Hope Fairy

Susan Robinson
September 18, 2021


Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.

‘HOPE’ is one of my most favourite words! What would life be, if we didn’t have it?

stamps: ‘Effulgence’ 40-374 by Penny Black; ‘Hope’ by Stamp-it; ladybug by All Night Media; fairy (unknown)

Below are a few more backgrounds I created at the same time – by just sponging Distress inks ‘Shabby Shutters’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ over white card, then stamping out various solid flower designs in black. The background for my card sample above was created using “Shabby Shutters” and “Weathered Wood”.

I was going to move onto more botanical style cards, but have changed direction again. I will circle back to these later. Just 2 more fairy mushroom cards to show you.


Blue Rain

July 27, 2016


I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category. mermaid belief 002

Stamps:  Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft

Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays

Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards

Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer

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Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch

  1. Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
  2. When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
  3. The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
  4. Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
  5. Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.


Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.

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Tissue Box Bird

April 10, 2016


tissue bird 003 Looking around for inspiration and I spied this tissue box. Rather than throw it in the bin, I decided to give it a second life by recycling it. You can get two full bird bodies from each box (unfortunately the legs are not complete). The bird on one side is larger than the other, which I didn’t realise at first. Probably would have looked better with the slightly smaller bird. Never mind. I think the bird is pretty enough to use as it is, but for this card, wanted just it’s shape. If you are just using it’s shape, there nothing stopping you from turning it over so that the bird is facing the other way.

For this card: I cut out the bird body, then painted it over with Snowcap Adirondack Dabber Paint. When dry, I added various other shades of paint (mainly Cloudy Blue, Aqua & Lemonade Adirondack Dabbers), till I was happy with the finished look. I used pencils to add a little definition on the wings and sponged some inks over too (Stormy Sky & Mustard Seed Distress & Sepia Archival pads) for shading. I added a dot of Glossy Accents for its eye and highlighted with a dot of white from a sharpie pen when dry.tissue bird 001

Nest is created from Memory Box die “Delicate Nest”. Eggs are made using a Carl punch.

Stamps are Penny Black “Cherry Blossoms” 3064K and Verses Rubber Stamps “Hope Feathers” QQ1007-D. Cherry blossom has been stamped in Tree Branch Archival pad and coloured with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls.