Seahorse Sanctuary

Susan Robinson
April 3, 2018

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Every now and then, a card comes along, that really speaks to me. I don’t know if it’s the colours, or the fact shells and seahorses are both favourite subject matters. Or maybe it’s a reflection of my life the way the cards construction progressed. There was no big plan, things were added and subtracted over time, until finally we arrived to where we are now. This card was cobbled together from bits and pieces torn or cut and left abandoned from other projects. I placed my background (Turquoise Perfect Pearls handwriting over Vintage Photo Distress ink) into a bag, and slowly over time kept adding things I thought might compliment them. I had the miss-matched alcohol strips and seahorse in the bag for ages, before adding the shell and seaweed, finally finishing it off with the turquoise swirly leaves. Might have to keep this one just for me.

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Blue Butterfly Wreath

admin
July 3, 2016

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Still playing with my new butterfly wreath die (see previous post). I like it!new blue 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To re-create this card:

  1. Colour a white piece of card with Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feathers Distress Stain Sprays & some London Blue Dylusions spray. Don’t forget to spritz your card with water first to allow the inks to run together. Dry with a heatgun.blue but wreath 001
  2. Cut out butterfly wreath in supersheet/jack paper ( 2 sided sticker sheet). Peel backing off butterfly outline only and stick onto coloured card slightly off centre. Cut overhanging butterflies off with scissors.blue but wreath 002
  3. Now peel off top layer of supersheet to expose the sticky layer. This is a little tricky due to it’s delicate nature. I actually ended up lifting the whole thing off and flipping it over as I decided I wanted the butterflies to face the other way.
  4. Brush Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls over now sticky butterfly wreath outline with a dry paintbrush. Brush excess powder back into pot. Being the impatient sort, my background card wasn’t quite dry enough, so some excess powder did hang around, but that’s okay in this instance as it adds a little metallic glimmer to the card. blue but wreath 004
  5. Cut out some extra butterfly shapes from scrap paper. I had some which had been previously sprayed with inks which I thought would compliment the colours.blue but wreath 005
  6. Glue 3 butterflies in position at base of wreath and add antennae of dark brown. Add antennae for next outine butterfly too. Attach card front onto dark brown matting.blue but wreath 006

7. Stamp wording onto scrap of ivory card in black ink. Tear right end and fold under slightly. Sponge around all edges with sepia ink. Magic Mount onto left of card, through middle of wreath.

8. Adhere finished card onto gold layer, then turquoise backing card.blue but wreath 008

 

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