I believe that teachers are a lot like mermaids–unbelievably amazing! My kids had awesome teachers this year. I made this card for my son’s preschool teacher, and I’m going to make another for my daughter’s teacher.
I started out with the stamping and coloring of these cute images. I used 110 pound Neenah Solar White card stock, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink, and my Copic markers.
Coloring mermaids is a lot of fun–anything goes. I was going for bright and magical. I played around with different colors of Copic markers for her hair and tail until I found the combination I liked. For her skin I used E51 for the base color, E30 for shadows, E11 for the darkest shadows and RV10 for blush. For her hair I used Y21 for the base, E11 for the shadows and R43 for the darkest shadows. For her tail I used RV10, RV21 and RV34. I used several different colors of inks from Memento Dew Drops assortment to stamp out the coral and seaweed.
I got the coordinating dies for this set–it saves a lot of time and I’m not overly fond of fussy cutting images. I always use micropore tape to keep them in place so they don’t shift when I run them through the die cutting machine.
Because it’s an underwater scene, I had to use distress inks and flick water onto it to distress it. This technique made the panel look bubbly and cute. The colors of Distress Ink I used are Twisted Critron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. I blended them onto some Bristol Smooth card stock. Distress Inks blend so much easier on this paper than on Neenah Solar White.
I wanted to use the shells and seaweed and all the smaller images from this set to frame my shaker panel. I glued them onto my card base with a strong adhesive–Multi Medium Matte–just a tiny dab will do. You could also just stamp the images around the card base, but I didn’t know exactly where I was going with this card at first. Also the Copic markers would bleed through the paper and be visible on the inside of your card base. However, you could use colored pencils on your card base with no problems.
Next, I built my shaker element. I used frame dies from MFT called Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames. I cut out a piece of aqua colored fun foam to make the well for my sequins. I used three different kinds of sequins–all Pretty Pink Posh: Peacock Feathers, Strawberry Burst and Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix. Then I glued on my acetate and card stock frame. That completed my card. A big thanks to all of the teachers out there!! You are all simply amazing!!
Here’s the video of how I made this card. You can watch it here on on my YouTube channel in HD. Thank you for visiting my craft table!