Fairy Web

Susan Robinson
March 30, 2021

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Entangled in this web of earthly obligations, I struggle to break free so as to briefly draw breath and seek joy in the simplest of things. How complex is this thing called love, both our savior and devourer.

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Fairy with Cat

Susan Robinson
March 7, 2021

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It’s great having a box of backgrounds already done up that you can select from when needing a quick card. This is a Distress Oxide background I used in conjunction with some Lavinia stamps and a Hero Arts wording.

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Merry Christmoose

Susan Robinson
December 7, 2020

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There appears to be a theme happening here, but it won’t last, as I have already changed direction. I like to mix things up a bit.

This background was created by smooshing Distress Oxide inks onto a Teflon mat, spritzing with water, then placing my white card over to colour. The moose and tree designs are by Lavinia stamps, the birds are from the Tim Holtz ‘Scarecrow’ die set, and the wording I just did on the computer.

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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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Purple Rain

Susan Robinson
August 31, 2020

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Come and take the journey, to find your child within. Open up your heart and mind, and watch the magic begin…

I could see a whole scene in this inky background! When the piece was whole, it looked like a shaft of sunlight was breaking through the cloud and shining down onto the hill. Strangely when I cut the bottom off, that shaft of light looked more like a waterfall, flowing into a small pond. There appeared the misty outline of fence posts at the base of the waterfall. It was a shame to cut the bottom off, but it would have made too large a card.

stamps: “Enchanted Dreams” by Lavinia Stamps; wording by Stamp-it

dies: Gum Leaves by Paper Rose

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Dragon Love

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2020

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Even dragons need a little love. My husband is born in the year of the dragon, and he’s an Aries, which makes him a double fire sign!! He even has a tattoo of a dragon on his shoulder. I didn’t think of the symbolism of this card until afterwards.

This was a shaving cream background I wasn’t very happy with, so banished it to my ‘backgrounds box’ in the hope that one day it may be given a new life. I haven’t quite mastered the art of the ‘shaving cream’ technique yet. I have my own way of doing it and I like the results better (see under ‘techniques’ categories at right). I originally had visions of placing the girl and her dragon inside a cave with a bonfire, but that small area of light above her head made me see a window, so I just drew that in. So then I needed to make it look more like an inside room, hence the light (die) and ceiling cornice (created with an embossing folder). Quite happy with the way it all came together in the end.

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Pursue Happiness

Susan Robinson
August 25, 2020

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The Pied Piper of Fairies (or in this case geese). The first in a series of 4 fantasy cards.

The inky splotch background was created with Distress Stain sprays Wild Honey, Vintage Photo & Broken China. I am so happy with it!! As usual in my excitement to create, I forgot to take a photo of the background before stamping over it. I stamped the tree trunk image over the patch of brown ink. Not sure I am so happy with the little leaves I stamped over the bush though, maybe better without?

stamps: Fairy, tree trunk & geese designs by Lavinia stamps; wording & grass by Stamp-it; leaves by Stampin’ Up

dies: birds from “The Scarecrow” set 662382 Tim Holtz Sizzix

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Deep in the Forest

Susan Robinson
August 1, 2020

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Inspiration for this layout was from Tracy of ‘Lavinia Stamps’ who I purchased the fairy and mushroom stamps from. I must say I had particular trouble stamping them out, though I have had them a long time so maybe they’re getting old? They stamped out fine on matt card, but I had to stamp them out about 5 times on the Yupo before I got a decent blackness. Thank goodness I remembered to use my hinged stamper! I ended up capping the mushrooms, but they still didn’t turn out black enough, and used dies for the rabbits instead of doing more stamping. I applied Copper Foil to this background. I thought it was a little dark, but the foiling helped to lift it a bit, as did the glitter sphere around the falling fairy.

Always hard to photograph the foiling in the cards, depending on how the light catches them, so I took a few from different angles.

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Fly Away Dragon

Susan Robinson
March 2, 2020

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Card for her twin brother. After being organised so far ahead of time with the ‘Pet Dragon’ card, this one was a last minute slap dash affair I’m afraid. Consequently in my hurry, I caught the sides of the sponging block while shading around the moon, creating lines. I tried to blend the (water soluble) inks out with a water pen, but the paper was too absorbent and it just soaked in. Aahh! The card I used was one I had previously sprayed with Distress Stain Sprays (Mustard Seed and Aged Mahogany I think), then put aside. Inspiration came from ‘Lavinia Stamps’.

I have shown this hilly background technique in a previous post (see Cherry Tree under Leaves/Trees catagory) but it’s been a while and thought you might like a refresher. You could do the background hills first if you prefer as they are lighter in colour, then do the darker hills in the foreground, either way. The inks I used were all Adirondack dye inks – ‘Slate’ edged with ‘Eggplant’ for the darker foreground hills, ‘Current’ edged with ‘Mushroom’ for the lighter background hills. I then added a bit of ‘Current’ to the base of the foreground hills to spread that pink glow reflecting from the moon.

For the moon I cut out a circle, laid it into position, then sponged lightly around it with ‘Current’ Adirondack dye ink. Just ensure the circle doesn’t move while doing this! I sponged some ‘Slate’ around edges of whole card to finish, before adhering to backing cards.

stamps: Dragon and Birds by Lavinia stamps; Winter Trees 05521 by Deep Red; wording by Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous

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Fairy Thoughts

Susan Robinson
December 2, 2017

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Now for something a little prettier – a walk through fairyland.

stamps: Fairy & leaves by Lavinia Stamps; SHE DD-1205A by Unity Stamps

die: Rabbits 269-N by Impression Obsession

stencil: DYS34216 by Dylusions

The background was created by sponging Distress inks (Wild Honey, Broken China & Worn Lipstick) over white cardstock, then laying over a circle stencil and spritzing water through. Lift off stencil and blot card with paper towel. The water will bleach away the colour leaving the pattern of the stencil behind. After stamping all images in black Archival ink, I added dots of Star Dust Stickles to flower centers.

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