I had some time to myself today before we needed to go on with our chores, so I decided to just color for fun. No worrying about shadows, or blending or other technicalities, but just plain old fun. I recently acquired a new Stampendous Laurel Burch set called Mermaid Fish from Simon Says Stamp. It is not my usual style, but I loved the idea of just grabbing lots of different colored markers and coloring away. The main image is a larger stamp which made it easy to color, and my finished card ended up being 5″ x 7″.
I stamped the images in the stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Xpress-It Blending card. I didn’t try to compose a scene at this point. I just wanted to get the images down so I could color.
And color I did with a large assortment of Copic colors! These stamps are so much fun to color. Anything goes.
But now came the problem of how to give this beauty a background worthy of her colorful personality. So I went rummaging around my studio to find something new and different, at least for me. I came across a stencil I had just gotten from Hero Arts called Waves. Well that sure seemed appropriate.
Next I found a jar of Viva Decor 3-D stamp paint in transparent. I don’t think I had ever opened the jar, but it was nice and juicy so let’s give this a try. After taping the stencil atop a panel of MFT Lush Lagoon cardstock, I applied the paint with a palette knife.
Hmmm, it was looking cool bit it still needed something. I know – GLITTER. Now I HATE using loose glitter. If it’s not stuck in a bottle of Stickles, it is not in my craft room. Such a mess. But for some reason I had one jar of Art Glitter Crystal ultrafine glitter sitting all alone on a shelf, so it got sprinkled all over the wet paint. (And I do mean ALL OVER). A glorious, shimmery mess.
It was time to leave for a few hours, so I carefully peeled off the stencil, washed it thoroughly and left my creation to dry. When I arrived home, I shook off the extra glitter and was left with the shiniest ocean imaginable. Just what my mermaid needed.
Now it was time to turn the little mermaid into a card. First I fussy cut the images. Now understand, this is another thing I do not like to do. Dies were created for a reason, but I didn’t have them so it was scissors and a craft knife for me. They really weren’t difficult to cut and I may have to re-evaluate how I am spending my craft budget. I can do this!
I chose MFT Blue Breeze for the card base and adhered the background with heavy duty adhesive AND score tape. The panel had warped a little as it was drying and I didn’t want it to fall apart. I then positioned the images on the card front and glued them to the 3-D stenciled background with plenty of Glossy Accents. Again, they needed to stay put.
Finally, I stamped a sentiment from The Ton Get It Girl stamp set with MFT Lush Lagoon ink, cut it with an MFT Blueprint 27 die, and adhered it to the card front. As a final touch of shine, I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops and Wink of Stella here and there.
I love how this Mermaid Fish stamp set turned out and was pleased at going outside my usual comfort zone. Tomorrow this card will be on the way to my daughter who just got on the Dean’s Honor Roll at the college where is taking a full time load while also working full time as a nurse.
I think I am on a mermaid kick at the moment. I just started a new project today which is another mermaid. Do you ever get fixated with a particular theme for awhile in your crafting projects?
I also think I may not be as allergic to glitter as I thought I was. I will seriously have to give glitter another chance. After learning about Swiffer cloths for clean-up, this may be possible. It sure does sparkle. Just right for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!