Green Chess

Susan Robinson
October 4, 2021


Simple silhouettes. I love this green patterned paper and had only a scrap of it left. I’m glad I found a good use for it.


Home Among the Gum Trees

Susan Robinson
July 7, 2021


Give me a home among the gum trees please…

Two different but similar cards using Kaszazz’s ‘Silhouette Kangaroos’ stamp 6249K. The kangaroos on the right, I cut out by hand (which was not fun. I hope they bring out a matching die one day!). The small solid eucalypt leaves are also from Kaszazz. I used some Espresso Liquid Pearls over the nuts to highlight. The open gumleaves and outback house stamps are from Stamp-it. The Windmill die is from Paper Rose but the water tank die was a cut-out given to me years ago and not sure what company it’s from sorry. The backgrounds were created using Distress Stain Sprays Evergreen Bough, Seedless Preserves & Dusty Concord.



Susan Robinson
May 13, 2021


Budha – In the end, only 3 things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

The last is the hardest.

I think Tim Holtz’s “Flower Field” die siz665369 in silhouette, is quite eye-catching against this Distress Stain Spray background. The wording is from Stamp-it Australia (no longer available sorry, but you could easily substitute another wording). Simple, but effective.


Aussie Kanga’s

Susan Robinson
January 23, 2021


In the lead up to Australia Day, thought I’d do some cards featuring our native kangaroos.

stamps: ‘Silhouette Kangaroos’ 6249K from Kaszazz; ‘Acacia Branch’ CO727991 from Couture Creations; ‘Australian Outback’ and both ‘Happy Birthday’ wordings from Stamp-it.

Re-visiting one of my favourite ways to colour backgrounds, using an acrylic block. I love it when the dribbles run over the edges.

I used chalks and watercolour pencils to colour in, highlighting plants with Liquid Pearls.


Below is another card using the same kangaroo stamp, together with an Australian Outback scene (from Stamp-it), but not the same background technique obviously. I applied some Silver Liquid Pearl with a thin paintbrush to the iron roof of the building, and Silver Fab Foil to the wire fence line.


Grass Tree Silhouette

Susan Robinson
April 14, 2019

Grass Tree earthy

Finally back in my little house again after being away for the last month, but not for long, so taking the opportunity to have a play with this silhouette grass tree by Ultimate Crafts to make a few simple cards.

Grass Tree bright

Bright pink would not be the obvious colour choice for a grass tree, but I like to do things differently sometimes. I sprayed the background paper with yellow, orange and pink Dylusion ink sprays first, before running the bottom half (which would be the tree trunk) through a Fiskars hand held corrugater. I then Magic Mounted the black card over the ink sprayed one, before assembling the remaining card layers.


Bird on Wire Fence

Susan Robinson
July 8, 2018


Still playing with alcohol inks. When I do backgrounds, I usually make a batch of them at a time so I have some ready prepared in the event I need to make a quick card. Saves time. Plus inks can be messy and I’m not always in the mood or dressed appropriately.

die: ‘Bird on Wire Fence’ 17403 by Paper Rose Studio

stamp: Happy Birthday 3320C by Stamp-it

alcohol inks: Butterscotch, Caramel, Rust, Stream, Lettuce, Oregano

Create alcohol ink background. This is always a serendipitous journey. Even if using the same colour inks, each time you swipe it through, you will get a different result. I love it!

I cut out the complete die twice, and then the bird only a 3rd time.

I wanted to use a combination of silver, gold and copper Fab Foils over the wire. I thought they would compliment all the colours in the background and be a bit more arty. I did each colour separately, appling glue to the places that I wanted silver, setting aside to dry, appling the silver Fab Foil, then the same again for the gold, then the copper. A bit more time consuming but not so messy.

Once I had foiled all the wire, I Magic Mounted the die onto my alcohol ink background. I then took my 2nd copy of the die – cut off all the wire, leaving only the fence posts and bird with grass along bottom, and Magic Mounted this over original. The extra bird I had cut, I edged with white ink, then Magic Mounted it over others.

I decided to loop some real silver wire into place over the paper spirals for a more realistic effect. I secured into place behind posts.

I stamped and embossed birthday wording in silver onto light green card, sponged sepia ink around, then matted onto black corrugated card and glued into position at top right of card.

I matted card front onto black card, then onto Butterscotch folded backing card.



Silhouette Fred

January 15, 2016


Stencil silhouetteSome people struggle with silhouette stencils as they’re not sure how to use them. Dyan Reaveley has a number of different stencils of full length ‘people’ shapes, both male and female. The design in each stencil is provided in a number of sizes. You can add faces and hair to them if you want, but sometimes being faceless provides an anonymity which makes them more versatile and flexible in their usage – so they are no-one in particular, just a man (or woman).



To create this card, spritz a piece of matt white card with water, then colour with Wild Honey, Iced Spruce & Hickory Smoke Distress Stain Sprays. Dry with a Heatgun.

Lay Dylusions Stencil DYS40811 “Silhouette Fred” onto left-hand side of card and trace around inside stencil using a fine tip Zig black felt pen. With the aid of a palette knife, scrap texture paste (normal white) through left half of stencil. It doesn’t matter if edge is irregular, if fact it’s preferable. Try to bring some paste down into both feet to ground the image. While the paste is still wet, push a piece of corrugated card into it to create grooves. Set aside to dry.

Despite having dried the background before adding paste, some of the colour from the inks will still seep into the white paste providing mottled colouring. I like this look myself. I you don’t, you may have to seal the stencil area of your background first by applying a thin coating of Distress Glaze with your fingertips or use some form of spray sealant.

Stamp “Best Things in Life” wording from Stamp-It’s set083 with black Archival Pad. Highlight word of choice with Glossy Accents. I chose “Kiss”. Set aside to dry.

Matt onto layer  of black card, then backing card of choice. I used Gecko Bazzill card.