I’m sharing another mermaid card over on my YouTube channel today. (Did you see yesterday’s? You can find it here if you missed it.) My previous one was a detailed scene card, whilst I decided to keep this one a bit cleaner and simpler in scope. This card and video were made as part of a collaboration with Maaike of Cards By Maaike, so be sure to check out what she made too.
I started by coating the back of the large Mermaid Scales stencil from Skull and Cross Buns with Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue, then set it aside to dry. The Tombow glue dries tacky and repositionable, so is perfect for holding my stencil in place whilst blending.
Whilst the stencil was drying I found a prestamped and coloured Lawn Fawn mermaid (from the Mermaid For You set) and fussy cut it out.
I then placed the stencil onto my card base and ink blended over it. I started with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide in the lower right hand corner, keeping the colour darkest in that corner. I then transitioned into Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide and faded out to white.
I wanted to add some water splatters to my ink blending, and to make it more mermaid-y I mixed some Perfect Pearls in Pearl into my spray bottle to create a shimmer spray. I spritzed it onto the card base with the stencil still in place, let it sit for a moment, then used a paper towel to lift the water. I then removed the stencil.
I knew I wanted to include the Anchor Jumbo Embellish that I had from Skull and Cross Buns (I had one in purple pastel) so I played around working out how I wanted that and the mermaid positioned on my card. I then used that as a guideline for adding my sentiment. I used a stamp from Skull and Cross Buns Quirky Sentiments stamp set and stamped it with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink.
I used some liquid glue to attach my anchor to the card base, and some more to attach the mermaid to the anchor. Finally I added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen to the mermaid, giving some more sparkle and shine to the card.
I really like this card. The background turned out really pretty and I love the subtle shimmer from the spray. It was nice to have the opportunity to use up something from my stash of coloured inages. I also like the embellishment – this is the first time I’ve used an acrylic embellishment on a project and I really like how it looks.
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