Write me a Letter

Susan Robinson
June 26, 2021

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In this age of technology, writing letters is a dying art – and don’t even get me started on penmanship and correct spelling! It used to be quite exciting getting a letter in the mail. Now I suppose we get parcels instead (from our on-line orders) which may be even more exciting, especially if they’re a new stamp or die, haha.

The background was done with Distress Oxide inks. The ‘Dearest Friend’ stamp 17421 is by Paper Rose; the ‘Carte Postale’ L517L is a Lost Art Penny Black stamp; the ‘mini bug’ 1813a is also by Penny Black. I cut out a couple of the Gumnuts and Gumleaves die, and chopped and changed them around a bit.

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Mermaid Affairs

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2021

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It’s good to have friends you can ride with through the turbulent seas of life.

I love the colour combinations in both these cards. To create the background for the first card, I inked up an acrylic block with 3 different green Distress inks, before spritzing it with water and then stamping onto white card. The block gives you that straight edge, but I like the effect created when it leaks out the sides, especially when it’s for a watery themed card. The mermaid & seahorse are both dies, which I cut out in white card then sponged with Distress inks.

The mermaid & the seahorse in the 2nd card are both stamps, which provides you with more detailed images. The large seaweed is a die. To create the background in the 2nd card, squish Distress Oxide ink pads (I used Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers & Squeezed Lemonade) onto a Teflon mat. Spritz lightly with water, then lay your white card over to colour. Dry with a heat gun and add more colour if desired.

Stamp out mermaid and seahorse, colouring in and fussy cutting out. I detached the seahorses’s head in order to change his swimming direction. Cut out the seaweed die and sponge Distress inks over to colour.

Glue individual pieces onto card in desired positions, then assemble card layers.

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Take Wing

Susan Robinson
November 16, 2020

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This background was also created by squishing Distress Oxide pads directly onto a Teflon mat then spritzing with water. But then I swished my white card through in a circular motion, trying to create the effect of moving/ swinging. Below is another attempt.

stamps: ‘Girl Swing’ E13307 and ‘Take Wings’ D13038 both by Impression Obsession

inks: Distress Oxide pads – Peacock Feather, Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry & Squeezed Lemonade

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Harbour Boats

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2019

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I gave myself a stern talking to before going to the Perth Convention Craft Fair this week, that I would NOT buy anymore stamps! However I couldn’t resist this one by Carabelle studio as I have a particular weakness for boats (looking at them that is, not actually travelling in them). To get me warmed up I did my first sample (above) with watercolours similar to that suggested on the packaging.


“En bord de Mer” by Carabelle studio with Distress Oxide background

In an attempt to get a completely different look, I was going for grungy with my second sample, as I experimented with a Distress Oxide background (Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin and Squeezed Lemonade for the sky; Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio for the sea). I think I overworked the top of the sky area too much, but I am still playing and learning how to use my Oxide inks. It’s all a bit of a serendipitous journey.

With a sadly dried up white acrylic paint, I then went over the top to colour the boats, lighthouse and highlight waves. The stars were tiny splats of silver alcohol ink, and the moon was coloured with a combination of yellow acrylic ink and shimmer mist.

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