Seahorse Stew

Susan Robinson
January 14, 2018

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Summertime, and the sea is calling. After a couple of divine mornings swimming in the ocean, we are in for a cooler change. The storm clouds are gathering and rain is expected tonight.

Meanwhile, back in my air-conditioned attic, I have been cooking up a creative storm with Kaisercraft’s Seahorse Embossing Folder EF234. I have had the folder for a while, taken it out on a number of occassions, but kept putting it back in the box as I was unsure what to do with it. The hardest step of any journey is always the first one. Sometimes you just have to begin, and the path will unfold before you.

On all the following 4 cards, the seahorse was first dry embossed onto white watercolour paper before various inks were sprayed over.

     

(Apologies for the blurriness of above photograph due to the clear film).

stamps: Hanging vines by Lavinia stamps; Beyond the Sea set (fish) by Heidi Grace; Dream set078 by Stamp-it.

die: Aquarium Fish 1132 by Poppy Stamps

stencil: Circles DYS34216 by Dylusions

inks: Fresh Lime & Polished Jade Dylusion Ink Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Jet Black Staz-On Pad; Caramel Alcohol Ink; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Silver Fab Foil; Silver Rub-ons; Silver Stickles; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Black Accent

  

stamps: Ocean Backgrounds DYR37798 by Dylusions

die: Doodles (hello) 51-128 by Penny Black

inks: Fresh Lime & Melted Chocolate by Dylusions; Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearl Sprays

accessories: Silver Starfish Charm; Clear Rhinestone; Watercolour Pencils; Waterbrush; Crackle Accent

 

stamps: Fish AL32 by Acorn; Bubble Stream 487D by All Night Media

dies: Sea Plants 56022 by Impression Obsession

inks: Crushed Olive, Dried Marigold & Dusty Concord Distress Stain Sprays; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Eggplant Adirondack Pad

accessories: Orchid Liquid Pearls; Copper Stickles, Copper Rub-Ons; Picket Fence Dabber Paint; Lettuce Adirondack Dimensional Pearls; Shells

 

stamps: Seahorse 2723C by Stamp-it; Sea by anon; Starfish 91663-Y by Inkadinkado

inks: Tawny Turquoise Moonshadow Mist; Evergreen Bough Distress Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Walnut Stain Distress Pen

accessories: Crackle Accent; Copper Stickles, Dark Chocolate & Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls; Clear Rhinestone

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Yacht Tag

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2017

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I feel so blessed to live in this modern age of technology with music at your fingertips (I love i-tunes) and crafty inspirations at a click of a button. I often wander round Pinterest, it makes me happy just looking at beautiful things. I came across a lovely card from cestlafranz.com the other day and decided to try my own version (see original below). I’m thinking I should have placed the anchor on the bottom design though, not the tag.

My Dad has dementia, but one of his few remaining memories is of a yacht he had when he was in his 40’s called the ‘Sally-Sue’ (after his 2 daughters). He loved sailing. I think I will keep this card for his next birthday, when he turns 88.

stamp: PSX G1479

saved from cestlafranz.com

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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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Jellyfish

Susan Robinson
July 28, 2017

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stamps: Jellyfish CRP303 by Stampendous; Tiny Fish from Beyond the Sea set by Heidi Grace

inks: Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Pads; Clear Versamark Pad; Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Re-inkers

papers: Aqua, Jetstream and Morning Glory Bazzill Cards; White Matt Card

accessories: White Embossing Powder; Stardust Stickles; ‘Forever Blue’ Perfect Pearl Powders; Pink Organza Ribbon; Irredescent Cord

tools: Sponging Blocks; Paint Brushs; Heat Gun; Stamp Edge Decorative Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sponge the Distress Oxide inks over white card from lightest to darkest, blending as you go. Dry with heatgun. Wet a wide paintbrush with water, then swipe across card back and forth as you move down card. The inks will re-act with the water and you will be left with a swishy pattern (depending on how you used your brush) across the card. I felt this replicated water currents under the sea, which started my design process.
  2. Stamp the jellyfish onto coloured card in clear pigment ink and emboss with white embossing powder. Heatset. Repeat onto some white card scrap and colour in jellyfish heads with pink and blue Distress re-inkers. Cut out heads. Glue the smaller heads into place over main image. Colour frilly tendril from main jellyfish with diluted yellow re-inker.
  3. Turn the main jellyfish head over and run two-sided tape along bottom edge. Cut some pink organza ribbon into strips and attach to tape along with some irredescent cording. Place some Magic Mount onto back of Jellyfish head, flip over and secure in place on main stamped image with ribbon and cord strips hanging down.
  4. Stamp some tiny fish randomly around card in clear pigment ink and brush over blue Perfect Pearl powder with dry painbrush.
  5. Attach card front to pale purple matting, then onto a white matting with two-sided tape. Trim around white card with Decorative scissors (stamp edge).  Attach to pale blue then green folded backing card.
  6. Stamp and emboss wording in white and matt onto white card. Attach to card front with two-sided tape.
  7. Apply Stardust Stickles to circular shapes and bubbles in design. Set aside to dry.
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Seahorse Duet

Susan Robinson
July 25, 2017

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These gorgeous curly tailed seahorses (Sammy Seahorse SD365) are part of the signature die range from Joanna Sheen, the seaweed is Spruce Stems CC182 by Scrapping Cottage. I cut the dies out in white card, then coloured them with metallic paints. I adorned the front seahorse with ‘Jazz’ Beadazzles by Suze Weinberg and mixed this with some fine sand for the seafloor. The shells I collected from the beach.

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The Sea – Shell

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2017

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  The Lure of the sea…

stamps: Shell 3581H by JudiKins; Background Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft; wording (custom)

inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Lake Mist Adirondack Pad; Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters & Bundled Sage Distress Pads; Tattered Rose & Old Paper Distress Stain Sprays; Frayed Burlap Distress Pen

papers: Marshmallow, Adobe & Pickle Bazzill Cards

accessories: White Embossing Powder; White Dabber Paint; real Starfish; Sammy Seahorse die (for seaweed) SD365 by Joanna Sheen

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Heatgun; Water Spritzer, Water Brush; Sponge Block; T-grid; Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stamp shell in clear ink onto Marshmallow card and emboss in white. Heat set.
  2. Spritz card lightly with water, then the Distress Stain Sprays until covered to your satisfaction. Heat set. If you want you can add a little shading to shell using your Frayed Burlap pen & water brush.
  3. With the aid of your t-grid, align SEA wording where desired and stamp out with black Archival pad. Mine did not stamp out really crisp black, but for this card I am happy with that weathered look.
  4. Now to create a ‘mask’ for your shell so that when you stamp the fishing net over the top, it will appear too be beneath it: Stamp shell in black ink onto scrap paper and cut out. Lay cut out over embossed shell on main card. Now that your shell is ‘masked’, stamp out the fishing net with Lake Mist pad over the top. I almost thought this colour was a little too light, so choose a darker ink if you prefer. Lift mask off shell.
  5. Cut out 2 seaweed strands from seahorse die in white card. Sponge them with combination of green ink pads. Heat set. I thought they were a bit dark, so dabbed over them with white paint to lighten and add texture. Heat set. Position on card and glue into place. Add small starfish.
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  7. Lightly sponge around card edge with sepia ink, then distress with edge of scissors. Adhere finished card front onto green matting with two-sided tape, then onto backing card of pale peach.

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I have used the same shell stamp for this card. 

I stamped shell with a Coffee Archival Pad onto white card, then coloured with pencils. Added highlights with a Sailor Glue pen and when dry, laid gold Fab Foil sheet over. I cut out shell and Magic Mounted it over script background.

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Mermaid in Sea Garden

admin
April 16, 2016

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mixed images 046I am always drawn to things which belong to the sea – seashells, fish, boats and mermaids.

I started playing with this mermaid stamp from Judikins #28141, on a piece of white card which I had spritzed with Dylusion inks (Turquiose, Teal and London Blue) then added some fish from Poppy die (Aquarium Fish #1132), saw my Stamp-It “Poppy Patch” stamp (4944E) still sitting on the table from my last set of cards, and decided to add that to the mix – and here we have it. The “Dream” wording is a rub-on from Scrap-ease. Gold BeaDazzles, Chalks, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls, Perfect Pearl Mists and Stickles were used for colour and highlights.mixed images 042

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