Hello & Happy Friday! Here is my 10 cards, 1 kit for Simon Says Stamp September card kit called Sea Treasure–finally! Lol! Life got really busy when school started for my kids. I didn’t have much time to card craft, but I sat down at my craft table every chance I got. I loved creating cards with this kit! The mermaid stamp set is gorgeous and super fun to play with. I also love the 3 full size ink pads included in the kit.
Card #1: One-layer Mermaid Card with Distress Oxides and Copics
I wanted to try out the new Distress Oxide inks on this first card. Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky blended together beautifully! I used these inks to indicate water behind my mermaid. I like that her hand and tail hang out from the edges of the water. The white space on this card really makes the image pop.
Copics: Skin: E53, E33, E15, R20 Hair: RV63, RV55, RV66 Tail: G20, G02, G05 Star & Pearls in her hair: Y02, Y17
Card #2: Prismacolor Mermaid on Kraft Card Stock
I had to try coloring the next mermaid on a piece of kraft card stock. I used Prismacolor pencils this time. I stamped bubbles behind her, and it gave the background a lot of cute interest. The embossing powder, called Mermaid, included in this kit is gorgeous, and I used it over the sentiment.
Prismacolor Pencils: Tail: 1011 Deco Yellow, 1002 Yellowed Orange, 918 Orange, 922 Poppy Red, Skin: 997 Beige, 939 Peach, 943 Burnt Ochre, 993 Hot Pink Hair: 993 Hot Pink, 994 Process Red, 995 Mulberry, 931 Dark Purple Shells & Background: 904 Light Cerulean Blue, 103 Cerulean Blue Highlights: 938 White
Card #3: Copic Marker Beach Scene
I really enjoyed putting this card together. I used a 2 mm Molotow masking pen to protect the seashells, sun reflections and the surf so I could color in the beach, sand and water with Copic markers. It worked like a charm. If you try this, make sure you have the right eraser to rub off the masking fluid from your card panel. I tried many, but the one that really worked the best was a glue runner eraser from Ad Tech. I bought it at Hobby Lobby. It wasn’t next to the art supply erasers, so make sure you ask a worker if you are trying to find it.
Copics: Beach & Sea: E53, E51, BG11, BG23 Seashells: V04, V05, V09, V12 – YG06, Y08 – R22, R27 Sand Dots: E33, E57 & White Gel Pen
Card #4: Mermaid Shaker Card
This card turned out so bright and pretty. I put very colorful sequins behind the shaker window, and I colored in the mermaid with bright Copic markers. This would be perfect for a girl’s birthday card.
Copics: Skin: E000, E21, E04, R20 Hair: Y11, Y13, Y15, YR23 Tail: BV00, BV02, BV13, Y08, Y02 Shells: RV04, RV02 Rock: E31, E33, E35
Card #5: Nautical Wreath Card
I love wreath cards! I just had to create one with all the darling little stamps from the set. I wanted to frame the sentiment–Beauty Comes From Within–and the oyster stamp complimented it perfectly. I love the pearl embellishment I put over the stamped pearl. I didn’t keep track of the Prismacolor pencils I used for this. I just grabbed blue pencils from the box. I also used gray and white pencils.
Card #6: Nautical Pattern Card
I used all the smaller images in the stamp set to create this card–they are all so gorgeous. I don’t often use navy blue card stock in my crafting, but I definitely loved it. I found this single piece in my stash–if think it’s from an MFT card stock sampler. I ended up using it to make two of my cards–this one and the Nautical Wreath card. I masked off the area where I planned on stamping my sentiment, and I stamped and ink blended around this. This really made the sentiment pop! I used Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide around the sentiment and around the edges of the card base.
Card #7: Lots of Mermaids Window Card
This card took the longest, but I learned a lot about coloring skin tones with Prismacolors. I played with my Prismacolor pencils a lot to figure out which ones I needed to use to get the looks I wanted. After the coloring was done, I wasn’t sure if I should have used the Gamsol–odorless mineral spirits–over my images. I really loved the look of the colored pencils just the way they were, but I was curious to see how they would look all smoothed out.
Top Mermaid’s Green Hair: Sap Green Light – 120, Chartreuse – 989, Dark Green – 908 Top Mermaid’s Skin: Light Peach – 927, Peach – 939, Clay Rose – 1017, Jasmine – 1012 Middle Mermaid’s Red Hair: Yellowed Red – 1002, Henna – 1031, Carmine Red – 926 Middle Mermaid’s Skin: Beige – 997, Nectar – 1092, Terra Cotta – 944 Bottom Mermaid’s Purple Hair: Parma Violet – 1008, Dioxazine Purple Hue – 132, Violet – 932 Bottom Mermaid’s Skin: Light Umber – 941, Sienna Brown – 945, Black Grape – 996, Blush – 993 (for cheeks)
Card #8: Mermaid Tail Card
I like the look of this card–I like the white space I left on it. I stamped just the mermaid’s tail so that it would appear like she’s swimming off, and you’re just catching a glimpse of her. There are a lot of mermaid tail stamps out on the market, and in my opinion, you have to be careful using them or they’ll look like a gory, cut off mermaid’s tail. It just doesn’t look right. So I made sure to color her right up to the frame of the card–so it looks like she does continue on.
Copics: Tail: BG11, BG13, YG03, YG00 Hair: R85, R83 Treasure Chest: E53, E33, E35, E37, E31 Seaweed: G00, G03, G07
Card #9: Sea Life in a Water Bubble
I wanted to try something very artistic with this card, and I wanted it to be a one layer card. However, it just didn’t work out that way. Lol! I watched several videos on YouTube where artists draw droplets of water–they make it look so realistic. That’s what I wanted to try. I masked off my circle and stamped my images. I then used Tumbles Glass Distress Oxide over my masked images. I used Stormy Sky Distress Oxide around my circle, but it just didn’t look right. To fix this problem, I cut out my circle with a faux stitched circle die, propped it up with foam tape and attached it to a black card base. I used a dark blue colored pencil around the edges of my circle as well as a white gel pen to make it look like a water bubble. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.
Card #10: Sparkly Water Mermaid Card
I absolutely had to use the glitter card stock included in this kit, and, of course, I had to use it for the water. I die cut a wave at the top of my glitter card stock–but you could definitely cut it out by hand. I did some Copic coloring on my mermaid and attached her to the card with some foam tape. This was a fast card to create, but I love how it turned out.
Copics: Hair: YR21, YR24, YR27 Tail: YG11, YG13, YG17 Shells: RV13, RV14, RV17 Skin: E00, E11, E13 Rocks: E70, E74
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you go away with some ideas and inspiration for creating your own cards! Happy crafting, my friends!!
Here is the video I created for these cards! You can watch it here or over on my YouTube channel in HD. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!