Monday, 12 June 2017

Magical Mermaid

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you had a great weekend.

Yesterday I chose to play with the Magical Mermaid Stamp Set! 

This is one of those few sets that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it, and now that I've used it, I'm thrilled with it! 

Fortunately I was in the mood for colouring yesyerday because it took quite a long time!

I decided I'd colour my mermaid's tail the same colourways as in the Stampin' Up! catalogue, and I used Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.

I started my card with a top layer of Shimmery White Cardstock (CS), because it takes water slightly better our regular Whisper White CS. 

I stamped the mermaid using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

I used a Bender Pen and ink in the lid of my ink pads for my colouring.

For the mermaid's skin I used Powder Pink and an Aquapainter. 

I gently soaked up the excess water with a kitchen towel, and repeated the process which gave the right depth of colour.

I coloured her hairband in Berry Burst and her hair in Crushed Curry. 

When I'd finished colouring the mermaid, I painted her all over with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen!

I stamped the mermaid image onto a large Post It Note, and fussy cut it because I wanted to mask the mermaid while I sponged the sea and also while I stamped the seaweed. 

With the mask in place, I used a Dauber and Soft Sky Ink for the sea. 

It was lovely using this technique, actually hoping for a very uneven finish! 

The background still needed more, so I used the dotted stamp from the stamp set, and stamped all over using Soft Sky Ink.

With the mask still in place, I used Archival Basic Black Ink and stamped the seaweed four times at varying heights. 

Then I coloured it in using Wild Wasabi Ink, including the black strands of seaweed, which I painted over with Wild Wasabi to make it blend in wih the rest of the seaweed.

I stamped the sentiment - ever so slightly crooked! - using Tranquil Tide Ink. 

My final touch for the front of the card was five random Rhinestones in the sea.

I had a dilemma when it came to decorating the inside of the card: Soft Sky CS or Shimmery White CS? 

Neither option felt right as I didn't think they complimented the front of the card. 

I decided that I'd do another sheet of the sea, but minus the Rhinestones. 

This worked brilliantly............ until I decided to use the small mermaid at the bottom of the page using Tranquil Tide Ink. 

Unfortunately I inked and stamped in Sky Blue. 

No big problem except the stamp still had Tranquil Tide Ink on it and it made a bit of a mess in my Soft Sky Ink Pad! Urghhh!!

That's it for today! 

Until tomorrow, hapy crafting, 


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