Sunday 22 May 2011

Song of the Sea

This mermaid silhouette makes a striking image against a moonlit background.
To create,  I cut out the mermaid on my Cricut using our exclusive Mermaid svg file.
Using the Hydrangea Big’n’Juicy ink pad, I brayered over glossy card using a moon shaped mask. As I had used A5 sized glossy card which is wider than the brayer, I did one side first, then turned the card around and brayered the other end, making sure the pink part of the ink pad met in the middle.
The impression of rocks from roughly torn black card ‘grounds’ her.
Thistle Stickles give her tail an amazing  effect  - make sure you leave it to dry for a couple of hours before you touch her again.
Once I had decided on the layout of the scene, I stamped the greeting (using Treasures of the Ocean stamp set from Creative Expressions).
The coloured strip at the bottom was made by scrunching up a piece of copier paper and rolling over it with an inked up brayer. As the brayer is soft, it picks up the texture of the paper. I then brayered over a strip of glossy paper, giving it the texture of water. I overstamped with small seashells (using Mermaid and Friends Stamp set from Creative Expressions).
Using the Hydrangea ink pad again, I painted the shells to make them pop out and bring all of the colours of the card together.
Once my mermaid tail was dry, I secured her torso firmly to the card and allowed her tail more freedom to give a 3D effect then layered in coordinating colours.
Hope this gives you some inspiration! x
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