Mermaid Craze + VIDEO

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Hey there! Today I’ve got a score of mermaid cards for you, using some fun coloring techniques.

I know it’s really not the season for mermaids (at least, it’s cold and snowy here in Utah!), but I found this draft from last summer gathering dust and figured I’d dust it off.

CARD DEETS – Colored Pencils on Kraft

For my first card, I was playing around with the (then new) Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole stamp set.  I wanted to do some coloring on kraft, and I found some rich Polychromos colors that would look fantastic with it. Using my Mini MISTI, I stamped the tail in Butter Bar on kraft and then colored in with the pencils. Then I put some anti-static powder on the cardstock, and then stamped again in Versamark. I heat embossed with white powder and then die-cut the tail.

Using the Mini MISTII enabled me to easily color the tail without having to worry about my coloring pencils knocking into and wearing down the white embossing.

I created the top background by playing around with some Tim Holtz Distress inks. After heat setting, I placed the Mermaid Sea Waves stencil on top and added Versamark, then heat embossed in clear sparkle powder – a subtle detail, but that’s what I love doing!

I created a little wave border by using my favorite (and only) punch, the one inch circle squeeze punch by Fiskars. After punching out the panel, I adhered it to the card base along with the background. Then I stamped the sentiment in Ocean and adhered the mermaid tail. I finally topped it off with some stickles.

I made a video recording the creation of most of these cards, but unfortunately most of the files got corrupted, aside from the last few about making this border…so here that is, at least! 😉

VIDEO

Watch the video below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARD DEETS – Colored Pencils Selective Ombre

For this card, I created the same kind of background, just larger. I also blended some deeper colors and then heat embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. I die-cut this deeper blended background using the pretty Coral Fancy Dies, and then arranged them on top of the background.

For this mermaid tail, I used the same technique as the first tail, except on white cardstock. I first colored in the few teal scales I wanted, and then rather lazily ombre colored the rest of the tail. Embossing after colored helps hide the lazy blending, and a little bit of glitter on the scales and tail helps.

I adhered it to the card base, along with some more punched out panels.

Next, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on vellum, and then die-cut it. I adhered it to the card base with some sequins.

That finished up this card!

CARD DEETS – ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens Ombre

Third card, same as the first. 😉 This card uses the same techniques, except for a couple different variations. I have a hard time making decisions about colors, particular layouts, sentiments, so sometimes I’ll do a couple different variations of a card just so I can play with more possibilities.

For this card, I colored in the Gold Glitter embossed tail with ZIG Clean Color Real Brushes, adding more color at the “base” of the tail and spreading it out from there. I also used a Gold Glitter heat embossed sentiment, and trimmed it out, ribbon style.

I wanted to add more gold to the card, so I sprayed some cheap vellum with retired gold spray, heat set it, and then die-cut it.

That finishes up this number!

This last card is the same as the one above, just a different orientation and different colors for the tail.

I also added a bit of stickles to random scales for more glitter, because more glitter is always good. 😉

Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!

SUPPLIES

Colored Pencils on Kraft

Cardstock: Strathmore Bristol
Stamps: Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole
Ink: Hero Arts Butter Bar and Ocean; VersaMark ; Tim Holtz Cracked PistachioMermaid LagoonTumbled GlassSalty OceanPeacock Feathers and Broken China
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder; Polychromos Colored Pencils; sequins; Star Dust Stickles

Tools: heat gun; water; Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole dies; Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil; Fiskars 1″ Circle Punch

Colored Pencils Selective Ombre

Cardstock: Strathmore BristolCanson Watercolor
Stamps: Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole
Ink: VersaMark ; Tim Holtz Cracked PistachioMermaid LagoonTumbled GlassSalty OceanPeacock Feathers and Broken China
Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder and Sparkle embossing powder; Polychromos Colored Pencils; sequins; Star Dust Stickles

Tools: heat gun; water; Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole dies; Hero Arts Circles Infinity and Coral Fancy Dies; Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil; Fiskars 1″ Circle Punch

ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens Ombre

Cardstock: Strathmore BristolCanson Watercolor
Stamps: Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole
Ink: VersaMark ; Tim Holtz Cracked PistachioMermaid LagoonTumbled GlassSalty OceanPeacock Feathers and Broken China
Other: Hero Arts Gold Glitter and Sparkle embossing powder; ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens; sequins; Star Dust Stickles

Tools: heat gun; water; Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole dies; Hero Arts Coral Fancy Dies; Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil; Fiskars 1″ Circle Punch

ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens Ombre – Pink

Cardstock: Strathmore BristolCanson Watercolor
Stamps: Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole
Ink: VersaMark ; Tim Holtz Cracked PistachioMermaid LagoonTumbled GlassSalty OceanPeacock Feathers and Broken China
Other: Hero Arts Gold and Sparkle embossing powder; ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens; sequins; Star Dust Stickles

Tools: heat gun; water; Ellen Hutson Inner Mermaid By Julie Ebersole dies; Hero Arts Circles Infinity and Coral Fancy Dies; Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil; Fiskars 1″ Circle Punch

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