Colourful Chess

Susan Robinson
October 2, 2021

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A cat and mouse playing chess, how cool is that?! Another set of cards coming up, using the one design, this time a die cut. Starting off in my ‘colourful inky background’ comfort zone.

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Counting Mushrooms

Susan Robinson
September 13, 2021

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Sometimes I do an inky background that I’m not that enamoured with. That’s why I chose this stamp, which had the mushrooms at the front as a focal point, and the busy pattern covered up and distracted from the background. As soon as I saw this stamp, I thought fairies!

Because the red in the card on the left was so dominating, I stamped my mushrooms out again, coloured them, then fussy cut them out and Magic Mounted them over their counterparts. That also allowed me to tuck some little twigs behind them. I did this with the top card also. The little blue butterflies (on card bottom right) were made with a Fiskars hand punch.

stamps: ‘Counting Mushrooms’ by Crafty Individuals; Fairies & caterpillar by Lavinia stamps; ‘hello’ by Paper Rose; ‘creeping snail’ by Wordsworth (the little snail on red card I hand drew as I didn’t have anything small enough)

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Seahorse & Seaweed

Susan Robinson
August 6, 2021

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I have had this little seahorse and Distress Stain spray background earmarked for each other for ages. They were put aside, and I have slowly been adding bits. Sometimes it happens that way. Usually my cards come together quite quickly, but occasionally it’s a slow assemblage process. Even today when I thought I had finished, I took a photo, and realised the seahorse was still a bit flat looking, and the card needed a wording. I applied Glossy Accents to his fins, sprinkling fine glitter over whilst still wet, and added more definition to his eye. After stamping the wording in black at the top, it then looked too top heavy, so intertwined some black sticks with the seaweed at the base of card, for balance. Happier with it now. Finally, (because I couldn’t help myself) I put some touches of Liquid Pearls and Distress Stickles over the seaweed.

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Coral Corner

Susan Robinson
August 4, 2021

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The use of stencils in your background can add dimension to your card, without adding any thickness.

  1. first spray a white card with various blue Distress Stain sprays. Dry card.
  2. lay a seaweed stencil over card. Spritz water through. Dry card.
  3. sponge a blue ink through select sections of the same stencil.
  4. stamp the coral corner. Colour in shells and seaweed and highlight bits with Liquid Pearls.
  5. stamp jellyfish image onto card. Apply Glossy Accent and leave to dry.
  6. cut out dies of the tiny fish and large seaweed. Colour them. Apply Distress Stickles to seaweed die.
  7. glue dried pieces onto card and assemble card layers.
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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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Home Among the Gum Trees

Susan Robinson
July 7, 2021

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Give me a home among the gum trees please…

Two different but similar cards using Kaszazz’s ‘Silhouette Kangaroos’ stamp 6249K. The kangaroos on the right, I cut out by hand (which was not fun. I hope they bring out a matching die one day!). The small solid eucalypt leaves are also from Kaszazz. I used some Espresso Liquid Pearls over the nuts to highlight. The open gumleaves and outback house stamps are from Stamp-it. The Windmill die is from Paper Rose but the water tank die was a cut-out given to me years ago and not sure what company it’s from sorry. The backgrounds were created using Distress Stain Sprays Evergreen Bough, Seedless Preserves & Dusty Concord.

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Gumnut Baby Leaf Wash

Susan Robinson
June 23, 2021

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Washed out gumnut leaves… I borrowed this gumleaf die from a friend at a craft camp getaway last month, but loved it so much I had to buy my own. It’s just called ‘Australiana dies Gumnuts and Gum Leaves’ from ScrapDragon (must be their own brand maybe). I think it works so well in conjunction with Paper Roses’s ‘Snugglepot & Cuddlepie’ stamp.

Using the same Gumnut Babies stamp for the foreground, I created the card below with a Uniquely Creative ‘Slimline Gum Leaves’ die as the background (again borrowed from my friend). I cut the die out twice – once in white for the pattern outline, then again from a piece of card pre-coloured with various green Distress inks. I glued the white outline onto a sponged Distress background, then glued the green mottled leaves inside the white framework. I must say it was an exercise in patience piecing all the leaves back in, and it makes for a pretty large card (DL size) in the end, so don’t think I’ll be putting this die on my shopping list.

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Diagram of a Dragonfly

Susan Robinson
June 11, 2021

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One of my favourite stamps, in my favourite colours!! What’s not to like? This was a very popular Stamper’s Anonymous design P1-622 (woodmount), which I think is also available in one of their sets.

It seems I can’t get away from inky backgrounds, of which this is another! After the Distress Stain sprays I used had dried, I laid a circle stencil over the left half and spritzed water through it. Lift the stencil off after a few seconds and immediately dry card with paper towel. The water will have ‘bleached’ the colour from the inks and left a pale pattern of the stencil design behind.

After stamping my image onto the coloured card, I stamped the wings only in Black StazOn ink onto some clear film. I fussy cut the wings out (keeping the section of the body between, which connects them. This will help to secure the wings to the card). I bent the wings upwards and glued the clear film underneath the body area of the dragonfly between the wings, to the card. Using Gold Liquid Pearls, I created a squiggly line down the body of the dragonfly to indicate it’s segmentation, making sure to well cover the clear film strip connecting the 2 sets of wings on either side. I also added some thin lines of gold to the Libellule Dragonfly circle at left. After the gold Liquid Pearls had dried, I applied Glossy Accents to the circle too, then 2 small black rhinestones for the eyes of the dragonfly.

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Boys at the Beach

Susan Robinson
June 1, 2021

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The first day of winter and it looks like being a cold and wet one this year. It was only a few weeks ago I was enjoying a sunny walk on the beach. It inspired me to create these 3 little cards using stamps from various companies I have of boys playing on the beach.

Keeping it simple, I created a background with Distress Stain Sprays Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass. The little boy is from a Stampin’ Up set. I coloured him in with watercolour pencils.

I sprayed a strip of white card with a combination of blue Distress inks (Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass & Stormy Sky), then set aside to dry. When dry, I stippled clear embossing ink through a shell stencil. Lifted the stencil carefully to avoid smudging pattern, then poured white embossing powder over and heat set.

The little boy is a Dina Kowal design by Impression Obsession, which I cut into a circle after colouring with watercolour pencils. I sponged sepia ink around all panels, before assembling layers.

I just love how this card turned out! The background was created with Tumbled Glass & Antique Linen Distress Stain Sprays. The wordings and sandcastle were stamped over in light coloured complimentary inks. The little boy was stamped onto a separate card, coloured in, then fussy cut and glued into position.

Stamps: Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses CI-459 set by Crafty Individuals; Sandcastle 60-00558H by Inkadinkado

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Gracefully

Susan Robinson
May 13, 2021

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Budha – In the end, only 3 things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

The last is the hardest.

I think Tim Holtz’s “Flower Field” die siz665369 in silhouette, is quite eye-catching against this Distress Stain Spray background. The wording is from Stamp-it Australia (no longer available sorry, but you could easily substitute another wording). Simple, but effective.

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