Welcome, Merbaby – IWD Phone Case Inspiration

Our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs starts today. This time around we have an inspiration image, based on an interesting phone case. I picked up on the ombre colours for my design. We have two sponsors this time around. Little Blue Button Stamps are offering a $10 voucher, and A Day For Daisies are offering a $12 voucher, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

I started by printing the Water Baby Play Digi stamp from A Day For Daisies onto some alcohol marker friendly paper. I sized the image so that it would nicely fill a card front. I then started colouring using my  Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers.

Taking the phone case as inspiration I started by colouring the mother mermaid’s tail. I went with a gradient from pink to purple to blue. I then moved on to the baby mermaid and coloured her red-orange-yellow with the same orange gradient in mind.

Next I worked on the skin and hair I went with a fairly light skin tone for both mermaids. I then used some darker browns for the hair, though I kept the baby’s hair slightly lighter than the mother’s.

Rather than bringing in too much extra colour I decided to use some teal colours for the starfish and other accessories. I then used a very light blue-green to completely fill out the background of the panel to give the look of water.

Finally I added a sentiment using MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink and a couple of stamps from Technique Tuesday’s Bundle of Joy stamp set.

I’m happy with how this card came together. I think it is a sweet new baby card, and I do really like the illustrative style of the images. I struggled with the background a bit as the colour I used seems as though it may be drying out, so it’s a bit patchier than I’d prefer. Overall though I am pleased with the result.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

Allsorts Challenge Blog – Baby

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Incy Wincy Designs – Phone Case Inspiration

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Little Miss Muffett Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes


Check out what the rest of the DT made:


Charlotte (that’s me!)






Maria Giselle




12 thoughts on “Welcome, Merbaby – IWD Phone Case Inspiration

  1. A very different image for a Baby card and a lovely one too.
    Thank you for joining our ‘Baby’ challenge this week at Allsorts.

    Kath x

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  2. Such a beautiful card, love your colouring on this.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Have a great day 🙂

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  3. What a gorgeous image and you have colored it so beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Allsorts challenge!

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  4. Beautiful coloring of this unique image! I really like it! Thanks for joining the challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!

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