A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Saturday, 15 September 2018


After having this card chosen as CAS Perfectionist in the ATCAS challenge "Berries", I'm thrilled to have been asked to be the Guest Designer for the next ATCAS challenge:

One of my favourite bird images is a Penny Black robin sitting on an old flower pot.  I've used it to make a note card to send out around Christmas time to friends who've suffered a recent bereavement - somehow a "Merry Christmas" card just won't seem appropriate this year.

I stamped the image on hot press watercolour paper and used my Gansai Tambi paints to colour it.

I die cut a pierced frame twice and glued them together for extra dimension.  I finished off with a Quickie glue pen and glitter on the snowy bits.

I'm also taking it over to the Penny Black "Creative Christmas Challenge" - the challenge is to have a Penny Black product as the main focus.

Stamps - Penny Black robin, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, MFT Pierced Rectangle Frame die


  1. Absolutely gorgeous card, Susan! Your watercoloring really brings the images and background to life and I love how you added texture with the sparkly snow...so lovely!
    Congrats again on your well-deserved win, and thank you again for being our Guest Designer for the 'Tweet' challenge...it's been great working with you!

  2. This beautifully colored card ranks right up there with your winner from the last challenge, Susan.

  3. Such a thoughtful card to send out this Christmas time Susan. Wonderful stamp and so beautifully coloured. Stunning and beautiful in equal measures x.

  4. Congrats on being Guest Designer at ATCAS. Your berry card was amazing!

    This sweet image is watercoloured to perfection Susan. Lovely card that is sure to bring comfort to those suffering a loss this year. The holidays are an especially tough time when families gathering and there is someone missing. xx

  5. You have done a beautiful job watercoloring this image, Susan. I never thought of doing something like this for a bereavement around the holidays. The image is fantastic too!

  6. Beautiful card and watercolouring. I’ve seen you turn this image into masterpieces and this is no different. Very versatile making a bereavement card with it this time.
    Congrats on guest designing at ATCAS.! Well deserved. xx

  7. What a lovely thought instead of a merry Christmas, Susan! A beautiful scene and I love the sky behind the pretty bird!

  8. Congratulations on Guest Designing for ATCAS, Susan! Of course, I love this beautiful robin! Your watercoloring of this pretty scene is spectacular! Sending this card at the holidays to someone recently bereaved is very thoughtful. Hugs, Darnell

  9. Such a sweet scene and you are an artist with watercolor!
    Thanks for being our Guest Designer.

  10. Gorgeous, Susan. Your loose watercolor background is fabulous. So glad you were our guest designer this week

  11. Beautiful watercolouring Susan and love that stamp :)

  12. Stunning, stunning, stunning.... did I mention this card is stunning??!!! lol. Thanks for being our guest designer Susan. You've out done yourself. x C


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