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Let's Make Bubbles!

A big hello to all my friends in Blogland!  It's Marie here and  I am excited to share with you a card I created. I selected an adorable stamp called Mermaid Marci by La-La Land Crafts.  The size of this stamp makes it perfect for cards or projects and the size is large enough that it makes it fun and easy to color with those Copic Markers!  

  • Copic Alcohol Ink Markers
  • On paper blending
  • Tip to Tip Blending
  • Embossing
  • Quilling
11 in x 4.25 in.   Score at 5.5 in. to make a finished card of 5.5 in. x 4.25 in.
Base layer:  5.25 in. x 4 in.
Top layer:  5 in. x 3.75 in.

Cryogen for focal image
Turquoise card stock
White card stock
Designer paper from my stash

Copic Alcohol Ink Markers - BG70, BG72, and BG7

Copic Skin Tones 
YR0000, E11, R20, BG0000

E40, E42, E44
E40  is applied to the highlighted areas.  E44 is used for the  darkest shadow area.  The mid-tone is E42.  Take care to not over-blend so some of the streaks of hair remain for a more realistic look.  

Starfish, top, fins and body 
BG70, BG72,  BG75
BG70 is used on the area on the area that reflects light.  BG75 is used in the darkest shadow and blended out with BG72.  Care is taken to avoid losing the highlights.   The starfish  can be treated like a "fold"  in a dress in order to give it more dimension.

A pearl pen is used for the trim around the bodice.  I let this dry for a few hours before resuming the card.    One can choose to add this after the card has been assembled.  I just like to do things the hard way ! LOL

This is a close up of the cute little image. Oval dies are used to cut the image and mat.  Embossed the image while it is still in the die to give a great finish..   Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink are sponged around the die. Start off the paper and lightly sponge toward your image.   I   lightly sketched some circles and colored them to look like bubbles.

TIP:   Steps for creating "bubbles". 
A very small amount of the Opaque White was applied with a toothpick.   I used a technique that Marianne Walker teaches for dew drops on leaves - except I did not use the darkest color for the bubble but chose to use my lightest color, shaded with the next darker color and then applied the white light reflection.

The card was assembled and quilled seaweed and foliage was applied. I quilled a seahorse to go with it but it was way too much!   Sometime less is more!

I hope you enjoyed this card.  It was fun and I was delighted with the way the bubbles turn out.  Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to come back tomorrow and see what special treat Kelli has in store!


Wonderful coloring and instructions. Thanks so much.

This is so adorable and cute I really love it .
Hugs Tammy

This is a beautiful card and your coloring is amazing. Love the cute bubbles too.

This is really pretty! Great job on the coloring and I really want to thank you for the step by step instructions. It helps to know how to shade different stamps sometimes. Great job!!! Mimi

This is very pretty1 Love the designer paper, and the bubbles are really neat. TFS!

I am so sorry... I forgot to mention I use a mesh Cuttlebug embossing folder for my base top layer. I must have been daydreaming to miss this! LOl
Marie XX

Wonderful card! Thanks for sharing, hugs

Love the detailed instructions so much. Thanks for sharing those and your beautifully colored card.

Simply beautiful. I love mermaids and this is a cutie! Cool idea with the bubbles, too.

So Beautiful!! Love those gorgeous BG's and that fun paper too!

Beautiful card, thanks for the tut.

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