Triton with Shell background

Susan Robinson
June 21, 2018

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Nearly at the end of my little underwater adventure, then I am moving onto an Australiana theme.

stamps: Triton Collage D13024 by Impression Obsession

embossing folder: Sea Shells by Kaiser Craft

I smeared a silver pigment pad directly onto one side of the embossing folder before placing ivory card inside and running through Big Shot machine. (My pad was a little dry and this ivory card is notoriously absorbent, so I didn’t get a solid silver coverage, but I wanted a soft weathered look so was happy with that result). I cut the width down a little and tore across the bottom, then sponged all sides with sepia ink and also lightly across the top of raised pattern.

I stamped the Triton shell twice onto ivory card, cutting out shell on one and mounting over the other with Magic Mount. I used watercolour pencils with a waterbrush to colour, then applied some Buttercup Liquid Pearls with a paintbrush to highlight pattern (it doesn’t really show till it catches the light). I cut it into an oval shape then sponged edges with sepia ink.

Cut out and colour various other shells, seaweed, branches etc… for decorations. Set aside till dry.

  

Onto a folded backing card of ivory, attach a smaller piece of aqua card across bottom half. Attach your embossed shell card to top. Glue shell oval into position.

Glue your embellishments into place to complete card.

VARIATION:

While I was playing around with the embossing folder, I created a spare background. I wouldn’t normally put flowers with shells, but they are both beautiful products of nature and I think this works.

stamp:

 

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Sea of Wonder

Susan Robinson
June 13, 2018

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Sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got. I was looking for something soft and swirly to put behind my mermaid and shells to link them, but could only find this butterfly corner die. So I just covered up the butterflies as best I could and made do.

dies: Mermaid CCE-279 by the Scrapping Cottage; Butterfly Corner Swirl from Paper Roses; Aquarium Fish 1132 by Poppystamps; Shells (from my girlfriends stash so unsure sorry)

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Aqua Shell

Susan Robinson
August 5, 2017

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inks: Sepia & Jet Black Archival Pads; Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Hazel, Lagoon & Walnut Bazzill Cards; Turquoise Shimmer by Cristina Re

accessories: Mini Nautilus TCW500s stencil by Crafters Workshop; Spruce Stems CC-182 by Cottage Cuts; Snow White Colour Blast Paste; Mint Perfect Pearl Powder; Pale Blue Pearl

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Liquid Glue

tools: Big Shot Machine; Sponge Block; Paintbrush; Palette Knife

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. The nautilus stencil has many shells on it. Choose one and thinly smear the white Colour Blast paste through using your palette knife. Hard to photograph, but the paste has a beautiful shimmer to it. Set aside to dry.
  2. Meanwhile assemble all other layers of card.
  3. When your paste is touch dry, dust a little mint Perfect Pearl Powder over with a dry paintbrush. Start at the center for a deeper colour, then blend outwards. Secure a pale blue pearl in the center of shell.
  4. Sponge around edge of card with sepia ink and attach to front of assembled layers.
  5. With the aid of your T-grid, line up wording along bottom of card and stamp in sepia ink. Of course it’s a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”, because obviously I did not use the T-grid, thought I could just eyeball it – and lost my ‘E’ off the end. Doh! And make sure you use a permanent ink as dye/water based inks will not stamp well on shimmer card.
  6. Cut out spruce sprig from die in white card scrap. Sponge with Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage Distress inks. Glue onto bottom right of card and mount tiny wording over.
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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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Shell Symphony

admin
May 3, 2016

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“A seashell is never empty. It is filled with many things. It holds the sounds of crashing waves and the songs that mermaids sing.”

My mother gave me my first (bought) sea shell when I was about 12 years old. I remember being quite fascinated with it, thinking how some creature had fashioned this work of art, a little house to live in, an architectural masterpiece. I am still fascinated by them, and have added to my collection over the years.

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Stamp collage is by Impression Obsession K4364. I have used Liquid Pearls, Distress Stickles, colour pencils and some White Paint to decorate.

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