Hello crafty friends!

Today it’s my turn over the Hello Bluebird blog and I have a mermaid inspiration to show you. I keep seeing mermaids scrolling my IG, because it’s MerMAY…and I couldn’t resist to play with the Sea Friends stamp set.

As you might know, when thinking about the design, I sometimes take inspiration from the sentiments which I like to customize. And while looking to all the ones included in the Sea Sentiments stamp I realized it could have been fun to put the lying down mermaid into a shell. So, I took a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and I stamped her, then I hand drew (that’s a simple addition, and it really doesn’t take so much effort) the big shell. I also stamped a few greenery behind and some smaller shells and sea stars included in the same Sea Friends stamp in front of the bigger one.

I decided to use a teal-purple-violet palette, so I carefully colored everything with the Copics listed below.

  • Mermaid skin: E17 – E15 – E13 – E11 – RV34
  • Mermaid hair: W10 – W9 – BV29 – BV25 – BV13
  • Mermaid tail: BV13 – BG23 – BG11 – BG10
  • Shell (interior): BV29 – BV25 – BV23 – BV13 – RV66
  • Shell (exterior): V12 – V01 – V000 – BV000 – BG23 – BG11 – BG10 – BV11
  • Greenery: BG23 – BG11 – V12 – V01 – BV13
  • Sea Stars: RV66 – V12 – V01 – BG11
  • Blue-green/liliac shells: BV29 – BV13 – BG23 – BG11 – V000
  • Ground: BV20 – BG000

I also used some coordinated Polychromos colors to define the edges of the big shell and add some details here and there.

I then moved into the sentiment, which I initially thought I would have kept simple. But then I realized I could have played with the Jane Small Alpha die to create the BDAY script which would have better completed the scene.

I took a piece of light acqua cardstock and I lightly ink blended some purple ink to match the color palette I used, then I die cut the letters I needed for the sentiment. I also layered another die cut piece behind to create more depth. The “happy” script comes from the Oh Happy Day stamp (have you noticed how much I love the scripts included there? I often use them) while the “Let’s Shell-abrate” is from the Sea Sentiments stamp as said above. I initially thought I would have created an A2 cardstock, but when I was ready to cut the panel (I always start from bigger pieces and trim then) I didn’t like so much that composition. So I used the second larger Nesting Deckle Mini Slimline die and I layered it with a piece of patterned paper which has a beautiful alcohol ink background using the same color palette I chose. And here’s the finished result!

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you will like the  inspiration!

Hugs from Italy,

Sara