Deep Sea Cave

Susan Robinson
November 17, 2017

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Trying to get different looks from the same die. I chose soft colours for this mermaid one in contrast to the below samples which are the traditional darker blue & white palette. Can’t decide which one I like best. Maybe the crab… Which do you prefer?

Die is “Under the Sea Collage” 99703 by Memory Box

 

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Mermaid Bath

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June 11, 2017

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Little mermaids love water, but swimming around in sea water all day can turn their hair a horrid seaweed green, so occasionally they like to spoil themselves with a lovely big bubble bath and a blonde rinse!

stamps: Mermaid Bath 40-457 by Penny Black; Ducky B1998 by PSX; Fish #?; Picture Frame 200D by All Night Media

inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads; Clear Pigment Pad; Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar & Victorian Velvet Distress Re-inkers

papers:  Watercolour Card; White Matt Card; Hazel & Starmist Bazzill Cards; Gold Foilboard; Clear Film

accessories: Trellis Embossing Folder siz661369; Lumiere Metallic Olive Green Paint; Gold Embossing Powder; Stardust, Crystal & Diamond Stickles; Orange Tombow Pen; Olive Brad; Green Ribbon

adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents

tools: Waterbrush; Sponge Block; Scissors; Big Shot Machine; Heat Gun; Circle Punches; Awl

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place piece of white card into Trellis embossing folder and run through Big Shot machine. Pour some of the metallic green paint onto plastic palette and dip sponging block into it – you don’t need much, so be sparing! If you haven’t got a sponging block, make sure you use a fairly firm sponge. The idea is that the paint only touches the top embossed pattern and doesn’t seep into the hollows between. Once covered, set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp your mermaid onto watercolur paper in black archival ink or some other permanent ink (if you use dye ink, it will bleed when you add the wet watercolours). Colour in with Distress re-inkers with the aid of a waterbrush/paint brush. I often use re-inkers for colouring as they are a nice, thick concentrated colour. (Note: when using watercolours, you have to make sure each section of colour is dry before trying to add another colour next to it or they will leak into each other. Sometimes you want this, as I did for the waves, but sometimes you don’t. Problem with me is I get so excited playing with a new stamp that I forget this little fact until the damage is done. It looks like my mermaid is dying her hair blond and all the dye is running down her face and arms. Well, maybe she is!). Cut out mermaid and bath together. Sponge around lightly with sepia ink. Apply Crystal & Diamond Stickles to tail. Set aside to dry.
  3. Stamp duck on white card with black ink and colour with Mustard Seed re-inker. Add shading with orange texter. Cut out and put square of Magic Mount behind.
  4. Stamp frame onto white card with clear pigment pad and pour over gold embossing powder. Heat set. Stamp little fish inside frame in black and colour in both. Sponge with sepia ink. Cut out frame and adhere to slightly larger piece of gold foilboard. Attach short strip of green ribbon behind and secure with Magic Mount. Pour Glossy Accents over fish and set aside to dry.
  5. Assemble card layers, placing embossed card towards left side of blue one. Position mermaid with two-sided tape over 2/3 of embossed card with part of her tail and bath hanging over onto blue card beneath. Place duck and fish frame where desired. Using an awl, pierce small hole at top of card to secure middle of ribbon with olive brad.
  6. Cut out various sized circles in clear film with punches. These are for the bubbles. Position where desired with Glossy Accents (or some other glue that dries clear). Squirt a little Stardust Stickles over them. Set card aside to dry.

 

 

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Believe in Yourself

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July 9, 2016

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I believe in mermaids, don’t you?mermaid belief 021

This background was created by spritzing white card with water, then Lemon Zest, Cut Grass and London Blue Dylusion Sprays. I started to stencil a pattern onto it too, but then changed my mind.

The mermaid is an old favourite of mine by Visual Image Printery. I stamped her onto a scrap of white card in black Archival ink, coloured her in with watercolours, then cut her out and glued her in position on card front. I smeared Star Dust Stickles over her fins with a paintbrush to make them shimmer.mermaid belief 018

I stamped the wording in black next to her and the little school of fish in shades of green underneath using mermaid belief 017mermaid belief 022a Kaleidocolor pad. Glossy Accents were added to the fish bubbles and continued up the mermaid belief 025card.

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Mermaid in Sea Garden

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April 16, 2016

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mixed images 046I am always drawn to things which belong to the sea – seashells, fish, boats and mermaids.

I started playing with this mermaid stamp from Judikins #28141, on a piece of white card which I had spritzed with Dylusion inks (Turquiose, Teal and London Blue) then added some fish from Poppy die (Aquarium Fish #1132), saw my Stamp-It “Poppy Patch” stamp (4944E) still sitting on the table from my last set of cards, and decided to add that to the mix – and here we have it. The “Dream” wording is a rub-on from Scrap-ease. Gold BeaDazzles, Chalks, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls, Perfect Pearl Mists and Stickles were used for colour and highlights.mixed images 042

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Mermaid Tag

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April 12, 2016

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mermaid tag 009   mermaid tag 007So I drew this little mermaid onto a tag with the intention of making it into a card, but now that I’ve added extra bits, it’s really too large. May put it into my journal instead or if I can find a frame the right size, might give it away.

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Mermaid school

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October 13, 2015

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Shaving cream backgrounds have been around for a long time now, but I always found it a very messy technique and to be honest – it didn’t really inspire me. Then when I was playing with some ideas for watery background effects for my seahorse cards, I thought I’d give shaving cream another go, but do things a little differently. I had a fabulous time playing and am ecstatic with the results!! And hardly any mess. I’m sure you’ll love it too. I can hear you scrambling for the bathroom cupboard to steal away hubby’s shaving cream as we speak.

mermaid school

Material List: Stamp-It 2286F Mystical Mermaid; Jet Black Archival Pad; Fresh Lime, London Blue, Calypso Teal & Vibrant Turquoise Dylusion Sprays, Evergreen Bough & Peacock feathers Distress Sprays; Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Stains, various Alcohol Inks; white Matt & Kromekote Cards, Marigold & Great Lakes Bazzill Cards, Orange Magenta Mesh; Shaving Cream, Liquid Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Black Zig Pen, Waterbrush, Seahorse Punch

 

 

Note: the steps shown below were photographed after completion of the above card, so the finished result will look slightly different.
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1.  Squirt some shaving cream onto matt white cardstock. You don’t need too much. Spread with palette knife to nearly cover card, then place another piece of  white card over it. Squish slightly together, twist a little, then slowly peel apart. This will create mountains and valleys in your cream that would be hard to do with just the palette knife.

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2.  Spray your creamed card with inks. I have used Dylusions sprays Vibrant Turquoise, Calypso Teal, Fresh Lime, London Blue and After Midnight.

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3.  Now for the fun part – heat using a heat gun! This evaporates the shaving cream, leaving behind air bubbles and ridges of white. Very organic looking. I love it!! (Note: that’s why you don’t want too thick a layer of shaving cream on your card to start with as it will take too long to dry and may start to smoke.)

4.  Layer your finished card onto desired backing. I used some orange and blue Bazzill cardstock with some Magenta mesh placed diagonally across it.

5.  The mermaid stamp you will notice is actually only the top half, which is good because that’s the hard part done for you. Now all you need to do is extend the line of her body downwards to include her hips. Do this with a pencil first until you’re happy with how it looks (don’t forget to give her a belly button), then go over in permanent black felt tip pen. Colour her and her fish in. I used a combination of Distress Stains, Distress markers and Liquid Pearls. Cut her out, tearing across bottom below hips. Mount her onto shaving cream background card.

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6.  I punched out the little seahorses on white kromekote gloss card, then coloured them with alcohol inks. I positioned them randomly in front of the mermaid, then added a little Stardust Stickles to make them shimmer. See below for some more samples I did with this shaving cream technique.

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