Just Because Cards

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes


Hello there, I hope your day’s gotten off to a good start!

Today I’m playing with the Inner Mermaid stamp set from Essentials by Ellen, designed by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson.  I’m also using Julie’s Strands die.

I started by blending three colors of Catherine Pooler inks onto Strathmore Bristol Smoothe cardstock.  I used Coral Cabana, Tiki Torch, and Limoncello.  This is my first time blending with these inks and I have to say that I really had fun with them.  They were easy to blend on bristol smooth cardstock and I find the opacity of the color to be just right.  It’s not as opaque as Distress Oxide inks, and not as sheer or light as regular Distress inks.

I trimmed the ink panel to 3.75″ square and then centered the Strands die on it before running it through a Gemini Die Cutting machine.

Then I started working on the stamped elements.  I stamped the mermaid’s tail, the shell, and the starfish in VersaMark ink onto scrap watercolor paper.  I sprinkled Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder over top and hit it with a heat gun.  The photos don’t do this embossing justice, it’s a beautifully sparkly light gold. Then, using a bit same three Catherine Pooler inks smooshed onto an acrylic block, and a Pentel Aquash waterbrush pen, I colored watercolored all four elements.  Then I fussy cut each out and set them aside.

I prepared an A2-sized panel of Neenah Solar White #80 Classic Crest cardstock and planned out my layout.  I stamped the sentiment in Veersafine Onyx black ink and then set to adhering all of the inked elements.

I added foam tape to the frame of the Strands die cut and adhered it to the panel.  Then I used bits of foam tape and liquid adhesive to adhere the mermaid’s tail, shell, and starfish.  To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks so much for visiting!


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