After four months my new Magical Mermaid Stamp Set is finally out of my stamp storage cupboard and on the drawing board.
My daughter, who moved to Idaho (from California) in June, is in need of hand stamped cards and (1) doesn’t have Mom nearby to play with and make some and (2) is working full time and at this point doesn’t have time to make any even if I was nearby! She knows I have an overflowing stash of sample cards or class or buffet cards and that I will share a few (like 15 or so) of them with her.
So I have packaged up her cards but h-a-d to make a card just for her to enclose in the re-purposed Paper Pumpkin box. (Have you tried turning a bright orange Paper Pumpkin box ‘inside out’ and using it as a kraft colored mailing box? It’s just about exactly the size of a Priority Mailing Box from the USPS.) Back to today’s post……. The mermaid has been her talisman since she was in high school and it’s hard not to indulge her fantasy when possible. Of course when I saw the Magical Mermaid stamp set in the Annual Catalog it was on my first order. But it remained unused until today!
To make the background I covered my Clear Block E with ink from the Pear Pizzazz stamp pad; then I added bits of the Bermuda Bay and Tempting Turquoise stamp pads. I wanted a bit more color so I added a drop of Ink Refill of each of those colors. Then I spritzed the block with plain water and let the colors run together. Finally I laid a 4-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Watercolor Paper onto the block, left it there for 10-15 seconds and then removed it and set it aside to dry for about 5 minutes.
Can you tell I use my Grid Paper until it becomes unusable??? The grid paper I’m using was from OnStage November 2015 that I’d been saving for ????? So now it’s being well used!
While waiting for my Watercolor Paper to dry, using a Basic Gray stamp pad I stamped the mermaid on a large enough scrap of Shimmery White card stock. Then, using all the the previous colors and an Aqua Painter, I colored her in. I colored the hair using Crushed Curry all over and then added streaks of Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Tempting Turquoise. Finally I cut her out with Paper Snips, added a bunch of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back side and added her to the card front.
For the greeting I first rubbed the area with my Embossing Buddy to remove any static, stamped the greeting using Versamark Ink, sprinkled it with (retired) Black Embossing Powder, and finally heat set it with my Heat Tool.
I used Crumb Cake classic ink to scatter some shells and sand at the bottom of the images.
My next goal is to make some more mermaid cards using the other greetings. You can get your own Magical Mermaid stamp set by clicking on the product image below. It’ll take you right to my Stampin’ Up! online store.
Items used in my Magical Mermaid card:
When you make a Magical Mermaid card, share it with me so I can post it here on our blog–with your permission of course. I’m sure others would really enjoy seeing how many ways one can color a mermaid or use the images in the stamp set.