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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Wattle I do?

Susan Robinson
July 1, 2021

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Yes, that is the question, how to while away the hours whilst in lockdown.

The Wattle stamp is from Kaszazz, the baby from Paper Rose’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlpie’ “Bush Babies” set. The background was created by inking up an acrylic block with Distress inks, then stamping it out. I coloured images in with watercolour pencils, then added dots of Buttercup & Gold Liquid Pearls for the Wattle flowers.

Below is another card I did using the same Wattle stamp, but onto an alcohol ink background.

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Gumnut Babies in Love

Susan Robinson
June 30, 2021

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This started as just a scrap of paper that I’d rolled my brayer onto to clean, but I liked the colours together so kept it.

I stamped the gumnut babies (‘Hanging On’ 17313 by Paper Rose) onto it, then a 2nd time onto white card, which I coloured in and fussy cut out. I cut the brayered paper down to fit inside an oval embossing folder (by PortaCraft), then ran it through the Big Shot.

I used a brown pencil to define the inside of the oval. Over the raised areas of the oval pattern, I ran a sponging block with pink/blue ink to colour. I ran the same blue ink around the edge of the card before adhering my layers. I cut out the ‘love’ wording in watermelon card, and the gumleaves in white. After colouring the leaves I glued them into place and added dots of yellow Liquid Pearls for flowers. Then because glue is NOT my friend and I always end up with some in places undesirable, I had to sprinkle some yellow glitter over the card, to give the sticky bits something to hold onto.

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Gumnut Baby Writers

Susan Robinson
June 29, 2021

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Another lockdown, another day in the craft room. Gotta feel sorry for those people without hobbies.

I am on a mission to use up some of my scraps, as my drawers are overflowing. Most are too small to use as a border all the way around, but I am not averse to combining patterns and textures together of smaller bits which hopefully compliment the focal design. I have stamped my images onto what would have been the 2nd or 3rd lift from some stenciled gelli-plate prints, so the patterns are a little faint or incomplete, but still interesting.

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Write me a Letter

Susan Robinson
June 26, 2021

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In this age of technology, writing letters is a dying art – and don’t even get me started on penmanship and correct spelling! It used to be quite exciting getting a letter in the mail. Now I suppose we get parcels instead (from our on-line orders) which may be even more exciting, especially if they’re a new stamp or die, haha.

The background was done with Distress Oxide inks. The ‘Dearest Friend’ stamp 17421 is by Paper Rose; the ‘Carte Postale’ L517L is a Lost Art Penny Black stamp; the ‘mini bug’ 1813a is also by Penny Black. I cut out a couple of the Gumnuts and Gumleaves die, and chopped and changed them around a bit.

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Gumnut Baby Leaf Wash

Susan Robinson
June 23, 2021

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Washed out gumnut leaves… I borrowed this gumleaf die from a friend at a craft camp getaway last month, but loved it so much I had to buy my own. It’s just called ‘Australiana dies Gumnuts and Gum Leaves’ from ScrapDragon (must be their own brand maybe). I think it works so well in conjunction with Paper Roses’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlepie’ stamp.

Using the same Gumnut Babies stamp for the foreground, I created the card below with a Uniquely Creative ‘Slimline Gum Leaves’ die as the background (again borrowed from my friend). I cut the die out twice – once in white for the pattern outline, then again from a piece of card pre-coloured with various green Distress inks. I glued the white outline onto a sponged Distress background, then glued the green mottled leaves inside the white framework. I must say it was an exercise in patience piecing all the leaves back in, and it makes for a pretty large card (DL size) in the end, so don’t think I’ll be putting this die on my shopping list.

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Easter Blessings

Susan Robinson
April 3, 2021

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Easter blessings to you all. I hope you have a peaceful and relaxing long weekend.

I was planning on catching up on a little shut eye myself, but here I am again at 2am – not sleeping! Hello to all my fellow insomniacs out there. At least with card making, I have something constructive to do with my time. You were probably wondering when I found the time to make all these cards, haha. Well now you know.

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Sleeping in the shade

Susan Robinson
February 6, 2021

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My last little gumnut baby for this series, fast asleep in the shade of a eucalyptus tree. A bit of dappled light in the background with some stenciling.

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Gumnut Baby Dreaming

Susan Robinson
February 5, 2021

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Another circle, but the focus for this post is on the use of stencils for your backgrounds.

Before gluing branches and Magic Mounting baby into place, flick some silver Alcohol ink over inner circle with a paintbrush to represent stars. I then added a little silver star shape. Sponge all around outer edge of card with ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress ink. Apply ‘Dream’ rub-on.

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