Coral Corner

Susan Robinson
August 4, 2021


The use of stencils in your background can add dimension to your card, without adding any thickness.

  1. first spray a white card with various blue Distress Stain sprays. Dry card.
  2. lay a seaweed stencil over card. Spritz water through. Dry card.
  3. sponge a blue ink through select sections of the same stencil.
  4. stamp the coral corner. Colour in shells and seaweed and highlight bits with Liquid Pearls.
  5. stamp jellyfish image onto card. Apply Glossy Accent and leave to dry.
  6. cut out dies of the tiny fish and large seaweed. Colour them. Apply Distress Stickles to seaweed die.
  7. glue dried pieces onto card and assemble card layers.

Mermaid Affairs

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2021


It’s good to have friends you can ride with through the turbulent seas of life.

I love the colour combinations in both these cards. To create the background for the first card, I inked up an acrylic block with 3 different green Distress inks, before spritzing it with water and then stamping onto white card. The block gives you that straight edge, but I like the effect created when it leaks out the sides, especially when it’s for a watery themed card. The mermaid & seahorse are both dies, which I cut out in white card then sponged with Distress inks.

The mermaid & the seahorse in the 2nd card are both stamps, which provides you with more detailed images. The large seaweed is a die. To create the background in the 2nd card, squish Distress Oxide ink pads (I used Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers & Squeezed Lemonade) onto a Teflon mat. Spritz lightly with water, then lay your white card over to colour. Dry with a heat gun and add more colour if desired.

Stamp out mermaid and seahorse, colouring in and fussy cutting out. I detached the seahorses’s head in order to change his swimming direction. Cut out the seaweed die and sponge Distress inks over to colour.

Glue individual pieces onto card in desired positions, then assemble card layers.


Seahorse in Autumn tones

Susan Robinson
January 19, 2021


My third and final seahorse card in this set. The Alcohol ink background was leftover from a batch I did for my “Orange Poinsettia” Christmas cards a few posts back. I turned it upside down so the blue was at the top. I didn’t use this particular piece as there wasn’t much green on it and the red was more a murky orange colour. The gold embossed red leaves were left over from the actual poinsettia’s of those same cards.

I cut the seahorse die out of Two-sided sticker sheet. I peeled off the back and stuck it onto some dark brown paper, then cut around it. I then peeled off the front and lay some Copper Fab Foil over.

I used light green & blue Chalks to colour brown segments of the seahorse and Black Accent for his eye. After cutting out some coral & seaweed dies, I glued them at base of card with the leaves, and Magic Mounted the seahorse over, with a piece of weed entwined through his tail. The ‘Happy Birthday’ is a gold sticker I stuck onto a strip of alcohol coloured card.


Anchors Away

Susan Robinson
October 10, 2018


I have been selling my cards at the Art Market on board the ‘Decoy’ tied up at the South Perth foreshore, so this card seems appropriate subject matter:) The next one is on the 21st Oct but I can’t attend, but hopefully some of you can make it along for the 4th November to say hello!


I stamped out the German Anchorage stamp in black ink onto white card, dried it, then put a wash of yellow and blue watercolour over. I coloured everything in, adding gold and copper foils to the anchor. I stamped the seagull out a 2nd time onto scrap white card, cut out body only and Magic Mounted over original. The starfish I dotted with pale blue Liquid Pearls.


I stamped the seahorse (by Deep Red) onto scrap of white card, coloured in blue and cut out. I added clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to cheek, Crackle Accent to hollows of body and tail, and Star Dust Stickles to fins. When dry I Magic Mounted into place entwined with seaweed die cut. The seaweed I coloured with various Distress Stains (mainly Rust) and highlighted tips with Copper Liquid Pearls.


Deep Sea Cave

Susan Robinson
November 17, 2017


Trying to get different looks from the same die. I chose soft colours for this mermaid one in contrast to the below samples which are the traditional darker blue & white palette. Can’t decide which one I like best. Maybe the crab… Which do you prefer?

Die is “Under the Sea Collage” 99703 by Memory Box



Seahorse Friends

October 13, 2015


In the watery depths beneath the waves, where the mermaids swim and the dolphins play, live the seahorses. They are so tiny they’re hard to see, but if you look carefully you will find them floating with the currents, wrapped around strips of sea grass, hiding amongst the coral…

This set of seahorse cards was inspired by my favourite children’s book by Graeme Base,  “The Sign of the Seahorse”. I hope they inspire YOU!

Seahorse Friends






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1. Apply white gesso to white cardstock with palette knife. (It doesn’t matter if the whole card is not covered as the gesso is purely to provide texture). Place another piece of white card on top, squish slightly to spread, twist, then lift off. Set aside to dry.


2. Once gesso is completly dry, colour with paints. I have used Distress Paints “Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss” and Adirondack Paint Dabber “Stream” for this sample. For my original seahorse card (which I made previously but didn’t photograph the steps) I used Sunshine Yellow, Aqua, Lettuce and Stream Adirondack Dabber Paints. I dabbed them directly from the bottle onto card, then used a paintbrush to blend them together. Dry with heatgun.






3.  Add white paint with aid of brayer so that only the ridges are coloured. Add more white paint where wanted with fingertips or paintbrush. If you add too much you can dilute with wet paintbrush or remove entirely. While wet, the paint is still water soluble. The under colours have been heat set so will not move.

seahorses grungeboard

4. Cut 2 seahorses (mini sand & sea Sizzix die 659582) out of grungeboard. Colour them using Distress Stains. Dry with heatgun. Cover with crackle accent. Set aside to dry. When dry, sponge around edges with brown ink and highlight eye with black accent.

tattered pinecone - coral

5. Cut 3 pieces of coral (tattered pinecone Sizzix die 657492) out of Harvest Bazzill card. Sponge tips with brown ink pad and some Dried Marigold Distress pad, add touches of Buttercup and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to highlight. Set aside to dry.

6. Stamp out starfish (Stamp-It 701B Five Pointed Star) in Cobalt Archival Pad and decorate with dots of Ocean Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry. When dry, cut it out.

7. Stamp out Friends wording (3128C) with Jet Black Archival Pad onto scrap of white card. Sponge white card with Distress inks to compliment backing card. Cut wording into rectangular shape. Matt with Blue Oasis Bazzill card, place some magic mount beneath and adhere to gessoed background. Colour tiny silver fish charm with Sailboat Blue Alcohol ink and adhere to bottom of friends wording.

Seahorse Friends

8. Mix together small amounts of Sandal Adirondack paint, matt glue, fine white sand and some crushed eggshells. The eggshells were previously washed, inner membrane removed and dried out in oven. This is not an exact science, so can’t give you measurements sorry, just make sure mix is wet enough to hold sand and shells in when dry. Create a small hump of this mix at base of card, then position coral pieces sticking out of it. Intertwine your seahorse tails around coral and fix to card. Position your starfish at base of hump.

9. Attach your finished card front to a slightly larger layer of Blue Oasis Bazzill card, then matt onto Parakeet Bazzill backing card.