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.

Whale song

Susan Robinson
August 2, 2021


When seeking peace I head to the sea. Sadly, being winter, the ocean is looking very grey and choppy, not very calming for the soul at all. So I’ve had to get creative in my craft room to find some of that peaceful ocean blue.

I can hear my mother singing now, calling me with her whale song, so I must go.


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.


Seahorse in Summer tones

Susan Robinson
January 12, 2021


Summertime, and I’m enjoying my swims! How lucky I am to be living in this beautiful country, with this fabulous weather, so close to the beach and having the time to visit it every day. Counting my blessings.

Shell Pink, Cloudy Blue & Hazelnut Alcohol inks on Yupo paper created the background for this card. Not the usual colour combination for underwater scenes, but I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. Probably because it has my favourite seahorse die (Sammy SD365) from Joanna Sheen in it. Below is how it all began. Reminded me a bit of a shell, so that’s what I started with, playing with shell shapes.


Diving Mermaids

Susan Robinson
January 26, 2019


One of my favourite techniques for underwater backgrounds is done using shaving cream and dye ink sprays. Unfortunately my blog is not enabling me to load videos but if you go to, you can see a quick video version. Otherwise if you look to the right hand side of my site under “Catagories” scroll down to ‘techniques‘ and under that ‘shaving cream‘. Click on that and it will take you to my “Mermaid School” post and you will see step by step instructions with photos. Below are some more examples of backgrounds made using this technique which I will save for another day.

I love the way little bubbles form in the shaving cream as the liquid component starts to dissolve with the heat. It can leave behind quite an organic, cellular result. Of course it all depends on the way you squish!

As with my 3 surfer dudes from previous post, I decided to frame these little mermaid cards, just so I can look at them a while longer.


Oceans of Love

Susan Robinson
June 16, 2018


I have been sick all week so I’m not allowed out spreading my germs, I’m way too sick to do housework (hehe), so all that’s left is to amuse myself in my craft room. Of course a head full of cotton wool is not always conducive to creativity, but I am trying to soldier on.

stamps: Mermaid Stamp & Cut DC226 by Hero Arts; wording from Mermazing BB-45 by MFT; Fishing Net CS255 by KaiserCraft

dies: Swimming Seahorses 99115 by Memory Box; Seaweed/coral were from 3 different sets from my girlfriends stash cut out last camp

stencil: Mini Moving Vines 568s by The Crafters Workshop

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

accessories: Opaque Crackle Texture Paste; various Liquid Pearls and Stickles


Smear texture paste through stencil onto white card. Set aside to dry completely.

Cover white card with ink sprays. The Bells of Ireland is very shimmery with a touch of blue showing.

Cut large circle out of vines card and attach to folded backing card of dark moss colour. Cut out a smaller square of light moss card with smaller circle in center. Gold emboss fishing net over bottom left corner. Gold emboss inner circle. Sponge sepia ink around inside and outside edges of smaller card for shading. Attach Magic Mount onto back of smaller card and mount over main card.

Stamp and cut out mermaid and turtle, along with other dies. I usually use Distress re-inkers for colouring in as they have a lovely rich pigment which is easy to blend or dilute when applied with a water brush. Dry with a heatgun. Apply glitters or pearls where desired, then set aside to dry naturally. (I have to confess that I messed about with my green seaweed a few more times as I didn’t feel it stood out enough, but after my 3rd unsatisfactory attempt I had to leave it and move on with my life haha).


Attach all your pieces to main card. I used Magic Mount under parts of them that were sitting inside green circle.

For the wording, I masked off the bottom half and stamped top half directly onto card. This proved a little problematic due to the raised embossing. The bottom half I stamped onto white card, coloured to match, matted onto purple card and attached with double sided tape.

I just love the blue sparkly bits that catch the light in the green shimmer.


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



Believe in Yourself

July 9, 2016


I believe in mermaids, don’t you?mermaid belief 021

This background was created by spritzing white card with water, then Lemon Zest, Cut Grass and London Blue Dylusion Sprays. I started to stencil a pattern onto it too, but then changed my mind.

The mermaid is an old favourite of mine by Visual Image Printery. I stamped her onto a scrap of white card in black Archival ink, coloured her in with watercolours, then cut her out and glued her in position on card front. I smeared Star Dust Stickles over her fins with a paintbrush to make them shimmer.mermaid belief 018

I stamped the wording in black next to her and the little school of fish in shades of green underneath using mermaid belief 017mermaid belief 022a Kaleidocolor pad. Glossy Accents were added to the fish bubbles and continued up the mermaid belief 025card.


More Seahorses

October 13, 2015


When playing with an idea, I always end up with more cards than I need for a class, so here are my extra seahorse cards that materialized along the way.

seahorse coral tree


This one is a very simple card. I used the top of the Autumn tree stamp 4618E for the coral. The Seahorse 696C and Seahorse wording 2723C with Bo Bunny paper as background



near the sea seahorse





Near the sea 4879E and Bubbles 1074C stamps with salted watercolour background. Coral is decorated with liquid pearls


tide recedes seahorse



The Tide Recedes 4882F and Seahorse 696C again. White cardstock covered with Dylusions sprays and splashed with water droplets. Sea grass is from sizzix die Festive Greenery 657467