Blue Moon

Susan Robinson
September 6, 2021


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


Dear Friend Gumnut Baby

Susan Robinson
June 27, 2018


stamps: Dearest Friend 17421 by Paper Roses; Spider from Inkadinado set

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

accessories: Metallic Copper Thread; Sunshine Yellow Flower Soft


I used a three-fold card, punching small holes down two sides of middle panel with an awl. You need the same number of holes each side, but as one side is obviously longer, it doesn’t matter that the holes are closer together on the shorter side. Thread copper thread onto a needle and criss-cross corner of panel to create web-like effect.

Spray white card with inks until covered. Dry with a heatgun. Slip card inside middle panel beneath webbing. Leave the securing of flap at back until spider thread has been attached.


Stamp gumnut baby onto white card in black ink. Colour in using Distress re-inkers and a waterbrush. Apply Tacky Glue to skirt and headband and push in yellow Flower Soft. Set aside. When dry cut out and glue into position at right of card.

Stamp spider in position on card front. Stamp spider a second time onto scrap paper and cut out body only. Attach a line of thread to back of spider body with Magic Mount and position over spider image on card. Push the other end of thread through web and into a hole. Secure at back of panel. Secure all sides of panel to frame with two-sided tape. Check that your card is opening the right way first:) Stamp wording across bottom in black ink.