Gumnut Baby Leaf Wash

Susan Robinson
June 23, 2021

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Washed out gumnut leaves… I borrowed this gumleaf die from a friend at a craft camp getaway last month, but loved it so much I had to buy my own. It’s just called ‘Australiana dies Gumnuts and Gum Leaves’ from ScrapDragon (must be their own brand maybe). I think it works so well in conjunction with Paper Roses’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlepie’ stamp.

Using the same Gumnut Babies stamp for the foreground, I created the card below with a Uniquely Creative ‘Slimline Gum Leaves’ die as the background (again borrowed from my friend). I cut the die out twice – once in white for the pattern outline, then again from a piece of card pre-coloured with various green Distress inks. I glued the white outline onto a sponged Distress background, then glued the green mottled leaves inside the white framework. I must say it was an exercise in patience piecing all the leaves back in, and it makes for a pretty large card (DL size) in the end, so don’t think I’ll be putting this die on my shopping list.

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Protea Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
February 2, 2021

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We’re in lockdown and I’m on a roll. When I first purchased Paper Rose’s “Thanks a Bunch” stamp, I had a little play stamping it out as a background, horizontally and vertically. The card above has their smaller sized trio of the Gumnut babies from the “Snugglepot & Cuddlepie” 17310 set as the feature. The ‘best wishes’ at the top is a rub-on.

Below is one of my favourite cards from this series, using Paper Rose’s “Dearest Friend” 17421 stamp as the feature. I placed little dots of Balllerina Liquid Pearls over her skirt and headress.

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Tea Break

Susan Robinson
September 15, 2020

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Time to sit and drink a brew, and linger over thoughts of you.

This Distress Stain spray background has a fine gold shimmer (Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl) mist over it, radiating from that one spot at the bottom of the card peeping out from behind the rock. Not sure whether to credit it to a rising or setting sun, or the glow from his bonfire. I actually rubbed some gold chalk over the spot to emphasise it more.

stamps: Trail Break by Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps; Dreams by PSX

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Blue Wren on Banksia

Susan Robinson
January 22, 2020

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I found this fabulous stamp on marketplace being sold by a local lady who was no longer crafting. It’s called ‘Wren on Banksia’ 382L by Annaleey Crafts in South Australia. I tried to find them, but like so many companies, they seem to have disappeared.

These inky backgrounds were left over from some of my Christmas cards. I had put them aside as I felt they were a bit dark. Perfect for these cards though! They were done with variations of Distress Stain Sprays: Weathered Wood, Bundled Sage, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.

The wrens and banksia were coloured in using watercolour pencils. I then added some lines of thin glue to ridges of the banksia before applying Ultrafine Flowersoft ‘Sand’ to create texture. Glossy Accents were used to highlight seedpods and birds eye and beak.

The Australian bush background and wording with above card are both by Stamp-it. Rather than stamp the bush background as a whole, I stamped the left and right sides of the image onto the opposing sides of the card (hope that makes sense). I first masked off the bird though so as not to have unwanted lines going across it when stamping the background on top. To do this just stamp the bird onto some scrap paper, cut it out, then sit it over stamped bird image to protect/mask it.

The Ancient Proverb wording with bluer card below is by Penny Black.

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Grass Tree Silhouette

Susan Robinson
April 14, 2019

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Grass Tree earthy

Finally back in my little house again after being away for the last month, but not for long, so taking the opportunity to have a play with this silhouette grass tree by Ultimate Crafts to make a few simple cards.

Grass Tree bright

Bright pink would not be the obvious colour choice for a grass tree, but I like to do things differently sometimes. I sprayed the background paper with yellow, orange and pink Dylusion ink sprays first, before running the bottom half (which would be the tree trunk) through a Fiskars hand held corrugater. I then Magic Mounted the black card over the ink sprayed one, before assembling the remaining card layers.

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Koala Christmas

Susan Robinson
November 24, 2018

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I couldn’t put my koala die away until I had at least attempted a Christmas card with it!

(Note: I have finally worked out how to post my cards at a larger size once again, hooray!)

Firstly cut out whole koala die in dark brown card, then cut out koala only in lighter grey card. I sponged around the koala body with Coffee Archival ink then Magic Mounted him over darker counterpart.

I stamped Santa Hat onto white card, coloured it in, then cut it out. Attach to top of koala’s head.

Run a pigment ink pad around edge of circle, then emboss with gold embossing powder.

Fold backing card of dark moss green. Attach white square card onto front.

Cut a circle of white card slightly larger than koala circle. Sponge this with Shabby Shutters Distress ink. Glue into middle of card front.

Stamp Santa & kangaroos in black ink across top third of circle, masking off where needed in order to elongate design. I used a T-grid to help me line them up.

Stamp Christmas wording in black ink at bottom right. 

Glue koala circle over green one – and your card is finished!

die: Koala in Tree by Paper Rose

stamps: Kangaroo Sleigh, Christmas Hat and wording – all by Stamp-it

 

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Koala Two

Susan Robinson
November 20, 2018

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To colour or not to colour ? Hmm, that is the question…

die: Koala in Tree by Paper Rose

stamp: Gumnut Flower 4851E by Stamp-it

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Koala in Tree

Susan Robinson
November 16, 2018

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‘Koala in Tree’ 17730 by Paper Rose

I loved having a play with this new koala die I bought at the craft fair last week! The koala is actually just a solid shape, ostensibly his back view, but I drew some features on him to make it look like he was facing forwards.

To colour – I mixed some black & white acrylic paints together and applied to koala body with a stipple (flat ended) brush to create that mottled look. When dry I added some features with a black pencil, 2 dots of Black Accent for his eyes and used a white Sharpie pen for lines over ears. The remainder of die I coloured with watercolours, sponging sepia ink around edges of everything when finished.

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Grass Tree

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2018

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I have been doing Australian themed cards for the last few weeks, and frankly am a bit over it and ready to move on. This is my last gasp…

stamps: Blackboy 11H by Stamp-it; Thank You by Stamp’in Up

Stamped in black ink onto kraft card, coloured in with Distress re-inkers using a waterbrush. Gold Liquid Pearls added to flower stalk and Wild Honey Distress Stickles smeared over rocks at base.

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Fence Sitting

Susan Robinson
July 12, 2018

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So many different effects you can get with alcohol inks, depending on how you apply them. This card has been done on Yupo paper, which I find gives the most vibrant colour finish.

dies: Men Siting on Fence 17283 by Paper Rose Studio; Birds from Scarecrow set 662382 by Tim Holtz

stamps: Gum Tree 632F by Stamp-it; Moments C2768 by Hero Arts

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Oregano, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow, Bottle & Espresso

For this card, I squirted some alcohol inks onto my Teflon mat in lines, then swiped my paper through it horizontally so the colours mixed minimally. The paper kind of sucks onto the matt though so the colours do mix as you peel it off.

This will dry almost immediately. Then I stamped the gum tree and sun in black Archival ink. (Don’t use a StazOn pad as this also being a solvent ink, will cause bleeding).

I put a small puddle of Bottle and Espresso ink onto my acrylic block, picked it up with paint brush to colour in tree trunk and canopy. The Sunshine Yellow ink I placed a drop directly from the bottle over my stamped sun image and allowed it to spread out.

Cut out dies in black card, then glue into position over alcohol background. Matt onto black card, then folded orange/brown backing card.

Stamp out wording on scrap of matching card and cut to size. Sponge all edges with sepia ink and glue into position.

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