Mermaid Matters

Susan Robinson
June 10, 2018

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Sometimes I like colourful chaos and other times I need empty spaces, softness and calm.

stamp: Mermaid CRP151 by Stampendous; wording (custom)

inks: Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Stain Sprays for background.

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Fairy Post

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2017

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Letters seem to be a thing of the past now (along with beautiful handwriting), but I still remember the excitement of getting a personal letter in the mail! I am always drawn to designs with postal marks or lovely script on them. And of course fairies are a constant favourite. This is a Stampendous stamp CRW099 “Birthday Fairy”. I stamped image in black Archival ink over an alcohol ink coloured background, and again onto some white card so I could colour in the fairy, cut her out and mount over image on coloured card. I placed a bit of Magic Mount under her skirt to lift it up but glued the rest of body down onto card. Drizzled some Glossy Accents over skirt and sprinkled glitter over whilst still wet. Added silver Stickles to star on wand. Assembled finished card front onto various coloured matting cards. The pink spirals is a scrap from a plastic sheet by KI Memories. Added some rhinestones for bling. See below for slight variations – same, same, but different: The one below was a bit hard to photograph as the light reflected off the silver alcohol inks in the background and silver stickers.

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Calligraphic Garden

admin
May 24, 2016

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A card I made for a friend’s 60th birthday.

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Stamps: “Paper Garden” S1509 from Close to my Heart, “Calligraphy Sampler” CRR138 from Stampendous and “Tall Birthday” 4321D from Stamp-It.

Instructions: Stamp calligraphy background in clear ink and emboss with clear embossing powder on white card. Heat set. Sponge card all over with “Old Paper” Distress ink, then around edges with Sepia Archival ink.

Ink up flower stamp of choice from set (I used the largest) with Distress inks “Seedless Preserves”, “Dusty Concord”, “Salty Ocean” and “Walnut Stain”. Spritz stamp lightly with water, then stamp down onto embossed card. Dry. This technique works well with any solid stamp image, and by spritzing it with water, it blends the water-soluble Distress inks together and creates a soft watercolour effect when you stamp it out. I also sponged a little of these Distress colours onto the background card for balance.

Cut out plaque from Sizzix “Mini Labels” set siz657214 with Big Shot machine in ivory card. Stamp birthday wording in Deep Purple Archival ink, then sponge using Distress inks previously mentioned above, and around edges with Sepia Archival ink. Magic mount at base of card across flower stems.

Select strip of ivory organza ribbon and stitch along one edge length. Gather in thread to create ribbon frill and knot thread. Tape ribbon frill over large flower head. Punch small hole at base of flower head and place decorative brad through. This is to hide gathered edges of ribbon and create a pod for petals to grow from. I chose organza ribbon as it is opaque and I wanted the inked flower head beneath to be visible through it.

 

I liked this card so much I made it again for another friends 40th, with slightly softer colours.

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