Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Water you up to...


I'm up on the TGF blog today with one more mermaid card to share before MerMay comes to an end. This time around I printed out the super adorable Leela MerBean because it's hard to beat the cuteness of a Bean. I surrounded Leela with a bunch of accessory images from the Little Mermaids and Minkie Mermaids clear sets to help create a scene for her to live in. I especially wanted to get the castle off in the distance, since she must be royalty with that coral crown on her head. Even though Leela is a digital stamp I could still make a quick mask for her by simply printing her on regular thin computer paper at the same time I printed her on the Copic X-Press It coloring card stock. I knew I would need a mask since my plan was to surround her with seaweed and fish and once the paper mask is fussy cut, it is easy enough to hold in place with a bit of washi tape while I stamp around her. Once Leela was finally posed prettily amongst the seaweed I could start coloring the scene. To help create a sense of distance between Leela and the castle I extended the sandy sea floor more than half way up the card. I also flanked the scene on either side with walls of rock that look like a sea trench receding into the distance.  The way they angle down towards her head is also a design trick that helps pull the viewers eye right to the most important part of the scene... our adorable little MerBean. For Leela herself, I thought it would be cool if her ombre hair matched her ombre tail and I'm quite pleased with the results. Of course I had to finish her off with the usual sparkly tail and Nuvo pearl drops to complete her magical look.  :)

Stay crafty my friends! 

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It

digital stamps- The Greeting Farm (Leela MerBean)

stamps- The Greeting Farm (Cheeky Mermaids, Minkie Mermaids and Little Mermaids)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and london fog, Catherine Pooler all that jazz

My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1

Nuvo dream drops pearl

Wink of Stella clear glitter pen

Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- E55, E57, E44, E47, E49, BG11, BG32, BG34, B06, B39
tail/crown- YG01, YG93, YG95, YG97, BG11, BG32, BG34, B06, B39/Y11, Y21, Y26, Y28, BV34
top/seaweed- G16, BG09, B39
starfish- YR21, YR04, YR18, E39
sand- E30, E31, E33, E34, E43, E44

water/rock- BG000, BG10, BG11, BG53/BG75, BG78, BG99

castle- BV00, BV34, BV23, BV25, BV29, C1, C5

oyster/fish- BV00, BV23, R21/Y02, RV66/V15, V17, B14/C1, C3, 100