Making Mermaids <3

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I may have mentioned I recently joined a Facebook group called Creative Crafty Friends. They do a lot of crafting and swapping. Many times it is something I don’t have the time to figure out but a couple days ago they posted a mermaid swap. Yep! I can do that one! And I did!

We were to make three different projects incorporating a mermaid to send to one person. I have bunch of mermaid stamps so I knew that was where I wanted to start. And I would color them with my Copic alcohol markers. I have had a problem in the past with ink smearing and I didn’t want that to happen so I thought I’d do a little ink test before I started. Home school to the rescue √ hahahaha! I found four different ink pads with colors that could work and I set up a cheat sheet with the brand names.

And I stamped an image just above each brand name and heat set each one to prevent smearing. I apologize for the mess here. I didn’t realize at the time this might make a good addition to this post. I used one Copic marker and colored a little on each design with some appalling results.

First up – ColorBox. Of which I have a ton. And the black ink – which I had heat set first – smeared as soon as I touched the pen to it. No bueno. Moving on.

I thought Memento was a brand that worked with Copics. Apparently not. Can you just see my frustration scribbled all over that little girl. Throw that one in the trash, too!

I had another Memento pad I wanted to try even though the one before had smeared. This one did a little better but I started having an issue in the hair along the right hand side and stopped. Next up.

I had one black ink pad left. Ranger’s Archival Ink pad. And it worked like a champ. Thankfully cause I was running out of options. Hahaha! No smearing. Yayayayay!!!!

I brought out some mermaids stamps and underwater stamps and started sorting this from that and making decisions. I had in mind I wanted to make an ATC, a small tag and a large tag. And that will be the only time you see ‘ATC’ referred to. Hahahaha! I stamped a bunch of images and got to work coloring all of them.

I had a beautiful mermaid I wanted to include on a large tag and I needed a special background for that mermaid. I used a roughly 4″ x 8″ mixed media tag from Dylusions and three colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays. Cause they are my mojo getting ready to make some cool art inks! Yep!

I sprayed the whole tag with water then spritzed on the three colors. And just watched. They immediately started blending and merging.

Lovely. I see a cat hair. Boooo! Anyway. I used my heat tool to manipulate the colors a bit and then to dry the tag. Because I am impatient.

And here is my tag dried and ready to mermaid away! Bigger than what I am used to working with. Actually tags are not my normal thing. But these inks are.

The mermaid I chose for this tag is in a sitting position. I figured I needed something to ground her with so it wouldn’t look like she might just float away. I recalled some ocean scrapbook paper I have and found a piece of beach sand that blurs away into the water. That should be perfect so I hand tore the top and adhered it to the tag with some scor tape.

I didn’t try the Dyestress ink pads in my science experiment. Mainly because I don’t have a black one. Maybe I should take care of that? I used the moss to ink the edges all the way around and to add some scuff marks.

Then I forgot to take photos. Hahahaha! I adhered my mermaid sitting on the sand bottom of the ocean. Then used glue dots to add some metal starfish and a shell. Detail work on the mermaid includes gold pen, white gelly roll, a glitter pen or two and a Tombow Mono Drawing Pen. Those words are from Tim Holtz’ Big Talk line.

Please don’t score my ribbons too low. I stink at ribbons.

Here is the whole tag. I adhered some gems hoping someone might think they were bubbles. White gelly pen dots also simulate bubbles or little tiny critters in the water.

I really love how she turned out! Hopefully Sally will love her as well! The only additional thing I added that I don’t have a photo of is a couple little groupings of Indy Rella fish swimming. Tomorrow I will show you the other two mermaid projects I made for Sally. I will leave you with some links – I know someone will ask where I got this mermaid stamp. I’ll show you. And I’ll include a link to Creative Crafty Friends in case you may want to join us.

Creative Crafty Friends
Mermaid With Bubbles Stamp
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Dylusions Large Tags
Ranger Archival Ink

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10 thoughts on “Making Mermaids <3

  1. Thank you Alice, there is so much to learn about the different types of ink we all use. Its a category all on its own. Your mermaid tag is just so cute. they are the rage of most 7 to 10 year old girls these days. I really like your stamp and the ink background makes it look like she is sitting under the sea, the charms and pearls just make it stand out.

    • hahaha! I think I tried too many ribbons for that sized hole but I think it turned out fine 🙂 and it has been mailed on to Sally now

  2. Two blogs ago you worked with alcohol inks. Yupo paper? What will you use to tangle on them?

    Enjoy your blog and FB Karen

  3. Now I wonder if the Memento Luxe are a different formation to the original Memento of 5+ years back which is when I used black Memento with Copics. There wasn’t a hint of smearing then but it could also be the paper. Anyhow glad that the Archival ink worked OK. The tag format takes a while to get used to but I grew to love it when I was stamping. Yep – I’d guess that mermaids would be an irresistible topic for you……

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