Monday 31 January 2011

Crafty Cardmakers 38.5 - Spotlight on Water

My project for Crafty Cardmakers this week, is both about water and made with water.  

Tim Holtz Distress inks in blues, greens and purples.
Mica Powders such as Pearl-Ex or Cosmic Shimmer
Shimmer sprays such as Cosmic shimmer in blue, green and purple
Heavy-weight watercolour paper
Waterproof worksheet

Memento inkpads in grey and black
Stamps for weed effects
Tilda mermaid stamp
Weed stamp from same set
Martha Steward 'Branch' punch
Oddments of Dew-drops and marine theme beads or charms.
Glossy accents
Tim Holtz distress embossing powder in Antique Linen for the sand!

The deep-sea background was made by inking up my worksheet with inks then spritzing it.

I then also thoroughly spritzed my paper until it was damp and 'schmoozed' it over the worksheet until all the ink was picked up. 

I then added different inks and shimmer sprays to suit and finished with mica powders, keeping the sheet damp all the time so the powders stuck well.

Once this sheet was dry, I then stamped it up with various 'weed' type stamps and Memento grey (for shadows) and black inkpads. 

The decoupaged 'Mermaid Tilda' was then added with a little silicon glue and then some decoupaged 'weeds' from the same set, only adhering the base so they would look 'free' and dimensional. 

The darker 'weed' is a Martha Stewart 'Branch' punch and then I added the finishing touches by popping on some dew-drops to look like bubbles and some suitably 'beach-y' beads!

It's a fun technique so why not have a go and pop over to CCM and enter your project? It's a technique spotlight not a challenge so there's no need to be shy at trying a new technique at all!  What's more, we have a £10:00 prize offered by our sponsor too!
*I just have to add here, that I ordered some stuff from Handy Hippo late on Monday evening and it arrived early this morning (Wed)! How good is that! Still awaiting an order from another company from 27th Jan! 
Guess who'll get my custom in future...?

Fab shop! Feel free to pop over to browse!

There's also some fabulous alternative inspiration over there if you don't fancy my technique so go have a look!

I know you'll like it!


  1. OMGosh - what can I say...its STUNNING!!

    Leanne xx

  2. That background is gorgeous, Ei. So much texture and shading, and the colours are fabulous. Great card!

  3. Wonderful creation Ei, love the fab background you've created and the seaweed is so realistic.

    Donna x

  4. Ei this is an absolute stunner. I love the dimensional aspect of it, and it's just what I would have wanted to do if I had had the time. Lol

    Still a puppy is a good reason to not get too much crafting done.

    Lin xx

  5. This is fabulous, such a lot of work too. And those little fish beads seem to be popular, lol. xx


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