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Ok. I have a small confession. Today was the first day I spent in my craft room in over a month. Seriously. And maybe you aren’t surprised. August is just a busy month with back to school time and re-establishing the every day routine.
But August was a tough month for Texas! Our family experienced our first hurricane when Harvey hit the Eastern coast of Texas late last month. We were fortunate to have no damage to our home in the storm but I watched many of my Houston friends lose everything.
So before I get into this month’s project, I want to tell you about the Hurricane Relief efforts being coordinated by Stampin’ Up. From now until the end of October, Stampin’ Up will match donations made to the American Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000.
Additionally, I will be donating 5% of my September earnings to the American Red Cross where it will be matched by Stampin’ Up. Please be sure to use this months host code if your order is less than $150. You’ll get a free pack of Black Rhinestones for your effort and 5% of my earnings on your order will be donated to the American Red Cross at the end of the month.
Not purchasing this month but still want to help? Click here to donate directly to the American Red Cross and have your donation matched by Stampin’ Up.
I really love this stamp set. When I was a little girl, I dreamt of being a mermaid. Naturally, this was my #1 must have from the new 2017 Annual Catalog!
The mermaid is stamped onto watercolor card stock using Staz-On ink. You might have to stamp the image 2-3 times before you get a nice crisp impression.
Seriously. Where would I be without my MISTI tool?
Once she’s stamped, wet the tail part of the image with an aqua painter.
Paint her tail with some Lemon Lime Twist (my new favorite color)! When you touch the loaded aqua pen to the mermaids tail, the color should freely flow off the tip of the aqua painter and directly onto the fins.
Add some Emerald Envy ink
Clean your brush and use some peekaboo peach for the skin tone. You can also add crumb cake to the peekaboo peach to achieve a darker skin tone. Warning though! Peekaboo Peach is a very strong yellow orange color. You only need a teeny tiny bit. Best to test on some scratch paper before coloring your mermaid!
Color her hair. I chose Berry Burst because it’s a compliment to Emerald Envy. Want to know more about color compliments and color theory? Check out this site.
Time to stamp the sea weed. Five times across the bottom of the card front.
I added some frill with the new Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. I didn’t like this punch when I first saw it.
But then I saw it used and needed it. Because how stinkin’ cute is this?!
The sentiment was stamped onto some watercolor paper as well. I used Staz-On ink. It’s my favorite black ink and, like the name suggests, stays on the paper! Other black inks I’ve used have a tendency to smear and that’s just frustrating.
The mermaid silhouette was stamped using Pool Party ink. Layer it over the sentiment. Or layer the sentiment over the stamped image. Either way.
Punch the sentiment with the Best Badge punch. Punch another badge from Pool Party cardstock and cut it in half.
Adhere the halves under the greeting, slightly offset like so:
Assembly is easy. Slap the mermaid over the card base, sort of to the left a bit. it’s about 1/2″ away from the fold.
Add the sentiment.
Add some pearls for the water bubbles. Embellishments always look best in 3’s for some reason.
Feeling squirrelly? Decorate the inside! Here’s how I decorated mine:
Want the measurements for this card?