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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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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Have Courage

Susan Robinson
March 25, 2021

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It’s very cosy here in our comfort zone, but we won’t discover anything new, unless we have the courage to step outside it once in a while. They don’t have to be big steps, they can be little baby ones to start. The first one is always the hardest.

stamps: ‘En Bord de Mer’ by Carabelle Studio; ‘Discover Oceans’ by Stamp-it

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King of the Castle

Susan Robinson
March 17, 2021

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What can I say…

stamps: Castle by Stamp-it; Old Man by 100 Proof Press; wording done on computer

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Moving On

Susan Robinson
November 30, 2020

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Thought it was time I threw a few male cards into the mix. Just procrastinating really in order to put off doing Christmas cards as long as possible. In the car card above, I put a piece of clear film behind the windows to replicate the glass.

stamps: ‘Hot Rod!’ set 40-224 by Penny Black

Below is a card for those who prefer to cycle.

stamps: ‘Racing Bike’ 4450D by Stamp-it; ‘Memories of Summer’ MS289 by Studio Light

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Surf’s Up

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2020

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Walking along the beach this morning, I was amazed at the number of surfers in the water! We stood and watched them for a while. Those hydrofoil surfboards are so impressive to see in action.

stamp: Surf’s Up 3266G by Stamp-it

I spritzed white card with Tumbled Glass & Crushed Olive Distress Stain sprays before stamping the surfer image over. I coloured in with pencils and some white paint (for froth), before adding some torn strips of washi tape underneath, and stapling a short strip of film over. I diecut the seahorse and starfish out and Magic Mounted them into place, adding details with pen and Liquid Pearls.

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Relax Cowboy

Susan Robinson
August 7, 2020

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A way of adding interest and dimension to an otherwise boring alcohol ink background, is to run it through an embossing folder.

This would be a good card for Father’s Day. Sadly my father passed away a few years ago so I don’t make those cards anymore.

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Be Empowered

Susan Robinson
August 3, 2020

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Blue foil was used on this card, just for contrast. I have a few more alcohol ink cards to come, but this is my last foiled background – for the time being. I have been stuck at home with a cold all week, and in the current covid climate, thought it best to self isolate (in my craft room of course!). So have had some extra play time.

stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection, ‘Time Travellers’ CMS157; Unity Stamps ‘Empowered Words’ DD-960A

dies: Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations ‘Gearhead’ 661184

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The Darkest Night

Susan Robinson
July 23, 2020

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This musician comes out of a nightclub in the early hours, his faithful dog waiting at the back door. Together they walk through the quiet streets, his adrenalin still pumping from the hours of playing, too wired to sleep. Eventually he leans against a lamppost, and slowly lifts his saxophone to his lips and starts to play softly, soulfully. Slowly the sun creeps over the rooftops, shining onto the puddles, illuminating the paving stones still wet from the evenings rain. And so a new day begins.

Another alcohol ink background, created by swishing Yupo card through alcohol inks (Sunshine Yellow, Pesto and Pitch Black) with Isopropyl Alcohol on a Teflon mat. The Pesto has some brown elements to it and the Black, some purple. Makes for interesting results. I really love how this one turned out! Consequently I didn’t want to cover it up too much, so chose my stamp and die carefully.

I have been experimenting with foiling my alcohol ink backgrounds. You should be able to see the gold veins through the above card. This only seems to work on Yupo, not gloss card. As Yupo is plastic, not paper, the inks stay wet a little longer, and actually get slightly ‘sticky’ where the inks pool. This allows the foil to adhere. Success is all about the timing! Put the foil sheet on too early, and the inks simply lift off with the sheet, ruining your lovely inky pattern. Put in on too late, and the inks are dry and none of the foil will stick. Bit tricky, but fun. If you mess it up, just add more alcohol inks and try again. I have 2 more samples to follow.

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