Seahorse Circles

Susan Robinson
November 8, 2017

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Summer has finally arrived, and with a vengeance! Trying to keep cool creating cards with a watery theme, imagining myself swimming beneath the waves with seahorses (except I usually only get the seaweed).

dies: Sammy Seahorse SD365 by Joanna Sheen; Large Ringlets 98790 by Memory Box; Sea Plants 560-ZZ by ImpressionObsession

stamp: ‘Everything you imagine’ from Stamp-it set062

I simply coloured white cardstock with various shades of blue and green dye spray inks (Dylusions & Distress) before cutting out my shapes and assembling. I used Magic Mount under the seahorse body and also beneath the rectangle the seahorse and seaweed are sitting on. I thought about putting some little fishes swimming through the bubbles, but decided against it as they would just be a distraction from the focal point. I drew the seahorse eye in and added a touch of glitter to his stomach.

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Old Chevy

Susan Robinson
September 1, 2017

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Kraft & black is my oft used go-to combination for male cards. It’s simple but it works, and no colouring in is required. For this sample I included a neutral ivory card also. All sponging is done with sepia ink. I added some Glossy Accents to the headlights, silver pen to bumper bar/grill and gold Liquid Pearl dots to background cogs.

stamps: F13461 by Dina Kowal, DK Designs/Impression Obsession Inc. The stamp is not named, I am just guessing that it looks like an old chevy or maybe a Ford?

embossing folder: Sizzix 657195 Steampunk set by Tim Holtz

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The Sea has it’s Treasures

Susan Robinson
August 1, 2017

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Silvery plankton the ‘web of life’, drift silently by

shimmering pearls within their shells in irritation lie

cruising fish and curious swimmers, keep a vigilant eye

searching for treasures, scanning for predators…

today is never a good day to die.

 

stamps: Scuba Diving 800E by Stamp-it; Fish P2290 by Art Impressions

dies: Sea Plants 560ZZ by Impression Obsession

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint & Crushed Olive Distress Pads; Watercolour Inks; Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Spray

paper: Watercolour Paper; Lava, Papaya & Jetstream Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Fusable Web; Heatgun; Fired Brick & Spiced Marmalade Distress Embossing Powders; lettuce Adirondack Dimensional Pearls; Black & Glossy Accents; Silver Liquid Pearls; Turquoise & Stardust Stickles;  Gold Scallop Shell Charm; Flat-backed Pearl; Silver Pen

 

Colour a piece of watercolour paper with blue watercolours and while still wet, lay over some Glad Wrap and scrunch up to create wrinkles. Leave to dry.

Cut short lengths of Fusable Webbing. Fold one in half and hold in place with a satay stick or similar. Heat with a heat gun. You need to work quickly. As soon as the webbing starts to melt, pour embossing powder over, tip off excess, then heat. As the embossing powder melts, the webbing will also change.

Stamp out the fish in black onto watercolour paper and colour in as desired. I added silver detail lines to the fins, some silver Liquid Pearls to his lips, dot of black Accent for his eyeball, smeared Turquoise Stickles over his upper body and finally spritzed some Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays overall. When dry I cut him in half, attached Magic Mount beneath and positioned onto card.

Cut out coral and seaweed from Sea Plants die set in white card. Sponge over relevant colour inks.

I then decorated the seaweed with splotches of Lettuce green Adirondack Dimensional Pearls. Set aside to dry. The coral I tipped over some Spiced marigold and Fired Brick Distress Embossing powder then heatset. This Distress powder dries dull and gritty like sandpaper, not shiny like normal embossing powder, so it’s the perfect finished effect for the coral.  Glue into position at base of card.

Cut loop off top of charm shell with metal pliers. Glue flat-back pearl into shell then glue shell onto card.

Stamp the diver in black ink onto top left of card. Colour in with watercolours. Apply Glossy Accents to his mask and Stardust Stickles to arising bubbles. Set aside to dry.

Attach finished card front to red and orange mattings, then folded pale blue backing card with two-sided tape.

 

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Shell Pink

admin
May 7, 2017

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One of my favourite stamps – Shell Collage by Impression Obsession D13024

       

The oval embossing folder is from PortaCraft. I have highlighted the shell inside with shimmer chalks. The other shell was just cut from a scrap of stained paper.

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Floral Mannequin

admin
October 10, 2016

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20161010_110728stamps: Mannequin E6402 by Impression Obsession; Art Pattern 4206E by Stamp-it; She DD1205A by Unity Stamp Co

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fired Brick Distress Pad; Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red Dylusion Ink Sprays

papers: White Matt Card (16 x 6.8cm) plus scrap; Lemonade (16.6 x 7.4cm) & Reed (17.2 x 16.6cm) Bazzill Cards

accessories: Colour Pencils; Assorted Flowers; Rhinestones; Fancy That die Reeds & Grasses 3 PCH-104 & Memory Box die Grand Oak Tree #98462; Dylusion Stencil Dotted Flowers DYS34018

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

tools: Big Shot; Scissors; Heatgun; Water Spritzer; T-grid

INSTRUCTIONS –

  1. Spray white matt card lightly with water, then colour with Dylusion inks until covered to your liking. Heat set with heatgun.
  2. Lay circle part of stencil over card and spritz with water. Lift off stencil and dab card immediately with paper towel to dry. The water will have bleached the colour from the inks, leaving the pattern of the stencil showing.
  3. Stamp mannequin in black ink into center of coloured card. Stamp mannequin again onto scrap of white card and colour in with pencils. Cut out the dress and tiny tag and adhere them over main image on coloured card.
  4. Stamp border pattern across bottom of card in red ink. With the help of a t-grid, line up wording vertically along right-hand side of card and stamp in black ink.floral mannequin 003
  5. Fix card front to yellow matting, then folded green backing card.
  6. Cut out leaves and reed shapes from dies using your Big Shot Machine. Arrange flowers in top left corner of card and glue in place with bits of leaves and reeds poking out. Decorate with rhinestones. Glossy Accent flowers on mannequins ribbon tie. Set aside to dry.floral mannequin 002

 

 

 

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Shell Symphony

admin
May 3, 2016

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“A seashell is never empty. It is filled with many things. It holds the sounds of crashing waves and the songs that mermaids sing.”

My mother gave me my first (bought) sea shell when I was about 12 years old. I remember being quite fascinated with it, thinking how some creature had fashioned this work of art, a little house to live in, an architectural masterpiece. I am still fascinated by them, and have added to my collection over the years.

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Stamp collage is by Impression Obsession K4364. I have used Liquid Pearls, Distress Stickles, colour pencils and some White Paint to decorate.

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