Pink Sky

Susan Robinson
September 20, 2021

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Just running out the last few fairy mushroom cards before moving onto new subjects – flowers, then cats. Only 1 more fairy left! I’m regretting stamping the wording out in purple, as it is a little too dominating, but was afraid a lighter colour wouldn’t stand out against the busy background.

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Hope Fairy

Susan Robinson
September 18, 2021

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Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.

‘HOPE’ is one of my most favourite words! What would life be, if we didn’t have it?

stamps: ‘Effulgence’ 40-374 by Penny Black; ‘Hope’ by Stamp-it; ladybug by All Night Media; fairy (unknown)

Below are a few more backgrounds I created at the same time – by just sponging Distress inks ‘Shabby Shutters’ and ‘Evergreen Bough’ over white card, then stamping out various solid flower designs in black. The background for my card sample above was created using “Shabby Shutters” and “Weathered Wood”.

I was going to move onto more botanical style cards, but have changed direction again. I will circle back to these later. Just 2 more fairy mushroom cards to show you.

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Bunny Run

Susan Robinson
September 11, 2021

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I just love the way my mushroom turned out on this card! Despite colouring it the same way each time, it’s always slightly different. I made the mistake of applying my Liquid Pearl splotches to the mushroom top before the ink was completely dry, so rather than being white, they’re a bit yellow looking. And yes, I know my mushroom is leaning, but as the flowers in the background were all wavy, I liked that my mushroom stalk wasn’t straight 🙂

stamps: Mushroom & bunnies from Lavinia stamps; ‘Flower amongst Flowers’ 4155Lby Penny Black

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Ant Trail

Susan Robinson
September 8, 2021

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Now this is what I’m talking about!! Simple. Something I was trying to achieve with my card from my last posting, except I forgot when to stop. I have to confess it’s not white card though, but rather a creamy off-white colour. (Maybe it’s just the white that puts me off? Dunno). So apart from a bit of smudging underneath my mushroom, I am quite happy with it. It is a hand made creation after all, so perfection is not expected, at least not in my house, haha.

Thought I’d share with you how I did the mushroom. It took me a few goes to find a method that worked well, but still each stamping will be slightly different. It is a solid design, so used a combination of texters and coloured ink pads direct to the rubber as shown in the steps below.

Note: the paper you use is very important. If it’s too absorbent, the inks will soak in straight away and you won’t be able to blend them!

I struggled to find a suitably small insect stamp to add to my design, and ended up using a ladybug sticker.

stamps: Mushrooms by Lavinia stamps; ant trail & wordings by Stamp-it; small fern by Amazing Creations; large fern by Penny Black

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Blue Moon

Susan Robinson
September 6, 2021

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For some reason I really struggle making simple cards with white backgrounds. I love the white on white look, with just a touch of colour, but seem unable to achieve it myself. I started off okay (see below), quite happy with where it was going, but then I just kept adding to it. When there was no more room, I decided my card was done, so matted it onto my backing card.

But then… the more I looked at it, I felt the white was just too stark. Soooo, I decided to add a moon and sponge the background blue. More atmospheric. Not my best sponging effort however.

To colour the moon, I cut out a circle from Clear Film. I placed the circle where I wanted to position the moon (being clear, this makes it easy). This will act as a mask and keep underneath white. I then sponged the background with ‘Stormy Sky’ Distress ink.

After removing the circle, and replaced it with the clear film I had cut the circle out of. This allowed me to colour in the moon, without any colour going outside that circular space. I used chalks to shade the moon, starting with a line of orange around the lower and left edge, then dark yellow, then light yellow, leaving the top right where the spider sits, white. I blended the chalks with my finger.

I got a bit of blue ink on my mushroom when sponging, so applied touches of ‘White Opal’ Liquid Pearls over it. I Glossy Accented the bug and fairy wings, sprinkling some fine crystal glitter over the wings whilst wet. Then I drew some fine lines over some of the spider web with a glue pen. When dry (or tacky), I pressed Silver Fab Foil over. I didn’t do the whole web, just the areas where I thought the moonlight might catch it.

stamps: ‘Rory’ (fairy) & mushroom by Lavinia stamps; Fairy Tale Spider Web FTCS024 by Nellie’s Choice; Fern E1114 by Amazing Creations; wording from ‘Evidence of Art’ set LCS055 by Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous

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Fairy Dust

Susan Robinson
April 16, 2020

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My 3rd card using this technique, only it didn’t really show up so well. The Perfect Pearl Mist used was ‘Bronze’. I used a wet paintbrush to bleach the colour from the fairy’s wings and mushroom heads, then highlighted circles with a white Sharpie pen. I added green with texter to grass at base of mushrooms and dots of ‘Biscotti’ Liquid Pearls to flower centers.

stamps: Rabbit and Leaves by Lavinia Stamps; Fairy by Katy Sue Designs; Mushrooms by Art Impressions

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