Against a Brick Wall

Susan Robinson
August 16, 2021

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‘H’ stands for ‘Happy’ I have decided (the symbol on his coat). A birthday card for a special young man. There seems to be a bit of a colour scheme happening lately. I don’t know why I always tend to lean towards the brown tones when doing cards for men. I will try and do something different next card 🙂

For the background, I first sprayed my card with ‘Tea Dye’ Distress ink, before placing it inside a brick embossing folder. I covered the uppermost flap with ‘Walnut Stain’ Distress ink, then lightly spritzed it with water before quickly closing the folder and embossing it through the Big Shot machine. Usually, I put my card into the folder, so that the name ‘Sizzix’ is facing me. I tried that, with the result being that the bricks were raised, and the mortar between was sunken. This is normally the case in real life, but not the look I was going for. So I sprayed another card, then flipped the embossing folder over so the name ‘Sizzix’ was underneath facing away from me, and repeated the inking and spritzing of the now upper flap before embossing. Now the bricks were sunken and the mortar between raised. The bricks were also a darker colour due to the Walnut Stain. I dried it with a heat gun, before running a white pigment pad directly over the raised areas (to highlight the mortar), and sponged a bit more dark brown ink around the edges.

I stamped out the men twice, embossing the 2nd version and cutting them out to Magic Mount over the stamped image on the card. I used a black pad with clear embossing powder, as I didn’t have any Black embossing powder.

stamp: ‘Theories’ set CMS329 by Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Collection

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Birthday Boots

Susan Robinson
July 14, 2021

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A special card for my son’s birthday. He has a pair of boots just like this that he wears all the time.

It’s a Paper Rose stamp called “Work Boots” 18330, that I used in conjunction with a Stamp-it birthday wording. I stamped the image onto a pre-coloured card, then fussy cut it out. I added a little extra colour with pencils to the soles and laces.

The wood panel stamp in the background was from a Stamp-it set. I stamped it in brown ink and poured clear embossing powder over it, then heat set. I then sponged Distress “Weathered Wood” ink over it, and Sepia ink around the edges, before adhering my layers.

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‘Bee happy’ hexagons

Susan Robinson
February 17, 2021

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Happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy. I need to listen to my own advise a bit more often. Life is full of too many distractions, we forget to focus on ourselves sometimes.

I got the inspiration for this design from a window I pass at the exit of the freeway. Strangely, I can’t remember what the business is actually about, (nothing to do with honey products) but the graphics on their window of grey, gold & black hexagons, always catches my eye. I thought it would make a nice feature on a male card.

stamps: ‘Bee Happy’ set by Dovecraft

die: ‘Distressed Baptisia Collage’ set 30044 by Memory Box

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Surf’s Up

Susan Robinson
October 29, 2020

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Walking along the beach this morning, I was amazed at the number of surfers in the water! We stood and watched them for a while. Those hydrofoil surfboards are so impressive to see in action.

stamp: Surf’s Up 3266G by Stamp-it

I spritzed white card with Tumbled Glass & Crushed Olive Distress Stain sprays before stamping the surfer image over. I coloured in with pencils and some white paint (for froth), before adding some torn strips of washi tape underneath, and stapling a short strip of film over. I diecut the seahorse and starfish out and Magic Mounted them into place, adding details with pen and Liquid Pearls.

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Relax Cowboy

Susan Robinson
August 7, 2020

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A way of adding interest and dimension to an otherwise boring alcohol ink background, is to run it through an embossing folder.

This would be a good card for Father’s Day. Sadly my father passed away a few years ago so I don’t make those cards anymore.

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Entomology

Susan Robinson
June 17, 2020

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One of my girlfriends gave me a present years ago wrapped in this gorgeous paper. Can’t remember what the present was, but I still have the paper and that is what I’ve used for the patterned background on this card.

stamps: ‘Entomology’ CMS328 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; Magnifying Glass from Stamp-it set107

dies: ‘Entomology’ 663068 Sizzix Framelit; ‘Plaque & Postage’ Tim Holtz Alterations

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