Seahorse & Seaweed

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2021

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I have had this little seahorse and Distress Stain spray background earmarked for each other for ages. They were put aside, and I have slowly been adding bits. Sometimes it happens that way. Usually my cards come together quite quickly, but occasionally it’s a slow assemblage process. Even today when I thought I had finished, I took a photo, and realised the seahorse was still a bit flat looking, and the card needed a wording. I applied Glossy Accents to his fins, sprinkling fine glitter over whilst still wet, and added more definition to his eye. After stamping the wording in black at the top, it then looked too top heavy, so intertwined some black sticks with the seaweed at the base of card, for balance. Happier with it now. Finally, (because I couldn’t help myself) I put some touches of Liquid Pearls and Distress Stickles over the seaweed.

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Coral Corner

Susan Robinson
August 4, 2021

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The use of stencils in your background can add dimension to your card, without adding any thickness.

  1. first spray a white card with various blue Distress Stain sprays. Dry card.
  2. lay a seaweed stencil over card. Spritz water through. Dry card.
  3. sponge a blue ink through select sections of the same stencil.
  4. stamp the coral corner. Colour in shells and seaweed and highlight bits with Liquid Pearls.
  5. stamp jellyfish image onto card. Apply Glossy Accent and leave to dry.
  6. cut out dies of the tiny fish and large seaweed. Colour them. Apply Distress Stickles to seaweed die.
  7. glue dried pieces onto card and assemble card layers.
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Whale song

Susan Robinson
August 2, 2021

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When seeking peace I head to the sea. Sadly, being winter, the ocean is looking very grey and choppy, not very calming for the soul at all. So I’ve had to get creative in my craft room to find some of that peaceful ocean blue.

I can hear my mother singing now, calling me with her whale song, so I must go.

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Mermaid Affairs

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2021

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It’s good to have friends you can ride with through the turbulent seas of life.

I love the colour combinations in both these cards. To create the background for the first card, I inked up an acrylic block with 3 different green Distress inks, before spritzing it with water and then stamping onto white card. The block gives you that straight edge, but I like the effect created when it leaks out the sides, especially when it’s for a watery themed card. The mermaid & seahorse are both dies, which I cut out in white card then sponged with Distress inks.

The mermaid & the seahorse in the 2nd card are both stamps, which provides you with more detailed images. The large seaweed is a die. To create the background in the 2nd card, squish Distress Oxide ink pads (I used Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers & Squeezed Lemonade) onto a Teflon mat. Spritz lightly with water, then lay your white card over to colour. Dry with a heat gun and add more colour if desired.

Stamp out mermaid and seahorse, colouring in and fussy cutting out. I detached the seahorses’s head in order to change his swimming direction. Cut out the seaweed die and sponge Distress inks over to colour.

Glue individual pieces onto card in desired positions, then assemble card layers.

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Beach Memories

Susan Robinson
June 4, 2021

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This was an experimental background I did with a shimmer texture paste through a stencil, which after allowing to dry, I sprayed a shimmer blue dye ink over. I sponged the edges with sepia ink before assembling my card layers. The stamps are from the ‘Retro Beach’ stamp set by Rubber Dance co.

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Swim, swim!

Susan Robinson
May 8, 2021

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Whenever I buy a new toy, I like to have a play to see how versatile they are. As well as being a really nice plant that you could use on its own or in any garden scene, I think this ‘Honeysuckle’ die, also makes a great underwater seaweed!

I am loving this Autumn weather here in Perth, Western Australia – slightly crisp mornings, but mainly beautiful sunny days. My favourite time of year. Will be sad when my swims in the ocean are put on hold for winter though, I ain’t no polar bear 🙂

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Seagulls

Susan Robinson
March 12, 2021

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Do you have a stamp that you really like, but it has some small design fault that really irks you every time you stamp it out? That is the case with this ‘Seagulls’ stamp by Katzelkraft – the horizon does not line up on either side of the wooden post (there being a cloud on the right which is lower than the horizon line on the left). So I had to thicken the horizon to try and meet the lines up on either side of the post.

Even if things look a little gloomy, don’t lose faith, as you never know what the next tide could bring in.

I was intending to just leave this card with the birds and the wording, so it was similar to the first sample. But then I added the little mermaid, then put in footprints, THEN I found a wording I wished I’d used instead, so added that too. The card just kept getting bigger.

stamps: Seagulls by Katzelkraft; Daydreaming Mermaid small 2953 by 100 Proof Press; wordings by Hampton Art Stamps, Penny Black, and TH/Stampers Anonymous

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Seahorse in Autumn tones

Susan Robinson
January 19, 2021

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My third and final seahorse card in this set. The Alcohol ink background was leftover from a batch I did for my “Orange Poinsettia” Christmas cards a few posts back. I turned it upside down so the blue was at the top. I didn’t use this particular piece as there wasn’t much green on it and the red was more a murky orange colour. The gold embossed red leaves were left over from the actual poinsettia’s of those same cards.

I cut the seahorse die out of Two-sided sticker sheet. I peeled off the back and stuck it onto some dark brown paper, then cut around it. I then peeled off the front and lay some Copper Fab Foil over.

I used light green & blue Chalks to colour brown segments of the seahorse and Black Accent for his eye. After cutting out some coral & seaweed dies, I glued them at base of card with the leaves, and Magic Mounted the seahorse over, with a piece of weed entwined through his tail. The ‘Happy Birthday’ is a gold sticker I stuck onto a strip of alcohol coloured card.

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Seahorse in Spring tones

Susan Robinson
January 16, 2021

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Keeping with the seahorse theme for one more post before we get onto more Australian subject matters. The seahorse cards all have Alcohol ink backgrounds, this one using Sunshine Yellow, Raspberry & Pool, on Gloss Card. The green and purplish tones were created where the colours overlap. I stamped the image onto the left side of the coloured card, which had more of the blue tones, and will save the other half for another project.

After I coloured in the top shell (as shown in RH photo), I didn’t like it, so stamped the image out again onto white scrap card (as I did for the seahorse), cut it out and re-coloured it lighter, then Magic Mounted it into place. The white Sharpie pen I used around the inside perimeter of each bubble, and to add lines to the circular coral. Apart from watercolour pencils to colour, I used Gold Liquid Pearls and Distress Glitters (White Picket Fence on shell, Wild Honey on Seahorse) as highlights.

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Seahorse in Summer tones

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2021

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Summertime, and I’m enjoying my swims! How lucky I am to be living in this beautiful country, with this fabulous weather, so close to the beach and having the time to visit it every day. Counting my blessings.

Shell Pink, Cloudy Blue & Hazelnut Alcohol inks on Yupo paper created the background for this card. Not the usual colour combination for underwater scenes, but I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Probably because it has my favourite seahorse die (Sammy SD365) from Joanna Sheen in it. Below is how it all began. Reminded me a bit of a shell, so that’s what I started with, playing with shell shapes.

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