Saturday, 25 February 2012

Magnolia's Little Mermaid Card

Morning, Well its sunny outside think springs on its way, Little lambs are in the fields, and the birds are tweeting and the temperature's  making its way up the thermometer.
This month I have made a card to share with you and give you some inspiration and to get  you crafting your own creative delights.
So today's card features magnolia's little mermaid stamp.
Cute little stamp isn't she, I used copic markers to colour her, I used a range of blues, greens and blue/greens all the lightest shades of the colour groups with a touch of cool grey here and there, for here fishy scales and shading, you should know  me by now we have to have glitter  so just picked out a few scales and her tail to add glitter. Used 2 colours of glitter one is silver and the other white iridescent with blues and greens tones in it, which compliments the colours used to colour her.
The skin tones were coloured with the usual combination of copic markers  E000, E00, E02.
hair was coloured with E31, E35, E50. The background shading / shadows and tinge of shading on her face was achieved with polychrome pencils.

This picture just shows the stitching on the background layer. It all adds to the embellishment of the card. I only have a vintage sewing machine you know the type you crank the handle round. It was only cheap think it was £25 at a junk shop, But its been worth its money I've used it and better used it, for cards and cushions and the odd horse rug repairs.
On this card i used Kaiser craft  peachy keen papers. The blues and browns and pattern on the papers, when so well with the colours I had used with the stamped image. So how do you start your cards? Do you choose the papers ? and then colour your image to compliment the papers? Or do you colour image first then hunt through your papers to see what works?
I do both, sometimes I have a paper I just have to use because I love it and, I have an idea of what I want to do with it. Other times its the stamped image that comes first with the colouring and how I want it to look. Then have to work round it with papers and embellishments to compliment and match. To embellish this card added seam binding, lots of pearls, pearl sprays, lace, 
also used the Tim holtz alterations scroll work die, and the Mather Stewart branch punch.
The scroll work die looked like waves from the sea and the branch added a look of coral or seaweed. to carry on the nautical theme to the card.
So that's it your finished card.
I hope I have inspired you to create your own cards and projects.
The paperlane craft shop has many of the items used for this card in store. Some of what I have used is my own stash like the lace.

Thank you visiting this blog. Please feel free to leave comment or ask questions about the cards I make. All comments are truly appreciated.
please feel free to visit my blog to see more of the cards and other stuff I have made
Elegantly crafted
bYe ByE
for now

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