We're Mermaid for Each Other // Card Creations - Valentine's Day 1

January 16, 2018

Hi friends and welcome back! Today is the start of my Valentine's Day card series! It is a great day to spread love and send some happy mail! I like to create non-traditional Valentine's Day cards to cater to that person's interests. I have a lot of aquatic lovers out there which makes the MFT Mermazing stamp set perfect for this!

I started by stamping and coloring my images. I stamped the mermaid, turtle, and rock on Canson watercolor paper using my stamping tool and Verasfine Onyx Black ink. I used various colors of my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens for coloring in these images. For the mermaid, I used #63 Ochre on her hair, #71 Flesh Color for her face and body, and lastly #31 Cobalt Blue and #82 Purple for her tail and top. My little turtle friend uses #44 Deep Green and #47 May Green. Then the little rock uses #92 blue gray. I trimmed these out once they were fully dried. There's a video tutorial coming soon showing how I like to color these images using my water brush pen.

Next, I created a sea backdrop for my characters. I used more Canson watercolor paper and my Distress Inks from Tim Holtz.  I started with Peacock Feathers at the top and blended it downward. Then, I began to mix in Wilted Violet. I kept blending using my ink blending tool until I was satisfied with the color gradient. I wanted to add more detail to the background and decided to do more stamping! I used the same Distress Ink colors and my Versafine. The school of fish are great to build a scene and I used the coral and kelp to add dimension behind my rock. I also decided to add a little more detail by cutting out the back panel using a stitched rectangle die. 

I attached my characters and elements using fine line adhesive and some foam dots. I wanted to add more texture to this project and found some old tulle in my stash. I attempted to cut a nice rectangular piece and that did not end well, but I like the jagged edges peeking out from behind the main piece.

To complete the front of the card, I stamped the sentiment "we're mermaid for each other" again using Versafine black ink. For a little extra sparkle and shine, I used various sequins to compliment the front colors. The purple and star sequins are from Spiegel Mom Scraps. For a tiny bit of glitter, I spread some Wink of Stella clear glitter on my mermaid's tail.

To make this even more Valentine's Day themed, I decorated the inside with a lovely phrase. I used a blending technique using my distress inks to get this fun look. I hope you enjoyed this super fun Valentine's Day card! I can't wait to send this out next month! Thanks for stopping by!

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Canson XL WATERCOLOR PAPER 9x12 140lb Pad 726259
from: Simon Says Stamp

Canson XL Watercolor Pad - 9" x 12"
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My Favorite Things MERMAZING Clear Stamps BB45
from: Simon Says Stamp

BB Mermazing Stamp Set MFT

Zig CLEAN COLOR 48 SET Real Brush RB6000AT48V
from: Simon Says Stamp

Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens (Set Of 48 Colours)

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Ranger TDP47360 Distress Mini Ink Pad, Wilted Violet

Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad LUCKY CLOVER Ranger TDP47384
from: Simon Says Stamp

Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad - Lucky Clover
from: Blitsy

Ranger TIM43249 Distress Ink Pad, Lucky Clover

Distress Mini Ink Pad-Peacock Feathers

Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger TDP40064
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320
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Zig Wink of Stella Brush with Individual Paper Box, Glitter Clear

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