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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
Oh.... that is good:
Oh... yeah... baby!
Shake them tail feathers:
Ah.... that feels so much better!
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.
- 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#