This watercolored mermaid card is as lovely as it is easy to make. The watercolors were painted in pastels and dried to an attractive chalky finish. Fussy cut waves flow around this water beauty and fade away into the background. The quote reminds us to
~ Always Be A Mermaid ~
The first step in making this card was stamping and embossing the mermaid. I chose watercolor paper and clear embossing powder. The heat embossing defines borders that hold the watercolors in.
Water pens are a most universal tool and provide the just-right amount of water color for the pan of color. When painting the tail I went over all of it in the light blue. When that had dried I went back over it and added bright colors to a few scales. The hair was done very carefully, with drying time between each additional color.
I stamped the center of the card base with waves in a light grey ink. I dotted the mermaid with Best Glue Ever and placed her at the center. I left the tip of her tail free to curl over the wave.
The waves are stamped and then heat embossed with white embossing powder on grey cardstock.
I fussy cut the waves and added a stripe of Best Glue Ever to adhere craft foam.
Quick drying time and then a layer of Best Glue Ever on the craft foam prepared the waves for placement on the card.
The sentiment is stamped in purple ink and heat embossed with clear powder.
"Always Be Yourself,
Unless you can be a mermaid, them
Always be a Mermaid"
One final layer of Best Glue Ever adheres the base to the 4x6" card blank.
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The intricate details on the towers and walls are made with Calambour: Touch 3D Glossy Effect. This water based gel can be applied with a paint brush or through a stencil with a palette knife. Several hours are needed for drying time, but the results are stunning.
Here Ducat Gold is applied through a Pebbles stencil.
Light blue was added to the castle walls through another Pebbles stencil.
The upper level of the castle is decorated with Rich Gold through fine, brass stencils.
Calambour 3D Gel and Tattered Angels High Impact Paint are the perfect pairing for this fairy palace!
The background for this epic layout is made with a stencil and layers of Glimmer Glam. Shiny foiled paper makes the photo mat pop and multiple die-cuts add to the layers. The boy wears his mask like he is proud to be a
~ Fossil Face ~
The base of the layout is covered with a small print of circles, cubes, and stars. The central 8 inches of the paper is enhanced with sheer, sparkle paint, dabbed thru a stencil. To keep the colors clear I had to apply each color then wash and dry the stencil.
The photo mat is a rectangle of patterned paper topped with a rectangle of foiled paper. Best Glue Ever holds the foiled paper without leaving wet marks or wrinkles.
The die-cut arrows and gears are applied with thin strips or dots of Best Glue Ever.
An thin outline of Best Glue Ever holds the foil lined mandala strips to the layout.
Another layer of die-cuts, these with minuscule gluing surfaces, are added to the layout. The No-Clog Writing Cap places the glue exactly where it is needed.
A thin strip of Best Glue Ever attaches a strip of craft foam to the border stickers.
White, fabric thickers are painted with the same blue, glitter paint used with the stencil.
Each alpha is dotted with Best Glue Ever then placed on the layout.
From this angle you can see the dimension the craft foam gives the embellishments.
Although the finished product covers nearly half of the stenciled background, the colored circles still enhance the layout and give the page depth.
Supplies: Patterned Paper, Stickers:Photoplay Foiled Paper:Rinea
Cutting Dies:Echo Park, Avery Elle Stencil:Memory Box Alpha:American Crafts Glitter Paint:Tattered Angels