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Hi everyone, Jenn Shurkus here! I am wicked excited to be one of Honey Bee’s 12 Designers of Christmas! I live on Cape Cod, and am a mermaid at heart so I couldn’t wait to play with the Mermaid Song set.

December 1 – 11 we will give away a $25 Gift Certificate to one person who comments on that dayโ€™s blog post
December 12th we will give away a $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave comments daily!

Using Distress Inks, I watercolored her with the no-line color method. Stamping in a lighter ink color, in this case Antique Linen, and then watercoloring the image.

For the background I stamped the Ocean Borders Stamp in Peacock Distress ink and immediately went over areas with a wet paint brush. Picking up the color from the stamped image, and filling in some of waves. Using a quickly glue pen and prisma ultrafine glitter, any of the waves that weren’t colored in I filled them in with sparkle!

I stamped the sentiment “Seas the day” with Versafine Onyx Black ink to get a really nice solid, bold sentiment.

I hope this card has inspired you, or at least has you ocean dreamin’ !

Thank you so much Lisa and Melissa for inviting me to be part of this fun blog series!

Jenn Shurkus

Blog:ย http://shurkus.com/blog


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113 responses to “Twelve Designers of Christmas: Day 7 Jenn Shurkus”

  1. Love the texture and coloring! TFS

  2. corinne h says:

    lovely background will have get that ocean stamp thanks for inspiration

  3. Carla vdM says:

    Wauw what a wonderfull coloured card with thatlovely Mermaid.
    Like the whole look of your card.

  4. Jan Elmore says:

    Thank you for such a fun card! The sentiment cracks me up!

  5. Susan Vitti says:

    She is so lovely – the background really makes the mermaid shine!!!

  6. Melissa Minelli says:

    Fun card! I like the techniques you used on this card. Iโ€™d like to try them!

  7. Linda Carson says:

    Beautifully done! Love your no line coloring and the waves look awesome!!

  8. Charlotte Niemann says:

    I love the glitter ๐Ÿ˜

  9. Becca Yahrling says:

    I love all the pretty sparkle and also the ocean waves
    background is spectacular!

  10. Kelle L says:

    Love the look of the water!

  11. Sue LD says:

    Cute. I like the coloring and all of the sparkle.

  12. This is so lovely, I love all the texture, and the fab colouring! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  13. preeti d. says:

    Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Melissa B. says:

    So cute! Love that sentiment!

  15. Christy Q says:

    As soon as the page loaded and the card for today showed up, I knew it had to be Jenn so I was delighted to see that I was right. The card is so Jenn and I love the multi-colored waves, especially with the sparkle! Thank you for the detailed steps, Jenn!

  16. Debbie Rumpza says:

    Lovely card! The sparkle on the waves is just perfect!

  17. Linda Mc says:

    So cute and who better to make a mermaid card than Jenn of the Cape!

  18. Denise Bryant says:

    What a pretty card! Love the waves and the coloring! Beautiful mermaid!

  19. Lucy E. says:

    Your mermaid card is so lively
    and pretty! The ocean wave background
    is so cool! I love the softness of the
    mermaid with the no line coloring.

  20. Ann says:

    Beautiful card. I ordered the ocean background last week and can’t wait to get it ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Kati Caprara says:

    I have all these stamps and dies and just LOVE them!!! I love the water coloring of the waves and the soft colors you used. I will have to try water coloring! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  22. Sally Keagle says:

    What a beautiful card. Wonderful color and technique. It makes me happy!

  23. Cynthia Cole says:

    This is a wonderful watercolor card!

  24. D.Ann C says:

    I’m loving the no-line coloring on this beauty and the shimmering waves are fabulous!!

  25. Mary Holshouser says:

    Fantastic play on words.
    Beautiful card. Love all of
    the glitter.
    thanks for sharing.

  26. FD91354 says:

    how interesting.. I dont think I’ve tried no line water coloring. I’ll have to add this to try.. Thank you.. your card is so vibrant.. love it.. Great coloring

  27. MichelineBorgia says:

    SO Cute!
    Beautiful Colors!

  28. renee milner says:

    Lovely coloring! I especially like that wave background–that stamp set is on my wishlist ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Linda says:

    My daughter has been wanting a mermaid stamp. How cute is this!

  30. Inky says:

    You say youโ€™re wicked excited…well thatโ€™s a wicked cool cardโฃ๏ธSuch a beautiful nonlinr water color cardโฃ๏ธDefinitely inspirational ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

  31. Leanna says:

    I really like the colors in this one. Can’t get enough of that teal color.

  32. Susan Pezza says:

    I love everything mermaid and this set from Honey Bee is one of my favorites and I bought it shortly after it came out and have already made several cards. I love the watercolors you used, so appropriate for stamping mermaids! Thanks for sharing

  33. SentSue says:

    Ahhh…reminds me of a beach vacation!

  34. Anna says:

    Love the back ground. So beautifully sparkly

  35. Carol H. says:

    Beautiful card!! Your watercoloring is great–love how you did it with Distress Inks! Yes–I so want to go to the ocean now!

  36. Such a sweet mermaid scene, Jenn … the colour detailing is just fantastic … and I love all that shimmer on the background ocean waves! Anita ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Kara says:

    Love the mermaid!! She is beautiful!

  38. MelissaF says:

    Beautiful watercoloring, love the ocean waves stamp and super cute mermaid!

  39. Jennifer Forster says:

    Super cute! Love the how the paper texture adds so much to the design!

  40. Jennifer Olson says:

    Love the background! Beautiful card

  41. F. Andre says:

    Such a fun and cheerful card with beautiful images and colouring. Thanks for the inspiration.

  42. Beautiful work…I am in awe of your mermaid card! I may have to have this set as I think I am a mermaid too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember in 2nd grade drawing them in our little art classes! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing during this busy season AND happy holidays!

  43. lee says:

    Everything about this card is beautiful!

  44. Janet Ingraham says:

    So beautifully colored. Love your scene

  45. Dana W says:

    Fabulous coloring with distress markers! Love the sparkle in the background!!

  46. Oh I love the background and beautiful no line coloring!

  47. Amanda says:

    I love the movement of the card with the waves but also the texture of the watercolor paper adds it it even more! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  48. Stacy V says:

    I love those HB mermaids. What a great project ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Roberta S. says:

    Jenn, Love this card. Reminds me of the tropical island Christmases I had in the Marshall Islands as a kid. We had to get creative with our “Christmas decorations” being out in the middle of the ocean being that stuff to decorate with came by ship. Thank you for sharing.

  50. Marsha Loyer says:

    Interesting use of glitter!

  51. Yvonne Y says:

    Too cute…love your card! Thanks for the inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  52. Iris Soscia says:

    Such a pretty card – love the sparkle.

  53. Cornelia Fulmore says:

    Love the background swirls and the texture.

  54. Helen LeBrett says:

    such a pretty and fun card!! I love the way you did the background!!

  55. Kinjal says:

    Hey jenn! Such a beautiful background and pretty mermaid! Your eye for details is immaculate! Cheers

  56. Haejin says:

    Beautiful card!

  57. BarbaraF says:

    Great card…..love the coloring.

  58. Heather DePasquale says:

    Beautiful background! Must try the glitter. Thanks for sharing such an awesome card.

  59. Karen B. says:

    The touch of glitter is so perfect! I love the coloring here too.

  60. SabineVDK says:

    This card is so very pretty!!!

  61. Carla Hundley says:

    This mermaid card
    is charming and love
    the glitter.
    Carla from Utah

  62. Debbie A Smith says:

    So 8 yr old would love this since she loves mermaids too

  63. Kari VanNoy says:

    Oh my heavens…I love the glittery background!! That mermaid is so cute. I’ve never tried the no line coloring technique, I think I’d better give it a try! Beautiful work!

  64. Peggy Allen says:

    Great background and coloring.
    God bless,

  65. Mary-Anne V says:

    What a fun card…love the wonderful waves.

  66. Trina P. says:

    Sweet card. Had that background in my cart and at the last minute took it out. ๐Ÿ˜•

  67. Amy Cooley says:

    Beautiful glittery waves and the sentiment is fun!

  68. Laura Zepeda says:

    Love this card great colors!

  69. Kelly says:

    I bet his card is stunning in real life. LOVE that photo showing the glittery goodness. How pretty!

  70. pai says:

    i love those waves!

  71. Taasha Blevins says:

    I love the colors and the water coloring is spectacular. Great card and design.

  72. Lagene says:

    AWESOME! I love how you filled in parts of the waves with sparkle!

  73. irene Grau says:

    Nice job. Love that background!

  74. Bunny Dobbie says:

    Well I did not expect to see mermaids ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ in this Blog Hop and what a great surprise! Love the way you painted her. Iโ€™ll have to look for that background stamp now! Thanks for the idea!

  75. Dee Earnshaw says:

    sweet non traditional glittery card – thank for the ideas:)

  76. So sweet. A lovely design. Happy Holidays!

  77. Becky Green says:

    I would THINK, right now the waters around Cape Cod would be A BIT CHILLY for mermaids!!! LOL
    BUT, aren’t mermaids a BIT “magical???” So, I’m SURE you are COZY!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is BEAUTIFUL Jenn! LOVE the swirls & the glitter!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ SUPER JOB for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  78. Marjorie Dumontier says:

    Thatโ€™s such a lovely mermaid ! margessw@icloud.com

  79. Angie Linton says:

    Love that background and your coloring!

  80. Kimberly Kendle says:

    So pretty! Love the mermaid and the background!

  81. Carolyn S says:

    What a lovely card and that background is amazing. This card could be used for most any occasion!

  82. Margery C says:

    Wonderful water coloring of the mermaid. Such a beautiful card!

  83. Jennifer says:

    Love the watercoloring on this card, thanks for sharing!

  84. Like the effects on this card, the swirling seas, the beautiful gentle mermaid, the shiny shell, the colours you’ve used are so stunning, excellent for the pieces they have been used on & how, sorry I am late commenting but I came across Nichol’s card on the wrong day & this had lead me to search for others x

  85. Cute card! I would have to say that since I live in an island, I’m also a mermaid at heart.

  86. Jackie Parkins says:

    Beautiful! I love the swirly background and the little mermaid is so pretty.

  87. Anila says:

    Such a lovely background… Card looks great

  88. Jeanne Beam says:

    What a fun card. I love the mermaid. Thanks for sharing..

  89. Isabelle says:

    Awesome card !

  90. Great card. Love the colors and the background. The golden crown is the perfect touch. Great job!

  91. Lindarub says:

    Cute card for someone that lives by the shore.

  92. Sara says:

    What a lovely design!

  93. Pooja says:

    Beautiful no line colouring and card too ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. Deborah LeMarbre says:

    Very pretty, my daughter loves mermaids. She will love this

  95. Breina Burgin says:

    Love it… really love the background

  96. Jane says:

    Love your beautiful card!

  97. Oliev says:

    Lovely card:-)

  98. Such a beautiful card! Love the textures! ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Denise Kasbohm says:

    Pretty card. I love that sentiment.

  100. Isabel Z says:

    I love your creations–little works of art!

  101. Elizabeth Pollock says:

    OMGosh!!! Too cute and there is that background stamp I have been drooling over…I guess perhaps this is kismet… I just must add that stamp to my collection. At this rate I won’t have any money left for Christmas presents… what’s a girl to do? (giggle)
    Thank you for the continuing inspiration…oh and for a chance at the giveaway!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  102. Julie Booker says:

    Wow! I love the texture and the background. Your card is amazing. This stamp set has been on my wishlist since it came out.

  103. Bethany Gates says:

    Love that background!

  104. Nan says:

    Love a pretty mermaid! I think this is such a cool card and the background is gorgeous!

  105. Kristine Johnson Gifford says:

    What beautiful water coloring! I might be able to replicate this, so thanks for the ideas and inspiration! That little mermaid is so cute and I love the way you colored everything in this card!

  106. kathy dumpert says:

    I love the sentiment choice, thanks for sharing your creation!

  107. Donna says:

    Your talent is inspiring! Thank you for making me want to step up my card game!

  108. Michele W says:

    Love your watercoloring and the way you used glitter on this card. Thanks for the inspiration!

  109. Christine says:

    Great card. I’m in love with that awesome ocean stamp. Lovely coloring and sparkle.

  110. Arianna Barbara says:

    Wow!!! Love the colouring!!!