Nature Fairy

Susan Robinson
September 21, 2021

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I have some little fairies in my garden! They are metal ones that dance around in one of the palm pots. I think they’re secretly looking after the garden at night, because sometimes in the morning, I notice that the hedges have been trimmed, or the weeds pulled up. (Or maybe it’s just my husband? He tends to get up earlier than me and potter about outside for a bit whilst I’m still snoozing. If I make any comments on the garden, he says, yes, the fairies have been busy again, haha).

When I first stamped out the fairy and realised she wasn’t dark enough (as you can still see a hazy image of the green fern through her), I was going to re-do, but then I thought – ‘Hey, fairies are supposed to be invisible aren’t they?’ So I reasoned it was okay to leave it as it was. Applying logic to support my laziness:) Anyway, it’s time all the fairies disappeared, as I move onto some flower cards.

stamps: fairy by Lavinia stamps; cricket by PSX; rest from ‘Nature Sketchbook 2’ set ICO375 by Graphic 45

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Pink Sky

Susan Robinson
September 20, 2021

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Just running out the last few fairy mushroom cards before moving onto new subjects – flowers, then cats. Only 1 more fairy left! I’m regretting stamping the wording out in purple, as it is a little too dominating, but was afraid a lighter colour wouldn’t stand out against the busy background.

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Hope Fairy

Susan Robinson
September 18, 2021

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Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.

‘HOPE’ is one of my most favourite words! What would life be, if we didn’t have it?

stamps: ‘Effulgence’ 40-374 by Penny Black; ‘Hope’ by Stamp-it; ladybug by All Night Media; fairy (unknown)

Below are a few more backgrounds I created at the same time – by just sponging Distress inks ‘Shabby Shutters’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ over white card, then stamping out various solid flower designs in black. The background for my card sample above was created using “Shabby Shutters” and “Weathered Wood”.

I was going to move onto more botanical style cards, but have changed direction again. I will circle back to these later. Just 2 more fairy mushroom cards to show you.

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Fairy Village

Susan Robinson
September 16, 2021

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Still on a roll with my fascination of fungi series.

  • created colour-wash background with ‘Shabby Shutters’ & ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress inks
  • stamped out yellow moon & blue leaves
  • cut out mushroom & tiny house dies, coloured and assembled. I drew the doors and windows on with a pen
  • stamped out fairy & rabbit in purple ink
  • added more shading on & around mushroom; Gold chalk to moon; ‘Tumbled Glass’ sponged around card edges
  • stamped wording & assembled card layers
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Counting Mushrooms

Susan Robinson
September 13, 2021

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Sometimes I do an inky background that I’m not that enamoured with. That’s why I chose this stamp, which had the mushrooms at the front as a focal point, and the busy pattern covered up and distracted from the background. As soon as I saw this stamp, I thought fairies!

Because the red in the card on the left was so dominating, I stamped my mushrooms out again, coloured them, then fussy cut them out and Magic Mounted them over their counterparts. That also allowed me to tuck some little twigs behind them. I did this with the top card also. The little blue butterflies (on card bottom right) were made with a Fiskars hand punch.

stamps: ‘Counting Mushrooms’ by Crafty Individuals; Fairies & caterpillar by Lavinia stamps; ‘hello’ by Paper Rose; ‘creeping snail’ by Wordsworth (the little snail on red card I hand drew as I didn’t have anything small enough)

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Bunny Run

Susan Robinson
September 11, 2021

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I just love the way my mushroom turned out on this card! Despite colouring it the same way each time, it’s always slightly different. I made the mistake of applying my Liquid Pearl splotches to the mushroom top before the ink was completely dry, so rather than being white, they’re a bit yellow looking. And yes, I know my mushroom is leaning, but as the flowers in the background were all wavy, I liked that my mushroom stalk wasn’t straight 🙂

stamps: Mushroom & bunnies from Lavinia stamps; ‘Flower amongst Flowers’ 4155Lby Penny Black

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Ant Trail

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2021

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Now this is what I’m talking about!! Simple. Something I was trying to achieve with my card from my last posting, except I forgot when to stop. I have to confess it’s not white card though, but rather a creamy off-white colour. (Maybe it’s just the white that puts me off? Dunno). So apart from a bit of smudging underneath my mushroom, I am quite happy with it. It is a hand made creation after all, so perfection is not expected, at least not in my house, haha.

Thought I’d share with you how I did the mushroom. It took me a few goes to find a method that worked well, but still each stamping will be slightly different. It is a solid design, so used a combination of texters and coloured ink pads direct to the rubber as shown in the steps below.

Note: the paper you use is very important. If it’s too absorbent, the inks will soak in straight away and you won’t be able to blend them!

I struggled to find a suitably small insect stamp to add to my design, and ended up using a ladybug sticker.

stamps: Mushrooms by Lavinia stamps; ant trail & wordings by Stamp-it; small fern by Amazing Creations; large fern by Penny Black

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Blue Moon

Susan Robinson
September 6, 2021

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For some reason I really struggle making simple cards with white backgrounds. I love the white on white look, with just a touch of colour, but seem unable to achieve it myself. I started off okay (see below), quite happy with where it was going, but then I just kept adding to it. When there was no more room, I decided my card was done, so matted it onto my backing card.

But then… the more I looked at it, I felt the white was just too stark. Soooo, I decided to add a moon and sponge the background blue. More atmospheric. Not my best sponging effort however.

To colour the moon, I cut out a circle from Clear Film. I placed the circle where I wanted to position the moon (being clear, this makes it easy). This will act as a mask and keep underneath white. I then sponged the background with ‘Stormy Sky’ Distress ink.

After removing the circle, and replaced it with the clear film I had cut the circle out of. This allowed me to colour in the moon, without any colour going outside that circular space. I used chalks to shade the moon, starting with a line of orange around the lower and left edge, then dark yellow, then light yellow, leaving the top right where the spider sits, white. I blended the chalks with my finger.

I got a bit of blue ink on my mushroom when sponging, so applied touches of ‘White Opal’ Liquid Pearls over it. I Glossy Accented the bug and fairy wings, sprinkling some fine crystal glitter over the wings whilst wet. Then I drew some fine lines over some of the spider web with a glue pen. When dry (or tacky), I pressed Silver Fab Foil over. I didn’t do the whole web, just the areas where I thought the moonlight might catch it.

stamps: ‘Rory’ (fairy) & mushroom by Lavinia stamps; Fairy Tale Spider Web FTCS024 by Nellie’s Choice; Fern E1114 by Amazing Creations; wording from ‘Evidence of Art’ set LCS055 by Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous

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Fairy Web

Susan Robinson
March 30, 2021

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Entangled in this web of earthly obligations, I struggle to break free so as to briefly draw breath and seek joy in the simplest of things. How complex is this thing called love, both our savior and devourer.

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Fairy with Cat

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2021

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It’s great having a box of backgrounds already done up that you can select from when needing a quick card. This is a Distress Oxide background I used in conjunction with some Lavinia stamps and a Hero Arts wording.

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