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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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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Beach Memories

Susan Robinson
June 4, 2021

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This was an experimental background I did with a shimmer texture paste through a stencil, which after allowing to dry, I sprayed a shimmer blue dye ink over. I sponged the edges with sepia ink before assembling my card layers. The stamps are from the ‘Retro Beach’ stamp set by Rubber Dance co.

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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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Flower Vine Corner

Susan Robinson
May 29, 2021

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Using the ‘Corner Flower Vine’ Embossing Folder from the Sizzix set 657783 Floral Vines, I have created 2 different cards. The background for the above card was sprayed with Distress inks first, then I ran a red ink pad over the raised pattern afterwards. The Poppies silhouette stamp is by Imagination Crafts, which I stamped in black pigment ink onto white card, and heat embossed with black embossing powder.

The background for the card shown below was done by swiping Alcohol Inks (Cool Peri, Raisin & Lettuce) across white Yupo card. After embossing the corner using the same folder (as for above card), I lightly sanded the raised areas with a very fine sandpaper. The little girl is from a Stampin’ Up set. I coloured her in with watercolour pencils and added dots of Orchid Liquid Pearls to the flower heads.

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Have Courage

Susan Robinson
March 25, 2021

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It’s very cosy here in our comfort zone, but we won’t discover anything new, unless we have the courage to step outside it once in a while. They don’t have to be big steps, they can be little baby ones to start. The first one is always the hardest.

stamps: ‘En Bord de Mer’ by Carabelle Studio; ‘Discover Oceans’ by Stamp-it

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Poppy Seed Heads

Susan Robinson
January 9, 2021

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stamps: ‘Poppy Seed Heads’ by Imagination Crafts

embossing folder: ‘Intricate Background’ CO725768 by Couture Creations

Archival ink pads: ‘Sap Green’, ‘Viridian’, ‘Blue Violet’, ‘Fern Green’ & ‘Sepia’

This stamp is a solid design, so I coloured it with multiple ink pads, direct to the rubber. As it is a clear stamp, I find the Archival inks give the crispest stamped images. Inking up the heads first with the lightest colour being the ‘Sap’, then ‘Viridian’, adding shading at the bottom of the pods with the ‘Blue Violet’ pad. I used the ‘Fern’ on the stems and lightly touched the tips of the heads with the ‘Sepia’ pad.

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Collecting Seashells

Susan Robinson
November 25, 2020

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Despite all the prints I have made with my new Gelli Plate, so far I seem to have used more of the scrap paper I cleaned my brayer on, as backgrounds for my cards. I quite liked the 3 colours combined on this piece of scrap, so I sponged some white paint through a shell stencil over it. I printed this quote from my computer onto it, before tearing it in half to create the 2 cards. I stamped the girls into position, then again onto scrap card which I coloured and cut out, gluing them over original image. Both stamps are from Stamps Happen, so are old sorry and may no longer be available. I’m really happy with the way the cards turned out.

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Time for Tea?

Susan Robinson
September 7, 2020

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Time for tea? Rhetorical question really.

I bought a new stamp set called “Scrapcosy” ESC16 – EclecTica from PaperArtsy and have been having a play. I mainly bought it for the background wording, which I just love! I will be using this same set for a few more cards to come.

For the background, I smeared some shimmer Texture Paste through Tim Holtz ‘Gothic’ stencil onto white card. Set aside. When dry, I sprayed ‘Old Paper’ Distress Stain & ‘Tawny Turquoise’ Moon Shadow Mist (by Lindy’s Stamp Gang) over. I just love this Mist – it leaves gorgeous shimmery splashes of turquoise where the ink pools. Hard to photograph though as you have to turn the card to catch the light. The paste will slightly repel the inks, so respray for a deeper colour if desired, drying the card between sprays. The background I used for my card was one I had done previously so didn’t have photos of the process. When I went to replicate it, discovered my shimmer paste had dried up (doh!), so I substituted normal mat white texture paste for these photos and just ran a silver pigment pad over the raised section of design at the end to simulate the original.


Stamp collage tea wording with brown Archival ink pad onto dry background.

Stamp cup with saucer twice onto white card. I sponged ‘Old Paper’ and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress inks over, and used a blue pencil to colour handle and for shading. Cut out as shown (you only need 1 saucer).

Create tag by stamping ‘tea’, sponging with sepia ink, cutting to size, then attach length of string with copper spiral paperclip.

Run glue pen around lip of cup, saucer and top of handle. When tacky dry, lay copper foil over.

Magic Mount the single cup over the other, securing the loose end of string between. Position cup and tag on card and tape in place. Cut out small teaspoon in copper paper and glue, securing string loop as well.

There are 2 postal stamps as part of the ‘Scrapcosy’ set, but felt they didn’t work for this card, so made my own. I have some blank perforated stamp sheets I bought years ago. I placed a mask made of clear film over single section I wanted to work on, then sponged inks over it to colour. Then I stamped a selection of tiny words and images in black and maroon inks to create my ‘postal stamp’. After gently tearing it out of the sheet, I matted it onto a dark brown card and glued onto main card. After looking at it for a while, I decided it wasn’t grungy enough, so added another postal mark stamp over the top in sepia.

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The Song in your Heart

Susan Robinson
September 3, 2020

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After many years of stamping, I still occasionally smudge it. This was another unsatisfactory background which I rescued from my by now infamous ‘box’. I had white embossed some flowers onto a white card, then sponged Distress inks (Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass and Worn Lipstick) over. It didn’t quite work out for what I had intended it for, but I was looking for something light and bright for this card. When I went to stamp the fairy out, I wobbled and got double lines happening, luckily not on his face! So using the Black Archival refill and a fine paintbrush, I painstakingly went over the whole thing, smoothing the edges. Double lines still on his antennae and wings, but to quote my dear old granny, surely “a blind man running for his life would never notice”.

stamps: “Sky” by Lavinia Stamps; “Friend” DF204 by Hampton Art Stamps; Blossom Spray P136 by Stampendous

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