Monday, February 25, 2013

Swimming Along

I have to tell you a secret. 

I play favorites.  

I have a few cards that I've made that I like SO MUCH - that I won't send them out.

I keep them for myself....


I think this is destined to be one of those cards that I keep.  And I really wasn't sure about it when I started coloring the stamp...I mean, c'mon...GREEN "skin"?  But when it was finished it worked so well!

I tried a technique that Alyce over at Kit and Clowder has been doing lately.  I sprinkled both white and clear embossing powder on the panel randomly, and heated it from underneath.  I liked the effect it gave, particularly for a "watery" background.

The shell is from a pack I got at the dollar store.  I want to say that it is some kind of acrylic resin, but it's pretty lightweight.  I contemplated several ways to make some seagrass, but I'm really happy with what I finally chose - floral tape!  I trimmed it to shape and twisted it and it looks great there!  The seahorse charm is tied on, but not directly adhered in any way, so (if I ever give this card away) it can be reused.  The "bubbles" were created with a pearl pen and Glossy Accents.

I kept the inside pretty simple, considering there was so much happening on the outside.   The duplicate image was flat colored with colored pencils.

For now this card is hidden away - and I'm not telling where!

Materials Used:
  • White, sky blue, bright pink Card stock
  • Picadilly paper pack by Basic Grey
  • Seafoam the Mermaid by MayzyArt
  • Distress Ink: Weathered Wood
  • Recollections clear embossing powder
  • Zing white embossing powder
  • Seahorse charm from Charm Me
  • details sheer ribbon
  • floral tape
  • Gem shells
  • The Paper Studio flower punch (to create coral)
  • Studio g glitter glue: turquoise, green
  • Viva pearl pen: cream
  • Glossy Accents
  • Random Adhesives


  1. This is awesome! What a lovely mermaid! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Make it Monday this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck and I hope to see you back soon!
    Rene :D

  2. This is fabulous Sara, wonderful colouring and details..I keep lots of my favourites too..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. This is Fabulous and your coloring is Fantastic Sara..Loz
    Visiting from MIM..

  4. I understand very well how you would hate to depart with this card. It's so lovely! The attention to details really paid off! So glad you chose to share it with us here at 613 Avenue Create.

  5. This is a super card and the colouring is fantastic. Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley challenge. Marlene DT

  6. Great card!Love it! Saw you on MIM

  7. Gorgeous card... love that fabulous mermaid and your colouring is perfect!

    Thanks for sharing at Totally Gorjuss this time..
    Christine x
    PS.. I do the same with my favourite cards... I feel like I've given birth to them and there's no way I can part!! LOL

  8. Love the cheese cloth and the technique you used is fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

  9. How fun and brilliant is this?!? I LOVE all of the details on this and the cheesecloth is perfect! Great take on my Photo Inspiration, thanks for playing along with Just Us Girls!

  10. Sara~Thanks for sharing your techniques for making this card. I love the cheesecloth on it. I know I have some favorite cards that could only be given to someone I knew wouldn't throw them away. ;) Thanks for playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Hugs ~

  11. Love all the elements you included in this card plus your coloring is so beautiful. Thanks for playing along with us at our Neighborhood---613 Avenue Create! God bless, always!

    JO ANN

  12. So gorgeous card. I love papers and embelishments. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley challenge.


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