Blue Boat

Susan Robinson
April 10, 2020


This is a background technique using Kaleidacolor pads with Perfect Pearl Mists. It’s a set of 3 posts.

Kaleidacolor pads (by Tsukineko Inc) are dye inks comprised of separate raised colour sections which you push together to create the rainbow effect. I brayered the ‘Blue Breeze’ pad onto white kromekote (gloss) card for this sample.

The brayer wasn’t long enough to do the whole card, so did half the card with the darkest colour to the outside. Then swiveled the card around to do other half, meeting the lightest colours up in the middle.

Next, rather than spray the ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist directly onto the coloured card, I spritzed it onto a Teflon mat (you can use a plastic lid or tablecloth instead). This allowed me more control of where to apply the silver shimmer mist rather than get a blanket coverage. The shimmer mist will bead on the plastic mat and provide you with different effects depending on whether you dab at the droplets or swish the card through.

The exciting discovery for me was – that as the shimmer mist was being added to the card, at the same time, the liquid element of it was bleaching the colour from the blue dye ink! So cool! This will show up better on the sample I did for my next post as the colours are more contrasting. With this card using a ‘Pearl’ (whitish) shimmer mist, it’s hard to distinguish that from the water bleaching effects on the card.

The Boat Collage is from a very old Stampin’ Up set (I bought 2nd hand, no name on packaging). I stamped the center square again onto another piece of card which had been brayered with the same ink pad as the background, then Magic Mounted it into place. I used a white Sharpie pen to add highlights. The wording is from PSX F-3403, the Compass 8362-J from Inkadinkado. I actually wanted to stamp the wording directly onto the blue background as it seemed a shame to cover up all that deliciousness, but the shimmer ink is very hard to stamp over, so I took the cowards way out and stamped onto a separate card. The wording seemed appropriate for these trying times.


Gum Blossoms

Susan Robinson
August 11, 2018


Moving onto florals now, but haven’t strayed far from the Australiana theme with my new acquisition of an old Stampin’ Up set “Bloom Away”. There are 3 designs in the set, Gum Blossoms, Banksia and Waratah.¬† I couldn’t decide which background to use with my Gum Blossom image, so just stamped out some more. I coloured them all the same, using watercolour pencils, then adding Glossy Accents to the nut areas and dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to the flower skirts.

To recreate this card, first colour a piece of watercolour paper with Antique Linen and Weathered Wood Distress Stain Sprays.

Next, tear the corner section from a piece of speckled Unryushi paper that is slightly larger than the watercolour card and glue to left hand side, wrinkling up as you go to make it fit and creating dimension and interest to your background. I used a clear matt glue to glue my paper and also to seal it.

I cut out ‘Fillipa Corner’ #99146 by Memory Box in ivory card and coloured it roughly with Weathered Wood ink. I then decorated it with ‘Disco Ball’ Beadazzles before attaching¬† it to top corner of card.

The dragonfly is a stamp from unknown origins. I stamped it onto vellum in white ink and cut it out. I stamped out the body only in dark brown ink onto grey card, cut it out and laid over vellum image. I bent the dragonfly wings up and glued down the body area only onto card.