Sleeping Dragon

Susan Robinson
July 31, 2018


Rules of Survival

stamps: Dragon Sleeping G00210c by So Suzy Stamps; Castle by Lavinia Stamps

die: Pine Trees CR1287 by Marianne Design

inks: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Pads


Stamp dragon in black ink. Tear a curved line in scrap paper for hill shape. Lay it into position on card (protecting sky area). Sponge over Milled Lavender to create hill, then sponge down and around dragon too. When you lift off the scrap paper, you should have a softly undulating hill in your background.

Stamp your castle in black ink. Tear a smaller piece of scrap paper for this hill, making sure you ground your castle. Sponge Dusty Concord for this one to make it appear further in the distance.

Sponge Weathered Wood lightly across the top of card for sky, making the sky darker nearer the top edge with Stormy Sky. I ran a wet paintbrush from castle and along side of hill for road.

Colour in dragon. I added Star Dust and Lavender Stickles after and some Orchid Liquid Pearls for his spots.

Cut out trees from purple card and glue into place. I added a little white to trees and more purple ink to hillside.

I just did up the wording on computer, printed onto white card which I cut into tag shape and Magic Mounted on.


Darkest Night

July 31, 2016


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One of my favourite sayings is that “Tomorrow is another day”. No matter what mistakes you made, what sorrows you suffered, after a good cry and a few hours sleep, I TRY to put yesterday behind me and face the new day with hope in my heart and a smile on my face. “Each day is a new beginning”.

stamps: Autumn Tree 4618E by Stamp-it, Birds 23.049B? by Magenta, Celestial Border 126G by All Night Media

inks: Clear Pigment Pad; Jet Black & Watering Can Archival Pads; Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Black Soot Distress Pads

papers: White Matt Card; Brown & Moss Bazzill Cards

accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Perfect Pearl & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Powders

tools: Sponging block, Paintbrush; Heatgun


  1. Stamp wording in clear pigment pad and emboss in silver at left side of white card. Stamp tree in black Archival ink at right side of card.
  2. Tear scrap paper to form a valley shape. Lay this paper down over your card, covering most of it. Make sure you can see the tree roots beneath though, as it’s important that they are rooted into the ground, not floating in the sky. With a sponging block, sponge light brown ink over torn scrap onto your card to shade your hills in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             colours of grief 012
  3. Put some red ink on your finger and dab at base of valley. Do the same with orange ink, smudging over the red ancolours of grief 013d radiating outward slightly. Now do the same with the yellow ink, creating a haze around your sun. (You can use a sponging utensil if you don’t like getting your fingers dirty). Sponge Tumbled Glass Distress ink outwards from sun, covering top right of card.
  4. Sponge Walnut Distress pad at bottom left of card and Black Soot at top left of card together, blending into the lighter colours on the right of card. (*optional: use the edge of your Walnut pad directly onto card to create hill-like pattern).
  5. Stamp birds in grey ink flying acolours of grief 015way from tree
  6. Dip your fingers into Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutter Distress pads and use to colour foliage of tree.colours of grief 017
  7. Heat set inks with heatgun. Stamp celestial border in clear pigment ink above wording and colour with Perfect Pearl and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls applied with dry paintbrush.colours of grief 019
  8. Attach strip of dark brown card (of same length as original white card) to top and bottom edges of finished card front. I deliberately left the sides without the brown frame, to give the illusion that the scene continues off to either side of that shown.
  9. Fix layers onto folded grey backing card. colours of grief 021

Christmas Angel

November 22, 2015


angelic xmas 001 This Angel stamp is from Stamp-It’s set116, the wording is 4911E Musical Holly.

Papers: White Matt Card, Icy Mint Card Shoppe & Jacaranda Bazzill cards

Inks: White Embossing Pad; Antique Linen & Stormy Sky Distress Pads; Timber Brown StazOn Pad

Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Baby Blue Liquid Pearls, Silver Alcohol Ink, Clear Rhinestone, Stormy Sky Distress Pen, Water Spritzer, Paint brush, Sponging Block, White Frilled Ribbon

angel - embossing1. Stamp the angel with a white (or you can use clear) embossing pad onto white card, then add white embossing powder. Heat set with heatgun. If you don’t own a heatgun, your toaster will work just fine. Just push the toaster bar down to heat, then hold card above where the heat rises and it will melt the powder through the card from underneath. DO NOT put the card inside the toaster! And NO – a hairdryer will not work as it will blow all the powder off before it has a chance to melt it. A paint stripper will though (approx 360W).

A bit hard to see much at this stage sorry being white on white, but before you heat set your image, just wipe around the angel with a soft dry paint brush to ensure there are no random speckles of white embossing powder lying about. If left, they will also be heat set and will show up glaringly once the sponged blue colour is added over the top.

angel - sponging2. Dip your Sponging Block into your Antique Linen Distress Pad and sponge over and around embossed angel image. Now do the same with the Stormy Sky Distress Pad, blending the colours together as you go. I kept a patch of unsponged white card in the top left-hand side of card to create a great white light effect that the angel is heading towards. Wipe embossed angel over with a dry tissue when finished to get off any ink that may be sitting on top.

angel - stamping word3. Stamp the wording across bottom of card using the brown StazOn ink pad. Position it so the star sits in the middle of the angel’s skirt. You may want to use a t-grid to help position it accurately. You don’t want it too close to the bottom of her skirt as next we are going to cut a slit at the base of her skirt with a scalpel blade for the ribbon.

angel - flicking silver4. Squirt some water into the palm of your hand, pick up onto fingertips of opposite hand and flick water droplets onto card. Dab card dry with clean dry tissue or paper towel. Repeat if necessary. The water droplets will bleach the colour from the Distress inks, leaving white spots behind. Next, squirt some Silver Alcohol Ink onto acrylic block and load paint brush with it (make it quite wet). Flick paint brush, causing spatter of silver droplets across card. Clean alcohol ink off acrylic block and paint brush with StazOn cleaner or Alcohol Blending Solution straight away.

angelic xmas 3 0015. Push strip of white frilled ribbon into slit cut at base of angel skirt. Secure at back with tape. Layer finished card onto darker blue card, then onto Icy Mint backing card.

6. Colour holly leaves in wording with Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans Distress Pens. Decorate berries with Baby Blue Liquid Pearls. Add Clear rhinestone to star in wording.

Note:  Many Thanks to my “Hand Models” – Beth, Pascal, Susana, Sonia, Judy, Tracey & Heidi




Cherry Tree

September 8, 2015


cherry tree

Creating the illusion of depth in your card without adding dimension –


Begin with two pieces of white card/paper the same size, one being your good cardstock for your card front, the other being scrap paper. Stamp the cherry tree with Coffee Archival Pad onto both pieces of white in exactly the same position. (Note: take into account how much room you will need for your wording and where you intend to place it. Also think about wether you want a sunrise/sunset added.)

Tear the white scrap paper at the base of the cherry tree to form a stencil of a hill shape. Sponge or brayer through this using your darkest ink. Gradually work into the distance with a second and perhaps third hill, lightening the ink colour as you go.

cherry tree 1    cherry tree 2

To colour the sky, I simply rubbed blue chalk directly across the card, smoothing it with my fingers to finish. You can add a sunrise/sunset if you wish by applying some red and yellow chalk with your fingertip or chalk applicator. Don’t worry if it overlaps onto the hill, as it will look like a refection of the light from the sun. To finish I dabbed tacky glue onto the flower petals and pushed some pink flowersoft into it. Set aside to dry. Wording is optional, depending on how your hills sit, you may not have room.

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Material list: Stamp-it 4261F Cherry Tree, 4796C For You; White Matt Card, Boardwalk Swiss Dot and Blossom Bazzill Cards; Coffee & Sepia Archival Pads, Espresso, Pebble & Lakemist Adirondack Pads; Chalks; Pink Ribbon; Baby Pink Flowersoft; Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Magic Mount and Super Tape


Ursula's Deer Another card using this same technique by Ursula. She also used a sponging block rather than a brayer and only one colour ink pad – black.