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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Seas the Day

Susan Robinson
October 30, 2020

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So glad the weather is warming up. We’ve had a few very summery days this spring, and I have been back in the water for my morning swim when able. Apparently cold water is good for staving off dementia. Just a bit of incentive when I’m feeling whoosy.

This background was created on my new gelli plate, which I am just having a play with and learning how to use. Haven’t done the layering with stencils yet, but was quite happy with the green hues of this colour palette. The light blue paint is shimmery, so gave it a lovely sheen.

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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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Mermaid Bath

Susan Robinson
June 11, 2020

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Managed to squeeze out one more card this week with a water theme, before I change direction. Might save this one for my granddaughters next birthday. The grandkids do love a good bubble bath!

stamp: ‘Mermaid Bath’ 40-457 by Penny Black

Below is a card I made previously with this stamp. I was sure I had already posted it, but can’t see it anywhere, so will show it again.

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Seahorse Siblings

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2020

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Finally got together with my crafty ladies for a day of card making, (though I rarely ever get a card completed during these sessions as I’m usually too busy talking)! It’s only our 2nd gathering for the year and I have been missing the social interaction. I always feel quite inspired afterwards, and tend to keep on crafting long after they’ve gone.

This is a seahorse embossing folder by Kaiser Craft which I have made numerous cards with previously (see my Pinterest ‘Sea Themed’ board).

I inked up one side of the embossing folder with ‘Tumbled Glass’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks and then spritzed it with water, before placing the white card inside. After rolling it through the Big Shot to emboss, the result was that the background was coloured while the raised areas of the seahorse remained white. (Always hard to photograph white sorry, and have to confess the 2nd image there was taken after completion of my card, as forgot to take a photo of that step).

To colour the seahorse, I ran a sponging block with ‘Wild Honey’ Distress Ink over raised areas, then added brown speckles. I used ‘Evergreen Bough’ Distress re-inker with a waterbrush to colour seahorse body, then fine texter pens to trace around outer ridges.

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Below is a 2nd card I made, starting off in exactly the same way, just finishing off differently. I really love the contrast of the peachy pinks against the aqua background.

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Sea Nymph

Susan Robinson
June 5, 2020

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As we head into winter here, I have been missing that warm from the sunshine, and especially missing my swims in the sea!! So my thoughts are turning to mermaids, that I may live vicariously through them for the next few months…

stamps: ‘Sea Nymph’ PI026 by Pink Ink Designs; wordings by Stampin’ Up (Mermaid set). I do love Pink Ink’s nautical series, but find their stamps quite large for card making, which is why I cut her wings short in the green one so it could fit into a square envelope. The purple one below needs an C5 envelope (which is an A4 folded in half).

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