Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SDC 164 - Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes

Ever since Stampotique released these mermaids I have had a serious need to have them in my stash.  I don't have them all (yet!) but Smushasha is a recent acquisition and I LOVE her.  Sue's challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog to use a bird or animal was the perfect reason to ink her up. (Maybe I'm pushing the envelope that a mermaid is an animal?)

I have a friend who loves mermaids and all things ocean-y so I made her birthday card.

The background was created with Distress Inks and water.  I can't help myself...it seems that I keep reaching for Spray.  On the background I misted it with some water and then stamped over the inked up background to get a subtle bleached look.

I stamped Smushasha on white cardstock and then colored her in with Copics.  In my mind mermaids are a bit sparkly so I added some glitter to her hair and tail.  It seemed like her body should be kind of slippery-looking too so it got a coat of Diamond Glaze.  After some serious fussy cutting I glued her onto the background and popped up her head and fin with foam.  (Okay, confession.  In the fussy cutting process her head was lopped off.  Poor Smushasha, but I do like the lifted-up look anyway).

Swing over to the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and join in the fun!


  1. Perfect choice for your friends birthday card and i agree Mermaids should have a glistening look to them. Stunning colours and some fabulous techniques, her head looks perfect so a happy accident there :-) xxx

  2. If there is a debate about whether or not a mermaid is an animal, you certainly are safe with the star fish because they definitely are animals! Lovely card, Julie! Your friend will love it!

  3. Ok so mermaids WERE harmed in the making of this card lol. Yay for the happy accident, she looks perfect to me Julie, and just for this week she can be an animal :-) xx

  4. Fantastic Julie! I am not a stamper (much) so I am in awe of this work!

  5. This is beautiful Julie, I love your background xx

  6. Wow what a fabulous piece as Stampotique guest designer. Just love it! Glad you join our team this month!

  7. Hi Julie, your art is fantastic as a whole, and this card is no exception! I love it, Smushasha is very striking and beautiful here, coloured in tone on tone with the background if I can say that in English is a fab idea, wow!!! You make a great job as guest DT for Stampotique, congrats! :) Crafty hugs, Coco x


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