Blue Birdy

Susan Robinson
June 19, 2021

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It’s a bit like groundhog day around here at the moment – eat, sleep, make cards, repeat. I do love making cards, but will be happy when I am feeling better and will be too busy to do so.

This is the sequel to my previous post, being the other bird in Tim Holtz ‘Feathered Friends’ set. Same method for the background too, just used different Distress ink colours (Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage & Crushed Olive).

The bird nest stamp is an old PSX, the gumleaves from ScrapDragon, and I can’t remember what company the ‘smile’ die is from sorry, but know I bought it from the Scrapbook Store in North Perth.

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Yellow Birdy

Susan Robinson
June 18, 2021

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Over a week since I came down sick, and now I have just have an annoying cough, which will no doubt linger for months. A good excuse to stay home and play in my craft room anyway. I hope you’re not ‘sick’ of my frequent posting already, haha.

The bird die is from Tim Holtz ‘Feathered Friends’ set siz664433. The wattle & wording stamps were from Stamp-it (no longer available sorry). I put dabs of thick glue over the wattle flowers and applied yellow Flower Soft. The background was created by inking up an acrylic block with Distress inks (Broken China, Evergreen Bough & Mustard Seed), spritzing with water, then stamping it onto white cardstock.

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Kookaburra circle

Susan Robinson
May 5, 2021

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Apologies for my long leave of absence without giving notice, sometimes life just gets in the way. And you’d think having had that break, I’d come back all refreshed and full of creative ideas, but I find just the opposite is true, that it usually takes me a while for the creative juices to start flowing again. That’s my excuse anyway, for why I had to go out and buy myself a new toy in the shape of this “Honeysuckle Plant” 21201 Paper Rose die. I combined it with an old Stamp-it Kookaburra stamp and a Hero Arts wording for this card. The background and plant were sponged with Distress Oxide inks Bundled Sage, Speckled Egg & Crushed Olive. I used Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight plant tips.

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Pink Flamingo’s

Susan Robinson
October 12, 2020

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I have a number of gorgeous nieces, who I had in mind whilst creating these cards.

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Two Cockatoo

Susan Robinson
May 1, 2020

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This Cockatoo bird die from Alexandra Renke is my latest acquisition. Just having a play with the effects of leaving the bits in or out.

In the card with the yellow full body, I sponged the inside pieces before gluing them back into place. I applied Liquid Pearls to the leaves and talons, using Black Accent dot for the eye.

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Bird on Wire Fence

Susan Robinson
July 8, 2018

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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.

 

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Bird Watching

Susan Robinson
January 10, 2018

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Now that I’m no longer working, I have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Time to walk in the sun, to watch butterflies floating by, hear the birds in the trees – and just appreciate the simple things in life.

stamp: Garden Letter 40-277 by Penny Black

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Bird in Cage

admin
May 21, 2016

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I created this background using alcohol inks on kromekote (gloss) card. I first made concertina folds along just the edges of the card. You could carefully measure and score lines with a ruler for a neater look, but I was after a more relaxed, almost grungy look, so just folded roughly, making folds different lengths. I rubbed Blending Solution over with a sponge, then a light orange. Working quickly, I dribbled various colours of alcohol ink (Sunset Orange, Eggplant & Meadow) along folds, tilting the card to make them run along ridges created by folds. They dry very quickly.

Stamps: Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440, Lovely day wording siset046 from Stamp-It

Dies: Mini Bird & Cage set siz657207newest 002

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Hello Birdie

admin
May 11, 2016

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My fourth cardbird card 007 from my travel series (but who’s counting?). The piece of white card I stamped the flowers onto had some over spray on it from another project. I thought it added a bit of interebird card 008st, without being overpowering. The flowers “Gossamer” 3865K and wording “Hello” 2631C are by Penny Black. The bird is from Bo Bunny set “Birds of a Feather” #12105440. The flowers have been coloured in with pencils with a blob of “Barn Door” Distress Stickles used to decorate centers. Watercolours were used on the bird, the body cut out, and magic mounted onto card, his legs I drew free-hand.

 

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Tissue Box Bird

admin
April 10, 2016

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tissue bird 003 Looking around for inspiration and I spied this tissue box. Rather than throw it in the bin, I decided to give it a second life by recycling it. You can get two full bird bodies from each box (unfortunately the legs are not complete). The bird on one side is larger than the other, which I didn’t realise at first. Probably would have looked better with the slightly smaller bird. Never mind. I think the bird is pretty enough to use as it is, but for this card, wanted just it’s shape. If you are just using it’s shape, there nothing stopping you from turning it over so that the bird is facing the other way.

For this card: I cut out the bird body, then painted it over with Snowcap Adirondack Dabber Paint. When dry, I added various other shades of paint (mainly Cloudy Blue, Aqua & Lemonade Adirondack Dabbers), till I was happy with the finished look. I used pencils to add a little definition on the wings and sponged some inks over too (Stormy Sky & Mustard Seed Distress & Sepia Archival pads) for shading. I added a dot of Glossy Accents for its eye and highlighted with a dot of white from a sharpie pen when dry.tissue bird 001

Nest is created from Memory Box die “Delicate Nest”. Eggs are made using a Carl punch.

Stamps are Penny Black “Cherry Blossoms” 3064K and Verses Rubber Stamps “Hope Feathers” QQ1007-D. Cherry blossom has been stamped in Tree Branch Archival pad and coloured with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.

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