Friday, 22 May 2015

Mermaids And The Sea

I have a sea themed card for you today. A bright and fun version, perfect for a little girls birthday. I tried to pick hot, tropical colours and used lots of layers for texture and depth. This one is definitely a card for hand delivery! lol

The Stampendous Mermaid image was coloured with copics and has some Wink of Stella added to the scales, sea shells on her clothing and on her crown. I fussy cut and placed her on a vivid blue Spellbinders scalloped mat. I wanted that burst of colour to help her show up on my busy card.

I kept the background DP bright and fun as well. The dotty snippet is AC Hip Hip Hooray, but the orange piece is an unknown snippet from my bits box.


I tucked some cheesecloth behind the matted image and layered some fussy cut Studio G shells, I stamped them with Memento Rich Cocoa. Everytime I use cheesecloth, I am amazed at how easily it is to snag. Just the weight of your fingers can sort of tangle it all back up. I unfurled this piece I don't know how many times! If anyone has any better ideas, please share them with me! My hands are a bit rough from gardening...perhaps I need to wear rubber gloves with the cheesecloth! lol

The shells were given a light touch of colour with pencil crayons and then blended with gamsol. I went over some of the shell detail lines with a Jellyroll pen. Perhaps you can see it a little clearer here... It is much more sparkly IRL but very hard to capture in a photo today...


The sandcastle was fussy cut as well and has a bit of Wink of Stella added at random.

The final burst of glitzy colour comes from the  swirly blue adhesived border strip which I hope looks like waves. I set that on top of a piece of fibre netting ribbon, to help hide the glue tape strip under it. That fibre netting ribbon is hard to stick onto a card!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippet
2. Penny Black and More - Dies and or punches

24 comments:

Carol said...

This is a gorgeous colourful card Maureen, so sweet. Carol x

Jean said...

I am sure any little girl would love this card with its' cute mermaid and lovely bright colours. The blue die cut mat was a brilliant idea, it certainly enhances the mermaid image.
Jean x

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
oh this is a delightful creation.
Wonderful and bright, and beautifully crafted.
Such a cutie image, and coloured so well.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cotnob said...

A fabulous card, such a pretty image and lots of lovely details.
Pauline
x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Oh, this is so pretty, Mo. Beautiful detailing and the cutest mermaid in midst of it.

Love and hugs
Maarit

Kathleen said...

Brilliant card, love all the added bits and bobs and a great image, super card for a little girl.

Kath x

McCrafty's Cards said...

beautiful card Mo, I like the image and the embellishments
Kevin xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is such a fun and happy little girl card, Maureen! What a great way to use those snippets!! Enjoy the long weekend! Hugs, Darnell

linda said...

this is so sweet and colourful mo! you must have a lot of patience to do all that fussy cutting; it's worth it for the layers and dimension and she really pops against the blue sea. thank you so much for playing along with us at penny black and more.
linda

Brenda said...

Oh my, what a cute card Mo! I love all the attention to detail you have done with this card! I bet any little girl would love getting this card. Hugs, Brenda

Carol L said...

This is beautifully and masterfully colored and created, and the cheesecloth takes this card to a whole new level! Love it!

Greta said...

Just darling! So many great elements!

Di said...

What a super-cute card Mo, with so much detail. It must have taken you ages to make - a perfect result! And the cheesecloth is a perfect addition - worth battling with for sure :)

Hugs

Di xx

Sue - said...

What a lovely ,bright,fun card!

jimlynn said...

WOW! This is SO pretty! I love that you added the cheesecloth and that mermaid is colored beautifully. Gorgeous card - and makes me want to head out to the beach!
Lynn

cuilliesocks said...

Gorgeous card Maureen, such a sweet image and love your embellishments too, hugs Kate x

Pia S said...

A well put together design with carefully placed embellies and details. It looks really sweet and I imagine any little girl would be delighted to receive this card. And the border does look like waves btw:)

Sue said...

This is so gorgeous Mo! so much to look at really lovely huggles Sue xxx

MaryH said...

This is just so fun. Love this delightful little sea girl, and brilliant idea to put the vivid blue S/B behind her. It certainly draws the eye right in. Loved all the little details you've added, with the gauzey cheesecloth, the pretty shells and the sandcastle. The dot paper & the orange on the bottom worked so nicely with your other elements to make such a bright cheery card too. Some little girl is going to be so thrilled that you made this just especially for her. Very well done, Miss M. TFS & Happy Sunday.

brenda said...

Loving your fantasy underwater scene Mo and all the attention to detail with the shells.

Many thanks for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Erika said...

Hi Mo, love your mermaid and all your layering of seashells and the added cloth to create texture.

Lovely to hear from you, happy crafting.

Hugs Erika.

Sassy Raggedy said...

This is lovely Mo. You can tell you really took time to create the layers and colors of your card. The cheesecloth gives it such wonderful texture. I love it all and your coloring is fantastic. Love the bright colors....Hugs, joann

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

A wonderful card Mo. Love all the elements especially the shells and cheesecloth. Susan x

Lynn B said...

wow! a lot of work has gone into this card - so bright and cheerful.
Lovely to see you at Penny Black & More this month.
Lynn x
DT