Creative Leaf

Susan Robinson
August 26, 2021


As in my previous post, I cut the same leaf shape out of the ‘Tattered Leaves’ die from a piece of clear film I had coloured with various green alcohol inks. I used a brown Spectrum Noir pen (on the back) to darken the stalk and draw the leaf spine. I chose a script stamp for added pattern, that wouldn’t matter whether it could be read or not, as that also had to be stamped onto the back, with a brown StazOn pad.

Clear film is plastic – sooo, it warps when heated. This is not something you’d normally do with film, but this characteristic can be used to advantage. I sometimes use it on butterfly wings to create the allusion of movement. I used it on my coloured leaf to mold it into shape. Just quickly flash the heat gun over until it starts going limp (stop long before it starts to melt!!), then while still warm, bend it into your desired shape. The film will hold it’s shape once it cools. Be careful you don’t burn yourself! I usually put a teflon mat inside a metal baking tray for these experiments. I wouldn’t recommend gloves (especially not plastic ones!) as they are too clumsy, just wait a moment until the film is touchable, but not so cool as it’s started to reset. It’s a bit hard to see the dimension of this leaf in the above photos, but scroll down to the one at bottom of post.

For the background, I sponged ‘Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade & Evergreen Bough’ Distress inks over a white card.

Then laid a stencil (‘Cable Knit Sweater’ 18204 by Paper Rose, except I thought it looked like tiny leaves) over and spritzed with water. Lifted the stencil and dabbed dry with paper towel. I relaid the stencil, (aligning as best I could) and sponged ‘Worn Lipstick and Mowed Lawn’ inks through randomly.

I dry brushed some ‘Sour Apple’ Perfect Pearl powders over in a few areas to create a bit of shimmer. Dry with a heat gun.

I glued my leaf onto a piece of plain cream card, that I’d edged with sepia ink, and matted onto coordinating card. I positioned it towards right side of base card. Assembled card layers.

Cut out the word ‘create’ in gold foil board, and glue along left side of leaf design.


Wooden Boat

Susan Robinson
August 9, 2021


Very happy with the way this card turned out! I love the combination of rust and teal together.

If you’d like to emulate this card, the steps are as follows:

  1. using a sponging block, cover white card with Vintage Photo Distress ink
  2. stamp the ‘Sand,Sun,Summer’ 3590E (from Stamp-it) in Coffee Archival ink at top right
  3. lay Chevron stencil over card and sponge Walnut Stain Distress ink through narrow chevron pattern. Then sponge water through the wider chevrons. Lift off and dab dry. Splash a few droplets of water to right of card. Dab dry.
  4. brush small amount of Turquoise Perfect Pearl powder over center area of card. The water will have bleached the ink from the card, (leaving behind the shape of the stencil pattern), but the Pearls will stick to the Distress ink left on the card, around the patterns. Cool hey? Though they may feel dry to the touch, Distress inks actually stay wet for quite a while.
  5. stamp ‘Beached’ 2724E boat (from Stamp-it) across bottom of card, and again onto some white scrap card. Colour in with watercolour pencils. Apply Distress clear ‘Crackle Paint’ over the top. Set aside to dry.
  6. when crackle varnish is dry, run a sponge with Vintage Distress ink over it. The darker ink will sit into the cracks. Wipe with a soft tissue to remove any ink sitting on the surface. Cut out boat and Magic Mount it over same image on card.
  7. rub some mustard chalk over bottom of card. Apply smudges of glue, sprinkling real sand over (make sure it’s white sand of a fine texture). Set aside to dry.
  8. sponge Sepia ink around card edges and adhere card layers.
  9. apply Glossy Accents to major swirls in ‘S’ symbol of stamp to highlight. Set aside to dry.

I loved this card so much, I tried to replicate it myself, using different stamps and softer colours. If you’re having a go yourself, keep in mind these 2 things:

  • the darker the ink, the more contrast you’ll see with the water effect.
  • the paper you use will make all the difference to the end result. So if your first attempt isn’t satisfactory, try it again using a different paper.

Moving On

Susan Robinson
November 30, 2020


Thought it was time I threw a few male cards into the mix. Just procrastinating really in order to put off doing Christmas cards as long as possible. In the car card above, I put a piece of clear film behind the windows to replicate the glass.

stamps: ‘Hot Rod!’ set 40-224 by Penny Black

Below is a card for those who prefer to cycle.

stamps: ‘Racing Bike’ 4450D by Stamp-it; ‘Memories of Summer’ MS289 by Studio Light


Agapanthus Napkin

June 25, 2016


napkin 008Using napkins is a quick and easy way to create colourful cards as the artwork is already done for you! I try to pick them up when I see ones that inspire me. Sometimes at the craft shows you can get bags of singles (rather than having to buy them in packs of the same patterns). I especially like the ones which have a more overall pattern that can be used for backgrounds. This particular design stands alone, so really needed nothing much added to it. I lay some texture paste through a stencil to create some dimension in the background and the wording is magic mounted to add another layer to the front, that’s all.

stencil: THS002 Bubble

stamp: Happiness is When 2440C by Stamp-it


  1. seperate layers of napkin. you will only use the uppermost patterned one.
  2. smear texture paste through chosen stencil with palette knife onto ivory card. set aside to dry.

napkin 002

3. wet your card with a paintbrush, then spread some Mustard Seed and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint randomly over. the napkin 005napkin is only very thin so the colours will show through. dry with heatgun.

4. tear out desired pattern area of napkin. apply matt glue over card and gently lay napkin over. apply some glue over the top also, pushing any air bubbles out as you go. set aside to dry.

napkin 0065. tear around edges of card. sponge inks around edges and lightly over raised pattern where desired. i have used Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Aged Mahogany Distress pads.

6. mount card onto burgundy card layer, then onto bamboo backing card.

7. stamp wording in black ink onto ivory scrap. sponge around in Aged Mahogany. layer onto bamboo card. tear edges and sponge with Crushed Olive ink. magic mount into position on front of card.

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Blitzen Reindeer

November 29, 2015


Santa in Sun 005Getting into the festive spirit at last, with my first Christmas get-together under my belt. Time to put the champagne on ice.

STAMPS: 4542E Blitzen, siset114 wording

PAPERS: White Matt Card, Leaf Green Vivaldi Card, PoppyRed Mi-teintes Card

INKS: Postbox Red, Cut Grass & Lemon Zest Dylusion Ink Sprays, Jet Black Archival Pad

ACCESSORIES: Chequered Dots Dylusion Stencil, Stardust Stickles, Ruby Red Liquid Pearls, Lime Ribbon, Brown Pencil

Spritz your matt white card with water, then ink sprays until card completely covered. Dry with heatgun.

Lay stencil over and spritz with water. Lift off stencil and run a roll of paper towel over card to dry. The water will have bleached the inks from card (as the inks are water-soluble), leaving pattern of stencil behind.

Stamp your reindeer and wording onto card in Jet Black Archival ink. Colour in reindeer with brown pencil.

Turn card over and run strip of 2-sided tape around perimeter. The ribbon I used had bobbles along both edges, but was very wide, so I cut it in half lengthways. Attach sections of ribbon around edge of card with the bobbles sticking outwards.

Attach card onto layer of Red card, then backing of Leaf green card. Finish off by adding some Stardust Stickles to champagne glass with a few bubbles rising out of it, and some Ruby Red Liquid Pearl for reindeer’s nose.

blitzen reindeer close-up