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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I recently bought three mermaid theme stamp sets from Chocolate Baroque - I don't know why, as I don't really 'do' mermaids lol, but there was something about these and I had to have them.   I've always enjoyed masking too and  these stamps work so well together that they seemed perfect for it, so I've been playing.  This isn't a card...it's currently standing on the shelf in my craftroom.  I doubt I'll part with it, lol.

This is one of the large easels from Pinflair, but instead of using the 'canvas' that comes with them, I cut my own sized backing from mountboard and then my fave card that I use when I colour with Promarkers.
I started by stamping and masking my design (obviously, lol).  The group of images on the left is a combination of 3 images from each of the stamp sets.

Cutting the masks was a bit of a nightmare as there's some really fiddly bits, but once I'd finished checking my stamping, I reapplied the masks and started to colour my background using distress ink pads.  The sand is Wild Honey and I used Peacock Blue and Shabby Shutters for the sea.

When the background was finished I set to with my Promarkers to colour the rest in.  I really enjoyed colouring these images, they have such clean lines and stamp beautifully.  When I'd finished my colouring, I added a bit of texture.  To the two pots I applied a one step crackle and some red liquid pearls on the sea urchin.  I added a pile of glossy accents along the base then applied clear micro beads and I have to say, I love how it turned out.

The treasure didn't quite look 'rich' enough, so a bit of glitter was added to the gold coins.

Something else was needed, although I wasn't sure what but then I got out my Twinkling H2O's.  I haven't used these for a couple of years and it was nice to play again.  On some of the plants, I painted over with a green H20, but the main thing was the mermaids tail.  I used ummmm, wonderful white is it? something like that, lol.  This gives her tail a lovely sheen and a different look depending on what angle you're looking at it from.

I added some more micro beads to the tops of her rocks and used opal liquid pearls for the bubbles.  The sentiment is from Sheena Douglass'  stamp set 'A Little Bit Sketchy'. Finally, the whole lot was brushed over with Liquitex Gloss Medium/Varnish which really lifted the colours.

The last step was to colour the easel, apply crackle finish to it and stamp, colour and cut a couple of elements to stick on it.
I totally loved creating this and I will definitely be using these stamps a lot more.

Entering into:
INKY CHICKS #8 - Masking.
SPARKLE & SPRINKLE July - Anything but a card.
WORD ART WEDNESDAY #88 - Anything goes with a sentiment.
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Old, new, borrowed or blue. (new stamps).
HOUSE OF GILLI #53 - Bright colours and anything goes.
LEXI'S CREATIONS #94 - For a friend.
LOVE TO SCRAP #9 - Anything goes.
MY CRAFT CREATIONS 8/7 - Anything goes.
CRAFTS AND ME #138 - Anything goes.


Eileen said...

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW What a piece of art Lorraine. Totally fabulous scene and love all the textures you have added to the fabulous colours. A STUNNING WORK !!!
Eileen x

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a gorgeous scene you have created here Lorraine. Love all the detail and all that masking, must have taken hours! Thanks for joining the Creative Challenge over at Sparkle N Sprinkle.

Sarah said...

Need I say more?!
Sarah xx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Absolutely stunning fabulous underwater scene Ginny x

Basslady said...

a fantastic card! what an eye-candy!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi (GD this week on lexi's creations challenge)

coops said...

wow this is amazing Lorraine.fantastic underwater theme and your texture and colours are stunning :D

xx coops xx

Michaela said...

WOW, what a stunning card,Lorraine! Love the stamp and your colouring is amazing. Love that you made the easel stand the part of your design too.
Michaela xx

Saints Rule! said...

Beautifully done! Thanks for joining us at Word Art Wednesday!

Jackie W said...

Oh, wow! This is stunning! Thanks for the tutorial! Love watching it all come together! Your coloring is fabulous! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Word Art Wednesday!
Jackie GDT

Carole Robb Bisson said...

I have to say, this little project really took talent, and you have it. Fussy cut, I just can't imagine. The card is stunning, colorful, interesting and there is some je sais quoi.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful artwork with us at WAW. We appreciate your participation and love seeing the diverse gifts and talents.
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday

Sheila said...

gorgeous card, thank you for joining the my craft creations challenge. Good luck x

Karen Letchworth said...

Greetings in the UK, Lorraine, from all the way North in Minnesota USA. I actually live in Las Vegas, NV, but I'm at my parents' house on vacation right now. SO glad you've stopped by to share your wonderful art in our challenge this week. What a blessing to have you share this beautiful work with us. I just LOVE all the great textures and colors you've used to create your work of art. I hope you will continue to play along with us. I look forward to seeing more from you. Have a blessed week and thanks again for stopping by.
Karen, Blog Administrator
Word Art Wednesday

www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com - my personal blog

FeistyCrafter said...

WOW!! This card is a work of art!! I know a lot of time and effort went into it. Simply gorgeous and amazing! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow this looks amazing and I can totally see why you wold not want to part with it! It looks fantastic and such great colours!!

Dora said...

Wow this is absolutely stunning Lorraine, fabulous coloring and detail.. I wouldn't part with it too :P xxx

Lady Anne said...

What a fabulous piece of artwork you have created with this image, your colouring is superb making a wonderful card. Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
Love ~ Lady Anne xx

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