Sleeping in the shade

Susan Robinson
February 6, 2021

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My last little gumnut baby for this series, fast asleep in the shade of a eucalyptus tree. A bit of dappled light in the background with some stenciling.

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Gumnut Baby Dreaming

Susan Robinson
February 5, 2021

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Another circle, but the focus for this post is on the use of stencils for your backgrounds.

Before gluing branches and Magic Mounting baby into place, flick some silver Alcohol ink over inner circle with a paintbrush to represent stars. I then added a little silver star shape. Sponge all around outer edge of card with ‘Shaded Lilac’ Distress ink. Apply ‘Dream’ rub-on.

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Pale Ride Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
February 4, 2021

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Another card with a circular center. Watercolour pencils used to colour in, and Buttercup Liquid Pearl dots added to her skirt and headdress.

stamp: ‘Having Fun’ 17322 and die: ‘Leafy Circle’ 17922, both from Paper Rose Studio

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Green Leaves Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
February 3, 2021

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Protea Gumnut Babies

Susan Robinson
February 2, 2021

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We’re in lockdown and I’m on a roll. When I first purchased Paper Rose’s “Thanks a Bunch” stamp, I had a little play stamping it out as a background, horizontally and vertically. The card above has their smaller sized trio of the Gumnut babies from the “Snugglepot & Cuddlepie” 17310 set as the feature. The ‘best wishes’ at the top is a rub-on.

Below is one of my favourite cards from this series, using Paper Rose’s “Dearest Friend” 17421 stamp as the feature. I placed little dots of Balllerina Liquid Pearls over her skirt and headress.

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Sweet Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
February 1, 2021

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Using Tim Holtz Alterations Framework “Honeycomb” siz659430 die, I cut 4 co-ordinating sheets from a Basic Grey mini paper pad “Two Scoops”. I stamped the little bumble bee across 2 pale pink hexagon shapes, then sponged sepia ink around all the edges. Using the frame to help ensure the spacing was even, I mixed and matched the colours until happy with their arrangement. After gluing down the hexagons, I removed the frame, as I felt it made the card look too heavy. I stamped the wording (from Hero Arts) across top of card, and Magic Mounted Gumnut baby at bottom.

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Lotus Bouquet

Susan Robinson
January 7, 2021

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How gorgeous is this new waterlily stamp (Lotus Bouquet 19087) from Paper Rose Studio! I used Distress Stain sprays for the backgrounds. Usually I colour my white card completely, but sometimes it’s nice to leave some white. Was toying with the idea of adding a wording to the above card, but decided it was more peaceful without.

After finishing my flower on the green card, I decided to add the script wording in the background. That was my first mistake, as it all went downhill from there, haha. This meant I had to mask off the flowers (ugh!) and then I stamped the wording on the middle right UPSIDE DOWN!!! Seriously don’t know how that happened! So I had to find something big enough to cover up my error. I fiddled with that wording plaque for ages, changing ink colours of the wording and background numerous times. Not totally happy with the result as it is looks a bit busy, but it is done and I have moved on with my life. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that take up the most time.

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Gumnut Baby Filigree

Susan Robinson
July 22, 2018

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Some more gorgeous little gumnut babies!

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Fence Sitting

Susan Robinson
July 12, 2018

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So many different effects you can get with alcohol inks, depending on how you apply them. This card has been done on Yupo paper, which I find gives the most vibrant colour finish.

dies: Men Siting on Fence 17283 by Paper Rose Studio; Birds from Scarecrow set 662382 by Tim Holtz

stamps: Gum Tree 632F by Stamp-it; Moments C2768 by Hero Arts

alcohol inks: Rust, Caramel, Oregano, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow, Bottle & Espresso

For this card, I squirted some alcohol inks onto my Teflon mat in lines, then swiped my paper through it horizontally so the colours mixed minimally. The paper kind of sucks onto the matt though so the colours do mix as you peel it off.

This will dry almost immediately. Then I stamped the gum tree and sun in black Archival ink. (Don’t use a StazOn pad as this also being a solvent ink, will cause bleeding).

I put a small puddle of Bottle and Espresso ink onto my acrylic block, picked it up with paint brush to colour in tree trunk and canopy. The Sunshine Yellow ink I placed a drop directly from the bottle over my stamped sun image and allowed it to spread out.

Cut out dies in black card, then glue into position over alcohol background. Matt onto black card, then folded orange/brown backing card.

Stamp out wording on scrap of matching card and cut to size. Sponge all edges with sepia ink and glue into position.

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Following in Dads Footsteps

Susan Robinson
July 10, 2018

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Another great Aussie die ‘Farmer and Boy’ 17511 from Paper Rose Studio.

I created the background by swiping Oregano alcohol ink over Yupo paper with a thin cotton square. Working quickly I held the paper on its side, then ran Stream, Meadow, Caramel and Rust inks in streams down it. Keep adding from both sides until the paper is completely covered. It will dry by itself very quickly.

I poured a few drops of Alcohol Blending Solution into a bottle cap, picked up with a paintbrush and applied dots over card to create patterns. I then did the same with glue pen. Set aside. When dry, lay gold Fab Foil sheet over glue dots, press down with finger tips, then lift off. The gold colour will adhere to the glue dots.

Cut out complete die in black card. Cut out boy only a 2nd time. Rub silver, gold and copper Rub-Ons over boy using fingertips to colour. Magic Mount in place. Matt finished card onto layer of black then rust card, before adhering to green folded backing card.

Stamp wording onto rust card, matt onto black, then Magic Mount onto top right of card.

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