Mermaid Affairs

Susan Robinson
June 7, 2021

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It’s good to have friends you can ride with through the turbulent seas of life.

I love the colour combinations in both these cards. To create the background for the first card, I inked up an acrylic block with 3 different green Distress inks, before spritzing it with water and then stamping onto white card. The block gives you that straight edge, but I like the effect created when it leaks out the sides, especially when it’s for a watery themed card. The mermaid & seahorse are both dies, which I cut out in white card then sponged with Distress inks.

The mermaid & the seahorse in the 2nd card are both stamps, which provides you with more detailed images. The large seaweed is a die. To create the background in the 2nd card, squish Distress Oxide ink pads (I used Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers & Squeezed Lemonade) onto a Teflon mat. Spritz lightly with water, then lay your white card over to colour. Dry with a heat gun and add more colour if desired.

Stamp out mermaid and seahorse, colouring in and fussy cutting out. I detached the seahorses’s head in order to change his swimming direction. Cut out the seaweed die and sponge Distress inks over to colour.

Glue individual pieces onto card in desired positions, then assemble card layers.

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Seagulls

Susan Robinson
March 12, 2021

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Do you have a stamp that you really like, but it has some small design fault that really irks you every time you stamp it out? That is the case with this ‘Seagulls’ stamp by Katzelkraft – the horizon does not line up on either side of the wooden post (there being a cloud on the right which is lower than the horizon line on the left). So I had to thicken the horizon to try and meet the lines up on either side of the post.

Even if things look a little gloomy, don’t lose faith, as you never know what the next tide could bring in.

I was intending to just leave this card with the birds and the wording, so it was similar to the first sample. But then I added the little mermaid, then put in footprints, THEN I found a wording I wished I’d used instead, so added that too. The card just kept getting bigger.

stamps: Seagulls by Katzelkraft; Daydreaming Mermaid small 2953 by 100 Proof Press; wordings by Hampton Art Stamps, Penny Black, and TH/Stampers Anonymous

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Mermaid Bath

Susan Robinson
June 11, 2020

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Managed to squeeze out one more card this week with a water theme, before I change direction. Might save this one for my granddaughters next birthday. The grandkids do love a good bubble bath!

stamp: ‘Mermaid Bath’ 40-457 by Penny Black

Below is a card I made previously with this stamp. I was sure I had already posted it, but can’t see it anywhere, so will show it again.

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Sea Nymph

Susan Robinson
June 5, 2020

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As we head into winter here, I have been missing that warm from the sunshine, and especially missing my swims in the sea!! So my thoughts are turning to mermaids, that I may live vicariously through them for the next few months…

stamps: ‘Sea Nymph’ PI026 by Pink Ink Designs; wordings by Stampin’ Up (Mermaid set). I do love Pink Ink’s nautical series, but find their stamps quite large for card making, which is why I cut her wings short in the green one so it could fit into a square envelope. The purple one below needs an C5 envelope (which is an A4 folded in half).

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Mermaid On the Rocks

Susan Robinson
April 12, 2020

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My 2nd card created using the technique explained in previous post ‘Blue Boat’. This time using ‘Creole Spice’ Kaleidacolor pad and ‘Copper’ Perfect Pearl Mist.

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Mere Fish

Susan Robinson
June 20, 2019

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“Nerissa” by Pink Ink Designs

We are all a little different, embrace what makes you an individual and don’t be afraid to let your sparkle show!

I sprayed paper with Distress Stains before stamping mermaid image in black.
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Salty Greetings

Susan Robinson
February 3, 2019

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Hello from the depths of the salty sea.

Another mermaid card, with a salted watercolour background.

  • You can use any white card for this technique, but the results will differ each time depending on the thickness of the card, the amount of liquid added (water & ink), and the size of the salt particles.
  • Shown below are 2 examples of how to create salted watercolour backgrounds similar to the one used in this card. I used watercolour card for all, but a thicker gsm for the mermaid one.
  • Stamp, cut out and colour in mermaid with watercolour paints. When dry, I added Buttercup Liquid Pearls to highlight hair, Waterfall Stickles to tail and Glossy Accents to fin.
  • Stamp seahorse medley into corner of salted watercolour paper. Stamp seahorse only a 2nd time onto scrap of white card, colour in and cut out, Magic Mounting it over original. Paint with Glossy Accents and leave to dry.
  • Assemble card layers. Glue mermaid onto card front.
  • Cut out “hello” die in gold foilboard and glue to top of card.
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Diving Mermaids

Susan Robinson
January 26, 2019

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One of my favourite techniques for underwater backgrounds is done using shaving cream and dye ink sprays. Unfortunately my blog is not enabling me to load videos but if you go to https://www.facebook.com/artatticstudio/, you can see a quick video version. Otherwise if you look to the right hand side of my site under “Catagories” scroll down to ‘techniques‘ and under that ‘shaving cream‘. Click on that and it will take you to my “Mermaid School” post and you will see step by step instructions with photos. Below are some more examples of backgrounds made using this technique which I will save for another day.

I love the way little bubbles form in the shaving cream as the liquid component starts to dissolve with the heat. It can leave behind quite an organic, cellular result. Of course it all depends on the way you squish!

As with my 3 surfer dudes from previous post, I decided to frame these little mermaid cards, just so I can look at them a while longer.

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Mermaid Matters

Susan Robinson
June 10, 2018

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Sometimes I like colourful chaos and other times I need empty spaces, softness and calm.

stamp: Mermaid CRP151 by Stampendous; wording (custom)

inks: Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Stain Sprays for background.

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The Siren

Susan Robinson
June 6, 2018

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Still thinking of ideas for teenage girl cards but have deviated towards Mermaids, which I feel are perfectly suitable as long as they’re not too cutsey looking.

I picked up this little mermaid stamp in Hawaii last year from the Rubber Stamp Plantation. The shells are from Inkadinkado’s ‘Down by the Seaside’ set 60-30059; Fish from Heidi Grace’s “Beyond the Sea’ set and Numbers from Kaiser Craft CS838.

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