Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stampin' Up! Magical Mermaid Card #GDP092

Hello Peaches! I'm popping in to share my submission for the Global Design Project weekly challenge. For this week's challenge, we are CASEing the lovely Steffi Helmschrott. If you haven't heard of what "CASE" means, it's basically this-copy and selectively edit. That could mean you were inspired by the stamp set they used, the technique, the colors, etc. Essentially, the original design has inspired you in some way to create your own project. Check out all the amazing projects the design team has come up here with-truly stunning!

Here's Steffi's original design.

Updat! I won this week's challenge!!

I was immediately taken in and inspired by the watercoloring in Steffi's design. I love the realistic look it creates with the water element in her card. If you know me, you know I can't resist a watercoloring opportunity, so that's just what I did for my card today. I began with some watercolor paper and used Lemon Lime Twist from the bottom moving in a gradient towards the top and Bermuda Bay from top to bottom. Before I add the ink though, I like to add a layer of clean water to my paper with my aqua painter first so that the ink will spread in those areas only. Also, this helps to reduce any harsh water marks/lines. Next, to add the ink, I just take my ink pad, and while it's closed, squeeze the top and bottom together a bit so that the ink pad will touch the inside of the lid a bit, leaving ink in the well of the lid. I take my aqua painter and pick up a bit of ink at a time and add it to my paper. (Just a note: if you saturate your watercolor paper too much, this can also cause harsh water lines when it dries because the water will pool towards the edges as your project dries. So if you'd like to add more color, I suggest drying your project in between adding each new layer of color.) I just love how these two colors mix in the middle to create a rich, bright green.

Now what would a beautiful watercolor background be without a magical mermaid to swim in it?! I used the mermaid from the Magical Mermaid set and watercolored her as well. Then I used the tranquil seaweed looking stamp to create a peaceful ocean background. I also wanted some greenery so I used some dies from the Bouquet Bunch dies. I watercolored some more paper and die cut from that so that the plants would have an ombré gradient look as well. To finish off my card, I added some tiny pearls to my "sea blossoms", some Wink of Stella to the mermaid's tail (every mermaid should have some glitter, right?), and a few sequins for "bubbles". I really love how it turned out! Well, that's my card for today! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you next post!

Here are a few up close photos to hopefully show the glimmer on her tail:

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  1. Hi Lauren, Had to check out your Facebook post on your blog. LOVE everything about your card! I had to share with my good friend that loves mermaids!

    1. Oh my goodness, thank you! I'm so happy you liked it! Yes, please share as you like. 😊

  2. Lauren--beautiful card! You've inspired me to try with your beautiful explanation of how you made it. I find water coloring challenging but I'm going to work on it using your explanation. Thanks.

    1. Oh I'm so glad to hear that, Peggy! I'm a teacher at heart and love when I am able to help others be successful! Enjoy and have fun!

  3. I just came across your stunning card! I love the colors you've picked and the flowery details which make the card truely individual. Stunning!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm always making sure to think about the details as it's something that I appreciate in other projects I see. Thanks so much for stopping by! 😊


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