Monday, 14 May 2012

The Little Mermaid

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everything in your world is going well. It's a bit chilly here at present so the winter gear is out of the closet!
I was Blog hopping between some of my favourite Design Team bloggers and came across "La La Land" stamps, and more particularly I was introduced to the Marci and Luka characters. Then I also discovered that you could download Digi images from their site. Well! Decision made I had to have a closer look. I chose a couple of images to start with as I also was honing my colouring skills. I had recently purchased some Prisma Color Pencils as well as a couple of Copic Sketch markers.
My card today is one of my first attempts using these digi stamps with Mermaid Marci, my pencils and my Copics. Of course it goes without saying that I have also used lots of Spellbinders dies.
I hope you like it.

This is an easel card.
 (Please forgive my Mug of Tea also shown at the edge of my photo - it is another picture taken on our dining table -  I will get better at taking these pictures!!!)

Lets Break the construction down a bit.

I regularly use the DCWV matchmakers Cardstock stacks which are a textured card stock and heavy enough to use for card bases.
Firstly I cut the card base (on two layers of card) and also one other piece on a single layer using Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles (LF - 124) using a dark green card stock 12" x 12" sheet. (Making sure the die didn't cut one of the edges so I kept a hinge at the edge of the card.)
I then cut two circles using the Spellbinders Grand Circles (LF - 114) from a dark cream card stock and embossed them using both sides of the Spellbinders Sea Beauty M-Bossibilities (ES - 007) folder.
Using Spellbinders Parisian Motifs (S5 - 035) I cut a piece from the same dark green card as my card base as a mat layer behind my image of Marci.
The "stopper" on the flat base of the card was cut from the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three (S5 - 031) dies and embellished using Want2scrap nestabling pearls that fit this particular dies shape.

Colouring Marci was a real experiment.
I played around with Blue, Green, Purple and Lilac colours for her tail, top and starfish  hair decoration.
FOR MARCI'S HAIR: I used my Copics and Pencils, I will remember the numbers of the Copics next time I use them so I can repeat the process!
FOR HER SKIN: I used my Prisma pencils - cream, beige, ivory and blush pink. I blended the colours using the Gamsol technique - here is a great Tutorial from Inky Antics showing how this works.
I typed and printed out the "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment on my computer and cut it our using .... yes you've guessed it another Spellbinders die - the smallest of the scalloped ovals LG (S4 - 111).

Here is a closer view of the "Stopper" I created. Again I typed and printed the sentiment which is a quote I found on one of these quote websites that are now available (I searched on "Mother" and Google found it for me!!) Then used the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three (S5 - 031) dies to cut it out, I used foam pads to raise it from the card base to act as the "stopper" for the card front.
I think he pearls were a nice "under the sea" touch for this card.

Cardstock: Dark Green and Cream 12' x 12" sheets from DCWV matchmakers Cardstock stacks
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Scalloped CirclesSpellbinders Grand CirclesSpellbinders Sea Beauty M-BossibilitiesSpellbinders Parisian MotifsSpellbinders Fancy Tags Threescalloped ovals LG
Stamps:  "La La Land" Marci Digital stamps,
Accessories: Prisma Color Pencils, Gamsol and stumps, Copic Sketch Markers, Want2scrap nestabling pearls, Foam Pads.

Ingredients that I used in picture format:

                                         I really appreciate you looking at my blog today. Thanks.


  1. This is just lovely. Hugs Sheila x.

  2. Sheila - you are so kind to make the time to leave a comment - Thank you so very much. Sx.


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