For those that do not really know me, I love fantasy and sci-fi in my normal real life. Since I was a child, I spent Saturday mornings watching HR Puffinstuff, Doctor Who and other shows that dipped their toes into the fantastical. When I started doing stamping and crafts over 30 years ago, the first rubber stamps I bought were fantasy themed ones. So, when I saw this Mermaid set from Blank Page Muse, I was super excited since this mermaid had curves and so unique! This whole set is completely adorable!
Distressed Oxides – Antique Linen, Tatter Rose, Pickled Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet & Spiced Marmalade
Alcohol Ink in Blue and Green
Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Black Pigment Ink
White Pigment Ink
Pink, Yellow, Green, Black, White and Purple Stickles/Liquid Pearl glue
Black Permanent Ink
Iridescent Embossing Powder
Water color paper
Matt White Cardstock
1. Taking out your watercolor paper (cut that down to standard A4 size), alcohol inks and blender solution, mix blue and green inks together in layers. Put down a small amount of blending solution, drip in one color, swirl around the page and dry that layer, before doing the same thing again only use green ink. Keep drying between applying the ink until you come up with a background you like.
2. Once the background is all dry, take out the seaweed stamp from the set and stamp with the white pigment ink several times across the bottom of the card. Emboss with your powder and melt powder completely. Once that is covered, use your black pigment ink and stamp across the bottom of the card between the white previously embossed seaweed. Use the same embossing powder to emboss these stamped sea weeds.
3. Taking your regular white stamping paper and the permanent black ink, stamp out the mermaid, jelly fish and stamp out two starfishes.
4. Bust out whatever blending tool you have as well as those distress oxides (if you do not have them, you can use whatever supplies that would add color to your project), and start coloring them in.
5. Fussy cut out the colored stamped images.
6. Using the liquid pearls, I used them to accent the stamped images and created a border. Really added some dimension and pops of color.
7. Once everything was dried, I mounted the colored, stamped images to the background using foam tape.