Urban Mermaid Designs

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Gilded Lily Castle Card

Today I am sharing a 3D card made with the Gilded Lily Collection by Graphic 45.
This is a beautiful Marie Antoinette and Versailles inspired paper and embellishment collection. There are lots of Madame Pompadour and courtesan vintage illustrations to cut out. There are also 3 matching stamp sets by Hampton Art. It's a great kit for altered art and mixed media projects, as well as traditional card and scrapbooking makes.
I loosely based the structure of the card on Deneen Treble's castle template. You can find the template here: 

 The roses are made from the Gilded Lily co-ordinating Patterns and Solids Paper Pad (a must have!) and Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Floral dies by Sizzix.
These are small dies, which will also fit the Spellbinder's Sapphire. They are so much fun to make, using the included quilling tool, and give a lovely shabby chic rose result.

 The cute bling button is glued onto a piece from the chipboard set and holds an envelope from the Pockets and Tags set. The bling is from a co-ordinating elements kit exclusively by Fotobella. They also do lovely metal trinket packs which they hand-pick to co-ordinate with their Graphic 45 ranges.
 Detail of the back panel, for a personal message. I used the Tim Holz Tattered Florals again in the 3 sizes here and a card from the Gilded Lily journalling card pack.

I also cut out a royal carriage using a Tattered Lace die and added some characters from the paper pad to make a coach fit for a princess. The wheels are gilded with Viva Decor Buff It.

The gentleman was originally holding a cane, so to add some Rococo romance, I gave him a paper bouquet instead!
The tile effect on the roof was achieved with Prima Elementals Stencil in Scales (12") and texture gel. I then coated the gel in Wow Embossing Powder Vintage Romance and heat set. This is a beautiful new powder in a peachy-pink base with gold shimmer. It is similar to Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder, but is paler with a less glossy finish. I love the Vintage Wow powder range and hope to post some swatches as there are very few online.

 This is the card when laid flat. I could've kept embellishing this card, as it was so much fun to make, but it was for a birthday, so I had to stop! :-)

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection
Wow Embossing Powder - Vintage Romance
Ranger Clear Texture Medium
Prima Elementals 12 x 12 Stencil - Scales
Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals by Sizzix
My Minds Eye - Madison Avenue Lost & Found 6 x 6 Paper Pad - flag
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tattered Rose
Pearl ended stick pin for flagpole.

Creative Inspirations - 329 Anything Goes
Live & Love Crafts - 40 Pink
Country View - 32 Add Some Texture
Die Cuttin' Divas -  235 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick
Stamps & Stencils - make it 3D
The Craft Barn - People
Inky Chicks - Think Pink

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Tea for 2 - Mixed Media Canvas

 This week I created a shabby chic canvas using Blue Fern Studios new release Autumn Anthology. 
Here is a photo of the collection.
The colour palette is very similar to Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection, although this range is more English Victorian in theme and Gilded Lily more French Rococo.

I covered the canvas in one of the papers then cut another paper to 11" square and tore of the corner.
I then glued this on top of the 12 x 12 paper.

Using texture paste and a stencil I created a 3D damask effect on the paper. Once dry I tinted this with distress inks and added some gilding wax.

    The teapot started life as Blue Fern Studios Tea Medley chipboard. I then cut off the teacups and used a variety of techniques to bring the chipboard to life. I used pearl wands, embossing powders, paper.

The cherries are glazed with Glossy Accents and I used Tim Holtz stickles and rock candy glitter for the spoonful of sugar.  .

I cut up some more paper into postcard size pieces and edged one in embossing glitter. I also cut up ribbon strips to layer behind them. These became the mattes to my teapot centrepiece.
The hot air balloon was cut from one of the papers and I added 
flowers and a teacup from the Tea Medley chipboard. I attached this with paper covered wire tinted with DI. The cute children were cut from another sheet and stuck on the teapot with PVA glue. 

I added some pearl swirls and heat embossed die cut swirls to compliment the chipboard swirls.
The finishing touch was the mini tea-bags, which I created from vellum, string and embossing powders for the tea and staples.


Blue Fern Studios: Autumn Anthology Papers and Tea Medley chipboard
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits dies: Tiny Tattered Florals
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles: Frosted Lace
Tim Holtz Distress Glitter: Rock Candy
Ranger Glossy Accents
Stampendous Silver Embossing Powder (spoon & balcony)
12 x 12 artist's canvas
Versamark Dazzle and Versamark pen
Heat resistant vellum (tea-bags)
Wow embossing powders: Vintage Rose, Atlantic Seaspray, Vintage Jade

Prima Flowers, Leaves, Pearl swirls
Pinflair/Viva Decor Pearl wands
Joanna Sheen Signature Die: Swirls & Curls

Texture Medium
The Crafters Workshop 6 x6 template: Mini Damask
Creative Expressions Gilding Wax: Enchanted Gold

I was inspired by these Challenges:
Blue Fern Studios - September Sketch

Scrap Around The World - September Mood Board - I loved the vintage style, soft peachy tones, with calligraphy accents. I recreated the english rose using Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals dies.
Stamplorations Stencil - Damask

Country View  - Numbers (Tea for 2)
Vintage Jouney - Home - Home in time for Tea with Tim Holtz dies, rock candy glitter, distress inks and stickles
We Love 2 Create Anything -  Mixed Media

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Watercolour Greeting Card

Santoro Willow -  6 x 6 Paper, Dies, Woodem Shapes, Rubber Stamps
Pinflair Pearl Wand
Tattered Lace Foliage Dies
Prima Watercolour Paper
Spectrum Aqua Pens
Clear Thick embossing powder

Bunny Zoe Teens Tweens
Kreativ Scrapping Favourite
Our Creative Corner Shades of Autumn
Knutsels en Kadootjes
Mixed Media World: Autumn Colours 
That's Crafty Girl

Spirit of Autumn Greeting Card

This week marked the official start of Autumn in UK, so I decided to make an autumnal inspired card.
First using VersaColor Ombre ink in Mocha Truffle I stamped Indigoblu "Juliet" onto a lovely heavyweight paper by DCWV (Once upon a Time).
I edged the card with flitter glue then gilded it with Indigoblu megaflake in Royal Peacock. The Royal Peacock is a lovely blend of silver, bronze and gold with a hint of blue.
I then die cut lots of different size leaves with my handy new Sapphire and Ivy dies by Spellbinder.
These dies also embossed the veins on the leaves, which when buffed with Buff-it really adds depth and interest. I added some darker green on top in places with inks.
I then gilded some paper with the megaflake and die cut some leaves with this too. The die-cutting process seemed to add extra shine to the megaflake, and the leaves look almost as if crafted from metal.
Using Pinflair 3D glue I adhered the leaves to the card in a flowing pattern,  as if they were tumbing from Juliet's hair. The 3D glue gives a quick and easy raised effect, but small foam pads would also work well.

Paper: DCWV Once upon a Time 8x8 Stack
Dies: Spellbinders Die D-lites Ivy
Stamp: Indigoblu Juliet
Gilding: Indigoblu Megaflake Royal Peacock
Die-cutting machine- Spellbinders Sapphire
Pinflair Buff-It Gold
Ink: VersaColor Mocha Truffle, Tim Holtz Distress inks
Glue: Pinflair 3D

Indigoblu  32 Autumn Days
Crafting Musketeers 29 Autumnal Colours 
Creative Card 96 Fall 
Little Claire's Designs 61
Papermilldirect Autumn

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

For this scrapbooking layout I used a photo I had taken of friends in Rome as a starting point for the colour scheme. They are in a band, so I reflected the music theme with the acetate record (Glitz Designs - Cashmere Dame) and die cut cassette tape (Kaisercraft).
I created the grungey brick background with a  wall stencil (Viva Decor) and texture paste.  I coloured it with Distress Inks and spritzers and rubber stamps.

I was pleased with the butterflies, which I made by stamping vellum with a Kaisercraft sheet music stamp, then embossing with Tim Holtz distress powder. I then punched them out with 2 different size butterfly punches and attached with clear glue dots.

Supplies: Crate Paper - Open Road, Prima Flowers & leaves, MME - brads, Webster's Pages - Word art and vellum, Basic Grey - Soleil (circle banner) and re-painted chipsticker flourish.
Acetate Heart - Maggic Holmes.
I used Joanne Brisebois digital overlays on the photo, for the vintage and vignette effect.

I was inspired by the following challenges:
SDC April Challenge - Circles
Virginia's View Challenge - Layers
C'est Magnifique April Challenge - Sketch
That's Crafty Challenge - Grunge

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Fairy Belle Shadow Box


This project started off as a Chocolate Ginger wooden box by Tesco. Unfortunately I had to eat all the chocolates in order to create this! ;-)

I painted the box with white gesso inside and out, then glued the different elements to the box using clear glue and foam pads in places to add dimension.


Materials used:
Prima Marketing - Fairy Belle: 12 x 12 papers, 6 x 6 papers, chipboard stickers. Prima flowers and leaves (assorted), Prima Shabby Chic Treasures - resin dress form. Bunting border cut from Prima Delight - Delightful 12x12 paper. The swirls are gessoed chipboard with a sprinkling of aqua glass beads.

The Fairy Belle Collection was designed by the talented Jodie Lee. You can buy her designs at various scrap stores or directly from her at her Etsy shop here.
This Collection is only available in limited supplies now, as it was hugely popular when it was first released. But the full collection is also available digitally at Snap Click Supply here.
So digi-scrappers can join in the fun too, or you can resize elements and print out, which is really handy.

Prima April BAP Sketch
Simon Says Stamp A is For 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Spring Flowers Kraft Card

I was inspired by the blossoming flowers and the lovely spring green shades around me to create this cute card using some oldie but goodie scrapbooking stash.
This is a simple to make greeting card. Materials: A5 piece of Kraft Card, foam pads, Basic Grey Two Scoops brads, a Prima Flower and a sheet of Basic Grey Mellow die shapes:
For Challenges:
BGC#67 - Spring Green with Spring Elements!
Country View April Kraft Challenge
CMC#67 Flowers 
Papertake Anything Goes