Hi Bluebird Friends, Sara here!

Today it’s my turn over the Hello Bluebird Blog and I have a mermaid themed card to show you, featuring the Sea Friends stamp set. I have seen so many mermaid themed projects over the “mermay” month that I couldn’t resist to play with this mermaid themed set.

I decided to create a custom patterned paper repeatedly stamping all of the mermaid included in the Sea Friends stamp. I started from a really pale acqua cardstock, and I used Memento Black since I wanted to use Copics. I then stamped and cut a mask for each of the mermaid, to work on the background. Since I wasn’t sure of how it would have turned, I just preferred to do the background and then color the images. I covered them and I used blending brushes to add some acqua and light blue tones. I also splattered some Copic Opaque White and some colored ink to create the “bubbles” effect.

I then let it dry for a few minutes and I carefully removed the mask and I started coloring. Since it is a colored cardstock, the colors are not so bright, but I really love the final look because they look like they are “underwater”. Here’s the full list of the colors used:

  • Skin: E15 – E13 – E11 – E00 – E000 – RV34 – R20
  • Hot pink combo: RV69 – RV66 – RV55 – RV63
  • Purple combo: V09 – V17 – V15 – V12 – V01
  • Violet combo: BV29 – BV17 – BV13 – BG23 – BG11
  • Aqua combo: BG75 – BG57 – BG23 – BG11

I carefully colored everything: since it is not an alcohol friendly paper, it absorbs more ink and there is the risk of bleeding. You need to be careful not to go too close to borders, you need to put less ink. But at the end the resul was amazing!

Then I moved into the sentiment, which I planned to put on the left of the card and split the MERMAZING word into three lines for a “graphical” result.

I die cut the letters that comes from the Charlie Alpha Die twice from white cardstock and one time from black cardstock, to create a small shadow. I also white heat embossed the rest of the sentiment (the words comes from two different phrases of the Sea Sentiments Stamp) on black cardstock and I cut two strips.

To complete the card, I decided to matt the scene with a white A2 panel, which I layered not at the centre but from the right bottom edge. And here’s the finished result!

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you will like how it came out!

Hugs from Italy,