Hello friends! Happy Memorial Day and I hope you’ve been having a great weekend! I would like to take a moment on this day to stop and give thank you and remembrance to all of the U.S. service men and women who’ve served our country. Your service will never be forgotten.
I am very excited to share a card I made wtih an image that the sweet lady, Christine, sent me to play with from the Paper Nest Dolls! (CLICK HERE for Digital.) I’m sharing my card as a Guest Designer for her and I’m thrilled to be apart of it with her adorable images! Be sure to follow along and check out their blog for lots of inspiration too!
I am using this CUTE image called Mermaid Ellie with Seahorse for my card. (CLICK HERE for digital format.) Isn’t that little seahorse she has her arm around adorable?! She was so much fun to color too!
There is just so much shimmer/shine and sparkle on this…so I hope I can capture it all for you! For the card, I’ve used the Tonic Basic Oval dies to cut her out with, but I’ve used the “Out of the Box” technique and cut out her tail before cutting the rest of the oval. You can see in the photo below how I’ve slightly curled her tail upwards.
The background of the card was done with a stencil and ink blending. I thought it was so fun as it reminded me of the scales! I cut this piece out with a square stitched rectangle die and then layered a piece of aqua colored mirrored cardstock that I’ve also used as an oval layer behind the mermaid image as well as a strip at the bottom.
For the strip at the bottom, I’ve wrapped around some linen thread and tied a bow with it. I’ve also wrapped around some ribbon to the layered stencil and mirror cardstock panels and then attached them to a 5″ square top folding card base.
I’ve taken a sentiment and heat embossed it with some “Mermaid Tail” EP and cut it out with a word banner die and sponged around the edges of it which I slipped under the first layer of the oval cut mermaid. I’ve added some burlap and a few of the sea shell sequins behind the oval image panel and popped her up along with the sentiment banner with some foam tape. Lastly, I added some half-back pearls randomly over the design.
Here’s a closer view of the image and all of the shimmer and sparkle details. I’ve colored her up in the following Copic markers:
- hair – 100, W9, W7, W5, W3, W1
- Mermaid shells – BG13, BG10 (covered with glitter brush pen)
- Mermaid Tail – YG25, YG13, YG11, BG000 (pointillism with darkest and blender 0 and also green and white gel pens. The fin at the end was also covered with a glitter brush pen.)
- Mermaid Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
- Seahorse – V17, V15, V12, R11, R00, R000 (pointillism with V colors and blender 0)
- Shading – BG000
It’s hard to see it from the other angles of the card, but it looks like the sentiment heat embossed with “Mermaid Tail” shows more of the shimmer in it as well as the ribbon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Paper Nest Dolls website and check out these adorable images! Please let Christine know that I sent you over there!