Good morning! I hope you’re having a wonderful week, and TGIF, amirite?! My 3.5 year old daughter is absolutely obsessed with the mermaid stamps from this latest release. She keeps asking me to stamp them for her so she can color them. I love it. Keeps her occupied for a few minutes, and the sweet sense of accomplishment that she feels when she’s finished her imperfect coloring makes me so happy. Full disclosure: this first card was created a few weeks ago. I intended to write the blog post for it last week, but came down with a migraine and could only find the energy to write about last week’s card. I completely spaced that the greeting on these two cards is almost identical, but I hope you’ll forgive me since the cards themselves are so different!
This first project uses a couple of different coloring techniques. I started by heat embossing the mermaid from Swimming By onto some watercolor paper using rose gold embossing powder, as well as her little message in a bottle and turtle friend. I watercolored them with my Daniel Smith watercolors, then die cut them using the coordinating dies.
For the background, I heat embossed the pretty wave border stamp from Ocean Borders onto some heavyweight vellum using the same rose gold embossing powder. I then flipped it over and colored the back of the waves with my Copic markers. The effect is almost like stained glass. I also added the adorable greeting from Swimming By in the same embossing powder.
To create my shaker, I added sequins from the Coral Shell Mix and the Abalone Shell mix, sprinkling in a few of the Diamonds to complete the range of different sizes and textures. I added a layer of foam tape around the edge of the A2 vellum panel and sealed it up. On the top, I adhered the mermaid and her accessories, then added a rose gold glitter frame cut from the A2 Double Stitched Rectangle dies. Love the effect that the vellum has with the shaker… the sequins and shell bits behind remind me of bokeh lights or bubbles or something. What do you think?
For this second project, I started with the fabulously detailed circle image from the new Zen Ocean. I heat embossed it in silver onto some white card stock, then used my foam blenders and Distress Oxide inks in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Wilted Violet to blend across the panel. I then spritzed the panel with some Shimmer spritz to bring out that lovely velvety effect that can be achieved with the Oxide inks.
Next, I heat embossed the serene mermaid from Under the Sea, as well as a few seashells and some fish. I die cut them with their coordinating dies, then colored them with…. wait for it… Spectrum Noir Shimmer pens! Who would have thought that they could be used for coloring?? I didn’t want to potentially mar my Copic nibs by coloring over heat embossing, and I had embossed on regular card stock, not watercolor paper, so I had to improvise haha. I’m really pleased with the results! I used the clear Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen as a sort of blending tool, adding in color where I wanted it to be deepest, then pulling the color out with the tip of my Clear pen.
I die cut a frame using the Double Stitched A2 dies from some fuchsia glitter paper (matches the Wilted Violet Oxide ink nicely), then popped it up with dimensional adhesive and added the mermaid and her little friends. I heat embossed the sentiment from Swimming By and die cut the “swimming by” using the coordinating dies. I die cut the “hi” from the Hello Gorgeous word dies four times, smooshing my Versmark pad onto one of the layers, then embossing it with the same silver embossing powder. The final step was to add some little “bubbles” using the Bokeh Lights Confetti Mix.
Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects. So many wonderful products in this release to work with. Have a marvelous weekend!!