Green Bug

Susan Robinson
June 30, 2020


I had some unfinished business with these bugs! I normally like to post in themes (I still have a few more sewing cards to come) but thought I’d break it up a bit, before moving onto ‘Alcohol Inks’. Really excited by some of the backgrounds I’ve made, just have to decide now how to decorate them.

  1. Colour card using ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ and ‘Jack in the Pulpit Teal’ Lindy’s Starburst sprays. Mixed in with the green ink base colour, they have an iridescent blue which dries in little puddles. Gorgeous!
  2. Stamp bugs into position on green card, and a 2nd time onto scrap card. Colour them. I coloured the cockroach brown, before covering it in Glossy Accents (adding drops of Black Accent for eyes), then put aside to dry. The other 2 bugs I covered in tacky glue, which when dry, I rubbed green and blue ‘Fab Foils’ over to give them that iridescent shine.
  3. Cut a circle out of clear film and place over lower bug. Lightly sponge around circle with blue ink to create a halo effect.
  4. Leave circle in position to act as a mask while stamping over card with large script writing stamp. I used blue ink as I wanted a subtle effect.
  5. When decorated bugs are dry, cut bodies only out and glue or Magic Mount over ones on green card. I added some black wire as antennae for blue bug.
  6. Assemble backing card layers. I found a piece of metallic blue mesh which I slipped in between, which works well I think, picking up the shine of the blue bug.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 & ‘Theories’ CMS329 By Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection)



Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020


One of my girlfriends gave me a present years ago wrapped in this gorgeous paper. Can’t remember what the present was, but I still have the paper and that is what I’ve used for the patterned background on this card.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Magnifying Glass from Stamp-it set107

dies: ‘Entomology’ 663068 Sizzix Framelit; ‘Plaque & Postage’ Tim Holtz Alterations


Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020


I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it


Insect Montage

May 19, 2016


insect montageOne of my favourite stamps of old. I love insects for a start, and collage style stamps make life easy because everything is arranged for you already and you simply have to colour.

The background card was from my infamous “box” so I have to guess at the colours used on what was once white card – I’m thinking “Evergreen Bough”, “Tumbled Glass” and “Pumice Stone”? Distress Stains. I added a bit of yellow watercolour in places later.

The bugs were foiled in green and blue, and the “A” in the square in gold. Liquid Pearls added for butterfly/dragonfly bodies. Clear film (or acetate) for dragonfly wings, which I then heated to curl, then spread Star Dust Stickles over. I smeared Glossy Accents over the wings of the large butterfly to highlight, but kept it’s colours muted. I tore around the edge of image and sponged with Sepia Archival before fixing to card layers.

insect montage 3


insect montage 2Stamp: Insect Montage #92699Y from Inkadinkado (Tin Can Mail)





2014-08-25 18.17.32Some of my bug collection. My husband has banned me from hanging them in public areas of the house as he says “they’re not everyone’s cup of tea”. As in his, I think that means:)