but keep forgetting to use it!! Anyway, I am trying to ‘embrace the imperfection’. That’s what makes it a hand made card right?

My Blending Solution is running low, so thought I’d try substituting with the cheaper ‘Isopropyl Alcohol’ instead. A 91% or higher is recommended. Due to the current Covid situation, it proved very hard to find, as many people were buying it to make their own hand sanitisers. Bunnings were all out, Chemists only sold 64% (which takes too long to dry), Jacksons Art Supplies sell it but it doesn’t state on the label anywhere what % it is, so I didn’t buy it. Finally I found it at an electrical store, as apparently they use it as a cleaning agent. A 99.8% 1 litre bottle cost me $20. I decanted some into a small bottle with an eyedropper, and some into a mini mister.

  1. Using eyedropper, squirt some Isopropyl Alcohol onto teflon mat. Add chosen colours of alcohol inks. For this sample I used Sunset Orange, Pool and Lettuce. Swish your yupo paper through to colour until entire paper is covered.
  2. Stamp images using an Archival pad. Do not use a StazOn pad, as this will bleed, and if you use a dye or pigment ink, they will not dry.
  3. I stamped the paint tubes a 2nd time onto scrap of gloss card, coloured them in, then cut them out and positioned over stamped ones on main card.
  4. I laid the Bubble stencil over card and used a Alcohol Ink Pen (filled with Blending solution) to remove colour from select circles of stencil.
  5. Stamp wordings out. I matted and Magic Mounted the ‘Art’ into place, sponging some colour onto it to match background.
  6. I silver foiled the top of paint brush handle and tops of 2 right-hand paint tubes. I applied Glossy Accents to paint bristles and used Liquid Pearls for dots on left and for paint squeezing out blue tube.

The stamps were from an Indigo Blu magazine pack I bought from my local newsagent.

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Dresses Galore

Susan Robinson
July 5, 2020

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Getting back to my current favourite technique (recently shown in the “Seahorse Siblings’ post) of inking up embossing folders before placing your card inside and rolling through the Big Shot machine.

stamp: Dress by Stamp-it; embossing folder: Small Dress Forms by Darice; die: Mini Sewing Room by Sizzix (I cut the shoulders down to fit the dress)

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Dress Form

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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I was kindly gifted a sewing machine last year, so I thought I’d better learn how to use it! When my son was very young, I used to sew clothes for him, but when he started school, I went back to full-time work and then never seemed to have the time after that. Thirty years on and I am starting again from scratch, just don’t feel as confident this time round. Maybe because I knew he’d be a non-judgmental recipient, whereas now – I’m making clothes for me, and I might have to wear them out in public!! And material costs a bit more than a piece of paper, what happens if I stuff it up?

stamp: Dress Form E6402 by Impression Obsession

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Seahorse Siblings

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2020

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Finally got together with my crafty ladies for a day of card making, (though I rarely ever get a card completed during these sessions as I’m usually too busy talking)! It’s only our 2nd gathering for the year and I have been missing the social interaction. I always feel quite inspired afterwards, and tend to keep on crafting long after they’ve gone.

This is a seahorse embossing folder by Kaiser Craft which I have made numerous cards with previously (see my Pinterest ‘Sea Themed’ board).

I inked up one side of the embossing folder with ‘Tumbled Glass’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks and then spritzed it with water, before placing the white card inside. After rolling it through the Big Shot to emboss, the result was that the background was coloured while the raised areas of the seahorse remained white. (Always hard to photograph white sorry, and have to confess the 2nd image there was taken after completion of my card, as forgot to take a photo of that step).

To colour the seahorse, I ran a sponging block with ‘Wild Honey’ Distress Ink over raised areas, then added brown speckles. I used ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress re-inker with a waterbrush to colour seahorse body, then fine texter pens to trace around outer ridges.

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Below is a 2nd card I made, starting off in exactly the same way, just finishing off differently. I really love the contrast of the peachy pinks against the aqua background.

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Birds of a Feather

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2020

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All this rain has been keeping me indoors. I have been doing a lot of baking, but that just tempts me to eat more. Better to make cards.

I used a feather stencil to create the backgrounds for these 2 cards.

For the top sample, I sprayed shimmer inks through the stencil, which is why the design is not crisp, as ink always seems to seep beneath. I was after a soft watercolour abstract sort of look, so happy with the result.

For the card below, I first sprayed a white card with blue ink. Dried it, then placed the stencil over and sponged yellow ink through. I then ran a turquoise pen around the edge of each feather to better define them.

stamps: small birds F.0226 by Magenta; Song bird by Concord & 9th ; Happy Birthday wordings both by Stamp-it

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Headphones

Susan Robinson
May 28, 2020

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This card was inspired by a photo I took of my granddaughter. Not even a teenager yet, and already it has begun – practicing the art of escapism, the tuning out of the world around you, the act of being physically present but otherwise unavailable. Love it! I want a pair of headphones!

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Butterflies Change

Susan Robinson
May 20, 2020

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Nothing ever stays the same, embrace the changes.

die: Butterfly Wreath by Memory Box ; stamp wording by Stamp-it

The background strip is leftover from a Distress Stain sheet I did (Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass & Shabby Shutters). I lightly sponged 3 of the butterflies with coordinating inks before gluing them back into place, lifting the outside wings slightly higher with each butterfly progressively. The Bazzil base card looks very dull in these pictures, but has a much stronger tonal value in real life and matches the green in the Distressed strip perfectly.

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Cat Schedule

Susan Robinson
May 18, 2020

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Isn’t the old adage so true – “the less you do, the less you feel like doing”. Many people forced into isolation have put their time to good use and achieved a heap of things they never normally have time to do. I on the other hand, while always managing to find things to do, don’t feel I’ve actually achieved a great deal. I guess there’s always tomorrow…

stamp: Feline Set by Art Impressions

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Mother’s Day Fuschia

Susan Robinson
May 11, 2020

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I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day. I spent mine with my mother and son and we had a few visitors, including my nephew with his new baby, so that was nice. He is my mother’s first great grandchild! We resisted having a cuddle due to the ongoing virus situation, plus the poor little man had already had a big day and was feeling a tad grumpy. All he wanted was to be left in peace so he could go to sleep, which I’m sure he did as soon as the car engine started up to take him home. Look forward to our next visit. His Mum wants to start a baby scrapbook for him, so that will be a fun project we can work on together.

stamp: Fuchsia by PSX, coloured with watercolours. The paper was a little too absorbent, so not the best blending. Will have to try an alternative medium next time.

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Be Fabulous

Susan Robinson
May 7, 2020

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In the mood for purple today. Another alcohol ink background.

I think I have enabled my comments finally – so PLEASE do! Feeling a bit disconnected from the world during these isolating times.

stamp: ‘Odes’ 4520 by Hampton Art Stamps; wording by Stampin’Up

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