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You Are Mermazing


Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!

Today’s card features the Mermazing stamp set and the Radiating Rays stencil from My Favorite Things.  I was inspired by a recent card by Francine Vuilleme as well as a few others on Instagram.  Rather than have sunlight filtering downwards, I decided that I wanted the light to radiate outwards from this sweet trio of ocean friends.

I started with an A2-sized piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock.  Using a foam blending tool, I added a circle of Salty Ocean Distress Ink beneath where I planned to have the mermaid float.  I then blended Blueprint Sketch around that and all the way to the edge, adding a heavier layer of ink towards the outer edge of the card.  I made sure to go back and blend in more Salty Ocean to get a smooth-ish transition of color.  Then, I blended in Chipped Sapphire at the very edges of the card and near the bottom where I planned to put the sentiment.

Next, I used the stencil to add radiating rays of Chipped Sapphire.  The center of the stencil is solid so after removing the stencil, I blended in Chipped Sapphire into that open circle.

With the blending done, I decided it was time to add the sentiment.  I rubbed an anti-static powder tool over the background and then stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white Hero Arts embossing powder. To finish the background, I sprinkled clean clear water over it, let the droplets sit for about 10 seconds, and then dabbed the water up with a clean paper towel.

20180614_222654Then it was time to color.  I stamped the mermaid and her pals in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto a piece of Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock.  I’m still new to coloring and decided that I would try to use some of the techniques that I’ve seen other cardmakers use.  I don’t know their proper names, but I used one on the mermaid’s hair (I call it the flick-flick technique, lol) and the other is on the turtle’s shell (I think it’s called stippling).  I got a little lost when I was shading the mermaid’s hair, but I learned something and that’s what counts, right?

When I finished coloring, I used a Brother ScanNCut2 to cut out the images and then I backed them with foam tape.

I trimmed the background to 4″ x 5.25″ and adhered it to an A2-sized piece of navy Recollections cardstock.  Then I adhered the mermaid, fish, and turtle.  Finally, I adhered the entire card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks so much for coming by!


5 thoughts on “You Are Mermazing”

  1. Cuuuute! I love your coloring on the mermaid. Her hair looks great! I’m still learning alcohol marker coloring but have been loving them so far.


    1. Thank you! I’m pretty new to coloring, too and this was my first try with that hair technique (the *lack* of color as highlight). In hindsight, I missed darkening the bend of her hair just before it flips up at the end, but oh well, lesson learned! I hope you’re having a happy and crafty weekend!

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      1. Well, it looks amazing!! I need to keep coloring more. I’ve been slack on this 30 day challenge. I’ve gotten most days, but not every single day. Yes, very happy crafty weekend! You too!!


      2. Here’s to us both finding more time to color! I was thinking last night that this challenge has been really great encouragement for me to practice. I think I’ve improved a little bit every day over the past couple of weeks 🙂

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      3. Agreed! I definitely have learned more about shading. I still need to figure out shading with different color family, like green to blue. I can’t seem to get them to shade how I envision yet.


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