Anchors Away

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2018

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I have been selling my cards at the Art Market on board the ‘Decoy’ tied up at the South Perth foreshore, so this card seems appropriate subject matter:) The next one is on the 21st Oct but I can’t attend, but hopefully some of you can make it along for the 4th November to say hello!

   

I stamped out the German Anchorage stamp in black ink onto white card, dried it, then put a wash of yellow and blue watercolour over. I coloured everything in, adding gold and copper foils to the anchor. I stamped the seagull out a 2nd time onto scrap white card, cut out body only and Magic Mounted over original. The starfish I dotted with pale blue Liquid Pearls.

   

I stamped the seahorse (by Deep Red) onto scrap of white card, coloured in blue and cut out. I added clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to cheek, Crackle Accent to hollows of body and tail, and Star Dust Stickles to fins. When dry I Magic Mounted into place entwined with seaweed die cut. The seaweed I coloured with various Distress Stains (mainly Rust) and highlighted tips with Copper Liquid Pearls.

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The Siren

Susan Robinson
June 6, 2018

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Still thinking of ideas for teenage girl cards but have deviated towards Mermaids, which I feel are perfectly suitable as long as they’re not too cutsey looking.

I picked up this little mermaid stamp in Hawaii last year from the Rubber Stamp Plantation. The shells are from Inkadinkado’s ‘Down by the Seaside’ set 60-30059; Fish from Heidi Grace’s “Beyond the Sea’ set and Numbers from Kaiser Craft CS838.

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Love Rose

Susan Robinson
May 9, 2018

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I was busy in my bedroom last Friday packing for a crafty weekend away with a few girlfriends, whilst unbeknown to me a pipe had burst in the spare bathroom at the other end of the house and water was busily pouring out EVERYWHERE! When I finally emerged from my room in a state of happy anticipation for what lay ahead, I came to a quick realisation that it may not be that great a day after all.

Luckily we have tiled flooring throughout the house, so not much damage. There were a lot of boxes in the spare bedroom which had to be emptied out though, the contents of which are still strewn about the house, awaiting new dry boxes.  All the contents of the linen closet had to be rewashed (left hubby with that little task), but really can’t complain in the scheme of things. Could have been so much worse – could have been upstairs in my craft room! Now that WOULD have been a disaster!!

This ‘Rose’ die 51-023 is by Penny Black and one I have been coveting for a while, but it always seems to be out of stock. Then hallelujah, one of my girlfriends had it, so I cut out a few for myself in white card stock.

I decided to add the cut-out part of the rose back in for this one, adding Magic Mount underneath it for dimension.

  

 

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Alexandra Renke Watercolour Florals

Susan Robinson
January 5, 2018

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Starting off the year with some simple cards using one of Alexandra Renke’s beautiful watercolour floral design papers. I actually find it quite hard keeping things clean and austere, especially when trying to use predominantly white! You don’t realise how many shades of white there are till you try using them together. Rather than struggle against my natural instincts, I decided to just relax and go with the flow, adding colour where the whim dictated.

You can get 24 cards from one 12×12 sheet…

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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Autumn’s Unveiling

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June 21, 2016

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green leaves 007

Soon they are without – their naked beauty bared for all to see…

Stamps: Fern Leaves 2467D, Multi-circles Birthday 3599D & Leaf Pattern 4660E all by Stamp-It

Dies: Fillipa Corner 99146 by Memory Box

Inks: Sap Green, Viridian, Sepia & Jet Black Archival pads; Broken China, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive & Tumbled Glass Distress pads

Papers:  white Watercolour paper (6x8cm), white matt card (8.3×10.5cm), blue 8.6x11cm), aqua backing card (13.5x20cm), scraps of white matt & dark green cards

Ink up a small acrylic block (5x6cm) with the Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress pads. Spritz the block with water, turn it ink side down and press it into centre of watercolour paper. Dry with heatgun. Stamp Fern Leaves over in black Archival ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink.

Tear across bottom of white matt card. Sponge with Tumbled Glass Distress ink until completely covered. Add touches of Crushed Olive ink. Stamp background leaf pattern all over, also in Tumbled Glass ink. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Tear across bottom of blue card and attach to back of patterned card. Attach both to aqua backing card.

Attach coloured watercolour paper to front of leaf card. Cut out Fillipa corner in dark green card. Arrange sprigs across corner of card front. Ink up circular birthday stamp with Viridian & Sap Green pads. Stamp out on scrap of white matt card. Cut out with  1 ½ inch circle punch. Sponge around edges with Sepia ink and Magic Mount to corner of card front.

 

 

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Blue Lagoon

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March 1, 2016

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Teal & brown watercolour -  dolphinTeal & brown watercolour - boatThese scenic cards are quick and easy to make and are great for Men’s cards:

1.  Spritz a piece of watercolour card with water, then add some blue shades of Dylusion or Distress ink  sprays to create your watery lagoon. Try not to get too much colour in the top half of the card.

2. While still wet, run the tip of a Walnut and/or Rusty Hinge Distress re-inker nib across the horizon line. It will bleed into the blue wetness to form your island. You can continue to add more water or ink and manipulate with a wet paintbrush until happy with the result. Dry.

3. Create cloud effects by dabbing Snow Cap (white) and Pearl Adirondack Dabber Paints together across skyline. Or you may prefer a little moonlight instead. Just cut out a circle in matt white card and spritz it with Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist. Dry. Glue Moon into desired position.

4. Attach metal charms of dolphins or yacht. Matt finished picture onto contrasting brown card and mount onto backing blue card.

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New Beginnings

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December 31, 2015

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baby yellow mushroomHappy New Year everyone! I thought it would be appropriate to start off the New Year with some baby cards –  celebrating the beginnings of new life.  Our family was blessed on Boxing Day with another baby granddaughter.

 

 

 

To create the background for this card,  stamp and emboss the wording from Stamp-It’s set 092 in white onto some watercolour paper. Then use Squeezed Lemonade & Spun Sugar Distress Stains directly over the wording to loosely colour. This will make the white embossed wording show up more. You can spritz lightly with water or use a wet paintbrush to help blend the colours if needed and to create a drippy effect.

Baby yellow 1     baby yellow 2

Next stamp and emboss the mushrooms (4943E) in white at the top left-hand side of wording. Stamp the mushroom caps a 2nd time onto some scrap pieces of watercolour paper. Colour them in using Distress pens or Distress re-inkers and a waterbrush. Cut out the mushroom caps on scrap pieces and magic mount over full mushroom image.

Punch out butterfly shape in pink card using Cristina Re punch. Cut one wing off and place behind top wing. Put some coloured scraps of watercolour paper beneath wings to show through cut-out pattern. Attach to card. Decorate butterfly with Star Dust Stickles.

Stamp Baby word (3132D) with Rose Madder Archival pad onto piece of watercolour paper. Sponge around edge with Spun Sugar Distress Pad. Matt with Pale Yellow Mi-Teintes card and magic mount onto card at base of mushrooms.

Attach finished front card onto layer of Blossom Bazzill Card, then backing card of Pale Yellow Mi-Teintes card.

See below for some alternative baby card finishes, using the same background.

baby yellow kanga     baby yellow rabbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Roo 4013D                                          Bunny Flourish 4956D


 

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Christmas Boabs

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November 26, 2015

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xmas boabStamp-it’s Boab Trees 958G with a Christmas twist. Merry Christmas wording is from siset042.

Stamp the image with black StazOn pad onto watercolour paper. Ink up a small acrylic block with your preferred ink colours (directly from pad to block). I used Distress pads “Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Forest Moss”. Spritz your paper with light mist of water, then place your inked block, ink-side down onto paper. Hold for a few moments to let ink seep. Lift off block. I usually have a waterbrush handy in case I feel the need to manipulate the blending/spreading process of the ink. Keep in mind, the more water you add, the more your  ink is likely to spread. So when I spritz my cards, I aim more for the centre of the trees, so that I get a nice edge of colour down the left-hand side of the card which creates that frame-like effect and a more fluid bleeding effect on the right side into the tree canopy and down into the ground. It’s a very hard thing to control. Each card you create will be different no matter how much you try to replicate it.  After the paper is dry, draw lines (with the aid of a ruler) for your baubles to hang from. Position coloured rhinestones at end of lines. Stamp Merry Christmas wording in corner with black ink pad. Layer watercolour paper onto backing cards.

NOTE: If you like this effect, check out my “Winter Tree” post to view 2 more samples .

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