Urban Mermaid Designs

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Mermaid Trend in Scrapbooking Part 2

Graphic 45 are known for their high-quality products with a vintage theme. They have brought out some fun Steampunk-inspired ranges in the past and for 2016 they have combined Steampunk with Mermaids to create...Voyage Beneath the Sea.

There are 3 cool stamp sets in the collection, pockets, chipboard and 3 x paper pads.
I haven't had time to play with this one yet, but there are lots of amazing projects to check out using this collection on Pinterest or search Google images

Tim Holtz is also getting in on the trend with his new Distress ink - Mermaid Lagoon:

Also catching the mermaid wave this year are WOW! powders with a new underwater-inspired collection. I am a huge WOW! fan and had the pleasure of attending a workshop with the designer of this collection Marion Emberson earlier this year. She is super talented and when I asked her kindly to design some mermaid powders, she looked at me with a twinkle in her eye and said "just wait and see!" So they were obviously already in the pipeline...great minds, etc!

The line includes: Mermaid Tails, Coastal, Under the Sea and Pacific Wave
These gorgeous powders came in handy for this mixed media mermaid canvas:
I used Under the Sea and Coral Reef for the crown:

I just had to use Wow! Mermaid Tails on the mermaid's tail!
The finished piece:

Creative Iinspirations - Summer Challenge Seaside
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Stamps used for seaweed, stars, bubbles and vintage script.

Mermaid Trend in Paper Scrapbooking Part 1

Mermaids are finally making a SPLASH in the paper scrapbooking world! I have noticed quite a few lines this season with a mermaid theme, so will share them here and in the next post for all you fin-tastic and mermazing mermaid fans!

Echo Park have released a fun and girlie mermaid collection called Let's be Mermaids: by Lori Whitlock.
You can also buy a co-ordinating ephemera set and stamp & die sets:
Lawn Fawn have also released a cute mermaid stamp & die set which would work well with the Echo Park collection, How cute is that Narwhale?! :

Let's be Mermaids would be best suited to young girl or teen projects, for mixed-media and more sophisticated mermaid projects, I would recommend Mermaid Tails by Kaisercraft. This watercolour inspired range includes beautiful papers, album, stickers, die-cuts and stamps.
There are also some Kaisermists which co-ordinate with the collection.

The papers come in 12" and 6" and with Kaisercraft it's always worth buying the 6" too as some of the papers are different and they also include die-cuts and tags in the pad.
The Collectables pack is great and jam-packed with goodies (50+). It also has some large word art pieces which would be great heat-embossed with glitter powders.
A stand-out of the collection is a large scallop-shell shaped cardstock. This would be nice framed, but if they had created it symmetrically it would've also made awesome covers for a scrap album.

The only slight niggle I have with this collection is the mermaids themselves, which appear to have been created with Poser software. They have a computer-generated look which is incongruous to the style of the collection.  They are in the same style as the fairies used in their Fairy Dust Collection. What a shame they didn't hire a water-colour artist to create the mermaids too.

I do love their matching gloss resist papers which work well with the Kaiser mists and other watercolour media you may have.

Here is a layout I created with the Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails Collection and based on their July Sketch Challenge.

Here is a layout I created with the Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails Collection and based on their July Sketch Challenge.

Kaisermists Turquoise, White
Mermaid Tails Paper Pads 12" & 6"
Mermaid Tails Collectables
Sea Breeze Collectables

Tonic Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard, Morning Dew, Ivory Seashell
Martha Stewart Scallop Punch
Prima French Riviera Background Stamp


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Watercolour Card

Here is a clean and simple card that I made, inspired by the fashion challenge over at Runway.

It is based on their inspiration image of this dress by Banana Republic.

I painted some navy cardstock with deeper navy watercolor mixed with gesso to create that deep blue/black background of the dress.
I wanted to represent the flower design with watercolors.

I used a resist paper by Cosmo Cricket and cut up 3 square pieces.

And painted with watercolours in blue and purple shades.
 I liked the purple tints in the dress, so I used a Versamark dazzle pad to run glue across the background of the card. I then embossed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Angel Wings Ruby. This is a clear powder, with an interference mica, so that it shines purple in different lights and on different colour backgrounds.
The Dazzle pad has a silver/white shimmer base.

Cosmo Cricket - Just Add Watercolor 12 x 12 pad
Spectrum Aqua Pens
Lindys Stamp Gang - Angel Wings Ruby embossing powder
Papermania - navy card stock
Clear gesso


Country View - The Colour Blue
Ribbon Girl - Use any Image
Runway Inspired Challenge -  ric#96 Banana Republic

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Marilyn Monroe Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a hand-made Christmas card inspired by some online blog challenges.

The first inspiration is a sketch challenge over at Make the Day Special, this is a UK shop that has some great US imports that are unavailable elsewhere. (e.g. the Winnie & Walter stamps and glues used)
Here is the sketch for their current Christmas Card challenge:

I also remembered a Marilyn Monroe stamp that I had, and thought that would work perfectly with the theme "World's Greatest" for the Craft Barn weekly challenge. Ie: Marilyn was the world's greatest film star.
The stamp is part of a set all based on sketches by Hollywood costume designer William Travilla.

As Marilyn is dressed in her costume for the number "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I decided to go with a diamond/Christmas bling theme.

I thought the diamond accents in the scrapbooking set Bella Rouge by Pink Paislee would work well with the theme and color scheme.

And also working well with the theme are My Precious stamps by Winnie and Walter.

I  stamped some diamonds onto Shrink plastic using pigment ink in silver and pink. Then cut them out and using a heat gun, shrunk them down and stuck them on using clear glue dots. First I tried using embossing powders, but the heat gun melted the powder again during the shrinking process, turning the diamond into a silver nugget!

I stamped some background sparkles onto the tag, using versamark, then embossed them with silver powder.

I went round the edge of Marilyn with a glue pen, then sprinkled Chloe's Ice Maiden Glitter over it. I also did this in the bottom corner.

I made the tag from black cardstock and used an eyelet punch to make the hole. 
I went along the edge of the tag with a chisel tip glue pen, then applied fine clear glitter (Tim Holtz rock candy or CS Diamond snow) I also dotted a few bits of chunky glitter on top.

 I covered 2 doiles in Versamark, then heat embossed them with WOW! powders. This makes them look super glam, but also very durable, as doilies are prone to tearing. The Rose Mist has a white pearl base with 2 tone pink fine glitter and the Icicle has a white base with silver glitters.
 The edges of the card are embossed with the WOW! powder in Rose Mist.
Then I used a black  ink and a Christmas stencil to create snowflakes. I added a pink gem in the centre for added bling.

 I used Spectrum Aquas to colour in the stamp.

Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Scrapbooking paper, ephemera
WOW! Embossing Powders: Rose Mist, Icicle, Silver
Stamps: Personal Impressions: Marilyn Monroe by Travilla
Winnie and Walter: Big Bang Confetti and My Precious clear stamps
Stencils: Viva Decor Steampunk Christmas
Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens

Diamond gems - The Range
Shrink Art - Crystal Clear Shrinkies
Cardstock: Silver Mirror Card, black card
Small white doilies embossed with Versamark and Wow powders
Glitter: Stamps by Chloe Sparkelicious Ice Maiden, Cosmic Shimmer -Diamond Snow
Zig 2 way glue pen

Make the Day Special - Nov Xmas Card Sketch Challenge (22/11)
WOW Embossing Powder - Anything Goes with lots of Wow powder (Rose Mist & Icicle)
Craft Barn - World's Greatest - Film Star = Marilyn Monroe! (22/11)
That's Crafty - Black and White with a Hint (of Pink) Challenge
As You Like It    Season Challenge My favourite season is WINTER as it's full of sparkle and shine!
Live and Love Crafts Christmas Tic Tac Toe Challenge GLITTER (lots of it!) SNOW (Snowflake diecuts & stamps) STAR (confetti stars and FILM STAR!)
Deep Ocean White and one other Colour PINK (30/11)
Creative Inspirations  ~336 Festive Fun Challenge
Bunny Zoe Crafts Sparkle Nov/Dec Challenge(9/01)
Sweet Stampin   Star Challenge - confetti glitter stars, stamped stars and a movie STAR!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Decorative Christmas Sleigh Dies

It's that time of year again! I have been looking for a decorative sleigh die to use on winter / Holiday / Christmas cards and home decor projects.

I though I'd post a list of those I have found with dimensions to help anyone else deciding which one to buy. 

Five of these will even fit the new mini die-cutting machines Spellbinders Sapphire and Tattered Lace Baby Blue.

The perfect sleigh can then be teamed up with presents, reindeer, horses, Santa Claus or even the Snow Queen and cut in miri board or embossed with powders or covered in glitter and snow effects.
Tonic Rococo Santas's Sleigh 1015E 
Dimensions/Size: 4" x 2.5" (103.5mm x 60mm)

Marianne Creatables Santa Sleigh
 Dimensions/Size: 1.5" x  2.5" (40mm x 65mm)
Spellbinders Holiday Collection Shapeabilities Reindeer and Sleigh Set
Dimensions/Size: Reindeer: 2.10" x 3.60", (53mm x 92mm).
Sleigh: 4.10" x 2.75", (104mm x 70mm)

Die-namites Merrry Sleigh DN-1206
Dimensions/Size: 3 3/16" x 3" (80mm x 76mm) 
Tattered Lace Sleigh 
Dimensions/Size: 3.5" x 2.5" (90mm x 62.5mm)

Sweet Dixie Santa's Sleigh SDD003
 Dimensions/size: 4" x 2.5" (100mm x 60mm)

Cottage Cutz Holiday Sleigh
3.6" x 3" ( 92mm x75mm)

Cottage Cutz Winter Wonderland Sleigh
Dimensions/Size: 3.6" x 2.5"(95mm x 65mm)