Pink Leaf

Susan Robinson
September 4, 2021


This is my last card in this Leaf series. I will be moving on to mushrooms and fairies next.

After creating your background (as shown in pictures), stamp Leaf with clear pigment ink and emboss with Copper embossing powder. Colour with same Distress inks as used for background. Cut out leaf and Magic Mount onto plain cream card. Matt with dark brown and copper papers.

Gold emboss wording across bottom half of card. I shadowed the letters with a dark brown texter to make them stand out better. Assemble card layers, adding a slither of copper card to top left corner.

stamps: ‘Leaf Detail’ E1998 by Hero Arts; ‘Blips’ 40-382 by Penny Black; ‘All the Best’ wording by Stamp-it


Autumnal Leaf Script

Susan Robinson
August 28, 2021


Next week Spring officially begins, and I am looking forward to some sunny days and spending time in the garden.

The background for this card is the same as that used for my “Wooden Boat” post. After sponging my card with ‘Peeled Paint’ and ‘Spiced Marmalade’ Distress inks, I laid a leaf stencil over and spritzed water through. Lift off stencil and dry with paper towel. I then applied some gold ‘Perfect pearl’ powder with a dry paint brush over parts of it. Dry with a heat gun. Stamp script writing over in black ink.

I cut the Bo Bunny leaf die out of some card I had sprayed with Distress Stain sprays matching my background colours.

I ran a brown pencil down the stalk and each individual leaf. Place the leaf on an upside down mouse pad, and follow the pencil line down the center of each leaf with a stylus tool to crease. Bend leaves gently with fingers to create a bit of dimension.

Glue leaf onto a square of cream card, matting onto a dark brown card. Attach to card front, slipping a skeleton leaf beneath top left corner that has had some gold leaf glued onto it.

Add 3 dots of Gold Liquid Pearls beneath main leaf square.

stencil: Falling Leaves TSF 93045 by Echo Park Paper Co

stamp: Old Letter CG197 by Hero Arts

die: Leaf (set of 3) by Bo Bunny


Creative Leaf

Susan Robinson
August 26, 2021


As in my previous post, I cut the same leaf shape out of the ‘Tattered Leaves’ die from a piece of clear film I had coloured with various green alcohol inks. I used a brown Spectrum Noir pen (on the back) to darken the stalk and draw the leaf spine. I chose a script stamp for added pattern, that wouldn’t matter whether it could be read or not, as that also had to be stamped onto the back, with a brown StazOn pad.

Clear film is plastic – sooo, it warps when heated. This is not something you’d normally do with film, but this characteristic can be used to advantage. I sometimes use it on butterfly wings to create the allusion of movement. I used it on my coloured leaf to mold it into shape. Just quickly flash the heat gun over until it starts going limp (stop long before it starts to melt!!), then while still warm, bend it into your desired shape. The film will hold it’s shape once it cools. Be careful you don’t burn yourself! I usually put a teflon mat inside a metal baking tray for these experiments. I wouldn’t recommend gloves (especially not plastic ones!) as they are too clumsy, just wait a moment until the film is touchable, but not so cool as it’s started to reset. It’s a bit hard to see the dimension of this leaf in the above photos, but scroll down to the one at bottom of post.

For the background, I sponged ‘Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade & Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks over a white card.

Then laid a stencil (‘Cable Knit Sweater’ 18204 by Paper Rose, except I thought it looked like tiny leaves) over and spritzed with water. Lifted the stencil and dabbed dry with paper towel. I relaid the stencil, (aligning as best I could) and sponged ‘Worn Lipstick and Mowed Lawn’ inks through randomly.

I dry brushed some ‘Sour Apple’ Perfect Pearl powders over in a few areas to create a bit of shimmer. Dry with a heat gun.

I glued my leaf onto a piece of plain cream card, that I’d edged with sepia ink, and matted onto coordinating card. I positioned it towards right side of base card. Assembled card layers.

Cut out the word ‘create’ in gold foil board, and glue along left side of leaf design.


Small Things

Susan Robinson
August 24, 2021


I am just a tiny cog in the huge wheels of society, but what little I do, I do with much love.

Returning to play with Alcohol inks, this time on transparent film.

Alcohol inks on clear film: I wiped the film with Alcohol Blending solution first, then squeezed droplets of ‘Butterscotch, Ginger, Espresso & Gold’ inks onto it, allowing them to pool outwards and overlap. You need to work quickly as the inks dry fast.

Cut out 2 leaves from the now coloured film using Tim Holtz ‘Tattered Leaves’ siz656927 die. Cut out 2 more in plain cream cardstock.

Flip the coloured leaves over and stamp one of the script wordings (there are 3 in the set) from Stamper’s Anonymous ‘Reflections’ CMS111 set. These are mirror image stamps, so when you flip the leaves over the correct way, the wording will be legible. StazOn are the only inks that are effective stamping onto clear film, but you can’t stamp onto the same side as your alcohol inks as they will react together and cause bleeding. I used a dark brown Spectrum Noir pen (or you can use Copic) to darken the leaf stems.

Glue each of the coloured leaves onto a cream leaf, correct way up. Glue onto top half of plain cream folded card. [Note: as I ended up putting these leaves onto a plain cream backing card, this step wasn’t really necessary, but at the time, I was still playing around with different background options, so they needed the plain cream behind them to appreciate the colours and wording on them].

Stamp out wording (by PSX) and mat with darker brown card. Glue onto bottom half of card.


Mouse Kite

Susan Robinson
July 21, 2021


How true is that? It’s the little things that knit together this fabric we call life. And we need to appreciate those we care about and tell our loved ones that we love them! My Mum had a stroke on Sunday. It was her 82nd birthday. Luckily it wasn’t fatal and she seems to be on the road to recovery.


Leaves of Gratitude – Masked Background

Susan Robinson
February 16, 2018


stamps: Curled Leaf F-3100 by PSX; Vine Leaf 1497BMini Leaf 1499B & Handwriting all from Stamp-it; Gratitude A3079 by Hero Arts


I used the Distress mini pads, squishing some ink randomly onto my teflon mat (or you could use a flat piece of plastic). Spritz inks with water, then place white card over. Lift off. Now spray inks on card with more water if you need to make them blend and run into rivulets. Dry with a heatgun.

Cover your card with clear vellum and trace around your inky shape with a pencil.

Cut out shape. Throw away the inside piece. We will be using the outside area as a mask. (For this reason it is important to try and keep the outside piece relatively intact ie. don’t hack it into pieces).

Lay your vellum mask around your inked shape (this will protect your white background from getting any script on it). Ink up script stamp with black Archival ink and stamp over.

When you remove the mask, you should have your script showing over your inked areas only. I love the way the words follow every little drip out. It is important when choosing your stamp, that the design is very close or you will lose the effect.


Next I stamped out my leaves and coloured them with watercolour pencils and a water brush. After cutting them out, I spritzed some gold sparkle over. Dry with a heatgun.

Stamp your Gratitude wording, sponge and mount onto card. Magic Mount the large curling leaf and some of the smaller ones, gluing the remainder down flat. Assemble card layers.


Falling Leaves

June 19, 2016


falling leaves 2 009As Summer turns her back, Autumn’s breathe blows gently over the land, sighing seductively round each tree, undressing them slowly of their finery…

Stamps:  “Curled Leaf” F-3100, “Falling Leaves” G-3229, “Crackle” G-3196 all by PSX

Die:  Sizzix Decorative Frames set 657094

Inks: Potting Soil & Sepia Archival pads; Scattered Straw Distress pad

Papers: ivory matt card (7.5×12.2cm), rust (8.4x13cm), green backing card (14.2x20cm), scraps of ivory and dark brown card.

Stamp “Curled Leaf” in dark brown ink onto scrap of ivory card and colour in with pencils. Cover with Distress Crackle Paint. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut leaf out.

Stamp “Falling Leaves” onto bottom half of ivory card in dark brown ink. Colour in with pencils. Sponge around ivory card with Scattered Straw ink. Stamp “Crackle” image around perimeter of rust card in dark brown ink, then layer beneath ivory card. Reg leaves 002

Cut out square frame from sizzix set in dark brown card. Turn over and apply narrow tape to back of smallest one.  Secure ribbon to outer edges of both short sides of frame. Magic mount leaf and place stem through frame. Turn leaf and frame right way up and (keeping them together) position at top of card. Wrap ribbon lengths around to outer edge of card and secure with tape at back.

Magic Mount completed card front (ivory & rust layer) onto green folded backing card. Sponge around edge with Sepia ink. With a paintbrush, apply thin layer of Distress Crackle paint to falling leaves. Set aside to dry.



Leave Out?

June 15, 2016


To Leave out or to leave in, that is the question…

Here are a few cards that didn’t make it into my recent “Falling Leaves” class

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“The Leaf” 4809F by Stamp-it

die: “Lovely Leaf” 12839177 by Bo Bunny

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Reg leaves 015“Falling Leaves” 12105154 by Bo Bunny;  “Wording Background” 2183F by Stamp-it







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“Fern Leaves” 2467D by Stamp-it; “Thinking…”3424D by Penny Black

dies: “Tattered Leaves” siz656927; Mini Labels” siz657214

embossing folder: “Endless” C0723294 by Couture Creations



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Green leaf was created by attaching frosted to clear film, colouring with alcohol inks, stamping words over, spritzing with Brushed Pewter Distress stain spray and heating with heatgun to set inks and curl leaf into desired shape.


Pinned Leaf

April 7, 2016


With my craft room being in chaos for the last month, my creativity has been at a low ebb. I trolled the web (as you do), seeking inspiration. Saw this quirky idea of pinning a leaf to the branch by means of a safety pin on this Polish site I couldn’t help myself – had to have a play. Using different stamps and colour schemes, here is my version. Quite happy with it and can feel the creative juices flowing once again. Thanks Cynka (her original far right).

Stamps I used: The Leaf 4809F, Bare Branch 4806E, Single Leaf 2468C by Stamp-It Australia; Thinking of You by Stampin’ Up; even more pinned leaves 001Always 1970C by Penny Black

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