Ballerina – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 21, 2018


Sometimes we have to remind ourselves, that happiness is a choice. We can sit down and feel sad or we can get up and dance. Nothing will have changed, except our state of mind… and then everything looks different.

stamps: Lifes Dance JM2663 by Hampton Art Stamps; Damask DDTS011 by Darkroom Door

Again, this is the same background technique as the previous 2 posts, I just used a smaller block to ink up this time.

After stamping Damask pattern over the inked area in Blue Violet Archival ink, I added the wording using the same pad.

I cut out the little ballerina die in multiple layers – pale pink for top torso, head and arms; matt white for leggings, which I watercoloured pale purple to tone in with background; textured white card for dress and tutu(2 layers). The top tutu layer, I watercoloured slightly with purple to denote folds in skirt, then pinched card to create mountains adding dimension. Star Dust Stickles was applied to trim of tutu, and a small dot on her headband.


Fairy Glen

Susan Robinson
December 4, 2017


Oh to have some magic fairy dust to make all my flowers bloom!

stamps: Moon by Lavinia Stamps; Fairies by Katy Sue Designs; Flowers by Stampin’ Up & Penny Black

die: Autumn Frame Square YCD10105 by Yvonne Creations

inks: Purple Twilight, Eggplant & Pesto Adirondack Pads



Floral Seal

August 10, 2016


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My third play with this Penny Black stamp. It was a bit more work, but I like it better I think. Ideas for other variations are already swirling about.






stamps: Scented Message 4239K by Penny Black

inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Golden Glitz Delicata Pad; Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord & Wild Honey Distress Stain Sprays (I think – another sample from my infamous ‘backgrounds box’)

papers: White Matt card; Gold Shimmer Paper; Jubilee & Grape Bazzill Cards

accessories: Gold Cord; Cantaloupe, Orchid & Ivy Liquid Pearls; Colour Pencils

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Circle Punch; Scissors; Heatgun (otptional); Water Spritzer; Paint Brush


  1. Spritz white card lightly with water, then chosen colours of Distress Stain Sprays until card is coloured to your satisfaction. Dry with heatgun or set aside to dry naturally.
  2. Stamp image in center of coloured card with black ink pad. Stamp image again onto scrap of white card. Colour in flowers and leaves only with pencils and cut out individually. This requires a bit of patience and I suggest you glue them onto the main image as you go, or it will be like a jigsaw puzzle, trying to work out which flower head goes where. Glossy Accent the top of your flower heads. Set aside to dry, ensuring there are no air bubbles first. (note: Glossy Accents is actually a glue which you can use underneath your flowers to adhere them to your card, and also on top of them to provide a glossy sheen).                                                                                                       Suggestion: if I was doing this card again, I would probably after stamping the main image in black on the coloured card – pick up a dry paintbrush and add a touch of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl powder to some of the background wording while still wet to highlight, as they’re a bit hard to see in black against the dark background. Didn’t think of it till it was too late of course 🙁floral seal 4
  3. Using a circle punch, cut out the seal from that stamped onto the scrap white card, and colour it with Distress inks. Dry with heatgun. Open your scissors and hold them at a 90 degree angle to card and ‘distress’  the edges of the seal circle. Use the gold pad directly on the card to colour the edges. Heatset. Place Magic Mount on the back.
  4. ‘Distress’ the top left hand corner of your card the same way and apply gold pad to colour also.
  5. When the Glossy Accents on your flower heads are dry, you can add a dot of Orchid Liquid Pearls to the flower center. I used Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls for the flower buds, and picked up some Ivy Liquid Pearls with a fine painbrush and applied to the stems and part of the leaves to colour.floral seal 5
  6. Wrap the gold cord twice around base of card and secure at back with tape. Position circular seal over.
  7. Attach finished card front to matting of dark purple, then gold, then folded base puce-coloured card.



Below are 2 previous samples using this same image.  More information can be found on “Floral Post” under Flowers Category

scented message 2

Mother's Day floral 2


Too Many Cupcakes!

June 1, 2016


“Too much of a good thing is simply wonderful!”

I haven’t made kids cards for a bit and they’re always fun.

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“Cupcake” 40-367 by Penny Black; “Wonderful” D-2834 by PSX. I’m pretty sure this is a Mae West quote.

I stamped the girl and cupcake in Jet Black Archival ink onto white card and coloured them in with pencils. Using a paintbrush I coloured the frosting with White Opal Liquid Pearls, then went over it thicker in places (direct from bottle) to create swirls and folds. The cherry was covered with Glossy Accents. When dry, I cut image out and laid onto stamped background card.

The girl’s tutu was decorated with Pale Green Flower Soft. Her wings painted in Glossy Accents, with crystal glitter sprinkled across while still wet. Her crown was highlighted with Silver Liquid Pearls and Stickles.

The background was from my “box”, it looks like Broken China, Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberries Distress Stains (I think).



Vintage Poppy

May 10, 2016


honeycomb 013 My third floral card this week, made quick and easy as the front of the cards were already coloured (see bottom of Flower Vase post), I just added highlights. I smeared Glossy Accents over the flower with a paint brush, then added “Mustard Seed” Distress Stickles to it’s center. After compiling my card layers, I applied touches of Sailor glue, and when dry covered glue with Leaf Craft “Harvest” gilding flakes.honeycomb 031



Stamp used: “Poppy” 2029J by Penny Black

Other products: Fired Brick and Dusty Concord Distress Stains; Colour Pencils, Fiskars border Punch