Deep Sea Cave

Susan Robinson
November 17, 2017

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Trying to get different looks from the same die. I chose soft colours for this mermaid one in contrast to the below samples which are the traditional darker blue & white palette. Can’t decide which one I like best. Maybe the crab… Which do you prefer?

Die is “Under the Sea Collage” 99703 by Memory Box

 

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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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Seahorse Dreams

Susan Robinson
November 7, 2017

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Seahorses and seaweed, never far apart.

stamp: 4423F Endless Ocean

dies: seaweed from Joanna Sheen; seahorse from Sizzix

 

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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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Ocean Deep

admin
May 2, 2017

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I am a bower bird. I love collecting pretty little things and then I come home and organise them. Can’t help myself. Whenever I walk on the beach, I’m always on the lookout for little shells, seaglass or interesting pieces of drift wood. Sand can also be a great addition to a card (best not collected from the dog beach though). And don’t pass over bits of broken scallop shell as they can be used for seahorse or fish fins. I’ve started drying out some seaweed to experiment with too. This card has both on it.

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stamps: Deep as the Ocean 4880E by Stamp-it; Seahorse E1504 by PSX; Coastal Escape CS250 by Kaisercraft. The background has been coloured with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.

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Seahorse Friends

admin
October 13, 2015

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In the watery depths beneath the waves, where the mermaids swim and the dolphins play, live the seahorses. They are so tiny they’re hard to see, but if you look carefully you will find them floating with the currents, wrapped around strips of sea grass, hiding amongst the coral…

This set of seahorse cards was inspired by my favourite children’s book by Graeme Base,  “The Sign of the Seahorse”. I hope they inspire YOU!

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1. Apply white gesso to white cardstock with palette knife. (It doesn’t matter if the whole card is not covered as the gesso is purely to provide texture). Place another piece of white card on top, squish slightly to spread, twist, then lift off. Set aside to dry.

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2. Once gesso is completly dry, colour with paints. I have used Distress Paints “Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss” and Adirondack Paint Dabber “Stream” for this sample. For my original seahorse card (which I made previously but didn’t photograph the steps) I used Sunshine Yellow, Aqua, Lettuce and Stream Adirondack Dabber Paints. I dabbed them directly from the bottle onto card, then used a paintbrush to blend them together. Dry with heatgun.

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3.  Add white paint with aid of brayer so that only the ridges are coloured. Add more white paint where wanted with fingertips or paintbrush. If you add too much you can dilute with wet paintbrush or remove entirely. While wet, the paint is still water soluble. The under colours have been heat set so will not move.

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4. Cut 2 seahorses (mini sand & sea Sizzix die 659582) out of grungeboard. Colour them using Distress Stains. Dry with heatgun. Cover with crackle accent. Set aside to dry. When dry, sponge around edges with brown ink and highlight eye with black accent.

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5. Cut 3 pieces of coral (tattered pinecone Sizzix die 657492) out of Harvest Bazzill card. Sponge tips with brown ink pad and some Dried Marigold Distress pad, add touches of Buttercup and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to highlight. Set aside to dry.

6. Stamp out starfish (Stamp-It 701B Five Pointed Star) in Cobalt Archival Pad and decorate with dots of Ocean Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut it out.

7. Stamp out Friends wording (3128C) with Jet Black Archival Pad onto scrap of white card. Sponge white card with Distress inks to compliment backing card. Cut wording into rectangular shape. Matt with Blue Oasis Bazzill card, place some magic mount beneath and adhere to gessoed background. Colour tiny silver fish charm with Sailboat Blue Alcohol ink and adhere to bottom of friends wording.

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8. Mix together small amounts of Sandal Adirondack paint, matt glue, fine white sand and some crushed eggshells. The eggshells were previously washed, inner membrane removed and dried out in oven. This is not an exact science, so can’t give you measurements sorry, just make sure mix is wet enough to hold sand and shells in when dry. Create a small hump of this mix at base of card, then position coral pieces sticking out of it. Intertwine your seahorse tails around coral and fix to card. Position your starfish at base of hump.

9. Attach your finished card front to a slightly larger layer of Blue Oasis Bazzill card, then matt onto Parakeet Bazzill backing card.

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Salty Seahorse

admin
October 11, 2015

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I love playing with inks and adding rock salt to wet inky paper can give some lovely effects. Watercolour paper is best, but any matt white card will provide some reaction.

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1. Spritz your white card with water, then ink sprays of choice. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, London Blue and After Midnight. If your card is not very thick it may curl up in the middle causing the inks to run off. Just hold your finger on it when adding the salt or it will roll off too.

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2.  Add a small handful of rock salt. Table salt will not be very effective as the granules are too small to see much reaction. Set aside to dry.

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3.  When completely dry, remove salt. You should see small explosions where the salt has been. I used matt white card to demonstrate this technique as I forgot to take pictures when I made my original card below. For that card I used Bazzill Card Shoppe “Marshmallow”. It gave a better reaction.

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I think it looks a bit like coral polyps. Because I didn’t want to cover up any of the deliciousness, I stamped the seahorse with white StazOn pad onto clear transparent film and attached to card with dark blue brads.

 

 

 

Stamp used: Sketchy Seahorse 2722E by Stamp-It Australia

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