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.