Last week I got my hands on the gorgeous new Magical Mermaid stamp set. Talk about squeals of delight. I literally ripped it open and started stamping, oblivious to the chaos my two sons were creating around me. Oh the joy of creative escapism!
I created these tags for my gals, who had placed an order in June, using the new In Colours, Lime Lemonade and Berry Burst. I added a touch of sparkle using the gorgeous new Gold Faceted Gems, Metallic Edge Gold Ribbon and Gold Glimmer initials cut using Large Letter Framelits.
I then started to experiment with aqua painters and ink refills on the larger mermaid image. I decided to limit myself to four colours; Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum, as sometimes too many colours can be overwhelming. I stamped the bubble stamp first for the background, going over it lightly with the aqua pen to give a watery effect. I carefully painted the inks onto the stamp using the painter, first the body in Peekaboo Peach, then the tail in Emerald Envy and lastly the hair in Sweet Sugarplum. I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, as it was the first time adding colour this way. (Only taken me 3 years to try it!! Lol) It looked great, but I wanted to add depth, so I used the painter to ‘fill in the lines’. It was seriously therapeutic, and I kept humming The Little Mermaid tunes to myself.
After this I remembered a technique my lovely upline Julie Kettlewell had taught me, using a baby wipe and ink refills. Basically you simply drop splodges of various ink colours onto the baby wipe until you get a tie dye effect like below.
I then stamped the mermaids tail, and was so impressed with the result I think I actually squealed out loud lol. I did it again (stamped not squealed), but this time painted the mermaids body and hair like above, so I had the whole image. I then set to colouring her in using the aqua painter lightly. I added touches of glitter to her tail and on her hair using the fine tip glue and super sparkly gold glitter, how could I not? I stamped my favourite sentiment from this set using the tie dye baby wipe splodgey ink thingy, matching her tail. It reminded me of the inside of a shiny sea shell, you know when all the colours are so watery and pearlesque (if that’s a word?)
I really enjoyed doing this, and felt like a real artist. If you would like to have a go I shall be teaching a Watercolour Class using this beautiful stamp set at the end of August. Please contact me for details, or find out via events on my FaceBook Stampin Up! Page.