Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Mermaid Living Her Dream

Hi Fans!
Today I am sharing a tutorial on a "Beachy" themed tag using one of the fab mermaid stamps by Rick St Dennis available in store!
Hope you are enjoying the summery theme for this month - it's nice for me to be creating something with a "warm" feel as here in Australia it's Winter and a bit coolish!!
Blank Page Muse Stamps: "Misty"Mermaid, Anchor, Cone Shaped Sea Shell, Coral Reef Sponge, "Texture Strip" from Background Grunge Set
Manilla tag (size for this project is 12cm x 6cm)
Black Archival Ink
Distress Inks: Wilted Violet, Lucky Clover, Tea Dye, Old Paper
Coloured Pencils
Sticky Note Pad (to make the mermaid "mask")
Embellishments: coloured fibres, muslin cloth scrap, round silver charm
Tools: scissors, glue, sponge for inks, small paintbrush
To start the tag stamp "Misty" onto your tag using the Black Archival ink - position her so she is "off" the tag at the bottom and one side as shown below.

Using coloured pencils colour the stamped image. I used very basic colours and simple technique for this.

Using a small paintbrush and Gesso paint the tag background and around the image as closely as you can. (I painted 2 coats). Allow to dry.

Using the Wilted Violet and Lucky Clover Distress Inks and a sponge add ink to the gessoed background of the tag. As you can see below the violet was added directly around the stamped image and then the clover was added around that to finish covering the tag with ink. Edge the tag with the Wilted Violet ink pad.

Using a piece of sticky notepad stamp the mermaid stamp with ink and fussy cut to make a "mask" to protect the image for the next step.

Using the Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress ink pads stamp the grunge strip stamp and the shells and sea sponge stamps randomly over the background. The Distress Inks are light enough to leave just a subtle image on the background. Use the Lucky Clover Distress ink to stamp the "Anchor" in the top corner as shown below.

Your tag is now ready to add a few embellishments. Fibre to the top, muslin cloth in the bottom corner and then adhere the charm.

Hope you have enjoyed this process - really it's fairly quick and easy! It would also work with lots of the Blank Page Muse Stamps - so why not give it a go!
And remember our "Beach" themed challenge happening at The Blog - still time to enter - we would love to see what you can create!
Plus make sure you are a member of our Facebook Group for all the latest news, new releases and lots of inspiration!

Happy Stamping!!!


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