Oceans of Love

Susan Robinson
June 16, 2018


I have been sick all week so I’m not allowed out spreading my germs, I’m way too sick to do housework (hehe), so all that’s left is to amuse myself in my craft room. Of course a head full of cotton wool is not always conducive to creativity, but I am trying to soldier on.

stamps: Mermaid Stamp & Cut DC226 by Hero Arts; wording from Mermazing BB-45 by MFT; Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft

dies: Swimming Seahorses 99115 by Memory Box; Seaweed/coral were from 3 different sets from my girlfriends stash cut out last camp

stencil: Mini Moving Vines 568s by The Crafters Workshop

inks: ‘Bells of Ireland Green’ Lindy’s Starburst Spray; Vintage Photo Distress Stain Sprays; various Distress Re-inkers; Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads

accessories: Opaque Crackle Texture Paste; various Liquid Pearls and Stickles


Smear texture paste through stencil onto white card. Set aside to dry completely.

Cover white card with ink sprays. The Bells of Ireland is very shimmery with a touch of blue showing.

Cut large circle out of vines card and attach to folded backing card of dark moss colour. Cut out a smaller square of light moss card with smaller circle in center. Gold emboss fishing net over bottom left corner. Gold emboss inner circle. Sponge sepia ink around inside and outside edges of smaller card for shading. Attach Magic Mount onto back of smaller card and mount over main card.

Stamp and cut out mermaid and turtle, along with other dies. I usually use Distress re-inkers for colouring in as they have a lovely rich pigment which is easy to blend or dilute when applied with a water brush. Dry with a heatgun. Apply glitters or pearls where desired, then set aside to dry naturally. (I have to confess that I messed about with my green seaweed a few more times as I didn’t feel it stood out enough, but after my 3rd unsatisfactory attempt I had to leave it and move on with my life haha).


Attach all your pieces to main card. I used Magic Mount under parts of them that were sitting inside green circle.

For the wording, I masked off the bottom half and stamped top half directly onto card. This proved a little problematic due to the raised embossing. The bottom half I stamped onto white card, coloured to match, matted onto purple card and attached with double sided tape.

I just love the blue sparkly bits that catch the light in the green shimmer.


Beautiful Boats

August 15, 2015


deep as the ocean discover new oceans   life is a journey   adventure on the seas

Just in time for Father’s Day – more cards with a nautical theme! I did say I love boats didn’t I? The first two beached boats I mainly used chalk pastels to colour with, a great medium for covering larger areas quickly and easily. I then put crackle accents over the boat with the anchor. The second two cards, I was playing with different ways of creating waves. Both were coloured with Distress Stains and Sprays. The paper for the sailboat card was then torn into wavy strips, with the core white card showing through for the tips of the waves. I used mulberry paper for the fishing boat card, that I glued down with a matt glue, wrinkling as I went to create a wavy effect. The definition of Adventure states “an outing full of surprises”. It’s a bit hard to see in the scan, but there is a very large shark lurking just beneath the surface:)

DEEP AS THE OCEAN: 2290F Abandoned Boat, 4880E Deep as the Ocean, 796B Seagulls

DISCOVER NEW OCEANS: 2724E Beached, 4881E Discover Oceans, 3601G Overlapping text

LIFE IS A JOURNEY: 4619E Wind & Sails, 1773D Life is a Journey

ADVENTURE ON THE SEAS: 4620E Ocean Fishing, 695D White Pointer Shark, siset048 Adventure Wording