September 9, 2015

Under the Sea

Hey! Amy Davis here from Amy's Artsy Stuff. One of my favorite movies is The Little Mermaid. So when I set out to create something with a mermaid I couldn't stop singing 'Under the sea' in my head over and over. It's one of the songs where I know the chorus, maybe 10 other words and picture the little crab singing his heart out. Ok, enough of my Disney flashback. I'm creating today for So Suzy Stamps.


For the tag I started with a piece of watercolor paper from the Prima Marketing, Julie Nutting Watercolor Tag Pad. I sprayed it with water so the ink would run versus being sucked up by the paper. I used several different shades of blue and a couple of purple. Starting with the lightest color on top and migrating down to the darkest on the bottom. (I will have a list of the colors below in the supplies list, I forgot to write them down to include here.) Then I used a light gold spray over the top of the water colors directly and with a 12x12 stencil pattern. The hardest part here was letting it dry naturally so I left it alone for a little over an hour. When I came back the paper was still damp but the colors had finished running together. I dried it the rest of the way using my heat tool. Once dry (enough) using the Stayz-On Midi Black I stamped the castle in the background on the right. I offset the image so only part of it would be on the tag. Honestly, the smart thing here would have been to stamp the castle image first, mask it off and then spray the watercolors. But I didn't think about it. Doing it that way the colors I used would have been more bold.


Then I set the tags off to the side and let them dry completely. That's when I stamped my mermaids. Using the MISTI, whisper white paper,  2 of Suzy's mermaid stamps and Distress Inks Mermaid Lagoon and Purple. I inked both colors on the mermaid at once. If an area needed more of one color than another I just added more ink and stamped it again. I fussy cut the images leaving a white border.

It was time to color the castle. I used a combination of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and Stampin' Up Marvelous Markers I colored, adding lines and shadows following the pattern on the stamp.
The next step was cutting out the seaweed. For this I used my Silhouette Cameo and images I had purchased from the Silhouette Store. I needed multiple sizes and colors to layer them on the tag (hoping to add depth). I spent time popping out the cut pieces and getting them read for the tag.
After everything was dry, colored, cut out and finished I was ready to start putting the layers together. I played with the seaweed to see what looked better. I also tried to intertwine the mermaid on a couple of them so she would be behind some of the seaweed. I used my foam blender tool and vintage photo to go over the edges of the mermaids.

To glue the seaweed I used the new pin point adhesive from Stampin' Up. I love it. I can put it anywhere, it only takes a dab AND they have a pin built in to the top to slide down into the neck of the bottle so it wont clog. How brilliant is that?? I do like it very much and use it a lot. The mermaids had dimensionals on them to pop them up a bit. The saying is 'Be what you want to be', I love this one and use it quite frequently.

Bring on the sequins! I don't get to use sequins nearly enough. So I took full advantage this time using light blue at the top and then a darker blue towards the bottom. For the tags using the Mermaid with Pearl stamp, I added a pearl in her hand.


I then went back with Stickles to add the bling. I used Shamrock green to random places on the seaweed. Then light blue on the upper sequins, I added dots in the middle of the sequins. While adding darker blue on the bottom sequins. For the mermaids, I was torn. I wanted to color them in with stickles but thought that would be too much. So I outlined the tail portion adding a v at the waist where it would meet her body. I also put some on the curls in the hair.

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I love this tag and the 3 others I made that are similar. They are going out to a few special people that helped me on the Design Team challenge.
Thank you for reading, I would love to hear from you!

Supplies Used:

So Suzy Stamps 
- Mermaid Lying Down Stamp
- Mermaid with Pearl Stamp
- Castle Stamp
- 'Be what you want to be' Sentiment Stamp
- Sequins
- Stayz-On Midi Black Stamp Pad
- Fireworks (Summer Sky, Grape Jelly)

Stampin' Up Amy 
- Whisper White, Green Paper
- Marvelous Markers
- Fine Tip Glue Pen

Other Items

 - Stickles - Shamrock, Lagoon, Twilight, Starry Night
- 12x12 Stencil
- Ribbon, Beads, Lace for tag
- Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Mermaid Lagoon, Purple
- 13Arts Ink Spray - Pastel Turquoise
- Shimmerz Ink Spray - Oh Say Can U, Sapphire, Goldie Lox
- Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Tibetan Poppy Teal, Azure Sea Asters
- Prima Color Bloom - Glistening Waves, Gold Foil
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  1. Very pretty Amy! I need to do more water coloring. It is not my strong area!

  2. Beautiful tag Amy! Thank you so much for explaining the steps, I loved reading it and the mermaid looks awesome in distress inks! *Big hugs*


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