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Waterbabies for the Library Challenge

Hi Everyone.

Happy Tuesday.

I have a card and some photos to share with you tonight - and it's all about things in water :-)  I saw this challenge across at a very cool challenge site- the Library Challenge.  

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Love this story too! Again, very sad though, definitely does not have a Disney ending
Books are a huge part of my life and I am an avid reader.  I have been all my life.  Whether it's poetry, novels, biographies or non-fiction.... I've pretty much covered everything - except Stephen King.  Once... and that was enough of that :-)  I can't remember the first time I read Hans Christian Andersen!  So, when I saw this challenge, I knew I had to play along.  Especially as I had a pretty newish set from Hero Arts that I had purchased to make cards for hospitalized kids.  I thought this set would be perfect.
I started by die-cutting an oval in a piece of Neenah Solar White #80 card stock - and repeating that with some Altenew chevron paper I had.  I blended the base of the card with some blue ink and then stamped a turtle from the same Hero Arts set.  Here's a photo of the turtle in the background.  You can see that I stamped it a muted color - pretty close to the background color.
Mermaid closeup (1 of 1)
I think you have probably guessed by now that this is a shaker card :-)
I stamped the mermaid and colored her with my Copic markers and used the matching dies to cut her out.  I couldn't help but add some shimmer and shine to her - especially to her tail.  I added some texture with my Copic markers, but added more texture with the gel pen - to imitate scales.  Here's a closeup look:
Mermaid closeup tail (1 of 1)
I stamped the sentiment on the inside of the shaker and mounted the front panel with a single layer of foam tape.  I wanted the shaker to be a little tighter than normal, so that some of the sequins would stay in the upper part of the card when it was standing up.    I am IN LOVE with the sequins.  They have these fabulous shell sequins in them, as well as the usual sequins.
Here's the full card:
Mermaid (1 of 1)-2
I love how the sequins match the colors in the chevron paper - and don't you love those little seashells??!  I absolutely adore them :-)
On a personal note:
So, I called this blog post Waterbabies - and it wasn't just for the Mermaid.  I managed to catch some photos of a Thrasher taking a bath on our deck.  Now, we have seen Thrasher's a couple of times over the last 6 years - but they do not stick around.  I was so surprised to find that one has been around, and visiting our deck, for the past week.  What I hadn't seen him do though, is take a bath!   He was having a wonderful time and scattered water everywhere!  I managed to get a few shots of him taking a bath, not all of them were in focus, because he was moving so fast.  Note to self:  put camera setting on speed shots next time :-)
Getting ready to take the plunge:
Thrasher 1 (1 of 1)
Oh.... that is good:
Thrasher 2 (1 of 1)
Oh... yeah... baby!
Thrasher 3 (1 of 1)
Shake them tail feathers:
Thrasher 4 (1 of 1)
Ah.... that feels so much better!
Thrasher 5 (1 of 1)
That was one happy Thrasher!  So glad that we could provide a place for him to get clean - and cool!
I'll be back with another card later in the week.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe:
  • Stamps and die:  Hero Arts - Mermaid Stamp and Cut
  • Inks:  Copic Markers
  • Sequins:  Hero Arts Seashore Sequin Mix
  • Paper:  Altenew
  • Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# and 110#