Have Courage

Susan Robinson
March 25, 2021

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It’s very cosy here in our comfort zone, but we won’t discover anything new, unless we have the courage to step outside it once in a while. They don’t have to be big steps, they can be little baby ones to start. The first one is always the hardest.

stamps: ‘En Bord de Mer’ by Carabelle Studio; ‘Discover Oceans’ by Stamp-it

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Harbour Boats

Susan Robinson
May 27, 2019

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I gave myself a stern talking to before going to the Perth Convention Craft Fair this week, that I would NOT buy anymore stamps! However I couldn’t resist this one by Carabelle studio as I have a particular weakness for boats (looking at them that is, not actually travelling in them). To get me warmed up I did my first sample (above) with watercolours similar to that suggested on the packaging.


“En bord de Mer” by Carabelle studio with Distress Oxide background

In an attempt to get a completely different look, I was going for grungy with my second sample, as I experimented with a Distress Oxide background (Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin and Squeezed Lemonade for the sky; Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio for the sea). I think I overworked the top of the sky area too much, but I am still playing and learning how to use my Oxide inks. It’s all a bit of a serendipitous journey.

With a sadly dried up white acrylic paint, I then went over the top to colour the boats, lighthouse and highlight waves. The stars were tiny splats of silver alcohol ink, and the moon was coloured with a combination of yellow acrylic ink and shimmer mist.

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Father’s Lighthouse

admin
August 28, 2015

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Father's Lighthouse “A Father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way”. Happy Father’s Day card for my dear old Dad. I actually thought it was this Sunday, so I’m way ahead of the game for a change.

“Father Guides” 3820E by Stamp-it

I wet the watercolour paper, then coloured the bottom half with ink sprays (Dylusion: Dirty Martini & Calypso Teal; Distress: Evergreen Bough), then while still wet, ran the dropper from Distress re-inker bottles Spiced Marmalade & Walnut Stain across middle. Set aside to dry. I stamped the lighthouse onto clear film with black StazOn pad, stamped it again onto scrap of white card, which I coloured in and cut out to lay over image on film. I stamped the waves onto scrap of mulberry paper which I tore along bottom and glued at base of lighthouse. I used glossy accents over the glass top of lighthouse. Then because I had used clear film, but didn’t want to spoil the look with split pins in each corner to attach the layers, I had to cut a frame out and mount over to cover up my 2-sided foam tape. Attached the complete frame then onto teal backing card.

 

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