Following in Dads Footsteps

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2018


Another great Aussie die ‘Farmer and Boy’ 17511 from Paper Rose Studio.

I created the background by swiping Oregano alcohol ink over Yupo paper with a thin cotton square. Working quickly I held the paper on its side, then ran Stream, Meadow, Caramel and Rust inks in streams down it. Keep adding from both sides until the paper is completely covered. It will dry by itself very quickly.

I poured a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution into a bottle cap, picked up with a paintbrush and applied dots over card to create patterns. I then did the same with glue pen. Set aside. When dry, lay gold Fab Foil sheet over glue dots, press down with finger tips, then lift off. The gold colour will adhere to the glue dots.

Cut out complete die in black card. Cut out boy only a 2nd time. Rub silver, gold and copper Rub-Ons over boy using fingertips to colour. Magic Mount in place. Matt finished card onto layer of black then rust card, before adhering to green folded backing card.

Stamp wording onto rust card, matt onto black, then Magic Mount onto top right of card.


Bird on Wire Fence

Susan Robinson
July 8, 2018


Still playing with alcohol inks. When I do backgrounds, I usually make a batch of them at a time so I have some ready prepared in the event I need to make a quick card. Saves time. Plus inks can be messy and I’m not always in the mood or dressed appropriately.

die: ‘Bird on Wire Fence’ 17403 by Paper Rose Studio

stamp: Happy Birthday 3320C by Stamp-it

alcohol inks: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rust, Stream, Lettuce, Oregano

Create alcohol ink background. This is always a serendipitous journey. Even if using the same colour inks, each time you swipe it through, you will get a different result. I love it!

I cut out the complete die twice, and then the bird only a 3rd time.

I wanted to use a combination of silver, gold and copper Fab Foils over the wire. I thought they would compliment all the colours in the background and be a bit more arty. I did each colour separately, appling glue to the places that I wanted silver, setting aside to dry, appling the silver Fab Foil, then the same again for the gold, then the copper. A bit more time consuming but not so messy.

Once I had foiled all the wire, I Magic Mounted the die onto my alcohol ink background. I then took my 2nd copy of the die – cut off all the wire, leaving only the fence posts and bird with grass along bottom, and Magic Mounted this over original. The extra bird I had cut, I edged with white ink, then Magic Mounted it over others.

I decided to loop some real silver wire into place over the paper spirals for a more realistic effect. I secured into place behind posts.

I stamped and embossed birthday wording in silver onto light green card, sponged sepia ink around, then matted onto black corrugated card and glued into position at top right of card.

I matted card front onto black card, then onto Butterscotch folded backing card.



Kangaroo in Forest

Susan Robinson
July 4, 2018


Alcohol ink backgrounds with black silhouettes.

die: ‘Kangaroo in Forest’ 16948 by Paper Rose Studio.

stamp: ‘Good Planets’ D-752 by Print Blocks.

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Butterscotch, Stream, Lettuce

For this background I applied puddles of alcohol inks onto a teflon mat, then swiped my Yupo paper through it. I then placed a few drops of Stream, Rust and Lettuce onto a thin cotton pad attached to an applicator tool, and proceeded to stamp randomly over the bottom half of card until all the white was covered. That’s how the pebble effect was created.

I cut out the ‘Kangaroo in Forest’ die in black and glued onto alcohol ink background card. Matt this onto wheat card, then butterscotch folded backing card.

I stamped out the planet stamp in black ink twice, then punched them out in a small and larger circle. I layered these on top of each other with a green circle in between, sponging all sides with sepia ink as I went. Line up along right side of card, cutting off slither of circle at right, then glue into place.


For this card I used similar alcohol ink colours, adding Cloudy Blue for the sky and did it landscape instead of portrait. When dry I poured Stream and Sunshine Yellow directly onto the paper to make the river and sun.

I cut the die out twice. I cut off the surrounding frame and cut them both at the base so I could elongate the image. I also flipped it over so that my bird was sitting over the sun.

I wrapped twine around base of card to add texture and help disguise join mark. Assemble layers. Stamp wording.


Dear Friend Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
June 27, 2018


stamps: Dearest Friend 17421 by Paper Roses; Spider from Inkadinado set

inks: Lindy’s Starburst ‘Bells of Ireland Green’; Vintage Photo Distress Stain Spray; Jet Black Archival Pad; various Distress Re-inkers

accessories: Metallic Copper Thread; Sunshine Yellow Flower Soft


I used a three-fold card, punching small holes down two sides of middle panel with an awl. You need the same number of holes each side, but as one side is obviously longer, it doesn’t matter that the holes are closer together on the shorter side. Thread copper thread onto a needle and criss-cross corner of panel to create web-like effect.

Spray white card with inks until covered. Dry with a heatgun. Slip card inside middle panel beneath webbing. Leave the securing of flap at back until spider thread has been attached.


Stamp gumnut baby onto white card in black ink. Colour in using Distress re-inkers and a waterbrush. Apply Tacky Glue to skirt and headband and push in yellow Flower Soft. Set aside. When dry cut out and glue into position at right of card.

Stamp spider in position on card front. Stamp spider a second time onto scrap paper and cut out body only. Attach a line of thread to back of spider body with Magic Mount and position over spider image on card. Push the other end of thread through web and into a hole. Secure at back of panel. Secure all sides of panel to frame with two-sided tape. Check that your card is opening the right way first:) Stamp wording across bottom in black ink.




Aussie Outback Santa Run

November 27, 2015


Santa in Sun 004Feeling very patriotic this Christmas, may have something to do with all the terrorist activities around the world. Makes you appreciate home more than ever.

To make this card I cut the shape of Australia out of an Ellison die in matt white card. Next stamp outback scene with house siset111 in black Archival ink onto it. Colour in with watercolour pencils and chalks. Blend colours where needed with a waterbrush. Sponge around the edge with sepia ink. Stamp Kangaroo Sleigh 4919D in black Archival ink across top of Australia. With the help of a t-grid, stamp kangaroo sleigh again onto kraft card beneath making sure your kangaroos line up.

Glue Australia onto kraft card (don’t forget Tasmania!!). Sponge around kraft card with sepia ink also, then do edges only in Walnut Distress Ink. Adhere kraft card onto matting of Maraschino Bazzill Card, then backing of Lily Pad Bazzill card. Stamp Christmas Down Under 3935D in black Archival ink at base of card.


Aussie Christmas

November 9, 2015


It’s November already and Christmas is looming! Thought it was about time I posted some Christmas cards. I am playing with a Christmas “Wreath” theme at the moment. Here are a couple of cards I created with an Aussie flavour.

kooka wreath 001







Kookaburra Christmas 4703F, Gumnut Wreath 2372E

outback wreath






Kangaroo Christmas 4821E, Outback 930F, Wattle 3237D