Whale song

Susan Robinson
August 2, 2021

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When seeking peace I head to the sea. Sadly, being winter, the ocean is looking very grey and choppy, not very calming for the soul at all. So I’ve had to get creative in my craft room to find some of that peaceful ocean blue.

I can hear my mother singing now, calling me with her whale song, so I must go.

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Artful Gumleaves

Susan Robinson
July 26, 2021

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I never get tired of creating cards using this old Stamp-it design of framed eucalyptus leaves. For the red card, I just stamped the design onto some card which I’d coloured with Distress Stain sprays (Wild Honey, Fired Brick & Cracked Pistachio). I used a combination of watercolour pencils and chalks to colour in with, then added Rouge Liquid Pearls to highlight the flowers and some Wild Honey Distress Stickles on the gumnuts. I love the green of the central leaf veins in this one.

The blue card I did in a similar way, stamping onto a Distress Oxide background (Salty Ocean, Carved Pumpkin & Squeezed Lemonade). I embossed the script wording behind with Distress powders. I just used watercolour pencils to colour the leaves and gumnuts, and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls over the gumnut flowers.

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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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Golden Gumnut Flowers

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2021

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Once again I find myself using for my background, not the actual print which I had designed on my gelli plate, but the scrap paper that I rolled my brayer onto to clean off the paint from the stencil! For some reason I am always drawn to these more random messy patterns.

Still on the theme of gum leaves, I dug to the back of my drawer for this old stamp (from Stamp-it), inking it in blue rather than the traditional green. I then went over it with a green colour pencil. I applied Gold Flower Soft to the flower areas, scattering dots of Light Blue Liquid Pearl around them. It’s not showing up in the picture, but the Gold really does catch the light and is quite shiny, as is the light blue shimmer paint in the leafy background.

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Blue Iris

Susan Robinson
April 8, 2021

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Back to basics – using your texters directly onto rubber, to stamp out your solid design images in multi-colour.

I added Gold Liquid Pearls to the center of the Iris, then set aside to dry before assembling card layers.

stamp: Single Iris 2663K by Penny Black

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Platypus mates

Susan Robinson
February 11, 2021

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The last of my Australiana cards for now. Bet you were glad to see the back of those babies!! Pretty simple, so no explanation required. Just did a little stenciling in the background as per my previous post.

The Playtypus stamp is by Tree Tots, wording by Stamp-it.

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Gumnut Baby Dreaming

Susan Robinson
February 5, 2021

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Another circle, but the focus for this post is on the use of stencils for your backgrounds.

Before gluing branches and Magic Mounting baby into place, flick some silver Alcohol ink over inner circle with a paintbrush to represent stars. I then added a little silver star shape. Sponge all around outer edge of card with ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress ink. Apply ‘Dream’ rub-on.

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Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020

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I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it

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Blue Boat

Susan Robinson
April 10, 2020

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This is a background technique using Kaleidacolor pads with Perfect Pearl Mists. It’s a set of 3 posts.

Kaleidacolor pads (by Tsukineko Inc) are dye inks comprised of separate raised colour sections which you push together to create the rainbow effect. I brayered the ‘Blue Breeze’ pad onto white kromekote (gloss) card for this sample.

The brayer wasn’t long enough to do the whole card, so did half the card with the darkest colour to the outside. Then swiveled the card around to do other half, meeting the lightest colours up in the middle.

Next, rather than spray the ‘Perfect Pearl’ Mist directly onto the coloured card, I spritzed it onto a Teflon mat (you can use a plastic lid or tablecloth instead). This allowed me more control of where to apply the silver shimmer mist rather than get a blanket coverage. The shimmer mist will bead on the plastic mat and provide you with different effects depending on whether you dab at the droplets or swish the card through.

The exciting discovery for me was – that as the shimmer mist was being added to the card, at the same time, the liquid element of it was bleaching the colour from the blue dye ink! So cool! This will show up better on the sample I did for my next post as the colours are more contrasting. With this card using a ‘Pearl’ (whitish) shimmer mist, it’s hard to distinguish that from the water bleaching effects on the card.

The Boat Collage is from a very old Stampin’ Up set (I bought 2nd hand, no name on packaging). I stamped the center square again onto another piece of card which had been brayered with the same ink pad as the background, then Magic Mounted it into place. I used a white Sharpie pen to add highlights. The wording is from PSX F-3403, the Compass 8362-J from Inkadinkado. I actually wanted to stamp the wording directly onto the blue background as it seemed a shame to cover up all that deliciousness, but the shimmer ink is very hard to stamp over, so I took the cowards way out and stamped onto a separate card. The wording seemed appropriate for these trying times.

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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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