Dinosaur Daze

Susan Robinson
August 21, 2021

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Girls like dinosaurs too you know! But I made one for the boys anyway, just so they didn’t feel left out. The background for the boys card was done with shaving cream and dye inks.

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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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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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Beach Parade

Susan Robinson
November 23, 2020

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Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to the beach we go!! With today’s top forcast at 35 degrees, an early swim is definitely on the cards, then it’s home to stay cool.

I made a 2nd version of this card (below), which I kept very plain. The wording I just made up and did on my computer as I couldn’t find a suitable one in my considerable ‘stash’. I added some tiny real starfish to it.

stamp: ‘Kid parade on Beach’ 4803 by 100 Proof Press

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Every Breath

Susan Robinson
November 19, 2020

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Thinking of all the people around the world today still effected by Covid, either directly or indirectly. It has been a huge wake-up call for many of us, not to take things for granted – even breathing. Here in Western Australia we have been very blessed so far.

stamps: ‘Every Breath’ set PH-947A from Unity Stamp Company

I stamped the girl onto a card I had previously coloured with Distress Stain sprays (Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord & Shaded Lilac). I think I should have stamped her onto the other side though where is was a little clearer, to have avoided the purple spots on her face and arms. I coloured her in with watercolour pencils, and sponged Distress inks (Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord & Chipped Sapphire) at bottom to create hills. The little houses are an Impression Obsession die (118-H). The wordings were white embossed. I used Opal Liquid Pearl for the dandelion, sprinkling glitter onto it while it was still wet.

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Take Wing

Susan Robinson
November 16, 2020

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This background was also created by squishing Distress Oxide pads directly onto a Teflon mat then spritzing with water. But then I swished my white card through in a circular motion, trying to create the effect of moving/ swinging. Below is another attempt.

stamps: ‘Girl Swing’ E13307 and ‘Take Wings’ D13038 both by Impression Obsession

inks: Distress Oxide pads – Peacock Feather, Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry & Squeezed Lemonade

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What if you Fly?…

Susan Robinson
November 13, 2020

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I just love this card, definitely one of my favourites! The background was created by squishing Distress Oxide pads directly onto a Teflon mat, spritzing lightly with water, then placing white card over to colour.

stamps: ‘Bike Ride’ E8723 and ‘What if you Fly?’ D13445 both by Impression Obsession

inks: Distress Oxide – Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade & Cracked Pistachio

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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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Piglet & Pooh

Susan Robinson
August 19, 2020

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Lovely soft colours on this alcohol ink background, so made it into a card suitable for a young child. I simply cut the background into 4 uneven quarters, then matted them with a very narrow border using the same aqua card as for the main backing card. I didn’t attempt to colour in images, felt I could get away without doing so.

I have had these Winnie the Pooh stamps for many years. The 2 on the bottom are from All Night Media and they don’t stamp out that well any more. Top left is by Rubber Stampede and top right by Stamp-it.

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Circle of Bugs

Susan Robinson
June 15, 2020

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I find insects quite fascinating, and they make a great subject matter for little boys cards. This is a really fun stamp to colour in too (and yes, artistic license is allowed haha). I used watercolours to colour bugs and Distress Oxide pads squished onto a teflon mat, spritzed with water, then white card dragged through, to create background. I highlighted certain parts of the bugs with Glossy Accents to complete.

stamps: Bugs Galore #80347 by Stamps Happen; Mini Birthday 4647B by Stamp-it

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