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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Peacocks

Susan Robinson
October 18, 2020

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Peacocks are the epitome of beauty with their stunning colouration, and long stupendously ornate tail feathers. Their spiritual symbol offers lessons about self-love, honor, integrity and the importance of facing life’s challenges with courage and confidence, while still recognising the need for light-heartedness and laughter. When a peacock struts gracefully into your life, you may be entering a time of rebirth.

This peacock die was from a ‘Papercraft’ magazine. It’s quite a busy design, so I sponged the background using (Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron & Peacock Feathers) Distress Oxide inks, to add colour but not too much distraction. Not sure if I’m happy with the glitter on the tail feathers. I tried blue rhinestones first, but they were too big. [Thanks to Mary Poxon for the inspiration].

While on the subject of Peacocks, I did another card (below), creating a watercolour wash background using water and Distress re-inkers (Crushed Olive, Tumbeld Glass, Mowed Lawn & Peacock Feathers). I placed the coloured watercolour paper underneath the cutout space, then glued the peacock outline back in. I used a blue pencil to draw a faint outline inside each tail feather, then added dots of Liquid Pearls. This is a Poppystamps die called ‘Plumed Peacock‘. The wording was from Stamp-it. [Thanks to Marybeth Lopez for the inspiration].

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Birds of a Feather

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2020

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All this rain has been keeping me indoors. I have been doing a lot of baking, but that just tempts me to eat more. Better to make cards.

I used a feather stencil to create the backgrounds for these 2 cards.

For the top sample, I sprayed shimmer inks through the stencil, which is why the design is not crisp, as ink always seems to seep beneath. I was after a soft watercolour abstract sort of look, so happy with the result.

For the card below, I first sprayed a white card with blue ink. Dried it, then placed the stencil over and sponged yellow ink through. I then ran a turquoise pen around the edge of each feather to better define them.

stamps: small birds F.0226 by Magenta; Song bird by Concord & 9th ; Happy Birthday wordings both by Stamp-it

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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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Birds with Bauble

Susan Robinson
November 15, 2019

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Holly Concert 4337K Penny Black

There seems to be a theme happening this year – birds! I haven’t got back to further explore the potential of my ‘Birds on a Wreath’ die from previous post yet, as I got diverted with this one. I felt like doing some colouring in, it helps to relax me. This design was the perfect size, not too big, not too small, with enough colour variation to be interesting.

I matched up the Penny Black bird stamp ‘Holly Concert’ 4337K with a Stamp-it Christmas wording from their set #17, which I gold embossed onto a Tim Holtz Bigz die ‘Retro Ornaments’ siz660036. It was a bit of a squeeze but hopefully the message is clear enough 🙂

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Birds of Summer

Susan Robinson
February 10, 2019

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Doesn’t this weather just make you glad to be alive!! I love summer! So many things you can do when the sun is shining. Of course it’s best to get up early and do them before it gets too hot, haha. Change of theme now with some bird cards using Concord & 9th’s Songbird stamp set.

The first card idea was taken from Karen Baker, and the inspiration for me buying the stamp set in the first place, so I had to have a go at replicating it
(her version is better). With my not-so-great eyesight, I sometimes struggle to stay in the lines, but when trying to deliberately go over to create a loose watercolour effect, I struggle with that as well! Never mind, thought I’d share it with you anyway in case you hadn’t seen her lovely version on Pinterest. The technique of only colouring in a highlighted section of a design is very effective and one I occasionally use myself. It helped to get my creative juices flowing, then I branched out with my own layouts, incorporating in some of them, dies and stamps from other companies.

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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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Sunset at the Swamp

Susan Robinson
May 14, 2018

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Reflections on the day.

stamps: Reeds from Kaszazz; Begin Each Day BB0441-E by Verses rubber Stamps

dies: Elegant Shorebirds 99730 by Memory Box; Scribble Trio 1693 by Poppy Stamps

Sponge white card with Distress inks. Stamp reeds in black ink.

Cut out dies. The one I used for the sun is not exactly spherical, but felt I could get away with it. Sponge to match background. When I was stamping the reeds, some of the background rubber showed up, which is always a bit annoying, so I cut out a second wing for my flying bird in order to cover the ink smudge.

Glue shapes into place, then stamp wording in black. Attach finished card front onto matting of black, then folded backing card of mauve.

 

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3D Card Boxes

admin
January 31, 2016

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3d Card Boxes are great as they can be adapted to any theme or colour scheme and are so dimensional and visually eye catching, yet can be folded flat for posting or storage. My Dad, who has dementia, was recently in respite for a few weeks, so I made the ladies that looked after him a box each as a token of my appreciation. They did a great job.

Butterfly Box 1Butterfly Box 2Butterfly Box 3

 

 

 

 

Dragonfly Box 1    Dragonfly Box 2Dragonfly Box 3

 

 

 

 

Bird Box 1Bird Box 2Bird Box 3

 

 

 

 

Pink Rose Box 1Pink Rose Box 2Pink rose Box 3

 

 

 

 

Concertina Flower Box 5Concertina Flower Box 4Concertina Flower Box 2

 

 

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Inky Birds

admin
August 3, 2015

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pelican bird 4947E flamingo While on the subject of birds, here are some cards I made using Dylusion ink sprays to loosely colour. You can manipulate the ink spread slightly with the help of a waterbrush if you like. Stamps: Flamingo 4947E & Pelican 2522E by Stamp-it Australia

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