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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Ballerina Trio

Susan Robinson
October 19, 2020

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Inspired by my neighbour’s 2 year old daughter. I always see her dancing about out the front, ‘helping’ her Dad in the garden. No matter what clothes she’s wearing, she always got a tutu on over the top. She must have a different colour for every day of the week! Think I’ll save this card for her 3rd birthday.

stamp: Ballerina Trio 894G by All Night Media

The background was created with Distress Ink Sprays – Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany & Dusty Concord. The ‘Happy Birthday’ is from a sheet of gold stickers I bought from a $2 shop. After assembling the card, I decided the middle ballerina’s top and slippers needed darkening, to better match the purple tones in the background. Hard to see in the photo, but the ribbon has a lovely gold fleck through it. I wouldn’t normally use such strong colours for a young child’s card, but sometimes these things just seem to fall together, almost by accident.

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Birds of a Feather

Susan Robinson
May 31, 2020

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All this rain has been keeping me indoors. I have been doing a lot of baking, but that just tempts me to eat more. Better to make cards.

I used a feather stencil to create the backgrounds for these 2 cards.

For the top sample, I sprayed shimmer inks through the stencil, which is why the design is not crisp, as ink always seems to seep beneath. I was after a soft watercolour abstract sort of look, so happy with the result.

For the card below, I first sprayed a white card with blue ink. Dried it, then placed the stencil over and sponged yellow ink through. I then ran a turquoise pen around the edge of each feather to better define them.

stamps: small birds F.0226 by Magenta; Song bird by Concord & 9th ; Happy Birthday wordings both by Stamp-it

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