New Growth

Susan Robinson
January 1, 2022

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Hello 2022! Happy New Year everyone!!

The background for the above card was made with Distress Stain sprays, with a Sparkling Sunflower Shimmer Pearl sprayed over the top. I matted it onto a gold mirror card, which is hard to photograph as it reflects the light.

I positioned the die upside down for the card below, and did the background with Distress Stain sprays again, in conjunction with shaving cream (see under ‘techniques’ in main menu). The fairy is a Lavinia stamp, and the wording I just did on the computer. I hope you all ‘find yourselves’ in a happy place this year. Get creating!

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Been Good All Year?

Susan Robinson
December 7, 2021

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We’ve all got one of ‘those’ friends.

Not long to go now. I probably still have 1 more post in me before Christmas.

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Framed Garden

Susan Robinson
October 22, 2021

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My posts may be a little sporadic and short on commentary over the next few weeks sorry. My mother has been sitting in the ‘departure lounge’ for many months now, but I think the time has come for her to fly. Thinking of her in happier days, tending to her beautiful garden.

die: ‘Toulouse background’ 98826 by Memory Box, with a few extra bits from Tim Holtz dies added. Butterfly is a Fiskars hand punch.

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Noble flower 1

Susan Robinson
October 8, 2021

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Sometimes when you have a solid stamp design with a lot of rubber area, such as this one, stamping it out in black is not a good option (see sample at right). It’s just too heavy and dominant.

So what ARE your options?

One method is called the ‘direct-to-rubber technique’, where instead of using an ink pad, you simply colour the rubber area with texters. Two things to be aware of: 1. only use water based texters, never alcohol based ones (such as Copic or Spectrum Noir pens) for this method. 2. Make sure to use a painty nib (soft pointy nib like a paintbrush), as the bullet style nibs are hard and may scratch your rubber, therefore effecting further stamp outs.

Because it may take you a while to colour in the whole stamp, huff your breath over it to re-moisten the inks, before stamping out. I stamped onto gloss card, which will take a moment for the inks to dry, but makes the colours more vibrant.

stamps: Noble 4377K by Penny Black; Art washes by Hampton Art

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Peach Iris

Susan Robinson
September 29, 2021

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My last card in this trilogy. I used yellow Liquid Pearl in the center of the iris. It looks like a little fire at it’s heart. Really happy with the 3 cards I’ve made with this one flower design. Hope you’ve liked them too.

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Fairy Village

Susan Robinson
September 16, 2021

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Still on a roll with my fascination of fungi series.

  • created colour-wash background with ‘Shabby Shutters’ & ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress inks
  • stamped out yellow moon & blue leaves
  • cut out mushroom & tiny house dies, coloured and assembled. I drew the doors and windows on with a pen
  • stamped out fairy & rabbit in purple ink
  • added more shading on & around mushroom; Gold chalk to moon; ‘Tumbled Glass’ sponged around card edges
  • stamped wording & assembled card layers
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Ant Trail

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2021

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Now this is what I’m talking about!! Simple. Something I was trying to achieve with my card from my last posting, except I forgot when to stop. I have to confess it’s not white card though, but rather a creamy off-white colour. (Maybe it’s just the white that puts me off? Dunno). So apart from a bit of smudging underneath my mushroom, I am quite happy with it. It is a hand made creation after all, so perfection is not expected, at least not in my house, haha.

Thought I’d share with you how I did the mushroom. It took me a few goes to find a method that worked well, but still each stamping will be slightly different. It is a solid design, so used a combination of texters and coloured ink pads direct to the rubber as shown in the steps below.

Note: the paper you use is very important. If it’s too absorbent, the inks will soak in straight away and you won’t be able to blend them!

I struggled to find a suitably small insect stamp to add to my design, and ended up using a ladybug sticker.

stamps: Mushrooms by Lavinia stamps; ant trail & wordings by Stamp-it; small fern by Amazing Creations; large fern by Penny Black

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Autumnal Leaf Script

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2021

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Next week Spring officially begins, and I am looking forward to some sunny days and spending time in the garden.

The background for this card is the same as that used for my “Wooden Boat” post. After sponging my card with ‘Peeled Paint’ and ‘Spiced Marmalade’ Distress inks, I laid a leaf stencil over and spritzed water through. Lift off stencil and dry with paper towel. I then applied some gold ‘Perfect pearl’ powder with a dry paint brush over parts of it. Dry with a heat gun. Stamp script writing over in black ink.

I cut the Bo Bunny leaf die out of some card I had sprayed with Distress Stain sprays matching my background colours.

I ran a brown pencil down the stalk and each individual leaf. Place the leaf on an upside down mouse pad, and follow the pencil line down the center of each leaf with a stylus tool to crease. Bend leaves gently with fingers to create a bit of dimension.

Glue leaf onto a square of cream card, matting onto a dark brown card. Attach to card front, slipping a skeleton leaf beneath top left corner that has had some gold leaf glued onto it.

Add 3 dots of Gold Liquid Pearls beneath main leaf square.

stencil: Falling Leaves TSF 93045 by Echo Park Paper Co

stamp: Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts

die: Leaf (set of 3) by Bo Bunny

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Evolution

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2021

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Moving out of the dark ages and away from those brown tones.

I sprayed my card with Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Peeled Paint Distress Stains (sorry I forgot to take the photo before stenciling). Dried with a Heat Gun, then laid over my stencil and sponged Forest Moss and Peeled Paint through the leaves, just creeping into the orange section. I tore a piece of paper, and laid it across the bottom section of card, sponging Walnut Stain ink over it to form the landline for the people to walk along. Then I just had to glue my die cut figures into place and choose an appropriate wording.

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Against a Brick Wall

Susan Robinson
August 16, 2021

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‘H’ stands for ‘Happy’ I have decided (the symbol on his coat). A birthday card for a special young man. There seems to be a bit of a colour scheme happening lately. I don’t know why I always tend to lean towards the brown tones when doing cards for men. I will try and do something different next card 🙂

For the background, I first sprayed my card with ‘Tea Dye’ Distress ink, before placing it inside a brick embossing folder. I covered the uppermost flap with ‘Walnut Stain’ Distress ink, then lightly spritzed it with water before quickly closing the folder and embossing it through the Big Shot machine. Usually, I put my card into the folder, so that the name ‘Sizzix’ is facing me. I tried that, with the result being that the bricks were raised, and the mortar between was sunken. This is normally the case in real life, but not the look I was going for. So I sprayed another card, then flipped the embossing folder over so the name ‘Sizzix’ was underneath facing away from me, and repeated the inking and spritzing of the now upper flap before embossing. Now the bricks were sunken and the mortar between raised. The bricks were also a darker colour due to the Walnut Stain. I dried it with a heat gun, before running a white pigment pad directly over the raised areas (to highlight the mortar), and sponged a bit more dark brown ink around the edges.

I stamped out the men twice, embossing the 2nd version and cutting them out to Magic Mount over the stamped image on the card. I used a black pad with clear embossing powder, as I didn’t have any Black embossing powder.

stamp: ‘Theories’ set CMS329 by Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Collection

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