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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Pale Ride Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
February 4, 2021

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Another card with a circular center. Watercolour pencils used to colour in, and Buttercup Liquid Pearl dots added to her skirt and headdress.

stamp: ‘Having Fun’ 17322 and die: ‘Leafy Circle’ 17922, both from Paper Rose Studio

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Green Leaves Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
February 3, 2021

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Protea Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
February 2, 2021

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We’re in lockdown and I’m on a roll. When I first purchased Paper Rose’s “Thanks a Bunch” stamp, I had a little play stamping it out as a background, horizontally and vertically. The card above has their smaller sized trio of the Gumnut babies from the “Snugglepot & Cuddlepie” 17310 set as the feature. The ‘best wishes’ at the top is a rub-on.

Below is one of my favourite cards from this series, using Paper Rose’s “Dearest Friend” 17421 stamp as the feature. I placed little dots of Balllerina Liquid Pearls over her skirt and headress.

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Sweet Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
February 1, 2021

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Using Tim Holtz Alterations Framework “Honeycomb” siz659430 die, I cut 4 co-ordinating sheets from a Basic Grey mini paper pad “Two Scoops”. I stamped the little bumble bee across 2 pale pink hexagon shapes, then sponged sepia ink around all the edges. Using the frame to help ensure the spacing was even, I mixed and matched the colours until happy with their arrangement. After gluing down the hexagons, I removed the frame, as I felt it made the card look too heavy. I stamped the wording (from Hero Arts) across top of card, and Magic Mounted Gumnut baby at bottom.

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Geraldton Wax Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
January 30, 2021

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More from my gumnut baby series using Paper Rose’s ‘Bush Babies‘ set 17529, together with Stamp-it’s Geraldton Wax flower. The sleeping baby background was created with Distress Oxide ink pads (Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin & Worn Lipstick). The ‘Baby’ word is a die from Alexandra Renke. I applied Glossy Accents over the flowers.

The background for this card was created with Distress Stain sprays (Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold & Evergreen Bough). The wording is from Stamp-it. I used watercolour pencils to colour, then added tiny dots of pale pink Liquid Pearls to open flowers.

The Geraldton Wax flower used in the card below is from the “Bush Babies” set. I stamped it multiple times to create the background. The brown half circle is actually a thin piece of bark, which has this beautiful texture. The ‘love’ word is a die, cut out of gold foil board.

A big shout out to all the ladies from Harvey, who love May Gibbs gumnut babies! Look forward to seeing you all soon for card classes 🙂

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Bush Babies

Susan Robinson
January 27, 2021

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A series of gumnut baby cards (more to follow) featuring Paper Rose’s ‘Bush Babies’ 17529, this set with Stamp-it’s ‘Eucalyptus leaves’ behind. The background for the sleeping baby with the yellow Flowersoft jacket, was from a painted gelli plate print, which I coloured with pencils after stamping the leaves on top. The others were created with Distress Stain sprays.

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Gelli Babies

Susan Robinson
November 4, 2020

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Slowly getting the hang of how to use this gelli plate. I am not very good at layering, so am a bit out of my comfort zone. Out of the 50 prints I have taken so far, I like maybe six. Anyway, I did a few leafy prints that I was quite happy with, so will share them with you now. [Please note that the below photos were taken after I made these 2 cards. This is using a 3×5 inch plate].

Took me a few goes to get my head around it, but the idea is that the first colour/colours that you lay down on the gelli plate, will be the colour that stays underneath the plastic area of your stencil. The second colour of paint that you lay OVER the stencil, will be the colour that goes into the holes of the stencil pattern.

So choose your stencil pattern wisely, depending on the result you’re trying to achieve, as some stencils have a lot of plastic area with small holes, and visa versa. Those stencils with very delicate patterns, may be hard to brayer the paint over to get into the holes, so you might have to sponge it on instead. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more cards in the near future with backgrounds designed on my gelli plate.

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