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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Pink Leaf

Susan Robinson
September 4, 2021

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This is my last card in this Leaf series. I will be moving on to mushrooms and fairies next.

After creating your background (as shown in pictures), stamp Leaf with clear pigment ink and emboss with Copper embossing powder. Colour with same Distress inks as used for background. Cut out leaf and Magic Mount onto plain cream card. Matt with dark brown and copper papers.

Gold emboss wording across bottom half of card. I shadowed the letters with a dark brown texter to make them stand out better. Assemble card layers, adding a slither of copper card to top left corner.

stamps: ‘Leaf Detail’ E1998 by Hero Arts; ‘Blips’ 40-382 by Penny Black; ‘All the Best’ wording by Stamp-it

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Red Leaf

Susan Robinson
September 1, 2021

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Kept thinking of my Mum while making this card. She suffers from dementia, and is not going so well these days. I am hoping that all her memories are still locked inside of her somewhere. She sometimes gets a far off look in her eye and a little smile on her face, so maybe she’s looking through her memories then.

I struggle to conform to standard size cards, so this one I was determined to put onto a C6 folded card. That didn’t leave me any room to matt it though, so I ran a clear embossing ink pad along each edge and embossed it with gold embossing powder instead.

The background for this card, started off the same as the one I used for my recent ‘Wooden Boat’ post. I wished later that I had gold embossed my ‘Falling Leaves’ stamp instead of stamping it in black, as it is so fine. I painted the little leaves in gold.

stamps: Memories Hope Love 4777E by Stamp-it; Falling Leaves G3229 by PSX

dies: Red Leaf by Bo Bunny (set of 3); Autumn Gatherings siz657454 by Tim Holtz; oak punch

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Autumnal Leaf Script

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2021

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Next week Spring officially begins, and I am looking forward to some sunny days and spending time in the garden.

The background for this card is the same as that used for my “Wooden Boat” post. After sponging my card with ‘Peeled Paint’ and ‘Spiced Marmalade’ Distress inks, I laid a leaf stencil over and spritzed water through. Lift off stencil and dry with paper towel. I then applied some gold ‘Perfect pearl’ powder with a dry paint brush over parts of it. Dry with a heat gun. Stamp script writing over in black ink.

I cut the Bo Bunny leaf die out of some card I had sprayed with Distress Stain sprays matching my background colours.

I ran a brown pencil down the stalk and each individual leaf. Place the leaf on an upside down mouse pad, and follow the pencil line down the center of each leaf with a stylus tool to crease. Bend leaves gently with fingers to create a bit of dimension.

Glue leaf onto a square of cream card, matting onto a dark brown card. Attach to card front, slipping a skeleton leaf beneath top left corner that has had some gold leaf glued onto it.

Add 3 dots of Gold Liquid Pearls beneath main leaf square.

stencil: Falling Leaves TSF 93045 by Echo Park Paper Co

stamp: Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts

die: Leaf (set of 3) by Bo Bunny

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