Artful Gumleaves

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2021

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I never get tired of creating cards using this old Stamp-it design of framed eucalyptus leaves. For the red card, I just stamped the design onto some card which I’d coloured with Distress Stain sprays (Wild Honey, Fired Brick & Cracked Pistachio). I used a combination of watercolour pencils and chalks to colour in with, then added Rouge Liquid Pearls to highlight the flowers and some Wild Honey Distress Stickles on the gumnuts. I love the green of the central leaf veins in this one.

The blue card I did in a similar way, stamping onto a Distress Oxide background (Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin & Squeezed Lemonade). I embossed the script wording behind with Distress powders. I just used watercolour pencils to colour the leaves and gumnuts, and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls over the gumnut flowers.

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Magnolia branch

Susan Robinson
July 24, 2021

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Thinking of my Mum this week as she is not well. She was an avid gardener and loves flowers of every description. This Magnolia branch stamp is from Kaszazz, and suited my rather somber mood. The upside of all the upset this week, is that a number of relatives have come out of the woodwork to visit her, which is nice. Every cloud has a silver lining they say 🙂

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Mouse Kite

Susan Robinson
July 21, 2021

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How true is that? It’s the little things that knit together this fabric we call life. And we need to appreciate those we care about and tell our loved ones that we love them! My Mum had a stroke on Sunday. It was her 82nd birthday. Luckily it wasn’t fatal and she seems to be on the road to recovery.

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Butterfly Handglider

Susan Robinson
July 18, 2021

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There’s something about mice, they’re kinda cute, but ugly. They must appeal to a wide range of others, as there are a number of companies that have had success with their designs, including Penny Black and Katzelkraft. This is a ‘House Mouse’ from Stampendous. After colouring it in and matting it, I adhered it to a background done with Distress Stain sprays. I added some glitter glue to the butterfly wings.

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Birthday Boots

Susan Robinson
July 14, 2021

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A special card for my son’s birthday. He has a pair of boots just like this that he wears all the time.

It’s a Paper Rose stamp called “Work Boots” 18330, that I used in conjunction with a Stamp-it birthday wording. I stamped the image onto a pre-coloured card, then fussy cut it out. I added a little extra colour with pencils to the soles and laces.

The wood panel stamp in the background was from a Stamp-it set. I stamped it in brown ink and poured clear embossing powder over it, then heat set. I then sponged Distress “Weathered Wood” ink over it, and Sepia ink around the edges, before adhering my layers.

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Wheat Field Sunset

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2021

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Nothing nicer than watching a beautiful sunset.

To create this card, I first sponged a white card with Distress inks (colours as shown below). After cutting out the dies, I assembled my layers. I applied a few dots of Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight the wheat sheaths. The cockatoo bird is from Paper Rose’s larger windmill die.

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Home Among the Gum Trees

Susan Robinson
July 7, 2021

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Give me a home among the gum trees please…

Two different but similar cards using Kaszazz’s ‘Silhouette Kangaroos’ stamp 6249K. The kangaroos on the right, I cut out by hand (which was not fun. I hope they bring out a matching die one day!). The small solid eucalypt leaves are also from Kaszazz. I used some Espresso Liquid Pearls over the nuts to highlight. The open gumleaves and outback house stamps are from Stamp-it. The Windmill die is from Paper Rose but the water tank die was a cut-out given to me years ago and not sure what company it’s from sorry. The backgrounds were created using Distress Stain Sprays Evergreen Bough, Seedless Preserves & Dusty Concord.

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Harvest Time

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2021

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This Designer Boutique stamp from Creative Expressions is called ‘Harvest time’. It is a foam mounted stamp on grey rubber which fits onto a DL size card. I personally don’t like doing DL cards, so cut off parts of the image to fit onto a smaller size. I just stamped the design in black ink onto various pre-coloured backgrounds from my infamous ‘box’. I think the 2nd one is my favourite, looks very atmospheric.

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Gumnut Baby Nest

Susan Robinson
July 3, 2021

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The last of my Gumnut Baby cards for a while. Suffering from cuteness overload.

This may be a bit dark for your average baby card, but I felt the murky greens in the watercolour background really spoke of the Australian bush. More Australiana cards to follow. I combined the ‘Gum Leaves Branch’ UC1800 from Uniquely Creative stamp with the ‘Nuttybub in a Birdsnest’ E236 from Stamp World. I gold embossed the wording and used dots of ‘Hot Cocoa’ Liquid Pearls over the gumnuts to make them stand out.

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Gumnut Baby – Envy

Susan Robinson
July 2, 2021

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This is a print from my gelli-plate that was somewhat unsuccessful – but there’s no such thing as mistakes in Art is there? So I kept it, and I have Used it! Happier with it now 🙂

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